WWF No Mercy 2000
WWF NO MERCY
Sunday, October 22nd, 2000
Live from the Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY
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: The Hardy Boyz (9/24/2000)
● WWF European Champion: William Regal (10/16/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Steve Blackman (9/24/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Lita (8/21/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ No Mercy comes on the air with an intro video of Steve Austin talking about what he’s going to do to Rikishi tonight. After the intro Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler and mentions Steve Austin has yet to arrive at the arena so they’re anxiously awaiting him.
- Dudley Boyz Tables Invitational Match
This is basically a tag team turmoil match only the teams advance by driving their opponents through tables. The participants include Too Cool, Lo Down, Tazz & Raven, The Dudleys and Goodfather & Bull Buchanan. Edge & Christian were originally scheduled to participate but dropped out on Heat due to “food poisoning”, or at least that’s the story they’re sticking to.
Too Cool is out first followed by Lo Down who are probably thrilled just to be on pay-per-view. Chaz & D’Lo Brown start pounding on Too Cool right away and Chaz whips Scotty 2 Hotty hard into a corner then grabs a table but Scotty nails him from behind. Scotty works Chaz over while Grandmaster Sexay handles D’Lo then hops to the middle rope and connects with a missile dropkick. Chaz jabs Scotty with a table then drapes him on it while D’Lo low blows Sexay. Scotty slips off the table but gets jabbed with the other table and Chaz suplexes him. D’Lo tries a suplex on Sexay but Sexay counters with his own suplex. Chaz whips Scotty into a corner and charges but Scotty sidesteps him and lowblows him with a table. Scotty lays Chaz on the table then climbs to the top rope but Chaz bumps his leg causing him to straddle the turnbuckle. D’Lo hits the Sexay with the Sky High places him on a table then climbs to the top rope in the other corner. Chaz sets Scotty up for a superplex but Scotty shoves him off and he crashes right through a table. D’Lo goes for the Lo Down but Sexay moves and D’Lo crashes through the other table as well and that takes care of Lo Down. (3:54) Thanks for coming, guys.
Tazz & Raven are out as Team #3, bringing their own table out with them which they set up at ringside. Too Cool catches both men with baseball slides then head out and double-team Raven, knocking him onto a table. Scotty climbs onto the apron but Tazz grabs him with the Tazzmission and pulls him in the ring. Sexay goes in to make the save, allowing Raven to recover and climb in as well. Too Cool hits a double clothesline on Tazz and does the same to Raven but Tazz plants Scotty with an overhead Tazplex. Raven whips Sexay into a corner and hits a clothesline then follows up with the running bulldog. Tazz kicks Scotty out to the floor then goes out and beats him down on the floor. Raven sets a table up in the ring and Sexay rams him into it but Tazz pops him with a right hand. Tazz and Raven set Sexay up for a suplex over the ropes though the table but Sexay blocks it while Scotty pulls Tazz off the apron. Sexay tries to Sunset Flip Raven through the table but ends up breaking the table with his legs while Raven holds onto the ropes. Whoops. Tazz breaks it up and eventually all four men are back in the ring. Raven goes for a whip but Scotty reverses and comes off the ropes with the bulldog. Scotty then goes for the Worm and wiggles under the table in the ring before hitting the chop. Tazz throws Sexay into the ropes then he and Raven both suplex Scotty through the table, taking Too Cool out of the match. (7:41) Let’s keep it moving, guys.
The Dudley Boyz come out as Team #4 with their own table and rush the ring, pairing off with their opponents. Raven and Tazz try to whip the Dudleys into each other but Bubba reverses and whips Raven into D’Von. Bubba plants Tazz with the Full Nelson bomb then slams Raven and sets him up while D’Von goes to the top rope and hits the “Wassup” headbutt. Bubba sends D’Von to fetch a table and the Dudleys set it up in the ring but Tazz catches Bubba with a T-bone Tazplex. D’Von clotheslines Tazz and Raven tries to whip him but D’Von counters and rams Raven into a turnbuckle. Raven eats an elbow then goes for a suplex but D’Von counters into his own suplex. Bubba sets the table back up then nails Tazz from behind and lays him acrss the table. D’Von climbs to the top and legdrops Tazz through the table to eliminate him and Raven. (9:38) Just one more to go.
Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather come out as the last team, carrying their own table as well. Buchanan works over Bubba in a corner while D’Von whips Goodfather and hits a spinning elbow. D’von goes for another whip but Goodfather counters with a short-arm clothesline. Goodfather charges at D’Von but D’Von ducks and Goodfather flies over the ropes. Goodfather pulls D’Von out of the ring and brawls with him while Buchanan clotheslines Bubba then and slides a pair of tables in the ring. Bubba goes for the Full nelson bomb but Buchanan counters with a kick below the belt. Buchanan takes a swing at Bubba and misses him but nails the referee, knocking him out. Goodfather rams D’Von into the ringsteps while Buchanan unloads on Bubba in a corner Buchanan goes up to the hit the count-along punches but Bubba interupts him with a low blow. Bubba powerbombs Buchanan through a table for the win but the referee is still out and doesn’t see it. Goodfather whacks Bubba with a chair and Bubba falls into the broken table while Goodfather then rolls Buchanan away. The referee revives and sees Bubba in the table wreckage then makes an assumption and declares the Right To Censor members the winners. However a second referee comes in and tells him what really happened so he restarts the match. D’Von goes for a whip, Goodfather reverses him into a corner and goes for the Ho Trian but D’Von sidesteps. The Dudleys quickly set up a table and drive Goodfather through it with the 3D for the real win. (14:38) I believe this is the Dudley’s first tables match victory on pay-per-view. Pretty harmless stuff for the most part that got a bunch of guys a pay-per-view payday. I dont get why they needed to protect the RTC guys with a false finish, though. *½
~ Backstage Trish Stratus is talking with Test and Albert about their match tonight.
~ Elswhere Rikishi is backstage waiting for Steve Austin to arrive with a sledgehammer in hand as JR and Lawler are still wondering where Austin could possibly be.
- Lita & The Acolytes vs. T & A and Trish Stratus
This match was added to the card earlier on Heat after everything between these two sides over the past week. Lita makes her way to the ring first and awaits her partners but the Acolytes never show up. We then cut to the back and find that Test and Albert have laid Bradshaw out underneath a filing cabinet. Faarooq tries to fight them off but Albert rams an anvil case into his knee and Test bashes him with a tire iron. Test and Albert then drop an anvil case on Faarooq’s knee and the Acolytes are left laying as they head out. Lita realizes she’s now left alone and starts to head to the back but Test and Albert cut off her escape. Trish shoves Lita from behind and kicks her down the aisle then throws her in the ring and hits a bulldog. Albert slingshots Lita into the middle ropes then holds Lita on his knee while Test climbs to the top rope but the Hardy Boyz come out for the save and Matt crotches Test on the buckles before he can leap off. Jeff tries to whip Albert who reverses it and grabs him for the chokebomb but Jeff dropkicks him away. The Hardys then tend to Lita while T&A walk away with Trish, smiling at their handiwork. So basically this match never takes place even though it was only made an hour ago. NR
~ Backstage Lillian Garcia interviews Edge & Christian about missing the Tables Invitational, reminding them of complaining about food poisoning earlier on Heat but look fine now. Edge said they wanted to be in the tables match but felt they got food poisoning from some bad nuts. And that of course leads to a series of Airplane-like jokes about nuts. E&C now claim it was a passing virus instead and also say they’re going to be cheering on Los Conquistadors later tonight. I bet you will, guys.
~ In the arena the cage begins lowering to the ring signaling the next match. Rikishi is also shown still waiting for Steve Austin to arrive backstage.
- Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac – Steel Cage Match
This match can only be won by escaping the cage through the door or over the top. Jericho comes out first and gets on the mic saying he’s been wrestling X-Pac for so long he can’t remember why he hates him. Jericho suggests it’s maybe his greasy hair, his outdated DX chops, or his questionable ringwear. Jericho says he doesn’t care, and that everyone wants to see this feud end in the “Y2Jail”. X-Pac comes out and has finally ditched the DX colors in favor of silver and black. X-Pac hesitates so Jericho decides to kick the match off with a baseball slide through the door. Jericho goes out and rams X-Pac into the barricade while chopping him around the ring. X-Pac rakes Jericho in the face then grabs a chair and swings it but misses. Jericho tries to bring X-Pac in the ring but X-Pac rams the door into Jericho’s face. X-Pac finally heads in and lays the boots to Jericho then works him over in a corner with chops. X-Pac stomps Jericho down and chokes him then starts heading for the door but Jericho grabs him by the leg to pull him back in. X-Pac kicks Jericho away then hammers away on him and caps off with the spinkick. X-Pac climbs up the wall when Jericho cuts him off with the springboard dropkick and X-Pac ends up straddling the top rope Jericho hits a suplex and throws X-Pac into the wall then whips him into a corner and hits the bulldog. Jericho tees off on X-Pac and goes for a whip, X-Pac reverses him into a corner. Jericho stops himself and starts climbing up the wall. Jericho almost makes it to the top but X-Pac quickly stops him so Jericho kicks him to the mat and connects with a missle dropkick. Jericho then goes for the Lionsault but X-Pac blocks it with the knees. X-Pac calls for the door to be opened but Jericho grabs his foot to keep him from escaping.
