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WWF Royal Rumble 2000

WWF ROYAL RUMBLE
Sunday, January 23rd, 2000

Live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY

List of WWF Champions at the time:
●  WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H (1/03/2000)
●  WWF Intercontinental Co-Champions: Chris Jericho & Chyna (12/30/1999)
●  WWF World Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws (11/08/1999)
●  WWF European Champion: Val Venis (12/12/1999)
●  WWF Hardcore Champion: Test (1/17/2000)
●  WWF Women’s Champion: The Kat (12/12/1999)

~ Royal Rumble comes on the air with an intro video hyping the street fight for the title. After that Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler.

  • Kurt Angle vs. ???????

Angle comes out first and gets on the mic saying MSG deserves to have a true champion because we’d have to wait forever for Patrick Ewing and the Knicks to deliver a title. Angle also suggests his mysterty opponent may be nervous about facing an undefeated Olympian. Once Angle finishes the orange glow appears one more time and out comes … Tazz! And the crowd is actually going nuts for this nice surprise debut. Tazz goes right to work on Angle and goes for a whip but Angle reverses and looks for a leapfrog but Tazz fakes him out. Tazz backdrops Angle over the ropes then goes out and sets up for a suplex but Angle floats over and hits his own suplex. Angle throws Tazz back in the ring and whips him into a forearm for a two count. Angle hammers Tazz in a corner and chokes him with his boot then hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Angle climbs to the top rope but Tazz bumps the ropes causing Angle to straddle the turnbuckle. Tazz goes up and hits a belly-to-belly superplex and covers but Angle gets his foot on the rope. Tazz argues with the referee about the count when Angle rolls him up for a near fall. Angle clotheslines Tazz and hits a bridge suplex that gets another two count. Angle goes for the Olympic Slam but Tazz floats over into a waistlock and hits a release suplex followed by a belly-to-belly suplex. Tazz follows up with the T-Bone Tazplex then slaps on the Tazzmission. Angle tries to hold on but fades out and the referee calls it a submisison, ending Angle’s unbeaten streak (3:14) A little short but effective in putting Tazz over. **½

Angle is still down in the ring as a number of referees come out to check on him. They eventually bring out a stretcher and Angle is given oxygen and wheeled out of the arena.

~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews The Hardys and Terri about the tables match, asking if they’re ready for a war after showing their past skirmishes with the Dudleys. Terri says the Hardys are going to tear the roof off of MSG but Jeff quickly cuts her off and tells her to stay in the back since the match can get very violent. Matt says the Dudleys are extreme and the master of putting people through tables. Matt says tonight they’re going to put the Dudleys through tables or die trying.

  • The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley BoyzTables Match

To win one team must put both members of the other team through tables. The Dudleys come out first and Bubba gets on the mic to insult the fans for cheering the Hardys while booing pitcher John Rocker at the same time (after Rocker’s notorious sexist, racist interview in Sports Illustrated) D’Von then says the fans should have elected John Rocker mayor so he can clean up the city. The Dudleys meet the Hardys in the aisle and throw them in the ring then pair off. D’Von hammers Matt in a corner while Jeff whips Bubba but Bubba comes back with the Full Nelson bomb. Bubba slides a table in the ring which D’Von sets up in the middle of the ring then whips Jeff into a backdrop but Matt moves the table before Jeff can go through it. Matt DDT’s Bubba who rolls out to the floor and Jeff leaps over the ropes into a pescado. Matt sets up a table and whips D’Von who counters into a powerbomb attempt, Matt flips out of it and goes for a suplex but D’Von blocks it into his own suplex. On the floor Jeff cracks Bubba with a chair then places him onto a table nearby. Jeff runs along the barricade but Bubba is up and whacks him in mid-air with the table. D’Von takes over on Jeff while Bubba goes after Matt in the ring and rolls him onto the table. Bubba hops to the middle rope but Matt punches him below the belt. The Hardys set Bubba up for a superplex through the table but D’Von moves it out of the way. Matt brings a ladder in the ring and clotheslines Bubba over the ropes with it. Matt goes out and nails Bubba with the chair then gets a table ready and rams Bubba into the apron. Matt whacks Bubba with the chair again and sets up the ladder while Bubba rolls onto the table. Matt climbs up the ladder while D’Von climbs up the other side but Matt manages to shove him off. Matt dives off the ladder at the same time as Jeff and both Hardys drive Bubba through the table. The Hardys then turn their attention to D’Von and Matt whacks him with another chair shot. The Hardys maneuver the ringsteps near the apron then place a table over the gap. Jeff puts D’Von onto the table as Matt hits D’Von with the chair then Matt climbs to the top rope. Matt goes for the guillotine legdrop but D’Von moves and Matt crashes through the table. Jeff dives over the ropes for a placha but misses D’Von and crashes through another table. However the Hardys didn’t get put through tables with offensive moves so the match continues.

