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Post by Samo on Mon 30 Mar 2020, 3:54 pm

Social distancing is a bitch, and its playing havoc with the current wrestling landscape including potentially ruining WrestleMania, I thought I would take a trip back throughout my own wrestling history and I invite you to join me.  I'll be rewatching, reliving and reviewing EVERY WWF/E PPV that I have seen since I started watching wrestling. Im hoping to do atleast a PPV a week, maybe more but definitely not less (unless Im on holiday or something).  We'll look at matches, builds, backgrounds, etc etc etc.  With WrestleMania 36 just around the corner, what better place to start than the Royal Rumble 2000!

The first match on the card sees the undefeated Kurt Angle face an unannounced opponent - making his WWF debut, ECW's "Suplex King" Tazz.

Kurt Angle vs Tazz

Not much of a build as Tazz was unannounced.  Angle, having debuted at the prior Survivor Series has been on a winning streak since.  He cuts a pretty decent promo for a guy who's only been a pro-wrestler for a couple of months.  I cant think of anyone who took to wrestling like Angle did.  Such a rare breed.  Tazz has just left the sinking ship of ECW, making his WWF debut infront of a rabid Madison Square Garden crowd.  Its seriously one of the more underrated pops, the crowd go nuts.

I remember this being a squash, but Angle gets a surprising amount of offense in, including giving Tazz a vertical suplex on the concrete ramp.  The only offense Tazz gets in is a flurry of suplexes (which look awesome by the way) and chokes out Angle with the Tazmission.  Angle sells afterwards and has to get stretchered to the back.  

Winner via Submisson - Tazz

Rating: 2 Stars.  It was a fine, short match putting Tazz over. Angle still looked good and he had an out that the Tazmission is an illegal choke.  Nothing groundbreaking but it did its job and was fine for what it was. Fun fact: Tazz was the wrestler who brought visual tap outs to US wrestling, prior to him it was all verbal, and it was popularised by Ken Shamrock in WWF.

Next up we have the Dudley Boys vs the Hardy Boys in the first ever Tag Team Table match.  The Dudleys (especially Bubba) had a thing for putting women through tables.  They went after the Hardys manager Terri (Who's services they had won by winning the Terri Invitational Tournament (TIT - thanks Russo)) and put her through a table on the RAW before the Rumble.  The Hardys returned the favour by putting both Dudleys through tables on SmackDown, and so we have this match.

The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz - Tag Team Tables match

And what a match it is.  This is just carnage from the get go.  Its really difficult to do play by play here because this match starts at a ten and doesnt slow down.  A scary looking moment when Jeff dives a fraction too early to put Bubba through a table, which causes Matt to leg drop right on Bubbas head on the outside. The Hardys take the lead 1-0. Theres  a mad flurry which see's both Hardys put themselves through tables within a few seconds of each other.  The Dudleys take control and powerbomb Matt Hardy through a table in the ring to even the score 1-1.  Theres a skirmish around the ramp area, which ends with Bubba taking a couple of sick head chair shots before falling off a balcony and through about 4 stacked tables.  The match ends when Jeff does a super Senton (not yet the Swanton) bomb from the same balcony and putting DVon through a table.

Winners - The Hardy Boyz

Rating: 4 Stars.  Its one of the craziest 10 minutes of wrestling you'll see anywhere.  Theres that old cliche of "being in a car wreck" but this match is the closest thing you'll get.  Loved every minute of it and this is a hidden gem to look out on the Network.

JR reminds me how old I am by mentioning that Shawn Michaels winning the Rumble from No.1 but skinning the cat in 1995 was "only a few years ago".  Jesus.

I think the less said about the Miss Rumble 2000 swimsuit contest the better, we've thankfully moved on from this.  The jist of it is several female talent show off bikinis but the judges rule Mae Young as the winner because she gets her puppies out.  Thankfully theres a big censored bar on screen and Mark Henry (God love him) tries his best but you still see way more than you need to.  One thing about this segment is now that Im older I can appreciate seeing the legends the roped into being involved in this.  They had comedian Andy Richter, Sgt. Slaughter, Tony Garea, Johnny Valiant, 'Classie' Freddie Blassie and the Fabulous Moolah.  For the sake of completion, the women who competed were Ivory, Terri, Jacqueline, Barbara Bush (not that one), Luna Vachon (who refused to derobe, good for her) and The Kat.  So yeah, this was a thing that happened...  Moving on.

Chyna (co-c) vs Chris Jericho (co-c) vs Hardcore Holly - Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship

We have a Triple Threat match for the Intercontinental championship, which at this point was held by both Chris Jericho and Chyna.  Jericho won the title from Chyna at Armageddon the month prior, but during a rematch two officials declared both of them winners.  They became Co-Champions, however they would defend the title seperately and if one of them lost, they both lost the IC title.  Hardcore Holly was added after he lost a title match vs Chyna when Jericho interfered, and demanded be added to the match to find out who is the rightful Intercontinental Champion.  Chyna puts Holly in the Walls of Jericho and Y2J breaks it up with a facebuster before hitting Chyna with the Lionsault for the three count.  Thats about all there is to say on this one.  Chyna also hit a pedigree on Holly at one point.

Winner via Pinfall and Undisputed IC Champion - Chris Jericho

Rating: 1.5 Stars.  To be fair, it wasnt a badly executed match, and all three talent were fine in their own right, it was just pretty boring and entirely forgettable.  The crowd have never cared for Holly, and Jericho has just recently turned face so the crowd arent that into him, but what face heat he is getting it face heat that Chyna isnt, so all three get fairly subdued reactions from the crowd. Shame, Jericho tried his best to get the crowd excited pre-match but theres only so much one man can do.

The New Age Outlaws (c) vs The Acolytes - WWF Tag Team championship

The recently reunited Outlaws are in their 5th reign as WWF tag champs, and they've been feuding with the Acolytes over the past month.  Road Dogg does his classic intro speech and despite technically being heels they are over as all hell.  Its amazing how hot the crowd are for this.  The Acolytes come out to a decent reaction.  We get a taste of all the signature moves before Xpac interferes to help his DX stable mates and Billy Gunn pins Bradshaw after a Fameasser in about 2 minutes.

Winners via Pinfall - The New Age Outlaws

Rating: 0 stars.  History has been made.  In the first of this series we have a zero star match.  Was over before it begun and never went anywhere.  Hopefully the next match is better...

Whooooo baby.  Lets do this.  The McMahon Helmsley Era have been running things since HHH took out Vince McMahon.  HHH is recently in his third run with the WWF title after defeating the Big Show a couple of weeks ago on RAW thanks to DX.  Mick Foley was the one superstar to stand up to them, and paid for it with his job.  After the firing of Foley, The Rock staged a mass protest with the entire locker room, demanding he be reinstated or they would all walk out in solidarity.  HHH relented and Foley was brought back and granted a title match at the Royal Rumble.  HHH destroyed Mankind a week later after an 8 man tag match.  On the following SmackDown, Foley cut one of his most memorable promos ever.  He declared Mankind was not prepared to face HHH in a street fight, but he had a substitute lined up.  He took off his mask and shirt to reveal a Cactus Jack shirt, and stormed the ring while Triple H looked like he'd seen a ghost.  Cactus Jack was back, and HHH was scared for his life.

Triple H (c) vs Cactus Jack - Street Fight for the WWF Championship

Jack gains the early advantage after repeated punches, and they fought outside the ring, where Triple H hit Jack with the ring bell. Triple H then hit Jack with a chair, but Jack got up, and performed a leg drop with the chair. The fight continued into the audience, with Jack performing a suplex onto pallets (infamously sticking a sizeable chunk of wood into HHH's calf), and using a trash can. Triple H hits a belly to back suplex, but Jack comes back with a running knee lift into the steel steps. Jack attempts to use a barbed wire two-by-four, but Triple H performed a low blow, and used the weapon on Jack. Jack came back, hit Triple H's groin with the weapon, and performed a double arm DDT. Jack attacked Triple H's head repeatedly with the weapon. Jack attempted a back to belly piledriver through the announce table, but Triple H countered with a back body drop. Jack countered a Pedigree attempt and performed a bulldog onto the two-by-four. Triple H performed a hip toss into the steps, and targeted Jack's knees, using the two-by-four. Triple H then handcuffed Jack but as he tried to use the steel steps, Jack performed a drop toe hold, sending Triple H's head into the steps. Triple H came back by using the chair - mirroring the spot Foley and Rock did the year prior. However, The Rock came out, and blasted a bloody Triple H across the face with a chair, as a police officer removed Jack's handcuffs. Jack performed a pulling Texas piledriver on the announce table, and spilled a bag of thumbtacks in the ring. Triple H came back with a back body drop onto the thumbtacks, and a Pedigree, but Jack kicks out at two!  The crowd cant believe it, JR and King cant believe it, HHH cant believe it and by god I cant believe it.  An infuriated Triple H finally performed a Pedigree onto the thumbtacks to win, and retain his title.

Winner via Pinfall and Still WWF Champion - Triple H

After the match HHH gets loaded onto a stretcher as Jack recovers in the ring.  He charges the EMT's and throws HHH back into the ring and still with tacks in his head and back, drops hims with the two-by-four one last time, signalling that this feud is far from over.

Rating: 5 stars.  History is made once again as we go from a 0 star to a 5 star classic.  20 years on and this is STILL the best street fight WWE have ever put on.  Mick Foley gave HHH everything, and solidified HHH as a top star in the same way he would later do for Randy Orton and Edge.  Fun fact:  Jack wasnt meant to kick out of the first pedigree, but called an audible and took a second onto the thumbtacks to help get HHH over as a badass heel willing to do whatever it takes.  I absolutely love everything about this match and Jack was instantly my favourite.  If you someone still havent seen this match I implore you to seek it out.

Phew, main event time.

Royal Rumble Match

Im not going to go through the whole thing otherwise we'll be here forever.  Rikishi gets a solid run including a dance spot with his buddys Too Cool.  He gets the most eliminations in the match with 7 before getting ganged up on by about 6 guys to be eliminated.  Test is the marathon man at 26:17 - the shortest time recorded for the longest time in one match if that makes sense.  Bob Backlund makes a surprise appearance and gets a good reception from the New York crowd.  Road Dogg spends most of the match hugging the bottom rope.  There are several invasions by Kai-En-Tai and the Mean Street Posse, and Taka Michinoku takes a bad landing the second time he is "eliminated" landing right on his face.  We see about 4 replays of it with King laughing hysterically each time.  Xpac gets the Stone Cold '97 spot by being eliminated but sneaking back in because the referees were distracted.  Thankfully he doesnt win like Austin did.  The final two are Big Show and The Rock, with The Rock eventually getting the better of Show and managing to eliminate him while keeping both feet of the floor....

Winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble - The Rock

Rating: 2 stars.  Incredibly predictable but not in a good way. Aside from Rock and Big Show there was no one else who could believably win. No Austin and no Undertaker.  Jericho and Angle are still undercard talents.  Benoit and Guerrero were on the cusp of signing. Kane and Bob Backlund were the only other former WWF champions in the match but Kane was back in the mid card and Bob was a 50 year old special guest entrant for a pop.  Its a shame, but they did their best with what the had.  There have certainly been worse Rumble matches, but this one is nothing special.  Middle of the road.

Pros.
Kurt Angle is already showing his massive potential
Tables match was chaotic
Street Fight was an instant classic
The Crowd were into everything for the most part

Cons.

IC title match was forgettable
Miss Royal Rumble
Waste of a tag title match
Predictable Royal Rumble match

Overall verdict

An overall fairly average PPV, saved by two awesome matches.  Does it hold up today?  Tough call, but I dont think it quite does.  The tables match and street fight are definitely worth looking out, and the Rumble match had some decent spots in it despite slowing down in the second half.  However, its bogged down in the middle and suffers for it.  Theres plenty to look forward to though.  The Radicalz are about to sign and give the midcard a massive talent injection, and HHH vs Cactus Jack still has more to give.  We'll see how this transpires at next months No Way Out.  If I had to give it a score I'd think 6/10 is fair.  

Thanks for taking the time to read, and with the pandemic not looking like its going away any time soon, I'll hopefully have another review up before the week is up.  Hope to see you there.


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Post by Marsh on Mon 30 Mar 2020, 7:27 pm

Really interested to read that. Cultaholic are doing a Smackdown retrospective podcast by episode of this time period, so listening to that has got me back into watching shows from around this era 'with' them. I watched maybe a month's worth of shows at this point.

The last episode I watched was the famous one where Mick Foley revealed Cactus Jack as Trip's surprise opponent at the Rumble, which in hindsight had all the potential to fall incredibly flat, so I think I have a week to go before getting round to this show.

Re-watching has made me notice things I just wouldn't have picked up on as kid (I was 9 when this PPV aired) you've mentioned Jeff's senton to Swanton bomb, which was one, Scotty 2 Hotty using the worm almost as a mid match move rather than what it would become, and people like Too Cool getting more and more over as ever week passes.

I know it might be early days if this is the first one you've re-watched, but is there anybody who's changing your opinion of them or bits you didn't remember? For me I always thought of Al Snow as being pretty decent, and a good character guy, but his heel run at this time is fairly average, great theme for a heel though.

I'm quite looking forward to re-watching this one, as it's a show I always had fond memories of (although I think it's got nothing on the 2001 show). I remember the Dudleys / Hardys match as being a car-wreck as you say, but I used to love matches like that, and was a huge Hardy's fan at the time, so it'll be interesting to see whether everything holds up or my opinion differs to yours or my memory!

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12:50 am

I’ve been really slowly watching Raw from 98 and I’m up to No Way Out 2000, so I’m very much with you on this period too!

What I noticed most of all is how short and basically sh*t most tv wrestling is. The importance of actual wrestling back when wrestling was at arguably its TV peak is so minimal.

But everyone has a story. There’s so much interlinking in them too. You generally have an idea of why a match is happening or what is going on with the characters around each match, but it doesn’t feel so forced by commentary like it does now.

The match quality often extends to PPV. It does start to get a bit better around this time, but it felt a lot like PPVs were filler events until the big match.

What this time period has is some absolutely star-making performances. Foley absolutely makes HHH in this period. Trips is obviously doing some great work, and the sell for the Cactus reveal makes a weird moment into a really good one (as well as fans that understand and give a sh*t), but Mick did put in the kind of performances he hadn’t been able to or motivated to in a long time (by his own admission).

What’s fascinating about this spell is the stars coming through and being made. This year probably makes legends of HHH, Rock, Edge & Christian, Hardys, Dudleys whilst Angle, Benoit and Jericho have moments.

There’s also reminders in there of how some could have failed, especially with some of the weird stuff for Jericho.

I implore you to watch the Ruthless Aggression documentary series, if you haven’t already. I know it’s not this period, but the Lesnar episode alone highlights another freak who took to wrestling at a ridiculous speed. And was gone in a flash too

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Post by Samo on Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3:24 am

Marsh wrote:
I know it might be early days if this is the first one you've re-watched, but is there anybody who's changing your opinion of them or bits you didn't remember? For me I always thought of Al Snow as being pretty decent, and a good character guy, but his heel run at this time is fairly average, great theme for a heel though.

I never really rated Al Snow, but I’ve spent some time watching his recent shoot interviews and seminars and I’ve got a newfound appreciation for him. He’s got a great mind for the business and really gets how important psychology is in a wrestling match. Also, going back with the knowledge about wrestling I have now makes me appreciate how special a surprise appearance from guys like Backlund and Blassie were.

Im looking forward to seeing guys like Malenko and Saturn again, I dont think those two got a fair crack at the whip compared to Benoit and Guerrero. Its also amazing what a hot crowd can do, they help turn a C+ show into an A.

Dolph: the match quality across the board over the next few months alone is staggering, and it only gets better going into 2001 when Austin is back proper. Cant wait to get there. The Ruthless Aggression series is on the watchlist for sure.

Thanks for the feedback guys. Appreciate it.

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Post by tigertattie on Wed 01 Apr 2020, 11:22 am

Here's an arguement for you - DOne many times, but hey, we're bored!

Best era of WWF/WWE?

Is Hulk Hogan/Ultimate Warrior/Legion of doom/Natual disasters better than Rock/Austin/Hardy boys/Dudley Boyz?

Al I know, and its an age thing, is that both eras above are better than Orten/Cena/The OC/etc
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Post by Samo on Thu 02 Apr 2020, 9:22 am

I think its just going to boil down to personal preference because each era did something better than the rest.

Ruthless Aggression was always my favourite, and I think the match and story quality overall was much higher than anything before or since. It had its fair share of bum notes, sure, nothings perfect.

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Post by Samo on Mon 13 Apr 2020, 11:12 am

Its time for No Way Out. I know I said I would be back within the week but what are you going to do?  Turns out I underestimated how long it takes to write these up, plus it was Mania week and Final Fantasy 7 just got released so I've been busy.  Sue me. Anyway, on with the show. Will HHH survive Hell in a Cell and escape with not just his WWF title, but Mick Foleys career?  Or can Cactus win it all?  We'll finally figure out who the rightful No. 1 contender is to the WWF title, and both the Intercontinental and Tag Team titles are on the line.  Without further ado, lets do this.

Chris Jericho (c) vs Kurt Angle - Intercontinental Championship

Both men trade offense and advantage early on, neither managed a sustained period of control until Angle starts working Jerichos left arm.  Jericho manages to switch the momentum after a flurry of big moves including an excellent spinning heel kick, a running facebuster and a huge flying forearm.  Angle counters a pinfall attempt into an armbar, continuing targeting the arm before Jericho makes the ropes.  Angle back in control and hits the Olympic Slam but taunts the crowd before going for the pin, giving Jericho time to rally and kick out.  A frustrated Angle gets the Intercontinental title and when he goes to use it Jericho drops him and locks him in the Walls of Jericho.  Angle manages to make it to the ropes and rolls out the ring.  After a small skirmish Angle gets HIS European title, however Chyna attempts to intervene, she dodges a title shot but Jericho attacks Angle from behind, causing him to smash Chyna into the steel steps.  Jericho suplexes Angle from the apron to the middle of the ring.  He hits the Lionsault but Angle as the IC title and smashes Jericho in the face with it, he rolls over and pins Jericho to win the match.

Winner via Pinfall and NEW Intercontinental Champion - Kurt Angle.

Angle is loaded with gold now, adding the prestigious Intercontinental title to his olympic gold medal and his European title.

Rating: 3 stars.  A fine first outing for these two, given more time they could have had a real barn burner.

Road Dogg starts his entrance speech as we see a Pseudo-Cell built around the ramp - it looks awesome.  Outlaws are still crazy over.  The ECW icons dont get much of a response in Hartford.

New Age Outlaws vs Dudleys - Tag team titles.

Bubba and Road Dogg start off, Bubba counters the Shake Rattle and Roll with a full nelson powerbomb.  The Dudleys hit the WASSAP low blow while the ref is distracted by Gunn.  The Dudleys keep working of Road Dogg. Billy Gunn eventually gets the hot tag and runs riot before dropping DVon with a fameasser.  Bubba pulls him out the ring to break up the count.  Road Dogg hits a knee drop and makes a cover - despite not being the legal man - and Dvon kicks out at two - despite Road Dogg not being the legal man.  Bubba pulls Gunn off his apron and lamps him in the shoulder with a lead pipe.  The Dudleys hit the 3D on Road Dogg and get the 3 counts.

Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions - The Dudley Boys.

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Right, we need some backstory here.  The legend goes that Bubba injured Gunn with the pipe shot, but watching this match its clear Gunn was injured from the very beginning.  He was very obviously protecting his left arm, even during the hot tag phase he wasnt using that arm, and its why Road Dogg did most of the work.  Obviously a match put together to protect Gunn as much as possible, but it was still quite sloppy at bits.  Not a classic but its of note because its the Dudleys first tag title reign in the WWF.

We see Angle (a heel) celebrating wildy with fans in the concourse area.  We see a repeat of how he won the title. We see a clip from last RAW last monday night where Viscera hit a big splash on a - sigh - pregnant May Young.  Mark Henry is here to get revenge.  Jesus christ it looks like Henry hasnt aged a day in 20 years apart from putting on a bit of weight and growing his hair.  Neither man get much of a response from the crowd for this impromptu match that was only set up on Sunday Night Heat.  Viscera's music is terrible, Mark Henry has sexual chocolate so 10/10 for that.

Mark Henry vs Viscera

Fun fact; Viscera means guts and internal organs.  Theres a couple of cool spots with the stairs, and Henry ends up under the larger part.  Viscera calls for the ref to count him out before inexplicably lifting the stairs off and throwing Henry back in the ring.  Audible boring chant.  May Young charges the ring, Viscera drops her.  He goes for a splash but Henry shoulder blocks him, then hits a big powerslam for the 3 count.

Winner via Pinfall - Mark Henry

Rating: 0 stars. Not a good match. At all. Such a bad match infact that this would be Mark Henrys last PPV match until Survivor Series 2003 where he was in Team Bischoff vs Team Austin.

We get an interview with Jericho who isnt happy with Angle and we see Billy Gunn being treated.  Big pop as the Hardy Boyz music hits, they're accompanied to the ring by Terri much to Kings excitement.  They're facing Edge and Christian.  Good stuff.  The Canadian duo are Shield 0.1 as they make their entrance through the crowd.  Suddenly the Acolytes make their way ringside.  They've been hired by Terri to protect her from the Dudley Boys - the dawn of the APA.

The Hardy Boys vs Edge & Christian - Number 1 contenders match.

After surviving the Dudleys at the Royal Rumble, the Hardy Boys almost found common ground with Edge and Christian (the two teams have shared respect for each other after their amazing ladder match at No Mercy 99), which lead to the Dudleys putting E&C through tables.  It all culminated in D-Von winning a triple threat between himself, Edge and Jeff Hardy so the Dudleys got the title shot tonight and these two going at it tonight.

Jeff missed a corkscrew moonsault early on - vintage Jeff.  Hardys in control early on against Christian, almost wrestling a heel style.  Poetry in Motion (awesome) followed by a huge clothesline gets a two count.  Jeff hits an out-n-in springboard moonsault for a two, and a bit double flapjack, face buster thing for another 2 count.  Matt goes for what looks like a Razors Edge but Christian counters.  He still doesnt have it in him to get to Edge for the tag, but he gets the knees up to counter a splash from Jeff and gets the tag to Edge.  Edge clears house.  Christain hits a springboard crossbody to Matt on the outside while Edge works on Jeff.  E&C in control now.  Edge and Jeff trade counters before Edge hits a piledriver.  Its weird seeing that as a throwaway transition move.  The match slows down so JR and King start predicting the Hell in a Cell match later.  Edge hits a huge sitout powerbomb which would normally end a match but doesnt make a cover.  Christian tags in, hits a powerslam then tags out so Edge can have another rest hold.  The match starts to pick up when Matt gets a hot tag.  Jeff goes for poetry in motion but Edge plucks him out the air with a spear.  Jeff goes for the Senton Bomb but Terri pushes him off the top rope, she slaps Matt who takes the Unprettier from Christian, and its good for a 3 count.  

Winners and New Number 1 contenders to the Tag Titles - Edge and Christian.

Terri celebrates ring side and Matt grabs her by the hair.  The APA dont like that very much so get in the ring and dominate the Hardys.

Rating: 2.5 stars.  The opposite of the opener, I think this one went about 4 minutes too long. Would have been a much better match without alot of the fluff and the weird finish.

Tazz vs Big Bossman w/ Prince Albert

How is Albert ringside?  You cant hold a manager license and a wrestler license at the same time.  Gorilla Monsoon would be turning in his grave.  JR trying his best to put Tazz over but he's already on the decline.  The match starts on the outside when Bossman goes after Tazz on the ramp.  Tazz calling on his history of fighting big men by throwing the considerably larger Ray Traylor around.  Tazz locks in the Tazzmission but Albert attacks him to cause the DQ.

The beatdown continues after the bell with some audible cowpat chants from the crowd.  Tazz refuses to give up and everytime it looks like he's fighting back he gets beat down again.  The beatdown seemingly ends when Bossman breaks his nightstick over Tazz's head, but Tazz keeps on fighting back.  A low blow ends it before the referees and Sgt Slaughter run down to break it up.

Winner via Disqualification - Tazz

Rating: 1 star.  It wasnt so much a match, but an angle.  It put Tazz over really strong as someone who is almost impossible to keep down.  Will this be the start of a push for Tazz? (Spoiler: no.)

We see Angle still celebrating with the crowd, this time he has a megaphone.  Then we go straight into the video package for our next match.

Kane vs Xpac - No Holds Barred.

Former tag team champions turned bitter rivals for seemingly no reason, Xpac just turned on Kane, with Kanes girlfriend Tori also betraying him.  Kane wanted revenge and was granted this match by HHH once he defeated HHH and Big Show in a handicap match.

The fight quickly makes it way up the ramp, where Xpac uses the steel cage set up to attack Kane, nothing seems to work as Kane keeps stalking him. Kane hits Xpac with clubbing blows and starts throwing Xpac around the crowd area.  Kane misses a steel steps shot so throws the stairs into the ring in anger, before taking a shot to the head from the ring bell.  Paul Bearer attacks Xpac, Tori attacks Bearer, Bearer chases Tori etc etc.  Xpac drops Kane with a spinning back kick, then hits the 4th worst move in wrestling history, the Bronco Buster.  Kane no sells it and drops Xpac, but Xpac quickly regains control and starts working on Kanes left leg.  Kane catches Xpac coming off the top rope and looks like he's going for a tombstone, but Xpac escapes and hits a low blow followed by an X Factor.  Kane sells for about 4 seconds before he gets up and hits a chokeslam.  Tori leaps on Kanes back to try and distract him, but Kane pulls her over his shoulder and drills her with a tombstone.  He picks up the steel steps, but Xpac dropkicks them into his face, he lands with the stairs over his face and Xpac makes the quick cover.  Kane is back on his feet after about 3 seconds, and Tori has (almost) recovered enough to make her way to the back with Xpac, the Road Warriors would be proud of the amount of no selling on show her.

Winner via Pinfall - Xpac

Rating: 2 stars.  Decent enough but hardly any psychology.  Thats pretty much all there is to say.

We see the Radicalz backstage, making their WWF PPV debut.  Guerrero is injured with a legit dislocated elbow, but he's concealing a huge pipe in his sling for 'moral support'. His accent also doesnt sound as strong as it would become.  Hmm.

Too Cool & Rikishi vs The Radicalz (Benoit, Malenko and Saturn)

Three of the greatest technical wrestlers ever on one side, vs a very decent technical wrestler in his own right, the 'big man' to provide the muscle and Grand Master Sexay.  A big schmoz involving all six men ends when Rikishi splashes Malenko, and he thwarts Guerreros attempt to use the pipe, taking it from him and smashing him in the elbow, taking Eddie out of the equation.  The faces in control for the opening exchanges before Benoit takes the momentum.  Scotty 2 Hotty loses his hat and JR speculates whether that will be his team on the downward slope.  He gets his answer as Rikishi tags in to a good pop and clears house, hitting the 2nd worse move in wrestling history, the Stinkface on Benoit.  Radicalz finally regain control by targeting Rikishi's heavily tapped left ankle.  S2H looks for the 5th worst move in wrestling history, The Worm but he's dropped by Malenko, heels have control again, with quick tags isolating S2H.  Already massivley impressed with Malenko, and now I'm imagining the quality of matches he could have had with the likes of Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles. Chris Benoit (who has WCW World Heavyweight Champion no less than 6 weeks prior) is already looking like one of the best wrestlers in the company.  Rikishi tags in to a huge pop and he clears house again, before Scotty comes in and hits the Worm on Saturn (Ahem, DQ ref?) and in the confusion they lose track of who the legal men are (Rikishi and Malenko in case your wondering), GMS hits a huge legdrop on Saturn and as he makes the cover Benoit his him with a diving headbutt.  The four illegal men all spill to the outside as Malenko works on the Big Kish's leg.  Rikishi takes over, hits the Rikishi driver then a Banzai drop on Malenko for the three count.

The faces celebrate with a dance party in the ring while the heels make their way up the ramp.

Winners via Pinfall - Rikishi & Too Cool

Rating: 3.5 stars.  A very fun 6 man tag, bolstered by the sheer talent on display.  Apparently the Radicalz where booked to lose as a pressure test to see how the would react, and they were already on thin ice because of Guerrero getting injured so early on, with some of the brass wondering if they were worth signing in the first place.  Worth going back and watching.

Big Show vs The Rock No. 1 Contenders match for the WWF title.

This one came about as a result on the Royal Rumble match. Big Show is adamant he's been screwed, and demands a match against The Rock for the WrestleMania spot.  HHH says he'll give Big Show the match if he can prove that Rockys feet hit the mat first.  Everytime Big Show produces something HHH throws a curveball at him until Show comes back with video proof, and he gets his wish.  Now, the rumour goes that this was planned all along because Vince didnt want to have Rock vs HHH one on one, instead chosing to hold that off until the Backlash PPV.  Backlash ended up drawing 675,000 buys, which was the 2nd best buyrate of 2000 so, job well done I suppose.

The Rock and Big Show have spent weeks knocking seven bells out of each other, including Show throwing Rocky through a window, so this should be a barn burner, right?
The 28 year old(!) Big Show is out first, and the 27 year old (!!) Rock is out second to a huge pop.  The Rock ends a quick flurry of offense with a beautiful floatover DDT for a two count, but Show quickly gets control.  A brawl in the ringside area and the crowd, and the Rock hits back body drop over the guardrail and it doesnt get the reaction it deserves, from the crowd or the commentators.  Show hits a Gorilla Press onto the guard rail (up to atleast a 70 count by now) before finally getting back in the ring.  It must be easy being a giant wrestler because even the simple things look devastiting, like a clothesline on an elbow drop.  The Rock manages to get a couple of nearfalls with a Russian Legsweep and a DDT, but Big Show gets control back with a big sidewalk slam.  Big Show gets a chair and JR quite rightly says that it doesnt make sense, because if he gets DQ'd he doesnt go to Mania.  Senoir referee Earl Hebner is taken out and Big Show hits a chokeslam on Rock.  Tim Whyte makes his way to the ring to make the cover but Hebner pulls him out the ring.  Shane O'Mac makes his return to sort this mess out, meanwhile Rock hits show with a chair and a Rock Bottom, but as he goes for the 8th worst move in wreslting history, The Peoples Elbow, Shane charges the ring and clatters him over the head with the chair.  Big Show makes the cover and gets the pinfall.

Shane and Big Show celebrate while The Rock recovers in the ring.

Winner via Pinfall - Big Show

Rating: 2.5 stars.  Didnt live up to the expectation from the build. Probably could have made this a No Holds Barred and let them go at it.  I think most people would have had the Rock on their betting slip all day long, so a bit of an unexpected result.

Hold on to your asses, its time for the main event.  The night after the Royal Rumble, a cocky HHH challenged Cactus Jack to another match, and he lets Jack pick the stipulation.  Cactus Jack shocks the world and picks Hell in a Cell.  HHH will accept the match, but only if Mick Foley puts his career on the line.  JR and King put over the Cell huge, saying its the most dangerous match in WWF history, and you believe them.  We suddenly cut to Angle in the parking lot heading towards his car, but he's jumped by Jericho and Chyna and they dump him in the boot of his car.   HHH is first out.

Triple H (c) vs Cactus Jack - Hell in a Cell, WWF title vs Career.

HHH will not take his eyes off the Cell, showing respect but no fear.  Cactus Jacks theme is one of my favourites.  Foley keeps looking between HHH and the Cell, whilst he walks around the ring, the ominous Cell structure starts to lower, I hadnt seen anything like it.

Jack goes straight for the Cell door but its massively padlocked shut with about 8 different chains and locks, there really is No Way Out (wink wink). The Cell veteran Jack in control early on, trying repeatedly to grate the Cell virgin HHH's face against the Cell wall.  HHH gets control and takes in back in the ring for a wrestling match.  HHH bounces Jack from the apron to the Cell wall, then throws him off the steel steps.  Jack charges HHH but Hunter throws the steps at him and wipes him out.  Awesome.  HHH gets into Jacks world, covering him in the steps then beating them with a chair.  HHH bends a chair over Cactus' back, but Foley no sells so HHH drills him in the head with it.  HHH in control now, making repeated pinfall attempts.  Jack goads HHH to hit with him the chair but he low blows him, then hits the double arm DDT on the chair.  It takes him too long to make the cover though and HHH is able to kick out at 2.  Russian leg sweep on the chair but again HHH kicks out at 2.  Jack sets the chair up in the corner and sits HHH in it and pummels him with the Cactus rights, he charges but HHH counters and drop toe holds Jack face first into the chair.  Big clothesline over the top to Jack, and HHH starts bouncing him off the Cell wall.  HHH sets up for a Pedigree on the steel steps, but Jack takes his legs out from under him (HHH takes a gnarly looking spill on his back) before Jack catapults him into the Cell wall, busting HHH wide open.  Jack is now repeatedly throwing HHH into the Cell, HHH already has the "crimson mask".  Jack jumps from the second rope to the floor with a chair, splashing HHH.  Huge Foley chants from the crowd.  Cactus Jack throws the steps at HHH but he ducks, and the steps go through the Cell wall.  The crowd pop huge when they realise Jack can get outside now, throwing HHH clean throw the busted side of the Cell.  Jack with a Piledriver on the announce table, HHH is bleeding everywhere.  Jack starts to climb the Cell but Stephanie grabs his leg and pulls him back down.  Jack has a nasty cut somewhere on his arm, lots of blood.  He uncovers the timekeepers area and finds the two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire.  HHH see's this and tries to escape throw the crowd, but Jack catches him and drills him in the face with the barbed wire.  HHH starts to climb the Cell to escape, and Jack makes quick pursit with the 2x4.  HHH meets him at the top and stabs him in the head with the barbed wire, Jack loses his grip and falls from the side of the Cell through an announce table.  JR calls to the back for help while HHH celebrates on top the Cell.  Somehow Foley finds his way to his feet, his face now a bloody mess aswell.  Foley tries throwing chairs to the top of the Cell but cant quick do it, so he gives up and starts climbing the Cell again, HHH taunting him. Jack makes it to the top but HHH clobbers him with the 2x4, the barbed wire getting caught in Foleys shirt and starts to unravel.  Jack gets a low blow in, and reclaims his 2x4.  Every bump ont he cage gets a gasp from the crowd, and HHH nearly goes throw it in the corner, large audible gasp from the crowd - invoking memories of KotR 98.  Jack hits his double arm DDT on the top of the Cell, then gets the 2x4 and he SETS IT ON FIRE!  HHH takes a shot to the face with it!  Jack puts it down on the Cell and signals a Piledriver onto the 2x4, but HHH back body drops Cactus and the roof of the Cell breaks and Jack falls into the ring and the ring breaks under Jacks weight!  Cactus Jack lies motionless in the crater in the ring caused by his fall.  HHH climbs down through the hole in the roof and surveys the scene.  Huge Foley chants as he starts to move.  He crawls out of the hole and takes a hard right from HHH.  Another hard right but Cactus will not stay down.   HHH hits a Pedigree and mercifully ends it with a three count.

HHH lies against the bottom rope clutching his title while Foley lies motionless.  The Cell starts to lift as the EMT's get ringside to help Foley.

Winner via Pinfall and Still WWF Champion - Triple H.

Post match, Foley refuses help from the EMT's instead choosing to leave the arean under his own power to a standing ovation. One final look back to the crowd with tears in his eye, and Foleys in ring career is over as we go off the air, with JR thanking Mick Foley for everything.

Rating: 5 stars.  Still holds up as one of the best Hell in a Cell matches ever, and Mick Foley once again giving everything he has to help HHH get over.  Brilliant, and absolutely worth seeking out.  Went nearly 24 minutes but never felt like it dragged at all.  An outstanding effort from both men.

Before I go into my final grade and my pros and cons, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Mick Foley.  His sacrifices in and out of the ring over the years have taken a massive toll on his body and health, but he was so god damn good at his job he made me a lifelong fan in just two matches.  A rightful Hall of Famer and truly one of the greatest of all time.  Thank you Mick, for everything.

Pros.

Angle/Jericho was very good.
The 6 man tag was very enjoyable and watchable despite Grand Master Sexay being there.
Radicalz debut.
The Hell in a Cell match, and Foley saying goodbye.

Cons.

Some very bad filler matches on a card that didnt need them.
Its going to take a long time to find a match worse than Henry vs Viscera.
Rock vs Big Show failed to deliver.

Overall verdict
I'd put this show on a level par with the Royal Rumble.  Its already becoming a trend of a bulked out undercard being carried by 2-3 very good matches.  Angle is quickly being groomed to be a top star because his story went on all night.  Foley is Good.  HHH is now a bonafide top superstar, and the tag division is shaping up nicely.  Next stop, WrestleMania 2000!

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Post by Samo on Mon 27 Apr 2020, 2:33 pm

We've arrived.  The road ends here.  Its the biggest show of the year, in arguably WWF/E's greatest ever year, its WrestleMania 2000.  The WrestleMania infamous for only having 1 singles match (hoo boy we'll get to that) and a couple of first time ever matches.  This should be an absolute barn burner.  Lets get to it.  Traditionally WrestleMania opens with a hot match to get the crowd excited and try and keep that level of energy going, so our first match is...

D-Lo Brown & The Godfather vs Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan

Ice-T accompanies Godfather and D-lo who have matching attire which is nice.  Crowd are stupid hot for Godfathers schtick. The faces in control for the opening exchanges but big Bull isnt having any of that. Bull is a big hoss of a man, I wonder why he didnt last long?  He leaps to the top rope like it was nothing before launching himself off with a big clothesline, taking control for the heels.  Quick tags isolated D-Lo.  Nothings happening.  There are some very beautiful women ringside with Ice-T.   D-Lo gets the hot tag and the future Right To Censor stablemates start throwing fists.  It must be WrestleMania because Godfather actually hits the Ho Train.  Bull Buchanan hits an incredible leg drop from the top rope, jesus the height.  Anyway thats enough for a three count.

Winners via Pinfall - Bossman and Bull

Rating: 0.5 stars.  That was chronic.  Lasted way too long, nothing exciting happened and nothing was on the line.  Seems like it was just an excuse to get Ice-T out there.

We see a conference of sorts between the referees and the hardcore division.  Its billed as a battle royal but it technically works as the first ever Championship Scramble Match.  15 minute time limit, whoever is the champ by the end of 15 minutes leaves with the belt.  We have Tazz (strong reaction) Viscera (no reaction) Mean Street Posse (little reaction) Hardcore Holly (strong reaction) Kai En Tai (reasonable reaction) The Headbangers (little reaction) The Acolytes (strong reaction) Crash Holly (reasonable reaction).  I love little Crash bringing out his scales to kid on he's 400+ pounds.  Love that gimmick.

15 minute Hardcore Battle Royal

Tazz immediately hits a fishermans suplex on Crash to win a pinfall.  You have to pin the champion to win apparently.  Tazz jumps on Viscera who catches him and very gently taps him against the ring post, before slamming him on the ground for a three count.  Viscera is the new champion.  You need to pin the champion but everyone is just fighting with everyone else.  Crash has juiced.  Viscera hits his signature move of spitting when he gets hit in the stomach.  He tickles Farooq with a trashcan before stumbling away, I'm three PPV's in and he might already be my least favourite wrestler.    Pete Gas of the Posse has juiced.  This makes me pine for some of the genuinely good matches theres been for the Hardcore title.  This is Poopie.  Viscera climbs to the top rope for some reason before the Acolytes throw him off.  He sells one 2x4 shot from Farooq (but not the second which is the one where the wood broke) before Bradshaw sends him down with a flying shoulder block.  They put Kai En Tai on top of Viscera and the ref counts the three.  Funaki is annouced as the new champion and he makes a run for it.  We're backstage now.  Funaki is getting beat down by the Posse while Taka is just wandering around with the Japanese flag.  Rodney gets the pin on Funaki before Joey Abs pins him.  Headbanger Thrasher pins Abs.  These reigns are canon btw, not like the recent scramble matches.  Pete Gas pins Thrasher.  Viscera is what Yokozuna would have been if Yokozuna didnt get over.  Tazz covers Gas, Holly kicks him in the head but Tazz no sells and gets a three count.  The crowd have given up all hope and theres still 5 minutes left.  Tazz makes a cover on Crash and the ref counts it for some reason. 90 seconds to go and only the Holly cousins are trying to pin Tazz, everyone else is still fighting ring side.  50 seconds to go and Tazz eats a shot from Crash and Crash gets the pin.  All he has to do is survive but Tazz locks in the Tazzmission.  10 seconds left.  Holly canes them both with a glass jug or something and makes the cover with 5 seconds left.  Whyte counts two then waves it off, Hardcore is hesitantly announced as the winner as Crash tries to take his belt away.  Holly celebrates as this shambles it put to bed with a botched finish.

