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Wight retains title against Triple H at SkyDome


By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

 The Big Show dished out the big hurt as he defeated Triple H to retain the WWF World Title in SkyDome tonight. Unusually positioned as the sixth event in a ten match card (World Title matches are more often than not the main event of the evening), the text book kick, punch and stomp encounter was the only disappointment in an otherwise satisfying outing by the World Wrestling Federation.

THE BIG SHOW vs HHH
The Big Show battles Triple H at SkyDome Saturday, November 20. -- Veronica Henri, Toronto Sun
For the record, Mankind, Al Snow and The Hollys stole the show with a one of a kind tag match that had SkyDome rumbling with laughter. Here's hoping the bout is "replayed" on Raw or an upcoming pay-per-view. (See details in the results below).

Originally it was supposed to be Steve Austin taking on Triple H and The Big Show locking horns with The Big Bossman. Austin's nagging neck injury, which rumor has it could keep him out of in-ring for good, caused the WWF to reorganize the card.

Triple H stupidly tried to match strength with The Big Show in the early going. Wight shrugged off the leader of D-Generation X twice without breaking a sweat. Helmsley unloaded on the Big Show with some Mongolian punches in a corner. Wight reversed an Irish Whip landing two neck-snapping clotheslines. Triple H took a walk. Fed-up with Triple H's stalling tactics, The Big Show chased him around the ring. Helmsley caught the lumbering Big Slow coming back into the ring with some atomic stomps.

Big Show unleashed another masterful clothesline as Triple H fought back by landing a series of Tasmanian haymakers off the ropes. An uppercut sent Triple H through the ropes and onto the floor. The two superstars brawled in the ringside area. Triple H ate the steel security fence but when Big Show attempted to ram him into the steel post, Helmsley reversed it pushing Wight into it and then into the ring stairs. Returning to the ring, Helmsley super-stomped The Big Show. An extraordinary Big Knee caught Wight in the kisser. Triple H got a two count.

Helmsley jumped onto Wight's back cinching in a sleeper hold. The Big Show dropped to one knee though the crowd's chants encouraged him to "hulk-up" and backbreaker Triple H and also knock out the referee as he scooped up Helmsley. The Big Boss Man and Prince Albert did a run-in while the official lay motionless.

Helmsley scored another two count as Wight kicked out with authority. Triple H bounced off the ropes. Big Show caught him setting-up a Chokeslam. Before Helmsley could be raised to the roof, he low-blowed Wight. Triple H climbed to the top rope, dove off and was caught a second time. Big Show Chokeslammed Helmsley to get the 1-2-3 and hold onto the WWF World Heavyweight Title. After the match, Triple H cut a promo by saying he was pretty disappointed he didn't win back the title though he took comfort in the fact that at least he wouldn't have to start a title reign in a crappy city like Toronto. Gee, thanks Hunter. We love you too.

  • The next WWF SkyDome house show is on March 3rd next year.

    READER ALERT: Tickets for the March 3rd WWF event go on sale next Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The jabronis at the Toronto Star, who haven't faithfully covered professional wrestling in years, are jumping on the bandwagon and want local wrestling fans to shell out $1.50 for next week's Saturday Star. In that edition they are going to print some fancy dancy "code word" which will allow fans to buy tickets an hour earlier on Saturday. If you wish to tell the Star what you think about their cheesy promotion, e-mail them at mailto:editorial@thestar.ca.


    WWF SkyDome Results


    The Godfather Vs Steve Blackman

  • Godfather does his splash thingy and rolls-up Blackman for the win.

  • Winner: The Godfather at 4 minutes and 30 seconds .
  • Match Rating: 3 / 10.


    Prince Albert Vs Shawn Stasiak

  • Who woulda thunk it? This was actually a fine match-up. Prince Albert, the target of many a "Shave your back!" chants, torture racks and powerslams Stasiak.

  • Winner: Prince Albert at 5 minutes and 16 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


    Val Venis Vs Test

  • A battle of who-is-going-to-put-who-over-in-their-hometown. Venis resorts to pulling an illegal object out of his shorts to KO Test.

  • Winner: At 7 minutes and 34 seconds, Val Venis.
  • Match Rating: 6 / 10.


    D'Lo Brown (challenger) Vs The Bulldog (champion) (WWF European Title Match)

  • D'Lo powerbombs The Bulldog and gets a pinfall but the official scrubs the count as The Bulldog was partially in the ropes during the pinfall. A Bulldog Powerslam sends a disappointed D'Lo to the showers.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF European Champion...The Bulldog at 6 minutes and 16 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 4 / 10.


    Jericho
    WWF referee Tim White gives Chris Jericho and Too Cool's Grandmaster Sexy a rough time at Toronto's SkyDome Saturday, November 20. -- Veronica Henri, Toronto Sun


    Chris Jericho, Too Hott Vs Christian, Edge, Chyna

  • Jericho announces that Chyna won't be wrestling tonight so that match is now three against two. Chyna does come out wearing a cast near the conclusion of the match. She sneaks up on Jericho and hits her low-blow with the cast. Jericho falls off the apron clutching his groin. Christian hits a DDT to pin Scott Taylor. Jericho threatens Chyna with a hammer outside the ring. Too Hott convince him to "fight another day".

  • Winners: Christian, Chyna and Edge at 8 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


    Triple H (challenger) Vs The Big Show (champion) (WWF World Heavyweight Title Match)

  • Winner: ...and still WWF World Heavyweight Champion, The Big Show at 8 minutes and 22 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 3 / 10.


    The Dudley Boyz Vs The Hardy Boyz Vs The Acolytes (Tag Team Elimenation Match)

  • Jeff Hardy sends The Dudleys packing at 4:40. Man, The Dudleys were so much better in ECW. Bradshaw executes a Clothesline From Hell to pin Matt Hardy at 8 minutes and 2 seconds.

  • Winners: The Acolytes at 8 minutes and 10 seconds .
  • Match Rating: 5 / 10.


    X-Pac Vs Kane

  • Short and meaningless bout. Kane Chokeslams X-Pac to win with no interference from Triple H.

  • Winner: At 2 minutes and 52 seconds, Kane .
  • Match Rating: 2 / 10.


    Mankind, Al Snow Vs The Hollys

  • A classic. Mankind has the crowd singing "For he's a jolly good fellow" to Snow. Funny moments include, Mankind laughing over the house mic as Crash challenges him to a Mandible Claw test of strength, Al Snow switching places and jumping outside the ring to watch as Crash mistakenly arm breakers Hardcore over the top rope and Mankind - Snow cheering The Hollys as they brawl with one another. Great stuff! Snow clocks Crash with Head for the win.

  • Winners: Mankind and Al Snow at 17 minutes and 50 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 9 / 10.


    The Rock Vs The Big Bossman

  • A repeat of their meeting on Raw. The Rock is booed for not cutting any sort of promo before the start of the match. Prince Albert's interference with a steel chair to the head of The Rock doesn't keep the People's Champ down. Smackdown and People's Elbow drops Bossman. The Rock cuts his promo AFTER the match.

  • Winner: The Rock at 6 minutes and 4 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 5 / 10.


  • Total Event Time: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Overall Event Rating: 7 / 10.