X-Pac gets frustrated and beats on Jericho before throwing him into the wall twice. X-Pac pounds on Jericho then comes off the ropes but Jericho backdrops him into the wall. Both men exchange shots and Jericho gets the advantage then comes off the ropes but runs into a spinning heel kick. X-Pac then covers Jericho before remembering there are no pinfalls in this match. X-Pac kicks Jericho down in a corner and chokes him with his boot before hitting the Bronco Buster. X-Pac climbs up to the top but Jericho catches him and powerbombs him off the top rope to the mat! Jericho throws X-Pac into the wall twice and follows up with a clothesline then starts climbing the wall. X-Pac tries to stop him and Jericho kicks him away but X-Pac pulls him back down, crotching him on the top rope. X-Pac crawls toward the door and makes it halfway through but Jericho grabs his leg and pulls him back in the cage. However X-Pac grabs a chair on his way in and nails Jericho with it then starts climbing up the wall. X-Pac reaches the top but Jericho crotches him on the railing then goes up and puts him in the Walls of Jericho on top of the cage! However X-Pac kicks Jericho back down to the mat then climbs down the wall but stands on the open door to pose. Jericho then dropkicks the cause causing X-Pac to fall and straddle the door! Jericho crawls through the door and touches down on the floor for the victory. (10:38) Jericho celebrates the win but gets helped to the back while X-Pac is left hanging on the door. Good match and Jericho finally gets the last word against X-Pac. ***
~ We cut to WWF New York and find Steve Blackman giving the fans a martial arts demonstration.
~ Backstage Commissioner Mick Foley is singing in his office when Rikishi barges in and demands to know where Steve Austin is since he has yet to show up. Foley says he doesn’t know where Austin is but feels he would not miss this night. Foley does promise Rikishi if Austin fails to show up, he’ll go out and award him the match by forfeit. Rikishi accepts but Foley warns him that Austin is always closer than he thinks.
~ JR then mentions Eddie Guerrero was originally scheduled to defend the Intercontinental Title against Billy Gunn tonight but was injured on Raw against Chris Jericho causing his match to be scrapped. So on Heat Mick Foley booked Steven Richards & Val Venis against Billy and Chyna for the card as a replacement.
~ Johnathan Coachman interviews Billy & Chyna about facing Val and Richards instead of Billy getting his shot at Eddie. Chyna promises Eddie will get his soon and they’ll be really close again, just not in the way he expects. Billy adds that RTC made the mistake of taking up with Eddie and promises to destory them.
