WWF King of the Ring 2000
WWF KING OF THE RING
Sunday, June 25th, 2000
Live from the FleetCenter in Boston, MA
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H (5/21/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Rikishi (6/22/2000)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: Too Cool (5/29/2000)
● WWF European Champion: Eddie Guerrero (4/03/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Pat Patterson (6/19/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley (3/30/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ King of the Ring comes on the air with an intro video hyping the six-man match for the title and also plugs the tournament by highlighting the past winners (without mentioning Mabel). After the intro Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler.
- Chris Benoit vs. Rikishi – King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match
Since Rikishi beat Benoit for the Intercontinential Title on Smackdown, logically Benoit should get his win back to advance, right? Also Rikishi’s coming in with a dinged shoulder from that match. Benoit and Rikishi exchange punches to start and Benoit gets the advantage then chops Rikishi into a corner and kicks him down. Rikishi shoves Benoit down and nails him with several right hands before planting him with a Samoan Drop. Benoit rolls out to the floor but Rikishi goes out after him and throws him into the ringsteps then rosses him back in the ring. Benoit applies a waistlock and tries to suplex Rikishi but can’t get him up and Rikishi tries to elbow out if it. However Benoit clubs Rikishi in the back and manages to hit the suplex for a two count. Benoit works over Rikishi’s arm before slapping on a standing Crossface and Rikishi drops to his knee but gets back to his feet so Benoit forces him into a corner. Benoit chops Rikishi then goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses him into the opposite corner. Rikishi goes for the running butt charge but Benoit sidesteps him and locks on the Crossface. Rikishi manages to inch over and grab the bottom rope and the frustrated Benoit brings a chair in the ring then clobbers Rikishi with the chair and forces a DQ! (3:25) Seriously, Benoit gets himself eliminated in less than four minutes? Looked like it was going to be a good match until it was suddenly cut down, plus there’s no reason Benoit shouldn’t have gone over. *½
Benoit continues to wear out Rikishi with the chair before applying the Crossface again. A number of officials storm the ring and pull Benoit off Rikishi but Benoit then climbs to the top rope and leaps over the referees, hitting Rikishi with the diving headbutt. Before applying the Crossface a thrid time. So basically Benoit jobbed the IC title for nothing.
~ JR and Lawler mention Linda McMahon arriving earlier on Heat and show a clip of her telling Michael Cole she’s here to confront her husband. We then cut backstage and find Triple H, Stephanie and Shane McMahon expressing their concerns to Vince that Linda might set him off like she’s been known to do. Vince promises that tonight he’s not going to blow his stack, that he’s going to be “Joe Cool”, but the others still have their doubts.
~ We then get a replay of Chris Benoit attacking Rikishi with the chair and getting himself eliminated. Michael Cole then interviews Benoit on why he threw away his chance to become King of the Ring. Benoit says the world knows he’s the greatest technical wrestler in the WWF and that he does what he wants, when he wants, and no one can stop him. Didn’t Hardcore Holly say almost the same thing the previous year?
- Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) vs. Val Venis (w/Trish Stratus) – King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match
The winner moves on to face Rikishi in the next round and Val did almost cost Eddie the European Title on Smackdown so there is some buzz for this matchup. Also Eddie’s cut his hair so we don’t get the mullet. Val starts off by trying to intimidate Eddie, with little success before they lock up. Val shoves Eddie across the ring and gets in his shots then stomps Eddie down in a corner before choking him with his boot. Val goes for a whip but Eddie reverses him hard into the opposite corner and dropkicks him in the face. Eddie hammers Val in the back and whips him, htting a spinning heel kick. Val comes back with chops and punches but Eddie stops that with a Frankensteiner that sends Val over the ropes. Eddie goes out and attempts a whip but but Val counters and drops Eddie onto the barricade before tossing him back in the ring. Val climbs to the top rope but Eddie cuts him off then goes up and hits a superplex for a near fall. Eddie hits an uppercut then whips Val into a drop toehold and applies a surfboard which he turns into a Dragon sleeper. Val rakes the eyes to escape so Eddie shoulderblocks him in a corner and caps off with a dropkick to the back. Eddie follows up with a backslide for a two count then goes for a whip but Val reverses it and drops Eddie into the mat. Val jabs the eye then whips Eddie into an elbow and follows up with an elbowdrop for a near fall. Val hits a backbreaker then bends Eddie over his knee but Eddie doesn’t submit.
