WWF Armageddon 2000
Sunday, December 10th, 2000
Live from the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, AL
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle (10/22/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Billy Gunn (11/23/2000)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather (11/06/2000)
● WWF European Champion: William Regal (12/04/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Steve Blackman (9/24/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Ivory (11/02/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ Armageddon comes on the air with an intro video showing the end of the world with the famous Doors-esque soundtrack proclaiming “The End is Here”. After the intro Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler as we get a shot of the Hell in a Cell cell hanging from the ceiling. The announcers hype the main event while mentioning that Mick Foley appeared on Heat and reiterated his promise to resign as Commissioner should any of the six men become seriously hurt in the match.
~ We then cut to the back and find a limo arriving in the parking garage. Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson open the door and Vince McMahon comes out with his cane as Brisco tells him Foley has the Cell hanging above the ring. Vince says not for long and hobbles away while making it known he intends to prevent the main event from happening.
- The Hardy Boyz & Lita vs. Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn & Eddie Guerrero (w/Terri Runnels) – Intergender Elimination Match
This match was added to the card on Heat after the way Lita and Malenko’s date ended on Smackdown. The Radicalz rush the ring and all six persons go at it to start whenMatt knocks Eddie through the ropes with a discus punch and Jeff throws Saturn out as well. Malenko singles out Lita but Matt suplexes him from behind to stop that. Saturn comes back in the and the Hardys take him out with a double suplex. Eddie comes in but the Hardys nail him with a double wheelbarrow suplex. The Hardys clothesline Malenko while Lita climbs to the top rope looking for a huricanrana but Eddie pulls Malenko out of the ring so Jeff slings himself into a plancha on both men. Saturn goes in and shoulderblocks Matt in a corner then whips him and hits an elbow followed by a suplex. Eddie tags in and and whips Matt, connecting with a heel kick. Eddie whips Matt into a corner and charges but Matt tosses him over his head onto the buckles. Matt hits a back suplex then tags in Jeff who knocks Saturn and Malenko off the apron. Jeff whips Eddie and hits a backdrop then goes for another whip but Eddie reverses him into a corner. Eddie sets Jeff on the top rope and goes up for a huricanrana but Jeff holds onto the ropes. Matt comes in and hammers Saturn while Lita comes in and hits the Twist of Fate on Eddie. Jeff follows up with the Swanton Bomb and gets the pin for the first elimination. (2:57) Saturn comes in and nails Jeff from behind then whips him into a corner but Jeff runs up the turnbuckles and connects with the Whisper in the Wind. Malenko comes in and beats on Jeff but Matt whips Malenko into a corner then drops to the mat and Jeff connects with the Poetry in Motion on Malenko. Saturn nails Matt and goes for a whip but Matt reverses him into the opposite corner and drops down again. Jeff goes for another Poetry in Motion but Saturn catches him on his shoulders and hits the Death Valley Driver and pins Jeff to even the sides back up. (3:41)
Matt is on te apron when it shoulderblocks Saturn through the ropes then slings himself into a Sunset Flip for a two count. Matt comes off the ropes with a clothesline and that gets a two count as well. Matt goes for a whip but Saturn reverses and Terri grabs his leg from the floor, getting his attention while Saturn superkicks him. Saturn sets Matt up for a Death Valley Driver when Matt floats over him and goes for the Twist of fate but Saturn counters into a bridge suplex for a near fall. Saturn goes for a whip, Matt reverses him into a corner and Saturn lifts himself up but Matt catches him and slams him. Matt hops to the middle rope and connects with the guillotine legdrop then covers but Malenko saves it. Matt backdrops Malenko over the ropes then hits the Twist of Fate on Saturn and gets the three to take him out. (5:08) Terri suddenly comes in and slaps Matt but gets speared by Lita. Malenko then comes in and shoves Matt into Lita, knocking her through the ropes. Malenko then rolls Matt up and gets the three to eliminate both Hardy brothers. (5:34)
So that leaves Lita alone to go against Malenko and Lita is hesitant to fight him again. Malenko goes for a kick but Lita blocks it and ducks a clothesline. Lita comes off the romes with the headscissors then rolls Malenko in a victory roll for a two count. Lita goes for a whip, Malenko whips her into a corner and charges but eats a boot. Lita climbs to the top rope and connects with a moonsault but Malenko powers out of the cover. Lita hits a floatover DDT then climbs to the top rope again but Malenko cuts her off and hits a superplex. Malenko covers Lita but pulls her up at 2. Malenko hits a pair of short-arm clotheslines and Lita ducks a third but Malenko hits an elbow. Malenko hits a backbreaker and covers Lita but again pulls her up at 2. Malenko finally puts Lita in the Texas Cloverleaf and Lita is forced to give it up. (8:06) Enjoyable opener but they tried too hard to cram all that action into eight minutes. Plus Malenko carried Lita to a decent showing for the last two minutes. **½
Malenko holds onto the move before releasing it then throws Lita through the ropes when the Hardys come back out and chase Malenko from the ring. Matt and Jeff help Lita to her feet when Michael Cole walks up to get comments and Lita says she can beat Malenko if given the chance. In their book the Hardys say this was supposed to lead to a final battle between Lita and Malenko at the Royal Rumble but it never happened.
