WWF Unforgiven 2000
Sunday, September 24th, 2000
Live from the First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: The Rock (6/25/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Eddie Guerrero (9/04/2000)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: Edge & Christian (6/25/2000)
● WWF European Champion: Al Snow (8/31/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Steve Blackman (8/27/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Lita (8/21/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ Unforgiven comes on the air with an intro video hyping tonight’s two main events as well as Steve Austin’s return. After that Jim Ross welcomes us the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler as they buzz about the card. JR then mentions Shane McMahon claiming on Heat to have video evidence on the person that ran Austin down. We even get a shot of Kevin Kelly in the parking garage eagerly awaiting Austin’s arrival at the building.
- The Dudley Boyz & The Acolytes vs. The Right To Censor
The good guys file out first before Steven Richards leads the RTC out next but gets on the mic saying their actions will speak louder than words because they’re going to fight the good fight tonight in his hometown and it’ll be for the fans’ own good. D’Von and the Goodfather start off for their teams and Goodfather gets in the first shots then whips D’Von who blocks a hiptoss but Goodfather clotheslines him. Goodfather comes off the ropes but misses an elbowdrop and D’Von whips Goodfather and hits the spinning elbow Bubba tags in to take over and goes for a whip, Goodfather reverses him into a corner and goes for the Ho Train but Bubba dodges it and hits a back suplex for a two count. Bubba goes for a whip but Goodfather reverses and hits a backdrop. Bull Buchanan tags in and works Bubba over in a corner then whips him into the other corner but eats a boot and Bubba comes out with a clothesline. Bradshaw tags in and goes for a whip, Buchanan reverses it but lowers the head and Bradshaw clubs his back then follows up with a swinging neckbreaker. Bradshaw whips Buchanan into a corner but Buchanan springs off the top rope and hits a flying clothesline. Val Venis tags in and gets in his shots then whips Bradsahw and hits an elbow followed by an elbowdrop. Bradshaw fights back and whips Val who goes for a crossbody but Bradsahw catches him into the fallaway slam. Faarooq tags in and does his damage on Val then whips him into an elbow before tagging D’Von in to take over. D’Von pounds on Val and goes for a whip, Val reverses it but D’Von comes back with a flying shouldertackle. D’Von goes for another whip but Val reverses it and Richards nails D’Von from behind. So D’Von grabs Richards but Val nails him from behind as well and plants him with a Blue Thunderbomb. Goodfather tags in and hits a back suplex then covers but Bubba makes the save. Val tags back in and slams D’Von then comes off the ropes for an elbowdrop but misses it and D’von makes the tag to Bubba. Bubba nails Val with a clothesline followed by a backdrop then caps it off with the Full Nelson bomb. Gioodfather comes in but runs into a sidewalks slam and Buchanan comes in but Bubba drills him with a DDT. Richards finally comes in and Bubba grabs him for a Full Nelson bomb but Val makes the save for his leader. Val goes for a whip when Bubba counters with a powerslam then covers Val but Goodfather makes the save. The Acolytes clear out the otther RTC’ers and duke it out on the floor leaving the Dudleys with Val in the ring. Bubba places Val on his shoulders as D’Von climbs to the top rope and connects with the Dudleyville Device. Bubba covers Val but Goodfather makes it back in the ring to save it then kicks D’Von out under the ropes. Bubba dumps Goodfather over the ropes but Richards nails him with the Stevenkick and Val covers for the pin. (6:03) Pretty pedistrian match for the opener. *
The RTC’ers continue getting in their licks when D’Von and the Acolytes come back in and clears them out. Bubba keeps Richards from escaping and sets him up while D’Von climbs to the top rope and hits the “Wassup” headbutt. D’Von slides a table in the ring and Bubba sets it up while the Acolytes keep the RTC from saving Richards. Bubba sets Richards up for a powerbomb through the table but the RTC’ers make it in and attack the Dudleys. The Actolyes then come in to clear the RTC’ers back out with Faarooq taking Val out with a spinebuster. Richards finds himself alone in the ring as the Acolytes pound on him and whip him into a double spinesbuter. The others pass Richards over to Bubba as he hops to the top rope and superbombs Richards through the table. That of course doesn’t change the fact that the faces lost the match.
~ Backstage Stephanie McMahon is with Triple H expressing her concern about his injured ribs from Smackdown but Triple H tells her not to worry about it. Triple H says his thing with Kurt Angle will come to an end tonight because he’s going out the to the ring and destroy him. Triple H then asks Stephanie if she’s going to be cool with it and Stephanie promises to support her husband 100% while saying she was wrong when she thought Angle was her friend. Triple H is glad Stephane finally sees it after Angle smashed his ribs with a sledgehammer and forced himself upon her. Triple H asks Stephanie if her “friend” was worth everything they’ve been through and Stephanie is left to ponder this.
- Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Tazz – Strap Match
Match can be won pinfall, submssion, or dragging your opponent and touching all four corners in succession. Once both men are attached to the strap Tazz yanks Lawler down and stomps him then hits a T-bone Tazplex. Tazz throws Lawler through the ropes then goes out and starts choking away on him with the strap again while having words with JR. The referee separates them and Lawler chokes Tazz with the strap in return then whips him with the strap as they climb in the ring. Lawler chokes Tazz with the strap until Tazz low blows him and gets in some whipping of his own. Tazz stomps away at Lawler in a corner and snampares him to the mat and continues whipping and choking Lawler with the strap. Lawler fights back and drops Tazz with a right then then drills Tazz with a piledriver but Tazz pops right up since this match isn’t being held in Memphis. Lawler hits Tazz with another piledriver but Tazz no-sells it again. Lawler drills Tazz with a third piledriver and Tazz quickly gets to his feet again but then collapses to the mat. Lawler starts slapping the turnbuckles and gets three of them when Tazz stops him. Lawler tries to hang Tazz over his shoulder with the strap and Tazz tries to fight it and ends up kicking the referee over but Lawler doesn’t see it happening behind him. Lawler continues to try and hang Tazz over his shoulder … when we suddenly see Raven coming in the ring!! Lawler finally notices Raven just before Raven drills him with an Evenflow DDT and the crowd pops huge for it. Raven slips away as Tazz slaps the Tazzmission on the unconcious Lawler and the referee declares him out. (5:04) The other referees come in to try to pull Tazz off Lawler while JR is crying foul at Raven’s intrusion since Raven “isn’t on the WWF roster”. Nothing match that was used to bring Raven in the WWF which the crowd popped for. I also don’t see why Tazz needed help to beat Lawler since it didn’t do much to get his heat back. *
~ Backstage we find Steve Blackman preparing for the Hardcore Invitational which JR says is coming up next.
~ We then check in on Kevin Kelly who gets excited as Steve Austin pulls into the garage in his 3:16 pickup and asks him how’s he doing. Austin responds by saying he’s the one asking the questions tonight then throws Kevin against a garage door and drops some pipes on him before leaving him laying.
~ Out in the arena Michael Cole replaces Lawler at the commentary table as JR talks about Austin’s interrogation.
- WWF HARDCORE TITLE: Steve Blackman © vs. Al Snow vs. Crash vs. Test (w/Trish) vs. Perry Saturn (w/Terri) vs. Funaki – Hardcore Invitational
The match will go for 10 minutes with any number of title changes and the last guy holding the title wins. Basically it’s the Wrestlemania Hardcore battle royal only with less people and a shorter time limit. Plus JR mentions Mick Foley has waived the 24/7 rule for this match, at least until the following night on Raw. Snow also reminds us he’s the European Champion as he makes his way out while representing Italy tonight and gives the announcers a pizza and a picture of Tony Danza. Blackman comes out last as Crash goes to meet him with a trash lid but Blackman catches him with a superkick. Blackman continues on when Saturn dives through the ropes but Blackman nails him in mid-air with the lid. Test press slams Funaki onto Blackman on the floor then throws him in the ring but Blackman quickly fights back. Blackman goes for a whip when Test counters with a gutwrench slam then covers him but Snow makes the save. Snow the covers Blackman himself but Crash breaks it up with a roadsign then goes for the cover as well when Saturn breaks that up and flapjacks Crash Saturn hits Blackman with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Blackman nails Funaki with a lid and tosses him through the ropes then goes out with Crash right behind him. Blackman drops Crash onto the barricade as Saturn superkicks Test in the ring while Snow grabs Head. However Terri grabs Head away and tosses it to Saturn who swings at Snow but misses him and nails Trish. Test responds by taking Head from Saturn and swinging it at him, missing him and nailing Terri off the apron. Snow takes head back when Test moves in for a big boot but Snow dodges it and Saturn takes the hit instead. Snow waffles Test with Head when Blackman comes back in and whips him but Snow nails him below the belt. Crash climbs to the top rope and connects with a huricanrana on Snow. Funaki also climbs to the top rope and hits a flying crossbody on Blackman for a near fall then helps Crash clothesline Snow over the ropes. Test misses with a boot and straddles himself on the top rope then Crash and Funaki whip Blackman into him. Both guys dropkick Blackman over the ropes then celebrate when Funaki attacks Crash to end that partnership. Funaki tosses Crash through the ropes but Snow pulls Funaki out and everyone is going at it on the floor. Saturn hits an Asai moonsault on Snow and Funaki while Blackman works over Test who eventually fights back. Saturn holds Funaki for a slap from Terri while Snow and Crash are in the ring with Snow using a butterfly net. Saturn and Funaki fight to the back as Test goes to whip Blackman but Blackman reverses him into the barrier. Blackman grabs a trash can when Test boots it into his face but Crash hammers away on Test with a trash lid. Crash then goes out and covers Blackman on the floor and gets the three for our first title change. (3:54) Crash grabs the belt and runs up the stage celebratiing his 11th title win, forgetting the match still has six minutes to go. Saturn comes out to the stage and waffles Crash with a trash can then covers him for out next title change. (4:06) So Saturn wins his second Hardcore title as well.
