Wrestlemania 2000

| Date: April 2nd 2000
| Venue: Arrowhead Pond  | City: Anaheim, Calafornia
| Attendance: 19, 776 | Buyrate: 824, 000

A McMahon in every corner. The biggest buyrate in history (up to now) should make a for a brilliant PPV, especially considering the success of the last two shows, Royal Rumble and No Way Out. The main event features a McMahon in every corner, with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in his corner, defending his WWF title against the winner of the Royal Rumble, The Rock with Vince McMahon in his corner, Big Show with Shane McMahon in his corner and Mick Foley with Linda McMahon in his corner. Big Show won number one contendership at No Way Out by beating The Rock but The Rock got his shot back after winning a handicap match against Big Show and Triple H. Linda McMahon then bought back Mick Foley for one night only, claiming that if he wins the WWF title, a tournament will be made for the vacant championship. It’ll be an elimination four way with the last man standing, going home with the title.

The Intercontinental and European titles will also be on the line tonight. At No Way Out, Kurt Angle beat Jericho for the IC belt thus becoming a “Euro-Continental” Champion. Kurt defends both titles against Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit in a triple threat, two fall match. We found out on Heat that it was Bob Backlund that put Angle in this predicament. The tag team titles will also be on the line as The Dudley Boyz defend in a triple threat ladder match against The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian. The Dudleyz have recently been putting women through tables and there has been some beef between The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian. Crash Holly has said that he is hapy to defend his Hardcore title against anybody 24 hours a day and that has since backfired. Crash has been attacked everywhere he goes and he’s told anybody that they are free to have a title shot at Wrestlemania in a 15 minute battle royal in which the last person to win a fall takes home the title. We’ll see the likes of The Acolytes, The Mean Street Posse, The Headbangers, Kaientai, Tazz, Viscera and many more in that one. It’s esentially a way to get the rest of the roster on the card.

Also tonight, there are going to be a lot of tag team matches. The feud between X Pac and Kane continues with Kane teaming up with Rikishi against X Pac and Road Dogg. Billy Gunn has been kicked out of DX so X Pac and Road Dogg have been teaming up a lot recently. Trish Stratus is a newcomer in the WWF and has taken Test and Albert under her wing as tag team “T & A”. That team will be taking on Steve Blackman and Al Snow in tag action tonight and we’ll also get The Big Boss Man and his new tag team partner, Bull Buchanan (the former Recon of the Trush Commission) taking on The Godfather and D-lo Brown. The Radiclaz will also be in action as Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero and Perry Saturn take on Grand Master Sexay, Scotty 2 Hotty and Chyna in 6 person tag action.

Jim Ross welcomes us to Wrestlemania with a shot outside of the arena. The Fink then introduces Lilian Garcia to sing the National Anthem. A video package then plays showing a bit of a history of the WWF and then a package for the main event tonight. This is the crowning achievement in sports entertainment.

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

The Godfather and D-lo have their entrance sang live by Ice T which is pretty cool. The WWF are going for a rap style at the moment, maybe to look more edgey? It’s a bit of an odd way to start the show, a match between two teams that aren’t too high on the totem pole. It’s a PPV debut for Bull Buchanan who is Big Boss Mans new lacky and used to be Recon in the Truth Commission. Buchanan didn’t win a match as Recon so he’s looking to change that as he starts the match against D-lo. D-lo hits a dropkick to get the first offence in, he was teaming with Test at this point last year, getting a shot at the tag team titles. He knocks Bull down with an elbow and tags The Godfather who is in a sparkly shirt tonight. Godfather hits a legdrop and an elbow before missing with an elbow. Buchanan tags in The Boss Man who has a very good Wrestlemania record. Godfather hits a nice roundhouse kick for a two count.

Godfather tags D-lo and Boss Man tags Buchanan. Godfather hits an Irish whip but Bull leaps onto the top rope and hits a clothesline. He follows it up with a powerslam and tags in Boss Man. They then hit stereo uppercuts and get the first near fall of the match. Boss Man hits a big boot and tags in Buchanan who hits a scissors kick for a two count. The Boss Man was involved in a hell in a cell match against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania last year. Plenty of double teaming from the Boss Man and Buchanan. Buchanan locks a bear hug on D-lo now. D-lo and The Godfather were successful at Survivor Series on the night at Boss Man got a WWF title shot against The Big Show. Boss Man is tagged in and he and his partner his double big boots. The crowd seem pretty into this, Boss Man has a lot of heat. He hits a backbreaker for a two count. Buchanan is tagged in and he leaps off the top with a double axe handle. Bull hits a backbreaker of his own and then goes to the top but The Godfather shakes the ropes, crotching the newcomer. D-lo goes up with him and hits a big hurricanrana from the top!

