my all time favourite event in the history of everything and all existence.
Edge & Christian Vs X-Pac & Road Dogg – WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Debra randomly returns to do the ring announcing for this match. No idea where she went, and honestly she does a TERRIBLE job at announcing. But she’s married to Austin at this point and she had nice boobs so ok.
DX are “favoured” to win this tag match. Ok, more experience and shit I understand… but fuck, JR and Lawler are always putting over DX as quite possibly the best tag team ever. Did these guys EVER team up before Feb when Gunn got injured?
LOL, Edge takes down Pac with a spinning heel kick, something we’re more likely to see from him rather than Edge… so X-Pac spits in Edge’s face and tags out . Sounds more like something Road Dogg would do to Bradshaw before running away and tagging in Billy .
E&C have things going their way early on, but we get a real nice cut off spot where DX gain the advantage and begin to isolate Christian. CHRISTIAN FIP . Hope it’s good in 2000 like it is nowadays.
X-PAC RIDING BAREBACK ON CHRISTIAN IN THE CORNER. Right after Tori choked him a little. Sounds like Storytime with Andy. All that’s missing is a cripple. Edge is kinda crippled now, and he’s on the apron, so can he count?
DX keep using those good old fashioned HEEL TACTICS to control the match and keep things going their way. Preventing the ref from seeing tags, double teaming, using Tori etc. Then eventually Edge & Christian turn one of their HEEL TACTICS against them with Edge hitting a diving headbutt on Road Dogg while the ref is busy with X-Pac!
X-FACTOR! The ref is busy dealing with Tori and Road Dogg, so Christian comes in and BUSTS X-PAC OPEN with a ring bell! E&C retain their titles!
Good tag match. Good good tag match. Me likey . I like how E&C are still in their “slow heel turn” phase so they can do the babyface shit in their matches while also resort to heel stuff (ring bell for example) without completely turning and still getting good crowd reactions.
CAL SCALE – 2
Dean Malenko Vs Scotty 2 Hotty – WWF Light Heavyweight Championship Match
THE ICEMAN VS THE WORM.
Ahhh heel Lawler, how I miss you. When you were good anyway. Gotta love him trying to defend Malenko’s use of the ropes to win the LHW title on SD.
at JR revealing he attempted THE WORM.
Speaking of, Malenko countering the bulldog that would normally lead to THE WORM with a rather epic clothesline is worthy.
Dean works the leg of Scotty, which is smart because it slows down Scotty and wears them down for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF. Good GOD at the Mr Perfect bump when Malenko kicks Scotty’s leg out from under him while he’s at the ropes. Scotty damn near KILLS HIMSELF doing it.
Scotty sells the leg really well for the MOST part. He does have some iffy moments though lol.
He gets a couple of comebacks in, but he does stupid shit like CLIMB THE ROPES WITH A BAD LEG, which allows Malenko to counter with SUPERPLEXES.
Iffy selling moment: Scotty hits THE WORM. And he HOPS ON THE BAD LEG to do it as if nothing was wrong. Bah. At least Malenko keeps things good with a nice callback spot to the SD match by attempting to use the ropes again, and hitting a motherfucking SWEET double arm powerbomb.
Malenko can’t seem to put Scotty away so he resorts to climbing the ropes. Scotty sees it as his chance to REVENGE with a superplex of his own, but it’s countered into a TOP ROPE DDT and Malenko retains his title.
Great match. Not AS great as I used to think it was, but overall it holds up pretty well. Malenko is great. Scotty is mostly good. Shame about the whole WORM thing.
CAL SCALE – 4
ALL HAND ON DECK!
The Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan Vs The APA
APA . 4 big strong guys who like to fight. A SLOBBERKNOCKER~!
About 1 minute into the match and we’ve already seen Bradshaw smash Bull in the face with a big boot, DDT him, then hit a SUPER SHOULDER BLOCK off the ropes. I reckon this Bradshaw guy could make it all the way to the top one day.
Bossman tries to be all cool and shit and lands on his feet after being thrown outside by Bradshaw. Then Farooq kicks in him the face.
Oh, anyone wanna take a guess as to who might be the ref in this TAG TEAM match? No, it’s not Earl Hebner. TEDDY “TAG TEAM MATCH” LONG! Bet his favourite event of all time was WM 2000. ALL DEM TAG TEAM MATCHES, PLAYA!
CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL. Might be a top 5 finisher of all time for me. I love it. Match don’t end there though. Bossman and Farooq spend about half this match on the outside brawling with each other . Finish is pretty epic.
Awesome brawl between 4 big bastards who just beat the shit out of each other + showed some pretty tremendous athleticism for their sizes.
CAL SCALE – 1
Great little backstage promos with The Hardy Boys talking about working together then only fighting if it comes down to them. Then they switch to Crash and BOB with Bob saying he can’t wait to beat the hell out of Crash .
Crash Holly Vs Hardcore Holly Vs Tazz Vs Perry Saturn Vs Matt Hardy Vs Jeff Hardy – WWF Hardcore Championship Match
multiman hardcore title match . They show clips of Crash winning the title back on SD during a Matt Vs Jeff hardcore title match. Matt Vs Jeff was a pretty damn awesome hardcore title match. Needs some love.
Match can only end if someone pins Crash or Crash pins someone. None of that losing the title without being pinned bullshit! 30 seconds in and we see a POWERBOMB already lol. A sign of things to come .
Crash tries to run away and everyone fights on the Backlash stage. CLIMBING HIGH AND JUMPING~!
I remember the first time I saw this, when Jeff does a big jump the commentators say he’s like a young Shawn Michaels. I didn’t quite hear what he said the first time other than “Shawn Michaels” and I rewound the tape (VHS bitches) to hear it again because I thought they mentioned HBK in a meaningful way . Was hoping they would explain his absence because I’d missed the last 2 years and had no idea where he (or Undertaker for that matter) was.
poor Crash, he really, really takes a shit kicking in this one . Having to pin him only forces everyone to try and kill him the entire time, while killing each other to take them out long enough so they can secure the pin .
Match does slow down and get a little dull at one point which makes me sad . Needs more STEVE BLACKMAN. Maybe even Al Snow and a bowling ball.
at Tazz. SON OF A BITCH! CHOKE! CHOKE! While he’s got some wire wrapped around the neck of Jeff .
DICK MURDOCH REFERENCE~! I’m sure I have to add a couple of points on the CAL SCALE for that .
Hardy’s bring out the fun in the shape of a LADDER~! The ladder gets a pop .
“HI PERRY, WHAT’S GOING ON? We’ve got Perry Saturn draped across our announce table ”. Oh man, the way Lawler says that is incredible .