Saturn has Terri hold his new belt for him when Snow runs up and whacks Saturn in the head with a trash lid and covers but only gets a two count. Blackman and Funkai hammer snow with their trash lids when Blackman hits Funaki with a can. Saturn whips Blackman into the bleachers and Snow helps with a double-team and Everyone then fights in the crowd for a few minutes before they spill over the barricade back to ringside. Saturn heads in the ring with a kendo stick in hand and Blackman responds by pulling out his fighting sticks while Snow hits Test with a pizza box. Blackman heads in the ring and works Saturn over with his sticks. Snow goes in as well but Blackman takes him out with the sticks then hits Saturn with a stick-assisted suplex. Blackman then grabs the kendo stick and whacks Saturn with it then catches Snow coming in with a road sign. Crash comes in with a chair while Funaki grabs the fighting sticks but Blackman takes them both down as well. Blackman nails Saturn with the kendo stick one more time then covers and gets the three to regain the title. (9:01) Blackman takes the belt and starts to walk up the ramp, hoping to run out the clock with his title intact. However the other guys chase after Blackman on the ramp and gang up on him, hoping to get the last pinfall. Everyone goes for pins but the others keep breaking it up until time runs out and Blackman emerges victorious. (10:00) Blackman walks off as a three-time Hardcore Champion while the rest are left disappointed. The Wrestlemania match had some fun chaotic moments. This, however, was a 10-minute snoozefest. DUD
~ Backstage Kurt Angle is talking with some backstage guys about his medals when he bumps into Steve Austin and introduces himself. Angle wants to present Austin with an honorary gold medal in honor of his comeback, while pointing out Austin’s medal isn’t as big as his Olympic gold medals since Austin didn’t really earn it. Austin thanks Angle for his gift by beating him down and leaving him laying while throwing his honoraray medal away. The first of many memorable moments between these two guys.
- Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac
After so many defeats can Jericho finally get a clean win over X-Pac? And how ironic is it that Jericho made his WWF PPV debut a year earlier at this same event against this same opponent. Jericho rushes the ring ready to go but X-Pac bails out to the floor and stalls before coming back in. Both men lockup to start and jockey for position before ending up and corner where Jericho gets the first shots. Jericho applies a headlock and X-Pac shoves him into the ropes but Jericho comes back with a shoulderblock. X-Pac slaps on his own headlock and Jericho shoves him away but X-Pac connects with his shoulderblock. X-Pac comes off the ropes and blocks a hiptoss then goes through his moves when Jericho chops him down. Jericho whips X-Pac into a corner and clotheslines him then wails away on him with forearms and chops. Jericho whips X-Pac into the other corner and charges at him but X-Pac sidesteps it. X-Pac kicks Jericho down and goes to hit the Bronco Busters when Jericho cuts him down with a clothesline. Jericho goes for a whip, X-Pac reverses it but Jericho comes back with a spinning heelkick that sends X-Pac rolling out to the apron. Jericho then goes for the springboard dropkick but X-Pac shoves him off the top rope and into the barricade. X-Pac slings himself over the ropes into a plancha on Jericho then throws him across the announce table and whips him into timekeeper Mark Yeaton. X-Pac heads in the ring to pose as Jericho tries to recover but X-Pac nails him with a baseball slide. X-Pac pulls Jericho back in the ring when Jericho starts to fight back again and goes for a whip but X-Pac reverses it and connects with his own spinning heelkick that gets a two count.
