Hello everyone, I'm finally here with my lookback at King of the Ring from the year 2001. My second review will be next week and will be ECW One Night Stand 2005, but for now, there's no reader questions or emails to answer, so let's get straight to the review.
KING OF THE RING 2001
East Rutherford, New Jersey
King of the Ring Semi-Final Match
Kurt Angle vs. Christian
This King of the Ring tournament was an interesting one because all of these guys were really close, no real rivalries here, and I believe at the time they were even in a stable together. These two guys really are capable of having a fantastic match, but this wasn't very good. Kurt had to wrestle 3 matches on this show, so I can understand them taking it easy with this one as to avoid any injuries for Kurt. The ending was interesting, but the match itself was standard. *3/4
King of the Ring Semi-Final Match
Edge vs. Rhyno
This was actually my personal favorite KotR tournament match of this PPV, only matched by the Finals, but I'd say this one wins out. Rhyno has always been a severely underrated worker by many people, and everybody knows Edge's skills at this point. It's was the Spear vs the Gore, and they went out and had a nice little Semi-Final match. **1/4
WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Dudley Boyz(c) vs. Spike Dudley and Kane
This was thrown together on Sunday Night Heat, following up on the feud the Dudleys had with their little brother Spike. Really, it's a throwaway match, and it gives an excuse to get Kane on the PPV card. Other than that, it's not that great of a match, probably should've been better than it was. *3/4
King of the Ring Final Match
Edge vs. Kurt Angle
These guys had a hell of a feud in 2002, this match really doesn't match up to some of their best though. It's understandable, because as stated above, Kurt had a big Street Fight against Shane McMahon coming up, so they didn't go all out as they could have otherwise. Still, this was a good match, more enjoyable than the Angle vs. Christian match. **1/4
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship Match
Jeff Hardy(c) vs. X-Pac
You know you have a filler match when the Light Heavyweight Championship was defended on a WWF PPV. That was rarer than anything. But hey, it got Jeff Hardy on the card at least. I had high hopes for this match, but sadly it just wasn't very good. These guys lacked any kind of chemistry it seemed, and a couple botches and a crawling pace didn't help matters. Just a big disappointment. *1/2
DDP and Undertaker Confrontation
Normally I don't talk about non-matches on PPV's, but this was one of the main focal points of the entire show. DDP revealed himself as the stalker of Undertaker's wife the week before, and all he wanted was for the Undertaker to come out and try to make him famous. Well, all night DDP was sitting at ringside, and the Undertaker finally came to answer his wish. This was really just a huge brawl. It might've went on a bit too long, but it was fun to watch Taker finally get his hands on DDP after all this hype. I won't rate it as it isn't a match, but it was entertaining.
Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon
Honestly, up until this point, the show had been very mediocre. Well these guys certainly changed that with this Street Fight. We all know how good Shane is for a non-wrestler, and what makes it even more impressive is that Kurt was wrestling his third match on the show. These guys tore the house down. It started of with a nice ground based match then devolved into a brutal spectacle, and everybody remembers not only the ending but the Belly-To-Bellies through the glass panes. A hell of a match, definitely worth a watch if you haven't seen it. ****1/2
WWF Championship Triple Threat Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin(c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho
Honestly, this was a very good match, it just felt a little bit disappointing given the talent involved. The big story going into this was the rumor that if either Benoit or Jericho won the match, they would defect to WCW with the title. While that wasn't true, this match in particular can be credited as the true beginning of the Invasion angle, as Booker T made an appearance putting Austin through the announcer's table. The match itself picked up by the end, but it took a while for it to get out of first gear. But still, a good main event, that set everything up for the summer and fall of 2001. ***1/2
Well, there's my King of the Ring 2001 review. Overall, it was an ok show, really saved by the excellent Street Fight between Shane and Kurt. If you can check this out, do so. However, unless you're a serious collector, don't drop the money that this asks for on DVD. That'll do it for now, until next time, have a great weekend.
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