Swanton off the ladder! Matt goes for the cover, Jeff breaks it up and they look to fight until TAZZ shows up. TAZZMISSION! STOP SIGN! Everyone gets taken out on the outside, and Crash gets the pin off the stop sign!
Mostly a fun match. Does have that dull spot in the middle though. JR constantly confusing Tazz and Saturn is though.
CAL SCALE – 1
The Big Show Vs Kurt Angle
WHEN IT COMES CRASHING DOWN AND IT HURTS INSIDE~!
THE HULK UP! THE LEG DROP! THE KICKOUT!
HOGAN CHANTS! “MORE PEOPLE ARE CHANTING HOGAN THAN THEY HAVE IN YEARS!”
IF THE LEGDROP DON’T WORK, THE CHOKESLAM WILL!
GOAT SQUASH MATCH!
CAL SCALE – 0.5
The Dudley Boys Vs T & A
I LOVE this tag match. I LOVE the build up video too. TRISH IN LINGERIE ROLLING AROUND ON TABLES. I’VE GOT WOOD! FAP FAP FAP!
I’M GONNA GET YOU YA LITTLE BITCH!
Albert takes some great shots and bumps really well for his size early on as The Dudley Boys control the opening part of the match. Albert rules. T & A as a team ruled. TRISH ruled. Dudley Boys rules. This match has everything going for it .
“DUDLEY’S UNIQUE VERSION OF BIRTH CONTROL” JR’s call for the headbutt to the groin spot.
Good god I think Albert killed D-Von. BICYCLE KICK RIGHT TO THE FUCKING FACE. And that brings us to the D-Von FIP. T & A are GREAT during all of this, really taking it to D-Von, using the time tested STF as well as you are likely to see. Oh, and Albert press slamming Test on D-Von then screaming to Bubba “TESTIFY TO THAT!” is awesome. Then he keeps taunting Bubba after the hot tag is made but the ref never sees it . ALBERT RULES.
D-Von is a great FIP too. Bumps around really, really well and you can’t help but wanna cheer him on because he is just getting MAULED by these 2 big bastards.
Oh hey, TRISH is at ringside. Not that you’d notice because she does NOTHING. She’s literally just there because Bubba wants to put her through a table. She’s a pretty shitty manager lol.
HOT TAG~! Back suplex neck breaker and everyone, including the commentators, think it’s a 3-D. Urgh. Morons. They go for the ACTUAL 3-D, but Trish gets on the apron, shakes his titties to distract Bubba, and Test cracks him in the face with a big boot for the win!
Awesome tag. Love it love it love it love it. A great example of the STF. And then afterwards we get TRISH through a table.
CAL SCALE – 4
Eddie Guerrero Vs Essa Rios – WWF European Championship Match
Eddie is wrestling in a tux. LITA LITA LITA FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP is out there with Essa. Man-Chyna is there too.
Oh man, first exchange and we get BOTCHES GALORE. Essa nearly trips over Eddie, then Eddie… does something and doesn’t even connect but Essa sells it anyway and I’m wondering WTF is going on.
Huh, Eddie IS a heel here. Odd. He was kinda a little bit of a tweener during this time I guess then. Because his Latino Heat stuff was getting over and entertaining people, but he was still screaming shit like “screw you” to the fans during matches.
OMG HOW HOT DOES LITA LOOK?
what a SPLAT Essa makes when he dives over the ropes and Eddie moves.
Crowd are pretty dead here, but who can blame them? They just wasted about 10 sodding minutes putting TRISH on a stretcher and putting her in the ambulance. Eddie and Essa botching and being sloppy as fuck ain’t helping. Wonder what Eddie would have been like had he come into WWF CLEAN instead of waiting until 2002.
LITA FAP FAP FAP gets thrown off the top rope right into the Spanish announce table! FUCK YOU MAN-CHYNA YOU BIG COCKED CUNT. JUST BECAUSE LITA IS HOT AND YOU ARE A MAN.
Asai(?) Moonsault from Essa and he and Eddie crash awkwardly into the announce table. Looked painful.
They make it up with Essa’s INSANE dive over the turnbucke to Eddie on the outside!
Fucking Man-Chyna. She practically destroys poor LITA because she tried to interfere in the match… then moments later interferes herself as if everything is fine. Cunt. She wishes she had one.
Aeroplane spin into a neckbreaker looked cool… but the finish? Eh. Fell flat.
Match is… decent. Sloppy and botchy in a LOT of places, but also has some good shit here and there too. LITA being at ringside helps . Shame Man-Chyna is the one to get stripped at the end instead of LITA.
Disappointing in a LOT of ways .
CAL SCALE – 0.5
FUCK ME STEPHANIE HAS AMAZING LEGS. VINCE MCMAHON HAS THE PERSONALITY OF TONY SOPRANO. JR WATCHES THE SOPRANOS. PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES REFERENCE. GOAT PPV.
Chris Benoit Vs Chris Jericho – WWF Intercontinental Championship Match
These 2 fucking hate each other, and JR brings up their past and how they’ve wrestled around the world and shit which I think adds to matches like this. They made a collar and elbow tie up look VICIOUS at the start of the match. Then SLAPS TO THE FACE… and then they exchange pin counters. Which is just odd lol.
CHOP BATTLE~! But it looks and sounds brutal so it’s ok .
OH MY GOD. I literally said “Uuuuuuhhhwwwwww” (hard to exactly spell out the noise I made, so just go with it lol) out loud as Benoit does the suicide dive and Jericho moves… and Benoit doesn’t reach the barricade instead he nose dives HEAD FIRST into the floor. Surprised he didn’t need neck surgery then and there!
Speaking of sick looking bumps, Jericho gets thrown into the steps and leaps over them, so Benoit dropkicks them back at him. Instead of the usual “to the knee” bump… the top half of the steel steps goes right into the fucking RIBS of Jericho and fuck, looks like it hurt a TON. No idea if that was how it was supposed to happen lol.
So Jericho is HURT. And Benoit is Benoit. ATTACK THE RIBS . Benoit knows what to do . And he does it well .
I’D HAVE A HEART ATTACK IF HE GIVES UP ON AN ABDOMINAL STRETCH. Uhhh… careful there Jerry… methinks you might have a heart condition .
I like how Jericho gets ONE opening after some pretty brutal rib work and immediately tries for the win with a Lionsault. Unfortunately for him, it hurt his ribs so he couldn’t go for a cover straight away.