X-Pac applies a chinlock and Jericho fights out when X-Pac goes for a whip. Jericho reverses into a corner and comes off the ropes for the bulldog but X-Pac leaps on Jericho’s back and slaps on a sleeperhold. Jericho fights out of that and whips X-Pac then gets his own sleeper but X-Pac counters it with a back suplex. X-Pac chokes Jericho down in a corner repeatedly then goes for the Bronco Buster again and gets it this time. X-Pac poses on the turnbuckles when Jericho grabs him into a powerbomb and both men try to get to their feet. X-Pac goes for a spinkick but Jericho blocks it and hits a clothesline. Jericho goes for a whip, X-Pac reverses but Jericho hits a flying forearm for a near fall. Jericho beats X-Pac down in a corner and hits his own Bronco Buster. Jericho whips X-Pac into the other corner and charges but X-Pac dodges it and Jericho runs into the buckles. X-Pac brings some nunchucks in the ring then takes a swing but misses and Jericho rolls him up for a near fall. Jericho goes for a whip when X-Pac reverses him into a corner. Jericho lifts himself up and over X-Pac then grabs him when X-Pac kicks Jericho below the belt and hits the X-Factor … but only gets two! X-Pac whips Jericho and goes for a leapfrog but Jericho powerbombs him then puts him in the Walls of Jericho. X-Pac inches over and grabs the bottom rope but Jericho pulls him back and releases him before the five count. Jericho argues with the referee when turns back as X-Pac nails him with the spinkick and gets a near fall. X-Pac whips Jericho but Jericho fakes him out and boots him in the head then follows it up with the bulldog. Jericho then goes for the Lionsault but X-Pac gets his knees up to block it. X-Pac then hops to the middle rope and leaps off looking for a dropkick but Jericho catches his legs and puts him back in the Walls of Jericho! X-Pac tries to hold on but taps out, finally giving Jericho his clear victory. (9:04) Good match and nice seeing Jericho go over X-Pac for a change, though it doesn’t erase the fact that Jericho already jobbed so many times to him. ***
Jericho doesn’t immediately release the hold so the referee starts calling in some extra help when Jericho finally lets go. Howeber X-Pac brings his nunchucks back in the ring and nails Jericho from behind. X-Pac gets in a few more shots with the nunchucks as Jerihco rolls out to the floor. So Jericho finally got a clean win over X-Pac yet X-Pac just had to ruin his moment and ensure it’s his music that plays us out. Whatever.
~ Backstage Kurt Angle visits Mick Foley in his office and complains about Steve Austin attacking him earlier. Angle says he’s not 100% but is still ready to go, mentioning how he competed in the Olympics with a head cold. Foley tells Angle he’s not interested in his ailments, he only wants to see him and Triple H tear each other apart. Foley also reminds Angle about attacking Triple H with a sledgehammer so he’s making his match no-disqualification.
~ Elsewhere backstage The Rock is preparing for his match when Steve Austin walks in. The two of them have a staredown when Rock offers a hand to welcome Austin back and Austin shakes it. Austin then gets down to his business at hand and mentions it was Rock’s rental car that ran him down last November so he feels Rock might know who drove it. Rock says a number of guys were in and out of the lockerroom and anyone could have gotten his keys out of his bag. At that point Just Joe comes in and introduces him to Austin then claims to have some important information for him. However Austin isn’t interested and gives Joe a beating as well then throws him out the door and departs.
- WWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: Edge & Christian © vs. The Hardy Boyz – Steel Cage Match
This match can be won by pinfall or both members escaping the cage and once you’re out you can’t go back in. E&C are out first followed by the Hardys who go right to work on E&C but the tag champs get the early advantage on them. Edge works over Matt while Christian plants Jeff with a Slop Drop already and gets a two count out of it. Matt fights back against Edge and nails him a DDT then goes over and helps Jeff double-team Christian. The Hardys whip Christian and hit a double elbow followed by their combo move and Jeff covers him for a near fall. Jeff takes Edge down by the legs and the Hardys hit their combo legdrop then rams Christian into the cage wall. Christian is left sitting on the top rope when Matt drops to the mat and Jeff connects with Poetry in Motion. Matt and Jeff start climbing the wall to the top when E&C try to stop them and they duke it out on the ropes. Jeff fights Christian off and climbs to the top of the cage when he looks down and sees Christian on the mat. Jeff readies for the Swanton Bomb when Edge rams him into the wall but Jeff drops over the top and to the floor. That means the Hardys are halfway home but that also means Matt is now facing a 2-on-1 situation in the cage. Edge brags about what he set up for his team when Matt bumps the ropes causing Edge to straddle the top rope. Matt decks Christian with a discus punch and rams him into the wall then caps it off with the Twist of Fate. Matt covers Christian but Edge breaks it up then lays the boots to him. Matt starts fighting back again as Christian starts climbing the wall but Matt pulls him onto the buckles then catapults Edge into his partner. Christian ends up in a tree of woe while Matt ties Edge up in the ropes and starts climbing up the cage wall and reaches the top. Before Matt can go over E&C get themselves freed then go up the ropes and superplex Matt back in the cage. All three men are down when Edge and Christian each drape an arm over Matt but only get a two count out of it. E&C scoops Matt up and rams him into the wall. Jeff tries to climb back in the cage but Edge kicks him off and helps Christian double-team Matt. Jeff tries again to get back in the cage but falls when E&C ram Matt into him. E&C then whip Matt and flapjack him onto the ropes. Jeff tries once more to climb back in to help his brother and Jeff reaches the top but Christian knocks him back down to the floor then continues the double-team on Matt. So Jeff shoves the ouitside referee into the cage then grabs his key and manages to unlock the cage door.
