WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2003
January 19, 2003
Attendance 15, 338
WWE Royal Rumble Opener: The show opened up with a video package, hyping up the Royal Rumble and the winner of the Royal Rumble goes to WrestleMania to wrestle for their respective brand's Heavyweight Champion in the Main Event!
In the arena: The fireworks went off in the arena and the crowd went nuts for the start of the pay per view as Michael Cole and Tazz kicked it off on commentary!
Referee: Brian Hebner
The Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar
The Big Show's music hit in the arena and he made his way out to the ring along with Paul Heyman and the winner of this match between The Big Show and Brock Lesnar will be entered into the Royal Rumble! The start: The Big Show and Brock Lesnar locked it up in the center of the ring and The Big Show shoved Brock into the corner as the fans chanted "Let's go Lesnar!" The two locked it up once again and The Big Show once again shoved Brock into the corner and then Brock drove The Big Show into the corner with a running spear. Mid-match notes: Brock Lesnar gave The Big Show an incredible over the head belly to belly suplex and then he picked him up and gave him another one. Amazing, simply amazing. Brock went for a third one but The Big Show grabbed Brock by the throat to stop him from doing so. The Big Show then launched Brock over the top rope to the outside of the ring and if this was the Royal Rumble, he'd be eliminated from the match! Thankfully for Brock, this is a one on one match to determine who gets into the Royal Rumble. The Big Show charged at Brock Lesnar in the corner but Brock moved and then Brock pulled The Big Show out of the corner with a German suplex and then a pin for a two count. Paul Heyman grabbed the leg of Brock Lesnar and as Brock was trying to escape, The Big Show kicked Brock in the face to knock him down. The Big Show signaled for the choke slam and then he stalked Lesnar and grabbed him by the throat but Brock pulled The Big Show down to the mat with an Oklahoma roll into a pin for a two count. Brock then gave The Big Show another over the head belly to belly suplex. Heyman got on the ring apron and Brock pulled him into the ring and then Heyman crawled across the ring to try to get out but Brock grabbed him by the jacket and then went for the F5 but when he turned around, The Big Show grabbed him by the throat and gave him the choke slam. The Big Show then pinned Brock but only got a two count as Brock Lesnar was somehow able to kick out of it! The finish: An angered Big Show then pulled down his straps and then he stalked Brock for another choke slam but Brock got out of it and shoved The Big Show into Paul Heyman who was on the ring apron and then Brock picked The Big Show up and gave him an F5 and then a pin for the three count to get the win!
Winner - Brock Lesnar
Backstage: Terri was shown backstage with Chris Jericho and she spoke about Brock Lesnar being officially entered into the Royal Rumble. Speaking of the Rumble, Chris was given the opportunity to choose any number he desires and he chose number two. Chris said that he wasn't given the option to choose any number he wanted because Vince McMahon made Shawn Michaels the first entrant in the Rumble. Despite the favoritism, Chris is something that Shawn Michaels has never been and never will be and that's the first ever Undisputed Champion and not only that, he had to beat The Rock and Steve Austin back to back to do it. Just like he rose to the occasion then, he's going to do it tonight when he wins the Royal Rumble and fulfills his destiny of regaining his Championship at WrestleMania!