Val whips Eddie but Eddie comes back with a headscissors and follows up with a suplex. Eddie climbs to the top rope and goes for the Frogsplash but misses Val yet rolls out of it to his feet. Val plants Eddie with a spinebuster then climbs to the top and goes for the Moneyshot but Eddie gets the knees up to block it. Eddie rolls Val with an Oklahoma Roll but only gets a two count. Eddie whips Val but lowers the head and Val attempts a backslide but can’t get Eddie over so he turns it into a Russian legsweep for a two count. Val goes a whip, Eddie reverses him into a corner and charges but eats an elbow. Val tries to pin Eddie while putting his feet on the ropes but only gets two. Val attempts a suplex, but Eddie counters with a flurry of headbutts and sets him on the top rope. Eddie climbs up and Val shoves him off but Eddie climbs back up and hits a hurancanrana. Trish hops onto the apron distracts the referee until Chyna pulls Trish off to the floor. However this gets Eddie’s attention allowing Val to club him from behind. Val pulls Chyna up to the apron by the hair and tries to slug her but Chyna blocks it and pops Val, causing him to stumble into a rollup by Eddie for a near fall, which should have been the finish. Eddie goes for a suplex but Val counters it and plants Eddie with a Fishermans’ Suplex that gets him the three! (8:04) Yep, Eddie gets bounced while Val gets to move on against Rikishi. The match was solid enough but once again the wrong guy went over since Eddie was the one over with the fans and would have given us a decent semi-final contest. **½
~ Backstage Pat Patterson is speaking with the costume woman asking her for suggestions on what to wear for the Hardcore Title evening gown match later. The woman just tells him she’s no miracle worker. Just try to bear with me here.
~ Elsewhere Jonathan Coachman interviews Rikishi about his condition with Val Venis looming in the next round. Rikishi says what he’s been through is nothing compared to what he’ll do to Val and that he’s ready to go.
- Crash Holly vs. Bull Buchanan – King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match
Now here’s a match that doesn’t belong in the pay-per-view brackets. Buchanan looks down at Crash to start when Crash gets in the first shots but Buchanan drops him with a right hand then throws him through the ropes. Crash scrambes back in and lands some more quick shots but Buchanan decks him with another right then throws him out of the ring again. Crash quickly comes back in a second time and goes for more shots but Buchanan pops with another right hand then hits a press slam. Buchanan whips Crash and hits a clothesline then hits a backbreaker and holds on for a second backbreaker. Buchanan boots Crash in the face and Crash tries to fight back until Buchanan throws him into the corner and pummels him. Buchanan whips Crash into the opposite corner and chokes him against the ropes. Crash gets in a kick but Buchanan responds with a punch to the face then hits a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Buchaana throws Crash through the ropes then comes off the apron with an axehandle. Buchanan throws Crash into the barricade before tossing him back in the ring and working him over in a corner. Buchanan whips Crash into a boot to the face and follows up with a kick to the back and Crash starts fighting back but Buchanan stops that with a knee to the chest. Buchana scoops Crash up and Crash counters with a cradle for a near fall. Buchanan hits a clothesline then whips Crash into a flapjack. Buchanan goes for the Axe Kick but misses and Crash quickly rolls him in a cradle gets the upset pin! (4:07) So Crash gets dominated yet advances on a fluke pin. Whatever. This tournament is not going the way we imagined. DUD
~ Backstage Linda McMahon is talking on the phone when Vince struts in and starts talking down at her about all the times she meddled in his affairs. Linda asks Vince if he, Triple H and Shane are man enough to do the six-man tag straight-up or is there going to be lots of interference just like last Thursday on Smackdown. Vince nearly loses his composure then reminds Linda it was her idea to have the WWF Title on the line. Vince feels that stipulation will ensure his team with be victorious because The Rock, Undertaker, and Kane all want the title and will start fighitng amongst themseleves. Vince agrees to have no interference in the match, promising his team will be on top regardless.
- Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho – King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match
Now here’s a match that should have been in the semi-finals or even the finals but instead the winner gets to meet Crash in the next round. Angle comes out first and gets on the mic saying today is a special day for him because he’s going to do what the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox couldn’t do: win the big one. Angle also calls the crowd drunk and unemployed in a Boston accent. Jericho comes out with a mic, telling Angle not to sell himself short since he’s already a king, the king of goofy ring attire, the nerds, and the 30-year old virgins, then wraps up by calling Angle a royal pain. Jericho gets in the first shots until Angle rakes his eyes and gets in his own shots then whips him into a corner. Angle charges but eats a boot and Jericho comes out but runs into an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. Angle whips Jericho but Jericho comes back with a flying forearm. Jericho lands several chops then goes for a whip, Angle reverses it but lowers the head and Jericho kicks the face. Jericho charges at Angle and gets backdropped over the ropes but lands on his feet on the apron and quickly climbs to the top rope, connecting with a missile dropkick for a two count. Jericho chops Angle then goes for a whip, Angle reverses him into a corner and charges but Jericho sidesteps him and comes off the ropes with the bulldog. Jericho hits the Lionsault already and covers but Angle gets his foot on the bottom rope. Angle rolls out to the apron when Jericho nails him with the springboard dropkick. Jericho goes out and chops Angle before whipping him into the barricade. Angle hip-tosses Jericho over the barrier but Jericho manages to get in some chops. Jericho attempts a whip but Angle reverses and sends Jericho into the steps before rolling him back in the ring. Angle hits a suplex for a near fall and applies a chinlock with a grapevine. Jericho fights out of it and comes off the ropes, sliding under Angle before hitting an underhook backbreaker for a near fall.