- Billy Gunn & Chyna vs. Val Venis & Steven Richards
As I mentioned this is the replacement for the cancelled Billy Gunn/Eddie Guerrero match and is also Billy’s first real match since losing the Tag Team Titles at No Way Out. Before the match Richards gets on the mic and says the RTC wouldn’t attack a woman unless necessary and they feel it’s necessary for them to take out Chyna and Billy for the fans’ own good. Val starts off against Billy and works him over in a corner then goes for a whip but Billy reverses and hits an elbow followed by a clothesline. Bily slams Val and hits a kneedrop to the face for a two count then tees off on Val in a corner but Val reverses positions and gets in his shots. Val goes for a whip but Billy reverses him hard into the corner and Val rolls out to the floor. Richards then comes in and distracts the referee while Val works Chyna over on the floor. Val goes for a whip but Chyna reverses and sends him into the steps. Chyna throws Val back in the ring and Billy covers but Val puts his foot on the rope. Billy goes for a whip but Val counters and drops Billy on the top rope with a hot shot. Richards tags in but runs right into a press slam and Billy tags in Chyna. Chyna throws Richards across the ring by the necktie repeatedly and kicks him in the back. Val gets Chyna’s attention and Chyna takes him out but Richards nails her from behind. Val holds Chyna as Richards moves in when Chyna escapes. Richards stops himself before hitting Val but Chyna dropkicks Richards into Val, knocking him off the apron. Billy tags in and whips Richards into a corner then charges but Richards ducks and Billy runs his shoulder into the turnbuckles. Val tags in and hits an armbar takedown then stomps Billy on the shoulder. Val wraps Billy’s arm around the top rope and continues working over the shoulder then distracts the referee while Richards gets in a cheap shot on the arm. Val tags Richards and holds Billy while Richards climbs to the top and hits an axehanlde on the arm. Richards then applies a standing armbar and Billy tries to hold on but begins to fade. The referee checks the arm and it drops once, twice, but Billy keeps it up a third time. Billy fights out of the hold and comes off the ropes with a DDT. Both men crawl to the corners and Richards tags in Val while Billy manages to tag in Chyna. Chyna hits a pair of clotheslines on Val then whips him and hits an elbow. Val gets to his feet in a corner when Chyna connects with the handspring elbow. Richards comes in but Chyna hits a lowblow followed by the Rocker Dropper from Billy. Billy and Chyna both whip Val into the ropes and Billy sets Val up for a neckbreaker from Chyna. Bull Buchanan and the Goodfather come out and Billy goes out to the floor to keep them at bay. Chyna sets Val up for a Pedigree when Eddie Guerrero comes out and nails her with a bushel of roses. Val covers Chyna as the referee comes back in and gets the three count. (7:16) Eddie walks off smiling at his handiwork while Billy clotheslines Val over the ropes then checks the roses Eddie used and finds a lead pipe in there. Nothing match but there was a nice bit of psychology. *½
~ Backstage Triple H is sitting in his lockerroom when Stephanie walks in and again asks him to let her be in his corner and help him win. Triple H denies her request so Stephanie then gives him a tape of Chris Benoit applying the Crossface which she says could be useful. Stephanie says she has some business to attend to and Triple H guesses it involves Kurt Angle. Triple H tells Stephanie to remind Angle nothing better happen to her, or he’ll be out of business for good.
~ Rikishi is shown making his way to the ring with his sledgehammer in hand (while wearing a muu-muu?). They then show a video package highlighting the Steve Austin/Rikishi feud.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Rikishi – No-Holds Barred Match
Rikishi comes out to new theme music which calls him a “bad man” but he’s getting no heat from the crowd. Maybe because he’s wearing a muumuu and needs his theme song to tell everyone he’s a bad man. JR mentions Austin is still not here as Rikishi gets on the mic and say he knew Austin wasn’t going to show because he was too scared to face the man that ran him down. Rikishi then demands that Mick Foley come out and declare him the winner by forfeit just like he promised. Foley does appear but slowly paces around the ring hoping to stall for time. Rikishi soon gets impatient and demands that Foley raise his hand when Austin finally appears, driving his wrecked truck to the ring.
Rikishi goes out to meet him but Austin gets the advantage and rams Rikishi into his truck. Austin slams his truck door into Rikishi’s head and pounds on him around the ring then rams him into the steps. Austin throws Rikishi across the Spanish announce table and chokes him with an audio cable then pops him over the barricade and brawls with him through the crowd. Rikishi throws a beer in Austin’s face and starts fighting back when Austin sets Rikishi up for a piledriver but Rikishi counters with a backdrop onto the floor. Austin takes off his belt and whips Rikishi with it all the way back to ringside then goes for a whip but Rikishi counters and throws him across the announce table. Austin comes back with a clotheline then wraps a length of rope around Rikishi’s neck and tries to hang him over the ropes. Austin goes back out and rams Rikishi into the announce table then grabs a monitor from the Spanish table but Rikishi cuts Austin off. Rikishi decks Austin and throws him onto the Spanish table then grabs the monitor and swings it at Austin but misses. Rikishi connects with a superkick then grabs a chair and takes a swing but misses. Austin grabs the chair and bashes Rikishi repeatedly with it, busting him open. Austin then puts on JR’s hat and continues wearing out Rikishi with the chair and both men end up near the truck. Austin grabs the sledgehammer and takes a swing but misses. Rikishi tries crawling away but Austin slams the truck’s tailgate onto him. Austin grabs another chair and whacks Rikishi with it, knocking him into the truck bed. Austin then jumps into the truck and drives out of the arena with Rikishi riding in the back.
