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A Major Debut Took Place In WWE 18 Years Ago Today

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On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Vengeance 2002’ PPV.

This show featured the WWE TV debut of John Cena, who went on to become the “Face Of WWE” for over a decade and a 16 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Here’s the match-card:

1. Kurt Angle vs. John Cena

2. Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo vs. Hardcore Holly & Val Venis

3. Lance Storm vs. Mark Henry

4. Rikishi vs. Test

5. Billy Kidman & Hurricane Helms vs. Jamie Noble & Tajiri

6. D-Von Dudley & Deacon Batista vs. Faarooq & Randy Orton

7. Hulk Hogan vs. Chris Jericho

Below is what Cena tweeted about this:

        
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