World Tag Team Championship
Referee: Nick Patrick
The Dudley Boyz vs. William Regal and Lance Storm (c)
And this next contest is scheduled for one fall for the World Tag Team Championship with the Dudley Boyz getting a shot at the defending Champions, William Regal and Lance Storm! As Storm and Regal made their way to the ring, the King held up a chain, telling them that he has something for them! Nick Patrick then checked both Regal and Storm for the brass knuckles but he was unable to find any. The start: Bubba Ray Dudley started it off in the ring against Lance Storm and the two locked it up in the center of the ring and the two exchanged arm bars until Storm got Bubba in a wrist lock. Bubba countered it by twisting the arm of Storm and then Storm whipped Bubba off the ropes and Bubba came back with a hard shoulder block to knock him down. Mid-match notes: Bubba whipped both Storm and Regal in the corner and then splashed them both and then gave Lance Storm a side slam out of the corner and followed it up with a pin for a two count. Bubba gave Storm a release German suplex and then pinned him for another two count. Regal tried to get in the ring but Bubba speared him down to the mat to take him out and then he went back to work on Lance Storm with some right hands and then the bionic elbow. Bubba then planted Storm with the Bubba Bomb and then pinned him for a two count as Regal broke up the pin. Bubba gave William Regal a body slam and then D-Von came off the top rope with the flying headbutt to the groin as Bubba held his legs. The Dudleys then planted Lance Storm with the double team flap jack and then D-Von pinned him for a two count. The finish: The Dudleys got ready for the 3D but Chief Morley made his way out and called for a disqualification but the referee said no. Ass the referee was distracted, Regal got out the brass knucks and then the Dudleys hit the 3D on Regal and then D-Von used the brass knuckles on Lance Storm and then pinned him for the three count to win the World Tag Team Titles!
Winners and new World Tag Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz
The Aftermath: The Dudley Boyz celebrated their win and by the looks of it, the title switch is going to remain.
Nathan Jones - Coming soon: A promo was shown for Nathan Jones and it highlighted the fact that he's been in prison. This big man is coming soon...
Stepmother vs. Stepdaughter
Referee: Mike Sparks
Dawn Marie vs. Torrie Wilson
Dawn Marie made her way out to the ring, wearing a black Vail, over her face out of respect for Al Wilson and she's ready for this one on one match against Torrie Wilson in the first ever Stepmother vs. Stepdaughter match. The start: Mike Sparks showed some sympathy by asking Torrie if she wants to go through with this and Dawn jumped Torrie to knock her down to the mat. Dawn then stomped away on Torrie Wilson as she was down on the mat but Torrie quickly got up and speared Dawn to knock her down. The finish: In a dull, boring and pointless match, Torrie defeated Dawn Marie with a swinging neck breaker. Exciting!
Winner - Torrie Wilson
The Aftermath: Torrie celebrated her win in the ring as Dawn left, yelling "It's not over!"
Backstage: Stephanie McMahon was shown walking through the backstage area and she came up to Eric Bischoff and Randy Orton. Stephanie talked to Randy and Eric broke it up and sent Randy on his way. Stephanie told Eric that she just came to say goodbye. Eric asked Stephanie where she's going and Stephanie said that Vince said he's going to fire Eric in 30 days. Speaking of 30 days, a desperate man calls for desperate measures, so what is his bombshell. Eric said that it's not just a bombshell, it's an atomic bombshell. Besides, what makes Stephanie think her job is secure? Stephanie said that she's successful and she's got a bombshell that she's going to drop this Thursday. Incase Eric is wondering, she is a McMahon and in terms of her job security, blood is thicker than ... urine, in Eric's case! Eric told Stephanie that she's crass but maybe what she's trying to say is that blood is thicker than water, but there's another saying; money is much thicker than blood. Stephanie responded by saying "We'll see."
Sean O'Haire, returning soon: Sean O'Haire is running these weird promos on WWE programming that are rather hard to describe. He always ends them by saying that he's not telling us anything that we don't already know.