~ Backstage Kurt Angle is warming up for his match when Lillian Garcia comes in looking to interview him, asking if he’s prepared for the Cell. Angle ignores her before asking Lillian if she’s Bulgarian. Angle then rants on the different nationalities he’s beaten in the Olympics and because of that he isn’t sweating his opponents. Lillian reminds Angle he’s never been in the Cell and that it ended Mick Foley’s career. Angle admits that none of his amateur and professional wrestling has prepared him for this and feels he shouldn’t be put in a barbaric match in front of a bunch of “in-bred hicks”. Angle says Foley got famous after getting thrown from the cage or backdropped through the cage while he’s already famous as a gold medalist and WWF Champion. Angle calls Foley a cold-blooded sadist and says he’s not ready for his career to be ended. Angle says after he wins he’s going to shower, drink milk and hop on the first plane out of Birmingham.
~ JR and Lawler then start showing past Hell in a Cell moments. First up is Triple H backdropping Cactus Jack through the cell from last February.
- WWF EUROPEAN TITLE: William Regal © vs. Hardcore Holly
Yes, we’re getting this match again after we suffered through it at the last supercard. Regal comes out first and gets on the mic saying he knows the fans are going to cheer for his opponent. Regal calls the fans slobs for not using handkercheifs and wearing dirty overalls then accuses them of loving their farm animals. Hardcore comes out but doesn’t get the big hometown pop until after he’s announced from Alabama. Hardcore charges in the ring and goes right to work on Regal, whipping him and hitting an elbow. Regal bails out to the floor and the referee keeps Hardcore from going out after him when Regal pulls him of the ring and tees off on him. Hardcore starts to fight back and rams Regal into the apron then goes for a whip but Regal reverses him into the ringpost. Regal throws Hardcore back to the ring but Hardcore hits a back suplex for a two count. Hardcore climbs to the top rope and leaps off but Regal gets his foot up to block him. Regal pops Hardcore with a European uppercut and sets him on the top rope then goes up and hits a superplex but only gets a two count. Regal covers for another two count then covers again and still only gets two. Regal puts Hardcore in a bow-and-arrow then relases it. Regal goes for a whip, Hardcore reverses it but lowers the head. Regal goes for a butterfly suplex but Hardcore counters it into a delayed suplex for a two count. Hardcore hits a clothesline then whips Regal and hits the dropkick. Hardcore follows up with the Hollycaust then climbs to the top rope and connects with an Alabama Jam but only gets two. Hardcore whips Regal and goes for a Frankensteiner but Regal counters into a powerbomb. Regal slaps on the Regal Stretch but Hardcore immediately grabs the bottom rope. Regal goes for the inverted neckbreaker but Hardcore counters with a short-arm clothesline, using his steel-plated arm. Regal seems out as the referee checks on him when Raven runs in the ring and drills Hardcore with the Evenflow DDT. Regal then crawls over and drapes an arm over Hardcore for the pin to retain. (4:59) That’s a filler match if I ever saw one. *½
~ JR and Lawler show clips of Kurt Angle breaking his alliance with Rikishi and Triple H last Thursay on Smackdown. Kevin Kelly then interviews Rikishi backstage asking if he’s concerned about Triple H turning on him as well and Rikishi says whatever happens happens. Rikishi says he’s sacrificed everything for a chance to become WWF Champion and alliance or no alliance, he’s going to sacrifice everyone else in the match to win the title.
