Backlash 2000 - April 30, 2000 MCI Center in Washington, DC Live on Pay-Per-View
The opening video package aired, reviewing the stories of greatness that have brought both the Rock and Triple H to the dance. With 'the Game' aligned with the McMahons, the McMahon-Helmsley regime have towered over the World Wrestling Federation in the fallout of WrestleMania. Yet despite the hurdles in place by the powers that be, 'the People's Champ' has surmounted the odds and gotten himself a shot at the WWF Championship tonight against the man that ruined his WrestleMania moment. But the Rock is not alone, as he will have Stone Cold Steve Austin returning for the first time since last November, to accompany him in his corner to oppose the regime.
The opening graphic took us to the sold out MCI Center in Washington, DC; home tonight to WWF Backlash 2000! Fans were rabid, and pyrotechnics went off, bringing us to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler who welcomed us to the show. The theme of Debra hit, and out walked the former WWF Women's Champion, seen tonight for the first time in months! Debra was announced as being the special guest ring announcer for our opening bout.
1) WWF Tag Team Championship Edge and Christian (c) vs The Hardy Boyz
Since winning the WWF Tag Team Championships for the first time in their young careers, Edge and Christian have really dialed it up a notch, not just in terms of confidence, but ego as well. The two Canadian brothers have radically changed since becoming the champs, and this was proven when they began to cheat to win, hog the proverbial spotlight, and most importantly target the injured shoulder of Jeff Hardy. But the Hardy Boyz were born daredevils and refuse to give in, and one month after falling just short of the gold in the Triangle Ladder match at WrestleMania, they were looking to become two-time WWF Tag Team Champions tonight at Backlash.
Edge and Christian were immediately met by the Hardy Boyz as the match got underway, fists flying in every direction, and quickly the Hardys took control. Edge and Christian were forced to regroup on the floor, which allowed Jeff and Matt to hit simultaneous dives, taking out the champions! From there, Jeff and Matt wowed the people of Washington, DC with their tag team magic, the Poetry in Motion connecting on Christian, and the use of frequent tags. But what became the turning point was when Jeff went up to the top rope, and Christian hit the ropes causing Jeff to fall out of the ring, slamming shoulder first on the ringside barricade! Edge and Christian were looking to finish what they started, isolating Jeff and going to quick work on the documented shoulder of the younger Hardy. Matt rallied the crowd behind him, but the Canadians resorted to cheap tactics, including Edge pulling Jeff by his arms from the floor, shoulder first into the ring post. Edge and Christian continued to focus their attack on the shoulder of Jeff, but Jeff was soon able to break free after being whipped into the corner by the champs, just for Jeff to spring up and recollect himself with a corkscrew moonsault off of the top - and after much crawling, Matt finally got the tag! Matt ran loose on both champs, including scoring a near fall off of a swinging neckbreaker on Christian. All four men soon came in, but when Edge and Christian attempted a double-team assisted superplex, Matt broke free from Christian's attempt, and came off with a huge Doomsday Device! A double legdrop to the groin and head of Edge gave the Hardy Boyz a near fall, and Jeff soon got the tag and climbed up to the top rope, looking for the Senton Bomb but Christian moved, and Edge slid into the ring to nail Jeff in the back of the head with a Tag title belt while the referee was with Matt - Christian covering and taking the three!
Winners, and still WWF Tag Team Champions: Edge and Christian (14:22)
Edge and Christian quickly scurried from the ring after an exhausting effort, cheapened by their use of the WWF Tag Team Championship gold as a weapon against Jeff Hardy! Matt aided to Jeff, while Edge and Christian hugged it out on the aisle, high-fiving their totally awesome teamwork tonight to kick off Backlash, but you had to imagine the Hardy Boyz wouldn't let this loss dissuade them.
We went to an exterior shot of a rainy evening in Washington, DC. While the rain was coming down outdoors, inside the MCI Center was a hotbed of action waiting to take place on what should be a momentous night.
In the McMahon-Helmsley regime's office, Triple H was still in his street gear while Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley sat silently watching her husband mentally prepare himself for Backlash tonight. In walked Vince and Shane McMahon, who greeted the WWF Champion. Shane enthusiastically informed 'the Game' that he had good news: Stone Cold Steve Austin was still yet to arrive at the building. The WWF Champion laughed, telling him that he knew the Rock was bluffing, and that Austin was full of cr*p. Vince however, appeared to be annoyed at 'the Texas Rattlesnake's absence, complaining that Stone Cold's playing mind games and he couldn't wait for him to be here so that they could make an example out of him. The Chairman was impatient, but Shane reassured his father - when he got here, they'd deal with him.
2) WWF Light Heavyweight Championship
Dean Malenko (w/Perry Saturn) (c) vs Scotty 2 Hotty (w/Rikishi)
'The Man of 1,000 Holds' has been a bold WWF Light Heavyweight Champion since dethroning Essa Rios for the title back on March 13, but ever since the Radicalz debuted in the World Wrestling Federation and aligned themselves in the camp of D-Generation X and the McMahon-Helmsley regime, they have found a constant threat in the form of Too Cool. It was two weeks ago when Scotty 2 Hotty managed to defeat Dean Malenko in a tag team bout to earn himself this shot at the title, and now the coolest kid on the block in the World Wrestling Federation today had his shot at winning his first title - of course first, he had to prove he could beat Dean Malenko one-on-one.
Dean Malenko was not alone as he made his arrival to the ring, with Perry Saturn in his corner. Saturn had his own business to deal with in the form of competing for the WWF Hardcore Championship in a six-pack challenge later tonight. However, Malenko was in for a surprise when about to lock up with Scotty, as Rikishi came walking down to ringside to surely even the odds against the Radicalz. Malenko showed exactly what brought him to the dance in the early moments of the bout; the skilled technician taking Scotty down and attempting to keep him down with a series of mat-based holds and submissions. Scotty was no slouch and tried to speed the pace of the bout to work in his favor, to some success as Scotty connected with a crossbody for a near fall, as well as a hip toss. Despite this, Scotty fell victim once again to the tactical offense of Malenko, who caught him off the ropes and dropped him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. From that point on, 'the Iceman' took to focusing his attack on the legs of Scotty 2 Hotty. Malenko dropped several knees across it and stretched Scotty as far backwards as he could, while Rikishi kept an eye on Saturn from across the ring. The MCI Center wanted to see Scotty fight back, and after some resistance, Malenko's strategy was thrown off guard when Scotty connected with a superkick! Scotty limped around with clotheslines and even a dropkick, and Scotty 2 Hotty looked to finish it with a bulldog followed by the Worm. He limped around, starting his signature procedure of sorts, but Perry Saturn hopped up on the apron - quickly thwarted by Rikishi who brought the fight to Saturn! Back inside Scotty's Worm attempted was met with a cradle attempt, but he managed to kick out. Malenko fired back with a clothesline, before dropping him with a tiger bomb, followed up immediately with a transition into the Texas Cloverleaf! Scotty was in trouble, and with the damage done, finally tapped out.
Winner, and still WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (10:44)
Dean Malenko had retained the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship and bailed to the floor, where Perry Saturn quickly raised his hand with joy. The Radicalz were looking to walk out tonight with all of the gold they had, and were off to a roaring start. Back inside, Rikishi attempted to help Scotty up to his feet, but he seemed underwhelmed by the title loss tonight. Rikishi appeared to want to dance, but Scotty still wasn't having any of it. Finally, Rikishi handed Scotty his sunglasses, and thus the dance party was on! Too Cool started dancing mid-ring with the lights low to the delight of the MCI Center, but finally Scotty was forced to stop when his moonwalking fell victim to the damage sustained to his knee. Rikishi raised Scotty's hand, and two-thirds of Too Cool left with their heads held high regardless of the loss.
In the locker room Eddie Guerrero was seen still raging over the fact that the Big Show ruined his big celebration night this past Monday night on RAW is WAR. Eddie was seething whilst looking at his GED certificate, when Chyna entered. 'Mamacita' wrapped her arms around him and attempted to console the WWF European Champion, but Eddie was in no mood. 'Latino Heat' was heated up without a doubt, and Eddie told 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' that he wasn't finished with the Big Show, he wanted to know he was here tonight because he wanted 'the Big Nasty "son of a gun" mano e mano. Chyna appeared concerned, as Eddie left, presumably to look for Show.
3) The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan vs The Dudley Boyz
D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley have been attempting to rebound from their loss in the Triangle Ladder match one month ago at WrestleMania, where they lost the WWF Tag Team Championship to Edge and Christian. Since then, they have found problems in the form of the Atlanta prison guards, Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan. The enforcers have been dead set on establishing a name for themselves in the tag team division, and when they took to handcuffing the Dudley Boyz to the bottom rope and giving them beatings with a nightstick several weeks ago for the Dudleys, it was on.
D-Von and Bubba Ray were right at home tonight in Washington, DC as they started the match strong with Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan attempting to fight back, just to become overpowered by D-Von delivering a back elbow to Bossman, and Bubba a big back body drop to the 6'6 Bull Buchanan. The Dudley Boyz went right to work on the Bossman, including delivering a double flapjack which was broken up by Buchanan. It was sure to be a fight more than a match but after the Dudleys were in control, Buchanan was swift in dragging D-Von's head across the top rope, allowing Bossman to attack from behind. Bossman and Buchanan took turns in stomping away at D-Von, and Bossman even mocked his half-brother Bubba which infuriated him so much that he tried to enter the ring, which in turn enabled the guards to continue an illegal double-team beating on D-Von. Buchanan showed impressive agility for his size, almost scoring the pin after a scissors kick, but D-Von proved to be resilient. Finally, a top rope dive attempt by Buchanan backfired when D-Von got his boot up, and the race was on - with Bubba making the tag! Bubba took care of both guards single-handedly. Full of fire, Bubba Ray body slammed Bossman allowing D-Von to come off the top with a diving headbutt. Buchanan came off the top with a missed dive attempt, and when Bossman missed an axe handle attempt, the Dudleys came back with a 3D for the win!
Winners: The Dudley Boyz (6:11)
The Dudley Boyz were victorious tonight at Backlash, defeating the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan. D-Von and Bubba Ray were pleased with the win, and it appeared that they were back to their winning ways. You could only imagine how much the Dudley Boyz wanted back in on the hectically busy WWF Tag Team Championship hunt.
In the locker room area Crash Holly was talking to his cousin Hardcore Holly ahead of the six pack challenge tonight. The WWF Hardcore Champion told Hardcore that he appreciated having his back tonight, but he knows how much he wants his title again and wanted the Holly Cousins to reign supreme against the competition before they were to go at it. Crash told Hardcore may the best man win - offering a handshake - but Hardcore smacked Crash on the head instead. Hardcore told Crash that he may be his cousin, but it's every man for himself. Hardcore left shaking his head in disgust, telling him he was on his own!
Elsewhere Viscera was suddenly seen getting jumped by X-Pac and Road Dogg whilst Tori stood by watching! The 500-pounder was trying to overcome D-Generation X, and even managed to force Road Dogg up against the wall, when X-Pac came from behind with a shot from a lighting fixture, causing Viscera to go down hard! Road Dogg told Viscera that this was his time, DX headed for the ring ahead of the six-pack challenge!
Sure enough, Road Dogg made his voice heard as he and X-Pac made their way down the aisleway with Tori behind them. Road Dogg harped up about how he was making his own entry into the six-pack challenge for the WWF Hardcore Championship. He told DC that they were D-Generation X, and after tonight they would be walking out with more gold than they had going in courtesy of the Road Dogg. X-Pac told the fans that if they weren't down with that, they had two words for them.
4) WWF Hardcore Championship - Six-Pack Challenge
Crash Holly (c) vs Tazz vs Essa Rios (w/Lita) vs Road Dogg (w/X-Pac and Tori) vs Hardcore Holly vs Perry Saturn
The 24/7 rule has created many problematic scenarios for the Elroy Jetson lookalike since it was implemented two months ago. In this time, Crash has managed to become a five-time WWF Hardcore Champion, and Crash has been left unable to rely on anybody to help him. In recent weeks, his on-and-off relationship with cousin Hardcore Holly has remained an issue, with Hardcore having his back - but as implied prior to the match, it was every man for himself tonight in this six-pack challenge. And with the forced substitution of Viscera with Road Dogg - courtesy of a D-Generation X attack - you could imagine how chaotic and unpredictable this match would be.
The match started off with Crash attempting to bail from the ring right from the getgo, but Crash failed to get far as Hardcore dragged his cousin back into the fray, which allowed Tazz, Saturn and Road Dogg to take turns in hitting a move on the WWF Hardcore Champion, and covering him just to be broken up by another member of the match. Tazz and Saturn went at it, the two having constantly gotten in one another's way in recent weeks. Meanwhile Crash once again bailed from the ring, just to be chased up the aisleway by the other five men in this match! Crash attempted to climb one of the steel hooks that made up the Backlash stage, but was followed up by Essa Rios who punched Crash into a tree of woe position in mid-air! Crash was dangling, and Tazz immediately took to punching him until he fell. Essa used another of the steel hooks to deliver a hurricanrana to Hardcore Holly, while Lita had her fun too, diving off of the hook onto Hardcore, Saturn and Road Dogg! The fight spilled back ringside: where two trash cans, a wet floor sign and a mop came into play. Road Dogg shoved the mop right in Crash's face, while Hardcore gave Saturn a suplex right through the trash can. More near falls, and this match looked to be on the way to a new champion with Crash in trouble. He tried to bail outside again, but X-Pac jumped Crash this time, striking him with a set of nunchucks! X-Pac tried to cover Crash, but Hardcore came outside and started going at it with him, followed by Road Dogg! DX and Hardcore traded blows, and soon Tazz joined in! Crash crawled back in, where Saturn gave him a fisherman suplex - broken up by a moonsault from Essa Rios! Rios and Crash went at it, but Rios' attempt at a backslide went awry when Crash reversed into a cradle of his own - Crash stealing the match!
Winner, and still WWF Hardcore Champion: Crash Holly (10:27)
Crash Holly darted out of the ring, almost devoid of any energy he had left. The WWF Hardcore Champion snatched his prize back before stumbling as quick as he could up the aisleway. Elroy had done it again, and the other participants in this six-pack challenge were leaving empty handed - you had to imagine purely because of D-Generation X's involvement in this match tonight.
In the parking lot Vince and Shane McMahon were out waiting for the impending arrival of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Chairman was clearly irked by 'the Texas Rattlesnake's tardiness, telling Shane that he should be here by now. Shane reminded Vince that Austin was full of mind games, taking us back to last Thursday night on SmackDown! where they spent the whole damn night looking for him. Vince then reminded Shane that with what Austin did to the DX Express, he's up to something big and they can't take it. Shane asked his dad what the plan was, to which Vince was left to think more about it.
A video package aired, taking a look at the history between Kurt Angle and Kane. The self-centered and brash Olympic Gold Medalist had been experiencing a varying range of highs and lows in recent weeks, coming off of losing both the WWF Intercontinental and European Championships at WrestleMania, but Kurt appeared to make a big mistake when he messed with 'the Big Red Machine'. Angle has insulted Kane's mentality on many occasions, and whenever Kane has been in the building, 'the Olympic Hero' has been eager to make a run for it. But tonight at Backlash we would find out whether Angle could truly get the job done and overcome the seven-foot monster.
Kurt Angle made his way down to the ring for his upcoming match against 'the Big Red Machine', the Olympic Gold Medalist full of himself as always - perhaps uncharacteristic given his hit-and-run strategy used to further aggravate Kane in recent weeks. Kurt took to the microphone upon entry to the ring, telling the people of Washington, DC that this city meant a great deal to all Americans - himself especially. But while this city was founded on the bravado and intellectual political strategies of forefathers such as George Washington, and Bill Clinton, it has never been host to a true American hero like himself before. Kurt assured the fans that this wasn't a knock on any of them, but it was unfortunate that they were making this city into an absolute disgrace. Angle turned his attention to Kane, telling 'the Big Red Machine' that he truly didn't mean any word of what he said - after all, 'the Olympic Hero' was more shocked that Kane actually understood he was calling him a intellectually- disabled person in the first place! Angle mocked Kane further by telling Kane to come out here and wrestle him like a real athlete; Angle promising to make this once great city proud by overcoming the monster tonight.
5) Kane (w/Paul Bearer) vs Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle has been incredibly vocal on his thoughts where it pertains to 'the Big Red Machine'. Making fun of the scorned monster's mental state, the Olympic Gold Medalist has claimed repeatedly that he is unafraid of Kane despite running from him at any given opportunity. While Kane has been the victim of repeated attacks from the likes of Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan of late, he has always been able to stand his ground, and tonight aims to win in a big way against the former WWF Eurocontinental Champion at Backlash.
Upon Kane's entrance Kurt Angle uncharacteristically went right in for the attack, clubbing away at 'the Big Red Machine' until he struck back by firing his palm into the throat of Kurt - potentially looking for the Chokeslam, causing Angle to strike low and bail from the ring. Angle was not about to take any of the DC crowd's insults and engaged in an argument with several fans in the front row, when Kane descended to the floor and came right after Angle again, firing away with a series of body blows up against the barricade. Kane sent Angle reeling back inside with an uppercut, but Angle dove on Kane upon re-entry. Angle took the fight to Kane now, and even had to revert to quick attacks - a dropkick being thrown by the Olympian. Unfortunately Kane responded with a clothesline, and went back on the attack! He went up and came off with a flying clothesline for a near fall, and even dropped Angle head-first over the top rope. A powerbomb went awry when Kurt pulled on his mask, before impressively powering Kane up for a German suplex! Angle showboated about the display of power he had just shown, but Kane was quickly back up, causing 'the American Hero' to go right on the attack once more. Angle grounded Kane, but when he appeared to attempt the Crossface Chickenwing, Kane immediately powered up and fell backwards - the 300-plus pound weight dropping down on Angle! Kane attempted the Tombstone Piledriver, but Kurt cradled him for a close call before charging right into the Chokeslam, which decisively gave 'the Big Red Machine' the three.
Winner: Kane (10:27)
Kane was successful in his victory tonight at Backlash, and Paul Bearer joined 'the Big Red Machine' in the ring, as Kane raised his arms and let hellfire and brimstone overtake the four posts to the applause of the MCI Center crowd. Kurt Angle had been defeated tonight against the monster, but 'the Olympic Hero' at least showed everybody that he was not afraid of Kane, and did put up a fight to say the least.
The stars were out in the MCI Center tonight, as Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins fame was seen sitting front row for WWF Backlash tonight.
In T&A's dressing room, Trish Stratus was seen giving Test and Albert a pet talk ahead of their match with the Acolytes. Trish told T&A that with what they did to the Acolyte Protection Agency's headquarters last Monday night, she knew the Acolytes had nothing but revenge on their minds. But that didn't mean they were unbeatable. She talked up Test and Albert's brute strength and power, and her voluptuous assets, T&A were going to roll over the Acolytes tonight. After all, who could resist a beautiful woman like herself? Trish proceeded to open a bottle of body oil, rubbing the oil on his arms. T&A were left watching their business manager douse herself in the oil, to which Trish ordered them to concentrate on the match at hand.
6) The Acolytes vs T&A (w/Trish Stratus)
It is safe to say that Trish Stratus has reinvigorated the careers of Test and Albert. In the month that Trish has been a member of the World Wrestling Federation, she has led T&A onto a successful path with her so-called business skills, including the win over Al Snow and Steve Blackman back at WrestleMania. But it was just two weeks ago when T&A embarked on a feud with two former WWF Tag Team Champions in the Acolytes, and this past Monday night on RAW is WAR things got extremely personal when Trish had T&A destroy the Acolyte Protection Agency's office backstage. Bradshaw and Faarooq were not about to take this treatment, and the veterans were looking to teach the younger studs a lesson.
As to be expected, the Acolytes stormed the ring and immediately duked it out with both members of T&A. Test and Albert attempted to hold their own, but Bradshaw and Faarooq have been doing this for a long time, and Bradshaw and Albert quickly took to clashing blows on the floor. Inside Faarooq delivered a spinebuster for a near fall, but Albert was the younger of the two - and quickly Albert blocked a clothesline into a body slam. The 350-pounder received chants of "shave your back" from the capacity crowd; the shirtless 'Baldo' declining to even acknowledge the chants. Albert splashed Faarooq in the corner, before making the tag to Test who came in and choked Faarooq in the corner using his boot. Trish applauded her men for doing so, and T&A started to focus on keeping Faarooq from his fresh partner in crime. Bradshaw soon made the tag, and he quickly took back in sounding off on Test with a sidewalk slam and a big boot that rocked Albert, before a body slam took him down. Bradshaw was soon distracted by Trish on the apron, which enabled T&A to begin double-teaming the tough Texan. Faarooq got involved once again, coming off the top rope with a flying clothesline to Albert, and Bradshaw even managed to get Test up for a powerbomb. The Acolytes were doing well, when Trish Stratus climbed onto the apron once again, the bottle of oil in hand - and Trish let the oil rain down on her body! Bradshaw watched in amazement, when Albert came from behind with a Baldo Bomb before Test climbed up top - coming off with a big diving elbow drop: T&A taking the match.
Winners: T&A (7:03)
Test and Albert were able to win a big one tonight at Backlash against two former WWF Tag Team Champions in the Acolytes, but they had their oil-soaked business manager Trish Stratus to thank. Test and Albert attempted to raise her hands, but Trish took all of the glory in raising her own arms in victory taking centrestage, mid-ring. Stratus was very powerful with T&A by her side, but the question remained whether Trish was the secret weapon that two young bulls like Test and Albert needed to get the job done in their World Wrestling Federation careers.
Michael Cole was backstage with the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit, on a night where he puts the title on the line against a fellow Canadian in Chris Jericho. 'The Crippler' immediately cut Michael off, telling him that he knows how good Chris Jericho is, but he runs his mouth. And that's the difference. Benoit told Michael that he doesn't talk himself up often, but he knows Y2J is full of it, which is why tonight he plans on letting his actions speak louder than words, but he will promise this: tonight, he will make sure Jericho has to have his jaw wired shut because he was going to make him tap, or snap.
A video package aired, promoting the upcoming WWF Intercontinental Championship bout between Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho. Two Canadians that have traveled the world, have met several times already here in the World Wrestling Federation. They were both involved in the two-fall Triple Threat match at WrestleMania, dethroning Kurt Angle of the WWF Intercontinental and European Championship. But 'the Crippler' in recent weeks has shown allegiance towards the McMahon-Helmsley regime, whereas Chris Jericho has been rebellious against the regime. When Y2J pinned Benoit in a tag team match several weeks ago, to Benoit it was personal. He has jumped Jericho in the backstage area and gotten involved in his business; and things escalated with a brawl last Thursday night on SmackDown!. Tonight they will go toe-to-toe for the IC gold.
Chris Jericho made his way to the ring to a thunderous ovation, 'the Millennium Man' addressing the fans in Washington, DC by talking about how Backlash will be renamed "Backrash" when he makes Chris Benoit submit to the Walls of Jericho tonight. Jericho talked about how Benoit will be screaming worse than Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley in a hostel on a Saturday night when he loses the WWF Intercontinental Championship tonight, and that when he becomes the most elite wrestler to come out of Canada, Chris Benoit will never ever be the same again.
7) WWF Intercontinental Championship
Chris Benoit (c) vs Chris Jericho
In Chris Benoit's eyes, perhaps he has met his match in Chris Jericho. The blonde Canadian born in Winnipeg made his debut ten years ago and has taken after 'the Crippler' in travelling the world before making it to the World Wrestling Federation. The question here was whether Y2J had what it took to go toe-to-toe with 'the Crippler', and if he had what it took to defeat the WWF Intercontinental Champion. Chris Benoit has been a viable ally for the McMahon-Helmsley regime, whereas Jericho has been a royal pain in the McMahon's family's butts. It was one month ago at WrestleMania where these two men took part in a two-fall Triple Threat match, and both walked out with gold - but now Benoit's title was the only thing on the line, and you could tell that Chris Jericho was willing to prove that he could beat 'the Canadian Crippler' at his own game tonight at Backlash.
