WWE Global Warning Tour
August 10, 2002
Colonial Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
Thanks to www.wwfdownunder.com for the results
The crowd was huge. 56,700+. They were enthusiastic from the start.
Before any action took place, a couple of the Desire videos aired. Crowd popped for Hogan, Rock, HHH, Andre etc.
Then, Tony Chimel told the crowd that when the pyro display began, to stand and cheer and wave their signs. There werent too many signs compared to television tapings, although there were enough cameras there to perhaps use the footage in the future. It was relayed onto about six different big screens (two on the stage, and four more throughout the stadium).
There were no commentators, however I would not be surprised if they released it on home video similar to the Mayhem In Manchester tape they released in 1998. Theyd be crazy not to take advantage of the fact that they drew such a huge crowd.
Stephanie McMahon then officially welcomed the crowd. She then announced the 3 way main event, and introduced Brock Lesnar, who came out on to the stage with Paul Heyman. Heyman tried to get Lesnar some heat for the main event by telling the fans that Brock was the reason Hulk Hogan wasnt appearing tonight. Roughly 5% percent of the crowd knew better.
Match 1: Rikishi vs. Rico (Kiss My
Match was very short. Rico looked good in the 30 seconds that he was given for offence, even if he isnt a real wrestler as someone in the crowd explained to their kid. We dont see much OVW here! Rikishi pinned Rico to win the match, and then gave Rico the stink face. Post-match, Rikishi danced with a couple of kids from the crowd.
Match 2: Reverend D-Von/Batista
vs. Mark Henry/Randy Orton
None of these superstars were very over with the crowd. Henry was marginally, because he did a lot of promotional work back in April. A few old-timers remembered Cowboy Bob Orton from the B-show tours of the mid-80s, and so got behind Randy Orton as well. This match was also reasonably short. Henry and Orton came out victorious.
Match 3: Jamie Noble (w.Nidia) vs.
The Hurricane received a nice reaction from the crowd. Good back and forth cruiserweight action with Nidia interfering a couple of times, eventually costing Hurricane the match. Noble won by pinfall. After the match, Nidia began hitting on The Hurricane as part of a set-up, but she ended up colliding with Noble. The Hurricane then choke slammed Noble to a decent pop
from the crowd.
Match 4: Billy/Chuck (w.Rico) vs.
Hardcore Holly/Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w.Maven)
This match was announced as a Tough Enough Tag Team Challenge. Billy and Chuck were fairly over with the crowd. Less so were Holly and Chavo. This probably wasnt helped by the fact that, at last check, Chavo was a heel. Maven was fairly popular though, however really did very little. Holly and Chavo won (in something of an upset) after a missed Doomsday Device ended with Chavo getting a roll-up victory. Post-match saw Maven beat up Rico.
Match 5: Test vs. Kurt Angle
Test did some mic work before Angle was introduced. He began comparing Australia to the US, and so became an un-Australian as well. Kurt Angle then retaliated by sticking up for us poor Aussies. Angle was wildly popular, but still got You Suck chants throughout his entrance. Match was actually fairly good. That said, Angle could get a decent match out of Jackie Gayda, let alone Test. A lot of near finishes really got the crowd involved, before Kurt won with the Olympic Slam.
After intermission, Michael Cole announced the crowd figure. Cant remember it exactly, but it was definitely 56,700+. He also got the crowd to stand up and cheer again for the cameras.
Match 6: Lance Storm/Christian vs.
Rey Mysterio/Kidman (Tag Title Match)
Rey was very over with the crowd. The match was great.
A lot of high-flying action. The crowd reacted to all of Rey and Kidmans signature moves, especially the shooting star press. However, Storm and Christian retained the belts after using them as a weapon to help get the pin. There were a lot
of Christian Sucks chants throughout the match.
Match 7: Chris Jericho vs. Edge
Chris Jericho received a lot of You are a Wanker chants. He really worked the crowd well, and in doing so, got them right into the match (probably the most they had been into the show to that point). Great match between the two saw Edge get the victory by pinfall. After the match, Jericho threw a tantrum. Edge meanwhile, seemed the most excited to be in Australia. He filmed his entrance with a handycam, and following the match, climbed the scaffolding at ringside to celebrate. I should mention that the scaffolding at ringside was similar to that of the old Road Wild PPVs.
Match 8: Stacy Keibler vs. Torrie
Wilson (Bra & Panties Match)
This match brought the crowd back down a notch. Dont get me wrong, they loved the women, just not when they were wrestling. Val Venis was the guest ring announcer. Nidia interfered during the match by helping Stacy. However, once Torrie removed her cut-off shorts, she made a hasty retreat.
Torrie won by ripping Stacys skirt off and spanking her.
Match 9: Brock Lesnar vs. HHH vs.
The Rock (Undisputed Title)
HHH and The Rock got huge ovations from the crowd. HHH was not involved highly in the match, and did juice. He sort of wavered between playing face and heel throughout. The match was okay. It was nowhere near the 3 way at Vengeance, or I would imagine the NWA: TNA 3 way from this past Wednesday, but the crowd loved every minute of it regardless. The Rock won by pinning HHH with the rock bottom. It was a good feeling watching the match, just knowing that HHH was the only man who could possibly do the job.
Afterwards, HHH and The Rock cleared the ring of Lesnar, before toying with Heyman. Eventually, they each gave him a Peoples Elbow. After HHH left, The Rock thanked the fans.
Tony Chimel then thanked everyone for coming, and said that they would return sometime soon.
From a workrate standpoint, the show was really just an average house show, accompanied by a huge crowd. Most of the performances were mailed in, save for the tag title match, Angle/Test, and Edge/Jericho. While the wrestlers may not have lifted their performances for the crowd, they certainly relished the moment with their entrances and post-match celebrations. The atmosphere was electric. You could cut it with a knife as Gorilla Monsoon used to say.
Also, as a sidenote, they announced some matches as being special Raw vs. Smackdown matches.