Chyna 5'10 Londonberry, NH with Billy Gunn Women's Champion
Ivory 5'5 Seattle, WA The Right to Censor
Jacqueline 5'3 Dallas, TX Tough Enough trainer
Lita 5'5 Fort Lauderdale, FL Team Xtreme
Molly Holly 5'4 Mobile, AL The Fighting Holly Cousins
Terri 5'0 Gainesville, FL Occasional wrestler The Radicalz
Tori 5'11 Portland, OR Tough Enough trainer
Trish Stratus 5'5 Toronto, ON with Vince McMahon
Victoria 5'8 Chicago, IL Manages Too Cool
Debra 5'5 Tuscaloosa, AL Occasional wrestler WWF Divas Ambassador
Howard Finkel 5'8 Newark, NJ Ring announcer Pay-Per-Views
Jim Ross 5'9 Oklahoma City, OK Play-By-Play announcer RAW is WAR Pay-Per-Views
Jonathan Coachman 6'3 Wichita, KS Backstage interviewer Color commentator Jakked
Kevin Kelly 5'10 New York City, NY Backstage interviewer Play-by-Play announcer Jakked
Lilian Garcia 5'5 New York City, NY Ring announcer Backstage interviewer RAW is WAR/Jakked
Linda McMahon 5'4 Greenwich, CT Occasional appearances WWF CEO
Michael Cole 5'9 Amenia, NY Play-By-Play commentator Backstage Interviewer SmackDown!/Heat
Paul Heyman 5'9 Scarsdale, NY Color commentator RAW is WAR Pay-Per-Views ECW Owner
Stephanie McMahon 5'8 Greenwich, CT Occasional wrestler WWF Authority
Tony Chimel 6'1 Cherry Hill, NJ Ring announcer SmackDown!/Heat
Vince McMahon 6'3, 245lbs Greenwich, CT Occasional wrestler with Trish Stratus WWF Chairman
Essa Rios 5'10, 190 lb Tijuana, Mexico Torn ACL Due back Winter 2001
Grandmaster Sexay 5'10, 213 lb Memphis, TN Too Cool Broken ankle Due back Summer 2001
Hulk Hogan 6'5, 302 lb Venice Beach, CA Broken ribs Due back TBA
The Rock 6'5, 275 lb Miami, FL Filming The Scorpion King Due back Summer 2001
Shane McMahon 6'2, 230lbs Greenwich, CT Occasional wrestler WCW Owner Banished from the WWF
Shawn Michaels 6'1, 225lbs San Antonio, TX Occasional appearances Off-screen Due back TBA
RAW is WAR/Jakked - April 2, 2001 - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Convention Center
SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat- April 3, 2001 - Oklahoma City, OK - Myriad Convention Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - April 9, 2001 - Boston, MA - FleetCenter SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - April 10, 2001 - Philadelphia, PA - First Union Center Live Event - April 11, 2001 - Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Live Event - April 12, 2001 - Fort Myers, FL - Teco Arena Live Event - April 12, 2001 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Bay Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - April 16, 2001 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - April 17, 2001 - Nashville, TN - Gaylord Entertainment Center Live Event - April 21, 2001 - Waco, TX - Heart O' Texas Fair Complex Live Event - April 22, 2001 - Tyler, TX - The Oil Palace Live Event - April 22, 2001 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum RAW is WAR/Jakked - April 23, 2001 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - April 24, 2001 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Backlash 2001 - April 29, 2001 - Chicago, IL - AllState Arena
RAW is WAR/Jakked - April 30, 2001 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - May 1, 2001 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse Insurrextion 2001 - May 5, 2001 - London, England - Earls Court RAW is WAR/Jakked - May 7, 2001 - Long Island, NY - Nassau Coliseum SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - May 8, 2001 - Hartford, CT - Hartford Civic Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - May 14, 2001 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverfront Coliseum SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - May 15, 2001 - Louisville, KY - Freedom Hall Judgment Day 2001 - May 20, 2001 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
RAW is WAR/Jakked - May 21, 2001 - San Jose, CA - Compaq Center SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - May 22, 2001 - Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond Live Event - May 26, 2001 - Salt Lake City, UT - E Center Live Event - May 27, 2001 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place RAW is WAR/Jakked - May 28, 2001 - Calgary, AB - Saddledome SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - May 29, 2001 - Edmonton, AB - Skyreach Centre Live Event - June 3, 2001 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Arena RAW is WAR/Jakked - June 4, 2001 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - June 5, 2001 - Grand Forks, ND - Alerus Center Live Event - June 9, 2001 - Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center Live Event - June 10, 2001 - Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum Live Event - June 10, 2001 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - June 11, 2001 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - June 12, 2001 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Arena Live Event - June 16, 2001 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Skydome Live Event - June 17, 2001 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - National Car Rental Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - June 18, 2001 - Tampa, FL - Ice Palace SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - June 19, 2001 - Orlando, FL - TD Waterhouse Centre Live Event - June 23, 2001 - Trenton, NJ - Sovereign Bank Arena King of the Ring 2001 - June 25, 2001 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena
RAW is WAR/Jakked - June 26, 2001 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - June 27, 2001 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden Live Event - July 1, 2001 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena RAW is WAR/Jakked - July 2, 2001 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - July 3, 2001 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome Live Event - July 7, 2001 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum Live Event - July 8, 2001 - Augusta, GA - Augusta Civic Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - July 9, 2001 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - July 10, 2001 - Birmingham, AL - Birmingham Civic Center Live Event - July 14, 2001 - Albany, NY - Pepsi Arena Live Event - July 15, 2001 - New Haven, CT - New Haven Coliseum RAW is WAR/Jakked - July 16, 2001 - Providence, RI - Providence Civic Center SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - July 17, 2001 - Boston, MA - FleetCenter Fully Loaded 2001 - July 22, 2001 - Cleveland, OH - Gund Arena
RAW is WAR/Jakked - July 23, 2001 - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - July 24, 2001 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena Live Event - July 28, 2001 - Syracuse, NY - The Oncenter Live Event - July 29, 2001 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - First Union Arena RAW is WAR/Jakked - July 30, 2001 - Philadelphia, PA - First Union Center SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - July 31, 2001 - Washington, DC - MCI Center Live Event - August 5, 2001 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Sports Arena RAW is WAR/Jakked - August 6, 2001 - Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - August 7, 2001 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center Live Event - August 11, 2001 - Long Island, NY - Nassau Coliseum Live Event - August 12, 2001 - Rockford, IL - Metro Centre RAW is WAR/Jakked - August 13, 2001 - Chicago, IL - AllState Arena SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - August 14, 2001 - Salt Lake City, UT - E-Center Live Event - August 17, 2001 - Las Vegas, NV - Thomas & Mack Center Live Event - August 18, 2001 - Fresno, CA - Selland Arena SummerSlam 2001 - August 19, 2001 - San Jose, CA - Compaq Center
RAW is WAR/Jakked - August 20, 2001 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - August 21, 2001 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Live Event - August 24, 2001 - Wichita, KS - Kansas Coliseum Live Event - August 25, 2001 - Des Moines, IA - Veterans Memorial Coliseum Live Event - August 26, 2001 - Fort Wayne, IN - Expo Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - August 27, 2001 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - August 28, 2001 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena Live Event - September 1, 2001 - Worcester, MA - Worcester Centrum Live Event - September 2, 2001 - Halifax, NS - Metro Centre RAW is WAR/Jakked - September 3, 2001 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - September 4, 2001 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre Live Event - September 8, 2001 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center Live Event - September 9, 2001 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - September 10, 2001 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - September 11, 2001 - Houston, TX - Compaq Center RAW is WAR/Jakked - September 17, 2001 - Nashville, TN - Gaylord Entertainment Center SmackDown!/Sunday Night Heat - September 18, 2001 - Memphis, TN - The Pyramid Live Event - September 22, 2001 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Center Unforgiven 2001 - September 23, 2001 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
UPDATED: May 20, 2001
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Steve Austin  April 1, 2001 - [50+ days] - 2. The Rock  February 25, 2001 - April 1, 2001 [35 days] - 3. Kurt Angle  August 27, 2000 - February 25, 2001 [182+ days] - 4. The Rock  July 24, 2000 - August 27, 2000 [34 days] - 5. Kurt Angle  July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 [1 day] - 6. The Rock  April 30, 2000 - July 23, 2000 [84 days] - 7. Triple H  January 3, 2000 - April 30, 2000 [118 days] - 8. Big Show  November 14, 1999 - January 3, 2000 [50 days] -
1. Chris Jericho  May 20, 2001 - [2+ days] - 2. Raven  April 1, 2001 - May 20, 2001 [49 days] - 3. Chris Jericho  February 25, 2001 - April 1, 2001 [35 days] - 4. Raven  January 8, 2001 - February 25, 2001 [48 days] - 5. Rikishi  October 22, 2000 - [71+ days] - 6. Eddie Guerrero  August 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000 [56 days] - 7. Chris Benoit  June 8, 2000 - August 27, 2000 [80 days] - 8. Chris Jericho  May 21, 2000 - June 8, 2000 [18 days] - 9. Chris Benoit  April 2, 2000 - May 21, 2000 [49 days] - 10. Kurt Angle  February 27, 2000 - April 2, 2000 [35 days] - 11. Chris Jericho  January 23, 2000 - February 27, 2000 [35 days] - 12. Chris Jericho  &Chyna  January 3, 2000 - January 23, 2000 [20 days]
1. Dudley Boyz  April 1, 2001 - [50+ days] - 2. Edge and Christian  February 25, 2001 - April 1, 2001 [35 days] - 3. Dudley Boyz  December 10, 2000 - February 25, 2001 [22+ days] - 4. T&A  November 9, 2000 - December 10, 2000 [31 days] - 5. Too Cool  October 22, 2000 - November 9, 2000 [18 days] - 6. Hardy Boyz  August 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000 [56 days] - 7. Edge and Christian  April 2, 2000 - August 27, 2000 [147 days] - 8. Dudley Boyz  February 27, 2000 - April 2, 2000 [35 days] - 9. New Age Outlaws  November 8, 1999 - February 27, 2000 [111 days] -
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Eddie Guerrero  May 3, 2001 - [18+ days] - 2. Bradshaw  April 1, 2001 - May 3, 2001 [32 days] - 3. William Regal  December 2, 2000 - April 1, 2001 [30+ days] - 4. D-Lo Brown  October 16, 2000 - December 2, 2000 [47 days] - 5. Tazz  September 11, 2000 - October 16, 2000 [35 days] - 6. Al Snow  August 10, 2000 - September 11, 2000 [32 days] - 7. Lance Storm  June 29, 2000 - August 10, 2000 [42 days] - 8. Eddie Guerrero  April 3, 2000 - June 29, 2000 [87 days] - 9. Chris Jericho  April 2, 2000 - April 3, 2000 [1 day] - 10. Kurt Angle  February 10, 2000 - April 2, 2000 [52 days] - 11. Val Venis  December 12, 1999 - February 10, 2000 [62 days]
1. Chyna  April 1, 2001 - [50+ days] - 2. Ivory  October 22, 2000 - April 1, 2001 [161 days] - 3. Lita  July 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000 [87 days] - 4. Stephanie McMahon  March 30, 2000 - July 27, 2000 [119 days] - 5. Jacqueline  February 3, 2000 - March 30, 2000 [56 days] - 6. Hervina  January 31, 2000 - February 3, 2000 [3 days] - 7. The Kat  December 12, 1999 - January 31, 2000 [50 days] -
1. X-Pac  March 1, 2001 - [81+ days] - 2. Jeff Hardy  January 22, 2001 - March 1, 2001 [38 days] - 3. Essa Rios  October 1, 2000 - January 22, 2001 [113+ days] - 4. Dean Malenko  July 23, 2000 - October 1, 2000 [70 days] - 5. Crash Holly  July 6, 2000 - July 23, 2000 [17 days] - 6. Dean Malenko  March 13, 2000 - July 6, 2000 [115 days] - 7. Essa Rios  February 8, 2000 - March 13, 2000 [34 days] - 8. Gillberg  November 17, 1998 - February 8, 2000 [448 days] -
HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP [pt. 1]
HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP [pt. 2]
HARDCORE CHAMPIONSHIP [pt. 3]
1. Rhyno  May 7, 2001 - [13+ days] - 2. Kane  April 1, 2001 - May 7, 2001 [36 days] - 3. Rhyno  March 26, 2001 - April 1, 2001 [6 days] - 4. Big Show  March 15, 2001 - March 26, 2001 [11 days] - 5. Rhyno  February 25, 2001 - March 15, 2001 [18 days] - 6. Big Show  January 11, 2001 - February 25, 2001 [45 days] - 7. K-Kwik  January 11, 2001 - January 11, 2001 [0 days] - 8. Steve Blackman  December 28, 2000 - January 11, 2001 [14 days] - 9. K-Kwik  December 17, 2000 - December 28, 2000 [11 days] - 10. Tazz  December 11, 2000 - December 17, 2000 [6 days] - 11. Lance Storm , 12. Steve Blackman  December 11, 2000 - December 11, 2000 [0 days] - 13. K-Kwik  December 2, 2000 - December 11, 2000 [9 days] - 14. Lance Storm  October 9, 2000 - December 2, 2000 [54 days] -
15. Steve Blackman  August 27, 2000 - October 9, 2000 [43 days] - 16. Crash Holly  August 27, 2000 - August 27, 2000 [0 days] - 17. Hardcore Holly  August 24, 2000 - August 27, 2000 [3 days] - 18. Crash Holly  July 24, 2000 - August 24, 2000 [31 days] - 19. Al Snow  July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 [1 day] - 20. Perry Saturn  July 17, 2000 - July 23, 2000 [6 days] - 21. Al Snow  July 10, 2000 - July 17, 2000 [7 days] - 22. Perry Saturn  June 22, 2000 - July 10, 2000 [18 days] - 23. Steve Blackman  June 19, 2000 - June 22, 2000 [3 days] - 24. Perry Saturn  June 15, 2000 - June 19, 2000 [4 days] - 25. Crash Holly  May 15, 2000 - June 15, 2000 [31 days] - 26. Davey Boy Smith  May 8, 2000 - May 15, 2000 [7 days] -
27. Crash Holly  May 6, 2000 - May 8, 2000 [2 days] - 28. Steve Blackman  May 4, 2000 - May 6, 2000 [2 days] - 29. Crash Holly  April 20, 2000 - May 4, 2000 [14 days] - 30. Perry Saturn , 31. Essa Rios April 20, 2000 - April 20, 2000 [0 days] - 32. Crash Holly  April 3, 2000 - April 20, 2000 [17 days] - 33. Hardcore Holly  April 2, 2000 - April 3, 2000 [1 day] - 34. Crash Holly  35. Tazz , 35. Pete Gas  36. Thrasher , 37. Joey Abs  38. Rodney  39. Funaki , 40. Viscera  April 2, 2000 - April 2, 2000 [0 days] - 41. Crash Holly  March 13, 2000 - April 2, 2000 [20 days] - 42. Pete Gas  March 13, 2000 - March 13, 2000 [0 days] - 43. Crash Holly  February 22, 2000 - March 13, 2000 [20 days] - 44. Test  January 17, 2000 - February 22, 2000 [36 days] - 45. Big Bossman  October 14, 1999 - January 17, 2000 [95 days]
The turn of the century saw the World Wrestling Federation at the top of its game. On top of the sports entertainment industry, the company was leaps and bounds ahead of its competition presented by the Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling. Following the departure of Eric Bischoff as the President of WCW, the Fall of 1999 saw Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara similarly depart the WWF following a near-three successful year tenure as a core member of the Federation's booking committee. Although Russo was undoubtedly a large contributor to the World Wrestling Federation's success in 'the Monday Night Wars', with the company's 'Attitude Era' campaign soar above to overcome the opposition, Vince McMahon recruited a string of creative hands to ensure that the company's success continued moving forward.
With Russo and Ferrera's hands on the blueprints of WCW's potential turnaround, things did not all go according to plan. Unfiltered, the creative direction of the company was further jeopardized by his radicalized ideas of what a professional wrestling television program should be all about. What had worked for the WWF one year prior with the sky-rocketing ratings for 'RAW is WAR' was not a smash hit. The booking process, dubbed by insiders as "Crash TV" only served the purpose of baffling fans of the product; mishandling stars; and overall surely confusing the problem that rooted WCW prior to Bischoff's departure.
The failure of Russo as the new creative handler of World Championship Wrestling's content would lead to Kevin Sullivan and a makeshift booking committee forcing Vince's hand in ultimately departing the company in January 2000, just three months later.
The Changing Landscape of the World Wrestling Federation
While World Championship Wrestling attempted to rid itself of the financial head spin caused by the new-turned-former creative regime of Russo and Ferrara, the times were also changing for the World Wrestling Federation. 'The Attitude Era', launched by Vince McMahon in December of 1997, proved to be the winning combination that the WWF needed as flagship show 'RAW is WAR' saw itself falling in the ratings, at the hands of WCW's 'Monday Nitro'. With a strong focus on angles over matches, entertainment over work-rate, and presenting a highly prioritized product based on real life-inspired storylines, television soap-opera drama elements and sex, the characters were larger than life. Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Undertaker, Mankind and the Rock were the men on the front-line, whilst Sable was the scoring sex symbol that allowed WWF to grace covers on Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and even Playboy.
At the turn of the century, this was about to change with the career-threatening neck injury suffered by Stone Cold Steve Austin. The departure of Sable based around sexual harassment claims. The disagreement with management and subsequent groin tear suffered by the Undertaker. The rapidly approaching retirement of Mick Foley. And with Russo and Ferrara out of the company, the World Wrestling Federation would have to look for something new moving into the new millennium.
The final months of the 20th century saw the WWF load up on talent from Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling, as the Dudley Boyz, Stevie Richards and Tazz would head to New York. The Big Show and Chris Jericho had joined months prior, unsatisfied with their creative direction in WCW. Previously dwindling characters by the likes of Too Much and the Sultan were given cool, hip characters that caught on with kids under the aliases of Too Cool and Rikishi Phatu. Kurt Angle - a gold medalist in the 1996 Olympic Games - made his debut and caught on as a despicable, loudmouthed heel. The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian shocked the world with their risk-taking, daredevil life-or-death antics in a showstealing Ladder match at WWF's No Mercy event that October.
On January 17, 2000, a walkout was permitted to take place when then-new WCW World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko left Atlanta following disgruntled negotiations with the new booking committee led by Kevin Sullivan. The quartet shocked the industry when two weeks following, the group appeared on WWF RAW is WAR. Having signed new contracts with Vince McMahon, the group - dubbed 'the Radicalz' - were sure to be full-fledged additions to the already expanded ranks of the World Wrestling Federation.
But above all else: Triple H was about to dive to the forefront of the World Wrestling Federation's reshuffled deck of playing cards. Already a two-time WWF Champion, Triple H had been struggling to find his niche at the top of the company in a leading role. On the November 29 edition of RAW is WAR, a storyline helped cement him as a driving force in the company, with a marriage to Stephanie McMahon; the boss's daughter. With the marriage to the boss's daughter, Triple H became the man to beat in the WWF: boasting wins against Mick Foley, and ending his career in a Hell in a Cell match, and with a budding rivalry with top fan favorite megastar, the Rock.
The World's Most Dysfunctional Family
With the controversial drive-thru marriage of Triple H and a drugged Stephanie McMahon in Vegas, the entire McMahon family were sent into a state of disarray. A power struggle ensued, with the Chairman Vince McMahon and even the bride, Stephanie, vocally opposing it. Shane McMahon saw himself involved, and following a family war between the McMahons and D-Generation X, Triple H defeated his father-in-law at December's Armageddon. Shockingly, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley orchestrated the whole thing to grant power to the newly wedded power couple.
The late winter saw the ushering in of what has been called 'the McMahon-Helmsley Regime'. With Triple H and Stephanie abusing their power, he was able to crown himself the WWF Champion for a third time following a victory against the Big Show. Stephanie would see gold herself: becoming the WWF Women's Champion in March of 2000, following much interference against reigning champion Jacqueline. The regime saw the manhandling of Kane, as his girlfriend Tori betrayed him to join new boyfriend X-Pac. The faction's influence also cost Mick Foley his career, culminating in a barbaric Hell in a Cell encounter at No Way Out.
But soon enough, Vince McMahon's wounds healed. The Chairman returned with a vengeance, reeking havoc on the couple, while also voicing his distaste in his son Shane McMahon's decision to accompany the Big Show. Following the Big Show's controversial win against the Rock, granting him a WWF Championship opportunity in the main event of WrestleMania, Linda McMahon would also join the fray. The stage was now set for a Fatal 4-Way Elimination match on 'the Grandest Stage of Them All'. It would see Triple H, accompanied by Stephanie - defending the WWF Championship - against The Rock, accompanied by Vince; the Big Show, managed by Shane; and the returning Mick Foley in his swansong with the company - accompanied by Linda.
The Showcase of the Immortals
WrestleMania 2000 went down in the history books as a night to remember: for a lot of the wrong reasons. Once again it was the high-risk nature of the Triangle Ladder match contested between the Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian, and the Dudley Boyz that stole the show, with the young Canadian brothers ultimately coming out victorious. Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle put on a spectacle in a two-fall Triple Threat match, which saw Benoit become the WWF Intercontinental Champion, and Jericho the European Champion. But with a plethora of tag team matches and one singles match of note on the card - a "Catfight" between the Kat and Terri - the show was not regarded as one of the greatest WrestleManias of all time.
'A McMahon in Every Corner' was the tagline. In the end, three of the McMahons were firmly in but one of them. Triple H was able to overcome the odds of the Rock, Mick Foley and the Big Show in the main event of WrestleMania. The first man in fourteen years of the Showcase of the Immortals to walk in and out with the WWF Championship, it was all in part thanks to Vince and Shane McMahon's involvement. The Rock was screwed out of the richest prize in the business by the very man that held an apparent grudge towards his son-in-law, and it was the Chairman himself.
The Rock would respond by cleaning house and ending WrestleMania standing tall, having gifted Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley with a Rock Bottom and a People's Elbow. But the Rock was still not the man to walk out of WrestleMania with the title. And with the McMahon-Helmsley Regime now sharing unified power over the entire World Wrestling Federation, the future looks futile for him.
As the new millennium dawns, and with WrestleMania slowly to be a distant memory, the year 2000 looks to be a pivotal year for the sports entertainment machine. With rumors of Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo both returning to World Championship Wrestling to take on shared control of the company. With the entire locker room at the World Wrestling Federation looking to make a name for themselves, to outshine the others. With business booming through the massive indulgence and interest in professional wrestling. With the McMahon-Helmsley Regime in full force.
Note from the author: I'm very proud to unveil the Attitude Project. The year 2000 was where I started my infatuation with pro-wrestling. While this era has been covered by me previously, working with A.J. on WWENTERTAINMENT 2003 has made me realise that now more than ever, I'm prepared to create a compelling, come-to-life, realistic representation of what the Attitude Era in the year 2000 was all about. Back in June I was watching old episodes of RAW and SmackDown! from April 2000, and it inspired me to come back to what brought me here. Low and behold, after four months of bringing this concept to written form and producing over four months of material (so far), all ready to off-load and post, here I am. I'm hoping you enjoy what I envision in an alternative telling of the dawn of the 21st century in the World Wrestling Federation. I will also be going back to basics: Reply for Reply. All hands on deck. Let's relive the Attitude Era together. - DT
WrestleMania 2000 - Sunday, April 2, 2000 The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California Live on Pay-Per-View
The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan def. The Godfather and D-Lo Brown (w/Hos)in 9:02 after the Bossman Slam on D-Lo followed by a top rope legdrop from Buchanan. Rapper Ice-T rapped Godfather and D-Lo to the ring.
Hardcore Holly won a 13-man Hardcore Battle Royal to win the WWF Hardcore Championship after pinning Crash Holly (c) in 15:00. The other participants included Bradshaw, Faarooq, Funaki, Joey Abs, Mosh, Pete Gas, Rodney, Taka Michinoku, Tazz, Thrasher and Viscera. The match featured 10 title changes, with Tazz, Viscera, Funaki, Rodney, Joey Abs, Thrasher, Pete Gas, Crash Holly and Hardcore Holly winning the title prior to the time limit expiring. Crash was trapped in the Tazzmission when Hardcore smashed a glass jar over both men's heads before covering.
T&A (Test and Albert) (w/Trish Stratus) def. Head Cheese (Al Snow and Steve Blackman) (w/Chester McCheeserton) in 7:03 after the gorilla press slam by Albert, followed by the diving elbow drop from Test on Blackman. Following the match, Snow and Blackman turned to their "mascot", leaving him laying with a backbreaker-diving legdrop combination.
Edge and Christian def. The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt) & The Dudley Boyz (D-Von and Bubba Ray) (c) in a Triangle Ladder match to win the WWF Tag Team Championship in 22:30 after Edge tossed Matt off of the table placed atop a ladder through a table beneath in the ring, before retrieving the titles.
Terri (w/The Fabulous Moolah) def. The Kat (w/Mae Young) to win the Catfight in 2:26 after Moolah dragged Kat out to the floor. The match could only end when one woman was eliminated by leaving the ring. Val Venis was the special guest referee. After the match, Mae Young delivered the Bronco Buster to Moolah whilst Kat stripped Terri of her pants.
Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay) and Chyna def. The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko) in 9:37 after the sleeper slam by Chyna on Guerrero.
Chris Benoit def. Chris Jericho & Kurt Angle (c) to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship in the first of a two-fall Triple Threat match in 7:56 after delivering the Diving Headbutt to Jericho.
Chris Jericho def. Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle (c) to win the WWF European Championship in the second of a two-fall Triple Threat match in 5:52 after the springboard moonsault on Benoit.
Kane and Rikishi (w/Paul Bearer) def. D-Generation X (X-Pac and Road Dogg) (w/Tori) after the Tombstone Piledriver by Kane on X-Pac. Too Cool came out to dance with Rikishi after the match until the San Diego Chicken attempted to attack Kane with a baseball bat. Kane unmasked him as Pete Rose and delivered a Tombstone Piledriver to him, before Rikishi gave Rose the Stinkface.
Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (c) def. The Rock (w/Vince McMahon, Mick Foley (w/Linda McMahon)& The Big Show (w/Shane McMahon) in a Fatal 4-Way elimination match to retain the WWF Championship. The Big Show was eliminated in 4:50 following a Rock Bottom from the Rock. Mick Foley was eliminated in 19:40 following a Pedigree on a steel chair from Triple H. Triple H defeated The Rock following Vince McMahon turning on Rock by smashing him with a steel chair, leading to the Pedigree. Following the match, the Rock fought back and delivered the Rock Bottom to Vince, before leaving Stephanie down and out after the People's Elbow.
RAW is WAR - April 3, 2000 Staples Center in Los Angeles, California Live on the USA Network
One night separated from WrestleMania 2000, RAW is WAR kicks off with the opening video package followed by the powerful showcase of pyrotechnics. The Staples Center in Los Angeles was booming, as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the fallout of WrestleMania 2000. J.R. and the King talked about the WWF European Championship being on the line when new champion Chris Jericho defends against Eddie Guerrero and cousins collide when Hardcore Holly defends the WWF Hardcore Championship against Crash!
Los Angeles exploded as The Rock made his way out to the roaring crowd, 'the Brahma Bull' coming off of an emotional rollercoaster of disappointment and betrayal last night at WrestleMania. The Rock shunned the capacity crowd's chants by declaring that the Rock was back in Hollywood, but while in normal cases being in Hollywood would be electrifying, there is only one thing on his mind: and that is reclaiming the World Wrestling Federation Championship! The Rock discussed how Triple H, alongside his sl*t of a wife Stephanie played the waiting game all along when Vince McMahon - the biggest assh*le walking God's green earth stabbed the Rock in the ring. Not to mention Shane McMahon, twinkle-toes himself, sticking his head where it doesn't belong. The Rock talked about how it didn't matter that the McMahons stood in his way last night at WrestleMania 2000: because one way or another, the McMahons would feel the Rock's wrath when he kicks their candy-asses up and down LA!
Rock's comments must have gone overheard by the powers that be, as Vince McMahon came out to the stage accompanied by his son, Shane McMahon. The Chairman of the company and his prodigal son stood frozen on the ramp, as the Staples Center - as encouraged by the Rock - chanted "assh*le" their way, but finally the boss spoke up. Vince told Rock that he had a problem with the way that the Rock was talking about his family. He discussed how Rock was painting his family out to be the bad guys, despite how far from the truth that is. Vince claimed that without Vincent Kennedy McMahon, the Rock would be working the flea markets in downtown LA; that Shane was the mastermind that brought this family back together once more; and how his daughter Stephanie was an angel married to an intelligent WWF Superstar by the name of Triple H: the same Triple H that beat the Rock clean as a whistle at WrestleMania last night! The fact of the matter is: Rock wasn't getting his rematch. The 'Brahma Bull' refused to take no for an answer, telling Vince that it didn't matter - if he isn't getting Triple H, then he wants Vince and Shane to take a walk down to his ring and get ready for an ass-whooping of a lifetime courtesy of the Rock!
Shane took the mic and ran down Los Angeles for their lack of hygiene and self-respect, before telling Rock that he is in luck because if anybody wants a piece of the Rock's ass, it is him. After what he did last night, giving his beloved sister Stephanie the Rock Bottom and the People's Elbow - Rock doesn't know or probably care that she can hardly walk! Shane was about to issue the challenge to Rock, when Vince took the microphone, telling Shane that this isn't what they had planned. Vince shut the people up as they attempted to scream slurs at the McMahons, before telling Rock that tonight it would be in fact, The Rock taking on Shane McMahon...but also his father, Vince McMahon himself! LA erupted, as Rock raised an eyebrow, telling the McMahons that they had just signed their death warrant, because tonight in the main event, he would take Shane's prodigal head and take Vince's gigantic head - and what the Rock was going to do was stick the McMahon's heads inside each other's asses! A handicap match with the Rock and the McMahons - one hell of a main event in store tonight!
Backstage, the World Wrestling Federation Champion Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were seen arriving at the building, Stephanie complaining about her neck to her husband. 'The Game' and the boss's daughter were stobbed by a stage-hand, and the expression on the WWF Champion's face changed - the power couple storming off in an apparent reaction to what was said in the ring.
Back live, the new WWF European Champion Chris Jericho made his way out to the ring for his very first title defense. With Chyna beside him, 'the Millennium Man' ushered us into RAW is Jericho. Y2J was stoked to represent Europe after ousting Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit last night - although if he had it his way, he would also be WWF Intercontinental Champion right now. But his opponent tonight also claims to be a man of culture, a man of mystique - and that man is Eddie Guerrero. Jericho climbed into the ring declaring that tonight the greasy, greasy mullet of Eddie Guerrero's would hit the ground!
1) Eddie Guerrero def. Chris Jericho (w/Chyna) (c) to win the WWF European Championship (5:24) After enduring a humiliating defeat against 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' last night, Eddie Guerrero hoped to rebound by taking the WWF European Championship from Chris Jericho. Y2J competed in not one but two falls against two highly skilled Superstars in Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit, but came out of it with one of Angle's titles. Both men in this contest went back and forth, with Eddie slyly gaining the upper hand. Eddie was in control, but when the fight went outside, Chyna intimidated him back inside! Chyna followed Eddie, the challenger cowering when Chyna went to strike him just to take out the referee! Jericho came back inside, just to eat a shocking clothesline from 'the Ninth Wonder of the World'! Once associates suddenly turned enemies, as Chyna planted Y2J with a DDT, allowing Eddie to take the win!
Eddie Guerrero had successfully won his first title in the World Wrestling Federation! But as Chyna handed Eddie the WWF European Championship, Eddie was puzzled - why did his enemy turn on her friend to allow him win the title? Chyna marched out of the ring with Guerrero, when Eddie was stopped by 'the Ninth Wonder of the World', where the amazon French kissed Eddie! His eyes grew wide, as he raised the title in celebration - hand in hand with Chyna, no less!
In their office, Vince McMahon was seen with his son Shane McMahon - now in an argument with Triple H! Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley looked on nervously as the WWF Champion argued with his father-in-law about how the McMahons had challenged the Rock to a handicap match tonight. Triple H told Vince and Shane that they should have asked him first, to which Vince reminded 'the Game' who was in charge here! Triple H told Vince and Shane to enjoy it, because he wouldn't be there to save the day like he did last night! H walked out, leaving Stephanie - as Vince barked that Rock's ass was toast tonight on their hands! The McMahon-Helmsley alliance was falling apart, only twenty-four hours after forming!
Returning to his office, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley held her neck whilst talking to Vince McMahon about her winning the WWF Women's Championship last week. Vince told his daughter how proud he was of her, before asking how her neck was doing. Stephanie told Vince how she was hurting, but attempted to dissuade him to allowing Triple H to help out. She cited that Hunter may be hot-headed, but deep down he's concerned what the Rock will do to her family in the handicap match tonight. Vince soon relented, telling his daughter that he would consider it: but this is what the Rock has coming tonight - especially after what he did to his precious daughter.
In the arena, the Godfather and D-Lo Brown were making their way to the ring accompanied by half-a-dozen Hos, presented specially by the Godfather's connections to his escort service. Brown's head gyrated whilst Godfather welcomed everybody to come aboard the Ho Train! Godfather said that WrestleMania was a party, but the fun is yet to take place because tonight they've got T&A in their corner, and in the corner going against them! And of course, he's talking about the newest girl on the block Trish Stratus. Godfather insinuated that if Trish ever got bored of Test and Albert, to just come aboard and 'Pimp Daddy' would take good care of her!
2) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. D-Lo Brown and the Godfather (w/Hos) (3:18)
WrestleMania 2000 was a party for D-Lo Brown and the Godfather. They opened the jam-packed house in Arrowhead Pond, whilst Ice-T played them to the ring, rapping to the fans' delight. But unfortunately it was the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan who came out on top, and the Pimps were out for a win, the night after WrestleMania. T&A were fueled by the comments of Godfather about their new manager Trish Stratus, who scowled in 'the Pimp Daddy's direction. Godfather as a result received the brunt of a beating from Test and Albert, who powered him around. D-Lo finally got the tag and ran wild on both men, but at ringside Godfather fought with Test, when Trish suddenly approached him and stroked his chest! The distraction allowed Albert to deliver a chokebomb on Brown, taking the win!
The Godfather shoved Trish Stratus away from him and slid into the ring as Albert rolled out - D-Lo Brown and the Godfather suffering a second loss in two nights, tonight courtesy of T&A! Trish stood on the ramp with her newly assembled team: and what a unit Test and Albert were becoming, with the poised seductive assistance of the newcomer, Trish!
Backstage, Kurt Angle was seen talking to referee Tim White about the results of last night's two-fall Triple Threat match that saw him lose both the WWF Intercontinental and European Championships. Angle told Tim that he wasn't sure what he saw, but what he did know was that he lost neither fall, and should still be the Eurocontinental Champion. Tim told Kurt that the rules clearly stated that it was every man for himself, and that his result stood. White left, leaving Angle vexed and in denial about the title losses.
