2001 PPV Rambles – End of Year Thoughts

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Big Cal

Similar to what I did for 2000 PPV Rambles, here are my “end of year” thoughts now I’ve finished posting my 2001 PPV Ramblings.

2001, on PPV at least since that’s all I’m basing this on, was AWESOME. 2000 was great, but 2001 exceeded it overall with more high quality matches. 2001 is really known for 2 major things; WM 17 and THE INVASION ANGLE. WM 17, while imo NOT the best WM event and certainly not the best PPV, still managed to live up to a lot of the hype and I do consider it to be one of the all time great shows. As for the Invasion angle, while it COULD have been so much more, and probably SHOULD have been so much more, was still unbelievably FUN and yes, provided us with some great matches on PPV’s throughout the year.

So who was the 2001 PPV Wrestler of the Year? The answer is extremely obvious; Stone Cold Steve Austin!!! While yes, he had a couple of stinkers, he was nowhere near as bad as say Triple H the previous year for having half shit matches and half good. Austin absolutely DOMINATED the top 10 matches of the year list, featuring in SEVEN of the 10, and even getting a ***** match rating from me in the process! Runner up is Kurt Angle, a guy who normally I don’t care for, but 2001 was definitely his “career” year as far as I’m concerned. I just wonder how Chris Benoit would have finished on this sort of list had he not been injured. Same for HHH too. And like 2000, I gotta give an honourable mentioned to THOSE DAMN DUDLEYS who were consistent as hell the entire year once more.

2001 PPV’s on the CAL SCALE

SummerSlam – 23
WrestleMania X7 – 23
Backlash – 20.5
Royal Rumble – 20
Judgment Day – 15
Survivor Series – 13.5
Unforgiven – 12
Invasion – 11
King of the Ring – 11
No Mercy – 10.5
Vengeance – 10
Rebellion – 9
No Way Out – 7.5
Insurrextion – 6.5

Total – 192.5

2000 PPV Vs 2001 PPV

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And finally, all of the PPV matches ranked from worst to best including star ratings:

