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WWF SummerSlam 2000

Sunday, August 27th, 2000

Live from the Entertainment & Sports Complex in Raleigh, NC

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: Perry Saturn (7/23/2000)
●  WWF Hardcore Champion: Shane McMahon (8/21/2000)
●  WWF Women’s Champion: Lita (8/21/2000)
●  WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)

~ SummerSlam comes on the air with an intro film done by “Freddie Felini” called “Crimes of Passion” which naturally focuses on the whole Triple H/Kurt Angle/Stephanie triangle with a bit of The Rock thrown in. After the intro Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler who tells JR he’s glad he can see after what Tazz did to him on Smackdown and promises payback is coming.

  • The Right To Censor vs. Too Cool & Rikishi

Steven Richards first gets on the mic saying he expected the Bible Belt to support and applaud their actions instead of booing them. Richards offers the fans a lesson in morality when Rikishi and friends comes out and they again bring along two of the Godfather’s former women, Victoria and her blonde friend. The RTC’ers attack Rikishi and the others during their dancing but they’re able to hold the off. Rikishi clotheslines the Goodfather over the ropes and Grandmaster Sexay clears out Richards while Scotty 2 Hotty works over Bull Buchanan in a corner. Scotty goes for a whip, Buchanan reverses him into a corner but Scotty hops onto the middle rope and backflips over him. Scotty whips Buchanan into a corner and slides under him to the floor and trips him. Scotty climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying crossbody for a two count. Sexay tags in and the Too Cool guys hit a double suplex. Buchanan pops Sexay in the face then tags in Goodfather who whips Sexay looking for a crescent kick but Sexay fakes him out then backdrops him over the ropes. Sexay goes out and holds Goodfather for Victoria to slap but Goodfather escapes and shoves both laides down. Buchanan throws Sexay into the ringsteps before Goodfather throws him back in the ring and whips him into a boot. Buchanan tags in and helps Goodfather whip Scotty into a double boot for a two count. Buchanan hits a backbreaker before tagging in Richards who hits a powerbomb for a near fall. Richards slams Sexay to the mat then climbs to the top rope but Sexay bumps the ropes causing Richards to straddle the turnbuckle. Sexay goes up and hits a superplex then starts crawling to his corner when Richards tries to prevent a tag but Sexay hits an enzuigiri then tags in Rikishi. Rikishi pops Richards then whips him into a corner and scoops him up. Buchanan and Goodfather come in but Rikishi catches them with right hands and clotheslines both men. Rikishi throws Richards through the ropes and Richards decides he’s had enough and starts to walk out of the match but Victoria throws him back in the ring. Rikishi whips Richards into a corner then whips Buchanan into Richards and Goodfather into Buchanan. Scotty comes in and Rikishi whips him into a butt bump on Goodfather and Sexay comes in and Rikishi whips him into a butt bump on Buchanan. Rikishi then hits the running butt charge on Richards and Richards slumps to the mat in position for a stinkface. Rikishi moves in when Goodfather tries to interupt but runs into a Samoan Drop. Bichanan nails Rikishi with an axekick but Scotty comes off the ropes with the bulldog. Rikishi goes at it with Goodfather on the floor while Scotty goes for the Worm on Buchanan but Richards intercepts him with a Steviekick and grabs the pin to end this. (5:12) Not the best opener but pretty harmless, plus the RTC were getting some good heat around this time.

~ JR and Lawler talk about Kurt Angle kissing Stephanie McMahon last Thrusday on Smackdown then mention a meeting they had earlier on Heat, when Angle went into Stephanie’s lockerrooom with a smile on his face. JR mentions Triple H hasn’t arrived yet, which can’t be good news.

~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Shane McMahon about Stephanie’s emotional state and Shane says he loves Stephanie and supports her in any decision she makes. Shane suddenly looks over and takes off when he sees Steve Blackman walking his way, itching to get his Hardcore Title back later tonight.

