WrestleMania 2000 a flop
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM!
Pre-show better than WWF's biggest event
Vince McMahon and his daughter Stephanie reunite at WrestleMania 2000.
It was supposed to be sports entertainment's greatest event of the
year. It was supposed to the best the WWF has to offer. It wasn't.
WrestleMania 2000 from The Pond in Anaheim, California, will go down as one
of the worst WrestleManias the World Wrestling Federation has produced in
its 15-year history of broadcasting the flagship spectacle. The only
one-on-one match being the ludicrous Cat fight between Terri and The Kat,
the other congested WrestleMania bouts suffered from constant stalling of
one form or another as wrestlers lay prone for extended periods of time or
engaged in low-impact brawling on the outside of the ring so that the
audience could direct their attention to the other participants. This
approach left many WWF superstars looking foolish for selling holds longer
than they needed to.
Ironically, the first-ever All-Day-Long pre-show recapping the history of
WrestleMania for eight hours prior to the premiere wrestling event was
better than the card itself. Highlights of every WrestleMania were shown
and past Mania participants added their insight such as Sgt. Slaughter
describing the threats that he and his family received before WrestleMania
7 where he portrayed an Iraqi sympathizer in the ring while the real-life
Gulf War was going on. Honourable tributes were paid to former WWF
superstars like Andre The Giant and Rick Rude who have passed on. One hopes
the WWF plans more All-Day-Long intros for its other annual events like
SummerSlam, Survivor Series and The Royal Rumble. Hosts WWF commentator
Michael Cole and former WWF Women's Champion, Ivory, as well as the WWF
production staff, deserve congratulations for making the All-Day-Long show
the highlight of this year's WrestleMania experience.
Overshadowed by a hopelessly recycled McMahon family feud, the WrestleMania
main event didn't live up to the WWF's usual standards. Clocking in at a
plodding thirty-six minutes and thirty-one seconds, the convoluted Four Way
Elimination bout for the WWF World Heavyweight Title had fans tapping out,
pleading for it to conclude some time this century. Mick Foley's
controversial return after "retiring" at the last WWF pay-per-view seemed
pointless. An expected storybook ending for the hardcore wrestling legend's
career didn't materialize. He walked away with cheers from an appreciative
crowd but without the World Wrestling Federation title belt. Foley's last,
last match turned out to be a dud compared to his admirable effort in the
Hell In A Cell - Retirement Match with Triple H. If this was indeed Foley's
final match, he ended his illustrious professional life in the ring on a
very low note.
Accompanied by a supporter from the McMahon family in each of their
respective corners, Triple H, The Rock, The Big Show and Mick Foley squared
off. The Big Show was first to be sent packing at just under five minutes
into the bout when the former Rock And Sock Connection tag team
double-teamed the big man. Foley hit The Big Show with a steel chair across
the back from outside the ring. The Rock executed the Rock Bottom for the
In the corner of The Rock, Vince McMahon mockingly waved goodbye to his son
Shane and The Big Show. Show yelled out..."You son of a b-tch! This isn't
over!", to McMahon as he was escorted away by a phalanx of WWF
Triple H sought to strike an in-ring deal with first Mick Foley and then
with The Rock to help him finish off their Rock And Sock partner. Foley
declined. The Rock accepted though as soon as Triple H turned his back, The
Rock nailed him from behind. Foley and The Rock double-teamed Triple H
until a miscue by The People's Champion saw a ring bell intended for Triple
H's head hit Foley. Foley and The Rock co-operate back in the squared
circle. Foley locked on Socco as The Rock used the WWF World Title to bash
Triple H in the head. As The Rock went for The People's Elbow, Foley put
the Mandible Claw on The Rock.
It was Foley and Triple H's turn to double-team The Rock much to the
displeasure of the fans. Triple H set The Rock up on the Spanish announce
table. Foley dived off the ring apron with a flying elbow smash. He missed
The Rock entirely and bounced off the table violently. Foley did bring his
barbed wire 2/4 into play though Triple H used on The Rock as well. No one
Canadian grapplers Edge (left) and Christian (right) win the WWF World Tag Team Champions.
Vince McMahon slipped a chair in the ring. Triple H used the chair to
Pedigree Foley and to the shock of millions, pinned him. Angry fans, who
were quiet as a church congregation for the almost all of the lifeless
WrestleMania card, voiced their obvious dislike at the turn of events by
letting out deafening boos. They chanted Foley's name in tribute to him as
he left for the dressing room.
Shane McMahon snuck back to the ringside area to attack his father. While
The Rock and Triple H laid in the middle of the ring for an unbelievable
six minutes or more, Shane and Vince brawled. The focus switched from the
match at hand to another public McMahon family fight. Shane chair shot
Vince to the head and he bladed. Unstoppable as Hulk Hogan once was,
McMahon got up to pound his own son.
McMahon struck The Rock in the head
twice with a steel chair. Triple H got the easy three count retaining the
title. (video clip - 2.7 MB)
. Vince and Stephanie hugged in the middle of the ring, the assumption being that the WWF President sees much of himself in his daughter and is proud of her. The Rock dove back into the ring dishing out The Rock Bottom to Shane, Vince and Stephanie after she slapped him for hurting her dad.
The next WWF pay-per-view is BackLash on April 30th.
WWF WrestleMania 2000 Results
Lilian Garcia sang the national anthem. Her singing is impressive to
say the least. She did a great job.
The Godfather, D'Lo Brown Vs The Big Bossman, Bull Buchanan
No heat for this match at all. Bossman hits the Sidewalk Slam. Buchanan
lands a nifty flying leg drop from the top rope to put D'Lo away at 9:02.