D-lo makes the hot tag to The Godfather! Godfather goes to town on both opponents before hitting The Hoe Train on the Boss Man! He then tags D-lo who goes to the top but Bull Buchanan shoves him down. D-lo lands on his feet and he hits a dropkick on The Boss Man but then gets caught with The Boss Man Slam! Buchanan then comes off the top with a huge leg drop! That’s enough for the three. Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan win the match and I was impressed with Buchanan. Not a bad way to start the night.

Rating: 6/10

Triple H and the new Women’s champion, Stephanie McMahon celebrating their success. Triple H seems relaxed considering the pressure on him tonight,

The referees are backstage giving the Hardcore Battle Royal competitors the rules for their match. That one is up next.

Crash Holly (c) vs. Tazz vs. Viscera vs. Mosh vs. Thrasher vs. Taka Michinoku vs. Funaki vs. Pete Gas vs. Rodney vs. Joey Abs vs. Faarooq vs. Bradshaw vs. Hardcore Holly – Hardcore Battle Royal for the Hardcore Title

Well the rules are simple for this one, the title can change as many times as possible in a 15 minute time limit but whoever has the title at the end of the 15 minutes is the Hardcore Champion. This match is chaos. Tazz hits a big suplex on Crash and wins the title within 30 seconds. 30 seconds later Viscera crushes Tazz to win the title! Hardcore smashes Crash with a fan whilst Faarooq lays into Pete Gas. Viscera defends himself with a Japanese flag and then smashes Mosh with a tray. The Mean Street Posse then double team Viscera but can’t take him off his feet. The Acolytes then double team Viscera with an array of weapons. Thrasher hits Hardcore with a tennis racket and Bradshaw hits Rodney with a trash can! Crash is busted open. Blood always looks so affective with blonde hair. Bradshaw takes out everyone with a metal tray! 11 minutes left in this one and Viscera is still the Hardcore champion. Hardcore Holly gets a near fall on him, as does Mosh. Mosh then lays into Viscera with a wooden stick.

This is an absolute free for all. This is a Wrestlemania debut for the likes of Crash, The Mean Street Posse and Tazz. 9 minutes left now and Viscera is still champion. He gets back in the ring and leathers Thrasher, Rodney and Kaientai with a tray. Viscera then heads to the top but The Acolytes meet him up there and throw him down to the canvas. Faarooq then hits him with a 2×4 and Bradshaw hits a shoulderblock from the top. Kaientai then pin Viscera and Funaki is credited with the pinfall! Funaki is the new Hardcore champion and we’re half way through this match. Taka Michinoku and the rest of the competitors chase Funaki to the back where the Posse throw him into some railings. Rodney pins him and gets the 3! Rodney is the champion but Joey Abs hits a suplex on him for the three! Joey Abs is now the champion. Thrasher takes him down with a clothesline and gets the three! Thrasher is now the Hardcore champion! Thrasher runs away but he’s chased by Pete Gas who sprays and then hits him with a fire extinguisher for the three! Pete Gas is covered in blood but he’s the Hardcore champion.

Tazz lays into Pete Gas on the apron of the ring and hits a suplex on him on the outside and gets the three! Tazz is now a 2 time Hardcore champion with 4 and a half minutes to go. Hardcore Holly throws him into the ring steps and gets a two count. Hardcore Holly won the Hardcore title at Wrestlemania last year. This is the first ever Hardcore title match to take place on a PPV and not have Al Snow involved. Mosh gets a near fall on Tazz with 3 minutes to go. Hardcore and Crash double team Tazz in the ring and then Crash nails Hardcore with a trash can lid. Tazz hits Crash with the trash can lid and covers Crash, pointlessly because he’s already the champion. Bradshaw takes it to Joey Abs on the outside and there are just 2 minutes to go. Tazz suplexes Crash across the ring and the match now seems to be focused around Hardcore Holly, Crash Holly and Tazz. Hardcore throws Crash out of the ring and hits a beautiful dropkick on Tazz for a near fall. One minute left.

Tazz suplexes Hardcore Holly out of the ring and Tazz is left alone. Until Crash gets in and hits him with a metal tray! He pins Tazz and gets the three. There are 30 seconds left and Tazz locks the Tazzmission on Crash! Can Crash hang on? Hardcore gets in the ring and smashes Crash and Tazz with a jug! Hardcore pins Crash and there’s some confusion. Did Crash get his shoulder up? Crash heads outside and grabs the Hardcore title but the referees announce Hardcore Holly as the win. The replay shows that Crash didn’t get his shoulder up but the referee said that he did? But Hardcore won? Well this was carnage and they completely messed up the end which takes off a point for me.

Rating 5/10

There’s a VT next for fan access. Michael Cole is in it and couldn’t give less of a crap about calling matches with the fans. The Undertaker is there not really looking like a devil worshipping type. Stone Cold and Shawn Michaels are also there.

