WWF Fully Loaded 2000
WWF FULLY LOADED
Sunday, July 23rd, 2000
Live from the Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: The Rock (6/25/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Val Venis (7/06/2000)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: Edge & Christian (6/25/2000)
● WWF European Champion: Eddie Guerrero (4/03/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Steve Blackman (6/29/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley (3/30/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ Fully Loaded comes on the air with an intro video hyping our “triple main event”. Jim Ross then welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler.
- The Hardy Boyz & Lita vs. T & A & Trish Stratus – Intergender Match
The Hardys and Lita rush the ring and go right to work on their opponents with Lita chasing Trish out to the floor. Lita tries to go after her but Test stands in her way while Albert and Matt Hardy are going at it in the ring. Albert whips Matt into the ropes but Matt ducks a clothesline and gets in some shots. Matt comes off the ropes and Albert presses him up but Matt floats over him and goes for a whip. Albert reverses Matt hard into a corner and goes for a suplex but Matt flips out of it and rams Albert into a turnbuckle repeatedly. Matt goes for a Twist of Fate already but Albert powers out of it and kicks at Matt’s ribs then tries to force Matt down to the mat for a pinfall but can’t get the three. Matt climbs to the top while still locking knuckles but slips off, botching a Mexican arm drag. So Matt has to hit a normal arm drag instead and ends up on the mat. Matt charges at Albert in a corner and gets backdropped over the ropes then tries to land on his feet on the apron but slips and falls onto the floor. Jeez, I though the Hardys were neater than that. Matt rolls back in the ring as Albert tags in Test and Test whips Matt into a corner and charges but eats a boot. Matt hops to the middle rope but Test cuts him off then climbs up after him but Matt fights him off to the mat and hits the guillotine legdrop. Jeff tags in and the Hardys whip Test into a double elbow then follow up with their combo for a two count. Jeff comes off the ropes but runs into a sidewalk slam. Test whips Jeff but Jeff slides under the ropes to the floor and Test goes out after him when Jeff climbs back in the ring and hits a dropkick through the ropes. Jeff then slings himself over the ropes into a pescado on Test before rolling him back in the ring. Matt tags back in the and the Hardys stomp Test down in a corner. Matt goes for a suplex and Test blocks it then tries to counter with his own suplex but Matt counters back into a rollup for a near fall. Matt comes off the ropes but runs into a big boot and Test tags in Trish then holds Matt while she slaps him a few times. Trish goes for one more slam but Matt ducks and Trish slaps Test by misteake. Matt quickly rolls Trish up but Test breaks up the pin and DDT’s Matt. Trish goes for an elbowdrop but misses and Matt tags in Lita whoo;s looking to get at Trish. However Trish quickly runs to her corner and tags in Albert who chases Lita around the ring. Lita climbs back in while tagging in Jeff and Albert has Lita cornered but the Hardys come in and nail Albert from behind. The Hardys whip Albert into a corner, Matt drops to the mat and Jeff hits the Poetry in Motion. The Hardys hit Albert with a double suplex and Test comes in but they set him up for a double suplex. Trish comes in but Lita adds her to the set up and the three of them hit a triple suplex on both of them. Jeff kicks away at Albert and comes off the ropes but Test nails him from the apron and Albert press slams Jeff over the ropes.