Bubba whacks Matt with the chair then throws him in the ring along with the ringsteps. The Dudleys set the table up on top of the ringsteps then Bubba hops to the top rope as D’Von passes Matt over to him and superbombs him through the table to even the score meaning either Jeff or D’Von must now go through the table for the match to end. The Dudleys throw both Hardys over the barricade and brawl with them in an aisle near an exit. Bubba whacks Matt with the chair and the Dudleys set up a stack of tables right by the exit then place Matt on top of it.Jeff grabs a chair and manages to take out D’Von but Bubba blocks the shot and whacks Jeff with the chair then drags him up to the balcony. Bubba looks to powerbomb Jeff through Matt and the tables but Jeff manages to low blow Bubba. Matt slips off the table stack and Jeff knocks Bubba off the balcony through the tables below. Unfortunately D’Von must still go through the table so Matt sets a table up and rolls D’Von onto it. Jeff then leaps off the balcony and drives D’Von through the table with a Senton Bomb for the win. (10:17) Very fun match with plenty of inventive and insane bumps, though it does get a little outclassed with the wars these two team would have later on. ***½

~ Backstage we find Kurt Angle getting checked out by the trainer and asking if he won. Angle learns he got choked out and feels it’s an illegal hold and therefore he’s still undefeated.

~ We now go to the “Miss Royal Rumble 2000″ swimsuit competiton with Jerry Lawler acting as emcee. The judges include Sgt. Slaghter, Tony Garea, The Fabulous Moolah, Johnny Valiant and Freddie Blassie while the contestants are Ivory, Terri Runnels, Jacqueline, Barbara Bush, Luna, and The Kat. The ladies then model thier swimwear except for Luna who refuses to disrobe for anyone. Lawler is then about to go to the judges for the results when Mae Young comes out to the ring. You know what, everybody knows what happened next and I don’t want to rehash some bad memories so let’s just move on.

~ We now jump over to the WWF’s new Times Square restaurant, WWF New York where Johnathan Coachman reports from inside surrounded by all the rowdy fans.

~ Backstage Chris Jericho and Chyna are arguing on who gets to wear the Intercontinential title belt to the ring. As they continue to bicker Earl Hebner walks up and tells them neither one of them gets to wear the belt. Hebner takes the belt to the ring himself as Jericho and Chyna have some parting words with each other.

  • WWF Intercontinential Title: Chris Jericho © vs. Chyna © vs. Hardcore Holly

So we finally get to settle the controversy on who gets the belt. Hardcore and Chyna make their entrances first followed by Jericho who gets on the mic the welcome the fans to Madison Square Jericho and promise to become the true IC Champ. Jericho says once he wins the Jerichaholics will throw him a huge celebration party and promises a huge celebration that will make the millenium look like his sister’s birthday. Hardcore shoves Chyna aside to start and goes for a whip but Jericho reverses into a hip toss. Hardcore slaps Jericho who slaps back and Chyna gets in her own slaps on both of them. Chyna goes for a whip but Hardcore reverses her into a corner and Chyna flips over the ropes. Chyna is down on the floor as Jericho whips Hardcore but Hardcore hits a shoulderblock. Hardcore comes off the ropes and Jericho leapfrogs him but Hardcore whips him and hits the dropkick. Hardcore whips Jericho again but Jericho comes back with a flying forearm for a two count. Both men exchange chops and Hardcore goes for a whip but Jericho reverses him into a corner. Jericho charges but eats a boot and Hardcore goes for a Frankensteiner but Jericho blocks it. Jericho then goes into the Walls of Jericho but Chyna comes back in and breaks it up as the crowd voices their disapproval of that. Chyna whips Jericho into an elbow and Hardcore tries to steal the cover but Chyna makes the save and clotheslines Hardcore over the ropes. Jericho gets in some shots and goes for a whip, Chyna reverses and Jericho ducks a clothesline but Hardcore grabs his leg to stop him. Chyna goes for a dropkick but Jericho escapes and Chyna nails Hardcore with a baseball slide. Chyna lays the boots to Hardcore when Jericho springs over the ropes into a crossbody on Hardcore.