As the bell sounded, Chris Benoit immediately got right into Chris Jericho's face; the two Canadians clashing shoulders and butting heads in a display of trash talking until being restrained by the referee. Jericho was beloved here in Washington, DC, and with the fans in support of him it appeared that Benoit would have to work hard to derail 'the Millennium Man's momentum. Early on the two exchanged holds, both men trying to one-up the other. Jericho initially got the better using his quickness, but Benoit relied on brute force, reminiscent of his trainer Stu Hart to take control. Y2J however responded by almost rolling him up, and the two broke out into a fast-paced flurry of holds, takedowns and knife-edged chops to the chest. Benoit struck Jericho and it led to Y2J responding to aggression with aggression of his own. He started kicking Benoit with some stiff shots, until Benoit broke out into suplexes - an attempt at taking control - just for Benoit to soon miss a suicide dive through the ropes! The match broke out onto the floor, where Benoit dropkicked the steel steps into Jericho: the turning point of this title match. Benoit went to work on the neck of Y2J, a snap suplex almost cementing the win. Benoit methodically took the match down a notch, as he stretched on the neck in an abdominal-like stretch. But Y2J was tenacious, and came back with a springboard dropkick and a sleeper slam. Jericho attempted the Lionsault, but Benoit got his knees up and grabbed a cross-armbreaker, Y2J attempting to fight it but ultimately locked in tight. Y2J eventually broke free and mounted a comeback, including an enzuigiri and a bulldog - and this time the Lionsault connected, just for Jericho to fall down in pain! Y2J failed to make the cover, and with both men down Chris went up to the top. Jericho went up too, but a superplex was blocked, and Benoit hit the Diving Headbutt! Benoit covered, but Y2J managed to kick out, showing no quit! There was no quit between these two Canadians, and when Jericho attempted the Walls of Jericho, Benoit somehow switched it into the Crippler Crossface! Jericho reached the ropes with his feet, but Benoit immediately applied it again, only for Jericho to magnificently counter it into the Walls of Jericho! Benoit was in danger of tapping out, but he shoved Jericho into the referee before rolling to the floor and grabbing a steel chair, bashing the chair off of the skull of Y2J! But the referee saw it, and called for the bell!
Winner, by disqualification: Chris Jericho (18:20)
Chris Benoit retains the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
Chris Benoit had gotten out of this highly competitive WWF Intercontinental Championship defense, but it was clear 'the Canadian Crippler' was not pleased with the way that he had managed to retain the title. Benoit got into the referee's face, arguing with Tim White over the decision that he made. Benoit regardless chose to grab his title belt and place it on his shoulder, until Chris Jericho came from behind with a shot from the very same steel chair! Y2J had been allowed time to recover, and he mounted Benoit, laying in the bunches on the WWF Intercontinental Champion! Jericho had to be forced off by Tim White, and Y2J reluctantly chose to leave. This was a rivalry just beginning, sure to not be over any time soon!
Jonathan Coachman was in the McMahon-Helmsley regime's dressing room, where he asked Triple H how he felt about his match coming up against the Rock. The World Wrestling Federation Champion was confident about the prospect of winning. After all, he did it at WrestleMania, so why would tonight be of any exception? Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley watched on while 'the Game' talked about how the Rock was one heck of a showman, but when it came to getting it on with Triple H, his track record is not the best. And tonight, when the Rock's face is looking up at the lights, and he's just been beaten to the count of three courtesy of 'the Game' - it will all be over for Rock, and the era of the McMahon-Helmsley regime will continue. With or without Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In the building, Eddie Guerrero made his way out to the ring with Chyna on his arm, the WWF European Champion still not in a great mood after what transpired earlier this week courtesy of the Big Show. 'Latino Heat' received a mixed reaction while 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' watched Eddie parade in the ring, a microphone in hand. Guerrero claimed he was vexed and had the biggest night of his career ruined by the Big Show last Monday night. Eddie asked the people if they even knew how much hard work went into getting his GED, while simultaneously having to defend the WWF European Championship, and having to pleasure his beautiful 'Mamacita' all at the same time. Eddie said that they wouldn't know, because so many kids have dropped out of school, they've never experienced being a champion, and sure as hell do not have a girlfriend like 'Mamacita'.
Eddie kissed the palm of Chyna, when 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' spoke up telling the people that what Eddie was trying to say was that Eddie Guerrero was a man of honor and a man of great pride: which is why if the Big Show was a real man, he'd come out right now and face him like one! The Big Show responded, but when he came out he was dressed up like Eddie Guerrero! Show was wearing tights, and sported a mad mullet as he strutted down the aisleway to a huge ovation. Eddie was fired up and screamed at the giant, telling him that he didn't know what he was doing, but he wanted to fight him right now! Show laughed and did an impression of Eddie, complimenting Chyna on her hot, sexy ass. Eddie was even hotter now, and Show seemed to be loving it. He told Eddie that if he wanted to fight to consider putting his European title on the line again, and they could get down to it right now. Eddie shouted for a referee to get down to the ring right away, and it appeared an impromptu title match was about to go down between Eddie and the Big Show.
8) WWF European Championship
Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) vs Big Show
Despite the past that Eddie Guerrero and Chyna have had, it has been clear that their recently formed romantic relationship has shown signs of definite chemistry. 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' work together so well that Eddie has been able to be a fighting WWF European Champion. But this past Monday night on RAW is WAR, Eddie narrowly avoided losing his title to the Big Show with a low blow, and 'Latino Heat' and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' attempted to celebrate Eddie getting his GED later that night at a nearby restaurant. Unfortunately, the Big Show wound up crashing the proceedings and humiliated the hot couple, which is what has brought on this impromptu title match tonight at Backlash.
Eddie Guerrero was fighting with an obvious size disadvantage, but 'the Big Nasty B*stard' had fun acting out as the larger version of the WWF European Champion. Eddie targeted the legs early, but Show easily was able to block the majority of Guerrero's offense, quickly sending him flying over the top rope to the floor. Eddie sought comfort in Chyna before regrouping, just to find himself being chopped ferociously in the corner by the giant bedpan-sized palms of the giant. Show even showed some flair, impersonating Eddie and blowing a kiss to Chyna at ringside! Guerrero chop blocked and went right back after the tree-trunk legs of the challenger, dropping knees on them, but when Eddie went up to the top rope for a hurricanrana, Show caught him and powerbombed him! Chyna grew concerned and tried to enter, and Show pulled her into the ring while she argued with the referee. Show grabbed Chyna by her trunks and placed her over her knee, proceeding to spank 'the Ninth Wonder of the World's ass! Eddie interrupted it and went up to the top rope for a Frog Splash, but Show caught Eddie by the throat, ready for a Showstopper! Eddie went up and landed on his feet, then pushed Show into the referee. Guerrero low blowed Show, when Chyna re-entered to nail Show with a bouquet of roses! Surely loaded with something, Show stammered to the canvas where Guerrero climbed back up top and came off with a Frog Splash, stealing an upset against the Big Show!
Winner, and still WWF European Champion: Eddie Guerrero (3:53)
Eddie Guerrero may have retained the WWF European Championship against the Big Show in this impromptu title match, but he did have some help in the form of his girlfriend Chyna, who hugged her boyfriend in joy. Show was still down and out, and to add insult to injury, Eddie stole the mullet of Show and wore it atop his head! 'Latino Heat' didn't seem to know fully where he was, but Chyna helped him in raising the title high.
A video package aired, highlighting the very personal, very intense rivalry between Triple H and the Rock. Tonight, both men will compete for the World Wrestling Federation Championship. The Rock has jumped through hoops to get here, and has seen the many allies of the McMahon-Helmsley regime, including D-Generation X, the Radicalz, Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan, and of course, Vince and Shane McMahon. But tonight, the Rock will have a very powerful man in his own corner: that man, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Will the McMahon-Helmsley regime come out on top and in supremacy of the World Wrestling Federation? Or will the Rock finally get his moment and be crowned the WWF Champion once again? And can the Rock trust Stone Cold to do the right thing?
Kevin Kelly was backstage with the Rock, Kelly asking Rock about what he thought about the absence of Stone Cold Steve Austin tonight. Rock was all business as he told Kevin Kelly that he didn't care whether 'the Texas Rattlesnake' was across the world, across the country, or even two minutes away from the building. The fact of the matter is that tonight the Rock will take on Triple H, he will take on one McMahon, two McMahon or three McMahons - it didn't matter, because the McMahon Family would all get their asses handed to them. The Rock was going to raise hell with or without Stone Cold Steve Austin, and become once again the World Wrestling Federation Champion.
9) WWF Championship
Triple H (w/WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Vince and Shane McMahon) vs The Rock
The Rock has been the man in Triple H's way of dominating the World Wrestling Federation dating as far back as 1998, where these two men met in a classic Ladder match at SummerSlam. But a lot has changed since then, as Triple H has gotten married to the boss's daughter Stephanie McMahon, and more recently aligned himself firmly within the McMahon family. The Rock at least trusted Vince McMahon up until WrestleMania one month ago, where the Chairman drove a steel chair into 'the Brahma Bull's skull which enabled 'the Game' to walk out the WWF Champion still. But the Rock has remained defiant in 'the Game's favor, and had to overcome a three-on-one Handicap match inside of a Steel-Cage three weeks ago on RAW is WAR to earn this shot. But with so much opposition, it was CEO Linda McMahon that announced she was placing Stone Cold Steve Austin in Rock's corner. And yet despite Austin's appearance three nights ago on SmackDown! - where he demolished the DX Express - nobody knew where 'the Texas Rattlesnake' was, and Rock would have to do it alone against the McMahon-Helmsley regime.
The Rock and Triple H immediately locked eyes, but it was the presence of Vince and Shane in 'the Game's corner that allowed the World Wrestling Federation Champion to take control early. Rock was full of life and fought back, the two duking it out with a series of hard-hitting blows. Triple H wanted a spinebuster early, but Rock reversed it into a DDT attempt, shot off by Triple H. Both men, so well versed with the other, went at it back and forth early, with Triple H finally able to gain control of the match following a distraction from Shane McMahon on the apron. 'The Game's role was to slow the pace of the match in his favor, and the more scientific and tactical offense of Triple H's came into full effect. 'The Game' locked in a sleeper on Rock, wanting to make 'the People's Champ' give in to the pressure placed around his neck, but Rock refused to surrender, his arm bolting up before the referee raised it for a third time, and Rock was back in the fight with a flying clothesline! Rock went for another just to be cut off by Triple H with a spinebuster, and 'the Game' was back on the attack. He pummeled his rival, before whipping him into the ropes, to eat a furious DDT by 'the Great One'! Rock sprung back up and immediately spotted Shane on the apron again - Rock knocking him off the apron, meanwhile the referee was Triple H, and Vince came from behind with a shot from the WWF title belt! Triple H covered, but Rock was able to kick out. Even Vince got in referee Earl Hebner's face, when Rock came from behind and clotheslined Vince into Earl, knocking both out of the ring. Vince recovered sooner and Triple H regained control, as it became a three-on-one beating with the McMahon family stomping away at Rock! Vince waved out for an official, and out came Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco in referee shirts! They hit the ring as Triple H clocked Rock with the WWF title belt again, but when Patterson counted, Rock powered out. It was now five-on-one, but as Triple H planted Rock with a Pedigree, Stone Cold Steve Austin made his way out to the ring with a steel chair in hand! Austin clocked Shane on the aisle with the chair, then delivered two more chair shots for Patterson and Brisco! Vince was left standing in shock, and Austin flipped him the bird before nailing him as well! Triple H attempted to attack 'the Texas Rattlesnake', but got a chair shot for his trouble! Austin grabbed Shane on the floor and hammered him on the aisle, whilst back inside, Rock delivered a spinebuster to Triple H before executing the most electrifying move in sports entertainment! The People's Elbow was landed, and Earl slowly counted the three!
Winner, and new WWF Champion: The Rock (20:17)
The Rock had done it, becoming the World Wrestling Federation Champion for the fourth time in his illustrious career! 'The People's Champ' breathed momentarily, while Earl Hebner slowly handed him his prize: the WWF Championship. The Rock stood tall on the turnbuckle with the WWF title in hand, on top of the world for right now - until the theme of Stone Cold Steve Austin hit one more time. Stone Cold returned from the back where he had been beating on Shane McMahon, and upon climbing into the ring Austin and Rock shared an intense staredown to end all staredowns. It was noted that Austin still wasn't fit to compete, but you could tell by the look on Austin's face that he was not done by a long shot. Austin hesitated, then raised Rock's hand as the champion. Stone Cold left, sure to return when he is 100%, whilst the Rock climbed the ropes one more time: the WWF Champion!
RAW is WAR - May 1, 2000 Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland Live on the USA Network
Stills of last night's chaotic conclusion to the World Wrestling Federation Championship bout aired, which resulted in The Rock being crowned the new WWF Champion against Triple H, which involved tons of interference from the McMahon-Helmsley regime, including Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco. But to top it all off, Stone Cold Steve Austin made his grand return, and even raised Rock's hand as the victor as Backlash went off the air.
The opening video package aired, bringing us to the sold-out Baltimore Arena in Maryland for the fallout of Backlash! Pyrotechnics were going off, and Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to RAW is WAR one night separated from Backlash, where Triple H would surely address the conclusion to last night's main event.
Chris Jericho made his way down the rampway to kick things off, a microphone in hand as always. Y2J had a bad black eye, the recipient of a hard shot from Chris Benoit in the clinic they put on last night at Backlash. Jericho welcomed everybody to RAW is Jericho and referenced how he wasn't holding the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and that he is putting all of the blame on "Mr Roboto" himself, Chris Benoit. Jericho told Benoit that it was okay for a machine to have feelings, and what he found out last night was that he was without a doubt, not just a better wrestler than Chris Benoit, but a better technician and - above all else - a Sexy Beast, baby!
Jericho was about to continue deriding Benoit, when Chris Benoit himself came out from behind, the WWF Intercontinental Champion hammering Jericho in the back of the head! Y2J tried to fight back, but Benoit continued to stomp away at 'the Millennium Man' to loud boos. Jericho had more fight in him after last night however, and sent Benoit careening into the steel stage wall! Jericho looked to apply the Walls of Jericho on Benoit, who responded by dropping Jericho face-first onto the rampway before locking in the Crippler Crossface! Jericho was in pain and tapping out, when three referees came out, all trying to restrain 'the Canadian' Crippler'! We saw this rivalry escalate after last night's disqualification conclusion, but this clearly meant more to Benoit than the WWF Intercontinental Champion was letting on. Benoit finally released and chased off the officials; this opening contest to kick off RAW is WAR tonight clearly going awry already!
In the backstage foyer Shane McMahon was speaking with X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori about how the McMahon-Helmsley regime would not be in such a great mood tonight, so he wanted them to be cordial and compliant with any requests they had to expect of them. Road Dogg agreed whereas X-Pac seemed to roll his eyes at the boss's son. Through the entrance to the building came Triple H, accompanied by his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, and lastly the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation. Whilst 'the Game' and the WWF Women's Champion were silent, Vince McMahon appeared to be invigorated after last night, asking the regime what they were waiting for, it's Monday Night RAW!
Back live on RAW, Vince McMahon appeared to be leading the McMahon-Helmsley regime down to the ring, with a furious looking Triple H accompanied by a despondent Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Shane McMahon following the way. The Chairman climbed into the ring with the McMahon Family, and McMahon appeared to be in high spirits. He talked about how much difference a day can make. Vince referred to the chair shot that he received to the skull by Stone Cold Steve Austin more of a blessing than a curse, because for the first time in several weeks he sees clearly now. McMahon talked about how we had a new WWF Champion, how 'the Texas Rattlesnake' proved that he was still the same sick son of a b*tch everybody knew he was. But despite all of the setbacks that his family faced last night at Backlash, it is all so temporary that it doesn't even bother me. The fact remained: he was alive. 'The Game' wasn't about to take any more of Vince's positive influence however, telling McMahon that he wasn't in the mood to hear about his father-in-law's "sky is blue, grass is green" bullcr*p. The fact remained that last night at Backlash, he lost the World Wrestling Federation Championship to the Rock, and it wasn't a laughing matter, it wasn't time for any sort of motivational speech that Vince made to make it all better again - it was personal to 'the Game'.
Vince responded, telling Triple H that maybe so, but that doesn't mean things can't change any time soon. McMahon reminded Hunter that the only reason that the Rock walked out of Backlash with the WWF Championship is because of one man, and one man only. That person being Stone Cold Steve Austin! The Baltimore crowd exploded at the name drop, but Vince told the people that Austin wasn't here tonight, in fact he wouldn't be seen again for a long time so long as 'the Texas Rattlesnake' has a neck any less than 100%! Cheers turned to boos, as Vince told Triple H that this is where it was all going to turn around: because Triple H had a rematch clause written into his statement, and on May 21 at Judgment Day, the Rock will put the WWF Championship on the line against Triple H one more time! The fans cheered, and 'the Game's serious expression turned to a smirk, as McMahon talked about how the Rock may have escaped Backlash with the title, but in under three weeks the same would not take place again if Triple H had anything to say about it!
Vince continued, telling the people why they should stop there. After all, the Rock is the WWF Champion - and in his mind, the Rock should be a fighting champion much like his son-in-law Triple H was. Which is why tonight, the World Wrestling Federation Champion will take on the WWF Intercontinental Champion, and it would be a Lumberjack match! Rock will take on Chris Benoit in the main event tonight, and you bet your ass Triple H will be at ringside, Shane McMahon will be at ringside, and Vincent Kennedy McMahon himself will be at ringside! The McMahon-Helmsley regime left with more smiles than when they arrived, the Rock's chances of hanging on to the WWF Championship potentially looking graver than they did twenty-four hours ago!
In the locker room Eddie Guerrero had his arm around Chyna, 'Latino Heat' feeling a little froggy as he whispered how he beat the Big Show last night at Backlash. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' giggled in response, when the WWF European Champion held his forehead against hers, and kissed 'Mamacita' on the forehead. The camera panned out to show a disgusted Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko, who told Eddie that he needed to stop doing that in the Radicalz' dressing room. The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion agreed, telling him that it wasn't right, that Chyna wasn't even a Radical. Eddie got upset and asked if they had a problem with Chyna being his girlfriend, when Dean told him it was nothing personal. Perry however had a big problem with it, telling Eddie that he'd gone soft since getting with Chyna, and he had had enough of it! Guerrero asked what he wanted to do about it, and Saturn challenged him for the WWF European Championship tonight on RAW! Eddie accepted, taking Chyna by the hand and leaving. But not before Chyna towered over Malenko, telling the Radicalz that Eddie was better than their little Radicalz group anyway.
1) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. Al Snow and Steve Blackman (3:22) T&A were successful last night against two former WWF Tag Team Champions in Bradshaw and Faarooq of the Acolytes. But while Trish Stratus' men undoubtedly had their names in the hat for a future WWF Tag Team Championship opportunity, they were up against the odd couple combination of Al Snow and Steve Blackman. Stratus watched idly by as Test and Albert cornered Snow and pounded away at him, but Snow would kick out of everything the two studs threw at him. 'The Lethal Weapon' finally got the tag to a decent reaction, and Blackman sounded off with his furious feet directed at the chests and jaws of T&A. Snow blind tagged back in and went up to the top rope, missing a diving leg drop to Albert, whilst Test clotheslined Blackman out. It left Snow in a precarious position, and Albert dropped him with a Baldo Bomb for the win.
Another victory for T&A tonight against Al Snow and Steve Blackman, and Trish Stratus couldn't be prouder. Test and Albert hugged it out with their business manager, their hands raised as the victors. Inside, Steve Blackman appeared irritated by another loss for the team, while Al Snow recovered. Al shoved Blackman away as he tried to regroup, to which Blackman told Snow that it was his fault; he shouldn't have tagged back in! Snow and Blackman exchanged words further, until Snow was heard telling Steve that this was over. Snow left, whilst Blackman looked on in confusion: 'the Lethal Weapon' repeated that it was his fault they lost.
In her locker room the Kat was talking to Mae Young, hoping she would settle the score and finally get that "She-Devil tramp" Terri out of her life so she could focus on recapturing the WWF Women's Championship. Mae asked Kat what a hot oil wrestling match was anyway, to which Kat explained in great detail that it included two women dueling it out half-naked in an inflatable ring: and when it's all over, the world may even see Terri's puppies fly out! Tonight Kat and Terri go at it in a...hot oil wrestling match?
Outside of the Baltimore Arena a limousine was seen pulling up, and when the driver got out to open the door, a man stepped out: it was the new World Wrestling Federation Champion the Rock! Rock made his way to the building, on a night where he meets WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit in a Lumberjack match!
Back live on RAW, a replay from earlier tonight aired, reviewing the beating that Chris Benoit handed out to Chris Jericho on the entrance ramp. In the backstage area Jonathan Coachman was stood outside of the trainer's room, where Coachman reported that Chris Jericho was scheduled to be in a match tonight but due to the severity of the beating Y2J sustained, he has not been cleared for competition, thanks to the WWF Intercontinental Champion.
The theme of the Olympic Gold Medalist hit, bringing out 'the Olympic Hero' for singles action tonight, but as per usual Kurt Angle had a microphone in hand to make his entrance with. Angle talked about the injustice that took place twenty-four hours ago at Backlash, but told the people of Baltimore that not all hope was lost, because he proved that he had the Three I's to everybody in standing up to that big red bully Kane. Angle climbed into the ring, telling Baltimore Arena that this made him not only their 'Olympic Hero', and that he is a former WWF Eurocontinental Champion either. Kurt reminded everybody of the story of David vs Goliath, and although he lost last night: this is the WWF, the land of the freakin' giants! And if that made him David, then they could call him their 'Giant Killer' too!
2) Kurt Angle def. Bradshaw (w/Faarooq) (4:21) The Olympic Gold Medalist may have suffered brain damage in last night's match against Kane. Although Kurt Angle was unafraid of going up against 'the Big Red Machine' and even gave him a fight, the record books would still state Angle as the loser in that match on that night. Bradshaw was the "giant" that Angle had to overcome tonight on RAW; the Acolytes attempting to rebound from a loss of their own after losing to T&A. Bradshaw was hard-hitting and struck hard against the Olympian - so much so that when Angle attempted to take a break on the floor, Faarooq's presence forced Angle back inside. Bradshaw powerbombed Angle for a near fall, but when he attempted a fallaway slam, Angle somehow managed to land on his feet and dropped Bradshaw with the Olympic Slam to gain the victory!
"David", or "the Giant Killer" was successful tonight against Bradshaw, who had to only outweight Kurt Angle by seventy pounds. But regardless, Kurt Angle celebrated his win to the boos of the Baltimore Arena until Faarooq arrived, causing Angle to bail out to the floor, continuing his celebration.
In the backstage area the Hardy Boyz were seen chatting to each other about their loss to Edge and Christian last night. Jeff complained about his shoulder, to which Matt advised his younger brother rest that shoulder up because they were going to get another shot at the WWF Tag Team Championships. Edge and Christian obnoxiously arrived, the WWF Tag Team Champions once again mocking their opponents last night. Edge told "the rednecks" that they put up a good fight, but they really wanted Jeff's shoulder to get back to 100%. Christian agreed, telling Jeff that he should really listen to his older brother. Jeff swung for Christian with his good arm causing Matt to step in and restrain Jeff, causing E&C and laugh aloud. Christian told Matt if he wanted to stick up for his little runt brother, he'd be more than happy to take him on tonight! Edge and Christian high-fived and left, leaving Jeff seething with Matt trying to calm him down.
Back live on RAW is WAR, Triple H was in the corridor talking with X-Pac, Tori and Road Dogg. 'The Game' told D-Generation X that he knew the group hadn't been operating as a unit as of late, but he wanted them to know the McMahon-Helmsley regime had their backs covered in case anything went back. Road Dogg told 'the Game' that if this was about being Lumberjacks in the Rock's match with Chris Benoit tonight, they were in. X-Pac objected, asking Triple H what the last good thing he did for him was. They've hunted down Stone Cold Steve Austin and got into trouble, he orchestrated the plan to get Road Dogg involved in the WWF Hardcore Championship match last night at Backlash. But what about him? Triple H told X-Pac to lighten up, telling him that if he does this favor for the regime tonight, X-Pac will get a huge opportunity this Thursday night on SmackDown! X-Pac was hesitant, but agreed to do it.
3) Dudley Boyz def. Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan (3:49) A rematch from Backlash last night was about to take place, with the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan sure to be out for revenge against D-Von and Bubba Ray of the Dudley Boyz. The residents from Dudleyville were successful last night, but were up for a tough test in repeating the result two nights in a row. Bossman and Buchanan were more fired up than at Backlash, and immediately this match took form of an anything goes match. Bossman and D-Von battled in one part of the ringside area whereas Bubba Ray and Buchanan went at it in the other, before Bossman sent D-Von into the front row with a big clothesline. Bossman and Buchanan pounded on Bubba Ray, but D-Von came back in and it was right back to being a free-for-all! Bossman left the ring and reached for his nightstick, but when Bossman got into the ring he wound up receiving a firing back elbow from D-Von! Buchanan was in there all alone and missed a scissor kick attempt on D-Von, which set him up for the Dudley Death Drop, resulting in the Dudley Boyz picking up another win tonight against the prison guards!
