REWIND-A-WAI #30: WWE King of the Ring (2002)

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE King of the Ring 2002 featuring The Undertaker vs. Triple H for the WWE Undisputed Championship and the finals of the King of the Ring tournament.

We discuss Stone Cold Steve Austin’s departure from the WWE just days before the show, The Rock’s subsequent return, the rise of Brock Lesnar, Hulk Hogan’s 2002 run, Eddie Guerrero and more from a very eventful week in combat sports history.

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Matthew Winter.

Watch the full show on the WWE Network here.

WWE King of the Ring
Sunday, June 23rd, 2002
Columbus, Ohio
Nationwide Arena

*WWE Undisputed title: The Undertaker (c) vs. Triple H
*King of the Ring finals
*Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle
*Ric Flair vs. Eddie Guerrero
*WWE Women’s title: Trish Stratus (c) vs. Molly Holly
*WWE Cruiserweight title: The Hurricane (c) vs. Jamie Noble
*KOTR semi-finals: Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam
*KOTR semi-finals: Brock Lesnar vs. Test

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This is stupid and I’m probably the only one who remembers this, but there’s one reason why I’m glad this review happened again…

In their “former life” review of this show, John does an impression of Mauro Ranallo if he had to do Taz’s lead-in to the Hurricane/Noble package about “the letters”. Cracked me up and has been stuck in my head like a bad jingle ever since, but I couldn’t figure out for the life of me which show it was from.

(my kid is asleep, so I can’t listen right now to get a timestamp for you…)

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