Sunday, March 31, 2013

WWF Wrestlemania 2000 Review

WWF Wrestlemania 2000 Review

Welcome to part 3 of my Wrestlemania 2000 review. The show is long and by splitting it up, the load times are less.

Part 1 is here:

Part 2 is here:

The Rock basically just said he waited a year to return to Wrestlemania and said he would win the title.

WWF title - Fatal Four Way Elimination Match - Triple H vs The Rock vs The Big Show vs Mick Foley
The Rock eliminates The Big Show
Foley completely misses
Triple H eliminates Mick Foley with a bad pedigree
Foley uses a barbwire stick on Triple H
Triple H won here after Vince hit The Rock with a chair at 36:28.

This match was awful anyway you look at it. First of all, this match with a love letter to The McMahon Family from The McMahon Family. Yeah, there was a match here but most of the focus near the end wasn't on it.

Let's start before the first elimination. The Big Show had Triple H up for a chokeslam to eliminate him and Mick Foley nut shotted Big Show. Why? I have no idea at all. Then it got worse. Triple H interrupted a pin on The Rock later again for no reason at all. Mick Foley then turned on Rock, for no reason at all to JOIN THE MAN WHO RETIRED HIM, TRIPLE H. Triple H then eliminated him of course because he's The Game and Foley came back to hit him with a barbed wire bat. Why? I don't know but the only explanation I can find is that he's a sore loser.

Then, we got to the real crap here with The Rock and Triple H remaining. The McMahon's all get involved. Vince goes after Triple H and throws him in the ring to be pinned...for some odd reason. Vince and Shane have a long fight where they didn't cut to the ring for about 2 minutes. Shane attacks Vince and then Vince comes back later and attacks him. The Rock and Triple H fight around the crowd for no reason at all right before this. Vince then gets a chair later and naturally should try to brain Triple H. Instead he hits The Rock. Why? Again, I don't know. And if that was the plan all along, why did he try to get Triple H eliminated? Triple H then OF COURSE gets the pin, because he ain't doing a job and Vince and Stephanie hug.

The ring work was fine but the match went on forever. 35 minutes, plus intros, felt like a good hour and wasn't far from it. The match would have been a fine 20 minutes or so, but they really stretched it out and did stuff just cause. Foley not getting enough air on his dive hurt the match and caused Triple H to move around akwardly for a few minutes until he came up with another solution to somehow break the table.

Take away 15 minutes, the McMahon crap and the stupidity and the match would have been in the *** range.

After the match, Steph and Vince hugged and The Rock cleared them plus Shane out to end the show.

Overall thoughts on Wrestlemania 2000: The show was pretty good up until the main event. The hardcore battle royal was the worst thing next to the main event. The main stunk though and one bad main even with the best of undercard matches brings down the show.

The best match was easily the ladder match with probably the threeway for the titles not being far behind. Yes, I know there were tons of multi-man matches here but the roster was so huge at the time that I guess they wanted to get more people on the show. I don't think it hurt anything to be honest and in some cases, it made things better. Steve Austin not being on this show in any way, shape or form kind of hurt the show though. It didn't feel like a Wrestlemania with Steve Austin and I think he should have been the special referee in the main event at worst. I guess it wouldn't have made a huge difference in quality but it at least would have gotten the biggest star in the WWF on the show.

As a whole, I'd recommend checking the show out. It's pretty good minus the main and the battle royal. Kat/Terri wasn't that good but I'd rather watch two girls in thongs have a bad match than two guys in underwear have a bad one. Nothing is really great though minus the ladder match.

WWF Wrestlemania 2000 Review

WWF Wrestlemania 2000 Review

This is part 2 of my WWF Wrestlemania 2000 Review.

Part 1 is here:

Part 3 is here:

Mick Foley was really in shape here.
Foley said it was like a fairytale to him to be in the main event and he wanted to make the main event one people talk about for the next 10 years.

Cat Fight - The Kat vs Terri Runnels

"I've never seen a wrestler kiss a referee before." - JR
"She's trying to show her puppies, JR." - Lawler

Moolah pulled Kat out of the ring so Terri could win. This wasn't really a match and was by and large, stupid. The big story here was Mae Young making out with Val Venis. Mae Young hit a Bronco Buster on Moolah after and Kat stripped Terri. I'd like to mention at this time that recently, Terri Runnels broke up with New Jack. You'd think she would have ended up with someone rich who was into her.

Dean Malenko said they'd break the legs of Too Cool and Eddie Guerrero as talking about laying the latino heat on Chyna.

2 Cool said it was time to kick it.

2 Cool and Chyna vs The Radicalz - Eddie Guerrero, Saturn and Dean Malenko
Chyna's pants break mid-match.
Chyna won with a slepper into a drop. The match was pretty good but Chyna's pants broke at the worst time - the finish. Still, there was a ton of action, the crowd was hot and the storyline was fun. Chyna and 2 Cool were both pretty underrated, well I guess everyone in this match was pretty underrated. Good stuff here though with a great crowd. Rating:***

Between this shirt and Val Venis' "cocked" shirt, I don't think they made $20.
Big Show said he would unplug the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, retire Foley and make Triple H do a game over.

Bob Backlund apparently came out during Heat and revealed that he made Kurt Angle put both belts on the line. Angle wasn't happy:

Angle talked to Tommy about being the Euro-Continental Champion (IC title + European title) and asked for extra security tonight as the women and children will be all on him and he wants to celebrate in the crowd.

Triple Threat Match - 2/3 Falls - 1st Fall is for the Intercontinental title, 2nd fall is for the European Championship - Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho
Jericho said he couldn't guarantee victory but he would make sure his opponents would get a beating.

Chris Benoit wins the Intercontinental title with a diving headbutt
The 2nd fall for the European Title began right after.
"Is there a word for furious that starts with an I?" - King | "Irate." - JR | "Yes! He's irate!" - King
Chris Jericho wins the European title
Chris Benoit won the IC title with a top rope headbutt and Chris Jericho won the second fall and the European title with a lionsault. There was no third fall for some reason which was confusing since it was supposed to be a 2/3 falls match. That part was confusing but the match was good. Benoit hit lots of stiff chops and did most of the cool stuff here. The match was kind of short though for these three. It only went about 15 minutes or so without intros and could have used more time for nearfalls and stuff. The match felt like a piece of a story, but not the end of it. Rating:***1/2

Vince hinted at interfering by saying, "I guarantee, I'll get it right".
Triple H said he would show the world who the man is tonight and won't allow himself to be beaten.

X-Pac and Road Dogg vs Kane and Rikishi Phatu
Kane got the win with the tombstone. This was all about Rikishi hitting the stinkface in this short match. Once he did on Tori, Kane hit the tombstone and that was it.
2 Cool came down with The San Diego Chicken and got Rikishi up for a dance.
Kane chokeslammed Pete Rose after the match and Rikishi hit a stinkface on Pete Rose.

This concludes Part 2 of my WWF Wrestlemania 2000 Review. Sorry for putting this into three parts, but I don't want it to take forever to load for you guys.