The Dudley Boyz stood tall whilst Big Bossman clutched his wrist in pain, D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley successful in back to back nights against the Bossman and Bull Buchanan, although it appeared that Buchanan had been injured during the match.
Shane McMahon was in the backstage area with Big Show, congratulating him on another successful impression last night at Backlash. Show was complimentary towards his friend however the prodigal son of the Chairman was not completely cheery, telling 'the Big Nasty Bastard' that he needed to re-compose himself. Shane reminded Show of how he was in the main event at WrestleMania one month ago, competing for the WWF Championship. Yet now, he can't even win the WWF European Championship! Show's demeanor turned to a more serious look and Shane told Show to keep calm, because he was here to remind him who he was. Shane told him he was the Big Show, and that the McMahon-Helmsley regime needed him now more than ever. Shane asked Show if he understood, to which Show nodded. Shane left thanking him, but Show remained stern faced upon Shane's constructive criticism.
Back live on RAW is WAR, the Rock had Baltimore Arena up on their feet! The World Wrestling Federation Champion made his way to the ring, where 'the People's Champ' was officially back with the WWF Championship gold where it belonged! 'Rocky' chants rained down across the building, as the Rock finally declared his return to Baltimore, Maryland. But the Rock was not the only thing that had returned here to Baltimore, but the World Wrestling Federation Championship too, had returned home to the Rock, making him a four-time WWF Champion! Rock talked about all of the hurdles he had to jump, and all of the mountains he had to climb to make it to this point. To stand here today was simply electrifying, after all of the beatings, all of the verbal bashings and slanderings, all of the bitching and moaning brought on by the McMahon-Helmsley regime. Through all of the betrayals, from Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley growing up to be the sl*t her father always wanted; to the largest assh*le walking God's green Earth, Vince McMahon standing in his way. And despite all of those things, including Triple H going to excessive lengths to prevent it from happening, he was standing here in this very ring in Baltimore Arena the new WWF Champion!
The fans chanted Rock's name, when he started to talk about Chris Benoit. For the first time ever tonight, the WWF Champion the Rock meets WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit - but it's not just any match, it's a Lumberjack match. And Rock told the regime to bet their asses he saw this coming when he stepped foot in the door tonight! Rock told the people that he knows full well what 'the Canadian Crippler' was capable of, he saw what he did to Chris Jericho earlier tonight, batting him around like a kitten playing with kibble. But the fact of the matter was this: Benoit can try the Diving Headbutt. Benoit can try the Crippler Crossface. Hell, throwback to Canada, he can lock Rock in a Sharpshooter - it doesn't matter! Because the Rock was going to show every single Lumberjack why, without a shadow of a doubt, he is the most electrifying man in sports entertainment today!
Shane McMahon made his way out to the rampway to loud boos, the son of the Chairman having just been spotted talking to the Big Show moments ago about participating as a Lumberjack in tonight's main event. Shane told Rock to relax, saying that there was a reason why Triple H was the man on top for so long! And it wasn't because he could talk the talk and walk the walk - not just that - it was because he wasn't so fired up and stressed out all of the time! Shane told Rock that the truth was he got lucky last night at Backlash, and if it wasn't for Stone Cold Steve Austin, he wouldn't have stood a single shot at beating his brother-in-law for that title! Shane told Rock that it was a fluke, but Rock told Shane that Stone Cold or no Stone Cold, Shane still got his ass taken to the SmackDown Hotel. And Vince got his candyass beaten nearly as bad as Triple H. But if Shane thought Rock was a fluke, then Triple H can get his rematch at Judgment Day, and when he gets there he can take that rematch clause in his contract, and stick it straight up his candyass, because as far as Rock was concerned, 'the Game' was OVER.
Rock attempted to close with his signature catchphrase, but Chris Benoit suddenly came from behind! The WWF Intercontinental Champion and the WWF Champion were going at it ahead of the Lumberjack match - but was this a part of the plan? Benoit sent Rock into the ropes, who delivered a facebuster to 'the Crippler'. Shane came down and got up on the apron causing Rock to swing and miss the boss's son! Benoit delivered a German suplex from behind, leaving Rock laying! Benoit left with Shane - was this a sign of things to come in tonight's main event?
In the locker room, the Fabulous Moolah was seen with Terri - Moolah pouring oil all across 'the She-Devil's one-piece costume, ahead of the Hot Oil Wrestling match with the Kat tonight!
Following the Rock's comments towards Shane McMahon, and the ensuing brawl with Chris Beoit ahead of the champion vs champion Lumberjack match in tonight's main event, D-Lo Brown was spotted during the commercial break watching on at his former Nation of Domination ally, shaking his head in disdain. 'The Bizniz' had changed in D-Lo's eyes, as he proclaimed Rock a "sell-out", walking away.
4) Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) def. Perry Saturn (w/WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko) to retain the WWF European Championship (5:05) Since beginning his romantic relationship with 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna, the partnership between Eddie Guerrero and the Radicalz has been diminishing week by week. Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko previously expressed their disappointment in 'Latino Heat's decisions several weeks ago, but now Perry Saturn appeared hungry for the gold around Guerrero's waist. It was back and forth, but Saturn had the size advantage and almost scored a win off of a death valley driver. Saturn was the only member of the Radicalz to not walk out of Backlash with gold around his waist, and it was implied that was the real reason for Saturn's challenge, but when Perry missed a frog splash attempt from the top, Eddie got back into the match. 'Latino Heat' made a comeback, just to be tripped by Dean Malenko on the outside! The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was clearly rooting for Saturn, but Chyna confronted Malenko - decking him with a big forearm to the face! Back inside, Saturn lifted Eddie up for a powerbomb, reversed into a hurricanrana with the legs hooked - Eddie retaining the title!
Eddie Guerrero had successfully retained the WWF European Championship, when Dean Malenko immediately climbed into the ring to confront him! 'Latino Heat' and 'the Man of 1,000 Holds' got into a shoving contest, the no-nonsense WWF Light Heavyweight Champion talking trash at Eddie! Perry Saturn recovered and attempted to hold Malenko back, whilst Chyna held her boyfriend back. Tensions were coming to ahead in the Radicalz, and it appeared Saturn and Malenko were holding 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' personally responsible.
Vince McMahon was drinking coffee in his office when Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco arrived with referee Earl Hebner in their custody. Patterson and Brisco sucked up to the Chairman, who ordered the Stooges to stand outside of the door. Hebner meekly told the boss that he was just doing his job, but Vince barked at him to shut up. The Chairman told Earl that while the Rock is the WWF Champion, and Stone Cold Steve Austin may have had a hand in it too, but it was Earl Hebner's fault for allowing it all to take place! Hebner tried to defend himself again, but Vince barked down at the smaller official, warning him not to get involved in his business. He claimed that very bad things happened to people that got involved in Vince McMahon's business, and ordered Hebner to get the hell out.
Returning to RAW is WAR, earlier today we were shown the WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. Crash didn't know where he was and had to leave his car to ask another driver where he was and how far it was to Baltimore, Maryland. The driver turned his head to reveal that he was Thrasher, causing Crash to scream in panic! Mosh was knelt behind Crash and tripped him into a roll-up for a near fall. Crash got up and opened Thrasher's car door into Mosh, before getting into a fist-fight with Thrasher! Crash kicked Thrasher down before sending him into the side of a gas canister, the WWF Hardcore Champion narrowly having escaped the Headbangers and driving away - in the wrong direction to Baltimore!
Val Venis made his way out to the ring for singles action, where 'the Big Valbowski' wowed the ladies in attendance in Baltimore Arena. Val introduced himself to the ladies, and was about to get right down to it with the innuendos when D-Lo Brown quickly interrupted him. The newly rechristened 'Bizniz' D-Lo Brown had a microphone in hand, as he told Val how stupid he sounds. He's full of double entendres, and he's full of himself. But you know what he couldn't do? Get the job done. D-Lo challenged Val Venis to get down to business with him, because he was gonna knock his ass out.
5) Val Venis def. D-Lo Brown by disqualification (3:18) This was a rematch from this past Thursday night on SmackDown!, where D-Lo Brown wound up victorious against 'the Big Valbowski'. Brown has undergone a lot of personality changes since turning his back on the Godfather. 'The Bizniz' had more of a mean streak, was more full of confidence, and was a lot more serious when it came to talking trash, by the sounds of it. But Val Venis was here to prove himself against D-Lo, and was impressive early on; but D-Lo confidently rolled out of the ring to take a breather. This vexed 'the Big Valbowski' who attempted a baseball slide, and D-Lo proceeded to begin pummeling on Val! Back inside D-Lo looked for the Sky High, but Val reversed into a sit-out spinebuster of his own, before looking to go up for the Money Shot! Val climbed the ropes, but D-Lo was able to drag himself back it - punching Val right in the package for the DQ.
For added measure, Val Venis fell draped over the top turnbuckle on his package, before crumpling down to the mat. D-Lo began hammering away at 'the Big Valbowski' igniting loud boos, when the flames went off, and out stomped Kane accompanied by Paul Bearer! 'The Big Red Machine' was out here to shut 'the Bizniz' up, but Brown wisely ran from Kane and left while Kane set off hellfire and brimstone. D-Lo talked some trash to 'the Big Red Machine' from the ramp.
In the office of the Acolyte Protection Agency, construction was underway. Bradshaw was still mad as hell about his loss to Kurt Angle earlier tonight, whilst Faarooq was seen sawing a new front door to their room. Trish Stratus popped her head through the archway, asking the Acolytes if they had missed her. Bradshaw and Faarooq immediately knew this spelled trouble, when T&A jumped them from behind! The Acolytes were more than game this time however, and the two teams traded blows! Bradshaw punched Test away from the office, when Faarooq powered Albert up and delivered a spinebuster to the 350-pounder, through the office door! Trish was attending to Albert, whilst Bradshaw complained to Faarooq that they were going to have to find another door for the office now! Faarooq simply responded with a quiet "damn".
Jerry Lawler was up besides the rampway, here to be the master of ceremonies once again ahead of the Hot Oil Wrestling match. 'The King' - as expected - was excited as ever, explaining the rules for the match. Jerry explained that these two Divas would get it on with the winner being decided when one girl's shoulders were down on the mat for the count of three!
6) The Kat (w/Mae Young) def. Terri (w/Fabulous Moolah) in a Hot Oil Wrestling match (0:49) The rivalry continued to grow between these two WWF Divas. It started at WrestleMania, where Terri was the winner of the Catfight, and coming off of that it appeared that the fame could potentially lead to a friendship between the two. This of course, was a set-up, and Terri humiliated Kat with a horrendous makeover. Since then, both women have humiliated each other - Kat stripping Terri, and Terri stripping Kat. And tonight, it was going to get hot and oily in the Hot Oil Wrestling match. Both women wore skimpy outfits for the match, and both women grabbed away at one another, until Kat delivered a snapmare to Terri; covering her for the win.
The Kat danced up and down in the oil pool, when Terri attempted to get back up and wrestle Kat. Instead, Mae Young came from behind pushing Terri face-first into the oil, and then Fabulous Moolah tackled Mae; the two legendary women falling into the oil pool! This was far from over.
Al Snow was seen packing his bag in the locker room when Steve Blackman appeared behind him. Snow was sad, but told 'the Lethal Weapon' that this was what had to be done. Steve was still confused, when Al told Steve that they were two different people. Steve? He liked martial arts, throwing sticks around and kicking people as hard as he could in the mouth. But he was a caring, compassionate person only wanting to entertain the people. 'The Lethal Weapon' asked Snow what was going on, to which Snow responded telling Steve that they were going to go their separate ways. Al offered one last hug "for the road", when Blackman decided to instead offer a handshake. Snow ignored it and hugged Blackman anyway, telling him that they were "Head Cheese forever".
Backstage Shane and Vince McMahon were discussing the upcoming Lumberjack match, and how Chris Benoit was sure to tear the Rock limb from limb. The Chairman claimed that this wasn't going to be how the WWF Champion figured his first night as champ would go. And he couldn't wait for the WWF Intercontinental Champion to tear 'the People's Champ' apart. They were joined by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, where 'the Game' asked if everything was set in place. Stephanie laughed as she told the McMahons and her husband that she couldn't remember a time where she was prouder of them. 'The Game' vowed to step in if the Rock decided to pull a "Houdini act".
Back live, Edge and Christian were making their way to the ring ahead of Christian's match tonight against Matt Hardy; the WWF Tag Team Champions firstly however having something to say to the fans in Baltimore. Edge brought up how they aren't as down with running through the crowds as they used to; Christian explaining they didn't need to feel the adulation of the fans, besides they smell pretty horrific. Edge however, had decided to come up with a compromise so that fans could remember the Edge and Christian experience forever, with a 'Five Second Pose'! The WWF Tag Team Champions posed to the boos of the Maryland crowd, yet Polaroid photo flashes were frequent! The ego on the Canadians was getting too much.
7) Matt Hardy (w/Jeff Hardy) def. WWF Tag Team Champion Christian (w/Edge) (4:15) The Hardy Boyz put on an incredible display last night at Backlash, in their pursuit of the WWF Tag Team Championship. But it was Edge and Christian who successfully retained the titles, with the literal usage of the gold as a weapon. This had taken Jeff Hardy out of action with his already injured shoulder, leaving Matt Hardy to stand up for his younger brother against Christian tonight on RAW is WAR. Edge attempted to distract Hardy and it worked early on, but Jeff immediately ran the barricade and took Edge down with a clothesline! Back inside, it was back and forth, with Matt using his speed to outrun Christian, but Christian was in the right place at the right time, and degraded Matt when on the attack. Matt came back with a side slam, but when covering Edge put his younger brother's foot on the bottom rope, which caused Jeff to come after Edge one more time! Edge bailed up the rampway, while back inside Christian tried an Unprettier reversed into a backslide - Matt stealing the win!
Matt Hardy rolled out of the ring into his brother's arms, as the Hardy Boyz had scored a singles victory against Edge and Christian tonight. The WWF Tag Team Champions were in shock about the decision, in disbelief that Matt was able to pick up the win. The Hardy Boyz motioned that they still wanted their titles, and you could bet money that Jeff and Matt were coming back for the titles as soon as Jeff Hardy's shoulder recovers.
In the backstage area Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were in the midst of yet another argument with Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko, as it appeared that the Radicalz were on the verge of imploding! The WWF European Champion and the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion went nose to nose, when the room fell silent upon a door slam, and in walked Chris Benoit. The p*ssed off 'Crippler' told the Radicalz that they needed to get their act together, because up next they had their biggest opportunity waiting for them, when the WWF Intercontinental Champion beats the WWF Champion the Rock. Benoit yelled at the Radicalz to make up and join him, they have business to attend to! Eddie, Perry and Dean sheepishly spoke under their voices as Benoit left for the ring.
But Benoit wasn't the only man heading for the ring, as the WWF Champion the Rock was seen making his way down a corridor. Up next, it's not just WWF Champion vs WWF Intercontinental Champion - it's a Lumberjack match - the Rock against Chris Benoit, in the main event!
Prior to the main event, Triple H's music hit, bringing out the former World Wrestling Federation Champion. 'The Game' and his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were joined by the Lumberjacks for our main event tonight, including Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, D-Lo Brown, the Big Show, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Tori and Bull Buchanan, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco. And to top it all off, Vince and Shane McMahon made their way down following this, with Shane joining the Lumberjacks at ringside, whilst the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation joined commentary for our main event.
8) WWF Champion The Rock vs WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit in a Lumberjack match ended in a no contest (9:25) This was certainly a unique situation for the Rock to find himself in, just twenty-four hours following him winning the World Wrestling Federation Championship from Triple H at Backlash. 'The Game' watched intently from ringside - as did all of the Lumberjacks - as Chris Benoit and the Rock went toe to toe. This was a huge night for 'the Canadian Crippler', who had assaulted Chris Jericho and sidelined him with injury at the start of RAW tonight. But to beat 'the People's Champ' was a rare feat, and he brought the fight to 'the Brahma Bull' early. Benoit tossed Rock to the wolves at ringside, and Saturn, Malenko, X-Pac, Road Dogg and Buchanan quickly indulged in stomping a mudhole on the WWF Champion. It was notable that the Big Show and Eddie Guerrero did not take part in the beating. Later in the match Shane distracted the referee which allowed D-Lo Brown to slip into the ring and drop Rock with a big Sky High, but Rock defiantly kicked out at two. The odds were seriously stacked against the new WWF Champion and Benoit suplexed Rock across the ring, but still only for a near fall. Vince McMahon on commentary put pressure on referee Earl Hebner to end the match in Benoit's favor, but Rock fought back, and even caught Shane off-guard with a spinebuster! Triple H hit the apron and Rock struck him, when the Lumberjacks all hit the ring!
The Lumberjack match had gotten out of control, as Bull Buchanan, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, D-Lo Brown, X-Pac and Road Dogg were all stomping a mudhole in the new WWF Champion! Triple H gathered the wolves as they presented the remaining carcass of 'the People's Champ' to him. And 'the Game' proceeded to hook the arms of the Rock for a devastating Pedigree! Rock may have a harder time as a champion than a challenger under the McMahon-Helmsley regime's era, especially with Triple H's rematch coming at Judgment Day! Vince talked up 'the Game' being on his way to regain the WWF Championship in under three weeks, and that it would be Rock's deathbed - but suddenly the Big Show climbed into the ring and delivered a Showstopper to Buchanan! Shane got in Show's face, when the Radicalz jumped 'the Big Nasty Bastard'! Eddie Guerrero stepped in to fight off his former allies in the Radicalz, when Benoit dropped 'Latino Heat' with a backbreaker! Benoit locked in the Crossface on the Big Show, when all of a sudden Kane made his way down to the ring, accompanied by Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty and the Dudley Boyz! A mass brawl was breaking out in the ring, and it was every man for himself! The Rock had an army behind him against the McMahon-Helmsley specially picked Lumberjacks, and all Hell was breaking loose!
SmackDown! - May 4, 2000 Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia Broadcast on UPN Taped May 2, 2000
SmackDown! kicked off in the McMahon-Helmsley regime's dressing room, where Vince and Shane McMahon were seen with the WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Appearing smug, the Chairman talked about how when RAW is WAR went off the air this past Monday night, he had a premonition. Upon seeing the chaos and rebellion that came with the Lumberjack match that saw a brawl take RAW off the air, it made the decision-making for SmackDown! tonight so much better: announcing that as a result of Eddie Guerrero's defection from the Radicalz, and X-Pac's recent hard work, X-Pac will get a shot at the WWF European Championship. But not just that, because Rikishi would take on Bull Buchanan; Kane will do battle with 'the Bizniz' D-Lo Brown; Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn will take on the Dudley Boyz! Shane laughed, calling his father a genius, and told him that things were looking up for the McMahon-Helmsley faction. He added that what the Big Show did to him last Monday, turning his back on the man that made him - he would call out that 'Big Nasty Bastard' tonight in that ring! Stephanie lastly commented that her husband Triple H will be so sad to learn the Rock won't be here tonight after the beating 'the Game' dished out on RAW, but that means with no leader, the Rock's friends will all fall like dominos. What a night in store, outlined by the McMahon family.
The opening video package aired, bringing us to the jam-packed Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia - the home of SmackDown! tonight. Pyrotechnics went off and the crowd cheered when Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the show, discussing the matches that the McMahon family had just announced; all while in the conspicuous absence of the World Wrestling Federation Champion.
1) Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) def. X-Pac (w/Tori) to retain the WWF European Championship (4:19) 'Latino Heat' appeared to have made some very powerful enemies when he betrayed his buddies in the Radicalz this past Monday night on RAW is WAR - perhaps the more vocal of the group being Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko. The fans were taking to the WWF European Champion and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World', and Eddie even offered 'Mamacita' a bouquet of flowers en route to the ring. X-Pac meanwhile was handed this match by the Chairman, perhaps to appease the degenerate for all of the work D-Generation X have put in for the McMahon-Helmsley regime in recent weeks. X-Pac looked to have Eddie's number, but the cockiness allowed Eddie to make a comeback. Tori attempted to get involved, distracting the referee when Chyna pressed Tori off of the apron and drilled her with an elbow shot! Back inside, X-Pac's Bronco Buster went haywire when Eddie got his foot up in an awkward place, and Guerrero put X-Pac down with a whirlybird neckbreaker, retaining the title.
Eddie Guerrero's hand was raised in victory, much to the chagrin of X-Pac's distressed girlfriend Tori at ringside. 'Latino Heat' had retained the WWF European Championship once again tonight on SmackDown!, and he wanted his girlfriend Chyna to join him in the ring! The fans cheered for 'the Ninth Wonder in the World' to climb inside, when Dean Malenko came from behind, attacking Chyna! Eddie chased the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion away through the crowd; clearly 'the Man of 1,000 Holds' was placing the blame for Eddie's defection on who he was romantically linked to.
In the backstage area the Dudley Boyz were gathered around a table, as Bubba Ray enthusiastically called it a war they were getting themselves into. It wasn't the McMahon-Helmsley faction messing with the Rock anymore, it was the McMahon-Helmsley alliance and all of their allies, against the rest of the World Wrestling Federation. D-Von declared that they are troops on the frontline in this war, and tonight blood would be spilled; bodies would be bruised; and tables would be broken! The two left, folding the table up with them - set to face Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn later tonight.
Back on SmackDown!, Shane McMahon was seen making his way down to the ring, the son of the Chairman appearing very confident despite the fact that he wound up worse for wear as RAW is WAR went off the air. A microphone in hand, Shane began to talk about how the Lumberjack match was exactly what he expected it to be. While it could have ended in better circumstances, and perhaps it drove half of the World Wrestling Federation locker room against the powers that be - the McMahon-Helmsley regime - it showed a unity that nobody, not even the Rock could fathom in a million years. It showed the allegiance that WWF Superstars such as Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko have, in assisting himself, Triple H, X-Pac and Road Dogg in handling business the way it should be dealt with. It showed the talents of men like D-Lo Brown, and Bull Buchanan: rising stars on their way to superstardom that will definitely not go unnoticed by him or his family.
But then there comes betrayal, and last Monday night on RAW, perhaps he overestimated what the concept of loyalty was all about! Maybe the fame that Hollywood brought him went to his head, but last Monday night on RAW is WAR, the Big Show forgot who made him, and who helped him get where he is - and that's him! Before the Big Show was dressing up as Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, and getting casting calls for Adam Sandler flicks, the Big Show was an oversized sack of cr*p - with no friends, except from he, Shane O'Mac! Shane advised 'the Big Nasty Bastard' to consider his next move, because he has been nothing but a gigantic disappointment ever since losing out at WrestleMania! The Big Show soon made his way down to the ring, Show all business not taking Shane's remarks well.
Shane began laying in the insults thick, telling Show that whatever happened to make the Big Show like this, was exactly why he was glad Show turned his back on him. Not only has he lost out on every single opportunity Shane had gotten him, but he didn't even bother to put the effort in. He called Show lazy, an unmotivated sack of lard that has no business being anywhere near the WWF Championship he once held! And now he's Hollywood - and dressing up like film characters he could never be, and Superstars he will never amount to - he isn't scary to anyone, nor intimidating. He wasn't a 'Big Nasty Bastard' anymore, he was a joke!
He wasn't scary anymore, he wasn't intimidating. He wasn't a monster anymore - he was a joke that liked to dress like real Superstars, and that wasn't going to cut it! Shane got so pumped up he actually slapped the face of the Big Show, which caused Shane to immediately apologize upon seeing the face of the Big Show. He apologized again as Show stepped forward, the big, friendly giant not so friendly now as he cornered Shane in the corner! Show shouted down at a cowering McMahon, when Triple H saved the day, hitting the ring and delivering a chop block to the Big Show! Shane got out of the ring as fast as possible, before Triple H attempted a Pedigree just for Show to back drop him out of it! The former WWF Champion ran for the hills with his brother-in-law, while the Big Show roared to the crowd's delight.
In their locker room, WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn were talking about the upcoming match against the Dudley Boyz, but Perry's mind was clearly on Eddie Guerrero. He was glad 'Latino Heat' was no longer a Radical, in fact he was never a part of the Radicalz! Benoit told Saturn they had bigger issues to deal with, suggesting they give the Dudley Boyz some of their own medicine tonight and put them through their own table. In walked Dean Malenko, who appeared ecstatic about having attacked Chyna earlier tonight. Malenko even stated that he just spoke to Vince McMahon, and he was granted a match with 'Mamacita' tonight, with the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship on the line! Saturn smiled, while Benoit nodded in silence.
Earlier today WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly was seen pulling up outside of the Richmond Coliseum in his car, at the toll booth to the arena parking lot. The parking attendant recognized him and asked him if he was Elroy Jetson, which caused Crash to get angry. Crash told the attendant to raise the gate and let him in, but the attendant told him he couldn't do that because somebody had paid him not to let him in. When asked who, Hardcore Holly suddenly opened his passenger side door, causing Crash to hop out as fast as he could! Hardcore chased him around the car before Crash hopped over the toll-bar into the arena, deserting his car with an angry cousin in hot pursuit!