Jericho whips Angle looking for a dropkick but Angle fakes him then catapults him into the turnbuckles. Angle follows up with a suplex for a two count and both men exchange punches with Angle getting the advantage. Angle whips Jericho into a clothesline for a near fall then rams Jericho into a turnbuckle and chokes him with his boot. Jericho fights back and goes for a whip but Angle comes back with a bridge suplex for a two count. Angle starts getting frustrated as he beats Jericho down in a corner then argues with the referee allowing Jericho to trip him into the ropes. Jericho chops Angle then whips him into a corner and charges but eats a boot. Angle climbs to the middle rope but takes a moment to pose, allowing Jericho to dropkick him in the chest. Jericho then goes up and hits a huracanrana and both men are down. Both men get to thier feet and Jericho gets the advantage and whips Angle into an elbow. Jericho goes for another whip and Angle reverses it but Jericho nails a spinning heel kick for a two count. Jericho whips Angle into a corner and goes for the bulldog again but this time Angle clotheslines Jericho down for a near fall. Angle goes for a whip, Jericho counters but misses a clothesline and Angle goes for the Olympic Slam but Jericho flaots over him and puts him in the Walls of Jericho as Stephanie McMahon comes out with her Women’s title in hand. Angle starts tapping but the referee is too busy keeping Stephanie out of the ring to notice it. Jericho starts arguing with the referee when Angle knocks Jericho into the referee, taking him out. Stephanie comes in swinging her Women’s title but Jericho dodges it and Angle takes the hit instead. Jericho grabs Stephanie by the hair and blocks a slap before he kisses her. However that allows Angle to recover and hit the Olympic Slam to grab the pin. (9:50) Great match that didn’t need a run-in from Stephanie, plus the ending made Jericho look foolish for falling for that. And again this match was totally wasted in the quarterfinal round when it should have been later on. ***½
~ So with the quarterfinal round done here’s the brackets for the semifinal round:
– Kurt Angle vs. Crash Holly
– Val Venis vs. Rikishi
Yeah, why would we want to see Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero in the next round with Angle when we have these guys to go for the crown in matches nobody will care about.
~ Backstage Shane talks with Vince about his encounter with Linda, feeling he didn’t keep his cool in promising no interference in their match. Vince says it won’t make a difference because Rock, Undertaker and Kane can’t cooperate with each other since they all want to become WWF champion and will soon be fighting each other. Vince asks Shane where his confidence is and to remember his last name.
~ We then cut to WWF New York and find Mick Foley at the bar with Ivory serving drinks. Foley says some stuff but it’s hard to hear him over the fans. JR brings up the Hell In A Cell Match at King of the Ring ’98 and Foley calls it a highlight then mentions his tournament pick is Kurt Angle.
- WWF World Tag Team Titles: Too Cool © vs. T & A (w/Trish Stratus) vs. The Hardy Boyz (w/Lita) vs. Edge & Christian – Elimnation Match
Two men can be in the ring at anytime, a tag can be made to any man, partner or not, and the last team remaning get the belts. Edge and Christian come out first with Christian getting on the mic and greeting the people of “Beantown” before mentioning Boston’s great sports moments. Edge says he and Christian picked one for their 5-second pose today then removes his jacket to reveal a New York Mets jersey while Christian slips on a Red Sox shirt and the two proceed to re-enact the infamous Bill Buckner error from the 1986 World Series. Once the other teams file out Jeff Hardy and Albert start us off with Albert going right to work on him. Albert whips Jeff and presses him up but Jeff jabs the eye to escape it. Jeff comes off the roeps but runs into a backdrop and Albert kicks him in the ribs. Albert goes for another press slam but Jeff lands on his feet while Albert fall on his rear and Jeff dropkicks his face. Jeff goes for a whip, Albert reverses but Jeff slides under the ropes to the floor and Albert chases after him. Jeff slides back in the ring while tagging in Matt Hardy and the Hardys whip Albert into a double elbow followed by a combo move. Albert powers out of the cover and Matt goes for a whip but Albert reverses it and Trish trips Matt from the floor. Albert goes for a clothesline and Matt ducks it but Albert nails him from behind. Test tags in and both men whip Matt and drop him to the mat. Matt figths back and goes for a whip but Test reverses it and hits a big boot. Test goes for the pump-handle slam when Matt floats over him and sets up for the Twist of Fate but t Trish hops onto the apron to get his attention. Matt takes a swing at Trish but misses her allowing Test to hit a clothesline. Lita knocks Trish down on the floor when Test grabs her by the hair but Lita slaps him and Test stumbles into a Twist of Fate by Matt. Albert breaks up the pin then grabs Lita looking to chokebomb her but Matt saves her with a chopblock to the knee. Test knocks Jeff off then apron then plants Matt with the pump-handle slam and covers but the referee is distracted. Jeff climbs to the top rope and leaps over Albert hitting a Swanton Bomb on Test to make the save. Jeff hits a crossboody on Albert that sends both men over the ropes while Matt then amanges to roll onto Test and grab the three for the first elimination. (3:51)
