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WWF WrestleMania 2000 Review

WWF WrestleMania 2000

April 2nd 2000

Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California

Attendance:  18,034

Announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

Buyrate: 824,000

 

The 16th edition of WrestleMania wasn’t called WrestleMania XVI. It was called “WrestleMania 2000”. It seems at the turn of the millennium it was cool to add “2000” at the end of everything. Well, it isn’t cool to do it here so I shall refer to this event as WrestleMania 16. Keep with tradition people!

WrestleMania 16 came at a time where the World Wrestling Federation was clearly on top of the wrestling world and the Attitude era was at its peak. The big news heading into the event was the absents of the Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Both of whom were out with injuries. The top guys unquestionable Triple H and The Rock. The main event was a 4-way elimination match with a McMahon in each corner. Joining Triple H and The Rock in the match were Big Show and Mick Foley. Foley was going to retire after the match regardless whether or not he won the title. I was a massive Foley fan so I was rooting for him all the way.

Another thing about this event was the WrestleMania debuts of guys like Edge, Christian, Eddie Guerrero, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit, just to name a few who would go on to become world champion later in their careers. The roster was getting very deep at the time.  This WrestleMania would only have one singles match on the card. The rest were multi-man matches. Is that a good thing? Read on to find out.

 

Lillian Garcia sings the American anthem to kick off the show. Awesome as always. The video package focused on past WrestleMania moments and the main event for tonight’s show. It was all about the McMahons. Such a modest family! We get a shot of the crowd and are welcomed to the show by our announce team.

 

D’Lo Brown & The Godfather /w/ The Hoes & Ice T vs. Bull Buchanan & The Big Boss Man

D’Lo was Godfather’s “pimp in training” whiles Bull Buchanan was Boss Man’s apprentice. Ice T did a rap before the match, nothing special. D-Lo starts with Bull and slugs away, but Bull blocks a rollup and D-Lo dropkicks him. Back elbow and Godfather comes in with a slam and a double-team splash/legdrop from the pimps. He misses an elbow and Boss Man comes in and pounds Godfather in the corner, getting a clothesline out of the corner, and a back kick for two. Bull comes in and goes with D-Lo, as Brown slugs away in the corner, but Bull hits him with the rebound clothesline that he would go on to screw up on multiply occasions. Boss Man gets a cheapshot to turn the tide, and the prison guards get a double-sliding punch for two. Boss Man gets a big boot and Bull follows with an axe kick for two. They switch off on D-Lo and work him over, and a double elbow gets two for Boss Man. King starts talking about the “electric atmosphere” while the crowd sits in silence. Bull goes to the bearhug, but D-Lo slugs out, so Bull & Boss Man pound him down again. They slug it out and D-Lo goes for a crossbody, but Boss Man gets a backbreaker for two. Bull comes off the top with a double axehandle and keeps punching, but goes up and crotches himself with help from Godfather. D-Lo follows with a hurricanrana, which Bull seems unable to sell properly, and it’s hot tag Godfather. Corner Ho Train charge on Boss Man. D-Lo went to the top, Bull knocked him off and D-Lo hit a drop kick on Boss Man. Sidewalk slam by Boss Man. Buchanan hit a leg drop off the top and he covered for the win.

Winners: Bull Buchanan & The Big Boss Man via pinfall

Rating: * ½

It went on for far too long. Should have been at least 5 minutes at max. It was slow paced with the heels going over. Management must have felt Buchanan was going to be a star hence why the heels went over. That didn’t happen of course. He lasted until 2003 which was impressive for a guy of such limited abilities.

 

We cut to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in their private dressing room. Triple H was the WWF Champion and Steph was the Women’s Champion. If you think the Divas division sucks now, having Steph as champion should tell you everything you need to know about the Women’s division in 2000. They were confident about the main event.

 

The Hardcore Battle Royal is up next. We get a recap video from Sunday Night Heat with the referees going over the rules of the match.

 

WWF Hardcore Championship

Hardcore Battle Royal

Crash Holly ©, Tazz, Viscera, Rodney, Pete Gas, Joey Abs, Faarooq, Bradshaw, Mosh, Thrasher, Hardcore Holly, Taka Michinoku & Funaki.

