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This is a list of various things that took place in 2001.

Significant Events

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March

  • 23 - World Championship Wrestling's assets, trademarks and selected wrestler contracts were bought out by Vince McMahon, marking the end of the Monday Night Wars. AOL Time Warner retained the former WCW, which reverted to its previous name of Universal Wrestling Corporation and still exists as of 2014 as a legal entity under Time Warner ownership, operating solely for the purpose of dealing with old contracts and lawsuits
  • 26 - The final episode of WCW Monday Nitro airs on TNT. The show begins with Vince McMahon making a pre-taped statement about the purchase of WCW. The final main event sees Sting defeat Ric Flair; after the bout, Sting helped Flair to his feet and shook his hand before the two hugged. Following the match, a simulcast with that evening's WWF Monday Night Raw begins with McMahon addressing the audience before Shane McMahon makes a surprise appearance and reveals himself as the (kayfabe) owner of WCW, setting up what became the WWF's "Invasion" storyline.

April

September

  • In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., many organizations -- including the World Wrestling Federation -- cancel their planned arena shows. The September 13 episode of WWF Smackdown, which airs live on UPN, is the first public gathering of a major wrestling organization since the attacks; Lilian Garcia sings the National Anthem as the entire WWF roster gathers in the arena for the opening segment, and storylines are disregarded for the evening.

October

  • 1 - WWF Raw is War is retitled to WWF Monday Night Raw. Cited were the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., just three weeks earlier, and with the demise of WCW earlier in the year the end of the Monday Night Wars.
  • World Wrestling All-Stars, founded by Andrew McManus, holds its first events during a tour of Australia. As part of the tour, WWA holds its first pay-per-view event, The Inception, on October 26 in Sydney

November

Births

June

October

Deaths

April

July

October

December

  • December 15 – Russ Haas 27 (Heart attack)
  • December 25 - Mike Davis 46 (Heart attack)

Debuts

Events

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Pay-Per-View Events

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December

Title changes

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August

September

  • 23 - Rhyno defeated Tajiri to win the WCW United States Championship
    • 23 - Kurt Angle defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WWF Championship

October

8 - Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Kurt Angle to Win the WWF Championship

21 - Edge defeated Christian to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship

21 - Chris Jericho defeated The Rock to Win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

22 - Chris Jericho and The Rock defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) to win the World Tag Team Championship

November

December


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