Al Snow is backstage talking to somebody in a toilet cubicle, telling them they are going to be part of the best entrance in Wrestlemania history. Steve Blackman turns up and wants to know what’s going on.

Al Snow & Steve Blackman vs. T & A (Test & Albert)

Al Snow comes out and introduces “Chester McCheesington” who is a Mexican looking bloke in a cheese costume. Trish Stratus gets a better reaction, she’s smoking hot. It’s a first PPV match for both of these tandems as a team. Test and Steve Blackman kick the match off and Blackman hits a kick and tags in Al Snow. We’ve lost Jim Ross for the time being. Test hits Snow with a clothesline and tags in Albert. Test throws Albert into Snow and then hits a big boot on Al for a two count. Snow hits a clothesline on Albert and an enzeguri before tagging Blackman. Blackman takes Albert off his feet with a shoulderblock but Albert returns the favour. Snow is tagged in and we’ve got all four men in the ring! Snow gets rid of Test leaving Al and Blackman to hit a double clothesline on Test for a two count. Snow hits a suplex on Albert then knocks Test off the apron. Blackman is tagged in and he hits a headbutt off the middle rope.

Test and Al Snow were both involved in title matches last year at Wrestlemania, both were unsuccessful. Blackman tags Snow who comes in with a double axe handle off the top. Albert manages a suplex and tags Test and Blackman tags Snow. The crowd are dead for this one. All four men are in the ring until Albert disposes of Blackman. Test and Albert then hit a double powerbomb on Snow but Blackman breaks up the pin. Snow takes Albert to the outside and hits a moonsault off the apron. Blackman then holds Test for Snow to come in off the top with a legdrop. Albert breaks up the pin and hits a powerbomb on Snow. Albert slams Blackman and then drops Test on top of him but Snow breaks up the pinfall. Chester McCheesington follows Trish around the ring, what the hell. That distracts Blackman and Albert lifts him up and drops him allowing Test to come off the top with an elbow! That’s enough for the three, Test and Albert win this one! After the match Snow gets on the mic and apologies for Chester. Snow pops Chester in the ring and says it’s time to cut the cheese. He nails Chester with the mic and Blackman hits a stiff kick on him before hitting their finisher. Awful match.

Rating 2.5/10

The Kat is completely naked backstage talking to Mae Young. Mae uses objects to cover up the Kat in convenient places.

Michael Cole is backstage with the Dudley Boyz. D-Von is a little afraid of heights so isn’t looking forward to the ladder match tonight. Bubba Ray says that the Dudley Boyz will take Wrestlemania and the ladder match to a whole new level.

The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) vs. Edge & Christian – Ladder Match for the Tag Team Titles

This is a Wrestlemania debut for all three of these teams, with The Hardy Boyz having only previously competed on Heat prior to Wrestlemania last year. It’s a first time meeting between these three teams in a triple threat capacity. Edge and Christian attack the HArdy Boyz before the bell and all three teams go at it. The Hardy Boyz are the only team of these three to have beaten the other two teams on PPV. Bubba Ray lays into Jeff Hardy but Jeff hits a corkscrew moonsault to put a stop to that. Bubba hits an atomic drop powerbomb on Jeff as D-Von lays into Edge outside of the ring. Edge and Christian are the only team not to have been tag team champions, although Edge is a former Intercontinental champion and Christian is a former Light-Heavyweight champion. All 6 men are in the ring for the first time in this match and Matt throws a ladder at Bubba Ray. The Hardyz then clothesline a ladder into Edge. Matt powerslams D-Von on a ladder and then comes off the middle rope with an elbow drop.

Jeff hits a DDT on Bubba Ray and the pops him on a ladder before going to the top and going for a 450 splash but Bubba Ray gets out of the way! Bubba puts a ladder on top of Jeff and comes off the middle rope with a senton splash and gets a lot of ladder and not much Jeff. D-Von puts a ladder on top of Edge and drops an elbow on him. Bubba puts a ladder around his head and swings the ladder into everyone that’s moving! Edge and Christian dropkick the ladder into Bubba’s face. Edge and Christian throw D-Von into a ladder as Matt Hardy lays into Bubba outside of the ring. Christian climbs a ladder near the ropes and then launches himself onto Matt and Bubba Ray! A “Holy Shit” chant breaks out. Jeff Hardy climbs a ladder and Edge flies off the top rope with a spear! Edge climbs a ladder but Matt Hardy catches him and hits him with a crucifix powerbomb. Bubba Ray sets up two ladders alongside the one that is already set up. Christian climbs the middle one and then Bubba Ray climbs up another one and hits a modified version of a 3D! Matt Hardy throws Christian out of the ring and both Hardy Boyz climb a ladder either side of Bubba Ray before leaping off at the same time and hitting one half of the tag team champions with a splash and a legdrop.