Matt tags in Jeff as Scotty 2 Hotty comes in for his team and applies a headlock, Jeff shoves him into the ropes and Scotty hits a shoulderblock. Scotty busts a move then comes off the ropes and Jeff leapfrogs over him but Scotty stops himself and whips Jeff into the corner. Scotty charges at him but eats a boot and Jeff hops onto the second rope then leaps off but Scotty catches him into a flapjack. Scotty does some moonwalking but ends up near E&C’s corner where Christian tags himself in. Christian runs into a drop toehold from Jeff who then tags in Matt. Christian kicks Matt in a corner and goes for a whip but Matt counters with a chop to the head. Matt slams Christian to the mat then hops to the middle rope and hits the guilltoine legdrop for two. Jeff tags in and the Hardys whip Christian into a corner and Matt then drops to the mat while Jeff hits Poetry in Motion. Edge comes in but misses a double clothesline and the Hardys hit a double suplex. Jeff chokes Edge with his shirt then whips Edge but Edge slides under the ropes to the floor. Jeff goes out after Edge but Edge quickly slides back in and Christian throws Jeff into the barricade before tossing him back in. Edge covers Jeff for a two count then applies a chinlock and Jeff manages to fight out of it then comes off the ropes and he and Edge clothesline each other. Christian comes in to get in a shot until Matt knocks him through the ropes. The referee tries to get Matt back to the corner while Lita climbs to the top rope and hits a huracanrana on Edge. Jeff covers Edge as the referee turns around but only gets two. Christian and Matt both tag in and Matt takes it to both E&C with clotheslines then hits Christian with an invetrted neckbreaer for a near fall. Edge lays the boots to Matt when Jeff knocks him through the ropes while Christian goes for the Unprettier but Matt shoves him off and hits the Twist of Fate. Matt covers for Christian but Edge pulls him out of the ring and Jeff climbs to the top rope for another Swanton but Edge pulls him onto the turnbuckle. Matt and Edge both come back in and Matt sets Edge up for the Twist of Fate when Christian comes over and nails Matt with the Unprettier for the pin. (7:55)
Now it’s down to E&C and Too Cool, which would have made more sense as a straight-up tag match. Grandmaster Sexay and Edge go at it with Sexay applying a headlock and Edge shoves Sexay into the ropes but eats a shoulderblock. Sexay comes off the ropes and Edge leapfrogs over him but Sexay fake shim out and hits a neckbreaker. Sexay rams Edge into a turnbuckle then hops to the middle rope and connects with a missle dropkick. Scotty tags in and the Too Cool guys throw Edge to the mat and hit a double elbowdrop. Christian comes in but Too Cool dances with him before hitting a double clothesline. Scotty applies a headlock on Edge but Edge shoves him into the ropes and Christian kicks him from behind. Scotty pops Christian on the apron but runs into a spinnig heel kick from Edge. Christian tags in and starts laying the boots to Scotty before ramming him into the mat repeatedly. Christian walks over to Too Cool’s corner and mocks Sexay with a dance until Sexay spits in his face. Christian takes a swing but Sexay blocks it and pops him. Scotty attempts a whip but Christian counters it with a Russian legsweep for a near fall. Christian tags in Edge before slamming Scotty to the mat and E&C hit a double headbutt for a near fall. Christian tags back in and chops Scotty then whips him into a corner and charges but eats a double boot. Scotty clotheslines Christian down and both men crawl to the corner with Christian tagging Edge and Scotty making the tag to Sexay. Sexay slams both E&C then dropkicks Edge into the ropes and Edge ends up tangled in them. Sexay gets in some shots on Edge before Christian unties him from the ropes then turns is back to the ring. Sexay comes off the ropes and slides under Edge then catapults him right into Chrisitan, knocking him off the apron. Edge staggers into a roll-up by Sexay but that only gets a two count. Sexay whips Edge into a corner and Christian comes in but Sexay whips him into Edge and Christian falls to the mat with Edge falling over and headbutting him below the belt. Sexay plants Edge with a sit-down powerbomb and Christian makes the save so Sexay knocks both heads together. Sexay comes off the ropes but runs into a double flapjack and E&C then decide to mock Too Cool with a double Worm. The two start to hop around when Scotty comes in and bulldogs both guys then hits the Worm for real on Edge. Christian brings in one of the tag belts and swings at Sexay but misses him and eats a superkick. Scotty holds Edge in position while Sexay climbs to the top rope and connects with the Veg-o-matic. Sexay covers Edge but the referee is too busy getting Scotty out of the ring to see it. Christian then comes in and waffles Sexay with the tag title belt and Edge covers Sexay for the three to regain the belts. (14:55) Fun match for what it was, though I didn’t see why the Hardys and T & A had to be included when a regular tag would have worked better. But E&C are tag champs again and that’s all that matters. **½
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Crash about his progress in the tournament and Crash responds by asking why is it so hard to belive he’s made it this far. Crash claims he’s always been an overacheiver and begins rambling about losing the Hardcore title then gets mad before saying that Kurt Angle’s in big trouble. Maybe this is why we don’t see Crash cut too many promos.
