Royal Rumble 2002

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Lee Maughan: Presented by Square’s Final Fantasy X, from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Gee, it’s almost like they booked an arena in the heart of WCW country like they expected to be running some kind of interpromotional feud here, huh? Hosted by Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.

WWF Tag Team Championship
Spike Dudley & Tazz (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz
In kayfabe terms, you do have to wonder which quack doctor allowed Spike to wrestle in a neck brace tonight. I guess we’ve come a long way since the days of “if you don’t work, you don’t get paid.” The Dudleys start by immediately working over Spike (of course) but he avoids a suplex with the Dudley Dog (WWE’s sanitised renaming of the Acid Drop). The referee misses a hot tag to Tazz and the Dudleys take back over with a double flapjack, but D-Von misses a diving headbutt, allowing Spike to get the tag on the second go round. Tazz runs wild with his array of suplexes and even locks Stacy Keibler in the Tazzmission until D-Von saves her. Spike tries for another Dudley Dog but gets dumped on the outside for his requisite big bump of the match, but that leaves D-Von open for the Tazzmission and he taps immediately. Hot opener, but there’s only so much you can do with five minutes. This would also be the peak of the short-lived Spike & Tazz duo, as they dropped the belts to Billy and Chuck in February before Tazz retired to become the full-time colour commentator on SmackDown! after the brand split.
Final Rating: **½

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