Ivory Vs Chyna – NO – -1 (WrestleMania 17)
Trish Stratus Vs Jacqueline – NO – -1 (Vengeance)
Chyna Vs Ivory – DUD – 0 (Royal Rumble)
Steven Richards Vs Jerry Lawler – DUD – 0 (No Way Out)
Rob Van Dam Vs Jeff Hardy – DUD – 0 (SummerSlam)
Christian Vs Edge – 1/4* – 0 (No Mercy)
Booker T Vs The Rock – 1/4* – 0 (SummerSlam)
Christian Vs Al Snow – 1/4* – 0 (Survivor Series)
Earl Hebner Vs Nick Patrick – 1/4* – 0 (Invasion)
Scotty 2 Hotty Vs The Hurricane – 1/4* – 0 (Rebellion)
Matt Hardy Vs Jeff Hardy – 1/4* – 0 (Vengeance)
The Hardy Boys Vs Lance Storm & The Hurricane – 1/2* – 0 (No Mercy)
Perry Saturn Vs Raven – 1/2* – 0 (Unforgiven)
Edge Vs Christian – 1/2* – 0 (Unforgiven)
The Undertaker & Kane Vs Kronik – 1/2* – 0 (Unforgiven)
Steve Austin Vs Kurt Angle – 1/2* – 0 (Vengeance)
Steve Austin Vs The Rock – 1/2* – 0 (Rebellion)
Kurt Angle Vs The Rock – 1/2* – 0 (No Way Out)
Raven Vs William Regal – 3/4* – 0 (Invasion)
Trish Stratus Vs Lita Vs Jacqueline Vs Mighty Molly Vs Ivory Vs Jazz – * – 0 (Survivor Series)
Torrie Wilson Vs Stacy Keibler – * – 0 (No Mercy)
The Big Show, Billy Gunn & Albert Vs Hugh Morris, Kanyon & Shawn StasiaK – * – 0 (Invasion)
Grand Master Sexay Vs Eddie Guerrero – * – 0 (Insurrextion)
Chris Jericho Vs William Regal – * – 0 (Insurrextion)
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit – * – 0 (Judgment Day)
The Undertaker Vs Steve Austin & Triple H – * – 0 (Insurrextion)
Christian Vs Edge – * – 0 (Rebellion)
Gimmick Battle Royal – * – 0 (WrestleMania 17)
Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo Vs The APA – * – 0 (Invasion)
William Regal Vs Rikishi – * – 0 (Judgment Day)
Steve Austin Vs Chris Jericho Vs Chris Benoit – * – 0 (King of the Ring)
Scotty 2 Hott & Albert Vs Test & Christian – *1/4 – 0.5 (Vengeance)
The Rock Vs Chris Jericho – *1/4 – 0.5 (Vengeance)
Lita & Torrie Wilson Vs Stacy Keibler & Might Molly – *1/2 – 0.5 (Rebellion)
APA & Tazz Vs Right to Censor – *3/4 – 0.5 (WrestleMania 17)
The Dudley Boys Vs X-Factor – ** – 0/5 (Backlash)
The Dudley Boys Vs Edge & Christian Vs The Undertaker & Kane – ** – 0.5 (No Way Out)
Perry Staturn, Dean Malenko & Terri Vs Crash, Hardcore & Molly Holly – ** – 0.5 (Insurrextion)
Lance Storm Vs Justin Credible Vs DDP Vs Raven Vs Steven Richards Vs Billy Kidman Vs Tommy Dreamer Vs The Hurricane Vs Shawn Stasiak Vs Test Vs Bradshawn Vs Farooq Vs Crash Holly Vs Funaki Vs Hardcore Holly Vs Albert Vs Billy Gunn Vs Chuck Palumbo Vs Spike Dudley Vs Perry Saturn Vs Tazz Vs Chavoe Guerrero Jr Vs Hugh Morris – ** – 0.5 (Survivor Series)
Lita & Trish Stratus Vs Stacy Keibler & Torrie Wilson – ** – 0.5 (Invasion)
The Hardy Boys Vs The Hurricane & Lance Storm Vs Spike Dudley & The Big Show Vs The Dudley Boys – ** – 0.5 (Unforgiven)
The Rock Vs Booker T & Shane McMahon – ** – 0.5 (Unforgiven)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Test – ** – 0.5 (WrestleMania 17)
Lance Storm & Mike Awesome Vs Edge & Christian – ** – 0.5 (Invasion)
Jeff Hardy Vs X-Pac – ** – 0.5 (King of the Ring)
Kurt Angle Vs Christian – ** – 0.5 (King of the Ring)
The Dudley Boys Vs The Big Show & Tajiri – ** – 0.5 (No Mercy)
The Undertaker Vs DDP – ** – 0.5 (King of the Ring)
The Dudley Boys Vs Spike & Kane – ** – 0.5 (King of the Ring)
DDP Vs The Big Show – ** – 0.5 (Rebellion)
William Regal Vs Chris Jericho – **1/4 – 1 (Backlash)
Steve Austin Vs Chris Jericho – **1/4 – 1 (Vengeance)
Lance Storm Vs Edge – **1/2 – 1 (SummerSlam)
Tajri Vs Tazz – **1/2 – 1 (Invasion)
Shane McMahon Vs The Big Show – **1/4 – 1 (Backlash)
Test Vs Rhyno Vs The Big Show – **1/2 – 1 (Judgment Day)