In the parking lot, Michael Cole caught a word with the overjoyed Eddie Guerrero and Chyna following Guerrero's win of the WWF European Championship earlier tonight. Eddie told Michael that it felt so good to be the champion of Europe - citing his ancient ancestors were descendants of Spain in Europe. Michael then asked 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' about her actions, turning on Chris Jericho the way she did. Chyna told Michael it doesn't take an intelligent man to figure it out - the fact is, Y2J is a loser, and although she resisted for as long as she could - she could just not resist "Latino Heat". Eddie was glowing, as they entered the lot hand-in-hand, where Eddie and Chyna hopped into a low-rider, driving off and leaving the Staples Center!
3) Crash Holly def. Hardcore Holly (c) to win the WWF Hardcore Championship (4:08) Following the controversial 13-man Hardcore Battle Royal last night at WrestleMania, Hardcore Holly was putting the WWF Hardcore Championship against his own cousin Crash tonight. For Crash, who has become something of a fixture of the the division and was the man behind the institution of a 24/7 rule, it was about re-earning his prize. Hardcore and Crash immediately argued and went at it, each exchanging hard shots with a trash can and a stop sign. Crash was busted open again, twenty-four hours after a hard shot cut him open in the Battle Royal, but despite this he remained resilient against his older cousin. Holly was about to put Crash away with the Falcon Arrow when Tazz hit the ring - the man Hardcore stole the title from in the closing seconds of that match - Tazz locking in the Tazzmission on Hardcore! Tazz looked to win the title, when Crash slammed a trash can over both men's heads, Crash stealing the win!
In a fashion so similar to how Hardcore Holly came to be WWF Hardcore Champion last night, Crash Holly had successfully regained the title tonight, perhaps with thanks to pay to Tazz in his interference here tonight! Crash hopped the barricade, proudly displaying his title - which he now held for a third time in his career! Tazz was mad, as was Hardcore, who were left behind having words in the ring.
In the locker room, Shane McMahon spoke with Big Show about a disappointing outcome in the Fatal 4-Way elimination match last night. The big man was not saddened about the loss however, Show telling Shane that he should be over the moon. He said that since Saturday Night Live several weeks ago, the phone has not stopped ringing; he was getting calls - the people want more of Big Show! He explained that tonight they were in Los Angeles, the City of Angels - which meant one thing and one thing only: tonight, the Big Show was live and in living color when he gives Hollywood exactly what they want! Show left, leaving Shane confused about what had just occurred.
Mid-ring in the Staples Center Michael Cole stood by as he discussed the match that tore the house down at WrestleMania twenty-four hours ago, of course talking about the Triangle Ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Cole called it one of the greatest matches of the new Millennium, before introducing the victors in the match. The new WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian made their way down to the ring, dressed to impress whilst also covered in bandages - truly the souvenir of a chaotic and dangerous match that included ladders, tables and chairs. Cole attempted to ask the duo on their feelings about winning the Ladder match, but Edge and Christian quickly took over. Edge was disingenuous, claiming that they rocked the tag team division and that all six of them put in one hell of an effort. But Edge was sarcastic, and Christian repeatedly chimed in saying that the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz were "second-rate" and came up short to Edge and Christian. Though Edge spoke out, talking about one tag team that truly gave it their all and came so close - yet so far away! They were talking about the Hardy Boyz.
The Hardy Boyz made their way out to the rampway, Jeff and Matt not looking as worse for wear as Edge and Christian; whilst the WWF Tag Team Champions continued to talk about how great the Hardys were - but the fact remained if they weren't risking their bodies and seriously harming themselves, they could have taken the whole thing. Christian told the Hardy Boyz that it's alright to win silver, but that there is a long, fine line between silver and gold! The arrogance of the new champions had irked the Hardys, who now stormed down the rampway, but as Jeff and Matt approached the ring, the Dudley Boyz came from behind, attacking Edge and Christian! D-Von and Bubba Ray - the third team in the Triangle Ladder match - traded blows with the champs, when the Hardys got into it with the Dudleys! Jeff and Matt fought with D-Von and Bubba Ray, allowing Edge and Christian to slip out of the ring as fast as they could; Edge and Christian reminding the two sets of brothers in the ring that they were the winners at WrestleMania - and if they thought they could be as good as them, to think again because those titles weren't going anywhere. A wild transformation from Edge and Christian, who have only been champions for twenty-four hours!
In the DX locker room Triple H was sat on a couch talking with X-Pac and Road Dogg, the World Wrestling Federation Champion continuing to discuss his problems with the Rock facing Vince and Shane McMahon tonight. X-Pac asked why he couldn't get involved where he pleased, being a matter of family. But 'the Game' confessed that Stephanie would be real mad at him. Road Dogg told Hunter that she may be, but he is the WWF Champion - and they are D-Generation X. They left Triple H to contemplate, seemingly caught up with an idea.
Back live, Kurt Angle continued to bicker about losing both the WWF Intercontinental and European Championships last night, but this time with Howard Finkel, who was the ring announcer last night. Kurt once again complained that he lost neither falls, and that he should still be the undisputed Eurocontinental Champion. After all, he is an 'American Hero'. But 'the Fink' was having none of it, telling Kurt that he should take it up with referee Tim white - all Howard did these days was call it like he saw it. Finkel left, once again leaving Angle scorned and bitter.
Val Venis waltzed down to the ring for his match against the Big Show, 'the Big Valbowski' immediately taking to the microphone to discuss how hot and raucous last night's Catfight was! Val asked how much the people liked watching the Kat and Terri rip each other apart - including their clothes! But he knew the ladies out there were really watching the guest referee in that match - sincerely yours, 'the Big Valbowski'. Val asked the women in Los Angeles if they wanted to star in Val's next Hollywood blockbuster, when the Big Show interrupted...dressed up as Val Venis! The Big Show declared himself as 'the Big Showbowski' and wowed the ladies by climbing into the ring and immediately talking about his package: Show whipping off his towel and wowing the ladies by revealing a large pair of Val Venis' trunks! Val whipped his towel off quick, not pleased by Show's imitation.
4) The Big Showbowski def. Val Venis by disqualification (1:50) We all heard the Big Show talk about how he wanted to take a new approach with all of the calls from directors he had been receiving since starring on Saturday Night Live several weeks ago, but by appearing as the world's largest chick magnet was something nobody in Los Angeles expected tonight! Val immediately hammered away at the impersonator - but the seven-foot giant clubbed back. Val was resilient and tried to chop Show down, just to get ousted from the ring, leaving Val frustrated. The Big Showbowski thrusted his hips to the screams of women in the audience, which set Venis off, coming from behind and low-blowing the Big Show!
Val Venis had appeared to lose his cool at the Big Show - or should we say, the Big Showbowski - but it appeared that the Big Show within was reawakened with the low blow. As the women booed Val for his outrage, the Big Show recovered quickly and immediately grabbed 'the Big Valbowski' by the throat - dropping him with a thunderous Showstopper! Show left as the man he was last night, but this time the people - ladies in particular - seemed to love him more.
Too Cool were seen watching on a television what they had just witnessed, and Grandmaster Sexay was beside himself with laughter at the Big Show! Sexay mocked the Big Showkowski, calling him the world's largest clown whilst Scotty 2 Hotty thought it wasn't so bad. Sexay called Show a huge idiot, whereas Scotty told Sexay that they needed to head to the ring next, and show the Radicalz what was poppin' with Too Cool.
Al Snow was backstage with his Head Cheese comrade Steve Blackman, Al assuring 'the Lethal Weapon' that they may not have picked up the 'W' last night at WrestleMania, but they gave the fans a moment they won't ever forget when they destroyed Chester McCheeserton. Blackman wasn't so sure, not seeing the importance in entertainment over victory. Kurt Angle appeared, 'the American Hero' once again looking for anybody to complain to about the "unfair" two-fall Triple Threat match last night. But rather quickly, Chris Benoit showed up. The WWF Intercontinental Champion glared Angle in the eyes, as he told Kurt to quit running his mouth to everybody but him. 'The Canadian Crippler' told Kurt he'd give him his rematch tonight, before leaving. Angle scoffed, letting out a sarcastic thankyou to the new champion. Two titles have changed already tonight - could a third?
5) Too Cool vs The Radicalz (Perry Saturn and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko) ended in a no-contest (2:52) Too Cool were victorious last night in six-person tag team action against the Radicalz, but the loss suffered by Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko surely fueled their fire headed into tag team action tonight. Scotty 2 Hotty in particular brought the fight to both Saturn and Malenko, but the numbers game was too much for Scotty and the technicians went to work on the legs of Scotty. But Scotty showed heart, and began to wow the capacity crowd with his agility - setting up for the Worm on Malenko. But before he had a chance to do so, the Big Show made his way down to the ring, immediately fending Saturn off and causing Malenko to roll out of the ring.
Scotty was frozen with fear when glancing up at the no-longer Big Showkowski, when 'the Big Nasty B*stard' turned to Grandmaster Sexay, dragging him into the ring! Show picked Sexay up by the throat, repeatedly asking him about his comments made about him moments ago, asking how much of a clown he was now! Show delivered the Showstopper to Sexay, whilst Scotty watched on - wisely leaving the ring in fear. Show stood in dominance when Rikishi Phatu made his way out to the ring to face off with Show! Too Cool were clearly not about to go after the Big Show - but somebody of Rikishi's size wasn't about to back down from a fight! Show stared the Samoan down before leaving on his own accord, leaving Rikishi and Scotty to tend to the fallen Grandmaster Sexay.
Outside of his dressing room Kevin Kelly was standing by with the Rock. He attempted to ask the Rock about tonight's handicap match and dissension among the McMahon-Helmsley alliance, but Rock hushed him in no time. He mocked Kevin Kelly's question and said that what it came down to was how much the Rock cared about the alliance, how he couldn't give a monkey cr*p about what Triple H said to Vince, what Stephanie said to Vince, what Shane said to the Big Showkowski - it doesn't matter. Because one way or another, they were all getting their candy asses beat by the Rock, and it starts tonight against the McMahons. Rock insinuated there was more than meets the eye with Vince and Shane, father and son. But tonight, the Rock was going to give Hollywood a show that included whooping their candy asses, and when that was all said and done, he was coming back for the gold - he was coming back for Triple H.
6) Kane (w/Paul Bearer) def. Big Bossman (w/Bull Buchanan) (2:42) 'The Big Red Machine' had an eventful night at the grandest stage in sports entertainment. He was successful in teaming with Rikishi Phatu to defeat longtime rivals X-Pac and Road Dogg, but on top of that Kane, for a third consecutive year, sent Pete Rose on a one-way trip to Hell with a Tombstone Piledriver. But he wasn't the only one with success, as the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan scored what some would call an upset victory against the Godfather and D-Lo Brown. Tonight, Bossman tried to match up with Kane and even with distractions from Buchanan, could not quite get the job done. Finally Buchanan distracted the referee, which allowed Bossman to use the nightstick - but the prison guard from Atlanta, Georgia regardless found himself subjected to a big Chokeslam from 'the Big Red Machine', for the win.
Kane stood tall and looked to raise his arms for the fire and brimstone to follow, but instead Bull Buchanan jumped him from behind with a shot from the nightstick! Buchanan nailed Kane again with it, causing 'the Big Red Machine' to crumble through the ropes to the floor, and Buchanan wouldn't let up with his ambush! Buchanan scared off Kane's father, Paul Bearer, before looking to exact more punishment but Kane fired back! The brawl continued, but Bossman jumped Kane from behind - the two prison guards hammering on Kane! Kane fought back, knocking Buchanan down and causing Bossman to retreat up the side of the entrance-way - this fight going to the back!
With the cameras losing the brawl between Kane, the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan, we went to Vince and Shane McMahon, who were talking strategy about tonight's match with the Rock. Shane seemed more nervous than earlier, to which his father explained was just butterflies. Shane asked Vince what to do against Rock, whom he managed as recent as twenty-four hours ago. The Chairman hesitantly told Shane to watch out for the Rock Bottom, before shrugging and leaving. Shane asked how that was real advice.
Back live on RAW is WAR and the fight between Kane and the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan continued! The prison guards had 'the Big Red Machine' on all fours as Buchanan held Kane for a clubbing with the nightstick from Bossman! Bossman and Buchanan had managed to beat down Kane, when the Acolytes showed up, Bradshaw and Faarooq causing Bossman and Buchanan to retreat from the scene of the crime! The Acolyte Protection Agency were in business, as they told Bossman and Buchanan to buck up their ideas in future, because they were coming for them!
7) Chris Benoit (c) def. Kurt Angle to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship (5:35)
Kurt Angle's luck had changed, being issued this rematch against Chris Benoit tonight. 'The American Hero' had been beside himself over losing both the WWF Intercontinental and European Championships last night to Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho - but despite complaining to referee Tim White and ring announcer Howard Finkel, it took Benoit confronting him to get his rematch. Angle and Benoit, both skilled on the mat, went pound-for-pound with the Olympic Gold Medalist managing to gain control. 'The Canadian Crippler' however took Angle to work with submissions, a cross-armbreaker almost costing Angle the match, had it not been for the bottom rope. Angle went on the defense, managing to block the Crippler Crossface, and Angle managed to hit the Olympic Slam, but this time Benoit's foot was on the ropes! Angle went bezerk at Tim White, calling claims of a conspiracy - which in turn allowed Benoit to roll Angle up, retaining the title!
Chris Benoit backed up the ramp with the WWF Intercontinental Championship, his first defense coming successful despite Kurt Angle's best efforts! Angle was furious, in disbelief that he had lost to 'the Canadian Crippler' twice in two nights - and 'the American Hero' wasted no time getting in Tim White's face once again! Angle claimed that he trusted Tim, but White wasn't hearing any of it. The referee turned his back, and this allowed Angle to reach from behind and lock the helpless referee in a Chickenwing Crossface! Angle finally relented, but this wasn't going to change the fact Kurt Angle was no longer a double champion.
The McMahons were seen walking the halls backstage, moments away from the biggest handicap match in recent memory. Shane was looking at his father Vince for some confidence, to which the Chairman ignored his plight, telling Shane to hang in there - the Rock was going down, McMahon-style!
8) The Rock def. Vince and Shane McMahon in a Handicap match (6:03)
After the vote of confidence Vince McMahon had shown in the Rock leading up to WrestleMania all a part of the plan from the newly united McMahon-Helmsley alliance, the Rock wanted nothing more than to get his hands on Vince and Shane after last night's screwjob at WrestleMania. The Rock did exact some revenge following the loss to Triple H in the WWF Championship Fatal 4-Way elimination match - but this was a sanctioned World Wrestling Federation match, and in Hollywood the Rock was the hero in everybody's mind. Shane attempted to handle Rock to start, but 'the Brahma Bull' easily took care of him and allowed Shane to tag in his father to wrestle. Vince and Rock sized up, but Shane wisely came from behind - this being a ploy as Vince and Shane bombarded Rock with rights and lefts! Vince postured around whilst Shane interfered where necessary. Despite this, Rock - with much more ring experience than both McMahon combined - fired back, and delivered a Spinebuster to Shane, followed by a Spinebuster to Vince! Rock looked for the People's Elbow, but X-Pac and Road Dogg hit the ring! Rock sent X-Pac flying over the top, then traded blows with Road Dogg - this handicap match appearing to be over!
The Rock delivered the Rock Bottom to Road Dogg, when Vince low blowed 'the Brahma Bull' from behind! Shane then followed suit, dropping Rock with a Rock Bottom of his own! So much for his nerves, Shane McMahon was on top of the world after ousting Rock with his own move! Suddenly, out came Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, the WWF and Women's Champions greeting their family in the ring, where 'the Game' happily hugged his father-in-law and brother-in-law! Triple H then took to stomping away at the Rock, 'the Game' talking trash to Rock that this was their world! He looked to plant Rock with a Pedigree, but Rock back dropped the WWF Champion over the top rope! Rock scared the three McMahons from the ring, before dishing out a Rock Bottom to X-Pac! Rock stood tall on the second rope, glaring down the McMahon-Helmsley alliance - and it was clear that he wanted the WWF Championship!
SmackDown! - April 6, 2000 San Jose Arena in San Jose, California Broadcast on UPN Taped April 4, 2000
The first edition of Thursday Night SmackDown! on UPN kicked off with a shot from within the DX Bus, where World Wrestling Federation Champion Triple H alongside his wife, WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Road Dogg, X-Pac and Tori all arrived at the Arena in San Jose. D-Generation X appeared to be in high spirits, despite coming up short in an ambush attempt on the Rock this past Monday night on RAW. What did DX have in mind for 'the Brahma Bull' tonight?
The opening video package concluded, triggering a vibrant firework dispay for the capacity crowd here in San Jose! Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler discussed the events following WrestleMania, as tonight the Big Show will do battle with Rikishi Phatu; and the Dudley Boyz will take on the Hardy Boyz, three nights removed from a hellacious Triangle Ladder match!
Kurt Angle made his way down to the ring for a match, 'the American Hero' coming off of a loss of epic proportions in losing the two-fall Triple Threat match at WrestleMania, which cost him both the WWF Intercontinental and European Championships. Angle addressed the crowd as he walked, saying that it had not been a great week and that even an Olympic Gold Medalist like himself was man enough to admit it. Not only did he lose his titles to Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho at WrestleMania on Sunday, but he lost his cool when referee Tim White cost him his rematch this past Monday on RAW is WAR. Angle brought up a replay showing himself arguing with White - which led to Benoit rolling Angle up to retain the title - before locking him in the Chickenwing Crossface. Angle said it was unbecoming of a man with intensity, integrity and intelligence. Angle introduced Tim White out to the ring to officiate his match, vowing that he would never lay a finger on White again - also claiming that sooner than later he would once more be a champion of the people: the Eurocontinental Champion.
1) Kurt Angle def. The Godfather (w/Hos) (3:23) The people of San Jose loved to see the Godfather accompanied by his Hos, but tonight 'the Pimp Daddy' was riding solo as it was announced that D-Lo Brown was not here due to a family emergency. Tim White appeared hesitant around Kurt Angle following 'the American Hero's anger getting the better of him with Monday's loss to Chris Benoit, and Angle appeared to have turned a new leaf; fighting fairly and following White's rulings throughout the match. Godfather attempted to make a comeback, but when Angle dodged the Ho Train Angle delivered a German suplex before following up with the Olympic Slam, returning the Olympian to his winning ways.
Kurt Angle celebrated triumphantly, but contrary to what he told referee Tim White before the match, the Olympic Gold Medalist raised White's hand with excitement; Angle even hugging the nervous official in victory! It appeared that despite losing the WWF European and Intercontinental Championships last Sunday at WrestleMania, the man with the "Three Is" was back tonight.
In the backstage lobby Vince and Shane McMahon were discussing how great last Monday was. They may have come up short against the Rock, but tonight was a different night. Shane admitted that it felt great competing side by side with his old man on RAW. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley showed up, accompanied by D-Generation X - and it appeared this McMahon-Helmsley faction were headed for the ring!
We returned to SmackDown! to see D-Generation X making their way to the ring, led by the WWF Champion Triple H and WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. X-Pac, his girlfriend Tori and Road Dogg followed, as last Monday night on RAW was recapped showing DX's involvement in the handicap main event between the Rock and the McMahons. Upon entry, the boss's daughter took the microphone as she demanded these people give D-Generation X the appreciation they deserved! After all, her husband and his friends were the people that saved her family from a vicious assault last Monday night at the hands of the malicious 'Brahma Bull'. The fans chanted "assh*le" in the champ's way, whilst calling Stephanie a "sl*t" much to her chagrin. Stephanie continued to talk about the Rock and his wicked ways, claiming that she's still sore and shouldn't even be here tonight after the Rock Bottom and People's Elbow she endured last Sunday at WrestleMania. But like her father and her brother, she was a fighter, and she was a survivor - but she was lucky to be married to a man like her husband: the unbeaten and undisputed WWF Champion, Triple H!
'The Game' smirked at his wife's kind words before taking over. Triple H said that this was all one big experiment that was going on day by day with the McMahons. He won't lie - Triple H never thought there would be a day where the McMahon Family and D-Generation X would stand all as one against a common threat - but the Rock has brought out the best in all of them. Which is why the McMahon-Helmsley faction have aligned. Whether you like it or not, Triple H is the leader that the World Wrestling Federation needs right now! And the Rock isn't! And for the greater good of this great company, DX and the McMahons stand united against the Rock, and anybody else that wants to challenge them in the future!
The McMahons soon made their way down to the ring, the WWF Chairman Vince and his son Shane - both apparently feeling the effects of Monday's handicap match with the Rock. Upon entering, Triple H had the audacity to hug his father-in-law - the two rivals raising one another's hand! Shane hugged his sister, before the McMahons exchanged pleasantries with X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori. Vince took over, telling Triple H that every single word he said was absolutely true! And maybe it took him a while to figure it all out - but it was indeed for the greater good of this company, and this business quite frankly! Vince said that as long as the Rock stands in their way, the McMahons and the Helmsley clan have banded together to combat 'the People's Champ' - and make sure he will never, ever be the World Wrestling Federation Champion!
Vince joked that Rock is an evil, foul excuse for a human being. Not only is he a barbarian that likes to beat up on women like daughter Stephanie, innocent bystanders such as his son Shane, and his employer - yours truly. But the Rock has an infatuation with shoving things up people's asses! Vince talked about what comes out of a person's ass - fecal matter. And as he has proven time and time again, asses aren't the only thing in which fecal matter comes out of - fact of the matter is, the Rock is full of crap! The people chanted "assh*le" at the boss, who demanded they shut up while he announces the plan for tonight! Vince said that he and Shane came up just a little short on Monday, but that's not to say that the Rock is out of the woods just yet. Because tonight on SmackDown!, it would be the Rock in a different handicap match: and this time, he would be up against X-Pac and Road Dogg of D-Generation X! And tonight, when DX reigns supreme and 'the People's Champ' has fallen, true justice will be served when the Rock is staring up at the bright lights, and the McMahon-Helmsley faction are standing tall over his carcass! The unit left, another unfair disadvantage that the Rock has been put in - another roadblock between Rock and the WWF Championship!
Kevin Kelly was in the locker room with the Dudley Boyz, moments before what should be another instant classic between themselves and the Hardy Boyz. Kevin asked Bubba Ray and D-Von their thoughts about Jeff and Matt Hardy, and where they see themselves in the tag title hunt. Bubba said simply that their focus is on regaining the WWF Tag Team Championships, which is why tonight they are going to go out there and beat the Hardys, and then they are coming for Edge and Christian. D-Von testified, as the Dudleys were set for action next.
2) The Hardy Boyz def. The Dudley Boyz (5:50) Four nights ago these two teams were a part of history in the making when they stole the show at WrestleMania 2000, competing in a Triangle Ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championships, in which all four fell at the hands of Edge and Christian. Last Monday on RAW, Edge and Christian antagonized the Hardys, which led to a three-team free-for-all which has raised several questions about the future of the tag team division. Jeff and Matt competed as a well oiled machine against D-Von early on, but quickly the brute force of the Dudleys fought back and went right to work on the older brother Matt. In the ring, Jeff made the tag and ran wild, but soon fell victim to a full nelson bomb from Bubba, and it appeared that the 3D was nigh when Christian hit the ring to distract the referee, which allowed Edge to swoop in and clock Bubba Ray with the Tag title! Jeff hit the Swanton Bomb, and the Hardys had won this match!
Edge and Christian had cost the Dudley Boyz this match, but for what purpose? The newfound arrogance of the new WWF Tag Team Champions was on full display as they high-fived outside of the ring, but little did they expect the victorious Hardy Boyz to come flying over the top rope with stereo-planchas on the champions! Jeff and Matt rained punches down on the champions, causing Edge and Christian to flee up the rampway in shock - whilst the Dudleys remained in the ring, glaring daggers in the champs' direction as well. This three team war was far from over.
Backstage cameras caught up with the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan, who were storming into the locker room of the Acolytes, furious about what went down on Monday. Buchanan tipped over a wooden bench causing Bradshaw and Faarooq to stand up to confront the prison guards, but Bossman raised his nightstick towards them. Bossman was furious that the Acolytes got in their way of making an example out of 'the Big Red Machine' on RAW. Buchanan challenged them to a fight, telling the boys that their Protection Agency was a good idea - but who was going to protect them from Bossman and Buchanan? Bradshaw fired back telling the guards that they were in for the asskicking of a lifetime tonight!
In the parking lot, the low-rider of Eddie Guerrero pulled up, and the new WWF European Champion hopped out. 'Latino Heat' was riding in style with his new "mamacita" Chyna, whom he opened the door for. He watched as 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' stepped out, Eddie kissing the hand of the amazon - Eddie commenting on what a magical few days it had been!
Returning to UPN SmackDown!, Trish Stratus was seen walking with T&A behind her, Trish commenting on the disgusting comments that the Godfather had spoken of her this past Monday on RAW. Test justified that they taught the Godfather and D-Lo Brown a lesson, and that she was nothing like any of his disgusting Hos. That's when they overhead Kaientai saying the word "Ho", which upset Albert and Test. The two confronted Taka Michinoku and Sho Funaki, asking what they said. And in broken English, Taka and Funaki explained that Trish was in fact, a Ho! Trish was offended, and Albert told Kaientai that they had just made the worst mistake of their lives. Test said tonight they would get what was coming to them because they were sending them back to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Elsewhere Hardcore Holly was seen stomping around the corridors, where he came across Kevin Kelly, hoping to get a word with the former WWF Hardcore Champion. Holly ordered Kelly to shut up and demanded to know if he had seen his cousin Crash anywhere tonight. Kevin said that he saw him a half hour ago, but wasn't sure where he went. Holly told Kevin to report to him when he next saw him. In the background Crash Holly was seen cowering behind a suitcase, the new WWF Hardcore Champion hiding from his determined cousin!
In the arena Latino fever was in the air, as the new WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero held hands with his new "mamacita" Chyna - the two having gotten together this past Monday on RAW is WAR, where Chyna cost longtime ally Chris Jericho the title! Eddie and Chyna reminisced as a replay aired of Eddie and Chyna leaving in the low rider together Monday, as 'Latino Heat' confided in her that he was happier than he's ever been. Eddie said that not only has he captured the one title that has eluded him his entire career, but he has captured the heart of the hottest lady in the World Wrestling Federation tonight, Mamacita! Chyna appeared infatuated with Eddie as she said that she felt similarly - Eddie was the greatest man she had ever been with, if you knew what she meant. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' compared Chris Jericho to Eddie, how Y2J was all-talk and no action. He never had the balls to ask her out, and when he tried to come onto her, it was as clear as day how he didn't have an ounce of attraction in his putrid body! Chyna called Eddie her 'Latino Heat' and that Eddie was a god in the bedroom, whilst Y2J couldn't even get it up for 'the Ninth Wonder in the World'.
Chris Jericho crashed the coming out party for 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita', the former WWF European Champion arriving on the rampway and telling Chyna and Eddie that they were a great couple! With the combination of the deep-fried grease coming off of that disgusting mullet of Eddie's, combined with the chiseled, grotesque features of 'the Ninth Wonder of the World's, the pair had the makings of a future Mexican lovechild called Pablo! 'The Millennium Man' defused the rumors of him ever seeing anything in Chyna, but turned his attention to Eddie's obsession with his 'Mamacita'. Jericho asked who was the man in their relationship, which infuriated Guerrero! Chris turned his attention to the title around Eddie's waist - saying he didn't give a damn about his Spanish ancestors, Eddie had something he wanted back - and it wasn't the six-four gargantuan towering over him in the ring! Eddie was hot and wanted to go, but Chyna snatched the microphone from her 'Latino Heat', telling Y2J that if it's a fight he wanted - a fight he'd get, with Chyna - right now! Eddie was shocked, and Y2J was more than game for redemption!
3) Chyna (w/WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero) def. Chris Jericho (4:15) The alliance between Chris Jericho and Chyna that started when the two became reluctant co-holders of the WWF Intercontinental Championship back at the end of 1999 had come to an end on RAW when 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' betrayed Y2J in favor of her new love interest, Eddie Guerrero - who captured the WWF European Champion from Jericho three nights ago. But this was Jericho's chance for revenge, and despite Chyna's powerful arsenal, he flew circles around her, almost scoring the win with a backdrop. Eddie watched nervously biting his nails at ringside, as Y2J delivered a facebuster and attempted the springboard moonsault, but Eddie got on the apron for the distraction - just to receive a springboard dropkick for his troubles! Jericho looked for the Walls of Jericho, but Eddie tripped Jericho, allowing Chyna to take the win with a Sleeper Slam for the upset!
Eddie Guerrero played innocent at ringside, but was over the moon that 'Mamacita' had successfully knocked off a victory against Chris Jericho tonight on SmackDown! The WWF European Champion raised his girlfriend's hand and kissed her hand once again, but when Chyna looked to dip Eddie with a French kiss like on Monday, Y2J came back with a dropkick knocking Eddie out of the ring! Chyna went down, and Jericho retaliated by locking in the Walls of Jericho on 'the Ninth Wonder of the World'! Chyna was tapping, and Eddie clasped hands with 'Mamacita' - as referees finally managed to pull Jericho away from Chyna! Eddie helped Chyna out of the ring, but Jericho stood tall - having found the revenge he had been looking for since Monday night!
In the corridor, we got a unique angle of the rear end of Rikishi Phatu, as Scotty 2 Hotty spoke in disbelief about what happened to Grandmaster Sexay on RAW. Scotty said that the Big Show hurt Grandmaster bad, and that he would be on the shelf for a few weeks after the beating he showed him. Rikishi remained cool, calm and collected as he removed his sunglasses telling Scotty that tonight he was going to back it up, and beat the Big Show for Grandmaster. They bumped fists before parting ways.
WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was at the water cooler talking with Tori about the intimate lives they lead with their respective partners, Triple H and X-Pac. Stephanie spoke of 'the Game' as "a real lion" in bed, telling her that he was a primate and she felt like his prey. But he was passionate all the same. Tori sipped her water, commenting on how X-Pac was the same: he tied her up last night and poured hot wax all over her. Stephanie was creeped out, awkwardly drinking her water.
4) The Acolytes def. The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan by disqualification (2:33) The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan did not enjoy suffering a loss at the hands of Kane this past Monday, and in response the two prison guards took it upon themselves to attempt to assault 'the Big Red Machine' after the bell. The two-on-one beating reached backstage, but just when Bossman and Buchanan looked to finish Kane off, the Acolytes saved the day. This bout was a barn-burner as expected, with Bradshaw and Faarooq going right at it with the corrupt guards, cleaning house with the two! The Acolytes weren't playing around, when Buchanan desperately slid a nightstick to Bossman, who slammed the weapon into the side of Faarooq's skull!
Desperation times called for desperate measures, as the Big Bossman had been disqualified for use of his nightstick. Bossman pounded on Faarooq whilst Bradshaw attempted to make the save, just for Buchanan to jump Bradshaw. The guards were hammering on the Acolytes, when hellfire and brimstone lit San Jose Arena up! Kane stormed down to the ring followed by Paul Bearer, but Bossman and Buchanan retreated to the floor upon his entry. Kane stood beside a recuperating Bradshaw and Faarooq, setting off his pyrotechnics and pointing at the breathless Bossman and Buchanan.
In his locker room, the Big Show was with Shane McMahon who commented on how impressed he was with what the Big Show did last Monday on RAW. Not only did he do Val Venis' shtick even better than 'the Big Valbowski' could ever do, but he knocked Grandmaster Sexay right out of the World Wrestling Federation! Shane called Show a genius, but Show told Shane he hadn't seen anything yet - and everybody was going to see next when he battles Rikishi Phatu! Show left, leaving Shane amazed - the battle of the big men was coming up next.
Earlier today, Al Snow was seen in a neighborhood with Steve Blackman. 'The Lethal Weapon' wanted to know why they were here and not at the Arena, but Al told Steve that he wanted to teach him the importance of entertainment value. Al said it wasn't always about competition and winning matches that got you "over", but it was how much you entertained the people. Steve claimed that was dumb, but Al told Steve to follow him. They walked into a building, with the camera panning up to show a sign reading "Sunny Days Residential Home".
5) Showkishi def. Rikishi Phatu (3:51) Hoping to expand his portfolio following the famed soundstage debut of the Big Show on Saturday Night Live, on RAW this past week the big man appeared as 'the Big Showbowski', imitating his opponent Val Venis and dismantling him with a brutal Showstopper. But he didn't stop there, injuring Grandmaster Sexay after catching word of Sexay insulting him - which did not go down well in the camp of Too Cool. But tonight, Show had a new character in his arsenal - Showkishi: dressed in a thong similar to his opponents, Showkishi wowed the people in San Jose to compete against the original - Rikishi Phatu. The Samoan and the giant went at it, with Rikishi getting the advantage early, even managing to pick Show up for a Samoan drop. But Show rebounded, splashing Rikishi in the corner and attempting the Stinkface, just to receive a low blow that went undetected by the official. Rikishi gave Showkishi his own medicine, the Stinkface delivered - but Show's laughter turned to a stern look of disdain, as he responded with an astonishing Showstopper on the 400-pounder, taking the win.
The Big Show was dominant in his victory, his demeanor having changed once again. Jerry Lawler claimed it was proving Show had range to the directors of Hollywood, but Show once again changed his demeanor when he grabbed a microphone and demanded they play Rikishi's music! The lights dimmed red, and Show stole a pair of Phatu's sunglasses - proceeding to dance how Too Cool do, to the amazement and confusion of this capacity crowd in San Jose!
In the McMahon-Helmsley dressing room Vince McMahon appeared to be having the time of his life hanging out with Triple H, X-Pac and Road Dogg. The WWF Champion talked about how the Rock didn't know what he was in for when he went up against D-Generation X tonight. Vince said he could dig it. Road Dogg and X-Pac then explained what they planned to do to 'the Brahma Bull' tonight. Vince said he could feel it "playas". This confused DX, and 'the Game' asked Vince if he was feeling okay. McMahon explained that he was just "down with the kids" and said that the Rock's getting got tonight on SmackDizzle! X-Pac appeared to crack up, causing Triple H to punch him in the shoulder to stop. The relations between the McMahons and DX were strengthening ahead of another handicap main event for the Rock.
Speaking of, the Rock - still yet to be seen tonight on SmackDown! - had remained in his locker room tonight, but he was here and you had to imagine that 'the Brahma Bull' had his mind set on combating D-Generation X and the McMahon family tonight.
Back on SmackDown!, Al Snow was sitting in what appeared to be a leisure hall with a group of geriatric residents, part of the Sunny Days Residential Home. The group heckled Steve Blackman, who was reading cue cards and attempting to do stand-up comedy for the seniors. Snow was the only person laughing, and another elderly lady was telling Blackman that he stinks! 'The Lethal Weapon' complained that these jokes made no sense whatsoever! The heckling elderly lady finally got Blackman to stop, and she was met with a burning glare.
6) Tazz vs Hardcore Holly ended in a no contest (3:28) Both of these men had gotten in the other's way this past Sunday at WrestleMania, where they were two of thirteen participants in the WWF Hardcore Championship Battle Royal. 'The Human Suplex Machine' Tazz also got in Holly's way on RAW is WAR, where Hardcore hoped to retain the title, just to lose the title due to Crash's interference. Tazz and Hardcore were having a hard-hitting exchange, where Holly dropkicked Tazz for a near fall, but the Alabama native found himself in deep trouble when Tazz brought out the suplexes - and despite Holly's attempt at a Falcon Arrow, the Tazzmission was locked in! Holly struggled, when Crash Holly came through the crowd, causing Tazz to break the hold and pursue him!