  • Road Dogg vs. X-Pac

So after weeks of this friendly rivalry we’ve finally come to the end of DX. And JR actually mentions that these two fought for the DX rights at Fully Loaded ’99. Incidentally it looks like Road Dogg is playing the face. Both men lockup to start and X-Pac goes through a mat wrestling sequence, riding Road Dogg and slapping him around. Both men lockup again and Road Dogg applies a headlock, X-Pac shoves him into the ropes but Road Dogg hits a shoulderblock. Road Dogg comes off the ropes and X-Pac leapfrogs over him but Road Dogg stops himself and kicks X-Pac through the ropes before taunting him with DX chops. X-Pac climbs back in and applies a headlock, Road Dogg shoves him away but X-Pac goes through his moves. X-Pac goes for the spinkick but Road Dogg blocks it and spins him around into a clothesline. Road Dogg whips X-Pac into a corner and charges but X-Pac sidesteps and kicks him down. X-Pac goes for the Bronco Buster but Road Dogg bails out to the floor bragging about knowing that move. X-Pac attacks Road Dogg as he climbs back in the ring but Road Dogg fights back and goes for a whip. X-Pac reverses and slaps on a sleeperhold, Road Dogg fights out of it and comes off the ropes but runs into a spin kick for a two count. X-Pac chokes Road Dogg down in a corner then hits the Bronco Buster and poses in a corner. Road Dogg comes back with the juke ‘n jive punches and caps off with the big right. Road Dogg knees X-Pac into the middle rope and straddles him then follows up with the shake, rattle ‘n kneedrop but only gets two. Road Dogg goes for the pump-handle slam when X-Pac floats over him and sets up for the X-Factor but Road Dogg counters into a powerbomb. Road Dogg goes for the pump-handle slam again but X-Pac kicks him below the belt and quickly hits the X-Factor for the pin. (4:42) Pretty pedistrian match. X-Pac gets on the mic and tells Road Dogg that match showed who the better man it then offers a hand and Road Dogg responds by laying him out with the pump-handle slam, finally killing off DX. Which should have been done months before this after Triple H got over on his own and didn’t need these guys anymore. *

~ Backstage we find Eddie Guerrero and Chyna getting pumped up about the Intercontiental Title match. Eddie tells Chyna if she wins the title he’ll be happy for her and not be jealous and Chyna makes plans for later.

~ Elsewhere Val Venis is pacing around while Trish Stratus yammers on beside him, asking if he would rather see her or Chyna in a centerfold. Val glares at her, saying tonight isn’t about who’s a better centerfold, it’s about his IC Title. Val warns Trish to carry her end, while Trish feels she’s the reason he even has the belt.

~ The announcers mention that Raw Is War will be shown at a special time tomorrow night at 11pm Eastern. Gotta give that tennis its airtime, y’know.

  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE: Val Venis © & Trish Stratus vs. Eddie Guerrero & ChynaIntergender Match

Whoever scores the pin on either Val or Trish gets the IC Title, though they should have done Eddie vs. Val in a regular match instead. Incidentally Eddie and Chyna come out to a good reaction while Val and Trish continue to have no heat. Eddie and Val lock up to start and Val forces Eddie against the ropes where Eddie gets in some shots. Val knees Eddie in the chest and applies a headlock and Eddie shoves Val into the ropes but eats a shoulderblock. Eddie trips Val with a drop toehold and whips him into an elbow then hits a Northern Lights suplex for a two count. Eddie goes for a whip and Val reverses it when Eddie goes for the head scissors but Val blocks it. Eddie lands on his feet but Val hits a running elbow and follows up with an elbowdrop and a kneedrop for a two count. Val hits a backbreaker then whips Eddie but Eddie slides under him after Chyna makes a blind tag. Eddie blocks a kick and spins Val around into a clothesline from Chyna who helps him Val into a double flapjack for a near fall. Chyna kicks away at Val in a corner then whips him hard into the opposite corner. Chyna kicks Val in the ribs twice and goes for a whip but Val counters with a knee to the midsection. Val scoops Chyna up but Chyna floats over and shoves Val into an elbow. Chyna comes off the ropes but runs into a kick and Val comes off the ropes but eats a clothesline. Trish comes in and gtes in a cheap shot before scampering back out to the apron. Chyna grabs Trish but Val nails her from behind and hits a back suplex. Val lays the boots to Chyna and hits a delayed vertical suplex then covers but Eddie breaks up the pin. Val slams Chyna to the mat then hops to the middle rope but misses an elbowdrop. Chyna reaches for her corner but Val cuts off the tag and spits on Eddie to draw him in. The referee keeps Eddie out but that allows Chyna to hit a low blow and Chyna goes for a powerbomb but Val counters with a backdrop. Val comes off the ropes but Chyna DDTs him then tags in Eddie. Eddie hits a pair of clotheslines and whips Val into a backdrop then scares Trish off the apron. Eddie locks wrists with Val then runs up the ropes and hits a huricanrana for a two count. Eddie whips Val into a corner and charges but Val tosses him over his head onto the turnbuckle. Val hits a Blue Thunderbomb then goes for a whip, Eddie reverses it but Val connects with a flying forearm and both men are down. Trish finally tags in for the first time and covers Eddie but only gets a two count. Trish kicks Eddie twice in the ribs then goes for a third kick but Eddie trips her by the leg and tags in Chyna. Chyna clotheslines Trish twice then slams her to the mat. Chyna props Trish in a corner and goes for the handspring elbow but Val pulls her down to the mat by the hair. Eddie pops Val with a European uppercut and charges at him but sails over the ropes after Val pulls down the top rope. Val and Trish whip Chyna and go for a double clothesline but Chyna ducks it. Eddie pulls Val out of the ring and throws him into the ringsteps while Trish clotheslines Chyna but just bounces off her. Chyna grabs Trish and press slams her to get the three and thus win thier third IC title. (7:13) Eddie and Chyna celebrate and Eddie even straps the belt around his woman’s waist. Okay match for the most part as Eddie and Val did a decent job, but Trish was still pretty green and Chyna was … well Chyna. At least they finally got the belt off Val, and while nobody wanted to see Chyna hold the title again at least her reign would be pretty short. **½

