• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 8, 2001) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California and featured matches, interviews & segments, on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Chris Jericho & Hardy Boyz vs. The Radicalz
2. Lumberjack Match: Billy Gunn vs. Val Venis
3. Jack Doan, Teddy Long & The Rock vs. Kane & Rikishi
4. WWF Hardcore Title: Raven vs. Steve Blackman
5. Handicap Match: Albert & Trish Stratus vs. Test
6. WWF World Heavyweight Title: Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle
• Gimmick Match Featuring Rey Mysterio Still Not Happening
As seen on this week’s episode of RAW, Andrade defeated Rey Mysterio to retain the United States Championship.
Andrade took off Mysterio’s mask during this and went backstage with it.
Later during a backstage segment, Mysterio attacked Andrade and took his mask back.
This began speculation that WWE could be doing a “Mask vs. Title” match between Mysterio & Andrade (a “Mask vs. Hair” match was originally planned for them at WrestleMania 35), but that’s not the case.
According to the Wrestling Observer, despite all signs pointing towards this gimmick match involving Mysterio’s mask happening, there are no plans as of now to do it.
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