Crash cowered from Tazz, running around the ringside area - but Hardcore recovered and left the ring, clotheslining his younger cousin! Holly tried to attack Crash further, but Tazz continued brawling with Hardcore - allowing the WWF Hardcore Champion Crash to escape through the crowd! Family, friend or foe - where the 24/7 rule counted - it was every man for himself!
Kevin Kelly caught up with Chris Jericho in the hallway, wanting to get some words from Y2J after being screwed out of a match with his former friend Chyna, but getting his revenge by locking her in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho called Kevin "Kieran" and told him that it felt good to get a little payback on the gargantuan father of the Mex-American lovechild "Pablo", Chyna tonight - but that didn't change the fact that he wanted the WWF European Championship back.
He was interrupted by the appearance of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley; the WWF Women's Champion wanting to get past. Jericho stopped her and commented on how nice she looked tonight - before remarking that she looked extremely tarty tonight. He said he's seen her walking the halls, surely going from man to man, to man to woman, to old man to husband to young adult - but if she thought she could have a taste of Y2J, she had another thing coming to her! Steph was shocked, as Jericho told Stephanie that there was one thing that Jericho knew about McMahon-Helmsley - and that was that she was a "filthy, dirty, disgusting, bottom-feeding trashbag ho!" Stephanie warned Jericho to watch himself, it would be a horrible thing to have to strip the rest of Jericho's dignity away from him. Y2J was in high spirits, but was insulting 'the Game's wife a good idea?
7) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. Kaientai (2:16) Test and Albert were defending the honor of their manager Trish Stratus, having been insulted by not only the Godfather and D-Lo Brown this past Monday night, but also Kaientai earlier tonight. The bodacious blonde watched with eager intent, as she watched Test and Albert get ready for action with Taka Michinoku and Funaki from Japan; but what T&A surely weren't expecting was for Kaientai to put up such a fight! Funaki almost rolled Test up for a two-count, whilst Michinoku managed to catch both T&A with an Asai moonsault on the floor! But despite Kaientai's best efforts and the San Jose crowd being firmly behind them, Trish slapped Taka across the face on the apron, before Test planted Taka with a pumphandle slam to give them the win.
T&A had scored a second victory this week tonight against Kaientai, but most importantly to them, Trish Stratus' honor remained intact. Test and Albert weren't yet finished with the Japanese Superstars however, as Trish got into the ring and once again slapped an unconscious Taka across the face. She directed traffic, ordering Albert to splash Funaki in the corner, before dishing out a brutal chokebomb, leaving Kaientai mangled in the ring!
The Acolytes were in the locker room, Bradshaw and Faarooq recuperating after an attack from the nightsticks of the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan earlier tonight. Bradshaw complained about his shoulder, whilst Faarooq bickered that the nightstick to the head he received hurt worse. In stomped Kane, with Paul Bearer behind him causing the Acolytes to rise - Kane turning his head at the boys. Paul told them to relax, before holding up a wad of cash. Bradshaw reluctantly took Bearer's money, as Faarooq noted the Acolyte Protection Agency was officially in business. Bradshaw got a beer from their cooler and offered it to Kane, who hesitated before cracking open a cold one with the Acolytes!
The Rock came bursting out of his dressing room for the first time tonight! 'The People's Champ' had been here all day - but it was time to put up or shut up, as the handicap match against D-Generation X awaits next!
7) The Rock def. X-Pac and Road Dogg (w/WWF Champion Triple H, WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Tori) by disqualification (7:20) The Rock's rebellion against the newly formed McMahon-Helmsley faction was sure to be a long and troubled path, having come out of WrestleMania with a head full of steam and the WWF Championship on his mind. But after outlasting Vince and Shane McMahon on RAW is WAR, tonight he had X-Pac and Road Dogg to contend with whilst Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley watched from ringside. Rock was full of life as the people in San Jose exploded for 'the People's Champ' early, but each time Rock turned his attention to the WWF Champion at ringside, X-Pac and Road Dogg would go right on the attack. D-Generation X were looking good but Rock - resilient as ever - came back with a flurry of punches to X-Pac! Tori got on the apron and got dragged into the ring, just to be saved from a potential Rock Bottom by Road Dogg! Road Dogg connected with the Pumphandle Drop, but Rock powered out at two! Rock was in trouble as X-Pac closed in, just to receive a Samoan drop, and Road Dogg got blasted from the ring! The Rock spinebustered X-Pac and appeared to signal for the People's Elbow, when Triple H hit the ring, dropping Rock with a brutal high knee!
The bell sounded, as a loud chorus of boos came over San Jose Arena. Triple H mounted and pounded away at the Rock, whilst D-Generation X recovered, aiding to a fallen Tori. 'The Game' wouldn't let up, but Rock soon made a miraculous comeback yet again, just to be cut off by X-Pac and Road Dogg! The two held Rock down whilst the WWF Champion rubbed the title in his face, telling Rock that he wasn't getting his title. Triple H sucker punched Rock before looking at going for a Pedigree, but Rock back dropped H before clotheslining X-Pac over the top rope! Road Dogg received a Rock Bottom, whilst Triple H collapsed out to the floor! Rock stood tall in the ring, whilst D-Generation X watched from the ringside area in disbelief! Rock was high on energy, ready to take on anybody in his way of regaining the WWF Championship!
Vince and Shane McMahon were seen watching the action on a monitor, as Shane asked his father what they was going to do. The WWF Chairman chuckled and turned to his prodigal son, telling Shane that the Rock would go down, on Monday night. What did the McMahon-Helmsley faction have in store for Rock on RAW?
Jakked - April 8, 2000 Staples Center in Los Angeles, California Broadcast on syndication Taped on April 3, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kelly are our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) The Acolytes def. The Mean Street Posse (Rodney and Joey Abs) (w/Pete Gas) (3:22)
Following the Acolytes' involvement in Bull Buchanan and the Big Bossman's business this past Monday night on RAW is WAR, Bradshaw and Faarooq had business to take care of in the form of the Mean Street Posse, straight outta Greenwich. Rodney and Joey Abs had Pete Gas distract Faarooq which enabled the Posse to take control momentarily, but the momentum of the two brute founders of the Acolyte Protection Agency allowed Faarooq to finish Abs off with the Dominator.
2) Al Snow (w/Steve Blackman) def. Mideon (4:29) Despite the shortcomings of Head Cheese this past week, Al Snow and Steve Blackman looked to get back into the swing of things against Mideon tonight on Jakked. Snow was attempting to teach 'the Lethal Weapon' the ways of entertainment over competition, and how to deliver entertaining moments to the people, but against Mideon, it appeared as though Blackman was about to give Snow a crash course in how to sustain punishment. Mideon picked a fight with Blackman at ringside at one point, before returning to the ring and finding himself in a brawl with Al Snow. But when Snow was in trouble, and Mideon looked for the Eyeopener, Blackman tossed his nun-chucks into the ring and distracted the official allowing Snow to clock Mideon with the chucks, covering him for three!
3) Essa Rios (w/Lita) def. Mosh (w/Thrasher) (3:40)
At twenty-one years of age, Essa Rios has already achieved a lot in the World Wrestling Federation. He has gone toe-to-toe with many WWF Superstars, and even been WWF Light Heavyweight Champion. But in insert comments from the luchador, Essa - with translations provided by Lita - expressed in Spanish his outrage at being neglected from WrestleMania 2000, particularly compared to Mosh from the Hardcore Battle Royal. Mosh was on a roll early with a rare case of size advantage against Rios, but things soon changed following the pesky distractions from girlfriend Lita at ringside. Lita even caught Thrasher off-guard late in the match with a flying headscissors from the apron! Even Mosh was surprised, and this allowed Rios to catch the Headbanger in a rolling clutch cover, stealing the win.
Essa Rios hugged Lita at ringside, whilst Mosh and Thrasher remained in the ring. The Headbangers were furious at the nerve of this twenty-one year old luchador cheating by any means necessary to claim victory. With a bright future in sight, Essa with Lita by his side were proving to be a winning combination.
4) Rikishi Phatu def. Gangrel (4:15)
While Rikishi Phatu has had a rollercoaster of a week, going from dancing and dishing up a Stinkface for Pete Rose at WrestleMania, to losing his friend Grandmaster Sexay to injury, and being on the losing end of a humiliating impersonation courtesy of the Big Show - the 400-pound Samoan hoped to regain momentum against the mysterious vampire Gangrel, who came at him with hard-hitting offense. Gangrel was shockingly able to deliver a belly-to-belly suplex to the big man, but Rikishi Phatu was soon able to make a comeback and deliver the Rikishi Driver for the win.
Not happy with the victory, Phatu decided to let loose on a Saturday night on Jakked, and immediately splashed Gangrel with his rear end in the corner after the match! The vampire went down, and Rikishi backed it up - the Stinkface for Gangrel! Following this, Rikishi sent the viewers home happy with a Saturday night boogie to the Too Cool theme.
Sunday Night HeAT - April 9, 2000 San Jose Arena in San Jose, California Broadcast on the USA Network Taped on April 4, 2000
Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman are our announcers calling the action tonight on Sunday Night HeAT.
1) Scotty 2 Hotty def. Perry Saturn (w/WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko) (5:27) The past seven days have seen Too Cool face troubled times, starting with victories for all three members last week at WrestleMania. But this past Monday on RAW is WAR, Too Cool's match with the Radicalz went interrupted by the appearance of the Big Show, who sidelined Grandmaster Sexay with a Showstopper that sidelined Sexay with a concussion. This leaves Scotty solo tonight against one-half of the team he fought last Monday, Perry Saturn. Dean Malenko spectated from ringside full of confidence, as the larger Saturn took Scotty to the mat and outwrestled him with the size advantage. But things soon turned in Scotty's favor as he avoided an attack from the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion on the apron, then shoved Saturn into Malenko, knocking him down to the floor! Scotty 2 Hotty capitalized, rolling Saturn up in a cradle, and scoring the win!
Dean Malenko was in disbelief, as Scotty 2 Hotty celebrated his win on the rampway - Perry Saturn furious with the loss! The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion apologized to his Radicalz comrade mid-ring, while this has to be considered an upset for Scotty tonight on HeAT.
Earlier today Jonathan Coachman met with Val Venis to discuss what went down this past Monday on RAW is WAR. 'The Big Valbowski' talked about feeling insulted by the cheap impersonation of the Big Show, saying that not only was the Big Show a gigantic pile of walking cellulite, but he could never satisfy the ladies like he does. And as for getting cast in one of his movies, Val said to consider his application denied. But moving forward, Val had his eyes on the prize, and he planned to continue satisfying beautiful ladies around the world.
Stevie Richards suddenly interrupted, the master of impersonations dressed up as 'the Big Valbowski' as well! He let out a loud "Hello Ladies", cringing Venis out. Val said there were no ladies here, and that Stevie would be the last person to impersonate him after their match tonight.
2) Jacqueline def. Terri (w/the Fabulous Moolah) in a Number One Contender's match (2:33) Sunday Night HeAT kicked things off with a number one contender's match, as the former WWF Women's Champion had redemption on her mind, up against the victor of the Catfight seven days ago at WrestleMania, Terri. Accompanied by the Fabulous Moolah, Terri was not exactly dressed for competition and was in for more than she bargained for against the former champ. Jacqueline wanted nothing more than to regain the title she lost to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley two weeks ago on SmackDown!, but Moolah proved to be a distraction. Terri delivered a neckbreaker off the distraction, but when she covered, a problem arose at ringside as Mae Young had strolled to ringside to argue with Moolah! The two started pulling each other's hair allowing Jackie to connect with a backdrop into a cover for the win!
Terri was in outrage over the loss, whilst Jacqueline left the ring. The Fabulous Moolah had broken free of Mae Young's devastating hair grip, but Mae wasn't finished yet, pulling Moolah's hair back and slamming her head into Terri's! Mae stood tall with her fists raised, revenge on behalf of the Kat after being cost the Catfight at WrestleMania!
Mark Henry was sat talking with the Headbangers as they discussed what was happening with The Rock in pursuit of the World Wrestling Federation Championship. In walked Chris Benoit, the WWF Intercontinental Champion stepping up to 'Sexual Chocolate'. Benoit said that what Mark really had to be focusing on was 'the Canadian Crippler'. Benoit said that they have a match tonight, and if Henry's just sat around with Mosh and Thrasher, he'd be better off staying here and giving Chris an easy win. Benoit insulted Mark and called him a waste of time, which caused Henry to stand up and stare the champion down. Mark told Benoit he couldn't wait to teach his sorry ass a lesson!
Val Venis made his way to the ring for singles action tonight on HeAT, where 'the Big Valbowski' introduced himself to the beautiful ladies of San Jose. But before Val could continue, his music hit once again as out came Stevie Richards, also dressed in a towel! Richards flaunted his way to the ring similar to Val Venis, as he introduced himself to the ladies of San Jose. Richards asked who wanted to get down 'n' dirty with Stevie tonight, but Val immediately snatched the microphone and threw it out of the ring. This match was personal for Val.
3) Val Venis def. Stevie Richards (2:55) Stevie Richards has been impersonating other WWF Superstars a lot longer than the Big Show has, given the giant's change of direction evidenced this past week on RAW is WAR and SmackDown! But Val Venis was insulted by Show and Stevie's cheap imitations of what 'the Big Valbowski' was all about. Richards was able to remain in control early, using an arsenal of high-flying attacks including a top rope dropkick that garnered a near fall. Val wasn't playing around anymore however, and put Stevie away with a fishermen's suplex followed up by the Money Shot for an impressive win.
Val Venis did not look pleased as he had rebounded from the loss at the hands of the Big Show last Monday on RAW, and had disposed of Stevie Richards' imitation. 'The Big Valbowski's demeanor changed however when he spotted a cute brunette in the front row; Val immediately talking to her, then hoisting her over the barricade and leaving with the girl in his arms!
4) Chris Benoit (c) def. Mark Henry to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship (4:01) 'The Canadian Crippler' had scored on the WWF Intercontinental Championship seven days ago at WrestleMania 2000, where he was victorious in a two-fall Triple Threat match against former champion Kurt Angle, and the new WWF European Champion in that match, Chris Jericho. But Benoit was still not pleased after winning his first title in his short World Wrestling Federation tenure - Benoit out for competition, be it Kurt Angle or Mark Henry. He had riled 'Sexual Chocolate' up, and Henry's weight proved to be an inconvenience to Benoit's attacks, causing him to bail from the ring early on. But Mark was chopped down to size by the champion, the Canadian attacking the legs of Henry before shockingly delivering a snap suplex to the 350-pounder. Mark Henry tried to get back on track, but ultimately fell victim to submission, courtesy of the Crippler Crossface!
Chris Benoit had to be restrained by the referee after the bell, the WWF Intercontinental Champion hesitantly snatching his title from the referee and raising it high. Benoit was making for a dominant champion in his first week as champion, as HeAT went off the air.
RAW is WAR - April 10, 2000 National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Live on the USA Network
A video package recapped the fallout of WrestleMania, showing the unity of the McMahon-Helmsley Regime as Vince and Shane McMahon banded together with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and D-Generation X with a common goal of preventing the Rock from any success. But as Rock overcame the handicapped threats he faced in the McMahons and DX last week, what is the McMahon-Helmsley Regime's next step in their plan to keep Rock from becoming WWF Champion?
The opening video package took us to the packed house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where pyrotechnics set the stage ablaze - three weeks out from WWF Backlash, Jim Ross and Jerry 'the King' Lawler welcomed us to the show on a night where Eddie Guerrero defends the WWF European Championship against Rikishi Phatu, and the team from Hell, Kane and the Acolytes do battle with the Big Bossman, Bull Buchanan and a partner of their choosing!
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley made their way down to the ring to kick off RAW is WAR, the World Wrestling Federation Champion and his wife, the WWF Women's Champion being received poorly by the Floridian crowd! 'The Game' took great pride as he grinned through the chants of "assh*le", Triple H talking about how confident he was after everything that has happened, that this is the night in which the Rock goes down. He talked about how Vince and Shane McMahon may have fallen to the Rock, but what happened this past Thursday night on SmackDown! the Rock showed weakness against D-Generation X! And it bodes well, because he knows that deep down the Rock cannot handle the pressure that comes with being the WWF Champion ever again! H had a message for 'the People's Champ', to call his spots and stay the hell out of his way if he had any sense, self-respect or dignity left - because one way or another, the Rock would be left bloodied courtesy of the McMahon-Helmsley regime!
Stephanie agreed with everything her husband had to say, but the WWF Women's Champion wanted to address the actions of one Chris Jericho, and what he said to her on SmackDown! Stephanie said that it appeared as though Y2J did not get who she was, or what the McMahon-Helmsley regime was all about. Triple H got in a shot at how Jericho had just come off a loss to Chyna, he thought maybe the WWF Women's Championship could be a good title for Jericho at this point. 'The Game' was full of himself, but Stephanie digressed that she wanted to make it clear that Chris Jericho would not get away with what he said, and tonight he would get with the program the easy way or the hard way, announcing that Y2J would take on Road Dogg tonight! Triple H put his arm around his wife, telling Jericho that he will get with the program just like Rock will get with the program - that the McMahon-Helmsley regime rule the World Wrestling Federation and the WWF Championship is right where it belongs over his shoulder!
The Rock came out to a thunderous ovation, 'the Brahma Bull' defying Triple H's warning to walk with caution! But 'the People's Champ' wasn't alone, bringing a steel chair with him! The Rock immediately talked business, telling that he hears Triple H and Stephanie loud and clear, to not mess with the McMahon-Helmsley regime - but while the Rock heard and understood that, what he didn't understand was Stephanie's frustrations with Chris Jericho: for speaking the words that every single man, woman and child knew about Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley! Rock continued his tirade talking about Triple H crying about Rock finding himself a bloodied mess - but 'the Brahma Bull' is standing here loud and clear telling the McMahon-Helmsley regime to just bring it! Triple H shrugged, telling Rock that he didn't know what Vince McMahon had in mind for him tonight, but in the mean time - he ordered X-Pac and Road Dogg out here! D-Generation X snuck up behind the Rock, clubbing away at the Rock! But Rock gave X-Pac a right hand, then picked up his steel chair, frightening off DX! Rock told Triple H he would have to try with all of his might to take the Rock down! But what was the absent Chairman planning for the Rock tonight?
Eddie Guerrero and his newfound 'Mamacita' Chyna were seen walking the halls backstage, as 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' clutched her back. The WWF European Champion asked her how her back was doing following being locked in the Walls of Jericho last week, to which she commented that she'd be fine - 'Latino Heat' had to focus on Rikishi Phatu tonight.
Al Snow and Steve Blackman made their way down the rampway where tonight, they'd be challenging for the WWF Tag Team Championship. A replay aired, showing 'the Lethal Weapon' being coerced into performing stand-up comedy at the Sunny Days Residential Home this past Thursday on Smackdown!, where it was implied that Blackman got mad with the boos he received from the seniors, and pulled out his nunchucks. Edge and Christian followed, the WWF Tag Team Champions uncharacteristically entering down the rampway - but Christian told Snow and Blackman that the people in Fort Lauderdale didn't deserve to see them put their titles on the line! He called Snow a goof, and that he had more charisma in his little finger than Blackman had in his entire body! Edge told the "hosers" in the ring that they weren't getting a WWF Tag Team Championship shot, but they would show them who the supreme fighting tag team was in the World Wrestling Federation, right now!
1) Edge and Christian def. Al Snow and Steve Blackman in a non-title match (2:56) Al Snow has been attempting to teach Steve Blackman about how to entertain the people, but it was clear that performing stand-up comedy to seniors was not the right way to go about it. Edge and Christian meanwhile continued to show their brash true colors, refusing to even put the WWF Tag Team Championships on the line against Snow and Blackman. This motivated 'the Lethal Weapon', who went on the attack and caused Edge to bail early. Snow almost scored the win off of a sit-out spinebuster on Christian, but Edge came from behind clocking Snow with a dropkick which allowed Christian to deliver a reverse DDT for the win!
Edge and Christian were successful in defeating Al Snow and Steve Blackman tonight, but the WWF Tag Team Champions eagerly escaped an irritated 'Lethal Weapon', bailing to the floor! The Canadian brothers high-fived following the win, but the Dudley Boyz suddenly came from behind attacking Edge and Christian! Edge and Christian tried to flee the scene, while D-Von and Bubba Ray clearly had the titles still in their line of sight.
Hardcore Holly was taping his wrists in the backstage area when Crash Holly was seen sneaking around. Hardcore blurted out that he could tell the WWF Hardcore Champion was there. In fact, he was lucky that he didn't have a referee with him. Crash apologized to Hardcore for how things turned out, but he really wanted to help Hardcore in his match out there tonight. He didn't want the Holly Cousins to have strained relations. Holly shook his head, telling Crash to get lost.
The Rock was seen in his dressing room stomping back and forth, 'the Brahma Bull' ready for anything with a chair grasped in hand! With no sight of Vince McMahon still, who knew what was in store for 'the People's Champ'.
In the locker room the Big Bossman swizzled his nightstick around when talking with Bull Buchanan, saying how they weren't taking any of the Acolytes' shtick tonight. Bossman said that they were the enforcers, they were the ones in charge. And tonight they were going to finish what they started last week by leaving 'the Big Red Machine' down and defenceless. Buchanan uttered that justice would be served. But who would be their partner in the six-man tag team match tonight?
Kurt Angle made his way down to the ring for action against the Godfather, the Olympic Gold Medalist grinning despite a rocky week last week. With a microphone in hand Angle talked about the state of Florida and how they didn't share the same morals as most of the United States. But that's okay, because "their" 'Olympic Hero' was here to show them the importance of abstinence! Angle talked about the pros of practicing abstinence from sex which - unlike his opponent tonight - he practiced every single day. Kurt recommended trying it, saying that if they were lucky, they could be half the man that he was!
2) Kurt Angle def. The Godfather (w/Hos) The Olympic Gold Medalist was coming off the heels of losing the WWF Intercontinental and European Championships at WrestleMania, and a win tonight against the Godfather could do just the trick, putting Angle back in his winning ways. 'The Pimp Daddy' appeared preoccupied by showing off his lovely Hos at ringside, and had Fort Lauderdale strongly behind him much to the chagrin of the supporter of abstinence, Kurt Angle. Godfather had Angle right where he wanted him up until a legdrop off the second rope, and Angle attempted the crossface chickenwing on 'the Pimp Daddy'. Godfather was too big and powerful, backing him up into the corner which allowed Godfather to attempt the Ho Train - just to miss it and back up into the Olympic Slam!
Kurt Angle had beaten the Godfather, and as the Olympic Gold Medalist celebrated, three of the Godfather's Hos approached 'the Olympic Hero' to congratulate him on the win. Angle looked appalled to be in their presence, and quickly left the ring to celebrate by himself. Practicing abstinence may in fact be the recipe that made Kurt Angle the athlete that he was!
In the parking lot Vince and Shane McMahon were spotted stepping out of a limousine, Shane blaming Fort Lauderdale for having a terrible traffic system. Shane said that this place stunk, complaining that they'd been stuck in traffic for the past hour! The WWF Chairman wasn't so tough on Florida however, commenting that tonight Fort Lauderdale was the place where they would see 'the People's Champion' subjugated!
Earlier today The Kat was seen eating a salad in her dressing room, when Terri entered the room to apologize to the Kat for how things have been between them. Terri said that she hasn't been a good person and wanted her to know that so that they could be friends. Terri turned her attention to the publicity that their Catfight from WrestleMania has given them, to which Kat spoke ecstatically about how little her phone had been off the hook. Terri told Kat that she had a surprise for her, inviting the Kat on a spa day! Kat happily accepted, as it seemed that the beef between the Kat and Terri had been squashed.
3) Viscera def. Hardcore Holly (1:48) Hardcore Holly was, seven days ago, the WWF Hardcore Champion. But it was 'the Human Suplex Machine' Tazz that could arguably be at fault for costing him the title, when none other than Hardcore's own cousin Crash Holly pinned him for the title. Since then, relations between the Hollys have been strained, with Hardcore wanting to regain the title his cousin holds - whereas Crash wanted nothing more than to recover his relationship with Hardcore. Viscera was tough to knock off of his feet early, as Hardcore clobbered him, but the 500-pound monster took him down with a sidewalk slam. Things looked dire for Hardcore when Crash ran down to the apron, distracting Viscera. Hardcore came from behind and foolishly tried to power Viscera up for a slam, but Viscera squashed Holly to take the match.
Viscera had beaten Hardcore Holly, but Crash Holly quickly got into the ring, nailing the monster with a stop sign! It bent over Viscera's head, but it didn't seem to harm him in the slightest, as Viscera clotheslined Crash and covered him - the referee counting - but Hardcore took the stop sign and slammed it twice on the large back of the 500-pounder! Holly continued batter Viscera while Crash recovered, saw the intensity in his cousin's eyes and fled the ring! Hardcore followed suit, chasing the WWF Hardcore Champion up the rampway!
Vince McMahon was speaking with his son Shane, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, as the WWF Chairman soon began making his way up the corridor - it seemed as though the boss was heading to the ring.
WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly was rushing up the halls away from his older cousin Hardcore Holly, as it seemed Hardcore was blaming his cousin for costing him the match with Viscera moments ago. Crash tried to apologize to Hardcore, but Tazz came from behind, locking the Tazzmission in on Crash! Tazz had a referee with him to check on Crash, when Hardcore blasted Tazz with a right hand! 'The Human Suplex Machine' and Hardcore Holly went at it, allowing Crash to cradle away from the scene, taking his title with him!
In the National Car Rental Arena Vince McMahon marched down to the ring to loud boos from the capacity crowd in Fort Lauderdale, as the Chairman was ready to address the Rock as to what he had in store for him tonight. Vince spoke of how great it was to be here in such a foul place, commenting that the traffic stinks, the food stinks, and - quite frankly - the people stink! But alas all is forgiven, because tonight is the night that the Rock will meet his end! He talked about his history with the Rock, how he was once close to the Rock and it was Vincent Kennedy McMahon who made 'the People's Champ' the man he is today! But that doesn't change the fact that he is not suitable to be World Wrestling Federation Champion - no way near! Vince talked about facing the Rock last week on RAW is WAR, and how he saw the hunger in his eyes. But by last Thursday on SmackDown! that luck of hunger was dying down, and he watched it up close when Rock struggled against D-Generation X! McMahon said that 'the Brahma Bull' was not the man everybody thought he was, and that tonight he planned to prove it!
The Rock once again interrupted the Chairman, as 'the People's Champ' continued to hold tight of the steel chair he had with him earlier tonight. Vince attempted to tell the Rock he wasn't finished, but Rock told Vince that he had heard enough of the talking. He had heard it from all different sides of the story - from the biggest assh*le alive today Triple H, to his sl*t of a wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The Rock knew what he was in for, and like he told Triple H earlier tonight, he wanted Vince McMahon to go ahead and give him another obstacle, so that he could conquer whatever he threw at the Rock, and go on to face Triple H for the WWF Championship! The people chanted Rocky's name in his home state, as Vince laughed telling Rock that he would be surprised if Rock could even get past tonight. He suggested that Rock prepare himself, because he wasn't going to name his opponents - though he was going to tell him that Rock's match would be held inside of the steel cage hanging above the ring tonight! And in the interest of fairness, in the unlikelihood that Rock manages to survive the steel cage match tonight, he would give the Rock the opportunity to face Triple H for the WWF Championship one more time! Rock told Vince that he was the lousiest, dumbest son of a gun going today - and when it's all said and done, after tonight was through and the Rock was victorious, he would take his bastard son-in-law and take him to school, wall to wall inside of that steel cage! The stipulation was named and the match was announced - but who was the Rock's opponent gonna be?
Back live on RAW is WAR, Chris Jericho made his way down the rampway to a loud ovation, as Y2J prepared to take on Road Dogg - a relatiation from Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley - after Jericho insulted the boss's daughter last Thursday night on SmackDown! Jericho welcomed Fort Lauderdale to RAW is Jericho, before talking about what Triple H and Stephanie had to say about him earlier tonight. Jericho commented that he may have lost to Chyna on SmackDown!, but at least he wasn't banging boots with the biggest bottom-feeding, disgusting trash-bag ho walking planet Earth today! Jericho stood in the ring as he told Stephanie that he knew the McMahon-Helmsley regime were watching, because when he breaks the Walls down on Road Dogg tonight, he wants them to know that he's dedicating this match to Stephanie!
4) Chris Jericho def. Road Dogg (w/X-Pac and Tori) by disqualification (5:25) Chris Jericho did not seem apologetic about what he had to say about Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley last Thursday night on SmackDown!, but Road Dogg was about to try and have his way with Y2J, to make Jericho "get with the program". Road Dogg talked trash as he pounded on Jericho early, but the young Canadian fired back; 'the Millennium Man' not taking anything Road Dogg threw at him. X-Pac and Tori got involved on two occasions, with Jericho becoming distracted and getting jumped by Road Dogg. Later, Tori got on the apron to distracted Y2J and wound up getting liplocked by Jericho! It was enough to anger X-Pac, and just when Jericho had Road Dogg in the Walls of Jericho, X-Pac hit the ring, a roundhouse kick taking Y2J down!
The crowd booed loudly as Chris Jericho had the boots given to him by X-Pac, who was extremely unhappy with Jericho's blatant disrespect of his girlfriend Tori tonight! Road Dogg recovered and joined in on the torment - whilst Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were seen watching in their office - X-Pac leaving Jericho down and out following the X-Factor! D-Generation X left with their heads held high, and Y2J was feeling the consequences of insulting anybody associated with the McMahon-Helmsley regime!
Edge and Christian were in the locker room, the WWF Tag Team Champions unhappy with how they were treated by the Dudley Boyz earlier tonight. Edge commented that he found Christian's comment about Steve Blackman's charisma funny, saying it even fit D-Von and Bubba Ray like a glove. Christian mocked the way Bubba looks when he drives a woman through a table, to which Edge laughed at. The champs were interrupted by the arrival of the Hardy Boyz, who confronted Edge and Christian - Matt telling them that they weren't finished with them by a long shot. Christian spoke up, telling Jeff and Matt that they had their shot and they blew it. They didn't deserve a thing! Edge told the Hardys that if they wanted to get in the good books of E&C, they had to do something for them - and that was handle the Dudleys.
The six-man tag team bout loomed near, as Kane was seen with Paul Bearer by his side. 'The Big Red Machine' adjusted his gloved hand, when the Acolytes showed up to talk with the two men. Bradshaw, Faarooq, Kane and Bearer were headed for the ring to face the Big Bossman, Bull Buchanan and whoever their partner of choice is - next!
The Kat had accepted the invitation of Terri, as earlier today they were seen enjoying cocktails at an exclusive salon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Terri and Kat discussed the highlights of their stay thus far, when Terri introduced Kat to her close friend, a stylist who appeared glad to assist Kat in giving her a makeover. Kat sipped the last of her drink, to which Terri took to give her a re-fill - but whilst Kat talked to the stylist about her hair, Terri could be seen putting some sort of powder in Kat's drink!
5) Big Show, Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan def. Kane and the Acolytes (4:38) Despite the recent personality switch of the Big Show, as he attempts to capitalize on recent fame by showing off how versatile a performer he could be, tonight 'the Big Nasty B*stard' was back as the mystery partner of the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan, in the latest installment of their obsession with trying to expose Kane as somebody that is beatable. Bradshaw and Faarooq were hard hitting in their shots at the Georgia prison guards, but when 'the Big Red Machine' came in, so did the Big Show - and the two giants faced off. They exchanged words when Bossman and Buchanan jumped Kane, which Show did not appreciate. Bradshaw took the tag, and Show angrily ducked a Clothesline From Hell, giving the Texan a Showstopper for the win.
The Big Show scored another victory in tonight's six-man tag team bout, but he did not seem as pleased as his partners for the night, Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan over the moon about defeating the Acolytes tonight on RAW is WAR. They went back to putting the boots on 'the Big Red Machine', when Show suddenly shoved Bossman back, which caused Bossman to shove Show in return! This did not go down well, as Show grabbed Bossman by the throat and ousted him with a Showstopper! Buchanan tried to attack Show, but Show in turn dropped him with a Showstopper for his own troubles.
WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was talking with Tori in the hallway, when Jacqueline appeared much to the annoyance of the boss's daughter. Jackie told Stephanie that she may have beaten her for the title two weeks ago, but their business wasn't over yet. Jacqueline brought up how she won a number one contender's match last night on HeAT, and she demanded her match! McMahon-Helmsley appeared threatened, telling Tori that although she was a fighting champion and much like her husband, open to any challenge: she was still feeling the effects of the Rock's heinous beating of her at WrestleMania! Stephanie then told Jackie that if she wanted a match, she could face Tori this Thursday night on SmackDown! Jacqueline told Steph that she wasn't surprised, then faced off with Tori, commenting that she was going to beat her so bad, her boyfriend X-Pac would feel it.
T&A were in the locker room talking to Trish Stratus, as Test and Albert listened to what their business manager was saying about being a team and how she wanted T&A to teach everybody the respect that she deserves. In walked Vince McMahon, the Chairman appearing happy to see the hot blonde and her men. Vince wanted to have a word with the trio, but what about?
Edge and Christian were still complaining about their luck tonight, almost having to put the WWF Tag Team Championship on the line against those "pinheads" Steve Blackman and Al Snow, but then being confronted by the Hardy Boyz? Edge said Jeff must have lost the last of his brain cells in the Triangle Ladder match at WrestleMania, because they are the champions! Christian commented they deserved better treatment. The Dudley Boyz overheard them, and Bubba Ray Dudley did not seem happy to hear that. D-Von said that they were the champs - but that meant there was now a huge target on their backs and they wanted the gold! Edge and Christian told the Dudleys to go back to putting themselves through tables - but if they wanted to do something good, this Thursday night on SmackDown! they could earn their spot, by taking out the Hardy Boyz! Edge referenced how the Hardys beat them at their own game in the tables match at Royal Rumble - how about a little payback? The champs left - full of themselves - leaving D-Von and Bubba to contemplate their comments.
6) Rikishi Phatu def. Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) by disqualification; Eddie retains the WWF European Championship (4:15) While Chyna was recovering from her spinal injury caused by Chris Jericho this past Thursday on SmackDown!, her new boyfriend had his hands full tonight when he had to put the WWF European Championship on the line against Rikishi. 'Latino Heat' helped her 'Mamacita' to ringside before attempting to engage with the 400-pound Samoan - Rikishi easily squashing Eddie's attempts at lifting him early on. Guerrero had to resort to a more agile style, but Rikishi quickly managed to squat him out of the air with a big clothesline! Guerrero tried to recover in the corner, but Rikishi backed it up and attempted the Stinkface! Guerrero was in trouble and he knew it, which is when Eddie kicked Rikishi low out of desperation!