Back Superplex that Benoit counters with a cross body looks great. Makes one hell of an IMPACT on the mat too. DOUBLE POWERBOMB. Kinda hate that move. Jericho always seems to do it at dumb times… like when he’s had his arm worked over… or in this match after spending most of the match getting his ribs pummelled.
Love how Benoit fights while Jericho tries to lock in the Walls of Jericho. He fights for his life to avoid being fully turned over, and in doing so gets closer to the ropes so when it IS locked in he can easily reach the ropes and escape with little to no damage done.
REF BUMP~! IC TITLE TO THE FACE! THE COVER! 2 COUNT? BOOOOO!
FLYING HEADBUTT! JERICHO GETS THE IC TITLE UP! BENOIT GOES FACE FIRST! THE REF CALLS FOR THE BELL. THE COMMENTATORS ARE UTTERLY CLUELESS. LOL.
“WELL THAT DECISION SUCKS!”
So this match is awesome. I’m a big fan of the finish too, even if it looked to have legitimately fuck Benoit’s face up . Also, it begins the 2 year long feud between Jericho and Tim White, ending in a HIAC match at JD 02! Tim retires and tries to commit suicide every week on TV afterwards!
CAL SCALE – 5
Triple H Vs The Rock – Shane McMahon Special Guest Referee – WWF Championship Match
HHH has Vince and STEPHANIE FAP FAP in his corner… and Rock has AUSTIN 3:16! Except Austin hasn’t shown up yet. Vince’s sources claim he might have had some transportation difficulties. TONY SOPRANO~!
CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE~!
The match that SHOULD have main evented WM. Then again I do love the finish to that match as opposed to the finish to this match… so I’m fine with this main eventing a “B” PPV. After all, Rock is just a B+ wrestler .
I lied. Rock is closer to a D- or something .
”VINCE YOU MISSED THE RING, THAT WAS THE RING POST!!!”
at HHH and Shane hugging before HHH goes for a pin attempt. Jericho can learn a thing or two about how to treat referees.
I do find it slightly odd that HHH has Rock in a sleeper hold and Shane is checking on him and shit… why doesn’t Shane just call for the bell and say Rock gave up? The whole purpose of Shane being the ref is to utterly SCREW The Rock out of the title. Fast counts for HHH, refusing to count for The Rock… so why stop there? The match could have been over already! Nitpicking I know. In fact I don’t really care lol, I’m just rambling . SHANE O’MAC!
I love how Vince keeps getting involved, but at the same time they have Shane doing something with HHH so he doesn’t see anything, still keeping up the idea that Shane is impartial even though we all know he isn’t.
DDT TO HHH! 1…2…3 MY GOD THE ROCK JUST WON THE WWF TI…HAHAHA FUCK NO. Shane refuses to count! Suck it, Rock.
DOUBLE ROCK BOTTOM THROUGH THE TABLE! Shane is dead.
MR BIG GRAPEFRUITS!
PEDIGREE! But Shane is down. Better get a qualified referee out here. PAT PATTERSON AND GERALD BRISCO! Pat only gets a 2 though. Pat Patterson, the first ever IC champion. I should really review the tournament where he won the belt. I hear he had a ***** classic that night .
HHH, THE STOOGES and Vince McMahon lay into The Rock and this one is surely gonna end soon.
STONE COLD! STONE COLD IS HERE! THE RATTLESNAKE IS BACK!
He takes out everyone with a chair except for The Rock. Linda comes down, shoves poor sweet STEPHANIE down, reinstates Earl Hebner who counts the 3 off a People’s Elbow and we have a NEW WWF Champion! Shitty outcome but an amazing finish overall. Pop for Austin is amazing. Out of this world.
Ok, so technically this isn’t the greatest of matches. Nor is it really that “great”. BUT, the atmosphere, the build up, the shenanigans, the Austin return and even the title change all combine to make one of the most pure FUN matches of all time, one that can easily be pointed to in order to define the Attitude Era. THIS is an example of why PRO WRESTLING is so great. I don’t even like The Rock (NEWSFLASH~!) but good god this entire thing is awesome.
CAL SCALE – 7
Overall CAL SCALE – 25
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A MUTINY.
2 Cool Vs Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko
2 Cool should probably be my all time favourite tag team. Why? It’s 2 white guys who can’t dance for shit. THAT’S LIKE ME!!!
Great tag work from Malenko and Saturn. They keep taunting GMS forcing him to run into the ring and distract the ref, allowing them to double team THE WORM. But there is some DISSENTION between them as of late because Saturn is the only Radical without a title. He ends up shoving Malenko at one point, right into a roll up!
DOUBLE WORM!!! at Saturn selling it and falling into the camera man.
HIP HOP DROP! This one is over.
Decent tag, fun, nothing more tbh. Hot crowd which helps too. Malenko and Saturn go at it after the match lol.
CAL SCALE – 0.5
VINCE MCMAHON! He actually flew to England! Yey! He’s disappointed that The Rock is the new WWF Champion. Me too, Vince. Me too.
Bull Buchanan Vs Kane
Remember when Bossman and Buchanan took out Kane? I do, but I doubt many other people will .
Kane’s left hand is in a cast thingy still.
Paul Bearer; HE’S 6 FEET WIDE, FACE LIKE A WELL KEPT GRAVE
Bull kinda lands on his feet from a back body drop which is cool to see from a guy of his size. Then he hits a DDT and Kane doesn’t quite go with it. He’s like half a second behind lol .
Buchanan should come back and join THE SHIELD. He’s already got the outfit. Can replace Reigns while Reigns turns face and rocks the mother fucking world.
One handed chokeslam while I was writing that last sentence and this is over. SALAD DODGER! Too short to be anything.
CAL SCALE – 0
HHH and STEPHANIE FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP backstage. Damn, Steph got them LEGS on display. They are wondering who Vince meant earlier when he said a McMahon family member would leave champion. Did he mean HHH… or did he mean SHANE?
Road Dogg Vs Bradshaw
Have I mentioned yet how much I love the DX theme from this time? I have? Well good, because it’s awesome. Yey TORI coming to the ring with Road Dogg. Don’t need X-Pac to see her .
JR: SHE BELONGS ON PAGE 3. I am in agreement Mr Ross.
COME ON, BARK JR!
Road Dogg and Tori are MAD OVER.
Bradshaw. Can you believe that the APA only have 3 tag matches on PPV in 2000? And 5 matches in total with them being in the hardcore match at WM and then this. WE MAY SEE A TORI SANDWICH WITH ACOLYTE BREAD! Ha, sex joke.
Farooq gets ejected from ring side .
Doesn’t help Road Dogg though, because Bradshaw is a killer anyway .
BRADSHAW DID A FLOAT OVER SUPLEX. Think about it. Then be shocked.