Winner - Hardcore Holly

Rating: 0 stars.  This was painful. Apparently the finish was supposed to be Hardcore pins Crash a second too late, and Tim Whyte was being counted down in his earpiece, but they blew the timing and Holly was early.  Apparently Whyte got chewed out for it backstage but he was just doing his job.  Farcical from start to finish.   Thank god thats over and I dont need to see Viscera again for a few years.

Access video.  Looks like a good bit of craic to be honest.  The show the finish to the hardcore match again and they still havent figured out an explanation for it.  We see Steve Blackman and Al Snow in the toilets discussing their match.  TITS AHOY ITS TRISH STRATUS.  That was gratuitous.

Al Snow & Steve Blackman vs Test & Albert

Al Snow has been trying to find a gimmick for Blackman and they seem to have settled for head cheese.  Theres a little dude dressed as a block of swiss cheese comes out.  What the Frak is this.  T&A come out with Trish.  T&A?  Head Cheese?  Just goes to show you that you never can quite wash off the stink of Vince Russo.  Albert proves he's an interchangable baldy big hoss henchman by teaming with Test this month after helping Bossman at No Way Out.  JR's headset breaks and King tries to cover on commentary, its as bad as it sounds.  Steve Blackman is in wicked good shape but he just isnt a pro-wrestler.  For the second tag match of the night JR makes the same comment about neither team finding an advantage - which is a polite way of saying nothings happening.  The camera cuts to Stratus again which is always welcome before T&A hit a huge double powerbomb on Snow but unfortunately Blackman breaks up the pin attempt. The little cheese dude makes an advance to Trish and King calls him Chester the Molester which I must admit gave me a chuckle, suddenly Albert hits a gorilla press slam on Blackman followed by a big elbow drop from Test.  Its good for the 3 count.

Winners via Pinfall - T&A

Rating: 0 stars.  Is this really WrestleMania?  This has been woeful.  Headcheese beat down the little cheese guy after the match.  Backstage The Kat is naked, putting on make up and Mae Young is chatting with her, they're coming up with some 'clever' ways to hide The Kats private parts (think the opening to Austin Powers 2.  Vince Frak Russo.  We need something to lift this PPV because its been shocking.

The Dudley Boys vs The Hardy Boys vs Edge & Christian - Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship

Aw hell yeah this is what Im talking about.  Big schmoz on the ramp to start us off.  Jeff is selling like a dream for Bubba, flying all over the joint.  Christian is the first to get a ladder but its no where near big enough.  The Hardys trap Bubba in the corner with a ladder before hitting Poetry in Motion.  Shield 0.1 try it in the opposite corner but Dvon takes out Christian with the ladder.  Hardys in control now, Jeff goes for a 450 on Bubba but hits the ladder instead.  Bubba puts the ladder on a prone Jeff before hitting a second rope senton, squashing him.  E&C put a ladder on the prone Matt Hardy, the Edge rides another ladder down on top of Matt.  This is already like a car wreck, and Bubba does the Terry Funk airplane ladder spot, before E&C double drop kick it into his face.  E&C double flapjack Dvon into a ladder in the corner.  Christian with a crossbody from the top of a ladder inside the ring to the outside on Bubba and Matt.  Jeff starts to climb but Edge spears him right off the ladder (unknown foreshadowing for a year later).  Matt takes Edge off the ladder and hits a sort of Razors Edge power bomb thing.   Bubba and Christian both climb side by side ladders before Bubba hits a cutter from the ladder on Christian.  As Bubba lies motionless the Hardys hit a tandem leg drop/splash combo.  E&C deposit the Hardys to the outside, before hitting a superplex on Dvon from the ladders, and Dvon does his classic convulsion sell.  Edge and Matt on one ladder beside Christian and Jeff on the other, E&M take each other out with neckbreakers while C&J take each other out with facebusters.  Three ladders in the ring now with all 6 men trying to climb, Jeff and Christian are the first to eat Poopie as they get pushed over the top, then Matt and Edge both get toppled and straddle the top rope.  Advantage Dudleys as they both pick up ladders before sandwiching Christian between them.  Big 3D to Edge.  Bubbas got that look in his eye as they both go for tables.  They could have had this match won by now tbh.  They set up two ladders the form a bridge with a table across them.  The other two tables get set up in the ring as Bubba sets up a fourth outside.  Dvon sets Jeff on a table in the ring as Bubba climbs on the Spanish Announce table with Matt.  Dvon dives as Jeff rolls out the way, crashing through a table, while Bubba powerbombs Matt from the announce table through the other table.  Jeff runs the guardrail and leaps at Bubba but Bubba plucks him out the air by throwing a ladder at him.   Bubba gets a ladder on the ramp that must be atleast 12 ft tall, and he sets up a table at its base.  He drags Jeff over and lays him on it, but Christian decks him with the ring bell, now Bubba is on the table as Jeff starts to climb the ladder.  Perched from the top Jeff hits a senton bomb on Bubba through the table.   Back in the ring Dvon starts climbing on this elaborate set up, but Matt manages to pull him down and hit a Twist of Fate.  Matts climbing one side, Christian the other.  Edge follows Matt and he tosses him off the side through another table.  Egde and Christian both grab a belt and this match is over!

Winners and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions - Edge and Christian

Rating: 4 stars.  This was awesome.  Edge and Christian win their first Tag Team championship in a match very much worthy of WrestleMania.  Tag wrestling hasnt been as hot since the heyday of the Road Warriors and the Midnight Express.  Loved it, loved it, loved it.  We dont get to see them celebrate for long as we cut backstage for a promo.

Mick Foley is backstage with Linda McMahon.  He puts over the ladder match and talks about his fairytale ending here at WrestleMania, getting one last shot after being retired last month.  Hopefully this is a turning point in this PPV.

The Kat w/ Mae Young vs Terri w/ Moolah - Cat Fight with Val Venus as the special referee.

Oh for Frak sake.  The winner is the first one to throw their opponent out of the ring.  This is the only 1-1 match on this whole card.  This.  This Vince Russo stink Love sacks.    This is the Frak pits.

Terri wins Frak this.

Rating: -1 star. History is made.  I thought it would be a long time before I saw a match worse than Mark Henry vs Viscera but this is the worst Frak thing I have ever seen. This is the absolute worst of the Attitude Era and you should get down on your knees and thank God by name if you havent seen it.

We see the Radicalz backstage.  Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko is trying to rally Eddie Guerrero to get his head in the game because he seems infatuated with Chyna.  She's teaming with Too Cool to take them on next.

Radicalz vs Too Cool & Chyna - 6 person tag

Eddie laying on the charm to Chyna, and he starts things off with S2H.  He's so quick, but S2H has the control.  He tags in Chyna but Eddie scarpers to his corner and tags in Malenko much to the chagrin of the crowd.  GMS tags in and he and Chyna hit a double vertical suplex before a celebratory dance move.  Eddie back in but the faces keep control.  GMS goes to the top but Malenko distracts the referee so Saturn can push him off the turnbuckle.  Saturn tags in and the heels take over.  It doesnt seem to last long as GMS is able to counter Eddie and tag in S2H, but Eddie drops Scotty over the ropes and regains control quickly.  Eddie is just a bucket of charisma.  He takes a suplex from GMS from inside the ring right to the floor, that looked sore. Saturn and Malenko try to double team S2H, but he counters, GMS runs in a takes down Malenko before S2H hits a facebuster on Saturn, then he hits a double worm on the Radicalz.  As bad a move as it is the crowd are eating it up, somehow still invested in this PPV despite what we've seen so far.  Heat from the crowd as again Chyna and Eddie are kept apart - its such simple booking but it works.  Heels in control again.  Big top rope elbow from Saturn misses a mile.  Chyna gets the hot tag while Eddie is the legal man and the build is paid off.  She clears house and hits back to back handspring elbows.  Huge pop.  She counters a powerbomb attempt from Eddie and hits one of her own.  She grabs Eddie by the junk before hitting him with a gorilla press.  She locks in a sleeper before dropping Eddie almost like a reverse cutter and its good for the 3 count.

Winners via Pinfall - Chyna & Too Cool

Rating: 3 stars.  This was actually pretty good.  They told a simple story really well and when you get the basics right wrestling just works.  Two PPV losses in a row for the Radicalz.  That cant be good.

We see a video package of some white trash who won front row tickets to this show, she wont stop squealing.  Thankfully we cut backstage to Shane giving Big Show a pep talk.  Show looks in great shape.  A far cry away from his days as The Giant but its probably the best he ever looked in WWE.  We see a replay from heat, turns out it was Bob Backlund who convinced the higher ups to force Angle to defend both his belts tonight, so Angle puts him in the crossface chickenwing to punish him.  We see Angle talking down to a security guard, god damn he's so good at this.

Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle (cc) - 2 fall Triple Threat match for the Euro-Continental championships.

Two back to back triple threats here with 3 of the best to ever lace them up.  The first fall is for the Intercontinental championship, and the second fall is for the European championship.  

Benoit attacks Angle outside the ring as he's making his entrance.  All three men trade counters before Benoit is sent to the outside via a shoulder in the ring post.  Jericho goes for a Lionsault but Benoit pulls his feet out from under him.  The action ends up ringside and Angle flapjacks Jericho on the steps.  Beautiful belly-to-belly from Angle.  Benoit with a huge lariat but Jericho breaks up the pin.  Tigerbomb backbreaker on Angle from Jericho and he goes to the top rope but Benoit sends him flying and he bounces off the announce table.  Benoit is in control now before Jericho somehow comes back with a big dropkick to Benoit, followed by a bigger dropkick to Angle from the second rope.  No man is able to hold momentum for long, highlighting the dangers of a triple threat match, with all three trading big moves and pin attempts.  Angle locks Jericho in the Crossface Chickenwing, and the ref checks Jericho with the arm drop thing.  When did the change it from 3 drops to just one?  Benoit breaks it up and tosses Angle out the ring, he hits a diving headbutt on Jericho and gets a three count.

Winner and new Intercontinental Champion - Chris Benoit

This match restarts immediately with Benoit trying to pin Jericho again but Angle breaks it up.  Commentary come up with a 4th 'I' for Angle - Irate.  Jericho looks like he's going to hit a hurricanrana from the top on Angle, but Benoit gets him in a belly to back suplex from the second rope instead.  Angle then goes for a moonsault but Benoit rolls out the way.  Jericho gets the Wall of Jericho on Angle but Benoit wipes him out with a clothesline.  Beautiful spinning heel kick from Jericho on Benoit, then hits a double powerbomb on Angle before Benoit hits a trio of germans for a close two count.  Big bridging German on Angle and Tim Whyte counts even though Angles shoulders are clearly not down.  King calls him out on it and brings up the Hardcore match earlier.  He gets taken out and misses Jericho tapping to the crossface.  When Benoit goes to revive the ref Jericho gets the Walls on but Angle hits him with a title belt. Another big German on Angle but Benoit misses the follow up diving headbutt when Angle rolls out the ring. Quick as a cat Jericho hits a Lionsault and its good for a three count.

Winner and new European Champion - Chris Jericho

Angle is fuming in the ring after losing both belts, Benoit celebrates with his new IC title and Jericho celebrates with his new title.  Angle still shouting at the crowd and the ref.

Rating: 4 stars.  Really enjoyed this.  Avoided the cliche of triple threat booking for the most part and they got both belts off Angle but he didnt take a pinfall so he still looks strong.  Really good booking.  Worth looking this one up, and its good knowing that the matches to come with these three guys only get better.

We see Vince talking about the main event, then HHH, before Run DMC's awesome version of the DX theme hits.   Out come Road Dogg and Xpac for the penultimate match.  Xpac gets some farty pyro before Road Dogg goes into his shpeel.  Still over as hell.  Rikishi is out first for the face team.  Why Rikishi?  Well Kane needed a partner to end this feud with Xpac and the Big Kish wasnt doing anything so here we are.   Big pop for Kane as he comes out.  The announcers wont stop talking about Pete Rose.

D-X w/ Tori vs Kane & Rikishi.

Tori slaps Bearer before the match, so while Kane is distracted DX jump Rikishi, but their dominance doesnt last long before Road Dogg eats a stink face.  Xpac saves Tori from suffering the same fate.  D-X try to leave but the faces make chase and they start fighting in the ramp way.  King calls Kane a 'big red special' which is nice.  Xpac hits a bronco buster on Rikishi, then tags in Road Dogg.  Dogg hits some of his signature moves then tags back out. Kish soaks up Xpacs offense before hitting a pop up cutter.  Hot tag to Kane who takes out Road Dogg then hits a huge back body drop on Xpac.  He drops Pac in the corner but Tori saves Xpac from a stinkface this time.  Bearer throws her in the ring and Kane goes for a chokeslam, Xpacs rescue attempt is thwarted though and she takes a stink face.  Kane tombstones Xpac for the 3 count in about 4 minutes.

Post match the faces celebrate and Too Cool run down.  Before we get a dance number, Pete Rose runs into the ring dressed as the San Diego chicken.  Rikishi has had enough and goes to leave but he's convinced to stay by Too Cool.  They put the sunglasses on and its time for a dance break.  Kane doesnt know whats going on.  Kane grabs the chicken by the neck but its not Pete Rose!  Pete Rose comes from behind and clobbers Kane with a baseball bat, but Kane no sells and drops him with a chokeslam.  To compound his misery he gets a stinkface.

Rating: 1 star.  This was Poopie.  Atleast we get a typically great promo from The Rock afterwards.

Right its time for the main event.  After beating The Rock and No Way Out to win his spot in the championship match, Big Show has sided with Shane McMahon.  Vince McMahon returned soon after and helped The Rock to win his way back into this match.  For some inexplicable reason we got the Triple Threat WWF title match on free TV - which HHH won, however after the match Linda McMahon returned and added Mick Foley to the match even though HHH retired him the month prior.  So on almost a weeks notice we have this.

HHH (c) w/ Stephanie McMahon vs The Rock w/ Vince McMahon vs The Big Show w/ Shane McMahon vs Mick Foley w/ Linda McMahon - Fatal Fourway Elimination match for the WWF Championship

The ultimate ego trip, a McMahon in every corner.  The Rock and Big Show pair off while Foley and HHH take shots at each other.  Foley and Big Show in control until Show drops both Foley and HHH with a double clothesline.   Gorilla press slams for everyone.   Mick Foley tries for a sleeper but Show drops backwards, crushing Foley.  The Rock tee's off on Show but Show stops Rockys momentum with a sidewalk slam.  Chokeslam attempt from Show but Foley hits a low blow.  All three men working over Show now, it takes a clothesline from each man to drop Show, now all three men stomping a mudhole.  The alliance doesnt last long however when Foley hits a Cactus Clothesline taking himself and HHH over the top rope.  Foley hits Show with a chair, then a Rock Bottom and its a three count.

Big Show has been eliminated

Well that was quick and pointless.  Less than five minutes.  Vince taunts Shane as he leaves with Big Show.  HHH unsuccessfully convinces Foley to work with him to take out the Rock, so he tries his luck with The Rock.  Rocky appears to agree but he sucker punches him.  The Rock n Sock connection start working together on HHH.  They appear to be on the same page as they take out HHH in the ringside area.  Mick tosses Rock the ring bell and holds up HHH.  Rock goes for a bell shot but HHH ducks and Foley takes a walloping.  HHH then drives The Rock into the ring steps.  HHH starts working over The Rock but Mick Foley gets a 2x4 with Barbed wire.  HHH saves himself with a low blow before driving the 2x4 into the stomach of Foley.  Double Arm DDT on HHH and he goes for Mr Socko.  Mandible Claw applied and he pushes HHH into a belt shot from The Rock.  Rocky set ups for the Peoples Elbow but Foley slaps the Mandible Claw on The Rock.  HHH takes them both out with a double low blow.  Hey theres Michael Clarke Duncan at ringside.   Rock takes down HHH and Foley takes down Rock for a 2 count.  Big chants for Foley as he hits the Rock with a double arm DDT but Rock kicks out.  Rock hits a big DDT on Foley but HHH breaks it up for some reason.  Foley and HHH start working together to take out The Rock now.  Rock starts choking HHH with a cable but Foley drops him with a steel step to the head.  Rocky ends up on the Spanish table and Foley drops the elbow from the second rope, but he falls short and crashes hard.  HHH tries to drop Rock through the table but it refusesd to break.  It takes a third drop before it sort of collapses.  Foley and HHH in the ring now, HHH hits the pedigree but Foley kicks out.  HHH shoves Hebner to the floor and kills Foley with a chair shot to the side of the head.  He then hits a second pedigree on the chair and the three count is academic.

Mick Foley has been eliminated

Atleast Foley went out fighting.  Its pretty unceremonious though compared to No Way Out.  He still gets a standing ovation on his way out though, and he cant hide his emotions.  Huge Foley chants.  He stops halfway up the ramp before he charges back down.  He gets the 2x4 and smashes HHH in the head with it.  A final Bang Bang and Foley is out of here.  The Rock makes the cover but HHH kicks out.  They end up outside the ring and head up the ramp as Michael Clarke Duncan barks orders.  Big suplex from The Rock to HHH on the concrete.  He bounces HHH off the stage structure and they wrestle into the crowd.  HHH gets his head bounced off the time keepers table.  The Rock lifts the steps to hit HHH with them but HHH hits the steps with a chair.  Rocky lies under the steps while HHH wails on him with the chair.   HHH hits a piledriver on the steps, this is probably one of the last piledrivers you'd see on WWF tv because it was banned not long after.  HHH gets Rocky in the ring for a pinfall but The Rock kicks out.  The Rock fights back and they trade finisher counters until The Rock back body drops HHH over the top rope.  The brawl continues and The Rock hits a spinebuster on the outside mat.  Rocky suplexes HHH through the remaining announce table.  Vince and Stephanie both look concerned.  Vince bounces HHH off the ring post as Shane McMahon sneaks down and drops Vince.  Shane batters Vince with a monitor, Vince takes it right on the forehead with no protection.  Ouch.  Stephanie cant believe it.  Vince is up and he drops Shane as blood starts to trickle down his forehead.  Its ended soon enough with a low blow from Shane, then he clobbers him with a chair shot, again unprotected to the head.  Referees swarm to break it up, and Shane squares up to Michael Clarke Duncan.  Patterson and Briscoe help Vince to the back.  Back to the actual match and Rock and HHH are beating the hell out of eachother.  A couple of nearfalls for the Rock and Shane is still stalking ringside with the chair.  HHH drops Rocky with the 2x4.  Shane gets in the ring but Rock catapults HHH into him, the hits a Rock Bottom on HHH, but he cant make the cover.  Vince charges the ring again and drops Shane, sending him out the ring.  He grabs a chair and drops The Rock with it!  HHH makes the cover but The Rock kicks out to a huge pop.  Vince with another chair shot on The Rock, this time its good for a three count.

Winner and Still WWF Champion - HHH

Post match.  Vince kicks the Rock out of the ring before celebrating with Stephanie as unhappy fans launch trash and drinks into the ring.  Shane gets in the ring, and The Rock charges and takes out Shane and Vince with Rock Bottoms.  Stephanie slaps The Rock and she gets a Rock Bottom.  Rock dials it up and hits Steph with a Peoples Elbow to send the crowd home happy.

Rating: 3.5 stars.  This main event is much maligned but I really enjoyed it.  It has its flaws, sure, but the action makes up for it.  Doesnt deserve most of the hate it gets, but the negatives arent without foundation.  I suppose its all down to personal preference.

So that was WrestleMania 2000.  How is it as a show?  Lets get to the pros and cons.

Pros.

Trish Stratus
The Ladder match was an instant classic.
The Triple Threat was very good, and showcased all three men really well.
Despite the McMahon family Love sacks the main event was still pretty good.

Cons.

Literally everything else was Poopie.  Barely redeemable Poopie.

Overall Verdict

This has gone down in history as one of the worst WrestleManias of all time and its hard to argue against that.  I had to take a break from watching this after the cat fight because I just couldnt take anymore.  Not even the great matches can save this from being a complete dumpster fire, even though most of the guys making their Mania debuts gave it socks. Its incredible that WWF dropped the ball so bad here, but it goes to show that they really were being carried by their main event scene, which was the opposite of WCW at the time which was only just managing to stay afloat because of their mid card scene.  Hopefully they buck up their ideas and Backlash can deliver.  See you then!

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Alright we have arrived at Backlash 2000 and we've got a stacked card.  Traditionally the PPV's after Mania are pretty good - continuing the feuds and angles that began at Mania and this is no exception.  The Rock challenges HHH for the WWF championship but they odds are stacked against him as the modern day corporation have taken over nearly every ringside role and Shane is the special guest referee.  The Rock will have someone in his corner though...  Also on the card, Edge and Christian defend their tag team titles, Chris Jericho challenges Chris Benoit for the Intercontinental title and Kurt Angle takes on Hulk Hogan?  Kind of.. Anyway lets go to ringside to get this show on the road and hopefully wash the taste of WrestleMania out of my mouth.

Debra is introduced as the special guest ring announcer for this opening match - much to Kings delight - for some reason. It the first of 6 title matchs tonight.

Edge & Christian (c) vs D-X - WWF Tag Team Titles

The awesome Run-DMC DX theme plays and out come Road Dogg, Xpac and Tori.  You can barely hear Debra.   While the DX corporation are a heel faction these two are towing the line between heel and face here.  Crowd still love the opening promo.  E&C come out next, and Debra practically gives up half way through announcing them.  They've fully embraced the comedy heel role, this is when the 5 second pose started.  None of that hear tonight though, and its weird to see a heel vs heel match, so I reckon DX will be wrestling as the faces.  JR almost enforces that idea by saying DX should be the favourites.  Big Xpac sucks chant so maybe not.

Xpac channeling his 1-2-3 Kid days here with some impressive cruiserweight moves.  This is the third PPV in a row with a tag match opener so this must be where HHH got the idea from for NXT.    DX tag control when Road Dogg hangs Christian up on the top rope and then drives him into the stairs.  Tag to Edge but the referee didnt see it and while he's distracted with Edge DX double team Christian, and Tori gets a choke in before a bronco buster. Simple booking here, and Edge and Christian are definitely the faces.  Xpac attacks christian to prevent him making the tag, but when the referee is dealing with him Edge hits a diving headbutt on Road Dogg.  Christian counters out of a double back drop attempt and his a double reverse DDT, then he gets the hot tag to Edge to a big pop.  He catches Xpac mid air with a sit out powerbomb.  A flurry of offensive and signature moves, the ref ends up outside with Tori, Xpac hits Edge with a spinning wheel kick but because theres no ref Christian drills him with the ring bell.  He covers Xpac for the three count.

Winners via Pinfall and STILL WWF tag team champions - Edge and Christian.

Rating: 3 stars.  A very enjoyable opener, and even though Im 100% certain the Christian wasnt the legal man (and neither was Xpac) it didnt take away from the match because it was such a frantic ending.  Really good match, E&C retain and is that some dissension among the DX ranks?  Hmm.

We see The Rock arrive in a limo and we go straight into our next match, the 2nd of 6.

Dean Malenko (c) vs Scotty 2 Hotty - WWF Lightheavyweight Championship

Malenko dropped the title to S2H a couple of weeks ago, but won it back on an episode of SmackDown with the help of the ropes, so this blow off was set up.  S2H is out dancing around, Malenko comes out and he's the polar opposite.  Reminds me of Mr No Gimmicks Needed Chris Candido.  S2H straight on the offense.  Big blood stain on the mat from Xpac, eww.  A contrast of personalities but a match of styles.  Frenetic and fast paced trading of offense before Malenko gets control after a huge lariat.  Malenko takes out S2H with a dropkick to the knee so we enter the story part of this match with Dean working over the leg.  Malenko setting up submissions that are also pinning predicaments *finger kiss*.  S2H hits an enzuigiri and gets a hope spot but its quickly cut off.  Malenko goes for a spinning toe hold but S2H kicks him into the turnbuckle and rolls him up for a 2 count, but Malenko quickly regains control again.  S2H counters out of a powerbomb and hits a facebuster, the crowd pop huge as he signals for the Worm.  He hits it up its only a two count.  Malenko rolls up Scotty and puts his feet on the ropes but the referee is wise to it.  He goes up top but S2H cuts him off and sets up a superplex but Malenko counters and hits a DDT from the top rope!  Its academic at this point and he gets the three count.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Light Heavyweight Champion - Dean Malenko

Rating: 4 stars.  I absolutely loved this match.  This is one of those hidden gem matches on the WWE Network.  Simple booking done well.  Loses a point for Scotty 2 Hotty hopping around the ring on the leg thats been getting worked on the whole match, but it was a very good match and a brilliant finish which I havent seen since.  Loved it.  More of that please.

We're backstage in the corporations office and McMahon is trying to find out if Patterson and Briscoe are still on their side, then Shane comes in with his referee's shirt.  Fun fact:  Shane is a trained referee and worked the inaugural Royal Rumble match in 1988.  

Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan vs The APA.

The Acolytes have fully embraced the role of the APA, and after protecting Kai En Tai during a match they were attacked by The B team (I cant be arsed writing their names again so they'll be the B Team from now on.)  Big pop for the Acolytes and the action starts outside the ring.  4 big hosses beating the hell out of each other.  Bradshaw working over BB in the opening exchanges.    Bull does his leaping springboard clothesline on Faarooq but doesnt get all of it.  Bossman in but Faarooq takes control again.  Bradshow slams Bossman on the steps outside.  Quick tags between the APA, before Bossman is able to tag BB.  The B team isolate Faarooq now, cutting of his side of the ring.  Tag to Bradshaw but Teddy Long didnt see it.  Bradshaw finally get the tag and it all breaks down.  BB hits Bradshaw with a superplex for a two count.  Clothesline from Hell from Bradshaw but Bossman breaks up the cover, he takes Faarooq down with the nightstick, then hits Bradshaw with it. BB hits a huge legdrop from the top and its good for the three count.

Winners via Pinfall - The B Team

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Wasnt bad but was too long and never really got that exciting.  Bull Buchanan is still pretty impressive even if he is a bit limited, but he only debuted a couple of months ago so give him time.  Another big PPV lose for the APA.  

Quick cut to backstage where we see the Hardy Boys discuss the upcoming Hardcore title match, and they mutally agree that if it comes to it they'll fight if they have to.  Hardcore Holly tries to affirm the same to Crash but Crash tries to talk him out of it.

Crash Holly (c) vs Hardcore Holly vs Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy vs Perry Saturn vs Tazz - 6 pack challenge for the WWF Hardcore Title

3rd title match of the night.  Decent reactions for all 6 guys.  Perry Saturn is the last of the Radicalz to win a WWF title, but the Radicalz have all but disbanded by this point.  Crash quickly tries to escape, but the rest of the guys wont let him.  He tries climbing the structure at ringside (which looks awesome)  Matt jumps from it onto the 5 other guys, must've been about 12 feet in the air.   Jeff swings off one of the hooks in the structure to hit Saturn with a hurricarana.  Hardys double team Crash but Tazz takes them both out with a trash can lid. Big ECW chants.  Although theres less than half the field of the WrestleMania match this is still pretty difficult to keep track of.  Its about half way through when I realised that they need to pin Crash to win the title.  I like the dynamic of Bob Holly being a badass who loves to fight and will happily fight his little cousin Crash, and Crash who is reluctant to do so. Hardcore looks to have the title won when he hits Crash with a Falcon Arrow on a chair but Matt breaks it up.  Wouldnt be a Hardys match without a ladder and Jeff duly obliges.   Matt with a Twist of Fate to Crash before Jeff hits the now-christened Swanton Bomb from the ladder.  Matt makes the cover but Jeff breaks it up and they start fighting.  Tazzmission to Crash but Saturn drops Tazz with a stop sign across the head.  Matt and Jeff take out Hardcore and Saturn outside as Crash crawls over Tazz and gets a pin.  Huge pop.

Winner and STILL WWF Hardcore Champion - Crash Holly

Rating: 2 stars.  This was much more enjoyable than WrestleMania even if it was still a bit too chaotic for its own good at times.  It was still fine for what it was.  Backstage Coach is interviewing Shane and asks him if he can be impartial.  Shane says of course he will be, even if he is less than convincing.

Hulk Hogan (?) vs Kurt Angle

Big Show has decided he's had enough of being a big bad heel, so he's turned face and started impersonating other superstars, including Rikishi and Val Venis and having a bit of fun.  He and Kurt Angle get a tag team title show but Big Show isnt taking it seriously.  So Angle slaps him and Big Show takes him out.  Angle says he can see potential in Big Show so wants to try and make him serious again.  Angle is out first and cuts a good promo, comparing himself to past presidents and putting down Big Show.  He's so damn good.  Real American hits and out comes the Showster.  Crowd are loving this.  Show cuts a promo as Hulk Hogan and he's pretty good at it.  Angle jumps him and Show immediately Hulks up, couple of big right hands before he hits the big leg drop but Angle kicks out.  Angle uses his speed to take Showster down and starts working the knee.  Big Show gets pissed off and turns on the offense, starts wailing on Kurt and throwing him around the ring.  Big dropdown chokeslam from Big Show and its academic.

Winner via Pinfall - The Showster

Rating: 1 star.  It was a bit of fun but ultimately a waste of these two guys, especially Angle.

The Dudley Boyz vs T&A

Ever since Trish Stratus debuted, Bubba Ray has had his sighted on her, wanting to put her throw a table.  Everytime he gets the chance she ends up seducing her way out of it. Dvon is trying his best to snap Bubba out of it.  We see Billy Corgan at ringside.  Its amazing to think that Trish - who at this point is nothing but eye-candy valet - would go on to be one of the most respected womens wrestlers of all time. Dvon and Albert start us off, Dvon being the quicker man for probably the first time in his career.  Some pretty fast paced action, both teams trading control and momentum, but the heels eventually managed to control the match. T&A working well together as a unit against the more experienced team.  Bubba distracts Albert while he's on the second rope allowing Dvon to get a superplex.  Dvon makes the hot tag and cleans house.  The Dudleys isolate Test and hit a modified 3D but it only gets a two.  Test goes for a big elbow but misses and that gets a two count.  The Dudleys signal for a 3D proper but Trish jumps on the apron and distracts Bubba enough for Test to take out Dvon then hit Bubba with a big boot for a three count.

Winners via Pinfall - T&A

Post match the Dudleys clear house and Bubba grabs Trish.  Dvon sets up a table and Trish tries to get her way out of it by kissing Bubba again, it doesnt work and Bubba drags her to the corner and powerbombs her throw a table to a huge pop from the crowd.  We see a few replays and the Dudleys celebrate.  Trish is put on a stretcher and taken out of the arena.

Rating: 2 stars.  A pretty decent tag match but overshadowed by the uncomfortable story of Bubba and Trish.

We see Trish being loaded in an ambulance when lowrider appears, its got Eddie and Chyna in it.  Eddie is told if he doesnt get out there right now he forfeits his title, so he drives the car into the ringside area.

How did this come about?  Eddie won the European title from Chris Jericho when Chyna turned on Y2J and sided with Eddie after a month of spurning his advances.  Eddie has a tuxedo on a Chyna has a red dress, apparently they've just came back from prom.  Eddie is defending his title against Esse Rios.  They had a tag team match vs the Hardys but Lita screwed up and cost them the match.  They had a rematch and the same thing happened, Chyna ends up throwing Lita to the Dudleys who put her throw a table.  Rios blames Eddie and Chyna for what happened and challenges Eddie for the title.

Eddie Guerrero (c) w/ Chyna vs Esse Rios w/ Lita - WWF European Championship

4/6 title matches.  Eddie is still in his slacks and bow tie, he takes advantage early with a blindside drop kick.  Some highflying back and forth before Guerroro takes control.  Guerrero working a more methodical technical style while Rios gets the high flying hope spots.  A traditional lucha libre exchange ends with Rios monkey flipping Eddie but Eddie goes too far and crashes into the ropes.  That looked scarier than it was because Guerrero quickly regains control.  He sets up Rios for a powerbomb on the announce table but Lita goes to the top to jump on Eddie.  Chyna shoves Lita off and she crashes into the table. Rios uses the distraction to back body drop Eddie, then hits a big springboard asai moonsault onto Eddie on the outside.  Rios hits a huge senton flip from inside the ring to Eddie on the outside.  He goes to the top rope but Chyna drops him on the turnbuckle, Eddie capitalizes with a superplex. Guerrero hits a brainbuster then goes to the top, Rios meets him there and hits an armdrag off the top.  He goes for a top from moonsault but Eddie gets his knees up.  Airplane spin into a neck breaker by Eddie and its enough for a three count.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF European Champion - Eddie Guerrero

Eddie and Chyna celebrate but its short lived and Rios takes them both out with a dropkick, then Lita storms the ring and rips Chynas dress off as King starts screaming "BRA AND PANTIES BRA AND PANTIES" eugh.  Eddie offers the belt to Chyna to help cover up but she pushes him off.  Eddie starts admiring Chyna in her lingerie before Chyna poses for the crowd.

Rating: 3 stars.  A pretty good match with two guys who gel well.  Not quite at the hidden gem level of Malenko and Hotty but worth a watch.  Esse Rios was only 22 here and it still wrestling sporadically in AAA.  This was probably his most high profile match in WWF, and this would be his last WWF PPV appearance and would spend the rest of his time in WWF wrestling on Heat and Jakked.

Benoit cuts a simple promo backstage before Y2J makes his entrance.

Chris Benoit (c) vs Chris Jericho - WWF Intercontinental Championship

Jericho the charismatic loudmouth vs Benoit straight from the school of Chris Candido no gimmicks needed.  These two guys have been wrestling together since as far back as 95 as Wild Pegasus and Lionheart in Japan so this should be some top drawer stuff.  The first few minutes both men are trading moves and counters, great chemistry.  Jericho looks to have taken control before Benoit goes for his patented 3 Germans, he hits two before Jericho gets to the ropes to break it.  Benoit gives him a receipt with a backdrop over the top.  He goes for a suicide dive but Jericho avoids it.  JR calls it a career shortening move - ouch.  Thats nearly as bad a call as Joey Styles with Mike Awesome.  Benoit irish whips Jericho into the steel steps but Jericho leaps over, so Benoit dropkicks them into his legs.  Quick plug from JR for Innsurextion in London (not covering it).   Benoit fully in control as he catapults Y2J into the top turnbuckle.  Benoit has that very rare ability that not many wrestlers have ever had in that he can make this fake fight look like a real one.  His offense, his selling, his work rate.  Spot on. At this point in time he's probably the best wrestling in the world.  In American at the very least.  Jericho gets a bit back with a reverse elbow, he goes for the Lionsault but Benoit gets the knees up.   Jericho with the advantage and gets a few nearfalls.  Jericho misses a springboard dropkick but drops Benoit on the turnbuckle as he climbs.  Y2J attempts a back drop but Benoit counters and lands on top of Jericho and gets a two count.  Jericho hits a double powerbomb but cant Benoit kicks out and applies the Crossface, but Jericho manages to get his feet to the ropes, Benoit drags him into the centre of the ring and tries to apply it again but Jericho fights out and gets up getting Benoit in the Walls of Jericho but Beniot manages to get to the ropes this time.  Jericho misses a flying forearm and smashes into the ref.  Benoit gets the title belt and clobbers Jericho with it. Tim Whyte is revived enough to make a two count.  Jericho takes a snap suplex on the title, then Benoit goes for a diving headbutt.  Jericho moves and Benoit hits the title belt and the referee calls for the bell.  Jericho has been disqualified!

Winner via Disqualifiaction and STILL WWF Intercontinental Champion - Chris Beniot

Post match an irate Chris Jericho puts Tim Whyte in the Walls of Jericho and the other refs swarm down to try and break it up.  Replays show that Jericho raised the title belt up and hit Benoit with it, so it was the right call.

Rating: 4 stars.  Loved this match aswell, as expected with the two parties involved.  Fair ending gets both men out of doing a job and keeps the belt on Benoit.  This is another match you should go out of your way to see.  

We get a promo package for the main event.  After The Rock was screwed by Vince at WrestleMania he won this match by beating The B Team in a handicap steel cage match. He was dismantled and left a bloody mess by HHH afterward.  However the McMahon Helmsley Faction are stacking the odds against The Rock every chance they get.  Not only will Vince and Stephanie be allowed at ringside, but Shane McMahon is the special guest referee.  Linda McMahon decides that its unfair and puts someone in The Rocks corner - Stone Cold Steve Austin!    We see Austin destroying the DX Express and McMahon tries to warn The Rock that he cant trust Austin.  Austin still hasnt appeared at the arena yet, so The Rock is going into this one alone.

Triple H (c) vs The Rock - WWF Championship

The 6th of 6 title matches tonight, but no other titles have changed hands.  Will this one be any different?  Shane McMahon is out first, followed by HHH with Vince and Stephanie.  Vince has a mic but is drowned out by a series of boos.  He has a program with him and he highlights the words "Card subject to change".  He says Stone Cold will not be here tonight.  The Rocks music hits and he comes out to a huge pop. The Rock has control early doors before HHH takes advantage of a Shane distraction to hit a neck breaker.  Huge Rocky chants from this electric crowd.  The match goes to the outside and HHH is bouncing Rocky off the steps and the announce table.  Vince bounces Rock off the ring post as Shane is "distracted" with HHH.  This starts to be the theme of the match.  Every time The Rock gets a hope spot he gets screwed someway.  JR says that HHH is good enough and doesnt need anyone to cheat for him.  10/10 commentary right there.  HHH has a sleeper on The Rock and puts his feet on the ropes but Shane is "distracted" by Vince again.  Double clothesline takes both men out, Shane starts counting but is trying to rouse HHH aswell.  Vince lays the Rock out with the title belt.  HHH crawls and makes the cover but Rock kicks out.  Rock gets control and sends HHH over the top rope.  Huge DDT by the Rock but Shane doesnt count.  Rock clobbers him and sends him to the outside.  HHH sends the Rock out aswell then cracks him into the steel steps.  HHH starts clearing the Spanish announce table.  HHH goes for a pedigree but Rock low blows him.  He sets up a Rock Bottom but Shane climbs up and tries to break it up, so he double Rock Bottoms Shane and HHH through the table, with Shane crushed under HHH.  Rocky gets HHH in the ring, Vince jumps him from behind and starts taunting him.  Rock doesnt like that and starts beating him down before HHH hits a low blow.  Pedigree! Theres no referee, so Vince waves for a ref.  Here comes Patterson and Briscoe in ref shirts.  Rock kicks out at two before the Stooges beat down on The Rock. Steph gives Vince a chair as the 4-1 beatdown continues.  Crowd chanting cowpat as Vince smashes Rocky with the chair.  HHH sets up for another pedigree when AUSTINS MUSIC HITS! ITS STONE COLD! THE PLACE ERUPTS!  Austin takes out HHH with a chair, then Patterson, then Briscoe, then Shane, then Vince!  Chairshot to HHH again.  As he's leaving Linda McMahon appears with Earl Hebner (who was fired a few weeks ago by HHH).  Linda shoves down Stephanie, and The Rock hits a spinebuster/Peoples Elbow combo on HHH, Hebner storms the ring and makes the three count!

Winner and NEW WWF Champion - The Rock!

The crowd erupts as Rocky lifts the belt above his head.  He celebrates in the ring and JR tells us the game is over. He poses with the title in the corners but Austins music hits again!  Rock doesnt know what to make of it but we see Austins truck driving into the arena towing the wreck of the DX Express.  He gets in the ring and shares a few beers with The Rock.

Rating: 4 stars.  This was the main event that WrestleMania should have had.  Simple story of The Rock overcoming the odds and the corporation trying to screw him everystep of the way.  You get the excitement of Stone Cold and the pop of a big baby face win.  Brilliant way to end this show.

Pros.

