Unforgiven (2002) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on September 22, 2002, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the fifth annual Unforgiven event and featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown! brands.
Promotional poster featuring Brock Lesnar
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||September 22, 2002|
|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Tagline(s)||The Next Big Thing has arrived|
Eight professional wrestling matches were scheduled for the event—which featured a supercard, a scheduling of more than one main bout. The main event from the SmackDown! brand featured WWE Champion Brock Lesnar fighting The Undertaker to retain the title after both men were disqualified. After the match, The Undertaker continued to attack Lesnar, throwing him through the wall of a set. The main event from the Raw brand featured World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeating Rob Van Dam to retain the title. Four matches were featured on the undercard. The first was a singles match where Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle. The next was between Trish Stratus and WWE Women's Champion Molly Holly, where Stratus won and captured the title. The third was a singles match between Eddie Guerrero and Edge, in which Guerrero won. The final featured undercard match had WWE Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho defeating Ric Flair to retain the title.
The event featured nine professional wrestling matches, with outcomes predetermined by WWE script writers. The matches featured wrestlers portraying their characters in planned storylines that took place before, during and after the event. All wrestlers were from one of the WWE's brands--SmackDown! or Raw—the two storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees.
The main feud heading into Unforgiven on the SmackDown! brand was between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, with the two feuding over the WWE Championship. On the August 29 episode of SmackDown!, as Lesnar became an exclusive SmackDown wrestler, Stephanie McMahon made a single elimination series of matches to declare the number one contender for the championship. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit made it to the final, but McMahon put the Undertaker in the match, which he then won. The following week, Lesnar and The Undertaker confronted each other. On September 12, during Undertaker's match with Matt Hardy, Lesnar threatened the Undertaker's wife, Sara, and attacked The Undertaker, when he tried to save her. The next week, The Undertaker tried to attack Lesnar, but was stopped by Lesnar's security.
The main feud heading into Unforgiven on the Raw brand was between Triple H and Rob Van Dam for the World Heavyweight Championship. On September 2, Triple H was awarded the newly created World Heavyweight Championship by Eric Bischoff, and retained it against Ric Flair. However, Van Dam and Flair defeated Triple H and Chris Jericho in a tag team match, when Van Dam pinned Triple H. The next week, Van Dam defeated Jericho, Jeff Hardy, and Big Show in a fatal four-way elimination match to become the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H cost Van Dam his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Jericho and in retaliation, Van Dam attacked Triple H during a title match with Jeff Hardy.
Another main feud on the SmackDown! brand was between SmackDown General Manager, Stephanie McMahon and Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff. It all started when Billy and Chuck had a same-sex commitment ceremony on SmackDown. The priest of the ceremony was later to be revealed as Bischoff in disguise. He had Billy and Chuck attacked by 3 Minute Warning, setting up a tag team match scheduled for Unforgiven. If 3 Minute Warning won, Stephanie was forced to be the victim of some Hot Lesbian Action with two other women in their underwear. Had Billy and Chuck won, Bischoff would've had to kiss Stephanie's ass.
Another feud on the Raw brand was between Molly Holly and Trish Stratus for the WWE Women's Championship. Four months prior, Holly and Stratus began a feud which lead to a Women's Championship match between the two at King of the Ring in which at the event, Holly defeated Stratus to win the title. The following night on Raw, Holly proclaimed that she had bought dignity and respect back to the Women's Championship by not being a "tramp who sleeps her way to the top" referring to Stratus. On July 15, Holly successfully defended her title against Stratus. On September 2, Stratus and Bubba Ray Dudley defeated Chris Nowinski and Holly in a mixed tag team match.
|English commentators||Jerry Lawler (Raw)|
|Jim Ross (Raw)|
|Michael Cole (SamckDown!)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcers||Howard Finkel (Raw)|
|Tony Chimel (SmackDown!)|
|General Managers||Eric Bischoff (Raw)|
|Stephanie McMahon (SmackDown!)|
The first match was between The Un-Americans (Lance Storm, Christian, William Regal and Test) and Kane, Goldust, Booker T and Bubba Ray Dudley. After a brawl between the teams occurred Storm performed a Superkick on Kane for a near-fall. Storm attempted a second Superkick on Kane but Kane countered the move and pinned Storm after a Chokeslam to win the match.
The second match was for the WWE Intercontinental Championship between Chris Jericho and Ric Flair. During the match, Flair targeted Jericho's left leg. Jericho missed a Lionsault on Flair, which further injured Jericho's left leg. Whilst a trainer distracted the referee, Jericho revealed that he was faking his injury and applied the Walls of Jericho on Flair. Flair submitted, resulting in Jericho retaining the title.
The third match was between Edge and Eddie Guerrero. Edge performed an Edgecution on Guerrero but Guerrero placed his foot on the bottom rope to void the pinfall. Guerrero exposed a Turnbuckle, which Edge later collided with. Guerrero pinned Edge after a Sunset Flip Powerbomb to win the match.
The fourth match was between Billy and Chuck and 3-Minute Warning (Rosey and Jamal) (with Rico). Jamal attempted to perform a Pop Up Samoan Drop on Gunn but Gunn countered the move into a Fameasser on Jamal. Rico distracted Gunn, leading to Gunn confronting Rico. Jamal pinned Gunn after a Pop Up Samoan Drop to win the match.
Main event matchesEdit
The fifth match was for the World Heavyweight Championship between Triple H and Rob Van Dam. After a back-and-forth match, Triple H knocked the referee down. Triple H attempted a Pedigree on Van Dam but Van Dam countered the move and performed a Five Star Frog Splash on Triple H. After Van Dam checked on the referee, Triple H performed a Low Blow on Van Dam. Triple H attempted to hit Van Dam with a sledgehammer but Van Dam performed a Spinning Heel Kick on Triple H. Ric Flair interfered, retrieving the sledgehammer. Flair appeared to hit Triple H with the sledgehammer but Flair hit Van Dam with the sledgehammer, turning Flair heel. Triple H pinned Van Dam after a Pedigree to win the match.
The seventh match was between Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. Benoit performed a Diving Headbutt on Angle for a near-fall. Benoit applied the Crippler Crossface on Angle but Angle countered the hold into an Ankle Lock on Benoit. Benoit countered the hold into the Crippler Crossface but Angle again countered the hold into an Ankle Lock on Benoit, with Benoit touching the ropes to force Angle to break the hold. As Angle applied the Crippler Crossface on Benoit, Benoit attempted to touch the ropes but Angle pushed the ropes away. After the referee argued with Angle, Benoit pinned Angle using the ropes for leverage to win the match.
The main event was for the WWE Championship between Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) and The Undertaker. During the match, the referee was distracted, allowing Lesnar to hit Undertaker with the title belt, which caused Undertaker to bleed. After Lesnar collided with the referee, who was knocked down, Undertaker performed a Chokeslam on Lesnar. Matt Hardy attempted to interfere but Undertaker performed a Last Ride on Hardy. Lesnar pushed Undertaker, causing Undertaker to knock the referee down, and attempted to hit Undertaker with a chair but Undertaker performed a Big Boot into the chair, causing the chair to hit Lesnar, and hit Lesnar with the chair, causing Lesnar to bleed. After Lesnar attacked the referee, the referee ruled the match a double disqualification. After the match, Undertaker threw Lesnar through the stage set.
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