Oh man watching this match is hilarious thinking back to all the Road Dogg shoots where he talks about being terrified of the guy because he was so stiff in the ring .
HOLY SHIT ROAD DOGG WINS. CLEAN! IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING WITH HIS FINISHER! This was fun. Bradshaw beats the fuck out of Road Dodd, and Road Dogg gets a couple of shots in here and there. APA stuff, singles or tag, is always entertainment.
CAL SCALE – 0.5
Terri with her tits nearly popping out eating a banana. Wonder what they are trying to do here? That face ruins everything though.
The Kat Vs Terri – Arm Wrestling Contest
no. Wait… I feel I need to watch this… but why?
Stalling… stalling… stalling… stalling… think I made a mistake here… more stalling… arm wrestling… spit in face, water bottle in face… Kat wins…
THE KAT’S TITS! THE KAT’S TITS! ALL NAKED AND OUT AND STUFF!!!
Except we don’t see them. Not on the DVD release anyway. It’s time like this I’m glad I have other versions of the show .
CAL SCALE – 0
The Dudley Boys Vs Rikishi & The Big Show
This is dull as fuck for the most part tbh… but one think I did take notice of was when the Dudley’s hit the headbutt to groin spot, and Lawler describes it as D-Von going head first into “the old Jack Swaggs” . IS SWAGGER NAMED AFTER BALLS?
Edge & Christian show up and Bubba gets speared. Lawler: “THEY’RE DOING A RUN ON! IT’S A RUN ON!” what a fucking moron.
2 Cool come down and everyone dances. Yawn at this match.
CAL SCALE – 0
Chris Benoit Vs Kurt Angle
6 days after Backlash, and poor Benoit still has a killer black eye that’s STILL swelled up.
another Angle = Cody reference! “I’VE BEEN IN ENGLAND ALL WEEK LONG, AND I COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTCIE ONE THING. YOUR CHILDREN” you sick fuck Angle. You too Cody.
Crash Holly… randomly… comes down to ringside to do commentary. No idea.
Oh, he wants to fight an Englishman for the hardcore title. Wonder who it’ll be…
So Angle Vs Benoit on “PPV” in 2000 huh? They have 2 matches at Insurrextion, one this year and one next year. This one is often forgotten about because, well, so far the event in general is forgettable plus they weren’t feuding during this time.
Angle is as un-Olympic as he’s ever been here. EYE GOUGING~!
Mostly a brawl with Angle going after the eye, and honestly it’s quite fun. at Angle using his free hand to shove the referee’s finger into Benoit’s eye to escape the crossface .
Nice little sequence leading into the Angle slam with Angle dodging a couple of bunches and countering into the Angle Slam. Match isn’t a classic or anywhere near, but for the time it got they really worked the eye injury and it was done pretty nicely. I like this.
CAL SCALE – 1
The British Bulldog Vs Crash Holly – WWF Hardcore Championship Match
Well seems we’ve found an Englishman to fight Crash lol.
Crash throws a bunch of weapons into the ring including a rubbish bin, but you can see it rolling outside on the other side of the ring. BUT you also see a camera man reach out to stop it. Then 2 seconds later you see that it’s no longer in the ring. THE FUCK DID THE GUY DO?
all the weapons look like cheap versions of the American stuff. The “trash can” is some plastic shit, the steel chair is also plastic I’m fairly certain . Even the sticks look really thin and cheap . Where the fuck did they show for this crap? B&Q . Looks like shit but costs a fortune, so they probably thought it must be good for that price. Morons.
Powerslam on some sticks and we got a new hardcore champion. Well this was wank.
CAL SCALE – 0
Edge & Christian earlier today signing autographs for £5. BARGAIN!
The Hardy Boys Vs Edge & Christian – WWF Tag Team Championship Match
apparently E&C got facials after getting stinkfaced last week. I ain’t touching that one.
I’M NOT INTO MENS HAIR LIKE YOU ARE.
Not much to ramble on here, because I was actually just WATCHING THE MATCH. Gets a lot of time and is, well, really fucking good. End with E&C using the ring bell to lay out the Hardy Boys and get DQ’d as they were just about to lose the belts.
Dudley’s show up to gain revenge for what happened earlier. cheap looking shitty table too. It can barely stand up . Edge through the table.
This match might save the show from being the worst of 2000. In fact, it HAS. Still 2nd atm but who knows what else is still to come .
CAL SCALE – 3
Eddie Guerrero Vs Chris Jericho – WWF European Championship Match
at the hype video for this. ITS FAR FROM OVER BETWEEN JERICHO AND EDDIE GUERRERO & CHYNA! Except Jericho moved straight into a feud with Benoit afterwards for the IC title (which he now has), and only gets his “revenge” match on a UK PPV . Well a TV match too but come on, a TV match? LOL
Eddie is heel. Randomly. Wasn’t he like, babyface going into Backlash?
a COIN FLIP to decide which title is up for grabs .
Jericho dominates at the start so Eddie decides to fuck off. And then Chyna throws Eddie back to the ring. Uhhh what?
SPINNING HEEL KICK FROM JERICHO. And I’m fairly certain it was his BACK that actually connected with Eddie .
Chyna clotheslines Jericho on the outside. So she’s fine with helping Eddie CHEAT to win, but getting counted out to retain the title is a no no?
at Lawler just throwing out random basic Spanish words in an attempt to prove to JR he can speak Spanish.
The crowd don’t give a SHIT about this. Just like in 97, except in 97 they were having incredible matches.
DDT TO JERICHO BY CHYNA. That’s how Eddie won the European title to begin with. Because apparently Chyna’s DDT is more devastating than anyone else’s.
OMG JERICHO KICKED HOW WHO COULD HAVE GUESSED HE WOULDN’T LOSE THE SAME WAY AS BEFORE I FOR ONE AM UTTERLY SHOCKED HOW DID HE MANAGE TO DO THAT THEY TOTALLY GOT ME I THOUGHT IT WAS OVER RIGHT THEN AND THERE OMG OMG I’M MARKING OUT BRO.
Title belt to the face and THAT ends the match.
Dead crowd certainly doesn’t help, but eh, it’s not like they were setting the world on fire.
CAL SCALE – 0.5
STEPHANIE FAP FAP FAP FAP looking super hot. HHH and Shane are there too. Not hot. They can’t decide which one is gonna be the WWF Champ.
The Rock Vs Triple H Vs Shane McMahon – WWF Championship Match
COME ON, GET HIM TRIPLE H. YEAH! Vince has such an awesome face while he says that.
