2000 PPV Rambles – End of Year Thoughts

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by Big Cal

Ok, so I just finished posting all of my WWF 2000 PPV Rambles, and I thought I’d make a post sharing some of my thoughts of the year on PPV etc.

Firstly, let me just say that I LOVE WWF 2000. After missing 98 and 98 when it happened, 2000 was the year I was able to watch wrestling again. So I have fond memories of the year for that reason alone… but damn it’s still so enjoyable to watch back now because it was THAT GOOD. Obviously I just watched the PPV’s for this project, but the TV shows were excellent at the time too, finally getting the right balance of storylines, characters AND great matches, something that the “main” Attitude Era years of 98 and 99 failed miserably at.

The 2000 PPV’s certainly gave us some GREAT matches. The top 10 matches of the year are all outstanding and some of my personal favourite matches took place there too. Rock, a guy I absolutely cannot stand, put on some incredible performances and produced some matches that I can’t help but love. And when I love a match with at least one guy in it that I actively hate, then you know it’s a pretty damn good match! HHH of course is widely considered the king of 2000, at least in WWF anyway, and well, he DOMINATES the top 5 PPV matches of the year by being in ALL OF THEM. Matches with Jericho, Rock and Foley. But at the same time… he falls short with half of his PPV matches too, with matches against Austin, Angle, Benoit and a triple threat against Angle and Rock all being among the worst matches of the year, and a couple of in between matches that weren’t bad but don’t stand out. So one of the things I realised while doing this project is that HHH in 2000 is OVERRATED, certainly for his PPV work anyway. Him being in the top 5 matches is certainly IMMENSELY impressive, but he had just as many BAD matches as good.

So with HHH only having HALF a great year on PPV in 2000, who would I put into the “Wrestler of the Year” position? Not a single wrestler, but a TAG TEAM. The Hardy Boys, The Dudley Boys and Edge & Christian all ruled the tag team landscape in 2000, and together had some of the most infamous matches in WWE history. But one team stands out just ahead of the other 2, and that’s THOSE DAMN DUDLEYS. And those 2 guys are my pick for Wrestler of the Year as far as PPV’s go. Not only do they have 2 matches in the top 10, but they are extremely consistent throughout the entire year, having good to great matches on just about every show. The triangle ladder at WM, tables match at RR, TLC at SS, Vs T&A at Backlash, and then a couple of good matches following with only a couple of “bad” matches that honestly weren’t down to them (big multi-man tags and a short match against NAO with an injured Billy Gunn). The Dudley Boys were definitely on a role in 2000, and just managed to stand out ahead of E&C and The Hardy Boys who also came pretty close to being on top in 2000. HHH still deserves a big mention for those top 5 matches of course, but I just can’t overlook all the stinkers he had!

THE CAL SCALE

This is how the WWF 2000 PPV’s look on the CAL SCALE:

Backlash – 25
Fully Loaded – 20.5
Judgement Day – 17
Royal Rumble – 17
Unforgiven – 15
King of the Ring – 14.5
No Way Out – 13.5
SummerSlam – 13
WrestleMania 16 – 10
Rebellion – 9
Insurrextion – 7.5
No Mercy – 7
Survivor Series – 6
Armageddon – 4

Total – 179

And now a list of all the matches with ratings, from worst to best!