- Chyna vs. Val Venis (w/Ivory)
Chyna goes out to meet Val in the aisle and hammers him with forearms when Ivory nails her from behind but Chyna no-sells it and throws Ivory into the apron. chyna whips Val into the steps before throwing him in the ring then whips him again and trips him with a drop topehold. Chyna hammers Val in the back when the referee pulls her off but Chyna continues her offense and chokes him with her boot. Chyna hits a DDT for a two count then goes for a whip but Val reverses it and knees her in the chest, finally gettting in some offense. Val whips Chyna into another knee to the chest then follows it up with a Russian legsweep for a two count. Val throws Chyna through the ropes and distracts the referee while Ivory gets in some shots. Val brings Chyna back in and hits a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Chyna starts fighting back when Val rakes the face to stop that and slams her but misses an elbowdrop. Chyna comes back and whips Val into a backdrop then comes off the ropes with a neckbreaker for a two count. Chyna goes for another whip but Val again counters with a knee to the chest. Val comes off the ropes but runs right into a clothesline that gets a near fall. Chyna kicks Val in the ribs and comes off the ropes but runs into a powerslam. Val climbs to the top rope and goes for the Moneyshot but misses and Chyna manages to crawl over for the cover but only gets two. Chyna slams Val to the mat and goes for the ropes but Ivory trips her from the floor so Chyna goes out and chases after her. Chyna follows Ivory in the ring but Val catches her with a Fisherman’s suplex that gets the three. (5:02) Match wasn’t the worst but wasn’t that good, either. *
Ivory tends to Val on the floor when Chyna pulls her back in the ring. Chyna sets Ivory up for a powerbomb but Val nails Chyna from behind to break it up and plants her with a Blue Thunderbomb.
~ Backstage Stephanie McMahon calls Vince into her dressing room wanting to speak with him but Vince tells Stephanie he’s hurting inside but doesn’t want to talk about his divorce right now. Stephanie says she’s hurting as well but it’s because she’s afraid for Triple H. Stephanie says Triple H beat Mick Foley in the Cell last February but could barely walk afterward and now that he has to face five other men in the Cell she’s fearing for his life. Vince curses Foley and promises to put a stop to this as he hobbles out of the room.
~ We then get footage of Kevin Kelly interviewing The Undertaker earlier today in an empty Cell. Kevin asks Taker for his throughts on the match and Taker calls it a time or reckoning. Taker says he still has visions of the things he did in the Cell which brought out a side of himself that even he gets scared of. Taker says he craves the feeling of ripping another man’s face on the cell. Taker brings up what he did to Shawn Michaels in the first Cell back in October 1997 when he made Michaels bleed, and the more blood spilt the more Taker wanted it. Taker mentions how they were fighting on the roof and Michaels ended up hanging from it but instead of helping Michales up he mde him fall and crash through the announce table below. Taker then switches to his second Cell match with Mick Foley at the 1998 King of the Ring and brings up how they were on the roof when he chokeslammed Foley through the roof to the ring below. Taker also brings up how he throw Foley off the cell roof through the table and liked it. Taker says this vicious side of him made Foley and Michaels even more famous. Interesting how he doesn’t mention his Cell match with the Big Bossman. Taker then looks up at the cell roof and wonders who he is going to make famous tonight. Pretty good promo from Taker there.
~ Out in the arena Vince McMahon comes out to the ring with the Stooges to take up more time. Vince gets on the mic and says he meant everything he said on Smackdown about givng the WWF fans his life and demanding a divorce from Linda. Vince says he also meant it when he expressed concern over the well-being of the six men in the Cell but his sympathies for them has fallen on deaf ears and been tirivialied by Mick Foley. Vince says he comes before the fans tonight a humanitarian with his heart in his hand then asks for their support in demanding Foley call off the match. Vince also asks the fans to contemplate the results of the match and to give a moment of silence. Vince demands the fans stand up and show they will not condone the match but few respond to is request. So Vince tells the fans that as a result the blood of the six men will be on their hands and departs. This sure is a long stretch of non-wrestling on the pay-per-view.
~ A video package is shown highlighting the continuing Chris Jericho/Kane feud.