- Rikishi vs. Val Venis (w/Trish Stratus) – King of the Ring Semifinal Match
To think we could have had Eddie Guerrero vs. Rikishi or better yet Eddie vs. Benoit but instead we have this. I realize these two have a pretty good feud going on around this time but let’s be honest. Rikishi’s spprting a bruise on his arm as gets in the first shots and whips Val but lowers the head and Val kicks the face. Rikishi connects with a superkick and Val rolls out to the floor but Rikishi goes out and throws him into the steps. Val climbs back in the ring and Rikishi tries to stop him but Val kicks him into the barricade. Val goes back out throws when Rikishi tosses him into the steps again before throwing him back in the ring. Rikishi hits the giant legdrop followed by the running butt charges then whips Val but comes back with an armbar takedown. Val kicks away at Rikishi’s injured arm and stomps him down in a corner then goes out and wraps Rikishi’s bad arm around the ringpost. Val goes back in and wails on the bad arm when Rikishi starts fighting back. Rikishi goes for a whip but Val counters with a DDT then climbs to the top rope. Rikishi is back up as Val leaps off but Rikishi catches him into a belly-to-belly suplex that gets the three! (3:15) Yes, folks, a three-minute semifinal that makes Rikishi finalist #1. *½
Trish comes in and leaps on Rikishi’s back but Rikishi slings her off to the mat. Rikishi then moves Trish into position and climbs the ropes looking for a Banzai Drop but Val makes the save with a low blow. Val brings the ringsteps in and nails Rikishi right in the shoulder then gets a chair from Trish and whacks Rikishi’s arm with it. Val and Trish storm off and Rikishi is left in the ring holding his arm.
~ Backstage Jonathan Coach interviews Gerald Brisco about getting his Hardcore title back but chuckles when he reminds Brisco it’ll be in the Evening Gown match. Brisco doesn’t think it’s funny he has to go in front of all the Boston fans in a dress before saying the only emotion he’ll feel is revenge. Coach tries to correct him but Brisco promises Pat Patterson will find out he’s all man.
- Kurt Angle vs. Crash Holly – King of the Ring Semifinal Match
Does anybody think Crash has nay chance of advancing over Angle? Didn’t think so. Both men lockp to start and Crash hits a snapmare but Angle counters it with legscissors. Crash applies a headlock and Angle shoves him into the ropes but Crash hits a shoulderblock but only gets a two count. Both men lock up again and Angle applies a headlock when Crash shoves him into the ropes but Angle rolls him up for a near fall. Crash hits a powerslam for a near fall then whips Angle and attempts a hiptoss but Angle counters with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Angle chokes Crash with his boot and stomps him down in a corner then whips him into another corner and clohteslines then follows up with a suplex for a two count. Angle applies a chinlock and Crash fights out of it and comes off the ropes but runs into a knee to the chest. Angle works Crash over in a corner and Crash reverses positions and gets in his own shots Angle rakes the face to stop thatbut misses a right hand and Crash gets in some more offense. Crash whips Angle into an elbow, then whips him again and hits a backdrop. Crash whips Angle into a corner and clotheslines him from behind then Crash climbs to the top and connects with a missile dropkick but only gets a two count. Crash charges at Angle but Angle Hot Shots him onto the ropes and follows up with the Olympic Slam to advance to the finals. (3:58) Crash got his offense in but it was pretty much a squash with the result never in doubt. Incidentally both semifinal matches have lasted a combined seven minutes and we’re left with Angle vs. Rikishi as our final. Swell. DUD
~ Clips are show from a Madison Square Garden card held last night which had Donald Trump in attendance and Lawler inverviewed Trump, who said the Rock was his favorite Superstar. Who knew that seven years later the Donald would have a bigger role in the WWE?
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Kane about the six-man tag match for the title. Kane says The Rock and Undertaker need to understand it’s always been about him becoming WWF Champion.
~ Elsewhere Jonathan Coachman interviews The Undertaker on his response and Taker says only one man can wear the title and he didn’t come to Boston to lose.
~ A video package is shown highlighting the, sigh, Pat Patterson/Gerald Brisco feud.
- WWF Hardcore Title: Pat Patterson © vs. Gerald Brisco – Evening Gown Match
Okay, let’s get this over with. Gerald Brisco comes out in drag to Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme, brandishing a 2×4 while Pat Patterson enters to burlesque music also in drag with a shopping cart full of “weapons”. Before the match Patterson grabs a mic and talks about always being at Brisco’s side while the fans want them to go at it. Patterson tells Brisco he has a better idea and offers to simply lay down and allow Brisco to pin him, giving him the title back. Brisco seems to accept and the two embrace when Patterson knees Brisco below the belt to start the “match”. Patterson lifts Brisco’s dress up and slaps him on the cheeks then knees him again. Brisco slumps in a corner and Patterson rams a banana into his face. Patterson then pulls out a “sanitary napkin” and presses it in Brisco’s face as JR is even admitting admitting this match sucks. Patterson readies himself for the Stinkface and Brisco stops him with a low blow and the two start exchanging blows as the crowd begins booing loudly. You know what, I’m just going to skip to the finish. Eventually Crash Holly runs in with a trash can and another referee and pulls Brisco off Patterson. Crash starts kicking Patterson as Brisco goes for the trash can but Crash kicks him down. Crash tears Brisco’s dress completely off and clobbers Patterson with the trash can then covers him as the second referee makes the count for the win! (2:47) Thank goodness it’s over as Crash wins his 10th Hardcore title. But still that was beyond horrible! They wasted vaulable pay-per-view time for this! ZERO because it’s worse than DUD.