Jeff tries to go in with a chair in hand but Christian cuts him off and rams the door on him then takes the chair. Edge presses Matt into the wall while Christian goes out through the door and brings a second chair in the ring then locks the door back up and Edge even takes the key away to ensure Jeff can’t come to Matt’s aid. Edge drops to the mat and Christian launches off him hitting a flying crossbody on Matt who’s now busted open. E&C each grab a chair and look to hit Matt with the ConChairto but Matt ducks it and clotheslines both guys. Matt starts climbing the wall and reaches the top but E&C also go up and Edge stops Matt from going over. Christian goes over the top and down the wall then Jeff throws a ladder at him causing him to fall to the floor. Still one-half of each team made it out of the cage leaving Matt and Edge one-on-one to decide this thing. Edge bulldogs Matt off the ropes and both men are down while Jeff climbs up the ladder. Edge tries to kick Jeff off the ladder but fails so he goes up to try and keep Jeff from coming in the cage. Matt suplexes Edge off the ropes while Jeff reaches the top then off and “hits” Edge with a crokscrew moonsault and all three men are down. Christian climbs the ladder but Lita comes out and stops Christian with a low blow then climbs up the cage and pulls Christian off with a huricanrana. Edge grabs a chair and throws it right into Jeff’s face then tries climbing the wall again. Edge reaches the top but the Hardys chase after Edge with chairs in hand and nail him with their own ConChairto. Edge falls to the mat while Matt and Jeff both climb down and reach the ground, finally winning their second Tag Team titles! (13:31) Good match with some nice spots but felt too much like a handicap match with Jeff outside the cage for most of it. ***
~ We then get a commercial reminding us that Raw is going to be premiering on TNN tomorrow night.
~ Backstage Stephanie is filing her nails when she gets a visit from Steve Austin who asks her where Triple H is. Stephanie says Triple H is speaking with Mick Foley right now then talks about how great it is to have him back. Stpehanie also tells Austin she’s been holding onto something and gives him the hat he wore the night he was run over. Austin sarcastically thanks Stephanie that he got his hat back instead of actually finding the guilty person that did it. Stephanie then mentions that Shane knows who ran him over and even has actually video evidence to back his claim up so Austin should just talk to him but Austin reminds her how he doesn’t trust anyone around the WWF.
~ Elsewhere we find Triple H meeting with Mick Foley and talking about the two of them bonding in recent weeks. Triple H says he wants to destroy Kurt Angle the way he did Foley and wants him to call the match down the middle. Foley reminds Triple H the match is no-DQ so he doesn’t care what happens out there, he’s just there to count the pin.
~ Out in the arena Jerry Lawler comes back out to reclaim his seat at the announce table from Michael Cole.
~ We then get a video package highlighting the Eddie Guerrero/Chyna relationship and his feud with Rikishi.
