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2001 R.S.P-W Awards

Best Feud


Award Description:

To be given to the feud that gave us the most heated and best wrestling
match(es) of the year. In 1994, this award was split into two: North
American and Non-North American.  In 1996, due to lack of participation on
the non-NA side, it was recombined.

Previous Winners:

  1990: Doom: Ron Simmons & Butch Reed vs. Horsemen: Arn Anderson & Barry
  1991: Doom: Ron Simmons & Butch Reed vs. Steiners
  1992: Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage
  1993: Big Van Vader vs. Cactus Jack
  1994: (NA)     Cactus Jack & partner vs. Nasty Boys
  1994: (non-NA) All Japan Women vs. JWP (& other outside women)
  1995: (NA)     Dean Malenko vs. Eddy Guerrero
  1995: (non-NA) Aja Kong vs. Manami Toyota
  1996: NWO vs. WCW
  1997: Bret Hart / Hart Foundation vs. Steve Austin
  1998: Mr. McMahon vs. Steve Austin
  1999: Mankind vs. Rock
  2000: Triple H vs. Mankind / Cactus Jack

**2001**: Rock vs. Chris Jericho

294 first place votes
287 second place votes
278 third place votes

 74 38 27  538   Rock v. Chris Jericho
 41 34 21  349   Steve Austin v. Triple H
 30 46 26  340   Steve Austin v. Kurt Angle
 31 24 18  263   Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho v. Steve Austin & Triple H
 19 33 24  242   Chris Benoit v. Kurt Angle
 23 18 21  211   Rock v. Steve Austin
 11  7  5   86   Kurt Angle v. Triple H
  8  4 16   84   WWF v. Alliance
  4  7 17   75   Edge v. Christian
  5  8 12   73   Chris Benoit v. Chris Jericho
  3  8 16   71   Chris Jericho v. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
  2 11  7   57   Jim Ross v. Paul Heyman
  6  3  3   45   New Infernales v. Satanico's Infernales
  1  8  8   45   Rob van Dam v. Steve Austin
  4  2  7   40   Rock v. Booker T
  2  3  7   33   Booker T v. Scott Steiner
  3  2  1   23   NJPW v. AJPW
  1  4  2   21   Jung Dragons v. 3 Count
  3  1  1   20   American Dragon v. Low Ki
  1  2  3   17   Jeff Hardy v. Rob van Dam
  1  2  3   17   Essa Rios v. Kurt Angle
  3  0  0   15   Chris Benoit v. Steve Austin
  1  2  1   13   BATT v. Team 2000
  1  1  2   12   Rock v. Chris Benoit
  2  0  0   10   Lexie Fyfe v. Brandi Alexander
  1  1  1   10   All Japan Women v. Old Army
  1  0  2    9   Akira Hokuto v. Meiko Satomura
  0  3  0    9   Diamond Dallas Page v. Positively Kanyon
  0  1  3    9   Shane Helms v. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
  1  1  0    8   Vince McMahon v. Shane McMahon
  1  0  1    7   Jushin Liger v. Minoru Tanaka
  1  0  1    7   Hayabusa v. Tetsuhiro Kuroda
  0  2  0    6   Steve Austin v. Chris Benoit
  1  0  0    5   Yumiko Hotta v. Kaoru Ito
  1  0  0    5   Undertaker v. Triple H
  1  0  0    5   Undertaker v. Diamond Dallas Page
  1  0  0    5   Super Dragon v. B-Boy
  1  0  0    5   Spike Dudley v. Dudley Boyz
  1  0  0    5   Sgt. Slaughter v. Iron Sheik
  1  0  0    5   Selina Majors v. Thug
  1  0  0    5   IPW v. NWA Florida v. NWA Wildside
  0  1  1    5   Low Ki v. Homicide
  0  1  1    5   General Rection v. Lance Storm
  0  0  2    4   ZERO-ONE v. NOAH
  0  0  2    4   Shane McMahon v. Vince McMahon
  0  1  0    3   Undertaker & Kane v. Steve Austin & Triple H
  0  1  0    3   Team Kuroda v. FMW
  0  1  0    3   Shane McMahon v. Kurt Angle
  0  1  0    3   Sachie Abe v. FANG Suzuki
  0  1  0    3   Paul Heyman v. Vince McMahon
  0  1  0    3   NJPW Jrs. v. Osaka Pro
  0  1  0    3   M2K v. Crazy MAX
  0  1  0    3   Diamond Dallas Page v. Scott Steiner
  0  1  0    3   All Japan v. New Japan
  0  0  1    2   Spike Dudley v. Dudley Boyz v. Crash and Hardcore Holly
  0  0  1    2   Rock v. Steve Austins
  0  0  1    2   Rock v. Kurt Angle
  0  0  1    2   Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett v. Dusty & Dustin Rhodes
  0  0  1    2   Perro Aguayo v. Los Hermanos Dinamitas
  0  0  1    2   Lana Star & Patti Pizzazz v. Poison & Ice Cold
  0  0  1    2   Kurt Angle v. Booker T
  0  0  1    2   K-1 v. Inoki Corps.
  0  0  1    2   Hurricane v. Bradshaw
  0  0  1    2   GOEMON v. Onryo
  0  0  1    2   Edge & Christian v. Dudley Boyz
  0  0  1    2   Danger v. Riot
  0  0  1    2   Becky the Farmer's Daughter v. Jungle Grrrl
  0  0  1    2   American Dragon v. Spanky
  0  0  1    2   3 Count v. Jung Dragons


  1  0  0        WWF v. WWF (?)
  0  0  1        Edge/Christian/Los Conquistadoes (ineligible time)
  0  0  1        ECW v. WCW (didn't happen)

EDDIE BURKETT: HHH vs. Undertaker was fun.  Edge vs. Christian was really
good, except the ending seemed rushed.  Rock vs. Jericho has been fun.