Chyna rams Jericho into the ringsteps before throwing him back in the ring and hitting the handpsring elbow. Chyna follows up with a DDT but Hardcore breaks up the pin and throws Chyna through the ropes. Hardcore whips Jericho and misses a clothesline but Jericho tumbles out to the floor after Chyna pulls down the top rope. Hardcore decks Chyna off the apron then goes out and grabs a chair readying a swing at Chyna but Jericho tries to stop him. Hardcore fights Jericho off but Chyna dropkicks the chair into Hardcore’s face and rolls him back in the ring. Chyna climbs to the top rope while Jericho does the same and both splash Hardcore and cover him but Hardcore thankfully kicks out, preventing another double-pin. Jericho and Chyna argue before exchanging shoves and Chyna hammers Jericho and whips him. Jericho ducks a clothesline and goes for a suplex but Chyna flips out of it and low blows Jericho. Jericho rolls out to the floor as Chyna hits the Pedigree on Hardcore but only gets two. Chyna climbs to the top rope when Hardcore sets her onto his shoulders in an electric chair while Jericho climbs to the top rope and hits a crossbody on Chyna but that only gets a two count. Hardcore boots Jericho then climbs to the top rope himself but Jericho cuts him off. Jericho climbs up and goes for a superplex but Chyna causes both men to straddle the turnbuckle. Jericho falls out to the floor while Chyna goes up and hits a superplex on Hardcore. However Hardcore manages to hook Chyna’s legs but only gets a two count. Chyna rolls out to the floor as Hardcore brings Jericho to the apron and tees off on him. Chyna brings a chair in and whacks Hardcore with it behind the referee’s back. Chyna then puts Hardcore in her own Walls of Jericho but Jericho breaks it up with a bulldog. Jericho connects with the Lionsault on Chyna and gets the three to finally gain sole posession of the belt. (7:30) Decent match that was brought down by Chyna’s usual sloppiness. But at least Jericho finally has the belt to himself. **½

~ Backstage Michael Cole intverviews the Rock but Rock cuts him off and does his usual opening. Cole mentions Rock’s participation in the Rumble and asks if any of the entrants concern him and Rock admits there are two wrestlers he’s worried about: Crash Holly and Headbanger Mosh. Rock says if he can get past those two he might have a chance to win the Rumble. Cole brings up The Big Show and Rock tells him to have a tall glass of ’shut up’ juice. Rock tells Show he could care less what he thinks and describes his entrance in the Rumble. Rock then says he hopes it comes down to him and Show before guaranteeing a win in MSG. Rock says after that he’s going to become WWF Champion at Wrestlemania, if you smell and so on.

~ A video package is shown highlighting the New Age Outlaws/Acolytes feud.

  • WWF World Tag Team Titles: The New Age Outlaws © vs. The Acolytes

The Outlaws come out first and once again do their speil on the mic despite being heels. The Acolytes charge the ring and go right to work on the Outlaws on the floor. Bradshaw throws Billy in the ring when Billy goes for a whip, Bradshaw reverses it but Billy leapfrogs him and hits a dropkick. Bradshaw doesn’t go down so Billy comes off the ropes with a crossbody but Bradshaw catches him and boots Road Dogg before hitting the fallaway slam. Both men tag their partners and Faarooq whips Road Dogg into a corner then charges but eats a boot. Road Dogg comes out but runs right into a powerslam and Faarooq mocks his shakin’. Faarooq goes for the Dominator and Billy pulls Road Dogg down but Faarooq clothlesines both of them. Road Dogg comes back with the juke ‘n jive punches but Bradshaw pulls him down by the hair. Billy whips Bradshaw into a corner and goes for a Stinger Splash but Bradshaw sidesteps it. Bradshaw hits the clothesline from Hades while Faarooq hits the spinebuster on Road Dogg. Faarooq covers Road Dogg and the referee counts but Billy pulls him out of the ring. Bradshaw goes out and drops Billy with a right hand but also takes out the referee. Yes, a ref bump just two minutes into the match. The Acolytes climb back in and plant Road Dogg with the double powerbomb. Faarooq covers Road Dogg when X-Pac runs in the ring and nails Bradshaw with the spinkick. Faarooq takes X-Pac out with the spinebuster but Billy hits the Rocker Dropper on Bradshaw. Road Dogg then keeps Faarooq at bay while Billy covers and gets the three. (2:35) So the Acolytes dominate the match but are beaten in two minutes after all the buildup. I’ve heard they did this because they were pressed for time but come on. *

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Cactus Jack/Triple H feud.

