SHOW / EPISODE

Ep. #439: January 1-9, 2001

5h 54m | Jan 8, 2024

Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week-plus that was January 1-9, 2001. Topics of discussion include:

  • The final ECW PPV, Guilty As Charged 2001, with a full in-depth rundown of everything that happened on the screen and backstage at a volatile time in ECW history being that they were about to close their doors.
  • Rob Van Dam as the big "surprise" on the show and how that was received.
  • ECW leaving TV alltogether and wrestlers still being behind on pay.
  • An update on WCW being for sale and how close they were to an announcement being made regarding finding a buyer.
  • Thunder and Nitro featuring Ric Flair's mysterious masked man and lots of other wackiness.
  • New Japan running Wrestling World 2001 at the Tokyo Dome featuring a stacked card with the IWGP Heavyweight Title tournament featuring Toshiaki Kawada, plus Shinya Hashimoto facing off with Riki Choshu in a "shoot" among other matches.
  • Lots of other news and results from Japan, including DEEP’s debut event.
  • An article about how torn the Hart Family was in the aftermath of Owen's death.
  • A major legends match in Tijuana.
  • Vince McMahon gives a wild and crazy interview to Playboy Magazine.
  • A stacked week of WWE TV as we have TWO Raws, with Stephanie McMahon's hatred of Trish Stratus and the return of Triple H to attack Steve Austin being the major fallout.
  • News on a possible return of Shawn Michaels.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as we have so much more, so take a listen!!

Timestamps:

0:00:00 ECW

1:03:55 WCW

1:49:23 Japan: NJPW, AJPW, NOAH, BattlARTS, BJPW, FMW, Onita Pro, Osaka Pro, DEEP, AJW, Arsion, LLPW, & NEO Ladies

2:34:29 Classic Commercial Break

2:38:42 Halftime

3:39:12 Other North America: Hart family, CMLL, IWRG, Tijuana, IWAPR, WWC, JerseyCW, WXO, NWA Wildside, IWAMS, & Rev Pro

4:08:47 WWF

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