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February 17, 2002

 

Chris Jericho vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWE Championship

In December 2001 at Vengeance, Chris Jericho defeated Steve Austin to become undisputed WWE Champion. Two months later, Austin got his re-match with Jericho at No Way Out, but his chance at redemption would be ruined by the return of three familiar faces.

Throughout the match, champion and challenger battled back and forth, and at one point brawled up to the entranceway and back to the ring. Eventually, the champion was able to hit a pair of Lionsaults and lock in the Walls of Jericho, but a gutsy Austin reached the ropes. Jericho decided to grab his championship belt, and the referee ended up being hit with the gold and knocked unconscious. While the referee was out, Austin hit the Stunner on Jericho and locked him in his own Walls of Jericho, but there was no one to count the pinfall or hear the submission.

It was at this point that the nWo got involved. Austin was able to fight them off, but after subduing Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall hit Austin's own Stunner on the Texas Rattlesnake. The referee was revived, and Jericho pinned Austin to get the controversial win and retain the WWE Championship. After the match, the nWo spray painted their logo on Austin's back for good measure.

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