In at number 73, we have one of the greatest Triple Threat matches in WWE history! I say that without much exaggeration. Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, and The Rock are three of the best wrestlers of the late 90s/early 2000s. Admittedly, at that point in his career, The Undertaker was not in the best shape of his career. He often phoned in his matches. The ‘American Bad Ass’ was becoming stale and dull in the ring. However, he pulled out all the stops in this triple threat match, as did Angle and The Rock. A thrilling, rollercoaster ride of a match is surely one of the Top 5 matches of 2002, and one of the best matches post-Attitude Era and pre-Cena Era!
It starts off just like any other Triple Threat match: one wrestler is thrown outside while the other two wrestle. It’s not dull, just well-tread ground. However, the match turns into something very special straight after The Rock hits The Undertaker with a chokeslam! It looks hammy and a little wobbly, but it’s still a memorable moment in the match. Two other memorable moments involve The Rock slapping the Ankle Lock on Angle and ‘Taker hitting the Angle Slam on Angle! From then on all three wrestlers barely stop for breath as they hit big move after big move. It’s a breathless, relentless pace that only slows down for the occasional near-pinfall.
All three wrestlers stand out in a blinding contest. When you think about it, that’s testament to the greatness of Kurt Angle: even against The Undertaker and The Rock, he almost looks better than both of them! He’d only been in the WWE for about two years (but was he in the match just to stop The Undertaker taking a pinfall?!?!?). The Rock, who’d been absent since WrestleMania XVII, came back as if he’d never been away. It’s his last great match. The Undertaker wrestled like he would do in the WrestleManias of the future!
Looking at the 100 Best Matches…List, this is the only Triple Threat match on it! While there should be another one (at least) on the list, I understand the reasoning why. Possibly a better Triple Threat match exists in the main event of WrestleMania XX, pitting Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs…Chris Benoit. And the latter name is why it’s not on the list. Give that a watch, by the way, for another incredible Triple Threat match. But, in lieu of that particular match, the main event of Vengeance 2002 is very, very deserving of a place on the 100 Best Matches…List. A stunning, gripping match that shows the best of the three wrestlers involved.
VERDICT: 9/10. Easily one of the greatest, if not the best, Triple Threat matches in WWE history!
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(Click here for my review of #74 Steve Austin vs Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat, Bash at the Beach 1994)