We cut outside where Austin dumps Rikishi out of the truck and beats him down near a rock wall. Austin then jumps back into the truck and moves it into position to apparently run Rikishi down. Austin drives the truck … when a police car moves into the way and intercepts the hit. Austin then backs up and hits the cop a second time as an entire sea of police offiers arrive on the scene and pull Austin out of the truck. The police cuff Austin before putting him in one of the cop cars and hauling him off to jail and I guess that the match, folks. (10:15) Hot brawl but the ending pretty much ripped everyone off who paid to see this match. Then again the bookers felt they couldn’t job either man at this point. NR
~ Back in the arena JR and Lawler comment on the closing moments, both feeling Austin took it too far. We then see the officer Austin broadsided being loaded into an ambulance. Any normal person would be convicted of vehicular assault but this is wrestling we’re talking about here.
- WWF EUROPEAN TITLE: William Regal © vs. Mideon
Okay, how did Mideon of all people get a title shot on pay-per-view? Before the match Regal grabs the mic and complains about wrestling the naked man then mentions he complained to Foley and as a result Mideon will be fully clothed tonight. Mideon comes out and is wearing a tank top and pants, at least for now. Both men lockup to start and Regal goes into an armwringer when Mideon counters into a wristlock but Regal goes back to the armwringer. Mideon counters again into a headlock and Regal shoves him into the ropes but Mideon hits a shoulderblock. Mideon comes off the ropes and Regal attempts a hiptoss but Mideon counters with his own hiptoss. Mideon hits a clothesline then starts to go for the shirt but stop himself. Regal pops Mideon with an European upperct and goes into a headlock, Mideon shoves him away but he eats a shoulderblock for a two count. Regal trips Mideon with a drop toehold for another two count then goes for a whip but Mideon reverses and hits an elbow. Mideon slams Regal to the mat and hits a dropkick then whips Regal into a corner and charges but eats a boot. Regal throws Mideon shoulder-first into the ringpost and hits some knees to the face then throws him to the mat. Regal goes out and rams Mideon into the apron then clubs him in the chest before climbing back in. Regal goes for a whip, Mideon reverses but Regal fakes him out then backdrops him over the ropes. Mideon tries to regroup on the floor and pulls off his shirt and I don’t think I like where this is going. Mideon rolls back in the ring then whips Regal into a corner and hits a clothesline then biutes his face. Mideon hits a headbutt then goes for a whip but Regal counters with a butterfly suplex for a two count. Begal applies a chinlock then throws Mideon through the ropes and gets in some shots on the floor. Regal heads back in the ring and argues with the referee when Mideon rips off his pants. Mideon then spins Regal around and kisses him! Mideon whips Regal and hits an elbow then whips him into a corner and Regal staggers into a backdrop. Mideon climbs to the top rope but Regal bumps the ropes, causing Mideon to straddle the turnbuckle. Mideon falls to the mat and Regal considers putting on the Regal Stretch but decides against it. So instead Regal hits his inverted neckbreaker and gets the three to end this, thank goodness! (6:18) That was boring and pointless, not to mention very disturbing. To think they could have done the Al Snow/Regal title switch here. DUD
~ JR and Lawler start hyping the main event by showing Kurt Angle’s “interview with The Rock” from Heat earlier. If you remember Angle spliced together footage from previous Rock interviews to make him look bad and guilty. We find Rock watching it on a montor before he storms off.
~ Backstage Kvein Kelly interviews the Conduistadors about their tag team title shot but they answer every question with “Si Senor” and other Spanish phrases. If you look closely you can tell who’s under the hoods if you haven’t already figured it out.
- WWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: The Hardy Boyz © vs. Los Conquistadors
If you really want to go along with this, this marks the Conquistadors’ first pay-per-view since 1988. Matt Hardy starts off one of the Conquistadors, “Uno”, who stalls and somersaults around the ring until Matt hits a clothesline. Matt then tries to go for the mask but Uno bails out to the floor. “Dos” tags in and locks up with Matt then applies an armwringer but Matt counters into a wristlock. Dos coutners back into a headlock and Matt shoves Dos into the ropes then Jeff tags himself in and hits a clothesline. Jeff lays the boots to Dos and works him over in a corner then goes for a whip. Dos reverses Jeff into the opposite corner but Jeff lifts himself up and hits the headscissors. Jeff hits a dropkick for a two count but Dos comes back and hammers Jeff in a corner. Jeff starts to fight back when Dos applies a headlock but Jeff shoves him into the ropes. Uno tags himself in but Dos misses Jeff and accidentally shoulderblocks Uno. Well whoever’s under there are definetely showing off the Conquistador offense. Jeff clotheslines Dos over the ropes but Uno nails him from behind. Uno whips Jeff but Jeff ducks a clothesline and rolls over Uno to his feet. Uno blocks a kick and does a dance move before Jeff kicks him away. Matt tags in and both Hardys whip Uno into a double elbow followed by their combo move for a two count. Matt goes for a whip, Uno reverses it but Matt counters and hits a discus right for a two count. Jeff tags in and the Hardys whip Uno into a corner then Matt drops to the mat and Jeff connects with the Poetry in Motion. Dos comes in but Matt trips him, causing Dos to headbutt Uno below the belt. Matt and Jeff tie Dos into the ropes and go for his mask, exposing part of his hair until Uno stops them. The Hardys both whip Uno but miss a double clothesline and the The Conquistadors dropkick the Hardys out of the ring. Uno and Dos then charge at them but run into the ropes. Both guys go out to the floor but the Hardys whip them into each other. Jeff throws Uno back in the ring and tries to unmask him when Dos comes in and Jeff backdrops him. Uno throws Jeff into the ringpost then snapmares him and hits a snap neckbreaker. Dos tags in to take over on him then both men whip Jeff but lower their heads and Jeff kicks Uno in the face. Dos takes Jeff down but unknowingly catapults him into Uno and Jeff nearly gets the three count.
Dos stomps Jeff down and draws Matt in to distract the referee while Uno rams him into the apron. Dos whips Jeff into a powerslam for a two count and Uno tags in and covers for a near fall. Uno applies a chinlock and Jeff fights out of it and comes off the ropes but runs into a knee. Uno slams Jeff to the mat then climbs to the top rope and goes for a corkscrew senton but misses. Both men crawl to their corners and Uno tags in Dos while Jeff magaes to tag in Matt. Matt wails away on Dos then comes off the ropes with a clothesline. Uno comes in but runs into a DDT. Matt goes for a suplex on Dos and Dos flips out of it but the Hardys hit a forward slam. Jeff pops Uno off the apron while Matt covers for a two count. Jeff goes out and runs along the barricade to hit a flying clothesline on Uno. However Uno springboards off the ropes and hits a plancha on Jeff that looks just like Christian’s. Matt then climbs to the top rope and dives off but accidentally takes out Jeff. Matt throws Uno back in the ring but Uno plants him with a Slop Drop, another Christian move. Uno covers Matt but Jeff climbs to the top rope and breaks up the pin with a Swanton Bomb on Uno. Matt covers Uno but Dos saves it after throwing Jeff through the ropes. Matt nails Dos with the Twist of Fate when pulls his mask off to reveal …. another mask! Uno then Matt with an Unpretter to get the three and
Edge & Christian the Conquistadors win the titles! (10:52) Okay but not great match that picked up toward the end. The angle was fun, though the gold guys’ identities which were about as secret as Doom’s was. **
~ JR and Lawler recap Austin’s battle with Rikishi and his arrest earlier. We then get a shot of Austin’s truck and the police car he wrecked getting towed away.
~ Backstage Triple H is watching the tape of Chris Benoit putting him in the Crossface then notices something and smirks, as if he may have found what he’s looking for. That then takes us to a video package highlighting the Triple H/Benoit feud.
- Triple H vs. Chris Benoit
Interesting how the crowd is solidly behind Triple H here. Both men lockup to start and jockey for position in a corner as the referee orders a break and Benoit gets in some kicks. Triple H drives Benoit into the corner and gets in his offense then wraps his leg around the rope and kicks away at the knee. Benoit goes for an enzuigiri but Triple H ducks it and slams Benoit’s knee into the mat twice. Triple H goes out and wrenches Benoit’s knee on the apron before wrapping it around the ringpost. Triple H goes back in and chopblocks Benoit in the knee then hammers it with elbowdrops. Triple H rams Benoit into a corner then drapes his foot on the rope and hits a kneedrop on his knee. Benoit starts to fight back but Triple H goes right back to the knee and hits a shinbreaker. Triple H goes for another shinbreaker when Benoit counters with a rollup that Triple H escapes. Triple H trips Benoit and grapevines the leg before wrenching back on the knee. Triple H then applies a reverse chinlock combined with the grapevine on but eventually breaks it. Triple H goes for a whip and Benoit counters into a back suplex over the ropes but Triple H holds onto Benoit and they both go over to the floor. Benoit catapults Triple H into the ringpost and throws him into the steps then tosses him back in the ring. Benoit then goes for a whip Triple H reverses but lowers the head and Benoit hits an armbar takedown. Benoit throws Triple H shoulder-first into the ringpost and hits a hammerlock suplex for a two count. Benoit hammers away on Triple H in a corner and hits a Northen Lights suplex for a near fall then hits an elbowdrop. Benoit whips Triple H into a clothesline and Triple H rolls out to the floor to regroup when Benoit goes after him but Triple H throws him into the steps. Benoit flapjacks Triple H onto the announcers’ table then rolls him back in and hits a snap suplex that gets a two count.