Christian and D-Von climb a ladder and Edge joins them. Edge and Christian then hits a suplex on D-Von from the top of the ladder! The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian climb two ladders but all four men fly off. A “tables” chant breaks out as all 6 men climb ladders. Christian and Jeff Hardy get pushed off to the outside and all 6 men are pushed off the ladders! The Dudley Boyz are the only men left in the ring until Christian gets in the ring but he gets sandwiched by ladders! The Dudleyz then hit a 3D on Edge before heading to the outside to get tables! The Dudleyz set up two ladders and a place a table along the top! They then climb the ladders but the Hardy Boyz pull them down. The Dudleyz then set up two tables in the ring and one outside the ring. Bubba Ray sets Matt Hardy up for a powerbomb and form the Spanish announce table he powerbombs Matt through another table! D-Von comes off the top with a headbutt on Jeff who is lying on another table but Jeff rolls out of the way!

Bubba Ray throws a ladder at Jeff outside of the ring which looked very painful. Bubba Ray then finds a huge ladder in the entrance way and sets it up in the aisle. Bubba grabs another table and sets it up underneath the ladder. Christian nails Bubba Ray with the ring bell and he falls on the table.  Jeff then takes off his top and climbs the huge ladder. He gets to the top and jumps off, hitting the Swanton Bomb on Bubba Ray through the table! In the ring, D-Von climbs up a ladder in the ring. Matt Hardy pulls him down and hits the Twist Of Fate on him. Matt then climbs up one ladder and Christian the other. Both men get to the top where the table is. They crawl across and Edge climbs up the ladder. Edge then pushes Matt through the table below! Edge grabs the titles and Edge and Christian have won the match and the tag team titles! What a match! These 6 men killed themselves in this one.

Rating: 8.75/10

Kevin Kelly is backstage with Lina McMahon and Mick Foley. Foley says that this is the biggest match on the biggest show of the year in the biggest year in WWF history. He says that tonight a fairytale will come true for him.

The Kat vs. Terri Runnels – Cat Fight

The rules for this one is that the first girl to throw the other one out of the ring is the winner. This will be bad. Val Venis is the special guest referee for this one. The Kat is accompanied by Mae Young whilst Terri is with The Fabulous Moolah. How are these two girls on the card over the likes of Jacqueline, Ivory and Luna? Both women kiss up to Val in the early going. Both women have had one PPV match before, The Kat won hers and Terri lost hers. Terri throws The Kat around the ring by her hair but Kat gets back into it with a speak. Mae Young then gets up on the apron trying to get her puppies out. Val stops her but what he doesn’t see is The Kat throw Terri out of the ring! Moolah rolls Terri back in and Mae Young goes after Moolah! Mae Young chases Moolah through the ring and Mae ends up kissing Venis! That distracts Val again and once again The Kat throws Terri out of the ring. Moolah puts Terri back in and pulls out The Kat. Val manages to get Mae off him, sees Terri in the ring and calls for the bell. Terri wins this one. Mae Young then hits a bronco buster on Moolah and The Kat strips Terri! Entertaining in a lot of ways but not in a wrestling way.

Rating: 1.25/10

The Radicalz is backstage and Eddie Guerrero tells Malenko and Saturn that Chyna can’t handle his Latino Heat. Chyna is watching on a monitor and is disgusted.

The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn) vs. Too Cool (Grand Master Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty) & Chyna

This is a Wrestlemania debut for the majority of the 6 in this match. It’s an in-ring PPV debut for Eddie Guerrero. This is pretty much a re-match from No Way Out last month but Chris Benoit and Rikishi, who were in the No Way Out match, are replaced with Eddie Guerrero and Chyna. No woman in WWF history has wrestled as many PPV match as Chyna, who is in her 12th PPV match tonight. Eddie Guerrero starts the match with Scotty 2 Hotty. Scotty hits a monkey flip and a backbreaker and then tags in Chyna. Eddie crawls along the ring and tags in Dean Malenko who gets caught with a clothesline. Malenko sets up for a powerbomb but Scotty hits a clothesline. Chyna tags in Grand Mast Sexay and he and Chyna hit a double suplex on Malenko. Malenko tags Guerrero in and Sexay hits a belly to back suplex before heading to the top  but Saturn pushes him off the top rope.

Too Cool and Rikishi won the 6 man tag match at No Way Out so it’ll be interesting to see if this is the same result, I hope it’s not. Saturn tags in briefly before tagging back out to Malenko. Guerrero is then in and he hits a suplex. Scotty tags back in but gets caught with a hotshot on the ropes. Guerrero hits a suplex and then goes out to the apron and slingshots back in. Eddie then nails Chyna off the apron! This gives Scotty the opportunity to get back into it and he hits some right hands. Grand Master Sexay then suplexes Guerrero to the outside. Too Cool, Saturn and Malenko are all in the ring now and Scotty has both men down before nailing both with The Worm! Guerrero gets back in but gets caught with a right hand. He then distracts the referee whilst Malenko and Saturn double team Scotty Too Hotty. Eddie tags Perry in who hits a superkick of sorts. He then goes to the top and hits a beautiful looking elbow drop. He then tags Eddie who goes to the top  but Scotty knocks him onto the ropes!

