Welcome back to Wrestling Re-Booking, where I take some popular storylines and put my own spin on them, because it’s always fun to wonder what if.
In honor of taking on the Alliance storyline with Kurt Angle’s second tile reign, I’m scraping that storyline altogether. The WWE was marred with many injuries, causing the Alliance story to take place. It was horrible, confusing and was just a family feud between the McMahon family again.
We just finished that the year before. Not to mention that hardly any of the WCW mainstays returned. The nWo returned in 2002. We didn’t see Goldberg until the year after. Sting finally made his debut at Survivor Series 2014!
Another blow featured the original head honchos of WCW and ECW not being in charge. Eric Bischoff made his WWE debut in the summer of 2002, while Paul Heyman was just another commentator.
WWE did have the right guys in there. They just mishandled them. So let’s get out the pens and rewrite the WWE’s history of 2001!
For starters, we flip to King of the Ring. Kurt Angle defeated Shane McMahon in an exceptional and brutal street fight. The Undertaker fought Diamond Dallas Page in a brawl. Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit in a triple threat match despite Booker T’s interference.
We’ll keep all of it with one exception: no Booker T interference. We cannot rewrite injuries, but we can withhold a few people from the spotlight.
Flash-forward to Raw and everyone is banged up. Angle broke his tailbone. Benoit needed neck surgery, and that took him out for a year. This is after Triple H tore his quadriceps that would leave him out of the rest of 2001. It’s also when The Rock went filming “The Mummy Returns”.
We’ll rename the July Pay-Per-View “Fully Loaded” (like years prior since 1998) instead of Invasion. We’ll also keep a few of the main feuds, particularly DDP/Undertaker and Austin/Jericho.
The marquee matches for Fully Loaded should feature Undertaker vs. DDP and Austin vs. Jericho. Undertaker & DDP fight to a draw, while Austin defeats Jericho with Kurt Angle’s help.
The next night, have Austin state he did it by himself, with Angle slightly annoyed. You want to build that up while keeping Jericho in the mix. Since The Rock returned around this time, have him seek vengeance on Austin and the McMahons for WrestleMania 17.
Meanwhile, Undertaker and Kane team up against DDP. Here’s the swerve. Booker T debuts and aligns himself with DDP. Booker turns heel and squares off against The Brothers of Destruction.
This leads to SummerSlam. The marquee cards should have Undertaker & Kane vs. Booker T and DDP, and the main event is a fatal-four way bout between Austin, Rock, Jericho and Angle.
The tag match won’t be in a steel cage, and we’ll have DDP & Booker T win that one.
The main event gets a bit trickier to book because you have four strong personalities at the time. This is where we have Shane McMahon return from his injuries and inadvertently cost Jericho the match. He hits Jericho instead of Angle with a steel chair. Rock pulls out Angle to the outside. Austin slithers his way to pin Jericho, and Austin retains his WWE title.
We’ll leave Part 2 for next week, as we’ll disseminate the main storylines from September through December and see where we’ll end up.
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