KICKOFF: Mr. McMahon, Undertaker.
As the show began, Mr. McMahon tried to convince the Undertaker to be a part of Team WWF, saying that he had given Taker what he wanted -- a match against Shane McMahon and Diamond Dallas Page on SmackDown! Mr.
McMahon even said he had given Taker Kurt Angle as a partner.
Taker said a deal's a deal, and then Vince asked Taker how Sara was.
Taker told Vince never to bring her name up again, and not to screw with him, because someone was going to go for their Last Ride on SmackDown!
COMMENTARY: Michael Cole & Joel Gertner.
Joel Gertner reunites with the Dudley Boyz as Team ECW storms the broadcast booth. Gertner joined Michael Cole for commentary on SmackDown!
Tazz has his hands full.
IN THE RING: Shane-O'Mac, and his WCW team.
WCW owner Shane McMahon's theme music suddenly rang throughout the arena, and the Boy Wonder headed to the ring, flanked by all the stars of WCW!
Shane is booed as he began addressing the crowd. He vowed that WCW would show its dominance on SmackDown! when he and DDP took on Angle and Taker.
Shane promised that the WCW would kick the World Wrestling Federation's ass at Invasion.
Shane then asked for Paul Hayman, and the ECW superstars to come out!
Paul headed to the ring with the stars of ECW. The ECW and WCW stood face to face in opposite corners of the ring, as Shane and Paul stood toe to toe-face to face.
Shane asks for Paul, and the ECW to unite with the WCW to help take down the WWF. Shane says the WCW can help him rid the ECW of any WWF influence, including Quality Control.
Hayman says he could never join forces with the WCW, and that he would never deal with another person named Mcmahon again for the rest of his life. Heyman said it was common knowledge that Vince McMahon had stolen all of ECW's concepts and attitude to become the success he was, but at least Mcmahon would acknowledge the ECW's existance through the years, and attempt to develop some sort of working relationship with the ECW.
He said the WCW took ECW's stars and the WWF took the ECW's cable deal, which ultimately forced him to sell the company over to Vince.
Shane says that he will run the WCW much differently than Eric Bischoff did, and tells Paul that his beef was with Bischoff, not him. Paul says that the ECW just doesn't mix with the WCW("LIke water, and oil"), and that he wants to eliminate them even more than he wants to eliminate the WWF. Paul says the ECW will fight the WCW, and the WWF at Invasion, and the ECW guys proceed to jump Shane's WCW guys, and throw them out of the ring. The ECW has thrown a fork in the plans of the WCW's Invasion, but at the same time, Paul want's to take out Vince to win back sole ownership of the ECW.
BACKSTAGE: Commissioner Regal, Ultimo Dragon.
William Regal and Dragon watched the segment backstage, and Regal talked about how there wouldn't even be a sports-entertainment industry without Vince McMahon.
Regal then told Dragon -- a former WCW star -- that Dragon's decision to stay with the Federation was the right decision.
He promised Dragon he would go a long way, and then asked Dragon if there was anything he could do to thank him.
Dragon said he wanted to do commentary on SmackDown! with Ross and Cole!
Regal told Dragon that he had a lovely speaking voice, and sent Dragon to the commentator's table with his blessing!
BACKSTAGE: Mr. McMahon, Austin, Debra.
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Debra walked into a very tense Mr. McMahon's locker room.
Vince said he was down in the dumps about the invasion.
Austin said that Vince still had him. Stone Cold said he had something that would erase all Vince's problems. He told Vince he'd be right back with the answer to all Vince's problems.
RINGSIDE: Gertner, Cole, Ultimo Dragon.
Dragon joined Gertner, and Cole at ringside to provide color commentary, and the Dragon didn't seem to know much English -- but he did know the term "Business is about to pick up!"
INTERPROMOTIONAL MATCH: Tazz vs Hardcore Holly
Prior to the bout, Tazz stared menacingly towards the commentary table -- the very table he had occupied for the past six months.
Dragon called the bout a "slobknocker!"
Tazz won the bout after a Tazzmission
Afterwards, Tazz went over to the announce table and attacked Ultimo Dragon, locking him in the Tazzmission!
BACKSTAGE: Vince, Debra, Austin.
Vince and Debra talked backstage, and the Federation owner questioned what Stone Cold would do to change the face of Invasion.
Suddenly, Austin walked into the locker room -- with a guitar!