There was a 15 minute time limit for this 13 man match. If you pinned somebody you were the champion for that moment. Whoever got the last pin at the end of the 15 minutes left the match as the champion. Crash Holly started off as the defending champion. As expected, it’s a big brawl to start, and Tazz hits Crash with a capture suplex for the pin at 0:25 to win the title. Tazz is the new Hardcore Champion. Viscera rams him into the post and slams him for the title at 1:00. Viscera is the new Hardcore Champion. Viscera fights with the Mean Street Posse using the Japanese flag as a weapon, but they fight back as people start to catch on. The APA tries beating on him, but he fires back with a cookie sheet. Bradshaw goes nuts with the cookie sheet, attacking everyone who dares cross his path. Hopefully no one gives him a spatula. Holly gets two on Viscera after a street sign, and so does Mosh. JR notes that “all these young pups taking these head shots will never forget their first WrestleMania”. More heads hit with more signs. Into the ring, Viscera lays everyone out with the cookie sheet, which seems to the weapon of choice, but he goes up and gets slammed off by the APA. Faarooq uses a 2×4 to set up a Bradshaw shoulderblock and Kaientai covers to make Funaki the champ at 7:13. Funaki is the new Hardcore Champion. Taka turns on him and chases him outside, and they head back to the backstage area, where Rodney pins him at 8:10 to win the title. Rodney is the new Hardcore Champion. Joey Abs turns on him and gets a gutwrench at 8:23 for the title. Joey Abs is the new Hardcore Champion. Thrasher sends him into the door for the title at 8:43. Thrasher is the new Hardcore Champion. Viscera pounds on him with the cookie sheet, and Thrasher stumbles back to the ring, but gets hit by Pete Gas with a fire extinguisher for the title at 9:28.Pete Gas is the new Hardcore Champion. Pete Gas celebrated as if he would the world title. That was funny. Tazz attacks him and sends him into the post, as he does a gory bladejob, getting blood all over his lovely yellow sweater. Tazz suplexes him on the floor to win the title at 10:15 for the second time in the same match. Tazz is the new Hardcore Champion. Hardcore Holly sends him into the stairs for two. They slug it out and it’s back to more weapons. Mosh gets two off a cookie sheet. In the ring, the Hollies double-team Tazz, but Crash turns on Hardcore, and Tazz lays him out with the cookie sheet. That gets two. The Hollies keep fighting over who gets to pin Tazz, but Tazz gets another suplex on Crash. Hardcore powerslams Tazz for one, and Crash gets two. Hardcore tosses Crash and connects with a dropkick on Tazz for two. Tazz hits him with a northern lights suplex and Hardcore bails, and Crash gets another cookie sheet shot on Tazz for the pin at 14:19 to win the title. Crash Holly is the new Hardcore Champion. As Crash is celebrating,Tazz  sneaks up from behind and locks in the Tazzmission to a huge pop, but Hardcore breaks it up with a jar of candy. He covered Crash but it appeared as though Crash kicked out at two and the time ran out. They announced Hardcore Holly as the champion.

Winner and NEW WWF Hardcore Champion: Hardcore Holly

Rating:*

I need to be honest, guys. I loved this match. It’s not a classic by any means but it was a lot of fun. There were a ton of weapon blows to the head, something I don’t like knowing the cons of concussions. Pete Gas’s celebrations were hilarious! The final few seconds involving Tazz, Crash and Hardcore Holly were great.

 

We get a recap of the Fan Axxess. Fans meeting wrestlers and having a good time. It’s also worth mentioning that Undertaker made his first appearance since September ’99 here. He had blond streaks in his hair which was quite odd. He’d return in May with this “American Bad Ass” gimmick.

 

Backstage segment with Al Snow & Steve Blackman. Al was trying to help Blackman have more of a personality for their team named Head Cheese. We then cut to a close up of Trish Stratus’ tits. The 12 year old version of Rif and his right hand enjoyed that bit!

 

Prior to the match, Snow introduced Chester McCheeserton, who JR described as a human block of cheese. I’m being 100% serious guys.