Test stomps away at Jeff on the floor before throwing him back in the ring whre Albert hits a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Test tags in and T&A whip Jeff into a double flapack for another near fall. Test sets Jeff up for the pump-handle slam when Jeff fights out of it and goes for a whip but Test reverses him into a corner. Test charges but Jeff lifts himself over Test into a rollup for a near fall. Test hits a full nelson slam then applies a chinlock but Jeff fights out of it. Jeff comes off the ropes and goes for a huricanrana but Test catches him into a powerbomb. Test climbs to the top rope and goes for the flying elbowdrop but misses and Jeff starts crawling to his corner. Test tries to stop Jeff from making the hot tag but Jeff kicks Test away and makes the tag to Matt. Matt climbs to the top rope and hits a flying clothesline then lands a pair of right hands and caps off with a discus punch. Matt goes for a whip, Test reverses him into a corner and charges but eats an elbow. Matt hops to the middle rope and hits a modifed bulldog then pops Albert off the apron. Test nails Matt with the pump-handle slam and covers him but Jeff makes the save with the Swanton Bomb off the top. Matt rolls over onto Test for his cover but Albert breaks it up. Albert scoops Matt onto his shoulders but Matt counerts with a DDT then tags in Lita. Lita climbs to the middle rope and hits a tornado DDT on Test then climbs to the top rope and hits a crossbody on Albert on the floor. Lita climbs to the top rope again and hits a huricanrna on Test but only gets a two count! Lita comes off the ropers but Albert nails her from the floor and Test plants her with a gutwrench powerbomb. Trish asks to be tagged in and Test obliges, and Trish covers Lita but only gets two. Trish hits a running bulldog for another two count then goes for a whip, Lita reverses her into a corner but eats an elbow. Trish climbs to the top rope but Lita cuts her off then goes up and hits a superplex. Lita manages to cover Trish but Albert breaks it up prompting the Hardys to come in. Matt knocks Albert through the ropes and stomps him on the floor while Jeff chokes Test. Lita climbs to the top rope and connects with a moonsault on Trish to put this one away. (13:10) Had its issues, especially at the beginning, but still a pretty solid opener. **½
Lita starts to celebrate but Albert nailes her from behind and T&A beat down the Hardys to get their heat back. T & A whip Matt into a corner and Test whips Albert into an Avalanche on Matt then hits a boot before they do the same to Jeff. Trish starts whipping Lita with a belt before the Hardys can chase them out of the ring.
~ Backstage Commissioner Mick Foley is talking with some guy when Edge walks up to him saying Christian has come down with food poisoning. Foley scoffs at his story but Edge continues to insist that Christian is violently ill so they can’t defend the belts. Foley still has his doubts but does decide to send for a doctor.
~ Elsewhere the Undertaker arrives at the building on his motorcycle and asks a backstage guy if he’s see Kurt Angle. The man points Angle out nearby and Angle takes off running through the halls with Taker chasing after him on his motorcycle. Taker corners Angle in a kitchen but Angle manages to slip out the door and escape for now.
- Tazz vs. Al Snow (w/Head)
Snow gets in the first shots then whips Tazz into an elbow and lays the boots to him. Snow goes for a whip and Tazz reverses it but lowers the head and Snow kicks the face then hits a Russian legdsweep. Tazz rolls out to the floor to regroup but Snow goes after him and nails him from behind before rolling him back in the ring. Tazz starts to get his offense inand rakes Snow’s face before throwing him to the mat. Tazz goes for a Tazplex but Snow fights out of it and goes for a whip. Tazz reverses but Snow slides to stop himself and connects with a superkick followed by a sitdown spinebuster for a two count. Snow stomps Tazz down in a corner and chokes him then goes for a whip. Tazz reverses him into a corner and Snow lifts himself up with the ropes but Tazz catches his legs and htis a whiplash. Tazz stomps Snow in the shoulder and grabs at his face then whips him into a corner but Snow stops himself. Snow hits a knee to the face followed by a clothesline then slams Tazz to the mat. Snow climbs to the top ropes and connects with a guillotine legdrop but doesn’t go for the cover. Instead Snow climbs back to the top and hits a moonsault but only gets a two count as the crowd grows restless. Snow grabs Head but Tazz chopblocks him in the knee and tees off on him. Tazz whips Snow and trips him with a drop toehold then hits some crossface shots. Snow fights back with his flurry of headbutts then kicks Tazz down. Snow goes for a kick but Tazz catches him into a T-bone Tazplex. Tazz then goes for the Tazzmission but Snow counters it with an armdrag then grabs Tazz with a waistlock but Tazz reverses it and slaps on the Tazzmission. Snow tries to coutner it but Tazz keeps holding on and Snow is forced to tap out. (5:25) Not a bad match, just a little boring, plus Tazz needed a more convincing win to resurrect his WWF run at this point and this wasn’t it. *½
~ Backstage Edge is standing outside a restroom where Christian is vomiting loudly in a stall. Mick Foley arrives with an EMT who checks Christian out and determines that Christian is unfit to compete tonight. Foley apologizes to E&C and decides to call off their tag team title defense tonight.
~ Elsewhere we find Triple H and Stephanie watching things go down from their office when a delivery man comes in with a basket of flowers for Stephanie. While Stephanie is happy, Triple H starts getting concenred since the flowers aren’t from him. Triple H searches for some clue as to who sent them and finds a card suggesting the flowers are from Kurt Angle. Triple H is not happy with his and questions Stephanie who tries to plead her innocence.