~ Highlights are shown of last night’s Radio WWF broadcast.

~ Backstage Stephanie is conversing with the makeup lady who says everyone’s talking about her kissing Kurt Angle. Stephanie claims Angle clearly kissed her, but then admits Angle is a pretty good kisser. Yikes.

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Tazz/Jerry Lawler feud. Lawler then notices that JR has a jar of candy in front of him. For some reason that might be important.

  • Tazz vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler

Tazz comes out wearing a cowboy hat, sunglasses and cane and acts like he’s blind as he walks by the announce table where Lawler pops him with a right hand. Lawler throws Tazz in the ring and tees off on him then dropkicks him into a corner and hits a clothesline. Lawler unloads on Tazz and chokes him on the bottome rope then slams him to the mat and climbs to the middle rope to the fistdrop. Lawler climbs to the middle rope in another corner and goes for another fistdrop but Tazz rolls out of the way. Tazz lays the boots to Lawler and clubs him in the back repeatedly then jaws at JR before continuing his assault on Lawler, capping off with a boot to the head. Tazz pops Lawler with a right hand then whips him and hits a clothesline. Tazz rakes Lawler’s face and throws him through the ropes then goes out and yells at JR some more allowing Lawler to nails him from behind. Lawler throws Tazz back in the ring and Tazz begs Lawler off before headbutting him in the midsection. Tazz slams Lawler to the mat then climbs to the top rope and goes for a senton (!) but misses. Lawler pulls down the strap and drills Tazz with the piledriver, but since this isn’t Memphis, Tazz pops right back up! Tazz decks Lawler and shoves him into the referee then yells at JR before locking Lawler in the Tazzmission. Tazz chokes out Lawler while constantly taunting JR. Finally JR leaves the announce table and smashes his candy jar on Tazz’s head! Lawler rolls over onto Tazz as the referee revives and scores the pin! (4:24) Tazz jobs to Jerry Lawler of all people. The match was watchable but this all but killed Tazz’s career as he just had no credability left. This makes four sub-par matches in a row on this card. *

~ Backstage Lillian Garcia interviews Shane McMahon about Kurt Angle kissing Stephanie and Shane mentions his Hardcore Title defense just as Steve Blackman walks into the shot. Shane grabs his belt and takes off with Blackman right behind him and I guess that match is next.