Bossman and Bull gave chase to the hos. The first of many
Winners: The Big Bossman, Bull Buchanan at 9 minutes and 2 seconds.
Match Rating: 3 / 10.
Crash Holly and the WWF officials set the rules for the Hardcore Brawl.
The match will go on for fifteen minutes and although anyone can be pinned
for the title, it doesn't matter because whoever is still holding the belt
at the end of time limit hangs is the official winner. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. A
sloppy, uncoordinated riot. The Hardcore belt changes hands a bazillion
times making it as valuable as pocket lint and creating headaches for those
who maintain official championship lists. At one time or another, Tazz,
Viscera, Funaki (Kai En Tai), Rodney (Mean Street Posse), Joey Abs,
Thrasher and Pete Gas effectively win the Hardcore Title. Tazz wins the
belt twice in one night by defeating Gas. Tazz and Crash battle in the
ring. Hardcore Holly bashes Crash in the skull with J.R. candy dish and
pins him. So, why did Tazz come to the WWF again?
Winner: ...and new WWF Hardcore Champion...Hardcore Holly at 15:00
Match Rating: 0 / 10.
Head Cheese Vs T and A
Al Snow brings a midget in a cheese suit to the ring. Blackman doesn't
like what he sees. Neither does the crowd as they sit on their hands. Head
Cheese loses at 7:03. Trish Stratus does nothing to help her men at all
except stand around ringside and look pretty. Blackman and Snow beat the
crap out of the midget.
Winners: T and A at 7 minutes and 3 seconds.
Match Rating: 3 / 10.
The Kat and Moolah shoot a promo in her dressing room. The Kat is
naked but Moolah keeps holding up objects blocking key parts of her body
from the camera. Cheesy rip-off of the Austin Powers gag.
The Dudley Boyz (champions) Vs The Hardy Boyz (challengers) Vs Edge,
Christian (challengers) (WWF World Tag Team Title - Three Way Ladder
About eight minutes into the match, the satellite feed cuts out. Not
that the match matters in the overall rating of WrestleMania 2000. Nothing
could save this event. It stays that way until the closing moments though the entire match is broadcast during the replay. Jeff
Hardy does an insane moonsault off of a huge ladder onto Buh Buh who is
lying on a table. A crude but cool construction of tables and ladders in
the middle of the ring turns the bout into a scaffold match. Edge,
Christian and Matt Hardy fight to reach the belts. Edge tosses Matt off the
construction. He crashes through a table. Edge and Christian unhook the
belts to become your new WWF Tag Team Champions at 22 minutes and 30 seconds.
Winners: ...and new WWF World Tag Team Champions...Edge and
Christian at 22 minutes and 30 seconds.
Match Rating: 8 / 10. (Editor's Note: The complete match was shown during the replay at 12:30 a.m., so we were able to rate this match unlike the first version of this review. )
Terri Vs The Kat (Cat Fight)
Both The Kat and Terri are wearing see-through body stocking deals. The
winner is the first one to throw the other out of the ring. Both women try
to seduce referee Val Venis. Terri is thrown out at 1:14. Val doesn't see
it. He is distracted by a lip lock by Mae Young. Terri is given the
heave-ho again at 1:55. Val is still distracted. Moolah pulls The Kat out
and Terri wins. An irate Kat pulls off some of the lower portion of Terri's
body suit. We see her butt and nothing else as she is wearing a
flesh-coloured thong. The WWF remains the pinnacle of women's wrestling.
Winner: Terri at 2 minutes and 26 seconds.
Match Rating: 0 / 10.
The Radicals Vs Too Cool, Chyna
Eddie says Chyna is into him. Eddie sells a pinfall to Chyna at 9:37.
Why? Eddie? Why?
Winners: ...Too Cool and Chyna at 9 minutes and 37 seconds.
Match Rating: 3 / 10.
Chris Jericho (challenger) Vs Kurt Angle (champion) Vs Chris Benoit
(challenger) (WWF Three Way - Intercontinental - European Title Match)
A kicking technical match by three outstanding performers though the
fans in attendance are more concerned with cheering Too Cool's dance in the
next match than appreciating the talents of three of the best wrestlers in
the game today. They rise to their feet to greet Scotty Too Hotty's goofy
Worm. They remain as if they were on Prozac while Jericho, Angle and Benoit
work hard. What's up with that? Priorities people! Priorities! This is
wrestling not Soul Train. Geesh. Benoit wins the Intercontinental Title at
7:43 with the Swan Dive. Jericho executes the Lionsault to take
home the European Title at 13:36.
Winners: ...and new Intercontinental and European Champions...Chris
Benoit at 7 minutes and 43 seconds, Chris Jericho at 13 minutes and 36 seconds
Match Rating: 8 / 10.
The Road Dogg, X-Pac Vs Kane, Rikishi
X-Pac is Tombstoned by Kane at 4:14. The San Diego Chicken joins Too
Cool's dance routine. Peter Rose tries to cream Kane with a bat. Kane
chokeslams Rose. Rikishi rubs his butt in Rose's face.
Winners: Kane and Rikishi at 4 minutes and 14 seconds.
Match Rating: 2 / 10.
Triple H (champion) Vs Mick Foley (challenger) Vs Big Show
Challenger) Vs The Rock Challenger (WWF World Title - Four Way Elimenation
Winner: ...and still WWF World Heavyweight Champion...Triple H at 36
minutes and 31 seconds.
Match Rating: 4 / 10.
Total Event Time: 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Overall Event Rating: 3 / 10.