World Heavyweight Championship
Referee: Earl Hebner
Scott Steiner vs. Triple H (c)
Triple H was introduced to the ring first and he made his way out along with Ric Flair and this next match is for the World Heavyweight Championship with Triple H defending against Scott Steiner. Before the match, Earl Hebner said that he knows how they all are, so he isn't putting up with any crap from Flair, Triple H or Steiner. Mr. McMahon told Earl that he's the law in there, so it's going to be professional. The start: Triple H and Scott Steiner stood face to face and exchanged words and Scott pushed Triple H back and then Triple H fired back with a number of right hands on Scott Steiner. Triple H backed Steiner into the corner but Steiner knocked Triple H down to the mat. Mid-match notes: Triple H went to kick Steiner but Steiner caught his foot and shoved him down to the mat and then he hooked Triple H in a Boston crab but Triple H was able to get to the ropes to break it up. Triple H went for his patented face buster but Scott Steiner no sold it and then he got Triple H in a bear hug to wear him down. Steiner then gave Triple H an over the head belly to belly suplex and then pinned him for a two count. Scott went for the Steiner Recliner but Ric Flair pulled Triple H out of the ring to avoid it. Steiner then started to go after Ric Flair but the referee interjected himself to stop Steiner. Triple H choked Steiner in the corner with his boot and the referee counted to five and then he pulled Triple H out of the corner. As the referee yelled at Triple H, Ric Flair ran over to Steiner and choked him with his jacket. Moments later, as Triple H detained the referee, Flair choked Steiner over the second rope. Triple H whipped Steiner into the corner and then kicked him out of the corner and went for the Pedigree but Steiner broke it and pulled Triple H down to the mat and gave him a slingshot into the corner. Steiner then gave Triple H an over the head suplex and then he lifted Triple H up for a power slam but Triple H countered it and then gave Steiner a neck breaker and then a pin for a two count. Scott Steiner gave Triple H a double arm under hook power bomb and as Triple H went down, so did Steiner and the fans chanted "You f-d up!" Steiner pinned Triple H but only got a two count. Triple H then went to the top rope but Steiner went over and pulled Triple H down with a super plex to the middle of the ring. Steiner pinned Triple H to get another two count. Triple H rolled out of the ring and Flair grabbed the Championship belt and the two started to walk away until Scott Steiner ran down the aisle way, knocking both men down with a double clothesline. Earl then argued with Ric Flair to restrain him and then Triple H went to hit Steiner in the head with the Championship belt but Steiner blocked it and knocked Triple H down to the ground by shoving the belt into his face. As a result, Triple H was busted opened and bloodied up. After a belly to belly suplex in the ring, Triple H got out of the ring and tried to leave through the crowd but Steiner caught up with him and the two brawled throughout the crowd until Steiner brought Triple H back to the ring and did some push ups in front of the Game. Ric Flair wanted the referee to stop the match due to the laceration on the head of Triple H but the referee told him no. Triple H then tossed the referee out of the ring and the referee got back in the ring and got ready to ring the bell, but then he changed his mind, telling Triple H that he's not going to disqualify him! Triple H went to hit the referee but Steiner hooked him in another belly to belly suplex and a pin for a two count. Flair got on the ring apron and the referee yelled at him to get down and then Triple H gave Steiner a low blow and then he rolled Steiner up and pinned him for a two count. The finish: Triple H went under the ring and got a sledge hammer out and brought it into the ring and the referee yelled at him but Triple H shoved the referee and then nailed Steiner in the gut with it and the referee was forced to end the match by disqualification.
Winner by DQ, Scott Steiner, but still World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H
The Aftermath: Triple H went to nail Scott in the head with the sledge hammer but the referee stopped him and then Scott Steiner grabbed the sledge hammer and laid out Triple H and Ric Flair as the fans heavily booed (because of the DQ) throughout the arena. Scott Steiner then put Triple H in the Steiner Recliner and a number of WWE officials came out to break it up but they were unable to do so. Eric Bischoff came out as well and pleaded with Steiner to let Triple H go, because it's over. Steiner eventually released the hold but he's not a happy man because he's not going to walk away as the new Champion.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Heavyweight Championship Match
Referee: Michael Chioda
Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (c)