By the skin of his teeth, 'Latino Heat' had retained the WWF European Championship and avoided the threat of the Stinkface, as Eddie was handed the title by 'Mamacita' at ringside - Eddie looking to swing for Rikishi's head - but Phatu ducked the shot and superkicked Eddie down! Guerrero fell into the corner, as Chyna looked on helpless from ringside! Rikishi backed it up and gave Eddie the Stinkface of a lifetime, whilst 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' charged to aid her boyfriend! Rikishi danced, not as such unhappy by the disqualification victory, but more happy he had gotten to back that ass up tonight on RAW is WAR!
The Radicalz were in their locker room, Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko discussing the strange relationship between their buddy Eddie Guerrero and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna. Saturn simply said that he was happy everybody in the Radicalz had gold - Benoit was the WWF Intercontinental Champion; Eddie was WWF European Champion; and Malenko was the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion. But maybe he needed some gold around his waist, too. In walked Vince McMahon, the Chairman asking the Radicalz if they had a minute. What was the Chairman talking to the WWF Superstars about?
Elsewhere the Rock - armed with the steel chair - left his locker room! 'The People's Champ' was making his way for a Steel-Cage match that the Chairman had put him in tonight: but who was the Rock's opponent? Would Rock be able to overcome the odds and earn himself another shot at the WWF Championship?
Returning to earlier today at the salon, the Kat was seen passed out in the barber's chair, as Terri told Kat to wake up and see herself. The Kat was made up with heavy eye shadow and thick red lipstick, and the word "sl*t" was enscripted on her forehead - but above all - her hair was a cut up mess! Terri showed Kat her reflection in mirror as she came around, causing Kat to scream! Terri laughed evilly, having humiliated the Kat well and truly! It was all a set up in return for WrestleMania!
In the National Car Rental Arena the steel cage was in the process of being lowered, and the Rock made his way out to an enormous ovation! 'The People's Champ' was still armed with a steel chair, as he was set for a Steel-Cage match in tonight's main event - but he had no idea who his opponent was going to be! The Rock stepped into the cage, where he paced back and forth when Vince McMahon's music hit! The WWF Chairman marched onto the rampway, where he stood with his son Shane - the crowd booing McMahon loudly. Vince told Rock that he had given it some thought, and he had in fact granted Rock a rematch with Triple H for the WWF Championship: if he can manage to overcome the odds. Vince introduced his opponent: the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit! 'The Canadian Crippler' stepped out and Rock was ready for the challenge - but Vince told Chris to hang on, because his tag team partners tonight would be none other than T&A! A three-on-one handicap match in the Cage, how could the Rock overcome this?
7) The Rock def. WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit and T&A (w/Trish Stratus) in a Steel-Cage match (6:01) Vince McMahon was full of it, himself and Shane McMahon joining commentary for this match. The Rock had twice competed in handicap matches this past week, and this was his third and unarguably his toughest in facing three WWF Superstars. The submission machine Chris Benoit, and the dominant combination of Test and Albert was going to be a lot for Rock to overcome, especially if he wanted another shot at the WWF Championship like Vince McMahon had promised. Rock used the steel chair on T&A, but the numbers game was too much, and quickly it became a prolonged beatdown of 'the People's Champ'! The McMahons talked brashly as Benoit gave him German Suplex after German Suplex, whereas T&A took pleasure in hurling Rock into the cage walls repeatedly. But Rock wouldn't give up yet, as 'the Brahma Bull' delivered a DDT to Test on the chair, before sending Albert into the cage himself! Benoit looked for the Crippler Crossface, but Rock sent him down and used the steel chair when Rock began to look for the doors - Shane inexplicably leaving commentary to join in on the action! It was now four-on-one, when Rock gave Shane a flurry of right hands, knocking him out through the door he came! Rock started climbing the cage instead, when Benoit tried to prevent escape - Rock and Benoit going blow for blow on the top rope - but Rock sent Benoit into the steel and Chris collapsed back into the ring! Rock was on top of the cage and climbed down - but Road Dogg and X-Pac showed up! Triple H walked down the ramp, as Rock decided to drop down anyway, winning the match!
The Rock had miraculously overcome what became a four-on-one handicap Steel-Cage match tonight to grant him another shot at the WWF Championship, but X-Pac and Road Dogg went right to work on Rock! Rock tried to fight them off, when Triple H slammed the WWF title into the head of 'the Brahma Bull'! DX put the boots to Rock, before tossing him back to the wolves in the ring: T&A and Benoit putting the boots to Rock as well! Shane directed traffic whilst Vince was happier than ever on commentary! It was a collective beatdown of the Rock, but Chris Jericho charged down to the ring! Y2J grabbed a steel chair and stepped inside, nailing Benoit and Road Dogg - but the numbers game was too much for him! Triple H delivered a Pedigree to Y2J, when Rock attacked Triple H! Shane low-blowed Rock from behind, which allowed 'the Game' to drop the Rock with a powerful Pedigree, leaving Rock bloody on the canvas! Triple H knelt over his rival, telling Rock that the World Wrestling Federation Championship belonged to him - and maybe it did, but you had to believe there would be hell to pay come Thursday night on SmackDown!
SmackDown! - April 13, 2000 The Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida Broadcast on UPN Taped April 11, 2000
SmackDown! kicked things off with a recap of what went down this past Monday on RAW is WAR, where Vince McMahon decided to stack the deck once again against the Rock, offering him a shot at the WWF Championship if he could overcome the odds of a mystery opponent inside of a Steel-Cage. The opponent turned out to be three, as Rock had to beat Test, Albert and Chris Benoit. Rock was miraculously able to win the match, but found himself - and Chris Jericho - the recipient of a mass beatdown courtesy of D-Generation X, the Radicalz and T&A. The McMahon-Helmsley regime was growing thanks to the powers that be's connections.
The opening video package brought us to the sold out Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida where Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to SmackDown! although Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were wasting no time making their way to the ring. The World Wrestling Federation Champion and his wife were all smiles tonight following their successful beatdown of the Rock this past Monday, and Triple H immediately started by addressing how the Rock went down, and that the regime's plan had gone according to plan! Triple H claimed that he wasn't about to deny Rock of another shot at his gold, because if there was one thing he couldn't deny was how much he loved to humiliate the Rock at his own game! 'The Game' talked about Rock being a deadman, and said that at Backlash the date was set - April 30 in Washington, DC, the Rock would meet his maker when 'the Game' shows exactly how good he is!
Stephanie noted to her husband that Rock wasn't the only man that faced their own consequences this past Monday, which brought them to Chris Jericho. Stephanie said that you didn't talk about a McMahon - especially her, the "billion dollar princess" - like that. She called Y2J a pest that needed eliminating, and after RAW went down the way it did, perhaps it would be wiser for Jericho to stay the hell out of the McMahon-Helmsley regime's business! Triple H told Steph not to worry however, because he's certain Chris Jericho got the message loud and clear. Not to mention, he's got bigger things to concern himself with when he faces X-Pac later tonight.
But despite these comments, Chris Jericho made his way out to the stage! Y2J was met with a loud reaction, as he demanded Triple H and Stephanie to shut the hell up. Jericho talked about how there was a paradigm shift in the World Wrestling Federation, and no he wasn't talking about how high Steph's thong was riding right now, nor was he talking about how Triple H's ego was bigger than his nose! He was referring to the rebellion that was going on, and on the front-line was not just the Rock, but Y2J Chris Jericho as well. Triple H asked Jericho if he got a concussion when he planted him with a Pedigree on RAW is WAR, because he clearly doesn't know what he's talking about. H ironically spoke of how Jericho runs his mouth so much, it was just a matter of time until he found himself paying for his big mouth, but Jericho responded claiming that he heard that's what he heard Stephanie does every night!
But Y2J was serious in saying that although Rock and he got their asses beaten down on Monday, it took nine guys to hold them down, and dared Triple H to give X-Pac the night off, because he wanted Triple H! The fans erupted, and Triple H laughed at the idea but told Y2J that as much fun it would be to beat his ass one more time tonight, he already has a match tonight - in fact - he was putting the WWF Championship on the line tonight so he would have to pass. Y2J smirked at the obvious white lie, but then told Hunter that upon further consideration, maybe he didn't need a WWF Championship match to face him - maybe he could come down to the ring right now! Jericho charged to the ring, but Triple H and Stephanie wisely exited the ring, with 'the Game' brandishing a big smile on his face! 'The Game' was playing mind games, and Jericho grinned back at him: but who was Triple H putting the WWF Championship on the line against tonight?
Vince and Shane McMahon were seen on a couch in their dressing room, where the WWF Chairman talked about the poise of the WWF Champion Triple H. He didn't need to put the title on the line in this scummy city they call Tampa, but he is! Vince claimed the Rock wouldn't do something like that. Shane told his father that he was excited for Backlash, because he knew 'the Game' would be triumphant, and Rock would learn that the McMahon-Helmsley regime ran the World Wrestling Federation!
Eddie Guerrero and his 'Mamacita' Chyna were en route to the ring as SmackDown! returned, the WWF European Champion not having a very good week thus far following a Stinkface from Rikishi Phatu on RAW three nights ago. 'Latino Heat' took to the microphone upon entering the ring, talking about how disgusting and disrespectful Rikishi was. Eddie said that he was still picking up the scent of the Samoan's disgusting rear end, and did not appreciate the WWF European Champion one bit! Eddie claimed Rikishi wasn't a man of culture, he wasn't even European! 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' added that Phatu was a monster for trying to ruin her 'Latino Heat's face. She claimed that he was jealous because the truth was 'Latino Heat' was much sexier than Rikishi could ever dream of being! Fired up, Eddie demanded Rikishi get down here for their match.
1) WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero & Chyna def. Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi (3:58) Rikishi Phatu lost his shot at the WWF European Championship when Eddie Guerrero kicked him low on RAW is WAR, but he got his retribution in the fashion of giving 'Latino Heat' the Stinkface after the match. But this just made Eddie hot, and he took to hammering on the Samoan as the bell sounded, but the 400-pounder was easily able to diffuse Eddie using his size before tagging in Scotty 2 Hotty. With Grandmaster Sexay on the bench, this make-shift variation of Too Cool were effective in teaming up against Guerrero, but Chyna was the equalizer that clubbed Scotty and allowed 'Mamacita' to take control. Despite the couple's best efforts, Scotty got the tag to Rikishi and he ran wild with a Samoan drop to Guerrero, before bum-rushing Chyna in the corner, causing 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' to drop down in the corner! Rikishi planned the Stinkface for 'Mamacita', but while Scotty was with the referee, Eddie came in with a shot from the European title belt! Guerrero placed his girlfriend on top of Rikishi, scoring a big win tonight!
Eddie Guerrero was able to save his 'Mamacita' Chyna in tag team action tonight, gaining a measure of revenge for the Stinkface on RAW this past week - 'Latino Heat' hugging onto his trusty WWF European Championship, when Chyna roped Eddie into a huge kiss of relief! Scotty 2 Hotty attended to Rikishi, the Samoan none too happy about the loss.
Kevin Kelly was backstage with the Big Show, Kevin wanting to get a word with 'the Big Nasty B*stard' about his recent change of course this past few weeks. Big Show told Kevin that he was a new man. He just wanted to have more fun, and that ever since he's started to have more fun in the ring, he has become a serious hit - not just with potential business associates - but the ladies too! Show smiled, but his demeanor changed when Kane showed up. Accompanied by Paul Bearer, 'the Big Red Machine' mutely faced off with Show when Paul asked Show to team up with Kane tonight against the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan! Show smiled as he nodded in agreement, the two giants parting ways. The guards were in trouble tonight!
Shane McMahon was in the corridor with WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit back from the break, Shane telling 'the Canadian Crippler' that what he and the Radicalz did last Monday was phenomenal, and Benoit was fantastic in his role. Shane advised Chris that if the Radicalz remained allies with the McMahon-Helmsley regime, then more rewards would come their way. Benoit told Shane that it felt great making the Rock rive in pain in the cage on RAW is WAR, but he wasn't happy. Benoit told Shane that he wanted the Rock, all to himself tonight! Shane smiled, nodding his head and telling Chris that he asked and shall receive. Benoit vowed to make Rock squeal in the Crossface.
2) Crash Holly (c) def. Perry Saturn to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (4:41) With the Holly Cousins seemingly falling apart by the week, Crash Holly was out to defend the WWF Hardcore Championship tonight against Perry Saturn, the sole member of the Radicalz without a championship to his name. It was noted that Saturn received this opportunity due to the Radicalz's part played in the Rock's dismantling on RAW is WAR, and Saturn proved how hardcore he could be by suplexing Crash through a trash can, and almost scoring the win after a dropkick into a trash can held by Crash. When Crash appeared to be in trouble while Saturn held a lead pipe, Hardcore Holly hit the ring and it seemed as though Crash was in dire trouble, but Hardcore instead clotheslined Saturn and delivered the Falcon Arrow! Hardcore glared at an intimidated Crash, then demanded his cousin cover him - and Crash complied, nervously covering for three!
Crash Holly timidly returned to his feet, not turning his back to his older cousin for a second. Hardcore Holly continued to stare at him, but then raised Crash's hand in victory! Hardcore even handed Crash the WWF Hardcore Championship, congratulating him on the title win! Hardcore left, leaving Crash incredibly confused by the sudden revelation that Hardcore was on his side. But with the 24/7 rule looming, who knew who Crash could truly trust.
The Dudley Boyz were in the locker room, where Bubba Ray stroked a table. D-Von talked about how it had been three long months since the Royal Rumble, where they lost a Tables match to the Hardy Boyz. He preached that they had waited by for far too long, but tonight was their time! It was time for Jeff and Matt to get some wood, and when it was all said and done, the Dudley Boyz would regain the WWF Tag Team Championship. Bubba was in the zone, telling D-Von that he would get his fix, and the Hardys were going down and - after that - so were Edge and Christian. The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan entered the scene, Bossman telling the Dudleys that they didn't understand. Bossman told them that bad things happened to good people, and when they were done with Kane and the Big Show, they wanted the gold themselves. Bubba and D-Von squared up to them, daring them to try, but Bossman and Buchanan decided to leave instead - the prison guards face Kane and Big Show next!
3) Kane and Big Show (w/Paul Bearer) def. Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan (3:19) The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan had just had some stern words with the Dudley Boyz about their quest for the WWF Tag Team Championship, but they had unfinished business with the Big Show, and most importantly Kane. This past Monday night after a six-man tag action against Kane and the Acolytes with Bossman and Buchanan as his partner, Show found himself unsatisfied with his partnership and laid waste to the prison guards - which prompted Kane to ask Show to team up with him for this match tonight. Bossman and Buchanan went right to work on Kane, but struggled when it came to the Big Show. Show had more flair to his moves tonight, jiving with every chop he planted into the thick chest of Buchanan. Soon enough Bossman and Buchanan figured they couldn't fight fairly - attempting to bring their nightsticks into the equation - but Kane and Show caught them by the throats, and stereo-Chokeslams took place, giving the giants the victory!
'The Big Red Machine' and the Big Show had their hands raised, but Show prevented Kane from raising his hands to trigger hellfire and brimstone, so that Show could raise his gigantic hand high! Kane looked on silently, while Paul Bearer watched on in eagerness. Kane responded by raising his gloved palm as well, and the fire and flames burst out of the ring posts! An unholy alliance tonight, as Kane and Big Show had taken care of Bossman and Buchanan.
Kurt Angle was seen watching on a backstage monitor at the team of Kane and the Big Show. Angle did not seem impressed by the powerful duo, shaking his head and complaining that all they did was raise their hands and spawned fireworks. But he was an Olympic Gold Medalist, you didn't see him getting a firework display - well, besides from on July 4 and maybe New Year! He called them morons, walking away.
The Hardy Boyz were in their locker room ahead of tag team Tables with the Dudley Boyz, Matt asking Jeff how his shoulder was feeling. Jeff told his older brother that he was good to go, and commented that the WWF Tag Team Championships would be in their reach after they beat the Dudleys at their own game again tonight. Edge and Christian entered the room, the WWF Tag Team Champions joking that they came in peace. Christian gave an insincere good luck tonight, while Edge mocked Matt and asked him if he had considered dyeing his hair like his younger brother. Matt told Edge and Christian to stay out of the way, and that they would see them at Backlash.
In the McMahon-Helmsley regime's dressing room, Triple H was seen pulling up his knee pads, the WWF Championship seated by him on the couch. Vince and Shane McMahon entered the room, the Chairman proclaiming that 'the Game' was the greatest WWF Champion the World Wrestling Federation had ever seen! Shane asked Triple H about his title defense, and who he was giving a shot at the gold. Vince told him it better not be Chris Jericho, but Triple H laughed. 'The Game' referred to Vince's game of secrets on RAW this past Monday when telling Rock who he was up against. And much like RAW is WAR, he was keeping his opponent tonight under wraps! Who was Triple H's challenger going to be?
4) The Hardy Boyz def. The Dudley Boyz in a Number One Contender's Tag Team Tables match (6:22) Following the war that went down at WrestleMania in an unforgettable Triangle Ladder match, WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian were pitting the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz against each other in a rematch from the Royal Rumble, to determine the number one contenders to their titles at Backlash. Jeff had his shoulder wrapped up whereas D-Von had a bandaged arm, but these two teams still had a lot of bad blood following the events of several months ago. Both teams of brothers tried to put the others through tables, and when Matt was put through a table after a double suplex by the Dudleys, Jeff was in a bad way. Thankfully Jeff was able to fight the two off, as he dropkicked D-Von over the top rope, D-Von going through a table bringing it down to two! Bubba had the upper hand, targeting the shoulder of Jeff. He had Jeff set up for a powerbomb with a table placed nearby, but of all people Bull Buchanan and the Big Bossman showed up to attack Bubba Ray! Bossman clubbed Bubba Ray with the nightstick, when Bull body slammed Bubba through a table, costing the Dudleys their shot at the titles!
The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan left the ring, their handiwork done in costing the Dudley Boyz this tag team Tables match tonight! They were pleased with the job they had done, when Edge and Christian ran down to the ring. The WWF Tag Team Champions had their challengers set for Backlash, but Jeff was down and hurting in the ring! Matt was still out from the rough landing through the table, and Edge dropped Jeff with a Spear mid-ring! Christian followed up with a big Unprettier, leaving Jeff laying down and out! The cocky Canadians stood tall raising their titles - the outcome of this contender's match leaving both teams in the match down and out!
Kurt Angle was backstage attempting to talk to Essa Rios, who seemingly had a lot to say about the United States of America. He spoke a mile per minute in Spanish leaving Angle having to ask Lita for a translation. Before she got the chance however, the Big Show turned up to confront 'the Olympic Hero'. Show told Kurt he heard what he said about him, asking for reassurance it was true. Kurt grew sheepish in the giant's company, then told him that what he said wasn't his true feelings about Show. In actuality his feelings were about Kane, being the 'Big Red intellectually- disabled person'. Show laughed and placed his giant hand on Angle's shoulder, but then changed composure to tell Kurt that it didn't matter who he talked about: Show was going to Chokeslam Angle into the ground, challenging him to a match this Monday on RAW. Show left, leaving Kurt to shyly comment that Show was on, reiterating that he was an Olympic Gold Medalist and that the giant was going down!
X-Pac was with his girlfriend Tori, who he asked if she was ready for Jacqueline. Tori said that Jackie was full of it, and for Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, she would take care of her later tonight. X-Pac turned his attention to the comments Chris Jericho made about Steph, saying that Stephanie was a delightful lady, a stand-up gal. And after Y2J beat Road Dogg on Monday, he wouldn't let him get the better of D-Generation X. Triple H and Shane McMahon turned up, the WWF Champion telling the couple that they did not want to miss his title defence. 'The Game' and Shane left; who would his opponent be?
Back on SmackDown! Triple H was with Shane McMahon, making their way to the ring for 'the Game's supposed WWF Championship defense. Triple H and Shane waited patiently with a coy smile on their faces, when Kaientai's music hit. Ring announcer Tony Chimel declared that Taka Michinoku would challenge for the World Wrestling Federation Championship, much to the laughter of 'the Game'! A practical joke was being played here tonight, when Kaientai stopped their walk to the ring, and the Acolytes made their way down the ramp! Taka had enlisted the Acolyte Protection Agency's services, and Bradshaw and Faarooq rushed the ring to fend off Shane! The Acolytes chased Shane out through the crowd, leaving just Triple H to face Taka for the WWF Championship.
5) Triple H (c) def. Taka Michinoku (w/Funaki) to retain the WWF Championship (5:03) With Shane McMahon being ran off by the Acolytes, Taka Michinoku's minuscule opportunity at claiming the WWF Championship had been raised greatly, while Funaki eagerly supported his partner. Triple H and Taka went hold for hold upon the bell sounding, but Taka presented more fire and heart than perhaps he had ever shown! Michinoku was in the biggest match of his young career thus far, and he had Triple H reeling with an Asai moonsault! Despite the size advantage being in the champion's favor, Michinoku got a very close backslide, as well as a moonsault giving him a close near fall as well. Triple H soon decided to retreat for the WWF Championship, but Funaki distracted the referee which allowed Taka to low blow 'the Game' and clock him with the belt! Taka picked Triple H up for the Michinoku Driver, but Triple H slid free and planted him with the Pedigree!
The former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion had come up short despite a valiant effort against 'the Game' tonight on SmackDown!, and Triple H could not have been more relieved. Funaki attempted to aid to Taka Michinoku in the ring, and that's when 'the Game' decided to give Funaki a Pedigree for good measure! Triple H celebrated on the middle rope with the WWF Championship high, but was left frozen when The Rock made his way out to the ring! 'The People's Champ' hit the ring, and went at it with Triple H! No McMahon-Helmsley regime in sight, but as Rock tried to dish up the Rock Bottom, 'the Game' bailed from the ring. Rock talked trash to Triple H - but come Backlash in under three weeks, there would be no running from the Rock!
Shane McMahon was seen ducking behind a wall in the backstage corridor: the Acolytes zooming past in search of the boss's son. Shane caught his breath in relief, having lost Bradshaw and Faarooq.
Elsewhere, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko were stalking catering, where they spotted the WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly celebrating his defense made earlier tonight with a double cheeseburger. The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion followed Saturn's orders, and the two planned an attack, storming Crash and ramming the burger in his face! Saturn tried to cover Crash for a near fall, when Hardcore Holly overheard the commotion and dropped the food from his tray, slamming the stray off of Malenko's head! Holly swung for Saturn who dodged it; the Radicalz telling the Holly Cousins that this wasn't over! Saturn was incensed. Crash complained about his cheeseburger.
Returning to SmackDown! on UPN, X-Pac was being walked to the ring by his D-Generation X ally Road Dogg - no Tori in sight due to her being in action later tonight against Jacqueline. Road Dogg and X-Pac stood centre of the ring, where the hype man began to talk about Chris Jericho's reckoning, and how he got off lucky on Monday night when he got his ass kicked not just by "the Double-G" and X-Pac, but by Triple H as well. He barked that X-Pac would finish the job 'the Game' started, because nobody talks ish about DX, and nobody talks ish about the McMahon-Helmsley regime!
Before Road Dogg could deliver their signature closing line, Chris Jericho interrupted the two - and Y2J made his way out to the rampway, a microphone in hand! Jericho asked Road Dogg to take a moment and please shut the hell up, before mocking DX for falling into line. Jericho asked what happened to the DX of old, the DX that was cutting edge and cool, and down with the authority? All he sees in the ring right now are a couple of corporate "yes-men"! Y2J told X-Pac that he may have been wanting a piece of Triple H tonight, but his balls were in Stephanie's purse - but there is still hope for the DX lackeys. Jericho told them that after he was through with them that they would never, ever be the same again! Jericho hit the ring, set for singles action with X-Pac!
6) Chris Jericho def. X-Pac (w/Road Dogg) (4:33) Chris Jericho has been on a tear when it comes to the McMahon-Helmsley regime, and even inserted himself when the Rock was in severe trouble following his Steel-Cage handicap match on RAW is WAR. Although Jericho was beaten down in the group beatdown of 'the People's Champ', he came to the Ice Palace tonight clear headed, wanting a piece of Triple H but instead, he was placed in this match against X-Pac. Jericho was keen to ensure there wasn't another repeat of RAW, baseball sliding Road Dogg down on the floor, but this gave X-Pac the opening to take control. X-Pac was cocky and showboated when on the offense, and what seemed to set Y2J off for a comeback was the Bronco Buster, as Jericho came back with a step-up enzuigiri! Road Dogg tried to interfere just to get locked in the Walls of Jericho when X-Pac roundhouse kicked Jericho in the back of the head! X-Pac attempted the X-Factor, but Y2J blocked it, took him down with a facebuster and connected with a springboard moonsault off the second rope for the victory!
Chris Jericho wisely slid out of the ring as Road Dogg stampeded the ring; Road Dogg furious that Y2J had managed to beat his teammate X-Pac tonight! Jericho gloated bombastically on the rampway, his hand raised tall - Jericho telling D-Generation X that they had nothing on 'the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla'!
Terri was in the locker room with her friend and mentor the Fabulous Moolah, where Terri enthusiastically wanted to show Moolah what she managed to pull off this past Monday night on RAW. Terri slipped a video tape into the VCR, finding extreme humor in how she humiliated the Kat in the hair salon on their spa day! Terri laughed as did Moolah, Moolah telling Terri that she wasn't just good looks: she was a mastermind. Terri told Moolah that she didn't even know the start. Terri knew Kat would be too embarrassed to even show up here tonight, which is why she wanted to team up with Moolah this Monday night on RAW is WAR to humiliate Kat, and maybe even give Mae Young a matching haircut herself! Moolah was all for it - but would Kat even show after being defaced and degraded by Terri this past Monday?
Outside the Rock's dressing room Jonathan Coachman stood by. We will hear from 'the People's Champ' after the break!
Jonathan Coachman was now standing by with the Rock as SmackDown! returned, Coachman asking 'the People's Champ' about everything that has gone down this past week. But the Rock immediately was all business, telling Coachman that he had been to hell and back all down the line, he went to RAW and he whooped three bad men's asses all over that steel-cage, earning him a shot at the WWF Championship with Triple H at Backlash! But where there's opportunity, there is chaos. And that's exactly what the Rock endured this past Monday night. Rock noted the stitches in his forehead, the band-aid on his forehead telling the story. Rock was man enough, he was man enough to admit that he got his ass handed to him. But it wasn't by Triple H, it wasn't by D-Generation X, it wasn't even by Shane McMahon and his tiny monkey-ass screaming at people to "hurt Rocky" in that shrill little voice of his! The Rock was massacred by nine guys and a Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Well the Rock has one thing to say about that, and that is that come Backlash on April 30, in under three weeks, it wouldn't be a nine-on-one match when the Rock faces Triple H. And come April 30, when he's done kicking the cr*p out of Triple H all over Washington, D.C. there will be only one man standing, and his name shall be the Rock: the new WWF Champion!
Rock turned his attention to Chris Benoit, talking about the WWF Intercontinental Champion's infatuation with making people squeal. But that's only because 'the Canadian Crippler' hasn't got the testicular fortitude to make women squeal on a Saturday night in Saskatoon, Canada! Rock told Benoit that he wants to make him squeal so bad, the only squealing that Chris is going to hear is the shrieking sound of his own voice when he takes the IC title and shoves it straight up his candy-ass! 'The People's Champ' signed off with a catchphrase and an eyebrow-raise - Rock ready for Benoit in the main event!
7) Jacqueline def. Tori (w/WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (1:55) While her boyfriend X-Pac was unfortunate in suffering a loss to Chris Jericho earlier tonight, Tori hoped to make up for lost chance, taking on the number one contender to the WWF Women's Championship Jacqueline. Jackie wanted her rematch with Stephanie after the boss's daughter beat her to win the title over two weeks ago on RAW, but Stephanie claimed she was still feeling the effects of a Rock Bottom and People's Elbow, received by the Rock back at WrestleMania. It didn't stop her from managing Tori tonight, watching on proud of her new female companion. Jacqueline had her eyes on the prize and repeatedly took her eyes off of Tori to talk trash to a disapproving Stephanie, but Tori's attempts at controlling the pace of the match went awry as Jackie came off the ropes with a tornado DDT, hooking the leg for the win.
Jacqueline celebrated her win but was unsatisfied with it - the number one contender deciding to open the ropes for Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley to climb inside. Jackie wanted the WWF Women's Championship back, but Stephanie pridefully shook her head at Jacqueline, smiling at Jackie's rage! The title would be on the line between these two women, but when would Stephanie heal from her apparent injuries?
Vince McMahon was seen watching in his office, the Chairman proudly proclaiming that Stephanie was the spitting image of her old man out there! She wasn't falling for Jacqueline's trash talking. Triple H was more concentrated on talking with Chris Benoit than he was his wife's business - the WWF Champion asking the WWF Intercontinental Champion if he was ready to finish what they had started this past Monday on RAW. 'The Canadian Crippler' responded that he was born ready, and he couldn't wait to lock the Crossface in and bend Rock's neck backwards all the way into his spine. 'The Game' told Benoit to save him a piece come Backlash, to which Benoit grinned and walked off.
Triple H turned back to Vince, who was now in mid-phonecall - his demeanor changed. After hanging up, the Chairman reluctantly told Triple H that it was his wife Linda: she was going to be at RAW this Monday night! 'The Game' rolled his eyes when Vince told him that he wouldn't be there as he's on business in Europe. Triple H told his father-in-law that he had it under control: everything would go their way, CEO or not. This reassured Vince, and the Chairman embraced the WWF Champion in a family hug. With no Vince and Triple H running things come Monday night, what did Linda McMahon have in store?
In the parking lot the Acolytes were seen still searching for Shane McMahon, after being hired by Taka Michinoku to take him out of the picture earlier tonight. Faarooq told Bradshaw that he was probably gone by now, but Bradshaw stubbornly told Faarooq that "the Japanese" weren't going to pay up if they didn't kick his ass. All of a sudden the two found themselves in a fist fight with T&A! Trish Stratus was present watching her men Test and Albert duke it out with the Acolytes! This had to be a move made by Shane McMahon! T&A left the Acolytes down and out, with T&A sending Faarooq careening into the side of a production truck! Trish stood tall, congratulating her men on a job well done.
8) The Rock def. WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit in a non-title match (6:40) The date was set for April 30 in Washington, DC: the Rock challenging Triple H for the WWF Championship at Backlash, live on pay-per-view. But prior to that, Chris Benoit had unfinished business with 'the Brahma Bull'. These two men went at it as part of the three-on-one handicap Steel-Cage match this past Monday night, and 'the Canadian Crippler' was not satisfied with the beatdown that the McMahon-Helmsley regime, the Radicalz and T&A had accomplished in annihilating the Rock on RAW is WAR. Benoit went into it with guns blazing, wanting the Crippler Crossface straight away, but Rock was vehemently on the defense - Rock firing back and almost scoring the win after a floatover DDT. The technical expertise of the world-class Canadian took over, and Benoit soon began to stretch away at the shoulder of 'the People's Champ'. He had Rock trapped in a rolling armbar, but the chants of "Rocky" from his home state of Florida kept the Rock fighting, and soon he mounted a comeback, slamming Benoit's face into the mat! Rock gave Benoit a spinebuster and got ready to hit the ropes for the People's Elbow, but Benoit tripped Rock and locked in the Crippler Crossface, which Rock was able to roll through into a near fall! Benoit got up quick, but Rock was quicker, delivering the Rock Bottom for three!
The Rock had beaten the WWF Intercontinental Champion tonight on SmackDown!, but Chris Benoit was not about to go down lightly when Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn hit the ring, both men trying to destabilize 'the People's Champ'! Rock tried to fight both men off, but for a second time in one week, Chris Benoit jumped Rock from behind - the Radicalz cornering and putting the boots to the Rock! Rock looked to be in trouble, but Chris Jericho hit the ring - Y2J assisting the Rock in fending the Radicalz off from the ring! Benoit was left in the ring all alone, and Jericho whipped Benoit into a second Rock Bottom courtesy of 'the Great One'! Rock and Jericho stood tall in the ring, while Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were seen watching on their office monitor - scowls on their faces! Rock was ready for anything, and it seemed that Y2J had his back all the way!
Jakked - April 15, 2000 National Car Rental Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Broadcast on syndication Taped on April 10, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kelly are our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) Perry Saturn (w/WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko) def. Bruno Sassie (3:11)
The Radicalz were a crucial part of the McMahon-Helmsley regime's master plan to destroy the Rock this past Monday night on RAW is WAR, and in recent weeks the group have assembled a team of championship holders - all excluding Perry Saturn. Saturn came close to capturing the WWF Hardcore Championship on SmackDown! just to be thwarted in his attempts by Tazz - but Saturn looked to rebound and attempt to throw his name in the hat tonight against Bruno Sassie. He made short work of Sassie, and the presence of Malenko at ringside cheering him on allowed Saturn to take the win with the Rings of Saturn.
2) The Headbangers def. The Mean Street Posse (w/Rodney) (5:09) These five individuals were all a part of the Hardcore Battle Royal back at WrestleMania 2000, where the Mean Street Posse appeared to show signs of issues between who walked out as the WWF Hardcore Champion, when Joey Abs pinned Rodney to take the title. Thrasher from the Headbangers beat Abs, but Pete Gas stole the title moments later. Despite that, none of the five were successful and so this match was set up to decide who the better team was. Gas and Abs had issues deciding who started the match, and when Headbangers went on offence, Rodney had to rally the sweater vest-wearing troops. The Posse looked to be back in control and Gas had Thrasher up for the Gas Mask when Mosh dropkicked Abs into his partner, allowing Thrasher to cradle Gas for the win.
While the Headbangers moshed their way around the ringside area, Pete Gas and Joey Abs had a shouting match mid-ring about the miscommunication that had cost them the match, all the while Rodney was attempting to keep the Posse together!
3) Mark Henry def. Billy Fives (3:28)
'Sexual Chocolate' was unsuccessful in his pursuit of the WWF Intercontinental Championship last weekend on Sunday Night HeAT, but the former World's Strongest Man was looking to rebound tonight against Billy Fives. Fives attempted to match size with speed against Henry, but the big man was able to take care of Fives in the end following a body slam followed by a splash, 'Sexual Chocolate' back to his winning ways tonight on Jakked.
4) The Dudley Boyz def. Kaientai (4:45)
D-Von and Bubba Ray lost out on a title shot at Edge and Christian this past Thursday night on SmackDown! when the Hardy Boyz managed to oust them once again in a tag team Tables match when the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan cost them the match, but on Jakked tonight they had their hands full with Taka Michinoku and Funaki of Kaientai. Kaientai almost scored the upset of the millennium this past Thursday night when Taka came within a hair of claiming the WWF Championship against Triple H, but ultimately it was not to be, and Kaientai surely had momentum on their side going into this match against an irate Dudley Boyz. The Japanese contingent were able to work as a cohesive unit grounding D-Von and attempting to restrain him from making the tag to Bubba Ray, but the inevitable took place and when Bubba Ray made his entrance, Kaientai were in trouble. In the end it was Taka Michinoku who wound up on the receiving end of a brutal Dudley Death Drop, giving the Dudleys a much needed win after a frustrating week for the residents of Dudleyville.
HeAT - April 16, 2000 Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida Broadcast on the USA Network Taped on April 11, 2000
Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman are our announcers calling the action tonight on Sunday Night HeAT.