- WWF European Title: Eddie Guerrero © (w/Chyna) vs. Perry Saturn (w/Terri Runnels)
Saturn attacked Eddie on Raw and took him and Chyna out on Smackdown so we get this important match after a whole week’s build. After everyone is out (with Saturn getting almost no reaction) Terri taunts Chyna who wants to go after her but Eddie holds her back. Eventually Chyna shoves Eddie down then chases after Terri up the aisle, knocking Saturn out of her way. Chyna catches Terri but Saturn nails her from behind allowing Terri to escape. Eddie goes out and starts brawling with Saturn before tossing him in the ring to officially start the match. Eddie beats Saturn down in a corner and hits a suplex then goes out to the apron and slings himself over the ropes into a hilo on Saturn. Eddie whips Saturn into an elbow and Saturn bails out to the floor to regrop but Chyna clotheslines him before throwing him back in. Eddie sets Saturn on the top rope then goes up and hits a huricanrana. Eddie unloads on Saturn with right hands and elbows him in the back of the head then whips him into a clothesline. Eddie applies an armbar then throws Saturn under the ropes and Chyna tosses him into the ringsteps. Chyna nails Saturn with a forearm while Eddie climbs to the top rope and hits a crossbody on Saturn. Eddie throws Saturn in the ring then climbs to the top rope again and hits a huricanrana for a two count. Eddie hits an European uppercut and whips Saturn for another huricanrana but Saturn counters it into a powerbomb. Eddie hammers Saturn in a corner but Saturn jabs the eyes then works Eddie over with chops. Saturn whips Eddie into a corner but eats an elbow and Eddie hops to the middle rope and hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Eddie goes for a whip, Saturn reverses him into a corner and Eddie lifts himself up but Saturn catches him on his shoulders and throws him to the mat. Saturn whips Eddie and drops him to the mat for a near fall. Saturn whips Eddie and lifts him up again but Eddie counters it with the headscissors. Eddie goes for a suplex when Saturn floats over him and goes for his own suplex but Eddie floats over him into a rollup that gets a two count. Eddie comes off the ropes but Saturn catches him into a powerbomb again. Saturn climbs to the top rope and goes for a moonsault (the thrid such move in this card) but misses it. Eddie drills Saturn with a brainbuster then climbs to the top rope for a Frogsplash and misses it but rolls out of it to his feet. Eddie leaps on Saturn’s shoulders looking for a victory roll but Saturn throws him to the mat for a two count. Saturn slams Eddie to the mat then climbs to the top but Eddie cuts him off then dropkicks Saturn off the ropes to the floor. Chyna goes after Saturn again but this time Saturn clotheslines Chyna over the Spanish announce table, causing it to collapse. Terri makes her way back out as Eddie goes after Saturn who holds Terri in front of him to ward him off. Eddie is at a loss when Terri kicks him below the belt and runs to the back. Saturn shoves Eddie into the ringpost before throwing him back in the ring then climbs to the top rope and hits a flying elbowdrop that gets the three and the title. (8:09) So just like that Eddie’s four-month title reign is over. The match was okay though disjointed in places, I just don’t understand why Eddie dropped the title to a guy with very little heat. **
~ Backstage Edge and a suddenly-healthy Christian pack up their gear, laughing at fooling Mick Foley again. Just then Foley comes in about to give them the night off when he sees Christian is not sick anymore and feels he’s busted them. Christian claims the food poisoning is coming back then starts acting sick and goes to a bathroom stall where we hear sounds of vomiting. Foley looks into the stall and we get a shot of Christian throwing stuff into the toilet. Christian pleads his case but Foley says their tag title defense is back on.
~ Elsewhere Michael Cole interviews The Undertaker about his match with Kurt Angle, who Taker says will need a doctor to surgically remove his foot from Angle’s rear end. Taker then looks at a monitor which shows Angle hopping onto his motorcycle and trying to start it and naturally this doesn’t make Taker happy. Taker storms off and we cut to Angle who finally gets the bike started just as Taker walks up. Angle then heads for the hills with Taker right behind him.
~ Out in the arena Edge & Christian head out for thier tag title defense but Edge gets on the mic and says Christian really is sick … of being in Dallas. Edge then says the Stars proved they’re not repeat champions while the Cowboys are repeat offenders. Christian takes the mic and says if John F. Kinnedy spent five more minutes in Dallas he would have killed himself, which is a bit far to go for heat. Edge is about to unveil their 5-second pose but the Acolytes cut them off with Bradshaw offering a counterpoint. Bradshaw says Dallas teams have won every sporting championship while Canada is only known for high-octane beer and the two guys holding the titles. Bradshaw then brings up how Dick Murdoch, Bruiser Brody, The Von Erichs and the Freebirds wrestled in this building. then promises one more memorable moment and it’s on.