 

Al Snow & Steve Blackman /w/ Chester McCheeserton vs. T&A (Test & Albert) /w/ Trish Stratus

Test starts with Blackman, but gets superkicked. Snow comes in for a quick double-team and Snow slugs away, but Test clotheslines him and brings in Albert. Test gets the big boot. Snow comes in with an enzuigiri on Albert, but they beat on him in the corner. Albert gets double-teamed in the Head Cheese corner and they get a double-clothesline for two. Snow suplexes him for two. Why are you showing the cheese guy when Trish Stratus is there? Fail. Blackman kicks him down for two as things get real ugly and the match just falls apart. Snow & Blackman work Albert over, but he comes back with a butterfly suplex and makes what appears to be a hot tag for the heels, as Test comes in and cleans house on Head Cheese and gets a sideslam on Snow for two. I don’t get this at all. Double powerbomb on Snow, so devastating that Snow pulls up his tights in mid-sell, gets two. Snow hits Albert with a quebrada outside, and Blackman pounds on Test to set up a Decapitation double-team on Test for two. Albert baldobombs Snow and dumps him, and presses Test onto Blackman for two. JR keeps burying the match as Blackman superkicks Albert, but Albert basically no-sells and Test finishes Blackman with a flying elbow. Post-match, Al apologised about Chester and he hit him with a microphone shot to the head. Then Blackman hit him with a pump kick. The crowd barely cheered. Then Al did his legdrop off the top. Poor Chester L

Winners: T&A via pinfall

Rating: ½ *

Brutal match. Fans didn’t care one bit about the match they just seemed more interested in Trish. I don’t blame them, she was ridiculously hot!

 

The Kat and Mae Young were getting ready for their match later on tonight.

 

Michael Cole is standing by with the Tag Team Champions, The Dudley Boys. They were deep into their table loving gimmick which caused Bubba Ray to go into a trance whenever he put someone through a table. That match is up next!

 

WWF Tag Team Championship

Ladder Match

Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz ©

Big brawl outside to start, and Matt starts in the ring with Christian, but gets dropkicked. Next up, D-Von and Edge, as Edge gets a leg lariat and they head out again. Finally, Bubba & Jeff, as Bubba chops him in the corner but gets hit with a corkscrew out of the corner. Bubba backdrops him and gets the Bubba Bomb, and they brawl out again. Back into the ring, as everyone fights it out in various combinations, and Matt tosses a ladder at Bubba, allowing Jeff to slam into it, and it’s the same situation on the other side of the ring with E&C v. D-Von. Matt slams D-Von onto the ladder and hits him with a yodeling elbow. Jeff DDTs Bubba and puts him on the ladder, but misses a 450 splash and splats on it. Wonder why Jeff stopped using that? Bubba retaliates with his senton off the middle ropes (one of the few times it actually hits), and then Edge rides a ladder down from the top, onto another one that’s on Matt. Everyone is out, so D-Von legdrops Edge beneath another ladder. Bubba does the Terry Funk spot with the ladder on his shoulders, but E&C double-dropkick it back at him. They flapjack D-Von into another ladder in the corner, and Christian climbs up a ladder by the apron, hitting Bubba & Matt with a dive to the floor. Jeff makes the first climb for the belts, but Edge spears Matt off the ladder. He climbs next, but Matt brings him down with a Fire Thunder Bomb and climbs himself. D-Von slams him off to break that up and climbs, but Christian tosses a ladder at him to stop it. Now Christian climbs, but Bubba sets up two more ladders and climbs one to chase, bringing him down with a Bubba Cutter off the ladder. The Hardyz swoop in and toss Christian, and then climb up two ladders and hit a splash/legdrop combo on Bubba from the top of them. Edge tosses Jeff, however, and E&C double-suplex D-Von off a pair of ladders. Everyone is out again. Now The Hardyz duel with E&C on the top of two ladders, and they bring each other down. So now the Dudleyz join the fray, and all six guys climb three ladders and fight it out, but Christian & Jeff get dumped over the top, while Edge & Matt get crotched on the top rope, leaving the Dudleyz all alone in the ring. Christian staggers in, so the Dudleyz sandwich him between two ladders and hit Edge with 3D. It’s time for D-Von to get the tables, but that catchphrase didn’t exist yet. So they set up two ladders and put a table on top of them as makeshift scaffolding, but the Hardy Boyz bring them down again. They all brawl outside and Bubba powerbombs Matt through a table outside, as D-Von misses a splash and puts him through a table in the ring. Jeff tries a rail-runner on Bubba, but walks into a ladder. Bubba tried to set up Jeff on the table. Christian attacked Bubba with a ring bell shot to the head. Jeff put Bubba on the table. Jeff climbed the ladder. Here we go. Jeff hit the Swanton Bomb off the giant ladder through Bubba on the table! WOW! JR: “Swanton Bomb off the top of the ladder through the table! Goodnight Bubba Ray Dudley!” JR called it the damndest high risk move any of us had ever seen. The replays only added to the greatness of it. What was great too was that they filmed it from the ground up so you got a realistic perspective of it. In the ring, D-Von suplexes Christian and climbs the structure, but Matt returns to pull him down and hits the Twist of Fate. Matt then climbs, along with Christian, and they slug it out up there. Edge snuck up behind Matt while they reached the top of the ladder. Edge pushed Matt off the table and sent Matt crashing through the table underneath. Edge & Christian were on the table and they reached up to grab the tag titles