  • WWF HARDCORE TITLE: Shane McMahon © vs. Steve Blackman

Blackman has been waiting six days for this rematch after five guys helped Shane rob him of the title. Blackman heads to the ring wielding a kendo stick and tosses it to Shane but Shane tosses it back. Blackman then drops the kendo stick on the mat and turn his back, offering Shane a free shot. Shane takes the stick and swings at Blackman but Blackman catches him and jabs him with the stick. Blackman pops Shane with a right hand and chases him out of the ring into the crowd. Blackman chases Shane down and blasts him with a trash can but Shane starts fighting back with kicks until Blackman rams him into the can. Blackman throws Shane over the barricade to ringside then leaps off the barricade and hits a pump kick. Blackman starts throwing verious weapons in the ring before throwing Shane in as well. Blackman grabs a trash can lid and whips Shane before whacking him in the knees and the back of the head with the lid. Blackman brings more weapons in the ring and slides a trash can over Shane’s upper body then works him over with his fighting sticks and caps off with a thrust kick to the can. Blackman pulls Shane out of the can and hits a stick-assisted suplex then slips a leather strap around Shane’s neck and throws him across the ring by it. Blackman sets Shane on the top rope then yanks him off to the top to the mat then applies a half Boston Crab while choking Shane out with the strap. Suddenly Test and Albert run in to make the save and stomp Blackman down. Albert plants Blackman with a chokebomb while Test wedges a trash can in a corner betwee then ropes and whip Blackman into the trash can. Test whips Albert into an Avalanche on Blackman and Albert rams Blackman into a trash lid shot from Test. Albert places the lid onto Blackman’s prone body while Test climbs to the top rope and connects with the flying elbowdrop on the lid. T&A hold Blackman as Shane dances around and gets in some jabs then grabs a lid but Blackman boots it into his face. Blackman fights off Test but Albert clotheslines him down then the two whip Blackman and Shane whacks him with a road sign. Blackman rolls out to the floor when Shane slips the leather strap around his neck then leads him to the stage while T&A pound him. Once there Albert holds Blackman down while Shane shoves a speakerbox onto Blackman but misses. Blackman tries to fight back but Test stomps him down and he and Shane hold him against the entrance set. Albert grabs a kendo stick and swings at Blackman but Blackman pulls Test in the way and he takes the shot. Blackman manages to grab the kendo stick and takes out Albert and Test with it when Shane clotheslines Blackman from behind. Shane tries to escape by climbing up the entrance set but Blackman chases Shane up the set with a kendo stick in hand. Once Shane reaches the top Blackman whacks him repeatedly with the stick and Shane soon loses his grip and falls from the set, crashing through the stage below!! Shane is pretty much dead as Blackman starts climbing down the set but then stops part way down and leaps off, connecting with an elbowdrop on Shane below! Blackman then manages to drape an arm over Shane and gets the three to regain his belt. (10:08) Blackman takes his belt and is able to walk off but Shane is still out in the wreckage and gets stretchered out to the back with Test and Albert accompaying him. Entertaning match that saw some good bumping from Shane, and everyone remembers the two big spots even a decade later. **½

~ Backstage Stephanie shows concern for her brother after watching the match on a montior when Kurt Angle comes in. Stephanie frantically asks about Shane’s condition and Angle claims Shane will be all right, that he just got the wind knocked out of him. Stephanie sobs while she hugs Angle but quickly shoves him away when Mick Foley comes in. Foley tells Stephanie that Shane landed on his ‘kisser’ and suggests they check on him. Stephanie and Foley depart while Angle seems disappointed Stephanie broke from him like that.

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Chris Benoit/Chris Jericho feud. Interesting to note Shane is still in the match graphic though he obviously won’t be in Benoit’s corner now.

  • Chris Benoit vs. Chris JerichoBest 2/3 Falls

This is the next chapter in the saga of the Canadian Chrises so let’s see how this matches up to their other battles. Both men waste no time going at it and brawl all over the ring while jockeying for position. Eventually the two tumble through the ropes taking the referee with them as well and Jericho continues to hammer away at Benoit on the floor. The referee tries to pull Jericho off and Jericho charges at Benoit but Benoit catapults him shoulder-first into the ringpost. Benoit throws Jericho back in the ring when Jericho fights back and goes for a whip but Benoit reverses and trips him with a drop toehold. Benoit tries to lock in a STF but Jericho manages to slip out of it so Benoit then tries for the Crossface but Jericho rolls out of it and goes for the Walls of Jericho. Jericho can’t turn Benoit over so he catapults him into the turnbuckles instead then hits a release suplex but only gets a two count. Jericho scoops Benoit up for a tombstone but Benoit reverses it into a shoulderbreaker. Benoit goes for a suplex but Jericho flips out of it and comes off the ropes with the bulldog. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Benoit gets the knees up the block it. Benoit quickly slaps on the Crossface and Jericho is forced to tap, giving Benoit the first fall (3:15).

The second falls begins right away without a rest period as Benoit immediately attacks Jericho and slaps the Crossface back on. Jericho tries to hold on as Benoit really wrenches Jericho’s back but is able to inch over and grab the bottom rope. Benoit stomps away at Jericho’s bad shoulder and whips him shoulder-first into the turnbuckles. Benoit ties Jericho into the Tree of Woe then goes out and bends Jericho across the turnbuckles. Benoit pulls Jericho out to the floor and rams him shoulder-first into the ringpost before tossing him back in. Benoit throws Jericho back in the ring and throws him into the post for a two count. Benoit comes off the ropes but Jericho catches him with a right hand and both men are down. Benoit gets in some shots but Jericho comes off the ropes and hits a forearm. Jericho lands several hands but Benoit ducks a right hand and hits a German suplex. Benoit holds on and goes for a second German suplex but Jericho reverses and rolls through it into the Walls of Jericho! Benoit tries to reach the ropes but Jericho pulls him to the center and cinches it in and eventually Benoit taps out, evening the falls at one apiece (8:25).

