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
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