Scotty hits a superplex and both men are down. Scotty tags Chyna and Guerrero runs for cover! Chyna knocks down Saturn and Malenko with clotheslines and power slams before hitting her trademark backflip elbows on both men. She then hits both with low blows! Guerrero comes in and attacks her from behind before going for a powerbomb. Chyna nips down and hits Guerrero with a powerbomb of her own! Her trousers are falling down but she grabs Eddie by the crotch and then gorilla press slam him! Chyna locks on a sleeper and drops him down to the mat! She covers him and gets the 3! Wow, Chyna and Too Cool win in a shocking result. The Radicalz continue to look for their first PPV victory.

Rating: 6/10

There’s a VT for some woman who won tickets for Wrestlemania. She’s front row and screaming now.

Shane McMahon and Big Show are backstage confident that tonight their era begins.

Kurt Angle is backstage with a security guard asking for extra security when he celebrates his victory later.

Kurt Angle (c)(c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho – 2 Fall Intercontinental & European title match

Three men making their PPV debuts tonight. Kurt Angle walks into it with an almost unblemished PPV record having previously beaten Shawn Stasiak, Steve Blackman and Chris Jericho but he did lose at the Rumble to Tazz. The Fink tells us that the first fall tonight will be for the Intercontinental title and the second will be for the European belt which seems the wrong way round. Jericho walks out with a mic saying he can’t guarantee he’ll walk out of this match with any titles but he will guarentee a Y2J beating. There are 7 wrestlers on this card so far that have deceased as I write this. That’s the same as the very first Wrestlemania, 15 years prior. Benoit attacks Angle as he makes his entrance. Jericho hits a dropkick on Angle and then goes for his springboard but Benoit makes sure that doesn’t happen. Jericho then dropkicks both Angle and Benoit off the apron. Jericho goes outside but gets back body dropped into the ring steps. Angle then hits a belly to belly suplex on Y2J in the ring for a near fall. Benoit hits a big clothesline on Angle and Jericho breaks up the cover.

Jericho hits some chops on Benoit and some knees in the corner. He then hits a double underhook backbreaker on Angle before going to the top and getting knocked off by Benoit. Benoit then hits a snap suplex on Angle. Jericho hits a dropkick off the second rope but can’t get the cover as Benoit breaks it up. It was Bob Backlund that got Angle into this triple threat match. Angle hits a suplex on Benoit and gets a two count. Jericho hits a bulldog on Angle for a two. Benoit is looking for his first WWF PPV victory tonight. Angle hits him with a belly to back suplex and Jericho breaks up the cover. Jericho applies a cam clutch to Benoit and Angle tries to get involved but Jericho sees him coming and gives him a boot and then a suplex. Benoit covers Angle for a two count. There’s a decent combination of offence that results in Angle dropkicking Benoit out of the ring. Angle then locks a crossface chickenwing on Jericho. Benoit breaks it up and throws Angle out of the ring and into the front row! Benoit then comes off the top rope with a headbutt off the top on Jericho! Benoit gets the three count and wins the Intercontinental title!

Benoit pins Jericho again to try and win the European title but Angle breaks it up. Angle hits a slam on Benoit then heads to the top for a moonsault but Jericho pushes him down onto the ropes. Benoit then knocks Jericho onto the top rope and hits a belly to back suplex. Angle then stands up on the top rope and goes for a moonsault but misses everyone! Jericho then locks the Walls Of Jericho on Angle but Benoit breaks it up. Angle slams Benoit but Jericho hits him with an elbow. Jericho then hits a double powerbomb on Angle and then Benoit hits a triple german suplex on Jericho but angle breaks up the bridge. Benoit then hits a German on Angle and gets a 2 count. Jericho then accidentally nails referee Tim White with a flying forearm. Benoit locks a Crippler Crossface on Benoit and Jericho taps! Jericho then locks the Walls Of Jericho on Benoit! Angle grabs the European title and clocks Jericho with it. The referee wakes up but Benoit breaks up the count.

Benoit and Angle slug it out in the ring resulting in Benoit hitting a suplex and then going to the top and missing his flying headbutt. Jericho then hits the springboard moonsault on Benoit and Jericho hooks the leg for the three! Jericho wins the European title! Angle is left in the ring having lost both his Intercontinental and European title without being pinned! Kurt can’t believe it!

Rating: 7.5/10

Michael Cole is backstage with Vince McMahon who says he’s always a factor. Vince says that The Rock is confident and tonight he will make it right.