The Kat Vs Terri Runnels – NO – -1 (WrestleMania 16)
Chyna Vs Val Venis – NO – -1 (Armageddon)
Ivory Vs Trish Stratus Vs Molly Holly – NO – -1 (Armageddon)
William Regal Vs Naked Mideon – Too distubring to rate – 0 (No mercy)
The Kat Vs Terri Vs Luna Vs Ivory Vs Jacqueline Vs B.B. Vs Mae Young – DUD – 0 (Royal Rumble)
The Kat Vs Terri – DUD – 0 (Insurrextion)
The British Bulldog Vs Crash Holly – DUD – 0 (Insurrextion)
The Dudley Boys Vs Rikishi & The Big Show – 1/4* – 0 (Insurrextion)
Ivory Vs Lita – 1/4* – 0 (Survivor Series)
Billy Gunn Vs Chris Benoit – 1/4* – 0 (Armageddon)
Tazz Vs The Big Bossman – 1/4* – 0 (No Way Out)
The Dudley Boys Vs The New Age Outlaws – 1/4* – 0 (No Way Out)
Chris Jericho Vs Kane – 1/2* – 0 (Armageddon)
Steve Austin Vs Triple H – 1/2* – 0 (Survivor Series)
William Regal Vs Hardcore Holly – 1/2* – 0 – (Armageddon)
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit Vs Chris Jericho – 1/2* – 0 (WrestleMania 16)
2 Cool Vs Lo Down Vs Tazz & Raven Vs The Dudley Boys Vs Right to Censor – 1/2* – 0 (No Mercy)
Chyna & Billy Gunn Vs Eddie Guerrero & Dean Malenko – 1/2* – 0 (Rebellion)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Dean Malenko Vs Perry Saturn – 1/2* – 0 (Judgment Day)
T&A & Trish Stratus Vs Steve Blackman, Crash Holly & Molly Holly – 1/2* – 0 (Survivor Series)
Bull Buchanan Vs Kane – 1/2* – 0 (Insurrextion)
Edge & Christian & The Goodfather & Bull Buchanan Vs The Dudley Boys & The Hardy Boys – 1/2* – 0 (Survivor Series)
The Kat Vs Terri – * – 0 (SummerSlam)
Chyna Vs Chris Jericho Vs Hardcore Holly – * – 0 (Royal Rumble)
Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn Vs 2 Cool & Chyna – * – 0 (WrestleMania 16)
Billy Gunn & Chyna Vs Val Venis & Steven Richards – * – 0 (No Mercy)
The Hardy Boys Vs Los Conquistadors – * – 0 (No Mercy)
Road Dogg, K-Kwik, Billy Gunn & Chyna Vs The Radicals – * – 0 (Survivor Series)
Mark Henry Vs Viscera – * – 0 (No Way Out)
The Hardy Boys & Lita Vs The Radicals – * – 0 (Armageddon)
Kurt Angle Vs Triple H – * – 0 (Unforgiven)
Triple H Vs Chris Benoit – * 0 – (No Mercy)
Crash Holly Vs Bull Buchanan – *1/4 – 0.5 (King of the Ring)
Tazz Vs Al Snow – *1/4 – 0.5 (Fully Loaded)
William Regal Vs Hardcore Holly – *1/2 – 0.5 (Survivor Series)
Road Dogg & X-Pac Vs Kane & Rikishi – *1/2 – 0.5 (WrestleMania 16)
The Rock Vs Triple H Vs Kurt Angle – *1/2 – 0.5 (SummerSlam)
Jerry “The King” Lawler Vs Tazz – *1/2 – 0.5 (Unforgiven)
Ivory Vs Lita – *3/4 – 0.5 (Rebellion)
D-Lo Brown & The Godfather Vs The Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan – *3/4 – 0.5 (WrestleMania 16)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Essa Rios – ** – 0.5 (Backlash)
The Big Show Vs Kurt Angle – ** – 0.5 (Backlash)
Road Dogg Vs Bradshaw – ** – 0.5 (Insurrextion)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Rikishi – ** – 0.5 (Unforgiven)
The Goodfather & Bull Buchanan Vs The Hardy Boys – ** – 0.5 (Rebellion)
Rikishi & 2 Cool Vs Right to Censor – ** – 0.5 (SummerSlam)
The Hardy Boys Vs Edge & Christian – ** – 0.5 (No Way Out)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Chris Jericho – ** – 0.5 (Insurrextion)
Crash Holly Vs Kurt Angle – ** – 0.5 (King of the Ring)
Kurt Angle Vs Tazz – ** – 0.5 (Royal Rumble)
Road Dogg Vs X-Pac – ** – 0.5 (SummerSlam)
Pat Patterson Vs Gerald Brisco – ** – 0.5 (King of the Ring)
Chris Jericho Vs Chris Benoit – ** – 0.5 (SummerSlam)
2 Cool Vs Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko – ** – 0.5 (Insurrextion)
The New Age Outlaws Vs APA – ** – 0.5 (Royal Rumble)
William Regal Vs Crash Holly – **1/4 – 1 (Rebellion)
Edge & Christian Vs The Dudley Boys Vs The Goodfather & Bull Buchanan Vs Road Dogg & K-Kwik – **1/2 – 1 (Armageddon)
The Dudley Boys Vs X-Pac, Road Dogg & Tori – **1/2 – 1 (King of the Ring)
The Dudley Boys & APA Vs Right to Censor – **1/2 – 1 (Unforgiven)
Crash Holly Vs Hardcore Holly Vs Tazz Vs Perry Saturn Vs Matt Hardy Vs Jeff Hardy – **1/2 – 1 (Backlash)