- WWF World Tag Team Titles: Edge & Christian © vs. The Acolytes
So no more pre-emptions, folks, we are finally having this match. The Acolytes go out and beat on E&C on the floor and Bradshaw chops away at Christian while Faarooq works over Edge with the ringsteps. Bradshaw throws Edge back in the ring when Christian comes in and nails Bradshaw from behind. E&C whip Bradshaw into a corner and Edge drops to the mat then Christian launches off him for the crossbody but Bradshaw catches him. Bradshaw sets Christian on the top rope then goes up and hits the fallaway slam from the middle rope. Bradshaw clotheslines Edge before tagging in Faarooq who clubs Edge in the back for a two count. Bradshaw tags back in and the Acolytes whip Edge into a double shoulderblock and Bradshaw follows up with an elbowdrop for a two count. Bradshaw whips Edge into a corner and sets up for a powerbomb but Edge goes down to prevent it. Bradshaw whips Edge into a shoulderblock then tries the powerbomb again and this time hits it. Bradshaw sets Edge up for another powerbomb but Christian climbs to the top rope and breaks it up with a missile dropkick. Christian tags in and gets in his shots before Edge tags in and exchanges punches with Bradshaw who gets the advantage. Bradshaw whips Edge but lowers the head and Edge hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Edge lays the boots to Bradshaw then tags in Christian who distracts the referee while Edge chokes Bradshaw. Christian stomps Bradshaw down in his corner and E&C set Bradshaw on the top rope then go up but Bradshaw shoves them off. Bradshaw connects with a flying shouldertackle on Edge then manages to tag in Faarooq who hits Edge with a clothesline. Christian comes off the ropes but runs into a powetrslam and Faarooq hits a spimebuster on Edge then covers but Christian breaks up the pin. Brashaw hits the Clothesline from Hades on Christian then knocks Edge through the ropes. Bradshaw goes out but Edge rams him into the announce table and grabs one of the tag title belts. Faarooq plants Christian with the Dominater and covers him but Edge interupts the referee’s count then clocks Faarooq with the belt, intentionally getting his team DQ’ed to save the titles. (5:31) Yep, after all the delays we’re left with a DQ ending to this feud. The match itself wasn’t anything bad but E&C should have gotten a pinfall over the Acolytes, even if had to be a dirty win. After the bell E&C start walking off with the titles when the Acolytes cut off their exit and brawl with them to the back. *½
~ We cut to WWF New York and find the Big Bossman there checking everyone’s ID’s.
~ Backstage we find Triple H griping to Stephanie about Kurt Angle sending her flowers, feeling he doesn’t need this on his mind with his last man standing match with Chris Jericho on the horizon. Stephanie points out the card doesn’t say anything about the flowers being from Angle and Triple H points out Angle’s name isn’t written on the card but it does say “It’s true! It’s true!” Triple H demands to know what’s going on but Stephanie suggests he ask Angle himself so Triple H takers her words to heart and storms off to find Angle.
~ Speaking of which we find Angle still being stalked by Undertaker while trying to apolgize. Taker turns a corner when Angle sneaks up on him and bashes his knee with a wrench. Angle then takes off while Taker is seething in pain.
