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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a golden age
Two fantastic shows that mark the end of the WWF Attitude Era. Packed with great action from start to finish.
Published on 28 Dec. 2010 by D. Burgoyne

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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what could have been...
The summer of 2001 could, nay SHOULD have been a blockbuster time for the WW(F)E and it's fans. Vince McMahon, lest he ever tire of reminding us, is the greatest wrestling promoter of all time...so great that he managed to oversee the failure of the greatest "sure-fire" storyline of all time. WWF Vs WCW. Here, however, you have perhaps one of the two highlights of the...
Published on 12 May 2010 by IWFIcon


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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what could have been..., 12 May 2010
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This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 2001 / Invasion 2001 [DVD] (DVD)
The summer of 2001 could, nay SHOULD have been a blockbuster time for the WW(F)E and it's fans. Vince McMahon, lest he ever tire of reminding us, is the greatest wrestling promoter of all time...so great that he managed to oversee the failure of the greatest "sure-fire" storyline of all time. WWF Vs WCW. Here, however, you have perhaps one of the two highlights of the "feud" in the Invasion pay-per-view (the other, in my opinion was the angle on Raw where ECW joined forces with WCW, which led to some scincillating mic-work from Paul Heyman).

Sadly, you will first have to sit through King Of The Ring 2001, if you can bear it. The tournament is fairly uneventful and is greatly hampered by two things. The three tournament matches are over by the fourth match of the card and all four men who advanced to the semi-finals are heels. Sad to say that despite a quality line-up consisting of Edge, Rhyno, Christian and Kurt Angle, the matches are just too short and seem just too inconsequential to warrant any further comment. The show is saved by the two final matches; Kurt Angle carries non-worker Shane McMahon to an excellent stunts and weapons-based brawl and Steve Austin tackles super-workers Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit in a Triple Threat match. That said, the ridiculous punishment McMahon takes requires a great suspension of disbelief (the man, as a non-worker, should be dead) and the fact that a single heel is taking on two babyfaces in the World Title maatch defies belief and perhaps hints at just what a mess the WWF were at the time. KotR also goes down a notch for the way it makes one of the few "WCW superstars" it could tempt over at the time in the form of Diamond Dallas Page made to look like a jobber of Brooklyn Brawler style potential in his fist-fight with The Undertaker.

So, with the mess made of the "invasion" you would expect the Invasion ppv to be a stinker? Well far from it. There are the definite low points which you won't need to see more than once, but this was a heated night of action thanks to the WWF Vs WCW/ECW battle that raged throughout the show. So whilst matches such as Nick Patrick Vs Earl Hebner, William Regal Vs Raven and Big Show, Billy Gunn & Albert Vs Kanyon, Hugh Morrus & Shawn Stasiak are average at best (and uttterly abysmal in places), they have crowd heat which makes them bearable for the most part. And when you get to superb matches like Jeff Hardy Vs Rob Van Dam (which ironically TNA are pushing as a "dream match" almost a decade later), Mike Awesome & Lance Storm Vs Edge & Christian, X-Pac Vs Billy Kidman and the 10 man main event it does make you feel sorry that even in this form, Vince McMahon and his buddies couldn't have found the humility to portray WCW (and ECW if needed) as the WWF's equals, at least until the WWF inevitably won the day.

This won't change the viewpoint that the Invasion was, arguably, the biggest botch of all time in terms of turning a sure-fire winner into a bust. But even with that in mind, Invasion is still a memorable show and remains to this day the most watched non-WrestleMania ppv in wrestling history. Which is another reason to wish for what could have been...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a golden age, 28 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 2001 / Invasion 2001 [DVD] (DVD)
Two fantastic shows that mark the end of the WWF Attitude Era. Packed with great action from start to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WWE Tagged Classics!!, 30 Dec. 2009
This review is from: WWE - King Of The Ring 2001 / Invasion 2001 [DVD] (DVD)
If your a fan of WWE, then buy this now, two great PPV, with over five hours of wrestling.

Best Matches :- (King of the Ring/Invasion 2001)

Street Fight - Shane McMahon vs Kurt Angle

WWF Championship - Steve Austin vs Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit

Lance Storm & Mike Awesome vs Edge and Christian

Hardcore Championship - Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam

10 Man Tag Team Match - Dudley Boyz, Rhyno, Booker T & DDP vs. Undertaker, Kane, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle & Steve Austin.
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