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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

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December

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

Debuts

Events

January

  • January 13th – XPW New Years Revolution
  • January 20th – FWA Unknown Quantity 2

February

  • February 3 – XPW Payback's A Bitch
  • February 24 – ECWA 5th Annual Super 8 Tournament
  • February 24 – XPW My Bloody Valentine

March

  • March 17 – XPW The Night XPW Stood Still

April

  • April 21 – XPW Scene Of The Crime

May

  • May 19 – CZW Best Of The Best
  • May 19 – FWA High Potential
  • May 26 – XPW Redemption

June

  • June 8 – CZW Take 1

July

  • July 7 – XPW Rapture
  • July 27 – FWA No Surprises 3

August

September

  • September 1 – FWA Back 2 School

October

  • October 13 – NWA 53rd Anniversary Show "Battle Of The Belts 2001"
  • October 13 – XPW Halloween In Hell 2
  • October 26 – FWA Trick Or Treat

November

  • November 10 – FWA High School Hell
  • November 24 – XPW Retribution

December

  • December 14 – FWA Lights Camera Acton
  • December 15 – CZW Cage of Death 3

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