- Chris Jericho vs. Kane – Last Man Standing Match
So two months after Jericho accidentally spilled coffee on Kane we finally get the blowoff. An you know how this works so let’s get to it. Kane goes out to meet Jericho in the aisle and the two fight their way to the back. After some difficulty we finally cut to the back just as Kane grabs an anvil case and throws it at Jericho but Jericho ducks it. Kane rams Jericho into the tailgate of a flatbed truck (more on this later) and swings a shovel at him but misses and Jericho throws sawdust from the truck into Kane’s face, The two exchange shots when Mideon (he’s still around?) accidentally stmbles into their brawl and both men beat him up. Jericho fights Kane back out to the arena and throws him into the guardrail. Kane scoops Jericho onto his shoudler but Jericho slips out and shoves Kane into the ringpost. Jericho rams Kane into the ringsteps and throws him in the ring then climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying elbow. Jericho then tees off on Kane and goes for a whip, Kane reverses but lowers the head and Jericho kicks the face then clotheslines Kane over the ropes. Jericho leaps off the apron but Kane catches him and rams him into the ringpost twice. Kane then scoops Jericho onto his shoulder and powerslams him on the floor and the referee begins the count. Jericho gets to his feet at 5 but Kane boots him in the head then rams him into the steps. Kane throws Jericho in the ring and hits a backbreaker then hammers him in a corner with shoulderblocks. Kane whips Jericho hard into the opposite corner and unloads on him with right hands when Jericho starts to fight back but Kane elbows him to stop that. Kane throws Jericho across the ring and puts him in an over-the-back hangman and the referee checks Jericho’s arm. After the arm drops three times the referee orders Kane to let go of him then starts the 10 count but Jericho manages to get to his feet at 8. Kane whips Jericho into a corner and charges but eats a boot and Jericho comes out with a spinning heel kick but Kane catches him and slams him to the mat. Kane goes for an elbowdrop but misses and Jericho comes off the ropes with a heel kick. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Kane gets his knees up to block it then climbs to the top rope and connects with the flying clothesline. The referee counts when Jericho is up at 8 so Kane drops Jericho with a series of right hands but Jericho is back up at 5. Jericho dares Kane to come at him but Kane responds with a one-arm chokeslam. Jericho is down as the referee counts but Jericho manages to get to his feet at 9 and Kane is frustrated that didn’t finish him.
Kane brings a chair in and jabs Jericho with it then whacks him in the back. Kane scoops Jericho up for a Tombstone but Jericho fights out of it and hits a low blow then follows up with a DDT. Both men are down as the referee counts but they get to their feet at 7. Jericho grabs the chair and whacks Kane in the head then goes for a whip, Kane reverses but Jericho hits a forearm. Jericho climbs to the top rope and connects with a missile dropkick then pulls Kane to his feet and hits the bulldog. Jericho sets the chair onto Kane’s chest then hits the Lionsault onto the chair but hurts himself as well. Kane sits up at 9 so Jericho charges at him but eats a boot and Kane press slams him over the ropes. Kane goes out and hammers Jericho over to the entrance set then rams him into an anvil case. Kane climbs onto the case and grabs Jericho for a chokeslam through the tech table but Jericho fights out of Kane’s grip and bulldogs him into the table which doesn’t break. So Jericho brings Kane onto the case and bulldogs him into the table again and it does break this time. This is why they always tell us never repeat a spot, people. Jericho then shoves a wall of prop barrels over and they fall on top of Kane. Or rather they fall onto the strutcure next to Kane because we can clearly see they don’t even touch him. With Kane “buried” under the barrels the referee counts and reaches 10 to finally end this. (17:16) Dull and tedious match that had none of the intensity of Jericho’s match with Triple H at Fully Loaded. Not the mention a pretty cheesy ending. But at least this feud is finally done with. *½
~ Backstage Debra starts to leave Mick Foley’s office when Johnathan Coachman walks up asking if Foley is willing to speak with him. Debra lets Coach give it a shot so Coach heads in and asks Foley if he’s having second thoughts about the six-man Cell after the brutal match we just saw. Foley says he’s responsible fo all the WWF wrestlers and Kane getting buried is not a good omen. Foley says the people want to see the match which he says is going to happen. Foley still feels he’s right to make this match but will be happy when it’s over.
~ We cut to WWF New York and find Shawn Michaels entertaining the fans on the stage so JR asks Michaels for any possible advice for the Cell participants. Michaels says he was the guinea pig in the first Cell and it’s become something else as it’s gone on, and having six men in the Cell makes it that much more unpredictable. Michales then mentions what The Undertaker said earlier and says this match was made for him.
~ They now show clips of the Undertaker/Mankind Cell match from the 1998 King of the Ring.
~ We then find some of the XFL Birmingham Bolts in the crowd.
