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WWF House Show Report
WWF returns to Vancouver

By CATHERINE SALMON -- for SLAM! Wrestling

Tajiri (Cruiserweight Champion) defeated Billy Kidman:
This was the first match of the night and, despite the initial cheers for Kidman, he really heard only boos once the match started. Torrie Wilson was at Tajiri's side, to the joy of the guys sitting near us at ringside. All in all, a good to average match, lots of good wrestling moves and holds, just not a lot of heat between the guys.

The Hurricane defeated Sho Funaki:
The Hurricane entered without Molly to a moderate pop. The longer the match went on, the more the crowd got behind him, partially due to Funaki's excellent heel performance complete with eye rakes and other dasterdly moves. There were lots of laughs as well, comedic eye pokes, mugging for the audience, and a foot stamping temper tantrum from Funaki. Hurricane won with a high flying finish.

Val Venis defeated Ron Waterman:
Val entered the ring to a sizeable pop and launched into his spiel about finding a lady in the audience, complete with girls holding "Pick me, Val" signs. But then he said that he'd rather kiss a moose than a Vancouver chick and of course the cheers turned to a round of boos. The match itself was good in terms of a variety of holds and moves, some fighting outside the ring too. In the end, Venis picked up the win with a leghold submission move. Interestingly, after the match, Waterman got a big pop when he left the ring.

Mighty Molly defeated Jacqueline:
Overall, good crowd response and a good match, lots of good moves, some flying, some slams. Molly played at the heel with eye rakes and ended up getting quite the mix of boos and cheers.

Hardy Boyz vs Dudley Boyz (with Stacey Keibler) vs Scotty 2 Hotty & Albert (elimination match):
All received big pops on their ring entrance but the loudest female reaction was for the Hardys. Good long match with lots of humourous bits as well as excellent moves. At one point early on, Buh Buh leaned his crotch into Keibler's face, then moved away and came back to do it again with his butt and got it pushed away. Scotty also made a point early on of looking in his pockets for something...he finally pulled out his middle finger for the Dudleys. There was also a dance contest between Scotty, Jeff and Buh buh (shades of ECW), Scotty really was putting on the comedy act. Typical wild match for these three teams with power moves from Albert, brawling from the Dudleys and high flying moves from the Hardeys. Scotty and Albert were eliminated first when Scotty was given the 3-D. Much of the rest of the match involved both Dudleys beating on Jeff until finally Jeff came off the top rope onto D-von and Matt got the pin. Overall impression, the Hardy Boyz have a lot of shrieking female fans to go along with the male ones.

Lance Storm defeated Rob Van Dam:
The ending to this one suprised me. I didn't expect RVD to lose, considering his recent high level matches, despite Storm being a Canadian boy. RVD got a huge pop and chants of RVD. The match was very quick paced, most of RVD's moves came into play, one almost pin of Storm was the result of RVD's rolling thunder move. But in the end Lance came off the top rope and nailed RVD and got the pin. The fans still poppped big for RVD on his exit. And to express the opinion of several female fans at ringside...RVD not only has all the moves, he has an ass female fans drool over.

Diamond Dallas Page (European Champion) defeated Christian:
It was a night for Canadians to trash talk Vancouver. Christian was no exception, quickly turning his cheers into boos. DDP came out to a big pop and announced that he'd kick Christian's ass for Vancouver. A lot of the match took place outside the ring, some of it with Christain running away. DDP ended up in a sleeper several times, but in the end came out the winner and left ringside through the crowd.

Test defeated Kane:
Another surprising finish with a Canadian coming out on top. Earl Hebner came out to referee this one. Kane entered amidst his red light and smoke to the biggest pop so far and a huge female response as well. This match had lots of punching and outside the ring fighting early on. As is not unusual with two big guys in the ring, it was a relatively slow moving match with lots of power moves, slams and clotheslines. Test used his typical boot to the face and pump-handle slams, he also had a little temper tantrum after a failed pin attempt. In the end, Kane clotheslined Test and went to the top rope. He missed and got a boot to the face from Test who pinned Kane with both feet on the ropes.

Chris Jericho (Heavyweight Champion) defeating Triple H by DQ:
Jericho entered the ring and like others before him, proceeded to trash talk Vancouver. When Triple H entered, it was to the biggest pop of the night. This match also had a fair bit of outside ring action. At one point Jericho left ringside only to be pursued by Triple H and brought back. Jericho also slammed Triple H's head into the ring steps and dropped him across the barrier, something Triple H also did to Jericho. At one point, Jericho had the walls of jericho on Triple H, who reached the ropes after the fans started chanting his name. When Jericho attempted the hold again, Triple H kicked him off and he collided with the referee, knocking him out. Triple H put Jericho in the walls and Jericho tapped but the ref was out and at this point Christian interfered and got the pedigree for his trouble. However, Jericho snatched his belt and hit HHH with it but wasn't able to pin him. So he went for a chair which HHH grabbed from him and hit him with. At this point, of course, the referee noticed the chair and disqualified HHH. HHH is not happy and gives the ref the pedigree and leaves. After a few minutes, he returned and gives the pedigree to Jericho to a huge ovation from the fans.

All in all, a very entertaining evening from the WWF. Come back more often guys.


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