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Jericho – **1/2 – 1 (No Way Out)
Rikishi Vs Chris Benoit – **1/2 – 1 (King of the Ring)
The Undertaker Vs Kurt Angle – **1/2 – 1 (Fully Loaded)
The Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan Vs The APA – **1/2 – 1 (Backlash)
The Undertaker Vs Kane – **1/2 – 1 (SummerSlam)
Val Venis & Trish Stratus Vs Eddie Guerrero & Chyna – **3/4 – 1 (SummerSlam)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Val Venis – **3/4 – 1 (King of the Ring)
Rikishi Vs The Rock – **3/4 – 1 (Survivor Series)
Jerry “The King” Lawler Vs Tazz – **3/4 – 1 (SummerSlam)
X-Pac Vs Kane – **3/4 – 1 (No Way Out)
Kane Vs Chris Jericho – **3/4 – 1 (Rebellion)
Chris Benoit Vs Kurt Angle – **3/4 – 1 (Insurrextion)
15 Minute Time Limit Hardcore Battle Royal – **3/4 – 1 (WrestleMania 16)
Perry Saturn Vs Steve Blackman – **3/4 – 1 (Rebellion)
Al Snow & Steve Blackman Vs T & A – **3/4 – 1 (WrestleMania 16)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Perry Saturn – *** – 2 (Fully Loaded)
Chris Jericho Vs X-Pac – *** – 2 (No Mercy)
Edge & Christian Vs 2 Cool Vs T&A Vs The Hardy Boys – *** – 2 (King of the Ring)
Rikishi Vs Kurt Angle – *** – 2 (King of the Ring)
Rikishi Vs Val Venis – *** – 2 (King of the Ring)
30 Man Royal Rumble Match – *** – 2 (Royal Rumble)
T&A Vs The Dudley Boys Vs Edge & Christian – *** – 2 (Rebellion)
Steve Blackman Vs Al Snow Vs Crash Holly Vs Perry Saturn Vs Test Vs Funaki – *** – 2 (Unforgiven)
2 Cool & Rikishi Vs Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn – *** – 2 (No Way Out)
2 Cool & Rikishi Vs Edge & Christian & Kurt Angle – *** – 2 (Judgment Day)
Edge & Christian Vs The APA – *** – 2 (Fully Loaded)
Chris Benoit Vs The Undertaker – *** – 2 (Rebellion)
Kurt Angle Vs Rikishi Vs The Rock Vs Steve Austin – *** – 2 (Rebellion)
Shane McMahon Vs Steve Blackman – *** – 2 (SummerSlam)
Road Dogg & X-Pac Vs The Dudley Boys – *** – 2 (Judgment Day)
The Rock Vs Triple H Vs Shane McMahon – *** – 2 (Insurrextion)
The Rock Vs Kurt Angle – ***1/4 – 2 (No Mercy)
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Jericho – ***1/4 – 2 (King of the Ring)
The Hardy Boys & Lita Vs T & A & Trish – ***1/4 – 2 (Fully Loaded)
The Big Show Vs Shane McMahon – ***1/4 – 2 (Judgment Day)
Kane Vs Chris Jericho – ***1/4 – 2 (Survivor Series)
Triple H Vs Mick Foley Vs The Rock Vs The Big Show – ***1/4 – 2 (WrestleMania 16)
The Rock Vs The Big Show – ***1/4 – 2 (No Way Out)
Edge & Christian Vs X-Pac & Road Dogg – ***1/4 – 2 (Backlash)
The Undertaker, Kane & The Rock Vs Triple H, Shane McMahon & Vince McMahon – ***1/4 – 2 (King of the Ring)
Rikishi Vs Val Venis – ***1/4 – 2 (Fully Loaded)
The Undertaker Vs The Rock Vs Kane Vs Chris Benoit – ***1/4 – 2 (Unforgiven)
The Hardy Boys Vs Edge & Christian – ***1/2 – 3 (Insurrextion)
Steve Austin Vs Rikishi – ***1/2 – 3 (No Mercy)
Kurt Angle Vs The Undertaker – ***1/2 – 3 (Survivor Series)
Dean Malenko Vs Scotty 2 Hotty – ***3/4 – 4 (Backlash)
Chris Benoit Vs Chris Jericho – ***3/4 – 4 (Judgment Day)
X-Pac Vs Chris Jericho – ***3/4 – 4 (Unforgiven)
The Dudley Boys Vs The Hardy Boys – ***3/4 – 4 (Royal Rumble)
The Dudley Boys Vs T & A – ***3/4 – 4 (Backlash)
Chris Benoit Vs Chris Jericho – **** – 5 (Backlash)
Kurt Angle Vs The Undertaker Vs Steve Austin Vs Rikishi Vs Triple H Vs The Rock – **** – 5 (Armageddon)
Edge & Christian Vs The Hardy Boys – **** – 5 (Unforgiven)
Edge & Christian Vs The Hardy Boys Vs The Dudley Boys – ****1/4 – 6 (SummerSlam)
The Hardy Boys Vs The Dudley Boys Vs Edge & Christian – ****1/4 – 6 (WrestleMania 16)
Chris Benoit Vs The Rock – ****1/2 – 7 (Fully Loaded)
Triple H Vs The Rock – ****1/2 – 7 (Backlash)
Triple H Vs Cactus Jack – ****1/2 – 7 (No Way Out)
Triple H Vs The Rock – ****1/2 – 7 (Judgment Day)
Triple H Vs Chris Jericho – ****3/4 – 8 (Fully Loaded)
Triple H Vs Cactus Jack – ****3/4 – 8 (Royal Rumble)

Stay tuned for 2001 PPV Rambles, starting on Sunday December 22nd with INVASION!!!

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