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 Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington and featured matches, interviews & segments, on the road to the ‘WWF Invasion 2001’ PPV.
This episode featured the long awaited “debut” of the new WCW. The final half hour of WWF Raw was given to WCW and was headlined by Buff Bagwell and Booker T.
The match ended up being the most disappointing main event in WWF history. A WWF source said Vince McMahon “absolutely hated” the whole WCW segment.
Jim Ross had the following to say about the match:
“That match stands out for all the wrong reasons. It was abnormally bad and seemingly ill-timed.”
Booker T said the following:
“I knew that Buff wasn’t prepared for that stage. But I still had a job to do and that was to represent WCW. That night was a test to see if WCW guys were better than WWF guys. It was WCW versus WWF. That’s what that night was really all about, first and foremost.”
Here’s the match-card from that night:
1. The Undertaker vs. Albert
2. Molly Holly vs. Crash Holly
3. Tajiri vs. Scotty 2 Hotty
4. Handicap Match: Chris Jericho vs. The Dudley Boyz
5. WWF World Light-Heavyweight Title: X-Pac vs. Christian
6. Rhyno vs. Test
7. Matt Hardy & Lita vs. The Big Show & Trish Stratus
8. WCW World Title: Booker T vs. Buff Bagwell
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