Winners and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions: Edge & Christian.

Rating: ****1/2

Outstanding match. It saved the show up to this point. The chemistry was there and it showed signs of things yet to come at Summerslam and WrestleMania 17. They took a ton of risks throughout the match but Jeff Hardy’s Swanton off the ladder was insane. If you haven’t seen this match, I highly recommend it. I think you could make the claim that these were the 3 best teams in WWE history and this match proved just how good they were.

 

Interview with Mick Foley who is with Linda McMahon. They mentioned how he was looking for the fairy tale ending to this career even though he retired back in February.

 

Cat Fight

Special Guest Referee: Val Venis

Terri Runnels /w/ The Fabulous Moolah vs. The Kat /w/ Mae Young

The rules were you that you won the match if you threw your opponent out of the ring. Kat was married to Jerry Lawler in real life. The girls each tried to kiss up to Val. Terri took her down, Val picked her up and she made out with him. Then Kat kissed him. Terri threw her down with hair tosses and Kat hit a spear. Mae wanted to take her top off, but Val stopped it. Kat threw Terri out. Val never saw it. Moolah put Kat back in and then Mae chased Moolah into the ring. Mae kissed Val. Kat threw Terri out again, but Val was distracted. Moolah pulled Kat and then put Terri back in. Post-match, Mae attacked Terri & Moolah. Mae gave a Bronco buster to Moolah. My God, I feel bad having to re-watch that shit again. Kat took off Terri’s tights to expose her ass. That almost made the Bronco buster worth it.

Winner: Terri Runnels

Rating: -***

JR mentioned that this wasn’t about star ratings, more like negative stars!  Waste of time, NEXT!

 

Backstage, the trio of Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn were talking about their match but Eddie was obsessed with Chyna, so all he did was talk about her. Chyna saw it on the monitor. She didn’t want anything to do with Eddie.

 

The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero/ Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn) vs. Chyna & Too Cool (Grand Master Sexy & Scotty Too Hotty)

Eddie was winking at Chyna at the start. He had the hots for her at the time. Eddie starts with Scotty and grabs a headlock, but gets monkey-flipped. Scotty with a backbreaker and some moonwalking, and Chyna comes in, but Eddie hides behind Malenko. Dean comes in and gets clotheslined and Chyna slugs away, before Scotty gets a cheapshot from outside. Grandmaster Sexay comes in with a double-suplex with Chyna, and they get down, which is a truly scary sight. Sexay slams Dean, and Eddie comes back in, but walks into a backdrop suplex. Sexay goes up, but Saturn shoves him off. Saturn then stomps him down and the Radicalz work him over. Eddie gets a suplex, but puts his head down and Scotty 2 Hotty comes back in. He walks right into a hotshot, however, and Eddie keeps making eyes at Chyna. Backdrop suplex and slingshot senton, Eddie taunted and then he attacked Chyna, ramming her into the ring post. Sexay gave Eddie a suplex from inside the ring to the outside. Eddie crashed feet first on the floor. Scotty set up Malenko & Saturn for the Worm, which was very popular and he hit it on both guys. The Radicalz drag him out, however, and send him into the railing, while Chyna pounds on Eddie in the ring. This match is a mess. So back in the ring, it seems like they’ve finally got their shit together and Scotty is the face-in-peril, so Saturn superkicks him and goes up with a flying elbow. Eddie goes up and Scotty crotches him and brings him down with a superplex. Tag to Chyna. Eddie was trying to avoid here. She slammed Saturn and Malenko followed by the handspring elbow on each guy. Then she hit a double low blow while the ref wasn’t looking. Eddie decked her with a cheap shot to the head. She countered a powerbomb on Eddie and hit a sloppy powerbomb of her own. She whipped Eddie into the ropes and she grabbed Eddie in the balls which Eddie sold superbly. That’s not a DQ apparently. Powerslam on Eddie. Drop Sleeper by Chyna on Eddie pinned him for the victory.