1) Tazz def. Hardcore Holly in a Hardcore match (5:31) While Hardcore Holly spent this past Thursday night on SmackDown! attempting to extend the olive branch to an extremely reluctant cousin Crash in his WWF Hardcore Championship defense against Perry Saturn, Hardcore has also recently had his hands full against 'the Human Suplex Machine' Tazz. Both men went back and forth in the Hardcore Battle Royal back at WrestleMania, and tonight on HeAT they had the opportunity to settle the score in a Hardcore match. Tazz and Holly fought up the rampway where Holly blocked a German suplex into a suplex of his own, but Tazz kicked out. Tazz came back with a series of submission attempts, but Holly was able to free himself from a rear choke hold with a shot from a frying pan which stunned Tazz. Late in the match Viscera showed his face - Viscera having battled with Hardcore on RAW last week - but when Viscera body slammed Holly, Crash hit the ring to even the odds! The Holly Cousins hit stereo-dropkicks to take Viscera out through the ropes, but Tazz clotheslined the WWF Hardcore Champion down, before slipping free of a Falcon Arrow attempt - the Tazzmission forcing Holly down and into submission!
Tazz refused to release the Tazzmission after the match, and only did so when Crash Holly re-entered. 'The Human Suplex Machine' was proud of his win, but talked trash to the WWF Hardcore Champion as if to say that he was coming back for that title! With the 24/7 rule enforced, this surely meant Crash had to keep on his toes and then some - but at least he had seemed to mend fences with his older cousin Hardcore.
Kevin Kelly was backstage with T&A accompanied by Trish Stratus. Kevin wanted to get some information from Trish about why they jumped the Acolytes, but Test told Kevin Kelly that they didn't owe him any explanation. As far as they were concerned, they were just taking orders. Kevin tried to ask from who, when Albert glared down at him and threatened the broadcast journalist. Trish decided to speak out on it, telling Kelly that he was pretty cute and she'd have her men spare him. Trish talked about the audacity of the Acolytes to chase and threaten Shane McMahon, a man of dignity and honor and respect! Trish told Kevin that she and the boys wouldn't stand for it, which is why tonight they wanted to send a message to Bradshaw and Faarooq when they take on Al Snow and Steve Blackman in a rematch from WrestleMania. Albert continued to glare down at Kevin as the trio departed.
The Godfather was accompanied by his many Hos, set for singles competition against the former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Essa Rios, accompanied by Lita. The Spanish couple arrived in the ring, but were stopped by 'the Pimp Daddy' who had one question for Essa - how he liked his women! Essa didn't understand what he was saying, and so Godfather had Lita translate it to Essa. He was furious - needless to say - but Godfather then asked Lita to translate for him: did he want to avoid taking the Pimp Drop, and instead spend a night with the Hos? Lita was mad now, telling Godfather that she was Essa's girlfriend! 'The Pimp Daddy' laughed, telling Lita to calm down. He knew it was a silly question - so how about he invite Lita to step aboard the Ho Train instead, he's always scouting talent! Essa attacked the Godfather, jumpstarting this match.
2) Essa Rios (w/Lita) def. The Godfather (w/Hos) (3:19) In D-Lo Brown's absence, the Godfather was letting loose and having fun with the likes of Essa Rios and Lita, who were not impressed by the antics of 'the Pimp Daddy'. The former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was hot headed after Godfather had insinuated that Lita could be one of his Hos, but in this match he was giving up some eighty pounds to the Godfather. Godfather as a result powered him around with ease, and even performed a little strut at Lita's expense! With Rios on the defensive, Lita took it upon herself to get involved and she did so by diving off of the top rope with a flying headscissors - as she has been known to do - but Godfather managed to catch her! Godfather seemed to attempt a powerbomb on Lita, but Essa dropkicked Godfather in the stomach and Lita landed on Godfather's face - Essa quickly hooking the legs and stealing the three!
Essa Rios and Lita fled from the ring following the match, successful in an underhanded way tonight on HeAT! Rios and Lita performed a hot and steamy Spanish kiss on the rampway, while the Godfather was comforted by 'the Pimp Daddy's Hos in the ring.
3) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. Al Snow and Steve Blackman by disqualification (5:10) T&A have had a mega week on WWF programming, starting off in a three-on-one handicap Steel-Cage match, where the duo teamed with Chris Benoit in a losing effort on RAW. But despite the loss to the Rock, they were an integral part of the nine-man beatdown of the Rock and Chris Jericho after the match. Not to mention this past Thursday on UPN SmackDown!, the two attacked the Acolytes as they were hired by Kaientai to hunt Shane McMahon down! A lot had happened since WrestleMania for these two teams, who met on that night. Al Snow tried to teach Steve Blackman further about working the crowd and entertaining the masses, but he found himself in a sticky predicament when Test and Albert began taking turns dominating the man that brought us Chester McCheesterton. After a diving elbow drop from Test was missed, Snow finally got the tag to 'the Lethal Weapon', who combated both studs well, much to the annoyance of Trish! Stratus got on the apron and appeared to seduce Blackman, who instead blew her methods off - just to eat a big boot from Test! T&A wanted to finish Blackman off, but Snow hit the ring, using Head on both members of T&A!
Al Snow had sacrificed victory for violence - as Snow struck Albert twice with Head to send him rocking! Test delivered a Pumphandle Slam to Snow, when Steve Blackman hit the ring - no nunchucks in sight - a bicycle kick stunning Test, followed up with a shot from Head! T&A were furious and Trish shouted abuse at Snow and Blackman - and Blackman actually appeared to be smiling about what he had done! Personality from 'the Lethal Weapon' was a rarity, and Snow raised his hand in celebration!
Val Venis was making his way down the rampway to the ring for the main event of Sunday Night HeAT, 'the Big Valbowski' arriving in the ring and pointing out several fine looking ladies here in the Ice Palace in Tampa. Val introduced himself to the ladies, before talking about how there was nothing icy about his palace. Venis told a story about a Triple Threat of extreme proportions that took place on Tampa beach earlier today, but was rudely interrupted by Kurt Angle. The Olympic Gold Medalist told Val that he was sure that there was a great story in there, and he's sure that the three of them went and enjoyed ice cream when it was all said and done: but Angle pointed out the major difference between himself and Val Venis. For one, he was an Olympic hero. He beat Val Venis to become the WWF European Champion, and he did that because of one thing: abstinence! Kurt once again promoted abstinence, telling Val that he may be a hit with the ladies, but no lady ever wants to be with a loser. Val sucker punched Kurt, not wanting to hear any more of what the Olympian had to say!
4) Kurt Angle def. Val Venis (6:00) The Olympic Gold Medalist was taking a stance against the sexualized ways of some of the other male competitors here in the World Wrestling Federation this week, coming off of a win against the Godfather on RAW this past Monday. Meanwhile Angle had also got a date with the giant tomorrow night on RAW is WAR, after he was seen and heard unimpressively calling Kane and the Big Show "morons" this past Thursday night. Show confronted Angle about it, challenging him to a match tomorrow night. But tonight was about 'the Big Valbowski' standing up for his own beliefs, juxtaposing Angle's belief that abstinence helps make him the athlete he is today. Venis blocked some of Kurt's attempts at a takedown, but the Olympian was fast on his feet and soon managed to take him down. Angle showed off to loud boos from the Tampa crowd - but Val came back slugging, and Venis almost scored the win off of a fishermen suplex. Kurt was dumbfounded, but Val soon looked to go up to the top for the Money Shot - but took too long thrusting his hips atop the top turnbuckle - Angle crotching Val by hitting the ropes! Val's total package was shattered, and Angle capitalized with a top rope belly-to-belly suplex, claiming the three.
Kurt Angle continued to be on a roll as HeAT grew to a close. 'The Olympic Hero' celebrated his win whilst Val Venis favored his groin in pain - but you had to wonder what the abstinent Olympic Gold Medalist's strategy was headed into RAW is WAR tomorrow night: and how he could possibly battle the Big Show.
RAW is WAR - April 17, 2000 Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania Live on the USA Network
The opening video package aired to kick off RAW is WAR, which brought us to the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the firework display and screams from the capacity crowd in attendance. Under two weeks away from WWF Backlash - live on pay-per-view - State College was in for an explosive night when the Big Show faces Kurt Angle; Edge and Christian do battle with the Dudley Boyz, and the Kat teams up with Mae Young to seek revenge on Terri and the Fabulous Moolah!
The Rock got the crowd riled up immediately, 'the Brahma Bull' marching down to the ring with an added motivation in his stride. The Rock was set for April 30 in Washington, DC - where he gets another shot to get his hands on Triple H for the World Wrestling Federation Championship. Rock was showered in "Rocky" chants, when he talked about counting down the days. He said that the feeling of waiting patiently was taking its toll, that in thirteen days in the MCI Center in the Capital City of Washington DC, the whole world will be watching. The people of Washington will be watching. The founding fathers of the United States will be watching, much like every single President in history will be watching when the Rock lays the SmackDown! all over Triple H's ass and is crowned a four time WWF Champion! But what if the Rock were to rewrite the future, what if he didn't want to wait thirteen days for Backlash - what if he wanted to go at it with 'the Game' tonight here in State College?
The place erupted, but Chris Jericho unprecedentedly made his way out to the ring! Y2J received a monstrous ovation, a microphone in hand while en route down the ramp. Jericho told Rock that he didn't mean to rain on his parade, but he keeps hearing about Triple H defending the title against Rock at Backlash and it may sound like a great idea to Rock, but what about 'the Ayotollah of Rock 'n' Rolla'? Y2J referred to himself as a "sexy beast" and somebody that should be in line for a WWF Championship shot of his own, especially after he saved Rock's ass from the Radicalz last Thursday night. Jericho climbed into the ring and looked Rock in the eyes, telling Rock that he can have his cake and eat it too - challenging the WWF Champion at Backlash. But what if his opponent weren't to be Triple H: what if it was Monday Night Jericho? The fans now chanted "Y2J", but Rock responded to tell Jericho that it didn't matter what Chris thought! Rock told Jericho that there is one man and one man only that he wants at Backlash, and his name isn't Chris Jericho. And just for the record, Chris Jericho may have helped him whoop the Radicalz' ass on SmackDown!, but the Rock sure as hell didn't need it. Rock told Jericho that 'the People's Champ' was first in line for a shot, and if Y2J had anything to say about it, to just bring it!
The Rock and Chris Jericho were getting fired up in an intense face-off in the middle of the ring, when Triple H, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and her brother Shane McMahon made their way out to the rampway, signalling a loud chorus of boos! The fans chanted "assh*le", "sl*t" and "Shane's a p*ssy" at the McMahon-Helmsley regime, to which Shane told State College to shut up. Shane tried to inform the people that Vince McMahon was on a business trip in Europe this week, which meant that he was the man calling the shots tonight: and what is happening before him is interesting to him, because - quite frankly - we are looking at 'the People's Chump' and some Canadian he forgets even exists. Jericho responded telling Shane to shut the hell up, but 'the Game' responded with a grin from ear to ear. Triple H told Y2J that it's funny standing side by side with Rock, wanting a shot at his title, because if there's anybody that should know their role and shut their own mouth, it was Chris Jericho! 'The Game' declared that he had bad news for Rock: he wasn't getting his shot before Backlash, but Shane told Rock that there was hope for him yet because tonight he would get his chance to face off with 'the Game' - in a tag team blockbuster of a main event - when the Rock will team up with Chris Jericho to take on the WWF Champion Triple H...and the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit! The McMahon-Helmsley regime were very confident tonight, while Rock and Jericho exchanged stern glares - on a night where the Linda McMahon would be live and in person, a huge tag team match signed for tonight!
Kurt Angle was backstage, the Olympic Gold Medalist moments away from his anticipated bout with the Big Show, and Jonathan Coachman attempted to catch a word from the Olympian just to be ignored. Angle was all business and had a serious look on his face - he'll be in action next!
Back live on RAW is WAR, Kurt Angle made his way down the rampway to a loud chorus of boos - the Olympic Gold Medalist with a microphone in hand as he told the people of State College that they should be ecstatic to have an Olympian among them. He claimed that he comes from Pittsburgh, down the road from this fair city. And from everybody he's spoken to, even people that come from State College - they all say that this place is the suckiest, scummiest city in the state! Angle wanted to talk about the Big Show while he stepped into the ring, telling the Big Show that he didn't want to fight him, but he certainly left him no other choice - promising to get the job done and beat Show tonight with the biggest Olympic Slam the World Wrestling Federation has ever seen!
1) Big Show def. Kurt Angle by count-out (2:36) The Olympic Gold Medalist appeared to be as serious as they came tonight in State College, and he was up against his biggest threat to date in the former WWF Champion the Big Show. Show overheard Angle complaining about Show and Kane's alliance this past week on SmackDown!, and 'the Big Nasty B*stard' was not about to take any of the Olympian's comments. Angle attempted to blast Show upon entry to the ring, but Show used his size to an advantage. The people in State College loved watching Show battle Angle, Show adding some flair to a gigantic chop in the corner. Angle attempted to take Show down but was unsuccessful, as he was when he attempted a German suplex, as well as an attempt at a sleeper hold - and Show fell backwards, squashing Angle with a brutal thud! Angle had enough and decided to retreat up the rampway - the Olympic Gold Medalist quitting on this match tonight with the Big Show!
Kurt Angle talked trash to the Big Show from the ramp, much to the disdain of the fired up 'Big Nasty B*stard'. But the flames of Kane went up behind 'the Olympic Hero', and out came 'the Big Red Machine'! Big Show's tag team partner from SmackDown! grabbed a hold of Angle, and decided to throw the Olympian to the wolf waiting in the ring! Angle was panicked, but Show grabbed Angle by the throat and dropped him with a massive Chokeslam! Kane arrived in the ring to meet with the Big Show for a long, tense staredown. But ultimately, much like the result of last Thursday's encounter, the two massive men triggers hellfire and brimstone with State College going crazy.
Shane McMahon was walking the backstage corridor reassuring himself about being the man in charge tonight, and not his mother Linda. He was shocked when the Acolytes appeared before him - Bradshaw and Faarooq telling Shane that they knew he was behind T&A beating their asses last week. Shane laughed when he told the boys that he's glad they have some sense, because he was giving them the night off! Shane warned them that if they stepped foot in that building out there tonight, he wouldn't hesitate to fire their asses. Bradshaw laughed and told Shane that that was fine - the Acolytes would spend tonight kicking back and drinking beers in their office. The Acolytes left, leaving Shane feeling empowered.
WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian were seen hanging out when RAW returned, the Canadians joking about how the Hardy Boyz were sitting ducks come Backlash. Christian laughed about Jeff's shoulder, how they weren't wrestling two brothers - they were wrestling one-and-a-half of the Hardy Boyz. Edge joked that tonight should be a piece of cake too when they fight the Dudley Boyz - the team that failed to beat the Hardys on SmackDown! If the Dudleys thought Thursday stung, they had no idea what tonight's loss would feel like!
State College came alive upon the entrance of the Godfather, which brought out himself and D-Lo Brown for tag team action. Accompanied by a half-dozen Hos, 'the Pimp Daddy' arrived in the ring and welcomed Pennsylvania to come aboard the Ho Train, while D-Lo chimed in mocking DX's slogan that "if you weren't down with the Brown" they had two words for DX! Road Dogg interrupted the party, with X-Pac and Tori by his side. Road Dogg rapped his way to the ring, dissing on D-Lo and Godfather while calling D-Lo a square, and Godfather a punk.
2) Road Dogg and X-Pac (w/Tori) def. D-Lo Brown and the Godfather (w/Hos) (3:13) D-Generation X appeared to be a part of the strong and stable McMahon-Helmsley regime overpowering the World Wrestling Federation while Backlash grew closer. On the contrary D-Lo Brown and the Godfather looked to compete with the DX trio, with D-Lo returning from a recent family emergency that left Godfather on his own this past week. D-Lo and Godfather were on a roll and forced the DX troops to regroup at ringside, before Road Dogg and X-Pac took to working over the Godfather. 'The Pimp Daddy' had a loud crowd behind him, and he made a comeback, with Godfather delivering the Ho Train to Road Dogg in the corner! Godfather attempted the Pimp Drop whilst the referee was with Tori, allowing X-Pac to trip Godfather under the ropes, holding his feet down and allowing Road Dogg to fall on top of him for the three.
X-Pac and Road Dogg were successful, and celebrated much to the chagrin of D-Lo Brown and the Godfather. The losing ways of the Godfather continued tonight on RAW, while the Hos wanted to try and cheer 'the Pimp Daddy' up. D-Lo helped Godfather to his feet, but then blasted his tag team partner with a side kick! Brown received boos for the unexpected turn, before picking Godfather up and dropping him with the Sky High for added effect! D-Lo Brown called Godfather dead weight, then left on his own, leaving the women to attend to the Godfather. What was going on with D-Lo Brown?
The Radicalz were in the locker room, where Perry Saturn confessed to Dean Malenko that he wasn't sure if he trusted Tazz at all, having to team with him tonight. The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion advised that he was facing the Holly Cousins - all he had to do was take Crash out, and then take the WWF Hardcore Championship. The WWF European Champion was with 'Mamacita' Chyna, and 'Latino Heat' took great pride in introducing the boys to his new girlfriend. The room fell quiet, then Chris Benoit asked Guerrero what was going on. Dean said they didn't understand what he was doing with "her" around. Chyna got annoyed at Malenko, telling him to watch his mouth, when Eddie grew angry and told Malenko that they've been friends for years and now he's talking like that about 'Mamacita'? Guerrero stormed off, to which Malenko apologized and told him he needed him tonight.
In the parking lot, a limousine pulled up outside of the Bryce Jordan Center. The driver stepped out and walked around to open the door - and sure enough - it was Linda McMahon. We found out that the CEO would be here tonight courtesy of a phone call Vince had with his wife last Thursday night on SmackDown!, but why was she here tonight on RAW?
Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were in the McMahon-Helmsley regime's suite, annoyed about the arrival of their mother. Shane told his sister not to be concerned, reminding her that Vince placed him in charge tonight. Stephanie was reluctant about that, telling Shane that she was Linda's daughter, and if Linda had something to say to these people, she was going to confront her about it. Shane liked the WWF Women's Champion's idea, telling her that he would join her.
3) The Dudley Boyz def. WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian by disqualification (5:04) The Dudley Boyz were screwed out of their chance to face Edge and Christian at Backlash with the WWF Tag Team Championships at stake when - last Thursday on SmackDown! - they were beaten in a tag team Tables match, not because of the Hardy Boyz but because of the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan. Regardless, they were getting a non-title opportunity tonight on RAW, and Edge and Christian with their newfound cockiness were in for a handful. D-Von and Bubba went right to work on Christian, but after a blind tag from Edge, the Canadians took control. Both worked effectively at keeping D-Von away from Bubba, but the tag was made and Bubba ran house on the WWF Tag Team Champions! The Dudley Boyz were on the way to winning, but the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan hit the ring again, jumping Bubba Ray Dudley!
The prison guards had cost the Dudley Boyz a decisive victory again tonight on RAW, and the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan found themselves brawling with both Dudley Boyz, just to equalize D-Von and Bubba Ray with their nightsticks! Buchanan and Bossman put the boots to the Dudleys, before Bossman pulled out a set of handcuffs and hooked Bubba up, cuffing him to the bottom rope! The Dudleys were in trouble as Buchanan clubbed D-Von in the gut with the nightstick, when the Hardy Boyz rushed down to the ring to even the score! Jeff and Matt - who face Edge and Christian at Backlash - fought off Buchanan and delivered Poetry in Motion on him in the corner, when Edge struck with Bossman's nightstick, bashing Jeff in the shoulder that has plagued him since WrestleMania! Edge and Christian jetted from the ring, leaving Matt angered - the WWF Tag Team Champions possibly gaining an advantage over the Hardys ahead of Backlash in under two weeks.
In their dressing room, Mae Young was in her old singlet, Mae speaking enthusiastically about the chance she and the Kat had tonight at getting revenge on Terri and the Fabulous Moolah! Mae told Kat all of the things she was going to do to that old bimbo Moolah, before she asked Kat if she was ready yet. Kat wasn't on-screen, but one had to wonder what she looked like after having her hair cut off and her looks completely humiliated on the spa trip last week!
Linda McMahon was walking the corridor headed for the ring when she was stopped by Al Snow and Steve Blackman, Snow telling the CEO that they were big fans. 'The Lethal Weapon' said it was nice to meet her. Linda thanked the untimely duo before parting ways, continuing to the arena where it looked as though she had an announcement to make live!
Back live Linda McMahon made her way out to the ring, the CEO of the World Wrestling Federation receiving a polite ovation from the State College crowd. Linda opened by telling the people that it was lovely to walk into this packed house tonight on RAW and witness to some of the greatest athleticism this world has ever seen. She proclaimed the WWF a hotbed for sports entertainment and stated that she couldn't be prouder to be the Chief Executive Officer of the company. But with that said, she had several issues with how business is being conducted on a day-to-day business courtesy of her husband. She referred to the cat-and-mouse game that the McMahon-Helmsley regime as a contingent have been playing with the Rock. She called it a bad look for the WWF, and although WWF Backlash is heating up in a huge way with the Rock challenging Triple H for the WWF Championship, she has issues after seeing the footage from last Monday on RAW. A replay aired, showing the outcome of the Steel Cage beatdown of the Rock, courtesy of not just Triple H and D-Generation X - but the Radicalz, T&A and even her son Shane as well.
Linda claimed that she couldn't be prouder of her children in their participation behind the scenes of the World Wrestling Federation - but while her son Shane was proving to be in with the wrong crowd and Triple H - she had a problem with Stephanie abusing her assets as well. She claimed that Stephanie was supposed to be the WWF Women's Champion, and yet she is ducking the competition that the women's division has to offer! Linda told Stephanie that this had to stop, which is why there was no other way around it: this Thursday night on SmackDown!, Stephanie will finally put the WWF Women's Championship on the line against Jacqueline! And if she isn't in good enough condition to compete in that title defense, then Linda will make sure of it that she is stripped of that title belt. The fans cheered, but the CEO wasn't finished yet. She told State College that she expects Backlash to be hectic, with Stephanie in Triple H's corner, as she is sure Shane and Vince will be as well. Which, in the interest of the fairness, Linda McMahon has been in talks with somebody to support the Rock in his corner on April 30 - and that man will be Stone Cold Steve Austin! The fans erupted at the mention of 'the Texas Rattlesnake'! Not seen since Survivor Series of last year, Linda announced that Austin will back the Rock in his title match with 'the Game', and that's all she had to say about that!
But down to the ring came Linda's children: Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley coming to confront their mother; the CEO. The WWF Women's Champion told her mother that it was so great to see her, because the last time she recalls seeing her, it was at WrestleMania. And if she recalls correctly, she was the only McMahon that came out on the losing end that night. Shane told Stephanie that Steph was right, that since WrestleMania the McMahons have come back together once again against a common enemy. They are working for the betterment of the company, and by bringing back Stone Cold Steve Austin, does she have any idea what she is doing? Linda is jeopardizing what they are building, a better World Wrestling Federation! Linda told her kids that she was sorry they felt that way, but the decision stood.
Linda tried to leave, but Stephanie pulled on her mom's arm and told her she wasn't finished yet, McMahon-Helmsley callously telling her mother that there was a reason she was never here, because she didn't have what it takes like their father, or her children to stand here and change the company publicly! Steph called her mom past her prime and advised her to hit the holiday home in Florida because she had lost it - but Linda got angry enough that she slapped her daughter! Linda was apologetic immediately, but Stephanie slapped her mother in return! Linda went down, and Shane immediately went neutral and tried to separate the two. The McMahons were coming apart again, as Shane helped her mother up, just to get a slap of her own! All the while Triple H came storming down to the ring in the midst of the melee - the WWF Champion surely not happy with any bit of what had just transpired here tonight. 'The Game' got in Linda's face, grabbing her by the hair but Shane tackled his own brother-in-law! Linda rolled out, and Triple H backed up as Shane was on the defensive! The McMahons were well and truly falling apart! What will Vince McMahon have to say about this?
Back live on RAW, following replays of the McMahons breaking apart at the seams, we went to the Holly Cousins outside of the restrooms. Crash wanted a guarantee that Hardcore wasn't up to anything, and that he could count on him in tonight's tag match against Perry Saturn and Tazz. Hardcore gave him his word, and Crash took it - going to take a whiz. The WWF Hardcore Champion entered, but loud grunts were heard almost immediately. Hardcore immediately went in to see the Mean Street Posse putting the boots to Crash! Rodney tried to cover but was stopped by Joey Abs and Pete Gas, the Greenwich trio squabbling over who covered Crash, when Hardcore Holly arrived and launched a mop bucket in the Posse's direction, hitting the wall behind them! The Posse scrambled fast, leaving Hardcore to cautiously attend to Crash - but not cover him for the title.
4) Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty def. WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko (w/Chyna) (4:25) With tensions running high between the Radicalz and Eddie Guerrero's relationship with Chyna, the WWF European Champion teamed with the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion to combat the team that has constantly been a thorn in the Radicalz' side since their arrival back in January. Rikishi in particular was the man that stook his ass in 'Latino Heat's face last week, and even tried to give Chyna the Stinkface on SmackDown! this past week. Dean Malenko was hesitant to team with Eddie with Chyna in their corner, and eventually after both men had tagged themselves in involuntarily, Eddie and Dean started shoving each other. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' even seemed to threaten Malenko, which in turn allowed Rikishi to squash him in the corner - the Stinkface delivered to Malenko! Guerrero and Chyna decide to leave Malenko high and dry, which allowed Scotty 2 Hotty to enter, and deliver the Worm to Malenko for the pin!
Scotty 2 Hotty had scored a pinfall victory over the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, but it was apparent that Dean Malenko had bigger things to worry about, in the form of Eddie Guerrero and Chyna walking out on him. Whatever this meant for the Radicalz would be saved for another day, as Scotty and Rikishi braced the sunglasses center-stage - two-thirds of Too Cool prepared to dance for the fans in State College! They were suddenly interrupted mid-routine by the Big Show, who stared Phatu and Scotty down - Show having taken out Grandmaster Sexay two weeks ago. Show instead declared that he wanted to dance with Rikishi, and the three men danced to the delight of the loud and proud Pennsylvanian audience!
Kevin Kelly was standing by with Chris Jericho ahead of tonight's tag team main event, where Y2J will team up with the Rock to battle Triple H and Chris Benoit. But before Y2J could get his words out, Chris Benoit suddenly jumped Jericho from behind! The WWF Intercontinental Champion fought with Jericho, who tried his best to compete with 'the Crippler'. Benoit was stronger and sent Jericho sailing into a wall, before putting the boots on Y2J! Benoit grabbed a steel chair and bashed it into the spine of Jericho against the wall, before lastly locking in the Crippler Crossface on the concrete floor! Agents rushed in to separate Benoit from Jericho, rendering Y2J down, out and hurting ahead of the main event! It was a bad night for the interviewers, as Benoit had just illustrated!
During the break, the fallout from the McMahon family destroying themselves from within was caught on camera, as the WWF Champion Triple H and Shane McMahon were going at it in a backstage corridor area. 'The Game' told Shane that his mother was putting him in jeopardy of losing his title to the Rock come Backlash. He was furious about Stone Cold Steve Austin being announced as being in Rock's corner on April 30, whereas Shane tried to tell Hunter that he couldn't put his hands on Linda McMahon! All the while Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was an emotional wreck, telling her husband and brother to stop fighting!
The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan were seen discussing their business with the Dudley Boyz, Bossman telling Bull that he thought they made their message loud and clear when they punked out the Dudleys. Buchanan told Bossman that the people called D-Von and Bubba Ray one of the toughest tag teams in the World Wrestling Federation - but why? They beat their asses tonight easier than they beat the inmates back in Atlanta. Bossman laughed, telling him that justice was being served.
5) The Kat and Mae Young def. Terri and the Fabulous Moolah (1:29) The Kat sported a new look tonight, perhaps out of necessity after what Terri did to her last week, courtesy of her personal "hair stylist" on the spa day. Wearing a black-haired wig, the Kat was teaming tonight with her close friend Mae Young to battle Terri and her "mentor" of sorts, the former WWF Women's Champion the Fabulous Moolah. Bound to be bowling-shoe ugly, Mae and Moolah threw hands at one another, while an understandably furious Kat jumped Terri and went right to work, trying to pull her hair out. Kat managed to rip the skimpy blouse off of the beautiful blonde, before planting her with a facebuster for the three - just like that!
The Kat was victorious over the woman that humiliated her last week, but she wasn't finished yet. Kat - furious about having to sport a wig tonight after her hair was terribly cut - began to pull at the shorts of Terri, ripping them off of her as well! Terri rolled out of the ring quickly, stripped down to her bra and panties as revenge for what she orchestrated on the spa day last week! Moolah tried to cover her up, while Kat paraded Terri's shorts around, twizzling them into the crowd.
Edge and Christian were still all smiles after what went down earlier tonight against the Dudley Boyz, as Edge joked about the condition of Jeff Hardy's shoulder when he beat him with the Big Bossman's nightstick. Christian told his brother than after tonight, Jeff would be "all-right", causing the pair to laugh dorkishly. The WWF Tag Team Champions came to a halt when they stumbled upon Matt Hardy, who was clearly worked up, standing outside of the trainer's office. Edge asked how Jeff was doing to which Matt told the Canadians he'd be fine. But while Edge and Christian may be on cloud nine right now, they better be ready come Backlash, because when the Hardy Boyz face them for those titles, they were in for a serious reality check. E&C simply called Matt a loser, giggling and leaving him alone. How the WWF Tag Team Championship has changed these two brothers.
Back live on RAW, the Acolytes were seen hanging out in their "office". Bradshaw and Faarooq sat back in their chairs, a half-finished six pack of beers on the table, cigars in their mouths, and a television set showing RAW is WAR. Bradshaw brought up the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin come Backlash, and how messed up the McMahons were. Faarooq however was mad as hell, talking about how it sucked that Shane McMahon had banned them from the arena tonight. He wanted to get themselves some of T&A. Bradshaw proposed that they go look for them themselves, the APA closing up shop and leaving through their "office" door.
6) Kane (w/Paul Bearer) def. Gangrel (2:29) Following the assist in the Big Show's match with Kurt Angle earlier tonight, 'the Big Red Machine' was returning to take on the vampire warrior himself, Gangrel. Gangrel has not been a prominent part of WWF programming in recent weeks, but was back and looking to gain some momentum in the form of defeating the seven-foot monster, but he was not in for an easy feat. Sure enough, 'the Big Red Machine' absorbed a lot of what Gangrel had to throw at him, and soon enough Kane ousted Gangrel with a massive Chokeslam for the pin.
'The Big Red Machine' was triumphant tonight against Gangrel, but while Paul Bearer stood with Kane in the centre of the ring, and with the lights turned red for the monster to raise his arms and unleash Hell on Earth, Kurt Angle came from the timekeeper's table - the Olympic Gold Medalist preventing the fireworks by blasting Kane in the back of the head with the ring bell! Angle was booed immensely for preventing Kane's signature calling card, and 'the Olympic Hero' followed up with a second shot with the ring bell, this time to the face of 'the Big Red Machine'! Angle left the ring and backed up the rampway, calling Kane a "Big Red intellectually- disabled person" in anger. Angle had gained retribution against Kane for earlier, but there was sure to be Hell to pay for this brutal attack.
The WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero was seen leaving the building with Chyna hand-in-hand. 'Mamacita' brought up how rude the Radicalz were to them tonight, to which 'Latino Heat' pronounced them a bunch of losers, talking about how Dean Malenko had everything he got coming to him for calling 'Mamacita' the way he did. Guerrero was still fired up about it, saying how much it angers him seeing a fine, beautiful woman like his insulted like that. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' was smitten, telling Eddie that he was the most charming man she had ever been with, the two kissing. Eddie's composure changed in an instant, and Eddie rushed her to the low rider parked in the lot - 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' leaving for what was definitely to be a steamy night of passion at the hotel!
7) The Holly Cousins def. Tazz and Perry Saturn (3:41) Hardcore Holly was out to try and show his younger cousin Crash that he could count on him in his quest to remain the WWF Hardcore Champion, as evidenced earlier in saving Crash from a restroom assault from the Mean Street Posse - anything possible with the 24/7 rule in place. Tazz and Perry Saturn were uneasy allies in this match, with both also guilty of trying to become WWF Hardcore Champion - and it showed as 'the Human Suplex Machine' got in Perry Saturn's face after a near fall on Crash. Dysfunction had been the theme of the night, and this opening allowed Hardcore to get the tag and run wild. It broke down to all four, and as Tazz had Crash in the Tazzmission at ringside, Hardcore blocked a death valley driver attempt and dished out the Falcon Arrow to claim the win.
The Holly Cousins had scored the win, but Hardcore Holly rushed to save his cousin Crash from the clutches of the Tazzmission at ringside; Hardcore soon trading blows with Tazz on the floor. Crash's WWF Hardcore Championship was saved for a second time tonight, when Viscera showed up, picking Crash up and sending him into the steel steps! Viscera tried to pin Crash, but Hardcore was there with a steel chair, and rammed it against the spine of the 500-pounder not once but twice! Viscera crawled away, and Hardcore followed suit with another chair shot to Saturn who tried to jump him from behind - all the while Crash rolled inside the ring away from the commotion at ringside. Was the 24/7 rule getting to Crash after all of this time? Could he truly trust his cousin Hardcore?
The Acolytes were breezing through the halls of the Bryce Jordan Center with beers in hand, Bradshaw and Faarooq coming across Trish Stratus. Trish attempted to come onto them, calling them burly, burly men. She disingenuously apologized to the boys for T&A's attack last Thursday, claiming it was all Shane McMahon. Test and Albert then attacked Bradshaw and Faarooq from behind - but this time the Acolytes were prepared for the challenge! The Acolytes and T&A went at it while Trish stood by rooting for her burly men - whomever it was she was talking about.
The Rock was seen down another hallway, 'the Brahma Bull' headed for the ring for the tag team main event - but what was the condition of his tag partner Chris Jericho? They meet Triple H and Chris Benoit next!
8) The Rock and Chris Jericho def. WWF Champion Triple H and WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit (w/WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (10:45) The Rock was intentionally positioned in yet another handicap match scenario when Chris Jericho's theme played twice prior to the match, but Y2J didn't walk out. After the brutal beating 'the Crippler' had given Chris Jericho earlier tonight in the backstage area, Rock was in this match all by himself against the two champions in what was intended to be a tag team match. To add to this, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were in a foul mood at the revelation of Stone Cold Steve Austin being present in the WWF Championship match come Backlash, and Rock was ready for anything. Rock fought valiantly, but the numbers game was too great, as Triple H and Chris Benoit took turns in dishing out punishment against 'the People's Champ'. Benoit wanted revenge for the loss sustained to Rock on SmackDown!, whereas Triple H wanted nothing more than to beat Rock going into the pay-per-view in Washington, DC. When Rock was in trouble, and State College were loud for Y2J, Chris Jericho finally limped down to the ring; 'the Ayotollah of Rock 'n' Rolla' fighting off Benoit and Triple H! Rock and Jericho may not have been on the same page as the night began, but now they were going all in on their opponents in this main event! Rock attempted the People's Elbow on Triple H when Benoit delivered a huge German suplex, and Benoit locked in the Crossface on the Rock. It would be a monumental upset for the WWF Intercontinental Champion to beat Rock by submission, but Jericho came in with a springboard moonsault to break it up. Jericho got the tag and locked in the Walls of Jericho on Triple H - who was not legal - when Benoit jumped him from behind and tried for the Crippler Crossface - Jericho blocking it and rolling Benoit up with an inside cradle: Jericho scoring the win against the champion!