Triple H is then shown with Stephanie saying he will not be beaten because he is that damn good.

Road Dogg & X Pac vs. Kane & Rikishi

Kane is distracted in the early going as Paul Bearer and Tori get into a confrontation. In the ring X Pac and Road Dogg attempt to double team Rikishi until X Pac runs off to save Tori. Rikishi then rams his backside into the face of Road Dogg and aims to do the same to Tori but X Pac pulls his girlfriend out. DX then head to the back but Kane and Rikishi bring them back to the ring. The match finally gets started in the ring and X Pac hits a spinning heel kick and Bronco Buster on Rikishi! X Pac tags Road Dogg who hits his trademark jabs on the big man followed by the shaky leg knee drop. X Pac is tagged back in and he kicks away at Rikishi. Rikishi bounces Pac off the ropes and hits a diamond cutter. Rikishi tags Kane who takes apart both DX members, hitting a big boot on Road Dogg and a back body drop on X Pac. Kane drops X Pac in the corner and then tells Rikishi to rub his arse in his face but Tori pulls X Pac out the ring. Paul Bearer then throws Tori in the ring and Kane viciously throws her into the corner. Rikishi then rubs his arse in her face. Kane hits X Pac with a Tombstone and that’s all she wrote. Kane and Rikishi win a pretty quick match up.

After the match Too Cool are out with their sunglasses. The San Diego chicken then runs out and wants to get involved too. Pete Rose was around earlier with Jerry Lawler. Pete Rose had a baseball bat too. Kane watches the chicken as Too Cool, Rikishi and the chicken bust a move in the ring. Kane then grabs the chicken but from behind comes Pete Rose with his baseball bat! Rikishi grabs the bat off him and Kane then chokeslams Pete Rose! Too Cool prop Pete up in the corner and Rikishi rubs the ass in his face! The aftermath was as entertaining as the match!

Rating: 4/10

Kevin Kelly is backstage with The Rock. He’s here to layeth the smacketh down on all of their candy asses.

There’s some celebs in the house including Screen from Saved By The Bell.

Triple H (c) vs. The Rock vs. The Big Show vs. Mick Foley – Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match for the WWF Title

Every competitor in this match has a McMahon in their corner. The Rock is with Vince, Foley with Linda, Big Show with Shane and Triple H has Stephanie of course. Big Show has a t shirt saying “Big Nasty Bastard”. Foley is out first, then Big Show, then The Rock, could that be the order of elimination tonight? No heel has ever walked out of Wrestlemania as WWF Champion. Could Triple H or Big Show be the first? A WWF Champion hasn’t retained their title at Wrestlemania since 1995 when Diesel beat Shawn Michaels. This is the first time 4 men have been involved in a Wrestlemania main event since the very first Wrestlemania. Every Wrestlemania main event has either involved Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker or The Rock. It’s no disqualifications in this one as all four men go at it. Foley hammers away at Triple H, running his knee into his face. The Rock and The Big Show go at it in the other corner. Big Show then takes Foley and Helmsley down with a clothesline. Big Show lost to Foley at Wrestlemania last year. In fact, Foley was the only one of these four men to win at Wrestlemania last year. Show gorilla press slams Rocky  and then does the same to Triple H.

Show hits Foley with a headbutt and then goes for The Rock. Foley jumps on Shows back but the big man just drops backwards. Show hits a sidewalk slam on the man he beat ay No Way Out, The Rock. He then goes for a chokeslam on Triple H but Mick Foley saves the champion. Foley, Rock and Triple H then triple team The Big Show. It takes three clotheslines to take the big man down. Foley clotheslines Triple H out of the ring and goes with him. Big Show hits a big boot on The Rock as Foley hits Triple H with a chair. Shane pulls The Rocks foot and gets a slap for his actions. Foley then hits Big Show with a chair and Rock hits Show with a Rock Bottom! He pins him and Big Show is eliminated!

We’re down to three. Show loses at back to back Wrestlemanias. Since the last Wrestlemania Big Show has turned face on Vince McMahon, then heel with The Undertaker, then face when his dad died, and then heel again when he “won” the Royal Rumble. Triple H wants Foley to double team The Rock with him. Foley shakes his head. Triple H then gives The Rock the same offer. The Rock nods his head and then lays into Triple H! Both The Rock and Triple H beat Foley to win their first WWF titles. Foley also beat The Rock to win his first WWF title. Rock and Foley double team Triple H on the outside with The Rock hitting a big clothesline on the champ. Foley then throws Rocky the bell and holds Triple H for him but Helmsley ducks and The Rock nails Mick! Triple H then throws The Rock into the ring steps and stands over The Rock n Sock Connection. Mick then grabs the barb wire 2×4! He swings it at The Game but Triple H ducks and hits a low blow before grabbing the 2×4 himself and swinging it into Foley’s gut. The Rock then saves Foley and lands some right hands before being thrown out of the ring.

