Archive for the ‘2000’ Category

 

1. Intergender Elimination Match
The Hardyz (Matt & Jeff) & Lita vs. The Radicalz (Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko & Eddie Guerrero) w/Terri Runnels

Story goes that Malenko has developed a playboy gimmick and is pursuing Lita that eventually won a match against her and was given the right to go on a date with her. Unfortunately for Dean, Hardyz crashed the party and gave the guy a beatdown. This match was quite short and didn’t really live up to hype nor expectations. This was mainly storyline driven.
Grade: C-

 

2. European Championship
William Regal (c) vs. Hardcore Holly

Regal is now back in the WWF and immediately took over the European title which  obviously suits him well. Holly also returned to the WWF after a forearm injury sustained earlier in the year by a botched moonsault by Kurt Angle. I was never a fan of Holly’s and this match didn’t help the cause. Thankfully it was short and to the point.
Grade: C-

 

3. Chyna vs. Val Venis w/Ivory

The Right to Censor is now even more powerful with the acquisitions of Val Venis & Ivory. RTC’s problem with Chyna was her appearance on the cover of Playboy and that’s how Ivory got into the mix. Pretty much this match plainly sucked, Chyna is a terrible wrestler and honestly whatever little Venis could have done for this match didn’t make up.
Grade: D-

 

4. Last Man Standing Match
Chris Jericho vs. Kane

This is hilarious because this whole feud started over SPILLED COFFEE! Jericho spilled coffee on Kane by accident, to which the Big Red Machine did not take lightly and has since caused Jericho lots of matches and made his life a miserable hell. This would be a rematch from their encounter from Survivor Series but this time it’s gone personal and it’s now a Last Man Standing match. This had the potential of becoming on hell of a match. Unfortunately, the biggest and logically the most important spots were botched and a severe miscommunication  ruined this match for all of us.
Grade: D-

 

5. Tag Team Championships
               Four Corners
Right To Censor (Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather) (c) w/Steven Richards vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba-Ray & D-Von) vs. K-Kwik & The Road Dogg

This was OK but RTC really had no business being in this match, let alone as champions of all people.
Grade: C

 

6. Intercontinental Championship
Billy Gunn (c) vs. Chris Benoit

Billy Gunn returned to the WWF after being kicked out of DX and with the Right to Censor monitoring his antics beat him in a match and censored the Bad Ass name, thus becoming “The One” Billy Gunn. Gunn with a new name, look and attitude had instant success and won the Intercontinental title from Eddie Guerrero. Bad news is that he faced Chris Benoit, even worse, it was on-sided. On the flipside, it was quite enjoyable to watch with solid Gunn offense.
Grade: C-

 

7. Women’s Championship
Ivory (c) vs. Trish Stratus vs. Molly Holly 

No comment
Grade: DUD

 

8. WWF Championship
     Hell in a Cell
Kurt Angle (c) vs. Rikishi vs. The Rock vs. The Undertaker vs. Triple H vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

To speed things up here, Triple H masterminded the whole scenario that cause Austin to be absent for almost a year with his accomplice and perpetrator of the rundown, Rikishi. This whole plot was designed for Trips to take over the WWF and has been married to the McMahon family thus inheriting huge power. During Austin’s absence The Rock was Helmsley’s main adversary along with a returning Undertaker who is now a biker and has dropped the dead man gimmick. Also prodigy and Olympic gold-medalist, Kurt Angle, has sky-rocketed the WWF ranks and eventually butted heads with Triple H and his wife, Stephanie, to only win the WWF title thanks to her help. Now Austin is back and is looking for revenge but this has gotten so out of control that Commissioner Mick Foley decided to pit them. This was bloody, this was brutal, this was out of control, this was over the top (pun intended), this was GENIUS! What better way to end a feud or at least control this mess between your top six performers in the Cell, in which back then actually meant something. Everything was enjoyable and what a good way to end the year first year of the new millennium with a BANG!
Grade: A

 

Final Thoughts:

This point in time in the WWF, the attitude era was at it’s peak giving huge ratings and killing whatever was left of WCW which folded a few months later. With that being said, looking at these matches on paper, it’s pretty good but there are lots of loose ends that needed to be closed before moving on. I understand that the rest of the card was meant to be weak so they give the main event all the spotlight but that’s no excuse for the undercard performers to pull off a decent match because let’s be honest, the top guys in the WWF are in the main event in one of the most dangerous and highest profiled match types in history. They could at least been more supportive of the cause and put a lot more effort cause it wouldn’t have changed anything. I only recommend this show for the main event but it’s already available in various WWE compilation sets so it’s totally under your discretion if you want to get it or not.