Winners: Chyna & Too Cool via pinfall

Rating: ** ½

The match was all about Chyna & Eddie. They would team up after this show. I really liked the work of all the guys in this match with Eddie obviously being the stand out guy. Some of the stuff Chyna was doing was ridiculous, especially with a 150lb woman deadlifting a 220lb guy. I was never a fan of hers but she was okay in this match.

 

Backstage, we heard from Big Show and Shane McMahon. Nice “Big Nasty Bastard” shirt, Show.

 

Next match was a 2 falls triple threat match for the Intercontinental (1st fall) and European (2nd fall) championships. Bob Backlund made the match because he wanted Kurt Angle to prove himself as a champion, much to Angle’s annoyance. Jericho welcomed us to WrestleMania is Jericho saying he’s been waiting his whole life for this moment which was true. He talked trash about his two opponents. Chris Benoit was out next. Jericho was a face, Benoit was a heel and Angle was a heel. All three were making their WrestleMania debut here.

 

WWF Intercontinental Championship

Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle ©

Lawler was complaining about how unfair it was that Angle had to defend both titles at once. Nice springboard dropkick by Jericho put both down on the floor. Baseball slide dropkick to Benoit and then Angle dropped Jericho onto the steel steps. Angle hit a belly to belly suplex on Jericho for two. Benoit clothesline on Angle. Jericho with a backbreaker on Angle. Jericho went to the top and Benoit knocked him off the top so that Jericho went crashing face first into the Spanish announce table. Benoit hit some suplexes on Angle. The crowd wasn’t into the match much except when Jericho was on offense. Jericho hit a dropkick off the middle rope on Angle for two. Backbreaker by Benoit to Jericho for two. Angle with a suplex for two on Benoit. Jericho hit a bulldog on Angle for two. Lots of nearfalls in the match. Angle hit a back suplex on Benoit, which Jericho broke up with an elbow off the middle rope. Jericho with a Camel Clutch on Benoit and he was saying “Ask himJericho hit a delayed suplex on Angle that led to a Benoit cover for two. Angle hit a nice overhead suplex on Jericho for two. Benoit cover on Jericho got two and then Kurt came back with a dropkick to the back of the head. I’m shocked by how silent the crowd was. Angle put Jericho into the Crossface Chickenwing, which is the move that Backlund taught him. Benoit broke it up with a dropkick to the head of Angle. Benoit tossed Angle into the crowd. Benoit went to the top rope and hit a headbutt all the way across the ring. He covered for a count of three

Winner & NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: Chris Benoit via pinfall

 

WWF European Championship

Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle ©

Benoit then tries an immediate cover on Jericho again and gets two, as the European title match begins.  Angle was furious that he lost his title without being in the ring. Angle hit a suplex on Benoit. Angle went to the top rope, but Jericho stopped him. Jericho went up and Benoit stopped him. Benoit gave him a back suplex off the top. Angle recovered and went for a moonsault. He missed both guys. All three guys were down. Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho on Angle. Benoit broke it up with a clothesline followed by a knee to the gut of Jericho. Jericho came back with a spinning heel kick on Benoit and then the double powerbomb on Kurt. He used to do that move in his early WWE days. Benoit hit the rolling German suplexes on Jericho. Angle broke up the pin. Benoit hit a Dragon Suplex for two. That’s a full nelson into a suplex. Dangerous move right there. Jericho charged Benoit, who ducked and Jericho decked the ref with a forearm to the head. Benoit put the Crippler Crossface on Jericho. Jericho tapped. Ref wasn’t there to see it. Jericho put Benoit in the Walls of Jericho, which caused Benoit to tap. Ref didn’t see that. Angle grabbed a title and decked Benoit in the head with it. Ref woke up to count, Benoit broke that up. Back suplex by Benoit on Angle. Benoit missed the headbutt on Angle. Jericho hit the Lionsault on Benoit to win the fall.

