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January 21, 2001 - New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Arena

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Sunday Night Heat Match
"Lo Down"
(D'Lo Brown & Chaz)
w/Tiger Ali Singh)
def. "Kaientai"
(Taka Michinoku & Sho Funaki)
via Pinfall
Notes: Chaz pinned Funaki. The winner of this match was originally going to get to enter a member of their team into the Rumble, but Drew Carey was entered instead.

Match #1 - WWF World Tag Team Championship
"The Dudley Boyz"
(D-Von & Bubba Ray Dudley)
def. Edge & Christian
via Pinfall (9:58)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- D-Von pinned Edge. E&C tried to do their own version of the "Wassup," but Bubba reversed it, and the Dudleyz capitalized.

Match #2 - WWF Intercontinental Championship - Ladder Match
Chris Jericho
def. Chris Benoit
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- Great match. Y2J hit Benoit with a chair to knock him off the ladder, and Benoit went flying off of the ropes and out of the ring. It was an easy climb for Jericho after that.

Match #3 - WWF Women's Championship
w/Steven Richards
def. Chyna
via Pinfall (3:31)
Notes: Chyna dominated, but then reinjured her neck. Ivory went for the cover and Chyna was carted off.

Match #4 - WWF World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle
w/Trish Stratus
def. Triple H
w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
via Pinfall (24:14)
Notes: Great crack by J.R. during this match when Lawler was talking about a superstar perhaps doing to Drew Carey what he did to Andy Kaufman back in the day. J.R. says, "And they made a movie about it which 8 people saw." Lawler was really going off and J.R. just threw that nugget in. Quite funny. Anyway, the two ladies went at it, and Vince had to come out to try and break it up. The two brawled their way to the back with Vince in between. Hebner did his usual routine, and Steve Austin ran in and did a number on Triple H, and Kurt picked up the scraps and the win.

Match #5 - Royal Rumble Match
Steve Austin def. (See Below) (1:01:52)
Notes: Jeff knocked Matt off the turnbuckle, but Matt had a handful of Jeff's shirt and pulled him off as well. Drew Carey faced off with Kane and was nearly chokeslammed. Instead of sticking around, Carey eliminated himself. Honky Tonk Man sang his song and was having quite a time of it until Kane beat him over the head with Honky's own guitar. smashed his guitar over his head. Big Show made his return after being gone more than six months. He was dominant but the Rock elminated him rather quickly (a joke in my opinion; he should have won the damn thing). But Show put Rock through the announce table. Triple H jumped Austin on his way to the ring, and at first it was unclear if Austin was going to be able to compete.

*Entrants were supposed to come down in 2:00 minute intervals. But for storytelling purposes, they sometimes have to run over/short, depending on what's happening in the ring. Individual times are from when the timer hit zero until the Superstar's feet hit the floor. Times are approximate, taken from video footage.
#Time InNameExitTime OutEliminated ByTotal
10:00Jeff Hardy46:37Matt Hardy6:37
20:00Bull Buchanan12:09Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy2:09
31:45Matt Hardy36:35Jeff Hardy4:51
43:32Faarooq24:36Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy1:03
55:18Drew Carey59:07Himself3:49
67:03Kane291:01:52Steve Austin54:49
810:33Al Snow817:43Kane7:10
912:22Perry Saturn
1014:18Steve Blackman717:35Kane3:17
1116:03Grandmaster Sexay617:17Kane1:14
1217:57The Honky Tonk Man1119:54Kane1:57
1320:08The Rock2859:06Kane38:58
1421:56The Goodfather1222:24Rock0:28
1829:22Hardcore Holly2143:35Undertaker14:13
1931:16K-Kwik1639:19Big Show8:03
2033:11Val Venis2243:39Undertaker10:28
2135:05William Regal1437:14Test2:09
2236:58Test1539:13Big Show2:15
2338:49The Big Show1740:27Rock1:38
2440:48Crash Holly1943:30Kane2:42
2542:42The Undertaker2553:51Rikishi11:09
2644:29Scotty 2 Hotty2345:45Undertaker, Kane1:16
2746:14"Stone Cold" Steve AustinWINNER
2847:50"The One" Billy Gunn2755:21Steve Austin7:31
2949:38Haku2452:43Steve Austin3:05

Commentary:Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler
w/Michael Cole, Kevin Kelly
Spanish: Carlos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich
Ring Announcer:Howard Finkel
Host at WWFNY:N/A
Referees/Officials:Mike Chioda, Tim White, Chad Patton, Jimmy Korderas, Jack Doan, Teddy Long, Earl Hebner, Vince McMahon, Sgt. Slaughter, Tony Garea, etc.

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