Dean Malenko vs Scotty 2 Hotty
The Canadian Chris's
The Main event

Cons.
Big Show vs Angle
APA vs The B Team

Overall Verdict

This was a very good and very watchable show, especially compared to WrestleMania.  It wasnt perfect, but it did a great job of reaffirming the WWF as the top dog, especially considering WCW had just crowned David Arquette as the World Heavyweight Champion.  Worth going back a checking out because theres a few hidden gems here.  The 'B' PPV's often get overlooked which I dont think is very fair.  I'll be back soon with WWF Judgement Day...

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Its the inaugural Judgement Day PPV.  A card that should be a cracker (atleast on paper) headlined by only the second 60 Minute Ironman match in WWF history for the WWF title (if you dont count the two that happened on house shows in the early 90's).  We start of the show backstage where the McMahon faction are gathered and seem to be having a good time.  Hardcore champion Gerald Briscoe interupts but he's quickly sent to get coffee for everyone.  Vince hypes DX vs The Dudleys in a table match, and Shane vs Big Show in a falls counts anywhere match.  Quick cut and we see Briscoe being assaulted by the Headbangers, it doesnt come to anything and we see Shawn Michaels in his referee gear for tonight main event.  Kurt Angles music hits and out comes the olympic champ for the opener.  The Tag Team champions join him and they're carrying big bags with them.  E&C are playing the conceited over-confident surfer dudes, and its time for a five second pose.  The three dress up as a Jug band, which Edge calls the greatest cultural achievement to come out of Kentucky.  This was great fun.  The crowd pops huge and Too Cool and Rikishi come out.

Kurt Angle, Edge & Christian vs Too Cool & Rikishi.

The heels try to get the jump early but the faces quickly gain control with a triple decker corner splash spot.  Once Teddy Long gets this under control GMS and Edge start us off.  Lots of energy from the faces and they're in firm control, outsmarting Edge and Christian at every turn.  Huge chant for Rikishi.  Christian tags down GMS and mock dances whilst GMS tags in Rikishi.  Rikishi clears everyone but Angle finally gets the tag and takes control of Rikishi.  They try isolating the big man in their corner but he fights out easy and tags in S2H.  He hits a bulldog and signals for the Worm but Angle drops him with a clothesline.  Heels back in control now, working over Scotty 2 Hotty.  Big Angle sucks chant now, the crowd are electric.   Rikishi makes a hot tag and the crowd explode, chanting OOH every time he hits someone.  He hits the triple decker corner splash again then gets Angle with the Stink Face. He no sells a double DDT but Edge takes him down with a spear.  Edge sets up for a Worm but S2H hits a bulldog, then follows up with a Worm of his own.  Rikishi lifts Edge for a Rikishi Driver but Christian decks him with the ring bell.  While Edge makes the cover however, the ref is too busy trying to break up Christian and S2H so GMS climbs the top a hits Edge with a Hip Hop Drop, Rikishi rolls over and makes the cover.

Winners via Pinfall - Rikishi and Too Cool

After the match the faces dance to celebrate while the heels stew in the aisle.  The crowd are stupid hot into this jesus christ.

Rating: 3.5 stars.  This went 10 minutes but never felt like it.  The crowd were super into everything given to them and everyone did their job well.  A thoroughly enjoyable match and excellent opener to get the crowd going.  Proof positive that a hot crowd can make a match.

Michael Cole is backstage interviewing Shawn Michaels.  He asks whether he can be impartial or not given his history with HHH.  Shawn confirms he was hired to do a job and he will do that job to the best of his ability.  Cole asks is he is jealous of The Rock.  Makes me wonder why we never got an HBK vs The Rock match.  Thats one of the biggest dream matches ever. We see Eddie and Chyna arrive at the arena earlier, but they're stopped by Dean Malenko who tells Chyna to stay out of their business.  

Eddie Guerrero (c) vs Dean Malenko vs Perry Saturn - Triple Threat match for the WWF European Championship

Former Radicalz collide here.  Chyna is accompanying Eddie with a bouquet of roses Eddie gifted to her.  Perry Saturn is out next and he looks swole, and his eye hasnt gone lazy yet.  Dean Malenko, still with the Radicalz music, and his Light Heavyweight title isnt on the line.  Saturn and Malenko working together early to take out Eddie.  The alliance is quickly broken when Saturn takes out Malenko with a lariat.  Guerrero takes control with his speed and lucha style.  Malenko counters a head scissors from Eddie into a side slam.  Nice.  Eddie hits a tornado DDT on Saturn but Malenko breaks up the fall.  Big powerbomb on Eddie gets a two.  He goes for another powerbomb but Guerrero counters with a sunset flip but Malenko counters the counter into a texas cloverleaf, and he locks it in Saturn takes him out.  Guerrero now in control sets up Malenko for a superplex, but Saturn pulls him down a hits a beautiful overhead Belly to Belly, he goes to superplex Malenko but he fights him off.  Guerrero goes up to get Malenko now but Dean hits an avalanche gutbuster.  Saturn up top with a big Frog Splash on Eddie but Malenko breaks it up. Now Saturn tries to lock the Cloverleaf on Malenko but Eddie breaks it up and hits a brainbuster. Malenko hits a back suplex on Guerrero while Saturn hits a German on Malenko at the same time.  Saturn rolls to the outside and Chyna smashes him with the roses.  She tries to hit Dean but he grabs them off her.  She drops from the apron and pulls Malenkos feet out from under him and he lands face first on the flowers.  Eddie rolls him up quickly and gets the three count.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF European Champion - Eddie Guerrero

Post match we see Chyna and Eddie celebrate as Eddie reveals the big lead pipe hidden in the flowers.

Rating: 2.5 stars.  A pretty good match that avoided all the Triple Threat cliches, and the right guy goes over in the end, but he cheats to win so that keeps the heat on him.  Very good, probably could have went another few minutes but overall I cant complain.  All three men looked good so job done.

We see how Briscoe won the Hardcore title, by pinning Crash on Smackdown while he was asleep.  Briscoe appears to have recovered from his assault by the Headbangers earlier, stll with the belt he's hiding out in the toilets.  He gets scared by his own reflection in the mirror... sigh.

We see how Shane McMahon and Big Show crossed paths.  Big Show is still having fun, while Shane is decrying him for it.  Shane has been talking about Show behind his back saying how much he owns Big Show and how much of an idiot Big Show is.  Shane challenges Big Show and Show seems to get a bit more serious.  Shane sets up Big Show in a gauntlet match which turns into a 7 on 1 beating, with 6 guys helping Shane chokeslam Big Show.  Shanes out first for this No Disqualification match and he doesnt seem too confident.  Big Show out to a massive pop to his WWF Aggression theme (rapped by K Mac, Mack 10, Boo Kapone and MC Eiht if you're wondering which you probably arent).  Its actually a decent theme.

Shane McMahon vs Big Show - Falls Count Anywhere

Shane immediately leaps over the top rope to get Big Show but Show catches him easy, and drives him into the ring post.  He bounces him off the steel steps, then a big powerslam onto the bottom section of the steps.  Big Show presses Shane back into the ring over the top rope.  Shane tries to rally but Big Show still in firm, easy control.  This is a massacre.  Show signals for a chokeslam but Bossman runs out and attacks him with a nightstick, targeting the knee.  Show is able to get back in control and takes out Bossman with a couple of head butts and a powerbomb.  T&A storm the ring with chairs but Big Show punches the chairs right out their hands.  Trish hits a low blow but Show no sells, and he presses her up and out of the ring into T&A.  He drops Test and Albert with a double clothesline as Shane tries to escape.  Show catches up to him and throws him into the stage setup.    Show pulls a bit part of the steel frame off and lifts it over his head, Shane is able to drop kick him down as T&A start the double team again.  Shane rams show with a road case and makes a cover but Show kicks out.  He's pissed and takes out all three men.  Albert gets bounced into the stage, then Test.  Bull Buchanan is out now attacking Show with a nightstick. Shane pushes a big speaker onto Shows leg, trapping him.  Shane cracks a cinder block over Big Shows head and knocks him out, getting the three count.

Winner via Pinfall - Shane McMahon

Afterwards Shane celebrates while a whole host of refs and emt's attend Big Show.  Sgt Slaughter is there for his PPV pay day.  Big Show wakes and is helped to the back on one leg.

Rating: 1.5 stars.  This went a mile a minute and didnt slow down, but not in a good way.  Makes Big Show look really strong that it took 5 guys to take him out, and makes Shane look like a real piece of Poopie, so I suppose it did what they intended it to, but it wasnt great.

We see replays spliced with live footage of Big Show being loaded into an Ambulance, then we see Briscoe again.  He heads into the referees lockerroom looking for a safe space.  He falls asleep and freaks out when the refs check he is ok.  We then see HBK and HHH having a catch up before moving onto our next contest.  

Chris Benoit (c) vs Chris Jericho - Submission match for the Intercontinental Championship

The Crossface vs The Walls. The opening exchanges are a tight back and forth until Benoit his a shoulder breaker.  He starts working over Jerichos shoulders and neck.  Jericho shifts momentum and attempts the Walls but Benoit twists him out of it.  Jericho dropkicks Benoit to the outside and we see Val Venus backstage (he's challenged the winner to a match on RAW).  Benoit back in control and throws Jericho into the steps.  Jericho counters Benoit with a Knee breaker on the steel steps.  Jericho follows it up with a tigerbomb backbreaker and instinctively goes for a cover.  Trading chops but Jericho misses a shoulder charge in the corner and hits the ring post.  Benoit removes the turnbuckle cover and drives Y2J's shoulder into the metal ring a couple of times.  Another loud chop exchange and Benoit hits a beautiful snap suplex.  Benoit locks in a fujiwara armbar but Jericho makes it to the ropes - highlighting the flaw in a submission match.  Its No DQ but rope breaks still apply.  Jericho regains momentum with attacks on Benoits knee, taking Benoits knee brace off, then starts whipping the knee with it.  Jericho locks in a modified Walls using the ropes for leverage, almost like a tarantula.  Benoit regains control with a trio of Germans, but Jericho breaks out of the third and goes for the Walls, Benoit fights out of it and smashes Jericho in the face with the knee brace.  Benoit locks in the Crippler Crossface but Jericho is crawling to the ropes.  Benoit breaks it and drags him back into the middle of the ring to reapply.  Jericho gets free for a moment but Benoit punches him a couple of times and goes straight back to it.  Benoits hands slip down round Jerichos neck and Y2J eventually passes out.  The ref calls this one off.

Winner via stoppage and STILL Intercontinental Champion - Chris Benoit

Rating: 4 stars.  Loved this.  Loved it loved it loved it.  Benoit looks like a monster and Jericho saves face because he never tapped out.  This is one of those gems.  Go out of your way to watch it.

Michael Cole is with Gerald Briscoe.  He's lamenting how everyone is trying to beat him for the title and he cant stop looking for striped shirts.  Two guys bringing in beverages are behind them talking to ref, so Briscoe attacks them both.  We see The Rock threatening Shawn Michaels to call it right down the middle.

Time for our penultimate match.  A tag team tables match.  DX vs The Dudleys.  The Dudleys have went full face and have been standing up to DX recently - who still blame them for the break up of the New Age Outlaws - and Bubba has his eyes on putting Tori through a table.

The Dudley Boys vs D-X - Tag Team Table Match

Same rules as the Royal Rumble - put both team members through a table to win, although interestingly its not tornado rules. Typical Dudley tag match until DX decide they've had enough and try to leave.  Once the action gets back in the ring DX take control working over Dvon.  Theres a tag to Dvon but the ref doesnt see it.  Dvon with a double clothesline then makes the tag to Bubba.  Bubba hits a few high impact moves and calls for tables.  Two tables are set up in opposite corners, and when Dvon goes out to get another Road Dogg throws him into the steps.  Road Dogg sets up a table and pumphandle slams Dvon through it.  1-0 to DX.  Bubba starts beating down on Road Dogg.  Xpac sets up for a bronco buster on Dvon but Bubba grabs him by the hair and drops him.  Xpac jumps up but Bubba catches him and powerbombs him through a table.  1-1.  Bubba and Road Dogg trading fists and the referee tries to break them up, so they both throw the referee throw a table!  The Dudleys 3D Road Dogg through a table but the referee cant call the match off.  Briscoe comes down and drags Road Dogg out the ring.  Tori gets in and tries to slap Bubba but he grabs her by the hair.  They set up a table and get Tori set up but Briscoe low blows Bubba, saving her.  Xpac climbs up and hits a super Xfactor on Bubba through the table, which the referee sees and calls the match.

Winners - D-X

Post match Briscoe tells Bubba to suck it but he's jumped by Dvon.  They get another table and 3D Briscoe through it.

Rating: 2 stars.  Took a while to get going but was good fun in the end.  Fun Fact:  The Dudleys are now 1-4 in this series or reviews, and despite the tables being their specialty they havent won a tables match on PPV yet.

Theres a creepy vignette of little girls reciting the Lords prayer.  JR and King cant figure it out, but Kings best guess its because tonight is Judgement Day.

Time for the Backlash rematch.  Grab a couple of cans and settle yourself in, this is going the distance.  Very good video package hyping this up.  They get the story and history of HBK in but keep the focus on the two guys in the match.  Finkel runs down the rules.  Whoever score the most falls in the 60 minute time limit will win. Unlike WrestleMania 12 champions advantage applies and The Rock will retain in the event of a tie.

The Rock (c) vs HHH - 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWF Title - Shawn Michaels is the Special referee.

HBK is out first to a good pop.  Like Perry Saturn his eye hasnt gone lazy yet.   HHH is out next flanked by the McMahons sans Linda.  HHH tells them all to go in the back, because he has to settle this on his own.  The Rock comes out to huge ovation.  The bell rings and both men stare down and start trashing talking before a lock up.  Theres a sign in the crowd that reads "Kevin Sullivan will book for food" that gave me a chuckle.  Pretty slow pace to begin with, both men being very methodical.  The Rock ups the pace with a few nearfalls, but HHH goes outside to break the momentum.  He gets back in the ring for a few more quick exchanges before Rock drops him with a huge right and he goes outside again.  He takes full advantage of the 10 count, getting back in at 7.    The crowd break into a big Rocky chant.  HHH gets control and starts working over The Rocks shoulder.  A clock appears and we're at the 10 minute mark with neither man coming close to a fall.    Suddenly, out of no where The Rock hits a Rock Bottom and makes a three count!

The Rock scores via Pinfall - 1-0

HHH rolls out the ring but The Rock makes chase.  They fight ringside and it moves into the entrance ramp.  The Rock is in full control until HHH reverses him and drops him on the guard railing.  HHH breaks the 10 count then starts his assault again.  Goes for a high knee but The Rock dodges and he hits the guard rail.  The Rock suplexes HHH from the apron into the ring and gets another two count.  Rocky then wraps HHH's leg round the ring post.  Rock working over the knee now, fully in control of things.  Rock locks in the Figure 4 leg lock, but HHH refuses to tap.  His shoulders go down and HBK counts a two.  JR wonders whether HHH should just tap, lose the fall but save his leg.  HHH is in agony but manages to roll over and flip the pressure.  I love that by the way, such a simple way to tell a story - thank you Buddy Rogers and thank you Ric Flair.  The fight goes to the outside where HHH is able to take control.  The fight spills into the crowd and descends into a brawl.  Somehow we make in back into the ring as we hit the 20 minute mark.   HHH with a series of nearfalls but cant keep Rock down.  The fight goes to the outside again and HHH gets thrown into the steel steps.   Rock working over the knee in the ring again.  Rocky goes for the Figure 4 again but he's kicked into the corner, HHH then hits a Pedigree and gets a three count.

HHH scores via Pinfall - 1-1

HHH with a blatant choke on The Rock, he counters an Irish whip and he gets quick inside cradle for another pin.

HHH scores via Pinfall - 1-2

The Rock is fighting back with hard right hands, but HHH dumps him to the outside.  The fight continues up onto the stage area, HBK not counting, just letting them go.  HHH is bounced off the structure, but HHH counters a suplex attempt into one of his own onto the concrete.  We hit the 30 minute mark and The Rock hits a back suplex on HHH on the ramp.  King points out that both men have just broke their record for the longest match they have ever had.  Rock in control as he whips HHH into the apron then backdrops him onto the concrete ramp.  We hear HBK tell JR he's not going to count both men and let them fight.  Back in the ring Rock pulls HHH up and drops him with a right.   HHH counters with a facebuster then hits a piledriver.  He rolls over and gets a three count.

HHH scores via Pinfall - 1-3

Both men look knackered but The Rock explodes out of the corner with a huge clothesline.  HHH cuts off the hope spot quickly enough though, and the pace slows again.  HHH climbs to the top rope but The Rock with a super arm drag drops him hard.  Both men take a 9 count to get to their feet, and The Rock lays into HHH with huge right hands.  He gets a nearfall but HHH hits a high knee and gets a nearfall of his own.  They exchange shots but HHH gets a sleeper on The Rock.  Rocky tries to break out by pulling the hair but it doesnt work.  They drop down and it looks like Rock is fading, HBK lifts his arm but The Rock powers up before it falls once.  HHH uses the ropes for leverage and HBK calls him out on it. Checks The Rock again and the arm falls once but HHH uses the ropes again, HBK kicks his legs off the ropes as we hit the 40 minute mark.  Rock recovers while they argue and lays the Smackdown on HHH, he counters a sleeper and hits a belly to belly suplex.  Rock makes a cover but only gets a two.  Rock scores a floatover DDT and makes a cover for a three count.

The Rock scores via Pinfall - 2-3

We're at 18 minutes as The Rock drags HHH outside.  He drops HHH on the timekeepers table. He goes for a second shot but HHH counters and hits Rock on the table.  HHH goes to use a chair but HBK unarms him.  Rock whips HHH into the steps.  They fight their way around the ring and Rock hits a big neckbreaker on HHH.  Back in the ring and HHH clobbers The Rock with a chair, HBK calls the fall.

The Rock scores via Disqualification - 3-3

HHH immediately makes the cover and gets a three count.

HHH scores via Pinfall - 3-4

The Rock is busted open and HHH puts the sleeper back on.  They drop to the mat and HBK checks on the Rock.  The arm falls once.  Twice.  Three ti... NO The Rock holds on, he makes it to his feet and fights out of it.  He bounces off the ropes for a big move but HHH locks the sleeper again.  HBK checks again.  Arm falls once.  Twice.  Three times.  HBK calls the fall.

HHH scores via Submission - 3-5

HHH doesnt break the hold but HBK forces him to.  It looks like their going to come to blows but HHH backs down.  The Rock is back up and goes straight for HHH with right hands and sends him flying over the top rope into a camera man.   HHH kills any momentum Rock had with a big DDT but he can only get a two count.  Its the 50 minute mark and HHH goes up top again.  Rock crotches him on the turnbuckle though and lays into him with big hands.  Rock climbs to the second rope but HHH drops him with a headbutt.  Rock recovers and hits a superplex from the second rope.  Both men are down but Rock makes a cover, he only gets a two though.  The fight spills outside once again.  Rocky bounces HHH off the steps again, then catapults him into the ring post.   HHH is able to counter Rock and whips him into the steps.  With less than 6 minutes left HHH starts clearing the announce table.  HHH sets up for a Rock Bottom on the table, but The Rock fights out and hits HHH with a Pedigree on the table.  4:30 left on the clock.  The Rock gets in the ring and HBK starts counting.  Its a pretty quick count but he makes it to 10 as we see a bloody HHH trying to recover.

The Rock scores via Count out - 4-5

HBK goes to check on HHH as the McMahons head down to ringside.  Theres only 3 minutes left as HHH nearly gets counted out again, but makes it back in at 9.  The Rock is straight on him, he lays the Smackdown, then a big lariat, then a big DDT.  Shane tries to get involved but Rock drops him, he then drops Vince and hits HHH with a spinebuster.  He hits the Peoples Elbow as DX arrives and gets the three count.

The Rock scores via Pinfall - 5-5

HBK is pulled out the ring and he drops Vince and Shane.  Road Dogg is fought off by The Rock who hits a Rock Bottom on HHH but Xpac jumps him.  HBK is out and its a 4 on 1 as the vignette from earlier plays.  Suddenly THE UNDERTAKER APPEARS ON HIS MOTORBIKE!  HE storms the ring and takes out DX and the McMahons one by one!  Chokeslam to Road Dogg, Chokeslame to Xpac!  He grabs Stephanie but HHH breaks it up, he hits a tombstone on HHH as HBK waves it off.  The buzzer sounds and the bell rings.  There confusion and chaos.  No one knows whats happening.  HBK comes out and talks to Finkel.  Finkel makes the announcement.  That due to outside interferance, the winner of the fall via disaqualification is.... HHH!

HHH scores via Disqualification - 5-6

Winner and NEW WWF Champion - Triple H!

DX and Vince help HHH to the back as we go off air, confusion and chaos reign supreme here.

Rating: 4.5 stars.  This was an incredible match.  Both men gave it everything and it never once felt like they went a full 60 minutes.  This was everything that HBK vs Bret Hart should have been.  Drama, story, action.  Loved it.  HHH gets his title back but theres an asterix next to it as both men were equal, and there will be an argument about whether HBK screwed The Rock or not, and did the buzzer go before the bell was rung?  Oooh tune in to RAW to find out as we wrap up another classic PPV.

Pros.

The opener was good fun.
Benoit vs Jericho was excellent yet again
One of the best Iron Man matches ever, possibly THE best depending who you ask.

Cons.

The Triple Threat could have used a bit more time.
Shane vs Big Show failed to deliver, but its a stop gap match.

Overall verdict

Whopper of a show.  WWF going from strength to strength right now.  A show where even the worst match delivered in some capacity.  Not as good a show overall as Backlash but easily the 2nd best PPV so far.  HHH and The Rock proving to be two of the best in the business, Undertaker returning with a new gimmick to inject some new life into the main event, and the undercard is as solid as it will ever be. This is another one to dedicate the time to.  Hopefully next months King of the Ring PPV can keep the momentum going.  I'll see you all there.

Im going to do end this show with something a bit different, and include a table ranking the PPV's in order now that we've got a few under our belt.

Backlash
Judgement Day
Royal Rumble
No Way Out
WrestleMania 2000

Incredibly, its the flagship show propping up the table.  Still cant believe how WWF dropped the ball with that given how consistently good the two shows following have been.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Wed 06 May 2020, 3:22 pm

Enjoyed reading these Samo - a bit before my time wrestling wise, I've recently been re-watching some of the PPVs from when I began watching around mid 2002. No Mercy 2002 in particular was a great re-watch
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Post by Samo on Wed 06 May 2020, 7:58 pm

Cheers Olly, Im enjoying doing it. King of the Ring is next which from memory has some belters and some absolute stinkers, so that should be fun!

No Mercy 2002 was an excellent show and definitely worth a re-watch. Wont be too long till I get there.

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We have arrived at the King of the Ring!  And hoo boy has the landscape of the WWF changed since Judgement day.  We have a new Intercontinental Champion, new WWF Tag Team Champions and some old blood back in the main event picture, which could have massive ramifications on the whole company.  This is also the biggest King of the Ring tournament in history, with a whopping 32 people competing.  The first 2 rounds have already taken place on TV, so we're down to the final 8 tonight. So without further ado, lets do this.

The new Intercontinental Champion Rikishi is out first to a huge pop.  Rikishi won his only WWF singles title only a couple of days ago on Smackdown, but Benoit took him out after with a steel chair.  A pissed of Benoit is out next and the two immediately go at it.

Chris Benoit vs Rikishi - KotR Quarter Final #1

Rikishi takes the advantage early and dumps Benoit off the steel steps.  Benoit tries and hits a massive german suplex on Rikishi.  Benoit starts working on the shoulder he injured on SmackDown.  JR reminds us that only winners advance and if theres a draw in anyway both men are eliminated.  Benoit gets the crossface on Rikishi but the big Samoan is able to power his way to the ropes.  Benoit grabs a chair and smashes Rikishi with it and the ref calls for the bell.

Winner via Disqualification - Rikishi

Post match Benoit continues to wail on Rikishi with the chair and locks in the crossface.  The refs storm the ring to break it up and Sgt Slaughter gets his PPV payday.  Benoit breaks it then hits a diving headbutt and goes straight back to the crossface before he finally relents and leaves.

Rating: 1 star.  Its probably unfair to rate this match because it was so short, but as a story it puts the big babyface Rikishi in peril.  We see him recovering in the ring and he has a big welt forming on his arm, looks nasty.

The McMahon-Helmsley faction are shown backstage and tensions seem high because Linda has just arrived and she plans on confronting Vince.  We see replays of Benoits attack on Rikishi, hes with Michael Cole who asks him for an explanation.  He says he's the best in the world and does whatever he wants, and no one can stop him.

Eddie Guerrero w/ Chyna vs Val Venis w/ Trish Stratus - KotR Quarter Final #2

The European Champion is out first with his beau Chyna.  Despite the heel gimmick these two are crazy over, got to put that down to Eddies charisma.  Val Venis has formed a 'business relationship' with Trish, has turned heel and almost entirely dropped the porn star gimmick.  Venis gets the advantage early, using his size and power to his advantage but Guerrero is soon able to counter with his patented Lucha offense.  The match spills to the outside and Venis drops Guerrero on the barrier, fully establishing control.  Back in the ring Eddie counters Val and hits a superplex from the top rope.  Eddie's cut his hair quite short and he's the double of his brother Hector. Surfboard into a guillotine chock by Eddie but Val racks his eyes to break it.  Val hits a big flapjack on Eddie to switch the momentum.  He goes for a second but Eddie hits a hurricarana.   Eddie goes up top for a frog splash, but Val rolls out the way and Eddie has to adjust in mid air, Val then drops Eddie with a huge spinebuster.  He follows it up with a Money Shot but Eddie gets the knees up.    Val tries a pin with his feet on the ropes but Eddie manages to kick out.  Guerrero hits a hurricarana from the top rope, but Trish is distracting the ref.  Chyna runs over and takes Trish out.  Val goes for Chyna but Eddie rolls him up for a very close two count.   Quick flurry of counters before Val his a Fishermans suplex and locks it in for a three count.

Winner via Pinfall - Val Venis

Rating: 3 stars.  Very good match here that kept a high tempo throughout.  Venis is getting a semi-push so it makes sense to put him over here, and Eddie doesnt really lose anything in defeat.  These two worked really well together so yeah, job done and no complaints from me about this one.

We see Hardcore Champion Pat Patterson backstage, he's trying to pick out his evening gown for his upcoming match.  Oh dear God, please help me.  We see Coach with Rikishi.  Rikishi says hes able to go, no problem.  JR quotes the late Gorilla Monsoon (who died October previous) and says the fans are hanging by the rafters.  

Crash Holly vs Bull Buchanan - KotR Quarter Final #3

We see Crash's "fairytale" run in the tournament so far, beating Albert and his cousin Hardcore on his way to the PPV.  Big Bull is out next and I forgot all about this theme but its pretty rockin.  Crash tries to use his speed but Bull drops him quick enough.  King says they better hope Crash doesnt win because he doesnt think they make crowns small enough to fit Crash's head.  Nice line.  Bull very much in control of this paint by numbers match.  Theres a sign in the crowd that says "smoke that magic leaf".  I'd love to, might make this go quicker.  BB is fine in a tag match where he just needs to do his spots, but he's massively exposed trying to carry a story through a match himself.  His misses a scissor kick and Crash rolls him up for a three count out of no where!

Winner via Pinfall - Crash Holly

Rating: 0.5 stars.  The fairytale continues as Crash reaches the semi finals.  My only hope is either Angle or Jericho can get a better match out of him.  No Beuno.

Vince is backstage and meets up with Linda.  He asks her how she's going to meddle in his business tonight, and lists off all the ways she's "screwed" him.  She asks him if he's going to be man enough to keep the main event 3 vs 3 and not 12 vs 3 like on SmackDown.  Im going to borrow a line from Jim Cornette here: I dont know what anyone got from putting a live mic infront of Sable Linda McMahon but it should have been 3 to 5 years.  For someone whos life and career is the wrestling business, someone whos husband is one of the best talkers in history she is a charisma vacuum and cant even cut a scripted promo without sounding like a really bad soap opera star.  Jesus wept go away.  

Kurt Angle vs Chris Jericho - KotR Quarter Final #4

Its our final QF match and its surely the best on paper.  Angle is out first and cuts the same promo he's been cutting since his debut, but he's so damn good he gets a reaction everytime.  He's just so Frak good and he's barely 8 months into his main roster career.  Jericho is out next to a huge pop.  Jericho cuts the same promo he's been cutting since he turned face, but he's so damn good he gets a reaction everytime.  He's just so Frak good.

Both men jockey for position in the early moments as theres a huge Y2J chant.  Angle takes the lead with a beautiful overheard belly-to-belly. Jericho quickly responds with a big flying forearm.  Jericho fully in control a hits a Lionsault but Angle gets his foot on the ropes.  It looks like Jericho landed right on Angles face.  Springboard dropkick sends Angle to the outside.  Angle recovers enough to send Jericho into the crowd.  Irish Whip to Jericho into the steel steps.  Angles chest already looks like Daniel Bryans in the GRR after only a few chops from Jericho.  Angle locks in a sleeper but Jericho fits out and hits an underhook backbreaker, but Angle gets his foot on the ropes again.  Angle with a bridging German for a very close two count.  Jericho starts building momentum and hits a huge spinning heel kick.  He goes for a facebuster but Angle counters with a lariat for another very close two count.  Jericho counters out of the Olympic Slam and gets the Walls on Kurt.  Stephanie McMahon runs to the ring and distracts the ref as Angle taps out.  Jericho complains to Teddy Long and Angle socks Y2J into him. Steph goes to hit Jericho with her title belt but he ducks and she clobbers Angle.  Jericho then plants a kiss on Steph but turns into an Olympic Slam for a three count.

Winner via Pinfall - Kurt Angle

Rating: 3.5 stars.  A very good match ruined but a dirty finish.  I know its part of this love triangle story their building to but it took away from what was a very good match.  These two are so good and work so well together.  Shame, but still very enjoyable.

We see Shane and Vince discussing their match backstage.  Vince is overly confident that they'll win because The Rock, Undertaker and Kane will be too focused on the WWF title to work together to win.  We go to WWF New York and see Mick Foley with his new haircut sitting at the bar.  We can barely hear what he's saying over the crowd there.  They start talking about his match with Undertaker 2 year prior, and Mick jokes about how he cant remember much of it.  We get ready for our next match

Edge & Christian vs The Hardy Boys w Lita vs T&A w/ Trish vs Too Cool (c) - 4 corners elimination match for the WWF Tag Team titles.

Too Cool have had Edge and Christians number over the past month, proving it by beating them for the WWF Tag titles a few weeks ago for their one and only tag title run.  The Hardys have been feuding with T&A recently and both teams were added to this match.  

Albert and Jeff start things off.  Only two men can be legal at the same time, which makes me wonder why you would tag in if you're in one of the other two teams.  T&A take control and start working over Matt.  Trish gets on the apron as Matt goes for a Twist of Fate but Matt goes to hit her off the apron.  Lita takes out Trish, Matt hits Test with a ToF for a two count.  It breaks down and Lita goes for Albert but before he can chokebomb her Matt dropkicks his legs out from under him and Lita lands on his chest.  Matt takes a pumphandle slam from Test but Jeff hits a senton on Test.  He leaps out the ring and takes out Albert as Matt rolls on top of Test and gets a three count.

Test & Albert have been eliminated

Scotty 2 Hotty gets in on the action for the first time, facing off against Jeff.  The two have a quick exchange before Christian tags himself in for some reason.  JR questions the logic.  Whisper in the Wind on Christian then a double suplex to Edge.  Jeff and Edge take eachother out with a double clothesline.  Christian tries to get a cheapshot in but Matt sends him flying, while the ref is distracted by this Lita hits Edge with a diving hurricarana but Jeff only gets a two count.  Matt hits a ToF on Christian but Edge pulls Matt out the ring.  Jeff climbs to the top but he's taken out by Edge.  Christian hits the Unprettier (still called the Impaler) and pins Matt.

The Hardy Boys have been eliminated

Grand Master is in now taking on Edge.  Too Cool in firm control as the fresh team, but Edge is able to gain advantage with a big forearm.  The two heels cut off Scotty and work over him with double team moves and quick tags.  A double head clash gives S2H a chance to tag out and GMS runs wild.   He's able to keep control ovr both men and hits a big Batista Bomb on Edge but Christian is able to interupt the count.  They drop GMS with a double flapjack then mock Scotty 2 Hotty's worm.  S2H sneaks in behind them and drops them both with facebusters.  He signals for the Worm on Edge and the crowd go nuts.  Christian tries to interfere with a belt but he's dropped easily.  GMS hits a big leg drop on Edge but the ref is too busy getting S2H out of the ring to count, meanwhile Christian is back and lamps GMS with the title on the back on the head.  Edge rolls over for the three count.

Winners via Pinfall and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions - Edge and Christian

Rating: 3 stars.  This was pretty good.  Was always at a high tempo so kept the excitement up.  Shame to see Too Cool lose the belts so soon after winning them, especially after the celebration with Rikishi when all 3 had some gold, but E&C are probably the best tag team on the roster right now so it makes sense.  It could have been a better match if they didnt bother with the other two teams and just let them tell a better story, but thats hindsight.  Michael Cole is with Crash backstage.  Crash says he's always been an over achiever, and he says Kurt Angle is in big, BIG trouble.  He's got a nasty looking scar on his shoulder which I can only assume is from a surgery.

Rikishi vs Val Venis w/ Trish Stratus - KotR Semi Final #1

Rikishi isnt moving too good and he has a huge bruise on his arm.  Val Venis looks in the zone.   We see a recap of the bloody rivalry between these two.  Rikishi takes control early. keeping up the aggression, not letting Val get a chance, but Val finds an opening and starts to work over the big Kish's arm.  Rikishi throwing big lefts trying to get back into it but Val regains control with a big kick.  He goes for the Money Shot but Rikishi catches him with a big belly-to-belly and gets a three count!

Winner via Pinfall - Rikishi

Post match Trish jumps on Rikishis back but he throws her over his shoulder and sets her up for a Banzai drop.  Val makes the save with a low blow, then throws Rikishi off the second rope.  He throws the steel stairs in the ring and lays into Rikishis shoulder with them.  Trish hands him a steel chair and he crushes Rikishis arm between it and the steel steps.

Rating: 1 star.  Ended before it got going but it did the same job as the earlier match.  Puts the babyface in peril.  Its also the problem with such a stacked card that these matches need to be rushed out.

Coach is with Gerald Briscoe backstage talking about the evening gown match.  Please dont make me watch this.

Crash Holly vs Kurt Angle - KotR Semi Final #2

Crash gets a decent reaction.  Kurt Angle comes out and looks like he could still wrestle for an hour.  Crash getting a rare chance to show off his technical ability vs someone like Angle. He's keeping toe-to-toe with Angle before Angle hits a great looking hooked belly-to-belly.  Crash gets a hope spot and a very good nearfall but its almost academic as Angle puts him away with an Olympic Slam.

Winner via Pinfall - Kurt Angle

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Criminally short this one.  Its a shame Crash is only really remembered for his run with the Hardcore title because this match showed that he was pretty talented and with the right opponent he could have a great match.  Would love to see these two go at it again for a longer period.  Good story of Crash's run in this tournament aswell.

We see footage of the MSG show the night before this one, and Donald Trump is shown ringside with Melania, back when he was actually a reasonably likable personality.  How times change in 20 years.  Michael Cole is with Kane backstage.  Kane says that its always been about him becoming the WWF champion and walks off.  Coach is with the Deadman.  Undertaker says the WWF title is the most coveted title in the business, and he didnt come to Boston to lose.

Aww Frak me.  Time for the humiliation of two absolute wrestling legends.

Pat Patterson (c) vs Gerald Briscoe - Evening Gown match for the WWF Hardcore Championship.

Real American starts playing to almost zero reaction as NWA Tag Team legend Briscoe comes out first in his dress with fake boobs and a wig.  The first ever Intercontinental Champion and NWA legend Pat Patterson is out next.  JR says this is a sad state of affairs for legends like this.  Fair play to the two of them they're being completely professional and giving it 100%.  Patterson says he's a good friend, so he'll lie down for Briscoe and let him pin him 1, 2, 3.  But he low blows him.  Huge boos and cowpat chants from the crowd.  Theres suddenly a huge pop as Crash Holly charges the ring.  He drops Briscoe with a trash can, then Patterson and he exploits the 24/7 rule to pin Patterson and win the Hardcore title.

No Contest.

Rating: -3 stars.  This was the worst Frak thing I have ever seen in wrestling.  I thought The Kat vs Terri at WrestleMania was bad but this is the absolute Poopie.  Its going to be a long, long time before I see anything this bad in a WWE ring.  I need to take a break.

We see The Dudleys hyping themselves up backstage.  They take on DX next.  After almost putting Tori through a table at Judgement Day, the Dudleys and DX have been interfering in each others business, including costing respective members KotR matches.  It escalates to the point that DX put The Dudleys into a dumpster and toss them off the stage.  Mr McMahon says that in the interest of fairness at King of the Ring it will be a Handicap Table Dumpster match.

The Dudleys vs DX (Road Dogg, Xpac and Tori) - Handicap Tables Dumpster match.

For DX to win, both Dudleys have to be locked in the dumpster, and for the Dudleys to win all three members of DX have to be put through a table.  No disqualifications but Tag rules still apply for some reason.  A few ECW chants from the Boston crowd.  Xpac his a big back kick on D-Von then does his silly karate pose.  The Dudleys take control and hit their diving low blow on Road Dogg, then Xpac, then finally Tori to a big pop.  The Dudleys spot DX trying to leave so make chase up the ramp.  DX quickly get control back and manage to get the Dudleys in the dumpster.  DX celebrate but the ref is too busy checking on Tori to call the match.  Meanwhile the Dudleys get out the dumpster, grab some chairs and his stereo chair shots.  Time to get some wood.  Two tables get stacked ringside, and the steel steps are set up adjacent in the ring.  Road Dogg is put on Bubbas shoulders and he powerbombs him from the steps through the two tables.  Great looking spot but Road Dogg barely hit the ground with two tables to cushion his fall.  Safe as house.  Xpac sets up a table and lays DVon on it. Bubba drops Xpac on the turnbuckle and Dvon hits a superplex through the table.  Bubba now has his eyes on Tori, but she has no where to run.  She climbs into the dumpster to escape the Dudleys.  They go to open the dumpster to get her but Road Dogg and Xpac from behind with chair shots drop the Dudleys into the dumpster and the ref calls it.

Winners - D Generation X.

After the match the Dudleys reappear and they've got Tori.  Xpac tries to save her but gets a 3D for his trouble.  Road Dogg tries his luck but gets one aswell.  Bubba has a hold of Tori now as Dvon gets the table with her name on it.  Big Bubba Bomb from the second rope puts Tori through the table.

Rating: 2 stars.  Was a good bit of fun, a few good table spots but the only downside is the Dudleys look like idiots, and despite getting their heat back at the end thats another PPV loss for them.  What are they 1-5 now in this series?  They're still over as all hell though.

Angle is with Michael Cole and he says how important it is for him to win this tournament.  He says once he wins he's going to challenge HHH for the title. We see replays of Val Venis's attack on Rikishi.  He's with Coach and his arm is heavily bandaged.  Rikishi says nothing is going to stop him, and Angle needs to realise this.

Kurt Angle vs Rikishi - King of the Ring Final

Angle comes out first looking fresh as a daisy.  Rikishi comes out and he's selling big time.  Kurt comes to get some early but Rikishi takes control.  Angle hurts his back trying to scoop slam Rikishi, and Rikishi delivers one of his own.  Rikishi goes for a stinkface but Angle sneaks a lowblow.  Angle throws Rikishi into the steps shoulder first.  Rikishi doing his best to fight through the pain but Angle is firmly in control.  Rikishi with a one armed Samoan Drop get a bit of momentum back. He hits a big neck breaker but cant get a proper cover.  Kurt ends up in place for a stinkface again, and this time Rikishi gets it.  Rikishi takes a moment and Angle charges and hits an Olympic Slam but it only gets a two count!  Angle goes for a sunset slip but Rikishi drops and squashes him but that only gets a two count.  Rikishi starts to climb to the top but Angle crotches him.  Angle with big right hands to the shoulder, he climbs up and hits a huge overhead belly-to-belly from the second rope!  He makes the cover and gets the three count.