Foley then hits the double armed DDT on Triple H! He reaches into his tights and grabs Mr Socko! Foley rams it down Triple H’s throat! The Rock gets into the ring and lays Triple H out with the WWF Title! He then sets up for the People’s Elbow but Mick Foley rams Mr Socko down The Rocks throat! Triple H hits a double low blow knocking both men down. Vince McMahon slides a chair in the ring. Foley hits a clothesline on The Rock and gets  2 count. We know there will be a tournament to crown a new champion if Foley wins tonight. Foley gets another near fall on The Rock. Foley grabs the chair but Rocky kicks it in his face. The Rock then hits a DDT and Triple interrupts the count. God knows why. Foley says he and Triple H should double team The Rock which gets him boo’d. Both men take shots at The Rock. Foley hits The Rock with some stairs and then dives off the top rope onto The Rock who is lying on the announce table. Foley misses by a distance. Triple H then jumps off the barricade on The Rock and the table gives way. Back in the ring and Triple H nails Foley with the Pedigree. Foley kicks out! Triple H hits him with a chair and then hits a Pedigree on the chair. And that’s enough for the three. Foley is eliminated.

We are down to just Triple H and The Rock. Sort of. Foley comes back and hits Triple H in the face with the barb wire 2×4! The Rock voers Helmsley for a 2! Both men get up and The Rock lays into Triple H with right hands. Rocky then clotheslines Triple H out of the ring. The Rock then takes Triple H to his favourite place, at the top of the entrance way. The Rock hits a suplex. The Rock then grabs the steps but Triple H hits him with a chair, knocking him down to the ground and Helmsley continues to leather him with the chair! Triple H then hits a piledriver on the steel steps! Helmsley pins The Rock in the ring and gets a 2. The two men slug it out in the ring and The Rock has Triple H hooked for a Rock Bottom but Triple H gets out of it and sets up for The Pedigree but The Rock back body drops him out of the ring. The Rock battles Triple H into the crowd and then back to the ringside area. Rocky suplex’s Tri0ple H through the announce table and both men are down. Vince McMahon then throws Triple H into the ringpost! Shane McMahon then runs back and attacks his dad! Shane hits Vince with a television monitor! Vince gets up and knocks Shane down with a right! With blood running form his face, Vince lays into Shane but Shane hits him with a low blow.

Shane then hits Vince with a steel chair! Vince gets carried to the back by Patterson and Briscoe. In the ring The Rock hits Triple H with some right hands and a DDT for a near fall. Rocky hits a powerslam for another near fall. Triple H hits a facebuster and then hits The Rock with the barb wire 2×4! Shane then gets in the ring and The Rock catapults Triple H into Shane! Rock hits the Rock Bottom on Triple H but he doesn’t capitalise. Shane stands over the two men with a steel chair but Vince McMahon comes back and lays out his son! Vince then grabs the chair and nails The Rock! The crowd go mental! Triple H covers The Rock but The Rock kicks out! Vince gets the chair again and nails The Rock again! Triple H covers The Rock again and this time it’s over! Triple H retains his WWF title! Rubbish is thrown into the ring and Vince gets soaked. Vince and Stephanie embrace and the same looks to happen with Shane but The Rock runs back and hits The Rock Bottom on Shane and Vince! Stephanie then slaps The Rock and he lays her out with a Rock Bottom and a People’s Elbow!

Rating: 7/10

 

Well, that was an interesting Wrestlemania. It’s amazing that the biggest show of the year can only have one singles match and that was the awful “Cat fight” between Terri Runnels and The Kat. The less said about that, the better. But the likes of Ivory, Jacqueline and Luna who can actually wrestle must’ve been gutted that they weren’t on this card. The opening match wasn’t too bad though and Bull Buchanan in particular impressed me. He showed a lot of athleticism and I think he and Boss Man could be a good fit, a better team than Boss Man and Albert. I’m not sure where this leaves The Godfather who is still extremely over and D-lo who has fallen down the pecking order. The battle royal was good fun but the ending was an utter bodge. I believe the timer was supposed to run out on Hardcore Holly and so Crash was suposed to win. There was a lot of confusion and it definitely ruined the mood. This sort of thing shouldn’t have happened on the biggest show of the year. Still, a fun match.

The T & A/Blackman and Snow match wasn’t very good. Something just did not click with these two teams. I would definitely end this rivalry now and maybe have T & A feud with The Acolytes, another big brawling team. Snow and Blackman are making for good comic relief but I can’t see them getting near the tag team titles anytime soon. We then had the amazing triple threat ladder match between the Dudleys, Hardys and Edge and Christian. This was filled with some amazing spots and all six men gave it everything they had. Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb off the top of the ladder in the entrance way was amazing. As was the spot at the end with Matt Hardy going through the table. Edge and Christian win the tag team titles for the first time and they’re starting to show signs of a heel turn so it’ll be interesting to see if that continues. I was a little surprised the Dudley Boyz lost their first tag team titles so quickly.

