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Fantasy Booking: Rebooking the WCW/ECW Invasion Storyline - Part 2

Paul Benson
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July 23, 2001 - Monday Night Raw

Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin

Vince McMahon opens Raw, aghast at the actions of Stone Cold Steve Austin the night before. McMahon states, that WCW with Stone Cold in their ranks and the WWF Championship are an even greater threat than he anticipated.

He expresses dismay that his son, Shane is now in cahoots with his sworn enemy, Eric Bischoff.

He explains that desperate measures are needed and that he is lifting the suspension of a certain WWF superstar: The Rock!

McMahon states that Rock will be invited to next week's Raw wherein he will ask him to join the WWF in fighting off the forces of WCW. He also announces that as the WWF Championship belongs to the WWF, he is free to book title matches as he sees fit and should Rock want it, a title bout with Stone Cold on next week's Raw is his.

Stone Cold is seen looking on backstage, unmoved.

Kurt Angle challenges Booker T to a United States Championship match in the main event as that title deserves to be held by a true American hero not a "spinaroonie punk!"

Eric Bischoff appears and challenges Vince McMahon to prove he has "grapefruits" and agree to a unification title match between Light-Heavyweight Champion X-Pac and Cruiserweight Champion, Billy Kidman, with the losing titleholder having their belt absorbed into the other. McMahon agrees. Kidman defeats X-Pac to unify the belts and retire the Light-Heavyweight title.

A furious McMahon fires X-Pac post-match.

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The main event has WWF and WCW wrestlers surrounding the ring. Angle forces Booker T to submit to the ankle lock, when a brawl breaks out, with the WCW wrestlers standing tall. Bischoff enters the ring gloating when he is blindside by none other than The Sandman!

Sandman, Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Tajiri, Tazz and Tommy Dreamer clear the ring of WCW superstars. As the ECW stars are confronted by WWF wrestlers, The Dudley Boyz, Rhyno and Raven re-join their ECW brethren and lay out the WWF stars as Paul Heyman enters the ring from the announce desk and announces that "this invasion just got extreme."


July 26, 2001 - Smackdown

Paul Heyman and the ECW superstars enter the ring and declare war on the WWF and WCW and says ECW have always walked alone but an environment of chaos without them is like no one bringing cars to a monster truck rally.

He announced that the ECW World title had been re-activated and the final titleholder Rhyno was the champion, once more.

Rhyno challenged WCW World Champion Booker T to a champion vs champion match in the main event.

Kurt Angle successfully defended the United States title vs Scott Steiner in a battle of the suplex kings.

The Dudley Boyz beat The APA in a Tables Match to win the WWF Tag Team Championships.

In the headline bout, Booker T vs Rhyno went to a No Contest when both WCW and ECW wrestlers interfered.


July 30, 2001 - Monday Night Raw

The Rock returned to the WWF after a several month absence, following his suspension on the post-Wrestlemania X-7 Raw.

Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon both appealed for Rock to join them. Rock Rock-Bottomed Vince to which Shane was thrilled. However, Rock laid him out too and said that he will face Stone Cold in the main event for the WWF Championship and avenge his Wrestlemania X-7 loss.

It was announced that at Summerslam Jeff Hardy would defend the Hardcore Championship vs Rob Van Dam in a Ladder Match.

The Rock and Stone Cold clashed with the title on the line. After the referee gets bumped, Booker T interferes and hits the axe kick on Rock enabling Stone Cold to retain.


August 2, 2001 - Smackdown

The Rock challenges Booker T to a WCW Championship match at Summerslam. Booker T accepts.

Intercontinental Champion Albert loses a non-title match with Ric Flair after a distraction from Lance Storm. Albert challenges Storm to a title bout at Summerslam.

Rob Van Dam agrees to team with The Sandman in the main event to take on The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian in a triple threat tag team bout.

Rhyno successfully defends the ECW title versus Kane in a Hardcore match.

In the headliner, Edge spears Matt Hardy allowing RVD to hit the frog splash for the win after Sandman took out Edge.

A furious Hardy berated Edge post-match.







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