Winner and King of the Ring - Kurt Angle

Rating: 2 stars.  Another victim of time contraints.  Could have been really could but managed to do what it had to.  Kurt Angle wins the whole shebang and Rikishi looks like a really strong babyface, fighting with a huge heart the whole way.

Time for our main event of the evening.  What started off as a 6 man tag has evolved into a WWF title match which could have huge implications.  It was first announced that if Team Corporation won then HHH would defend his WWF title against the King of the Ring winner at Fully Loaded.  It was then added that if ANYONE on HHH's team took a pinfall then HHH would LOSE his title.  It was THEN added that whoever got the pin on the face team would win the WWF title.  Can the McMahon-Helmsley faction survive the combined might of the face team?  Or will Undertaker, Kane and The Rock implode on eachother in their own crusade to win the WWF title?  Lets find out.

Undertaker, Kane & The Rock vs HHH (c), Shane McMahon & Mr McMahon - 6 man tag for the WWF Championship.

Team Corporation are out first.  Kane is out next. The American Badass is out next to his Network dubbed Big Evil theme.  Just pay Kid Rock it wont cost that much.  He's a redneck he'll probably let you use his song for a pack of smokes and a six pack.  Its a great theme but it sounds like Poopie dubbed in.  The Rock is out last to a huge ovation from the Boston crowd.  Shane attacks Kane from behind and those two men start us off.  Kane gives Shane a free shot but no sells it.  Kane easily disposed of Shane with a raised choke. Shane tries to escape to the outside but Taker throws him right back in.  Kane firmly in control as he press slams Shane right over his head.  Kane with a guzzle on Shane but Vince tries to break it up and he gets one for his trouble.  HHH then breaks it up but Kane quickly regains control.  Rock tags himself in and faces up with HHH.  Rock tells him to Bring It and Shane jumps him from behind.  Undertaker tags himself in and starts beating down on Shane.  He hits a huge one armed Chokeslam on Shane but The Rock breaks up the pinfall.   HHH tags in and starts working over the Undertaker, but the Deadman quickly regains the upper hand overpowering HHH.  Taker hits a huge DDT but Kane pulls him off of the cover.  Undertaker gets in Kanes face and The Rock tags himself back in.  HHH tags Shane but Shane wont get in, so Rocky drags him over the top rope.  He then lays the smackdown on HHH and Vince.  He gets low bridged over the top but Undertaker and Kane are quickly there to break up the triple team.  Its broken down into a skirmish as Rock and HHH fight over the announce table, while Kane beats down on Vince and Undertaker and Shane are brawling up the ramp.  Back in the ring HHH hits a Pedigree on The Rock but Taker is there to break it up just in time.  Rocky is struggling to stand but refused to tag out.  He eats thunderous clothesline for his efforts.  The heels are in control now cutting The Rock off in their side of the ring.  HHH goes to the top but takes a hard right to the guts, Rocks hope spot doesnt last long as HHH takes him out with a neckbreaker.  Vince is tagging in to get a few cheap shots in before tagging out again.  Great heel heat.  Shane breaks up a pinfall by the Rock and it all devolves again.  All of a sudden Kane takes out Undertaker.  Rock hits HHH with a spinebuster but as he goes for the Peoples Elbow Kane takes him out with a Chokeslam.  HHH seems to think Kane is working with him but HHH gets a Tombstone.  He goes for the cover (not the legal man) but Undertaker pulls him out.  The two brothers of destruction start brawling and Undertaker cleans Kanes clock with a chair shot.  Undertaker then grabs Shane from the second rope and chokeslams him through the announce table in a now iconic spot.  In the ring Vince McMahon taunts the Rock with his own Peoples Elbow, but Rock kips up and hits Vince (not the legal man) with a Rock Bottom.  He makes the cover and gets the three!

Winners via Pinfall - The Rock, Undertaker and Kane and NEW WWF Champion - The Rock!

HHH is going ballistic as The Rock celebrates in the ring.  We see Undertaker tell The Rock that he owes him one before he leaves on his bike.  McMahon recovers in the ring and The Rock drills him with the title belt, adding insult to injury.  We see him pose in the corner one more time as the PPV comes to a close.

Rating: 2.5 stars.  As is the main theme of this PPV, this match suffered from time constraints.  It was a good concept but felt really rushed and the ending was way too chaotic.  It was still good fun though.  Interesting enough this PPV only ran for 2h 40m instead of the standard 3h we see today, so there could easily have been some more time given to a few of these matches.  

Pros.

The stories of Crash and Rikishi in the KotR
Jericho vs Angle
Everything served a purpose

Cons.

Time management
That Hardcore match which we shall never speak of again
Bull Buchanan

Overall Verdict.

As King of the Ring tournaments go this was a very strong one.  You had a decent field of midcard talent and the way they were pushing Rikishi you'd be forgiven for believing he could actually win it, but Angle was the right decision all day long.  Aside from one of the worst matches ever just about everything else on this card delivered what it set out to do, so theres not really much more you can say than that.  Not on par with Backlash or Judgement day but an overall better PPV than the three from the start of the year.  So in the ranking system it falls:

Backlash
Judgement Day
King of the Ring <- here.
Royal Rumble
No Way Out

Next time out we have Fully Loaded.  How will the events of this show effect the landscape of WWF?  What happens to Kurt Angle now that he thought he was getting a title match?  Can the McMahon-Helmsley faction survive this turmoil?  Will Undertaker cash in on The Rock?  Where does Rikishi go from here?  We'll find out next time.  Thanks for reading, and stay safe.
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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue 19 May 2020, 8:24 am

I had no idea a Pat Patterson vs Gerald Briscoe disaster existed, will go watch
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Post by Samo on Tue 19 May 2020, 3:27 pm

Good Golly I'm Olly wrote:I had no idea a Pat Patterson vs Gerald Briscoe disaster existed, will go watch

Dont, for the love of God dont. Its not even "so bad its good" like a lot of the Hardcore stuff.

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Post by Samo on Thu 28 May 2020, 12:58 pm

We're here at the halfway point of 2000, the last ever Fully Loaded PPV.  We speculated what the fallout from King of the Ring would be, and it turns out the that power balance has flipped on its head.  The McMahon-Helmsley faction has essentially disbanded.  Vince McMahon has taken his ball and gone home, Shane has left the group and DX are hanging together by a thread.  So who's in charge of this mess?  The night after King of the Ring WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels came out to announce the new WWF Commissioner - who will actually get to make decisions and call the shots - Mick Foley.  So Foley is in charge, and tonight we have three of the hottest stars in the world right now facing off against the established WWF old guard in whats being billed as a Triple Main Event. This should be a cracker.  Lets get right into it.

Test & Albert & Trish Stratus vs The Hardy Boys and Lita

These two teams have been interfering in each others matches since King of the Ring, so we have a 6-person intergender tag match to settle the score here tonight.  Lita is selling a back injury he picked up on RAW after being pushed off a ladder through a table by Trish.

Matt and Albert go right get right into it, but Albert uses his size and power advantage to take control.    Test tags in a keeps control, until he goes for a superplex, but Matt pushes him off and hits a leg drop from the second rope.  Tag to Jeff to a big pop whos just a flurry of offense but Test cuts him down to size with a huge spinning sidewalk slam.  Jeff gets momentum back with a big dive on Test to the outside.  Big chants for Lita here.  Test takes Matts head off with a big boot and tags in Trish.  Intergender rules means women can fight men, not like a mixed tag where only men fight men.  Test holds Matt up for Trish to slap him, but Matt ducks the second slap and Trish hits Test, allowing Matt to roll up Trish but Test breaks it up and drops Matt with a DDT.  Trish goes to drive an elbow on a prone Matt but he moves out the way and tags in Lita to a huge pop.  Trish freaks and sprints to her corner to tag out to huge boos. Albert tags in and stalks Lita.  She avoids him long enough for the Hardys to attack him.  Whisper in the Wind into a big double suplex.  Test and Trish come in but all three members of Team Extreme hit a triple vertical suplex on both of them.  The action gets back to Albert and Jeff, and Albert kills Jeff with a gorilla press right over the top rope to the outside.  T&A double team Jeff and just through him around.  Jeff gets a two count in a hope spot but its cut off with a big Full Nelson Slam from Test.  He goes for a big elbow from the top but Jeff gets out the way, he tags in Matt who comes in with a big clothesline off the top.  Matt takes out Albert but Test hits a Pumphandle Slam, as he makes the cover Jeff comes off the top with a Swanton Bomb to break it up, Matt makes the cover but the Albert breaks it up.  They double team Albert and tag in Lita.  She hits a big tornado DDT on Test, then hits a crossbody from the top onto Albert on the floor.  She gets back up on top and hits a diving hurricarana on Test.  Albert gets a cheap shot and Test kills her with a dropping powerbomb.  He tags in Trish who goes for the cover but Lita somehow kicks out.  Trish hits a Bulldog for another 2 count.  She goes up top but Lita meets her there and hits a superplex from the top rope.  Lita rolls on top of Trish but Albert breaks the cover.  The Hardys run over and attack T&A, Lita goes up top and nails the Moonsault on Trish for a three count.

Winners via Pinfall - The Hardy Boys and Lita

Immediately after the bell Albert clobbers Lita from behind. T&A beat down the Hardys to big bumhole chants.  Trish takes Alberts belt off him and starts whipping Lita with it.  The Hardys try to fight back but the heels escape up the ramp.

Rating: 3 stars.  Very good opening match.  Prove positive that simple booking is the best booking, building up to Trish vs Lita by having Trish be the cowardly heel and avoiding her at all costs.  The match slowed down a bit when those two were in the ring, but they're both still green as grass at the point so cant fault them too much.  This is also probably the first chapter in their storied rivalry together so a little piece of history.

Foley is backstage talking to someone when Edge comes up to him and tells him he thinks Christian has food poisoning.  Mick says its surely just a coincidence that that happens on the night they are to defend the tag titles.  Edge says its serious and Foley says he'll send a doctor.  We see Undertaker arrive on his bike and he asks where Angle is.  A stagehand tells him hes right over there. We see Angle staring and he looks terrified.  Undertaker gives chase on the bike as Angle scarpers, and hides in a lockerroom but Undertaker drives the bike in anyway, but Angle manages to escape.  I actually quite liked this, Angle is so good.

Tazz vs Al Snow

Tazz has been out with a injury, and ever since he's returned he's been attacking random superstars, including Kane, Rikishi and Scotty Too Hotty.  He choked out Snow on RAW so Foley put them in this match.  Notably this is Tazz's first singles PPV match since Royal Rumble and Al Snow's first PPV singles match since the infamous Kennel from Hell match at Unforgiven 1999.

Tazz looks all business in an intensity not seen in a long time.  Snow comes out and they go straight into it, with Al taking the lead early.  Al Snow typifies the WWF undercard for the time.  Perfectly capable but completely forgettable.  Doesnt bring nearly enough to the table to get up the card.  He hits the Snow Plough for a two count.  Tazz hits somewhat of an Alabama Slam from the corner.  He looks like he's taking over but Al Snow quickly regains control and hits a big leg drop from the top.  He follows it up with a moonsault but only gets a two.  He gets Head but Tazz takes him out with a chopblock.  Tazz starts working over the knee now.  He hits a big fishermans suplex and sets up for the Tazzmission.  Snow counters out of it but Tazz quickly manages to reapply it.  Snow as no choice but to tap out.

Winner via Submission - Tazz

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Not a bad match, but entirely OK.  Thats pretty much all there is to say.  You wont miss much if you skip this one.

We see Edge back in the locker room area and we can hear Christian throwing up.  Foley and the doctor come in as Christian emerges from the toilet.  The doctor says in his medical opinion he doesnt think Christian can go tonight.  He goes to throw up again as Mick apologizes.  We see HHH and Stephanie watching on as Stephanie gets a delivery of flowers to go with the table full they already have.  HHH says this is getting ridiculous and asks who they're from.  Steph asks if they arent from him?  They read a card and it says their from Kurt Angle.   HHH isnt happy.

Eddie Guerrero w/ Chyna (C) vs Perry Saturn w/ Terri - WWF European Championship

After Perry Saturn cost Chyna a match vs Dean Malenko he's been interfering in Eddies business, so Foley made this match.  Terri is hiding being Perry as they make their entrance.  Shes scared on Chyna after attacking her on Smackdown.  Chyna shoves Eddie out the way and drops Saturn on the ramp before chasing Terri.  She catches her but Perry breaks it up before Eddie jumps him from behind.  Terri scarpers to the back as the two men fight their way back to the ring.  Guerrero in control of his former Radicalz team mate early on.  Saturn ducks to the outside and Chyna takes him out with the Braun Strowman charge.  Eddie hits a top rope hurricanrana for a two count.  Saturn is dumped out the ring again and again Chyna takes him out.  Eddie comes out from the top rope with a huge crossbody on Saturn.  He comes off the top again with another hurricanrana on Saturn for a two count.  Saturn is able to get Eddie in an electric chair drop position and spins him round into a powerbomb, killing Eddies momentum.  Eddie goes for a headscissors but Saturn dumps him.  Seems to be a lot of "Eddie builds momentum, Saturns stops it" going on.  Eddie hits a brainbuster and goes for a frog splash.  Saturn rolls out the way but Eddie rolls out of his splash but Saturn drops him. Saturn finally starts to get some momentum until he tries to go up top again, but Guerrero drop kicks him to the outside. Chyna goes to attack Saturn, but Saturn clotheslines her over the announce table which collapses.  Guerrero comes outside to get Perry as Terri comes back down.  Saturn uses her a human shield but she low blows Eddie, then Saturn pushes him into the ring post.  Back in the ring Saturn goes up top again and hits a huge elbow to Eddies back, he makes the cover and gets the three count.

Winner via Pinfall and NEW WWF European Champion - Perry Saturn

Rating: 2.5 stars.  It was a good match but I think these two are capable of so much more.  Not much in the way of a story with the babyface(?) Eddie in control for the majority of the match before the heels steal a win.   Cant help but think it would be better if Guerrero was in peril more and just as it looked like he had won the heels cheated him out of the belt.  Not bad, but not great.

We see Edge and Christian packing their bags and telling each other how easy it was to dupe Foley.  Mick comes in to apologize again but realises they're at it.  Christian goes back into the toilet and starts pretending to throw up.  Mick climbs over the stall and looks in to see Christian emptying cups of water into the bowl.  Busted.  They're match with the APA is back on.  We see Taker being interviewed by Cole but on the moniter behind them we see Angle messing with Takers bike. He tries to drive off but stalls and Undertaker makes chase again.

Edge and Christian (c) vs The APA - WWF Tag Team Championship

This match has been scheduled to happen for weeks, but E&C have been coming up with different ways to get out of it. E&C are out first cutting a promo ripping apart Texas, including a line about its funny that JFK was assassinated in Dallas because if he had to stay here any longer he would have committed suicide.  Yeesh.   The APA interupt the champs before the can do their 5 second pose.  Texas home boy Bradshaw cuts a promo defending Texas and running down Canada.  He starts running off the great texas wrestlers including the Von Erichs and the Freebirds, and they're going to give the great Dallas fans one more sporting memory.  They attack them outside with the steel steps before the bell sounds.  Christian racks Faarooqs eyes and they try to double team Bradshaw.  They go for a whisper in the wind but Bradshaw catches Christian in the corner, Faarooq takes out Edge and Bradshaw climbs to the second rope and hits a huge Fallaway Slam.  We finally start the match proper with the Acolytes in full control double teaming Edge.  Bradshaw goes for a powerbomb but Christian comes off the top rope with a dropkick, putting an end to that.  The Champs in control now. The match breaks down as Bradshaw and Edge brawl on the outside.  Faarooq hits the Dominator on Christian, but Edge storms the ring with one of the tag belts, he breaks up the pin the drills Faarooq with the belt right infront of the referee.

Winners via Disqualification - The Acolytes.

The champs dont get a chance to celebrate retaining their titles as the APA beat them up all the way to the back area, but we dont get an end because it cuts to WWF New York.

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Very formulaic, very by the book.  Heels look in dire straits so cheat to retain their belts.  It was fine.  Much like the Tazz match from earlier.  Not bad, not great.

In WWF New York we see Big Boss Man checking ID's, then we go back to HHH. He says how can he focus on his match tonight when this is going on with Angle and the flowers.  Stephanie says if HHH has a problem with Kurt then why not go talk to him about it.  Speaking of Angle, we see him still trying to run away from Undertaker.  He circles round something in the back area and attacks Undertakers knee from behind with a big wrench.

Rikish vs Val Venis (c) w/ Trish Stratus - Steel Cage match for the Intercontinental Championship

Continuing their rivalry from before King of the Ring, Venis defeated Rikishi for the IC title a few weeks ago.  They two have been at each other since so this is the blowoff.  Rikishi is out first in a very serious mood - those Anoa'i's really know what wrestling is all about.  Val Venis is out next with his new haircut, pretty much dropping the porn star gimmick entirely at this point.

Venis immediately tries to scale the cage but Rikishi is quick to pull him down.  Rikishi bounces Val off the cage wall a couple of times early on.  Big Keesh tries to climb but Val prevents him.  Rikishi kicks him off from the top rope but Val scarpers to the door.  Rikishi has to abandon his climb to stop him.  Rikishi goes for the door now but Val chop blocks him, now starts working over the knee.  Now Val bounces Rikishi off the cage.  Rikishi counters an irish whip into a big splash in the corner and Val falls down.  Rikishi goes for the Stinkface but Venis low blows him, then hits a facebuster, getting back control.  Big running clothesline turns Rikishi inside out.  Love seeing that spot from the big man.  Both men climb and are fighting on the top rope, Venis bashes Rikishis head off the support structure at the top of the cage and Rikishi falls back into the ring.  Val walks the top rope and hits an elbow from the top.  He goes for the cover but only gets a two.  Val climbs and gets one leg over the top before Rikisi gets to him.  Keesh pulls him back into the cage and the two men bounce each others heads off the cage and the both crotch themselves on the top rope.  Val has been busted open over his eye, looks hard way.  Ouch.  Rikishi goes to leave via the door but Val is able to stop him.  He builds up a big head of steam but Rikishi sends him flying into the cage then hits a big Samoan Drop.  Big splash in the corner and Rikishi hits the Banzai Drop but Val Venis gets hit foot on the bottom rope.  Rikishi goes to exit the door but Trish slams it in his face.  Venis hits a neckbreaker and goes up top, he hits the Money Shot but Rikishi kicks out at two.  The crowd pops for Lita running to ringside.  He belts Trish on the back on the head, then rips her top off and whips her repeatedly with a belt.  Back in the ring Val in on the top of the cage as Rikishi is making chase.  Rikishi bounces Vals head off the cage and he falls back into the ring, right on top of Teddy Long.  Rikishi climbs up to the top of the cage.  Rikishi walks cautiously to the middle of the cage and channels the Superfly and splashes Val Venis from the top of the cage!  Venis is lying prone as Rikishi tries to crawl to the door.  Rikishi is climbing out as Tazz appears and cleans his clock with a TV camera.  Rikishi is out cold as Venis is stiring.  He crawls over and puts and arm over Rikishi for a very slow three count.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Intercontinental Champion - Val Venis

Rating:  3 stars.  I cant remember a better Val Venis match, and the image of Rikishi coming off the top of the cage is one for the ages.  Its a shame it was marred by so much interference especially being a cage match, and didnt have a clean finish to end this feud.  Rikishi's push seems to be stalling... JR's calls out Tazz after the match, calling him a piece of trash.

We see Undertaker recovered from the attack earlier, and he rips the number off a sign saying "This workplace has had X number of days without an accident"  That was quite funny.  Then we see HHH hunting Angle, no one knows where he is.  He finds a guy trying to deliver more flowers who says he'll take HHH to Angle.  He goes into a locker room and a ruckus kicks off.  We see Jericho leave telling HHH he hopes he likes being on his back before walking off.  

Shane McMahon is out next and he's in his wrestling gear for some reason.  The commentators dont know whats going on as its not time for the title match yet.  He cuts a promo saying that he is going to prove how much of a man he is.  So he's calling out The Rock for a match.  He says its not going to be for the title because that wouldnt be fair on Benoit.  The Rocks music hits and here comes the Great One - watching his back.  The Rocks got a mic, he says 20,000 of the Rocks fans cant be wrong, and he really is a Cat.  He says he knows this is a set up and asks where Benoit is.  He says lets not wait til later, lets do it now.  Benoit appears on the Tron, he looks like he's in the locker room.  He's ripping up The Rocks clothes and breaking his sunglasses.  The Rocks had enough and heads to the back as we get a promo for the next match.

Kurt Angle vs The Undertaker

Angle cost Undertaker and Kane the tag titles vs Edge and Christian, and then accidentally trashed Undertakers bike.  He tried to apologize but Undertaker demanded a match for Fully Loaded.  Angle has spent the next few weeks trashing Takers bike, costing him matches and attacking him with a wrench.  Angles out first for the first match in our "Triple Main Event" and he has the wrench with him.  Undertaker doesnt wait and rides his bike to the ring.  The two men start brawling on the outside.  Taker batters Angle all through the crowd.  He bounces Angle face first off the steps.  They get in the ring and the bell finally sounds and Undertaker is still in control, breaking up his own pinfall to inflict more damage.  The big Texan is toying with Angle, who hasnt got out the blocks here.  Big sidewalk slam from Taker gets a two count.  Angle is dumped to the outside, and as the referee is getting out to join them he clocks Undertaker across the knee with the wrench.  Angle starts working on the leg now, but Undertaker is still able to fight him off.  Angle ducks a clothesline and sweeps Takers leg out. He's finally got Taker under control as he works over the knee.  Taker gets the goozle and goes for a Chokeslam but Angle kicks his leg out again. Taker fights out off a submission hold and hits a chokeslam.  He signals for the end, gets Angle up and hits The Last Ride for the academic three count.

Winner via Pinfall - The Undertaker

Rating: 1 star.  This wasnt very good unfortunately.  Nothing technically wrong with it, just could have been so much more.

We catch up with The Rock seeing his trashed locker.  He's livid as we see a promo for part 2 of our Main Event.

Chris Jericho vs Triple H - Last Man Standing

After Chris Jericho kissed Stephanie at King of the Ring, HHH demanded a match with him.  Y2J cost HHH the No.1 contenders spot, and a match vs The Brooklyn Brawler. Jericho has been on a mission to humiliate HHH.  After he beat Road Dogg it seemed to cause friction between DX, which lead to a match later than night between Xpac and HHH.  Jericho tried to interfere again, but it was a set up, and DX dismantled him, leaving him a bloody mess.  Jericho afterwards said he feels more bloodthirsty now and demanded it be made a Last Man Standing, which Foley was happy to grant.

JR says this is only the second Last Man Standing match in WWF history which absolute blew my mind.  Jericho is in a serious mood as he makes his entrance with his taped ribs.  As soon as he gets in the ring they go at it, with Jericho quickly taking control.  HHH ends up on the apron and Y2J hits a spring board dropkick as the match spills to the ringside area. Both men are losing their footing throwing punches which adds to the "real fight" feel.  HHH counters Jericho with a knee to the ribs to take momentum.  He drops Y2J ribs first over the guard rail.  He drops him into the steel steps, showing off why he would become known as the cerebral assassin.  Back in the ring HHH keeps targeting Jerichos ribs, taking the bandage off.  Side Note: Jericho has green and silvery-purple lightning on his tights tonight which looks like the Rick and Morty logo.  HHH drops Y2J with a big knee and starts choking him with a big of bandage.  Jericho tries fighting back but Stephanie slaps the taste out of his mouth.  HHH hits a suplex on the concrete ramp and we get our first count of the match.  Jericho makes it to his feet and starts to fight back in the ring but HHH cuts him off with an abdominal stretch.  Jericho somehow fights out with an armdrag and right hands.  He hits a spinning heel kick and goes for the Lionsault but HHH gets his knees up.  HHH plants Y2J with a DDT as the referee starts counting again.  Jericho makes it to his feet at 7 as HHH puts him in a sleeper.  He locks in a body scissors and drops to the mat.   Y2J starts to fade.  HHH releases to let the referee count.  He gets to feet at 9, and HHH drops him with a huge right.  Then another.  Jericho gets up and tells HHH to suck it,  so HHH plants him with a Pedigree.  HHH lies down over the top ropes in the corner, mocking Y2J.   Jericho just makes it to his feet at 9 while an irate HHH grabs a steel chair and wails on him with it.  He sets up for a Pedigree on the chair but the referee tries to stop him.  HHH shoves Mike Chioda away then Jericho hits a low blow.  Jericho has the chair now and brains HHH right between the eyes with it.  HHH is busted wide open, looks like a gusher, his face and chest are already covered in blood.  Jericho is still fighting with right hands.  Jericho hits the facebuster on HHH onto the steel chair.  Y2J smiles as the referee gets to four but he starts attacking HHH again, breaking the count.  HHH goes over the top and Y2J quickly follows.  Jericho goes to whip HHH into the steps but HHH counters and whips Jericho ribs first.  HHH clears the top section of the steps away and sets Y2J up for a Pedigree on the steps, but Y2J back body drops HHH over.   HHH and Jericho both bean each other on the side of the head with monitors from the announce table. Both men are down.  Both men somehow make it back to their feet at 9.  Back in the ring HHH goes for another Pedigree but Y2J counters into the Walls of Jericho.  HHH is tapping out like a madman but Jericho will not release the hold.  HHH gets to the ropes but Y2J doesnt need to break the hold, then he drags him back into the middle of the ring.  Stephanie gets in the ring and pulls Jerichos hair, so he slaps the Walls on her.  HHH drops him from behind and the fight spills back to ringside.  HHH goes under the ring and gets his sledgehammer.  Swing and miss and he hits the ring post.  Y2J drops him and catapults him into the ring post.  Now Jericho has the sledgehammer, but shot to HHH guts and he lands on the announce table.  Jericho climbs onto the timekeepers table but HHH hits a low blow, he the hits a back suplex and both men fall through the announce table.  HHH starts to stir at 7, and makes it to his feet just before 10.  As the referee calls it HHH collapses again.

Winner - Triple H

Post match we see a replay and we see Jericho essentially missed the table and took the brunt of the fall on the concrete.  The doctors are out to check on both men as Stephanie is crying beside HHH.  The referees help a bloody HHH to the back.

Rating: 4.5 stars.  Loved it, loved it, loved it.  What a great match.  HHH was the cerebral assassin in full flow targeting Jericho injured ribs, Jericho sold beautifully and got great babyface heat, and had HHH beat until Steph got involved.  10/10 for psychology here.  A star making performance for Y2J being able to more than hold his own vs HHH, and he doesnt lose anything in defeat because HHH was such a mess aswell.  Definitely a hidden gem on the Network and would totally recommend looking this one up.  However, with one match left of our "Triple Main Event" the New Blood are 0 for 2 against the old guard.  Will they score a point in out main event?

The Rock (c) vs Chris Benoit w/ Shane McMahon - WWF Championship - If The Rock is DQ'd he will lose the title

Shane McMahon aligned himself with Benoit shortly after King of the Ring.  Benoit attacked The Rock and took him out with a steel chair.  When Foley tried to find out why he simply said he wants WWF gold and his actions will speak louder than words.  Benoit goes on a tear until The Rock offers him a title match.  Over the next few weeks both men take turns laying each other out until it culminates in The Rock giving Benoit a Rock Bottom on the hood of a limo.  Foley says he thinks The Rock will have a problem containing his emotions and will be too focused on hurting Benoit to win the match, so he makes it that the title will change hands in the event of a DQ.

Benoit is out first with Shane and he's wearing one of Rocks ripped up shirts.  The Rock comes out to a huge pop as per.  I much prefer the ring announcements being made during their entrance instead of getting them both in the ring first. Both men get right to it with The Rock sending Benoit outside early.  The Rock gives chase to Shane OMac and in almost a reverse of the WCW spot, he drops Benoit before he can attack him then starts chasing Shane again.  Rock gets in the ring and tries to put the Crossface on Benoit but Benoit is able to scramble out the ring.  Benoit is able to take control and starts working over The Rock.  Shane McMahon gets a cheap shot in when the ref is dealing with Benoit.  The Rock takes back momentum with a back suplex from the second rope.  Shane throws the belt into the ring and then distracts the referee, allowing Benoit to nail Rock with it, but he can only get a two count.  Big snap suplex on The Rock for another two count.  The Rock hits a powerslam as we see a huge, nasty blood stain on the canvas.  Benoit kills Rocks momentum with a big German, then locks in the Sharpshooter.  Not as good as Bret, but better than The Rock.  Rocky gets to the ropes but Benoit keeps attacking the legs.  He goes for the sharpshooter again but Rock fights out of it. He goes to bounce of the ropes but Shane low bridges him to the outside.  Benoit whips Rocky into the steps but Rock counters and Benoit meets the steel.  Benoit tries to kick The Rock but Rock counters with a single leg take down the locks in the Figure Four, but Benoit makes it to the ropes.  Shot to the Rocks breadbasket and he sends him to the outside.  Benoit distracts the ref and Shane hits Rock with a big clothesline.  Its really funny listening to King try to defend Shane and JR basically calling him an idiot.  Shane sends Rock into the crowd and Benoit soon follows, but Rocky hits Benoit with a fans beer.   Benoit counters with a suplex on the outside.  Benoit throws Rocky back first into the guardrail a couple of times.  Back in the ring and The Rock surprises Benoit with a snap DDT for a two count.  Benoit recovers quickly enough to hit a backbreaker. Shane chokes The Rock again.  The Rock goes for a powerbomb but instead he falls backwards and Benoit gets caught up in the ropes.  Rock makes the cover but Benoit gets his foot on the ropes.  Benoit is tenacious though and quickly gets control, he drops The Rock with a powerslam and follows it up with a diving headbutt, but he cant make the cover.  He's finally able to make to cover but Rocky kicks out at 2.  Suddenly The Rock hits a spinebuster from nowhere and follows it up with a Peoples Elbow, but Shane distracts the referee allowing Benoit enough time to kick out at two, even though he was pinned for close to a 10 count.  Benoit is still relentless and he hits a superplex on the Rock from the top rope.  Benoit goes to get a steel chair, but the ref stops him, Rock ends up with the chair but Shane drops the ref with another steel chair.  Rock starts Laying the Smackdown on Benoit and then he picks the chair back up.  Shane bails from the ring and The Rock puts Benoit in the Crossface.  The referee recovers and rings the bell.

Winner via DISQUALIFICATION AND NEW WWF CHAMPION - CHRIS BENOIT!

Hebner called it for Benoit!  He saw The Rock with the chair and thought it was him who hit him! Shane hits The Rock with a chair as he and Benoit celebrate!  Plenty of cups being thrown in the ring as The Rock has been screwed.  The Rock is busted open as Mick Foleys music hits.  The commissioner is out to clear this mess up.  Foley gets a mic and says that while this title would change with a DQ, he damn well didnt see a DQ, the fans didnt see a DQ and there wasnt a DQ.  As commissioner, he demands Hebner restart this match.  A bloody Rock stands in the ring and tells an irate Benoit to Bring It as the bell rings again.  Benoit gets back in the ring and the two trade blows.  Benoit hits a trifecta of Germans and bridges the third for a two count.  He starts working over Rocky again in the corner with right hands and headbutts.  He puts the Crossface on but Rocks too close to the ropes, so Benoit drags him into the middle of the ring and puts the Crossface back on.  Rocky refuses to tap out as he uses everything he's got to get to the ropes and he barely makes it.  Benoit goes straight back onto the assault.  He tries for the Crossface again but The Rock counters into a Rock Bottom and he gets the three count!

Winner (for real this time) via Pinfall and STILL WWF Champion - The Rock

Shane helps Benoit to the back as a bloody Rock struggles to stand.  Benoit and Shane leave as The Rock poses in the corner with his belt as we go off the air.

Rating: 4 stars.  This was another brilliant match to end the night.  Benoit took The Rock to his absolute limit, and a pretty good example of a Dusty Finish, because there was a good bit of time before Foley came out that you actually could believe this was the real finish.  Really enjoyed this and its well worth going back and watching again.  Shame this rivalry didnt really continue because they could easily have gotten more out of it.

Pros.

Jericho vs HHH was match of the night.
Benoit vs The Rock
The cage match was well above expectations.
Excellent tag opener

Cons.

Undertaker vs Angle promised so much but didnt deliver
Tazz vs Al Snow
Tag Team title match, could have done with less APA and more... TLC?

Overall Verdict.

Not the best show WWF have put on this year, but certainly worth going back to watch.  Blows what WCW were doing well away, as they had just aired Bash at the Beach earlier in the month, which featured Jarrett lying down to Hogan and the subsequent shoot promo from Russo and Hogan leaving the company, and the -2 star classic between Vampiro and the KISS Demon.  WWF really were untouchable at this time.

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Royal Rumble
No Way Out
WrestleMania 2000

The third of the big 4 next time with Summerslam 2000. Can WWF keep up the momentum?  Or will they stumble and fall going into the tail end of the year?  Time will tell.  See you next time.

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We're starting off the second half of the year with a bang as its the third of the Big 4, Summerslam!  A new faction is on the rise in WWF, a new star has emerged and gets his first shot at the WWF title tonight and a history making match that would not only cement the legacies of the 6 men involved but go on to spawn its very on theme PPV.  Can Summerslam buck the trend this year and deliver as a Big 4?  Or will it fall below expectations as the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania did?  Lets find out as we head into our first contest.

Right to Censor vs Too Cool & Rikishi

Remember that new faction I mentioned?  The Right to Censor comprises of Steven Richards, Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather (formerly the Godfather)  This is a hard conservative group who want to instill and maintain family values in wrestling - by force if necessary.  They were set up as a parody of the Parent Television Council (RTC - PTC. get it?) who were at the time protesting against the content of WWF shows and threatening to boycott their sponsors.  The greatest theme song in wrestling hits as the Right to Censor make their PPV debut.  Richards cuts a decent promo about why the people in the Bible Belt are booing them, but he's cut off by the faces music.  Rikishi is accompanied by a couple of Godfathers ho's, including future womens champion Victoria.  The heels interupt the dance party and a fight breaks out.

S2H using his speed and agility to get the better of BB early on.  GMS and Goodfather tag in and spill to the outside.  Grandmaster tries to get Victoria to slap Goodfather, but he's breaks free and throws both ladies to the ground to massive heat as BB bounces GMS off the steps.  Huge 'Save the Ho's' chant.  Heels in contol until GMS crotches Richards on the top rope then hits a superplex.  Hot tag to Rikishi who cleans house.  Richards tries to escape but Victoria throws him back in the ring.  All three members of RTC are stacked up in the corner so we get three corner splashes in a row from the faces.  Rikishi takes out Goodfather with a samoan drop before being dumped outside by BB - who in turn eats a facebuster from S2H who signals for the worm.  Before he can hit the M Steven Richards springs out of nowhere and hits a superkick.  He makes the cover (on a non legal man) and gets the pin (on a non legal man)

Winners via Pinfall - the Right to Censor.

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Fine enough opener.  Popped the crowd but you need to get the heels over early.  Yeah nothing really to complain about but it was nothing special.

We see replays of the love triangle between Kurt Angle, Stephanie and Triple H, including Angle laying lips on Steph on SmackDown.  We cut to Shane McMahon whos defending his Hardcore title against Steve Blackman later on, he sees Blackman and gets spooked and runs away.

Road Dogg vs Xpac

The two DX stablemates have been at each others throats for a while over a perceived lack of success.  It came to a head on RAW last week when an altercation lead to Road Dogg falling through a table.

Very back and forth in the opening exchanges.  Both men know each other so well so have a counter for everything.  Xpac finallys control with a big spinning heel kick.  Road Dogg no sells a Bronco Buster and hulks up, hitting all his signature offense. Xpac counters a pumphandle slam with a low blow, hits and Xfactor and picks up a three count.

Winner via Pinfall - Xpac

Rating: 1 star.  After the match Xpac gets on the mic and says they found out who the better man was, but they're still a great team and no hard feelings.  Road Dogg follows this up with a Pumphandle Slam.  So this is how DX ends, no with a bang but with a whimper.  Would have been a decent TV match but never had the heat to make it a good PPV match. The crowd do not care for Xpac at all so its hard for him to be a singles guy.

We see Chyna and Eddie backstage getting ready for they're Intercontinental Championship match.  Trish is going on about who Val would rather see as a centrefold, Val chastises her and tells her its about the IC title tonight so she better get her head in the game.

Eddie Guerrero & Chyna vs Val Venis (c) & Trish Stratus - Intergender tag team match for the Intercontinental Championship.

Mick Foley added the stipulation that if either Stratus or Venis are pinned, whoever pins them will win the IC title.  This came about after Chyna powerbombed Venis off the apron during a match on SmackDown so Trish retaliated by smashing a glass jar on the back of Chynas head.  Contrast of styles early on as Eddie has his speed advantage and Val has the power advantage.  Chyna with a blind tag and takes out Venis with a lariat.  Double flapjack on Val for a two count from Chyna.  Chyna with the advantage until Trish gets involved, and Val uses the distraction to take out Chyna.  Val hits a vertical suplex on Chyna which splits her ring attire.  She manages to fix it no problem and covered for it well.  Low blow to Val and a DDT to get the tag to Eddie.  Eddie running wild until Venis counters him into the top turnbuckle then hits a spin-out powerbomb.  Both men take each other out and Val has no choice but to tag in Trish.  Eddie quickly puts an end to that and tags in Chyna to a huge pop.  Chyna goes for the cartwheel elbow thing but Val pulls her hair down.  She fights out of a double team move and Eddie takes out Venis, Chyna military press slams Trish and scores the pinfall.

Winner via Pinfall and NEW Intercontinental Champion - Chyna!

Rating: 1 star.  Not a fan of overbooked stuff like this, not a huge fan of singles titles being defended in tag matches, not a fan of Vals or Chynas.  Eddie tried his best but could only carry this to an above average affair.  Not great.

We see a clip of Radio WWF from WWF New York.  This is basically a proto-podcast with Michael Cole, Mick Foley, Too Cool, Chyna and Trish Stratus.  Cut to Stephanie talking with the make up lady whos filling her in on the gossip in the ladies lockerroom, and Steph admits Kurt is a good kisser.  Moving quickly on to our next match.

Jerry "The King" Lawler vs Tazz

Tazz has been on a tear recently, taking out several stars.  He's taken umbrage to JR calling him a piece of trash.  Tazz with the great line "I'd slap you across your face but it looks like God already beat me too it".  King stands up for his best friend and takes out Tazz.  Tazz retaliates by smashing King across the head with a flask, opening him up.  Things get really personal when Tazz smashes a car window with JR inside it, covering JR in glass.  Tazz is out first with a white cane and a cowboy hat, mocking JR.  King has had enough and jumps Tazz.

King in control early until Tazz avoids a middle rope fist drop and Tazz takes over.  JR puts Tazz over as a wrestler because JR is the best in the world at this.  Tazz throws King to the outside and taunts JR.  That allows King to recover and hit Tazz with some big right hands.  Tazz misses a senton from the top rope and King drops the strap.  Big rights to Tazz and hits a piledriver on Tazz but Tazz gets straight back up.  He throws King into the ref then warns JR that he's going to choke out King then he's coming for JR.  He gets King the in the Tazzmission.  JR gets up from his position and smashes his glass sweetie jar over Tazz's head, allowing The King to get the pinfall.

Winner via Pinfall - Jerry "The King" Lawler

After the match JR takes his position as a bloody Tazz screams that he's got glass in his eye.  King stands on the announce table and celebrates for the crowd.

Rating: 1.5 stars.  This was a very good story match with the good guys getting revenge in the end, but I dont think Tazz will be finished quite yet.  Pretty good even if it was short but the crowd were right into it which is the main thing.

We see Shane warming up backstage but he gets spooked by Blackman again.  His music hits as we move into the next contest.