Rock gets Lawler’s crown and puts it on Shane, then punches him in the face. So was that like, Rock taking a shot at the UK? Cunt. DON’T YOU PUNCH THE QUEEN!
at Shane and HHH just having fun doing some shuffling and punching. And these are the HEELS? I don’t get it.
Then The Rock does it, but he ends up just stealing Dusty’s move and bionic elbow. GET YOUR OWN SHIT YOU HACK. Then again your own shit is the People’s Elbow, and how fucking shit is that? Makes THE WORM look credible.
HHH and Shane play nice for a while, until Shane breaks up a 3 count and then attacks HHH from behind! MOONSAULT! HHH moves, but Shane lands on his feet!!! at HHH SHOUTING to Rock “DDT” and then Rock hits a DDT .
at Shane going for a Pedigree, but he can’t do it because he isn’t strong enough.
Rock gets LAID OUT… with the WOMEN’S TITLE BELT . Take that you prick. GERALD BRISCO!
LOW BLOW! PEDIGREE! SLOW COUNT FROM BRISCO FOR SOME REASON! 2 COUNT! BOOOOO!
HHH decks Brisco. SECOND PEDIGREE! But no referee, so Vince steals the ref shirt… but EARL HEBNER SHOWS UP!!! Vince punches the ring post aiming for Earl!
EARL HEBNER IN EARL’S COURT! LET’S GO EARL! LET’S GO EARL!
at the chase scene with Vince going after Earl. ROCK BOTTOM!
Shitty People’s Elbow to Shane and this one is done. Terrible, terrible finish, but god what a fun match. I mean super fun. MCMAHON SHANANIGANS are always amazing.
CAL SCALE – 2
Overall CAL SCALE – 7.5
I like how they cut together a video package essentially using promos from the build up to Unforgiven . Worked out well I guess lol, plus it’s all they had to work with because they didn’t exactly hype this show on TV I don’t think, since America didn’t get it until like a year later on that month PPV service thingy.
Foley promo to start things. Just to tell us that HHH isn’t on the show. Because he wasn’t in the main event. Oh and the 4 way match for the WWF title is now No DQ and no countouts. Because we often see those 4 way matches end like that…
Angle shows up. Can’t be wasting PPV time on matches after all! Angle making fun of Englishmen not winning gold medals. Bet he looks back at this and regrets saying it . Tazz and JR are doing commentary.
T&A Vs The Dudley Boys Vs Edge & Christian – Elimination Tables Match
TRISH FAP FAP.
BIG VIS sign in the crowd. PETE GAS too. Man, Sheffield fans are awesome! Well, they are when I’m in the crowd. Wish they still did the UK PPV’s. They stopped doing them the same year I started going to shows. Cunts.
ALBERT KICKS A TABLE IN HALF! Take THAT furniture!
Test had an awesome big boot. One of like, 3 things he was good at. But I liked T&A. Great team.
at Edge. Tags himself in after Test hits the big boot, kicks Bubba a few times on the floor, then when Bubba starts to get back up he runs and tags Test back in and runs out of the ring again.
Edge & Christian see an opportunity to take out T&A who have been DOMINATING this match so far, and end up powerbombing Albert through a table while he was trying to superplex Bubba. Why are T&A always the first team to get eliminated in matches like this? I WANT MORE T&A DAMMIT!!! At least let TRISH stay at ringside.
DEVON KICKS A TABLE… but it doesn’t break. He’s no Albert.
With T&A gone we get a standard E&C Vs Dudley Boys tag, but a standard match between those guys is like a fucking classic match compared to what we see today from anyone but THE SHIELD. Fun little finishing stretch, then Christian saves Edge from a 3-D by running into him, then stands up and takes the 3-D through a table himself. Good match overall.
CAL SCALE – 2
LITA LITA LITA LITA FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH interview.
Ivory Vs Lita – WWF Women’s Championship Match
Lita got busted open at Survivor Series but she gets another shot at the title tonight .
Tazz wants to see Ivory nude. Can’t say I’d complain if I saw it too .
Why is Steven Richards always at ringside with Ivory but the Hardy Boys never come out to support Lita? If I was associated with LITA she’d have to get a restraining order out to keep me away! And trust me, she WOULD get the restraining order .
Match is like, a MILLION times less sloppy than their SS match. LITA SUICIDE DIVE TO WHITE SOCKS. It’s short as fuck, but they don’t fuck up shit constantly so for the time it gets and given the fact it’s a WWF women’s match, it’s fine. Screwy finish and Ivory retains.
CAL SCALE – 0.5
FINALLY THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO SHEFFIELD. Now hurry up and fuck off you numpty. He does a promo/interviewy thing. Same old shit.
Perry Saturn Vs Steve Blackman – WWF Hardcore Championship Match
YES! Hardcore title match . After Unforgiven we didn’t get a hardcore title match on normal PPV until NO WAY OUT 2001. RR match doesn’t count .
Perry Saturn hits ONE OF DEM MEXICAN MOVES over the ropes to Blackman. @ Tazz. Almost as bad as me and the Japanese A Vs Japanese B thing.
They do some cool shit early on with moves, then outcome the weapons and things go from eeeee to EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE kinda fun. Fuck me at Saturn drop toe holding Blackman into the trash can. Blackman’s head smacks it and damn, not often a trash can shot looks that painful .
Saturn probably does his best “wrestling” in this match than I recall seeing in WWF. Combine that with the weapons and damn, guaranteed FUN.
Saturn does the suicide dive through the ropes into a weapon spot. But it’s a metal tray rather than a chair which just doesn’t seem as impactful lol. Looks cool at least .
STICKS~! No not the the band. The weapons.
Martial Arts kick to the chair that smacks into Saturn’s face and this is done. this was fun. GOD I FUCKING MISS THE HARDCORE TITLE DAMMIT.
CAL SCALE – 1
William Regal Vs Crash Holly – WWF European Championship Match
Great promo from Regal backstage before the match. He both manages to get over as a babyface AND rip apart England… and STILL get cheered afterwards .
MOLLY HOLLY’S TITS.
Regal continues his promo in the ring before the match starts too. Awesome.
at the “CHYNA I’M PREGNANT” sign.
DAMN at those stiff elbow shots in the corner. Regal is definitely upping his game a little being in England. Everything he did looked nasty. While normally in the US he wasn’t quite as vicious for the first few months in the company.
Regal gets a 3 count but Crash’s foot was on the ropes. Ref talks to someone and MOLLY hits a dropkick. Crash pins Regal and wins the European title. MOLLY BEAT REGAL.
Regal fucking DECKS MOLLY and starts kicking her in the head .