  • WWF World Heavyweight Title: Triple H © vs. Cactus JackStreet Fight

Triple H comes out with Stephanie but decides to send her to the back for this one. Cactus has words with Triple H before they go right to work and Cactus gets the advantage. Cactus rams Triple H into a turnbuckle but Triple H comes back and hammers Cactus in a corner. Cactus drops Triple H with a right hand then pummels him down in the corner and goes for the running knee but Triple H bails out to the floor to regroup. Cactus goes out and hits a neckbreaker on the floor then rolls back in the ring. Triple H tries to climb in as well but Cactus legdrops him and sends him back out. Cactus goes out and rams Triple H into the ringsteps then into the timekeeper’s table. However Triple H grabs the ringbell and waffles Cactus in the head with it. Triple H brings a chair in the ring and dares Cactus to come back in which he does. Triple H clocks Cactus with the chair but Cactus pops right back up and clotheslines him. Cactus unloads on Triple H then places the chair over his face and legdrops it into his face. Cactus connects with a series of right hands then kicks Triple H out to the floor and goes out after him. Triple H surprises Cactus with a forearm then charges at Cactus but Cactus backdrops him over the barricade into the crowd. Cactus brawls with Triple H through the fans and they end up near the entrance set. Cactus throws Triple H into the set then suplexes him onto a pair of wodden pallettes. Cactus grabs a trash can and whacks Triple H with it then whips him into the door twice. Cactus rams Triple H into the door repeatedly but Triple H suplexes him onto the trash can. Cactus rams Triple H into the ringsteps then pounds him down and caps off the running knee.

Cactus rolls Triple H back in the ring then grabs his barbed-wire 2×4 from under the ring and readies a swing as Earl Hebner tries to stop him. However Triple H low blows Cactus then grabs the 2×4 and nails Cactus in the chest and back with it several times. Cactus manages to low blow Triple H then grabs the 2×4 and hits a low blow with it. Cactus follows up with the double-arm DDT while Hebner disposes of the 2×4 on the floor. Hebner gets back in the ring but gets a two count and Cactus asks him where his 2×4 is then goes out and punches out Hugh Savanoivich when Carlos Cabrera surrenders the wespon. Cactus heads back in with the 2×4 in hand as Hebner tries to stop him from using it. Triple H charges at Cactus and Cactus sidesteps but Triple H takes out Hebner with a splash. Cactus then whacks Triple H in the face with the 2×4, busting him open. Cactus rams the 2×4 into Triple H’s face before coveing him but only gets a two count then nails him again as we see Triple H’s face covered with blood. Triple H tries to escape but Cactus sticks the barbed wire into his face on the apron! Cactus goes out and tees off on Triple H’s open wound before ramming him into the announce table. Cactus sets Triple H up for a piledriver onto the table but Triple H counters with a backdrop. Triple H throws Cactus back in the ring and pounds on him in then sets up for the Pedigree but Cacuts catapults Triple H into a corner then bulldogs him onto the barbed wire for a near fall. Cactus clotheslines Triple H and himself over the ropes then charges at Triple H but Triple H hiptosses Cactus onto the ringsteps. Triple H whips Cactus knee-first into the steps then chopblocks the hurt knee before the two heac back in the ring. Triple H hits another chopblock before whacking the leg with the 2×4. Triple H goes out and grabs a pair of handcuffs then starts to cuff Cactus’ hands. Cactus tries to fight Triple H off and manages to nail him with the cuffs as a weapon but Triple H kicks Cactus’ hurt knee then finishes cuffing Cactus’ hands behind his back.

