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June 23, 2002 - Columbus, Ohio
Nationwide Arena

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Sunday Night Heat Match (RAW)
"The Hardy Boyz"
(Matt & Jeff Hardy)
def. Stevie Richards
& Raven
via Pinfall (6:02)
Notes: Matt pinned Richards.

Match #1 - KOTR Round 2
Rob Van Dam def. Chris Jericho via Pinfall (14:30)
Notes: Plenty of moves off the ropes. Y2J was pulling RVD up onto the top rope when Jericho fell and straddled the ropes. RVD hit with the 5-Star.

Match #2 - KOTR Round 2
Brock Lesnar
w/Paul Heyman
def. Test via Pinfall (8:17)
Notes: Heyman provided a distraction for Test at a crucial moment. It didn't matter, because Brock was poised to hit him with the F5 anyway.

Match #3 - WWE Cruiserweight Championship (SMDN)
Jamie Noble
Challenger
w/Nidia
def. The Hurricane
Champion
via Pinfall (11:54)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- Hurricane put his foot on the rope, but Nidia slapped it off before the ref could see it. The Hurricane did the hurri-job.

Match #4 (RAW)
Ric Flair def. Eddie Guerrero via Pinfall (16:58)
Notes: Chris Benoit came down and attacked Flair, and when the referee was putting him out, Bubba Ray Dudley came down and laid out Guerrero. Flair then made the pin.

Match #5 - WWE Women's Championship
Molly Holly
Challenger
def. Trish Stratus
Champion
via Pinfall (5:39)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- The pure and wholesome Molly wins the title!

Match #6 (SMDN)
Kurt Angle def. "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan via Submission (12:06)
Notes: It was a clean win for Angle, and Hogan actually tapped out. Angle was going to leave, but came back when Hogan put on Angle's toupe. Angle grabbed a chair but missed Hogan, hit the ropes, and the chair bounced back in Angle's face. Hogan went for the leg drop, but Angle got up and slapped on the anklelock. Hogan tried to kick Angle off, but Angle would not be denied.

Match #7 - KOTR Final
Brock Lesnar
w/Paul Heyman
def. Rob Van Dam via Pinfall (5:41)
Notes: Brock Lesnar became the 10th King of the Ring winner. The winner of this year's tournament also received the title shot at SummerSlam. This was actually a short and weak match. Even Test lasted longer than RVD did here.

Match #8 - WWE World Heavyweight Championship (SMDN)
The Undertaker
Champion
def. Triple H
Challenger
via Pinfall (23:41)
Notes: Paul Heyman joined commentary initially, but ran off when the Rock came down to take his place. The Rock got involved however, and did his best to try and make Triple H win, but the Undertaker still prevailed. And yes, Hebner was down and out, allowing the interference to happen.

2002 Bracket
Qualifying and first-round matches took place on WWF programming before the PPV.
Qualifying Matches:
  • X-Pac def. Goldust via pinfall. [RAW 03-Jun-2002]
  • Booker T def. W.Regal via pinfall. [RAW 03-Jun-2002]
  • V.Venis def. Christian via pinfall. [SMDN 06-Jun-2002; Taped 04-Jun]
  • C.Jericho def. Edge via forfeit (injury). [SMDN 06-Jun-2002; Taped 04-Jun]
  • R.Van Dam def. E.Guerrero via pinfall. [RAW 10-Jun-2002]
  • B.Lesnar def. B.R.Dudley via pinfall. [RAW 10-Jun-2002]
  • Test def. Hurricane via pinfall. [SMDN 13-Jun-2002; Taped 11-Jun]
  • H.Holly def. Tajiri via pinfall. [SMDN 13-Jun-2002; Taped 11-Jun]

  • 1st Round Matches:
  • R.Van Dam def. X-Pac via pinfall. [RAW 17-Jun-2002]
  • B.Lesnar def. Booker T via pinfall. [RAW 17-Jun-2002]
  • C.Jericho def. V.Venis via submission. [SMDN 20-Jun-2002; Taped 18-Jun]
  • Test def. H.Holly via pinfall. [SMDN 20-Jun-2002; Taped 18-Jun]

  • Commentary:Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler
    w/Jonathan Coachman, Marc Loyd, Michael Cole, Tazz, Terri
    Spanish: Carlos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich
    Ring Announcer:Howard Finkel
    Host at The World:William Regal & Christopher Nowinski
    Referees/Officials:Jimmy Korderas, Brian Hebner, Mike Chioda, Nick Patrick, Mike Sparks, Charles Robinson, Chad Patton, Jack Doan, Earl Hebner, Fit Finlay, Terry Taylor, etc.

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