~ Backstage we find the Dudley Boyz psyching themselves up for their table/dumpster match with DX. D’Von preaches that vengeance will be their’s while Bubba Ray spraypaints ‘TORI’ on a table. We then get highlights of the latest in the Dudleys/DX feud.
- The Dudley Boyz vs. X-Pac, Road Dogg & Tori – Handicap Tables/Dumpster Match
For the Dudleys to win they must put all three DX members through tables while the DX’ers have to get both Dudleys in the dumpster and close the lid. The DX’ers push a dumpster to ringisde and Road Dogg does the usual stuff on the mic before the Dudleys come out with their table that has Tori’s name on it. Bubba Ray and Road Dogg start off and Bubba starts walking toward Tori but that allows Road Dogg to club him from behind and get in some shots in a corner. Road Dogg goes for a whip, Bubba reverses him into a corner and charges but Road Dogg sidesteps him then taunts D’Von with the DX chop. Bubba hits a boot then hops to the middle rope and connects with a flying clothesline before tagging in D’Von. Yep, once again they’re ignoring that is a no-DQ match by having them do tags. D’Von whips Road Dogg into a flying elbow but Road Dogg jabs the eyes and brings him to the DX corner then tags X-Pac in. X-Pac applies an armwringer and D’Von fights him off then goes for a whip, X-Pac reverses it but D’Von hits a shoulderblock. D’Von comes off the ropes, X-Pac leapfrogs over him and goes through his moves but eats a clothesline. D’Von whips X-Pac but misses a clothesline and Road Dogg kicks him in the back. D’Von pops Road Dogg but walks into a spinning heel kick and X-Pac taunts Bubba with kung fu poses then rams D’Von into the dumpster lid and Tori gets in a shot. Tori tags in to do her damage before tagging Road Dogg to take over. D’Von starts to fight back when X-Pac tags in and the DX’ers whip D’von but miss a double clothesline and D’Von connects with a double flying clothesline. Bubba gets the tag and takes it to both DX’ers with clotheslines then plants Road Dogg with a full nelson bomb. X-Pac goes for a whip but Bubba reverses it and hits a sidewalk slam. Bubba slams Road Dogg to the mat then sets him up while D’Von climbs up and hits the headbutt to the groin. The Dudleys do the same to X-Pac when Tori comes in but Bubba blocks a kick and slams her to the mat then sets her up and D’Von hits the headbutt on her as well.
Road Dogg and X-Pac try to walk out of the match but the Dudleys cut off their escape on the ramp and whip the DX’ers into each the. Both Dudleys each go for another whip but but Road Dogg and X-Pac both revrese it, sending the Dudleys into the dumpster. X-Pac rams D’Von into the dumpster repeatedly while Road Dogg does the same to Bubba then dump them into the dumpster. Road Dogg and X-Pac then shut the lids seeming getting the win, except that the referee is checking on Tori on the outside and doesn’t see it. The DX’ers notice this and head out to aruge with the referee, not seeing the Dudleys sneak out of the dumpster through the side doors. The Dudleys hide under the ring while the DX’ers bring the referee over to the dumpster and open the lids to show that they won but find nothing inside the dumpster. Suddenly the Dudleys come out from the other side of the ring and nail both DXers with chairs. Bubba throws the steps in the ring before stacking a pair of tables at ringside. Bubba heads in and superbombs Road Dogg off the steps throught both tables, taking him out. X-Pac comes up and suplexes Bubba off the steps to the mat and D’Von brings in another table but X-Pac nails him with a spinkick. X-Pac sets up the table and places D’Von on it then climbs to the top rope, even though its the Dudleys that need the tables. Before X-Pac can leap off Bubba bumps the rope, causing X-Pac to straddle the turnbuckle. D’Von climbs up and superplexes X-Pac through the table. Tori is now on her own with Road Dogg and X-Pac both eliminated and Bubba immediately focuses on her. Tori tries to flee the ring but D’von cuts off her escape and both Dudleys try to corner her. For some reason Tori climbs into the dumpster and the Dudleys figure it’s easy pickings. However Road Dogg and X-Pac reappear and nail both Dudleys with chairs and the Dudleys tumble into the dumpster before the DX’ers close the lid for the win. (9:45) Cripes, more bad booking. The match wasn’t very interesting other than a few spots but the Dudleys should have finally beaten DX, yet end up losing to them yet again even though people didn’t care about DX anymore. *
Oh, but we’re not done. X-Pac and Road Dogg start searching for Tori not realizing she’s in the dumpster wth the Dudleys. The Dudleys emegre from the dumpster with Tori and Bubba holds her by the hair. X-Pac runs in for the save but gets taken out by a 3D and Road Dogg comes in but also suffers a 3D. Bubba grabs Tori by the hair again as D’Von slides in the table with Tori’s name on it. D’von passes Tori over to Bubba as he hops to the top rope and Bubba finally superbombs Tori through the table, which would end Tori’s run in the WWF. So the Dudleys get what they want anyway, even though they still lost the match. Can you say ‘politics’?