Stone Cold said that violence wasn't the answer to their problems. He said that since he was a kid, whenever he had a problem, his dad would break out the guitar and sing a few songs, helping him to forget about his problems. He said he wanted to sing to Vince and help solve his problems! Austin started singing "Kumbaya," but the owner didn't seem to feel any better! Stone Cold then sang a variation of Queen's "We Are the Champions," called "I Am The Champion!" Again, the owner didn't seem to be feeling any better!
INTERPROMOTIONAL MATCH: Lance Storm vs Chris Jericho
Battle of the Thrill Seekers (former tag team partners).
Prior to the bout, Storm grabbed the mic and said he wanted to be serious for a minute. He said that Federation fans were used to cartoon characters, but he needed no bells and whistles. As he spoke, the Y2J countdown began, and out came Jericho!
Y2J told Storm that he wasn't a cartoon character, he was a movie character -- Forrest Gump!
Jericho would pick up the victory, forcing Storm to tap out to the Walls of Jericho!
BACKSTAGE: Austin, Vince, Debra, Angle.
Austin continued serenading Vince, with his rendition of "Camptown Ladies Sing that Song."
Kurt Angle then entered the dressing room.
Stone Cold accused Kurt of being jealous of his relationship with Vince, and being jealous of the fact that he could sing!
Kurt said he thought he could carry a tune, and Austin gave him the guitar.
Just before he was about to play, Austin coughed loudly!
Angle then tried again, and sang, "Jimmy Crack Corn!"
Austin grabbed the guitar as Vince left the locker room, and Stone Cold told Angle he was pathetic.
BACKSTAGE: Trish Stratus & Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy & Lita.
Trish apologized to Jeff Hardy for kissing him on RAW, saying she just got caught up in the moment.
Jeff said he wasn't mad.
Lita and Matt Hardy then approached the two, and Lita said that she understood that she and Trish had to team up at Invasion, but she still had personal issues with Trish, and she wanted to settle them one-on-one on SmackDown!
Trish said OK, and then walked away.
Matt then asked Jeff what was going on between him and Trish, and Jeff said that nothing was going on.
BACKSTAGE: Mike Awesome.
Mike Awesome went up to the Federation's seamstress and told her he wanted new tights -- tights which had "Awesome" written down the sides of both legs!
BACKSTAGE: Edge & Christian.
Watching on from another dressing room, Edge & Christian said that they were the only ones in sports entertainment who reek of awesomeness, and that Awesome's tights should actually have "chumpstain" written down one leg, and "dorkzilla" written down the other!
BACKSTAGE: Vince, Austin, Angle, Jericho, Taker, Kane.
Vince addressed the five men who will comprise Team WWF at Invasion -- Stone Cold, Angle, Jericho, Undertaker and Kane.
McMahon told the Federation Superstars that they were facing their most imposing threat ever, and they needed to be united, because united they stand, divided they fall.
The five men promised to work together for the good of the Federation.
During the meeting, Stone Cold seemed to be taking an active role in the festivities, as Austin apparently wants to be the team captain, as he insinuated on RAW.
IN THE RING: Vince, Austin.
Mr. McMahon strutted to the ring, and introduced the fans to the greatest Federation Champion of all-time and the man who will lead Team WWF into Invasion -- Stone Cold Steve Austin!
Mr. McMahon said that people were saying that since WrestleMania, Stone Cold had changed drastically, even becoming a brown-noser.
Vince said he agreed with that, and maybe it was for the better. But Vince said he needed another change heading into Invasion. He said the man he needed to lead Team WWF was not a Steve Austin who gives him hugs, gives him gifts, or strums a guitar. Vince said he wanted the old Stone Cold -- the one who was a beer-swilling, foul-mouth S.O.B., who don't take no s**t from anybody, who raised hell every night and who would knock Mr. McMahon on his ass!
Mr. McMahon asked Austin if Stone Cold heard what he was saying, and he begged Austin to knock him down! He asked the crowd if they wanted Austin to beat the hell out of him, and the crowd said "Hell yeah!"
But Austin shook his head no, and simply walked out of the ring with his head down.
McMahon asked him not to leave, as he needed him to lead Team WWF at Invasion.
But despite Mr. McMahon's pleas, Austin would not even turn around as he left, even as the Federation owner begged for a Stunner!
DURING THE BREAK: Austin, Debra, Vince.