Shane McMahon (c) vs Steve Blackman - WWF Hardcore Championship

Blackman has been dominating the Hardcore scene for a while now, but Shane stole his belt after interference from T&A.  Foley has suspended the 24/7 rule so that Shane could not lost the title before this match.  Blackman comes out with a kendo stick and a trash can.  Blackman is throwing the kendo stick to Shane as a leveller but Shane wants no part of this.  Shane tries to bail through the crowd but Blackman makes chase.  Back ringside Blackman gets two trashcan lids from under the ring and wipes out Shanes knees with it.  He shouts out "This is my house" (a young Paige takes notes) and smashes Shane on the back of the head.  He gets more plunder from under the ring including a leather strap.  He puts a trashcan over Shane and starts wailing on him with wooden sticks (im sure theres a technical name for them). This has been all Blackman so far.  He puts the strap round Shanes neck then pulls him off the top rope.  He starts to choke him out but T&A charge the ring.  They take out Blackman while Shane recovers.  The three men work over Blackman, including Test hitting a top rope elbow onto a trashcan lid placed on Blackmans chest.  They get Blackman to the stage area and they try to drop a speaker on his leg - shades of how they took out Big Show.  Blackman eventually manages to fight back with a kendo stick and take out T&A.  Shane tries to escape by climbing the side of the Titantron.  Blackman makes chase swinging the kendo stick.  Blackman swings for the fences and hits Shane on the back with the cane a few times before Shane falls backwards off the Tron!  Blackman slides about halfway down before coming off the Tron with an elbow drop. The pinfall is academic at this point.

Winner via Pinfall and NEW Hardcore Champion - Steve Blackman

Rating: 2.5 stars.  This was pretty fun and capped off with an incredible stunt from Shane.  The announcers say it must've been 70 feet but its probably about half that.  But its still gnarly as hell watching him fall backwards without looking.  Scary spot but executed perfectly.  And thats the last we'll see of Shane O Mac for a while as he's put on a stretcher and taken out of the arena.  Steve Blackman is an incredible athlete but his strikes are so fast its hard for anyone to sell them properly.  I think this is the best place for him on the card right now.

We see Steph freaking out as Angle comes in to her dressing room and tries to console her as Foley comes in and takes Steph away to check on Shane.

Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho - 2 out of 3 Falls match

We get another chapter in the storied rivalry between Jericho and Benoit.  Moving on from their loses at Fully Loaded, both men have been attacking each other for weeks, reigniting their rivalry so they settle on a 2/3 falls match to end this once and for all.

Both men straight into a brawl to open things because this is blood feud and it makes no sense to start things off with a collar and elbow tie up.  The ref struggles to contain them and all three spill to the outside.  Benoit gets control early after dumping Jericho up and into the ring post.  Jericho gets the first nearfall after catapulting Benoit into the top turnbuckle then an impressive release german.  Benoit counters a Lionsault and locks in the Crossface.  Jericho has no choice but to tap early.

Benoit wins the first fall

No rest period between falls and Benoit goes right back into the Crossface.  Jericho somehow makes it to the bottom rope to break the hold and Benoit goes right back to the shoulder.  He gets Jericho in a Tree of Woe and stretches out his shoulder.  Jericho gets free and gets to the outside but Benoit throws him into the ring post. Back in the ring Benoit launches Y2Js shoulder into the ring post.  Then he does the same in the opposite corner.  Benoit looking every part the WWF champion he nearly was last month.  Jericho starts to fight back and gets out of a German and counters into the Walls of Jericho.  Benoit fights his way to the ropes but Jericho drags him right back to the middle and Benoit has no choice but to tap out.

Jericho wins the second fall

Y2J immediately starts targeting Benoits back again.  Jericho bridges out of a pinfall and goes for a backslide, but Benoit counters that into a beautiful bridging Full Nelson suplex for a 2 count.  Benoit goes up top but Jericho meets him there and hits a top rope hurricarana.    Jericho hits a Lionsault but he hurts his shoulder and cant get a pin.  This fall is all Jericho until he tries a roll up, but Benoit reverses it into a cradle of his own and grabs the bottom rope to score the 3rd and final fall.

Winner via Pinfall 2-1 - Chris Benoit

Rating: 4 stars.  These 2 men cant have a bad match together, they just cant.  This more than delivered despite having nothing on the line, and the unclean finish leaves us open to another match further down the line.  Excellent stuff.

We see HHH finally arriving at the arena and we get another recap of whats happened between Angle and Stephanie, and then the build up to the next match... Here we go...

Edge & Christian (c) vs The Hardy Boys vs The Dudley Boys - TLC match for the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Edge and Christian have added chairs to their offense recently, beating down The Hardys and The Dudleys with their new move the Con-Chair-To.  Both the Hardys and Dudleys get revenge on E&C, with Edge being dispatched via a stereo splash from on top of ladders by the Hardys and Christian being put through a table by the Dudleys.  Edge and Christian decide they're going on strike, until Mick Foley intervenes and sets up a triangle tag match for the belts in what he calls a TLC match, but it doesnt stand for Tender, Loving Care, it stands for Tables, Ladders and Chairs.  Thus history will be made in the first ever TLC match, where the winners will be the team who gets the belts that are suspended above the ring.

The Champs are out first, sans the belts.  Edge looks in a serious mood.  The Dudleys are out next, followed by a huge pop for the hometown Hardy Boys.  Finkel doesnt even get to announce them as they storm the ring at start brawling with the Dudleys.  Matt throws a chair in Bubbas face early on but as they go for Whisper in the Wing Bubba throws a chair at Jeff, wiping him out mid air.  Edge gets a ladder in the ring but Bubba slingshots it off the ropes into Edges face.  D-Von and Jeff start climbing side by side ladders but Edge takes them both out with a double side Russian leg sweep.  Christian attempts to climb now but Bubba cuts him off and hits a huge Bubba Bomb from about two thirds of the way up the ladder.  Matt sets up a seesaw of ladders as Jeff tries to climb but Edge pushes Jeff off and Matt eats the fat end of the ladder.  Thankfully no Joey Mercury-esque injury here. JR with the iconic call "Where do you learn to fall off a ladder and not hurt yourself?  You dont.".  A missed con-chair-to from Edge and Christian and Bubba takes them out with a ladder, then takes out Jeff.  Bubba scoop slams Edge as D-Von climbs a ladder and hits a WASSUP! from the ladder.  Signal for tables for a massive pop.  Whoever came up with "GET THE TABLES" deserves all the money ever.  Table is set up in the middle of the ring and Christian gets a 3D through it.  Bubba signals for more wood and they stack up four tables outside the ring.  Bubba sets up to powerbomb Jeff through them but Edge takes him and Dvon out with some sick chair shots.  Matt Hardy appears from no where and hits Edge with a Twist of Fate.  He climbs a ladder and hits a huge leg drop, then Jeff leapfrogs over it from the top turnbuckle with a leg drop of his own.  Matt places a prone Edge between the legs of a ladder and slams it shut on him.  Christian climbs to the top turnbuckle but Matt catches him and launches him onto the ladder, squashing Edge.  Meanwhile Bubba in prone on a table outside the ring as Jeff climbs a ladder that must be an honest to god 15 feet tall.  He goes for a Swanton from the very tippy-top but Bubba rolls out the way and he crashed through two tables!  Matt throws the huge ladder into the ring.  Edge creams Bubba with a chair as Matt and Dvon start to climb the ladder.  Christian takes Matt out with a reverse DDT from the ladder and Edge and Dvon both crash onto the top rope.  Bubba recovers and has a glazed over look in his eyes, and he starts to climb the ladder.  Just as he gets to the top Edge and Christian push the ladder over and Bubba crashes through the four tables stacked up outside the ring!  That must have been a 20 ft drop!    Edge and Christian prop the ladder back up to a chorus of boos which suddenly turn to cheers as WWF Womens Champion Lita crashes the party and pushes the ladder over, crotching both E&C on the top rope.  She's screaming for Matt to climb as the crowd cheer him on.  Dvon stirs at the otherside and dumps the ladder backwards with Matt crashing to the outside through two tables!  Jesus christ lads.  Lita checks on Matt and Edge wipes her out with a huge spear and she cracks her head on a ladder, ouch.  Dvon starts to climb and Jeff Hardy has somehow recovered.  Both men have a hand on a belt as Edge pulls the ladder out from under them!  Both men are hanging from the belts!  Jeff kicks Dvon and he crashed to the floor, and Edge and Christian take Jeff out with a ladder like an extreme pinata.  Edge and Christian both climb the ladder and grab a belt each, winning this contest.

Winners and STILL WWF Tag Team Champions - Edge and Christian.

Post match, despite the home town boys losing all 6 men get a standing ovation as they leave.  

Rating: 5 stars.  Jesus christ lads.  This was incredible.  It went over 18 minutes but never felt like that as it went a mile a minute.  Everyone in this match gave everything they had to put on one of the most incredible spectacles in wrestling.  Do yourself a favour and go watch this match.  This would set and incredibly high bar for what ladder matches in wrestling could be and they've very rarely emulated this one.  Watch.  This.  Match.

HHH is going mental backstage with Steph, demanding she explain the kiss between her and Kurt on SmackDown.  Steph says Kurt took advantage of her, and HHH tells her to stay away from him.  Suddenly The Kats music hits.  Aw Poopie.  Really?

The Kat w/ Al Snow vs Terri - Thong Stinkface Match.

2 weeks ago Kat convinced Rikishi to give Terri and Stinkface and in retaliation this "match" was set up.  Terri comes out and she strips down to her bikini before Perry Saturn runs out and puts a towel round her.  The two women 'brawl' for a bit with some of the worst offense ever.  You can only claim the attitude era is the best era ever if you have selective memory and forget Poopie like this exists.  Kat eventually wins by rubbing her butt in Terris face after the longest 3 minutes ever.

Winner - The Kat

Rating:  -2 stars.  The only reason this isnt as bad as Briscoe vs Patterson is that was an embarrasment of two legends, this was just Poopie.   I'd rather get root canal without pain killers than go through this again.  Frak this.

We're back in WWF New York and the APA are behind the bar drinking Jack and smoking cigars.  They have a toast to Mr McMahon before we go back to the arena.

Undertaker vs Kane

A few weeks ago Kane appeared to save Undertaker from Benoit, but in a swerve Russo would be proud of he Chokeslammed his brother straight through the ring.  He said he did it because he's a monster.  Undertakers been trying to get answers but to no avail, so he wants to kick Kanes ass instead.

Taker meets Kane in the aisle and a brawl breaks out.  Undertaker tries to take Kanes mask up but Kane drops him over the top rope.  Kane gets a chair and aims for Taker but Taker fights back with strikes to the cut.  Undertaker then wallops Kane with the chair and goes for the mask again.  He rips a part of the mask off as Kane tries to escape.  They start fighting ringside and Kane goes to hit Taker with the steps but Taker sidesteps him and Kane crashes into the ring post.  Taker then cracks Kane right in the face with the steps.  Undertaker shouts to the crowd he's "going to pull his Frak mask off".  He then proceeds to hit him with a few more rights and throws him back in the ring.  Kane hits Taker with a low blow as we see he's been busted open.  Kane with right hands but Taker wont go down, and he fights back with a spear on Kane.  He goes for Kanes mask again but Kane fights him off.  Kane gets Taker in a goozle but Taker hits a low blow, suddenly Taker gets Kanes mask off. Kane hides his face with his hand and hair as he escapes to the back.  Takers music plays and apparently this one is done.

No Contest?

Rating: 0 stars.  No real build, no real heat, no real match.  I dont think the bell even rung.  Just another unnecessary chapter in the story of the Brothers of Destruction.  Pretty pointless.  Lets move on pretty quick.

The Rock (c) vs Kurt Angle vs Triple H - Triple Threat for the WWF Championship

During a triple threat No1 contenders match, both Angle and HHH pinned Chris Jericho at the same time.  Both men were declared the winner so Foley set up the Triple Threat match.  HHH and Stephanies marriage in going through a rocky patch after HHH was caught in a number of innocent but compromising positions with Trish Stratus.  Angle has been her shoulder to cry on which infuriates HHH.

Angle is out first with his serious face on as he gets ready for his first WWF title match.  He gets a mic and says he is going to apologize, SWERVE he apologizes for not kissing Steph sooner. He says he's a Giver.  He gives his all in the ring, he gave his all for his country at the Olympics and he tells HHH he gave his wife more passion in 30 seconds than HHH could if his life depended on it.  HHH is out next and he foregoes his usual entrance and makes a beeline for Angle and a fight breaks out.

The crowd chant for The Rock as HHH beats Angle around the ring, Hebner tries to break it up but HHH shoves him away.  Angle fights back and clotheslines them both out the ring.  He bounces HHH's head off the steel steps.  HHH gives him a receipt at the otherside of the ring.  HHH clears the Spanish announce table and climbs on it with Kurt.  He sets up for a Pedigree but the table collapses just as he goes to jump, with both men spilling to the floor. Angle takes a sore one right on his forehead and looks to be out of it.   HHH checks on him immediately.   HHH tries to recover this but Angle is out for the count.  HHH kills time getting his sledgehammer when The Rocks music hits.  Rock gets in the ring and he and HHH go at it as the bell finally rings.

Rock with the immediate momentum hitting a big Samoan Drop.  Rocky clears the other announce table but HHH drops him over it as the EMT's check on Kurt.  A stretcher appears as Kurt looks in no condition to compete.  Back in the ring HHH is in control as Hebner gets rid of the Sledgey.  The Rock fights back as we see Angle being stretchered out of the arena.  HHH makes chase though and drags the stretcher back down the ramp.  He hits Angle in the head a couple of times, he sets up something devious but Rock nails him from behind.  Rock and HHH are fighting in the stage area now, HHH goes for a piledriver but Rocky counters and catapults HHH into a steel structure.  Steph has appeared to check on Angle as Rocky and HHH keep beating each other up in the ringside area.  Steph comes back to ringside and HHH tells her shes not supposed to be here.  HHH gets a nearfall then tells Steph to get the belt.  She goes to hit The Rock but hits HHH instead (No DQ because this is still technically a triple threat) and HHH barely kicks out at two.  She bails to the outside but Rock gets her by the hair.  Low blow by HHH breaks that up then he sends Steph to the back again.  The two men trade big moves and position until HHH recovers his sledgehammer.  He socks The Rock in the guts with it, then hits a running punt to the ribs.  Then another.  HHH works over the ribs for a good portion now, but The Rock keeps surviving.   HHH goes to the top but The Rock meets him there and hits a big superplex.  As both men recover we see Steph trying to rally Angle to go help HHH.  Rock hits a belly-to-belly and both men are down.  Boo's ring out as Angle and Steph make their way back to the match.  Angle still doesnt look right.  Angle trips the Rock and HHH hits a Pedigree, but Angle pulls HHH out the ring and bounces him off the steps.  He makes the cover on The Rock but gets a very close 2 count.  Angle somehow manages to hit a picture perfect overhead Belly to Belly on The Rock.  He gets a beautiful one from The Rock in return then a huge DDT but its only good for a two.  HHH gets up on the apron but Angle is whipped into him sending him flying, Rock hits a Rock Bottom on Angle but HHH pulls him out the ring at two.  HHH calls for Steph to give him the hammer. She throws it in the ring but Angle beats HHH to it.  Steph gets in the ring to stop things but HHH clobbers her when he goes to hit Angle, Angle then takes out HHH with the sledgehammer.  Angle makes the pin but Rock breaks it up, then hits a Peoples Elbow on a prone HHH (jumping over both HHH and Steph) and its good enough to get the three count.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Champion - The Rock

Post match The Rock celebrates and leaves the Helmsleys in the ring.  Angle pulls Steph out the ring and carries her to the back as The Rock poses on one of the stage structures.

Rating: 3.5 stars.  This was fun as hell to be honest.  I think it played out exactly as they planned apart from Angle legit being knocked loopy when the table collapsed, and he was able to finish the match with a belter of a concussion.  I love the booking of the two guys who hate each other not waiting till the third guy gets there before they start fighting, but it did make the WWF title feel a bit like an afterthought.  

Pros.

Benoit and Jericho once again putting on a barnstormer
The TLC match was incredible
The main event was very enjoyable
Shane coming off the Tron was a gnarly stunt.

Cons.

DX ends with a wet fart
The stinkface debacle.
Most of the undercard wasnt great.

Overall verdict.

We're getting back to the start of the year with an average PPV being held up by a few great matches.  This was definitely better than the first three shows of the year but the undercard just wasnt strong enough to push it into the upper tier of PPV's this year.  That said it was a pretty easy watch and worth checking out for the 2/3 falls, TLC and Main Event matches.

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Backlash
Judgement Day
Fully Loaded
Summerslam
King of the Ring
Royal Rumble
No Way Out
WrestleMania 2000

Next time, its always sunny in Philadelphia as we roll into Unforgiven.  This is one to look forward to as Stone Cold Steve Austin will make his long awaited return to the full time roster as he begins his investigation into who ran him over at the Survivor Series the year before.  Looking forward to this one and I hope to see you all there.

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Post by Samo on Thu 18 Jun 2020, 9:30 am

We are live from the First Union Centre in Philadelphia for the third installment of WWF Unforgiven.  Scores will be settled and rivalries will come to a head here tonight as we have a whopper card (on paper anyway) including 4 title matches plus the long awaited return of Stone Cold Steve Austin!  Lets get right into this one.

Right To Censor vs The Dudley Boys & The A.P.A. - 8 Man Tag Match

Since their win over Too Cool at Summerslam, Right to Censor have managed to recruit Val Venis to join their cause.  The Dudleys had a mini-rivalry with the APA which culminated in a Bar Room Brawl match, in which both teams found a mutual respect for one an other and took turns beating up Kai En Tai.  Right to Censor have taken exception to the Acolytes heavy drinking and smoking and the Dudleys boys use of tables, so they challenged them to this match here tonight.

The pattern seems to be the face beats up the heel, the heel hits a big move and tags out, the face gets the momentum back then tags out, rinse and repeat.  The heels eventually take control of Dvon after Richards gets his knee in Dvons back as he bounces off the ropes. It doesnt last long as Dvon gets a hot tag to Bubba who takes out the RTC members one after an other.  It all breaks down and the Dudleys hit Val with a Doomsday Device and Goodfather breaks up the pin right infront of Dvon.  Out of nowhere Steven Richards hits the Stevie Kick on Bubba and its good enough for Val to get a 3 count.

Winners via Pinfall - Right to Censor

Post match the faces clear house and get their heat back by beating up Richards and the Dudleys go to powerbomb him through a table but RTC break it up, then the APA take out RTC, then Richards goes through the table anyway much to the crowds delight.

Rating: 1.5 stars.  It was fine.  RTC get another win but the Dudleys get their revenge post match.  The Dudleys continuing to prove that wins and losses dont matter when you're over taking another PPV loss here.  I need to check but Im pretty sure they've been on every PPV so far this year and have only won once.

We see HHH and Steph in their lockerroom talking about HHH's match with Angle later on, HHH is selling a rib injury.   HHH asks if Steph is going to be OK to watch him destroy Angle, Steph says she's 100% behind him and says she cant believe she ever thought Angle was her friend.

Kings music hits as he gets ready to settle a score.

Jerry The King Lawler vs Tazz - Leather Strap Match

King - being the gracious winner after Summerslam - has cost Tazz two title matches since.  Tazz was ready to walk out of the WWF but Foley convinced him to stay and gave him this match tonight as a sweetner.  Fink explains the rules - pinfall, submission or dragging your opponent and touching all 4 corners.  Tazz comes out with the strap and a raggy towel over his head - he looks like a legit badass here, compared to Summerslam where he was all jokes.  Their wrists are buckled into the strap as opposed to just looped round.

Tazz in control early as he whips King and hits a nice fishermans suplex.  He starts choking King infront of JR, taunting him. He smack talks with JR and King starts to choke him from behind.  King starts whipping Tazz now.  Low Blow by Tazz stops Lawler in his tracks, now Tazz starts whipping him.  A strange mixed reception for Tazz from the Philly faithful.  Tazz no sells a Piledriver, then no sells a second.  AND A THIRD....no he collapses.  King gets to three corners but Tazz stops him from hitting the third.  A scuffle knocks the ref down and Raven storms the ring.  Raven takes out Lawler with a DDT then Tazz locks in the Tazzmission and its game over for the King.

Winner via Submission - Tazz

Rating: 0.5 stars.  Oh what could have been.  Think of the excellent matches Tazz could be having with the likes of Jericho, Benoit and Guerrero, instead he's needing outside help to beat a commentator. It was fine for what it was, but what it was wasnt much.

We go backstage to Kevin Kelly whos been waiting in the garage all night for Austin to appear and he finally does.  Kelly welcomes him to Unforgiven and asks him how he feels.  Austin says he isnt here to answer questions, he's here to ask questions and slam Kelly into a rolling door.  Michael Cole has joined JR on commentary.

Hardcore Title Invitational

Steve Blackman is defending his Hardcore title here in this Invitational.  Same rules as WrestleMania so its basically a Scramble Match, whoever is the Champion after the 10 minute time limit expires is the winner.  European Champion Al Snow is out first as an Italian American (get it?  Because he's the European champion?).  Crash Holly is out next, followed by Test, then Perry Saturn, Funaki and finally the champion Steve Blackman.  

Saturn leaps through the ropes at Blackman but is swotted out of midair with a trashcan lid to the dome.  Fast, frenetic action with plenty of nearfalls.  Al Snow gets Head, but Terri jumps on the apron and grabs it from him.  Trish jumps up on the adjacent apron to stop her.  Terri throws Head at Saturn who goes for Snow, but Snow ducks and he wipes out Trish. An enraged Test grabs Head and goes for Saturn but Saturn ducks and Terri gets wiped out.  Snow finally reclaims Head and takes out both men.  Crash comes off the top rope for a Hurricanrana on Snow but Snows loses his balance and collapses, its almost a powerbomb.  Looked pretty scary but actually a safe landing for Crash.    Saturn comes off the top rope with a moonsault to the outside to zero reaction.  Saturn and Funaki take the fight to the backstage which doesnt make any sense whatsoever because you need to pin the Champion.  Crash proves this point by pinning Blackman and trying to make a runner.  All of a sudden Saturn clobbers him in the aisle with a trashcan and pins him.  Saturn is the new Champ.  Nothing much happens for a few minutes as the 6 men brawl in the stage area and the crowd. Saturn gets in the ring with a Kendo Stick holding his ground.  Blackman gets in the ring with his sticks and quickly out fights Saturn with his martial arts background.  Now Blackman has the kendo stick and he takes everyone out.  Big shot to the head of Saturn and he makes the pinfall. 60 seconds left and Blackman is Champion again.  He's a fighting champ though so doesnt try to run, even as the 4 remaining guys charge him.  Everyone tries to make a cover but its just a mess and no one can, so Blackman survives.

Winner and STILL Hardcore Champion - Steve Blackman

Rating: 2 Stars.  This one was miles better than the one at WrestleMania but it did only have half the field.  Theres still a major problem with these kind of matches in that theres loads of time where nothings happening, just a brawl here and there with everyone calling it on the fly until they get their next cue. Not a great advert of the Hardcore division but Blackman is trying his best to make it a big more legit.

Angle is backstage showing off his medals to a couple of workers when he's stopped by Stone Cold Frak Steve Austin.  He says its an honour to meet Austin and starts talking himself up.  He wants to give Austin an honourary gold medal.  Austin says he'll store it in a real nice place, right up Angles ass and he starts whooping Angle.  This was a pretty good bit, Angle is awesome as the comedy geek heel.

Xpac vs Chris Jericho

Nothing on the line here, but these two guys have been getting in each others business over the past month with Xpac leaving Jericho a bloody mess after an attack with nunchakus on RAW a couple of weeks ago.  Xpac still using his DX video and attire.  Jericho doesnt waste any time and he charges the ring.

Xpac goes for a Bronco Buster early on but Y2J explodes out the corner with a huge clothesline.  He goes for a spring board drop kick but Xpac sends him flying.  Big summersault plancha but Xpac to the outside.  Xpac whips Jericho into the announce table then into the timekeeper.  He's showing a new vicious side.  Baseball slide to the top of Jerichos head as he tries to get back in the ring.  JR speculates than Xpac is fed up of being a sidekick and is trying to blaze his own path. Xpac hits a Bronco Buster and celebrates in the corner, but Jericho gets up and hits a huge powerbomb.  Jericho gets in control now but cant put Xpac away.  Xpac dodges a charge by Jericho who slams shoulder first into the ring post.  Xpac uses this chance to go under the ring and retrieve a pair of nunchakus.  With the referee distracted Xpac hits a low blow and an X Factor but can only get a two count.  Jericho hits a powerbomb and turns it into the Walls of Jericho.  Xpac quickly makes it to the ropes but Jericho drags him back into the centre of the ring.  The referee makes him break the hold?  Since when was that a rule?  Big heel kick from Xpac on the distracted Y2J for a two count.  Jericho hits a facebuster and goes for a lionsault but Xpac gets the knees up.  Jericho catches Xpac coming off the second rope and locks him in the Walls and Pac quickly taps out.

Winner via Submission - Chris Jericho

Post match Jericho refuses to release the hold until the refs storm the ring.  From out of nowhere Xpac whacks Jericho right in the back of the noggin with the nunchakus, and starts wailing on Jericho with them.  He poses with his new weapon of choice before leaving Jericho laying.

Rating: 3.5 stars.  This was a very good match, easily Xpacs best since the 1-2-3 kid days.  Jericho is the perfect opponent for a guy like Xpac and hopefully this can be the beginning of a good run for Xpac because god knows he needs it (spoiler: it isnt).

We see Mick Foley practising his counting for his special guest referee appearance later this evening.  Angle comes up and complains about what Austin did.  Mick quickly puts him back in his place by making his match with HHH later tonight a No DQ match.  We see The Rock in the locker room when in walks the Texas Rattlesnake.  The two face off to a huge pop before they shake hands and The Rock welcomes him back.  Austin asks Rock if he knows anything because it was The Rocks rental car that hit Austin.  A guy called Joe comes in and tells Austin that he just heard something that might interest him.  Austin says he heard something too - that Joe is a sorry sonofabitch and he lays out Joe.  If I assaulted as many people at work as Austin has already done I'd get the sack no problem.  Foley needs to have a word with HR.

Edge & Christian (c) vs The Hardy Boys - Steel Cage for the WWF Tag Team titles.

Finkel fluffs his lines explaining the rules so I'll make it simple. Pinfall, submission, both members of a team escape the cage.  Its as easy as that.

The Hardys in control early, sitting Christian on the top rope and hitting Poetry in Motion sandwiching him against the cage wall.  The Hardys try to escape but E&C catch them quickly.  Jeff ends up all alone on the top of the cage and signals for a Swanton early on Christian, but Edge pushes him off balance and he ends up falling to the outside.  Matt is all alone now as Michael Cole explains Jeff is not allowed to get back in this match.  JR says his understanding is Jeff is actually able to get back in the match as Cole corrects himself, although Jeff is making no attempt to get back in just yet.  Christian ends up in the Tree of Woe and Edge gets caught up in the top and middle rope so Matt starts to climb.  The Champs get free and catch him at the top of the cage and hit a suplex from the top rope!  They double javelin Matt into the cage wall and Jeff finally starts trying to get in the cage.  Everytime he climbs a side Matt is thrown into him.  Jeff makes it to the top but Christian knocks him off and he falls from the top to the floor.    Jeff gets the key to unlock the door, tosses a chair in the ring but is thwarted again but the champions who shut the door on Jeffs face.  Christian gets out the cage now and goes and gets another chair.  Christian locks the door again as we see Matt has been busted open.  Edge puts the key down his jocks as they keep up the double team on Matt.  They set up a con-chair-to but Matt is able to duck, and takes both men out with a double clothesline into the chairs.  Matt starts to climb and he gets over the top before Edge and Christian catch him.  Jeff gets a ladder from somewhere and throws it up and hits Christian who falls to the floor.  Edge hits a super-Bulldog from the top rope on Matt as Jeff climbs the ladder outside.  Edge tries to knock him over but Jeff is just out of reach.  Jeff gets to the top and Edge tries to stop him but Matt hits a suplex on Edge, and Jeff walks to the centre of the cage and hits a corkscrew moonsault from the top of the cage!  He takes out Edge and Matt!  Christian tries to climb the ladder to get back in but Lita appears from the back and low blows him, then hits a hurricarana off the ladder, taking out Christian.  Meanwhile in the ring Edge has recovered and beans Jeff in the face with a chair.  Edge starts to climb now but the Hardys catch up to him and they both have a chair.  All three men straddling the top of the cage now, The Hardys hit Edge with a con-chair-to and he falls back into the ring!  The Hardys scale down the cage and win the tag titles!

Winners via Escape and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions - The Hardy Boys!

Rating: 3.5 stars.  Bloody good stuff here with The Hardys capturing the Tag titles for only the second time, and the first time since July 1999.  Lots of great spots and the faces put the heels in their place finally.  Simple booking done really well, that seems to be a theme with these old PPVs...  Worth a watch this one.

Someone knocks on Stephs door and she tells them to come in.  Big mistake, its only bloody Stone Cold.  He's looking for HHH.    Steph gifts Austin the hat he was wearing when he was run over.  Austin says its great that he hasnt found out who did it yet but he got his hat back so he can just go home.  Steph tells him Shane has actual video proof so he should just go see him, so Austin leaves.  We see Foley still working out his counting arm when HHH comes up.  HHH recalls their history and how they've nearly killed each other in the past but they're getting along now.  HHH reminds Foley that tonight it all business and he's going to retire Angle just like he retired Foley, and he wants to make sure that Foley calls it right down the middle.  Foley says HHH has nothing to worry about.  Jerry Lawlers music hits and he makes his way back to the announce table, so Cole takes his leave.

Rikishi vs Eddie Guerrero (c) w/ Chyna - Intercontinental Championship

Wait a second, how is Eddie the champ?  During a Triple Threat match between himself, Chyna and Angle for the title, Chyna was knocked out and as Eddie tried to check on her the ref counted the fall.  Eddie has been showing more and more heel tendencies recently, including attacking Too Cool after a match which drew the ire of Rikishi.  In a bit of an uncomfortable angle, Chyna is fed up of Eddie, saying he used her to get to the top  so Eddie snaps.  He then apologizes for his anger problems.  This is the time Chyna is about to do a cover shoot for Playboy so Eddie loses it again.  Its basically a toxic, controlling relationship.  Chyna tries to leave him but Eddie proposes and Chyna accepts.  Its disgustingly realistic and really uncomfortable. The happy couple come out together followed by the big Keesh whos usually huge pop is slightly muted.  I've noticed he always scratches his nose twice on his way to the ring, is that a signal to someone?  Like how Big Show squeezes his wrists thats a message to his wife?  Anyway.

Rikishi in control in the opening exchanges.  Eddie escapes being squashed by Rikishi and decides he's had enough.  He tries to walk out but Chyna throws him back in the ring.    Rikishi hits a back body drop on Eddie and no one makes them look better than Eddie.  Rikishi goes for a Stinkface but Chyna pulls Eddie out the ring.  Chyna distracts Rikishi enough for Eddie to climb to the top and hit a big splash on the outside.  Eddie bounces Keesh off the steps then gets him back in the ring.  Eddie goes up top for a Frog Splash but Rikishi moves out the way and hits a big splash in the corner.  Rikishi hits a pop-up cutter followed by a Samoan Drop.  He drags Eddie to the corner and hits a Banzai drop, but Chyna stops the ref counting 3.  She apologizes to Rikishi but Keesh throws her in the ring and the two get in each others face.  Rikishi hits a side kick on Chyna and gets disqualified. He hits a Banzai drop on Chyna and leaves in a foul mood.

Winner via Disqualification and STILL Intercontinental Champion - Eddie Guerrero

Post match Eddie gets his title belt before he checks on Chyna.

Rating: 0.5 stars.  These two guys have the potential to put on a great match together but it was overshadowed but the Eddie/Chyna story.  Plus a finish that doesnt make sense.  Since when does someone get DQ'd for attacking someone who isnt in the match?  Surely Chyna would have to attack Rikishi for a DQ?  But then Rikishi would win? I dont know, makes no sense.  Thats two ref calls tonight that are poor.

Undertaker is backstage with Coachman.  Coach asks if the fact that anyone can pin anyone in the Fatal Four Way match later will affect his performance.  Taker says he's set them up to be humble and he's set himself up to become WWF Champ.  We see Angle trying to make sense of all the things that have happened to him tonight, and he's comforted by Trish Stratus.

Triple H vs Kurt Angle - No Disqualification match - Mick Foley is the special guest referee

We get a recap of all the events leading up to this, including Angle taking advantage of Stephanie before Summerslam.  Its only gotten even more personal since, with HHH letting his hatred for Angle getting in between his relationship with Stephanie.  On SmackDown, Angle took out HHH with a sledgehammer shot to the ribs before planting another kiss on Stephanie.

Commissioner Foley is out first in his tatty ref shirt.  Love it.  Angle is out next.  He gets a mic and asks the crowd to join him in singing happy birthday to Stephanie.  HHH comes out with heavily taped ribs and a pretty big reaction from the crowd, so he's the defacto face in this heel vs heel match.  He sells his ribs while spitting out his water during his entrance, 10/10.  HHH goes for a lock up but Angle dodges and HHH sells the ribs.  10/10.  The action spills to the outside and HHH bounces Kurt off the announce table and the steel stairs.  He clears the Spanish announce table but Angle whips him ribs first into the guard rail.  Back in the ring HHH comes off the second rope with a double Axe Handle but Angle catchs him in an overhead Belly to Belly.  HHH hits a DDT and Foley gets to put his counting practise to good use but HHH only get a two.  He gets in Foleys face and Angle hits a 10/10 bridging German but he can only get a two.  Angle gets in Foleys face and shoves him so Foley shoves him right back.  King drops a Jack Tunney reference out of nowhere.  Both men trade offense until HHH takes a big spill into the corner and over the top rope to the outside.  Angle tries to whip HHH into the steps but HHH reverses it, and starts clearing the English announce table.  Suplex on to the floor on Angle and HHH gets a chair, which he drills Angle across the back with.  They climb onto the table mirroring the Summerslam spot, but Angle counters with a low blow, and hits a Belly to Belly from one table through the Spanish announce table!  That looked awesome!   HHH is spitting up blood as Angle gets him back in the ring and goes right back to the ribs.  Steph is begging with Foley to call the match but HHH keeps refusing.  Angle gets HHH on the top turnbuckle and hits a Belly to Belly from the top rope, but HHH is somehow able to kick out.   Abdominal stretch nearly takes HHH out but he's able to power out, but Angle gets right back on him, driving elbows into HHHs back.  Angle goes for a Moonsault but HHH moves out the way.  It was still beautiful.  Hardly anyone does it as good as Angle did.  HHH starts to fight back with a facebuster, and he hits a Pedigree but he can only hook one of Angles arms so he cant get all of it.  He signals to Steph to come in the ring and he tells her you have to choose.  She hits Angle with a low blow and HHH is able to hit the Pedigree proper and gets a 3 count!

Winner via Pinfall - HHH

Rating: 3.5 stars.  Docking half a star from this because of the ending.  Angle didnt need to lose here, especially not as he was so dominant throughout and doubly so given what he's doing next month.  Angle gets an out though that it took Steph helping HHH to win.  Still worth a watch, these two have good chemistry together and HHH puts on another really good match.  I said it earlier in this series and I'll say it again, I cant think of anyone who took to pro-wrestling as quickly and as seamless as Kurt Angle.  The man is solid gold.

Shane McMahons music hits and he makes his first appearance since coming of the Tron at Summerslam.  He's here to provide his video proof of who ran over Stone Cold.  He says his impartial investigation led him to someone who you might not expect, but they have a history of vehicle assualt.  He shows us his unbiased footage of Steve Blackman reversing a car into Ken Shamrock about a year ago.  He claims this is proof that Blackman was the one who ran over Austin.  Blackman comes out looking confused and realises Shane is full of it, so he's here to clear his name.  Before he gets a chance Austins music hits AND ITS THE DISTURBED VERSION AKA THE BEST VERSION OF HIS THEME THANK YOU WWE.   Huge pop for the Rattlesnake as he gets in the ring to confront Blackman.  He poses for the fans in the corners before staring down Blackman and hitting him with a Stunner.  Shane celebrates wildly for finally getting his revenge on Blackman.  He tries to share a beer with Austin, but Stone Cold gives him a couple of Stunners for his troubles aswell.  Not many people take a Stunner as good as Shane does.  This was a fine segment to bring Austin back while keeping the mystery of who ran him over going.  Who DID run him over?  We'l find out next month...

The Rock (c) vs The Undertaker vs Kane vs Chris Benoit - Fatal Four Way for the WWF Championship

The three challengers all made a claim that they should be the No 1 contender, but in trying to sort this mess out they all cost each other the spot.  So the clear things up, commissioner Foley made them ALL number 1 contenders, and makes a one-fall-to-a-finish Fatal Four Way.  The story is how will The Rock survive the odds?

The ring is full of referees to keep these guys apart until the match starts.  As soon as the bell rings they go at it with Kane and The Rock facing off while Benoit and Undertaker go at it.  Forulaic so far of two men fight in the ring while the other two brawl on the outside.  It fully devolved when Rock counters a Tombstone attempt from Kane and pushes him into the ref.  Undertaker brings a chair into the ring and brains The Rock with it.  Benoit gets the chair and drills Undertaker with it and makes the cover... and gets a three count!

Winner via Pinfall and NEW WWF Champion - Chris Benoit!

Benoit has done it! He's won the WWF title!  He celebrates with the title on the ramp as Mick Foley makes his way down.  He tears the belt out of Benoits hands as the other three men start walking up the aisle.  The bell rings and this match is being restarted!  Its cleared up by JR that Undertaker had his foot on the ropes, which is why Foley restarted it.  The three men take turns throwing a despondent Benoit into the stage.  We see a replay and its obvious Undertakers foot was on the rope.  The match descends into a straight up fight as The Rock beans Taker with the steel steps.  Benoit hits the triple germans on The Rock and gets a very close two count.  He hits a diving headbutt that covers well over half the ring, but cant make the cover quick enough and Rock kicks out at 2.  Out of nowhere The Rock puts the Crossface on Benoit, but Undertaker saves the match with a stiff right.  Kane is in a chokeslams Taker but Benoit breaks it up.  Rock takes Kane out with a spinebuster, but Benoit intercepts the Peoples Elbow and takes Rock out with a Lariat.  Undertaker sends Benoit flying and hits The Rock with The Last Ride but Kane breaks up the cover. Kane sends Taker over the ropes but Taker pulls Kane out under them.  Benoit takes them both out with a chair, then slaps the Crossface on The Rock.  The Rock starts to fade but Taker saves it again.  Big one armed Chokeslam to Benoit but Kane breaks up the pinfall.  The Brothers of Destruction brawl on the outside, trading huge right hands.  In the ring The Rock hits the Rock Bottom out of nowhere on Benoit and he gets the three count!

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Champion - The Rock

Rating: 3.5 stars. This was very enjoyable, especially when it started to get going, but what do you expect with the talent on display?  Cant help but feel bad for Benoit.  Twice now he's 'won' the title only for Foley to reverse it and he ends up taking the fall at the end.  All things considered it was a fine match and a very exciting way to send the crowd home happy.  Job done.

Pros.

The second half of the show.
Kurt Angle was amazing throughout the show
Disturbed version of Austins theme.

Cons.

Lawler vs Tazz
The Dusty finish in the main event that didnt need to be.
Triple H wins again

Overall verdict.

A well paced show that never outstayed its welcome.  The first half of the show was nothing special but it built and built to a great crescendo.  There was nothing that was seriously bad on this PPV so it was an easy watch.

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Backlash
Judgement Day
Unforgiven
Fully Loaded
Summerslam
King of the Ring
Royal Rumble
No Way Out
WrestleMania 2000

We're into the tail end of the year proper next time with No Mercy.  The Rock gets a new challenge, old scores will be settled and Austin will finally find out who ran him over and attempt to get his revenge.  See you there.

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Post by Samo on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 4:01 pm

There truly will be No Mercy tonight, as Stone Colds attacker has been revealed.  Also tonight, legends return as a notable Englishman makes his WWF PPV return, and a Mexican tag team return after nearly 12 years.  Anyway, Im waffling.  Lets just get right into the show.

The Dudley Boys Invitational Tables Match

Our opening contest is a gauntlet tables match.  Two teams start and a team is eliminated when one of them goes through a table.  Last team standing wins.  Simple enough.