- WWF WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather © (w/Steven Richards) vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Road Dogg & K-Kwik vs. Edge & Christian
The RTC’ers start off with the Dudleys and pound on them when Goodfather knocks Bubba Ray through the ropes. Buchanan and Goodfather whip D’von into a double kick and throw him back to the mat then lay the boots to him. Buchanan covers D’von for a two count then goes for a whip but D’Von reverses it and hits a jumping elbow. D’Von goes for a whip but Buchanan reverses it and hits a boot. Goodfather tags in and hits a running boot followed by the Ho Train. Bubba comes in and nails Goodfather from behind and goes for a whip,t Goodfather reverses him into the opposite corner and goes for another Ho Train but Bubba cuts him down with a clothesline. D’Von decks Goodfather when Road Dogg slaps his back to tag himself in and the two exchange words allong Goodfather to drop Road Dogg with a right hand. Goodfather works Road Dogg over in a corner when Edge reaches out and tags himself in to take over. Edge draws the Dudleys in and Bubba comes in but Christian whips him at the same time Edge whips Road Dogg. Road Dogg and Bubba both duck clotheslines and hit the juke ‘n jive punches but notice they’re both doing it so they hit the big right on each other. E&C cover both of them for a two count then Edge whips Road Dogg but Road Dogg blocks a hip toss attempt and hits a right hand. K-Kwik tags in and helps Road Dogg whip Edge and hit a double hiptoss followed by a double elbowdrop. Edge whips K-Kwik into a corner but K-Kwik lifts himself up and backflips across the ring then connects with a Memphis sidekick and busts some moves. K-Kwik goes for a whip but Edge reverses him into his corner and Christian nails him from behind. Christian wrenches K-Kwik’s arm on the top rope and Edge follows up with a boot. Christian tags in and lays the boots to K-Kiwk then throws him into the ringpost. Edge tags back in and works over K-Kwik’s arm. K-Kwik starts to fight back and whips Edge but lowers the head and Edge hits an armbar takedown for a two count. Christian tags in and hammers K-Kwik when Goodfather tags himself back in to take over. Goodfather works over K-Kwik’s arm and applies an armbar when he turns into a hammerlock then Buchanan tags in and slams K-Kwik down by the arm. Edge slaps Buchanan to tag himself in and continues working over K-Kwik’s arm. Edge climbs to the middle rope and hops off with an axehandle but K-Kwik blocks it and hits a neckbreaker. K-Kwik crawls toward his corner when Christian pulls Road Dogg off the apron so K-Kiwk turns and makes the hot tag to Bubba.
Bubba takes it to both E&C then drops Edge on the top rope and whips Christian into a backdrop. Bubba hits Christian with a sidewalk slam then clotheslines the RTC’ers when Road Dogg & K-Kwik come in and everyone is going at it in the ring. Road Dogg backdrops Goodfather over the ropes then throws Buchanan out as well and drops to the mat. K-Kwik launches off his partner into a plancha on the RTC’ers btu they catch him and Goodfather hits a shoulderbreaker. Road Dogg leaps off the apron with a clothesline on both men but Richards superkicks him. In the ring Bubba slams Edge to the mat and sets him up while D’Von climbs to the top rope and hits the “Wassup” headbutt. The Dudleys go out and pull out a table from under the ring then ram it into the RTC’ers. Bubba goes in and sets Edge on his shoulders while D’Von climbs to the top rope and connects with the Dudleyville Device. Bubba covers Edge but Christian pulls him out of the ring. Buchanan comes in and goes for a whip but D’Von reverses and the Dudleys hit the 3D. Goodfather comes in but the Dudleys take him out with a 3D as well. Christian comes in and Bubba slams him to the mat and sets him up while D’Von climbs to the top rope again and hits the “Wassup” headbutt on Christian. D’Von goes out for the table but Richards comes over and DDT’s D’von into it. In the ring Edge hits the spear on Bubba but only gets a two count. Edge argues with the referee while Christian comes in illegally and drills Bubba with the Unprettier. Edge covers Bubba again and this time gets the three and the titles! (9:42) E&C win their fourth tag titles, though they didn’t pin the actual champions. Okay match with some nice action, but notice how it was entirely face team vs. heel team; we never saw the heel teams mix it up and ditto for the face teams. But the bottom line is they got the belts off the RTC and that’s all that matters. **
~ Backstage Stephanie is speaking with Triple H, bringing up how he miraculosly survived being dropped form 40 feet in the air before asking why he would put his body on the line against five other men. Triple H tells Stephanie the WWF Championship his is life and he needs it to be the best. Triple H admits he was brutally beaten after retiring Mick Foley at the last Cell then says it doesn’t matter what it takes to win the title. Triple H says he will be the WWF Champion again if it takes his last breath and no one will stop him.
