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WWF bids farewell to SkyDome


By JOHN F. MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling

 The nicest thing I can say about the WWF's final house show at the SkyDome tonight is that the beer vendors served Keith's, my preferred ale of choice. It's a good thing, too, because had it not been for my pre-show trip to the beer garden where I indulged in a few cold ones, I doubt I would have been able to sit through what was about to come.

Alas, not even the influence of alcohol could dim my senses enough to make me forget what a horrible event this was. And folks, it was a stinker!

Considering the show comes one day prior to a live RAW taping in Rochester, NY, I can't be too surprised with the lack of effort displayed by the majority of the roster tonight. Still, it was obvious from the outset that the boys had no intention of putting their working boots on and decided to just phone this one in like they've done so many times before.

And so, another chapter in Toronto wrestling ends with this, the final WWF event at the SkyDome. Forgettable house shows and mega-hyped RAW tapings over the past few years are nothing more than memories now. Not happy with simply stinking out the SkyDome, the WWF have set their sites on the Air Canada Centre, where they'll soon begin a new era of house show mediocrity.

In a way it's fitting that the WWF chose to tender their relationship with the Skydome on a bad note. Almost five years ago, they decided to say goodbye to another Toronto venue in much the same way. The WWF bid farewell to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1995 with a stinker of a show that I still have nightmares about. The main event, a forgettable tilt between then WWF World champion Kevin Nash and Waylon Mercy (don't ask, I have no explanation why), was such a horrendous match that I convinced myself at the time that no future Toronto main events could possibly be as bad.

Leave it to the WWF to find a way. As bad as the Nash vs Mercy debacle was, at least it was short. Tonight's main event of Too Cool vs T&A was a laughable farce that the WWF should be ashamed of. I'm not sure why the WWF brain trust felt Toronto didn't deserve a credible main event, but obviously we did something to piss them off. What other reason could they have for giving us such a poor main event?

Too Cool, as over as they may be, have no business being in a main event, if for no other reason than the pure stupidity of Scotty Too Hotty's finishing move, The Worm. This idiotic manoeuvre has replaced The People's Elbow as the most moronic move in all of wrestling. In the time it took Scotty to execute it, I made my way up to the beer garden for another Keith's and made my way back to my seat. Now, you're telling me that Test couldn't have recovered in that same time? As for Trish Stratus, she has all the charisma and ring presence of a stick of butter. Whatever she's earning, it's waaaay too much. Her pre-match address to the crowd on the p.a. system was so lame it made me think she's been taking lessons on how to deliver a promo from a postal worker.

And even when she has to get involved in a match, she botches it badly. Tonight, she mistimed an interference spot where the Cat was to prevent her from nailing Scotty with her boot. She took her cue too soon as the Cat was out of position to stop her. As a result, Stratus was like a deer caught in a pair of headlights as she held her boot over her head, not two feet away from Scotty, waiting for the Cat to stop her. In the time she had that thing over her head, I made another round trip to the beer gardens. Hope you haven't quit your day job, dear.

Kudos to the WWF for duping a throng of rabid fans into thinking what they actually saw tonight was wrestling. It wasn't. What I saw tonight bears no resemblance to pro wrestling. It was a horse and pony show with bits of burlesque and vaudevillian comedy thrown in for good measure. And it was, by far, one of the worst WWF house shows I've attended since that fateful day back in 1995.

At least the beer was cold, though.


WWF - June 5th, 2000 - Skydome Results


The Godfather Vs D-Lo Brown

  • Godfather came down to the ring with his bevy of women and did the whole spiel about lighting one up and how pimpin' at easy. D-Lo tried to actually have a good match but Godfather wasn't interested. He scored the pin on D-Lo after splashing him in the corner with the 'Ho-Train'.

  • Winner: ...The Godfather.
  • Match Rating: 2 / 10.


    Bull Buchanan and The Big Bossman Vs Al Snow and Steve Blackman

  • Another nothing match. They didn't even try and looked as if they had somewhere else more important to be (which was probably the case). Buchanan pinned Blackman after nailing him with a pipe.