Too Cool are out first with their new music.  I always prefered this music, even though its not as danceable to as the old theme.  Lo Down are out next, consisting of D'lo Brown (making his first appearance since WrestleMania) and Chaz (Formerly known as Mosh, making his first appearance since the Royal Rumble).  The two teams go at it early with Lo Down getting the upper hand.  GMS is placed on one table at one corner and S2H is on the top turnbuckle at the otherside.  D'lo goes for a splash on GMS but GMS rolls outs the way and Brown crashes through the table.  On the otherside S2H counters a superplex and pushes Chaz off and he crashes through a table.

Lo Down have been eliminated.

The team of Tazz and Raven are out next.  They set up a table outside the ring but Too Cool dont let them get in the ring, instead taking them both out with stereo baseball slides.  Raven is set up on the table but before S2H can put him through it Tazz locks in the Tazzmission, but GMS makes the save, but the heels quickly take control.  S2H takes out Raven with a bulldog and goes for the Worm and he does it under a table!  That was pretty impressive.  The feel good moment doesnt last long as Tazz takes out GMS and they double suplex S2H through a table.

Too Cool have been eliminated.

The fireworks go off as The Dudleys make their entrance to a huge pop.  Big ECW chant breaks out as the Dudleys clear up like a house on fire. A brief comeback by the heels isnt enough as Dvon leg drops Tazz through a table.

Tazz and Raven have been eliminated.

Right to Censor are out next, with Bull Buchanan and Goodfather stepping up.  Bubba goes for a Bubba Bomb on Bull Buchanan but Bull powers out.  He misses a clothesline on Bubba but wipes out the referee. Really?  This needs a ref bump?  Bubba counters Bulls 10 punches in the corner and powerbombs him through a table.  Goodfather hits Bubba with a sick unprotected chair shot to the top of the dome and Bubba collapses into the table wreck.  Goodfather pulls Bull out of the way and the ref rings the bell.  Another referee quickly belts it down and tells him what happens, and the match gets restarted.  Goodfather misses a Ho Train because of course he does I dont think he's ever hit one and walks back into a 3D through a table.

Winners - The Dudley Boys

Rating:  Ehhhhh 2 stars.  It was fine for what it was.  Crowd loves the Dudleys.  Crowd loves table spots.  Lets give them both of those things to get them warmed up.  Fine enough opener and did its job well.

We see T&T&A backstage talking about Trishs tits (yes, really) as they get ready for their match with the Acolytes soon.  We see Rikishi backstage with a sledgehammer.  He's waiting for Stone Cole (we'll get to that later on.)  

Test & Albert & Trish vs The APA and Lita

Last week on Heat T&A lost all their money to the APA in a poker game, so they started betting Trishs clothes.  Once she was down to her underwear T&A attacked the Acolytes.  Womens Champion Lita is out first.
The Acolytes music hits but their nowhere to be seen.   We cut backstage and see T&A have laid waste to them.  Lita goes to help but she's stopped in the aisle by T&A.  Trish attacks her from behind.  She hits a big running Bulldog on Lita in the ring, and Albert catapults her into the second rope.  They set her up for a big double team move but the Hardy Boys make the rescue.

Rating: N/A.  Match didnt start, doesnt get a rating.  As a segment it was fine, it gets heat on the heels and further builds to an eventual Trish vs Lita match down the line.

Lilian Garcia is backstage with Edge and Christian.  They explain that they thought they had food poisoning but it must have been a passing virus. They're bummed that they didnt get to compete in the Dudleys Invitational but they'll get over it. This is basically one big joke about their nuts.  Thankfully things get a bit more serious as the Steel Cage is seen lowering around the ring.

Xpac vs Chris Jericho - Steel Cage Match

Continuing their feud from last month, it all comes to a head here.  Xpac mugs to the crowd but Jercho Baseballs slides him through the door and the fight starts outside the cage.  Xpac slams the cage door on Jerichos head and the match begins proper.  Wheres the ref?  JR explains that the only way to win this one is to escape.  Fair enough - makes sense to end a feud with a match to see who can run away the fastest.  Xpac goes to climb up and over but Jericho hits a springboard dropkick and crotches Xpac on the top rope.  Jericho fully in control now, bouncing Xpac off the cage wall and a big facebuster.  He kicks Xpac off the top rope then hits a missile dropkick.  He goes for the Lionsault but Xpac gets his knees up.  Xpac goes to leave through the door but Jericho grabs his leg.  Xpac calls him a son of a bitch and starts wailing on his head.  Xpac now in control, throwing Jericho into the cage wall, Jericho counters a charge with a back drop right into the cage wall, but Xpac is straight back up.  Nice psychology.    He hits a Bronco Buster then climbs the cage in the corner.  Y2J climbs up and hits a powerbomb while standing on the top rope! Jesus what an impact on Xpac who just fell from the top of the cage.  A couple of shots against the cage wall and Xpac calls for a time out.  Xpac crotches Jericho on the top rope and tries to escape out the door.  Jericho drags him back in but Xpac drags a chair in with him and he beans Jericho in the head with it.  Xpac climbs to the top but Jericho quickly makes chase and drops him in the top of the cage. Jericho climbs up and somehow gets the Wall of Jericho on Xpac, but Pac fights out and sends Jericho crashing into the ring.  Xpac slowly starts to climb down, and he stands on the door.  Jericho dropkicks the side of the cage and Xpac falls on the door, allowing Jericho time to escape and win the match.

Winner - Chris Jericho

Rating: 3 stars.  Didnt feel like the end of a feud, and I think they could have sold a little bit more.  This match just felt rushed, but it was still pretty good.  God bless Xpac, he's trying his best but the crowd still dont buy into him.

We go down town to Times Square and WWF New York.  Steve Blackmans doing a martial arts demonstration as you do.  We see the Commish Mick Foley in his "office".  Rikishi bursts in and demands Foley announce him the winner of their match via forfeit.  Foley says if Austin isnt here soon he'll so just that.  We get a rundown of how the next match came about.  Eddie Guerrero was scheduled to defend his IC title vs a returning Billy Gunn tonight, but he injured his hamstring on RAW so cant compete tonight, so Mick Foley set up Val Venis and Steven Richards vs Billy Gunn and Chyna - who has finally left Eddie.

Billy Gunn & Chyna vs Right to Censor

Back and forth between Mr. Ass and Venis.  The heels seemingly take control when Venis hangs Billy Gunn up on the top rope, but once he tags in Richards Gunn quickly gets control back.  He tags in Chyna and she starts throwing Richards around.  Tag back to Gunn who hurts his bad shoulder on the turnbuckle.  Tag to Venis who hits and arm breaker on Gunn.  The heels working over Billys shoulder now.  Billy fights back with a big DDT on Richards. Venis and Chyna both tag in and she gets the upper hand, hitting a handspring elbow on Venis. She dodges Richards and hits him with a low blow into a FameAsser from Billy Gunn.  Goodfather and Bull storm the ring but Billy Gunn is able to fight them off.  Chyna looks like she's going for a Pedigree on Vanis but Guerrero runs down and hits her on the back of the head with a bouquet of roses.  She's out cold as Venis makes the cover.

Winners via Pinfall - Right to Censor

Post match Billy Gunn checks on Chyna and unravels the bouquet to reveal the hidden pipe.

Rating: 1.5 stars.  It was fine, but there was no heat and no build so it just came across as a filler match.  Right to Censor continuing their PPV streak of winning atleast one match on every PPV.

We see HHH in his room, Steph comes in and asks if Hunter will reconsider letting her accompany him to the ring tonight.  He says Benoit is too dangerous so the answer is still no.  She gives him a tape of Benoit applying to Crossface for him to study.  She says she's got to go help Angle get ready for his match.  Rikishi is heading to the ring so I suppose its time to get into this.

Austin has been interfering in matches and stunning everyone walking.  Mick Foley had no choice but to suspend Austin until they figured out who did it.  Mick Foley is about to lay the blame on The Rock but Rikishi comes out and he admits that HE was the one who ran over Stone Cold.  He said he didnt do it for him, but he did it for The Rock.  He said he has been around this business for years and they always keep the Samoans held back, so he took out the last obstacle to allow The Rock to ascend to greatness.  Foley sets up a No Holds Barred match for tonight so that Austin can do whatever the hell he wants.  Was it the best reveal?  No, and it'll get retconned pretty quick but atleast they tried to make it make sense with the bit about helping The Rock.

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Rikishi - No Holds Barred.

Rikishi is out first with his Bad Man music.  Austin still hasnt arrived so Rikishi demands to be declared the winner.  Foley's music hits and here comes the Commissioner.  A despondent looking Foley gets a mic and stalls for time when suddenly the glass shatters!  We see Austin driving a truck, and he drives it all the way down to the ring and they go right into it.  The crowd explode for Austin laying in Big Daddy Uso, bouncing him off the steps and the side of his truck.  Austin doesnt even have his ring gear on, he's here for a fight not a match.  He sends Rikishi flying over the Spanish announce table then starts stomping him.  He starts choking him with a headset cable.  The brawl breaks out into the crowd.  Rikishi throws a drink in Austins face and starts to get the upper hand.  Austin takes a back body drop on the concrete but he no sells and takes his belt off and starts whipping Rikishi "Like a government mule".  He pulls a big, thick rope out from under the ring.  He gets in the ring and starts hanging Rikishi with the rope.  Rikishi recovers and sends Austin over the announce table, then hits him with a savant kick.  He misses a chair shot, but Austin gets the chair and doesnt miss his and gets beaned right across the face with two chair shots.  Rikishi is bust wide open as Austin hits a third.  Austin is wailing on Rikishi with the chair.  He misses two swinging sledgehammer shots as the fight at the side of the truck.  Austin slams the tail gate across Rikishis back, then a big chair shot sends Rikishi onto the flat bed.  Austin shuts the tail gate and gets behind the wheel.  Austin gets a beer, adjusts his mirrors and reverses out of the ringside area.  He drives to outside the parking lot and puts Rikishi up against a rocky embankment.    Austin gets back in the truck and he gears up to drive into Rikishi!  Suddenly a police car comes out of nowhere and gets between them, Austin rams the car again as more police swarm round him.  Austin is pulled out of the car and arrested.

No Contest

Rating: 2.5 stars.  This was basically a snuff film.  Gets the angle over that Austin wanted revenge at any cost and we dont get a winner so it keeps this feud going.  It was fine for what it was, and it popped the crowd something fierce, although I think the ending took the air out of alot of people.

William Regal (c) vs Naked Mideon (eugh) - WWF European Championship.

William Regal making his return to WWF PPV action after being released in 1999 and a second cup of coffee in WCW.  He quickly won the European championship from Al Snow upon his return (becoming only the 2nd of 2 actual Europeans to hold the title) and somehow found himself in a feud with Mideon.  Mideon has taken to wrestling almost completely naked for some reason, other that a bumbag and a thong.  Regal told Foley that he would not wrestle a naked man so Foley ordered Mideon to wear attire.  Jesus christ.

After an exchange Mideon threatens to take his top off, but doesnt.  Some more back and forth ends when Mideon is dumped over the top to the outside.  He takes his top off much to Regals disgust.  Regal hits a nice double arm suplex for a two count.  While Regal is distracted with the ref, Mideon puts on his bumbag and tears his trousers off.  He drops Regal then goes to the top rope, but Regal drops him, then goes to put the Regal Stretch on but he's too disgusted, so hits the Regal Cutter instead and gets a pinfall.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF European Champion - William Regal

Rating: 0.5 stars.  This was bad, and not a good way to reintroduce William Regal.  Still, onwards and upwards from here.  Didnt help that they had to follow Austin and Rikishi but I dont think the crowd would have been into it on a good night.

We see a mocked up interview from Heat where Kurt Angle asks The Rock a bunch of questions and uses old interview footage of The Rock as answers, its pretty good.  Then Kevin Kelly is interviewing Los Conquistadors about their upcoming Tag Title match with the Hardys.  After Edge and Christian lost a ladder match to the Hardys the night after Unforgiven they were banned from competing for the tag titles again, so a Tag Team Battle Royal was set up to determine the new Number 1 contenders and shockingly Los Conquistadors (who had last been seen in the WWF in the late 80's) returned to win.

The Hardy Boys (c) vs Los Conquistadors - WWF Tag Team Championship

Hardys are out first, followed by Uno and Dos.  They do a few rolls in the ring then start talking with the Spanish announce team.  Matt starts things off with Dos who shows off a "lucha" style.  Matt tries to take off his mask but he bails to the outside and Uno tries to help fix it.  The Hardys in control for the most part, they hit Dos with a Whisper in the Wind then dropkick Uno into his nether region.  Jeff starts trying to take the mask off of Uno but Dos attacks him from behind and throws him into the ring post.  Los Conquistadors start working over Jeff and cutting off his hope spots.  Uno misses a big splash which allows Jeff to tag in Matt, who clears house.  Jeff Hardy runs on the guardrail and hits a flying clothesline on Uno outside.  Matt hits a Twist of Fate on Uno and takes his mask off to reveal... another mask!  Conquistador Dos uses this distraction to hit an Unprettier on Matt and he makes the cover and gets the pin!

Winners via Pinfall and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions - Los Conquistadors!

Rating: 3 stars.  Obviously the story is that Los Conquistadors are Edge and Christian.  Its a fun angle, it was a good match, it sold itself well.  No complaints from me.  

We see Austins truck and the cop car being towed away, then we see HHH studying up on Benoit.  I love this because by this point HHH is a bonafide star but he is studying so hard on how to beat Benoit - it puts Benoit over huge, he see's something he likes in the tape and smiles as he walks off.  These two men have been going at it all month, and it all started when Benoit headbutted Stephanie and then cost HHH and Number One contender match against Angle.

Chris Benoit vs HHH

HHH gets the better of the Crippler in the early exchanges, going after Benoits knee.  Despite having recently turned face HHH is still wrestling like a heel, and he's in full control for the majority of the opening 5 or so minutes.  JR name drops Nature Boy Buddy Rogers as HHH executes a leg grapevine submission on Benoit, he the transitions into a neck vice - showing a technical side of his arsenal we havent seen in a while.  Benoit finally gets some momentum after both me spill to the outside and he throws HHH into the ring post.  A big shot into the steel steps confirm the momentum shift as Benoit takes over despite selling his knee.  Benoit hits an armbar takedown and drives HHH's shoulder into the middle turnbuckle and follows up with a hammerlock suplex.  Northern Lights suplex from Benoit gets the first nearfall of the match - nearly 10 minutes into the match.  HHH is dumped to the outside but he counters Benoit and throws him into the steel steps.  Benoit quickly recovers though and drops HHH over the announce table - further injuring HHH's arm.   Benoit with a couple of submission holds and he drops a diving headbutt onto HHH's shoulder.  HHH sneaks an inside cradle for a close two count but Benoit is quickly back on him. HHH counters out of a vertical suplex and hits Benoit with an inverted suplex of his own.  HHH fights back with hard right hands - its weird seeing HHH in this much peril as a babyface - and hits a neckbreaker for a two count.  Big superplex from the top rope but still only gets a two.   Benoit counters out of a Pedigree attempt with a back body drop and hits two German suplexes, HHH fights out the third but Benoit counters and hits a bridging Full Nelson suplex for a two count.  Then hits another bridging German for another two count.  HHH gets a counter with a facebuster but as he goes for a follow up clothesline Benoit locks him into the Crippler Crossface.  HHH manages to get up to his feet but Benoit pounds on his back and neck and shoulder and locks him back in it.  He's able to power out again and hits Benoit with a samoan drop.  Stephanie runs down to ringside and while the ref is with HHH she slaps Benoit and taunts him to come get some, but he turns round and walks into a Pedigree attempt but Benoit fights against it and the two struggle to get their move on the other.  Stephanie distracts the referee enough for HHH to hit a low blow and follows it up with a Pedigree and makes the cover.

Winner via Pinfall - HHH

Rating: 4.5 stars.  Bloody loved this.  The psychology on show from both men each working over a different body part for different reasons.  They have great chemistry together and sold really well for each other.  Another big win for HHH but another high profile loss for Benoit.  The only thing holding this back from a 5 star rating is the unclean finish, but this is still well worth checking out.

We see Los Conquistadores in the locker room celebrating with their titles, when Edge and Christian come in to congratulation them, they say they ran to the store to buy Champagne and coronas.  They announce that tomorrow night on RAW they'll face off for the tag team titles.

Its time for our main event as The Rock defends his WWF title against Kurt Angle.  Angle won his shot after Benoit cost HHH.  HHH says that Steph is a liability to have at ringside so to prove him wrong she's been helping her old buddy Kurt Angle win matches - including getting a pinfall win over The Rock.  Angle asks Steph if she'll manage him full time and Steph agrees.  The Rock has been Champion since King of the Ring but he's had alot on his plate recently with the revelation about Rikishi.  Angle gets in Rocks head by continuing to try and implicate him in what happened to Austin.  Will the mind games work?  Will Stephanie prove to be the difference maker? She's guaranteed that Kurt will win tonight, so lets find out.

The Rock (c) vs Kurt Angle w/ Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley - WWF Championship

Fink announces during the introduction that this match is now a no DQ match.  Angle gives Stephanie his medal for safe-keeping - a nice little touch to put over their relationship.  Straight away Steph climbs on the apron allowing Angle to bumrush him.  King says he likes the No DQ stip because you dont often see that in a WWF title match.  Apart from the fact that just this year alone we've had atleast 5 matchs this year with No DQ stips.  (Rumble, No Way Out, Mania, Summerslam and Unforgiven).  Angle gets a steel chair earlier and cracks The Rock across the back with it.  Rock gets himself back in it with a huge clothesline followed by a big samoan drop.  They fight their way out of the ring and up to the technical area at the stage.  Angle gets thrown through a panel of the stage and then they fight over by the crowd.  Angle whips Rocky into an equipment box and a big spotlight falls on him, looks painful.  Rock takes a life size cut out of himself from a fan and holds it up against Angle before hitting him with a big right.  Once they finally make it back in the ring Angle is back in control as Steph plays cheerleader.  Rock crushes Angles knee between the steel steps and a steel chair.  Rock locks in the Sharpshooter and Angle taps out but Stephanie is distracting the ref.  Rock chases her around the ring but as he gets back in Angle catches him with a big overhead Belly to Belly.  Its all Angle until Rock fights out of a sleeper hold and sends Angle flying over the top rope.  The fight spills over to the announce tables as both men take turns bouncing each other off it.  Stephanie throws the title belt in the ring and distracts the ref and Angle nails him between the eyes with it, but Rock somehow kicks out at two!  Rocky crotches Angle on the top rope and hits a superplex.  We see that both men are bleeding, Angle just above his eye, Rock on his forehead.  Angle goes for a moonsault but Rock rolls out the way - still looks beautiful.  Rock gets in control and hits a floatover DDT then a Spinebuster.  Steph gets in the ring and gets in Rocks face, but as she goes to slap him he catches her and hits a Rock Bottom!   He goes for a Peoples Elbow but Angle clubs him from behind at the last second.  HHH storms the ring and starts battering Angle!  The Rock tries to square up to him but he gets a Pedigree for his troubles, and HHH leaves carrying Stephanie to the back.  Angle sneaks back in the ring and makes the cover but The Rock kicks out at two.  They fight to the outside again as we see a heavily bandaged Rikishi make his way to the ring.  Angle doesnt take a chance and hits Rikishi, but Rikishi cracks him back and throws him into the ring to The Rock.  Rock hits a Rock Bottom but cant make the cover.  He finally makes the cover but Angle is able to kick out.  Rikishi gets in the ring and goes to charge Angle but Angle pulls Rock infront of him.  He goes to Savant kick Angle but Angle ducks and again he hits The Rock.  Angle takes the big Keesh down with an Olympic Slam, then he hits The Rock with one and makes the cover and gets the three!

Winner and NEW WWF CHAMPION - Kurt Angle!

We see the now iconic celebration of Angle crying with his championship in the aisle as The Rock realises whats happened. We see a replay as we go off the air.

Rating: 4 stars. This was an overbooked mess but it was damned entertaining.  Kurt Angle joins an elite club of people who have won the WWF/E title within one year of their debut and its fully deserved.  Prove positive that if you're good enough you can even ride "Comedy geek hell" all the way to the top of the mountain.  Great match.


Pros.

Angle vs Rock
Benoit vs HHH
Most of the undercard delivered.

Cons.

Naked Mideon
Billy Gunn and Chyna vs RTC.
Teasing a 6 man tag that doesnt happen.


Overall Verdict.

Overall this was a pretty good show.  Despite a couple of lows everything else delivered and this PPV is well worth going back and rewatching.  Again, Benoit and HHH is worth going back and watching alone but it didnt need to carry the rest of the card like some other shows we've seen so far.

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Backlash
Judgement Day
No Mercy
Unforgiven
Fully Loaded
Summerslam
King of the Ring
Royal Rumble
No Way Out
WrestleMania 2000

Next up we have the penultimate show of the year, and the last of the Big Four with Survivor Series.  A show with a history of controversy, will this years offering continue that trend?  Time will tell. Hope to see you all there.

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Its the second last PPV of the year, its the last of the Big 4, its a PPV with an infamous history, its the Survivor Series!  Two big angles leading into this show, and alot has changed since No Mercy, but we'll get to that in the Main Event. Right now we head straight down to ringside in the Ice Palace, Tampa Florida for our opening contest.  Jr reminds us that for the last 6 years in a row the WWF title has changed hands, and reminds us about what happened in '97.  King says he's sick of hearing it and at the end of the day Bret screwed Bret.

Steve Blackman, Crash Holly and Molly Holly vs T&A and Trish Stratus

Molly Holly made her WWF debut a couple of weeks ago, and this is her PPV debut.  Blackman and Albert start things off, with Blackman using his speed advantage to gain control.  Crash tags in and goes for a cross body, but Albert catches him.  Blackman comes in with a dropkick and sends them both down.  Trish tags in and Molly tags in quickly after, chasing her around the ring before Trish tags Test in, so Molly backs off and tags in Crash.  It doesnt take long for Test to take control of the smaller man.  Crash sends Test into Albert knocking him off the apron then a double noggin knocker takes both Crash and Test out.  Trish blind tags in but misses an elbow allowing Molly to take in and the two finally square off.  Molly in control until Trish whips her into the ropes and Test grabs her by the hair and drops her.  Molly tags Blackman but Teddy Long didnt see it and the heels triple team Molly.  Albert lifts her in a gorilla press position as Test climbs to the top rope but Crash charges in and crotches him, while Blackman trips Albert and Molly lands on top of him.  The men fight on the outside while Molly and Trish go at it, Trish hits a bulldog from the second rope for a 2 count.  Molly counters Trish with a sunset flip for the second rope and gets a 3 count.

Winners via Pinall - Molly Holly, Crash Holly and Steve Blackman

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Crowd were kinda into it.  Trish is improving every show but she's still a long way away from where she would be.  Molly looks good in her debut but we can put that down to the year she spent in WCW previously.  The 4 men felt like an afterthought around the Trish/Holly rivalry but I doubt they could have worked a good singles match year so they booked this 6 man to cover for it, which is fine.  Not terrible but not great, bit short.

We see Edge and Christian getting ready in their lockerroom when Angle comes in.  He asks if its not too warm for them in Florida.  Edge and Christian say they'd love to help Angle in his match with Undertaker later but their match is right after and claim Christian has developed mono from some bad chili.  Angle says its fine and he was just asking if they wanted to come out and celebrate with him after.  We see Lo Down with their new aquaintance Tiger Ali Singh from earlier being refused into the building because they're not on the security list.

K-Kwik, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and Chyna vs The Radicalz - Survivor Series elimination match

R-Truth making his WWF PPV debut!  He looks exactly the same now, the guy is a genetic freak.  I also just found out researching this that he was the first ever African American NWA Heavyweight Champion. He debuted a couple of weeks ago and started tagging with Road Dogg.  The Radicalz reformed recently during Benoits feud with HHH, so HHH briefly reunited DX to take them on before he turned heel, but this pseudo-DX team are still together for tonight.  I wonder if Xpac would have taken Kwiks place if he werent injured... dunno.  Billy Gunn has dropped the "Mr Ass" moniker and is now going by "The One" Billy Gunn.  The Radicalz come out as a unified force,  Eddie still the IC champ and Malenko still the LH champ.

Gunn and Saturn start us off.  Chyna tags in and they hit a double suplex.  Big scoop slam on Saturn for a two count.  She goes for a handspring elbow but Saturn catches her, he goes for a German but she low blows him and hits a DDT but Malenko breaks the count.  The faces charge and a brawl breaks out.  Chyna goes for a Pedigree on Saturn but Guerrero nails her from behind with the IC title belt.  Saturn makes the cover.

Chyna has been eliminated.

Road Dogg in now, but he's quickly overwhelmed and finds himself in the Radicalz corner.  Guerrero cuts off a Shake, Rattle and Roll hope spot with a dropkick to the knee.  King says Malenko doesnt get the credit he deserves and I have to agree.  Guerrero goes up top but Road Dogg meets him there and hits a superplex.  He's able to tag in Billy Gunn who fights his way out of the Radicalz corner and starts working on Eddie.  Gorilla Press slam into a reverse cutter of some sort and he makes the cover.

Eddie Guerrero has been eliminated.

Its down to 3-3 now as Billy Gunn lifts Malenko into a Gorilla Press but Saturn chop blocks him.  Gunn tags in K-Kwik a him and Malenko have an awesome exchange. Tag to Benoit and we get another Kwik showcase.  Kwik missed a side kick and Benoit bridges him with a beautiful German that looked like Kwik landed right on his head, he's folded up enough for the pin.

K-Kwik has been eliminated.

Road Dogg is straight in but Benoit forces him into the heel corner.  Tag to Saturn who charges and takes out Gunn, so the heels can work over Road Dogg.  Dogg fights back against Saturn with some big forearm shots, but eventually Saturn counters into a fishermans suplex and locks it tight for the pin.

Road Dogg has been eliminated.

3 on 1 now and the odds are not in Billy Gunns favour.  He immediately gets into it with Saturn but a cheap shot from Malenko is enough to distract him to allow the heels to get control. The numbers seem too much for Billy because theres always another Radical.  He finds an opening though and hits the Fameasser on Malenko and makes the cover.

Dean Malenko has been eliminated.

Saturn charges and gets right on Billy Gunn, Gunn counters and hits a Jackhammer-esque slam but Benoit breaks the fall.  Scoop slam into a flying headbutt from Benoit but Billy Gunn kicks out.  Gunn hits a reverse elbow on Benoit then whips him into Saturn.  Suplex attempt on Benoit from the apron to the inside but Saturn trips him, Benoit lands on him and Saturn holds his foot down allowing Benoit to pick up the win.

Billy Gunn has been eliminated, Winners - The Radicalz

Rating: 2 stars.  A fine example of a Survivor Series match with eliminations coming thick and fast so the action was non stop.  Would have liked to have seen more of K-Kwik but thats the nature of these kind of matches.  There have been much better but there has also been much worse.  Decent enough.

Lillian Garcia is backstage waiting for superstars to enter the arena.  The Rock comes in and she asks him how he is going to cope against Rikishi later, but he blows her off and walks right by.  We then see Jericho being interviewed about his upcoming match.

Chris Jericho vs Kane.

This match happened over a cup of coffee.  No, really.  A few weeks ago Jericho accidentally spilled a coffee on Kane, so Kane snapped and put him through a table.  The next week Kane cost Jericho a title match against Angle, and he's been attacking Jericho ever since, including throwing him throw a window on RAW and putting him through the announce table on SmackDown.  Jericho asked for this match to get revenge.

Jericho controls the earlier part of the match by using his quickness against Kane's power but Kane eventually controlled his high-flying with his high-impact power moves. The action went back and forth as both men use their opposing styles to get control.  Jericho tries to dive over the top rope but catches his foot.  Kane is able to catch him so it could have been a lot worse. Scary.  Back in the ring he goes for a cross body but Kane catches him and hits a huge powerslam but it only gets a two.  Kane in control and he uncovers the top turnbuckle.  He goes to slam Jericho into it but Jericho counters.  Jericho tries it but Kane counters and takes control again.  Kane with big right hands but Jericho keeps fighting back until Kane drops him with a slam.  Kane climbs to the top rope but Jericho crotches him.  He goes for a superplex but Kane shoves him off.  Kane goes for a diving lariat but Jericho takes him out midair with a dropkick.  Jericho starts building momentum and hits a missle dropkick from the top for a two count.  Kane looks like he's going for a Tombstone but Jericho counters and sends him into the exposed turnbuckle.  He then locks in the Walls of Jericho but Kane is able to power his way to the ropes, but Jericho refuses to release the hold and drags Kane back into the ring, but Kane is able to power out of it.  Both men make it to their feet and Jericho hits a big bulldog.  He goes for the Lionsault but Kane catches him with a goozle, then hits a big Chokeslam and makes the cover.

Winner via Pinfall - Kane

Rating: 3 stars.  Really enjoyed this one.  A contrast of styles match works the best when you've got two really good workers in the ring together.  I think the story should have been Jericho wins but this leaves it open for another match, and its good to see Kane get a big PPV win.  No complaints.  Worth a watch.

We see the Radicalz relaxing in their suite backstage when Terri comes in a spooks them.  She tells them HHH is here and he has a couple of things to take care of but he'll meet up with them later.  Benoit gives off an evil laugh as we go back to the ring for the next match.

William Regal (c) vs Hardcore Holly - European Championship

I have always and will always love watching Regal wipe his boots before he gets in the ring.  A lovely sign of respect and I think more people should do it.  He remarks how its incredible that a nation as great as America would have such trouble electing a new President.  [Editors note:  There was a whole thing about counting in Florida and how the announcement of the winner of the election (W Bush) was put off for about a month until it was sorted.  Fun fact, George W Bush became the first President to win an election with less popular votes since 1888, a feat repeated by Trump some 16 years later.] He then starts ripping on America for lacking decent manners before he's interupted by Holly who is making his PPV return after 5 months out with a broken arm courtesy of the WWF Champion Kurt Angle.

These guys are working well together, Holly surprising keeping up with Regal on a technical level anyway, but its all Regal so far working over the arm.  You dont see this enough in modern wrestling, its as if rest holds has become a dirty word when if used properly they can really add to a story.  Holly fights out a submission move and hits a crossbody for a two count, but Regal goes right back to working the arm.  He ties Holly up in the ropes and starts punching his arm and shoulder.  Holly fights him off and the ref frees him.  Holly send Regal to the outside and bounces him off the steps.  Holly walks over and grabs the title before cracking Regal in the skull with it so the ref has no choice but the ring the bell.

Winner via Disqualification and STILL WWF European Champion - William Regal

Rating: 1 star.  I was enjoying this until it ended suddenly.  Regal is a master of ring psychology and I want to see more of him.  The covered Holly getting himself DQ'd well enough by saying he had enough and just snapped.  It was OK but could have went a bit longer and had a proper finish.

We see Angle backstage warming up and Trish comes up to see how he is. He tells her that tonight is the beginning of Year 2 of Angle in WWF.  She notices that Steph isnt here tonight and asks if he needs any "special" assistance tonight.  He tells her to tell Test and Albert that he says thanks but no thanks and walks off, Trish looks confused.  Love it.

The Rock vs Rikishi

JR comments about how this one is personal because they grew up together and they're like family members.  Rikishi has went full blown heel since No Mercy.  After Rock called him out for costing him the WWF title, Rikishi has tried his best to implicate Rocky in taking out Stone Cold Steve Austin, until Rikishi hits The Rock with a sledgehammer from a moving car, revealing that he's been working with HHH all along.  Rikishi beat down The Rock on Smackdown and hit multiple Banzai Drops, injuring Rocks chest and ribs.  Rikishi is out first, and he's got "Aga 4 Life" on his kimono as a tribute to his cousin Yokozuna (Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i) who sadly died a few weeks before. Rocks music hits and he comes screaming down the aisle and goes right to it.

He hits a huge clothesline and turns Rikishi in and out.  He gets a chair but the ref takes it off him, and Rikishi capitalizes and hits a savant kick.  Huge Rocky chants but Rikishi is working over his chest. Part of me thinks Rikishis heel turn would have been helped if he changed his attire, wear full tights instead of the thong, cant take him seriously with his arse hanging out.  The crowd are crazy hot for the Rocks hope spots but Rikishi keeps cutting him off.  Rock low bridges Rikishi over the top and bounces his head on the steel steps.  Rikishi counters and hits The Rock off the timekeepers table.  Rikishi lifts him up and drops him across the guard rail.  He irish whips The Rock, but it looks like Rocky has countered but Rikishi sends him the other way and The Rock crashes into the ref, crushing him into the guardrail.  Kish sends Rocky back into the ring, then gets a sledgehammer out from under the ring.  He measures The Rock but Rocky explodes with a huge right, dazing the big man and giving the Rock enough time to hit a Rock Bottom!  He struggles to make the cover as the referee recovers but Rikishi is able to kick out. Rock lays the SmackDown but Rikishi hits him with a huge headbutt to the chest. Another big headbutt a downed Rock.  Huge Samoan Drop and a Banzai Drop in the middle of the ring but The Rock is somehow able to kick out.  He sets Rock up in the corner and hits a big splash, and Rock collapses.  Rikishi signals for and hits the Stink Face (another reason why he struggled to get over as a heel).  Rock gets to his feet and explodes with another huge clothesline turning Rikishi inside out - I love seeing Rikishi take that spot.  Rock ducks a superkick and hits a Spinebuster.  Somehow Rock is able to measure up and hits the Peoples Elbow, he manages to crawl over and hook the leg for the 3 count.

Winner via Pinfall - The Rock

Post match Rikishi recovers and drops him with a superkick.  He then drags him to the corner and hits a Banzai Drop.  Then another.  Then another.  He starts fighting off referees then hits a fourth.  He poses to the crowd, reveling in what hes done, before leaving.

Rating: 3 stars.  This was a good match, but could have been so much more.  Theres no reason why the post match couldnt have been the finish, I've no doubt in my mind Rock would have put Rikishi over and he needed a big, dominant win to cement the heel turn.  This is quickly turning into a failed experiment, probably why the dropped his angle with Stone Cold so quick.  Shame because the potential was there.

We see inside WWF New York and we see Raven just hanging out - completely against his gimmick. We then cut back to arena to see Stone Cold arrive.  The Radicalz are hanging with HHH when Foley walks in. He bars the Radicalz from ringside and then makes the match No Disqualification.  HHH says he doesnt have a problem with that but Austin might.

Ivory (c) vs Lita - WWF Womens Championship

Right to Censors music hits as their newest member - WWF Womens Champion - Ivory makes her entrance.  Big pop for Lita as she immediately goes for Ivory.  Lita is busted open at the side of her eye early on.  Steven Richards makes his way to ringside as Lita sends Ivory to the outside.  Lita climbs to the top and splashes both of them.  Litas face is covered in blood as she climbs to the top. She goes for a moonsault but Richards pulls Ivory out the way.  Steven Richards is arguing with the ref as Ivory gets the title belt.  Lita dodges an attack and goes for another moonsault but Ivory gets the title up and Lita lands right on it, Ivory makes the cover.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Womens Champion - Ivory

Rating: 0.5 stars.  Not good.  Slow and clunky and that was before Lita was hurt - which couldnt have helped any.  We see a replay of the stiff right Lita took that busted her open and it wouldnt surprise me if she was concussed aswell.  A far cry away from where womens wrestling would get to.

Coach is backstage outside The Rocks dressing room and he tells us the doctors are with him, he says he is having trouble breathing and is coughing up a lot of blood and they'll give us an update when they can.  We then see Kane walking in the backstage area when he's suddenly attacked by Y2J with a chair.  Jericho lays into Kane with poles and a 2x4 before the referees break it up and pull him away.

Kurt Angle (c) vs The Undertaker - WWF Championship

Undertaker has been MIA since Unforgiven, however returned soon after No Mercy, and has been kicking ass and taking names.  He won a Fatal 4 Way against Kane, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit to get this shot.  It also marks the 10th year of Undertaker, having debuted at Survivor Series 1990.  Kurt Angle is out first and looks very confident heading into his first PPV title defence.  He's got a mic and asks for everyone to take a moment of silence and reflect on their favourite Kurt Angle moment of the last year.  He said he would normally ask them to vote, but since they're in Florida he cant trust them.  He starts listing off his achievements before the gong sounds and Undertaker cuts him off, making his entrance on his motorbike.

Taker paces in the ring as Angle is stalling outside.  Taker goes out and gets a chair and offers it up to Angle.  The ref tries to stop Angle but he gets the jump on him and hits Undertaker with the chair while Taker takes off his coat, the ref then rings the bell.  Undertaker quickly shakes it off and regains control, he drops Angle, but lifts his shoudlers at a 2.  He twists the arm and calls for Old School.  He climbs to the top and walks the ropes like its nothing.  He whips Angle into the ropes and signals for a chokeslam but Angle grabs the ropes and bails to the outside.  Angle counters a big right with a German suplex for a two count.  He goes for a double axe handle off the apron but Taker catches his and bashes him into the ring post as Angle begs him not to.  Taker misses a big boot and gets his leg stuck over the top rope as Angle goes for the other leg.  Taker counters into an armbar takedown as Edge and Christian storm the ring.  The referee is distracted as Angle taps out.  Angle takes him down again and goes back to working on the leg.  Taker fights out and bails to the outside and starts beating up Edge and Christian.  Back in the ring he catches Angle and hits a chokeslam, but the ref is too busy getting rid of E&C which gives Angle time to kick out.  Taker gets in the refs face and Angle gets a school boy for a two count.  Angle gets a figure four locked in to a big WOOOOOO from the crowd.  Taker is fighting to turn it over, he finally does and reverses the pressure (another spot we dont see enough of today) and Angle screams as he crawls to the bottom rope.  Angle counters and takes down Undertaker, he drags his legs under the bottom rope between the post and wraps them round into a figure four.  He has to break it quickly though.  Angle goes for a scoop slam but Taker rolls back and it looks like he's going to hit a Tombstone but Angle manages to rolls back and spills over the top rope.    Taker gets out and stalks Angle so Angle climbs under the ring to escape.  Taker pulls him out and throws him back into the ring.  He hits Angle with a Last Ride but Hebner stops his count at 2 for some reason.  Taker gets in his face threatening him, and Kurt Angle climbs into the ring and schoolboys Taker with a handful of tights for a three count!

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Champion - Kurt Angle!

Post match a pissed off Undertaker is trying to figure out whats happened as we see the guy in the ring is not actually Kurt Angle.  Angle with a bit of Twin Magic using his real life brother Eric Angle - who looks a hell of a lot like him.  Although this isnt explained.

Rating: 3 stars.  Good, solid match.  Told a good story of Taker outclassing Angle but Angle holding his own by going for Undertakers leg, and gets Taker out of jobbing clean.  Didnt have any real heat though, but could be the start of something great.  Its also the first time we've seen Twin Magic in years.

We cut to the backstage and we see Angle making a beeline to his car and he is out of there.  Theres an advert for the XFL HAHAHAHA brilliant.

Edge & Christian, Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather vs The Hardy Boys and The Dudley Boys - Survivor Series elimination match.

The two big heel teams vs the two big face teams.  Right to Censor have the tag titles now, after beating the Hardys, who beat Edge and Christian the night after No Mercy as Los Conquistadors.  It was a whole thing. Jeff is hurting after his match with Val Venis earlier tonight on Heat, but Val isnt wrestling in this match.

Bubba starts off with Bull, who takes advantage of a distraction by Venis to get the upper hand.  The match quickly breaks down and all four faces hit a quadruple DDT on the four heels.  The Hardys then take their tops off to reveal their urban camo underneath, showing solidarity with the Dudleys.  Thats a nice touch.  Poetry in Motion to Edge, and Matt goes up for a leg drop but Val Venis distracts him, allowing Edge to hit his Edge-o-matic (first time ever) and pins Matt.

Matt Hardy has been eliminated.

Dvon is in and takes out Edge and Christian, however a cheap shot and distraction from Bull Buchanan allows Christian to recover and hit Dvon with an Unprettier, which nets him a 3 count.

Dvon Dudley has been eliminated.