- WWF INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE: “The One” Billy Gunn © vs. Chris Benoit
Kind of a drop in stature for Benoit, wouldn’t you say? One minute he’s in main events with The Rock, Triple H and Steve Austin and now here he is feuding with Billy Gunn of all people. Both men lockup to start and Billy forces Benoit into a corner but Benoit gets in the first shots. Benoit goes for a whip but Billy reverses it and hits a drop toehold followed by a pair of armdrags. Billy follows up with a hip toss for a two count then throws Benoit over the ropes. Billy goes out and rams Benoit into the barricade, Benoit starts to come back and goes for a whip but Billy reverses him into the ringpost. Billy charges at Benoit but Benoit throws him into the ringsteps then tosses him back in the ring and kicks at his leg. Benoit slams Billy’s knee into the mat and boots him in the head then goes for a kneebreaker but Billy floats over into a Sunset Flip for a two count. Benoit dropkicks Billy in the knee for a near fall and kicks him in the head then drapes the leg over the bottom rope and sits down on the knee. Benoit hits a Dragon legwhip then applies a Figure Four. Billy tries to hold on and manages to turn it over to reverse the pressure prompting Benoit to grab the bottom rope. Both men exchange punches and Billy gets the advantage and whips Benoit into a corner then hobbles across the ring for a splash but Benoit sidesteps him. Benoit hits a German suplex then holds on and hits a second German suplex and a third German. Benoit climbs to the top rope and goes for the diving headbutt but misses it. Billy whips Benoit and hits a powerslam for a two count. Billy whips Benoit into a corner and press slams him then follows up with a Jackhammer then hits the Rocker Dropper but only gets two. Billy goes for the cobra clutch but Benoit counters it and tries to slap on the Crossface. Billy tries to fight it and Benoit gets the hold on but Billy gets his foot on the bottom rope. Billy then goes for a tilt-o-whril slam but ends up botching the move and drops Benoit. Benoit goes for a whip, Billy reverses him into a corner and charges but eats a boot and Benoit hits a back suplex for a two count. Billy rolls Benoit up for a near fall but that’s it for Billy as Benoit goes into the Crossface and Billy taps out the give Benoit his third IC title! (10:03) Billy got in his offense but it was mostly Benoit dismantling him, as it should be. **
Michael Cole then goes in the ring to get comments from Billy on losing the title and Billy says he wasn’t “The One” tonight but Benoit hasn’t seent he last of him. Whatever you say, Billy.
~ We now get a pre-taped interview Jim Ross had with Steve Austin earlier today. JR first tells Austin his concerns about the Cell ending Mick Foley’s career and asks how he can prepare for it. Austin says there’s no way you can, that he didn’t sleep at all last night and is running on coffee. Austin says the match won’t be pretty but it will be all out brutality. JR then asks if Triple H and Rikishi being in the Cell will be a distraction but Austin calls it a motivation. Austin says he can’t be distracted by getting revenge because his main focus will be the WWF Championship just like the other five men. Austin says he doesn’t trust anyone and wants to get the match started.
- WWF WOMEN’S TITLE: Ivory © vs. Molly Holly vs. Trish Stratus
Molly takes Trish down to start and throws her across the ring by her hair then works her over in a corner with chops. Molly goes for a whip, Trish reverses her into the opposite corner and goes for a monkey flip then Molly lands on her feet but Ivory clotheslines her down. Ivory and Trish whip Molly but miss a double clothesline and Molly dropkicks both ladies. Molly rolls Trish up but Ivory breaks up the pin. Ivory whips Molly but lowers the head and Molly gets her in a backslide but Trish breaks that up. Trish sets Molly up for a suplex but Ivory comes along and the two argue on who gets to hit it. Eventually they both hit the suplex and exchange high fives before Ivory doubecrosses Trish. Ivory covers Molly but Trish pulls her off and they two start arguing. Molly climbs to the top rope and hits a crossbody on both ladies then covers him but they both kick out. Molly backdrops Ivory over the ropes then plants Trish with a sitdown powerbomb but Ivory comes back in and nails Molly from behind. Ivory throws Molly through the ropes then covers Trish and just like that it’s over. (2:12) Well that was fast for a pay-per-view title defense, making you wonder why it even was on the card. DUD
Ivory departs with her belt while Test and Albert come out and corner Molly on the floor. Crash runs in and gets a piece of T&A then dares them to fight him in the ring. T&A climb in the ring when … the Acolytes come out to a big pop, making their return from injury. Bradshaw and Faarooq rush the ring and quickly take it to their opponents. Faarooq whips Test and hits a spinebuster and Bradshaw hits the Clothesline from Hades on Albert.
