REWIND-A-WAI #54: WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne (2002)

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne from August 10, 2002 headlined by The Rock vs. Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Undisputed Championship.

Recorded live from Colonial Stadium and later released on WWE Home Video, this event marked the company’s first return to Australia since 1986.

We review the full SmackDown-branded event and discuss its impressive financial performance, dark matches missing from its recorded version, the “loose” commentary of Tazz and Michael Cole, as well as the absence of Hulk Hogan.

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

Watch this event on WWE Network by clicking here (account required).

Photo Courtesy: WWE

WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne
August 10, 2002
Colonial Stadium
Melbourne, Australia

*WWE Undisputed Championship: The Rock © vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
*Bra & Panties Match: Torrie Wilson vs. Stacy Kiebler
*Chris Jericho vs. Edge
*WWE Tag Team Titles: The Un-Americans (Christian & Lance Storm) © vs. Kidman & Rey Mysterio
*WWE Cruiserweight Title: Jamie Noble © vs. The Hurricane
*Kiss My Ass Match: Rikishi vs. Rico

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As a resident of Melbourne, it is completely incomprehensible to me that our cabs are cleaner than anywhere. On the contrary, you expect to be met with shit on the floor and a driver that stinks and who will spend your whole ride bitching to you about rideshare. Especially if you’re only taking a short ride.

I read somewhere that Melbourne had one of the fastest uptakes of Uber anywhere in the world, and this completely checks out for me.

Listening right now as I type this to this episode but the guys just hit on Stephs Dancing, I was glad that they pointed it out as it stuck out to myself when I watched the show about a year ago.

Thought I’d pass along a few gifs I made from this show that I made back when I watched for my pod.

Steph Dancing:

And I thought this might be one of the better heyman performances.

Alright Gonna keep listening now, oh man here comes Jaimie Noble and Nidia, lol this shit was awesomely awful


Triple H randomly playing a face in the triple threat after such a vicious attack and heel turn on Shawn Michaels a few weeks before this is really bizarre.

It reminds me of when I went to a house show in Chicago in late 2010, and Cody Rhodes cut a racist anti-Mexican promo before Chavo Guerrero, who I believe was a low card heel at the time came out and played a super face to the mostly Hispanic crowd.