On this day in professional wrestling history (September 30th, 2002), the WWE held episode #488 of Monday Night Raw from the Compaq Center in Houston, Texas.
Held three weeks prior to the 2002 No Mercy event, one of the biggest storylines happening on the Raw brand at the time was the feud between World Heavyweight Champion Triple H & Kane. A.K.A “The Katie Vick Feud” Wrestlecrap at it’s finest.
Anyways, on this night Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff announced that at No Mercy, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H would face the WWE Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho at the PPV. However, they would each have to defend their titles on this night. Triple H would defend & retain his World Heavyweight Championship against Bubba Ray Dudley. Chris Jericho wasn’t as lucky, as he lost his Intercontinental Championship to Kane (who also was one-half of the World Tag Team Champions w/The Hurricane). So the title unification match was switched to Triple H vs. Kane.
If you’re keeping track at home, Kane had the opportunity to become a Triple champion at No Mercy. However, it was not to be as Kane & The Hurricane lost the World Tag Team Championship the week prior to No Mercy to Chris Jericho & Christian. At No Mercy, Triple H would defeat Kane to unify the World Heavyweight Championship & Intercontinental Championship leaving Kane empty-handed following the event.
Full results from the September 30th, 2002 Monday Night Raw:
- 3 Minute Warning (Jamal & Rosey) defeated Booker T & Goldust
- Randy Orton defeated Lance Storm
- Randy Orton defeated Christian
- Jeff Hardy defeated Big Show by count out
- Triple H defeated Bubba Ray Dudley to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
- Trish Stratus defeated Victoria by DQ to retain the WWE Women’s Championship
- Rob Van Dam & Tommy Dreamer defeated Test & William Regal
- Kane defeated Chris Jericho to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship