Wrestling Rewind: WWF Royal Rumble 2001

WWF Royal Rumble 2001
January, 21, 2001
New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

First Match: Edge & Christian (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz For The WWF Tag Team Championship 

The Dudleys attacks Edge & Christian before the bell rings. E&C starts heading to the backstage area. Back in the ring, D-Von delivers multiple haymakers. D-Von with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Edge kicks D-Von in the gut. Edge with a Clubbing Blow to the back of D-Von. Edge tags in Christian. D-Von lands a Hip Toss. D-Von follows that with a Spinning Shoulder Tackle for a two count. D-Von tags in Bubba. Bubba with a Elbow Drop for a two count. Bubba is mauling Christian in the corner.

Bubba sends Christian sternum first to the canvas. Christian creates distance with a Leg Scissors TakeOver. Bubba knocks Edge off the ring apron. Bubba connects with a Side Walk Slam for a two count. The Dudleys are cutting the ring in half. D-Von PowerSlams Edge for a two count. Christian attacks D-Von behind the referee’s back. Edge is putting the boots to D-Von. Edge delivers Belly to Back Suplex. Christian follows that with a Side Russian Leg Sweep. E&C are double teaming D-Von in the corner.

Edge decks D-Von with another NeckBreaker for a two count. Following a snap mare takeover, Edge applies a rear chin lock. Edge is talking smack to Bubba. Edge tags in Christian. Christian is applying pressure to the back of D-Von’s neck. Edge goes for a PileDriver, but D-Von counters with a Double Leg TakeDown. D-Von catapults Edge into Christian who’s standing on the top turnbuckle. D-Von with a quick rollup for a two count. Both men are knocked down after landing a double clothesline. Referee Mike Chioda is getting in Bubba’s way.

D-Von dodges the Conchairto from Edge & Christian. D-Von connects with a Leaping Double Clothesline. D-Von makes the hot tag to Bubba. Bubba with two lariats to Edge. Bubba follows that with a Back Body Drop to Christian. Bubba sends Edge crashing sternum first in between the ropes. Bubba decks Christian with a Bubba Bomb. Bubba bodyslams Edge. D-Von lands The What’s Up HeadButt.

Bubba tells D-Von to get the tables. Bubba rolls Edge over for a two count. Bubba blocks The Unprettier. The Dudleys goes for The 3D, but Edge counters with a Spear for a two count. Christian levels D-Von with a DDT. E&C starts mocking The Dudleys. D-Von launches Edge off the top turnbuckle. The Dudleys plants Edge with The 3D to pickup the victory.

Winner: New WWF Tag Team Champions, The Dudley Boyz via Pinfall 

Second Match: Chris Benoit (c) vs. Chris Jericho in a Ladder Match For The WWF Intercontinental Championship 

Benoit and Jericho are throwing haymakers after the bell rings. Jericho is lighting up Benoit chest in the corner. Jericho kicks Benoit in the jaw. Benoit goes for the Crippler Cross Face, but Jericho blocks it. Benoit kicks Jericho in the gut. Benoit sends Jericho shoulder first to the steel ring post. Benoit connects with a Shoulder Breaker. Benoit goes for a Bodyslam, but Jericho lands back on his feet. Jericho decks Benoit with a Running Forearm Smash. Benoit negates the SpringBoard Dropkick. Benoit rolls a ladder into the ring. Benoit drives Jericho shoulder first to the steel ring steps.

Benoit starts scaling the ladder. Jericho lands the Electric Chair Slam. Jericho follows that with a Corner Clothesline. Jericho with a rapid fire knife edge chop to Benoit. Jericho jams the ladder into the midsection of Benoit. Benoit catapults Jericho face first into the ladder that’s perched on the top turnbuckle. Benoit goes for a Suicide Dive, but Jericho counters with a chair shot in mid-air. Jericho kicks Benoit in the ribs. Jericho lays Benoit flat on the ringside barricade. Jericho misses on the Ladder Splash.

Benoit hits Jericho in the back with a steel chair. Benoit lawn darts Jericho into a ladder in the corner. Jericho regains momentum with a high dropkick. Jericho wraps Benoit’s leg around one of the rungs of the ladder. Jericho connects with a Nasty Belly to Back SuperPlex. Benoit dropkicks the ladder into Jericho’s face. Benoit puts the ladder on the top turnbuckle. Jericho repeatedly hits Benoit in the face with the ladder. Benoit sends Jericho crashing to the outside.

Benoit and Jericho are trading back and forth shots on the ladder. Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho on top of the ladder. Benoit shoves Jericho off the ladder. Jericho goes for a Flying Clothesline, but Benoit counters with the Crippler Cross Face. Benoit once again launches Jericho shoulder first into the steel ring post. Jericho goes for a SuperPlex, but Benoit counters with multiple HeadButts. Benoit goes for The Flying HeadButt, but Jericho ducks out of the way. Jericho gets Benoit trapped under the ladder. Jericho sends Benoit tumbling to the outside. Jericho grabs the title to pickup the victory.

Winner: New WWF Intercontinental Champion, Chris Jericho 

Third Match: Ivory (c) w/Steven Richards vs. Chyna For The WWF Women’s Championship 

Chyna starts things off with two lariats. Chyna launches Ivory to other side of the ring. Chyna whips Ivory back first across the turnbuckles. Chyna connects with an Avalanche Snap Mare TakeOver. Chyna repeatedly stomps on Ivory’s chest in the corner. Chyna delivers a massive haymaker which sends Ivory crashing to the outside.