Kurt Angle made his way out to the ring along with Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas and this next contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the WWE Heavyweight Championship with Kurt Angle as the Champion defending against the challenger, Chris Benoit! The start: Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin shoved Chris Benoit away from Kurt Angle as Benoit attempted to get at Angle and then referee Michael Chioda ejected Team Angle from this contest! Angle and Benoit locked it up in the center of the ring and Angle put Benoit in a side headlock and Benoit countered it into a side headlock of his own and then Kurt Angle whipped Chris Benoit off the ropes and Benoit came back with a shoulder block to knock Angle down to the mat. Mid-match notes: Chris Benoit gave Kurt Angle a vicious DDT on the ring apron and then he pinned him but only got a two count. Benoit went for the flying headbutt but Kurt Angle was able to roll out of the way. Angle attempted the Angle Slam on Benoit but Benoit countered it and put Kurt in the Sharpshooter, "shades of Bret Hart from Calgary" as quoted by Michael Cole. Kurt Angle was able to get to the ropes to break the hold. Chris Benoit gave Kurt Angle a series of German suplexes until Kurt Angle broke it and switched it, giving Benoit a German suplex of his own. Benoit quickly countered it and gave Kurt Angle a release German suplex and then he went up to the top rope for the flying headbutt but Kurt Angle hopped up and gave Chris Benoit a top rope belly to belly suplex. Angle went for the Angle Slam once again but Benoit countered it and put Angle in the Crossface and Kurt was eventually able to get to the ropes. Benoit then put Angle in the ankle lock and pulled Angle off the ropes towards the center of the ring until Benoit countered into an ankle lock of his own! Benoit then countered the ankle lock into the Crossface and the referee was right there to check on Kurt Angle to see if he gives up but Angle countered the Crossface into a banana split pin for a two count. Benoit then put the Crossface back but Angle eventually got out of it with the Angle Slam and then he pinned him for a two count. Kurt Angle put the ankle lock on Chris Benoit in the center of the ring and Benoit rolled through it to send Angle into the second turnbuckle. Benoit went for a German but Angle countered it and then Benoit rolled Angle up in a pin for a two count and then he went back to the German suplexes on Kurt but Kurt switched and gave Benoit a German until Benoit switched it and gave Kurt Angle a release German suplex, flipping Kurt Angle entirely over to the point where he almost landed on his head. Chris Benoit then went to the top rope and came off with the flying headbutt on Kurt Angle and then he pinned him for a two count. Angle slammed Benoit into the top turnbuckle and then he gave him the Angle Slam and pinned him but only got a two count! What a match! The finish: Kurt Angle went to pick up Chris Benoit but Benoit pulled Kurt Angle down to the mat with the Crossface and Kurt Angle rolled through it and put Benoit in the ankle lock and Benoit attempted to counter it but Angle held onto it. Chris tried to kick Kurt off a couple times but Kurt held onto it and Benoit tried to make it to the bottom rope and then Angle wrapped his legs around the leg of Benoit to grab hold of him and forced Chris Benoit to tap out in an absolutely tremendous match! Chris Benoit got up in the ring and the fans gave him a tremendous ovation and then he limped out of the ring and headed to the back.
Winner and still WWE Champion, Kurt Angle
The Aftermath: Team Angle came out to the ring to celebrate Kurt Angle's win by holding him up in the center of the ring!
Backstage: Rob Van Dam was shown getting prepared for the Royal Rumble match and Kane showed up and told him that he's a hell of a tag team partner but tonight, it's both of them in the Royal Rumble. Two years ago, he was in the Rumble for an hour and he came one man short of winning the whole thing. Make no mistake about it, tonight, if RVD is the man that stands between him in winning the Rumble, Kane will not hesitate to eliminate him. RVD said that's understandable. In fact, Kane should do whatever necessary to ensure his victory because you could be damn sure that RVD is going to do what it takes to make sure tonight's Royal Rumble is Rob Van Dam!
The Royal Rumble was next. Two minute intervals between participants, with over the top rope eliminations.
|1||Shawn Michaels||Shawn Michaels|
|2||Chris Jericho||Chris Nowinski|
|3||Chris Nowinski||Rey Mysterio, Jr|
|4||Rey Mysterio, Jr.||Bill DeMott|
|7||Chavo Guerrero, Jr.||B2|
|9||Bill DeMott||Edge & Christian|
|10||Tommy Dreamer||(See Above)|
|12||Rob Van Dam||Rosey|
|13||Matt Hardy||Eddie Guerrero|
|14||Eddie Guerrero||Chris Jericho|
|19||Charlie Haas||Charlie Haas|
|26||Maven||Rob Van Dam|
|29||Brock Lesnar||The Undertaker|
|30||The Undertaker||WINNER: Brock Lesnar|