WWF No Way Out 2000
WWF NO WAY OUT
Sunday, February 27th, 2000
Live from the Civic Center in Hartford, CT
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H (1/03/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Chris Jericho (1/23/2000)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws (11/08/1999)
● WWF European Champion: Kurt Angle (2/10/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Crash Holly (2/24/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Jacqueline (2/03/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Essa Rios (2/13/2000)
~ No Way Out comes on the air with an awesome promo from Mick Foley who talks about how he’s won and lost many things but has never main evented Wrestlemania. Foley says Triple H has his ticket to his dream and he must beat him for the title or his career is over.
~ After the intro Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler.
- WWF Intercontinential Title: Chris Jericho © (w/Chyna) vs. Kurt Angle
Angle’s European Title is not on the line in this match although I don’t see any reason it couldn’t be title vs. title. Angle comes out and gets on the mic talking about beating Jericho to become the “Euro-continential” champion then says after that he will leave Connecticut just like the Hartford Whalers but will actually return one day. Chyna then comes out to her own entrance followed by Jericho who also gets on the mic and does his thing then insults “Kirk Angel” by claiming Angle’s three I’s really stand for idiot, imbecile and ignoramous. Jericho says he has his own I: Intercontinential Championship, which he promises will stay around his waist. Both men lockup to start and Angle gets a headlock, Jericho shoves him into the ropes but eats a shoulderblock. Angle comes off the ropes but Jericho leapfrogs over him and hits a hip toss and Angle slaps him in the face so Jericho responds with a slap of his own. Jericho goes for a whip, Angle reverses it but Jericho hits a clothesline. Jericho whips Angle again and hits several chops then whips him a third time but this time Angle fakes Jericho out and trips him into the ropes with a drop toehold. Angle charges but Jericho backdrops him over the ropes. Angle climbs back to the apron but Jericho knocks him back off to the floor with the springboard dropkick. Jericho then goes for a baseball slide but Angle dodges it and rams Jericho into the ringsteps and the barricade. Angle rams Jericho into the announce table and goes for a whip but Jericho reverses Angle into the ringpost. Jericho goes for a clothesline but Angle sidesteps it and Jericho ends up running his arm into the post. Angle clubs Jericho in the back and whips him into the steps but Jericho launches off them into a moonsault. Jericho then rams him into the steps before throwing him back in the ring and climbing to the top rope but Angle bumps the ropes causing Jericho to straddle the turnbuckle. Angle goes up for a belly-to-belly superplex but that gets a two count.
Angle wraps Jericho’s bad arm around the ropes then hits a suplex for a near fall. Angle applies a chinlock but Jericho fights out of the hold and hits a double-underhook backbreaker for two. Jericho goes for a whip but Angle counters into a German suplex for a near fall then goes back to the chinlock. Jericho again fights out it and whips Angle but Anlge comes back with an armbar takedown for a two count then works over Jericho’s arm. Angle goes for a whip but Jericho reverses him into a corner. Jericho charges at Angle but eats a boot and Angle comes out of the corner but runs into a spinning heel kick. Jericho whips Angle and comes off the ropes with the bulldog then goes for another whip and Angle reverses it but Jericho hits a flying forearm. Angle goes for a Frankensteiner but Jericho counters it into a powerbomb then holds on for a second powerbomb that gets a two count. Angle comes back by applying an armbar then turns it into a cross armbreaker but Jericho manages to inch over and grab the bottom rope. Angle goes for a whip and Jericho reverses it but Angle hits the Olympic Slam … yet it only gets two! Angle is shocked his finisher failed so he brings Jericho’s Intercontinential belt in the ring but the referee tries to stop Angle from using the belt, allowing Jericho to put Angle in the Walls of Jericho. Angle tries to hold on but manages to grab the ropes and Jericho stomps Angle out to the floor. Jericho goes out and hits a chop then rams Angle into the announce table but Angle rakes the face in return. Chyna walks over to Angle who grabs his European title belt and decides to take a swing at her but misses. Jericho nails Angle from behind but causes Angle to knock Chyna into the steps. The referee checks on Chyna while Jericho suplexes Angle back in the ring and goes for the Lionsault but Angle blocks it with the IC belt! Angle covers the unconcious Jericho as the referee comes in and gets the 1..2..3 for the win!! (10:13) Very good opener to get us started. Angle celebrates his victory as he walks off with both the European and Intercontinential belts in hand, only the third man to do so (D’Lo Brown and Jeff Jarrett being the other two). Earl Hebner comes out to try and get Tim White to reverses the decision but White doesn’t go for it. ***½
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews the Dudleys about their tag team title shot against the New Age Outlaws later but also brings up how Billy Gunn drove Bubba Ray through a table with the Rocker Dropper on Smackdown. Cole says they were given a tag title shot but D’Von takes exception saying they weren’t given anything; they took it just like they had to take their respect by putting people through tables. D’Von says they will win the tag belts tonight and Bubba adds the people should get ready for another title change. Bubba also says they have their own two words for the Outlaws: 3-D!