We now go to the deciding fall but again skip the rest period Jericho kicks away at Benoit and hits a backbreaker for a near fall. Jericho chops Benoit in a corner then whips him into the opposite corner and hits an elbow. Jericho climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying elbow for a two count. Jerihco slaps Benoit and whips him but lowers the head and Benoit clubs him in the back. Benoit goes for a powerbomb when Jericho flips out of it and goes for his own powerbomb but can’t get Benoit up with his bad shoulder and Benoit counters into a backdrop. Benoit covers when Jericho bridges out of the pin into a backslide attempt but Benoit slips out and plants him with a Dragon suplex but only gets a two count. Benoit hits a legdrop then climbs to the top rope looking for the headbutt but Jericho bumps Benoit’s legs, causing him to straddle the turnbuckle. Jericho then goes up and hits a Frankensteiner but is clutching his shoulder and only gets a two count out of the cover. Jericho goes for a whip, Benoit reverses it but Jericho connects with a flying forearm. Jericho hits a pair of clotheslines and follows up with a spinning heel kick then covers but Benoit gets his foot on the bottom rope. Jericho tees off on Benoit and goes for a whip, Benoit reverses it but Jericho knocks him down. Jericho goes for the Lionsault and this time hits it but his hurt shoulder keeps him from making the immediate cover. Jericho goes for a whip, Benoit reverses it and Jericho rolls him up but Benoit reverses into his own rollup and grabs the bottom rope to steal the pin and the deciding fall. (13:02) Benoit makes his way to the back in triumph, but not before he grins at Jericho. Another excellent showing from the Chrises, though it would have benefitted from a few more minutes, especially in the first two falls. Still it’s Benoit/Jericho and you can’t go wrong. ****

~ Triple H is shown finally arriving at the building, a whole hour and a half late. You’d think he’d be more prompt to the card since he is in the main event and all that. JR also figures he can’t be too happy with his wife kissing another man 3 days ago, not to mention their hug earlier in the show.

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Dudley Boyz/Edge & Christian/Hardy Boyz feud.

  • WWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: Edge & Christian © vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley BoyzTables, Ladders & Chairs Match

This is basically a ladder match where you have to climb up to retrieve the belts, but unlike the Wrestlemania meeting tables and chairs are also involved. The Hardys go right to work on the Dudleys while EC& bring chairs in the ring but the Hardys cut them off then grab the chairs and work over their opponents with chairs. Matt throws a chair into Bubba Ray’s face then drops to the mat and Jeff goes for the Poetry in Motion but Bubba blocks it by throws the chair at Jeff in mid-air! Edge comes out of the corner with a clothesline on Matt. E&C whip D’Von Dudley into a corner and Edge sets up a chair nearby which Christian launches off into a crossbody on D’Von. Edge trips D’Von into the chair with a drop toehold then works over Bubba and Matt. Edge brings a ladder in the ring and props it against the ropes then props Bubba against it. Edge goes for a splash but Bubba sidesteps him and tosses the ladder into his face then DDT’s Christian. Bubba sets the ladder up underneath the belts and starts climbing up but the Hardys both powerbomb him off the ladder to the mat. Jeff starts climbing up the ladder while D’Von sets a second ladder up next to it and climbs up as well. D’Von and Jeff go at it when Edge goes up and pulls both men off with a double Russian legsweep. Christian climbs up one of the ladders while Bubba climbs up the other ladder and pulls Christian off his ladder with a full nelson bomb to the mat! Matt moves one of the ladders into a corner while Jeff brings a third ladder in the ring. Jeff climbs up the first ladder but Edge pulls him off the ladder, causing him to see-saw another ladder into Matt’s face!! E&C grab the chair and set up for a double chairshot on Jeff but Jeff ducks it. Bubba grabs a ladder and whacks Edge and Christian with it then throws it into Jeff’s face. D’Von moves the ladder into a corner and climbs up while Bubba slams Edge to the mat and sets him up as D’Von comes off he ladder with the “Wassup” headbutt. Bubba drops a ladder onto Jeff while D’Von brings a table in and the Dudleys drive Chrsitian through it with the 3D. The Dudleys go out to the floor and make two stacks of two tables each. Bubba goes back in and sets Jeff up for a powerbomb but Edge whacks him from behind with a chair then takes out both Dudleys. Matt comes in and nails Edge with the Twist of Fate then climbs up the ladder and connects with the guillotine legdrop on Edge before Jeff climbs to the top rope and leapfrogs over the ladder into his own legdrop on Edge.