CAL SCALE – 1
Angle is backstage with Benoit, asking him for his support in the 4 way title match tonight. Benoit got bigger fish to fry tonight, Kurt.
Chyna & Billy Gunn Vs Eddie Guerrero & Dean Malenko
Eddie is awesome. That is all .
CHYNA PRESSING EDDIE OVERHEAD.
Teddy Long refereeing. Duh. Tag match.
Tazz keeps calling Chyna’s man tits “biscuits”. Shut up, Tazz.
Stuff happens in this match, but honestly I was too busy cringing at Tazz’s HORRIBLE commentary. He was fine up until this point. Then for some reason Chyna confused him and he went to hell.
Match is what it is. And what it is I don’t know.
CAL SCALE – 0
Kane Vs Chris Jericho
Match is announced as a “one fall to a finish” match. Well duh. Unless it’s a fucking 2/3 falls or Iron Man match then yeah, of course that’s what it fucking is.
this match is more like their SS match and less like their LMS match. FIGHT. There’s a little sequence with Jericho charging at Kane only to be punched in the face, followed by Jericho getting back up and doing the same thing again… well on about the 4th punch, Jericho doesn’t so much bump off the punch as just run into Kane’s fist and collapse . Think he might have taken a real shot to the face there .
Y2GAY sign. Ha.
I started to become a Jericho fan around this time, because my parents bought me a Jericho t-shirt and I didn’t wanna tell them I hated him . So as I pretended to like him any time he came on screen, I started paying more attention to him and started actually liking him for the most part lol. Imagine if they’d bought me a ROCK t-shirt? I’d have told them to take it fucking back .
CHOKESLAM. This one is over. Jericho attacks Kane after the match. Good stuff, but essentially just a short version of their SS match.
CAL SCALE – 1
LITA FAP FAP FAP AND TRISH FAP FAP FAP BACKSTAGE FIGHT ALL SEXY AND HALF NAKED AND FAP FAP FAP IVORY HALF NAKED TOO FAP FAP FAP.
The Goodfather & Bull Buchanan Vs The Hardy Boys – WWF Tag Team Championship Match
No LITA at ringside after her backstage brawl .
Jeff starts showing up Bull by doing all his flippy shit and taking him down and stuff. Then he celebrates too near the RTC corner and Goodfather fucking KILLS HIM with a super clothesline .
Not to be outdone by his brother, Matt tries to commit suicide or something by lobbing himself face first into the ring post. Good stuff .
Basic tag match, nothing worth going out of your way to see. Val helps his RTC buddies and that’s that.
CAL SCALE – 0.5
Kurt is talking with E&C, trying to get their moral support for the match later. Christian is too hurt from going through the table.
Undertaker on his way to the ring, but Benoit distracts him and the Radicals attack the American Bad Ass! They destroy his knee.
Chris Benoit Vs The Undertaker
They tease Undertaker not being able to make it out, but he comes limp(Bizkit)ing his way down to the ring anyway!
So Undertaker has the knee problem going into the match, and Benoit obviously goes after it. However not enough damage was done and Undertaker can still dictate a lot of the pace in the match. at Benoit trying to wrap Undertaker’s leg around the ring post, only for ‘Taker to smash his head into the post. Benoit’s bump and subsequent fall looks hilariously awesome with the steel steps preventing you from seeing where he lands. Might make a GIF for it if I can be arsed. We’ll see.
Yeah, I made the gif .
Undertaker keeps going to his power to control the match, but any time he thinks his knee is ok again, Benoit spots an opening and just tears at it some more.
We get a somewhat lengthy (given the entire length of the match anyway) control segment with Benoit doing a pretty good job of destroying Undertaker’s leg. HEADBUTT TO THE KNEE. GOAT. Then Undertaker hits a small package and gets the quick 3!!! THE UNDERTAKER HAD TO USE A SMALL PACKAGE. Similar match to the FL Angle match, except Undertaker was able to destroy Kurt at the end. Here he had to resort to a fucking roll up. BENOIT GETS PUT OVER AGAIN!
Good match, but damn, this needed to happen on a big stage a few years later. Hell even in 02 it could have been magnificent. But 05 onwards? Hell motherfucking yeah. Would have been epic.
CAL SCALE – 2
Kurt Angle Vs Rikishi Vs The Rock Vs Steve Austin – WWF Championship Match
Rock and Austin take turns at fighting Angle in the ring and fighting Rikishi on the outside. Then they double team Rikishi. Angle in the mean time fucks off with the WWF title. Rock goes after him which makes no sense. LET HIM LEAVE. More chance of winning a triple threat than a 4 way ya dumb fuck. God I hate The Rock!
LOL at Rikishi fucking up a “whip opponents into each other out of the corner” spot when he decides to fall out of the ring instead of into the corner. Poor Rock is mid-whipping Angle on the other side and has to quickly switch it up and lob Angle outside.
AUSTIN AND ROCK STAREDOWN. STUNNER TO THE ROCK. EVERYONE TRIES TO COVER THE ROCK. NOBODY LIKES THE ROCK. LOL.
Austin is just killing it in this match. Absolute fucking WORKHORSE. He never slows down, starting with running to the ring to start this thing off, right up until the end. He’s always in the action and always doing something great. ROCK BOTTOM TO AUSTIN. BOOOOO.
ANGLE SLAM TO ROCK. YEY!
Edge & Christian show up to show moral support for Angle anyway. AWWWW THEY DO LOVE KURT AFTERALL!
The Radicals show up next to give Angle more moral support because, well, E&C just weren’t enough lol. Rock and Austin are busy with all the interference, allowing Angle to hit the Angle Slam on Rikishi and retain his title!
This was fun. Nonstop action with very little of the “2 in 2 out” formula. A lot of the time all 4 guys, or at least 3 of them were in the ring at the same time trying to kill each other.
Angle retains the title but Austin and Rock hit finishers on the Radicals to let the fans go home happy.
CAL SCALE – 2
Overall CAL SCALE – 9
No Way Out 2000
This is my nightmare… AND I DECIDE WHEN I WAKE UP!
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Jericho – WWF Intercontinental Championship Match
Jericho kicks Kurt right in the face on a moonsault attempt off the steel steps.
at Tim White not giving a shit what they are doing on the outside because he’s quite clearly having a conversation on his head piece.
Oh hey Jericho, are you aware of selling? Because your arm was in trouble about 10 seconds ago and here you are hitting a fucking double arm back breaker. Knob. Yeah, I’m complaining about someone no selling in a Kurt Angle match and it’s NOT Kurt Angle!