- WWF Intercontinential Title: Val Venis © (w/Trish Stratus) vs. Rikishi – Steel Cage Match
So at long last we have the blowoff to this epic feud. Standard cage rules here where a man can win by pinfall or escaping the cage. Once both men are in the cage Val tries a quick escape but Rikishi pulls him back down to the mat and tees off on him. Rikishi throws Val into all four walls of the cage then starts climbing the wall to the top but Val stops him. Val climbs to the top rope but Rikishi fights Val off and continues climbing while Val starts crawling for the door. Val almost makes it out but Rikishi hops back down and pulls him back in by the tights then hits a suplex. Rikishi starts moving toward the door but Val cuts him off with a chopblock to the knee and lays the boots to him. Val rams Rikishi into the cage then kicks him down in a corner and chokes him with his boot. Val goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses him into a corner and hits a clothesline. Val slumps to the match and Rikishi sets up for a Stinkface but Val counters it with a shot below the belt. Val then hops to the middle rope and “hits” a bulldog, though Rikishi stays upright before falling over. Val lays the boots to Rikishi and whips him into an elbow but Rikishi doesn’t go down. Val comes off the ropes with a clothesline that does get Rikishi off his feet and gives Val a two count. Val starts climbing up the wall and Rikishi goes up to stop him but Val rams him into the cage and Rikishi fall tot he floor. Val follows up with an elbowdrop but only gets a two count. Val climbs up the cage again and starts to go over the top but Rikishi goes up and rams Val into the top before pulling him down to the ropes. The two try to ram each other into the cage but both slip and end up straddling the top rope as we see that Val is now busted open over his eye. Both men are down and Rikishi starts crawling toward the door but Val stops him and pulls him back in. Val unloads on Rikishi and comes off the ropes but Rikishi throws him into the wall. Rikishi follows up with a Samoan Drop then hits the running butt charge in a corner and Val slumps to the mat. Rikishi climbs the ropes and hits the Banzai Drop and the referee counts the pin but Val gets his foot on the bottom rope. Rikishi heads out the door but Trish slams it into Rikishi’s face. Val hits a neckbreaker then climbs to the top rope and connects with the Moneyshot … but only gets a two count! Suddenly Lita runs out looking for revenge for the beatdown earlier and whips Trish with a belt. Lita then rips Trish’s shirt off and continues whipping Trish as she tries to crawl away and the referee tries to break it up as Lita chases Trish to the back. Back in the ring Val climbs up the wall but Rikishi goes up and rams him into the cage and Val falls to the mat but accidentally takes out the referee as well. Rikishi climbs up to the top of the cage and seems to have a clear shot but instead of climbing down, Rikishi looks down at Val in the ring and apparently gets an inspiration. Rikishi walks along the edge then leaps off and splashes Val from the top of the cage!!! Wow, I’m surprised Val’s not a smear on the mat after that!! Val is pretty much dead as Rikishi starts crawling toward the door and victory. However Tazz comes out with a camera in hand then opens the door and bashes Rikishi in the head with. Tazz walks off as Val drapes an arm over Rikishi and gets the three to retain. (14:07) And JR calls Tazz a “piece of garbage” for costing Rikishi the IC Title a second time. Decent enough cage match but the splash off the top was awesome. Now you’d think this would lead to Rikishi vs. Tazz as SummerSlam but that’s not exactly what happened. **
~ We get a replay of Angle attacking the Undertaker in the knee with a wrench earlier. We then see Taker walking in the back, wiping off the board that show how many days have gone by without an accident.
~ Elsewhere Triple H is searching for Kurt Angle’s lockerroom when he comes across a guy with more flowers and demands to known where they came from. The guy leads them to the sender’s lockerroom and Triple H charges in expecting to beat up Angle but doesn’t hear the guy says that’s not Angle’s lockerroom. We then hear sounds of a scuffle before Chris Jericho emerges from the room and we see that Triple H is laid out. Wow, Jericho setting up Triple H? Whodathunkit?
~ Out in the arena Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring apparently dressed for action and gets on the mic, calling out The Rock to fight him in a non-title match. It isn’t long before The Rock comes out to answer Shane’s challenge and gets on mic telling Shane he knows it’s a setup so he demands to know where Chris Benoit is. Rock says it doesn’t matter where Benoit is coming from and feels they don’t have to wait until later. Suddenly Benoit appears on the TitanTron and says he knows Rock won’t get himself disqualified and lose the title that way because he’s going to pin Rock or make him tap out. Benoit then shows he’s in the Rock’s lockerroom and starts tearing apart Rock’s expensive shirts. Well that’s certainly not a nice thing to do. Rock starts making his way to the back but Benoit quickly makes his escape.
~ A video package is then shown highlighting the Kurt Angle/Undertaker feud.