Triple H beats down then helpless Cactus before sliding the ringsteps in the ring. Triple H readies the steps but Cactus trips Triple H who bounces off the steps as a result. Cactus boots Triple H down and headbutts him below the belt then bites his face. Triple H comes back with a clothesline then grabs the chair and jabs Cactus in the chest with it then whacks his back, actually breaking a piece of the chair off. Cactus rolls out to the floor and hobbles up the aisle but Triple H goes out and chases him down then whacks him with the chair again. Cactus is asking Triple H if that’s all he’s got when The Rock suddenly runs out from the back and cracks Triple H in the face with his own chair! Rock then departs while a cop comes out and unlocks the handcuffs, freeing Cactus’ hands. Cactus hammers Triple H back to ringside and throws him across the Spanish announce table then goes up and piledrives Triple H into the table which doesn’t break. Cactus rolls Triple H in the ring then grabs a bag and pours out thousands of thumbtacks! Stephanie runs out and begs Hebner to stop this as Cactus hammers Triple H near the tacks. Cactus charges at Triple H but Triple H backdrops him right into the thumbtacks!! Cactus is covered with tacks as Triple H follows up with the Pedigree…but only gets two!! Triple H is shocked that Cactus kicked out then hits a second Pedigree right into the tacks!! Triple H covers Cactus again and this time gets the three!! (26:50) Awesome, well-booked brawl that had plenty of great, brutal action and finally got Triple H accepted as a real main eventer. ****½

Cactus is still laying in the tacks while Stephanie helps the bloodied Triple H out of the ring so the EMTs can load him onto a stretcher then wheel him out of the arnea. However Cactus decides he’s not done and goes out after the EMTs, bringing Triple H back to the ring. Cactus then grabs the 2×4 and gets in one last shot before leaving Triple H laying, having paid the price for his victory.

~ We cut back to WWF New York where Johnathan Coachman interviews Linda McMahon about the McMahon-Helmsley era. Linda says she doesn’t have any comment but nonetheless promises that things in the WWF will be handled the “McMahon Way”.

  • The Royal Rumble Match

As usual the winner gets a WWF Championship match at Wrestlemania. Also on Sunday Night Heat they announced the lineup was slightly reshuffled (no doubt to boost the starpower). D’Lo Brown starts off at #1 while #2 is Grandmaster Sexay. D’Lo interupts Sexay’s dancing with right hand but Sexay comes back with his own shots. Sexay goes for a whip, D’Lo reverses but Sexay slides under him and kicks him in the chest. Sexay whips D’Lo into a dropkick then snapmares him to the mat but D’Lo kicks him away. D’Lo hits a heel kick then goes for a powerbomb but Sexay counters with a huricanrana. Sexay slams D’Lo to the mat then snapmares him again and climbs to the middle rope, hitting a missile dropkick. Sexay throws D’Lo over the ropes but D’Lo holds on and climbs back in as the countdown clock brings Mosh of the Headbangers out as #3. Mosh nails Sexay from behind and pounds him down then he and D’Lo double-team him. Kaientai (who were scheduled to be in the Rumble but were pulled on Heat) suddenly runs in the ring and starts attacking all three men but D’Lo and Mosh dispose of Funaki while Sexay crotches Taka Michinoku on the rope and sends him out. Mosh goes back to D’Lo and whips him right into Sexay then splashes both men in a corner. Mosh clotheslines D’Lo then goes for a whip but D’Lo reverses and hits a Sky High. Sexay bulldogs D’Lo into Mosh then sets D’Lo up for a suplex but D’Lo blocks it. D’Lo then counters with a delayed vertical suplex as Christian comes out at #4. Mosh attacks Christian as he comes in and goes for a whip but Christian reverses it. Christian lowers the head and Mosh goes for a powerbomb but Christian flips out of it and hits the Slop Drop. Christian pounds on Sexay while D’Lo tries to eliminate Mosh. Christian whips Sexay into a corner and charges but eats a superkick. Sexay suplexes Christian while D’Lo tries to get Mosh over the ropes but fails. Mosh and Sexay go at it and D’Lo tries to elimiante Christian.