Chyna and Ivory are brawling in the New Orleans Crowd. Chyna Press Slams Ivory over the ringside barricade. Chyna rolls Ivory back into the ring. Chyna connects with a PowerSalam. Chyna clotheslines Richards. Chyna launches Richards over the top rope. Chyna lands a HandSpring Back Elbow Strike. Chyna starts favoring her neck. This allows Ivory to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWF Women’s Champion, Ivory via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Kurt Angle (c) w/Trish Stratus vs. Triple H w/Stephanie McMahon For The WWF Championship 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. HHH applies an arm-bar. Angle reverse the hold. Angle with a Fireman’s Carry TakeOver to HHH. HHH backs Angle into the turnbuckles. HHH drops Angle with a shoulder tackle. Angle responds with a Hip Toss. Angle clotheslines HHH over the top rope. HHH drive his knee into the midsection of Angle. Hard right hand by HHH. HHH bounces Angle’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Angle whips HHH back first across the turnbuckles. Angle connects with a Back Body Drop. Angle follows that with an Arm-Ringer. HHH goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Angle lands back on his feet. Angle kicks HHH in the gut. Angle delivers a series of Vertical Suplex’s.

Angle with the lateral press for a two count. HHH is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Angle starts teeing off on HHH. HHH sends Angle sternum first to the ringside barricade. HHH bounces Angle’s head on the steel ring steps. HHH rolls Angle back into the ring. HHH with a drop toe hold which sends Angle face first to the canvas. HHH is targeting Angle’s knee. HHH lands a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Angle drops HHH with the Enzuigiri for a two count. HHH repeatedly kicks Angle’s injured knee.

Angle launches HHH out of the ring. Angle bounces HHH’s head on the ring apron. Angle goes for the Corner Clothesline, but HHH ducks out of the way. HHH hits Angle with a steel chair behind the referee’s back. HHH ChopBlocks Angle. HHH applies a Modified Indian Death Lock. HHH tells Angle to bring it. Angle fires up with a series of haymakers. HHH decks Angle with a Leaping FaceBuster for a two count. HHH slams Angle’s knee on the canvas. HHH lands a SlingShot Knee Drop. HHH gets Angle trapped in the Figure Four Leg Lock.

Stephanie and Trish starts brawling in the ringside area. Vince is trying to break up the fight but it’s to no avail. Vince brings Trish and Stephanie to the backstage area. HHH goes for another Figure Four Leg Lock, but Angle counters with the inside cradle for a two count. Angle and HHH are trading back and forth shots in the center of the ring. Angle drops HHH with a DDT for a two count. Angle connects with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Angle follows that with a German Suplex for a two count.

Angle continues the sequence with the Side Russian Leg Sweep. HHH low blows Angle. HHH hits The Razor Edge for a two count. Angle ascends to the top rope. Angle lands a MoonSault for a two count. HHH inadvertently takes out the referee on the outside. HHH whips Angle face first across the steel ring post. HHH goes for a Flying Clothesline, but Angle counters with the Avalanche Deep Arm Drag.

Referee Earl Hebner is still laid out on the floor. Angle drags HHH out of the ring. Angle delivers an Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex. Angle tries to hit HHH with the WWF Title, but ducks out of the way. HHH connects with the Pedigree. HHH starts brawling with Stone Cold Steve Austin. HHH is busted open. Austin rolls the referee back into the ring. Austin drops HHH with The Stone Cold Stunner. Angle scores the pinfall.

Winner: Still WWF Champion, Kurt Angle via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: 2001 Royal Rumble Match 

1.) Jeff Hardy eliminated by Matt Hardy 

2.) Bull Buchanan eliminated by The Hardy Boyz 

3.) Matt Hardy eliminated by Jeff Hardy 

4.) Faarooq eliminated by The Hardy Boyz 

5.) Drew Carey eliminated by Drew Carey 

6.) Kane eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin 

7.) Raven eliminated by Kane 

8.) AL Snow eliminated by Kane 

9.) Perry Saturn eliminated by Kane 

10.) Steve Blackman eliminated by Kane 

11.) Grand Master Sexay eliminated by Kane 

12.) The Honky Tonk Man eliminated by Kane 

13.) The Rock eliminated by Kane 

14.) The Godfather eliminated by The Rock 

15.) Tazz eliminated by Kane 

16.) Bradshaw eliminated by The Undertaker 

17.) Albert eliminated by Kane 

18.) Hardcore Holly eliminated by The Undertaker 

19.) K-Kwik eliminated by Big Show 

20.) Val Venis eliminated by The Undertaker 

21.) William Regal eliminated by Test 

22.) Test eliminated by Big Show 

23.) Big Show eliminated by The Rock 

24.) Crash Holly eliminated by Kane 

25.) The Undertaker eliminated by Rikishi 

26.) Scotty 2 Hotty eliminated by Kane & The Undertaker 

27.) Stone Cold Steve Austin 

28.) Billy Gunn eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin 

29.) Haku eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin 

30.) Rikishi eliminated by The Rock 

Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin 

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Author: Josh Lopez