In the corridor Shane McMahon was thanking Triple H for damn near saving his life tonight from the clutches of that "giant ape" the Big Show. Shane told 'the Game' he could've handled it, but he owes him one. Triple H in turn told Shane that they were family, and maybe it had taken time for them to get on the same page, but he likes him as a brother-in-law. Besides, without the Rock to terrorize tonight, what is he to do? Shane laughed, telling 'the Game' that if it's what he wants, he can get it tonight against the Big Show.
2) Rikishi def. Bull Buchanan (3:43) With the Big Bossman sidelined with a concussion this past week on RAW is WAR, Bull Buchanan was in this by himself, and it appeared that the prison guard from Atlanta had aligned himself with some strong company within the McMahon-Helmsley regime's circle of allies. Rikishi on the other hand, was one of those that saved his cousin the Rock following the Lumberjack match on RAW is WAR. Buchanan attempted to match the immovable object that was the 400-pound Samoan with his outstanding agility, Buchanan at one point delivering a springboard clothesline that took the big man down. Buchanan was on his way to victory, but Rikishi caught him with a splash in the corner for the Stinkface, before the Rikishi Driver put Buchanan away.
Rikishi celebrated his win to the adulation of the Richmond crowd, but Buchanan would not rest for too long as he grabbed his trusty nightstick from the corner and swung at Rikishi, but the Samoan did not budge! He was dazed, and a dropkick from Buchanan managed to put the big man down. Buchanan stood tall despite the loss, when Too Cool ran down to the ring causing the guard to wisely bail. Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay come to his aid, Rikishi danced with Too Cool with the lights low, and the sunglasses on.
Backstage the Acolytes were seen hanging out, Bradshaw and Faarooq drinking cans of beer around the table in their office. The WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian arrived, requesting the services of the Acolyte Protection Agency! Christian claimed it wasn't because of the Hardy Boyz, but rather it was because of the fans - they're all over them and they smell really bad! Bradshaw barked back telling the Canadians that there was no amount of money that could make the APA come to Edge and Christian's aid: they've seen their newfound Primadonna personas, and it makes them sick! Faarooq demanded E&C be real men and give the Acolytes a title shot tonight, causing Edge and Christian's jaws to drop. The brothers stumbled, telling them that they'd love that but they already had opponents tonight! E&C left as quick as they could, causing Bradshaw to roll his eyes.
In their office Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were discussing Steph's WWF Women's Championship, and that she stands alone at the top of the women's division - that was truly a feat. Stephanie referenced the WWF Divas that run around thinking they're all that, but she was a 'Billion Dollar Princess': they didn't deserve to be in her ring. Shane McMahon entered, wanting to introduce a man that wants nothing more than to protect the McMahon-Helmsley regime's name and reputation: D-Lo Brown. Brown kissed up to the McMahon family, greeting them cordially. Brown told the trio that it is because of them that he is even here right now: and feels it's his duty to do anything that is asked of him. The Chairman chuckled, welcoming 'the Bizniz' aboard and telling him to give Kane hell tonight!
Edge and Christian made their way out to the ring, moments following their declining of a WWF Tag Team Championship challenge made by the Acolytes. The cocky Canadians took centrestage in the ring, where Christian told the people that they may worship E&C's totally awesome greatness, but when they want them to shake hands and sign autographs, and kiss their freaking ugly babies: that's not good for them. Edge concurred, telling the people that's why they don't come out through the crowd anymore. Edge and Christian delivered another five second pose, before introducing their opponents tonight...out coming the Mean Street Posse?
3) Edge and Christian (c) def. The Mean Street Posse (w/Rodney) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship (2:28) After declining the Acolytes' challenge for the titles tonight, Edge and Christian declared that they already had opponents challenging for their WWF Tag Team Championship. But the Mean Street Posse were not quite what anybody in the Richmond Coliseum had in mind. Pete Gas and Joey Abs appeared to argue before the match: a recurring issue for the Posse dating back to the WWF Hardcore Championship Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Despite that, they got in a near fall on Christian with a double hiptoss - but it was not meant to be. Edge delivered a Spear to knock Rodney off the apron, when Christian sidetracked a charging Abs from behind, planting him with the Unprettier.
An easy title defense for the overconfident WWF Tag Team Champions tonight on SmackDown!, but just when Edge and Christian had their hands raised in victory, the Acolytes made their way down to ringside! Bradshaw and Faarooq called out Edge and Christian from the floor, when T&A accompanied by Trish Stratus came down the rampway behind them, attacking the Acolytes! The APA and T&A went at it trading blows at ringside, allowing Edge and Christian to confidently slip out of the ring and up the rampway away from the brawl at ringside.
Crash Holly continued to run and hide from his cousin Hardcore Holly. The WWF Hardcore Champion found himself in the basement of the Richmond Coliseum, panting and out of breath. Crash hugged the title tight, when all of a sudden Kaientai appeared to attack Crash! Taka Michinoku and Sho Funaki had been staking out for Crash apparently, and both attempted to pin Crash Holly. Hardcore Holly's voice was heard shouting after Crash, and Kaientai panicked before finding themselves engaged in a fight with Hardcore! Meanwhile Crash managed to crawl away from the scene, causing Holly to shout that Crash had something belonging to him!
Kevin Kelly was backstage with Kane, asking 'the Big Red Machine' about his firm standing against the McMahon-Helmsley regime. Kane didn't even get a word out when the Chairman Vince McMahon showed up, telling 'the Big Red Machine' that he wanted to talk to him. Shooing Kelly away, Vince told Kane that he and the monster had never quite seen eye to eye, but he thought they could work this out. Vince wanted to help Kane get to where he wanted to go, and if he simply considered joining them: then Kane could get that plastic surgery he always wanted. Kane shook his head and walked away, leaving Vince frustrated by the seven-footer's stubbornness. Perhaps the regime were trying to find more accomplices to side with them over the Rock.
4) WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn def. The Dudley Boyz (5:08) D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley sided with the Rock in last Monday night's Lumberjack match, in which 'the Canadian Crippler' was a part of, and most definitely responsible for. But tonight - with the Dudley Boyz armed with a table and set up on the floor - the Radicalz were determined to give them some of their own medicine, with Benoit and Saturn plotting to put the Dudleys through their own table. The Radicalz were on the attack early, but even the tag team experience of the Dudley Boyz managed to give them the upper hand. Saturn found himself the recipient of a two-on-one attack, while Benoit struggled to make the tag, and when he did he even found himself in harm's way of a reverse-Dudley Death Drop. Late in the match Saturn sent D-Von from the ring, and Bubba Ray almost managed to score a pin from a full-nelson atomic drop when Saturn clubbed Bubba in the back of the head which allowed Benoit to lock in the Crippler Crossface on the Dudley! Bubba tried to resist but ultimately, he was forced to tap out.
Chris Benoit refused to release the Crippler Crossface after the match, while Perry Saturn put the boots to D-Von who tried to make the save for Bubba Ray. Bubba continued to tap, when Benoit finally released the hold - the WWF Intercontinental Champion having another idea for him. Benoit and Saturn tried to suplex Bubba Ray over the top rope with the table on the floor outside; but Bubba managed to break free and sent Saturn sailing out of the ring! 'The Crippler' cut Bubba Ray off with a clothesline, when Chris Jericho came rushing down to the ring! Y2J was back after being taken out by Benoit last Monday night, and Jericho delivered a dropkick to Benoit sending him out to the apron. Y2J was fired up, and aspringboard dropkick saw Benoit flying off the apron, crashing through the table! Jericho stood tall, not finished with the WWF Intercontinental Champion by a long shot.
In the locker room T&A were being applauded by Trish Stratus for her work in attacking the Acolytes. She called Test and Albert the future most dominant tag team in the division - and soon enough Edge and Christian will be left trembling in their little boots when T&A go for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Suddenly, the Acolytes arrived to crash the party! Bradshaw and Faarooq went right at it with Test and Albert; Trish frantically trying to stay away from the brawl that was unfolding now in the locker room!
Following a replay of what happened to Chris Benoit prior to the commercial break, Jonathan Coachman was backstage standing by with Chris Jericho. Coachman asked for an update on Y2J's condition after he was taken out of his match on RAW before it even got underway. Jericho called him 'Coach', and told him that he was back, and he was back with a vengeance. Y2J talked about how "Mr Roboto' claims he is the wrestling machine to beat in the World Wrestling Federation, but a robot without feelings wouldn't jump him from behind after a hoedown he could and should have beaten him in at Backlash the night before. What that tells him is that he can beat 'the Crippler', and he wants his rematch on May 21 at Judgment Day. And when that happens, he'll be taking that WWF Intercontinental Championship away from him!
Too Cool and Rikishi's party was just getting started in the backstage corridor, where the lights were out and Scotty 2 Hotty, Grandmaster Sexay and the 400-pounder continued to dance to their hearts content; confused backstage workers surrounding them or not!
5) Kane def. D-Lo Brown by disqualification (3:27) 'The Bizniz' has changed a lot in the short time he has turned his back on the Godfather. Now seemingly in the McMahon family's back pocket, D-Lo Brown had a big challenge ahead of him tonight in the form of the seven-foot 'Big Red Machine' Kane, who unleashed Hell on everybody in his path this past Monday night on RAW. Kane hammered away at D-Lo early, who responded by taking a cheap shot and going after the legs of the pyromaniac. Brown stomped away at the hamstrings, and attempted a leg submission, but Kane had the superhuman strength able enough to break free and power D-Lo over the top rope, sending him crashing down to the floor! Kane followed him and continued to hammer away at 'the Bizniz' against the announce table: a huge uppercut sending D-Lo flying onto the table. But that's when Road Dogg and X-Pac hit ringside, jumping Kane!
D-Generation X were on D-Lo Brown's side, and aided him from a beating from 'the Big Red Machine'! Road Dogg and X-Pac continued to try and hammer away on Kane at ringside, when 'the Big Red Machine' came firing back with right hands to both members of DX! Kane turned his attention back to D-Lo however, who swiftly blasted him with a television monitor from the announce table! Kane went down and out, as D-Lo stood tall over the monster: talking trash and calling himself 'the Bizniz'! Vince McMahon was shown watching from his office, pleased with the handiwork of D-Lo and DX.
Elsewhere Eddie Guerrero was apologizing to 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' - who was doing bar pull-ups in the gym room. 'Latino Heat' was genuine in pleading for forgiveness, telling her that he knew Dean Malenko was a piece of garbage, but attacking his 'Mamacita' was something he couldn't tolerate. Chyna came down and told the WWF European Champion not to worry, because she's faced men before. And tonight, she has the opportunity to become WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, and Eddie can bet that she will take Malenko by the balls and shove them down his little throat! Chyna left, Eddie impressed following suit. Chyna faces Malenko next!
Hardcore Holly was still searching for his younger cousin Crash, calling after him. Holly wanted nothing more than to become WWF Hardcore Champion again, stood at the bottom of a stairwell. Crash Holly suddenly descended from the stairs - a master of stealth - the WWF Hardcore Champion immediately jumping from five steps up onto the back of Hardcore! Crash had a rear naked choke locked in, but Steve Blackman showed up with his karate sticks; 'the Lethal Weapon' taking Crash out with three shots from them! Hardcore came to and started trading blows with Blackman while Crash quickly retreated back up the staircase. The chase continues.
6) Dean Malenko (c) def. Chyna (w/WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero) to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (3:56) The Radicalz' issues with Eddie Guerrero were increasing by the minute this week, with Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn particularly having issues with Eddie Guerrero's love interest Chyna. Earlier tonight following Guerrero's successful title defense against X-Pac, the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion stooped to a new low when he attacked 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' from behind. But it appeared to work out, with Chyna out for revenge for Malenko's title. Malenko was actually at a size disadvantage here, and Chyna managed to power Dean around with a military press slam and a clothesline, but Malenko immediately used his technical expertise to ground Chyna, and dished out a punishing backbreaker followed by a rack to add pressure on the spine. 'Latino Heat' was forced to watch on from ringside, when Chyna was able to break free of a sleeper with a back suplex and mounted a comeback! The handspring elbow in the corner connected, but a powerbomb attempt was reversed into a sunset flip, which Malenko transitioned into the Texas Cloverleaf forcing Chyna to tap out!
Eddie Guerrero immediately hit the ring upon the bell sounding and duked it out with Dean Malenko; 'Latino Heat' incensed at his former friend from the Radicalz getting the win here! Guerrero whipped the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion into the ropes, but Dean wisely clung to the ropes and fled from the WWF European Champion: 'Latino Heat' fired up and out for revenge on the Radical!
Vince McMahon was with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, who were congratulating the Chairman on an excellent strategy tonight in upholding the McMahon family's reputation. Vince was about to say that it was important the WWF Superstars know he is not as bad as it may seem, but ironically Kane suddenly entered the room. Kane was fuming from the attack from D-Generation X, and holding his head from the shot with the TV monitor courtesy of D-Lo Brown. McMahon welcomed 'the Big Red Machine' and told him that he's glad he's coming to his senses. McMahon requested Patterson and Brisco leave so he could have a chat with the monster.
Crash Holly was now in a restroom backstage in the Richmond Coliseum, the WWF Hardcore Champion relieved to find the time to relieve himself after a night of running away from ambushes and attacks. Crash remarked that the 24/7 rule was getting out of control. He opened a cubicle, and sure enough out came Steve Blackman who blasted Holly with a swift shot from a Singapore cane! Crash was down, and 'the Lethal Weapon' covered him: Steve Blackman wins the WWF Hardcore Championship! Blackman quickly left the scene of the crime, when Hardcore Holly arrived to find his cousin laid out, with no title. Hardcore kicked Crash, demanding answers. Crash told him that his head hurt.
7) Jacqueline and the Kat def. Ivory and Terri (4:23) The feud of jealousy between the Kat and Terri raged on following last Monday's Hot Oil Wrestling match, which ended up bowling shoe ugly when the Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young both got involved in the oily mess. But tonight it was WWF Divas action, with Jacqueline and the Kat teaming up to take on Ivory and Terri; and as expected, Terri let Ivory take the brunt of the match. Ivory and Kat went at it, with Ivory easily taking control of the much lesser experienced bombshell. Terri would get the tag and put boots on Kat, parading around the ring. But Kat got the tag to Jackie, which promptly caused Terri to dart out of the ring and attempt to leave - only for Jackie to grab her and pull her back in! Kat tackled Ivory in the corner, while Jacqueline planted Terri with a DDT to pick up the win.
Jacqueline's hand was raised in victory while Ivory attended to Terri, the Kat joining Jackie in her win. The women's division in the World Wrestling Federation appeared to be on the cusp of a new generation as evidenced by the four Divas in this match, but when would WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley give any of them a shot at her title?
In the corridor backstage Triple H was spotted walking down a corridor with brother-in-law Shane McMahon and his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley behind him. Elsewhere, the Big Show had a mean grimace on his face going into the main event when Triple H encounters 'the Big Nasty Bastard'!
8) Triple H (w/Shane McMahon and WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) def. Big Show (6:14) The former World Wrestling Federation Champion may have gotten some measure of retribution on the Rock this past Monday on RAW is WAR, but tonight in the Rock's absence, 'the Game' was out to take care of a giant problem in the form of the Big Show. Now separated away from Shane McMahon as a result of the brawl that divided the WWF locker room as RAW came to a close, 'the Big Nasty Bastard' had about enough with Shane's degrading comments made about him earlier tonight, and if it wasn't for 'the Game' getting involved, Shane would undoubtedly be in a hospital by now. Triple H attempted to combat Show head on, but the giant was too large and tossed the well-sized heavyweight across the ring with ease! Show had the fans behind him, and even mimicked 'the Game's pose much to the chagrin of 'the Game'. But Shane McMahon's distraction would enable Triple H to take control, another devastating chop block leading to a figure-four leglock from the former WWF Champion. Big Show fought back with a sidewalk slam, and he wanted the Chokeslam - signalling for it. Shane McMahon climbed into the ring looking to ambush Show, who caught him by the throat instead! Show was ready to Chokeslam Shane, but a low blow from Triple H led to the Pedigree, giving 'the Game' the win!
Triple H helped Shane McMahon back up to his feet; Triple H having come out on top of the Big Show tonight on SmackDown! The McMahon family wasn't finished yet with 'the Big Nasty Bastard' however, as Shane signalled for X-Pac, Road Dogg and D-Lo Brown to come down to the ring! D-Generation X put the boots to the Big Show while Shane pointed the top rope out to D-Lo Brown: 'the Bizniz' climbing up and delivering a huge Lo Down on the giant! DX applauded D-Lo's athleticism and were all hugs and smiles, whilst Shane took the microphone declaring that this is what the World Wrestling Federation was all about! It is all about how you treat the McMahon-Helmsley regime! Shane once again insulted the Big Show, when 'the Game' took the microphone and told the Rock to come out of hiding and face him like a man: because he would get his rematch, and when he does not only would the WWF Championship be coming back to where it belongs, but the Rock would never live up to his name again! The McMahon-Helmsley regime remained all powerful, but you had to wonder what will happen on RAW when the Rock responds to all that has happened tonight on SmackDown!
Insurrextion 2000 - May 6, 2000 Earl's Court in London, England Live on Pay-Per-View (UK)
A video package kicked off the show, reviewing the intense rivalry between the new World Wrestling Federation Champion The Rock and the former champion, Triple H. Six nights ago at WWF Backlash on pay-per-view they embarked on a war that saw the title change hands with help from the returning Stone Cold Steve Austin. But tonight in London, England, the United Kingdom will bare witness to the Rock making his first title defense against both Triple H and brother-in-law Shane McMahon in a handicap match.
The opening graphic led to a jam-packed Earl's Court, home to WWF Insurrextion! The British crowd were treat to a huge pyrotechnics display, as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler introduced us to the show, live exclusively on Sky Box Office to World Wrestling Federation fans across the United Kingdom. They announced that four titles will be on the line, including a bout pitting the Radicalz against one another, as WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit and WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero will take part in a coin-toss to determine whose title would be at stake tonight!
1) Too Cool def. Perry Saturn and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko (5:16) While Grandmaster Sexay was on the bench in the month of April nursing injuries sustained by the Big Show, Scotty 2 Hotty set out to capture the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship against Dean Malenko, culminating in a pretty intense battle last Sunday at Backlash where 'the Man of 1,000 Holds' came out on top. But with Grandmaster Sexay's return this past Monday night on RAW is WAR, Too Cool were reunited to take on the Radicalz. Saturn and Malenko quickly cut off the momentum that Scotty was harnessing, the people in London on their feet for the dancing duo - but the Radicalz were keen to deprive the British crowd of the spiky-haired Superstar's moves. Saturn roughed Scotty up whilst Malenko worked over Scotty with a single-legged crab, whilst Grandmaster Sexay aimed to keep the crowd behind them. Scotty finally broke free from a double suplex attempt and caught the Radicalz off-guard with a unique hurricanrana, the tag made to Sexay! Scotty and Grandmaster worked together with a Mexican wave clothesline, followed up by a double superkick to Malenko, leaving Saturn to try and win the match on his own. Saturn delivered a death valley driver on Sexay, when Scotty came out of nowhere with the bulldog before dishing out the Worm to a gigantic reaction! It connected, and Sexay climbed up top, coming off with the Hip Hop Drop for the three!
Too Cool had scored the victory against the Radicalz to kick off WWF Insurrextion, but Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay were not yet finished. While Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko recuperated at ringside, Malenko pointed the finger at Too Cool, telling them this wasn't over. Despite this, the fun-loving duo put their sunglasses on and danced among the dimmed lights much to the joy of this sell-out crowd.
The Fabulous Moolah was in Terri's room, where 'the She-Devil' was seen changing behind a dressing divider, silhouetted and getting prepared. Moolah was telling Terri that tonight was the night she'd have her way with the Kat and humiliate her by stripping her naked in front of all of London. Terri claimed she was excited, stating that it was going to great knowing that when the Kat is laying motionless in nothing but her bra and panties, the attention wouldn't be on that "ho-bag", it would be on how sexy she is in her evening gown. Moolah took a peek behind the divider, telling her these people would be in for a shock.
In the arena, Vince McMahon made his way out to the stage to the loud boos of the British crowd. The Chairman did not appear to be in a great mood, as evidenced by his addressing of the London crowd. He certainly did not appreciate the chants of "assh*le" being thrown his way, ordering them to shut their mouths. McMahon complained about the twelve hour flight he had to take to get here across the pond. To come to a cesspit of a city like London, to be in a place like England: it made him sick to his stomach! He talked about how this country was known for its public executions, how it was known for the Black Plague, and how there was once a time where human excrement and urine would be allowed to just be dumped and ran down the streets - but maybe that's why these people like the Rock so much!
But there is bad news on that front because tonight would be the first and final defense of the WWF Championship for the Rock. And with no Stone Cold Steve Austin, and no crooked officiating courtesy of Earl Hebner, there was no possible way that the World Wrestling Federation Championship would leave London around the waist of 'the People's Champ'! The crowd booed, but Vince told the people that not only is the Rock outnumbered, but he's in there against two brilliant minds in his son Shane McMahon, and son-in-law 'the Game' Triple H. Vince was so confident that he declared that in tonight's handicap main event, there would be a new World Wrestling Federation Championship, before leaving to further boos from the crowd.
Road Dogg made his way out to the ring accompanied by his D-Generation X buddy X-Pac's girlfriend Tori, set for singles action tonight. After rapping his way down to the ring, Road Dogg rallied the fans in attendance by asking England if they were ready to kick it doggy-style. He talked about how this match goes out to X-Pac back in the States, and that tonight the Big Show was going to find out courtesy of DX that turning his back on Shane McMahon was the single worst decision he has ever made in his life. He called out 'the Big Nasty Bastard', hyped up and ready to go.
2) Big Show def. Road Dogg (w/Tori) (3:50) The giant was in hot water with the McMahon-Helmsley regime following his actions this past week on RAW and SmackDown!, choosing to protect the Rock in the Lumberjack match beatdown courtesy of the regime. This past Thursday night on SmackDown! Show received a tongue-lashing of a lifetime by Shane McMahon. He was furious with 'the Big Nasty Bastard's desire to go to Hollywood and become a larger than life Superstar over becoming a member of the regime's inner circle, and upon Show's to get his hands on his former manager for slapping him, he wound up being attacked by Triple H and beaten later that night. But tonight against Road Dogg, there was an obvious size advantage on Show's side. Despite Road Dogg's attempts to take the big man off of his feet, Show remained vertical and powered Road Dogg into the corner with numerous elbows and a gigantic chop into the heart of the rapper. A distraction from Tori enabled Road Dogg to get in a low blow, and he swiftly put the boots to Big Show; the Shaky Leg knee-drop getting a near fall. Show attempted to return to his feet, but a little Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll was able to keep him at bay temporarily. Late in the match Road Dogg went up to the second rope and found himself caught - Show catching him by the throat, but Show forced Dogg into an interfering Tori on the apron, before putting him down with an impressive Chokeslam!
The Big Show was victorious tonight at Insurrextion, much to the delight of the British crowd. Road Dogg was down, and Tori was down and hurting as well - D-Generation X unsuccessful against 'the Big Nasty Bastard' tonight.
In the office of the McMahon-Helmsley regime, the WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was seated comfortably on the couch while Triple H talked about how much he hates this country. Vince McMahon entered the room, and 'the Game' was quick to suck up to his father-in-law. He thought it was great that he considered him a part of the family, and told him that he's also glad he has faith in him to dethrone the Rock as World Wrestling Federation Champion tonight. Vince told Triple H that he did consider him a part of the family, but that tonight he needed to remember that he wasn't the only challenger to the WWF Championship. Hunter asked what that was supposed to mean, and McMahon referred to his son Shane McMahon also being a part of that match. He left, causing the former WWF Champion to ask his wife what Vince was implying.
3) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. The Acolytes in a Street Fight (6:31) Despite their match at Backlash last weekend, the bad blood between the Acolytes and the newest rising tag team in the World Wrestling Federation T&A was evidently not over by a long shot. Test and Albert have destroyed the Acolyte Protection Agency's office and been dead set on pummeling the Acolytes, whereas Bradshaw and Faarooq have not been about to stand down to the two men led by the strategic genius of the seductive Trish Stratus. Tonight, all four donned their denim jeans for a Street Fight across the pond in the United Kingdom. It was all action straight from the start, as T&A delivered an assisted spinebuster to Faarooq and clobbered Bradshaw with a multitude of rights and lefts. It was sure to be a barnburner, as the Acolytes responded by bringing out the hardware: two street signs and a trash can brought in to nail Test and Albert with. Trish watched on in concern as Bradshaw and Faarooq sandwiched the skull of Albert between the street signs, and a Clothesline From Hell from Bradshaw went broken up by Test with the trash can. Faarooq was given a pumphandle slam from the impressively strong Canadian, but the Acolytes refused to give up this match. Trish later tried to get involved by preventing a powerbomb by Bradshaw, stroking the chest of the tough Texan. Bradshaw promptly grabbed Trish by the hair and looked to powerbomb her instead, when Albert came from behind with a shot from a cookie sheet - the Baldo Bomb connecting on Bradshaw for the win!
It was promised to be bowling shoe ugly, and that's exactly what it was: T&A had gotten away with this Street Fight thanks to the assistance of their business manager Trish Stratus. Test and Albert helped a distraught Trish to her feet, whose expression turned to a look of victorious gratification. Faarooq attended to Bradshaw whilst Trish kissed the boys from the APA goodbye: but still the Acolytes were sure to be out for revenge after this.
Michael Cole was backstage with the Dudley Boyz, who will challenge tonight for the WWF Tag Team Championship against Edge and Christian. When asked what they thought about the obnoxious Canadians, D-Von and Bubba Ray responded honestly that they thought they were two primadonna punks just begging to get their asses handed to them. And tonight - in the Dudleys' minds - they weren't in London, England, they were in Dudleyville! D-Von testified, telling Edge and Christian that they got away with it at WrestleMania, but tonight there would be no escaping when the Dudley Boyz regain the titles.
4) The Kat (w/Mae Young) def. Terri (w/the Fabulous Moolah) in an Evening Gown match (1:52) These two WWF Divas' hatred of one another has been well documented over the past month or so, all spawning from jealousy among the two. At WrestleMania Terri was able to beat the Kat in a Catfight, but since then the score has yet to be settle with both women out to humiliate the other. They've competed in Hot Oil Wrestling, arm-wrestling, they've even stripped each other down to their bra and panties. But tonight was their chance to duel it out in a match where the only way of victory would be to strip the other of their evening gown. Terri took an extremely slow disrobing aided by her good friend the Fabulous Moolah, to the point that Mae Young herself got involved; Mae and Moolah going at it and rolling out to the floor with one another! Kat hit a dropkick and tried to rip the clothes of 'the She-Devil' off immediately, who decided to cower out to the floor. The chase was on, and upon re-entry, Terri stomped Kat down to the mat. Both Divas rolled around, all over referee Tim White, who appeared to enjoy himself in the moment. Terri was mad at him and slapped the taste out of his mouth, giving Kat the opportunity to grab a hold of Terri's gown, ripping it off of her and leaving her in her bra and panties!
Terri was stood panicking in the middle of Earl's Court in the skimpiest bra and panties known to man, and the Kat was overjoyed to have come out on top of 'the She-Devil' tonight! Terri tried to cover up, and demanded Tim White remove his referee shirt much to the referee's refusal, before being sheltered by the robe handed to her by the Fabulous Moolah. The Kat however wasn't finished yet, and decided to remove her own evening gown causing London to fawn over the former WWF Women's Champion's beautiful body!
Returning to the McMahon-Helmsley regime's office Vince McMahon was talking to his daughter Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley about how he ate fish and chips earlier today and found it absolutely disgusting. He told Stephanie he couldn't wait to get back to the States and dig into a nice, juicy steak. In walked Shane McMahon who shuffled up and down the room, telling his family that he was ready for tonight! He talked about how Vince had been the WWF Champion, and tonight he was going to be too when he beats the Rock! Shane also fondly told his father that he wanted to thank him for saying he would beat Rock tonight for the title, but the Chairman hesitantly told Shane that he did say there would be a new champion: but he didn't say Shane would be the man to win it. Shane asked what that meant, and Vince told him honestly that Triple H is the former WWF Champion, and only lost the title due to screwy officiating and because of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Vince told Shane that he is teaming with Triple H after all - and whomever pins Rock will be the new champion.
5) Rikishi def. Bull Buchanan (2:49) With Too Cool back together and on a roll after a victory against the Radicalz earlier tonight, now was Rikishi's time to complete the trifecta of victories for the trio tonight at Insurrextion against the tough prison guard Bull Buchanan. With the Big Bossman on the shelf, Buchanan has positioned himself well at home in the camp of the McMahon-Helmsley regime. These two went at it this past Thursday on SmackDown!, where Rikishi was able to score the win against Buchanan. But in this rematch, Buchanan was out to make a name for himself as a big player by beating the 400-pounder. Both men slugged it out early on, with Buchanan able to gain the advantage after an eye poke, and Buchanan took Rikishi down with an impressive sidewalk slam. Bull was extremely aggressive, grounding and pounding the Samoan with a series of right hands. A top rope legdrop connected, but Rikishi kicked out. Buchanan's fault came when Rikishi blocked a sunset flip attempt by Buchanan, and promptly landed ass-first on the chest of the guard! Rikishi attempted the Stinkface twice in this match, and both times Bull was able to escape out to the floor, or block it with a swift kick to the behind. Buchanan hit a springboard clothesline for a near fall, and Bull's eagerness got the better of him as Rikishi made a comeback with a Samoan drop, followed up by the Rikishi Driver for the pin.
The people in London were on their feet for Rikishi after the match, but there was only one thing that still had to be done to the corrupt prison guard. As Bull Buchanan groggily stumbled back to his feet in the corner, he collapsed right back down with his head resting on the bottom turnbuckle! The Samoan did not skip a beat, and decided to back his ass up - the Stinkface forcing Bull's face directly into the 400-pounder's ass! Rikishi had captured the hearts of those at Insurrextion, while Bull rolled out to the floor trying to get the stench off of him!
A video package aired, showing some of the meet-and-greets that Kurt Angle has had in the city of London over the past few days. The Olympic Gold Medalist met with British television presenter Kelly Brook, and in comments from 'the American Hero', Kurt was glad about the hospitality shown towards an Olympic Gold Medalist like himself.
The Olympic Gold Medalist was set for a rematch from Backlash last week, Kurt Angle making his way down to the ring to a largely negative reception from London. But 'the American Hero' did not come without a microphone in hand, talking at large about how he had a lot to say about England. He talked about how night and day it was to be here in Earl's Court, after several days of being applauded by the media and numerous celebrities in this country. He told the people that he didn't mean to talk harsh about his girlfriend Kelly Brook's home country, but talked about how grotesque it was that Brits didn't take care of their teeth! But it's not all bad, because when he beats the ambassador of terrible appearances, "the Big Red intellectually- disabled person" Kane, he would go and be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts!
6) Kurt Angle def. Kane (5:30) 'The Big Red Machine' was coming fresh off of a successful victory against Kurt Angle last weekend at WWF Backlash, but the Olympic Gold Medalist was out tonight to avenge that loss in the rematch tonight at Insurrextion. For weeks the Olympian insulted 'the Big Red Machine', claiming he was intellectually- disabled and insulted his burned body. The seven-footer didn't take kindly to this, and has chased Kurt Angle week-in and week-out, seeking retribution on Kurt. Tonight was icing on the cake as far as 'the Big Red Machine' was concerned, and quickly Angle took to trying to knock the monster off of his feet, just to easily find himself losing out on striking to Kane. Kane dropped Angle face-first across the top turnbuckle, and a flying clothesline wowed the Londoners in attendance. Despite this, Kurt refused to lose and immediately went for the legs of Kane, tackling him down to the mat and promptly going to work. Kane had never submitted before but this did not deter Angle, who slapped on a sleeper hold which 'the Big Red Machine' quickly managed to diffuse by standing up and slamming Kurt repeatedly against the corner. Kane delivered an uppercut and soon appeared to be setting up the Chokeslam, but Kurt broke free and attempted the Crossface Chickenwing, but Kane broke free and looked for a Tombstone Piledriver, reversed by Angle into a victory roll - Angle with a handful of tights, stealing the win!
Kurt Angle slid out of the ring as fast as he could, whilst Kane sat up in the ring in what was sure to be anger and disbelief. 'The Olympic Hero' even hugged a fan in the front row in delight, the Olympic Gold Medalist scoring gold in tonight's rematch from Backlash! 'The Big Red Machine' shook his head in rage whilst Angle paraded up the rampway.
In the backstage area Crash Holly was seen stomping around the corridor moments away from his match for the WWF Hardcore Championship against Steve Blackman, when he looked to someone off-camera. Crash asked what he was doing here, when he was given a swift right hand by the mystery man. The camera pulled back to reveal Davey Boy Smith, who told a laid-out Crash that he was here to take his title shot, proclaiming that the British Bulldog was back!
7) Crash Holly def. Steve Blackman (c) & Davey Boy Smith to win the WWF Hardcore Championship (4:18) The 24/7 rule has been electric since its enforcement back in February, and Crash Holly has been the man to hunt throughout this Spring. This past Thursday on SmackDown!, Crash's night was thwarted by the hot pursuit of Hardcore Holly, who desperately wanted the WWF Hardcore Championship. After attacks from not only Hardcore but Kaientai as well, it was 'the Lethal Weapon' who defeated Crash backstage in a stairwell, promptly taking off with the title. It was intended to be Blackman defending against the former champion Crash tonight, but the return of the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith moments ago shuffled the deck - the hometown hero back to become WWF Hardcore Champion in London tonight. The fans were firmly behind Davey Boy, who matched the martial-arts experience of Blackman and his sticks by introducing a cookie sheet, a trash can, and even a wooden keg barrel! Blackman dropkicked the barrel back into the face of the Bulldog, and introduced the kendo stick. Smith kicked out of the martial arts kicks courtesy of the new champ, and mounted a comeback with a shot from the trash can lid, before delivering the Running Powerslam, but before he could go for the cover out ran Crash Holly who was not pleased at all about being laid out by Davey! Crash grabbed a fire extinguisher from underneath the ring and blinded Davey with the foam, before covering Blackman and stealing the win!
Crash Holly quickly took off after being handed the WWF Hardcore Championship, Crash having just become a six time champion! Holly left through the crowd, whilst Steve Blackman slowly recovered from the loss, by a man that was in the match and out of the match, before coming to and re-entering the match in its conclusive moments! The British Bulldog regained his sight and furiously shook his head, Davey Boy Smith nonetheless receiving a loud ovation for his efforts tonight in his home country of England.
A look back at earlier today in London aired, showing an autograph signing with the WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian, where the cocky Canadians decided to charge high rates for two young fans to get an autograph and a picture with them. The audacity of these two!
Edgeand Christian made their way to the ring to loud boos from the London crowd. The two former fan favorites were far from the big ovations they formerly received from audiences across the globe, and it all spawned from them becoming WWF Tag Team Champions. Upon entering the ring, Christian told the people that unlike every other big bad tough guy, he really didn't have a lot of bad to say about the people of England. After all, you'd have to be total losers to support the Dudley Boyz over two hot young studs like themselves. Edge and Christian high-fived, when Edge allowed the women in London - whom he'd never let touch him in a million years - to take snaps for their Five-Second Pose. The crowd booed, when the Dudley Boyz' arrival interrupted the WWF Tag Team Champions ahead of this title bout.
8) The Dudley Boyz def. Edge and Christian (c) by disqualification; Edge and Christian retain the WWF Tag Team Championship (12:03) It was back at WrestleMania 2000 where the Dudley Boyz lost the WWF Tag Team Championship in an epic Triangle Ladder match to Edge and Christian. D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley were unable to receive a rematch for the titles they were technically never pinned for, that is until tonight. Edge and Christian have notably never been the same since becoming champions, gaining an excessive amount of confidence and getting on their proverbial high horses when it comes to dealing with fans, and anybody with less fame, good looks or personality as them. They have been a successful duo when it comes to defending the titles - even if that meant turning down the Acolytes for a title match in favor of the much less experienced Mean Street Posse this past week on SmackDown! The Dudley Boyz were heavily favored, and went right at it with E&C as the bell sounded. D-Von and Bubba quickly sent Edge from the ring and went to work on Christian, a double flapjack and a suplex giving the Dudleys near falls. Bubba ran into a road block when Edge had the referee distracted, allowing Christian to strike with a low blow, and quickly Edge and Christian took to isolating Bubba Ray Dudley from his half-brother. D-Von begged for the tag, and the Canadians took frequent tags in preventing the tag being made. Edge even antagonized Bubba, which allowed the champions to get in a sneaky and underhanded double-team opportunity on him while the referee was with a vexed D-Von. An assisted superplex by Christian and Edge on Bubba got a near fall, but when the champs decided to whip Bubba off the ropes, a clothesline to both men gave Bubba enough might to reach out and grab the tag from D-Von! D-Von came in with a head full of steam, dishing out the rights and lefts to both Canadians, and the Saving Grace gave the Dudley a near fall. Edge and Christian reunited to take control, when Bubba got involved too but ultimately Edge wound up on the floor whilst Christian walked right into the Dudley Death Drop! D-Von hooked the leg, but before he could count Edge came in, clobbering Bubba with the title belt, a blatant disqualification called!
Edge clocked D-Von with the WWF Tag Team Championship for good measure after the bell, and it appeared that Edge and Christian had just by the seat of their pants escaped losing the titles tonight against the Dudley Boyz! Edge and Christian put the boots to D-Von, turning their attention to Bubba. But Bubba Ray had more left in the tank and managed to give Christian a bionic elbow, before giving Edge a full-nelson atomic drop! Bubba and D-Von united center of the ring, with Bubba telling D-Von to get the tables! The half-brothers were not leaving empty-tabled, and upon re-entry they got the table set up, with Edge handed up to Bubba on the second rope - a powerbomb off the second sending Edge crashing through the table! The fans applauded the Dudley Boyz, who wouldn't be leaving Insurrextion with gold, yet exacted their revenge by giving Edge wood!
Shane McMahon was pumping himself up in the corridor backstage, 'Shane O'Mac' telling himself that it was his night to shine, to become the second McMahon to become World Wrestling Federation Champion. Up walked his brother-in-law and partner tonight, Triple H, who told Shane that if he really thought he was going to get the WWF Championship tonight, he was delusional. Shane told 'the Game' the same thing, reminding him that if Vince wanted Triple H to win back the WWF Championship from the Rock, then why would he make it a handicap match? Triple H told Shane to ensure the Rock gets his ass kicked! 'The Game' told Shane that he had grown to like him as a brother, but if Shane thought he was getting off lightly because they were partners tonight, it wouldn't stop him from getting a beating too if he stepped in his way. Shane simply told H "may the best man win", offering a handshake. Triple H ignored it, pridefully walking away.
Back in the building Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were making their way to the ring to a huge ovation. The former Radical and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' may have been disliked one month ago when 'Mamacita' shocked the world by aligning with 'Latino Heat', but they had become admired by the thousands in attendance, even half way across the world from home. Eddie opened by speaking for his admiration for England! He talked about all the activities they had gotten up to, from getting hot and heavy with 'Mamacita' in the London Eye, to seeing the Millennium Dome and even checking out "the dudes with the fuzzy hats" outside Buckingham Palace! Chyna told England that they were thrilled to be here, because tonight the WWF European Champion was ready to do his country proud with a defense! Chris Benoit suddenly interrupted, 'the Canadian Crippler' unimpressed by the antics of his former ally in the Radicalz. Benoit was in no mood to even talk to Eddie, instead removing his WWF Intercontinental Championship and facing off with Eddie and Chyna. Referee Mike Chioda presented the pound coin that would determine which man's title would be at stake in this match, and upon flipping the coin it was determined: it would be Benoit's WWF Intercontinental Championship!
9) Chris Benoit (c) def. WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship (13:57) The romantic formation of 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' over the past month has created friction between the Radicalz and Eddie Guerrero. It came to a head over the past week where the WWF European Champion decided he would prefer to fight alongside his girlfriend Chyna over teaming with the Radicalz to act as pawns in the McMahon-Helmsley regime's heated rivalry with the Rock. Guerrero had his issues with Dean Malenko this past Thursday night on SmackDown!, who attacked 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' and proceeded to defeat Chyna in a match for his WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. But tonight, Eddie and Chyna had to deal with the foul-tempered technician of the Radicalz, 'the Crippler' Chris Benoit. Both men have toured the world as both enemies and allies, and it was immediately established right out of the box that Chris Benoit was not going to take it easy on his former friend. But Eddie knew Chris better than the back of his hand and immediately went hold to hold in combat with the Canadian. Chyna cheered her boyfriend on, but Eddie's speed was derailed by a sudden tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by Benoit, who quickly decided to target the previously separated shoulder of Eddie. Benoit locked in a cross-armbreaker to ensure Eddie stay down and hurting, continuing to tug on the shoulder of Guerrero's until Eddie was somehow able to roll him up for a near fall. But it seemed as though the damage had been done, and Benoit quickly went through the motions with a snap suplex and a gutbuster failing to put away the resilient WWF European Champion. Chris' error came with a powerbomb attempt reversed into a hurricanrana, and Eddie made a comeback that consisted of a leg lariat and several dropkicks, before connecting with a snap suplex of his own! The fans rallied behind 'Latino Heat', who attempted the whirlybird neckbreaker blocked into a German suplex for a near fall. Benoit spotted Chyna out on the floor and decided to turn his attention to her, when Eddie soared through the air, a suicide dive taking Benoit out! Chyna got in a shot on Benoit unbeknownst to the official when Eddie rolled him back inside; Guerrero going up to the top for the Frog Splash, but upon missing Benoit upon impact, Benoit opportunistically went up and delivered the Diving Headbutt to the shoulder to retain the title!
Chris Benoit had successfully put away Eddie Guerrero tonight at Insurrextion to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship! 'The Canadian Crippler' grabbed his title and held it high in celebration, whilst Eddie Guerrero clutched his shoulder in the corner. The WWF European Champion wasn't leaving London with two titles in his possession, but 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna had something to say to Benoit. She confronted 'the Crippler' in the ring, and when raising her fists provoking Benoit to fight her, the Canadian decided to leave instead much to the anger of Chyna, and the satisfaction of the WWF Intercontinental Champion.
Michael Cole was backstage standing by with the World Wrestling Federation Champion The Rock, who he asked about his feelings that tonight he would make his first title defense against not just Triple H, but Shane McMahon in a Handicap match. 'The People's Champ' mocked Michael's question telling Rock that it may be a Handicap match, but the Rock's entire history with Triple H has been that of a Handicap match, whether it be Vince, Shane, Stephanie, Triple H, Linda, hell even Grandpa McMahon with the one eye and Meemaw McMahon who just knitted her son Vinny a new sweater! The Rock talked about England, and how he could hear the fans screaming the Rock's name. And Rock promised not to disappoint, because when 'the Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment' steps out there, he would layeth the SmackDown! on both Triple H and Shane McMahon and walk out of beautiful London, England still the WWF Champion - if you smell what the Rock is cookin'.
10) The Rock (c) def. Triple H and Shane McMahon (w/WWF Chairman Vince McMahon and WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley in a Handicap match to retain the WWF Championship (15:45) After months of pursuing the World Wrestling Federation Championship, it was six nights ago at WWF Backlash where The Rock was finally able to capture the WWF Championship when he beat Triple H. 'The Game' and the rest of the McMahon-Helmsley regime have continued to dispute the situation surrounding that match by blaming the circumstances of Earl Hebner's supposedly shady officiating, as well as the obvious presence of Stone Cold Steve Austin. With a huge bulls-eye on the Rock's back, he was here live and in living color at Insurrextion tonight to make his first defense against both Triple H and Shane McMahon, whom Vince McMahon had perhaps stirred the pot in pitting both men against each other. Whichever man pinned or made the Rock submit tonight would become the WWF Champion, and surely it was motivating both 'the Game' and Shane going into this main event. Vince McMahon and 'the Billion Dollar Princess' Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were present at ringside as Rock started out hot, managing to combat both Triple H and Shane with right hands. Rock was on a tear, drilling Shane with a DDT and a nip-up, but some trash talk from Stephanie at ringside allowed Triple H to drill Rock with a clothesline. From there it was a two-on-one game for the challengers, who exchanged tags and double-teamed 'the Brahma Bull' where they could. 'Shane O'Mac' was extremely confident in jabbing at Rock, but upon receiving a right hand from Rock he responded by tagging in 'the Game' and backing out to the apron. Rock soon made a comeback when Shane got overconfident with his striking, and 'the Great One' drilled Shane with a spinebuster! Rock wanted the People's Elbow, but Triple H came from behind again, trying the Pedigree countered into the Sharpshooter! Shane blasted Rock from behind and immediately tagged himself back in, where Shane delivered a Pedigree of his own! He covered, when Triple H broke it up and got in his brother-in-law's face! 'The Game' and Shane were about to go at it much to the chagrin of a furious Chairman, when Rock came out of nowhere sending both men into Vince! The Rock Bottom was blocked by Triple H, and Rock sailed right into referee Mike Chioda, knocking him down. This allowed Vince to enter the match with a steel chair in hand, but Rock managed to catch him with a spinebuster, delivering the People's Elbow to the Chairman! Triple H came from behind with a Pedigree attempt, but Rock was able to backdrop out of it, before planting Shane with the Rock Bottom, scoring the victory!
The Rock had overcome the odds in what truly was a Handicap match - overcoming the entire McMahon-Helmsley regime in his first defense as the World Wrestling Federation Champion! 'The People's Champ' had lived up to his name, while Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley aided to their family; Triple H furious over the loss he didn't even sustain, and Shane was down and hurting! As Triple H and Stephanie were out at ringside, the Rock climbed up to the turnbuckle with the WWF Championship raised high and Earls Court exploding with admiration for 'the Great One', but you had to wonder what the McMahon-Helmsley regime's next move would be, and when Triple H gets his rematch, the family would undoubtedly give it their all to ensure the WWF Championship comes home!
Jakked - May 6, 2000 Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland Broadcast on syndication Taped on May 1, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kellyare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) Essa Rios (w/Lita) def. Funaki (w/Taka Michinoku) (4:22) Essa Rios may not have been successful in his pursuit of the WWF Hardcore Championship in the Six-Pack Challenge match at Backlash, but tonight he had a very game Funaki to contend with. Kaientai have been watching idly by as of late, and Essa Rios has been climbing the ladder in the Light Heavyweight division. The lovely bilingual Lita watched on, as Funaki attempted to use his partner Taka Michinoku for assistance, which led to Lita diving off of the apron with a hurricanrana on Michinoku, sending him flying. Funaki's attempt at a superplex went awry and Essa delivered a top rope hurricanrana, before he went up top and finished him off with the Moonsault.
The Mean Street Posse were in the ring ready for action against the Godfather, who made his way down to the ring as always accompanied by some of his finest Hos. Upon entry to the ring 'the Pimp Daddy' offered everybody in the building to come aboard the Ho Train, before he asked Joey Abs, Rodney and Pete Gas if they wanted to take a ride on the Ho Train and get out of an inevitable ass-kicking courtesy of 'the Pimp Daddy'. The Posse comically huddled up to discuss it, before Abs declined the invitation - much to the annoyance of Rodney and Gas. Gas, Rodney and Abs began shoving one another, until Godfather immediately charged all three, starting this match.
2) The Godfather (w/Hos) def. Joey Abs (w/The Mean Street Posse) (2:53) It was unfortunate that the Mean Street Posse have had such a bad week, considering how promising it appeared on the surface. With things not going their way, the trio had a huge opportunity this past Thursday night on SmackDown! when they got a shot at Edge and Christian's WWF Tag Team Championship. But the Greenwich boys' egos got in the way, and the Hardy Boyz sure didn't help either. And now tonight on Jakked, Joey Abs had made the bold decision of declining Godfather's invitation for the Posse to lose their virginity to his Hos tonight. Abs was aggressive on the attack, but it was short lived as Godfather immediately got the ball rolling and delivered the Ho Train (which also knocked Rodney off of the apron), before finishing Joey Abs with the Pimp Drop.
3) Rikishi def. Julio Fantastico (2:06) Too Cool was running at a head full of steam once more after the return of Grandmaster Sexay this past Thursday on SmackDown!, and Rikishi had the fans of Baltimore firmly behind him going into this bout tonight against Julio Fantastico. Fantastico attempted to quicken the pace of the match but ultimately the 400-plus pounder used his size as an advantage. The superkick led to the Stinkface, which was followed by the Samoan drop. Rikishi picked Julio up and thought twice about the idea of connecting with a Rikishi Driver, instead deciding to drag Fantastico's limp body to the corner, and dishing out one last decisive Banzai Drop for the easy victory tonight on Jakked.