Rikishi comes in at #5 and superkicks Mosh then throws him over the ropes for the first elimination. Rikishi plants Christian with a belly-to-belly suplex and tosses him out as well. D’Lo hits Rikishi with a running neckbreaker followed by the legdrop but Rikishi pops right up and drills D’Lo with the sitdown piledriver. Rikishi tosses D’Lo over the ropes leaving himself and Sexay alone but not for long as Scotty 2 Hotty is out at #6. Scotty tries to play peacemaker and breaks out the shades, wanting to do some dancing. The three Too Cool guys engage in their dance and Scotty even busts out the Worm. However Rikishi suddenly clotheslines both his buddies and sends them both over the ropes. The Too Cool guys are shocked as Rikishi explains to his partners it’s just business then dances in the ring by himself. Steve Blackman comes in at #7 and dropkicks Rikishi then comes off the ropes with a pump kick. Blackman pounds Rikishi down then comes off the ropes but runs into the sitdown piledriver and Rikishi throws him over the ropes, leaving himself alone once again. Rikishi then pateintly waits in the ring as Viscera comes out at #8. Both men stand nose-to-nose before exchanging punches and Rikishi gets the advantage when Viscera hits a massive belly-to-belly suplex and follows up with a legdrop. Viscera sets Rikishi in a corner and hits an Avalanche then stomps him down. Viscera goes for another Avalanche but Rikishi sidesteps him and hits a superkick. Rikishi superkicks Viscera near the edge and comes off the ropes with a bodyblock. Viscera is teetheirng but Rikishi manages to get him over the ropes leaving himself alone once again. The Big Bossman comes out at #9 but refuses to get in the ring as Rikishi waits for him. Bossman walks around the floor and stalls out the 90 seconds waiting for the next man. Test comes out at #10 and pounds on Bossman but Bossman reverses him right into the ringpost. Bossman sets up for a powerbomb but Test counters into a powerbomb on the floor. Test chokes Bossman with his shirt and throws him in the ring before going in himself. Rikishi headbutts Bossman but Test punds on Rikishi and chokes him with his boot. That allows Bossman to punch Test below the belt but Rikishi low blows Bossman in turn. Bossman then starts fighting both his opponents as the next man joins the action.

The British Bulldog comes in at #11 goes after Rikishi who beats him down while Test and Bossman duke it out. Test whips Bossman into a corner and hits a boot then tries to dump him over the ropes. Rikishi knocks Bulldog down then goes for the Banzai Drop but Bulldog low blows him. Bulldog tries to get Rikishi over the ropes while Bossman does the same to Test. Test flips out of it and pounds Bossman down then chokes him with his boot. Bulldog then fails to eliminate Rikishi as the clock brings out the next guy. Gangrel comes in at #12 with his chalice but Test and Bossman double-team him in a corner. Rikishi chokes Bulldog with his boot when Kaientai comes in the ring again but Test tosses Funaki back out while Gangrel beats down Taka and throws him over the ropes. Bulldog and Bossman and Test and Gangrel pair off while Rikishi wisely watches form nearby. Rikishi then hits the reverse butt splash on both Test and Gangrel but they then double-team him. Bulldog sets Bossman on the top rope but Bossman fights him off as Edge comes out at #13. All six men then pair off with Bulldog vs. Edge, Gangrel vs. Test and Bossman vs. Rikishi. Bulldog nearly dumps Edge over the ropes but Edge holds on and jabs to eyes to get back in. Edge is on the apron and rams Gangrel into the turnbuckles before climbing back in the ring. Rikishi has Bossman down then climbs the ropes and this time hits the Banzai Drop. The announcers then show Taka getting thrown over the ropes earlier and landing on his face! Everyone continues to go at it as #14 comes out and it’s … Bob Backlund, making his first WWF appearence since 1997. Bossman works over Backlund in a corner while the other five men gang up on Rikishi. Everyone then manages to get Rikishi over the ropes to eliminate him after his long stand. The crowd is not happy with that and boos that elimination big time. Bossman and Bulldog double-team Backland while Gangrel and Edge duke it out nearby. Edge goes to eliminate Gangrel but Test nails him from behind while Backlund fights off Bulldog. Gangrel and Test try to dump Edge over the ropes but Edge holds onto the ropes. Everyone then pais off again as the next man is about to make his entrance. Chris Jericho comes out at #15 and exchanges shots with Edge while Backlund hits Gangrel with an Atomic Drop. Jericho then dropkicks Backlund and sends him over the ropes and out of the match. Gangrel and Bulldog square off and Jericho goes after Bossman but Edge nails him from behind. Bossman hammers Jericho with elbows when Edge and Test double-team Bossman. Backlund is ordered to leave ringside but instead decides to head into the crowd. Jericho tries to eliminate Edge and Bossman tries to get Test over but neither man succeeds. The six men in the ring then pair off again just as Crash Holly enters the ring at #16.