- WWF World Tag Team Titles: The New Age Outlaws © vs. The Dudley Boyz
By this time the Outlaws were being eclipsed by all the newer, younger teams coming along and everyone knew it was time for a change in the tag ranks so this was basically it for Billy Gunn and Road Dogg’s run together. Also Billy was coming into this match after injuring his shoulder on Smackdown. The Outlaws come out first doing their usual spiel on the mic as they show the “Intercontinental Championship” graphic by mistake. The Outlaws attack the Dudleys as they rush the ring and hammer them in the corners when Road Dogg goes to whip Bubba. Bubba reverses it when Road Dogg comes back with the juke ‘n jive punches but Bubba ducks the big right and hits the Full nelson bomb. Bubba draws Billy in to distract the referee and sets Road Dogg up while D’Von climbs to the top and hits the headbutt to the groin. D’Von takes over without a tag and covers Road Dogg for a two count then trash talks Road Dogg while choking him on the middle rope. Bubba tags in and pops Road Dogg with a right hand and chokes him on the rope as well. D’Von tags back in and lays the boots to Road Dogg then whips him but lowers the head and Road Dogg hits a Sunset Flip for a two count. D’Von hits a clothesline then draws Billy in with the DX chop and chokes Road Dogg. Bubba tags in and chops Road Dogg in a corner before beating him down and choking him with his boot. Bubba whips Road Dogg into a clothesline for another near fall. D’Von tags in and whips Road Dogg into a spinning elbow before tagging back out. Bubba slams Road Dogg to the mat then hops to the middle rope but Billy gets Bubba’s attention allowing Road Dogg to punch him below the belt. Road Dogg goes up and hits a superplex then manages to tag in Billy. Billy takes it to both Dudleys with clotheslines and backdrops but only uses one arm to do so. Billy hits the Rocker Dropper on D’Von and covers him but Bubba pulls Billy off and out of the ring. Road Dogg manages to hit the shake, rattle ‘n kneedrop on D’Von but only gets a two count. Bubba pulls Billy off the apron and clubs him in the shoulder with a lead pipe! D’Von and goes for a whip and Road Dogg reverses but misses a clothesline and the Dudleys then hit a 3D for the win and their first WWF Tag Team Titles. (5:13) Pretty much a squash hampered by Billy’s injury. Regardless this contest served as the transition to the newer crop of tag teams to come and would mark the end of the Outlaws’ three-year run as the WWF’s dominant tag team. *½
~ Backstage we find Kurt Angle celebrating with all the fans standing nearby as we get a replay of how Angle won the IC title from Jericho earlier.
- Mark Henry vs. Viscera
Henry is looking for payback after Viscera splashed Mae Young on Raw and attacked Viscera earlier on Heat to get this match signed. Both men wail away at each other to start and Henry goes for a whip but Viscera reverses it into a bodyblock. Henry pounds on Viscera and comes off the ropes with a shouldertackle as even JR admits this will not be a good match. Henry comes off the ropes again but runs into a rolling kick and Viscera whips Henry into a clothesline. Viscera knocks Henry over the ropes then goes out and whips him into the ringsteps. Viscera props the steps against the ringpost and whips Henry into them then rolls him back in the ring for a two count as the crowd breaks out the “Boring!” chant. Viscera whips Henry into a corner and hits a Samoan Drop followed by a belly-to-belly suplex. Mae Young runs in and tries to beg Viscera off but Viscera shoves her down. Visera goes to splash Mae again but Henry cuts Viscera off with a shouldertackle then slams him and gets the three to end this. (3:46) Nothing but a slow, boring brawl. The only thing worse is the payoff to the whole Mark Henry/Mae Young angle the following night. DUD
~ Backstage Lillian Garcia interviews Chris Jericho about his IC Title loss with Jericho threatening to take out Kurt Angle if he doesn’t stop with the celebrating.
