What's up everybody, I'm going to start getting back on track with regular columns and for today I'll be doing the first of my monthly classic reviews so I don't have to push them to the last week like I did with last month. This month is the Invasion PPV from 2001, the show that really kickstarted the infamous Invasion angle of that summer/fall. Whether you loved it or hated it, let's take a look back.
Edge and Christian vs. Mike Awesome and Lance Storm
Get ready for a loooooooooooooong night ladies and gentlemen, this is the first of 10 matches on the card. This was a great opener, far and away one of the best matches of the night, as there are only two others that I think were better. All 4 of these guys are great to watch and they give a nice, solid tag team opener that definitely got the crowd into it. Whether or not the crowd would stay into it, well, that remains to be seen. **3/4
Guest Referee Match
Referee: Mick Foley
Earl Hebner vs. Nick Patrick
Well this went about 2 minutes long, probably the best match you could expect these two refs to have against each other. It's not a good match by any stretch of the imagination, but judging this against some of the other stinkers on this card, this sadly is probably more entertaining. *
APA vs. Sean O'Haire and Chuck Palumbo
You know, I like all of these guys. O'Haire and Palumbo were solid workers and the APA is one of my personal favorite teams. This is pretty standard stuff, and quite subpar actually. Nothing of note happens, but this isn't the worst match on the show. Most of the matches on this card are pretty short so it certainly doesn't give the guys a whole lot to work with. *1/2
X-Pac vs. Billy Kidman
This certainly could have been a lot better than it was, but for the card it's on it certainly stands out as one of the better matches. It's got some decent spots, but also some inexplicable rest holds. For a 7 minute match I'd rather not see two sleeper spots. **
William Regal vs. Raven
I love both of these guys, but I don't what it is about this match that I can't stand. Is it as boring to everybody else as it is to me? It's not particularly long, but I feel like leaving the room for 5 minutes as opposed to watching this. The less said, the better. *
Chris Kanyon, Hugh Morrus, and Shawn Stasiak vs. Big Show, Billy Gunn and Albert
Come on, this couldn't have been left off the card? Really? *
Tazz vs. Tajiri
I can just copy what I said about the Raven vs. William Regal match and put it here. The only difference being that this is slightly less painful to watch. Still not good. *1/4
WWF Hardcore Championship Match
Jeff Hardy(c) vs. Rob Van Dam
If you have never watched wrestling before, and this was the first show you've watched, compared to the matches that came before it, this must've been one of those revelatory matches that are only talked about in fables and myths. This is the match everybody seems to remember from this show, not that I can really blame anybody because look at what we're dealing with here. This isn't the most "hardcore" hardcore match, but it's a very good, very fun match that injected much needed life into a show that was on life support. ***1/2
Guest Referee Bra and Panties Match
Referee: Mick Foley
Trish Stratus and Lita vs. Torrie Wilson and Stacy Kiebler
I mean, it's a bra and panties match, these aren't put out there for exciting in-ring action, it's meant to visually stimulate people who haven't discovered either the wonders of the opposite sex or the wonders of the internet. But hey, all four ladies are great looking so I suppose it accomplishes its task. *
Team WWF(Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Undertaker and Kane) vs. The Alliance(Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, Rhyno, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley)
The entire show was built around this one match. Every one of the 9 matches before it was solely designed to lead up to this match. That may be a factor in why so many were stinkers, but this match certainly wasn't a stinker. This was a great tag team match to watch, every one of the 10 guys in there got their chance to get the spotlight on them. And once the match breaks down, we get some nice brawling that included a couple good table spots and a chaotic ending. Say what you will about the Austin heel turn of 2001, both at Wrestlemania and here in this match, I don't hate it as much as some other people do. Overall, this was a very good main event. ****
Out of a card of 10 matches, only 3 of them got any higher than 2 stars from me. That's is an awful ratio, and a major factor as to why I can't recommend this show as a whole. If you can find a copy for cheap and you're a collector, go for it. For others, the only matches I'd tell you to check out are the opening tag match, the Hardcore title match, and the main event. Otherwise, stay away.
Well that'll do it for me today, I hope you all enjoyed the read, until next time, have a great week.
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