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Kurt Angle about being one win away from being King of the Ring and Angle stresses the importance of the tournament and how he has to win. Angle says Rikishi is great for dancing and rubbing his butt in people’s faces but this is different. Angle says once he wins the tournament he’s going to beat Triple H for the WWF Championship at Fully Loaded then wraps up by telling Rikishi the party is over.
~ We get a replay of Val Venis attacking Rikishi’s arm in the semifinal round earlier. Johnathan Coachman then interviews Rikishi, saying Angle isn’t taking him seriously. Rikishi asks if he would go through all the pain if King of the Ring wasn’t important to him then says all the Wheaties the in the world won’t stop him from backing his rear end up on “Captain America”.
- Kurt Angle vs. Rikishi – King of the Ring Final Match
So here we are, the end of a disapointing tournament with this as the final. They try to play up Rikishi fighitng with a bad arm as something heroic, making you think he may have a chance, or not. Angle meets Rikishi in the aisle but Rikishi cuts him off with right hands to the head before rolling him in the ring. Rikishi continues his assault until Angle rakes the eyes and tries to scoop up Rikishi but strains his back and Rikishi easily hits his slam. Rikishi whips Angle into a corner and hits a clothesline then does the same in the other corner. Angle slumps the mat and Rikishi goes for the Stinkface but Angle counters with a low blow. Angle hits a clothesline then unloads on Rikishi in a corner and chokes him with his boot. Angle continues stomping Rikishi and Rikishi rolls out to the floor but Angle goes out after him and whips him arm-first into the ringsteps. Angle rolls Rikishi back in the ring and whips him into a corner then hits a clothesline. Rikishi starts fighting back but Angle rakes the eyes again and tees off on him. Angle goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses it and clothesline with his injured arm before and hits a one-arm Samoan Drop. Rikishi hits a running bulldog and covers Angle with his back but only gets one. Rikishi hits the running butt charge in a corner and this time gets the Stinkface. Angle comes out and hits the Olympic Slam but that only gets two. Angle comes off the ropes looking for a Sunset Flip but can’t get Rikishi over and Rikishi hits the sit-down splash for a near fall. Rikishi climbs to the top rope but Angle cuts him off, causing him to straddle the turnbuckle. Angle goes up and hits a belly-to-belly superplex that gets the three for the crown! (5:56) And thus we end with a mediocre six-minute final the crowd barely cared about because everyone knew Angle was going all the way once Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero were ousted. Such a potentially great tournament wasted by bad decisions. Sad, really. *
~ Backstage Vince addresses his teammates before the six-man match when Triple H accuses Vince of letting Linda back them into a corner. Vince disagrees, saying they’re going out there with victory in hand because their oppoents can’t work together. That seems to be the only thing Vince is depending on to win this. Shane reminds them they need to have crystal clear focus as they head to the ring.
~ Kane, The Undertaker, and The Rock are all shown heading out from different parts of the building.
- WWF World Heavyweight Title: Triple H ©, Vince & Shane McMahon (w/Stephanie) vs. The Rock, The Undertaker & Kane
Whoever from The Rock’s team scores the pin against anyone from Triple H’s team wins the title but if Triple H’s team survives then Triple H faces the KOTR winner for the belt at Fully Loaded. In fact we get a shot of Kurt Angle intently watching the match in the back while drinking milk. Once everyone files out Triple H starts aurging with Vince and Shane as the match gets underway. Eventually Shane gets to start against Kane and and hits him from behind but backs away when Kane no-sells it. Kane offers to let Shane have a free shot so Shane pops him in the face but it has no effect. Shane ducks a right hand and gets in some shots but Kane blocks a punch and forces Shane to his knees. Kane grabs Shane for a chokelift and shoves him into a corner then keeps him from escaping. Shane crawls under Kane and bails out to the floor but Taker goes over and throws him back in. Kane whips Shane but misses a boot and Shane rolls over him but runs into a clothesline. Kane press slams Shane and grabs him by the throat when Vince comes in for the save. So Kane Vince by the throat as well when Triple H breaks it up and the McMahons whip Kane but Kane takes them both down with a double clothesline. Kane walks over to his corner when The Rock slaps his back to tag himself in and unloads on both McMahons. Rock glares at Triple H when he comes in and dares him to just bring it and Triple H exchanges words with Rock when Shane shoves Rock into a clothesline from Triple H. Triple H goes back out while Shane brings Rock into a corner and hits several shoulderblocks then mocks Rock by hitting the Smackdown. Rock doesn’t take that kindly and throws Shane into the corner then pummels him and tosses him over the ropes. Rock starts to go out after Shane when Taker tags himself in and assaults Shane on the floor before throwing him back in the ring. Taker rams Shane into a corner and hammers him while narrating his assault then whips Shane into the opposite corner and hits the Chokeslam. Taker covers Shane for the title but Rock pulls him off before he gets the three and the two argue as Triple H comes in without making a tag. Triple H hammers Taker in a corner with punches and kick then starts arguing with referee Earl Hebner, allowing Taker to throw Triple H into the corner and land his own flurry of shots. Taker whips Triple H into the opposite corner and hits a backdrop then clotheslines him and whips him into a boot for a two count. Taker goes for a whip, Triple H reverses it but lowers the head and Taker hits a DDT. Taker goes for the cover but Kane pulls him off and the two of them exchange angry words as Vince is seen smiling and gloating, feeling his theory is working.