~ Elsewhere Billy Gunn is getting checked out by the EMTs and winches about his shoulder as they show a replay of Billy taking a lead pipe to the shoulder in the title match earlier.
- The Hardy Boyz (w/Terri Runnels) vs. Edge & Christian – #1 Contenders’ Match
The winners get the next shot at the Tag Team Titles now held by the Dudleys. Also Terri is back from being put through a table by the Dudley Boys some weeks ago and she’s hired the Acolytes to be with her at ringside to keep her from any further harm. Edge attacks Jeff Hardy from behind to start and whips him into a corner but Jeff slings himself over the ropes onto the apron. Jeff pulls himself up to the top rope and goes for a corkscrew moonsault but misses it. Christian tags in and whips Jeff into a backdrop but Jeff flips out of it and hits a dropkick. Matt Hardy tags in and Jeff takes Christian down so Matt can hit the legdrop from the middle rope. Matt Hot Shots Christian on the top rope and follows up with a suplex for a two count. Matt and Christian exchange chops and Christian chops Jeff on the apron then turns and dropkicks Matt. Jeff comes in but Christian dropkicks him back out through the ropes. Matt whips Christian and throws him under the ropes to the floor where Jeff tosses him into the barricade. Jeff tosses Christian back in the ring and Matt lays the boots and trash talk to him. Jeff tags in and the Hardys whip Christian into a corner, Matt drops to the mat while Jeff hits the Poetry in Motion. Jeff clotheslines Christian and unloads on him for a two count. Jeff slams Christian to the mat then springboards off the top rope into a moonsault for another two count. Matt tags back in and the Hardys hit a double forward faceplant for another near fall. Matt sets up for a Razor’s Edge but Christian slips out and hits a neckbreaker. Jeff tags in and climbs to the top then leaps off but Christian gets his foot up to block him. Edge finally tags in and takes it to both Hardys with clotheslines. Edge backdrops Jeff then connects with a spinning heel kick on Matt that knocks him through the ropes. Christian follows up with the springboard plancha on Matt on the floor. Edge tosses Jeff into a corner and Christian snaps his neck on the ropes for a rollup and a two count. Edge rams Jeff into a turnbuckle then goes up and hits the count-along punches. Christian tags in and lays the boots to Jeff when Jeff starts fighting back. Jeff comes off the ropes but Christian goes into an pancake bomb then tees off on Jeff. Edge tags in and E&C beat Jeff down in their corner then Christian trips Edge causing him to headbutt Jeff below the belt!