NATE GURNETT: There really weren't many great feuds this year.  Sorry I
didn't like HHH/Austin (Austin shoots H in head with shotgun!  H
retaliates by blowing up car Austin is in!  Match at 11!).  Booker/Rock
had great heat, good matches, and generally was all around enjoyable.  
And cut way to short.  And when no one was watching, Chavo and Helms put
on some fantastic matches, Chavo cut some great promos, and Helms went
over clean in the end.  Sort of a paint by numbers feud, but really well
done on both ends.  3 is sort of a toss, as E&C salvaged merely a decent
feud from crappy booking.

TEDB512: Steve Austin versus Jericho and Benoit made for an incredible
month of wrestling television.

CHIP BOOTS: Kayon/Page is one of the few bright spots of the Last Days of

SCOTT WORDEN: Rock and Jericho was the best feud..  Even though it was not
that long ago, it was basically one of the only things keeping people
interested.. Austin and Angle had a good one in there too..

F-MAN: It really doesn't get any better than Rock vs. Jericho in terms of
psychology. After Chris Jericho won the WCW Title from the Rock, the
classy thing to do was to hand back the old "The Rock" nameplate to the
belt's former owner. Seriously, there's no better burn than that.

TERRY McMAHON: I can only think of one real feud (Rock-Jericho) that I
think went well this year.  All the other ones went in an entirely wrong
direction (Austin-HHH), went on too long (Angle-Benoit) or mucked about
with no real heat (Edge-Christian, Rock-Booker).

SEAN FLYNN: For a couple weeks, the WWF had me excited to watch, thinking
that the new era had begun.  Thinking that exciting matches and good
storylines and new stars was the order of the day.  Sadly they killed that
all sorts of dead.  But for a couple of weeks, I LOVED watching the WWF.  
And those weeks were the Benoit/Jericho v. Austin feud.  It was the only
one that truly made me interested in what would happen next.

CANZ: List of things the fued between Infernales accomplished: Brought
back rudo vs rudo matches and made them the flavor of the month in EMLL;
Elevated the severely underpushed Rencor Latino into a few main events;
Made Ultimo Guerrero and Rey Bucanero recognized as the next generation of
lucha; added another page to the book of the Legend of Satanico; Gave us
hours of great EMLL TV.

SHOCKER 2K: Triple H/Steve Austin going into No Way Out is a textbook
example of how you not only build up for a PPV, but how you end the feud.
Great from start to finish.

DONNY L: I loved Angle and Triple H the ending sucked but during there
feud it was pure gold(it might get hurt because it's so early in the
year). Heyman v. Ross seemed so personal their verbal attacks were great.
Also like whenever steph/jericho go at it.

ESTRAGAND: WWF vs. Alliance: good idea. got me watching WWF again. bad
execution and follow-up.

JOHN C.: Austin vs. Triple H ruled it in a lot of ways. Sure, the whole
thing with Triple H coming back from the car dropping was ridiculous but
the rest of the feud was great. From the contract signing to the no
physical contact stipulation and the MOTY at NWO, it was clearly the
highlight of the year.  Rock vs. Jericho has been awesome in so many ways.
Angle vs. Benoit allowed us to watch two awesome workers wrestle in a lot
of different matches that are really hard to pull off.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: In little more than a month of the voting period, Chris
Jericho and the Rock have gotten into one of the best feuds I've ever
seen. Everything these two touch turns into gold, I swear to Benoit. And
this may end up the best feud of next year as well... Austin vs. Angle
gets second. Great inception, great build up, great matches, shame about
the way it sorta died in the end. Kinda like Angle/HHH from last year.
Edge vs. Christian gets third, with the same caveat. Easily the best
"brother" vs. "brother" feud of all time. It's no Bret vs. Owen, but still
very good stuff.

YNAE316:  Rock v. Chris Jericho:  Looking forward to more...  Jung Dragons
v. 3 Count:  Main reason I stuck with WCW...  Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho
v. Steve Austin & Triple H:  Wished Vince didn't hit the "panic button"

SHANE SPEAR: Steve Austin and Triple H really had a great thing going at
the beginning of this year, and I dare you to find me a more intense
staredown than the one between the two after Trips cost Austin the WWF
championship on RAW in January.  Austin also had a good enemy in one Kurt
Angle.  Not only did he fight him a few times as a face, but the two went
at it all summer long.  There was kidnapping, stealing, and blood.  It's
was like a hollywood movie, only with Angle and Austin.  Like I mentioned
before Benoit and Angle put on a show this year.  The only problem was
that I don't feel like the had 110% during the fued, especially at
Judgment Day, where they seemed to stall.  If they had turned it on full,
I would have no doubt that they would have the top spot.  Maybe next year.

THE CUBS FAN: I'll go out on a limb here, but Essa Rios vs Kurt Angle was
the BEST feud...Essa Rios was involved the WWF...this

SHAWN MULLIN: The Rock/Jericho feud has been a diamond in a relatively
large pile of shit.  The slow build of tension, hate, and character
evolution on Jericho's part has been absolutely fabulous.  The feud is
definately more about Jericho than it is the Rock, but Rock has been the
perfect foe to play off for the development of these very important issues
in Jericho's character.  Lets hope that in the end it'll mean something.

General Comments
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