Matt sandwiches Edge inside a ladder as Christian climbs to the top rope for something but Matt catches him and throws him onto the ladder, squashing Edge as well! On the outside Jeff knocks Bubba onto a pair of tables then sets up a tall ladder. Jeff climbs to the top and goes for a Swanton Bomb just like at Wrestlemania but this time Bubba moves and Jeff crashes through both tables! Jeff is pretty much dead as Matt brings the tall ladder in the ring and sets it up. Matt climbs up the ladder and D’Von climbs up the other side but E&C follow them up on each side. Christian pulls Matt off to the mat with a Slop Drop while Edge Hot Shots D’Von on the top rope. Five of the six men are down as Bubba comes in and climbs up for the belts but E&C tip the ladder over, sending Bubba crashing through the four tables at ringside! E&C set the ladder back up and look to have a claer shot at the titles as they climb up when Lita runs out and tips the ladder over, causing them to straddle the ropes. Lita then urges Matt to go for the titles as he recovers and sets the ladder up. Matt climbs up to the top of the ladder and touches the belts … just before D’Von tips it over and Matt crashes through another table at ringside! Lita goes over to check on Matt on the floor when Edge spears her! D’Von climbs up the ladder when Jeff recovers and climbs the ladder on the other side and both men reach the top and grab the belts. However they can’t pull them down when the ladder tips over but both men are still hanging from the belts above the ring!! D’Von falls to the mat and Jeff is left alone but can’t pull down the belts for the win and E&C knock Jeff out of the sky with a ladder. Edge and Christian then climb up the ladder and pull down their titles for the victory. (14:51) E&C retain the titles but are too injured to celebrate with a 37-second pose and everyone gets helped to the back as the crowd gives them a standing ovation. Easily outclasses the triangle match at Wrestlemania since all three teams had more experience working with each other. Just great action from start to finish with plenty of dramatic moments and insane bumps, and though the later TLC matches do rank slightly higher, it’s still one of the better ones. It’s just a shame the Hardys couldn’t have won the titles in their homestate, but oh well. ****½

~ Backstage Triple H confronts Stephanie about why she let Kurt Angle kiss him on Smackdown but Stephanie claims she was unconcious after being carried to the back and Angle took advanatge of her. Triple H then orders Stephanie to stay away from Angle from now on and that after tonight Angle will never be in their lives again. Stephanie tells Triple H she feels nothing for Angle and that he’s the only man in her life but Triple H doesn’t seem to believe her.

  • The Kat (w/Al Snow) vs. Terri Runnels (w/Perry Saturn)Stinkface Match

I guess we needed something to spell the crowd after the awesome match we just saw. Saturn keeps trying to cover Terri up when Kat gets this started and slams Terri to the mat. Kat shoves Terri into a corner and goes for the Stinfkace already but Saturn pulls her out. Saturn starts to carry Terri to the back but Snow stops him and throws Terri back in the ring. Kat and Terri go at it and Kat gets the advanatage and throws her across the ring. Kat kicks Terri into a corner and hits a Bronco Buster then goes for the Stinkface again but Saturn shoves her down. Terri hits a slopply bulldog and goes for a pin but Kat reverses out of it and hits a clothesline. Kat slams Terri again then goes for a sitdown splash but misses. Terri pulls Kat into a corner by the hair and slaps her in the face then goes for her Stinface but Kat boots her into the referee, knocking him down. Do we really need a ref bump in this match? Snow tosses Head over to Kat and Kat wallops Terri with it then drags her into a corner and finally gives her the Stinkface to end this. (3:06) Yeah, whatever. Can we get back to the actual wrestling now? DUD

~ We cut over to WWF New York and find the Acolytes tending the bar there while toasting Vince McMahon.

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Undertaker/Kane feud.