Edge covers Jeff for a two count then hits a backbreaker and applies a Dragon sleeper. Jeff fights out of it and comes off the ropes, Edge looks for a dropkick but Jeff fakes him out and rolls him up. Edge bridges out of it into a backslide attempt but Jeff blocks it and flips over Edge but ends up in front and Edge piledrives him for a two count. Edge applies a chinlock but Jeff fights out of it and comes off the ropes with a huricanrana. Jeff comes off the ropes for another huricanrana but this time Edge counters into a SICK powerbomb!! Christian tags in and rams Jeff into a turnbuckle then snapmares him to the mat and kicks him in the back. Christian whips Jeff and hits a powerslam for a two count. Edge tags back in and applies another chinlock and Jeff tries to fight out of it but Edge holds onto his hair. Edge comes off the ropes but both men drive each other into the mat. Christian comes in and stomps Jeff but that allows Matt to come off the top rope with an elbowdrop on Edge. Matt knocks Christian through the ropes while Jeff covers Edge but only gets a two count. Jeff lunges for his corner to tag out but Edge catches him into a powerbomb. Edge climbs to the top rope and leaps off but Jeff catches him in mid-air with a dropkick. Both men crawl to their corners and Edge tags Christian while Jeff makes the hot tag in Matt. Matt takes it to both men and slams Christian then hits a neckbreaker on Edge. Matt hits a sleeper slam on Christian but only gets a two count. Matt puts Edge on his shoulders while Jeff climbs to the top and goes for a crossbody but Edge ducks it into a victory roll on Matt. However Jeff hits the crossbody on Christian for another cover and the referee counts both pin attempts but only gets two. Jeff throws Edge under the ropes while Matt slams Christian. The Hardys climb up on opposite corners and hit the Event Omega and Matt covers Christian but Edge barely makes the save. The Hardys whip Edge into a corner and Matt drops down while Jeff goes for another Poetry in Motion but Edge cuts him off with a Spear! Matt turns around as Edge goes for another Spear but sidesteps him then hits the Twist of Fate. Matt scoops Christian up, Christian floats over into a Slop Drop but Matt counters that into a Atomic Drop. Matt suplexes Christian while Jeff climbs to the top looking for the Swanton Bomb when Terri hops on the apron and shoves Jeff off to the floor. Matt asks Terri what’s going on then goes for a Twist of Fate on Christian but Christian shoves Matt off into a slap from Terri, confirming her turn against the Hardys. Christian hits the Tomikaze and gets the three for the win. (15:17) Well done tag match that has some great energetic action and wasn’t hurt by the interference. ****
Edge and Christian are surprised as Terri raises their hands then depart still looking confused. Terri dances around when Matt then pulls her onto the apron by the hair demanding some answers. That prompts the Acolytes to come in and beat down the Hardys and Bradshaw lays out Matt with a clothesline while Faarooq nearly kills Jeff with a botched Dominator!
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Edge & Christian on how the match went down. Christian says he and Edge were going to win anyway but didn’t want it this way. Edge disagrees, saying the only thing that matters is they got the title shot at Wrestlemania and claims the Hardys would have taken the win the same way.
~ Elsewhere Lillian Garcia interviews The Big Show on his match with The Rock for the title shot with Show saying he proved he was the one who won the Royal Rumble but was hurt by the fickle fans. Show once again shows the clip of Rock’s feet hitting the floor first and feels he should have the title shot already then promises to close the book on Rock then go on to regain his WWF Title at Wrestlemania.
- Tazz vs. The Big Bossman (w/Prince Albert)
Tazz had that great debut last month and now here he is, fighting with the Bossman who attacked him on Heat to set this up. A real step in the right direction wouldn’t you say? Anyway Tazz meets Bossman in the aisle and hammers him but Bossman hits a headbutt. Bossman goes for a choke but Tazz counters into a armbar on the floor. Tazz throws Bossman in the ring to officially start the match but Bossman attacks him as he climbs in. Bossman works over Tazz in a corner then whips him into the opposite corner and hits a splash. Bossman goes for another splash but Tazz cuts him off with a clothesline then hits a T-bone Tazplex and applies the Tazzmission. Before Bossman can submit Albert runs in and nails Tazz, causing a DQ just like that. (0:48) Yep, it was that quick. DUD
Tazz tries to fight Albert off but Albert hits the choke powerbomb and he and Albert stomp away on Tazz. Tazz refuses to go down and grabs Albert but Bossman grabs his nightstick and beats Tazz off Albert with it. Albert slingshots Tazz into the bottom rope but Tazz still won’t quit. Bossman and Albert continue to work over Tazz who refuses to go down so Bossman cracks Tazz in the head with the nightstick. once again Tazz gets up for more but Albert stomps Tazz below the belt and that finally stops him. Seriously, what was the point of all of this?
~ Outside the building Kurt Angle is still celebrating his victory by holding his own pep rally.
~ A video package is shown highlighting the continuing Kane/X-Pac feud.