- WWF INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE: Eddie Guerrero © (w/Chyna) vs. Rikishi
Eddie gets in the first shots but they have no effect when Rikishi whips him and hits him with a clothesline. Rikishi tosses Eddie over the ropes then goes out and throws him into the steps before tossing him back in. Rikishi whips Eddie and lowers the head when Eddie goes for a Sunset Flip but as usual can’t get him over. Rikishi goes for the sitdown splash but Eddie escapes it then bails out to the floor. Eddie decides he’s had enough and grabs Chyna to walk out when Chyna tries to convince him to have the guts to go back in. Eddie isn’t having it so Chyna throws him back in the ring herself and Rikishi greets him with some right hands. Rikishi whips Eddie and hits a backdrop then whips him into a corner and clotheslines him down to the mat. Rikishi moves in for the stinkface but Chyna pulls Eddie out to safety. Rikishi goes out to confront Chyna when Eddie shoves her at him and Chyna stops before she runs into him. Rikishi continues asking Chyna what’s up while Eddie climbs to the top rope and hits a flying crossbody. Eddie rams Rikishi into the steps befroe rolling him back in the ring. Eddie climbs to the top rope again and goes for the Frogsplash but misses and Rikishi squashes him with the running butt splash in a corner. Eddie floats over Rikishi and goes for a whip but can’t budge Rikishi who hits a version of a Diamond Cutter. Rikishi follows up with a Samaon Drop then climbs up the ropes and connects with the Banzai Drop on Eddie. The referee counts when Chyna comes in begging him not to reach three … and that saves Eddie? Huh? Rikishi is not happy with Chyna as she leaves the ring so he goes out after her and confronts her on the floor. Rikishi throws Chyna back in the ring and the two of them continue arguing when Rikishi shoves Chyna down and superkicks her and the referee calls for the bell. (6:03) Rikishi drags Chyna to a corner and hits the Banzai Drop on her then leaves her and Eddie laying in the ring. That was a horrible match with some confusing booking. How does Rikishi superkicking Chyna result in a DQ? Or for that matter how can Chyna just ask the referee not to count Eddie out? Eddie and Chyna revive but Eddie first heads out to grab his IC belt before tending to Chyna. DUD
~ Backstage Johnathan Coachman intervies Undertaker about anyone being able to pin anyone in the WWF title match. Taker says he set Rock, Kane and Benoit up to be humbled by him while he set himself up to be WWF Champion again. Taker feels while he was away that people have forgotten that the ring is his yard and he’s the dog who runs it. Taker then says his opponents are going to take a ride tonight and they better hope it’s not their last ride.
~ Elsewhere Kurt Angle is fretting about the no-DQ match, Steve Austin’s attack and Stephanie being mad at him when Trish Stratus then comes up looking to comfort him. Trish offers to be there for Angle if he needs anyone to talk to and
Angle suddenly gets an inspiration and runs off leaving Trish a little bit puzzled.
~ A video package is shown highlighting the Kurt Angle/Triple H feud over Stephanie.
- Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon) vs. Kurt Angle – No-Disqualification Match
All the months of build between these two have finally led to this moment. Mick Foley is out first to act as special referee as we see MTV personality DJ Skribble in the front row. Anybody remember when Skribble was one of the co-hosts the first few weeks of Heat’s MTV run? Didn’t think so. Anyway Angle comes out next and gets on the mic saying today is Stephanie’s birthday so he sings “Happy Birthday”. The Hemlseys hit the ring last with Triple H’s ribs taped up from the sledgehammer attack on Smackdown. Both men lockup to start but Angle knees Triple H in his bad ribs then kicks at them to get the advantage. Angle goes for a whip but Triple H counters with a short-arm clothesline then manages to get in his shots. Triple H whips Angle and hits an elbow then whips him again but lowers the head and Angle kicks the face. Angle charges but Triple H backdrops him over the ropes then goes out and rams him into the announce table. Triple H throws Angle right into Howard Finkel and rams him into the steps as Stephanie appluads her husband. Triple H clears off the Spanish table when Angle starts to fight back but Triple H quickly regains control and throws him into the barricade. Triple H goes for a whip but Angle reverses him ribs-first into the barricade and hits a clothesline. Angle throws Triple H back in the ring but Triple H spears him and unloads on him. Triple H stomps Angle down in a corner goes for a whip, Angle reverses into the other corner but eats a boot. Triple H hops to the middle rope and leaps off but Angle catches him into an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Angle stomps Triple H down in a corner and chokes him and Triple H tries to kick back but Angle stops that and continues his assault. Angle whips Triple H but Triple H comes back with a DDT that gets a two count. Triple H argues with Foley about the count when Angle shoves him into Foley then hits a bridge suplex for two.