Chris Jericho rolled out of the ring in pain, Y2J gaining a measure of retribution for the backstage assault courtesy of the WWF Intercontinental Champion earlier today! Y2J had his arm raised, much to the dismay of 'the Canadian Crippler', Chris Benoit. Benoit turned out to be placed ready for the Rock Bottom moments later, but Triple H came from behind to hammer the Rock! The WWF Champion pounded on Rock, but Jericho hit the ring and fought it out with 'the Game'. He sent Triple H into the ropes for a flying forearm, before Y2J locked Triple H in the Walls of Jericho! 'The Game' was tapping, and his wife Stephanie screamed in distress from the floor - Jericho helping a hesitant Rock up to his feet mid-ring! Rock faces Triple H with Stone Cold Steve Austin in his corner come Backlash - but it looked as though Chris Jericho's business with Triple H wasn't finished by a long shot either - while the McMahon-Helmsley regime's momentum crumbled after a long, controversial night!
SmackDown! - April 20, 2000 First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Broadcast on UPN Taped April 18, 2000
A video package recapped the appearance of Linda McMahon this past Monday night on RAW is WAR, where the CEO of the World Wrestling Federation had a blockbuster announcement pertaining to Backlash: that Stone Cold Steve Austin would be making his return, in the corner of the Rock going up against Triple H in the WWF Championship match. It created friction in the McMahon-Helmsley regime, as her children Shane and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley confronted her in the middle of the ring. Stephanie slandered her mom on live television, prompting Linda to slap her, and Steph slapped her back. A furious Triple H hit the ring to confront Linda, and even went to attack his mother-in-law, which prompted Shane to attack 'the Game'. With Vince McMahon away on business, the regime was falling apart!
The opening video package brought us to the sell-out crowd in the First Union Center, where pyrotechnics went off and Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to SmackDown!, ten days from WWF Backlash! Shane McMahon immediately made his way down to the ring, the acting authority over the World Wrestling Federation this week sure to be in a dire mood following the controversial dysfunction of the McMahon-Helmsley regime this past Monday night. Shane received chants of "Shane's a p*ssy", but it was quickly evident that he was not in the mood for what these people had to say. Shane talked about Monday night, and how he may be strongly supportive of his family and always will be - but what went down on RAW was only the latest episode in a never-ending series of fighting in the McMahon family. Shane wondered what his father thought about all of this, but nonetheless he was mad as hell at what his brother-in-law Triple H did, and his own flesh and blood Stephanie for daring to put their hands on his mother Linda! Shane talked about how maybe everyone was right, maybe the McMahon-Helmsley regime wasn't what the WWF needed, and in ten days at Backlash, when Triple H puts the WWF Championship on the line against the Rock - he sure as hell wasn't going to be there for 'the Game', and it isn't because of Stone Cold Steve Austin being ringside!
Shane appeared to be making a dignified stand for himself, and the fans - while still insulting the acting boss - appeared to appreciate what he had to say! One man that did not appreciate it however was Triple H, who stomped down to the ring. The World Wrestling Federation Champion told Shane that he was one deluded, pathetic human being. 'The Game' talked up how Stone Cold Steve Austin gets added to the Rock's corner, and Shane's mad at him? If anything, Shane should be mad at her old lady for having the guts to jeopardize everything the McMahon-Helmsley regime stood for! And come Monday on RAW when Vince is back, he's certain that the Chairman will see his side of the story a lot better than a son he's had too many fallouts with to count! Shane told Hunter that this is what it was all about - it wasn't about the betterment of the company, it wasn't about the McMahon-Helmsley connection keeping things together. This was about ensuring that Triple H remained WWF Champion!
Shane told Triple H that he was going to give 'the Game' something to do tonight - as acting boss - he was going to make 'the Game' put the WWF Championship on the line! Triple H was seething already, but the people in the city of Brotherly Love exploded when Shane told his brother-in-law that his opponent would be none other than Shane McMahon himself! Shane told H that he'd see him later tonight, walking away. It would be brother-in-law versus brother-in-law for the gold tonight, but you had to wonder where Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley stood between the two; and what would the Rock say about this?
Ask and he shall appear - the Rock was shown arriving at the First Union Center here in Philadelphia! What would Rock do about tonight's huge WWF Championship match being announced?
A 'Stone Cold Strikes' vignette aired, taking us back to the 1996 King of the Ring, where Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Jake Roberts in the finals to win the tournament, and went on to deliver a famous speech declaring himself "Austin 3:16".
Back on SmackDown!, Triple H was in his dressing room. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was standing by trying to calm her husband, but the WWF Champion was stomping back and forth. 'The Game' was complaining at who Shane McMahon thought he was, and if he even knew what he was doing. Stephanie tried to ask Hunter to go easy on her brother tonight, but he simply told her "fat chance".
1) Matt Hardy def. WWF Tag Team Champion Edge (w/Christian) (4:31) With the WWF Tag Team Championship at stake between Edge and Christian and the Hardy Boyz at Backlash in ten days, Matt Hardy was here competing all on his own against Edge tonight - following a vicious shot from the Big Bossman's nightstick from Edge to Matt's brother Jeff last Monday night. Jeff has had a bad shoulder since WrestleMania, and the shot has temporarily removed Jeff from in-ring action. Edge and Christian's newfound brash, overconfident attitude was on full display, as Christian repeatedly interfered to ensure Edge remained in control. But late in the match Christian attempted to get down on all fours for Edge to deliver the Poetry in Motion - Edge getting nothing but the top turnbuckle, and Matt kicked Christian in the ribs before covering Edge with a crucifix pin!
Matt Hardy had beaten Edge tonight on SmackDown! despite the two-on-one numbers disadvantage! Christian immediately jumped Matt, and while the older Hardy Boy tried to fight him off, Edge got involved with Edge and Christian dishing up a double suplex to Matt Hardy! The WWF Tag Team Champions confidently stood with their hands raised, when Jeff Hardy rushed down to the ring, bandaged shoulder and all - Jeff diving off the top rope with a crossbody taking both Edge and Christian down! The Canadians bailed, as Jeff grimaced in pain, yet still aided Matt back up to his feet.
The long legs of Trish Stratus were shown, panning up to show Trish stood between T&A. Trish was holding a kendo stick as she told Test and Albert all about Steve Blackman's obsession with long, crackling pieces of wood. She spoke in seductive innuendos, talking about how tonight in the Street Fight with Al Snow and 'the Lethal Weapon', T&A needed to take care of the two. Test and Albert hypnotically agreed while Trish stroked the kendo stick - and you had to imagine that the Acolytes would be watching from somewhere tonight.
Shane McMahon was still buzzing after the match he signed for later tonight against brother-in-law Triple H for the WWF Championship, when he encountered Essa Rios talking to Lita in Spanish. Shane congratulated the Mexican on his recent success - telling him that he was a huge fan of his work. Essa had no idea what he was saying, but Shane told Rios that the World Wrestling Federation needed fresher faces, which is why he was giving him a title match tonight for the WWF Hardcore Championship! Shane walked off and told Essa to "give 'em hell", leaving Essa to confess to Lita that he was confused, shrugging off the opportunity.
Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko were making their way to the ring for tag team action tonight, coming off of Malenko being walked out on by Radicalz' tag partner Eddie Guerrero this past Monday night on RAW, subjecting him to a Stinkface from Rikishi, and a pinfall loss courtesy of Scotty 2 Hotty. Eddie Guerrero and Chyna made their way out to the rampway after the Radicalz, and the WWF European Champion was armed with a microphone and some roses to hand to 'Mamacita'. 'Latino Heat' told Saturn and the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion that he was so sorry he had to dash on Monday night, but he had some hot and steamy business to cook up with Chyna back at the hotel. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' added that they went at it so many times they lost count, and claimed 'Latino Heat' was the sexiest man she had ever laid eyes on. Eddie told Perry and Dean that he knew they were mad, but so was he - nobody talked bad about 'Mamacita' - and tonight it was coming down to a beating of a lifetime for them!
2) WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero and Chyna def. Perry Saturn and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko (5:46)
Dean Malenko did not appreciate being left high and dry against Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty last Monday on RAW is WAR, and the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion enlisted the assistance of a member of the Radicalz that he could rely on, in the form of Perry Saturn. 'Latino Heat' and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' have become inseparable since forming their relationship back on the night after WrestleMania, but Saturn and Malenko were out to get their former ally back on their own side, as Saturn took Eddie to work focusing on the well-documented previously injured elbow of the WWF European Champion. Chyna was able to get the tag and proceeded to give Malenko a boost in the form of a stalling military press slam, showing her impressive power! Late in the match Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi made their way out onto the rampway to spectate, which irritated Malenko, and allowed Eddie to deliver a hurricanrana to Malenko, covering for the win.
Eddie Guerrero hugged Chyna on the rampway, but Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn were incensed and now wanted to fight with Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty following their distraction! The WWF European Champion protected himself and 'Mamacita' up the side of the ramp, allowing Rikishi and Scotty to hit the ring, going at it with the Radicalz! Scotty seemed to be wanting to reap his shot at Malenko's WWF Light Heavyweight Championship after pinning the champ on RAW, whereas Rikishi was out to back that ass up, as he delivered a superkick to Saturn and splashed Malenko in the corner. Malenko was in danger of enduring the Stinkface for a second time in one week, but just as he tried to back that ass up in the champion's face, Chris Benoit came from behind with a German suplex to Scotty 2 Hotty, followed up with a shot from the WWF Intercontinental Championship to Rikishi! Benoit had saved the day for the Radicalz, and it appeared that Benoit was out to fight anybody and everybody in his path!
As the man that attacked him in the back last Monday night on RAW was seen on a monitor, the camera panned out to show Chris Jericho watching the WWF Intercontinental Champion intently! Y2J was eyeing up what Chris Benoit was up to after scoring the win against 'the Canadian Crippler' in the tag team main event on RAW.
Returning to SmackDown! Kevin Kelly was with Kurt Angle, Kevin wanting to understand 'the Olympic Hero' further after he attacked Kane with a ring bell this past Monday night. The Olympic Gold Medalist talked about how he was serious when he said he wasn't talking about the Big Show. In actuality, he was talking about 'the Big Red Machine' - or as he liked to call him, "the Big Red intellectually- disabled person". Angle talked about Kane's disabilities, and how because of that he lacked the Three I's that made a real top level caliber talent like himself. Angle said that Kane was tough, he was big, and he was tall - but that didn't make him any bit of a wrestler like he was. His interview was suddenly interrupted by Shane McMahon, who asked Kevin to leave the interview. The acting authority told Angle that he knew he had Kane on his mind, but he had a special assignment for him - and that was taking on the Rock tonight on SmackDown!. Angle was none too pleased, asking why but Shane's mind was made up! Shane told Kurt to give it his all, before rushing off to presumably conduct other business. Angle wondered if Shane was out of his mind!
3) Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley (w/Tori) (c) def. Jacqueline to retain the WWF Women's Championship (2:51) It was three weeks ago on RAW is WAR where Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley became the unprecedented WWF Women's Champion after pinning Jacqueline with outside interference from D-Generation X. Despite this, Jacqueline has been on the hunt ever since - becoming the number one contender and challenging the boss's daughter on numerous occasions. Stephanie was hesitant about making the defense - claiming that she wasn't 100% after being left laying by the Rock back at WrestleMania. But her mother Linda McMahon demanded that she put the title on the line or be stripped of it tonight on SmackDown!, and Stephanie couldn't be any more nervous. Jackie immediately brought the fight to Stephanie, but with Tori in her corner, the former champion was kept on her toes which allowed Steph to briefly take advantage. The wife of the WWF Champion even attempted a Pedigree but was backdropped into a bridging pin, but when Tori got involved to distract the official, Jackie followed suit. But with the referee's back turned, Stephanie was able to use the WWF Women's Championship belt as a weapon, allowing Stephanie to retain!
Tori helped Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley up in the middle of the ring, while the unidentified woman stood before the two. Steph looked shocked at the lady's participation in helping her retain the title, but the woman handed the boss's daughter her illy retained WWF Women's Championship to hold gracefully - Jacqueline screwed tonight!
In the backstage area Steve Blackman was shown practicing with martial arts sticks in hand, 'the Lethal Weapon' eagerly anticipating tonight's tag team Street Fight. Al Snow showed up to tell Steve to take it easy, that he didn't need any of this "martial-arts cr*p", this was a fight! Snow held Head up to present to Blackman, who asked Snow what he meant. Blackman reminded Snow that they lost to T&A at WrestleMania, and they needed to get even with Test and Albert. Snow reminded them that they also beat T&A last weekend on HeAT, and tonight would be no different. Snow told Blackman to stick to the gameplan, to which Blackman reluctantly put a hand in allowing Snow to throw their hands in the air in the name of Head Cheese!
The Rock was all geared up and ready to go, 'the People's Champ' set to compete against Kurt Angle in the Olympic Gold Medalist's so-called "special assignment", next.
Another 'Stone Cold Strikes' vignette aired, reviewing RAW is WAR from September 1998. Vince McMahon had just ordered the vacating of the WWF Championship upon Kane and the Undertaker simultaneously pinning 'the Texas Rattlesnake' in a Triple Threat match the night before. Austin retaliated by showing up on a beer truck, and diving onto the Chairman mid-ring! Austin was arrested, with the fans going crazy, and Austin's intense rivalry with Vince McMahon was in full force.
Returning to UPN for SmackDown!, Kurt Angle made his way down to the ring set for singles action against the Rock - a special assignment of sorts, as announced by Shane McMahon earlier tonight. But Kurt - with a microphone in hand as always - had a word to say about last Monday night. The Olympian talked about how he was the fastest rising star in the World Wrestling Federation, and while it disgusts him to be in this predicament in the city of Philadelphia tonight, maybe it's what this city needed. After all, this was the city of Brotherly Love, and all he saw in the crowd tonight was a bunch of married couples, consisting of brothers and sisters! Angle reverted to comparing Kane to the Rock - they are the bigger man, but the difference was that Angle was going to teach them a lesson, and he was going to beat them. Because he had his 'Three I's': Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence! And when Angle is done with Rock tonight, he was going to show 'the Big Red intellectually- disabled person' that he was the supreme athlete, challenging him to a match at Backlash!
4) The Rock def. Kurt Angle (8:24) Kurt Angle was not doing a great job at making allies in the World Wrestling Federation, although with Shane McMahon's sudden becoming of a vendetta towards brother-in-law Triple H, perhaps Kurt and Shane could become good friends. Shane had assigned the Olympic Gold Medalist in a special assignment against the Rock tonight, but you had to wonder what was going through 'the People's Champ's mind on a night where Shane would challenge his supposed Backlash opponent and rival Triple H, for the WWF Championship tonight. Angle attempted to contend with the Rock, but Rock was on a roll and in no time to slow down. What was the turning point was the arrival of Road Dogg, who showed up to distract Rock, allowing Angle in turn to take control. Angle tortured Rock's shoulder, and was able to lock in the Crossface Chickenwing on 'the Brahma Bull' - but Rock refused to quit, getting his foot on the bottom rope! Rock soon mounted a comeback, and even sent X-Pac rocking off the apron with a right hand! Rock hit Angle with a Samoan Drop and was prepared for the Rock Bottom to finish this, but Road Dogg got up and Angle delivered the Olympic Slam on Rock - when the lights went out, and Kane made his arrival! 'The Big Red Machine' powered down to the ring to get himself some of Angle, causing Kurt to be distracted: the Rock hitting the Rock Bottom for the win!
Kurt Angle may have lost, but he was very aware of Kane coming after him! The Olympic Gold Medalist rolled out to the floor in a daze, whilst 'the Big Red Machine' confronted the Rock with a tense staredown in the centre of the ring. Rock talked to Kane, telling him to go after 'the Olympic Hero', and Angle was beside himself as Kane left the ring, coming right after him! It appeared that Angle was on for Backlash against Kane, as the so-called 'Big Red intellectually- disabled person' backed Kurt up the rampway! Angle eventually tripped over, but was able to kick Kane low and execute his escape plan - darting to the back! Kane was furious for sure, but with April 30 on the horizon, it was not the end of Kane's business with the Olympian!
Shane McMahon was indifferent to Kurt Angle's failure to defeat the Rock, although he did curse Kane for getting himself involved in tonight's business. Shane was interrupted by the arrival of Chris Benoit, who was applauded by Shane for his part in tonight's tag team bout earlier. Shane was impressed by what 'the Canadian Crippler' did to Rikishi Phatu, and before he got another word out of his mouth, Benoit told Shane he wanted Rikishi one-on-one tonight. Shane told Chris he had it - gut he wanted him to put the WWF Intercontinental Championship on the line. Benoit laughed, telling Shane it would be a pleasure - plotting to make the Samoan "walrus" beg for mercy in the Crossface tonight!
During the break Kurt Angle was on all fours, crawling into a nearby room whilst Kane was extremely close behind him. 'The Big Red Machine' had lost sight of the Olympic Gold Medalist and grunted accordingly. The monster was out for the Olympian's blood and wasn't about to wait for Backlash.
5) Al Snow and Steve Blackman def. T&A (w/Trish Stratus) in a Street Fight (4:30) There was a history between these two teams that took us back to WrestleMania, where T&A were able to defeat the odd-couple dynamic of Al Snow and Steve Blackman. But that was when Snow and Blackman were attempting to find themselves, and the recruitment of a team mascot by the name of Chester McCheeserton did not help matters. Last Sunday night on HeAT they had a rematch, and despite T&A's roll they were on, the team informally known as Head Cheese were able to steal a win against the two studs. Tonight, Snow and Blackman wore jeans to this Street Fight, while Trish Stratus similarly wore tight, skimpy denim to support Test and Albert in what was sure to be a barnburner. Blackman's attempts at using the martial arts sticks went awry, as did Snow's use of Head, and quickly it broke down to being a beatdown courtesy of the two huge men. But the Acolytes soon rushed down to the ring, Bradshaw and Faarooq with a serious score to settle with T&A! Bradshaw dropped Test with a fierce Clothesline From Hell, when Snow went up to the top rope for a diving splash, taking the win!
The Acolytes helped Al Snow up to his feet and raised Snow's hand in victory, as Steve Blackman joined Bradshaw and Faarooq in the ring. Trish Stratus was left at ringside in utter disgust of what happened with her men being cost this Street Fight, when 'the Lethal Weapon' discreetly handed the Acolytes a wad of cash from the pocket of his jeans! Snow thought he did it all by himself, but Blackman had secretly enlisted the Acolyte Protection Agency in this bout - not as if the Acolytes didn't already have a score to settle with T&A.
Kurt Angle continued to cower from the possibility of Kane following him. The Olympic Gold Medalist spoke to a member of the backstage security, demanding his assistance in getting out of the building. The Olympic Gold Medalist even cowered behind the guard, but the guard ran into problems when he bumped into 'the Big Red Machine' Kane! Kane shoved the guard aside, and Kurt backed up the hallway in a frenzy. Angle apologized to Kane for calling him a "the Big Red intellectually- disabled person", and Kane looked to close in the Olympian until the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan attacked Kane! Angle escaped narrowly from a beating of a lifetime, while Kane fought off the Bossman and Buchanan - who clearly had unfinished business with the monster!
Another 'Stone Cold Strikes' vignette aired, reviewing March of 1999. In what is now "Bizarroworld", the Rock was aligned with the McMahon Family headed into WrestleMania XV: 'the People's Champ' the WWF Champion, Rock addressed his opponent for 'the Grandaddy of Them All', and Stone Cold received the message loud and clear, driving into the building on a beer truck, and dousing the Corporation in beer!
Back on SmackDown!, Jonathan Coachman was standing by with D-Lo Brown, who was sporting a whole new look, sporting sunglasses with a nonchalant look to him. Coachman wanted to get the scoop as to why D-Lo turned on the Godfather last Monday night on RAW is WAR, and D-Lo did not appear to care one bit about what was asked of him. Brown told Coachman that he was sick of the Godfather, riding 'the Pimp Daddy's coattails. Brown removed his sunglasses and told him that Godfather was a lowlife, and that it may have taken him a while, but he was D-Lo Brown: he was a WWF Superstar! He didn't need to pretend to be a pimp, while Godfather supported such lowlife ideals. D-Lo claimed Godfather didn't know what was down with the Brown, and he was better than that. All of a sudden the Godfather appeared, wanting to fight D-Lo! The former partners traded blows, until D-Lo was able to escape from the scene. Godfather talked trash, not finished with his ex-partner!
6) Rikishi def. Chris Benoit (c) by disqualification; Benoit retains the WWF Intercontinental Championship (5:03) Chris Benoit may have come up short in Monday's tag team main event, where he fell to Chris Jericho an hour after attacking him in the backstage area. But 'the Canadian Crippler' was up for a fight against anybody in the World Wrestling Federation, and when he made the save for his Radicalz ally Dean Malenko earlier tonight against the 400-pound Samoan, Benoit was in for a tough time against Rikishi Phatu. The title on the line, Benoit fought Rikishi valiantly with a baseball slide and an attempt at cutting Rikishi down to size with a chop block and a series of elbow drops and stomps to the leg of the Samoan. Phatu was able to catch Benoit off-guard with a Samoan drop, and Rikishi even wanted to Stinkface Benoit! Benoit was able to dodge it, but he did not see a superkick coming his way, which allowed Rikishi to head up to the second rope for a Banzai Drop when none other than his Radicalz' ally Eddie Guerrero came to ringside, clocking Rikishi with the WWF European Championship!
While we thought that 'Latino Heat' was finished with the Radicalz, Eddie Guerrero had just saved Chris Benoit's chances of losing the WWF Intercontinental Championship tongiht, as well as 'the Canadian Crippler's chances of losing his career! 'Latino Heat' and Benoit put the boots to Rikishi when Chris Jericho soon charged the ring, Y2J coming off of an attack from Benoit, as well as a pinfall victory against Benoit this past Monday night! Jericho buried into Benoit with a series of right hands, when Guerrero looked to protect Benoit further, just to get locked in the Walls of Jericho! Benoit exited the ring and dragged the WWF European Champion to safety, as Jericho called out Benoit from in the ring! Chyna was at ringside irritated, helping her boyfriend Eddie and his Radicalz ally Chris Benoit recuperate.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was in the dressing room, thanking Tori for all of her help tonight. Tori smiled and hugged 'the Billion Dollar Princess, telling her anything for a good friend. In ring gear, Shane McMahon told Steph that he was ready to go, and vowed to knock Triple H down a peg or two tonight. Steph attempted to plead with Shane not to go through with this, and to go easy on her husband Triple H. Shane told Steph that that was her problem - she didn't care about what 'the Game' may have done to their mother on RAW - and tonight he was going to humiliate him to send a message: and walk out the WWF Champion!
7) Essa Rios (w/Lita) def. Crash Holly (c) to win the WWF Hardcore Championship (3:15) On a night of strange decisions courtesy of the acting authority in charge of SmackDown! tonight, Shane McMahon had allowed Essa Rios to challenge Crash Holly for the WWF Hardcore Championship, and Essa did not disappoint with an offensive flurry of attacks early on. Lita even stepped in to deliver the flying headscissors to the champ, but Crash kicked out. Essa tried to introduce a trash can, but Crash moved out of the way giving the Latin Superstar nothing but mat, when Viscera dragged Crash out of the ring! The 500-pound monster body slammed Crash on the floor before splashing him - a referee counting when Hardcore Holly broke the count! Holly and Viscera went at it, all the while Essa came off the apron with a diving elbow drop onto Crash, taking the pin and winning the title!
Essa Rios was helped up by his girlfriend Lita, while Hardcore Holly looked to chase Essa! Essa escaped with the WWF Hardcore Championship up the rampway, while Hardcore and Viscera went at it at ringside!
In the backstage area Chris Benoit was with Eddie Guerrero and Chyna, the WWF Intercontinental Champion with a cold, collected expression on his face. 'The Canadian Crippler' told 'Latino Heat' that he did not need his help out there, but the WWF European Champion told Chris that it didn't look that way to him. Benoit told Eddie that whatever he was doing with 'Mamacita' was nothing to do with him, but he demanded Eddie leave him alone. All that was on his mind was getting his hands on Chris Jericho! Chyna advised Eddie to leave him be, and the couple did - leaving Benoit to contemplate what he would do to Y2J.
Rios escaped into the backstage area, where he was immediately jumped by the Mean Street Posse! The Greenwich trio clubbed away at Essa, but when Pete Gas slammed a wet floor sign in Essa's face, Rodney and Joey Abs argued with Pete about who would take the pin! Tazz showed up to fight with the Posse, whilst Perry Saturn snuck into sight, covering Essa to claim the WWF Hardcore Championship! Saturn escaped from the scene, leaving both Tazz and all three members of the Posse furious that the title had escaped them! The 24/7 rule was in full swing tonight.
In another part of the backstage area Triple H was seen talking with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The WWF Champion was moments away from facing brother-in-law Shane McMahon with the title on the line, but 'the Game' stopped his wife, telling the WWF Women's Champion that what he was about to do to her brother out there, he did not want her to see. The two embraced in a kiss, as 'the Game' set off for the ring: the McMahon-Helmsley regime implode in the main event, next.
Back on SmackDown!, Perry Saturn was celebrating with his newly won WWF Hardcore Championship. Saturn exclaimed that he was finally a World Wrestling Federation Champion, but fell backwards in the hallway! Crash Holly had tripped Saturn and proceeded to roll him up, the school-boy enabling Crash to regain the WWF Hardcore Championship! Holly jetted from the scene, leaving Saturn furious, punching walls in frustration!
8) Triple H (c) vs Shane McMahon ended in a no-contest for the WWF Championship (2:28) Shane McMahon's tension with Triple H actually expanded prior to what went down involving the CEO Linda McMahon, this past Monday night on RAW is WAR. Triple H has had it in for his wife's brother Shane since he stole Stephanie McMahon from marrying his buddy Test last November, and Shane was sure to not have forgotten it. But perhaps Shane was delusional, the authority going to his head as evidenced by countless acts of decision-making seen tonight on SmackDown! Shane and Triple H went face to face, and quite quickly the power and impressive physique of 'the Game' in comparison to the prodigal son showed that this had potential to be a one-sided affair. Shane resorted to hard strikes to stun 'the Game', but as Triple H took control with a stiff right hand and a spinebuster, the WWF Champion prepared a Pedigree when the Rock hit the ring! Rock wasn't about to wait to see who he would face in ten days at Backlash - 'the People's Champ' attacking Triple H!
With no match result in sight, the Rock brought the punches to his opponent come Backlash, just as Shane McMahon jumped Rock from behind! Rock turned his attention to focus on Shane, delivering the spinebuster and seemingly preparing to drop the People's Elbow on him, but Triple H hit the ropes and delivered a high knee to his arch rival! Triple H buried Rock with right hands, while Shane caught his breath. 'The Game' and his brother-in-law put the boots to 'the Brahma Bull' before high-fiving - was this all a ruse? Philadelphia booed relentlessly, as Rock tried to tackle Shane, just to be grounded by Triple H; a two-on-one beatdown commencing! Shane grabbed a steel chair and bashed Rock's head in with it, when Triple H followed up with an impactful Pedigree on top of the chair - the World Wrestling Federation Champion left standing tall. But he wasn't alone, he was in it all along with supposed rival of a brother-in-law, Shane McMahon! The McMahon-Helmsley regime were pulling strings headed into Backlash a week from Sunday - but how could they compete with Stone Cold Steve Austin set to be in the Rock's corner?
Jakked - April 22, 2000 Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania Broadcast on syndication Taped on April 17, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kellyare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. The Headbangers (4:10)
Test and Albert continued to show their issues with the Acolytes this past week on RAW, and after SmackDown! this past Thursday they had to be in a bad mood after being cost the match against Al Snow and Steve Blackman. Mosh and Thrasher were looking for one big win after seemingly floating in recent months, and although the brief WWF Hardcore Championship reign by Thrasher at WrestleMania might have been a taste of things to come, a win against the young studs Trish Stratus managed would surely put them back in their winning ways. T&A however were fired up and went to town on Mosh, keeping him away from Thrasher. Thrasher got the tag, and the Stage Dive was attempted, but the size advantage enabled Test to strike with a pumphandle slam, allowing Albert to drop a leg on Thrasher for the win.
T&A had their hands raised in victory, and Trish Stratus celebrated by stroking her men's furry chests. But Trish demanded more, and so T&A continued their assault on the Headbangers - as Albert delivered the Baldo Bomb on Mosh for good measure. You could only imagine what they had in store for the Acolytes this week on RAW is WAR.
2) Essa Rios (w/Lita) def. Julio Fantastico (4:41) Essa Rios was coming off of a hot SmackDown! appearance this past Thursday night. 'The Latin Sensation' accompanied by the lovely Lita, was able to beat Crash Holly to enjoy a brisk reign as the WWF Hardcore Champion, and although he did not walk out of Thursday with the title, Essa had surely positioned himself into the ever-expanding mix to claim the 24/7 rule-dominated division. Julio Fantastico proved to be a viable foe for Essa, and actually managed to score a backslide for a near fall, but after Lita came in with the flying headscissors, Essa was soonafter able to defeat Julio with the 450 splash for the pin.
3) Viscera def. Inferno Kid (2:45)
Inferno Kid was in grave danger tonight on Jakked. Viscera - who has taken the position of being a bride's maid yet never being the bride in the nonstop WWF Hardcore Championship picture - was sure to be in a foul mood after Essa Rios took credit for the beating Viscera gave Crash Holly to give Essa a title reign this past Thursday night on SmackDown! Inferno Kid attempted to combat Viscera, but as we have seen in the past, Viscera was fighting at 500-plus pounds, and a menace in the ring to start. Inferno Kid attempted to come off the top rope, but Viscera caught him in mid-air and dropped him with a sit-out slam, a pinfall victory racked up for the brooding monster.
4) Al Snow and Steve Blackman def. Kaientai (6:20)
Al Snow and Steve Blackman have been on a roll as of late, picking up the victory against T&A on Thursday night on UPN SmackDown! Although it may have been with some credit due to the interference of Acolytes, a win was a win for the former 'Head Cheese' duo, as Al Snow competitively fought with Sho Funaki early, with Funaki jumping for joy after managing to outwrestle Snow. Snow went into brawler-mode, and brought the fight to both he and Taka Michinoku before in came the ever-serious 'Lethal Weapon'. Steve Blackman used some of his fierce, hard-hitting kicks - and a bicycle kick almost got the pin against Funaki, but Kaientai used their tag team expertise to come back with a double atomic drop on Blackman. Snow came in and ran wild against both Japanese WWF Superstars, with Blackman picking Taka up in a sidewalk slam position, and Snow dropping a leg off the second rope to give them the win to cap off tonight's edition of Jakked.
HeAT - April 23, 2000 First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Broadcast on the USA Network Taped on April 18, 2000
Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman are our announcers calling the action tonight on Sunday Night HeAT.
1) WWF Tag Team Champion Christian (w/Edge) def. Jeff Hardy (w/Matt Hardy (4:35)
After this past week on RAW is WAR, Jeff Hardy's condition was questionable stepping into the ring so soon after being clobbered in his injured shoulder by Edge with a nightstick. But Jeff came to the aid of his older brother Matt after he defeated Edge on SmackDown!, which prompted this second singles match for the two teams headed into Backlash one week from tonight. Christian took advantage of the poorly conditioned shoulder of Jeff, and with Edge's constant distractions, the WWF Tag Team Champions were able to take complete control. Matt had the Philadelphia crowd get behind his younger brother, and Jeff soon made a comeback. Hardy's downfall came when he attempted to climb to the top rope for the Senton Bomb, but Edge shoved Jeff off of the top rope when the referee was distracted by Matt, which allowed Christian to cheaply cover Jeff!
Christian quickly rolled out of the ring when Matt slid inside to grab a hold of him, the WWF Tag Team Champions continuing this streak of being one step ahead of the Hardy Boyz! Edge hugged his younger brother, while Matt aided to a clearly injured Jeff Hardy in the ring - and you had to wonder how this may affect the Hardy Boyz chances of taking the titles at Backlash in one week time. How would the Hardys retaliate against these cocky Canadians?
The Godfather made his way to the ring for singles action against the man that betrayed him this past week on RAW is WAR, D-Lo Brown. 'The Pimp Daddy' climbed into the ring with the Hos behind him, as Godfather ran through his catchphrases and talked about how much the city of Brotherly Love were sure to love to come aboard the Ho Train. But Godfather wasn't here to talk about something he loves tonight - he was here to call out the backstabbing, double-crossing trashman D-Lo Brown! Godfather told D-Lo that the time for talking was up - he was in the mood for fighting!
D-Lo Brown made his way out to the ring with a chill demeanor, the former partner of the Godfather not looking impressed by 'the Pimp Daddy's comments. Brown stood silently on the opposite side of the ring, whereas Godfather put his dukes up wanting to fight the man that jumped him on Monday! Brown instead simply smirked at his longtime friend and shook his head. Brown decided to leave the ring, choosing not to pick a fight with the Godfather. Whatever had happened to D-Lo Brown had created intense friction between he and his former ally, but some day D-Lo would have to face up to the Godfather, and sure enough it would be sooner than later.
2) Big Show def. Stevie Richards (0:32)
The Big Show may be on a roll in recent weeks, but tonight he was up against something that he himself had been far too familiar with in recent weeks: a cheap imitation of 'the Big Nasty B*stard' himself. Stevie Richards was dressed identically to the seven-foot-two giant, and although he had size on his side - relatively, give or take eight or nine inches - he had nowhere near the mass of the former WWF Champion. Stevie raised his average-sized palm high in the air towards Show, who simply smiled in response. Stevie attempted a Showstopper (or "Steviestopper" as it was called), but Show simply grabbed Richards by the throat and dropped him with a Chokeslam, pinning him with his index finger for an extremely easy victory!
The Big Show celebrated to the fans in Philadelphia's applause, having shut the mouth of the professional impersonator Stevie Richards tonight on HeAT. Show wasn't yet finished however, as he cued some dance music to wow the people of the First Union Center with an unorthodox dance routine, courtesy of the giant himself.
3) Scotty 2 Hotty def. Funaki (w/Taka Michinoku) (5:14) Scotty 2 Hotty was having a great week headed into tonight's match against one-half of Kaientai. The Too Cool member had managed to score a pinfall victory over the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko in tag team competition six nights ago on RAW is WAR, and it was announced in a HeAT exclusive tonight that the match was officially signed for Backlash in seven days: Scotty 2 Hotty would challenge Dean Malenko for the title. Funaki attempted to create trouble for Scotty early on, as Taka Michinoku similarly tried to involve himself in the match, but Scotty sent Funaki careening into Michinoku on the apron, before delivering a bulldog and finishing the Japanese WWF Superstar off with the Worm.