- Kane vs. X-Pac (w/Tori) – No Holds Barred Match
Kane rushes the ring and X-Pac gets in the first shots but Kane shrugs them off and hammers him with uppercuts. Kane whips X-Pac and hits a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker then clotheslines him over the ropes. X-Pac decides he doesn’t want any of this and tries to walk out with Tori but Kane cuts off his escape near the entrance and rams X-Pac into a guardrail. X-Pac fights back and tries climbing up the entrance set and Kane pulls X-Pac off onto his shoulder but X-Pac slips off and shoves Kane into the set. X-Pac waffles Kane with a trash can but it has no effect and Kane blasts him with the can. Kane throws X-Pac into a guardrail and fights him through the crowd back to ringside. Kane drops X-Pac on the barricade then grabs the ringsteps and tries to hit X-Pac wth them but X-Pac ducks it. So Kane tosses the steps in the ring and walks over to the announce table where X-Pac clocks him with the ring bell. X-Pac grabs a chair but Paul Bearer stops him from using it and gets him a piece of X-Pac. Tori pulls Bearer off of X-Pac and slaps him and Bearer responds by chasing her around the ring. Kane clubs X-Pac in the back and rams him into the steps before throwing him in the ring. Kane climbs to the top rope but X-Pac cuts him off with a dropkick. Kane tumbles to the mat when X-Pac kicks him down in a corner and follows up with the Bronco Buster but Kane sits right up and hits a clothesline. Kane whips X-Pac but misses a clothesline and X-Pac dropkicks Kane in the knee. X-Pac continues working over the knee and puts Kane in a spinning toehold but Kane kicks him through the ropes. Kane goes out and rams X-Pac into the barricade then unloads on him and throws him back in the ring. Kane whips X-Pac into the ropes but lowers the head and X-Pac kicks the face but Kane no-sells it. X-Pac connects with a spinning heel kick then climbs to the top rope and leaps off for a crossbody but Kane catches him. Kane sets X-Pac up for a Tombstone but X-Pac slips out and hits a low blow followed by the X-Factor. X-Pac pops Bearer on the apron when Kane sits up again and whips X-Pac into a big boot. Kane climbs to the top rope agian and connects with the flying clothesline. Tori hops on the apron and gets Kane’s attention but Kane responds by chokeslamming X-Pac and readies to finish him off. Tori comes in and jumps onto Kane’s back but Kane maneuvers Tori over and drills her with another Tombstone! Kane picks up the steps in the ring when X-Pac dropkicks them into his face then uses the steps to hold Kane down for the three and the upset! (7:50) So rather than give Kane the final win they decided to prolong this feud until Wrestlemania. Still a fun, entertaining brawl that was a little on the short side. ***
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews The Radicals, asking if they’re nervous about their first WWF pay-per-view. Dean Malenko says the only people who should be nervous are their opponents tonight and once the match ends, the four of them will be the ones wearing the dancing shoes. Chris Benoit feels Cole insulted them about being nervous, saying they’re here to make a statement and nothing else. Perry Saturn adds the only dancing should be on top of a table for dollar bills. Cole then speaks with Eddie Guerrero, pointing out he’s been in action despite the shoulder injury and even showing Rikishi giving him the Banzai Drop on Raw last Monday. Cole asks Eddie if he’s going to offer moral support and Eddie promises to lend some support, in the form of a lead pipe.
- Too Cool & Rikishi Phatu vs. Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn (w/Eddie Guerrero
All six-men go at it to start and Too Cool, Saturn and Benoit spill out to the floor while Rikishi slams Malenko in the ring and hits a legdrop. Eddie comes in with his pipe but Rikishi catches him and takes the pipe then nails his shoulder and Eddie rolls back out to the floor as the referee ejects him from ringside. The match “officially” begins with Saturn nailing Grandmaster Sexay from behind and whipping him into an elbow. Saturn rips off Sexay’s shirt and chops him repeatedly in a corner then sets Sexay on the top rope. Saturn goes up for a superplex but Sexay throws him down to the mat then busts a move before hitting a missile dropkick. Sexay goes for a whip, Saturn reverses but Sexay ducks a clothesline and hits a enzuigiri. Benoit tags in as Sexay dances but runs into a hiptoss and Sexay hits a running bulldog for a two count. Scotty 2 Hotty tags in and Too Cool whips Benoit into a double elbow followed by a double elbowdrop. Scotty goes for a whip but Benoit counters and suplexes Scotty on the top rope. Benoit hammers Scotty on the apron but Scotty rolls over him back in the ring then comes off the ropes and slides under Benoit before hitting a snap suplex. Scotty kips up and moonwalks to his corner where he tags in Rikishi and Rikishi takes it Benoit and Saturn while Malenko backs away out of the ring. Rikishi whips Benoit into a corner and hits a clothesline and Benoit slumps to the mat while Rikishi does the Stinkface! Rikishi sets Benoit up for the sitdown piledriver but Malenko dropkicks Rikishi in his injured ankle and Rikishi collapses to the mat with Benoit falling on top for a two count. Malenko tags in and stomps away at Rikishi’s bad ankle before tagging Saturn in to take over. Saturn whips Rikishi but Rikishi comes back with a superkick. Scotty tags in and hammers Saturn then whips him and comes off the ropes with the bulldog. Scotty starts to go for the Worm but Malenko comes in and levels Scotty with a forearm!