Winner and NEW WWF European Champion: Chris Jericho via pinfall

Rating: *** ½

I thoroughly enjoyed this match but it did lack that little something extra though. It was a really cool technical exhibition. They would have better singles matches amongst each other later down the line.

 

Vince McMahon is getting interviewed by Michael Cole. Vince would be in The Rock’s corner for the main event. Vince acknowledged that his family is dysfunctional and he’d do everything he could to make things right.

 

D-Generation X (Road Dogg & X-Pac) /w/ Tori vs. Kane & Rikishi /w/ Paul Bearer

Road Dogg did his usual intro rountine even though he was a heel. Kane was a babyface looking for revenge on X-Pac whiles Rikishi was making his WrestleMania debut under that gimmick. D-X double-team Rikishi to start, but X-Pac goes after Kane outside and they brawl, and Rikishi gets a quick Stinkface on Road Dogg. Tori (not Torrie) tries to hide from Kane in the ring, but gets caught by Rikishi, and D-X save her from potential ass-eating action. D-X takes a walk, but Kane grabs X-Pac and they all head back to the ring. X-Pac gets tagged in, Rikishi no sold his offense and dropped him head first. Ouch!  He tagged in Kane, who destroyed Dogg with a boot to the face and X-Pac with a back body drop. Clothesline sent Dogg to the floor. Kane hit a clothesline in the corner. He told Rikishi to give X-Pac a stinkface. Tori saved him. Rikishi decked Dogg with a kick. Bearer threw Tori into the ring and Kane threw her into the turnbuckle. Stinkface by Rikishi on Tori to a huge pop. Kane gave X-Pac a Tombstone for the victory. This all sets up Too Cool and the San Diego chicken coming in for dancing, but Kane doesn’t trust the Chicken. However, the real Pete Rose tries to attack from behind but Rikishi stops him in his tracks. Kane chokeslams Pete Rose. Paul Bearer did the DX chop over a fallen Pete Rose! Holy crap that was hilarious. I was in stiches when I first saw that! Rikishi gave Pete the stinkface. This marked the end of “Pete Rose’s revenge” on Kane, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

Winners: Kane & Rikishi

Rating: *

It had the right amount of time with the right team getting the victory.

 

Backstage, The Rock cut a promo about his upcoming WWF Championship match. He showed a lot of fire and intensity in his promo.

 

WWF Championship

Four Way Elimination Match

Mick Foley /w/ Linda McMahon vs. Big Show /w/ Shane McMahon vs. The Rock /w/ Vince McMahon vs. Triple H © /w/ Stephanie McMahon – Hemsley

All four guys were in the ring wrestling at once. If you got pinned or submitted you were gone. No disqualification rules too. Their supporters were at ringside. HHH starts with Foley and Show starts with Rock, and they all slug it out, and HHH loses his battle with Mick. Knee in the corner from Foley, but Show clotheslines both of them and knocks Rock down with a forearm. He hiptosses HHH and presses Rock, then hits HHH with more of the same. Notice HHH bumping all over for people. SELLING. Show chokes Rock out in the corner, but Foley jumps on his back, so Show falls back on him. Sideslam for Rock and chokeslam for HHH, but Foley breaks it up with a kick in the shin. So all three guys go after Show and knock him down with clotheslines, then team up to weaken him. That alliance doesn’t last, as Mick turns on HHH and hits him with a Cactus clothesline, leaving Rock to slug away on Show in the ring. Show comes back with a big boot as Foley chairs HHH. Mick chairs Show and Rock gets the Rock Bottom to eliminate him. The Big Show is eliminated by The Rock. Well that was quick huh?