Scotty 2 Hotty celebrated his win to the applause of the Philadelphia crowd, and if Scotty could continue this immense momentum going into next Sunday at Backlash, we may have a new WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.
4) Kane (w/Paul Bearer) def. Bull Buchanan (w/Big Bossman) (3:50) 'The Big Red Machine' may have found a new foe in Kurt Angle, who challenged him to a match at Backlash next weekend this past Thursday night on SmackDown!, but the Olympic Gold Medalist was clearly intimidated by the man he proclaimed "the Big Red intellectually- disabled person", and it boded well for the monster. What did not was the reprisal of the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan in wanting to target Kane, as evidenced last Thursday night. Up against the younger of the two fierce and corrupt prison guards from Atlanta, Georgia, Kane had his hands full, having to deal with the two of them. Bossman even attempted to get his hands on Kane's father Paul Bearer at ringside during the match, but Paul slapped Bossman in the face. Kane dropped Buchanan with a Chokeslam for the win.
Kane stood in the middle of the ring following the win, setting off his pyrotechnics when the Big Bossman came from behind with his trusty nightstick in hand, slamming it into the back of 'the Big Red Machine's head! Bossman tried it again, but Kane simply stood right back up and absorbed it! Bossman was shocked, but Bull Buchanan made the save, attacking Kane from behind! As the two guards were about to deliver a two-on-one attack on 'the Big Red Machine' however, the Dudley Boyz hit the ring, bringing the fight to Buchanan!
Kane clotheslined Buchanan over the top rope to the floor, when Bubba Ray Dudley slapped D-Von in the chest, telling him to go get a table. The Dudleys were out for revenge after Bossman and Buchanan brutalized them and handcuffed Bubba to the bottom rope last Monday night on RAW, and D-Von and Bubba set up a table in the centre of the ring. Bossman tried to slide out of the ring, but Kane grabbed him by the shirt! Bossman begged for mercy for perhaps the first time in his life, and Kane sent Bossman into the Dudleys, who delivered the 3D to the Bossman, sending him crashing through the table! The Dudley Boyz stood tall, side by side with Kane - who surely had more chaos in store for Kurt Angle come RAW is WAR tomorrow night!
RAW is WAR - April 24, 2000 The Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina Live on the USA Network
The lies and disception of the McMahon-Helmsley regime was recapped from this past Thursday night's edition of SmackDown!, where the supposed growing tensions between acting authority Shane McMahon and brother-in-law Triple H led to the two having a match for the WWF Championship. The Rock got involved, but that's where it all turned out to be a ruse, with the McMahon-Helmsley regime showing to be stronger than ever, as 'the Game' left the Rock laying in the centre of the ring.
The opening video package aired, which took us to Raleigh, North Carolina in the Entertainment and Sports Arena; the sound of the pyrotechnics exploding coinciding with the roars of a capacity crowd. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to RAW, just six days away from WWF Backlash!
1) Big Show def. Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) by disqualification; Eddie retains the WWF European Championship (2:15) 'Latino Heat's newfound affection for 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna has caused friction within the Radicalz of late, with Guerrero and Chyna teaming up to successfully defeat Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko on SmackDown!, but Eddie's position within the group did not appear to be lost when he helped Chris Benoit narrowly avoid defeat when he attacked Benoit's opponent Rikishi Phatu. But tonight came an even larger threat: the Big Show, and tonight he appeared to be branching out his variety of personas in the form of dressing up exactly like 'Latino Heat'. Guerrero was shocked at Show's get-up, and even more when Show made a pass at 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna, which led to Eddie clobbering Show with all of his might. Show used his size as an obvious, clear advantage and tossed Guerrero around the ring, even showing off some of 'Latino Heat's own poise, which only fired Eddie up some more! Show was having fun and grabbed Eddie by the throat for a Showstopper, the title in sight - but Eddie kicked Show in the groin, causing the referee to call for the bell!
Eddie Guerrero kicked Big Show low twice more, 'Latino Heat' furious over the Big Show's impersonation of him! The WWF European Champion was handed the title from Chyna, but Show grabbed Eddie by the throat and shoved him down. Show was mad now, and roared upon grabbing 'Mamacita' by the throat! Show was about to take her up for a Showstopper, but Eddie came from behind with a chop block - Guerrero slamming the European title into the side of his skull! Guerrero helped his girlfriend up to her feet, when Rikishi came charging down to the ring, clearly unfinished with 'Latino Heat'! Guerrero and Chyna escaped in the nick of time, while Rikishi looked on angrily - even helping Show back up to his feet. Eddie escapes again!
Outside of the building here in Raleigh, the DX Bus was seen pulling up - and out stepped Triple H, his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Road Dogg, X-Pac and Tori. The World Wrestling Federation Champion was all smiles, as he told D-Generation X that this was their house tonight; DX heading for the building.
Back live on RAW is WAR, Vince McMahon was back coming off of a business trip in Europe this past week, the Chairman making his way out to the ring. You had to wonder what was going through the Chairman's mind after the situation involving his family and wife Linda McMahon last week, not to mention the revelation that Stone Cold Steve Austin would be in the Rock's corner at Backlash. Vince started off by talking about how he had been around the world this past week, touring the cultured cities of Europe: he'd been to Italy, Germany - even Spain - but while he enjoyed eating and drinking some of their greatest cuisine and beverages, and talking to some of the most brilliant minds in the world, to say he was disappointed to say the least. Not with Europe, and not with everything that went down with his wife Linda - who he knows dearly to put her foot in her own mouth from time to time - but the fact that he had to come back here, to Raleigh, North Carolina tonight! He talked nastily about Raleigh being an atrocious place, before transitioning to address the elephant in the room: Stone Cold Steve Austin!
Vince addressed the return of 'the Texas Rattlesnake', proclaiming Stone Cold Steve Austin something of a rival. He ruined everything that the Chairman put in his way, and while he may have made the boss's life a living hell - he reminded everybody of the vow he made last summer when he told Austin that he would not stand in the way of his business anymore! But his charming wife Linda has decided to bring him back, in hopes that it will help the Rock's chances. He called his wife's decision "colorblind", telling the people that Linda wasn't seeing things too clearly these days, it must be her age! McMahon said there was a bigger picture, and Triple H as the WWF Champion was what the World Wrestling Federation needed.
On the topic of Austin in Rock's corner, McMahon discussed how he could not comprehend that after all that has happened between the two, that Austin can even bear being in the same room as Rock. Vince reminded everybody of the expression "DTA", which normally stands for "Don't Trust Anybody" - but in this case, the Chairman was instead talking about "Don't Trust Austin". He told Rock to be careful because 'the Texas Rattlesnake' was unpredictable, untamed and he could turn on you with the turn of a switch. He even pulled up a replay of what went down last year - where Austin ran over the Rock's black Lincoln town car with a monster truck. Vince reiterated the words "Don't Trust Austin" before leaving, the Chairman's comments sure to bear some weight on 'the People's Champ.
Eddie Guerrero was in the locker room with an irate Chyna after what just went down with Rikishi and the Big Show. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' complained that everybody was after her 'Latino Heat', but he didn't appear phased. The WWF European Champion told her that he'd be more concerned but to tell her the truth, he got great news today: it was a great day! 'Mamacita' got excited when Eddie told her that he got the results from his GED test - and he passed with flying colors! The two embraced in a hug, when Eddie talked about how they needed to celebrate, inviting her to dinner on him! Chyna asked when, and Eddie told her right now, taking her hand and leaving!
Back live on RAW, Vince McMahon met up with his children Shane and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Vince hugging Stephanie and congratulating his daughter on a successful WWF Women's Championship defense this past Thursday night. Vince told Shane that he had seen RAW and SmackDown! and was proud of him for bearing the weight of running two of the biggest shows in the world today all by himself! Shane and Vince hugged it out, when Triple H showed up to shake hands with his father-in-law. The WWF Champion and the Chairman discussed Backlash, and that if the Rock isn't phased by what Vince said out there, he was in for a tough time come Sunday. McMahon wondered if Rock was even here, he hadn't even heard from him! But Vince had something to tell 'the Game' - he got his voice message about it, and he was granting it: tonight Triple H would get his match with Chris Jericho! 'The Game' was confident, telling McMahon that finally he would get to kick the cr*p out of that pipsqueak Y2J.
2) Tazz def. Hardcore Holly (w/WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly) (3:22) The WWF Hardcore Championship changed hands on Thursday night on SmackDown!, when Crash Holly went up against Essa Rios in a match that featured the interference of Tazz and Viscera, but ultimately Crash was able to regain the title and avoid a beatdown from the Mean Street Posse. 'The Human Suplex Machine' has been a thorn in the Holly Cousins' side since Crash won the title back the night after WrestleMania, and he and Holly went back and forth in a hard-hitting match. Crash tried to help Hardcore out by tripping Tazz, and in return Tazz left the ring and clotheslined him, before sliding back inside and getting out of the Falcon Arrow to lock in the Tazzmission, submitting Hardcore Holly!
Tazz was victorious against Hardcore, but his focus returned to a recovering Crash Holly out on the floor, where Tazz locked in the Tazzmission on the WWF Hardcore Champion! He was in danger of losing the title to Tazz, but Perry Saturn came up from behind, a steel chair across the spine of Tazz! Saturn covered a laid out Crash, but Essa Rios turned up with Lita behind him - Essa attacking Saturn and covering Crash for himself! Hardcore joined the fray and clubbed on Rios, while Crash crawled away from ringside with the WWF Hardcore Championship still intact. The whole world was after his title!
Kurt Angle hid behind a book upon arriving at the building late, the Olympic Gold Medalist seemingly wanting to keep a low persona after running from 'the Big Red Machine' this past Thursday night on SmackDown! Angle bumped into the Dudley Boyz, who asked Angle if he had a problem with them. Angle tried to tell Bubba Ray and D-Von to keep quiet, he didn't want anybody to know he was here. Bubba loudly asked if it was because of Kane, and that 'the Big Red Machine' would beat his ass so bad he would be 'the Red White and Blue intellectually- disabled person'! Angle squared up to the Dudley Boyz, telling them that they were just mad they didn't have any Olympic Gold Medals, and told Bubba Ray that if he wanted to fight about it, he was on! Angle left, while D-Von told Bubba that Angle was one weird dude.
WWF Champion Triple H didn't even appear to be preparing for the match with Chris Jericho later tonight when X-Pac, Tori and Road Dogg arrived to speak with 'the Game'. X-Pac told Hunter that he and Road Dogg had been thinking, and they think they deserve more opportunities. Road Dogg told Triple H that he has gold, his wife is the WWF Women's Champion - they want some gold too. Triple H told his buddies that they didn't need to sweat it: he was going to give them an opportunity for the WWF Tag Team Championship tonight against Edge and Christian! D-Generation X embraced in hugs, but how unfair this must be for the Hardy Boyz, who have lived and died for a shot at the titles this Sunday at Backlash.
3) Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan def. The Acolytes by count-out (2:41) While the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan were unsuccessful with their attempts at beating 'the Big Red Machine' Kane into oblivion as last night on HeAT proved, they still had some business to take care of with the Acolytes. It was announced that the Bossman and Buchanan would battle the Dudley Boyz this Sunday at Backlash, surely coming off of the Dudley Boyz delivering a 3D to Buchanan through a table last night - and Bradshaw and Faarooq hit the ring immediately for what was sure to be a war. All four men traded shots, with the battle spreading out to the foor, where Buchanan jumped off the apron with a clothesline for Faarooq! The prison guards began to hammer away at Faarooq while Bradshaw appeared desperate for the tag, which he finally received hitting the ring by storm! Bradshaw cleaned house of Bossman and Buchanan, a fallaway slam to Buchanan - but then something appeared on the TitanTron. It was the office of the Acolyte Protection Agency, and T&A were destroying it! Albert took a sledgehammer to the table of the Acolytes', whilst Test took great pride in tackling their office door in two! Trish Stratus showed up to tell the Acolytes that she knew they were busy, but she felt their office needed a little refurbishing. Trish invited the Acolytes to come back there and meet them for further talks, and sure enough the Acolytes left for the backstage area, getting themselves counted out in the process!
With the Acolytes running to save their office in the backstage area, Bull Buchanan and the Big Bossman stood awkwardly in the ring, celebrating all the same. But their celebration ran short when the Dudley Boyz made their way out to the ringside area - Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley getting themselves some of Bossman and Buchanan ahead of Backlash! Bubba Ray had a match later tonight with Kurt Angle, but it wasn't stopping him from trading blows with the prison guards on the floor.
Returning to RAW, the Acolytes were storming through the backstage area, Bradshaw and Faarooq coming across the shambles of their office! They examined the mess left by T&A, when Trish Stratus appeared, nude hidden behind a large piece of their broken poker table! Trish told the Acolytes that they had just missed Test and Albert, when T&A came from behind, jumping the Acolytes! Test and Albert battered the Acolytes, clearly exhausted from their match moments ago - T&A leaving the Acolytes down and out on the floor of their destroyed office! Trish continued to conceal herself with the table shard, telling T&A that they did a great job, and that the Acolyte Protection Agency was closed for business.
Elsewhere Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were all dressed up for their celebratory dinner: 'Latino Heat' dressed to the nines in a tuxedo whilst 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' was sporting an expensive red dress. The WWF European Champion and his 'Mamacita' exchanged a romantic kiss, Eddie promising Chyna that tonight would be the best night of their lives. They hopped into their car and rode off into the night.
The Rock was seen arriving at the building here in Raleigh, and when climbing out of his Lincoln town car 'the Brahma Bull' tossed the keys to a parking attendant, navigating through the backstage area. 'The People's Champ' had a look of intensity on his face, as Rock continued to stroll through the halls, spotting Howard Finkel nearby and telling 'the Fink' to take his bag to the dressing room! Finkel tried to tell Rock he wasn't a hotel clerk but Rock tossed him his duffle bag, continuing his strut through to the curtain - the Rock was here in Raleigh! His music erupted and out came the man that will challenge Triple H for the WWF Championship in six days time - 'the Brahma Bull' not halting for a second, until he climbed the turnbuckles and basked in the glory of a sellout crowd chanting his name!
The people in North Carolina continued to chant "Rocky", when Rock took to the microphone to utter that finally, the Rock had returned to Raleigh! The fans continued to cheer, as Rock discussed that 2000 thus far has been full of ups and downs for the Rock. He's tasted the success of victory, winning the 2000 Royal Rumble. But he has also been handed the unenviable task of having to smell the Big Show's ass. WrestleMania 2000, Anaheim, California: four weeks ago, it was supposed to be the Rock's night. To become the World Wrestling Federation Champion for a fourth time in Hollywood, on the grandest stage of them all was the Rock's destiny - but Triple H took it all away. The McMahons took it all away. Rock talked about the McMahon-Helmsley regime trying to hold the Rock down, and they are without a doubt going to try and prevent the Rock from winning the WWF Championship at Backlash - but he has enough faith in Stone Cold Steve Austin that he knows he can count on 'the Texas Rattlesnake' to do the right thing and kick Vince McMahon's candyass one more time!
Triple H made his way out to interrupt the Rock's speech, the WWF Champion smiling at Rock's comments. Accompanied by Shane McMahon and his wife Stephanie, 'the Game' told Rock that he was without a doubt the most delusional man in this building right now. Even more delusional than the people of Raleigh, thinking that the fact they've got SummerSlam this August is something they've earned, when it's actually pity! 'The Game' told Rock that like he does the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, Triple H pities the Rock! And he's done it before, and he'll do it again: he will take Rock to the limit and beat him come Backlash, and it doesn't matter if Stone Cold Steve Austin's in Rock's corner, or if the McMahon-Helmsley regime are in his corner - what it will come down to is one Pedigree, one three-count, and one man left standing, and it will be game over for the Rock!
Rock told Triple H that he and his little friends can take one last look at 'the Game's huge nose, because when Backlash comes, Rock will take 'the Game' on a citywide tour of Washington, DC. He will introduce him to the Jefferson Memorial. He will kick his monkey-ass around the Lincoln Memorial, and without a doubt he will take the Washington Monument and stick it up 'the Game's ass. But when it's all said and done, with thousands upon thousands of people chanting the Rock's name, it will be the Rock standing tall, the new WWF Champion. And as far as Steve Austin goes, Triple H wouldn't have to wait until Sunday to see 'the Texas Rattlesnake', because Stone Cold was coming to SmackDown! this Thursday, and he would unleash Hell alongside the Rock! The McMahon-Helmsley regime left, visibly bothered by the announcement that Stone Cold will be present on SmackDown! this Thursday!
Following a recap of the announcement from the Rock that Stone Cold Steve Austin would make his return to the World Wrestling Federation this Thursday night on SmackDown!, Michael Cole was backstage standing by with Chris Jericho, who was grinning at the announcement himself. Y2J told "Mitchell" that it was great news that Austin would be back to fight off the McMahon-Helmsley regime, because that allowed him to focus more on what he wanted - and that was Chris Benoit. Y2J mocked the WWF Intercontinental Champion's "boring" lifestyle, how he probably gets out of bed in a morning, has a nice half-empty glass of milk and reads the Edmonton Times before he goes out birdwatching - but he had no idea what he was in for. Y2J had Benoit on his mind, and would be watching his match with Scotty 2 Hotty. As for Triple H, he hasn't forgotten about 'the Game's filthy, disgusting, trashbag ho of a wife Stephanie - in fact he's pretty sure he caught a sight of her in the most disgustingly tight yoga pants imaginable earlier tonight. But Triple H is on his mind, and if he wants a match with him he better not overlook him because Stone Cold was coming to town, because tonight when he beats the WWF Champion at his own game, RAW will truly be: Jericho!
4) WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit def. Scotty 2 Hotty (2:51) Scotty 2 Hotty had lucked himself into a title match at Backlash this Sunday against Dean Malenko for the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, but tonight he had to bypass Malenko's teammate from the Radicalz, 'the Crippler' Chris Benoit. Benoit appeared to be in as foul a mood as he was last Thursday night on SmackDown!, where he lucked out of a match with Rikishi thanks to the strange continued antics of Eddie Guerrero - who sometimes doesn't even seem to know if he's with the Radicalz or not. Scotty was explosive early on, but Benoit took him down with a harsh clothesline, the no-nonsense style of the Canadian taking over. Scotty was able to avoid an elbow drop and planted Benoit with a facebuster when Dean Malenko ran out to the ringside, distracting the official! Malenko was out to get Scotty ahead of Backlash, when Rikishi made his way out and attacked Malenko! While this was all going on, Benoit delivered a German suplex, covering Scotty for the three!
Perhaps Dean Malenko's plan had worked after all, and as Chris Benoit celebrated in the ring, Rikishi was not finished yet with 'the Canadian Crippler'! Benoit slipped out of the ring unprepared for battle with Phatu - who appeared to still have a lot of beef with the Radicalz as a whole!
The WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian were in the locker room, as Christian told Edge that he had a surprise for him: unveiling the first official "totally awesome" Edge and Christian shirt! The cocky Canadians complimented themselves on a job well done, when Christian asked his brother if he ever thought being the champs would be so good. Edge said it was good, because not only does the whole tag team division want something they can't have, but these guys were throwing themselves at them! Christian referenced Jeff and Matt Hardy falling apart at the seams, and how the Hardy Boyz were totally going down at Backlash. But Edge reminded him that first they had to get past D-Generation X - the two cracking up in laughter almost immediately! What had gotten into these kids?
Kurt Angle was seen sneaking around the locker room as we returned live, the Olympic Gold Medalist however immediately ducking behind a trash can when he spotted the Godfather entering the room with Val Venis. 'The Big Valbowski' told Godfather that D-Lo Brown was his business, not his and that after what D-Lo did to him last week - it's none of his business. Godfather asked his buddy for a favor, which caused Val to ask what he'd get out of it. Godfather told Val that he would get unlimited access to his Hos! Val thought about it reluctantly, but then broke out in dirty laughter, telling him he was on! Angle could be seen peeking from behind the trash can, hiding from Kane: and he looked disgusted at this display of blatant prostitution from 'the Pimp Daddy'!
In the arena, Road Dogg rapped himself, X-Pac and Tori down to the ring for their WWF Tag Team Championship challenge tonight. Dogg welcomed everybody to the Dog House and talked about how tonight in Raleigh, D-Generation X would be getting themselves some gold and that E&C would be taking the capital-L tonight on RAW. X-Pac screamed that the naysayers could suck it, which brought Edge and Christian down to the ring in their new merch! The WWF Tag Team Champions appeared eager to start this match.
5) Edge and Christian (c) def. Road Dogg and X-Pac (w/Tori) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship (4:07) X-Pac and Road Dogg had unfairly used their connections from the McMahon-Helmsley regime to acquire this shot at the WWF Tag Team Championship, without a doubt skipping the line fronted by more earning tag teams such as the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz. The winners of this title match would go on to face the Hardy Boyz this Sunday at Backlash, and the D-Generation X members looked good early on with X-Pac catching Edge off-guard with a high kick. X-Pac and Road Dogg - both tag team specialists in their own right - went to work on the older brother, when Christian finally got the tag and ran house on both of DX. Tori was concerned when X-Pac was given the Unprettier from Christian and got up on the apron to distract him. This allowed Road Dogg to slip in with the title belt in hand - but Edge delivered a spear to him, then clocked X-Pac with the Tag title, placing Christian on top for the win!
Edge and Christian stood tall, with Edge innocuously holding the WWF Tag Team Championship high - that he had just clocked X-Pac with to win with - another win for the increasingly confident Canadian brothers. Suddenly the Hardy Boyz charged down to the ring, Jeff and Matt wanting to go at it with Edge and Christian! The Hardys - sick of E&C's attacks on Jeff's injured shoulder - brought the fight to the champions, but Edge and Christian were able to escape after being sent into the ropes! The Hardy Boyz glared down Edge and Christian whom they meet on Sunday, when X-Pac and Road Dogg suddenly jumped the Hardys! The Hardy Boyz were being brutalized by D-Generation X in their home state of North Carolina, whilst Edge and Christian claimed credit for the attack with a high-five on the ramp!
Still trapped in the locker room, Kurt Angle was shown cowering behind a trash can whilst Val Venis appeared to be finishing up with two of the Godfather's Hos! 'The Big Valbowski' told the ladies that he would call them "A" and "B", and that they were definitely the cream of the crop - if they knew what he meant. A disturbed Angle escaped the room, surely horrified by what he had just seen. Not to mention Angle still had a match coming up against Bubba Ray Dudley!
At a nearby restaurant, WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were at a table talking, 'Latino Heat' telling 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' that he finally felt like he had done his European ancestors proud. He listed them one by one, which Chyna told Eddie that while she knows they are all proud of him, there was one girl that was proud of him in ways she wanted to show him later. Eddie was excited and immediately bellowed out for the bill when a waiter came over to hand 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' their menus. Eddie thanked him, then reached into his tuxedo pants for a tip upon the waiter's hint. Guerrero grinned at the waiter, handing him 50 cents! The waiter pointed it out, and Eddie told him to keep the change! What a jerk 'Latino Heat' was.
6) D-Lo Brown def. Val Venis (w/Hos) (2:55) Whatever had happened to D-Lo Brown in the past two or three weeks remained a mystery. D-Lo turned his back on the Godfather after two were unsuccessful in a tag team match last week on RAW, and when pressed about it by anybody, Brown refused to give a clear definitive answer, other than that the Godfather was washed up. 'The Pimp Daddy' had asked a favor from 'the Big Valbowski' to face D-Lo tonight, and in return the adult film star took great pleasure in having some alone time with Ho A and Ho B - whilst Kurt Angle watched on, unbeknownst to them! Brown refused to even fight Val mano-e-mano, stalling for time at ringside until Val went out to attack him. Back inside Venis was in control most of the way, but D-Lo blocked a spinebuster into a DDT, and showed a lot more aggression than he had in his time teaming with the Godfather. Brown dropped Val with the Sky High, but wasn't finished there, choosing to go up to the top rope and deliver the Lo Down for the win.
D-Lo Brown had a look of fire in his eyes upon victory, a decisive win for Brown following this match with Val Venis. He gyrated his head with an intense look on his face, brashly going up to the second rope. But all the while he didn't spot the Godfather arrive in the ring behind him - 'the Pimp Daddy' swinging for D-Lo! Brown wisely escaped out to the floor, but you could tell this was not over by a long shot for 'the Pimp Daddy'!
In the dressing room, Vince McMahon spoke with his son Shane about what Stone Cold Steve Austin could try and do to them this Thursday on SmackDown!. Compared to the Chairman's talk earlier tonight about nobody being able to trust Austin, he had grown concerned and told Shane that he wanted him to ensure that by any means necessary, Triple H walked out of Backlash this Sunday the WWF Champion. Shane asked his father where he would be, to which Vince told him that he may not be in one piece after what Stone Cold could do on SmackDown! Shane gave Vince a pet talk, telling his dad to man up! They ran the World Wrestling Federation, not Stone Cold! Shane vowed to get a search party on Austin, and when 'the Texas Rattlesnake' was brought to them beaten to a bloody pulp on SmackDown!, there would be no Austin in Rock's corner at Backlash! Vince hugged his son for the reassurance.
7) Kurt Angle def. Bubba Ray Dudley (w/D-Von Dudley) (4:15) The Olympic Gold Medalist went into this match just wanting to get it over and done with with the threat of another appearance from 'the Big Red Machine'. Despite challenging Kane and even having the audacity to call the facially-scarred and burnt-skinned monster a 'Big Red intellectually- disabled person', Angle did not seem to want any part of him. The Dudley Boyz meanwhile were announced to be facing the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan at Backlash earlier tonight, and Bubba Ray had D-Von on the lookout for a retaliation from the prison guards after the Dudleys got into a brawl with them earlier tonight. Angle rushed to try and finish this match as soon as possible, but Bubba was in a fighting frame of mind, and almost scored the win with a full nelson bomb. Angle tried to get himself counted out, but D-Von dragged him back in when the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan came down the rampway, attacking D-Von from behind with nightsticks! Bubba Ray tried to help his half-brother when Angle came from behind with the Olympic Slam, taking the three-count!
As the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan stood tall over D-Von Dudley with grins on their face, Kurt Angle's party was about to be crashed when hellfire and brimstone took over the building here in Raleigh, North Carolina! Kane came stomping down to the ring, immediately taking out Bossman and Buchanan with uppercuts! Kane climbed into the ring and chased Angle, who immediately bailed from ringside. 'The Big Red Machine' followed - in hot pursuit of Kurt - who tried to climb the side panel of the stage! Angle climbed onto the metal frame, and managed to barely get away from Kane, who looked on in waiting. Angle laughed in Kane's face, but at Backlash there would be no more running for the Olympian when he faces Kane one-on-one!
Down a backstage corridor Chris Jericho was seen headed for the ring, Y2J set for a non-title match with WWF Champion Triple H in the main event. But Jericho was stopped by none other than a fellow Canadian in the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit. Benoit smiled as he told Jericho that he found what he said earlier tonight real funny. But while Y2J thought he lived a very simple, boring life, there was nothing boring about what he would do to him this Sunday at Backlash. The champ told Y2J that he hoped Triple H will save some for him, to which Jericho responded to tell Chris that that's the problem with Benoit, he didn't know how to have a good time. But he'd show him by taking the title from him. Benoit wished him luck, to which Y2J wished Benoit luck too: calling him an assclown!
Returning to the restaurant, Eddie Guerrero removed the napkin concealed over his tuxedo shirt, the WWF European Champion telling the waiter to compliment the chef. Chyna agreed, when the waiter informed Eddie that the chef was a fan of his and was dying to meet him. While 'Latino Heat' and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' conversed over how nice it was to meet fans, Eddie looked over and spotted none other than the Big Show dressed in a hat, an apron and checkered pants! 'The Big Nasty B*stard' asked Eddie if he remembered him, when Eddie threw the plate at Show, and attempted to pound away at the seven-foot giant! Show was expanding his role, but was not satisfied with how their title match went earlier tonight: Show responding by sending Eddie packing - tossing him over another couple's dinner table! Show told Eddie to "bon appetite", holding Guerrero's torn-off tuxedo jacket. The celebration was over for Eddie, whilst Chyna aided to her boyfriend!
8) WWF Champion Triple H (w/Vince, Shane McMahon and WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley def. Chris Jericho (6:24) 'The Game' has a busy week ahead of him, between this match tonight with Chris Jericho; the announcement that Stone Cold Steve Austin would be making his return ahead of schedule this Thursday night on SmackDown!; and of course, this Sunday at Backlash when he puts the title on the line against the Rock, who will have 'the Texas Rattlesnake' in his corner. But putting aside the Rock and Austin, the McMahon-Helmsley regime have constantly had Chris Jericho running havoc in their plans for domination over the WWF in recent weeks, with Y2J insulting Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, and even bagging himself a shot at Chris Benoit's WWF Intercontinental Championship at Backlash. Jericho brought the fight to Triple H early, but the numbers game of three McMahons in 'the Game's corner allowed him to take control, after Shane tripped Jericho, preventing him from climbing to the top rope. 'The Game' methodically hammered away at Y2J and locked him in an abdominal stretch, close enough to the ropes so that Stephanie could shout abuse at the man that had insulted her so frequently in recent weeks. This willed Y2J on, and soon enough the Winnipeg native came firing back, delivering a springboard moonsault to Triple H and even knocking Shane off the apron! The Chairman was impressed by Jericho's moxy, but when Y2J blocked a Pedigree into the Walls of Jericho, panic mode was on! Shane climbed into the ring and Y2J quickly fended him off, breaking the hold. Stephanie distracted the referee, which allowed Vince McMahon himself to climb into the ring, swinging a steel chair at Jericho! The McMahons cleared the ring, allowing Triple H to score the pin with one last Pedigree.
Chris Jericho had been defeated not just by Triple H, but with the power of the McMahon-Helmsley regime in full effect, six days out from Backlash! Y2J was down and out, but Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley whispered something into her husband's ear. The WWF Champion picked up the steel chair and looked to be ready to swing for Jericho one more time while the McMahons willed him on, but the Rock made the save! The Rock hit the ring, clearing the McMahons out of there and leaving Triple H to himself! Rock dropped 'the Game' with a spinebuster, but when he attempted the People's Elbow, his family immediately pulled him out to safety! Rock had returned the favor for all those times Y2J had come to his aid. Rock stood tall staring down a breathless McMahon family, ahead of the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin this coming Thursday night on SmackDown!
SmackDown! - April 27, 2000 Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina Broadcast on UPN Taped April 25, 2000
Three days away from WWF Backlash on pay-per-view, the DX Express was shown pulling up at the Charlotte Coliseum in North Carolina, meaning only one thing: the arrival of the McMahon-Helmsley regime. Inside the bus, Shane McMahon talked about the impending return of Stone Cold Steve Austin tonight. He rallied X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori about wasting no time in finding 'the Texas Rattlesnake' and hunting him down. Triple H, with his arm around his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley appeared confident that Austin would be chased out of the World Wrestling Federation the same way he was when he was ran down in a hit and run last November. 'The Game' joked that come Sunday, the Rock would find his own head up his candyass.
The opening video package aired, which brought us to the arena, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcoming us to the final edition of SmackDown! prior to Backlash on pay-per-view, on a night where Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his return after a five month absence!
1) WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko def. Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi (6:17) Things appeared to escalate further in the ongoing rivalry between members of Too Cool and the Radicalz coming out of Monday night. Rikishi - vexed at Chris Benoit for narrowly escaping defeat last week on SmackDown! with some help from Eddie Guerrero - looked out for his buddy Scotty 2 Hotty in his match against 'the Crippler' three nights ago on RAW, equalizing for him against Dean Malenko. Scotty will challenge for Malenko's WWF Light Heavyweight Championship at Backlash this Sunday, and immediately both men went at it. Although Malenko was more technically skilled and prepared, Scotty resorted to his trademark agility to get the ball rolling. This of course, came to a halt the second Benoit stepped in. The Radicalz showed exactly why they were one of the elite tag teams in the World Wrestling Federation today as they teamed up to make Scotty suffer, perhaps trying to weaken him ahead of Backlash. Scotty rolled through on a victory roll on Benoit out of a German suplex attempt, getting the tag to Rikishi who ran through the Radicalz like a house on fire. All four men soon came in and Scotty and Dean were legal - Scotty 2 Hotty setting up for the Worm but Malenko was playing possum, cradling him for a cheap three count!
Dean Malenko rolled out of the ring swiftly, the so-called 'Man of 1,000 Holds' having to resort to cheap tactics to ensure Scotty 2 Hotty didn't score another pinfall victory against him tonight! But Rikishi was right behind him, and he shoved Dean right back inside to eat a facebuster from Scotty! Scotty wanted to hit the Worm real bad, but this time Chris Benoit clocked Scotty with a big clothesline. Rikishi went after Benoit, who responded by delivering a big German suplex to the 400-pounder! Benoit was standing tall, when Chris Jericho darted down to the ring! Y2J was here to get himself some of the man he will meet on Sunday for the WWF Intercontinental Championship! Jericho and Benoit traded blows until referees hit the ring to break up the brawl!
In her dressing room, Terri was back after being last seen being stripped to her undergarments by the Kat on RAW ten days ago. She appeared as a silhouette changing clothes, talking with the Fabulous Moolah about how Kat had no right to humiliate her the way she did. Moolah assured Terri that Kat was just jealous that she had the body of a Greek goddess any man would want a piece of, and Kat is just trailer park trash. Terri devised a plan to her good friend and mentor - telling Moolah that she would get her revenge by embarrassing Kat tonight in an arm-wrestling match.
The Rock was seen making his way through the halls, and it appeared that 'the People's Champ' was on his way to the ring!
The Rock was making his way down the rampway to an enormous reaction from the Charlotte crowd as SmackDown! returned from the break, 'the People's Champ' promising to deliver big tonight - three days ahead of his WWF Championship bout with Triple H, where Stone Cold Steve Austin would appear in Rock's corner. Rock was showered in chants of his own name, as 'the Brahma Bull' declared that he had finally returned to North Carolina. But the Rock wasn't the only man that had come back to Charlotte, North Carolina, because there was one man here that had not graced this great city in some time, and his name was Stone Cold Steve Austin! The fans exploded and chanted Austin's name; Rock telling the people that while on Sunday night, Triple H would be going one-on-one with 'the Great One' with the World Wrestling Federation Championship on the line; and all of his little family members screaming 'the Game's name - it would be fans from across the world screaming for Austin, screaming the Rock's name, and when the dust settles and Stone Cold Steve Austin has raised hell on the McMahon-Helmsley regime, the Rock will be standing tall the WWF Champion!
As to be expected, Vince and Shane McMahon made their way out to loud boos - the McMahon family receiving a hostile response from the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Chants such as "assh*le" and "Shane's a p*ssy" filled the air, to which the Chairman and his son shrugged off. Vince told Rock that he knew he was delusional, but to actually think that even the name or promise of a sighting from Stone Cold would strike fear in their hearts was just ridiculous! Vince reminded Rock that after everything that had gone down between Austin and McMahon, their beef was squashed - even pulling up a video of Stone Cold voluntarily assisting the boss beat Triple H last September on SmackDown! to claim the WWF Championship! Shane applauded his father, but Rock told Vince that that was a different time in a different place, before Vince had his head stuck in his son-in-law's ass, while he was ploughing the boss's daughter! Rock told the McMahons that that was then, but this is now, and as it stands Stone Cold will raise as much hell, and drink as much beer - and the Rock will not care one bit because without a shadow of doubt, April 30 in Washington DC, the Rock will walk out the WWF Champion.