Benoit comes in without a tag and whips Scotty into an elbow then hits a suplex for a two count followed by a snap suplex for another two count. Benoit tags Malenko in and whips Scotty into a drop toehold while Malenko dropkicks Scotty in the head. Malenko whips Scotty into a corner and clotheslines him then hits a butterfly suplex for a two count. Malenko tags in Saturn and holds Scotty over his knee while Saturn climbs to the top and connects with a flying kneedrop but Sexay breaks up the pin. Saturn snapmares Scotty and applies a chinlock, Scotty fights out of it and comes off the ropes but runs into a Frankensteiner from Saturn. Saturn draws Rikishi in and Malenko comes in with a baseball slide on Rikishi’s ankle. Benoit tags in and lands a series of chops then goes for a suplex but Scotty floats over and gets an O’Connor roll for a near fall. Benoit goes for another suplex but Scotty counters in mid-air and falls on top with Malenko making the save. Saturn tags in and slings himself into a senton for another two count then applies a head vice before tagging Malenko back in. Malenko whips Scotty into a spinning heel kick and follows up with a kneedrop then tags in Benoit who hits a short-arm clothesline. Benoit goes for a whip, Scotty reverses and goes for the bulldog but Benoit cuts that off with an elbow. Benoit scoops Scotty up, Scotty slips out and shoves Benoit into a corner but their heads collide. Both men crawl to their corners and Benoit tags in Maleno but Scotty makes the hot tag to Rikishi and Malenko backs away again. Rikishi takes it to all three Radicals and clotheslines both Benoit and Saturn. Rikishi whips Benoit into a corner and hits the butt splash then does the same to Saturn on the other side. Rikishi drills Saturn with the sitdown piledriver but Sexay convines him to let Scotty do the Worm. Scotty comes in and indeed hits the Worm on Saturn and Rikishi starts to move him into position for a Banzai Drop when Malenko chopblocks the bad ankle. Benoit suplexes Scotty over the ropes and Rikishi responds with a belly-to-belly suplex but Malenko hits another chopblock. Rikishi and Malenko go at it on the floor while Sexay climbs to the top rope and hits the Hip Hop Drop on Saturn. Sexay covers Saturn but Benoit comes off the top with the diving headbutt on Sexay to make the save. Scotty comes in and he and Benoit exchange punches. Saturn clotheslines Scotty out of the ring while Sexay does the same to Benoit. Malenko rolls Rikishi in the ring and tries to move him but can’t budge him so he works over the leg. Malenko tries to sit down on the leg but Rikishi gets it up to block him then kicks Malenko shoulder-first into the ringpost. Rikishi hits the sitdown piledriver then climbs the ropes and hits the Banzai Drop, hurting his ankle but getting the three! (12:40) And after the bell Too Cool and Rikishi celebrate with the post-match dance. Very good match with both sides holding up their ends of the bargain with some swank moves. I imagine a lot of people were upset the Radicals jobbed but it didn’t hurt them too much and at least they lost to a team that’s over with the crowd. ****
~ Backstage we find Kurt Angle still celebrating his title win in the lobby. Give it a rest already!
~ A video package is shown highlighting the Rock/Big Show feud.
