WWE Rebellion
WWE Rebellion logo.jpg
WWE Rebellion 2002 logo
Promotion(s)World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s)SmackDown (2002)
First event1999
Last event2002

WWE Rebellion was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event that was produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), an American professional wrestling promotion. Established in 1999, the events were held and broadcast exclusively in the United Kingdom. The first three events were held when the promotion was still called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Rebellion was also shown on the Viewers Choice service in Canada, but was never televised in the United States. Rebellion had its own theme song titled "Rebellion".

To coincide with the brand extension, the 2002 event was a SmackDown!-exclusive show, which was the promotion's very first SmackDown!-exclusive PPV. Additionally, the 2002 event, which was the only held under the WWE name, was the final Rebellion PPV as UK-exclusive pay-per-views were discontinued in 2003 as WWE began to broadcast Raw and SmackDown! from the UK in 2004.

History

In May 1999, the American professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) held a pay-per-view called No Mercy, which was held in and broadcast exclusively for the United Kingdom.[1] The promotion scheduled another UK-exclusive event to be held in October that year. It was titled Rebellion and was scheduled to be held on October 2, 1999, at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.[2] The 2000 event thus established Rebellion as one of the WWF's annual UK-exclusive PPVs, the other being Insurrextion as No Mercy instead became an annual U.S.-based event.[3]

The 2001 event took place during The Invasion period for the WWF, which ended at the next pay-per-view, Survivor Series. All matches had one member of the WWF taking on one member of The Alliance (composed of wrestlers originally from World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling). Over the course of the evening, the WWF won six matches, while the Alliance won three.[4]

In early 2002, the promotion introduced the brand extension, which divided its roster into two separate brands, Raw and SmackDown!, where wrestlers were exclusively assigned to perform.[5] Shortly after this, the promotion itself was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[6] The 2002 event was in turn a SmackDown!-exclusive show and was WWE's first-ever SmackDown!-exclusive PPV held. It was also the last Rebellion event held as UK-exclusive PPVs were discontinued in 2003 as the company began to broadcast Raw and SmackDown from the UK in 2004.[7]

Events

SmackDown-branded event
No. Event Date City Venue Main event Ref.
1 Rebellion (1999) October 2, 1999 Birmingham, England National Indoor Arena Triple H (c) vs. The Rock in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship [2][8]
2 Rebellion (2000) December 2, 2000 Sheffield, England Sheffield Arena Kurt Angle (c) vs. Rikishi vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock in a Fatal Four-Way match for the WWF Championship [9][3]
3 Rebellion (2001) November 3, 2001 Manchester, England Manchester Arena Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. The Rock for the WWF Championship [4]
4 Rebellion (2002) October 26, 2002 Manchester, England Manchester Arena Brock Lesnar (c) and Paul Heyman vs. Edge in a Handicap match for the WWE Championship [7]
(c) - refers to the champion heading into the match

See also

References

  1. ^ "WWF No Mercy". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 2: WWF 1990 - 1999. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ASIN B00RWUNSRS.
  3. ^ a b "Historical Cards: Rebellion (December 2, 2000. Sheffield, England)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 156. 2007 Edition.
  4. ^ a b "Historical Cards: Rebellion (November 3, 2001. Manchester, England)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 156. 2007 Edition.
  5. ^ "WWE Entertainment To Make RAW and SMACKDOWN Distinct Television Brands" (Press release). WWE. March 27, 2002. Archived from the original on April 17, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Drops The "F" To Emphasize the "E" for Entertainment". WWE. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Historical Cards: Rebellion (October 26, 2002. Manchester, England)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 157. 2007 Edition.
  8. ^ "Historical Cards: Rebellion (October 2, 1999. Birmingham, England)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 155. 2007 Edition.
  9. ^ "World Wrestling Federation Results 2000". Peter Krefting. Retrieved 2014-01-08.