REWIND-A-WAI #63: WWF Raw Is War (May 21, 2001)

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWF Raw Is War from May 21, 2001 featuring a tag team title match between Steve Austin & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit in one of WWE’s most critically acclaimed TV main events.

We discuss the legacy of the match and Triple H’s quadriceps-tear. Also, Kurt Angle’s medal ceremony is interrupted by WCW’s Shane McMahon, a budding romance between Molly Holly & Spike Dudley is caught warring families, and Eddie Guerrero does his best to earn Team Xtreme’s trust.

Plus, a look at the news from the week of May 21st, 2001 and your feedback from the POST Wrestling Forum.

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

Watch this event on the WWE Network (account required):

WWF Raw Is War
Monday, May 21, 2001
San Jose, California at the Compaq Center

*WWF Tag Titles: Steve Austin & Triple H © vs. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit
*WWF Intercontinental Title: Kane © vs. Kurt Angle
*Eddy Guerrero & Jeff Hardy vs. Edge & Christian
*The Dudley Boyz vs. Hardcore & Crash Holly
*WWF European Title: Matt Hardy © vs. X-Pac
*The APA vs. Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko
*WWF Hardcore Title: Rhyno © vs. Big Show

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I will never tire of hearing “Terri Noooo”

It’s just a real shame we weren’t dealing with the X-factor…

Missed the feedback, but just wanted to share my amazement that there were FOUR title matches (with finishes!) on one episode of Raw. And that’s after the “Monday Night War” and in an era where pay-per-view buys were still a big deal!.

Not that four title matches every week is a sustainable format, but I don’t understand how Raw got seemingly less important as “must see programming” while simultaneously getting more important to the business model with the change from PPV to the Network. It’s like they changed the important of PPV vs. TV on the business side, but never adjusted on the creative side.