- The Rock vs. The Big Show – For the WWF Championship shot at Wrestlemania
Winner faces the WWF Champion at Wrestlemania, whether it be Triple H or Cactus Jack. Both men stand nose-to-nose and Rock slaps Show in the face to start the match and goes to work on him. Rock whips Show into a corner and hits a clothesline then goes for a Russian legsweep but Show blocks it and hits a headbutt. Show whips Rock but Rock floats over him into a DDT for a two count. Rock tees off on Show and goes for a Rock Bottom already but Show knocks him through the ropes. Show goes out and clubs Rock in the back twice before popping him with a right hand. Show goes for a whip but Rock reverses him into the ringsteps then rams Show into the timekeeper’s table. Show rams Rock into the barricade and the two brawl through the crowd until Show hits a short-arm clothesline. Show charges at Rock but gets backdropped over the barricade back to ringside. Rock rams Show into the announce table then goes for a whip but Show reverses him into the ringpost. Show then press slams Rock onto the barricade before throwing him back in the ring. Show goes in and hits a headbutt followed by an elbwdrop then clubs Rock in the back. Rock starts to fight back again annd goes for a whip but Show reverses it and hits a powerslam for a two count. Show presses his foot into Rock’s chest and Rock rolls out to the floor with Show right behind him. Rock comes back and attempts a whip but Show reverses and again sends Rock into the ringpost. Show chops Rock before tossing him back in and laying the boots to him. Show sets up for a Russian legsweep but Rock fights out of it and hits his own legsweep for a near fall. Rock goes for a whip, Show reverses but Rock hits a DDT for another two count. Rock comes off the ropes but runs into a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Show knees Rock in the head then brings in a chair and takes a swing but misses. Rock goes for a whip but Show reverses and slings him right into referee Earl Hebner, knocking him out of the ring. Rock goes for another whip, Show again reverses and hits a boot followed by the chokeslam. Show covers Rock but Hebner is still down on the floor. Another referee, Tim White, comes out and counts but Hebner pulls him out of the ring and the two restart their argument from the IC Title match earlier. They start going at it when out comes Shane McMahon, making his first TV appearence since the Raw after Armageddon. In the ring Rock nails Show with the chair and hits the Rock Bottom. Rock goes for the People’s Elbow but runs into a chair shot from Shane! Show covers Rock as Shane sends White in the ring and gets the shocking pin! (9:23) The crowd is stunned as The Big Show is going to Wrestlemania for the title, and not the Rock! Shane raises Show’s hand and the two embrace before departing as Rock glares at them. Decent match for what it was but the ending was a major surprise for those watching at the time. However as we know the next few weeks would render this result moot. **½
~ We get a video package highlighting the Triple H/Cactus Jack feud leading to their final showdown.
~ Backstage we find Kurt Angle still celebrating as he gets ready to depart in his rental car when Chris Jericho and Chyna attack Angle from behind and stuff him into the car trunk.
- WWF World Heavyweight Title: Triple H © (w/Stephanie McMahon) vs. Cactus Jack – Hell in a Cell Match
So this is it, Mick Foley’s final chance to main-event Wrestlemania. Cactus must either win the title tonight or he must retire. Once both men are in the ring, the cell finally lowers to the floor and Cactus looks over to find the door chained shut to keep him from climbing the cell. Triple H tries a sneak attack but Cactus catches him and gets in the first shots. Both men exchange punches and Cactus gets the advantage and hits a headbutt then rams Triple H repeatedly into the mat. Cactus whips Triple H into a corner then comes off the ropes with a forearm. Cactus goes out and again tries to open the door in vain as Stephanie taunts him from the outside. Triple H leaps off the apron but Cactus belts him in the chest and rams him into the ringsteps. Cactus rakes Triple H’s face and tries to ram him into the cell but Triple H blocks it. Cactus tries on another side but again Triple H blocks it and hits a mule kick below the belt. Triple H rams Cactus into the apron then rolls him back in and works him over in a corner. Cactus hits a clothesline then whips Triple H but lowers the head and Triple H hits the facebuster. Triple H comes off the ropes but Cactus backdrops him over to the floor. Cactus pulls a chair out from under the ring but Triple H cuts him off and throws him into the cell. Cactus tries to bring the chair in but Triple H knocks him back into the cell. Triple H goes out and whips Cactus into the steps then sends him into the ringpost. Triple H grabs the steps and throws them right into Cactus’ face then places them onto Cactus and hammers them with a chair Triple H heads in the ring and poses to the fans before Cactus comes in and Triple H jabs him with the chair and clocks him with it but only gets two. Triple H hits a DDT but that only gets two, then covers Cactus twce more but still doesn’t get the three. Cactus dares Triple H to come at him and Triple H readies the chair but Cactus belts him in the chest then hits a low blow with the chair. Cactus follows up with a double-arm DDT onto the chair but struggles to make the cover and only gets a two count. Cactus hits a Russian legsweep into the chair for another near fall. Cactus sets the chair up in a corner then beats down Triple H, causing him to sit on the chair. Cactus charges at Triple H but Triple H trips him into the chair with a drop toehold and that only gets a two count.
