• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (December 31, 2000) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
It featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2001’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
1. Steve Blackman vs. Crash Holly
2. TAZ vs. TAKA Michinoku
3. K-Kwik vs. D-Lo Brown
4. Perry Saturn vs. Hardcore Holly
5. Test vs. Val Venis
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• Major Plan For Rob Van Dam Got Cancelled In 2002
During a recent edition of Wade Keller’s Pro Wrestling Podcast, former WWE writer Seth Mates revealed WWE’s original plan for the WWE Title and the World Heavyweight Title in 2002.
Below is what Seth said:
“The plan from the very beginning from the formulate stages from the moment we decided to split the titles which finally happened once and for all sign the dotted line the week or week and a half after Vengeance that year heading into SummerSlam was that Rob Van Dam would be the first World Heavyweight Champion and that he would beat Triple H who would be the #1 contender, Van Dam would be the Intercontinental Champion, he’d win the World Heavyweight Title and then the plan, because we were planning on having that WWE Title parked on Brock Lesnar for the long haul.
I mean, there was never even a remote discussion until three weeks before Survivor Series of him losing that title anytime before WrestleMania 19.
The plan coming out of a lot of meetings was for Rob Van Dam to become the first World Champion, Brock to be the first WWE Champion, and for both of them to carry those titles as the new faces of these new brands you know kinda this fresh brand of fresh champions and to carry those titles for at least the next six to seven months.
New blood, and here we were in 2002. What we always knew was that in our back pocket our out plan for the whole thing we always knew we had in our back pocket if worse comes to worse if we split the titles and there’s backlash that it doesn’t work or whatever, we’ll just pop a buy-rate and we’ll have Brock face RVD in a unification match at WrestleMania and we’ll pretend that the whole thing never happened.”