Hunter wanted to work with the other two at different times. Rock said sure and then decked him with a punch. Hunter’s at the same size you’d recognize him for the majority of his career. He gained a lot of muscle from the year before. I wonder how? It’s not a mystery. This was also a year before Stephanie got her new boobs. They pinball HHH with punches and Foley tosses him, and the beating continues on the floor. Foley whips HHH into a Rock clothesline and Mick grabs the bell, but Rock hits Mick with it by accident. HHH whips Rock into the post to take over and drops him on the railing, but Foley finds his trusty barbed-wire 2×4, so HHH goes low to counter. He beats on Foley with it, but Rock saves. This whole segment is actually really bad. HHH tosses Rock but gets DDT’d by Mick, and it’s Mr. Socko time. Rock lays HHH out with the belt for good measure to set up the People’s Elbow, but Mick opts to go for the Mandible Sock on Rock. HHH breaks that up with a low blow and everyone is out. Vince leaves a chair for Rock, who hits HHH with a clothesline, but Mick clotheslines Rock in turn and gets two. Mick slugs away in the corner and DDTs Rock for two. Rock gets his own for two. Pace is too slow, with too much laying around in between spots. Mick calls for an alliance with HHH to get rid of Rock, and they work him over, as Mick gets a kneelift for two. Double suplex into a HHH kneedrop gets two. Rock gets dumped by Foley, but comes back to whip Mick into the stairs. Mick grabs the stairs and hits Rock with them, visibly winded. HHH & Rock set up on the Spanish announce table and Mick went to the middle rope and jumped off. Mick didn’t make the table. That was a bad miss there because Foley must have hurt himself there by breaking a rib. Hunter tried to break the table with the elbow. Didn’t break. Hunter went on the railing and drove Rock through the table but it just looked silly. In the ring, Foley kicks out of the Pedigree. Jim Ross is egging Foley on but a chair-shot to the head and a Pedigree onto the chair puts an end to Mick Foley’s 16 year career. Mick Foley is eliminated by Triple H. Foley looked knackered. He waves goodbye to the crowd as they show him the respect that he truly deserves, but before he leaves, Foley returns and knocks Triple H with a barbed wire 2 by 4. Thank you Foley. Rock crawled back into the ring and covered Hunter for two. JR was in full yelling mode, selling the action as only he can. Rock gave Hunter a clothesline to send him to the floor. They fought up the aisle. Rock gave Hunter a suplex on the concrete. He threw Hunter into the metal part of the set. Back to the ringside area, Rock gave Hunter a back drop over the railing, which sent Hunter crashing to the floor. Rock went after him with the steel steps, but Hunter countered it by using a chair to hit the steps that Rock had in his arms. Hunter hit a piledriver on the steel steps. Ross was asking for them to stop the match. Hunter covered in the ring and Rock kicked out at two. Rock fought back and went for a Rock Bottom, but Hunter stopped it. Rock countered a Pedigree by giving Hunter a back drop over the top to the floor. They fought into the crowd again. When they got back to ringside, Rock hit a spinebuster on the floor. Rock hit a suplex on the English announce table, which broke. Hunter gave Rock a drop toe hold onto the ring steps. Vince punched Hunter and then threw him into the ring post. Meanwhile, Shane returned and he attacked Vince. The match is just dying at this point. Vince no-sells a shot with a monitor like he’s in-vince-ible (like what I did?) or something, and chases Shane back to the aisle, but falls victim to a chairshot. Meanwhile, there’s a wrestling match going on. Back to the action, Rock hit a DDT for two. Rock hit a powerslam for two. Hunter came back with the facebuster and then a barb wire shot to the head. Shane snuck into the ring with a chair. Rock gave Hunter a slingshot into the corner where Hunter hit Shane. Rock hit a Rock Bottom. Vince came running down the aisle like the fastest man on the planet. He hit Shane in the head with punches and Shane took a bump over the top to the floor. Vince picked up a chair. It looked like he was going to hit Hunter, but then he turned to the other side and hit Rock in the head with the chair. Vince’s face was bloody. Hunter covered Rock. Rock kicked out. Vince hit Rock in the head one more time, Rock had his hand up to graze the blow but it was still a stiff shot. Hunter covered for the win.

Winner and STILL WWF Champion: Triple H via pinfall

Rating: *** ½

It was good but not great, parts of it (especially the finish) were way overbooked and they focused too much on the McMahons which hurt the match. It’s not as if they get any recognition, right? I was sure that either Mick Foley or the Rock would have won this but they were saving Rocky’s title win until the next pay per view. This would mark the 2nd time where a heel won in the main event of WrestleMania (1st being Yokozuna) and the 4th time the WWF title was defended successfully at ‘Mania.

 

Post match, Vince kicked Rock out of the ring. Stephanie had a shocked look on her face. Then she hugged Vince. Fans were throwing drinks into the ring. They were upset by it. Shane stumbled into the ring. Vince pointed at the blood on his face. Meanwhile, Rock had recovered enough to run back into the ring for an attack. Rock Bottom on Shane. Rock Bottom on Vince. Rock Bottom on Stephanie. Huge pop there. Hunter tried to help her, but Rock knocked him down. People’s Elbow to Stephanie. The ending drew huge reactions from the crowd. It ended the PPV on a happy note for the fans, so at least that ending held true to the idea of a babyface ending WrestleMania on a high note.