- The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle
Angle comes out first with the wrench in hand but Taker rides out on his motorcycle during his theme Angle takes a swing with the wrence but Taker blocks it and throws Angle over the barrier and brawls with him through the crowd. Taker knocks Angle over the barricade back to ringside and rams him into the steps then decks him with a right hand. aker throws Angle into the barricade and rams him into the other steps before finally tossing him in the ring to officially start the match. Angle attacks Taker as he climbs in and goes for a whip but Taker reverses and hits a boot. Taker follows up with an elbowdrop and covers Angle but pulls him up at 2. Taker his a delayed vertical suplex and covers Angle but again pulls him up at 2. Taker pummels Angle in a corner then whips him into the opposite corner and charges but eats a boot, Angle’s first offensive move of the match. Angle leaps on Taker’s back looking for a sleeper but Taker rams him in a corner to break the hold. Taker whips Angle into a corner and hits a clothesline followed by a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Taker throws Angle through the ropes then goes out after him on the floor but Angle manages to grab the wrench and nails Taker in his bad knee with it. Angle throws Taker kneefirst into the barricade beofre throwing him back in the ring. Angle eats a pair of right hands then tries to pick Taker up by the leg but Taker fights him off. Taker whips Angle but misses a right hand and Angle chopblocks the bad knee. Angle applies a leglock but Taker manages to fight out of it and both men exchange punches. Angle gets the advantage by kicking at the knee then goes for a whip but Taker reverses it. Taker grabs Angle by the throat but Angle kicks at his bad knee to escape the chokeslam. Angle trips Taker and and applies another leglock and Taker tries to hold on. Angle then goes into a spinning toehold but Taker manages to reverse it then rams Angle’s knee into the mat. Both men exchange shots and Angle again kicks at the knee but Taker still gets the advantage and whips Angle then hits the chokeslam. Taker follows up with the Last Ride and this one is over! (7:33) So yeah, despite Angle’s efforts he pretty much got squashed by Taker. Even though Angle needed the win more (especially since he’s about to take part in a hot storyline) and the stuff with the knee would have given Taker a face-saving excuse to put him over. Another example of why everyone hated Undertaker’s in-ring work from 2000-2002. DUD
~ We find the Rock has reached his lockerroom and is now surveying what remains of his wardrobe.
~ They then show video package highlighting the Triple H/Chris Jericho feud.
- Triple H (w/Stephanie) vs. Chris Jericho – Last Man Standing Match
After everything these two have done to each other the past months it finally comes down to this. The first man to knock his opponent down and out for a 10 count wins. Jericho comes out with his ribs taped up and goes right to work on Triple H, pounding on him in a corner. Jericho goes for a whip, Triple H reverses him into a corner but Jericho comes out with a clothesline. Jericho dropkicks Triple H through the ropes and Triple H climbs onto the apron but Jericho knocks him back off with the springboard dropkick. Jericho goes out after Triple H and nails him with part of the remnants of the Spanish announce table. Jericho slaps Triple H who starts fighting back but Jericho regains the advantage and throws Triple H back in the ring. Jericho shoulderblocks Triple H through the ropes then climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying elbow. Jericho tees off on Triple H and whips him but Triple H comes back with the facebuster then clotheslines Jericho over the ropes. Triple H goes out after Jericho who rams him into the ringsteps and charges but Triple H drops him onto the barricade. Triple H throws Jericho back in the ring and kicks him in the injured ribs then rips off the tape around his chest. Triple H continues working over the ribs with shoulderblocks in a corner then whips him and hits a knee to the chest. Triple H chokes Jericho with the medical tape then continues attacking Jericho’s ribs with kicks, a kneedrop and an elbowdrop then throws him through the ropes. Jericho tries to fight back on the floor but Triple H stops that with a knee to the chest then holds Jericho for a slap from Stephanie. Triple H suplexes Jericho on the floor and the referee starts the count but Jericho is up at 5. Triple H throws Jericho back in the ring and Jericho starts to fight back again. Jericho goes for a whip but Triple H reverses and applies an Abdominal stretch while grabbing the ropes for leverage. The referee sess it and kicks Triple H’s arm, allowing Jericho to hip-toss out of the hold. Triple H yells at the referee and shoves him but the referee shoves back. Triple H turns back to Jericho who again rallies and goes for a whip, Triple H reverses it but Jericho connects with a spinning heel kick. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Triple H gets the knees up the block it in Jericho’s ribs. Triple H hits a DDT and the referee counts but Jericho is up again at 7. Triple H whips Jericho and slaps on a sleeperhold while adding on the bodyscissors and Jericho is soon put out. The referee starts the count again but once again Jericho is up at 9 so Triple H drops him with a right hand. Jericho gets back up and dares Triple H to come at him so Triple H decks him with another right but Jericho taunts him with a DX chop. Triple H hits a Pedigree and Jericho seems out of it as the referee starts the count but Jericho is up at 9 and Triple H is getting frustrated his opponent won’t stay down.
