may go down as the biggest, most lucrative Pay-Per-View in 2001, but as far as quality goes, many wrestling fans will tell you it was No Way Out
, a mere month before Wrestlemania
, that showcased the best wrestling of the year. Rarely can a three-hour Pay-Per-View hold your attention throughout, without any down time, but the action-packed NWO
does just that. WWF's writers worked up enough soap opera drama to make each of these matches interesting. Whether it's the ultimate cat fight for "female domination" in the WWF, between Stephanie and Trish Stratus, the Rock trying to regain the WWF Championship from a whiny Kurt Angle, or Jerry "the King" Lawler fighting for the Right for Nudity against Steven Richards, NWO
never lets up.
The culmination of a great evening is the brutal, exhausting, nearly 40-minute battle between Stone Cold Steve Austin and "the Game" Triple H. The men have generated the sickest feud in federation history, and it all comes to a head in a two-out-of-three-falls match. The first fall is a typical one-on-one match; the second is an anything-goes street fight match; and the third takes place in a steel cage. In what should go down as one of the nastiest, liveliest matches in history, both men give the fans everything they have. In a rarity, so does the WWF with this PPV. --Dave McCoy