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2001: A Wrestling Odyssey Podcast Archives

Posted by Callum Wiggins Saturday, December 28, 2019
2001: A Wrestling Odyssey is a retro podcast exploring the professional wrestling landscape in the year WWE seized complete control of the industry. Throughout 2019, Callum Wiggins (@Wigmeister14) and Robert DeFelice (@DudeFelice) hosted this trip back in time as part of the Smark Out Moment Smack Talk channel.

Over the course of the year, 13 episodes were created: one for each month and a special revolving around WrestleMania X-Seven.

Each edition focused on pay-per-views as well as the Reheated Tags (a variant of the Hot Tags) with the news of the month and other noteworthy elements to look back on with WWF, WCW, ECW and more.

Check out every episode of 2001: A Wrestling Odyssey below!

Episode 1 - January 2001

Reheated Tags:

WCW being purchased by Eric Bischoff
ECW's final live events
NJPW unites with PRIDE Fighting
Shawn Michaels returning to WWF for WrestleMania X-7?
Chyna releases her autobiography (Review on Smark Out Moment - https://www.smarkoutmoment.com/2014/07/chyna-if-they-only-knew-book-review.html)
Christopher Daniels wins King of the Indies Tournament

PPV Reviews:

ECW Guilty as Charged 2001 (1/7/2001)
WCW Sin 2001 (1/14/2001)
WWF Royal Rumble 2001 (1/21/2001)

Episode 2 - February 2001

Reheated Tags:

XFL Review
Jerry Lawler & The Kat Leave WWF
WWF Hires Rhyno, Tajiri, Jerry Lynn & Justin Credible
WWF Set Record Profits
Chyna No. 2 on New York Times Bestseller List
WCW Takeover Continues?
All Women Fired by WCW
Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against WCW
Paul Heyman Linked with WWF
Mike Tyson Wrestling in Japan?
Stan Hansen Retirement Ceremony
Special Feature: The Vince McMahon Playboy Interview (Read it yourself at

PPV Reviews:

Women of Wrestling Unleashed (2/04/2001)
WCW Superbrawl: Revenge (2/18/2001)
WWF No Way Out 2001 (2/25/2001)

Episode 3 - March 2001

Reheated Tags:

WCW Shuts Down & Retrospective
Shawn Michaels Fired by WWF
Paul Heyman Signs with WWF
Vince McMahon Bob Costas Interview
Trish Stratus Barks Like a Dog
Chyna Wants to Work with Men Again
Michael Cole & Tazz on SmackDown
Scott Norton Wins IWGP Championship

PPV Reviews:

WCW Greed 2001 (3/18/2001)
The Final WCW Nitro (3/26/2001)

Episode 4 - WrestleMania 17

WrestleMania X-Seven Card (4/1/2001):

WWF Championship Match: The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
Gimmick Battle Royal
Tag Team Championship TLC Match: The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz
Vince McMahon vs. Shane McMahon
Women's Championship Match: Ivory vs. Chyna
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit
European Championship Match: Test vs. Eddie Guerrero
Hardcore Championship Match: Raven vs. Kane vs. The Big Show
APA & Tazz vs. Right to Censor
Intercontinental Championship Match: Chris Jericho vs. Commissioner William Regal

Episode 5 - April 2001

Reheated Tags:

WrestleMania X-Seven Stats
WWF Planning to Relaunch WCW
The Rock Starts Filming The Scorpion King
XFL Championship Final
ECW Declares Bankruptcy
The Legends of Wrestling Video Game
Nicole Bass Lawsuit
Stu Hart Ill
The Future of Wrestling - UWF and Mat Rats

PPV Reviews:

WWF Backlash 2001 (4/29/2001)

Episode 6 - May 2001

Reheated Tags:

WCW Reboot Hits The Skids
WWF Ratings Decline
Triple H Tears His Quadricep
Grand Master Sexay Fired
Mick Foley Publishes Second Book 'Foley is Good'
The Mummy Returns Hits Theaters
Perry Saturn vs. Mike Bell

