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DEADLOCK Podcast: Revisiting WWF SmackDown 2001 Debut Of SmackDown FIST Stage & First Ever LIVE SmackDown On UPN, Sammy Guevara Wins TNT Championship Against Miro On AEW Dynamite, Rhodes To The Top Season 1 Episode 1 Review, Dark Side Of The Ring FMW Atsushi Onita Review, Orange Cassidy vs Jack Evans Hair vs Hair Match On AEW Rampage

WWF has taken over WCW and ECW in 2001 and WWF is now in the midst of the Invasion angle where the WWF faced The Alliance with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the top heel on The Alliance side. With the rise of the internet, WWF wanted to see if having a live SmackDown would help ratings so in 2001 we had the very first LIVE WWF SmackDown. This episode of SmackDown featured a lot of things: it’s live on UPN, the debut of the SmackDown fist stage, the very first Stone Cold Invitational, and the very first Lights Out match in the main event as Booker T faces The Rock before SummerSlam. Sammy Guevara faced Miro on AEW Dynamite for the TNT Championship & actually won the title! Rhodes To The Top, a new Cody Rhodes reality show, debuted on TNT after Dynamite and the boys review Rhodes To The Top Season 1 Episode 1. The VICE Dark Side of the Ring covered Atsushi Onita & FMW. To cap the week off, Orange Cassidy & Jack Evans faced in a hair vs hair match on AEW Rampage.

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