4) Tazz def. Gangrel (5:27) 'The Human Suplex Machine' had presented himself with a fierce challenge this past week on SmackDown!, in picking a fight with the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit. Tonight however, Tazz had the unenviable task of going up against one of the more unorthodox WWF Superstars in Gangrel. The vampire appeared to have Tazz's number early, as he took the fight to the brawler from the Red Hook section in Brooklyn, New York. Tazz countered Gangrel's belly-to-belly suplex with one of his own, and started emerging on a roll until Gangrel kicked Tazz low, but the official didn't fully see it to call the match off. Gangrel was on the attack, but when Tazz kicked out of the Impaler, 'the Human Suplex Machine' came back and managed to catch the vampire off-guard with the Tazzmission, forcing Gangrel into submission!
HeAT - May 7, 2000 Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia Broadcast on the USA Network Taped on May 2, 2000
The opening video package for Sunday Night HeAT aired, and we went to the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia for Sunday Night HeAT, where pyrotechnics went off midring. Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman are calling the action.
1) Al Snow def. Test (w/Albert and Trish Stratus) (4:13) With the apparent break up between Al Snow and Steve Blackman this past Monday on RAW is WAR, Al Snow looked to be out to prove himself in the singles division. But Snow was up against some tough opposition in the form of Test, who was accompanied as always by Albert and Trish Stratus. Snow even dared to hit on Trish at ringside, which drew the ire of Albert, who got rocked himself with a right hand. It was Snow against the world, and a moonsault on the six-foot-six Canadian almost scored him a win. Snow was in control but Albert got up on the apron to distract Snow, which led to the Acolytes coming down to ringside and getting into it with Albert! Back inside, the distraction caused Test to lose control, and an inside cradle gave Al Snow the win!
The Acolytes backed up the rampway, all smiles in retaliation for the ambush T&A gave them this past Thursday night on SmackDown! Snow celebrated his win, whilst Trish Stratus was seething with rage over Bradshaw and Faarooq costing Test the match tonight! The wars between the APA and T&A were far from over.
2) Too Cool def. Kaientai (5:28) Scotty 2 Hotty was rejoined by Grandmaster Sexay this past Monday on RAW is WAR, and with that Too Cool were back together once again, aligning themselves behind their best buddy Rikishi's cousin the Rock in the fight against the McMahon-Helmsley regime. As for Kaientai, they came up empty-handed this past Thursday on SmackDown!, without the WWF Hardcore Championship to show for it. Taka Michinoku and Funaki were very game tonight, Kaientai working as a cohesive unit to isolate Sexay and attempt to keep him down and away from the fresher Scotty. But Scotty 2 Hotty was soon able to make the tag, and after Sexay clotheslined himself and Michinoku over the top rope, Scotty treated the people in Richmond to the Worm on Funaki, picking up a win in Too Cool's first match back!
Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay were back together again, and Too Cool celebrated the occasion by doing what they do best: dancing the night away to the applause of the fans in attendance.
Backstage Val Venis was walking the backstage area, when he peeked past a half-open door reading "women's shower room". 'The Big Valbowski' smiled with mischief as he opened the door further to see who was inside. Val's eyes jumped out of their sockets upon spotting Lita taking a shower, her upper back on display! Val laughed and closed the door again, continuing his walk to the ring for action against Gangrel.
Val Venis was making his way down to the ring as HeAT returned, 'the Big Valbowski' all smiles after the sights he just spotted backstage. Climbing into the ring, he introduced himself to the ladies in the crowd, talking about how he wanted to extend his "olive branch" and reach out to any of the ladies in attendance to come and help take his towel off, but before doing so specifically noted that if there was one lady he thought should try out adult acting, it was none other than the lovely Lita! Val laughed, but before he nominated a woman from the audience, Gangrel made his ascendance from beneath the stage - the vampire set for action.
3) Val Venis def. Gangrel by disqualification (2:56) Val Venis may have had the shock of his life when he peeked on Lita bathing in the shower moments ago, but he had his work cut out for him in the form of the determined vampire Gangrel, who surely wanted nothing more than to earn himself a big victory tonight against the former WWF European Champion. It was back and forth and hard-hitting between the two men; 'the Big Valbowski' finding himself in trouble when Gangrel locked in a claw on him. But Venis was resilient and came firing back; both men fighting to a double knockdown off of a clothesline. With both men down out ran an irate Essa Rios, who had Lita with him; Essa climbing up to the top rope and coming off with a Moonsault on Val Venis!
We were seeing the fired up temper of the luchador Essa Rios, and he most definitely was not impressed with the antics of 'the Big Valbowski' in calling out his girlfriend Lita to take part in an "acting opportunity". Rios put some boots to Val and called him a pervert, while Lita watched on with a smile. Essa passionately kissed her, the Latin lovers leaving Val trying to regain his breath.
The Acolytes were hanging out in the backstage area when they were approached by Trish Stratus, who was solo. Faarooq and Bradshaw admired her for having the guts to show up here by herself, to which Trish told the boys with sass that she was her own woman - T&A are simply her clients. Trish brushed herself up against the APA, telling them that she was impressed by their tactics, luring and frustrating Test and Albert so bad. But T&A now want to beat the hell out of them by any means necessary. Stratus spoke softly in their ears, asking the Acolytes if they were willing to fight T&A one more time tomorrow night on RAW. Faarooq was up for it, but Bradshaw continued: telling her that the Acolytes would fight T&A again - but on their turf. A Bar Room Brawl! Trish laughed, telling them that the proposition was cute, and she'd tell her boys that it was a done deal.
Back on HeAT, Kurt Angle was making his way to the ring for the main event, 'the Olympic Hero' taking to the microphone as he began to talk about how sometimes in life, you get lucky. As for himself, he was extremely lucky. Not only has he been a WWF Superstar for seven months, but he has become by far the most accomplished man in the World Wrestling Federation today: with wins over the likes of Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and even going toe-to-toe with the Rock, and being the WWF Eurocontinental Champion. But before he embarked onto greener pastures with what tomorrow on RAW will bring, he wanted to settle this once and for all against a guy he didn't beat: that man being Tazz! Ask and you shall receive, Tazz made his way out to the stage to answer Angle's challenge! 'The Human Suplex Machine' told Kurt that he had moxy for calling him out, reminding him of all of those times he choked his ass out! And on top of that, Kurt Angle went out like a light. Angle further provoked Tazz, who told Kurt words he'd been dying to tell him: "beat me if you can, survive if I let you!"
4) Kurt Angle def. Tazz (4:59) The Olympic Gold Medalist may be the most decorated WWF Superstars within the first seven months of his career, but the one thing that was on Kurt Angle's mind right now was avenging a loss he suffered to 'the Human Suplex Machine' back at the Royal Rumble in January, where Tazz choked out the Olympian in his World Wrestling Federation debut in Madison Square Garden. Tazz clobbered Kurt early, and a belly-to-belly overhead suplex caught Kurt off-guard, but shortly after Angle went right on the attack, a back suplex on the outside floor knocking the breath right out of the machine. Angle put the boots to Tazz and showed more of a mean streak than we have come to expect from 'the American Hero', who delivered three German suplexes, but no such result. Tazz fired back up and delivered the Tazzplex to Kurt, and when it came to preparing for the Tazzmission, Kurt was able to counter into the Crossface Chickenwing! Tazz went down, but refused to give up, and somehow was able to get his foot to the bottom rope. With Tazz still in the sight, he was hurting from the submission, and an Olympic Slam decisively put Tazz down for the count.
Kurt Angle had his hand raised in victory, 'the Olympic Hero' taking a victory celebration around the ring to the chorus of boos received from the Richmond Coliseum. Angle had avenged the loss against Tazz, and you had to wonder what was next for the Olympic Gold Medalist.
RAW is WAR - May 8, 2000 Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York Live on the USA Network
The opening video package for RAW is WAR aired taking us to the sold out Nassau Coliseum where the fans were rabid and pyrotechnics set the stage for tonight's show, two weeks away from Judgment Day live on pay-per-view! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler introduced us to RAW, with the announcement of a Bar Room Brawl tonight between the Acolytes and T&A; plus, Eddie Guerrero defends the WWF European Championship against Dean Malenko.
But kicking things off, The Rock made his way down to the ring to an enormous ovation from the Long Island crowd; the World Wrestling Federation Champion making his first appearance in seven days. As chants of his name rained down from the rafters, 'the People's Champ' declared that finally he had come back to New York. The place erupted, when Rock began to address what went down last week where every single person in the McMahon-Helmsley faction's back pocket set out to dish up a beating of great magnitudes until all hell broke loose and before you knew it, the World Wrestling Federation locker room was tearing itself apart from within. As far as that is concerned, the Rock didn't ask for anybody's help and didn't need anybody's help. The only thing that mattered was that he was the WWF Champion, and he understands that everybody wants to use the Rock as a stepping stone to achieve success. Moving on to Triple H, 'the Brahma Bull' told 'the Game' that last Thursday night on SmackDown! he heard a grown man cry, bitch and moan until he got his own way: and as far as he is concerned, he can have his rematch. May 21 at Judgment Day, 'the Game' will get his rematch with the Rock, WWF Championship on the line! Rock told Triple H to bring all of his jabroni friends with him, because it was going to take more than that to take the title away from him!
To the surprise of nobody, Triple H interrupted the Rock. But he wasn't alone, accompanied by the entire McMahon-Helmsley regime: wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, X-Pac, Road Dogg with Tori, and the Stooges Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco! Long Island thundered down with furious boos upon the faction, and Stephanie took to the microphone first. The WWF Women's Champion told Rock that he can throw around all of the jokes he wants but the fact remains that what happened to the Rock last week on RAW was an omen of things to come at Judgment Day. When her husband left him laying after a Pedigree, she saw the weakness in the Rock's eyes. Like a dying flame, the Rock's time with the WWF Championship will come to an end when her husband has his way with him. Rock cut her off, telling Steph that it's real great to hear from 'the Billion Dollar Hobag', but if the Rock was going to be interrupted, she is the last person on the list of people he wants to hear from and that she should know her role and shut her mouth! McMahon-Helmsley distraught, 'the Game' took over and told Rock that he can cover his ears and pretend like it didn't happen, but it sure as hell did.
The truth was Triple H enjoyed beating Rock's ass last week, so much he wanted to do it more than once. So how about making their rematch interesting, in the form of Three Stages of Hell? 'The Game' laid out the rules, telling Rock that he is convinced Rock got lucky at Backlash when he beat him for the title - so at Judgment Day, the only way either of them could walk out with the WWF Championship, it would be in a two-out-of-three falls match. The first fall would be a First Blood match, knowing how much the Rock likes to bleed all over the place. The second fall would be a Street Fight, because the whole world saw him kick his loser friend Mick Foley around in the Street Fight back at the Royal Rumble. And the third, should 'the Game' need it: a Steel-Cage match! No McMahon-Helmsley regime, no nothing: just 'the Game' and 'the People's Champ. And when it is all said and done, there will be a new WWF Champion. Rock told 'the Game' that he understood, he knows how much Triple H loves to hear himself talking, he bets it gives every sane man, woman and child a migraine. Rock told Triple H to bring the family out on May 21, because one way or another when the dust settles, and there is blood all over Louisville, Kentucky on that night; the Rock will still be the WWF Champion!
But Rock proposed a fight right here and now, and after brief discussions with a reluctant Stephanie, 'the Game' began marching down to the ring to meet with the Rock! The regime followed suit, but when Triple H got on the apron, so did X-Pac and Road Dogg. Rock invited them in, and next thing you knew it was the Rock fending off all three members of D-Generation X! Vince, Shane, Stephanie, Tori and the Stooges watched on, as Rock attempted a Rock Bottom on 'the Game', just to get jumped by X-Pac and Road Dogg! DX held the WWF Champion up while 'the Game' clobbered him with a right hand, when the Dudley Boyz charged down to the ring! D-Von and Bubba Ray sounded off against X-Pac and Road Dogg, when Patterson and Brisco entered just to eat a clothesline from the Rock! 'The Game' and his buddies bailed to the floor, whilst the Dudley Boyz delivered a 3D to Patterson! Vince was livid now as well, while the Rock and the Dudleys stood tall mid-ring! An electric start to RAW is WAR in Long Island!
A creepy vignette aired, showing a trio of girls laughing, dancing and reciting nursery rhymes whilst ominous text flooded the screen. It ended with "5.21.2000. The End is Nigh'.
Back live on RAW, the Big Show was seen watching what Shane McMahon did to him last week on a television monitor when Kevin Kelly approached 'the Giant' for comment. He told Kevin Kelly that Shane liked to walk around with a pompous attitude, that he liked to make WWF Superstars like himself feel bad because of things Shane McMahon wishes he could do in a million years. But he was something different. He was a seven foot giant. He was 'the Big Nasty Bastard' the Big Show: a former WWF Champion. And when he next sees 'Shane O'Mac', he is in for the shock of his life. Bull Buchanan walked up, nightstick in hand. He lowered his shades when he told Show that he had a match with him tonight, and if he were the Big Show? He'd be worried less about Shane, and more about 'the Bull'.
In the building, Edge and Christian made their way down to the ring among loud boos from the Nassau Coliseum. The cocky WWF Tag Team Champions remarked that they couldn't believe they were here in Nassau. Christian remarked that this is where the New York Islanders would've been playing in the NHL play-offs right now, had they not spent the last season choking at each and every turn! Edge commented on how "dorky" everybody in Long Island looked, saying it was no wonder handsome dudes like themselves were more famous than they were! Finally Too Cool and Rikishi made their way out for this number one contender's match, forcing Edge and Christian to retreat to the announce table to continue their verbal tirade on the people of Long Island.
1) The Hardy Boyz def. Too Cool (w/Rikishi) in a Number One Contender's match (5:28) The winning team would go on to challenge Edge and Christian for the WWF Tag Team Championship at Judgment Day, and with Jeff Hardy now fully rested up after an aggravated shoulder injury you had to imagine the Hardy Boyz wanted another shot against the egotistical Canadians. But first they had to battle Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay, who returned last week on RAW. Edge and Christian watched from the announce table, discussing how neither team were viable threats to them, and claiming that they "oozed dude-ocity" neither Too Cool nor the Hardy Boyz could match up against. The crowd were split down the middle, with Jeff and Matt showing their tag team expertise with Poetry in Motion to Grandmaster, and a double legdrop putting him down for a near fall. Scotty soon made the tag and fared well on his own, delivering a facebuster to Matt and looking for the Worm when Edge and Christian declared they were doing a "run-in" and got off commentary to hit the ring! But Rikishi dragged Christian off the apron and went at it with Edge, while inside, Matt dodged the Worm and delivered a Twist of Fate followed up by Jeff's Senton Bomb, giving the Hardy Boyz another shot at the titles!
The Hardy Boyz were victorious and getting another shot at the WWF Tag Team Championship! Jeff and Matt's celebration would be brief however, as Edge and Christian arrived to attack their rivals. The four went at it, when Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay joined the fray, targeting the champs! Edge found himself the victim of a double superkick from Too Cool, when Rikishi arrived in the ring to rush Christian in the corner. He fell down, and the 400-pound Samoan backed it up to give him the Stinkface! The Hardy Boyz and Too Cool with Rikishi were left standing tall, whilst Edge helped his poor brother out of the ring in disgust!
In the hallway Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were with X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori, 'the Game' extremely annoyed at how the Dudley Boyz got involved with their business tonight. The Rock had back-up, and that made 'the People's Champ' a coward. He couldn't wait for Judgment Day, when Road Dogg suggested they get even with the three of them: a six-man tag team bout tonight. X-Pac and Tori seemed reluctant, but Triple H told Road Dogg that it was a great idea. Tonight they take care of business, and tonight the Rock would find himself in a world of hurt before Three Stages of Hell. D-Generation X left, leaving 'the Billion Dollar Princess' and Tori both concerned.
Shane McMahon was walking down the corridor as we returned, 'Shane O'Mac' mumbling to himself about the Big Show when Kurt Angle walked up to ask Shane a question. Shane told 'the Olympic Hero' that he was busy but told him to come by later. Angle stopped him and told Shane that all he wanted was to advance his rookie year career. He said that he's a former WWF Eurocontinental Champion, he was undefeated for the first months of his career and he feels like he's stagnating. What has an Olympic Gold Medalist gotta do to get a push around here? Shane told Kurt to walk with him, the two continuing.
2) Big Show def. Bull Buchanan (3:04) Bull Buchanan has been riding solo without running partner Big Bossman, after a concussion took Bossman out of action last week on RAW. Buchanan - now aligned with the McMahon-Helmsley regime - tried his hand against Rikishi to little success this past week on SmackDown!, but tonight he had bigger business to deal with in the form of the Big Show. 'The Big Nasty Bastard' refused to re-align with his friend Shane McMahon, and in response Shane washed his hands of the giant, even slapping him in the face. Show has tried to get his hands on Shane since, just to be attacked by Triple H, who beat him on Thursday night. Buchanan brought the fight to the Big Show early, an impressive dropkick taking him down to a knee. A win over the former WWF Champion would have done Buchanan a world of good, but Show came back with a low dropkick of his own, taking Buchanan out of the air! Shane McMahon came down to ringside, climbing onto the apron to confront the Big Show. But as Show approached him, Buchanan charged from behind - just to receive a mighty Chokeslam giving Show the three count.
Big Show had won despite Shane McMahon's interference attempt, 'the Big Nasty Bastard' now fully focusing on his former ally after the match with Bull Buchanan. He climbed over the ropes and began stalking Shane around ringside, who ran from the big man. But that's when Kurt Angle struck, trying to tackle Show from behind just to get shrugged off by the big man! Show chopped Kurt against the barricade, when Shane came from behind with a low blow to the giant! Kurt responded with a fierce clothesline to Show, before putting the boots to 'the Big Nasty Bastard'! Show continued to rise again however, and even grabbed Shane by the shirt causing the Olympian to panic, grabbing a television camera and clobbering Show right in the skull with it! Angle smiled, whilst Shane sadistically told Show he was done with! Why was Kurt Angle helping Shane? To get a "push"?
In the backstage area WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were in the locker room, 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' wearing a big frown after what happened to her last Thursday night on SmackDown!. Eddie picked up on it, commenting that she hadn't smiled all weekend, even when they were in England. Chyna told Eddie that right now it wasn't about her, it was about taking care of Dean Malenko. 'Latino Heat' assured 'Mamacita' that tonight not only would he defend the championship of Europe against Dean Malenko, but he would annihilate him for daring put his hands on his beautiful lady.
Elsewhere the new WWF Hardcore Champion Steve Blackman was seen stealthily lurking the halls of the Nassau Coliseum, when he suddenly ran into former partner Al Snow. Al applauded 'the Lethal Weapon' on his title win, and told him he had a shot of his own tonight against Chris Benoit - WWF Intercontinental Championship on the line! Al was excited and told Steve they were doing well since going their separate ways - but Blackman was in a hurry and left Snow hanging: the perils of the 24/7 rule in effect.
The Dudley Boyz were in the locker room discussing the McMahon-Helmsley regime. D-Von told his half-brother that he couldn't wait to introduce D-Generation X to his fists, telling Bubba that X-Pac was a greased-up mutt that could really do with getting his ass kicked. Bubba Ray however was infatuated with the idea of which woman to put through a table: Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley or Tori. Before D-Von could throw in his two cents the Rock walked in, the WWF Champion telling the Dudleys that he thought he'd made himself clear when he said he didn't need any help out there. Bubba and D-Von got up and told Rock they weren't out there for his sake, they just wanted to pick themselves a fight with DX. 'The People's Champ' told the Dudleys no problem, that they have a common enemy. D-Von can get the tables, Bubba Ray and put whomever he damn well pleases through said table. But when it comes to Triple H: leave him to the Rock. The Dudleys nodded in agreement and left, leaving the Rock to call after, telling Bubba to put both those women through tables; put the whole world through a table!
3) Chris Benoit (c) def. Al Snow to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship (4:11) Since their alliance dissolved, perhaps Al Snow and Steve Blackman were better as singles competitors than as a team: 'the Lethal Weapon' was the new WWF Hardcore Champion, and Al Snow had somehow grabbed himself a title opportunity of his own tonight against a miserable looking 'Canadian Crippler' for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Chris Benoit had to have Chris Jericho on his mind, as Snow showed how much he desired some gold of his own - a brainbuster getting a near fall, as well as a moonsault. Where Snow went wrong was his over-tenacity: 'the Crippler' caught Snow off-guard with a baseball slide, and Benoit immediately targeted the ribs. A wrestling machine in every sense of the term, Benoit dissected Snow with a gutbuster and an abdominal stretch, but Snow wasn't willing to call it quits yet and fought through it - Snow going as far as to attempt a Snowplow, just for Benoit to land on his feet and take the challenger down, forcing Snow to tap out to the Crippler Crossface.
Chris Benoit refused to break the Crossface after the bell, the WWF Intercontinental Champion wanting to torment Al Snow even further much to the loud boos from the Long Island crowd. But one thing did cause him to break the hold, and that was Chris Jericho making his way out to the stage! Y2J told the fans to wake up, because he knew how much "Mr. Roboto" made these people fall asleep. Benoit glared at Jericho as he told Chris he wasn't here to put him through a table, he wasn't even here for a fight. But what Y2J really wanted was a rematch with 'the Crippler', and he wanted it this Thursday on SmackDown! But he understood if Benoit had plans - he knew Chris had aerobics classes on a Thursday. Benoit responded by stomping up the rampway, 'the Crippler' and Y2J getting into it! Benoit and Jericho were going at it with rights and lefts when referees quickly came out to break up the fight. Benoit and Jericho yelled at one another, but it appeared this brooding hatred would have to wait until SmackDown! to settle the score!
Backstage Kane was seen making his way down a corridor, 'the Big Red Machine' set for action in just a few short moments. After last Thursday's interesting conversation had with Vince McMahon, we would have to wait and see what went down, next.
In the locker room of the Radicalz, Dean Malenko was stretching in preparation of his WWF European Championship opportunity tonight against Eddie Guerrero. Perry Saturn entered to confront the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, asking him if he really even needed a second title. Saturn reminded Malenko that he was the only member of the Radicalz without a title belt, so where was his? Dean told Perry to settle down, telling him that he would get his shot. Malenko was annoyed at Eddie siccing his nagging, grotesque girlfriend Chyna on him but the fact was she got in his way last Thursday, and he beat 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' fair and square. Dean had the nerve to ask Perry to have his back tonight, and reluctantly, Perry accepted.
In the building, Kane made his way down to the ring surrounded by hellfire and brimstone, 'the Big Red Machine' having had an interesting confrontation with Vince McMahon last Thursday night on SmackDown! that wasn't captured on cameras. It was noted that Kane's opponent wasn't even announced for tonight. Vince McMahon suddenly interrupted 'the Big Red Machine's pyrotechnics, and out to the stage came the Chairman with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco by his side! Vince told Kane that he didn't want to spoil the great reaction this capacity crowd had given him, but per their agreement last Thursday on SmackDown!, he felt it would be great for he, Vince McMahon to personally announce Kane's opponent tonight...Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco. The Stooges were confused, but Vince told them that Kane asked for it, and he got it: a match with the McMahon-Helmsley regime! Vince urged his Stooges to give him hell - and while reluctant, the Stooges were game, heading down to the ring!
4) Kane def. Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco (1:32) 'The Big Red Machine's somewhat sudden relationship with the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation has taken an equally sudden turn since last Thursday on SmackDown! Upon taking care of D-Lo Brown and D-Generation X, Vince McMahon personally requested to meet with Kane, and tonight McMahon was personally feeding the Stooges to the monster. But Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco - no matter how confused they were by this turn of events - were up for the challenge, and both attempted to handle 'the Big Red Machine' while Vince McMahon watched from the stage. The first WWF Intercontinental Champion in history, Pat Patterson tried to fare well with chops to the big man, but Kane sent him flying with an uppercut, and easily decommissioned Gerald Brisco with a huge Chokeslam for an easy victory.
Kane stood tall in the ring over the fallen Stooges of the Chairman! 'The Big Red Machine' had his eyes intently on Vince McMahon who smiled back, as Vince walked down to the ring to personally confront the seven-foot monster. Climbing inside, Vince looked up at Kane, who promptly set off his pyrotechnics. What was this partnership all about?
A video package aired, showing the recent events surrounding the Acolytes and T&A. Test and Albert have had Bradshaw and Faarooq's number, and it may all be in part due to the managerial services of the newest Diva in the World Wrestling Federation, Trish Stratus. But tonight on RAW is WAR, it will all come to ahead when these two teams go at it in a nearby bar room brawl! The Acolytes were then seen hanging out at the Rusty Nail, nearby in Long Island, New York. They were high-fiving fans and drinking beers, awaiting the arrival of T&A so that the Bar Room Brawl can ensue.