PPV Reviews:

WWF Insurrextion 2001 (5/5/2001)
WWF Judgment Day 2001 (5/20/2001)
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H vs. Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit - Monday Night Raw (5/21/2001)

Episode 7 - June 2001

Reheated Tags:

Plans Made for WCW Raw
WCW Wrestlers Invade Raw and SmackDown
WWF Tough Enough Debuts on MTV
Eddie Guerrero Sent Home
Chyna Contract Not Being Renewed
WWF Cuts Ties with Memphis Championship Wrestling
Gentleman Chris Adams Accused of Manslaughter
Riki Choshu Fired as NJPW Head Booker
Goldberg in Incredible Hulk Movie?

PPV Reviews:

WWF King of the Ring 2001 (6/24/2001)
WWF Tough Enough Episode 1

Episode 8 - July 2001

Reheated Tags:

The Formation of the Alliance
The Infamous Main Event of Raw on 2 July 2001
Jerry Lawler & The Kat Break Up
Buff Bagwell Debut & Release
Tough Enough Continues
NJPW G1 Climax 2001
Deaths of Terry Gordy & Rhonda Singh

PPV Reviews:

WWF Invasion 2001 (7/22/2001)

Episode 9 - August 2001

Reheated Tags:

The Brian Pillman Memorial Show
The Invasion Storyline Continues
The World Wrestling Federation vs. The World Wildlife Fund
SmackDown Makeover
WWF Excess Debuts
Rock's Daughter Born
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Mirko Cro Cop

PPV Reviews:

WWF SummerSlam 2001 (8/19/2001)

Episode 10 - September 2001

Reheated Tags:

TV Notes from Raw and SmackDown
RVD and Stephanie McMahon Romance Angle
Toronto Named Host of WrestleMania X8
Rock vs. Austin at House Show
Billy Silverman Quits WWF
Randy Savage Sues Stephanie "Gorgeous George" Bellars

PPV Reviews:

Post-9/11 SmackDown (9/13/2001)
WWF Unforgiven 2001 (9/23/2001)

Episode 11 - October 2001

Reheated Tags:

TV Notes from Raw and SmackDown
Maven makes WWF Debut
End of the MSG Sellout Streak
XWF Plans for Tapings
Russ Haas Suffers Heart Attack
The Death of Gentleman Chris Adams
Hayabusa Suffers Career-Ending Injury
Kurt Angle's Book Released
WWF on the Weakest Link
APW King of the Indies

PPV Reviews:

WWF No Mercy 2001 (10/21/2001)
WWA The Inception (10/26/2001)

Episode 12 - November 2001

Reheated Tags:

TV Notes from Raw and SmackDown
Paul Heyman Shoot Promo on Vince McMahon
Ric Flair Signs with WWF
Undertaker Heel Turn
XWF Tapings
Diana Hart Releases "Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family"
WWF Lays Off 39 Employees
Eddie Guerrero Released

PPV Reviews:

WWF Rebellion 2001 (11/3/2001)
XWF: The Lost Episodes
WWF Survivor Series 2001 (11/18/2001)

Episode 13 - December 2001

Reheated Tags:

WWF Brand Split Incoming?
Stone Cold & Booker T Supermarket Brawl
WWF Releases Developmental Talent
Death of Russ Haas
Kevin Nash Returning
Mick Foley on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
NJPW January 4th Show in Jeopardy

PPV Reviews:

WWF Vengeance 2001 (12/9/2001)

Many thanks to Callum and Rob for this ride! Be sure to subscribe on YouTube and show your support for this show and others under the Smark Out Moment Smack Talk banner and stay tuned for everything coming up next!


Callum Wiggins hails from Essex in the United Kingdom. He recently graduated from the University of York with a degree in History and has been a fan of professional wrestling since 2002. Outside of wrestling, he is also a fan of Arsenal FC and enjoys video games, darts, and Formula One. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter.


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