• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (September 22, 2002) – WWE Unforgiven 2002
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on September 22, 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired ‘WWE Unforgiven 2002’ LIVE on PPV from the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The PPV theme song of this dual brand (RAW & SmackDown!) pay-per-view was “Adrenaline” by the band ‘Gavin Rossdale’.
This marked the first time Undertaker and Brock Lesnar faced each other in singles competition.
Brock Lesnar won the WWE Undisputed Title from The Rock at SummerSlam 2002, and The Undertaker challenged him the next night on Raw. The title match between the two at Unforgiven ended in a Double DQ.
Below are the results from the PPV:
– Kane, Goldust, Booker T & Bubba Ray Dudley def. The Un-Americans (Lance Storm, Christian, William Regal & Test).
– Chris Jericho def. Ric Flair to retain the Intercontinental Title.
– Eddie Guerrero def. Edge
– 3-Minute Warning (Rosey & Jamal) def. Billy and Chuck
– Triple H def. Rob Van Dam to retain the World Heavyweight Title.
– Trish Stratus def. Molly Holly to win the WWE Women’s Title.
– Chris Benoit def. Kurt Angle
– Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker for the WWE Title ended in a Double DQ.
You can watch the highlights from the main event between Undertaker & Lesnar from Unforgiven 2002 below:
• Kurt Angle On How WWE Can Make The Next Rey Mysterio
During a recent Q&A session on his Facebook page, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was asked if 205 Live Cruiserweight wrestlers should be used more on RAW & SmackDown Live.
Below is what Angle replied:
“Yes. I think we should highlight each one for a month. So, every month have a different 205 superstar wrestle the top heavyweights on Raw and SmackDown. See which one the fans really get behind and push that wrestler into Superstar mode. Then you have the next Rey Mysterio. It’s worth a shot, you never know. Just an idea.”
Below are some more questions that Angle answered:
What is your worst match?
“I never had a bad match…LOL. The one that I remember was the Lumberjack Match with Eddie Guerrero. Eddie wasn’t feeling well that night. The match dragged on and on. Eddie kept telling me something was wrong. He kept telling me to put him in a hold so he could get his mind and body straight.
It was not the Eddie that we all knew, ‘the greatest of all-time.’ He was physically and emotionally exhausted that night. It was a failure on my part because I kept pushing him to go harder, I should have listened to him. Eddie was more to me than a fellow wrestler, he was my brother. It was a bad night for him. And a bad night for me.”
Which match of yours you think people underrate?
“My matches with Orton and Cena. They seem to be overshadowed by my matches with Austin, Rock, Taker, Eddie, Benoit, Mysterio, Michaels and Lesnar. I loved my matches with Orton and Cena!”
What preparation it had took to compete in iron match match against Brock Lesnar ? How you made your mindset before any big match like at WM?
“Focus. Focus. Focus. It’s about being in the moment and knowing what you want to achieve in a match. My story in the Ironman match was to be the underdog that kept falling behind, but I kept fighting back. There needs to be an underlying story you want to tell in ALL of your matches. Every one of my matches had some sort of story, especially at WrestleMania.”
Hi Kurt.. Pittsburgh here. My daughter has become a huge WWE fan at the age of 8. She thinks she should take up the sport of wrestling on the mats with boys in order to prepare herself for the WWE when she gets older. My question is: any advice on other activities that i can get her in? She plays soccer, but what else do you suggest? Thank you!
“Yes! Have her amateur wrestle. Keep her out of a pro wrestling ring until she’s 16. Have her watch the WWE every week. Study the best matches. She needs to be a student first. She also should consider college just to fall back on in case things don’t pan out:) Good luck!”
Was anything said between you and Brock Lesnar after his botched Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania 19?
“Well, it was my idea to do the shooting star…Brock misjudged the flip and landed on his head. It was a scary moment. But nothing was said between us about it. The match spoke for itself regardless of the failed flip. If anything, it became one of the most popular WrestleMania moments.”