Raven Vs The Big Show – **1/2 – 1 (No Way Out)
Chyna Vs Lita – **1/2 – 1 (Judgment Day)
Matt Hardy Vs Christian Vs Eddie Guerrero – **1/2 – 1 (Backlash)
Kurt Angle Vs Edge – **1/2 – 1 (King of the Ring)
X-Pac Vs Billy Kidman – **3/4 – 1 (Invasion)
Edge Vs Rhyno – **3/4 – 1 (King of the Ring)
Steve Austin Vs Kurt Angle Vs RVD – **3/4 – 1 (No Mercy)
Chris Jericho Vs William Regal – **3/4 – 1 (WrestleMania 17)
The Dudley Boys Vs The Hardy Boys – *** – 2 (Survivor Series)
The Dudley Boys Vs The Big Show & Kane – *** – 2 (Vengeance)
Vince McMahon Vs Shane McMahon – *** – 2 (WrestleMania 17)
The Big Show Vs Bradshaw – *** – 2 (Insurrextion)
Chris Jericho Vs Eddie Guerrero Vs Chris Benoit Vs X-Pac – *** – 2 (No Way Out)
Edge Vs Test – *** – 2 (Survivor Series)
Triple H Vs Kane – *** – 2 (Judgment Day)
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit – *** – 2 (Insurrextion)
Stephanie McMahon Vs Trish Stratus – *** – 2 (No Way Out)
The Undertaker Vs Booker T – *** – 2 (No Mercy)
Test Vs Kane – *** – 2 (No Mercy)
The Dudley Boys Vs The Hardy Boys Vs The APA – *** – 2 (Rebellion)
Rhyno Vs Tajiri – *** – 2 (Unforgiven)
William Regal Vs Tajiri – *** – 2 (Rebellion)
Raven Vs The Big Show Vs Kane – *** – 2 (WrestleMania 17)
The Undertaker & Kane Vs DDP & Kanyon – *** – 2 (SummerSlam)
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit – ***1/4 – 2 (WrestleMania 17)
Edge & Christian Vs The Hardy Boys Vs The Dudley Boys Vs X-Pac & Justin Credible – ***1/4 – 2 (Insurrextion)
The APA & Spike Dudley Vs The Dudley Boys & Test – ***1/4 – 2 (SummerSlam)
Edge & Christian Vs The Dudley Boys – ***1/4 – 2 (Royal Rumble)
Rhyno Vs Raven – ***1/4 – 2 (Backlash)
Triple H Vs Steve Austin – ***1/4 – 2 (No Way Out)
William Regal Vs Tajiri – ***1/4 – 2 (Survivor Series)
Kurt Angle Vs Triple H – ***1/2 – 3 (Royal Rumble)
RVD Vs Chris Jericho – ***1/2 – 3 (Unforgiven)
The Hardy Boys Vs The Dudley Boys Vs Edge & Christian – ***1/2 – 3 (WrestleMania 17)
Edge Vs William Regal – ***1/2 – 3 (Vengeance)
Tajiri Vs X-Pac – ***3/4 – 4 (SummerSlam)
Chris Jericho Vs Kurt Angle – ***3/4 – 4 (Rebellion)
The Undertaker Vs RVD – ***3/4 – 4 (Vengeance)
Jeff Hardy Vs RVD – ***3/4 – 4 (Invasion)
The Undertaker, Kane, Steve Austin, Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho Vs DDP, Rhyno, The Dudley Boys & Booker T – ***3/4 – 4 (Invasion)
The Rock Vs Chris Jericho – **** – 5 (No Mercy)
Chris Jericho Vs Rhyno – **** – 5 (SummerSlam)
APA Vs Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko Vs The Dudley Boys Vs X-Factor Vs The Hardy Boys Vs Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit Vs Edge & Christian – **** – 5 (Judgment Day)
The Undertaker Vs Triple H – ****1/4 – 6 (WrestleMania 17)
Steve Austin Vs Kurt Angle – ****1/4 – 6 (Unforgiven)
Steve Austin Vs The Undertaker – ****1/4 – 6 (Judgment Day)
30 Man Royal Rumble Match – ****1/2 – 7 (Royal Rumble)
The Rock Vs Steve Austin – ****1/2 – 7 (WrestleMania 17)
The Undertaker, Kane, The Big Show, Chris Jericho & The Rock Vs Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon, Booker T & RVD – ****1/2 – 7 (Survivor Series)
Kurt Angle Vs Shane McMahon – ****1/2 – 7 (King of the Ring)
Steve Austin & Triple H Vs The Undertaker & Kane – ****1/2 – 7 (Backlash)
Chris Benoit Vs Kurt Angle – ****3/4 – 8 (Backlash)
Chris Benoit Vs Chris Jericho – ****3/4 – 8 (Royal Rumble)
Steve Austin Vs Kurt Angle – ***** – 9 (SummerSlam)

STAY TUNED FOR 2002 PPV RAMBLINGS, WHICH WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY MARCH 16TH, STARTING WITH NO MERCY!!!

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