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Old school WWF at ACC show
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day (otherwise known as It's-Okay-To-Get-Drunk-And-Make-A-Fool-Out-Of-Yourself Day) the WWF uncorked an exceptional house show at the Air Canada Centre last night. How can you tell that WrestleMania is around the corner, eh? Accented by old school booking the refreshing show was centered on good wrestling matches with large amounts of humour thrown in for good measure. It made for an entertaining card from top to bottom.

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Christian and the Edge pose with a prerun of the Toronto Sun. PHOTO: Greg Henkenhaf, Toronto Sun
Photo Gallery from the ACC
On the day where booze is king it was only fitting that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the WWF's resident beer-chugger, and his team of The Undertaker and Kane triumphed over a gang of heels comprised of Triple H, The Big Show and WWF Commissioner - William Regal. Even before the match began the recently appointed Commissioner made his presence felt announcing a blockbuster stipulation to the main even tag team match.

"I'm here to inform you that I have made a serious decision about tonight's contest," said Regal over the house mike. "If Triple H defeats "Stone Cold" Steve Austin he will be in the main event against The Rock at WrestleMania".

His WrestleMania spot on the line, Austin mocked Triple H from inside the ring as the heels paced outside refusing to get in.

"Show some respect and back up," ordered Triple H. Austin responded by giving The Game his trademarked "double finger" salute. Gathering Regal and The Big Show beside him, Triple H led his team back to the locker room while flipping Stone Cold off. The official started the obligatory ten count.

Regal began the match against Austin but it wasn't too long before Triple H was involved. He clotheslined Stone Cold from behind seconds after Regal locked up with him. Stone Cold recovered battering Triple H around the ring. Staggering too close to the opposing corner, The Game was clocked first by The Undertaker, then by Kane and finally by Austin. Stone Cold tagged Kane in who gave Triple H a big boot to the head. The Game slapped palms with The Big Show. Undertaker and Kane double-suplexed the big man over. Kane's flying clothesline from the top rope netted him a two count on The Big Show.

With Big Show gaining the upper-hand on Kane, Triple H and Regal had their way with him until a double tag saw Triple H in the ring with The Undertaker. The Game tried to split the scene, however, Taker pulled him back over the ropes and into the ring by his hair. A big foot and Sidewalk Slam had the ref laying down a one count for The Undertaker.

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Ivory ties up Molly Holly in the ropes. PHOTO: Greg Henkenhaf, Toronto Sun
Backed up into enemy territory, Undertaker was triple-teamed in a corner. From outside the ring Austin and Kane broke up the assault. Once order was restored, The Big Show put a headlock on Taker which lasted almost as long as Hulk Hogan's WWF World Title reign in the eighties. The Undertaker escaped by executing a devastating reverse suplex.

As The Undertaker, Kane, Regal and The Big Show brawled on the floor, Austin and Triple H battled in the ring. Austin almost saw his position at WrestleMania slip away when The Game Pedigreed him. Kane was able to pull Triple H off of Austin before the three count was completed. Triple H grabbed a steel chair from outside and was preparing to bring it down on a stunned Austin. Taker pulled the chair out of Triple H's hands and drove him down with a chokeslam. Joining in on the Let's-Make-A-Save theme, Regal interrupted Austin's attempted pin. A Stunner minutes later though sealed the deal putting Triple H away.

In came the beer and the post-match poundings. Kane and The Undertaker double-chokeslammed The Big Show. Kane missed a beer thrown to him by Austin and watched it hit the mat and roll out of the ring. Austin single-handedly gave Triple H and William Regal a double-stunner. The Big Show stood up quite dazed from the double-chokeslam. The Undertaker handed him a beer. As he proceeded to drink it, Austin kicked him in his prominently sagging abdomen and gave him a Stunner. He then poured a beer on Big Show's head.

  • No return date to Toronto was announced at the card.


    WWF-ACC Road To WrestleMania Results


    Crash Holly (champion) versus Dean Malenko (challenger) (WWF Lightweight Title Match)

  • Crash had Toronto Raptors basketball player Jerome Williams in his corner. Wonderful technical match though Holly was taken to school by Malenko. As Malenko put on the Texas Clover Leaf, Holly escaped, pushed him off the ropes and rolled him up for the pinfall.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF Lightweight Champion...Crash Holly at 8 minutes and 59 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 6 / 10.