Another vignette aired, showing an apocalyptic land with the aforementioned children singing ominous nursery rhymes. "5.21.2000. The End is Nigh".
Back live, from the Rusty Nail the Acolytes decided to throw a pre-fight speech to the patrons of Long Island in the bar. Faarooq warned fellow customers of the establishment that this would not be pretty, and he wanted them to know if they did get involved, there would be dire consequences. Bradshaw told the boys that they would be out of their mind to step in their way. But the APA raised their bottles of beer high in the air as he saluted to a kickass night, and that when it's all said and done, T&A would be running out of here with their tails between their legs! Trish Stratus asked if that was so, when in walked T&A. Test and Albert were sure as hell ready to go at it, as the people around them filed a huge circle around the four studs. All of a sudden all four men were going at it, with Bradshaw and Albert, and Faarooq and Test duking it out with lefts and rights! The people chanted "Fight! Fight!" as Albert rocked Bradshaw with a haymaker putting him on the pool table, where Albert continued to bury him in rights.
Elsewhere Faarooq broke a glass bottle over the back of Test's head. Bradshaw fought off of the tabletop and struck Albert with an eight-ball, whilst Test fired back with a shot from a pool cue! Trish was screaming for T&A to come out on top, and Albert didn't disappoint, dropping Bradshaw with a shot from a bar stool! T&A now planned to gang up on Bradshaw - who valiantly tried to battle both three-hundred pounders all on his own - but they were just too much, and Albert dished out the Baldo Bomb right on the wooden floor of the bar! T&A stood tall, when Faarooq made a comeback with a fire extinguisher, blinding Test and clocking Albert! He gave Test a spinebuster right on the pool table, both of T&A down! The fans cheered for the Acolytes who had apparently come out on top in this bar room brawl, whilst Trish Stratus screamed in frustration. Trish got in the APA's faces for taking out T&A, but the joke was on her: somebody poured a full glass of beer over Trish! The whole bar rejoiced, T&A defeated and Trish humiliated at the Rusty Nail!
Hardcore Holly was stretching ahead of his shot at Steve Blackman for the WWF Hardcore Championship later tonight, when Crash Holly stormed into the room to ask his cousin if it was true. Hardcore told him it was, and he'd thank him later. Crash told Hardcore that he couldn't believe he was stealing his thunder like that - he lost the title last Thursday, and already his cousin is getting a shot at the title over him? Hardcore slapped Crash upside the head and reminded him the only reason Blackman is the champ right now is because he was after Crash for himself! Crash told his older cousin that maybe he'd have to get involved, to which Hardcore threatened Crash to stay the hell out of his business! We were back to square one with both Holly Cousins after the WWF Hardcore Championship.
Elsewhere X-Pac and Road Dogg were trying to reassure Tori that nothing would happen to her tonight. X-Pac telling his girlfriend that the Dudley Boyz wouldn't get a chance to even look Tori's way because D-Generation X would be out to manhandle them. All of a sudden the Big Show stormed in holding the back of his head, 'the Big Nasty Bastard' threatening DX for answers as to Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle's whereabouts! Road Dogg told the furious giant they had no idea, that Shane had left the building. Show grunted Kurt's name and left, leaving DX to once again try and calm a nervous Tori down.
5) Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) def. WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko (w/Perry Saturn) to retain the WWF European Championship (5:20) The problems in the Radicalz were developing by the week with Perry Saturn mad at Dean Malenko for getting this opportunity at the WWF European Championship over him, when Dean is already the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion. But regardless of this, 'Latino Heat' was coming off of a rough loss to fellow Radical Chris Benoit at WWF Insurrextion over the weekend in England, and wanted nothing more than to beat 'the Man of 1,000 Holds' tonight in this ring. Malenko even defeated Eddie's 'Mamacita' Chyna this past Thursday on SmackDown!, and so the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was full of confidence going into this match. Both were so well versed with one another, this match was full of counters right from the get-go. But Chyna had her own revenge in mind and even got in Malenko's face upon him bailing from the ring at one point, just for Eddie to strike with a baseball slide. Back inside Malenko was able to get the powerbomb on Eddie, before going for the Texas Cloverleaf when Chyna got on the apron but Perry Saturn came from behind to trip Chyna jaw-first on the apron! Even Malenko was surprised by this, which allowed Eddie to come from behind with the whirlybird neckbreaker, retaining the title!
Eddie Guerrero was victorious with another WWF European Championship defense, and it appeared the crowd was taking to 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' quite well. But it wouldn't last long, as Perry Saturn jumped Eddie from behind with lefts and rights - Saturn picking Eddie up and dropping him with the death valley driver! Saturn clobbered on Eddie several times before applying the Rings of Saturn - the anger of Saturn getting the better of him tonight it seemed! Saturn wrenched and wrenched until Chyna got in the ring, and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' started trading blows with Perry Saturn! Saturn was able to get the upper hand however, and a fisherman suplex dropped Chyna right on her head. Saturn saw the bouquet of roses that Eddie had given Chyna before the match and stomped on them, having single-handedly assaulted both Eddie and Chyna tonight! Saturn left, leaving Malenko behind. The temper of Perry Saturn had truly gotten to him.
In the trainer's office Vince McMahon was with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, apologizing to the Stooges for having them face Kane earlier tonight. They asked Vince what was going on with the Chairman and 'the Big Red Machine', and Vince was frank, telling them that he wanted to keep Kane on their good side, for all intents and purposes. McMahon told the Stooges to rest up, because Kane - at heart - was a stand-up guy. He left, causing Patterson to ask Brisco if Vince had lost it. Brisco responded that Mr. McMahon knew what was good for business.
Back on RAW is WAR, Edge and Christian were in the restrooms where Christian was ruthlessly scrubbing his face with sink water, Edge trying to instruct Christian how to get the stench of Rikishi's ass off of his face. Christian told Edge that he still didn't feel clean, that he'd never be clean again! Edge complained that they had to face the Hardy Boyz again at Judgment Day - but on top of that, they have problems with Too Cool now too? Christian used soap from the dispenser to try and get the smell off of him.
In the building D-Lo Brown was making his way to the ring, where 'the Bizniz' took to the microphone to address what has been going on with him as of late. D-Lo told the boys and girls in Long Island to shut their mouths and keep them shut, because he had something to get off of his chest. D-Lo claimed that for so long he was stuck riding the wave in the World Wrestling Federation, just waiting to get an opportunity at damn near anything he could. For God's sake, he was a former WWF European Champion, and a former WWF Intercontinental Champion! But now, he's found what he's been looking for: and that is the friendship of the McMahon-Helmsley regime. The crowd booed, but before D-Lo could get another word out, Tazz interrupted him! 'The Human Suplex Machine' was cheered as he told D-Lo he can run his mouth all he wants, but he knows full well that all these people in Nassau Coliseum would think of him as nothing more than a sell-out! And what he's going to do to him tonight, is choke him out as well! Tazz told D-Lo to survive if he let him, headed to the ring for this singles match.
6) Tazz def. D-Lo Brown (3:37) D-Lo Brown was firmly in with the McMahon-Helmsley faction, and perhaps it was for the better as far as 'the Bizniz' was concerned. But on the contrary, maybe it did expose D-Lo as a sell-out that is destined to do whatever it took to climb the ladder in the World Wrestling Federation. Tazz didn't seem to be fond of the idea for one, and he went right at it with D-Lo to kick things off, two suplexes in a row forcing Brown to bail out to the floor for a breather. 'The Human Suplex Machine' followed and even got a Tazzmission attempt on him outside, but D-Lo ran his head into the ring post to prevent what could have been bad for 'the Bizniz'. Brown put the boots to Tazz back inside, Brown arrogantly running his mouth and telling him "it all ran in the family", when Brown got ready to deliver a Sky High to Tazz. Tazz was too strong and overpowered him into an overhead belly-to-belly suplex, before Tazz followed up with a Tazzplex! D-Lo was in trouble, and Tazz stalked his prey before locking in and taking down D-Lo with the Tazzmission, forcing him to tap out!
Regardless of where D-Lo Brown stood, it was Tazz who was victorious in the match tonight on RAW is WAR. 'The Human Suplex Machine's hand was raised in victory, whilst D-Lo rolled out to the ringside area, where he tried to catch his breath; holding his neck in pain after getting choked out to the Tazzmission.
Kane was in the corridor backstage when he was approached by a nervous Jonathan Coachman, who obviously wanted to learn more about the strange friendship of sorts between 'the Big Red Machine' and the Chairman, Vince McMahon. Kane simply looked through Coach, before leaving the building.
Back on RAW is WAR the Big Show had found Kurt Angle, and was chasing after the Olympic Gold Medalist after he jumped him earlier tonight! 'The Olympic Hero' told Show to calm down, telling him that he was only looking to help out the McMahon family! Show told Kurt he should have stayed out of his business, when Show's stomps turned to a slow jog after the Olympian! The chase ran through the corridor, where Kurt dove head-first through the open door of a parked limousine before taking off before the Big Show could get there in time! 'The Big Nasty Bastard' was not going to let Angle - or Shane McMahon for that matter - get away with what they did tonight.
7) Crash Holly (c) def. Hardcore Holly to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (2:28) 'The Houdini of Hardcore' was able to regain the WWF Hardcore Championship after interfering in Steve Blackman's title match with the returning 'British Bulldog' Davey Boy Smith at Insurrextion over the weekend, but tonight Crash was about to have some serious issues against his own cousin Hardcore. Speaking of, this match was all of ten seconds old when Steve Blackman ran down to the ring, looking to take advantage of the 24/7 rule, just to get nailed with a trash can by Hardcore. The focus turned to Blackman, who managed to fend off both Holly Cousins with his martial arts sticks, even delivering a dropkick that sent Crash flying out of the ring! Hardcore used a trash can against Blackman for a near fall, and delivered a neckbreaker for another. Hardcore was desperate for the title he once held, but when Hardcore delivered a Falcon Arrow to Blackman, Crash tossed Holly out to the floor and covered Blackman for a two-count! Hardcore got back inside and started going at it with Blackman, with Blackman clocking Hardcore with a kendo stick shot enabling Crash to roll his cousin up for the three!
Crash Holly quickly left the ring to take his WWF Hardcore Championship. The Holly Cousins' rivalry was far from over by the looks of it, but tonight Crash was leaving Long Island with the title intact...until Davey Boy Smith came from behind with a baseball bat to the back of Crash! The champ went down, and 'the British Bulldog' covered him on the ramp - Davey Boy Smith wins the WWF Hardcore Championship! Davey raised the title high and left, in a huge return to RAW is WAR! Davey Boy Smith returned at WWF Insurrextion in England this past weekend, but now he had come across the pond to claim the title!
In their dressing room, Triple H was accompanied by X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori in comforting Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. 'The Game' told Steph that if she wanted to stay in the back and be safe that was fine. His wife refused to sit there and watch on television, telling 'the Game' that she was coming with them. She is a McMahon, dammit. And she may be a 'Billion Dollar Princess', but she is the WWF Women's Champion. Stephanie told Triple H she wasn't willing to allow the Rock and the Dudley Boyz to make her live in fear. Steph told D-Generation X that this was McMahon-Helmsley country, and that they would dominate tonight. DX left - the main event coming up next!
8) D-Generation X (w/WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Tori) def. WWF Champion The Rock and the Dudley Boyz (7:13) With the stage set for Three Stages of Hell between the Rock and Triple H for the WWF Championship at Judgment Day in under two weeks, D-Generation X attempted to get the leg up on 'the People's Champ' earlier tonight, just for the Dudley Boyz to rush down to the ring to get some for themselves, in X-Pac and Road Dogg. With the Dudley Boyz' known reputation for putting women of the World Wrestling Federation through tables, Tori was extremely nervous to be out there. But Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley appeared to be keeping strong, as she watched her husband and friends battle it out with the Rock, D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley. Despite getting off to a hot start, D-Von found himself in trouble when Triple H used a spinebuster to take down the Dudley. X-Pac and Road Dogg mocked the Dudley Boyz by using a modified reverse 3D on D-Von, drawing the ire of Bubba Ray, who wanted nothing more than to tag in. D-Von finally caught Road Dogg off-guard with a reversal of a backdrop, and a running back elbow took him down, allowing the tag to be made by Bubba Ray! The Dudley Boyz ran wild on DX, when late in the match Stephanie dared to climb up to the apron. Bubba saw her and dragged her in by a handful of hair before alerting D-Von to get the tables! Triple H intervened temporarily, just to find himself going at it with the Rock; these two rivals taking their brawl out to the floor, where Rock sent 'the Game' fighting into the crowd! Back inside, D-Von handed a defenseless and lonesome Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley to Bubba Ray, where he thunderously powerbombed 'the Billion Dollar Princess' through the table! Road Dogg rushed D-Von out of the ring, whilst X-Pac took advantage of Bubba's "composed" state - the X-Factor allowing DX to pick up the win!
X-Pac was the victor for D-Generation X in tonight's main event, but the focus was more on Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, whom he, Road Dogg and Tori immediately went to attend to. The WWF Women's Champion was motionless, surrounded by the debris of table around her courtesy of the Dudley Boyz moments ago. Tori motioned for a medic to come down to ringside, and a medical team with a stretcher came down to ringside to give 'the Billion Dollar Princess' treatment after what the Dudley Boyz just did to her. There was sure to be hell to pay for the Dudleys after tonight.
With his wife no doubt headed for the hospital, Triple H and the Rock were going at it in the backstage area; the WWF Champion bouncing Triple H's head off of a vending machine! Rock talked trash to Triple H, who fired back with a knee to the gut, then sent the WWF Champion into a wall! But Rock would not let up, firing back with a series of right hands! 'The Game' fell on his ass, as these two men destined to fight forever in the Three Stages of Hell match in thirteen days continued to slug it out - neither man about to let up! And what will Triple H do when he finds out what happened to Stephanie?
SmackDown! - May 11, 2000 New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut Broadcast on UPN Taped May 9, 2000
A replay took us back to this past Monday night on RAW is WAR, where the Three Stages of Hell match was made by Triple H for the Rock come Judgment Day. The Rock must endure three rounds against Triple H; in a singles match, a Street Fight and a Steel-Cage match if needed to retain the WWF Championship. We also saw the strengthening of the Rock's alliances against the evil McMahon-Helmsley regime, as the main event saw Rock team with the Dudley Boyz to do battle with Triple H, X-Pac and Road Dogg of D-Generation X. With Rock and Triple H fighting through the crowd into the backstage area, out in the building told a different story, when the Dudley Boyz drove Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley through a table.
The opening video package for SmackDown! aired, taking us to the glitz and glamor of the New Haven Coliseum. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to SmackDown!, ten days away from WWF Judgment Day live on pay-per-view, with a huge match signed for tonight when Chris Jericho faces Kurt Angle; plus, the WWF Divas will give us their all in the Summer Swimsuit Contest - hosted by yours truly, Jerry 'the King' Lawler!
Vince and Shane McMahon made their way out to the ring to kick off the show, the Chairman and his son not in high spirits whatsoever after what went down this past Monday night. With the chants of "assh*le" and "Shane's a p*ssy" everywhere, Vince immediately ordered the people of New Haven to shut their mouths, reiterating that this was the World Wrestling Federation! This was what his family built. Vince talked back to his father, Vince McMahon Sr. and his grandfather Jess McMahon - two visionaries who passed down their greatness to himself, his son and his daughter Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. And the last thing they needed right now in a dire moment of grief for the McMahon family was a bunch of violence-craving, blood-fetishistic, pitiful slobs like New Haven giving them grief of their own! Shane took us back to last Monday for evidence, where we witnessed Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley being panic-ridden whilst being stretchered away with D-Generation X standing close by after she was driven through a table courtesy of the Dudley Boyz. Shane claimed that that's what made these people savages, because they loved to see a defenseless lady like his sister get driven through a table. Need he remind us that it was 'the Billion Dollar Princess' and her stubborn braveness that even drove her to be present in such a precarious situation. Shane reminded us that she was the WWF Women's Champion, the most brilliant woman in the World Wrestling Federation - and she was a fighter and would be okay. Which is more than what can be said for the Dudley Boyz!
The Chairman spoke that this was absolutely inexcusable - and even though Stephanie was all of the things his loving, prideful son Shane spoke of her - this was grounds for a punishment of a lifetime for the Dudley Boyz. Which is why he wanted Bubba Ray and D-Von to get their asses out here right now and face the music like men! Instead, the Big Show responded the call, and out came 'the Big Nasty Bastard'! With a huge grudge to settle with Shane, Show smiled as he climbed into the ring causing Shane to cower behind his father. Show asked Shane how he was doing, and advised Vince that he had no beef with the Chairman, and to step aside so he could finish this business with 'Shane O'Mac'. Vince asked to get this straight: he had the locker room out to get his son-in-law; a daughter in the hospital; and now a big fat giant after his son? Vince asked what on earth was going on, telling Show that he would do no such thing! He claimed that he was a family man first and foremost, but he was the boss here, no matter the size or power of a man like the Big Show. Shane had relaxed his stance, which is when Show struck anyway: the massive hand around Shane's throat with Vince in the middle of them!
Show had Shane by the throat, and Vince was trying his hardest to get between the giant and his son! X-Pac and Road Dogg ran down to the ring to distract the Big Show, which allowed Shane to strike with a low blow while he was busy fending off the two members of D-Generation X! Shane was talking trash to the Big Show when finally the Dudley Boyz ran down to the ring to fight off DX! D-Von, Bubba Ray and Big Show chased X-Pac, Road Dogg and the McMahons away from the ring, causing the Chairman to bellow down the microphone announcing a six-man tag team tables match tonight - the Dudley Boyz and Big Show up against X-Pac, Road Dogg...and Kane! Vince vowed that tonight the Dudleys would realize what they were in for when they crossed the McMahon-Helmsley regime!
In the backstage area, WWF Champion the Rock was seen arriving at the New Haven Coliseum to a huge ovation. Nine days away from Three Stages of Hell against Triple H at Judgment Day, 'the Great One' basked in the echoes of the people in the building, when D-Lo Brown showed up to interrupt the Rock's aura-bask. 'The Bizniz' told Rock that tonight was a bad night to show up, telling Rock that if he thought his days were numbered before - tonight would be a confirmation. Rock raised a hand in D-Lo's face before asking who in the blue hell he was. D-Lo tried to remind Rock of the Nation, but 'the Brahma Bull' told him it didn't matter where he was from. Rock told D-Lo he's seen him brown-nosing, head deep inside of the McMahon-Helmsley faction's rectums, and told Brown that he was in for a lucky night: the opportunity to go one-on-one with 'the Great One' here in New Haven. The fans cheered, and D-Lo's demeanor changed, telling him 'the Bizniz' was up for the challenge, and tonight Rock would rise Sky High and fall Lo Down. Rock told D-Lo he was like a walking cartoon character and that tonight, he'd mail D-Lo first class back to Vincent Kennedy McMahon's senile old candyass!
We saw them on RAW, but the vignettes were back tonight on SmackDown! - this time showing the three children dancing through a cornfield whilst the ominous text revealed "5.21.2000. Are You Scared?"
In the building Edge and Christian made their way down to the ring, the WWF Tag Team Champions stood in the ring to discuss what went down last Monday on RAW. Edge told the fans that they got it, they got it loud and clear: they were the WWF Tag Team Champions, and that meant they were extremely freaking successful. So it's obvious a bunch of freakazoids in Connecticut wanted to see two handsome, young studs humiliated and defaced by a gigantic fatso like Rikishi. And it's clear they had a close connection to the Hardy Boyz because - let's face it - they were choke artists all the same as proven by Backlash! Christian told the people that what happened at Backlash would happen again at Judgment Day when they beat the Hardy Boyz once again. Before they could continue, the Acolytes made their way out to the ring for non-title action tonight!
1) The Acolytes def. WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian (3:28) The Acolytes were riding a wave of momentum following walking out of the bar room brawl this past week on RAW, but tonight the Acolytes were following up after their challenge to Edge and Christian last week on SmackDown! was declined in favor of the WWF Tag Team Champions challenging the Mean Street Posse instead. Edge and Christian were in a tough position, having to face the Hardy Boyz one more time at Judgment Day in ten days, whilst Christian also had to deal with the aftermath of a Rikishi Stinkface suffered on RAW this past Monday night. Bradshaw and Faarooq forced the Canadians to regroup on the floor, and momentarily they looked to just walk out on the match just for the Hardy Boyz to come up from behind and force E&C back into the ring! Jeff and Matt were playing enforcers, as Edge managed to take Bradshaw down with a spear, but turned around to receive a Dominator from Faarooq giving the APA a big upset!
The Acolytes had scored a non-title pinfall victory against the WWF Tag Team Champions, but perhaps Edge and Christian would have fared better had it not been for the Hardy Boyz tonight. Jeff and Matt were proud with what they had done tonight, getting some much deserved retribution after what the Canadians had done to Jeff and Matt leading into Backlash. Perhaps the third try was the charm for the Hardy Boyz in their pursuit for the title come Judgment Day.
Triple H was arriving at the New Haven Coliseum, where Shane McMahon met with him in the parking lot asking for an update on Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. 'The Game' didn't want to talk about it, telling Shane instead that he was livid. The two didn't get much time to chat until Kurt Angle arrived to ask Shane for a favor. He also expressed his condolences to Triple H for his wife Stephanie, whom he thought was a great girl. This did not go well as Triple H told the Olympic Gold Medalist to go run a triathlon or whatever it was he did. Shane asked Kurt what he needed, and he told 'Shane O'Mac' that he was concerned about the Big Show getting involved in his match with Chris Jericho. Shane assured a nervous Olympian that this wasn't the 1996 Olympics, and Kurt didn't have a broken freaking neck - he has Shane as his back-up tonight in case the Big Show showed up. Angle thanked Shane and left, causing 'the Game' to ask Shane why he was buddying up with the biggest nerd going.
Back on SmackDown!, Perry Saturn's bad mood continued as he walked past a member of the backstage personnel before turning back and slapping the papers out of his hands. Saturn continued to stomp down the corridor in a foul mood, when he came across another assistant and demanded to ask him what he was looking at. Saturn threatened him by grabbing him by the collar before shoving him against the wall. What a bully Perry Saturn was turning out to be!
2) Davey Boy Smith (c) def. Steve Blackman to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (4:17) The return of 'the British Bulldog' last weekend at WWF Insurrextion was nothing shy of unexpected, as Davey Boy Smith took out Crash Holly as he was en route to challenging for what was once his against Steve Blackman. 'The Lethal Weapon' was able to get out of England without losing the title, but this past Monday on RAW is WAR when up against Hardcore Holly, it was Davey Boy Smith who took advantage of the 24/7 rule to claim the title and add it to his already groundbreaking resume. The former WWF Intercontinental and European Champion bested Blackman early on by strong-holding the kendo stick away from the former champ and battering him with it. But Blackman had more fight in him than that and came back with a guillotine choke. As Davey appeared to be struggling to contain the weight and pressure of 'the Lethal Weapon', Crash Holly ran out to the ring to break it up with use of a cookie sheet! Crash covered an unconscious Davey Boy when Hardcore Holly dragged his younger cousin out of the ring! With the Holly Cousins arguing, Blackman came off the top and missed the martial arts kick, and Davey Boy used the kendo stick to his advantage - retaining the title!
'The British Bulldog' was no one-hit wonder in the twilight stages of his career, and Davey Boy Smith immediately left the ring to fight with both Holly Cousins! Davey gave Hardcore a big right hand before leaving, the WWF Hardcore Championship raised high after a successful title defense tonight.
Tori was in the McMahon-Helmsley office re-watching the tape from RAW, where the Dudley Boyz put Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley through a table. She continued to play and rewind the tape when X-Pac and Road Dogg entered to ask if she was still worried about tonight. Tori explained that she had every right to be, knowing that Stephanie was in the hospital because of what Bubba Ray and D-Von did. X-Pac put his arm around her in an attempt to reassure her because D-Generation X wouldn't allow it, he wouldn't allow it - and hell, even Vince McMahon wouldn't allow it. Tori hugged it out, while Road Dogg told X-Pac they would sure as hell get their revenge on the Dudleys tonight.
Back on SmackDown!, Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were sat on the stairs backstage, where the WWF European Champion and 'Mamacita' were joking about who would get to face Perry Saturn tonight. 'Latino Heat' talked a strong game, but when 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' lost the first round, she wanted best of three. Eddie flipped again, with Chyna getting the win with tails. Eddie talked up the importance of the third flip, causing Chyna to playfully tell Eddie to just flip the coin already. He did, and Chyna raised her fists in celebration. Apparently it would be Chyna against Perry Saturn tonight!
