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Power Trip
Tag Team
Members Steve Austin
Triple H
Vince McMahon
with Stephanie McMahon[1]
Name(s) The McMahon Alliance
The Two-Man Power Trip
The Power Trip[1]
Heights Steve Austin:
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Triple H:
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Debut April 1, 2001
Disbanded July 22, 2001
Promotions WWF

The Power Trip was a professional wrestling tag team and stable in the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, consisting of Steve Austin and Triple H (collective known as The Two-Man Power Trip) and also Vince McMahon to complete the stable, with the group[1] usually accompanied by Stephanie McMahon mostly in Triple H's corner. Some considered it as an extension of the much larger McMahon-Helmsley Faction formed in the previous year. A few other heel wrestlers, such as William Regal, Rikishi (who turned against the group), and Kurt Angle were also affiliated with the group.





At WrestleMania X-Seven, Stone Cold Steve Austin took on The Rock for the WWF Championship in a face vs. face match. During the match, Vince McMahon interfered, which eventually led to Austin attacking The Rock with a steel chair to win the WWF Championship and in the process aligning himself with his long-time enemy.[1][2 ] The next night, there would be a rematch between the Rock and Stone Cold, this time in a Steel Cage match. Triple H would get involved in the picture when he demanded to know why Vince aligned himself with Austin, claiming that he took out Austin (referring to his previous feud with Austin that had ended only a month prior) for him. Vince arrogantly replied with "Austin was a winner at WrestleMania... you weren't," which led Triple H to leave the arena in frustration.

Triple H entered the cage with his sledgehammer with the crowd believing that he would help The Rock. This was not the case, however; Triple H, along with Austin, attacked The Rock.[1][3] Stone Cold showed a new, more vicious side to him as he would attack wrestlers like Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane), Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) and even Lita with the steel chair. The two, whom did not christen themselves under any name, were named as "The McMahon Alliance" for a brief time before being officially known as "The Two-Man Power Trip" (or "The Power Trip" for short).[1]

Gaining all of the gold

At Backlash 2001, the Two-Man Power Trip (as they were now called) defeated Brothers of Destruction (Undertaker and Kane) for the WWF Tag Team Championship, thus making them the "Golden Team" (Stone Cold also had the WWF Championship and Triple H also had the WWF Intercontinental Championship, which he won from another McMahon foe, Chris Jericho).[1][4 ][5] They became just the third team to ever hold all of the WWF's three primary titles (after Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash, who were WWF Intercontinental Champion and WWF Champion, respectively, when they won the tag titles for one day on September 24, 1995).[6] Pedro Morales and Bob Backlund were the first team to accomplish this feat, when on August 9, 1980 they beat the Wild Samoans for the Tag Team Championship, while Backlund was the WWF Champion and Morales was the WWF Intercontinental Champion. Backlund and Morales quickly had to forfeit the belts, however, due to a rule stating that no Heavyweight champion could also hold a second title at the same time.

At Judgment Day 2001, Austin accidentally hit Triple H with a steel chair during his chain match with Kane, causing Triple H to lose his Intercontinental Championship.[1][7] Triple H did not return the favor, however; instead, he helped Austin retain his title against the Undertaker in the main event.[8 ]

The end of the Power Trip

The next night on Raw, the Two-Man Power Trip faced Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho with the tag titles on the line. In this match, Triple H suffered a legitimate and career-threatening injury when he misstepped, causing him to suffer a tear in his left quadriceps. Despite his inability to place any weight on his leg, Triple H was able to complete the match. Near the end of the match, Jericho tried to pin Austin, but Triple H got in the ring and tried to hit Jericho with the sledgehammer. Jericho avoided the blow and the sledgehammer instead hit Austin in the chest, a situation Jericho and Benoit took advantage of to win the match and the titles.[1][9]

Austin and McMahon would continue this line. Austin would turn on Triple H, claiming that Triple H disrespected him and that he deserved to be on the shelf with his injury (before the Tag Team match, Triple H had spoken to Austin about teamwork, which Austin felt was disrespectful). Austin made no attempt to win back the tag titles himself, but he did interfere in a match between Benoit and Jericho against The Dudley Boyz, costing them their titles,[10] before meeting them at the 2001 King Of The Ring.[1][11]

Austin and McMahon's version of the Power Trip were given a comedic side to it, with Austin being a little too "attached" to McMahon by hugging him and buying him gifts. Kurt Angle also got involved, though he was not an official member of The Power Trip stable.

In July 2001, the Invasion storyline began, featuring WCW wrestlers "invading" WWF programming. The Power Trip, still nominally heels, teased a return to facedom, as in the face of the Invasion, both face and heel WWF wrestlers were seen as standing against the "true" bad guys, WCW. As the feud with WCW escalated, and as ECW entered the Invasion storyline as well, McMahon pleaded with Austin to bring back the "old Stone Cold," the one who was brutal and violent, as opposed to the "new Stone Cold," in order to lead the fight against WCW and ECW. Austin, however, was heartbroken, thinking that McMahon did not appreciate his friendship and left the arena. Several attempts to console Austin failed and Austin found himself in a bar drinking on his own while the WCW/ECW "Alliance" took over and overpowered WWF. Austin finally became angry and attacked Alliance members with a pool cue. Austin was perceived as a face, and The Power Trip combination of Kurt Angle and Steve Austin were not only established but also became a serious duo rather than comic relief. This changed however when Austin betrayed Kurt Angle and assisted The Alliance to win the Inaugural Brawl of WWF Invasion on July 22. Austin's betrayal of the WWF would lead to the return of The Rock and the end of the Power Trip.

Championships and accomplishments

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Power Trip Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  2. ^ "Stone Cold vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  3. ^ "RAW results - April 2, 2001". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  4. ^ "Stone Cold & Triple H def. Undertaker and Kane to become new World Tag Team Champions". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  5. ^ a b "Two-Man Power Trip's first World Tag Team Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  6. ^ "In Your House 3 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  7. ^ "Judgment Day 2001 official results". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  8. ^ "Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Undertaker in a No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Championship". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  9. ^ "RAW results - May 21, 2001". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  10. ^ "SmackDown! results - June 21, 2001". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  11. ^ "King of the Ring 2001 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  12. ^ "WWE Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  13. ^ "Stone Cold Steve Austin's fifth WWE Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-01. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  14. ^ "WWE Intercontinental Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  15. ^ "Triple H's third Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  16. ^ "Triple H's fourth Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-16. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  17. ^ "World Tag Team Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  

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