The worst booking of the night for me was Chyna and Too Cool beating The Radiclaz. Now I think this was done for two reasons. Firstly, it shows that the “WWF” mainstays are better than the “wCw guys” and secondly, I think it might lead to a break up in the Radicalz after back to back PPV losses. They definitely should have won this match and it’s disappointing to see otherwise. Overall, not a bad match though. The Intercontinental/European title triple threat match was a good one. Three fantastic workers that for me, could have had a better match. But still, it was a decent match that led to Kurt Angle losing both of his titles. This should lead to some more excellent promo work from Angle, who will be angry after this one. Benoit goes home with the IC title which I probably wouldn’t have called, although he has been getting the biggest push of the Radicalz. Jericho takes the European title which is a bit of a step down considering he was Intercontinental champion a month ago. I think he’ll help bring the European championship some credibility. I’m sure angle will continue feuding with at least one of these guys.

The tag match between DX and Kane and Rikishi was short and sweet and was the right result. Kane and Rikishi won but I hope it’s not the end of the feud between Kane and X Pac. I’m not sure if this match was used to further their feud or the feud between Kane and Pete Rose. It’s always hilarious to see Pete Rose come out and get his ass handed to him. Then ewas the main event. I don’t mind the result, it’s the first time in history that a heel has left Wrestlemania as WWF Champion. It had to come down to Triple H and The Rock. They were the main two. Big Show was eliminated pretty early and that’s fine. Foley had a good run in the match and teased a win but at the end of the day it was all about the top heel and face, Triple H and The Rock. Vince McMahon turned heel on The Rock which was half expected and it seems there is more of a McMahon/Helmsley partnership than originally thought. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the feud between Triple H and The Rock continue. Good match between these four, in what was Mick Foley’s final match.

Overall, I would have liked to see more singles matches. Maybe a final match between X Pac and Kane. Rikishi could have replaced Chyna in the 6 man and Road Dogg could’ve been in the Hardcore match. It felt like a clustered card but not the worst Wrestlemania in history, that’s for sure. The quality just didn’t match the last couple of PPVs.

Overall Rating: 53.3/100 (ranked joint 66th out of 107)

Match Of The Night: Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian
Worst Match Of The Night: The Kat vs. Terri Runnels
Surprise Of The Night: Kurt Angle loses both titles
Worst Booking Of The Night: Too Cool & Chyna beat The Radicalz
Superstar Of The Night: Triple H
Wrestlemania 2000 Will Be Remembered For: Triple threat ladder match, Mick Foley retirement match

 

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  1. Let me give my two pence worth on what could’ve been for WrestleMania 16, booking-wise:

    The only superstars to not wrestle on this show were Stevie Richards, Mark Henry (who was backstage when Foley got his big round of applause from the entire roster), Essa Rios, Mideon (who was originally advertised to be in the Hardcore Battle Royal), Gangrel, Gillberg, Davey Boy Smith, Ivory, Jacqueline, Luna Vachon, and Lita.

    Had Billy Gunn not gotten injured before No Way Out, I would’ve imagined the bookers shoehorning the New Age Outlaws into the ladder match. In fact, here’s how they would’ve been booked:

    As the Outlaws are being interviewed by Michael Cole, gloating that they will leave Anaheim with the titles once again, they’re attacked by the Dudleyz and locked in a boiler room, and by the time the Outlaws do get out, the ladder match is already over and Edge & Christian have won the gold, which could set up Edge & Christian vs. the Outlaws at Backlash.

    Meanwhile, Kane and X-Pac could have a casket match, with Kane winning by stuffing both X-Pac and Tori inside the casket, just like what Undertaker did to Men on a Mission at In Your House #5.

    The reason why I’m saying this is because I kept thinking about how on Raw Roulette in October 2002, Hurricane Helms was beaten up backstage by HHH and Ric Flair, thus forcing Kane to defend the Raw Tag-Team Championship alone against Jericho & Christian, Bubba & Spike, and Jeff & RVD in Tables, Ladders, & Chairs 4.

    Also, we could’ve also replaced Terri vs. Kat with Val Venis vs. Rikishi, which starts off as a friendly match, only to have Venis slowly grow frustrated and then walking off with a sour look on his face after Rikishi gets the win.

    As for Sunday Night Heat, you could have had a women’s battle royal for the sake of it, with Ivory, Jackie, Terri, Kat, Moolah, Mae Young, Luna, and Lita duking it out, while Stephanie McMahon does guest commentary, gloating about how she’ll take on all comers and prove herself as the greatest Women’s Champion of all time, like a comedy heel. Lita wins, because that would set things up between her and Steph down the line.

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