Verdict: 5.5/10

 

1. The Right to Censor vs. Rikishi & Too Cool

ECW alumni Stevie Richards showed up in the WWF with a mission to teach a lesson in morality. He recruits followers to his group with promiscuous gimmicks like Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather (former Godfather). Rikishi has made a name for himself by being an athletic super heavyweight that can dance and use his ass as his weapon. The match didn’t last long but it got everyone pumped for the show, Rikishi’s popularity made it all 6 minutes of the match acceptable.
Grade: D+

 

2. X-Pac vs. The Road Dogg

The remnants of D-X were having dissension and decided to end it once and for all. As much as I love these two perform there wasn’t anything worth the watch here. This felt more like a Raw match than anything to be precise.
Grade: D-

 

3. Intercontinental Championship
Eddie Guerrero & Chyna vs. Val Venis (c) & Trish Stratus

Interesting and unique approach here as it’s a tag team match and whoever scores the pinfall becomes the champion, regardless of gender. It was pretty decent, nothing to extraordinary but passable. Eddie was starting to develop the Lie, Cheat & Steal gimmick from this point on.
Grade: C-

 

4. Tazz vs. Jerry Lawler

Tazz showed up with a mean streak at the Royal Rumble but didn’t get too far in the roster though. He was mad at the world and targeted good ole JR and bullied him. JR’s colleague and best friend Jerry Lawler had enough of it and swung at the suplex machine which led to this match. Considering that both men were not that great at this point, their feud was pretty intense. The match was dull and the only positive here was JR’s involvement within the match.
Grade: F+

 

5. Hardcore Championship
Shane McMahon vs. Steve Blackman

I’ll say it again, Shane knows how to hide his negatives and expose the positives. He can sell like no other. Blackman was a perfect choice for an opponent as he’s also limited on wrestling and sure made the use of weapon’s his main strength.
Grade: C+

 

6. Two Out of Three Falls
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho

This was action packed from ring bell to ring bell. They’re no strangers to each other, they’ve traveled all over the world together improving their craft in the same places. Nothing but good things came up from the match. It delivered, PERIOD!
Grade: A-

 

7. Tables, Ladders & Chairs
Edge & Christian (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz

For the record, this is the first TLC match in history. This concept was conceived as each team used one of the three weapons as their signature. They stole the show at Mania with the triangle ladder match. Now tables and chairs are added to the mix. Despite being the first of many history it’s very overlooked as most agree that it’s sequel was far superior, but that’s another story. Tag team wrestling reached a whole new level with this match. It’s self explanatory.
Grade: A

 

8. Thong Stink Face Match
The Kat w/Al Snow vs. Terri Runnels w/Perry Saturn

*SIGH*
Grade: DUD

 

9. The Undertaker vs. Kane

Another Taker/Kane match. But this one was different from the rest as the match never fully started and it was a nasty fight between these two monsters. Imagine Godzilla vs. King Kong.
Grade: DUD

 

10. WWF Championship
The Rock (c) vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H

Rock and Trips have been feuding for 2 years now so it’s self-explanatory. Kurt Angle , however has become a favorite overnight. In 9 months in his career he’s already a former Intercontinental & European champion,also the King of the Ring. He’s in the mix as there is a bit of a love triangle with Angle, Stephanie McMahon & Trips. This was beyond my expectations despite it being a 1 on 1 for the most part as Angle suffered a concussion early in the bout. Rock & Trips proved that they belong on the spotlight.Fantastic Main Event!
Grade: A-

 

Special Features:

Flash Backs – Video highlights of the current feuds at the moment

Xtras – SummerSlam commercials and highlights from a charity softball game with WWF Superstars vs. Michael Bolton and his team.

Feedback – Superstar interviews after their respective matches.

 

In conclusion, it was a successful event. While it started off show on a struggle, halfway to the end made up for the rest. At the time, Steve Austin was away due to a severe neck injury and Mick Foley was retired and now on-screen Commissioner. So that left open a few spots on the main event scene that were filled with newcomer Kurt Angle & WCW wrestlers, Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit. This event will always be remembered for the first TLC match and another chapter in one of the greatest rivalries in professional wrestling.

Verdict: 7.75/10