Promotional poster featuring Brock Lesnar
|Tagline(s)||The Next Big Thing has Arrived|
|"Adrenaline" by Gavin Rossdale|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||September 22, 2002|
|City||Los Angeles, California|
Unforgiven (2002) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and presented by Castrol GTX that took place on September 22, 2002, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the fifth annual WWE Unforgiven event and featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown! brands.
Eight professional wrestling matches were scheduled for the event—which featured a supercard, a scheduling of more than one main bout. The main event from the SmackDown! brand featured WWE Champion Brock Lesnar fighting The Undertaker to retain the title after both men were disqualified. After the match, The Undertaker continued to attack Lesnar, throwing him through the wall of a set. The main event from the Raw brand featured World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeating Rob Van Dam to retain the title. Four matches were featured on the undercard. The first was a singles match where Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle. The next was between Trish Stratus and WWE Women's Champion Molly Holly, where Stratus won and captured the title. The third was a singles match between Eddie Guerrero and Edge, in which Guerrero won. The final featured undercard match had WWE Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho defeating Ric Flair to retain the title.
The event featured nine professional wrestling matches, with outcomes predetermined by WWE script writers. The matches featured wrestlers portraying their characters in planned storylines that took place before, during and after the event. All wrestlers were from one of the WWE's brands--SmackDown! or Raw—the two storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees.
The main feud heading into Unforgiven on the SmackDown! brand was between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, with the two feuding over the WWE Championship. On the August 29 episode of SmackDown!, as Lesnar became an exclusive SmackDown wrestler, Stephanie McMahon made a single elimination series of matches to declare the number one contender for the championship. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit made it to the final, but McMahon put the debuting Undertaker in the match, which The Undertaker won. The next week, Lesnar and The Undertaker confonted each other. On September 12, during Undertaker's match with Matt Hardy, Lesnar threatened the Undertaker's wife, Sara, and attacked The Undertaker, when he tried to save her. The next week, The Undertaker tried to attack Lesnar, but was stopped by Lesnar's security.
The main feud heading into Unforgiven on the Raw brand was between Triple H and Rob Van Dam for the World Heavyweight Championship. On September 2, Triple H was awarded the newly-created World Heavyweight Championship by Eric Bischoff, and retained it against Ric Flair. However, Van Dam and Flair defeated Triple H and Chris Jericho in a tag team match, when Van Dam pinned Triple H. The next week, Van Dam won a number one contender's match. Triple H cost Van Dam his WWE Intercontinental Championship during a match against Jericho, and in relataliation Van Dam attacked Triple H during a title match with Jeff Hardy.
|1H||Rey Mysterio defeated Chavo Guerrero||Singles match||08:58|
|2||Kane, Goldust, Booker T and Bubba Ray Dudley defeated The Un-Americans (Lance Storm, Christian, William Regal and Test)||Eight-man tag team match||08:58|
|3||Chris Jericho (c) defeated Ric Flair by submission||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||06:16|
|4||Eddie Guerrero defeated Edge||Singles match||11:55|
|5||3-Minute Warning (Rosey and Jamal) (with Rico) defeated Billy and Chuck||Tag team match||06:38|
|6||Triple H (c) defeated Rob Van Dam||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||18:17|
|7||Trish Stratus defeated Molly Holly (c)||Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship||05:46|
|8||Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle||Singles match||13:55|
|9||Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. The Undertaker ended in a double disqualification||Singles match for the WWE Championship||20:27|
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