Triple H brings a chair in the ring and jabs Jericho in the ribs with it before whacking him in the back. Triple H then sets Jericho up for a Pedigree onto the chair when the referee tries to stop him so Triple H shoves him down. Triple H again goes for the Pedgiree onto the chair but Jericho counters with a low blow then grabs the chair and whacks Triple H in the head with it, busting him wide open. Triple H is down as the referee starts the count but is up at 8. Jericho lands a series of shots then goes for a whip, Triple H reverses it but Jericho comes back with a flying forearm. Jericho goes for a whip, Triple H reverses him into a corner and charges but eats a boot. Jericho hops to the middle rope and connects with a missile dropkick then whips Triple H into a conrer then bulldogs him onto the chair! The referee counts again when Jericho starts attacking Triple H again and whips him into a corner and Triple H tumbles over the ropes. Jericho goes out and goes for a whip but Triple H reverses him into the steps. Triple H sets Jericho up for a Pedigree onto the steps but Jericho counters with a backdrop to the floor. Triple H and Jericho each grab a monitor and bash each other with them and both men are down as the referee starts to count then out. The referee reaches 9 when both men get back to the their feet and climb back in the ring. Triple H goes for a Pedigree but Jericho counters it and puts him in the Walls of Jericho. Triple H is screaming and tapping out but submissions don’t mean anything in this match. Triple H then manages to grab the bottom rope but the referee can’t force a break because there’s no DQs. Jericho pulls Triple H back to the center of the ring when Stephanie comes in and pulls Jericho off so Jericho blocks a slap then puts Stephanie in the Walls of Jericho! Triple H comes off the ropes with a cltohesline that knocks Jericho through the ropes. Triple H goes out and whips Jericho into the barricade then pulls out his sledgehammer from under the ring. Triple H takes a swing at Jericho but misses and hits the ringpost. Jericho catapults Triple H into the post then grabs the sledgehammer and bashes Triple H in the chest. Triple H slumps onto the announce table and Jericho climbs onto the barricade looking for a moonsault but Triple H cuts him off with a low bow then suplexes him through the announce table! Both men are down on the broken table as the referee starts the count and reaches 9 when Triple H barely gets to his feet while Jericho is still down. Jericho is counted out at 10 and Triple H grabs the win, just before he collapses back to the floor. (23:14) Stephanie is in tears as she and the referees tend to her fallen but victorious husband. Awesome clash with some great action and psychology. Plus Jericho was allowed to look good like he could take this match and wasn’t buried at all by the loss. ****½
~ A video package is shown highlighting the Rock/Chris Benoit feud.
- WWF World Heavyweight Title: The Rock © vs. Chris Benoit (w/Shane McMahon)
Can Benoit become just the eighth man to have held the WWF and WCW world titles? Plus don’t forget, if Rock gets disqualified he loses the title. In a nice touch Benoit and Shane come out wearing the tattered remains of one of Rock’s shirts. Rock comes out and does his posing while staring down at Benoit on the floor when Shane tries to sneak up form behind. However Rock catches him so Shane bails from the ring and Rock starts after him butt that allows Benoit to nail him from behind to start the match. Benoit goes for the Crossface already but Rock fights out of it and whips him into an elbow. Benoit rolls out to the floor but Rock follows him and throws him into the ringsteps before tossing him in the ring. Rock then chases Shane around the ring and Shane leads Rock in but Rock clotheslines Benoit and continues chasing after Shane. Shane leads Rock back in the ring again and Benoit moves in but Rock hits an Atomic Drop. Shane climbs on the apron but Rock catapults Benoit into him and covers Benoit for a two count. Rock goes for his own Crossface but Benoit bails out to the floor and tries to regroup with Shane before climbing back in. Rock goes for a whip but Benoit reverses it and hits a knee to the chest. Benoit whips Rock into a corner and hits a gutwrench into a gutbuster. Benoit lays the boots to Rock and distracts the referee while Shane elbows Rock on the apron. Benoit stomps Rock out to the floor then goes out and chops him into a cameraman. Benoit rams Rock into the steps before throwing him back in then whips him into another knee for a near fall. Benoit goes for a whip but Rock counters and suplexes Benoit onto the top rope. Rock then hits a high kick to the face and goes for a turnbuckle shot but Benoit blocks it. Benoit hops to the top rope but Rock bumps his leg causing him to straddle the turnbuckle. Rock then ges up himself and hits a back superplex and both men are down. Shane slides the WWF Championship belt into the ring then hops onto the apron to distract Earl Hebner while Benoit grabs the belt and clocks Rock in the face but only gets a two count. Benoit hits a snap suplex for another two count then wails on Rock in a corner. Benoit goes for a whip, Rock reverses him into a corner and charges at him but eats a boot. Benoit comes out but runs into a powerslam for a near fall. Benoit hits a back suplex then applies a Sharpshooter but Rock manages to grab the bottom rope. Benoit slams Rock’s knee into the mat then goes for another Sharpshooter but Rock fights out of it. Rock goes for a whip but Benoit reverses it and Rock tumbles out to the floor after Shane pulls down the top rope. Benoit goes out and goes for a whip but Rock reverses him into the steps then crotches Benoit into the ringpost. Rock tosses Benoit back in the ring and hits a Dragon legwhip then goes into a Figure Four! Shane tries to come into the ring but Hebner holds him back while Benoit manages to grab the bottom rope for the break. Benoit clotheslines Rock over the ropes then distracts Hebner while Shane clotheslines Rock on the floor.