  • Winners: Bull Buchanan and The Big Bossman .
  • Match Rating: 3 / 10.


    Dean Malenko Vs Crash Holly (Light Heavyweight title)

  • Best match of the night. They did some nice mat wrestling and some innovative exchanges, which didn't seem to impress the fans too much. I guess they were all waiting for The Rock because it was so quiet you could have actually heard a pat of butter turn bad. Malenko won via submission when he made Holly submit to the Texas Cloverleaf.

  • Winner: Dean Malenko.
  • Match Rating: 6.5 / 10.


    Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) Vs Perry Saturn (European Heavyweight Title)

  • Crowd popped huge for Eddie's entrance with Chyna. They traded of some moves before Guerrero nailed Saturn with a tornado DT and tried to follow it up with a frogsplash. Saturn moved out of the way and executed a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. After that, the match went downhill as there was a ref bump followed by Saturn nailing Chyna to the floor off the apron. Saturn climbed to the top rope but was crotched by Chyna, allowing Eddie to score the pin. Predictable finish that even in my state I could see a mile away.

  • Winner: ...Eddie Guerrero.
  • Match Rating: 5 / 10.


    The Road Dogg, X-Pac and HHH Vs The Dudleys and The Rock

  • That's right folks, the two top stars in the promotion went on right before intermission. HHH went on some diatribe about Canadian fans while Road Dogg referred to HHH as the new 60-minute man. (Message to HHH's ego: a single one-hour match does not a 60-man make.) Rock ran in and cleared house. After some out of the ring brawling, the action tumbled back into the ring. The Dudley's had X-Pac set up for the Dudley Death Drop but HHH broke it up. HHH and The Rock found themselves in the ring alone when The Rock DDT'd the champ and executed the People's Elbow to score the pin. After the match, The Rock sang and did his entire repertoire of quotes that garnered a Pavlov-like response from the crowd.

  • Winners: The Dudleys and The Rock .
  • Match Rating: 5 / 10.


    Chris Benoit Vs Val Venis Vs Chris Jericho Vs Hardcore Holly (Intercontinental Heavyweight Title - Four-Way match)

  • So far the evening was a bust I was hoping that Benoit and Jericho could help make this night not seem like a total waist of time. Sadly, my prayers weren't answered. They were clearly handicapped by having Venis and Holly in there. Jericho and Benoit had a nice but brief exchange before Benoit pinned Holly. A useless match that clocked in at just over five minutes. (God forbid they let Jericho and Benoit go out there alone and give them enough time to have a good match).
  • Winner: ...Chris Benoit .
  • Match Rating: 4 / 10.


    Edge and Christian Vs The Hardy Boyz

  • It started off fast paced but after a few minutes they went to rest holds and shifted into cruise control. After a ref bump, Lita ran out from the back and nailed Edge with a top rope Huracanrana. Move of the night, by far. One of the Hardys did the senton bomb on Edge and scored the pin.
  • Winner: The Hardy Boyz .
  • Match Rating: 4 / 10.


    Kurt Angle Vs Rikishi

  • The less said about this match the better. In fact, I feel bad even calling it a match because that would imply actual wrestling took place... which of course it didn't. After a lame ref bump, Rikishi scored the pin. Ah well, at least they kept it short.
  • Winner: Rikishi .
  • Match Rating: 0 / 10.


    T&A Vs Too Cool (World Tag Team Titles)

  • Trish Stratus came down to ringside wearing a Canadian flag jacket. Too Cool brought down the Cat to neutralize Stratus. After some quote-unquote wrestling, they had the obligatory cat fight spot. Val Venis ran down to interfere but Rikishi took care of him. Brian Christopher scored the pin on Test after executing a tope rope, double leg drop.
  • Winner: Too Cool .
  • Match Rating: 1 / 10.


  • Overall Event Rating: 2 / 10.