~ Backstage Kevin Kelly interviews The Rock, asking if he’s prepared for the Cell. Rock cuts Kevin off then starts with his usual “Finally” bit then mentions that careers and the WWF Title are on the line in the Cell. Rock says if he has to face five p.o.’ed guys to become 6-time WWF Champion, he’ll do it. Rock says he doesn’t know who’s career will end or who may be made famous in the match but he will sweat, bleed and pay the price just to whip all of his opponents. Rock promises to walk into Hell and walk out WWF Champion if you smell what he’s cooking.
~ We now get a video package highlighting the events leading up to the main event. We then watch as the Cell is lowered to the floor signaling that match is next.
- WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: Kurt Angle © vs. Steve Austin vs. Triple H vs. The Rock vs. Rikishi vs. The Undertaker – Hell in a Cell
All six men will go at it at the same time and the first man to score the pin wins the title. Triple H is out first followed by Rikishi (in his only world title shot on pay-per-view) and Angle. Yes, the world champion himself is coming out third. A group of referees keep them apart until the bell while Angle waits on the outside. Undertaker comes out and debuts his Limp Bizkit theme he’d use for two years. Rock is out next and Austin comes out last but goes right after Angle and throws him into the cell. The six men then pair off into their Survivor Series matchups with Taker hammeing Angle, Austin teeing off on Triple H and Rock and Rikishi duking it out. Angle throws Taker in the ring while Rock clotheslines Rikishi on the floor as we see the referee closing the cell door and chaining it shut. Taker whips Angle into a corner and hits a clothesline then drops him with a right hand for a two count. Taker chokes Angle with his bandana and snaps him on the middle rope then drapes Angle onto the apron and clubs him in the chest. Rock and Rikishi make their way in the ring and Rikishi pounds on Rock when Rock starts to fight back but Rikishi stops that with a shot to the throat. Rikishi whips Rock but Rock comes back with a flying clothesline and those two roll out to the floor as we see Angel stomping Taker down nearby. Austin and Triple H are in the ring now and Austin tees off on Triple H then whips him but lowers the head and Triple H hits the facebuster. Triple H comes off the ropes but runs into a Lou Thesz press and Austin unloads on him then follows up with an elbowdrop but only gets a two count. Austin chokes Triple H on the middle rope and straddles him before covering for another two count. Rock and Angle make their way in the ring with Angle laying the boots to Rock. Austin goes for a whip but Triple H reverses and hits the high knee. Angle chokes Rock as Triple H goes out and wraps Austin’s knee around the ringpost. Angle whips Rock but Rock comes back and whips Angle into a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Rock goes for a whip but Angle reverses it and hits an elbow. Rock rolls out to the apron when Taker pulls Angle out of the ring and pops him before throwing him back in. Taker throws Angle back through the ropes then works him over on the floor before throwing him back in. Triple H suplexes Austin onto the floor while Rikishi hammers Rock and throws him into the wall. Taker then pounds on Triple H while Angle nails Rikishi with a baseball slide then goes out and rams him into the steps. Taker sends Triple H into a clothesline from Austin and Austin lays the boots to him then grinds his face into the wall, busting him open. Austin rubs Triple H’s face all around the cell then throws him into a support post before throwing him in the ring. Austin climbs in when Rikishi greets him with the big legdrop then helps Triple H up only for Triple H to lay him out with a Peidgree. Triple H covers Rikishi when Rock pulls him off and goes for a whip, Triple H reverses it but Rock comes back with a DDT. Rock covers Triple H but Angle pulls him off and drops Rock with a right hand. Rock goes for a whip when Angle counters into the Olympic Slam and covers but Austin breaks it up and hits Angle with the Stunner. Austin covers Angle but now Taker breaks it up and chokeslams Austin. Taker covers Austin but now Triple H breaks it up and pulls Taker out to the floor. Taker drops Triple H with a right hand then scoops him onto his shoulder and lawn darts him into the wall. In the ring Rikishi whips Austin into a corner and goes for the running butt splash but Austin sidesteps it and clothesline him. Austin clotheslines Taker over the ropes when Rikishi nails him then goes for a whip but Austin reverses it and hits a Thesz press.