  • The Undertaker vs. Kane

Kane debuts his new sleeveless look but still has the same mask. Taker meets Kane on the ramp and they brawl their way to ringside as JR mentions the referee is just going to let them go at it. Taker rams Kane into the ringpost then rolls in the ring and pulls Kane onto the apron. Taker tries to pull Kane’s mask off but Kane snaps Taker’s neck on the top rope. Kane heads in and beats Taker down in a corner then brings in a chair but Taker stops him with a flurry of punches. Taker grabs the chair and whacks Kane in the back with it then tees off on him. Taker again goes for Kane’s mask and manages to rip a piece off before Kane shoves him away. Kane rolls out to the floor and catches Taker with a right hand then rams him repeatedly into the steps. Kane grabs the steps and tries to nail Taker with them but Taker sidesteps him and the steps bounce off the ringpost into Kane’s face. Taker grabs the steps and and throws them into Kane’s head, busting him open before rolling him back in the ring. Kane comes back with a low blow and hammers Taker with a series of right hands then caps off with an uppercut when Taker spears Kane and tees off on him. Taker again goes for the mask and nearly slips it off but Kane gets away and readjusts it. Kane grabs him by the throat but Taker counters with a kick below the belt then throws him to the mat and finally manages to take Kane’s mask off! Kane tries to cover up his exposed face as he bails out to the floor and runs away. Taker poses in the ring with Kane’s mask and apparenlty that’s all, folks. (6:28) That barely quailified as a match, and JR claims there was no starting bell though I heard one. Anyway only notable for giving us the first glimpses at Kane’s face and if you’re wondering his hair was actual hair and not a wig unlike the 2003 unmasking. DUD

~ The announcers remind us of Raw‘s special start time tomorrow night.

~ Backstage Kurt Angle is pacing when he decides to call someone on his cell phone. Elsewhere Stephanie is getting Triple H pumped up for the match when her cell phone rings. Stephanie answers it but claims Linda McMahon is the one calling her (when it’s really Angle if you hadn’t guessed). Triple H asks to talk to “Linda” and Stephanie hands the phone over but “Linda” hangs up on him. Triple H doesn’t understand while Stephanie acts all innocent.

~ A video package is shown highlighting the Rock/Triple H/Kurt Angle feud. You may have noticed we haven’t gotten an interview with Rock to hype his part in the main even or even seen him all show. Just thought I’d point that out since Rock is the one defending the title against Triple H and Angle.

  • WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: The Rock © vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple HNo-DQ Match

JR mentions this match will have no DQ’s or countouts and that Triple H has asked Stephanie to stay in the back. Angle comes out first and gets on the mic saying people are expecting him to apologize for kissing Stephanie. Angle says he is going to apologize…for not doing it a lot sooner. Angle mentions he didn’t win his gold medals for backing down or second-guessing himself and says he’s proud for giving Stephanie the kind of passion Triple H could never give her. Triple H comes out and goes right to work on Angle, not even waiting for The Rock to arrive. Triple H hits a short-arm clothesline and Angle tries to bail out to the floor but TripleH pulls him back in and drops him with a right hand. Triple H stomps Angle down in a corner then shoves down referee Earl Hebner, allowing Angle to come out with a clothesline. Angle hits a clothesline that sends both him and Triple H over the ropes then rams Triple H into the barricade and into the ringsteps. Angle throws Triple H back in the ring but Triple H tosses him over the ropes back out. Triple H goes out and throws Angle into the ringsteps then rams him into the announce table and rolls him onto the Spanish table. Triple H goes up and sets Angle up for a Pedigree … when the table suddenly collapses and both men fall to the floor with Angle taking a vicious bump. As many of you know the table broke before it was supposed to and Angle was legit knocked out. With Angle out of it Triple H pulls out his sledgehammer when The Rock finally makes his way out, reminding us he’s in this match as well.

