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MOMENTUM KEY: (*) Denotes Interference; (E) Denotes Even Momentum ; Numbers to reflect substantial momentum changes or consistencies; [0:00] Denotes pre-bell action (not counted in official times), if any; Subscripts in lieu of continued momentum (i.e. 13 is same as 1-1-1).
1RAW 1. Kurt Angle 2. Edge 2RAW 1. Booker T (PINNED) and Test 2. Hardy Boyz (JEFF PINS) with Lita 3RAW 1. Tazz 2. Stone Cold Steve Austin ARAW 1. Dudley Boyz with Stacy Keibler 2. Scotty 2 Hotty and Albert 4RAW 1. Undertaker 2. Rob Van Dam 5RAW 1. Christian 2. Big Show 6RAW 1. William Regal 2. The Rock
Interpromotional Matches, 5; WCW/ECW wins (1, 0 by DQ); WWF wins (4, 0 by DQ); Intrapromotional Matches (1 WCW); NoContests/NonMatches (1).
Personal Best Match of the night: 1 RAW Kurt Angle v. Edge (70)
Personal Worst Match of the night: 3 RAW Tazz v. Stone Cold Steve Austin (05)
4 Singles (2 Title Matches), 1 Tag (1 Title Match); 1 Hardcore Singles (1 Title Match)
3 instances of interference (2 meaningful , Booker T-2nd (4), Tajiri (6))
6 RAW *Tajiri
Hardy Boyz (New WWF Tag Team Champions)
Show assessment: Certifiably iffy showing (some matches/segments exempted).
MATCH BY MATCH:
First Match: For the seeming impromptu setup, this was still an enjoyable contest. This match had its share of good counters and the moves were generally well executed. The finish, while somewhat predictable at the point of distraction, was still a good terminus as a sort of reprisal for the WWF (reference to the pre-match dialogue). Quite good.
Second Match: The finish was relatively unexpected then (not so considering Foley's later speech, but then hindsight is 20/20). Action seemed sufficiently paced and the momentum exchanges were well placed. Post match celebration continues to tease split. The question of whether it will be executed this time still remains to be seen.
Third Match: The premise for this match seemed a considerable time in coming which made this all the more disappointing. This match had so much potential to it that one could not help but be destroyed by this measly sub-minute speck. The only light was the Tazzmission on Stone Cold with the slight glimmer of hope that he would somehow tap out.
Non-Match (ARAW): Stacy seems to be build one of those "you brought this on yourself" streaks that Stasiak had earlier on. The double-worm, while possibly doubly-ridiculous, carried some humor in it. Despite odd tag team of Scotty and Albert, would have at least liked something, however short, to work with as a baseline for future reference.
Fourth Match: Rob Van Dam always seems to, by default, raise the match a couple of points. Booker T's interference was unwelcome and worth a slight devaluation but nothing glaring, if only for the possibility that Booker T might exact retribution on Rob Van Dam for the Five Star Frog Splash on Smackdown. RVD's leap off the Titantron was a fine touch.
Fifth Match: It isn't exactly like anyone really matches up with the Big Show, but with the great chasm in size between himself and Christian, the potential seemed all the much lesser beforehand, and the match confirmed it. Planned interference was unmistakably foreseeable even though the interference was never effective. Low grade.
Sixth Match: Much more was envisionable between these two yet none of the like really came to fruition. Tajiri's interference was not completely foreseeable offhand and the green mist is always a welcome entry into the fray. Still not much light in this match otherwise. More entertainment found earlier on (namely opening two matches).
Robert Ortega, Jr.