We’re now past the halfway point but have yet to see The Rock come into the Rumble and the fans are getting impatient. Bulldog immediately tries to dump Crash over but Crash holds onto the ropes. Edge tries to help Bulldog and even smacks Crash on the rear but Crash lands on the apron. Crash and Bulldog then double-team Edge and try ro dump him while Test chokes Gangrel. Edge flips onto the apron and low blows Bulldog before climbing back in the ring. Edge chokes Crash with his boot as Chyna joins the fun at #17 and goes right after Jericho, resuming their issues from earlier. Chyna kicks Jericho down and charges at him and Jericho backdrops her over the ropes. Chyna lands on the apron and shoulderblocks Jericho before suplexing him over the ropes to eliminate him. Chyna doesn’t get to celebrate as Bossman immediately knocks her off the apron to the floor and she and Jericho then start bickering again as they head back to the lockeroom. The six men in the ring again pair off as Faarooq comes out at #18. Faarooq pounds on Edge when the Mean Street Posse, who were also bumped from the Rumble, suddenly charge in the ring and triple-team Faarooq. The other men quickly clear them out but Bossman then tosses the weakened Faarooq to eliminate him as fast as he came in. Edge and Test whip Crash into a double backdrop and Gangrel follows up with a clothesline. Bulldog headbutts Crash and he and Gangrel double-team him as Road Dogg comes out at #19. Road Dogg hammers away at Test while Bulldog and Gangrel try to eliminate Crash. Test low blows Road Dogg and mashes his head into the mat then beats on Crash and chokes him. Road Dogg nails Test from behind and unsuccessfully tries to dump him over the ropes. Crash kicks Bossman down while Edge prevents Gangrel and Bulldog from eliminating him. Bossman throws Crash over the ropes but Crash lands on the apron and rolls back in the ring. Road Dogg goes to eliminate Test and Edge comes to his aid when Al Snow enters at #20.

We’re now 2/3 of the way through the entrants yet still no sign of The Rock. Snow beats down Crash and kicks away at Test when Road Dogg tosses Bulldog over the ropes. Road Dogg then rests in a corner while the other six men pair off. Snow nails Edge form behind but Test pounds on him while Bossman kicks Gagrel out to the apron. Bossman whips Edge but Edge hits a crossbody as the clock brings out Val Venis at #21. Val also goes right after Test when Funaki runs in yet again but Bossman tosses him back out as JR mentions Taka has been taken to the hospital. Snow tries to get Gangrel over the ropes but Bossman breaks it up and works Snow over. Snow manages to pound Bossman down when Val comes out and rams him into the turnbuckle. Edge and Val then try to dump Snow over the ropes but fails as Prince Albert comes out at #22. Edge charges at Val and Snow but both men backdrop him over the ropes to the floor. Albert hammers both Gangrel and Crash in a corner with shoulderblocks then kicks them down. Bossman and Albert start going at it and Albert kicks Bossman into a corner and chokes him. Crash charges at Albert and gets in comes kicks but Albert comes back with a chokebomb. Val tries to get Snow over the ropes and Snow holds on while Road Dogg hides in a corner. Albert hammers Test in a corner with shoulderblocks as Hardcore Holly enters at #23. Hardcore goes after Test like everyone else and kicks him down then chokes him with his boot. Hardcore tries to eliminate Test and Test fights him off when Gangrel takes his turn on him. Snow throws Crash over the ropes but Crash holds on and lands on the apron. Albert stomps away at Road Dogg in a corner as the clock appears to bring out the next guy and The Rock finally comes out at #24 to a huge ovation.