Triple H readies the sledgehammer as Rock rushes the ring and ducks the shot then gets in the first shots. Rock hits a clothesline followed by a Samoan Drop then whips Triple H and hits an elbow. Triple H rolls out to the floor with Rock behind him and Rock rams Triple H into the steps but Triple H drops Rock onto the announce table. Meanwhile the EMTs are attending to Angle who looks pretty out of it, so basically Rock and Triple H are doing this match on the fly. Triple H rams Rock into the steps before throwing him back in the ring and dropping him with a right hand. Triple H stomps Rock down in a corner and whips him into an elbow then looks out to see Angle getting loaded onto a stretcher. Rock starts to fight back and comes off the ropes but Triple H drops him onto the top rope. Triple H then goes out and stops the EMTs from taking Angle out of the arena before hammering away on Angle. Triple H looks to move the stretcher when Rock comes up and nails him from behind then rams him into the entrance set. Triple H comes back and sets up for a piledriver but Rock counters and catapults Triple H into the set then hits a clothesline. Rock brings Triple H back to ringside and goes for a whip, Triple H reverses him into the apron but Rock comes back with a clothesline then nails Triple H below the belt. We then see Stephanie comimg out to check on Angle before he’s wheeled out to the back. Triple H rams Rock into the ringpost then drops him onto the barricade and caps it off with a clothesline. Triple H throws Rock back in the ring then sees Stephanie at ringside and tells her she’s not supposed to be here. Rock comes back and goes for a whip but Triple H reverses and hits the high knee for a two count. Triple H tells Stephanie to get the championship belt then holds Rock as Stephanie brings the belt in and takes a swing misses and nails Triple H! Rock quickly covers Triple H but only gets a two count as Stephanie rolls out to the floor. Rock grabs Stephanie by the hair but Triple H low blows him form behind while Sgt. Salughter comes out to escort Stephanie to the back as Triple H orders her away. Triple H pops Rock with a right hand and whips him but Rock hits a flying forearm. Triple H comes back with a neckbreaker then brings his sledgehammer in the ring but Rock stops him before he can use it. Rock goes for a whip but Triple H reverses and nails Rock in the chest with the sledgehammer. Hebner takes the sledgehammer away from Triple H and drops it out on the floor. Triple H kicks Rock in his hurt ribs twice and stomps him in the chest then shoulderblocks him in a corner. Rock tries to fight back but his injured chest is affecting him and Rock whips Triple H but lowers the head and Triple H hits the facebuster for a two count. Triple H drives his knee into Rock’s chest and stomps him out to the floor. Triple H goes out and scoops Rock up then rams him back first into the ringpost. Triple H rams Rock into the apron before rolling him back in then works over Rock’s ribs and rams him into a turnbuckle. Rock again fights back but Triple H stops that with a knee to the chest then whips him but lowers the head and Rock hits a swinging neckbreaker. Rock goes for a whip but Triple H reverses it and knees him in the midsection. Triple H climbs to the top rope but Rock cuts him off then goes up and hits a superplex. Both men are down when we suddenly cut to the back and find Stephanie crying to Angle on the stretcher. Stephanie begs Angle to get back in the match and help Triple H and Angle agrees to do it for her.

Back in the ring Rock manages to drape an arm over Triple H but only gets a two count. Rock goes for a whip and Triple H counters with a kick but Rock catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two count. We then look over to see Stephanie dragging Angle back out to the ring as Rock works Triple H over in a corner and goes for the Smackdown but Triple H counters with a right hand. Rock fights back and and goes for a whip but Triple H reverses it and Angle trips Rock from the floor allowing Triple H to hit the Pedigree on Rock! Triple H covers Rock but Angle pulls him out of the ring at two and throws him into the ringsteps. Angle crawls in the ring and covers Rock himself but only gets a two count! Angle lays the boots to Rock and whips him into an elbow for another near fall. Rock again rallies and goes for a whip but Angle reverses and hits a belly-to-belly throw for a near fall. JR then notices that Stephanie has not moved one step to help Triple H. Angle goes for a whip but Rock reverses it and hits his own belly-to-belly throw followed by a DDT but that only gets two. Angle hammers Rock as Triple H makes his way onto the apron and goes for a whip but Rock reverses him into Triple H, knocking him off the apron into the barricade. Rock hits the Rock Bottom on Angle but Triple H pulls Rock out of the ring and throws him into the ringpost. Triple H throws Rock back in the ring and tells Stephanie to fetch the sledgehammer for him. Stephanie slides the sledgehammer in the ring and Triple H goes for it but Angle cuts him off and grabs the hammer himself. Stephanie comes in to stop Angle from using it when Triple H takes a swing at Angle … but misses and decks Stephanie by accident!! Stephanie is KO’ed and Triple H is shocked at what he did when Angle nails him with the sledgehammer and covers him. Rock saves it and throws Angle through the ropes then drops the People’s Elbow on Triple H and covers him, getting the three to retain. (20:09) Pretty good main event despite the unfortunate accident. Rock and Triple H did a great job improvising things while Angle was out and things got better once Angle was able to come back in. And I guess you could say Rock finally slammed the door shut on his issues with Triple H for good. ****

Rock poses with his belt while Triple H and Stephanie are both out in the ring. However as Rock departs, Angle pulls Stephanie from the ring and carries her up the aisle. Angle glares back at Triple H letting him know their fight over Stephanie is far from done as SummerSlam fades to black.

Conclusion: While this is another great SummerSlam card in a string of them, I feel it’s sometimes overrated just a tad. It’s hard to ignore that the first part of the show is pretty subpar, but once you reach the Hardcore title match things kick up with Shane’s famous bump, anthoer great Benoit/Jericho, the still awesome TLC debut and the well-done main event. Another thing is The Rock, the world champion who was defending the title in the main event, was essentially an afterthought in the wake of the Triple H/Angle feud. While the top angle was continued nicely it’s still a soap-opera sotryline overshadowing their world champion. So overall the postives outweigh the negatives and SummerSlam continues the streak of great pay-per-views in 2000.

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