Triple H clotheslines Cactus over the ropes then goes out and rams Cactus repeatedly into the cell. Triple H then sets Cactus up for a piledriver on the steps but Cactus catapults him into the cell, busting him open. Cactus throws Triple H into the walll and tees off on him before grinding his face across the cell. Cactus throws Triple H into the cell a third time and follows up with a headbutt. Cactus grabs chair and climbs to the top rope then hits an elbowdrop with the chair! Cactus grabs the steps and throws them at Triple H who ducks but the steps go right through the cell wall, giving Cactus his opening. Cactus makes the opening bigger then throws Triple H through the opening to the outside. Cactus throws Triple H onto the announce table then goes up and piledrives into the table! Cactus starts climbing the cell but Stephanie grabs his leg to stop him, getting his attention as Triple H sneaks up but Cactus catches him and throws him into the cell. Cactus clears away the timekeeper’s table and finds a 2×4 wrapped in barbed wire!! Triple H tries to flee but Cactus stops him and whacks him in the face with the barbed wire!! Triple H climbs up the cell to the top with Cactus following up behind him with the 2×4. Cactus throws the 2×4 onto the roof but Triple H stops him and rubs the barbed wire into his face, causing Cactus to fall off the cell and crash through the Spanish announce table below!! However Cactus manages to get to his feet but is now busted open as Triple H looks on from the roof. Cactus tries to throw a chair onto the roof several times but can’t get it up there. Cactus climbs up to the cell roof but Triple H greets him with the 2×4 and Cactus’ flannel shirt is sticking to the barbed wire. Triple H goes for one more shot but Cactus kicks him below the belt to stop it. Cactus knocks Triple H down and Triple H almost breaks through the roof to the ground! Cactus hits a suplex and follows up with a double-arm DDT but gets an idea and pulls out a lighter, lighting the 2×4 on fire!!! Cactus whacks Triple H in the face then sets him up for a piledriver onto the fire. However Triple H counters with a backdrop onto the roof which gives way and Cactus falls through the roof down to the ring which caves in under him!!! Triple H seems shocked at what just happened as he climbs down through the hole to the mat and checks Cactus to see if he’s still alive. However Triple H watches as Cactus climbs out of the hole and hits him a few more times but Cactus still tries to get up. Triple H finally hits the Pedigree and a 1..2..3 later it’s over. Triple H retains the championship and Mick Foley’s career is finished. (23:57) A slight step behind their Royal Rumble street fight but still another fantastic outing from the two of them with plenty of brtaul action and emotion throughout. Of course much of the emotional impact would be undone in the following weeks. ****½
Triple H raises the title as Stephanie helps him to the back while Cactus is left laying in the ring. The EMTs come out with a stretcher but Cactus refuses their help and crawls out of the ring. The bloody and battered Mick Foley then walks off as the crowd gives him a standing ovation and Foley looks back at the crowd one last time as the show goes off the air. If only this really was it for Mick Foley it would have been a great way to go out. But alas.
Conclusion: The second-straight great show from the WWF in 2000 thanks to its stacked roster. The main event was well done, the Rock/Show match was decent as was Kane/X-Pac, and there were plenty of other great matches, like the IC title bout, The Hardys vs. Edge & Christian and the six-man tag to make up for some of the more weaker mid-card bouts. However the card does take a hit from the results of the top two matches (Rock/Show and Triple H/Cactus) being rendered irrelevant over the next few weeks but nonetheless another great supercard from one of the WWF’s best-loved eras.