Rock hammers away at Bossman and knocks him over the ropes with the Smackdown to eliminate him. Rock stomps Val down when Snow nails him from behind and hammers him in the back. Val and Test try to get Rock over the ropes but fail to before Hardcore gets in some shots. Hardcore tries to dump Rock out of the match while Test powerbombs Crash nearby. Rock hits the Smackdown on Hardcore but can’t get him over the ropes as Billy Gunn comes out at #25. Billy goes right after Rock and pounds him down then rams him into a turnbuckle. Crash goes to whip Rock but Rock counters with a DDT and tosses him over the ropes. Hardcore nails Rock from behind and he and Snow try to elimiante him but Albert breaks it up. Snow and Val choke Road Dogg who’s still curled in a corner as The Big Show comes out at #26. Rock clotheslines Albert and chokes him on the middle rope. Rock then turns and attacks Show as he climbs in but Albert interupts it and pops Rock. Show goes over and boots Test over the ropes to end his long run in the Rumble. Show then tosses Gangrel over the ropes to take him out of the match as well. Show headbutts Val and Snow in succession before throwing Rock across the ring. Show press slams Hardcore and headbutts Albert as Bradshaw is out at #27. Bradshaw goes right after Albert when the Mean Street Posse once again run out to the ring. Bradshaw manages clear the Posse out but the Outlaws come over and dump him over the ropes as well. Faarooq then comes out as he and Bradshaw brawl with the Posse all the way to the back. In the ring Snow clotheslines Rick while Hardcore works over Show in a corner. Show slams Road Dogg who returns to his position in the corner as Kane is #28. Val attacks Kane as he comes in but Kane chokeslams him over the ropes to the floor. Kane pops Snow with a clothesline then chokes Road Dogg with his boot when Rock goes after him. Hardcore goes to whip Rock but Rock reverses into a clothesline as The Godfather is brought out at #29. Billy charges at Show but runs right into a press slam as Godfather makes his way into the arena. Albert tees off on Kane but Kane comes back and clotheslines Albert over the ropes to the floor. The Godfather parades his women around the ring when Funkai comes back in. Snow tosses Funaki over the ropes while Godfather finally climbs in the ring and nails Show. Show headbutts Godfather and kicks him down in a corner as X-Pac is the last man out at #30.

So to recap we’re left with we’re left with Rock, Show, X-Pac, Kane, Hardcore, Godfather, Snow, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. X-Pac comes in and goes right after Rock while Godfather tries in vain to get Show over the ropes. Hardcore and Snow both get in shots on Kane before Snow clotheslines Hardcore over the ropes. Show whips Godfather into a boot then tosses him over the ropes and out of the match. Snow goes to whip Rock but Rock counters with a Samoan Drop then clotheslines him over the ropes. Road Dogg leans over to brag at Snow when Billy Gunn dumps his own partner over the ropes. Show headbutts Billy and Kane uppercuts him over the ropes to eliminate both Outlaws.

That leaves us with The Rock, The Big Show, Kane and X-Pac as our final four. The Outlaws pull Kane out under the ropes and brawl with him while distracting the referees. X-Pac goes to whip Rock but Rock reverses and swats the spinkick away then tosses him over the ropes. X-Pac hits the floor but the referees are busy breaking up the brawl at ringside to see it. Rock and Show start to go at it when X-Pac comes back in and nails Rock from behind. X-Pac and Show double-team Rock when Kane rolls back in and rams X-Pac into a turnbuckle. Show whips Rock into a boot from Kane then charges at him but misses a clothesline. Kane grabs Show by the throat while X-Pac whips Rock and this time hits the spinning heelkick. Show fights off the chokeslam and grabs Kane but Kane breaks it and hits an enzuigiri. Show is still on his feet when Kane scoops Show up and manages to slam him to the mat! Kane is reeling when X-Pac knocks him over the ropes with a spinkick. X-Pac hits the Bronco Buster on Show but Show is up and presses X-Pac over his head. Show then drops X-Pac over the ropes to the floor, eliminating him for real this time. So it’s down to Rock and The Big Show, just like we all expected. Rock tees off on Show and manages to hit the spinebuster thenfollows up with the People’s Elbow. Rock goes to toss Show over the ropes but Show stops himself and comes back with a chokeslam. Show scoops Rock up and tries to powerslam him over the ropes but both men end up going over. Rock holds on and lands on the apron while Show hits the floor for the final elimination. (51:48) Pretty entertaining Rumble though not as great as people say it was at the time with a huge dead spot in the middle plus a few too many jobbers. However once The Rock came out it got going to a nice finish. ***½

Show storms off to the back while Rock celebrates his win and poses on the turnbuckles. Rock then grabs a mic and starts cutting a promo proclaiming he’s going to Wrestlemania. Rock wraps up when Show comes back out and nails Rock then tosses him over the ropes. Rock and Show continue to exchange words showing their war is not over as we fade to black.

Conclusion: Very good show that would lay the foundation for the WWF’s “last golden era”. The undercard was solid with Tazz’s debut, a fun tables match and a nice three way match, though the tag title match and the swimsuit contest stand out as the sore spots. The Street Fight for the title is a definite must-see for fans of both men. The Rumble match itself wasn’t the greatest and the winner was obvious but still was way better than last year’s. All in all a definite thumbs up for Royal Rumble 2000 and we now have The Rock vs. Triple H set up for Wrestlemania. Or do we?

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