On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE King of the Ring 2002’ PPV.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin was scheduled to face “The Next Big Thing” Brock Lesnar in a King Of The Ring qualifying match on this episode of RAW.
However, Austin walked out several hours before the start of the show in a disagreement over the creative plans for his match.
Austin was supposed to lose to Lesnar in this match and he had no problem with putting the 24-year-old Lesnar over, but Austin felt that putting the match on free TV with no build-up was bad for business.
Austin said that the match should’ve been on a PPV with a proper build-up, so that Lesnar goes over in the best way possible. When Austin’s creative plans were dismissed, he quit WWE.
Here’s the match-card from that night:
1. Booker T, Big Show & X-Pac vs. Shawn Stasiak, Spike Dudley & Tommy Dreamer
2. WWE European Title: William Regal vs. Bradshaw
3. Molly Holly vs. Trish Stratus
4. King Of The Ring 2002 Qualifying Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero
5. King Of The Ring 2002 Qualifying Match: Brock Lesnar vs. Bubba Ray Dudley
6. 100% Ownership Of WWE – No Holds Barred Match: Mr. McMahon vs. Ric Flair
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