Fuck me, he does it again. This time with a fucking double powerbomb. Oh but he holds his arm afterwards, so that makes it alright I guess…
At least Angle is on top of his game for the most part. He keeps going back to the arm in hopes that it’ll actually weaken and Jericho might fucking sell the damn thing.
OLYMPIC SLAM! And Jericho kicks out. Because even in 2000 his finisher was fucking useless…
at Angle trying to deck Chyna with the European title belt. WHAT A GUY! Then Chyna gets blasted into the steel steps by Jericho. Lionsault, title belt to the face, and Angle is now the EuroContinental Champion!
Solid match overall but definitely has its problems (Jericho…). Their KOTR match later in the year would be better.
Earl Hebner comes down to dispute the decision… and Tim White fucking ignores him and buggers off .
CAL SCALE – 1
The Dudley Boys Vs The New Age Outlaws – WWF Tag Team Championship Match
Shame Billy went into this match already injured, a proper PPV tag team match between these two teams could have been fucking tremendous. Always wondered how the tag division would have been had Billy not been injured and the Outlaws were still together the entire year. Would the “3 team” thing have still been just that? Would the Outlaws have been inserted into the Dudleys/Hardys/E&C feud?
All the times I watched this match in the past I never knew or noticed that Billy was injured going in. Then after watching a shoot where Billy says it, I can’t help but notice that he never uses his left arm, he holds it in pain after the first exchange before the bell, and spends the majority of the match on the apron.
Match is odd, given that both teams are heels, and the injured Billy didn’t help. It is pretty amazing to see Billy get the hot tag and fucking OWN the Dudley Boys with one hand . Then he gets dragged to the outside and hit in the shoulder with a pipe. 3-D to Road Dogg who isn’t even the legal man and the titles change hands! Road Dogg is upset. They split up following this, and Billy gets beat up and kicked out of DX on Raw either the next night or a week or so later following surgery.
CAL SCALE – 0
Mark Henry Vs Viscera
Match is happening because Viscera gave MAE YOUNG a big splash. While she was pregnant with Mark’s child. So is THAT the reason she only have birth to a hand?
TAKER GET WELL sign in the crowd .
there is a faint chant in the crowd and I swear I thought they were saying “Daniel Bryan” at first.
2 big beefie bastards battling it out here. Yeah it’s not the best example of such a thing but it’s still fun to me. Henry takes about 2 or 3 huge bumps into the steel steps and the ref doesn’t give a fuck . Boring chant starts up. Cunts.
SAMOAN DROP TO MARK HENRY. BY VISCERA. BIG BEEFIE DROP.
Mae Young shows up to check on Mark. She gets shoved down and Big Vis sets up another splash! SCOOP SLAM! 1…2..3…what? LOL.
CAL SCALE – 0
The Hardy Boys Vs Edge & Christian – #1 Contendership Match
APA . Shame they are just there to protect Terri, who has returned tonight after the Dudley Boys put her through a table.
the ref actually gets too distracted to make a pin because Jeff is taking off his top . Guess he’s gay for Jeff. I’m gay for Moleman.
Ok, so this match. Best I can come up with is that both teams are still babyface, and are sort of friends, and have a sort of “friendly rivalry” going on. Both want to be the #1 tag team, and both want to really get “made” and shit. So both teams here are just going all out to prove they deserve the title shot and as a result a lot of it is really back and forth stuff. On paper it makes sense and I’m fine with what it seems like they were trying to achieve… but fuck me it’s terribly done lol.
Whole thing feels like some move exhibition from both teams as they go back and forth trying to show everyone what they can do. They are just using this match as a chance to show off, nothing more. It feels awkward at times and the whole structure of the match comes across as one giant motherfucking mess.
And how LONG is this match? 15 minutes? Feels like an hour. It just draaaaaaaaags like fuck. Then Terri screws the Hardy Boys out of the win. APA kill the Hardy Boys. That’s that. Hardy Boys still get a title shot at WM along with E&C so this was UTTERLY POINTLESS in the long run too .
CAL SCALE – 0.5
Tazz Vs The Big Bossman
NOB. Signs were awesome in the AE.
So this starts off as a fun little brawl… then about 2 minutes in Prince Albert attacks Tazz and they double team him. They keep beating him down but Tazz keeps getting back up. Until they BREAK A NIGHT STICK over his head.
Wish it went longer.
CAL SCALE – 0
X-Pac Vs Kane – No Holds Barred Match
How the fuck did Kane get a girlfriend? And one that looks like Tori? What’s wrong me me?
Later in the year, X-Pac would have a great fight with Jericho. Kane would have a great fight with Jericho. So can they have a great fight against each other? I hope so .
Oh man, Paul Bearer is the GOAT. X-Pac decks, and I mean fucking DECKS Kane with the ring bell and grabs a steel chair, so Paul Bearer charges at X-Pac, knocks the chair out of his hand and forces X-Pac to the floor, the proceeds to pummel his face in!!! Then Tori tries to make the save so Bearer chases her around the ring .
“KANE’S FACE IS HORRIFYING, WHO KNOWS WHAT HIS THINGY LOOKS LIKE!”
Kane is booked as a fucking MONSTER here, just sitting up constantly regardless of what X-Pac throws at him. Ring bell. Low blow. X-Factor. Kane is on FIRE! Uhhh… you know what I mean.
X-Pac, despite having his offence rendered useless is good too, and his moves that he uses to get Kane down now and then all look legit in the sense that you could believe he can take out Kane with them.
CHOKESLAME TO X-PAC. TOMBSTONE TO TORI!
Steel steps into Kane’s face, X-Pac jumps on top and gets the 3. They’d have to finish their long standing feud at WM… in a fucking TAG MATCH. With Rikishi. Because that makes sense.
This was enjoyable. Nothing on the 2 Jericho matches I mentioned, but a good affair still.
CAL SCALE – 1
2 Cool & Rikishi Vs Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn
Dean Malenko is apparently so dull, even SilverVision forgot to include his name in the match listing on the back of the DVD .
Eddie Guerrero brings some “moral support” for his friends since he’s still recovering from a dislocated arm. The moral support is a pipe. Rikishi takes him out before the match starts so 2 Cool are safe for now.
STINK FACE TO BENOIT. And that’s where his missing tooth went .
Rikishi sells his injured leg really well. HE SELLS IT WHILE RUNNING THE ROPES. Not often I see that tbh.
Malenko is pretty awesome in this. He just keeps running in and decking people. First with a dropkick to Rikishi’s bad leg, then he fucking blasts Scotty in the face with a clothesline to break up a Worm attempt. Malenko needs to just stay on the apron and run in randomly. He’d be remembered better if he did that .