Benoit slaps on an armbar and Triple H fights out of it but Benoit counters with an armdrag then applies a cross armbreaker before hitting a hammerlock suplex. Benoit climbs to the top rope and hits the diving headbutt on the bad shoulder! Benoit moves in when Triple H surprises him with a rollup for a two count. Benoit goes for a suplex but Triple H floats over and counters with an inverted brainbuster. Triple H whips Benoit into the high knee then hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Triple H goes for a whip, Benoit reverses him into a corner and charges but eats a boot. Triple H sets Benoit on the top rope then goes up and hits a superplex but it only gets a two count. Triple H goes for a Pedirgree but Benoit counters with a backdrop and hits a German suplex then holds on for a second German suplex but Triple H fights out of a third. Triple H comes off the ropes and Benoit hits a bridge suplex but Triple H gets his foot on the rope. Benoit hits another bridge suplex in the center of the ring but only gets two! Benoit whips Triple H but lowers the head and Triple H hits the facebuster. Triple H comes off the ropes but Benoit surprises him with the Crossface! Triple H manages to escape but Benoit pounds on the bad shoulder and slaps the Crossface back on. Triple H tries to hold on when he manages to counter the hold into a Death Valley Driver! Both men are down as Stephanie McMahon runs out to the ring desipte her husband’s decrees. Stephanie slaps Benoit in the face and gets his attention allowing Triple H to set him up for the Pedigree. Benoit counters with an armbar but Triple H counters that and again goes for the Pedigree but Benoit counters out of that and tries to get Triple H into the Crossface again. However Stephanie distracts the referee while Triple H slips out and hits a low blow then follows up with the Pedigree for the win! (18:42) Stephanie walks off to the back as Triple H gets his hand raised in victory. Excellent match from both guys with some great moves and well-done psychology, plus Stephanie’s interfenece didn’t hardly hurt it. It would have been nice for Benoit to get the win but oh well. ****½
~ Backstage the Coquistadors are celebrating their title win when Edge & Christian walk up but are noticeably sweaty and breathing hard. E&C congradulate them and give them champagne then mention that they have the first title shot tomorrow. How convinent. I should mention the gold guys also looked different than earlier.
~ A video package is shown highlighting the Rock/Kurt Angle feud also involving Stephanie.
- WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: The Rock © vs. Kurt Angle (w/Stephanie McMahon)
Before the match Howard Finkel announces this match is now no-disqualification. Stephanie distracts Rock, allowing Angle to jump him and get in the first shots and work him over in a corner. Angle pops Rock through the ropes then goes out and rams Rock into the barricade and both announce tables. Angle grabs a chair and whacks Rock in the back with it before rolling him back in the ring. Angle chokes Rock on the middle rope as Stephanie taunts him then Angle goes for a whip but Rock reverses and hits a clothesline. Rock whips Angle into a Samoan Drop for a two count and Angle rolls out to the floor as we get a quick shot of Triple H watching the match backstage with his shoulder heavily taped up. Angle starts walking up the ramp but Rock goes out and cuts him off with a clothesline. Rock rams Angle into the guardrail and into the tech table then sends him into the entrance set and back through the other side. Rock goes for a whip but Angle reverses and sends Rock into a lighting rig. Angle elbows Rock in the back of the head and rams him into the guardrail. Rock comes back and takes a cardboard cutout of himself then punches Angle through it. Angle crawls back to ringside but nails Rock and throws him in the ring. Angle stomps Rock down in a corner and chokes him with his boot then then distracts the referee while Stephanie chokes Rock on the middle rope. Angle hammers Rock and whips him into a corner then chagres but Rock sidesteps and Angle runs his knee into the turnbuckles. Rock kicks at Angle’s knee and rams him into a turnbuckle then goes out and pulls Angle by the legs into the ringpost. Rock grabs a chair and whacks Angle in the knee twice before climbing back in. Angle gets in some kicks but Rock counters with a Dragon legwhip and goes into the Sharpshooter! Angle starts tapping out but Stephanie distracts Earl Hebner from seeing it. Stephanie taunts Rock so Rock chases her around and in the ring but Stephanie leads him into a belly-to-belly suplex from Angle. Angle kicks Rock out to the apron then goes out and clubs him in the chest. Angle goes back in when Rock starts to fight back and comes off the ropes but runs into a forearm for a two count. Angle applies a chinlock and Rock tries to hang on but begins to fade. Earl Hebner checks the arm and it drops once, twice, but Rock keeps it up the third time.