Benoit goes out and lays the boots to Rock then rolls back in while Shane clotheslines Rock over the barricade. Benoit goes back out and fights Rock in the crowd but Rock throws a cup of beer in Benoit’s face. Benoit suplexes Rock over the barricade back to ringside then tosses him in the ring and stomps him in the head. Rock blocks a right hand and hits a DDT for a near fall but Benoit clotheslines Rock for his own two count. Benoit follows up with a backbreaker for another two count then distracts Hebner while Shane chokes Rock on the apron. Benoit hits a neckbreaker for another two count and the two start exchanging punches when Rock tosses Benoit over his head and onto the top rope. Rock manages to cover Benoit but Benoit gets his foot on the bottom rope. Rock goes for a whip but Benoit reverses it and hits a body block for a two count. Benoit slams Rock to the mat then climbs to the top and connects with the diving headbutt! However Benoit hurts himself and can’t immediately covers Rock, only gettinga two count as a result. Rock starts fighting back when Benoit rakes the face and goes for a whip but Rock reverses it and hits the spinebuster. Rock follows up with the People’s Elbow and covers Benoit but Shane distracts Hebner from making the count and only gets two. Rock goes for a whip but Benoit reverses him into a corner and hits a chop. Benoit sets Rock on the top rope then climbs up and hits a superplex but that only gets two. Benoit stomps Rock down in a corner but Rock comes out with a clothesline. Bock goes for a whip but Benoit counters it with a short-arm clothesline. Benoit brings a chair in the ring and Hebner takes it away and it ends up in Rock’s hands. However Shane then runs in with another chair and nails Hebner from behind! Rock decks Shane then works Benoit over in a corner and hits the Smackdown. Rock chases Shane out of the ring with the chair then turns and slaps the Crossface on Benoit! Hebner revives and calls for the bell, and everyone thinks Benoit’s submitted. Instead Hebner disqualifies the Rock thinking he was the one who hit him with the chair, meaning Benoit wins the title!! Benoit and Shane celebrate with the belt while Rock is stunned at how lost the title. BUT WAIT!! Mick Foley comes out to the ring and gets on the mic saying he didn’t see a disqualification and neither did the fans, therefore he’s ordering the match to continue!
Benoit is not happy as the bloodied Rock tells him to “Just Bring It!” so Benoit heads in to resume this thing. Rock hits Benoit with the Smackdown again but Benoit comes back with a German suplex. Benoit holds on for a second German suplex then still holds on and hits a bridge suplex for a near fall. Benoit tees off on Rock and goes for the Crossface but Rock grabs the bottom rope. Benoit pulls Rock to the center of the ring and slaps the Crossface back on. Rock tries to hold on and manages to inch over and grab the bottom rope. Benoit lays the boots to Rock and looks for another Crossface but Rock counters with a Rock Bottom out of no where and gets the three. (25:12) So Rock ends up retaining after all and Foley grins from the floor while Shane and Benoit retreat in defeat. Excellent main event to close the show out. Benoit brought his usual A-game while Rock more than held up his end of the bargain. Could have lived without the teased title change but the match did continue for a few more minutes before the finish, plus it left you feeling that Benoit would get another title shot down the road. ****
Conclusion: So after a dismal King of the Ring and a so-so run of TV episodes the WWF rebounds nicely with a great card this time around. The undercard was mostly solid with only one real bad match (Taker/Angle) yet the two great main events really hit it out of the ballpark. Some may have issues with all three newcomers losing to the old guard but two of them (Benoit and Jericho) still looked strong against the Rock and Triple H, too bad Angle wasn’t so fortunate. Still a well-done supercard overall and worth checking out, but you’ll have to track down the old VHS tape since it’ll never be re-released on DVD (at least in the U.S.).