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Countdown to WrestleMania 2000
Anaheim, Calif., The Pond
Sunday, April 2, 2000.
There is only one WrestleMania and it's finally here! WrestleMania weekend has arrived and SLAM! Wrestling is jacked to the max. This year's Fatal Four Way main event looks like four times the fun. On Sunday, The Big Show, Mick Foley and The Rock try their darndest to pry the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from the hands of The Game - Triple H. Wrestling what he says will be his last match, Mick Foley is the odds on favorite to emerge victorious but didn't everybody say that when he fought Triple H in the Hell In The Cell - retirement match - a short time ago? The special WrestleMania - All Day Long - broadcast is sure to bring back some fond memories to those who have lived and breathed professional wrestling their entire lives and introduce the newbies to the pomp and circumstance that is WrestleMania. To see what SLAM! Wrestling's turnbuckle heads think of the scheduled match-ups, check out our Countdown To WrestleMania.
WWF World Heavyweight Title - Elimination Match
Triple H (champion) Vs Big Show (challenger) Vs Mick Foley (challenger) Vs The Rock (challenger)
Greg Oliver: There are only two possibilities: The Rock emerges as champ, or Mick Foley
wins, and gives up the title Monday on RAW. I'm going with The Rock winning,
with a championship assist from Foley.
John Powell: As with most WrestleMania main events, anyone with a half a brain can figure out the conclusion. There would be nothing more historic or crowd-pleasing than a Mick Foley win. Foley's dream of being in the WrestleMania main event comes true. He wins and surrenders the belt the next night on Raw and gets the WWF Commish post for his troubles. A tournament to find a new champ begins. The tourney concludes at BackLash with Triple H reclaiming the title. The WWF and its fans are back at square one preparing for The Rock's return and championship run this summer or fall. Any other questions?
Alex Ristic: If I have to be 100 per cent honest, this Wrestlemania is shaping up to be
one of the least interesting, with the exception of a few matches. This
ain't one of them. While the WWF could go ahead and pull a swerve, giving
the belt to the Big Show already proved to be less than popular among the
fans, and if the Rock is going to film the Mummy 2, that leaves it down to
Triple H and Mick Foley, the headlining match for the last 2 PPV's - Yawn.
While those matches were great, I'm sure people don't necessairily want to
see it over again - because there would probably be a re-match the next
night on RAW. Give it Mick, as Vince is said to be loyal to those who are
loyal to him.
Nick Tylwalk: Yes!!! WrestleMania!!! The one event big enough for us,
the suffering WCW writers, to have our say! The one event
big enough for me to add lots of exclamation points to
everything I write! Well then... Who comes out of this monster match with the strap? For
months I thought it would be the People's Champ, but now
Hollywood is calling. Triple H? Sorry Game, you've had a
nice run. Big Show? Not unless you want to return to those
thrilling days of yesteryear when he defended the belt
against Big Vis. No, I'm calling for Show to exit first,
then The Rock, leaving Mick Foley to pin Hunter and make
his dream come true. I also anticipate a swerve or two
from the McMahon clan, and maybe even the return of a
certain angry bald guy. And if that happens, I fully
expect JR to pass out.
"Hardcore" Chris Gramlich: .
Ryan Robson: What's up with the lack of singles matches this WM? Usually a four-way
no-holds match would suck ass, but the fact that these four have worked so
many matches together and are so fluid together should make for an exciting
spectacle. Expect a great deal of both wrestling, brawling and interference
but in the end Cactus will win the belt only to abdicate the next night.
Foley deserves it, the fans want it and the Rock has to go be a movie star
(odds are he'll do better than both Hogan, Piper and Sting put together).
WWF Intercontinental - European Title - 2 Fall Match
Kurt Angle (champion) Vs Chris Jericho (challenger) Vs Chris Benoit (challenger)
Greg Oliver: This should be very entertaining. I expect Angle to retain the I-C title,
losing the Euro title in the first fall to Jericho.
John Powell: Yeah, I have seen the BackLash posters too but somehow I don't believe the WWF sees Jericho as world title material just yet. Jericho regains the I.C. title setting the stage for a Jericho - Benoit feud that should - break the walls down!
Alex Ristic: Ah, the real meat of WresltMania. Someone's getting jobbed out of a belt,
and it looks to be Benoit. Angle, while impressing the WWF brass, isn't a
main-eventer yet, so dropping both titles doesn't make sense if they want to
keep him in the spotlight. Look for him to keep the European title. The
interesting aspect comes down to Y2J and Benoit. All signs point to an
eventual elevation of Jericho into main event status soon, sooner than
Benoit anyway. If Jericho has the I-C belt, it'll be tough for him to fight
for the major, so he may actually lose the other title to Benoit, giving
more credibilty to the Radicals in the process. Plus, Jericho's face is on
the poster for the next PPV, making it seem like he'll be headlining that
one - title shot maybe?