*Benoit chops the shit out of Scotty* JR: “Man that just KILLS you” Lawler: “That’s why they call him th crippler!” OH THE FORSHADOWING!
Rikishi gets the hot tag and STILL sells the leg and does it extremely well too. Yeah he does some fast moving shit, but he actually sells the leg while doing it. You can clearly see him limping as he runs. More people need to learn how to sell the leg like that.
THE WORM! W! O! R! M! PLUS 3 MORE LETTERS BECAUSE THE FANS HAVEN’T STARTED THE LETTER CHANT YET SO SCOTTY DOES A FEW MORE HOPS LOL!
BONZAI! Rikishi pins Malenko.
So this is good. And fun and shit. I liked it quite a bit. I always kinda dreaded watching this, every time I’ve watched the event. I don’t know why. Plenty of talent in the match and shit. Hell even now I’ve watched it again and like it, the match still doesn’t appeal to me on paper lol. Crazy.
CAL SCALE – 2
The Rock Vs The Big Show – WrestleMania Title Shot On the Line
So The Big Show wins the RR. But The Rock is announced the winner. Big Show PROVES IT. undoubtedly. He doesn’t act like a cunt. He just wants what is rightfully his. And The Rock treats him like a fucking piece of shit and the fans turn on him. So Show is now the heel because… I dunno.
Plus, how can you hate a guy with THIS facial hair?
AE style brawling on the outside to start things, but both guys take some pretty sweet bumps that puts it ahead of the usually crappy outside brawling. Show takes a cool looking back body drop over the barricade to the floor for instance, and Rock takes a clothesline from Show on the concrete that looks NASTY. Always been a fan of this match all things considering (Rock being involved…), and so far it’s looking to hold up nicely. And when you’ve seen a match a bunch of times that’s all you can ask for .
Show goes retarded and attempts to deck Rock with a chair (ha, deck, chair… get it?). IT WILL GET YOU DQ’D YA DUMB GIANT. Then Rocky smacks into the ref and good old Earl Hebner just fucking goes for it and lobs himself outside . Tim White comes down to make a cover, Earl pulls him out and they argue. SHANE MCMAHON IS BACK! He encourages Tim White to beat up Earl (seriously wtf is going on? ). People’s Elbow! CHAIR TO THE ROCK’S HEAD BREAKING UP THE PEOPLE’S ELBOW! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! Show wins! Show wins! Show wins! Big Show is going to WrestleMania!!!
All in all this is good shit. Good brawling, Show does fine in control, ref stuff is hilarious, and Shane O’Mac screwing The Rock out of his WM title shot makes me . Shame it didn’t stick .
CAL SCALE – 2
Triple H Vs Cactus Jack – WWF Title Vs Career Hell in a Cell Match
Cactus MUST win the WWF title here or else his career is OVER *wink wink*.
at JR and Lawler being all super serious and talking about how dangerous this match is going to be and how Foley’s career could be over… then they randomly switch to Angle backstage being all happy and getting attacked by Jericho and thrown in the trunk of his car . Talk about a mood killer .
Speaking of killer, DAMN at Stephanie. I mean DAMN.
So the big story going into this one is how Cactus plans on jumping off the top of the cell right onto HHH… so HHH has the door padlocked up about 10 times! Poor Cactus can’t leave now! Or can he…?
Sweet mother of Jebus, that steel steps spot. HHH just LAUNCHES them into the face of Cactus. And Cactus runs head first into them. Glorious. Then he runs head first into a chair shot. No wonder the guy was driving for like 40 minutes going nowhere because he couldn’t remember where he lived. He’s had more brain cells killed from chair shots than Andy & Craig have killed via alcohol COMBINED. Yes, COMBINED. Guy should be a fucking vegetable.
Lawler busts out a great line about cactus having magnets implanted into his head years ago because it’s attracted to metal objects. I think this match alone proves that lol .
Can’t help but laugh at the elbow spot off the ropes with a chair, where the chair smashes back into Foley’s face. Injures him for real, but the way it happens is just funny. To me anyway. I’m a sick twat .
CACTUS JUST MADE HIMSELF A DOOR! As well as wrestling a HIAC match, Cactus also found the time for some Carpentry. Impressive!
Ok not really, he just threw the steps through the cell and created a way out. Piledriver on the table, and Cactus slowly begins to climb the cell! STEPHANIE! YEY! YUM YUM! Bah, she stops Foley from climbing the cell.
at HHH diving over the barricade to escape the 2×4 wrapped in barbed wire. Awesome.
CAPTAIN BANG BANG! wasn’t that like, Bart’s stage name as a male stripper in a random flash forward thingy that Marge has in an episode of The Simpsons?
OH MY GOD CACTUS HAS BROKEN IN HALF! He falls off the cell through a table, but eh, it doesn’t quite have the impact of previous falls. The HBK one looked better. The Mankind one obviously looked better, as did the other Mankind one from the Kane match that most people forget about. Still, MAN GO THROUGH TABLE FROM GREAT HEIGHT. ME LIKELY. EEEE SEEE DUB! EEEE SEEE DUB!
at Cactus nearly killing JR and Lawler when he tries to throw a chair up to the top of the cell and it keeps missing and landing on the announcers table. In the end he gives up .
Oh man, HHH nearly falling through the cell in the corner is a scary yet cool moment. Wonder if it was meant to be like that or not. Imagine if HHH fell through the corner and like, just landed on the floor? No reign of terror in 03!
LOOK AT THESE TWO MEN. LOOK AT WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO EACH OTHERS’ BODIES!
OH MY GOD THAT 2X4 IN BARBED WIRE IS BURNING!
OH MY GOD! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! THE CAGE BROKE, THE RING BROKE, AND CACTUS JACK HAS BROKEN IN HALF!!!
I miss the ring breaking that way. When was the last time it happened? I can only remember the 2 times when the ring literally broke, but not like a hole in the mat. Oh yeah, Undertaker Vs Edge HIAC, right? And that was kinda done crappy. This is probably the best instance of it. Think it happened like 2 more times later in the year, both by Kane chokeslamming Undertaker .
Cactus is still moving! Damn, what a tough bastard. He won’t give up his lifelong dream like that.
Pedigree. Lifelong dream over. Great, great match no doubt, but I do feel the finish kinda falls flat (ha) after the cage bump. Probably should have ended with HHH pinning him there, rather than Cactus getting back up only to be punched a few times and then Pedigreed. Seemed unnecessary to me. But aside from that this match is tremendous. Not as good as the Street Fight, but damn this is a brutal battle.
CAL SCALE – 7
Overall CAL SCALE – 13.5