 

*Random Thoughts*

 

  • So was having a show with single matches a good idea? Nope. One on one tells a better story while multi person matches usually makes it hard to follow at times. On the positive side, it gave more guys a chance to take part at WrestleMania so it was good in that respect.
  • This show was very average. That was weird considering that 2000 was a damn good year in the WWF’s history. Royal Rumble, Summerslam and Backlash were the best pay per views of the year/ WWF’s history.
  • They saved Rock’s title win until the next pay per view, Backlash, where Stone Cold would make an appearance. Personally, I would rather have had that match happen here since things at WrestleMania tend to get remembered more than at other pay per views. Rock & Triple H had some amazing matches in 2000 with the best taking place at Judgement Day in an Iron Man match. Triple H & Rocky have come a long way as performers.
  • The Ladder match usually gets overlooked in favour of the TLC matches that follow. The TLC matches were better but that doesn’t take away from this one. I liked how they used a table as a platform for the champs to get their titles. There was a lot of creativity in this match and all 6 men deserve to be praised for their efforts.
  • Paul Bearer’s crotch chop was hilarious! Check it out on youtube people!

 

Best Match: Triple Threat Ladder Match – They put on a memorial performance. They saved the show up until this point.

Worst Match: Terri v The Kat – The only 1 on 1 match of the show and it was a complete waste of time!

WrestleMania Moment: Jeff Hardy’s Swanton off the Ladder – An iconic moment that would be replayed throughout the years.

 

Top 5 Superstars

1. The Rock – Did an incredible job of being the focus of the main event. Would have to wait before he held the title again.

2. Triple H – Again, like Rocky, he was great in the main event.

3. Jeff Hardy – His Swanton off the Ladder was a truly memorial moment.

4. Christian – He and Edge were on top form here but I have to give it to Christian because his spots were more memorial on this occasion.

5. Bubba Ray Dudley – You could tell that he had a lot of input in his match. A lot of great moments from Bubba.

 

Updated rankings chart:

Macho Man Randy Savage – 29pts

Hulk Hogan/ Bret Hart – 25pts

Shawn Michaels – 24pts

Stone Cold – 15pts

Ricky Steamboat– 10pts

The Rock – 9pts

Owen Hart – 8pts

Ultimate Warrior/ Roddy Piper– 7pts

Mick Foley – 6pts

Dynamite Kid/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase – 5pts

Terry Funk/ Bam Bam Bigelow/ Diesel/ Triple H- 4pts

Tito Santana/Andre the Giant/ Ric Flair/ Mr Perfect/ Lawrence Taylor/ Undertaker/ X-Pac/ Jeff Hardy- 3pts

Greg Valentine/ Scott Steiner/ Razor Ramon/ Shane McMahon/ Christian-2pts

Sgt Slaughter/ Gorilla Monsoon/ Bobby Heenan/ Jim Ross/ Bubba Ray Dudley – 1pt

 

Overall Show Rating (Out of 10): 5.5

It was better than WrestleMania 15 but still WrestleMania 16 was a disappointing show. If it wasn’t for the Ladder match I dare say this show would have received a Bret Hart (4/10). That’s a real disappointment because 2000 was a damn good year for the WWF yet they dropped the ball with WrestleMania in terms of giving us a great event that many of us were expecting. The main event was a massive let down and that was all down to having the McMahon family involved. It could have been a whole lot better.

 

WrestleMania Rankings so far:

WrestleMania 14 – 8.5

WrestleMania 10 – 8

WrestleMania 8 – 7

WrestleMania 3 – 7

WrestleMania 7 – 6.5

WrestleMania 6 – 6

WrestleMania16 – 5.5

WrestleMania 12 – 5.5

WrestleMania 15 – 5

WrestleMania 1 – 4.5

WrestleMania 13 – 4

WrestleMania 5 – 4

WrestleMania 11 – 4

WrestleMania 4 – 3.5

WrestleMania 2 – 3

WrestleMania 9 – 0.5

 

Up Next: WrestleMania 17, ‘nuff said!

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