Rock fights out of the hold and whips Angle but lowers the head and Angle kicks him in the face. Angle charges but Rock throws him over the ropes then goes out but Angle rams Rock into the barricade. Angle drops Rock on the barrier and goes for a whip but Rock reverses him into the ringsteps. Rock rams Angle repeatedly into the announcers’ table then spits water in his face. Angle rams Rock into the other announce table and throws him into the ringpost then rolls him back in while Stephanie slides the title belt in. Angle grabs the belt and takes a swing but Rock catches him in a Rock Bottom attempt. Angle fights out of it and clocks Rock with the belt … but only gets two!! Angle climbs to the top rope but Rock bumps the ropes, causing Angle the straddle the turnbuckle. Rock goes up and hits a superplex but that only gets two! Rock goes for a whip but Angle counters into a German suplex. Angle then climbs to the top rope again and goes for a moonsault but misses! Rock goes for a whip, Angle reverses but Rock floats over him into a DDT for a two count. Angle rakes the face and goes for a whip but Rock reverses and hits an overhead throw followed by the spinebuster. Rock readies himself for the People’s Elbow when Stephanie comes in to stop him with lip service so Rock takes her out with a Rock Bottom! Rock then goes for the People’s Elbow on Stephanie but Angle interupts him with a shot from behind. Suddenly Triple H runs in the ring and tees off on Angle before throwing him over the ropes. However Triple H then lays out Rock with the Pedigree for taking out his wife. Triple H then drags Stephaine out of the ring and carries her to the back while Angle comes back in and covers the fallen Rock … but only gets two!! Angle goes for a whip but Rock counters into a DDT for another two count. Both men roll out to the floor and Rock rams Angle into the steps before throwing him back in. Angle rolls back out but Rock rams him into the barricade and brings him back in. Angle bails out of the ring a third time and Rock rams Angle into the announce table as we see Rikishi walking out to the ring with his head bandaged up. Rock throws Angle back in he ring and Angle rolls out yet again but Rikishi tosses Angle back in. Rock works Angle over and hits the Smackdown but Angle comes back with a low blow. Rock catches Angle with a Rock Bottom but is too hurt to immediately cover him and only gets a two count! Angle gets to his feet in a corner prompting Rikishi to come in and go for the running butt splash but Angle pulls Rock in the way and Rock takes the hit. Rikishi goes for a superkick but misses Angle and nails Rock again. Angle hits him with the Olympic Slam then hits Rock with the Olympic Slam gets the 1….2….3 for the upset win for the championship!!! (21:39) Kurt Angle wins his first world title after just 11 months in the WWF. Pertty good main event there though I could have lived without much of the overbooking, especially since Rikishi’s backfired interference was too much of a factor in Angle’s big win. ****
Angle takes the belt and celebrates by crying on the ramp while Rock glares at him from the ring before yelling at Rikishi for costing him the title. We then get a replay of Angle’s win and tears of joy as the show goes off the air.
Conclusion: Decent pay-per-view that also served as a major turning point for the WWF in 2000. It’s hard for me to call this a great supercard since most the undercard was rather forgettable except for the cage match, and again the finish to the Austin/Rikishi probably angered a lot of people. But the last two matches more than make up for it and they help edge this show into thumbs up territory. Of course things would start to take a dramatic turn for the company the following night and while Angle does get his biggest win on this show, how his first title reign plays out is another story. So overall No Mercy ’00 is worth a look mainly for the last two matches, but as they say it’s all downhill from here.