Angle gets in Foley’s face and shoves him but Foley shoves him back and tells him he won’t be pushed around. Triple H rallies back but Angle counters with a back suplex then covers him but Triple H rakes his face to escape. Angle works Triple H over and hits a snap suplex for a two count then kicks away at the hurt rubs in a corner. Triple H fights back again and stomps Angle down then whips him into a corner and struggles to hit a snapmare so he turns it into a neckbreaker. Triple H whips Angle again and connects with the high knee followed by a suplex. Triple H hits a kneedrop to the face then goes for a whip but Angle reverses and sends Triple H over the ropes. Angle goes out and rams Triple H into the table then goes for a whip but Triple H sends him into the steps. Angle comes back and goes for a suplex but Triple H blocks it before hitting his own suplex onto the floor. Triple H whacks Angle in the back with a chair and rolls him on the announce table. Triple H sets up for a Pedigree but Angle hits a low blow then tosses Triple H over through the Spanish table with a belly-to-belly suplex! Stephanie checks on Triple H as Angle demands Foley count him out but Foley says it’s not ending like that. Angle rolls Triple H back in the ring and shoulderblocks him in his bad ribs then whips him hard into a corner and elbowdrops the ribs. Angle hits a baseball slide to the ribs that also knocks Triple H under the ropes. Angle throws Triple H back in the ring and stomps away at the ribs as we see Triple H bleeding from the mouth. Angle goes for another shoulderblock but Triple H sidesteps and Angle runs his shoulder into the ringpost. Triple H tries fighting back again but Angle stops that with a knee to the ribs. Angle sets Triple H on the top rope then goes up himself and hits a belly-to-belly superplex but only gets a two count and he is shocked. Angle whips Triple H and applies an Abdominal stretch while pounding on the ribs and Triple H begins to fade. Foley goes to check the arm and it drops once, twice, but Triple H keeps it up and escapes with a hiptoss. However Angle quickly elbowdrops the ribs then climbs to the top rope and goes for a moonsault but misses it. Triple H tries to fight back with one arm and goes for a whip, Angle revereses it but Triple H hits the facebuster. Triple H is able to hit Angle with a Pedigree using one arm and both men are down as Stephanie applauds. However Triple H calls Stephanie in the ring and demands that she now choose between him and her friend but Stephanie isn’t sure she wants to. Triple H insists so Stephanie … reluctantly kicks Angle below the belt. Triple H then drills Angle with a second Pedigree then covers as Foley counts the three for the win. (17:41) Disappointing match considering all the build to it. The action was boring and sluggish when it should have been an intense battle. Plus Angle winning would have really established him as the next big heel, especially with his big moment next month. **½
Stephanie applauds Triple H’s victory and tends to him while looking like she might be regretting her choice. Stephanie also hovers over Angle when Triple H gives her an aggressive bloody kiss to rub it in Angle’s face. Well that ending doesn’t leave you feeling this issue is settled.
~ We cut over to WWF New York and Too Cool holding a dance party with the fans in attendance.
~ Back in the arena Shane McMahon makes his way to the ring to perhaps reveal who ran Steve Austin down. Shane gets on the mic and seems disappointed Austin didn’t immediately come to him for the answer to the mystery so he now has to stand in the ring and call out the culprit who he says has a history of vehicular assaults. Shane points to the TitanTron and shows a clip of Steve Blackman running down Ken Shamrock with a car last year, feeling it proves that Steve Blackman is the one who ran down Austin with the car at the Survivor Series. Blackman makes his way out and chases Shane from the ring when Steve Austin comes out to his new theme music and confronts Blackman who denies his guilt. Blackman wants to get at Shane when Austin takes him out with a Stunner. Shane happily kicks Blackman out of the ring then brings in a cooler of beer and offers to celebrate with Austin as the two chug the beer. Shane soon notices Austin glaring at him with his angry eyes and quickly realizes Austin isn’t buying his story as Austin hits him with a Stunner and Shane spews the beer. Shane tries to get back up but Austin hits him with a second Stunner followed by a third Stunner for good measure. Shane tries to get back up but Austin hits him with a second Stunner followed by a third Stunner for good measure. Austin then leaves the ring having absolved Blackman of the crime but that still leaves the mystery of who did it. Not that Austin Stunning Shane to a pulp isn’t funny, but what was the point of this segment?
~ A video package is shown highlighting the Rock/Kane/Undertaker/Chris Benoit issue leading to the fatal fourway. After that Michael Cole interviews Rock for his thoughts on the match and Rock starts off with “Finally” as usual. Rock then makes fun of what his opponents want and says he’s retaining his title tonight, if you smell and so on. Nothing you haven’t heard before.
- WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: The Rock © vs. The Undertaker vs. Kane vs. Chris Benoit
The participants file out as a group of referees try to keep them apart until the match is ready to start. Once the referees clear out all four men pair off to start, Benoit against Taker and Rock against Kane. Taker and Rock both fight back against their respective opponents and Rock whips Kane and hits an elbow. Taker beats Benoit down in a corner then turns and stares Rock down as Rock tells him to just bring it. Before anything can happen Kane and Benoit nail them from behind then trade opponents and work them over. Benoit stomps Rock out ot the floor then goes out after him leaving Kane and Taker to duke it out in the ring. Benoit brawls with Rock through the crowd when Rock starts fighting back and rams Benoit into the barricade. Kane clotheslines Taker then climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying clothesline for a near fall. Rock pops Benoit over the barrier and chokes him with a cable but Benoit rams Rock into the announce table. Taker comes off the ropes with a flying clothesline then whips Kane and hits a boot but only gets a two count. Benoit finally climbs back in the ring and takes over on Taker and the two of them head out to fight on the floor. Kane brings Rock in the ring then goes for a whip but Rock counters with a Samon Drop for a two count. Rock comes off the ropes but Kane plants him with a powerslam for a near fall then chokes him on the mat. Kane pounds on Rock in a corner while Benoit throws Taker into the post but Taker drops him onto the barrier. Kane whips Rock and clotheslines him when Taker comes back in the ring and helps Rock double-team Kane. Rock and Taker whip Kane and hit an elbow then clothesline him over the ropes but Kane lands on his feet. Rock and Taker decide to fight and Rock gets in the first shots then whips him into a corner but eats an elbow. Taker pummels Rock and pops him over the ropes then snapmares him back in and hits a sidewalk slam for two. Taker grabs Rock’s arm and walks along the top rope but before he can leap off Rock yanks him off to the mat. Rock clotheslines Taker over the ropes when Kane comes in and clotheslines him down then signals for the end. Kane scoops Rock onto his shoulder but Rock slips out and shoves him into Earl Hebner, knocking him out. Rock drills Kane with a DDT and covers but Hebner is still out. Taker bring a chair in the ring and whacks Rock in the head with it but Benoit brings his own chair in and nails Taker in the face. Benoit covers Taker who gets his foot on the rope but Hebner revives and counts 1..2..3!! Benoit wins the title!! Benoit takes the belt and celebrates in the aisle … but turns to see Commissioner Mick Foley coming out. Foley takes the belt from Benoit and tells him that he’s restarting the match, just like he did at Fully Loaded. Yes, this is now twice that Benoit has won the title only to have his win taken off the board by Mick Foley.
Anyway the bell rings and Benoit turns back only to find Rock, Taker and Kane waiting for him. Rock strikes first and rams Benoit into the entrance set and Taker and Kane get in their shots as well. Kane then turns and goes after Rock while Taker throws Benoit in the ring and nails him with an elbowdrop. Taker covers Benoit but Rock pulls him out then tries to go back in himself but Kane pulls him out as well. Taker heads in and Benoit kicks away at him in a corner when Kane comes in and helps out with a double-team. Kane then turns on Benoit and goes after Taker but Benoit low blows him and all three men are reeling. Rock pulls Taker out to the floor and rams him into the apron then rams part of the steps into Taker’s head. Benoit clotheslines Kane over the ropes then attacks Rock as he climbs back in and hammers him with chops. Benoit goes for a whip but Rock reverses it and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex that gets a near fall. Benoit hits Rock with a German suplex then holds on for a second suplex then htis a bridge suplex for a two count. Benoit plants Rock with a back suplex then climbs to the top rope and connects with the diving headbutt. However Benoit can’t cover immediately and only gets two so Rock comes back with a Crossface on Benoit. Benoit looks ready to tap but Taker makes it back in to break it up then clotheslines Rock over the ropes. Kane comes in and chokeslams Taker but Benoit saves it so Kane grabs Benoit then catches Rock with a boot. Kane comes off the ropes but Rock catches him with a spinebuster then readies to hit the People’s Elbow but Benoit interupts him with a clothesline. Rock knocks Benoit over the ropes with the Smackdown but Taker nails Rock with the Last Ride. Taker covers Rock but Kane saves it and clotheslines Taker over the ropes. Taker pulls Kane out to the floor and pounds on him when Benoit comes up and lays both guys out with a chair. Benoit goes in the ring and slaps the Crossface on Rock and Rock looks ready to submit but Taker saves it and chokeslams Benoit. Taker covers Benoit but Kane pulls Taker out to the floor and those two fight it out again. Taker gets the advantage on Kane then looks back in the ring just as Rock plants Benoit with a Rock Bottom. Rock covers Benoit as Taker tries to save it but Kane holds him back as Rock gets the three to retain. (16:03) Decent main event that started out slow and has the usual four-way action but got better as it went along, especially when it focused on Rock and Benoit. This really should have been Rock vs. Benoit or Rock vs. Kane since Taker didn’t add anything to the action. **½
Conclusion: The WWF has officially hit the doldrums as weeks of mediocre television is capped off by a pretty weak pay-per-view. Half the matches weren’t that great and the booking led to many storylines not getting the finishes they should have. In fact the only real lasting developments coming from this show were the Hardys’ title win and Raven’s debut. There is some good wrestling to be found, especially in cage match and the main event, but the overall feel of the supercard comes off as a bit flat and stymes the great momentum the company had through much of 2000. A very disappointing show to take us into the TNN era.