Nick Tylwalk: No doubt Angle will be spending all weekend trying to
get to the bottom of the conspiracy that has him putting
up both halves of his EuroContinental title. He's really
going to be furious when he leaves WrestleMania with only
the gold around his neck after dropping the IC belt to
Jericho and the European strap to the Crippler. But being
the gracious guy that he is, I'm sure Angle will still
offer to be our champion the next night on Raw.
"Hardcore" Chris Gramlich: Kurt (what's my) Angle has really come into his own. If it wasn't for his
immense improvement both on the mic and in the ring he'd probably lose both
the belts, but he really should hold on to at least one. This match should
be excellent, all three are gifted wrestlers who compliment each other.
There will probably be a ton of near falls, a million suplexes and great
wrestling. I expect Benoit to win the Euro belt and Angle to hold on to the
IC. Look for Jericho to get screwed again, but there is a method, Jericho is
definitely heavyweight material, he's already progressed beyond either of
Ryan Robson: Ok, so the deal is Euro title on the line for the first fall,
and the IC title for the second? So here we go, Even though Benoit is the
best wrestler in the world today, he will not walk away with any gold.
Jericho wins the first fall and the Euro title after a big time spot.
Benoit is completely out, and Angle pins Jericho with some suplex-pin
combination to keep the IC title.
WWF World Tag Team Title - Ladder Match
The Dudley Boys (champions) Vs The Hardy Boys (challengers) Vs Edge, Christian (challengers)
Greg Oliver: Finally, Edge & Christian will become WWF tag champs. Sure, they'll be feuding
with each other by SummerSlam, but they deserve a run with the belts, however
short it will be.
John Powell: Though I wish it was Edge or Christian, I have a feeling that the "mini Sabus" (as my good pal Chris Gramilich calls them) - The Hardy Boys - are in line for some WWF gold. Make sure to have a box of Kleenex ready when Edge and Christian finalize their break-up. Sniff. Sniff. Boo. Hoo.
Alex Ristic: While promising to be one of the more exciting matches, I wish it wasn't for
the belts on the line, because you know this is one where there's no hope in
hell of the title changing hands - and even if it does it'll last a week.
It's well known Edge is being pushed for singles competition down the road,
so why give him and Christian the belts only to lose them relatively
quickly - you may do that to make an angle more intersting, but outside of
the Hardyz, Edge and Christian don't have an angle right now. It's well
known that the WWF pushes bigger guys, so the Hardyz won't get it, and even
if they did, without outside interferecne from a manager, or some kind of
distraction, how would they fair against future match-ups with the Acolytes?
Dudleys to keep the straps - ang give a whooping with the ladder to boot.
Nick Tylwalk: If any match on the card can steal the thunder from the
main event (except for The Kat and Terri, but that's for
a different reason...), this is it. Insane bumps are a
given, but the outcome isn't. Assuming that Edge and
Christian's recent pseudo-heel turn is for real and it
really is every team for itself, I'm saying Dudleys all
"Hardcore" Chris Gramlich: This match will be sick, probably the closet you can get to ECW without
actually being in ECW. Anyone familiar with The Dudley's bouts with Sabu/RVD
know what to expect in this one, considering the Hardy's owe everything in
their repertoire to Sabu and RVD. Don't forget about Edge and Christian,
though. They can go. Look for the Dudley's to keep the straps, although I
wouldn't be terribly surprised if Edge and Christian snuck one out.
Ryan Robson: I think that this will be the site for the heavily
rumoured Edge/Christian split. This match will be unbelievable, possibly
upstaging the ladder match between Hardys and Edge/Christian. Hardys win
after Edge bolts on Christian, and Christian gets pinned after a senton
Under card matches
|Kane, Rikishi Vs X-Pac, Road Dogg
||Kane & Rikiski
||Kane and the fat guy
||X-Pac, Road Dogg
||X-Pac, Road Dogg
|Too Cool, Chyna Vs The Radicals
||The Radicals (If there is any justice in this world.)
||Too Cool & Chyna
||The Cat Vs Terri Runnels
||Any sex-starved viewers out there.
||Whoever's the most naked.
||Jerry Lawler (PUPPIES! PUPPIES!)
||T and A Vs Al Snow, Steve Blackman
||T and A
||T and A
||T and A
||T and A
||Al Snow, Steve Blackman
||T and A
||Godfather, D'Lo Brown Vs Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan
||Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan
||BBM & the new BB
||Boss Man, Bull Buchanan
||Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan
||Godfather & D'Lo
||Hardcore Title - 15 Man - Battle Royal
||Who's even in it? Gimme a Holly.
||Tazz wins the Hardcore Title Battle Royal... or I'll burn
my bright orange Tazz shirt!
WWF WrestleMania 2000 will be broadcast live on home satellite and pay-per-view through Viewer's Choice in Canada. Check with your local cable company for availability.