• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 17, 2002) – WWF No Way Out 2002
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on February 17, 2002, the World Wrestling Federation aired their annual ‘No Way Out’ event LIVE on PPV from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
This turned out to be the last ‘World Wrestling Federation’ version of NO WAY OUT, before the promotion was renamed World Wrestling Entertainment later that year.
No Way Out 2002 marks the WWF debut of the nWo faction, including the Hulkster’s WWF return after being gone for almost 9 years.
Here are the results:
– The APA won the Tag team turmoil match
– Rob Van Dam def. Goldust
– WWF Tag Team Championship: Tazz and Spike Dudley (c) def. Booker T and Test
– Brass Knuckles on a Pole – WWF Intercontinental Championship: William Regal (c) def. Edge
– The Rock def. The Undertaker
– #1 contender: Kurt Angle def. Triple H
– Undisputed WWF Championship: Chris Jericho (c) def. Stone Cold Steve Austin
• NXT Star Says WWE Main Roster Is “Watered-Down Child’s Product”
During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, NXT wrestler Matt Riddle was asked why NXT continues to get better reviews than RAW & SmackDown.
Below is what Riddle said:
“Yeah. I think we’re just different. I know that’s the easy answer- but I’d say like, we’re different, we’re new, we’re fresh and we’re not the same kind of watered-down child’s product that WWE is kinda turned into a lot. So…if you go watch us, even though it’s scripted a lot of the time, it’s more real. It’s more believable.”
When asked how WWE can improve their main roster product, Riddle said they’ll have to bring up a lot of wrestlers from NXT:
“I would say we’d have to bring in some of the (NXT) talent- and not like just a couple then and there. You’d have to bring enough in so we could make the other roster members change.”