Stone Cold and Debra left the arena.
Moments later, an upset Mr. McMahon left the arena to find Austin and try and talk some sense into him.
Kurt Angle stopped him as he was leaving, asking the Federation owner if he would stay for his match, but Vince said he needed to find the Rattlesnake to lead Team WWF.
Angle said that he would lead Team WWF, but Vince said he wanted to talk some sense into the Rattlesnake, and to bring back the old Stone Cold.
Rob Van Dam vs Kane.
RVD picked up a huge upset win, pinning Kane after a five star frog splash. RVD says that he will always be an ECW guy, but he wants to go after the WWF Championship, and doesn't want to get involved with the Invasion. RVD declares neutrality from the WCW, ECW, and even the WWF, and insists that he is the "Whole F'n Show!"
COMMISSIONERS OFFICE: Regal Dragon, Earl Hebner.
Regal made a match for Invasion between Ultimo Dragon and Tazz.
MATCH: Lita vs Trish Stratus.
Lita pinned Trish following a moonsault
Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson approached the Hardy Boyz backstage and kissed Matt and Jeff! An irate Lita -- who watched from the ring -- was none too happy after the bout!
LOCKER ROOM: Referees.
The WCW referees were talking in their locker room when the Federation referees entered.
Hebner challenged Patrick to a match at Invasion, and Patrick agreed -- but said he didn't want to wait until Invasion! The referees then rumbled in the locker room!
Vince asks for Paul, and the ECW's help in vanishing the WCW once, and for all. Vince offers Paul whatever he wants.
Paul says that he already helped him do it once during the Monday night wars, and that he is not going to make the same mistakes twice. Paul refuses to side with the WWF, or Vince Mcmahon, and says that all he wants is his ECW back.
Paul promotes Heatwave ECW(WWF) PPV, Vince adds stipulation for his match against Cyrus that whover wins will be the new ECW Commissioner, and the loser will have his contract terminated. Vince tells Paul that if he loses to Cyrus this sunday, he must walk away from the ECW forever. Paul agrees, and adds another stipulation. Paul says that Vince needs to even out the stakes. Paul agrees to walk away from the ECW if he loses, but if he wins, Vince must relinquish all of his stock, and ownership in ECW back over to Paul.
Vince agrees to the stipulations.
HARDCORE TITLE MATCH: Mike Awesome vs Jeff Hardy.
Edge & Christian soon interfered in the bout, giving Awesome the con-chair-to!
Moments later, Jeff hit the Swanton and pinned Awesome to become Hardcore Champion, bringing that title back to the World Wrestling Federation!
After the Match Vince's ECW Quality Control team comprised of Cyrus, Stevie Richards, Bull Buchanan, Danny Doring and "Hard Core Control" attacked all ECW superstars, and ejected them from the building. Vince scolds Cyrus for allowing Paul to come to WWF Tv. Vince threatens to fire Cyrus if he doesn't keep the ECW under control, and take care of Pual Hayman once and for all at ECW Heatwave PPV.
BACKSTAGE: Taker, Kane, Angle, Jericho.
Undertaker, Kane, Angle and Jericho had a meeting backstage.
Taker was giving the group instructions on protecting the backstage area during the SmackDown! main event, when Angle challenged Taker, telling the Badass that he was the leader with Vince and Austin gone!
It only took one dirty look from Kane and Taker, however, to change Kurt's mind, as Angle said that Taker could be the team leader -- but only for tonight!
INTERPROMOTIONAL TAG TEAM WAR: Taker/Angle vs Shane-O'Mac/DDP.
An intense and emotional war culminated when Taker gave Shane the Last Ride and Angle locked DDP in the ankle lock.
After Taker pulled Kurt off of Page -- he wanted to destroy DDP by himself -- members of the WCW roster came out to attack Angle and Taker!
Angle and Taker cleaned house, but suddenly, in ran more WCW stars!
As they attacked Angle outside the ring, Taker delivered a stunning dive from the ring all the way to the outside, taking out many of the stars!
But the beatdown continued on Taker and Angle. Jericho and Kane ran down to try to make the save, but the WCW stars were relentless. Shane Mcmahon just sat back, and laughed as the WCW superstars destroyed the 4 WWF superstars.
WCW stood over the fallen Federation Superstars as WCW music blared in the arena, as SmackDown! went off the air.
WCW has taken over SMACKDOWN!