Suddenly a flatbed truck backs down the aisle to ringside with Vince McMahon riding it and Vince orders a group of workers to tear the cell down. As the action continues the workers attack some chains and manage to rip the door off the cell. Eventually Mick Foley comes out and starts arguing with Vince and the Stooges before knocking out Brisco and Patterson. Foley then turns toward Vince who readies his cane but a group of security stops Vince and drags him out of the arena as Vince rants at them. Meanwhile there’s a match going on as Triple H crawls out the now-open door with Austin crawling out behind him. Austin rams Triple H into one of the cars that make up the set then rams a boom camera into his knee. The others spill out to the stage while Austin rams Triple H into the truck but Triple H throws Austin through the truck’s window! The other four fight near the set and Rikishi Samoan Drops Taker into one of the cars. Rock grabs Angle and Rikishi and rams their heads together with Angle going down. Austin is now busted open as Triple H hammers him but Rock interupts his assault and attacks him while Taker does the same to Angle. Rock pulls Triple H onto a car roof and sets up for a Rock Bottom but Triple H blocks it with a low blow then Pedigrees Rock into the car roof, busting him open as well. Rikishi grabs a barrel and aims it at Austin but Austin stops him and rams him into a car. Austin takes Triple H down and catapults him onto one of the cars then grabs a barrel and swings it at him but misses. Austin rams Triple H into the barrel when Taker and Angle make their way back to ringside. Taker rams Angle into the ringbell then grabs a mic and whacks Angle in the head with it before choking him with the cable. Rikishi brings Rock over to ringside and rams him into the cell while Angle grabs a chair and whacks Taker in the head to bust him open like the others. Austin and Triple H fight their way to the truck and Austin rams Triple H into it. Triple H climbs up the cell wall and Austin tries to stop him but Triple H kicks him away then reaches the top. Austin climbs up the other side and they fight on the roof with Austin hammering Triple H near the edge. Triple H blocks the right hand that would have sent him over but Austin drops him with the Stunner while Angle is now climbing the cell to the top. Austin greets Angle with a right hand then grabs his legs and stomps him in the chest. Taker climbs up after Angle and rams him into the support beam while Triple H low blows Austin then starts to climb down. Austin climbs down after Triple H leaving Angle and Taker on the roof when Rikishi starts climbing up the cell to get away from Rock and reaches the top. Taker tells the timekeeper to throw him a chair which he does and Taker whacks Angle with it. Rikishi grabs the chair and whacks Taker in the back then nails Angle with the chair as well. Rikishi chokes Taker with the chair as Angle tries to climb down the cell to the ground. Taker is up and starts hammering Rikishi toward the edge of the cage then grabs him and chokeslams off the cell roof to the flatbed truck below! Granted the truck was padded with sawdust but still a pretty cool bump. The other four men stand in disbelief while Taker collapses on the roof.
Austin and Rock then stand face-to-face before going at it and the crowd pops HUGE for it. Austin gets the advanatge when Rock comes back and goes for the Smackdown but Austin ducks it. Austin goes for the Stunner but Rock shoves him into the ropes and hits a spinebuster. Rock sets up for the People’s Elbow but Triple H comes in and knocks him down to prevent it. Rock wails away on Triple H and knocks him over the ropes with the Smackdown when Angle comes in but Rock hits him with a Rock Bottom! Rock covers Angle and the referee counts 1..2..but Austin breaks up the pin then takes Rock out with the Stunner. Austin crawls over and covers Rock but Triple H breaks up the pin and hits him with a neckbreaker. However Angle manages to drape an arm over Rock and gets the three to retain! (32:14) Not quite the epic they were building it up to be but still an entertaining main event with plenty of good action. Everyone is out as Angle struggles to get to his feet and celebrate his improbable win. But then Austin lays Angle out with a Stunner even though it’s after the fact. The pressing issue coming from this whole main event was that nothing was really settled among the combatants since none of them got any revenge or anything. Plus Angle did retain the title but continued to look weak as the world champion, especially since Austin just had to get the last word and ensure it’s his music that plays us out. ***½
Conclusion: The WWF’s December pay-per-views have a tradition of being holdover shows and this one was no different since it was thrown together with very little build and it showed. Of course having your six main guys in one match doesn’t leave much for the undercard and as a result it’s rather forgettable with no standout matches or anything to really see here. Plus quite a bit of pay-per-view time was taken up by talking segments trying to hype the main event. As for the six-man cell, it’s certainly worth a look and saves this show from total mediocrity but doesn’t match up to the epic build it was given throughout the program. Not to mention those that want to see it can just simply find it on the 3-DVD HIAC set so there’s no real reason to check this show out. So let’s call it thumbs in the middle leaning down and leave it at that.