Rock slaps Taker to tag himself in while Triple H tags in Shane, who’s reluctant to get in the ring. Eventually Rock brings Shane in the ring himself and pops him with a right hand. Rock then pops Vince and Triple on the apron and goes for a whip on Shane but Shane reverses and Rock tumbles out to the floor when Triple H pulls down the top rope. The McMahons and Triple H triple-team Rock on the floor until Taker and Kane make the save. Kane attacks Vince and Taker works over Shane while Rock rams Triple H into the Spaniash annouce table. Rock starts clearing off the regular announce table when Triple H clotheslines him and rolls him back in the ring. Triple H whips Rock but lowers the head and Rock hits a swinging neckbreaker. Triple H comes back and hits the Peidgree…but Rock kicks out at two? Looks like Taker was supposed to break it up from the floor but missed his cue. Taker pulls Triple H out of the ring and hits some punches before throwing him into the ringpost. Taker rolls Triple H back in the ring and both Rock and Triple H are down while Vince and Shane are down on the floor trying to pull themselves together. Taker and Kane reach out for tags but Rock refuses to tag either of them when Triple H clotheslines him. Triple H stomps Rock down in his corner and chokes him with his boot then distracts Hebner allowing Vince to choke The Rock. Shane comes in and get in several quick kicks then whips Rock into an elbow. Shane starts dancing around hitting several jabs on Rock but Rock quickly puts a stop to that. Rock comes off the ropes but Triple H kicks him from behind then snaps his neck on the rope and Rock staggers into a clothesline from Shane. Vince tags in and slaps Rock in the face before tagging Triple H in and Triple H hits a suplex followed by a kneedrop for a near fall. Triple H climbs to the top and leaps off but Rock belts him in the chest. Rock goes for a whip, Triple H reverses it but lowers the head and Rock kicks him in the face. Rock misses a clothesline and Triple H hits a neckbreaker but Kane breaks up the pin.
Vince tags in and slaps Rock then draws Taker and Kane in to disrtact Hebner when Rock blocks a right hand and lands shots on all three opponents. Vince hits a low blow on Rock and covers for a two count then tags in Triple H while ordering him to finish Rock off. Both men exchange punches and Rock gets the advantage looking for the Smackdown when Triple H blocks it but Rock gets it on the second try. Rock goes for a whip, Triple H reverses it and Rock hits a Samoan Drop but Shane breaks up the pin. Taker comes in and throws Shane over the ropes while Kane knocks Vince under the ropes to the floor. Kane then works over Vince while Taker throws Shane into the barricade when Kane suddenly starts fighting Taker and rams him into the steps. In the ring Rock whips Triple H who comes back with the facebuster then comes off the ropes but Rock plants him with a Spinebuster. Rock goes for the People’s Elbow and comes off the ropes when Kane grabs him and chokeslams him. Triple H seems to approve and goes to thank Kane who seems to appreciate it, until he scoops Triple H up and drills him with a Tombstone Piledriver! Kane goes for the pin but Taker pulls him out of the ring and rams him into the steps. Taker clears off the Spanish announce table then grabs a chair and clocks Kane with it. Shane climbs to the top rope when Taker goes on the apron and grabs him by the throat then chokeslams Shane from the top rope all the way through the announce table!! At least this match has one awesome spot in it. In the ring Vince sees the fallen Rock and decided to mock him with the People’s Elbow so he comes off the ropes but runs right into a Rock Bottom. Rock covers Vince and Hebner counts the three, giving the Rock the pin and as a result the title! (17:54) So the Rock wins his 5th WWF Championship … by pinning Vince McMahon instead of the actual titleholder. Pretty feh main event except for that one spot and the stipulation kept hampering it. Not to mention the finish allowed Triple H to get out of doing a job. **
Rock celebrates the win while Triple H is furious Vince lost his WWF title for him. Taker then rides away on his motorcycle but not before he informs Rock that he owes him one. Rock clocks Vince with the belt for good measure then poses for the crowd as the show goes off the air.
Conclusion: And so the WWF’s streak of good-to-great pay-per-view’s comes to a sudden end with this poor show. The KOTR tournament was a massive disappointment considering they had Benoit, Guerrero, Angle and Jericho in the brackets and should have had them go at it, but three of them were eliminated in the quarterfinals while the wrong guys advanced. Not to mention the last two rounds lasted a combined 12 minutes with an anticlimiatic final. The rest of the card isn’t much better with a weak brawl, a horrible segment and a mediocre main event capping us off. Plus the show as a whole is plagued by suspect booking; basically fans did get what they wanted to see in the main parts of the card but all of them have a “yeah, but..” attached to them. So bottom line, thumbs down for this card, pretty much the low point of 2000.