    Saturn versus Chris Benoit

  • Another technical wrestling display. Malenko came down to interfere from outside the ring. A Death Valley Driver only got Saturn a two count on Malenko. Saturn submitted to the Crippler Crossface. Malenko was put in it too for sticking his nose in so often.

  • Winner: Chris Benoit at 11 minutes and 4 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


    Kurt Angle versus Billy Gunn

  • Angle split the arena down the middle as far as cheers and boos go. Angle questions Gunn about calling himself "The One". He says if Gunn is the best athlete then where are his gold medals to prove it? "You fans cheer for a man who used to call himself 'Mr. Ass?," shouted Angle. "I don't normally say this but you people of Toronto can kiss my Olympic ass."

  • Another back and forth bout with many counters and reversals. Angle kicked out of The Fame-Asser then stopped a slam to put Gunn in the Ankle Lock submission move. Gunn tapped out.

  • Winner: Kurt Angle at 10 minutes and 42 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


  • Trish Stratus came out and revoked her Canadian citizenship...in her hometown no less. She commented that she should be the WWF Women's World Heavyweight Champion. Stratus stayed around for the next bout.


    Ivory (champion) versus Molly Holly (challenger) (WWF Women's World Heavyweight Title Match)

  • In a brilliant angle, Ivory said that even though America wasn't getting Right To Censor's message, Canada's government was and that's why we didn't see Stratus strip on Raw recently. Trish interfered on Ivory's behalf. Ivory pinned Holly. While Stratus and Ivory stomped a mudhole in Holly, Lita made the save.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF Women's World Heavyweight Champion...Ivory at 3 minutes and 48 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 5 / 10.


    The Right To Censor (Bull Buchanan, The Good Father) (challengers) versus X-Pac, Justin Credible (challengers) versus The Hardy Boys (champions) (WWF World Tag Team Title Elimination Match)

  • Lita is not with The Hardys. Albert kicks Buchanan in the chops so that X-Pac can boot RTC at 3 minutes and 57 seconds. Credible and Albert are knocked out of the ring. A Swanton Bomb from Jeff finishes off X-Pac.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF World Tag Team Champions...The Hardy Boys at 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 6 / 10.


    Test (champion) versus Val Venis (challenger) (WWF European Title Match)

  • Richards extols the virtues of RTC. The government knows what's right for us, this according to Richards. Cut to Ontario Premier Mike Harris (Progressive Conservative Party) in the live audience pumping his fist and rooting on RTC. Funny stuff that. The fans boo Harris. "Why are you booing him?," says Venis. "You voted him into power." The man has a point. Diesel....I mean Big Sexy....I mean...Nash....I mean...Test wins with a big foot, of all things. Richards and Venis take the Pump-Handle Slam. Richard and Venis argue in the middle of the ring but hug and make up.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF European Champion, Test.
  • Match Rating: 3 / 10.


    Edge, Christian versus The Dudley Boys

  • Edge says that he and Christian are Canada's greatest exports not beer. Holding a copy of the Toronto Sun (with them on the front), Edge and Christian give the hometown fans a special 7-point-2 second pose. A retreating Edge and Christian have a ten count put on them. They run back to the ring and slide back out to break the count. The Dudleys set-up a table though they don't get to use it. Christian takes out D-Von as Edge bashes Buh-Buh with a steel chair from behind.

  • Winners: Edge, Christian at 10 minutes and 32 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 6 / 10.


    Chris Jericho (champion) versus Eddie Guerrero (challenger) (WWF Intercontinental Title Match)

  • Guerrero remarks that Canada isn't a real country and that he is going to make Jericho pay for injuring him by taking the belt back to Mexico. Jericho tells the "Latino Jackass" to ...shut the hell up. Way wicked bout. Guerrero pulls some old school heel gimmicks out like begging off by clutching the ref's knees and doing the foot-on-the-ropes-ref-sees-them-jiggling-afterwards thingy. Nice to see those maneuvers brought back. Jericho kicks out of Guerrero's Brain Buster. A frustrated Eddie swings a steel chair at Jericho. Y2J ducks and slaps on the Walls Of Jericho.

  • Winner: ...and still WWF Intercontinental Champion...Chris Jericho at 14 minutes and 38 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


    The Undertaker, Steve Austin, Kane versus Triple H, William Regal, The Big Show

  • Winners: The Undertaker, Steve Austin, Kane at 16 minutes and 46 seconds.
  • Match Rating: 7 / 10.


  • Total Event Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Overall Event Rating: 7 / 10.

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