Just like that we're down to a 4 on 2.  Bubba charges and takes out Christian with a huge back body drop.  Tag to Jeff who hits a springboard moonsault, but the ref is distracted and doesnt make the cover.  Christian sends Jeff into the ring post and tags in Bull.  Jeff dodges a charge from Bull and tags in Bubba.  The heels all charge but get taken out one by one.  Edge misses a spear on Bubba and hits Bull, Bubba dumps him out and pins Bull.

Bull Buchanan has been eliminated.

Bubba follows up with a Bubba Bomb on Edge, and dodges a splash from Christian who lands on Edge, Bubba then pins Edge.

Edge has been eliminated.

As quick as a flash we're evened up at 2 on 2.  The four men start going at it.  Goodfather saves Christian from a Bubba Bomb then hits a big suplex into a neckbreaker kind of thing, but its good enough for the fall.

Bubba Ray Dudley has been eliminated.

Much like earlier in the night the faces are down to 2 on 1, Jeff quickly goes on the offensive, but he eats a whip into a big boot from Goodfather.  He fights back and takes Goodfather out, then hits a slam and a Swanton Bomb on Christian for a pin.

Christian has been eliminated.

Goodfather goes for a Ho Train and misses because of course he does (if someone can send me footage on him hitting that move I will give you a fiver.  First come first served.) Goodfather and Val Venis take eachother out with clotheslines and Jeff pins Goodfather to win the match.

Goodfather has been eliminated, Winners - The Hardys and The Dudleys.

Post match the Right to Censor start a beat down on Jeff before his team mates charge down to make the save.  Twist of Fate on Bull and Steven, 3D on Goodfather.  WASSAP on Venis.  Matt shoves Dvon and Bubba shoves Jeff and they all call for tables.  We get two tables in the ring.  The Dudleys Powerbomb Richards through one and Matt leg drops Venis through the other.

Rating: 2.5 stars.  This was as good as the first match, but gets an extra half point for the post match.  The crowd loves tables.  The crowd loves seeing the Right to Censor get theres.  The crowd love a combination of both.  Fine.

We see Stone Cold Steve Austin walking through the back, then we see HHH telling the Radicalz that they know what to do and we get a recap of whats happened so far.

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Triple H - No Holds Barred.

One year ago Stone Cold was run down.  It turns out Rikishi was driving, but HHH was the mastermind behind it all. Austin has been on a tear trying to figure out who it was.  It looked like HHH was saving Austin from a two on one beatdown from Angle and Rikishi, but then HHH turned and laid him out with a sledgehammer and a leather glove.  HHH says he did what he did because it allowed him to accomplish things he never dreamed of, like holding the WWF title for a third time, marrying the bosses daughter and running the WWF, and Austin is out for revenge, to try and take back the year of his life HHH cost him.  HHH is out first with a new version of My Time without any lyrics.  Sounds more menacing.  Stone Cold is out next with the Frak Disturbed theme and it may be my favourite theme ever.  He flips HHH off and they go straight at it.

The crowd are electric for Austin as he takes control early on, HHH gets a finger in Austins eye but it doesnt take long for Austin to regain control and start working over HHH's injured back.  Austin no sells a facebuster and hits a Lou Thesz press.  HHH bails to the outside but Austin is quick on his tail.  Austin gets a big bit of scaffolding from the stage but HHH blocks it and they start fighting in a tech area,  and then into the backstage area but Austin quickly diverts the action back to the stage area.  HHH counters a suplex onto the concrete with one of his own.  Down at the ringside area HHH clears the announce table but Austin sends him flying into the steel steps, and the fight breaks into the timekeepers area.  Austin clears the English announce table and drills HHH with a monitor, busting him wide open.  Austin gets a beer then smashes HHH with the cooler.  He toasts the crowd then enjoys a can of Bud, then cracks the can on HHH.  He throws HHH into the ring then grabs the bell.  HHH tries to jump him as he gets in the ring and fight back but Austin is too much for him.  HHH takes him down with a low blow and gives himself a breather.    Austin goes for a Stunner but HHH turns and counters it into a neckbreaker.  HHH starts working over the head and neck of Austin now.  He cuts off an Austin hope spot with another neck breaker but only gets a two count.  The fight spills to the outside again as HHH looks to Pedigree Austin on the steel steps, but Austin counters with a back body drop and sends HHH through the announce table.  Back in the ring Austin nails the Stunner but he doesnt go for a cover, instead he gets a chair and puts HHH's ankle in it looking to Pillmanize it.  He relents to the referees demands and removes the chair from his ankle, but then puts it round HHH's neck!  Even JR is telling him not to do it as HHH manages to get free and roll out the ring.  They fight back up the ramp and into the backstage as Hebner begs him to take it back to the ring.  Suddenly the Radicalz jump Austin as HHH seemingly tries to escape.  The referees try to break it up as we see HHH get into a car.  Austin gets free and follows HHH, we see him outside fighting Benoit (yes please, more of this please).  They've lost Austin as it appears HHH's trap has failed.  Suddenly a forklift appears from nowhere and crashes into the side of the car, trapping HHH!  We see Austin driving it and he lifts HHH up in the air.  HHH begs for his life as Austin drops the car from about 20 feet! He's just killed HHH!

No Contest

Rating: 3 stars.  Obviously HHH isnt dead, but what else would have happened to him in that drop?  This was pretty much what it set out to be which was Austin beating the hell out of the man who had him run over.  It was a fun brawl and a good precursor to the war these two would have in a few months time.  Its a dour way to end a PPV though, as no one was quite sure what to make of what they had just seen.

Pros

The three big angle matchs all delivered.
Kane vs Jericho was very good.
The elimination matches were OK.

Cons.

Ended on a sour note.
The womens title match.
While nothing was truly bad, nothing really shined either.

Overall Verdict.

A fairly run of the mill show.  It was an easy watch but it was pretty average.  It doesnt hold up too well today and I dont think I'll be rushing out to watch it again but its a difficult PPV to dislike.

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Backlash
Judgement Day
No Mercy
Unforgiven
Fully Loaded
Summerslam
King of the Ring
Survivor Series
Royal Rumble
No Way Out
WrestleMania 2000

Well Survivor Series is done and dusted, and that means we only have one PPV stop left of the year 2000.  Join me next time as we face up to the end of the world.  We go to Armageddon!

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The landscape of pro wrestling has changed once again. We arrive at Armageddon, December 10 2000. ECW is dying. WCW is dying. But the WWF is thriving and about to cap of one of its best years ever. Vince McMahon is back baby. And he's been doing everything in his power to make sure that tonights main event doesnt go ahead as planned. Why? We'll find out as we go, speaking of Vince, we see him arriving in the arena and he's greeted by the Stooges Patterson and Briscoe. And I just got a horrid flashback to their match at KotR. They tell him Foley has the Cell built above the ring, and McMahon says not for long.

The Hardy Boys & Lita vs The Radicalz (Saturn, Guerrero & Malenko) w/ Terri- Intergender 6 person elimination match.

This one all came about because Dean Malenko has developed an infatuation with Lita, and offered her a match for his Lightheavyweight Title, but if she lost she would have to go on a date with him. Needless to say she lost the match, but needless to say the date didnt get exactly as planned as Lita takes him back to a hotel room where he's ambused by the Hardys.
Straight into the action as the Hardys go for Dean, then take out Saturn, then Guerrero. Despite this match being built around Malenko there is huge heat on former IC champion Eddie. Guerrero goes for a top rope hurricarana on Jeff but Jeff blocks it, allowing him to hit a Swanton and gets the pin.

Eddie Guerrero has been eliminated

Much like Survivor Series Guerrero is the first man in his team eliminated as the Hardys start double teaming Saturn, but the big man uses his strength to catch Jeff mid air from a Poetry in Motion and hits a Death Valley Driver for a pin.

Jeff Hardy has been eliminated

No repeat of Survivor Series here as Jeff is gone. Terri distracts Matt and allows Saturn to get the advantage. He counters out of a Twist of Fate to hit a bridging German for a two count. Another Twist of Fate attempt is successful and since Malenko has been dumped to the outside theres no one to break up the pin.

Perry Saturn has been eliminated

Terri doesnt like that and she slaps Matt, big pop for Lita charging in and taking Terri down with a spear. In the confusion Malenko charges in and takes Matt out with a roll up.

Matt Hardy has been eliminated

Big Lita chants as she realises the reality of the situation. Malenko stalks her round the ring but Lita takes him down with a headscissors. She taking the fight to him trying to outspeed him and she gets a couple of nearfalls. She goes for a moonsault but Malenko cuts her off then hits a superplex from the top. He makes the cover put pulls her shoulders up at 2. A couple of big lariats and a backbreaker for another two count but again he pulls her shoulders up for big heat. He locks in the Texas Cloverleaf and Lita taps immediately.

Lita has been eliminated - Winners - The Radicalz

Post match he tosses Lita out of the ring, but is able to escape before the Hardys run in to help. Michael Cole tries to get an interview with her but she can barely speak.

Rating: 1.5 stars. Nothing wrong with it, but felt like it should either A. Have been at Survivor Series or B. Been on TV. Way to short to get any investment into it. Barely went 8 minutes and with 5 falls in that space of time no one comes out looking good.

Kurt is training backstage when Lillian asks him how he feels about tonights main event. He's in the zone so just ignores her. He finishes his set then scolds her for interupting him. He lists of the nationalities of people he's been, then asks if she thinks hes afraid of an eyebrow, and nose, a badass, a fatass or a redneck? He gets serious before going back to his workout. Good promo going from funny to serious.

William Regal (c) vs Hardcore Holly - WWF European Championship

Regal starts ripping into the crowd before Holly interupts him to a big pop. Holly powers out of a underhook suplex with a big reverse drop. He then hits a Falcon Arrow and a big leg drop but only gets a two count. Regal applies the STF but Holly is right on the ropes. Regal applies it anyway and uses the 5 count to his advantage. The ref breaks it up and Sparky Plugg steals Lex Lugers gimmick and hits Regal with the plate in his arm. While the ref checks on Regal, Raven runs in and drops Holly with a DDT allowing Regal to make the cover.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF European Champion - William Regal#

Rating: 0.5 stars. Never got going, never went into second gear. Was I wrong about William Regal? Thats three matchs in a row that have been stinkers. Moving swiftly on.

Rikishi promo. He says he's sacrificed everything to get where he is right now, and will happily sacrifice another 5 men to get the WWF title.

Chyna vs Val Venis w/ Ivory

Right to Censor have been going after Chyna ever since her Playboy cover shoot. Chyna charges Venis during his entrance and she slams him into the steel steps. Venis is finally playing by the team rules by wearing black trousers instead of white. Its all Chyna until Ivory distracts her allowing Venis to take control for a while. The action goes back and forth until Ivory trips Chyna. She chases Ivory around the ring but once she gets back in she walks right into a fishermans suplex and gets the pinfall.

Winner via Pinfall - Val Venis

Post match Chyna goes to take out Ivory but Val takes her out with a powerbomb, and the two RTC members make their escape.

Rating: 0.5 stars. Another match that didnt build, didnt go anywhere and didnt have any heat, could easily have been a filler match on RAW.

We see Vince and Stephanie talking backstage. Shes worried about HHH in tonights main event (surprise, Austin didnt kill him) and Vince says he's going to put a stop to it. We then get a promo from Undertaker earlier in the night. He talks about how he still gets visions about what he did to other people in the Cell. Interspliced with footage of previous Cell matches he's been in.

Vince comes out with the stooges for the dreaded PPV in ring promo. He talks about how he has tried everything in his power to get this main event cancelled for the wellbeing of the men involved. He makes one more desperate plea to Foley. It doesnt work so he turns on the crowd. This went on way to long. Jesus we're not even an hour into this.

Chris Jericho vs Kane - Last Man Standing.

This feud comes to an end tonight. Jericho's LMS match with HHH earlier in the year is a match of the year contender, so hopefully this one can live up to it. The match immediately goes to the backstage area as Kane charges Jericho as he makes his entrance. We finally get a camera on them to see Kane throwing a road case at Jericho which he thankfully dodges. They make their way back out into the aisle then down to ringside. Kane takes control and starts to dominate. Kane gets a 3 count from a hangman submission, so he drops Jericho and Teddy Long starts counting. Jericho gets to his knees at 7 but Kane gets right back on him. Respite for Jericho as Kane misses a big elbow, but when he goes for the Lionsault Kane gets the knees up. Its all Kane again until Jericho gets fired up but Kane plants him with a huge one armed Chokeslam. Jericho somehow makes it to his feet at the count of 9 so Kane goes and grabs a chair and starts beating on Jericho with it. He signals he's going to Tombstone Jericho on the chair but Y2J fights out and hits a low blow then a DDT. Jericho gets the chair and nearly takes Kanes head off with it. He puts the chair on Kane and hits a Lionsault. He makes it up at 8 before Kane sits up at 9. Military press on Jericho over the top to the floor. The fight spills up to a tech area on the stage. Jericho counters a chokeslam into a bulldog of sorts putting Kane through a table. Jericho seeing that Kane is stirring, goes round and pushes over a big stack of oils drums that make up part of the stage decoration. Kane cant physically get up, so the ref counts to 10 and awards the match to Jericho!

Winner - Chris Jericho

Rating: 2 stars. Wasnt as good as his match with HHH, and not as good as their match last month. Good finish though, shows Jericho is resourceful and it took a monumental effort to put Kane down. Fine, but pretty forgetable.

Coachman catches up with Foley. He asks Foley if he has any second thoughts about the main event tonight. Foley says the people want to see this match, so it will happen, and he reiterates the promise he made on Heat that if anyone is injured then he will resign as commissioner. We see HBK in WWF New York giving his thoughts on Hell in a Cell. Right I need to address the PPV theme, because this is finally starting to annoy me. Its a really Poopie cover of Sweet Home Alabama, but all it is is a soundalike of the famous guitar riff over and over and over and over again. Jesus its painful to hear after a while. Thankfully it wouldnt be too long before WWF/E started licensing songs to be used as PPV themes.

Right to Censor (c) vs Edge & Christian vs The Dudley Boys vs K-Kwik & Road Dogg - 4 corners match for the WWF Tag Team titles.

Two men in the ring at a time, first time to score a pin or submission wins the tag titles. Right to Censor are out second like the jobbers they are. Truth and Dogg are out next rapping along to their awesome song. Dudleys are out last to a huge pop. Road Dogg blind tags in on the Dudleys, then Edge blind tags in on Goodfather and I cant help but wonder why. Stay out of the match as long as possible and break up falls if you need to. Bubba Dudley and Road Dogg do side by side Shake Rattle and Rolls to E&C before dropping each other with a right hand. Huge chants for tables. K-Kwik tags in and we get a little showcase - very fluid and very impressive. Surprised they didnt do more with him in this first run. Edge and Christian work over Truth until he gets a hot tag to Bubba Dudley. He clears house and it devolves into a schmoz. Right to Censor and the New New Age Outlaws take eachother out on the outside and the Dudleys hit a WAZZAP on Edge then call for the tables. They use the table as a battering ram to take out RTC and hit a Doomsday Device on Edge but Christian pulls Bubba off. 3D's to Bull Buchanan and Goodfather then set up a WAZZAP on Christian. Dvon goes for the table but he's taken out by Steven Richards. Back in the ring Edge hits a spear for a two count, then Christian hits the Unprettier allowing Edge to get a pinfall.

Winners via Pinfall and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions - Edge and Christian

Rating: 2 stars. This was fast a frenetic and a bit of a mess at points. Move the titles from one heel team to another without one having to do a job. Fine I suppose. Would have prefered to have two less teams but it is what it is. Oh, and say goodbye to Road Dogg. This is his last WWF PPV appearance and we wont see him again until 2012. Sadly the former Marines problems with drugs would catch up to him and WWF would release him because of this.

We see Steph begging with HHH not to take part in the main event. She says how he barely survived what Austin did to him but he tells her that the WWF title is the most important thing in his life and that none of that matters as long as he becomes Champion again.

Billy Gunn (c) vs Chris Benoit - WWF Intercontinental Championship

Billy Gunn won the IC title from Eddie Guerrero on the Thanksgiving episode of SmackDown, and Chris Benoit is desperate to get his hands on the title again. As far as I know this was a make or break match for Billy Gunn. Time to prove himself as a top guy against one of the very best in the world. Benoit takes control early on. The match spills to the outside and Benoit sends Gunn flying into the steel steps. Back in the ring Benoit works over Gunns knee and keeps cutting off hope spots. Gunn gets a breather when Benoit misses a top rope Headbutt. Benoit is unrelenting though and fights to lock on the Crossface but Gunn has his foot on the rope. Gunn confirms his push is over when he botches a tilt-a-whirl slam and just drops Benoit. You had one spot Billy. One. Benoit eventually locks in the Crossface and Gunn taps out immediately.

Winner via Submission and NEW Intercontinental Champion - Chris Benoit

Rating: 2.5 stars. Match of the night so far, but it was basically a 10 minute squash match. Gunn barely got any offense in and when he did finally get the chance to do a move he blew it. Benoit still made him look decent because he is the best.

Quick interview with Austin and JR. Austin says he isnt afraid and will do everything he can to win, and doesnt care who he takes out on the way.

Ivory (c) vs Trish Stratus vs Molly Holly - Womens Championship

Molly goes right for Trish early as Ivory leaves them to it. Molly lands on her feet from a monkey flip but goes straight into a clothsline from Ivory. Good spot that. The heels start double teaming Holly, but then start fighting because thats what you do in a triple threat. Molly takes them both out with a cross body, then hits Trish with a beautiful sit down powerbomb on Trish. Ivory runs in a dumps Molly to the outside and steals the pin on Trish.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Womens Champion - Ivory

Post match T&A come down to the ring and start stalking Molly Holly before Crash charges down and goads them into the ring before the APA make their return and they take out T&A. Editors note: Crash looks Frak swole here. Someones been hitting the gas.

Rating: 0.5 stars. Gets half a star because Molly looks the part already. Trish is still greener than a salad and Ivory was never anything special. Went way to short aswell.

Kurt Angle (c) vs Rikishi vs Triple H vs Undertaker vs The Rock vs Stone Cole Steve Austin - Hell in a Cell match for the WWF Championship.

This is it. The match the whole PPV was built around and has been building to. The 6 men with the most high profile matches and feuds of the year all culminates here tonight. All these men have history, all these men have beef. The past 12 months have all been building to this moment. The lights flash and the ominous music plays as the Cell starts to lower. HHH is out first and he's all business. Rikishi is out next, still rocking his tribute to Yokozuna. Angle is out third for some reason (did Angle ever come out last as Champion? Isnt that the point of being a champion? You're the most important person in the match so you come out last? Dunno). Rikishi is calling for Angle to get in the ring already but Angle looks uneasy. The gong sounds, theres footsteps, then Dead Man Walking... Then Limp Bizkit starts playing! Frak yes man, better than the dub themes. Here comes the Undertaker. Rock is out next to a huge pop. The glass shatter and Austin is out to a huge pop and he goes straight for Angle who still hasnt went in the Cell. The 3 sets of Survivor Series opponents square up as the door is locked and we are underway.

The three sets of foes take turns doing spots in the ring, but Austin and HHH get the best reaction by far. Rock and Angle start going at it and Rock hits a huge Samoan Drop for a close two count. HHH suplexes Austin on the floor as Rikishi sends The Rock crashing into the Cell wall. Austin is still going after HHH while the other 4 guys fight amongst themselves. Austin grates HHH's face off the Cell wall and HHH is busted open. Austin drags HHH with his face across the wall all the way around the ring, stepping over the other guys to pop the crowd. Austin goes to go in the ring but Rikishi drops across the back on his neck with a leg drop. Rikishi helps up his buddy HHH but HHH quickly turns a hits a Pedigree on big Keesh but Rocky breaks up the pin. Rock plants HHH with a huge DDT but Angle breaks up the pin. Olympic Slam to Rock but Austin breaks it up. Stunner to Angle but Taker breaks it up. Chokeslam to Austin but HHH breaks it up! Taker doesnt like that so he takes HHH outside a bounces him off just about every wall of the Cell. Austin and Rikishi go at it as we see McMahon and the Stooges reversing a flatbed truck to ringside. They tie a chain to the door as Vince barks at them to tear the Cell down. The door comes flying off as the truck backs down again. Foleys music hits and he makes a beeline for Vince. Foley drops the Stooges then gets security to take Vince away.

HHH makes his way out the Cell but Austin in hot on his heels who nails him from behind in the aisle. They start fighting on the junk cars that make up the stage decorations. Austin swings a boom camera and smashes HHH right off the roof of a car. Rikishi, Angle and Rock have made their way up to the stage followed by Taker. HHH fights back against Austin and sends him face first through the backseat window of the truck. Rock bounces Rikishi and Angles head together, knocking Angle down but Rikishi no sells it (brilliant). Rock gets him some of HHH as we see Austin is busted open. Taker and Angle are fighting as Rock and HHH climb on top of a car and goes for a Rock Bottom, but HHH hits him with a low blow, then hits a Pedigree! The Rock is busted open now as Austin goes to work on Rikishi. Taker powerslams Angle on the hood of a car and Austin catapults HHH up and over the hood of a car. Angle is bleeding from his back somewhere. Back in the timekeeper area Taker clobbers Angle with a microphone then chokes him with the cable. Rikishi sends The Rock into the Cell wall as Austin and HHH fight in the aisle. Angle beans Taker across the head with a chair busting Taker open. We see HHH is trying to climb to the top to escape Austin. Austin goes round to the other side of the Cell to climb up. Austin and HHH start trading blows on top of the Cell. It looks like HHH is going to topple over the side but he fights back as we see Angle climb to the top to escape Taker, but Taker is right behind him. Stunner to HHH. Taker bounces Angles head off the support beam in the centre and Angle is bleeding from his head now. HHH climbs down as Austin tries to stop him. Meanwhile Rocky and Rikishi are climbing the structure. Taker tries to get the timekeeper to throw him a chair and he brains Angle with it. Rikishi grabs it a cracks Taker with it. He stalks Angle with the chair but Kurt is able to climb down and escape. Taker recovers and starts hitting Keesh with big rights. They fight over to the edge of the Cell, Taker with a goozle and a CHOKESLAM FROM THE TOP OF THE CELL INTO THE BED OF THE TRUCK!

Back in the ring The Rock and Austin lock eyes, then start going at it to a huge pop from the crowd. Rock dodges a Stunner and hits a spinebuster on Austin. He finally goes for the Peoples Elbow but HHH takes him out. Rock fights off HHH and hits a charging Angle with a Rock Bottom but Austin breaks up the pin! Stunner on The Rock! HHH breaks it up and hits a neckbreaker, but Angle sneaks over and lays him arm over the Rock and gets the pinfall!

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Champion - Kurt Angle!

Rating: 3.5 stars. Just carnage from bell to bell. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of what was happening but I was never bored during this match. Was it the best ever Cell match? No. Was it one of the worst? Far from it. Top 10? Maybe. It certainly wasnt as good as HHH vs Cactus Jack but it was the main event this PPV deserved, rightly so since the whole show was based around this one match.

Pros.

The main event delivered.
Chris Benoit is IC Champ again.

Cons.

The rest of the undercard were TV matches at best.

Overall Verdict.

Main event aside this was an entirely forgettable show. WWF ending the year the same way they started it, with a PPV held up by two good matches. Im not going to rush out to watch this one again and I cant recommend you do the same. I'd watch the Hell in a Cell match again, but there are much better examples of that that I dont think I'll be doing that again any time soon either.

PPV League Table

Backlash
Judgement Day
No Mercy
Unforgiven
Fully Loaded
Summerslam
King of the Ring
Survivor Series
Royal Rumble
Armageddon
No Way Out
WrestleMania 2000

The year in short.

So thats it. The year 2000 comes to a close. Triple H was by far and away the wrestler of the year, and his feud with Foley was the best of the year aswell despite only spanning two PPV's. He was only around for 3 shows but Viscera is and probably always will be the worst wrestling of the year. We got three new stars in Angle, Benoit and Jericho and the tag scene was made not just relevant but cant miss thanks to the Dudleys, The Hardys and Edge and Christian. We had stinkers (mostly involving The Kat) but nothing quite as bad as Briscoe vs Patterson - easily the worst match of the year. Best match of the year is a bit harder. I've got two clear favourites in HHH vs Cactus Jack from the Royal Rumble and the Ironman match from Judgement day and I dont think I can pick between them. My picks for "hidden gems" of the year are Malenko vs Scotty 2 Hotty from Backlash (what a surprise that was) and Chris Jericho vs HHH from Fully Loaded. Both great matches that dont get talked about nearly enough these days.

There was a lot to like about this year, but I am so excited to get started in 2001. Off the top of my head I can think of atleast one 5 star match in pretty much every PPV until atleast Unforgiven. The biggest year in the history of pro wrestling is about to start, so join me next time for the Royal Rumble! (editors note: this is one of my favourite PPV's ever from top to bottom and I cant Frak wait to watch it again).

Thanks for reading my silly little reviews, and even though its been a slog at times I've thoroughly enjoyed digging up the past and going through it again. See you soon.

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Post by Beer on Tue 21 Jul 2020, 10:12 am

This Chris Benoit fella gets a lot of mentions. Can't say I've heard of him. Might have to do some research.

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Post by Samo on Tue 21 Jul 2020, 4:59 pm

Beer wrote:This Chris Benoit fella gets a lot of mentions. Can't say I've heard of him. Might have to do some research.

Im trying my best to watch these as they were presented and not using todays standards. Its such a shame that things ended the way they did with Benoit because going back over even just this small section of his body of work he could easily have been regarded in the top 10 of all time, maybe even top 5. Alas he'll never be held up like that, rightly or wrongly.

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Aww here we go again.  We're in a new year and we're kicking it off in style with the 14th annual Royal Rumble!  A sell out of 17,137 in the New Orleans Arena, New Orleans are on fire through out this show.  4 title matches on the undercard and the main event is of course the Royal Rumble itself.  Without further adieu lets do it to it.

The Dudley Boys vs Edge & Christian (c) - WWF Tag Team Championship

The Build.

After capturing the tag titles at Armageddon, Edge and Christian have had a thorn in their side in the form of the Dudley Boys.  It all culminated on the RAW before the PPV, where Edge and Christian attacked the Dudleys with chairs, leaving both of them with concussions.  This was aggravated further on SmackDown where Edge and Christian put both Dudleys through tables.  So the story of this match is the Dudleys are wrestling with concussions and have to overcome the odds to win their second tag title.

The Match.

The Dudleys are out first the a massive reaction for the crowd.  The Champs are out next, and while they are still comedy heels they seem concerned coming in.  Maybe because the Dudleys are still standing?  A fight breaks out before the bell sounds and the champs bail early.  The Dudleys chase them up the aisle before getting them back in the ring.  Crowd are already chanting for tables.  The Dudleys are in control early on until a cheap shot to the back of D-Vons head, allowing the heels to take full control, with offense targeting the neck and back of D-Vons head.  This is pretty gross actually, doesnt help that Bubba is selling his head while on the apron.  D-Von gets a break when he counters a WAZZAP attempt from Edge and Christian by catapulting Edge into Christian who gets crotched on the top rope.  Tag to Bubba but the referee is distracted and misses it.  While Bubba argues, Edge and Christian attempt a con-chair-to but D-Von ducks out the way.  This time he makes the hot tag to Bubba who runs riot on the heels.  He sends Christian to the rafters with a huge back body drop then they hit a WAZZAP of their own on Edge.  Bubba calls for tables and you can barely hear him over the crowd.  3D attempt on Christian but Edge spears Bubba and Christian counters D-Von with a big DDT.  Edge makes the cover but Bubba kicks out at two.  They try another WAZZAP but Bubba rolls Christian over and D-Von pushes Edge off the top rope into Christian.  3D on Edge and D-Von makes the pin and gets a 3 count!

Winners via Pinfall and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions - The Dudley Boys!

Rating: 3 stars.  Really good way to open a PPV and the crowd were white hot for the title change.  Knowing what we know now about concussions makes the story a bit gross, and its not like it wasnt a serious issue at the time either - Bret Hart had only retired a few months ago because of complications from post-concussion syndrome.  Doesnt take away from the match though.  Off to a good start.

We see Drew Carey arriving at the arena earlier in the night, he's here to promote his upcoming PPV.  Vince McMahon is backstage to clear up confusion surrounding HHH and Austin.  They've had a no-touching stipulation put on them but after HHH cost Austin a title match vs Kurt Angle, he was pushed into Austin by Angle and they two came to blows.  Mr. McMahon rules that because of the circumstances "In the interest of fairness" HHH still gets his title match tonight and Austin is still in the Rumble.

We see HHH with Steph in their suite.  HHH asks Steph if her and Trish at ringside are going to become a distraction later.  Steph promises that she wont let Trish get involved and that HHH will be champion.  Drew Carey comes in and he and HHH have some back and forth.  Drew says he hasnt been watching the show and name drops Kamala.  WWF Hall of Famer Drew Carey just admitted he doesnt watch the WWF.  Brilliant.

We see the APA in their "office" and they make it sound like their about to show each other their dicks, but they're really comparing Rumble entry numbers. Crash comes in and tells them if they get in his way he'll throw them both out.  Strange segment.

Chris Benoit (c) vs Chris Jericho - Intercontinental Championship Ladder match.

The Build.

Benoit squashed Billy Gunn at Armageddon to recapture the Intercontinental title.  Chris Jericho wants his title back, and a cocky Chris Benoit lets Y2J pick the stipulation so Jericho picks a ladder match.  These two had an awesome rivalry over the course of 2000 so high hopes coming into this one.

The Match.

No messing around as the both trade rights straight away, with Jericho getting the upper hand early.  They both fight out of each others submission attempts before Benoit sends Jericho shoulder first into the ring post, and he starts working it over.  Jericho sends Benoit onto the apron, but when he goes for a spring board dropkick Benoit ducks out the way and Jericho crashes and burns.  Benoit sends Jericho into the ring post again as he gets the ladder.  Jericho attempts to baseball slide the ladder into Benoit but misses and Benoit sends him shoulder first into the steel steps.  Benoit starts to climb the ladder but Jericho gets him on his shoulder and hits an electric chair drop.  Jericho gets the ladder and javelins it into Benoits face.  Sends Benoit into the corner and uses the ladder like a battering ram into Benoit stomach.  He drapes the ladder across the top ropes in the opposite corner then Irish Whips Benoit but Benoit counters and sends Jericho face first into the ladder.  Time for the infamous spot as Benoit goes for a tope suicida but Jericho swats him out of middair by beaning him across the head with a steel chair!  He drapes Benoit over the barrier then tries to ride the ladder down onto him, but Benoit moves and Jericho crashes and burns.  Benoit back in control with ladder and chair shots.   Benoit sets the ladder up in the corner and javelins Jericho into it.  Je tries again but Jericho escapes and pushes Benoit into it.  He sets Benoit up in the ladder and hits a Russian leg sweep from the top rope, crushing Benoit under the ladder.  Benoit cuts Jericho off by dropkicking the ladder into him.  High back suplex from Benoit.  He sets the ladder on on the top turnbuckle and I swear to god I just heard a windows notification noise.  I thought I was going crazy but then I heard it again.  I rewound it to hear it again and its definitely on the recording.  Strange.  Anyway.  Benoit whips Jericho but Jericho counters and sends Benoit face first into the ladder.  From the apron Jericho see-saws the ladder into Benoits face - thankfully not Joey Mercury spot.  Jericho sets up the ladder but Benoit clobbers him in the back then hits a back suplex sending Jericho over the top to the outside.  They start to fight on top of the ladder and Jericho somehow locks in the Walls of Jericho on top of the ladder! (Kayfabe breaker:  All Benoit had to do was unhook his arms...)  Jericho drops Benoit and reaches for the belt but Benoit is able to kick the ladder over, sending Jericho to the canvas.  Jericho picks up the ladder and rams Benoit with it.  Jericho comes of the ladder to get to Benoit but Benoit catches him in the Crossface and Jericho taps immediately.    No submissions in a ladder match though so Benoit picks him up and sends him into the ring post.  Jericho counters and flapjacks Benoit into the ladder.  Jericho sandwiches Benoit between the ladder and the corner.  He sets the ladder up in the corner and both men climb, Benoit fights out of a superplex attempts and sends Jericho crashing, he stands on the top of the ladder and goes for a diving headbutt but Jericho moves out the way!  Jericho traps Benoit under the ladder and starts to climb.  Just as he gets to the top Benoit somehow finds the strength to topple Jericho to the outside.  Benoit starts to climb now but Jericho appears with a chair and smashes him in the back, then topples the ladder sending Benoit crashing onto the top rope the to the outside.  Jericho starts to climb as Benoit struggles to get in the ring, but he just isnt quick enough as Jericho unhooks the belt and wins the Intercontinental Championship!

Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion - Chris Jericho!

Rating:  5 stars.  Incredible.  Simply incredible. They started at 100 mph and never slowed down.  This match went nearly 20 minutes but never felt like it.  An incredible showing from both men putting it all on the line and some really good uses of the ladder.  No mega crazy high spots like we would see further down the line so perfect use of the ladder.  For me personally this is the best 1 on 1 ladder match ever, beating even Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon.  This is a seriously good match and its imperative you watch it.  Prove positive that you only need two guys and one ladder to craft an incredible story.  Have I said incredible enough yet?  WATCH THIS MATCH!

We see Drew Carey again with Trish Stratus.  He's flirting heavy with Trish who rebukes him, telling him she's involved with someone.  He pimps his PPV show again and asks Vince for tips promoting it.  Vince has a great idea and says he should enter the Royal Rumble.  Not only would that impress the fans it would also impress Trish.  He takes a bit of convincing but eventually decides it would be a good idea.

We see Chyna getting ready for her match when Billy Gunn comes in.  He tells her he's worried about her because the doctors havent cleared her and she should listen to them.  She tells him shes fine and tells him to worry about himself in the Rumble.

Jericho is with Michael Cole with his new title.  He says Benoit is one tough I am a twonk of the highest order but he not only won his 4th Intercontinental title but he proved Benoit wrong.

Chyna vs Ivory w/ Steven Richards (c) - WWF Womens Championship

The Build.

The RTC have been at Chyna all month, culminated in Val Venis delivering a devastating spike piledriver to Chyna, injuring her neck.  They say she's ruptured 3 disks in her neck.  She has an interview with JR where she goes through her options - including fusion surgery or retiring.  We see her again in a few weeks saying she's been doing extensive therapy and though she still isnt 100% she feels fine.  A cocky Ivory challenges her to a match at the Royal Rumble for the title, thinking that an injured Chyna wouldnt accept, but she does against doctors orders.

The Match.

Chyna completely dominates Ivory from the get go and even takes down Steven Richards with ease.  She sets her up in the corner and goes for a handspring elbow.  She doesnt quite get her distance right but she bounces back into Ivory and then suddenly drops to the canvas.  She lays prone as Ivory gets an arm over her for a 3 count.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Womens Champion - Ivory

Post match Chyna still hasnt moved but she is conscious.  In a complete scumbag move King leaves the announce position to check on her - something he hasnt done since Owen Hart died.  Billy Gunn runs out to check on her aswell as they try to reassure her.  The doctors come out and she's put on a stretcher and taken out of the arena as JR does the Frak Owen Hart voice to get the angle over.  The crowd dont buy it as a small Sargent Slaughter chant breaks out.

Rating: 1 star.  It was fine as a squash match, but this angle is horrible.  Not just the allusions to Owen Hart but fake injury angles like this diminish actual injuries, especially considering its a neck injury angle.  An injury that cost Austin, Angle and Edge years of their careers and Chyna will be fine in 8 weeks time for Mania.  Not a fan at all.

Steph is backstage looking to get her hair sorted when she bumps into Trish in make-up.  The two exchange threats before Trish leaves, but not before telling Steph she has her own 'affairs' to deal with.

Drew Carey is in the locker room when a stage hand brings him some gear.  He makes fun of Kane under his breath before introducing himself.  Kane blows him off and walks away.

Lo-Down are arguing about which one of them get the Rumble spot they won on Heat earlier in the night.  Mr. McMahon appears and tells them they've been replaced by Drew Carey.  Tiger Ali Singh isnt happy.  Dont worry Mr. Singh, this is you and Chaz's last PPV appearance so.... bye bye.

Triple H w/ Stephanie McMahon vs Kurt Angle (c) w/ Trish Stratus - WWF Championship.

The Build.

Kurt Angle is coming off one of the greatest debut years in WWF history, and managed to survive the 6 man Hell in a Cell.  HHH - also coming off an incredible 2000 - states that Angle is only the WWF Champion because he allows it, and Vince McMahon names HHH as the Number 1 Contender.  Angle says it isnt fair that he wont have a McMahon in his corner, so he recruited the next best thing in Trish Stratus.  This annoys Steph and she vows to deal with her fathers mistress.  Despite this being a rare heel vs heel match, HHH seems to be the defacto face going in.

The Match.

HHH is out first and its the first time we get to hear his now iconic Motorhead theme.  Angle is out second (finally getting the champions entrance.)  HHH in control early until Angle hits a nice hip toss then sends HHH to the outside, but HHH is able to get control back fairly easy.  HHH working over the leg and knee of Angle with a grapevine.  JR name drops the original Nature Boy, Buddy Rogers.  Angle hits an enzuguiri to get some breathing space.  Angle sends HHH into the corner and he takes a big Flair bump to the outside.  HHH takes a trip into the ringpost face first, then the steel steps as Angle sells the knee like the master he is.  Angle goes for a splash in the corner but HHH moves and he crashes and burns, HHH then ducks to the outside and wraps Angles knee around the ring post.  Steph distracts Hebner enough to allow HHH to grab a chair and he bends it round Angles knee.  HHH living up to his cerebral assassin moniker but locking Angle in an Indian Deathlock. Angle tries to fightback but HHH hits a big facebuster for a close 2 count.  HHH shows us just how much of a Flair mark he is by locking in a Figure 4 Leg Lock.  He manages to position himself to be able to use the ropes for leverage.  Trish tries to interfere but Steph stops her and the two break out into a brawl, fighting on top of the announce table.  Mr McMahon marches to ringside to break them up.  He ends up putting Trish over his shoulder and carrying her out.  In the ring HHH has released the hold to try and figure out whats going on.  HHH goes for the Figure 4 again but Angle was playing possum and tries an inside cradle but only gets a two count.  HHH goes for the knee again but it shot over the turnbuckle and lands head first on the post.  Angle hits a big DDT but only gets a two count.  Inverted atomic drop into a bridging German suplex for a two count.  Side russian leg sweep on HHH and Angle climbs to the top.  HHH cuts him off with a low blow just out of view of the ref then hits a Razors Edge on Angle and JR calls it as such - such is the threat of WCW in early 2001.  Double leg take down to HHH, but he powers Angle off and into the corner and Angle collapses and lands head first on HHH nether regions.  Angle goes back up top again and hits a moonsault - picture perfect.  He hurts his knee on the landing so cant cover quickly enough so HHH is able to kick out at two.  HHH sends Angle to the outside and goes for a double axe handle off the apron but ends up taking out Hebner instead of Angle.  HHH sends Angle back in the ring the climbs to the top, but quicker than a whippet with a bum full of dynamite Angle leaps up and arm drags him off the top.  Angle tries to revive Hebner but a brawl breaks out and HHH sends Angle into the steps, crushing Hebner in the process.  HHH goes for a belt shot but Angle counters with a belly-to-belly.  They both recover and HHH hits a Pedigree out of nowhere but Hebner is still down.  HHH goes to revive him when Stone Cold charges down and lays into HHH.  He beats the hell out of Triple H and cracks him right between the eyes with the title.  He picks up Hebner and throws him back in the ring as we see HHH has been busted open.  Hebner still hasnt come to so Austin gets back in the ring and gives HHH a Stunner for good measure.  Angle crawls over and drapes and arm over, Hebner very slowly makes the 3 count.

Winner via Pinfall and STILL WWF Champion - Kurt Angle

Rating: 4 stars.  This was brilliant. Aside from the run ins and maybe being a bit over booked with the women and Vince that bit actually helped break up the match a bit, and these two worked really well together, really well.  Great psychology, great storytelling, great action.  Both men had a stellar 2000 and are carrying that theme into 2001 with ease.  Best heel vs heel match ever?  Yeah, probably.