Shane told Rock that that's the type of cockiness that will cost him big at Backlash. Because the McMahon-Helmsley regime had a task force out on Stone Cold Steve Austin, and that this will without a doubt ensure that 'the Texas Rattlesnake', not only will not be seen in this redneck town, but will not be present this Sunday night at Backlash either! Shane told Rock to face the music: it was one man against the World Wrestling Federation, and that meant that Triple H would beat him to a bloody pulp just like they did last week on SmackDown! Rock told Shane to know his role and shut his mouth, challenging the boss's son to a match tonight - just to even the odds a little! But Vince told Rock that that would not be happening tonight - because not only does Triple H have the night off - but so does the Rock! The McMahons laughed at Rock's expense, and the Charlotte crowd were not happy to hear they wouldn't be seeing any hint of a preview of Backlash, but Rock told Vince that he's sorry to hear it, but he's going to be even more sorry to hear this: and with that, the theme of Stone Cold Steve Austin hit! The McMahons were shocked and fled the entrance way, despite no sign of Austin! Rock raised an eyebrow and delivered the catchphrase the people love to hear - mind games courtesy of the Rock and Austin!
X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori were seen monitoring the corridors in the event of a surprise appearance from Stone Cold Steve Austin, X-Pac telling Road Dogg that this was ridiculous - Stone Cold does what Stone Cold wants. They've been given their marching orders when they should be focusing on their match with the Hardy Boyz tonight. Road Dogg reminded X-Pac that they were D-Generation X, and they weren't doing this as their job - they were Triple H's boys! X-Pac reluctantly agreed, when Edge and Christian showed up to ask DX how their treasure hunt were going. The quirky WWF Tag Team Champions wanted to thank them for the assist in taking the Hardys out on Monday, telling them that it would be super badass when X-Pac and Road Dogg beat them tonight too. Christian joked it would be totally humiliating for Jeff and Matt to endure defeat before Backlash; the two high-fiving. Road Dogg shunned E&C, telling them that they were "whiter than hell" and that when they beat the Hardys, they were gonna do it for themselves: and then they were coming for their titles!
Kevin Kelly was backstage with D-Lo Brown, Kelly wanting to get some real explanation as to why he turned on the Godfather. D-Lo told Kevin that he was sick of the same old shtick that was making him look so bad. He called 'the Pimp Daddy' a poor stereotype that was keeping the man down: the man being himself. D-Lo told Kevin Kelly that he was more than just a sidekick, he was more than just a one trick pony like the Godfather. And when he teaches Godfather not to mess with D-Lo Brown, everybody will know that he means business: and not just that he means business - that he is 'the Bizniz'.
2) Bradshaw (w/Faarooq) def. Test (w/Albert and Trish Stratus) (3:22) With T&A destroying the Acolyte Protection Agency's office in the backstage area on RAW is WAR, the Acolytes were now able to seek proper revenge this coming Sunday night at Backlash, where it was announced they will meet T&A in tag team action. But tonight on SmackDown! Bradshaw was up against Test in what should be a fierce battle. Bradshaw came in like a house on fire, wanting to seek redemption on T&A for trashing their office - but quickly the persuasions of a flirtatious and mischievous Trish Stratus enabled Test to take control. Test was rough in elbowing Bradshaw repeatedly in the corner, and a pumphandle slam gave the Canadian a near fall. Bradshaw started to mount a comeback, catching Test with a fallaway slam, when Albert tried to get into the ring, just to be dragged out by Faarooq - a fist fight ensuing at ringside! Test attempted to attack from behind, but Bradshaw came off the ropes with a Clothesline From Hell, taking Test's head off for the win.
Bradshaw had his hand raised, when Albert rushed the ring - Bradshaw ducking it and Albert hitting the ropes just to receive a spinebuster from Faarooq! Trish Stratus watched on from ringside, vastly unimpressed by the Acolytes, while Bradshaw and Faarooq proved they were still in business, and prepared for T&A this Sunday at Backlash.
Chyna was getting her make-up done by Janice, the make-up artist. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' couldn't stop talking about what the Big Show did to ruin her and Eddie Guerrero's big night on Monday. She was disgusted, stating that 'Latino Heat' passing his GED was the third biggest moment of his life, behind getting together with 'Mamacita' herself, and winning the WWF European Championship - of course. Big Show showed up to laugh about it further, 'the Big Nasty B*stard' telling Chyna that it was one heck of a performance. Chyna sized up to the giant, Show telling Chyna to send a message to Eddie - he wasn't finished with him yet. Not by a long shot! Show smugly walked away, laughing about ruining their celebratory dinner date on RAW - Chyna left scowling at him.
Road Dogg and X-Pac, accompanied by the beautiful Tori made their way to the ring when SmackDown! returned, D-Generation X with some choice words for Stone Cold Steve Austin ahead of their match with the Hardy Boyz tonight. Road Dogg sang his way to the ring, before standing immersed in the centre of the ring to tell Austin that he may be running scared from the McMahons, but he should be sure as hell scared of D-Generation X! He and X-Pac ran through their catchphrases, ending with a "suck it" battle cry, bringing out their opponents the Hardy Boyz. Jeff's shoulder was still taped up beneath the mesh shirt, but he and his older brother Matt were ready for the challenge presented by DX. The two teams squared off ready to begin, when Edge and Christian suddenly came down to the ringside area! The WWF Tag Team Champions took a seat at the announce table, confidently joining commentary and telling the viewers at home that they were ready for a Slobber Knocker!
3) The Hardy Boyz def. Road Dogg and X-Pac (w/Tori) (4:52) While Backlash looms near, with the Hardy Boyz getting their shot at Edge and Christian's WWF Tag Team Championship, Jeff and Matt were clearly vexed with Road Dogg and X-Pac for jumping the queue and getting a title shot of their own on RAW this past Monday. Edge and Christian made jokes about how hurt Jeff and Matt were from the severe beating they received at WrestleMania in the Triangle Ladder match, and how easy it would be to beat them at Backlash. It was clear that Jeff was in fact hurt, as Road Dogg and X-Pac quickly took apart the shoulder of the younger Hardy, isolating him from Matt. Charlotte was cheering the Hardys on in their homestate, and finally Jeff caught X-Pac with an enzuigiri to get the tag to Matt. Matt did a good job of taking down both members of D-Generation X, but a distraction from Tori allowed DX to take control once more, with Road Dogg connecting with some Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll. He wanted to finish it, but Jeff came out of nowhere with Poetry in Motion to Road Dogg, before clotheslining both X-Pac and himself out of the ring! Inside Road Dogg recovered and knee dropped Matt Hardy, when Stone Cold Steve Austin's music hit again! Road Dogg prepared himself, leaving him open for a twisting neckbreaker from Matt - the Hardys winning off of the distraction.
The Hardy Boyz were successful in their win, and Tori couldn't believe it! Stone Cold Steve Austin's mind games had continued, thwarting D-Generation X now. At ringside Jeff Hardy was recovering, clutching his shoulder - when Edgesuddenly came swinging from behind with a shot from the WWF Tag Team Championship belt! Edge and Christian cockily held the belts high over a fallen Jeff Hardy, who may be even more hurt after this collision tonight: but you had to believe the Hardys would do everything in their might to beat Edge and Christian again come Backlash!
Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley had a clear look of fear on her face in the McMahon-Helmsley's dressing room, while Triple H talked trash about how D-Generation X were screwed by Stone Cold Steve Austin. The WWF Champion launched into an egotistical tirade about how he's beaten Austin before, and that he was a dead man tonight let alone Sunday. Shane McMahon entered with three security guards, assuring Steph that they'd be fine with the protection of security. 'The Game' balked that they didn't need protection, they needed Austin! Triple H sternly ordered the guards to go find Austin, to which Shane asked him if he was a little too paranoid. 'The Game' said he would be, but he knows Austin too well.
Kurt Angle was walking with company tonight, between the nightstick brandishing arms of the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan. Angle was telling the prison guards about how he won his Olympic gold medals, moments away from six-man tag team action with Kane and the Dudley Boyz, next!
The Godfather was in the locker room with arms around two of his finest ladies, talking with Val Venis. 'The Big Valbowski' told Godfather that he was sorry he let him down on RAW, but if the offer still stood he would love to take 'Pimp Daddy's lady friends on a ride of a lifetime. Godfather was not as upbeat as he has been known to be: the pimp telling Venis that he wanted him to take good care of his Hos, because tonight against D-Lo Brown, he was going to stomp that turd out like he used to, Nation style.
Kurt Angle made his way out to the capacity crowd in the Coliseum in Charlotte, joined by the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan. The Olympic Gold Medalist had a microphone and was telling the people of Charlotte that their 'Olympic Hero' had arrived, and that they should be stoked to see a man of his calibre in their town. Angle told the people that this Sunday he faces Kane at Backlash, but he's not afraid of 'the Big Red Machine' - he's ready for him! In fact, he thinks Kane isn't scary at all. He thought he and 'the Big Red intellectually- disabled person' had gotten off on the wrong foot, before back-tracking when he realized he slipped up. Apologetic, Angle told Kane that nonetheless, he's going to take him down and beat him - and tonight he had company, because the Bossman and Buchanan would gladly take care of those table-wielding barbarians, the Dudley Boyz.
4) Kane and the Dudley Boyz (w/Paul Bearer) def. Kurt Angle, Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan by disqualification (4:41) It was expected this would be a hard-hitter of a bout, with 'the Big Red Machine' wanting nothing more than to get his hands on the Olympic Gold Medalist for the comments made about his mental and physical state in the past weeks. On the other hand, the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan had sent messages to the Dudley Boyz to try and put their toughness into question, including the incident two weeks ago where the prison guards handcuffed Bubba Ray and D-Von to the bottom rope and pummeled them with their nightsticks. Angle, despite his insistence he was unafraid, hid behind Bossman and Buchanan, who had a story of their own with Kane. But when Kane went on the offence, the numbers game grew too strong and Kane found himself in peril. Angle had become his obsession of sorts, and when an opportunistic Angle put the boots to Kane, the Dudleys got North Carolina behind him. Finally the tag was made, and the Dudleys ran wild on Angle, Buchanan and Bossman - including a flapjack for Bossman. They were preparing the 3D for Buchanan, but Angle slid in and delivered an Olympic Slam to Bubba! Buchanan broke loose and delivered a scissors kick to D-Von, but Kane broke the fall. Kane grabbed Buchanan by the throat, but Angle slid back into the ring, clobbering Kane with a nightstick!
Kurt Angle had stunned Kane with the nightstick, but he flipped his hair back and held his head up, turning around and scaring the Olympic Gold Medalist! But before 'the Big Red Machine' could strike back, the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan attacked Kane, a rampant two-on-one beating following! Angle directed traffic, as Bossman and Buchanan held Kane down on his knees. Paul Bearer - the monster's father - shouted on in outrage from ringside, when the Dudley Boyz hit the ring to battle Bossman and Buchanan; freeing Kane! Angle fled from the ring, as did the prison guards - and you could tell that without any doubt at all, that Angle would be stepping foot into Hell this Sunday at Backlash.
The crew of security were seen scouring the backstage hallway, when one of them called out to the others that they could see Stone Cold Steve Austin! 'The Texas Rattlesnake's silhouette could be seen behind a white curtain, and the trio approached the curtain, just to be caught under a giant net courtesy of Austin! Where was he?
Following a replay of what happened before the break, Kurt Angle was caught up to by Jonathan Coachman, who wanted to ask the Olympic Gold Medalist about his current thoughts headed into Backlash against Kane. Kurt told Coachman that when he was a little kid, he used to be scared of monsters living in his closet - but then he grew up and became the greatest athlete that the United States has to offer today. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist for a reason, and that while Kane may be big, he may be scary and he may be called 'the Big Red Machine': but Angle's not afraid of monsters anymore. And on Sunday, he would prove why Kane was, after all, a 'Big Red intellectually- disabled person'.
5) Crash Holly (c) vs Perry Saturn vs Tazz for the WWF Hardcore Championship ended in a no-contest (3:28) The WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly had his word cut out for him tonight: having to go up against two of his recent rivals - chasers, if you will - of his title. The 24/7 rule was in full effect, and Perry Saturn wanted nothing more than to make the Radicalz a fully-rounded unit with four titles in their possession. If there was something that stood in Saturn's way however, it was 'the Human Suplex Machine'. Tazz brought some hard-hitting trash can shots Crash and Perry's way, and even delivered a snap suplex crushing a trash can. Crash introduced a fire extinguisher to blind his opponents, but when Crash plotted to escape, Essa Rios came darting down the rampway with a hurricanrana sending Crash flying! He had girlfriend Lita with him and attempted to cover, but Viscera broke it up.
The 500-pounder Viscera pounded on Rios when Lita decided to climb up to the top rope, a crossbody attempt on the massive man caught - but when Viscera looked to slam Lita on the floor, Hardcore Holly showed up with a stop sign, slamming it into Viscera's back! With all of the interference - which Saturn and Tazz quickly joined - Crash was able to escape through the crowd.
Shane McMahon was in disbelief as he had a referee release the troupe of security guards trapped in a giant net. McMahon denounced the security's poor efforts, and told them that they were useless, firing them! The security guards got up and told Shane that they didn't work for him, and they didn't have to take this cr*p, leaving Shane high and dry! Shane was livid, but as he walked up the corridor he spotted Jim Ross on the phone and immediately assumed J.R. was talking to Stone Cold Steve Austin. Shane took the phone off of him and listened to the call, to which Shane was left astounded. Ross told Shane that it was his mother, before disappointedly walking off.
The Kat was here with a whole new makeover after having her hair ruined by Terri over two weeks ago on RAW! In a skimpy two-piece, the Southern belle was accompanied by Mae Young, who appeared to be mentoring her ahead of the arm-wrestling match against Terri - next!
On UPN SmackDown!, Jerry Lawler naturally had the honors of being the master of ceremonies for the "much-anticipated" arm-wrestling contest between Terri and the Kat. He firstly introduced Terri to a mixed reaction, the buxon blonde strutting out with the Fabulous Moolah behind her. 'The King' was simply astounded by Terri's appearance, telling her that she looked beautiful. He got her to show off her guns ahead of the contest, to which Moolah snatched the microphone from 'the King' and told the Charlotte Coliseum that Terri would whip Kat's butt tonight. Jerry hoped so. He then introduced the Kat, who was joined by Mae Young. Kat received a big ovation and Jerry fawned over the petite Tennessean. Kat even grinded against Jerry, who was overwhelmed by the experience - but a jealous Terri matched it almost immediately, drawing an argument between the two enemies.
Lawler tried to keep things - and himself - under control, as he laid out the rules of the arm-wrestling contest. Kat and Terri got prepared to go at it, with Mae and Moolah on either side cheering on their girl - but Terri suddenly had to do some stretching. And by stretching, she meant yoga stretches. Kat soon complained that she was too hot, which is when she removed her skirt to reveal a one-piece. Jerry marveled over her ass, while Kat and Mae ranted that they wanted to get down to it! Moolah clapped for Terri, as the two got ready to clasp hands once more. But before they could get going, once again Terri complained about being too hot in this arena, and requested water from Moolah. she drank it, then handed it back to her friend - finally ready to go. The hands were clasped, and the arm-wrestling contest had begun - but Moolah doused water into the Kat's face! Kat was blinded, and Terri slammed Kat's arm down to win it, before shoving the podium over onto her! Moolah cornered Mae from interfering, while Terri stripped the Kat of her clothes! Kat was the one left in her bra and panties tonight, and Terri took great pride in parading around ringside with Kat's clothes in her hands! Revenge was 'the Horny Little She-Devil's tonight.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were in the office with Vince McMahon, talking to X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori. X-Pac complained that Stone Cold Steve Austin screwed them tonight, that he couldn't get away with this. 'The Game' told his buddies that Austin, wherever he could be hiding, he wanted D-Generation X on his ass and ordered them to search the building. X-Pac seemed frustrated, while Road Dogg persuaded him to go along with it; DX leaving. Vince told the WWF Champion that if he knew Austin, he was planning something big tonight - and he was going to go and find out for himself too. 'The Game' and a slightly scared Stephanie were left, and the WWF Champion held his wife with an angered expression on his face.
Back on SmackDown! Tony Chimel introduced the Stevie Show, who was quite clearly Stevie Richards in another persona. He was dressed exactly like the Big Show, right down to the T-shirt and giant shorts, a prosthetic nose attached to his beak. The crowd booed as Stevie raised his average-sized palm and roared, when the Big Show interrupted him, 'the Big Nasty B*stard' all business, not appreciating the imitation courtesy of Stevie Richards!
6) Big Show def. Stevie Richards (0:22) Big Show was coming off of a win against Eddie Guerrero on Monday, but it wasn't quite the victory he had in mind as 'Latino Heat' managed to escape with the WWF European Championship in his possession. But Show was able to humiliate Eddie Guerrero when crashing the celebratory dinner that Eddie and his 'Mamacita' Chyna were enjoying at a nearby restaurant - sending Eddie flying halfway across the room! And similarly, Show looked down to Stevie tonight and immediately clobbered him with two choke tosses across the ring, one gigantic chop in the corner, and quickly the Showstopper mercifully put the Stevie Show down for the count.
Big Show's hand was raised following an extremely easy victory tonight, 'the Big Nasty B*stard' still on a roll following Monday night on RAW is WAR, when Chyna came from behind to low blow the Big Show! Show held his downstairs tight, as 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' looked to strike the big man in retaliation for the restaurant embarrassment - but Show caught her hand and attempted to lift Chyna up for the Showstopper when Eddie Guerrero appeared to chop block the giant! Show tried to swat Eddie like a bug, but Eddie swiftly lept from the ring, escaping into 'Mamacita's hands. Show laughed some more at 'Latino Heat's expense, when Eddie's music started playing, and Show looked to try and make a move at a disgusted Chyna! Eddie was furious at Show having humiliated him once again tonight on SmackDown!
In the parking lot X-Pac and Road Dogg were talking about having to jump through all of these hoops to remain a part of the McMahon-Helmsley regime, X-Pac complaining that D-Generation X never had to do any of this! He called it bogus. Road Dogg ordered X-Pac to shut up, pointing out a bald man climbing out of a pick-up truck across the way! DX ran over to him and attacked the bald man, pummeling and putting the boots to him! X-Pac then told Dogg that it wasn't Stone Cold Steve Austin - they just beat up a pedestrian! The man rived in pain, leaving Road Dogg to say the wisest thing he'd said all day: run.
Back on SmackDown! Crash Holly was catching his breath after being chased by four WWF Superstars, when he was startled by a big pat on the shoulder by older cousin Hardcore Holly. Hardcore asked Crash if he had heard the news: that there would be a six-pack challenge on Sunday, and it would be for his WWF Hardcore Championship! Hardcore grinned, hugging his younger cousin and giving him a noogie, telling him he'd see him there! Crash's paranoia continued to grow, and once again it appeared that the Holly Cousins may not be for much longer.
7) D-Lo Brown def. The Godfather (3:11) This was a personal fight for the Godfather, who felt betrayed when D-Lo Brown turned his back on 'the Pimp Daddy' two weeks ago on RAW. Brown, who has not said much since, felt that Godfather was holding him down, and that being the stereotype he was as a pimp was the reason people like him didn't get as many opportunities. 'The Bizniz' looked different tonight, sporting new gear and even walking with more of a cocky swagger than usual. This was a battle between two former members of the Nation, a union that had started when D-Lo joined up with them back in 1997, but now they were going at it, and Godfather was on the attack a lot. D-Lo stalled at ringside a lot, and had to slow down the Godfather with some well placed strikes. D-Lo talked trash when he got the big man down, but Godfather came back rolling with a series of clotheslines and a body slam. D-Lo was in trouble when Godfather splashed him in the corner, and attempted the Pimp Drop but D-Lo rolled out and dropped him with the Sky High, following up with the Lo Down for the decisive win!
Perhaps a mean streak is just what D-Lo Brown had needed. With the Godfather down, and a win over Val Venis last Monday on RAW is WAR, it appeared that D-Lo was in fact all business. 'The Bizniz' had his hand raised in victory, but wasn't finished yet when he decided to go back up to the top rope, and deliver a second Lo Down on 'the Pimp Daddy'! Three-plus years of friendship was over, and now it seemed D-Lo was going places after going solo.
Vince and Shane McMahon were walking the corridor about how Sunday night would go. The Chairman was full of confidence as he told his son Shane that Stone Cold or no Stone Cold, the Rock would not walk out with the World Wrestling Federation Championship. Shane pondered if Rock was even right in saying Austin was here tonight - there's been no reports, all of the mind games and antics could have been from the Rock. When Shane said that, Vince overheard Stone Cold's music playing, and they heard it coming from a closet. He had Shane open the door and Vince take a baseball bat to...a boombox! Vince smashed the boombox to pieces in rage, telling Shane that he's had enough of this: he wanted to call Austin out to the ring right now!
Back on SmackDown! the McMahon-Helmsley regime were not full of smiles as they were earlier in the night. Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley led the way, with Vince and Shane McMahon following suit. The Chairman was antagonized with all of the hijinks that had been played on the regime tonight, and wanted nothing more than to hear from Stone Cold Steve Austin himself. The WWF Champion continued to hold his wife, who was more and more concerned about an Austin sighting than ever. Vince took to the microphone as he barked that the Rock was nothing more than a no-good liar! There was no Austin here tonight, and if Rock lied about this - who's to say that Austin would even be present at Backlash. McMahon told the people booing him that even if he did, he would have Washington, DC on lockdown that night. If it came down to it, he'd have swat teams looking for Austin, ready to shoot on sight! Shane tried to calm his father, telling Vince that he was letting his anger get the better of him. The son talked about how Rock had promised 'the Texas Rattlesnake', but all he's seen so far is a bunch of pranks reminiscent of his high school days! They are the McMahon-Helmsley regime, and this is disrespectful!
Finally The Rock came forth, the fans applauding 'the Brahma Bull' for the second time in one night. Rock stood on the rampway, while Triple H signalled that he wanted the Rock right now rather than Sunday. Instead, the Rock removed his sunglasses and told the McMahon-Helmsley regime that it puts it into perspective how they were behaving like neglected children in the ring right now. He said that they were all bent out of shape, and the man they had pined after all night had not even shown his face to them once. 'The Game' tried to cut Rock off calling him a liar again, telling him that he was dead meat at Backlash, and that there would be no Austin to save the day for him. Rock ordered the WWF Champion to know his role and shut his mouth, because he wasn't done talking yet! He told the regime that they were right: Stone Cold Steve Austin was not here, in the building tonight. This was met with loud boos - but Rock turned the page when he revealed that he wasn't in the building, because he was right here on the OvalTron beside him!
On the big screen, Stone Cold Steve Austin was seen with a huge grin on his face. 'The Texas Rattlesnake' talked trash to the McMahon-Helmsley regime, calling them a bunch of crybabies and a bunch of sissies. Austin told Triple H that he wasn't doing this for the Rock, he wasn't even doing this to get back at Vince McMahon! The bottom line was he was Stone Cold Steve Austin, and he was back to do what he has done for a long damn time - raise hell, and kick somebody's ass! The camera cut to a shot of the DX Express out in the parking lot, where it was revealed that Austin was in the driver's seat of a crane - and proceeded to drop a weight on top of the DX bus, causing it to go up in flames! The McMahon-Helmsley regime were left horrified at the sight of their transport destroyed by Austin, and you had to wonder how they were going to even make it to Backlash without their bus!
Jakked - April 29, 2000 The Entertainment and Sports Center in Raleigh, North Carolina Broadcast on syndication Taped on April 24, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kellyare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) Perry Saturn def. Tracy Smothers (3:32)
The bruiser from Boston, Massachusetts continued to have little luck in his pursuit of the WWF Hardcore Championship this past week on RAW is WAR and SmackDown!, with even more WWF Superstars appearing to get in the Radicalz' member's way. But with the announcement of a Six-Pack Challenge for the title tomorrow night at Backlash, Saturn was out tonight to show veteran Tracy Smothers that he was perfectly capable of dethroning Crash Holly. Smothers threw a lot of punches in Saturn's way, but despite his attempts, Saturn was quickly able to neutralize the Southerner, putting him away with the Death Valley Driver.
2) Steve Blackman (w/Al Snow) def. Gangrel (w/Mideon) (3:25) The alliance between Al Snow and Steve Blackman continued tonight, with Snow attempting to make 'the Lethal Weapon' show more charisma in the ring, and showboat more to the people of Raleigh, North Carolina despite Blackman's insistence not to. Blackman was up against tough competition in 'the Vampire Warrior' Gangrel, who had the mysterious and creepy Mideon in his corner - a throwback of sorts to the days of the Ministry of Darkness. Blackman looked to be in trouble when Gangrel went on the attack, brutalizing Blackman but when Mideon attempted to get involved and help his ally in a brief time of need, Snow nailed Mideon with Head, and Blackman was able to deliver a martial-arts kick, taking Gangrel down for the win.
3) The Holly Cousins def. The Mean Street Posse (Pete Gas and Joey Abs) (w/Rodney) (4:56)
The WWF Hardcore Champion was in for a tough time in around twenty-four hours, having to defend the title against - not just five other WWF Superstars hungry for his title - but among them his own cousin Hardcore, who he defeated to win the title several weeks ago after WrestleMania. Another thorn in the champ's side was the Mean Street Posse - who on two separate occasions have attempted to take advantage of the 24/7 rule and beat Crash backstage - but ultimately fell up short on both occasions. Crash was very watchful of his cousin in this match, whereas Pete Gas and Joey Abs worked over the champ whilst Rodney played cheerleader at ringside. Ultimately Crash was able to make the tag, and Hardcore was a trustworthy partner in cleaning house of the boys from Greenwich, including delivering an astonishing dropkick to Rodney as he slid into the ring for a sneak attack! Crash tagged himself in and delivered a spinning DDT from the top rope on Gas, claiming the three for himself.
Crash Holly celebrated as though this were a three-on-one handicap match, the WWF Hardcore Champion parading around with his title tightly grasp. That is however, until he backed up into his cousin Hardcore, who stared vacantly at Crash's title. Crash was paranoid, but ultimately Hardcore raised Crash's hand. The Holly Cousins were on the same page tonight, but could Hardcore be trusted in the Six-Pack Challenge tomorrow night at Backlash?
4) WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko def. Taka Michinoku (w/Funaki) (5:49)
This would serve as a test for the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion ahead of his title defense tomorrow night at Backlash - Malenko set for action tonight against Taka Michinoku, who was the inaugural champ crowned back in December 1997. It was thought that 'the Man of 1,000 Holds' would have to contend with the presence of Funaki at ringside, but Funaki merely spectated for his Kaientai brethren Taka, who took some breath-taking chances of high-risk maneuvers in this match. Malenko slowed the pace and dictated it accordingly, working over the ankle of Taka after it appeared he rolled it diving off of the top rope. Michinoku got back into the fight, but took the wrong opportunity to showboat, and his attempt at a Michinoku Driver went awry, with Malenko breaking free and dropping his opponent with a Tiger Bomb, followed up with the Texas Cloverleaf which forced Taka into submission.
HeAT - April 30, 2000 Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina Live on the USA Network Taped on April 25, 2000 (matches)
The opening video package for Sunday Night HeAT aired, and we went to the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina for our pre-game show prior to WWF Backlash, starting in one hour's time! Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman are calling the action.
1) Albert (w/Test and Trish Stratus) def. Faarooq (w/Bradshaw) Following the victory for Bradshaw this past Thursday night on SmackDown! it was up to Albert to help T&A go into Backlash in one hour's time with a head full of steam. With the Acolytes still furious after the destruction of their Protection Agency office this past Monday on RAW is WAR, Faarooq started off strong against the 350-pounder, while Test and Trish rooted for Albert in their corner. The fans chanted "shave your back" in Albert's way, and he ultimately got the better of Faarooq with a corner splash following a brief distraction from Test. Later in the match Bradshaw and Test wound up getting into a brawl at ringside, which left Trish open to climb onto the apron and prevent the referee from counting the three following a spinebuster from Faarooq, and with his back turned, Albert responded with a Baldo Bomb, stealing the win.
Albert and Test united on the rampway, with their business partner Trish Stratus raising T&A's hands triumphantly. Bradshaw slid inside, the Acolytes mad as hell about this loss tonight. At Backlash it was sure to be a bowling-shoe ugly brawl between the Acolytes and T&A.
A video package aired, which reviewed the recent history between the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan, and the Dudley Boyz. Bossman and Buchanan have been on a tear, wanting to prove themselves as one of the toughest tag teams in the World Wrestling Federation to date - but ultimately they have to prove it in what should be a physical fight against D-Von and Bubba Ray of the Dudley Boyz.
In the backstage area Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were seen conversing, with the WWF European Champion furious still about what happened to him this past week. 'Latino Heat' threatened to do something he might regret, but the Big Show had to pay the price for what he did to he and 'Mamacita' last Monday and Thursday night! Chyna attempted to rationalize with Eddie, but the hotheaded WWF European Champion wasn't having any of it.
A video package aired, reviewing what had gone down of late between Kane and Kurt Angle, with the Olympic Gold Medalist confidently pronouncing Kane 'the Big Red intellectually- disabled person', much to the chagrin of 'the Big Red Machine'. Kane has chased Angle time and time again, and while Kurt may believe he is not afraid of monsters, he may be left scared for life when he has to face him tonight at Backlash.
Kane and Paul Bearer were backstage in the MCI Center, 'the Big Red Machine' breathing heavily while Paul told his son that Kurt Angle was a pompous ass, and that tonight the Olympic Gold Medalist would pay the ultimate price for what he calls 'the Big Red Machine'. Kane toyed with his gloved hand and nodded in agreement, almost seething through the red and black mask.
2) Kaientai def. The Mean Street Posse (w/Rodney) (3:47) The Mean Street Posse have been struggling to coexist in the fallout of the Hardcore Battle Royal last month at WrestleMania. Rodney, Pete Gas and Joey Abs have repeatedly attempted to chase the WWF Hardcore Championship - and despite tonight's six-pack challenge for the title, all three were excluded from that equation. Taka Michinoku and Funaki had to try and battle all three members of the Posse, with Rodney running interference. Gas accidentally charged into Abs, which allowed Funaki to claim a near fall. Rodney was a constant headache at ringside, but later in the match, Rodney distracted the referee from an inside cradle attempt made by Funaki on Abs, when Taka made the tag and dropkicked him off the apron. Michinoku followed up with a Michinoku Driver on Abs, claiming the three.
Steve Blackman was in the locker room, 'the Lethal Weapon' taping his wrists ahead of tag team action tonight. Al Snow walked in wearing a plaid kilt, asking Steve how he felt about going up against the Headbangers wearing Mosh and Thrasher's own "skirts". Blackman tried to correct Snow's description of the kilt, then told Al that he looked stupid. Snow tried to change his mind, telling Blackman that they'd be "mega over" with the fans. Steve told Al that he's not here to be over with fans, he's here to win! He left, and Snow was left calling after Blackman, asking what he'd taught him!
A video package aired reviewing the recent history between Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho, both of whom are renowned for being two of the best modern wrestlers to come out of Canada. Both were a part of the Triple Threat match at WrestleMania, and while 'the Canadian Crippler' has been on a tear as the WWF Intercontinental Championship, he and Y2J have gotten into tense competition with brawls, ambushes, and even Jericho scoring a pinfall victory over Benoit. Tonight they compete to see who the better man is, and who the more deserving WWF Intercontinental Champion truly is.
3) Al Snow and Steve Blackman def. The Headbangers (3:11) The allies known once as 'Head Cheese' adopted a different technique tonight on HeAT, where they were set to go up against former WWF Tag Team Champions, Mosh and Thrasher of the Headbangers. Steve Blackman has been going through a transformation of late, under the direction of Al Snow who has wanted to show 'the Lethal Weapon' how to be more entertaining, to varied success. Blackman did do a little dancing during his offense against Thrasher, a juxtaposition from the serious martial-arts style he has shown in the past. Snow and Blackman meshed better as a team than they have, and were able to defeat Mosh with Snow dropping him with the Snowplow for the three.
Al Snow hugged Steve Blackman in victory after the match, but 'the Lethal Weapon' still appeared hesitant. This visibly upset Snow, and Steve instead returned to him, patted him on the head and hugged his fun-loving sidekick.
A video package reviewed the recent controversy surrounding the WWF Hardcore Championship, all because of the 24/7 rule. Crash Holly has been a paranoid mess, supported by his cousin Hardcore, running from the likes of Perry Saturn, Essa Rios, Viscera and even the Mean Street Posse. Tonight, Crash may have to rely on his former champion of a cousin Hardcore and perhaps even trust him, when the six-pack challenge for his title takes place at Backlash.
In a rare sight, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was seen alone making her way down a corridor in Washington D.C., and it appeared that the WWF Women's Champion was on her way to the ring.
Returning to Sunday Night HeAT, we were live in the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. minutes away from WWF Backlash emanating live on pay-per-view. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley made her way down the aisle to the theme of her husband Triple H's entrance music - 'the Game' set for a big challenge tonight when he battles the Rock with the World Wrestling Federation Championship at stake. Stephanie was met with chants of "sl*t" in her direction, causing Stephanie to almost laugh. She talked about how pathetic it was, and how she wouldn't expect anything better from a crowd like this. Stephanie claimed that these people boo who they despise, like President Clinton - yet they still bow down to whatever comes out of his mouth. And much like Clinton - they boo the McMahon-Helmsley regime; they chant degrading insults at them, and try to run their names through the dirt - but they always have to fall in line and accept that without them, there would be no World Wrestling Federation.
Steph began to talk about how the Rock wants to rally the troops into battle ahead of tonight's battle with her husband Triple H, but whether it's Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, or it's fifteen thousand fans in this building tonight - nothing will break her husband. The WWF Championship belongs around 'the Game's waist, and tonight will be no exception! She proclaimed her husband as the emperor of the company, and when Rock gets what is coming to him in the main event tonight, it will be glorious revenge for what Rock did to her, giving her the Rock Bottom and a People's Elbow back at WrestleMania. And tomorrow night on RAW is WAR, each and every WWF Superstar in the back will have to fall in line much like the pee-ons in Washington, D.C. tonight: and accept that the McMahon-Helmsley regime rule the World Wrestling Federation. The WWF Women's Champion left with a smile on her face, met with a further chorus of boos, the boss's daughter content with her threats.
A video package aired promoting tonight's main event: the Rock has withstood every single thing that the McMahon-Helmsley regime has thrown in his direction. And against Triple H, the odds are stacked in 'the Brahma Bull's favor more than usual when he challenges 'the Game' for the WWF Championship. But unlike WrestleMania, where he was screwed by the actions of Vince, Shane and Stephanie McMahon, the Rock has an enforcer on his side, and his name is Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Rock faces Triple H tonight with Austin in his corner, live on pay-per-view at Backlash!