PPV REPORTS 9/21 WWE Unforgiven PPV results: Keller's "virtual time" results of live event
Sep 21, 2003 - 9:49:00 PM
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By Wade Keller, Torch editor
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(1) The Dudleys beat La Resistance & Rob Conway at 10:12 to capture the WWE Tag Team Titles in a tables match.
(2) Test pinned Scott Steiner at 7:01 which meant Stacy was forced to be with Test while Steiner became Test's property. Stacy inadvertently hit Steiner with a chair at the finish.
(3) Randy Orton (w/Ric Flair) beat Shawn Michaels at 19:40. Good match, but a bit flatter than it should have been. The finish saw Michaels pin Orton clean, but Flair put Orton's foot over the bottom rope right after the third count. The ref restarted the match. Orton used brass knux and scored a tainted win. The win didn't do much for Orton, didn't do anything to hurt Michaels, and thus the match didn't do much of anything, period, other than fill 20 minutes of a PPV with a much-needed good match.
(4) Lita & Trish Stratus beat Molly Holly & Gail Kim at 6:47. Lita bled from the mouth during the match. Lita finished off Molly clean with a moonsault. Nice action.
(5) Kane beat Shane McMahon at 19:32 in a Last Man Standing match. Back and forth action, with Shane usually taking control only after low blows or attacks from behind, keeping things as realistic as possible. In the end, Shane dove off the rafters 30 or 40 feet in the air and landed on his back crashing through the stage. He was aiming for Kane, but Kane moved. It's a bit easier to take those bumps when you know if you suffer an injury you don't have to worry about the next car payment. In Shane's attempt to get over with "the boys" he's actually setting the bar for bumps so high there's nothing they can do to look the least bit tough or daring by comparison, which creates rightful resentment for the part-time-wrestler-son-of-a-promoter that he's trying to win over, thus defeating his own purpose in the process. But the crowd does think he's a tough SOB, so Shane's at least got that to hang his hat on. Ross put over the bump, which was quite a spectacle, as something he'd never forget.
(6) Christian beat Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam at 18:39 to retain the IC Title. For the first half, the crowd was dead (no surprise considering Shane's stunt). The second half of the match picked up and was good. Christian caught RVD during a Five Star Frog Splash attempt with a belt shot and scored the pin.
(7) Al Snow & Coach beat Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler at 7:55 when Coach pinned Ross. Chris Jericho interfered at the end dropkicking Ross from behind. That was Jericho's way of getting at Austin. Ross's two clotheslines and punches weren't pretty, but the crowd ate it up. There were no announcers for the match, which really hurt the match from a TV viewer standpoint.
(8) Goldberg pinned Triple H at 14:42 to capture the WWE Title. Goldberg won clean after a Jackhammer. Hunter had hit Goldberg with a sledge hammer just a minute earlier. Better than expectations. Watchable, decent main event title match.
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