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SLAM! WRESTLING: Guest Columnist

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April 3, 2000

WrestleMania loses tradition

By NIC IZZI -- For SLAM! Wrestling

What the hell?

That's what everyone and their cousin said to Sunday's WrestleMania 2000 outcome. It happens once a year. Not WrestleMania, but the fact that the fans intelligence isn't insulted and we get what we want. We want the Kane/X-Pac feud to end. We want our cake and eat it, too. The one event that has so truly satisfied over the last decade and a half ended Sunday with a big resounding: Watch Raw to see what happens!

This WrestleMania had no magic. Sure last year's WrestleMania was kindly predicatble, but we were happy! HHH & Chyna got back together, Austin finally regained his gold and Vince was trounced from his evil throne.

WrestleMania 2000 looked to be the greatest Pay Per View event in a long time. Right now, I'm glad that I didn't waste my hard earned $35 on that. It was supposed to be a showcase of storylines and talent combined into one, yet it sat still like a tortoise. I couldn't believe it, when Slam! had posted that Triple H had come out champ. I read in disbelief, yet it didn't sink in. This was WrestleMania! The good guys win! The evil guys get nothing! It's time to celebrate!

Nothing of the sort.

Instead we get a re-hashed storyline of Vince turning heel and being the evil promoter. That worked last year and this isn't new. Triple H is more than over with his heel heat and he needs nothing to prove, but putting Mick Foley in there and having him lose is something of a different nature.

Foley was WrestleMania. Let me revise my statement, Foley was SUPPOSED to be WrestleMania. The whole gimmick with him wanting to win a WrestleMania event and have a tourney for Backlash was okay with me. I was willing to embrace that fact. But eliminating him right after The Big Show was nothing more than a farce.

Vince only made Foley look like a big dumb ox, after he says he won't be coming back for a while and then having him get a beating.

Uh, I shudder at that thought, which brings me great reminders of Hogan and how he would 'never appear again'. Give me a break. Mick is a stand up guy, who now looks like a jerk with a torn legacy of lies.

The Main Event wasn't the only thing to take pot shots at. I'm sure all of you were on the edge of your seats during the Big Bossman/Bull Buchanan vs Godfather/D'lo Brown match. Right. it had all the makings of a WrestleMania match. (Input your own sarcasism here, as mine is too thick to notice).

I can't see why Vince would go against the grain on this WrestleMania. Maybe cause it was time to break tradition. Maybe it was to show the fans that you can't always get what you want, even though you've been waiting for this event for the last 8 months, since we started promoting it.

WrestleMania 2000 will go down for it's memorable Ladder Match and also it's significance that a heel walked out of WM with the title. Whatever the case maybe it's sad to see that the fans were played for a fool and wasted their money for a mere In Your House type Pay Per View.


Nic Izzi can be emailed at nizzi@ndak.net.

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