Date: July 27, 2003
Setting: Pepsi Center in Denver
Broadcast Team: Michael Cole and Tazz
- WWE Championship Match: Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
- Zach Gowen vs. Vince McMahon
- The Undertaker vs. John Cena
- Stephanie McMahon vs. Sable
- WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team
- APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl
- Indecent Proposal Match: Billy Gunn vs. Jamie Noble
- United States Championship Tournament Final: Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero
To say that 2003 was not one of WWE's better years would be an understatement.
Trying everything to replace some of the star power it lost with The Rock and Steve Austin, the company brought in the likes of Hulk Hogan, Scott Steiner, Goldberg and Kevin Nash to try and fill the sizable void. That none of those four men were necessarily the best workers in the world meant that the quality of the action between the ropes suffered a significant drop.
Raw's Bad Blood pay-per-view in June was considerably terrible, and with names such as Vince McMahon, Zach Gowen, Sable, Big Show and an APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl slated for July's SmackDown-only Vengeance event, there were doubts and concerns surrounding the quality of the show.
Those doubts and concerns would prove to be unfounded, as the Superstars of the blue brand put on their work boots and delivered an outstanding product.
In his first pay-per-view match since undergoing neck surgery, Kurt Angle returned to the ring to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE title in a triple threat match that also involved Big Show. Would it be a storybook ending for Angle's triumphant return, or would Lesnar once again have his childhood hero's number?
The answers to those questions would come in a very well-wrestled bout.
The inspiring story of Zach Gowen culminated in a match against Vince McMahon that was better than it had any right to be, thanks in large part to a very hot crowd. Speaking of McMahon, Stephanie took on her father's latest mistress Sable in a wild catfight.
The World's Greatest Tag Team defended the WWE tag titles against Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman in a barnburner of a match. Would Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas be able to retain their titles against a team that previously had great success in WCW?
This was an underrated show from a period in time when the WWE product was largely below average.