We see Rikishi warming up and Undertaker shadow boxing, then we get a promo from the Rock.  He wonders if Kane and Undertaker are on the same page and runs down them both.  He says it could come down to him and anyone, including Perry Saturn, Bull Buchanan or even Stone Cold Steve Austin.  He says it doesnt matter because at the end of the night he will win and go on to WrestleMania.  No mention of his victory last year.  Quick promo package and Fink runs down the rules.

The Royal Rumble Match.

Jeff Hardy is the Number 1 pick.  Bull Buchanan in the "I dont give a Poopie" phase of his Right to Censor run, looks awful with his no tie, no sleeves shirt and black jeans.  I know it must be hard to wrestle in that gear but come on mate, you're not going to be the ironman tonight.  The two trade offense until Number 3 comes out...

Matt Hardy arrives to save his brother. The two Hardys team up to eliminate Bull Buchanan, and then prove they are the two stupidest people in the planet by fighting each other.  King calls it right by saying if it were him he would just wait and double team the next guy.  Speaking of...

Faarooq is number 4. They stop fighting between themselves to try and double team Faarooq, but he takes them both down with a double clothesline.  Botched poetry in motion but Jeff saves Matt from a Dominator.  One Twist of Fate/Swanton combo is enough and Faarooq is eliminated.  They take their tops off and start fighting again as the clock ticks down.

Number 5 is WWE Hall of Famer Drew Carey.  He mugs to the crowd as he makes his way down the aisle as the Hardys continue to fight each other.  Jeff misses a dropkick and Matt delays his sell.  They fight to the top rope as Drew gets in the ring.  He's keeping his distance when suddenly the Hardys lose their balance and spill to the floor - with Jeff landing flat on his back, ouch. Matt and Jeff Hardy have been eliminated as Drew Carey mugs more for the crowd before the buzzer goes off.

By god its Kane!  The foreshadowing from earlier in the evening.  Drew tries to talk Kane out of fighting, then offers him some money from his pocket.  Kane isnt interested and gets Drew up for a chokeslam as the buzzer goes off..

Raven storms the ring and saves Drew Carey from certain doom with a kendo stick shot.  Drew realises the gravity of the situation and Drew eliminates himself by jumping over the top rope.  Raven and Kane square off until Kane hits a sidewalk slam and Raven rolls out the ring.  He blasts Kane in the face with a fire extinguisher and the hardcore champion starts getting the weapons out.  Al Snow suddenly attacks Raven.  The referees hold him back until the buzzer goes so apparently he was number 8.  The hardcore plunder starts as Al Snow takes out both guys with a trashcan lid.  He gets a bowling ball back from under the ring and hits Kane in the stomach with it, before bowling the ball right into Ravens junk as he's sat in the corner.  Raven and Snow double team Kane with trashcan shots to the head and a drop toe hold sends Kane face first into a can.

Perry Saturn is Number 9.

The Lethal Weapon joins the fray as Steve Blackman comes out at number 10.  He uses his martial arts stick to take down Raven and Al Snow.  More attempts to try and take Kane out prove fruitless as he holds on for Number 11 to come out..

King marks out as its Grand Master Sexay.  He goes to town on everyone with trash can lid shots, until Kane decides this has gone on long enough and starts chucking fools out right, left and centre.  Trash can shot eliminates Grand Master Sexay, then Black tries to skin the cat but Kane drills him in the head with a trash can lid to eliminate Steve Blackman, then Al Snow and Raven are tossed. Perry Saturn is eliminated as the buzzer goes off.

King marks out again as The Honky Tonk Man is number 12.  Any more of Lawlers family coming out?  He gets a mic and tells Kane to came down because he's going to sing a song.  He starts singing along to his entrance before Kane grabs his guitar and Jeff Jarretts him to a huge pop.  A quick toss over the top rope and Honky Tonk Man is eliminated.  Now we've had our fun so lets get someone serious at Number 13 can we?

ITS THE ROCK!  The great one makes a beeline for the ring and he and Kane go right into it.  BIIIG flying clothesline tags Kane down, but Rock isnt quite able to send him over the top.  Doesnt take long for Kane to start dominating again as the counter goes down for Number 14.

The Goodfather immediately squares off with his former Nation stable mate, but Rocky makes short work of him by Laying the Smackdown and eliminating Goodfather almost as quickly as he entered, and he and Kane go back to battering each other. Big sidewalk slam on Rocky as Number 15 makes their entrance.

ITS TAZZ!  Tazz enters the ring, gets a double choke from Kane, placed on the top turnbuckle and dropped with a right.  Tazz is eliminated even quicker than Goodfather.  What a difference 12 months of Poopie booking makes.  We cut to a replay of what happened to Tazz and it seems to knock out the live commentary for a moment.  Rock takes Kane down with a Samoan Drop as Number 16 comes in..

Bradshaw comes in and goes straight for the Big Red Machine.  He teams up with Rock to double team Kane.  Rock hits a clothesline on the monster and Bradshaw follows it up by damn near decapitating The Rock with a Clothesline From Hell (one of my favourite finishers).  The three men trade offense as the crowd counts down.

Number 17 is Albert and he socks Kane before turning his attention to The Rock.  We get a couple of close eliminations that the crowd are into.  Bradshaw with an impressive Big Boot on Albert.

Number 18 is Hardcore Holly.  Albert Bomb on Bradshaw.  I always like Albert.  He'll get a decent singles run in a few years as A-Train but never got a real chance to run with it.  Shame.  He takes Kane down with a big Bicycle Kick.

Number 19 is K-Kwik, all on his own since Road Dogg is off doing blow somewhere. He doesnt make much on an impact as he is quickly overpowered by Albert. The ring is starting to fill up as the crowd counts down for Number 20.

Its Val Venis.  Right to Censor get 3 spots but you couldnt give Lo Down their one?  Meh. Venis goes right for Kane as the Big Red Machine passes the 30 minute mark.  Bradshaw hits a spear on Kwik out of nowhere.

The buzzer goes off and our European Champion William Regal is out at Number 21.  Every time either Rock or Kane look in peril the crowd pop.  Clothesline from Hell nearly takes Venis' head as the klaxon sounds for Number 22.

Test comes in and makes an immediate impact by eliminating William Regal.  He then squares off against his former tag partner Albert (you see Albert and turned on Test and put him on the injured list).  He stomps a mudhole in him and walks it dry.  We see a replay of Regal being eliminated and JR says he was besmirched and molested.  As good as he was he came out with some Poopie.

Number 23 comes out and its The Big Show!  He's making his return after about 6 months in developmental.  Immediate impact by eliminating Test and K-Kwik in very quick succession.  Chokeslam to Albert.  Chokeslam to Bradshaw.  Chokeslam to Venis.  Chokeslam to Holly. Chokeslam to Kane.  Chokeslam for Rock?  NO!  Rock hits a low blow, lays the Smackdown then eliminates Big Show with a clothesline.  Big Show starts clearing the announce table as the buzzer goes off.

Crash Holly is in at Number 24 but the attention is on the outside of the ring, where Big Show has pulled Rock out under the rope, then he finally gets his Chokeslam but this one is through the announce table for good measure.  A pissed off (and slimmed down) Big Show leaves.  Everyone in the ring is working over Kane now.  King cant get his head set on because Rock is selling lying on the cable  Laugh

The buzzer goes and its followed by a gong as The Undertaker is out at Number 25!  The deadman makes his entrance on his bike and starts to clean house, but is he helping his brother?  Bradshaw and Hardcore Holly are eliminated by Undertaker, and Albert and Crash Holly are eliminated by Kane.  Taker eliminates Val Venis by grabbing his tie and throwing him clean over the top.  The two brothers face each off with each other, but they appear to be on the same page as the countdown ends..

Number 26 is Scotty Too Hotty...  He is very worried getting to the ring as he's staring down a double barrel in the shape of the Brother of Destruction.  He gets in the ring and they toy with him for a bit, before a double Chokeslam and then they both eliminate Scotty Too Hotty.  They stand facing the aisle waiting on the next victim.  Is there anyone in the WWF who can handle the combined might of Undertaker and Kane?  We'll find out as the countdown expires and...

THE GLASS SHATTERS! STONE COLD! STONE COLD!  The crowd absolutely erupt for Austin as he is walking and talking his way down the aisle (editors note:  They've dubbed over his Disturbed theme for some reason.  Its on the Network at Armageddon and No Way Out, but not here.  Strange)  Before we can find out what would happened however he is jumped from behind by HHH!  HHH starts beating Austin from pillar to post all the way back up to the technical area, however The Rock has recovered and is taking the fight to the BoD.  

The buzzer sounds and Number 28 Billy Gunn storms to the ring.  Your push is over Billy give it up.  The referees get HHH off of Austin and we see he's a bloody mess.  Gunns head of steam doesnt last long vs the BoD and they quickly take control.  Rock fights back vs Undertaker but takes a huge DDT.  2 men left and we know who one of them is, so who is Number 29?

Jungle sounds confuse the crowd as Haku makes him WWF return.  The WCW Hardcore Champion (yes, really) goes straight for Undertaker.  We see Austin recovering as our final buzzer of the night sounds.

Rikishi is out at Number 30.   He stops to try and attack Austin in the aisle but the rattlesnake explodes with rights of his own.  Austin is like a house on fire, hitting anything that moves.  He eliminates Haku with a right hand, and goes to work on Kane.  Rikishi takes a Chokeslam from Undertaker, then Taker sends Rock over the top but he hangs on.  Undertaker makes the classic Hulkamania Era error of trying to headbutt a savage islander, so he sells Rikishis hard head.  Rikishi hits Taker with a headbutt of his own, the a Savant Kick to the chin eliminates Undertaker!  Rikishi goes for a Banzai Drop on The Rock, but Rocky springs up and hits him with a low blow, before dumping him over the top, eliminating Rikishi!  We hilariously hear Undertakers bike rev up as he rides out the ring.  Billy Gunn has the cheek to counter a Stunner attempt and his a Fameasser on Austin, but Austin counters an elimination attempt and eliminates Billy Gunn.  Rock takes Kane down and crawls to a corner to recover.  Austin crawls to the opposite corner and both men lock eyes.  They both climb to their feet and the crowd pop huge as they square off.  Austin seems to get the advantage until The Rock lays the SmackDown.  Austin counters out of a Rock Bottom and hits a Stunner.  He then stomps a mudhole in Rock before Kane comes back.  Lou Thesz press to Kane and a stomp to the guts.  Rock fires back with rights and hits Austin with a Rock Bottom.  Rock sends Kane out the ring between the top and middle rope.  Rock and Austin tee off on one another again. Rock gets Austin up to eliminate him but Kane charges and tips them both over, eliminating The Rock but Austin hangs on!  Austin fires some rights into Kane and charges but Kane catches him with a Chokeslam.  Kane signals the end is near but Austin hits him with a desperate low blow.  Kane rolls out the ring and gets a chair, but before he can use it Austin kicks him in the guts.  He fights out of Tombstone attempt and hits Kane with a Stunner.  He grabs the chair and drills Kane in the head with it. Then again, then a third sick shot.  Kane is reeling on the ropes, Austin charges and clotheslines him over!

Winner - Stone Cold Steve Austin!

Rating: 4.5 stars.  Its hard to give a Royal Rumble a 5 star rating but this is as close as you'll get.  This was paced brilliantly with the big names coming out at different spots to break it up a bit.  The hardcore section at the start was good fun.  Slows down in parts but then you get the big pop of Big Show coming back and then again when Undertaker comes in.  The final three is built awesome - especially with the foreshadowing of Mania with Rock and Austin.  Kane puts in an all time great career performance with a record setting 11 eliminations and the right man wins on the night.  I complained about the 2000 Royal Rumble being predictable so its only fair to say this one was pretty predictable aswell.  However this proves that predictable doesnt always mean bad.  As good a Royal Rumble match as you'll see, and its better than 1992.  And I will die on that hill.


Pros.

Frak everything except...

Cons.

The Chyna angle is disgusting.

Overall verdict.

Absolutely one of my favourite PPV's of all time.  Started of really well with a great tag opener, the greatest ever ladder match, the greatest ever heel vs heel match and the greatest ever Royal Rumble.  The only sour note is the Chyna story.  I wouldnt have as big a problem with it if they didnt mirror Owen Harts death so much.  It was working fine as a squash match up to that point, and if you want to exploit an injury story then dont have a sit down interview about how she's going to need fusion surgery because its obviously Love sacks.  Also real missed opportunity to put heat on Ivory by having her be the one to injure Chyna more and not an accident.  Meh.  I've said all I need to about that match.

Obviously this is miles better than 2000's offering and this PPV more than holds up today - even if some of the injury angles havent aged well.  Looking at you Dudley Boys.    Bring on No Way Out.  I cant wait.

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Post by Marsh on Thu 30 Jul 2020, 9:45 am

Armageddon 2000 and the Rumble from 2001 were the first two PPV's I ever owned. I remember my mum having a go at my dad for buying a 10 year old an 18 rated video with the 6 man hell in a cell! I agree it is very much a one match card though

The 2001 Royal Rumble still holds up for me as one of my favourite PPV's of all time, the ladder match is incredible and I agree that its the best Rumble match they've ever done. It made me a huge Kane fan, and I remember being gutted when Austin eliminated him. Haven't rewatched either in some time and might have to go back to them now!

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Post by Samo on Fri 31 Jul 2020, 8:05 am

Royal Rumble absolutely holds up to todays standards. Simple things done well, and the Chyna angle is a study in how NOT to do an injury angle.

Going to get started on No Way Out soon. A few brilliant matches on that card so cant wait.

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We arrive in Las Vegas Nevada for 2001's installment of No Way Out.  15,223 fans have packed into the Thomas and Mack Centre and a whopping 590,000 buys (up over 100k from last year) we have a stacked card with two main events featured.  No time to talk however as we go straight into the first match.

Raven (c) vs Big Show - Hardcore Championship

The Build.

Raven won his first Hardcore title in December and has been trading it back and forth with various lower card wrestlers - as was the style at the time.  Big Show having made his return from a stint in OVW at the Rumble needs something to do, so they stuck him in the Hardcore division to give it a bit of a boost while he gets back into the swing of things.

The Match.

Raven is out first with a shopping trolley full of toys including - but not limited to - a fire extinguisher, a stop sign and a trash can.  Big Show makes his entrance to a decent pop, but is jumped immediately by a female ninja (Ravens accomplice who would later be revealed to be Tori in an angle that went no where).  He obviously sends her packing as Raven charges but Big Show overpowers him aswell, and sends him back to the ring area with shots from the stop sign.  Big Show charges Raven at the ring post but Raven moves and Big Show eats Poopie.  Raven jumps on Shows back but Show throws him up and over and Raven takes a hard splat.  Fire extinguisher to Show takes him out temporarily as a Popcorn Vendor jumps Raven in the ring.  Big bulldog on Raven from the vendor only gets two before Big Show breaks up the pin.  Show hits the Final Cut on Raven but Steve Blackman and Hardcore Holly charge the ring and double team Show.  Suddenly Billy Gunn runs in and hits the Fameasser on Raven and gets a 3 count!  As Billy is announced the new champion he's jumped by Blackman and Holly, they hit a double team leg drop but when Blackman makes the cover Holly breaks it up.  They come to blows as Big Show tosses them but Raven makes the cover to win back his hardcore title.  The vendor is back and we see its Crash Holly, he takes a huge chokeslam as the Ninja runs back down but she's quickly pursued by Molly Holly, who leathers her on the back of the head with a trash can lid.  Raven tries to take out Big Show with a trash can but Show catches him in a goozle and plants Raven with a Chokeslam through a trash can.  Easy 3 count for Big Show but Billy Gunn jumps him.  Show sends him packing and once its obvious no one is in a state to continue Big Shows music plays and this match is over.

Winner via Pinfall and NEW Hardcore Champion - The Big Show

Rating: 1.5 stars.  Very fast paced, high energy, some decent spots.  Not the worst Hardcore match we've seen but certainly not the best.  We'll see better soon enough though.  It was pretty forgettable but opened the show well and the crowd seemed to enjoy it which is the important bit.

We see a Limo pull up from earlier in the day and its WWF Champion Kurt Angle.  Kevin Kelly asks him how he feels about his match.  He says he's feeling super, that Las Vegas has the highest percentage of losers in the country and he'll and one more loser to that list tonight.

Lilian Garcia interviews Benoit and Guerrero about this upcoming match.  They say the strategy is simple, take the other two men out then one of them will walk out with the IC title.

Chris Jericho (c) vs Chris Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero vs Xpac - Intercontinental Championship

Oh hell yeah.

The Build.

Jericho won the IC title in an all time classic against Benoit at the Rumble, so Benoit wants his title back.  Its a bit more personal for the other two men however, as Jericho took Xpac out at No Mercy and Guerrero out shortly after Armageddon.

The Match.

Jericho is out first, then X-pac.  Guerrero waits in the aisle for Benoit and the two charge the ring as a united front.  Guerrero and Jericho square off in the ring as Benoit takes out X-Pac outside.  Benoit comes in to save Eddie and the two work over Jericho.  Jericho takes out Benoit with a lariat, then Eddie with a big spinning heel kick but X-pac sneaks in a takes out Jericho with a heel kick of his own.  He then does a stupid karate pose and an audible "WAAAH" sound.  Benoit has none of that and smashes him.  Benoit sends Eddie to the top for a Frogsplash but when he's up there he locks X-pac in the Crossface.  Jericho crotches Eddie on the top and takes out Benoit.  X-pac recovers and goes to superplex Eddie but Guerrero shoves him off and hits a Frogsplash, but Jericho is able to just break up the fall at a 2.    Benoit takes out Jericho with a short arm clothesline but Eddie puts Jerichos foot on the rope.  Beautiful snap suplex on X=pac by Benoit, but X-pac follows it up with a beautiful heel kick.  He sets up for the Bronco Buster but Jericho intercepts him with a missile dropkick, saving us from having to watch that Poopie.  Benoit with a bridging German on Jericho into a pin but Guerrero kicks his feet out.  Thats enough of that for Benoit and the two former Radicalz finally come to blows.  Outside the ring X-pac sends Jericho crashing into the steps, as Guerrero sets up for a Frogsplash.  Benoit stops him and hits a superplex from the top.  X-pac and Jericho climb in and both attempt to make a cover on different guys, but both Benoit and Eddie kick out at two.  Beautiful double underhook back breaker from Jericho on Benoit. The two Canadians trade chops with Benoits incredibly more vicious.  Y2J counters a German suplex attempt from Benoit and rolls through into the Walls of Jericho, Guerrero comes in to break it up but Jericho counters and locks HIM in the Walls, then X-Pac comes in and Jericho counters HIM into the Walls - Great spot.  Jericho releases Pac when his new buddy Justin Credible storms the ring, but Jericho drops him off the apron.  Benoit with a Full Nelson suplex into a pin attempt on Y2J but Eddie breaks it up.  Xpac and Credible drag Benoit out the ring and channel their inner "Rockers" and his a double super kick to Benoit.  In the ring Jericho hits a facebuster on Guerrero followed but a Lionsault but X-Pac breaks it up.  X-pac hits a low blow and an X-Factor to Jericho but Benoit recovers in time to break it up.  He sends Credible packing and locks the Crossface on X-Pac, but Eddie bounces off the ropes and hits a rolling neckbreaker to break up the submission.  Awesome.  Benoit takes out Eddie with a huge back suplex and follows up with a diving headbutt.  Spinning heel kick to Benoit by X-Pac, but when he poses Jericho rolls him up and scores a 3 count out of nowhere!

Winner via Pinfall and STILL Intercontinental Champion - Chris Jericho!

Rating: 4 stars.  I absolutely loved this match.  All 4 men came in at 100 mph and never slowed.  A lot of people have said that this would have been better without X-Pac but I need to give credit where its due.  He was outmatched against 3 of the all time greats but he did fine and they needed someone to take the fall.  This is a proper hidden gem and well worth looking up.  Went about 12 minutes but I could easily have watched these 4 guys go way longer than that.  Brilliant stuff.

We see HHH in the locker room getting his hands taped with a serious look on his face.  In complete contrast to William Regal - who we see looking concerned.  He's with Vince who reminds him this upcoming match was his idea.  He reminds Regal that Stephanie is his precious little daughter, and that Trish is his "very good friend".  He basically implores Regal to interfere and do the right thing.  Once Vince leaves Regal admits he hasnt got a bloody clue what to do.

Stephanie McMahon vs Trish Stratus

The Build.

Vince has been on a powertrip since returning, and he told Linda he wanted a divorce.  That caused Linda to suffer an emotional breakdown meaning she could no longer run the company and giving Vince complete control.  Vince has also started an affair with Trish Stratus much to Stephanies chagrin.  Steph says that she helped put her Mother in her place so she could be the dominant female and doesnt like Trish trying to take her place.  So Regal set up this match so they can get this out of their system.

The Match.

Trish is out first and she looks Frak gorgeous (I'm sorry, I've tried to avoid being superficial but I cant help it here).  Steph is out next with HHH's old My Time theme.  Once the bell rings they go straight into a brawl - like a blood feud should start (Take note 2018's Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose).  The closest thing we get to a wrestling move is a couple of short arm clotheslines and some hairmares from Steph.  Steph looks like she's having the time of her life dominating Trish like this.  Steph dumps Trish to the outside, but when she charges Trish sends her flying over the barricade.  Trish goes to get her some of Steph but Steph fights back with a big right hand, then she jumps off the barricade with a clothesline!  Trish gets some control back when he hangs Steph up on the top rope and she gets a big bit of hungry bum.  She gets Steph in the corner and slaps the Poopie out of her and stomps a mudhole.  Big running Bulldog but only gets a two count.  She argues with the ref and fixes her gear to big heat from the crowd, quality.  She plants Steph with a DDT but again Stephanie kicks out.  Trish gets on the top turnbuckle and tries to choke out Steph, but Stephanie pulls her up and over by her hair, sending Trish crashing into the mat.    The fight spills outside and Steph bounces Trish off the announce table.  Steph throws a jug of water over Trish (10/10) which sends Trish into a rage and she bounces Steph off the table.  Steph counters Trish out of nowhere with a big powerbomb for a two.  When then get something for the Dads and Steph pulls down Trishs gear and spanks her then starts to choke her.  Matrix style double hair pull spot drops both women. Regal makes his way to the ring and drops the ref then puts Trish on top of Steph.  As the ref counts two he changes his mind and puts Stephs foot on the rope.  Trish isnt happy so she slaps William.  He apologizes and goes to kiss her hand but turns it into a neckbreaker and leaves - adjusting his tie like a true gentleman.  Steph crawls over and the ref makes the count!

Winner via Pinfall - Stephanie McMahon

Rating: 3 stars.  This was bloody brilliant.  This is how you book a match to cover two peoples shortcomings.  No fancy spots, just a fight.  Maybe its because no one had any expectations for this match but it was way, way better than it had any right to be.  The best womens match WWF had put on in years and would be a while before anything was better.  Definitely worth a watch - a perfect example of how to produce a match to get the best out of whos in it.

We see an ad for WrestleMania, then Vince confronts Regal backstage and rips him apart.  He books himself vs Regal but then changes it to Regal and Stephanie vs Himself and Trish for tomorrow nights RAW.

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Triple H - 3 Stages of Hell

The Build

In one of the most heated rivalries of all time, HHH orchestrated Austin being run down, so Austin got revenge by dropping HHH from a forklift.  HHH returned and cost Austin the title vs Angle.  So at the Royal Rumble Austin returned the favour.  In order to ensure that this match will happen both men were forced to sign a 'no-contact' contract.  If Austin hits HHH he is out of WrestleMania and if HHH hits Austin he gets suspended for 6 months.  In a now iconic moment, HHH attacks Austin and busts him open just after signing, but its revealed he never signed it so Austin cant get even.  Austin does get even though, but giving Stephanie a Stunner on RAW.  HHH gets back by giving JR a Pedigree - not quite the same thing but its the closest they had.

The Match.

Fall One. - Singles match.

HHH is out first, and the story of this match is that HHH is the better technical wrestler, so he should be able to win the first fall.  Austin is out next and the crowd explode.  They lock eyes before Austin charges the ring and they go straight at it.  Austin gets control early, but when he tries a Lou Thesz press HHH catches him and drops him on the top rope. HHH goes for a Pedigree early but Austin breaks out an armbar.  Austin sends HHH to the outside and starts working over the left arm.  HHH fights back and goes for a Pedigree again but sells the arm and cant lock it in (mwah).  Austin wrenches the arm trying to rip it out the socket.  HHH again gets a hope spot but Austin hits the Lou Thesz proper this time and follows it up with the FU Elbow.  Big spinebuster from Austin followed up by a big elbow from the second rope but HHH gets his foot up and plants it on Austins chin.  HHH follows it up with a swinging neckbreaker, targeting Austins bad neck.  Austin fights back but HHH gets a eye poke off then takes Austin down with a chop block.   HHH starts working on Austins knee now, wrapping it around the ring post.  HHH breaks out a Figure Four and like a proper heel uses the ropes for leverage.  In a spot you never see nowadays Austin is able to roll over and reverse the pressure. Austin starts beating HHH from pillar to post.  He goes for a Stunner but HHH counters and sends him into the turnbuckle then hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Austin punches HHH into the corner but with the ref out of position HHH cuts him off with a low blow.  HHH climbs to the second rope and goes for an axhandle but Austin catches him with a boot then hits the Stunner and wins the first fall!

Winner via Pinfall - Stone Cold Steven Austin - 1-0

Fall Two - Street Fight

Austin takes a small breather then sends HHH to the outside.  He hits a couple of big suplexes on the steel ramp.  HHH's back is a mess from landing on the cross sectioned steel.  Austin drags him round and sends him flying onto the announce table.  He clears the Spanish table and tattoos HHH with a monitor.  He throws a few chairs into the ring, including the luxery padded version the time keeper sits on.  HHH is making his escape through the crowd but Austin quickly catches up to him, HHH bumps like a boss over the barricade.  HHH gets back in the ring and goes to hit Austin with a chair, but Austin fights him off then beats him like a red-headed step child with a chair.  Something sick like 12 shots punctuated but driving the point of the chair into HHH's chest.  They fight at the timekeepers area and Austin gets a hold of a Barbed Wire 2x4!  Big Foley chants for the 2x4.  HHH is able to dodge it, and manages to drill Austin with it - busting Austin wide open.  HHH sends him flying over the annouce table and starts the clear it.  JR's lost his headset as HHH mounts Austin and lays into him with hard rights.  He sets him up for a Pedigree but Austin counters with a back body drop and sends HHH crashing through the Spanish announce table!  Austin is bleeding everywhere, covering the table and what looks like a script in blood.  We see a replay and if HHH took that bump any flatter he would have broke his neck on the side panel of the table.  That was a close one. Austin drills HHH with a beer can.  Back in the ring HHH rings Austins bell with the ring bell.  He drapes an arm over but Austin is able to kick out.  HHH hits a neckbreaker on a chair but Austin kicks out again, so he hits another one but again Austin is somehow able to kick out.  Triple H is in control now after surviving an armada of abuse from Austin.  Austin goes for a sleeper hold but HHH counters into a back suplex on the chair but again Austin kicks out.  He sets up for a Pedigree on the chair but Austin counters again with another back body drop, this time over the top and to the floor.  Austin gets a chair and brains HHH between the eyes with it.  We see why this PPV got an 18 rating in the UK as HHH is busted open now.  Austin gets the steps and cracks HHH in the head with them.  HHH kicks Austins legs out from under him and Austin lands face first on the steps, allowing HHH to get back in control.  He goes under the announce table and gets a sledgehammer!  Hilariously King and JR argue about it, with King accusing JR of putting it there for Austin.  Austin goes for a Stunner but HHH shoves him into the ropes the hits him in the head with the Sledgehammer.  HHH then hits the Pedigree and gets the three count!

Winner via Pinfall - HHH - 1-1

Third Fall - Steel Cage

Somehow we're going to a third fall.  These two men who have killed each other thus far get a small break as the cage lowers, but the ring is still full of weapons.  The ominous music stops playing and there truly is No Way Out for these two now.  HHH gets Austin up but Austin fights back. Its short lived though as HHH sends him flying into the cage wall a couple of times.  HHH gets the 2x4 and grates it in the face of Austin, dragging him around the ring.  Austin fights him off with a chair shot, then Austin returns the favour by sending HHH into the cage wall then driving the barbed wire into the Games face.  HHH somehow gets a DDT off on the chair but he is unable to make the cover.  Austin fires up and lays into HHH in the corner and HHH does a Flair flop.  HHH tries to escape but Austin catches him and the two men fight on the top rope.  Austin gets his face bounced into the support and he drops crotch first on the rope.  He's able to recover though and tosses HHH from the top turnbuckle to the centre of the ring.  HHH counters a Stunner and hits a Pedigree but AUSTIN KICKS OUT AT TWO!  HHH cant believe that Austin kicked out.  He looks genuinely despondent that that wasnt enough.  He brains Austin with a chair shot and sets up for another Pedigree, but Austin fights out, catapults the Game into the cage wall then hits a Stunner!  He's not able to cover right away which gives HHH a chance to kick out.   HHH crawls and gets the sledgehammer while Austin gets the 2x4.  They both turn and nail eachother with their respective weapon, Austin collapses but HHH is able to stagger before guiding his fall on top of Austin, and the ref counts the three!

Winner via Pinfall with a score of 2-1 - Triple H!

Post match both men lay motionless.  Both men are a bloody mess as they recover and Austin gets his heat back by nailing HHH with a Stunner.

Rating: 5 stars.  Frak brilliant.  These two guys gave eachother absolutely everything they had. One of the best matches of both mens career (possibly the best in Austins case). A bold move putting HHH over especially with Austin about to main event WrestleMania but the way he won doesnt really bury Austin.  The first fall was very good as they focused more on psychology and working various body parts, the second fall on its own would be one of the best street fights ever (still not as good as Cactus Jack vs HHH though) and the cage match brought the psychology back by giving these guys another angle to work and get over just how bollocksed they must have been.  Went about 45 minutes but never felt like it.  Absolutely loved this.  Watch this match.  I need a cigarette.

After the match King excuses himself because he has some business of his own to take care of...

Jerry 'The King' Lawler w/ The Kat vs Steven Richards w/ Ivory

The Build.

After taking out Chyna the RTC need something to do, so on a weeks build The Kat decided she wants to get naked on TV and obviously the RTC dont like that.  Jerry Lawler (The Kats real life husband at this point even though that was never mentioned) has defended her "Right to Nudity" campaign, and got a beatdown on Smackdown for his troubles from RTC.  This match is set, and if Lawler wins Kat can get naked, and if Richards wins Kat must join the RTC.  Guess how this one goes down?

The Match.

Tazz comes down to ringside to join JR on commentary, getting ready to transition to commentary full time.

Theres nothing really to say about this.  King dominates most of the match, including hitting a 26 punch spot on Richards in the corner.  Ivory tries to distract the ref allowing Richards to use the womens title belt, but King keeps thwarting his attempts.  Kat decides to try and help by hitting Richards with the title, but Steven Richards counters it and she nails King, allowing Steven to make an easy cover.

Winner via Pinfall - Steven Richards

Rating: 0.5 stars.  Bad match, bad moves, bad angle.  Steven Richards always gives it 100% but he was never a great wrestler.  Im pretty sure King was never a great wrestler either and was carried by his awesome promo ability. This match was actually in the perfect spot because everyone was knackered after the classic we just had and needed a recharge. So in that regard it did exactly what it had to.  Fortunately this is the last we'd ever see of the Kat in the WWE as she was fired soon after for attitude problems, and King walked out with her in protest.  Where does that leave commentary?  We'll find out next time.

Michael Cole is interviewing Kane and Taker about their upcoming match.  Taker says its not about the gold, its about causing pain.  Kane says they're not just going to put them through tables, they're going to put them through hell.

Edge & Christian vs The Dudley Boyz (c) vs The Brothers of Destruction - Triple Threat Tag Team Title Table match

The Build.

These three teams have been trading singles victories over each other for a couple of weeks.  On RAW Edge and Christian lured the BoD to the garage by telling them the Dudleys were messing with Takers bike, and the told the Dudleys they wanted a fight with them.  Once both teams had weakened each other E&C swooped in the clear up the mess with con-chair-tos.  

The Match.

This must have been the time where WWF changed the rules of tag tables matches, so now the first team to put one of their opponents through a table win, as opposed to having to put both of them through.  What the hell is Undertaker wearing?  Its like he forgot his gear so they just gave him a generic leotard and tights that they put Taker logos on.

Edge and Christian are out second, and they pause on the ramp looking nervous,  They dont get long though as the Dudleys come out and trap them between a rock and a hard place.  E&C bail down the side of the ramp and the BoD and Dudleys go at it.  Dvon is thrown flying off the ramp, followed quickly by Bubba.  Down at ringside the BoD are beating Edge and Christian from pillar to post.  They set up Edge and Christian for a couple of powerbombs through a table but the Dudleys recover and lay them both out with steel chairs.  Edge and Christian survive an onslaught from the Dudleys and take control.  They set Bubba up in the Tree of Woe then both step on his nuts.  If you're going to steal a spot from Tommy Dreamer you might aswell steal the best. Edge and Christian get a couple of chairs but miss a con-chair-to on Bubba, he then catapults Edge who flies into Christian with the chair.  WAZZAP on Edge then Bubba calls for tables as the crowd light up.  Soon as Dvon goes outside though he's assaulted by Taker and Kane.  Christian hits Bubba with an Unprettier in the ring then Kane and Taker bring the fight to them, quickly getting the upper hand.  Another Rockers spot as the BoD hit stereo top rope clotheslines on Edge and Christian.  The Dudleys are back in the ring now but they cant get the upper hand against the Brothers of Destruction.  Edge and Christian join the skirmish and they work together to take out Taker and Kane before going at it.  The Dudleys are all alone with Christian as they set up a table in the middle of the ring.  They signal for a 3D but Taker shoves Dvon and grabs Christian with a goozle but Bubba hits a low blow.  Edge and Christian go to double suplex Taker through a table but Kane moves it out the way.  They then take out Edge and Christian with stereo Chokeslams.  The Dudleys try to get them some but they each eat a Chokeslam. They set up another table in the ring when suddenly Rikishi and Haku storm the ring and attack the Brothers of Destruction.  The four men brawl and it spills up the aisle.  Edge misses a spear on Bubba and bounces off a table in the corner (ouch) then the Dudleys hit a 3D on Christian through a table to retain!

Winners and STILL WWF Tag Team Champions - The Dudley Boyz

Rating: 2 stars.  Better than I remember it, although definitely could have used more table spots.  The crowd were rabid for tables and they only get one. Even if Taker and Kane came back down at the end and put a couple more guys through tables for the pop.  Taker and Kane obviously setting up for a big tag match vs Rikishi and Haku at Mania (spoiler: Nope.). Cant help but think this match would be better if you maybe had a ladder or two, and maybe replaced The Brothers of Destruction with a team like The Hardys.  Man what a match that could be....

An advert for WrestleMania airs as JR mentions he made his WWF debut at WrestleMania 9.  Then we see Angle getting ready then an interview with The Rock.  All the Rock says is "Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.  Kurt Angle your time as WWF champion is over."  Nothing flashy, no comedy, not a standard Rock promo but still very good.

Kurt Angle (c) vs The Rock - WWF Championship.

The Build.

After beating HHH and the Royal Rumble, The Rock challenge Angle to a rematch of No Mercy.  The Rock wants to headline WrestleMania for the 3rd straight year and he has to beat Angle to do it, but he has to beat Big Show in a No. 1 Contenders match first.  Angle is hyper confident because he's beat everyone thats been put infront of him.  He is determined to prove to everyone that he is the best in the world.  Rock must be gearing up for going into movies as his promos took a much more serious turn during this build.

The Match.

Angle is out first and he gets his pyro, but he doesnt pose for it. He's in the zone.  Rock comes out to a huge pop.  I think the tables match helped bring the crowd back as they are white hot for this. These two guys had a barnstormer at No Mercy so high hopes for this one.  Tazz puts over Angle huge by talking up his record and cant understand why everyone is writing him off.   Angle goes for a belt shot before the bell but Rock avoids it and Lays the SmackDown.  Both men jockey for position, with Angle hitting a leg drag and Rock hitting a side Russian leg sweep.  Angle counters Rock with a drop toe hold and quickly goes for the Ankle Lock but Rock makes it to the ropes.  Angle hits a beautiful overheard Belly to Belly, and the Rock fights back with his own which is more of a throw than a suplex tbh but it still looked good.  He lays into Angle with right hands then launches himself across the ring with a huge forearm.  He locks in the Sharpshooter on Angle who depserately grabs for the bottom rope.  Big Samoan drop but it only gets a two.  Angle counters Rock with a back suplex and goes up top.  Rock crotches him and hits a superplex from the second rope.  He rolls over but Angle kicks out at two.  The crowd pop for something as both men recover and we see a fan being kicked out on the hardcam.  Angle sends Rock over the top and Rock lands hard, selling his ankle.  Angle doesnt want to win via countout so he rolls Rock back in the ring.  Rock was playing possum though and drills Angle with a DDT.  Suddenly The Big Shows music hits - this if for the WWF title right, not the hardcore title?

He gets in the ring and chokeslams the ref, then Angle, then The Rock.  JR admonishes him, saying he knows he wanted to be in this match so he's ruined it for everyone.  His music plays again as he leaves.  Tim Whyte and Earl Hebner are down to check on Mike Chioda.  Angle tries to pin The Rock but theres no ref.  Hebner realises and just drops Chioda to go make the pin - brilliant.    Rock gets the title belt and smashes Angle in the face with it.  Hebner gets in the ring and makes the count but Angle kicks out!  Angle drops Rock and locks in the Ankle Lock.  Angle turns the intensity to 11 but screaming "Tap out you son of a bitch, do it now or I'll break your f***ing ankle!". Rock makes it to the bottom rope and Angle cant believe it.  He goes right back to stomping on Rocks ankle until the ref pulls him off.  Rock tries to fight back until Angle kicks his ankle out.  He uses two finishers to taunt the Rock with his own taunt, and The Rock fights back by Laying the Smackdown then a huge spinebuster.  He nails a Peoples Elbow but ANGLE KICKS OUT!  The crowd pop huge for the nearfall.  Rock stomps Angle in the corner and pushes the ref away, allowing Angle to hit a low blow.  Angle exposes the top turnbuckle.  Rock goes for a Rock Bottom but Angle fights out, he bounces Rock face first off the turnbuckle, then hits the Olympic Slam but THE ROCK KICKS OUT!  Incredible near fall.  Angle back on the aggression but Rock fights back and Angle again kicks out the ankle.  Angle charges but Rock sends him flying into the turnbuckle.  Rock measures and nails a Rock Bottom!  He makes the cover, and Hebner waves it off at 2?  Angle didnt kick out but Hebner didnt call the three.  He gets Angle up, nails another Rock Bottom, gives Hebner the stinkeye then makes the cover and this time he gets a three count!

Winner and NEW WWF Champion - The Rock!

Rating: 4.5 stars.  This was incredible.  It was so close to nearly being the second 5 star match of the night but unfortunately the Big Show interference and the botched finish took the shine off it.  Rock must love wrestling Angle because Angle gives him everything to make him look like a mega star.  Rock celebrates in the ring as the show goes off the air.

Pros.

The Fatal Four Way
Trish vs Steph being far better than it had any right to be
Austin vs HHH
Rock vs Angle

Cons.

Steven Richards vs King
Tag title match could have been so much more

Overall Verdict.

What a whopper of a show.  There was a bit of a lul between the two main events but by golly the rest of the card delivered.  Theres a reason that these are considered the best trio of PPV's ever and its really hard to argue because they deliver again and again and again.  3 matches that are absolute must see for any wrestling fan.

Rankings

Royal Rumble
No Way Out

Next up we have the Grandaddy of them all.  WrestleMania X7 - widely considered to be the best WrestleMania ever.    There is also a seismic shift in the world of Pro Wrestling.  WWF are about to buy out both ECW and WCW.  The war is officially over and there is only one winner - the WWF.  How will that play into WrestleMania?  And how is it going to affect things in the long run?  The attitude era is about to come to an end, so the next time we meet it will truly be a landmark.  See you all there.

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