Kevin Kelly was with Trish Stratus, who was standing in front of T&A who appeared to be suffering from a "hangover" of sorts following Monday's bar room brawl with the Acolytes. Trish told Kevin to save the journalistic cr*p for another night, because even though a whole bunch of aroused young adults got to witness alcohol dripping all down her on RAW, tonight turned a new leaf for T&A. She said that the World Wrestling Federation hadn't even seen the start of what Test and Albert have to offer, and Too Cool were going to find out the hard way tonight.
3) Perry Saturn def. Chyna (w/WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero) (4:13) With Eddie Guerrero's divide from the Radicalz, it appears that the Radicalz were on borrowed time as a unit, following Perry Saturn's frustrated outbreak this past Monday on RAW is WAR. After Dean Malenko failed to capture the WWF European Championship from Eddie Guerrero, Saturn took matters into his own hands, leaving not only 'Latino Heat' laying, but 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna too. It was announced that Saturn would challenge Guerrero for the WWF European Championship at Judgment Day, but tonight it was 'Mamacita's chance to seek redemption on the Radical. WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko came out to spectate from the top of the ramp, whilst inside Chyna brought the fight to Saturn, who was showing a new mean streak this week as evidenced earlier by his treatment of backstage workers. Chyna got Saturn up for a powerbomb, but he was able to get his foot on the ropes. Saturn managed to take Eddie out on a dive to the floor, whilst back inside Chyna's attempt at a military press went awry when Saturn drilled Chyna with a brainbuster! Saturn slapped on the Rings of Saturn, forcing 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' to submit.
Perry Saturn once again refused to relinquish the hold on Chyna, with the Rings of Saturn locked in forcing 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' to scream out in agony! Finally Eddie Guerrero slid into the ring to aid his girlfriend! 'Latino Heat' brought rights and lefts to Saturn, before a dropkick sent Saturn sailing out to the floor. Furious with the loss, Saturn slammed his hands on the ring apron and stomped back up the rampway - Saturn even barging past Dean Malenko at the top of the rampway. Saturn was an extremely angry individual, and you had to wonder what even Dean Malenko had to think of this situation.
In the backstage corridor the Rock was seen walking the halls ahead of his match against D-Lo Brown up next, the World Wrestling Federation Champion set for singles action tonight on SmackDown!, and it was coming up next.
Another vignette aired for whomever or what ever was coming on May 21, 2000. Numbers lined the screen as a silhouette of a motorcycle was seen riding towards the screen.
4) WWF Champion The Rock def. D-Lo Brown (5:16) 'The People's Champ' was ten days away from what was sure to be another epic encounter against Triple H with the World Wrestling Federation Championship at stake in a Three Stages of Hell match. But tonight the Rock's attention was on D-Lo Brown, who tried to talk smack with 'the Great One' as he arrived at the building tonight, D-Lo claiming that Rock's days were numbered. 'The Bizniz' was stepping up to bat for the McMahon-Helmsley regime, and early on appeared to have some difficulties taming 'the Brahma Bull' who plowed through D-Lo with a series of clotheslines, right hands and a Samoan drop. But D-Lo was able to dodge a charge into the counter and gain advantage with a leg lariat, D-Lo's confidence able to shine on through from that point on. Brown slowed the pace of the match down and choked Rock with his boot, all the while continuing to talk smack to the WWF Champion. Brown's overconfidence and showboating ways took a bad turn when Rock responded with a huge flying clothesline off the ropes, and a spinebuster soon led to the People's Elbow, giving Rock the victory.
Perhaps it was a tune-up match for the Rock headed into Judgment Day on May 21 or a test, the WWF Champion seemed to be in the right mindset for Triple H come Three Stages of Hell. Speaking of Triple H, 'the Game' made his way out to the rampway to loud boos from the New Haven crowd, and 'the Brahma Bull' was ready to fight once again right here and now. But Triple H did not appear to be here to fight. Instead, 'the Game' looked to be here to address Rock. He wanted to congratulate him on all of his success of late - not only is he the World Wrestling Federation Champion because he beat him with the help of Stone Cold Steve Austin - but he's winning matches left and right like he beat D-Lo Brown tonight. He's done so much publicity for the WWF across the pond in England. He's filming the Mummy 2 as we speak. It almost seems as though being the WWF Champion is just a vehicle for 'the People's Champ'.
But while Rock is working around the clock to make a celebrity out of himself, he wanted Rock to remember that in ten days at Judgment Day, they would go at it in what will be one of the toughest matches in Rock's young, pathetic career! 'The Game' reiterated the importance of winning two of the three falls, and with his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley in the hospital and the WWF Championship on his mind, he wanted Rock to not lose focus: because it was a cold hard fact that 'the Game' would walk in to Judgment Day with the idea of eviscerating the Rock. He was going to pummel him, he was going to bloody him up, and he was going to torture him. And when it was all said and done, he wanted Rock to know that it wasn't going to be the end of the Rock's WWF Championship reign. No. It would be the tragic conclusion of the Rock's entire career! 'The Game' left, whilst Rock watched on, talking right back at his arch rival with ten days to go until Judgment Day.
In their office, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon were discussing how great it was going to be at Judgment Day when Triple H walks right into Three Stages of Hell, and walks out with not just the WWF Championship - but the Rock's severed head as well! Shane told Vince not to get too ahead of themselves, because they had the six-man tag team tables match to witness tonight, so they can watch the Big Show and the Dudley Boyz perish! In walked Kane, causing Shane immediately to cower behind the Chairman. Vince however laughed and greeted 'the Big Red Machine' warmly. Vince wanted to go over some things with Kane ahead of the main event tonight, leaving the office. Shane looked as confused as anybody - what kind of partnership was going on with Vince and Kane?
Back on SmackDown!, the Fabulous Moolah was seen walking the halls in a robe ahead of the WWF Divas Summer Swimsuit Contest, when she encountered Mae Young wearing the exact same robe! Moolah told Mae to get that robe off, complaining it made her look fat. Mae turned around and told Moolah that it made her hair look wiry - and right then and there it appeared for these two ladies there was no love lost. Moolah bragged that she may be seventy-six years of age, but she had the body of a rocking thirty-eight year old. Mae told Moolah she was so old that she was alive when the River Nile was only sick: tensions running high ahead of the Summer Swimsuit Contest tonight.
Chris Jericho made his way out to the New Haven Coliseum back in the building, receiving a loud ovation from the crowd in Connecticut. Y2J welcomed everybody to New Haven is Jericho, before addressing recent goings on in the World Wrestling Federation. He made light of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley's condition, claiming that it wasn't the first time she had suffered from severe back pains courtesy of a large, angry man before reverting his attention to Chris Benoit. Y2J told 'the Crippler' that he knew he was a stoic, he knew he had intensity, but good God almighty, could he really not fight him in a fair fight? Jericho vowed victory at Judgment Day, and when he bests the so-called "best technical wrestler in the world today", the WWF Intercontinental Championship would never ever be the same again!
5) Kurt Angle def. Chris Jericho (6:41) While Chris Jericho prepares for his Backlash rematch against Chris Benoit for the WWF Intercontinental Championship on May 21 at Judgment Day, Kurt Angle appears to have gotten himself in some hot water of his own this past week on RAW when he personally assisted Shane McMahon in knocking the Big Show down to size. In fact, 'the Big Nasty Bastard' was so vexed at the Olympic Gold Medalist using a television camera to knock Big Show down and out on Monday that Show chased Angle out of the building! But tonight it was a meeting of two men with no love lost - after all it was Chris Jericho who took the WWF European Championship from the Olympian back at WrestleMania. Angle was a lot more serious about this match tonight, grounding Y2J and going to work on him with several submission attempts. Jericho was able to fight back, the Lionsault giving Y2J a near fall as the Olympic Gold Medalist put up more of a fight than expected against Jericho. Later in the match Angle fought back with a counter to the Walls of Jericho and looked for the Crossface Chickenwing in retaliation, but Y2J was able to block it and rolled through into the Walls! Angle was on the verge of tapping when Chris Benoit ran down to ringside, causing Jericho to leap in the air with a springboard dropkick taking him down! In the mean time Angle came through the back door with an Olympic Slam to steal the win.
Kurt Angle celebrated his victory to boos, whilst 'the Crippler' Chris Benoit looked to enjoy his deed for the night, costing Chris Jericho his match! The WWF Intercontinental Champion climbed into the ring to add insult to injury, but just as Benoit clocked Y2J with the IC title gold, the Big Show came marching down to the ring! With the six-man tag team tables match later tonight, Show was after Angle for RAW this past Monday night, and Angle was ready and waiting for him! Show fought him off and fought with both Angle and Benoit, forcing both men out of the ring! Show roared with his hand in the air whilst Angle and Benoit left the scene - Y2J having been aided tonight by an unlikely ally, but you had to wonder what the McMahon-Helmsley regime had in store for Show in the main event tonight.
The Kat was seen walking the halls when she came face to face with Ivory - both WWF Divas clad in robes ahead of the WWF Summer Swimsuit Contest coming up next. Ivory told Kat that she may think she has what it takes to win a beauty pageant, but her body was rocking and she actually looked "healthy". Kat told Ivory that she looked like a young mother causing Ivory to try and deck Kat, who ducked her and told Ivory she'd see her out in the ring! The Swimsuit Contest was coming up next and Jerry Lawler couldn't wait!
Returning to SmackDown!, the Dudley Boyz were enthusiastically discussing in great detail the incident this past week on RAW is WAR, where Bubba Ray powerbombed Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley through a table. Bubba exclaimed that he had never felt like that before, it was so great! Bubba craved more of it, talking about the possibility of how Tori feels when she's going through some wood. D-Von told Bubba to get it together, telling him that they may have the Big Show on their side tonight, but he doesn't like their chances where Vince McMahon is involved.
In the building Jerry Lawler was excited to serve as the master of ceremonies for another contest surrounding the Divas of the World Wrestling Federation. 'The King' advertised this month's edition of WWF Magazine, with the Divas featured on the front of it! Jerry laid out the rules for the Summer Swimsuit Contest, informing us that each Diva would be given ten seconds to disrobe and show us their big moves, and when it was all the fans in New Haven would determine the winner! He introduced the Divas out one by one, including Ivory, the Kat, Jacqueline, Terri, Mae Young and the Fabulous Moolah. Upon the two Legends arriving in the ring, Jerry had to ask Mae who invited them to the contest? Mae slapped Jerry in the arm and told him that she does as she damn well please - which sat well with 'the King' as an answer. Each Diva unrobed, with Jacqueline, Terri and the Kat undoubtedly wearing the skimpiest swimsuits possible. Moolah unrobed to reveal an extremely modest, almost 1950s-reminiscent one-piece. And lastly...Mae Young revealed that she was in actuality wearing lingerie! 'The King' was terrified, telling Mae that that wasn't what this contest was for. Regardless, 'King' had a good time staring at the other Divas, and when the fans made their choice, it was Terri who picked up the win! Terri gloated about the victory, when Kat and Jacqueline decided to get involved, tackling Terri to the mat! Ivory got involved to even the odds, whilst Moolah and Mae went at it - Jerry was trying to get a hold of himself, let alone the Divas in front of him!
In the backstage area Edge and Christian continued to discuss their terrible, terrible week. Christian asked where it would end, they are WWF Tag Team Champions and they don't deserve any of this! Edge agreed, noting Christian getting an ass in his face; him getting an unwarranted assault courtesy of the Acolytes - and on top of that those weirdos the Hardy Boyz were watching them from every turn! Edge told Christian that things had to change.
Elsewhere, Davey Boy Smith was attempting to shine up the ruined WWF Hardcore Championship, 'the British Bulldog' proud of his accomplishment won this past Monday night. The Mean Street Posse showed up, as Rodney expressed his joy in seeing Davey back in the World Wrestling Federation. They exchanged pleasantries, with Rodney asking him what was new - besides the title. This bought the Posse time, so that Pete Gas and Joey Abs could jump Davey from behind; the trio putting the boots to their former ally! Davey was down, and Rodney tried covering him just for Abs and Gas to break the count! Gas tried to cover, when Abs started fighting with Gas and Rodney! All the while Davey Boy got away - but this internal implosion in the Posse was getting out of hand.
6) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. Too Cool (w/Rikishi) (3:52) T&A did not end Monday night on a high note, as they wound up getting their asses handed to them courtesy of the Acolytes in a bar room brawl at the local Rusty Nail. But tonight was a new night for Test and Albert, as Trish Stratus promised that the World Wrestling Federation had not yet seen the beginning of what T&A can offer the tag team division. Too Cool meanwhile wanted to ensure they remained a part of the tag title hunt after suffering an unfortunate loss in a number one contender's match to the Hardy Boyz. But Rikishi did get a measure of retribution for them, in the form of delivering a Stinkface to Christian. Too Cool attempted to use their fast-paced offence as a counteract to the towering size and stature of T&A, but ultimately size prevailed. Test even trash talked Rikishi while he had Scotty 2 Hotty in a headlock. Despite this Too Cool showed heart as Sexay made the tag, and managed to knock Albert off of his feet with three crossbodys (and an assist dropkick from Scotty), which allowed Grandmaster to go up to the top rope and adjust the goggles on his head - Sexay prepared to fly for the Hip Hop Drop! But Trish climbed up onto the apron and seductively stroked the leg of Grandmaster, allowing Albert to recover and Baldo Bomb him from the top rope to the mat below - giving T&A a big victory tonight.
Albert celebrated whilst Trish Stratus entered the ring to celebrate with one-half of T&A, when Rikishi climbed into the ring and came from behind scaring Trish! Stratus cowered down into the corner - a dangerous position for the Stinkface - when Albert came from behind, just to receive a superkick from the Samoan! Rikishi returned his attention to Trish and slowly approached prepared for the Stinkface, but instead Edge and Christian hit the ring to attack Rikishi! The WWF Tag Team Champions were saving Trish, but more importantly for them getting revenge for RAW this past week! Rikishi tried to fight them off, but Too Cool soon re-entered the ring to run off the cocky Canadians! T&A helped Trish out of the ring to safety, while it appeared Edge and Christian had unfinished business to take care of with Too Cool.
WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit was walking the hall when he encountered Shane McMahon, telling him that he did exactly what Shane wanted him to do earlier tonight, attacking Chris Jericho for daring to make fun of his sister Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley's injury. 'The Crippler' laughed, telling Shane that he didn't do it for the McMahon-Helmsley regime, he did it because he hated Chris Jericho. But if Shane O'Mac looked at it as a favor, then he had a favor to ask of his own: the title match against Y2J at Judgment Day, he wants it to be a no-disqualification match so that Jericho has no out. He is the best technical wrestler in the WWF, and he will not allow Y2J to go around parading the idea he was on the same level as Chris Benoit. Shane snapped his fingers, telling Chris that he was on! Benoit let out a rare smirk.
The Dudley Boyz and the Big Show were walking the corridor; D-Von and Bubba Ray providing one table, whilst Show carried another all by himself. It was six-man tag team tables action next, in our main event!
The Big Show and the Dudley Boyz made their separate entrances down to the ring for our main event tonight, and it was clear that 'the Big Nasty Bastard' in particular had his game-face on, prepared to do battle with Kane, X-Pac and Road Dogg in this Tables match. The trio positioned their tables at ringside, when X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori followed suit - stopping at the top of the rampway. This set the stage for the arrival of Kane, who did not come out to the rampway alone! 'The Big Red Machine' notably glared at X-Pac and Tori to the point that they hid behind Road Dogg. Vince McMahon was accompanying 'the Big Red Machine', but the Chairman had a microphone in hand as well. The boss spoke out, telling the Big Show and the Dudley Boyz that they may have a Tables match tonight against Kane and D-Generation X, however upon further inspection he felt that there was a much needed addition to tonight's main event. Vince introduced the men that would be joining the McMahon-Helmsley regime's side tonight: Triple H, and Shane McMahon! This so-called six-man tag team Tables match was now effectively a Handicap match - and it was all because of what the Dudleys did to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley on RAW is WAR.
7) Triple H, Kane, Shane McMahon, X-Pac and Road Dogg (w/WWF Chairman Vince McMahon and Tori) def. The Big Show and the Dudley Boyz in a Handicap Tables match (8:02) What was advertised as a six-man tag team tables match pitting the Big Show and the Dudley Boyz against Kane, X-Pac and Road Dogg of D-Generation X, was now an extremely uneven battlefield in favor of the McMahon-Helmsley regime. Whatever the relationship between Kane and Vince McMahon was, 'the Big Red Machine' now appeared to be batting for the McMahon-Helmsley faction, as he brought the fight to the Big Show in a collision of the monsters. Elsewhere, the Dudley Boyz attempted to bring the fight to D-Generation X and Shane McMahon, but the odds were just too great working against Bubba Ray and D-Von. Big Show did manage to knock Kane out of the ring however, and it was just he and Shane McMahon across the ring from one another! Show chased after him, but Road Dogg got in his way which allowed Show to deliver a Chokeslam eliminating Road Dogg! One man down, the Big Show finally got his hands on Shane, choking away at 'Shane O'Mac', but Triple H came from behind! 'The Game' hammered on Show, but he responded by grabbing him too, by the throat - but Kurt Angle came down to ringside, attacking Show from behind! The Olympic Gold Medalist exacted revenge for earlier tonight, delivering a miraculous Olympic Slam sending Big Show through a table now! The match was down to 4-on-2, and inside Kane and X-Pac had reformed an unlikely alliance against the Dudley Boyz - until the Dudleys were able to deliver a 3D to X-Pac! Bubba sent D-Von to get the tables, when Kane came from behind, delivering a Chokeslam to Bubba Ray. D-Von attempted to attack Triple H on the floor while he set up a table, but Shane came from behind, bumping him from the apron and sending D-Von through a table! It was four-on-one, with Bubba Ray in dire trouble against the McMahon-Helmsley regime. They put a beating on him, with Triple H in particular bloodying Bubba for what he did to his wife this past week on RAW! Bubba slapped Shane across the face with the last of his energy, when Kane delivered a mercy-killing Chokeslam to Bubba Ray through a table!
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised, but the McMahon-Helmsley regime had just dismantled the Big Show and the Dudley Boyz tonight on SmackDown! Vince McMahon climbed into the ring to raise Kane's hand in victory, whilst Triple H, X-Pac and Shane McMahon stood nearby. Kurt Angle grinned from afar, whilst the Big Show slowly tried to recover at ringside. The McMahon-Helmsley regime may be dealing with the fallout from Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley's fall from grace this past Monday, but tonight they had exact revenge on the Dudley Boyz!
Jakked - May 13, 2000 Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York Broadcast on syndication Taped on May 8, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kellyare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) Essa Rios (w/Lita) def. Stevie Richards (3:52)
The fiery Latin-American, Essa Rios really showed his true colors last weekend on Sunday Night HeAT, becoming furious with Val Venis after 'the Big Valbowski' caught a peek at his girlfriend Lita showering in the backstage area before their match. Rios responded by interfering in Venis' match against Gangrel, dishing out an uncharacteristic beatdown on 'Valbowski'. The two had a match this past Thursday on SmackDown!, where Rios would again get himself disqualified, and then to top it off Essa blew up at Jonathan Coachman for allegedly coming onto Lita. But tonight he was up against the ever excitable Stevie Richards, who looked good initially in outmaneuvering Rios and causing the luchador to lose his temper. Stevie even blew a kiss to Lita, much to her disdain and his as well. Essa launched into a vicious attack on Stevie full of kicks and punches, before decisively putting him away with the moonsault.
2) The Headbangers def. The Mean Street Posse (w/Pete Gas) (3:15) The Mean Street Posse appear to be following suit with falling out with one another after this past week on SmackDown! where the three came to blows when reuniting with their former ally Davey Boy Smith, all over who would become the WWF Hardcore Champion. Tonight Rodney and Joey Abs attempted to mend fences against Mosh and Thrasher of the Headbangers, who were a force to be reckoned with despite the ongoing interference from Pete Gas. They did manage to work in some double-team moves and restraint against Mosh making the tag to Thrasher, but inevitably the tag was made, and from then on there was no stopping the Headbangers. The Stage Dive to Rodney was able to give the grungers the win.
While the Headbangers celebrated their victory tonight on Jakked, Joey Abs shook his head in frustration at Rodney. Pete Gas got in the ring and started to argue with Abs, who shoved him away. Abs left on his own, whilst Rodney came to and asked what was going on with the Mean Street Posse!
3) Gangrel def. Funaki (w/Taka Michinoku) (4:05) Gangrel was sporting somewhat of a new look tonight on Jakked, gearing up in a sleeveless version of the puffed-up, gothic shirt we were used to. Gangrel showed to be more muscular than we figured he would be and - to accompany that against one-half of Kaientai - he showed more of a mean streak than we ever thought was possible. Funaki was impressive early on, scoring with a headscissors and a hurricanrana for a near fall, but Gangrel roughed Funaki up something fierce, pounding on Funaki in the corner. Taka Michinoku tried to get involved in the match, but wound up getting sprayed with mysterious red mist from the mouth of the vampire. Funaki attempted to rebound with a DDT, but Gangrel dropped him on his face, before finishing the job with an Impaler in an impressive performance.
The Godfather rapped his way down to the ring with the line of fine Hos accompanying him to the ring for action in tonight's WWF Jakked main event. Upon entering the ring, Godfather asked Long Island what was up, and if they wanted to roll a "fatty" for 'the Pimp Daddy' and come aboard the Ho Train.
4) The Godfather (w/Hos) def. Crash Holly (3:36) The Godfather has been undergoing a problematic couple of weeks in the aftermath of the fallout between himself and ex-partner D-Lo Brown. Regardless, 'the Pimp Daddy' was looking to score a win over the former WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly in tonight's main event, and Crash was not in a clear mindset following the misfortunate week he has had. First it was having his thunder stolen by Hardcore Holly on RAW, where both Holly Cousins failed to walk out with the WWF Hardcore Championship. But to add to that, when Crash attempted to get involved with Davey Boy Smith's title defense against Steve Blackman, it was Hardcore who cost him the title! Crash attempted to combat the hard-hitting pimp with speed, and a rear naked chokehold almost did the trick, until Godfather came to and powered out. He delivered the Ho Train and finished Crash off with a death valley driver to pick up the victory tonight on Jakked.
Crash was not in a great mind set upon losing the title, and things needed to change soon. While Holly recovered on the floor, the Godfather celebrated his victory by inviting his line of beautiful ladies into the ring, to dance to the Long Island crowd's delight.
HeAT - May 14, 2000 New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut Broadcast on the USA Network Taped on May 9, 2000
The opening video package for Sunday Night HeAT aired, and we went to the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut. Michael Hayes and Jonathan Coachman are calling the action.
1) The Hardy Boyz def. The Holly Cousins (4:41) It has been a rollercoaster for the Hardy Boyz dating back to WrestleMania, where Jeff and Matt Hardy, the two youngsters from Cameron, North Carolina were unsuccessful in their pursuit of the WWF Tag Team Championship in a Triangle Ladder match. But the men who came out on top on that night was none other than their sometimes friends-sometimes enemies in Edge and Christian. The Hardys earned a rematch for the titles at Backlash, but the injured shoulder of Jeff suffered from WrestleMania cost them. But thanks to their win this past Monday on RAW is WAR, the Hardy Boyz were officially getting another title shot at Edge and Christian - in seven days time at Judgment Day! The Holly Cousins were not on the same page after an unfortunate week of chasing the WWF Hardcore Championship, and argued whilst on offence which cost them big. Hardcore soon grew fed up of Crash and walked out on him, allowing Matt to hit the Twist of Fate for the three.
The Hardy Boyz celebrated their victory, Jeff and Matt firing on all cylinders, but they were up against some extremely tough opposition going into next week against Edge and Christian one more time for the WWF Tag Team Championship.
Kurt Angle was approached backstage by Kevin Kelly, who wanted to catch a word with the Olympic Gold Medalist for his actions this past week on RAW and SmackDown!, getting involved in Shane McMahon's personal business with the Big Show. Angle told Kevin that he didn't need to answer to somebody like Kevin, who looked like the Big Show physically and probably thought of him mentally, he doesn't know. But what Kurt did know was that Big Show was a bully, ganging up on a brilliant man like Shane. Well he, being the role model that he was, wasn't about to let Big Show torment him. And he's beaten the likes of Show before, hell he beat Kane last month at Backlash! 'The Olympic Hero' told Kevin Kelly that he was going to expose Show as the big, giant coward he was by challenging him to a match at Judgment Day, and then maybe the world would take notice of the Olympian's Three Is. Kurt sent his regards to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley before leaving.
2) Tazz def. Bull Buchanan by disqualification (2:56) Bull Buchanan continues to try and defend the McMahon-Helmsley reputation through the consequences of cold, hard justice. Buchanan may have been unsuccessful this past Monday on RAW is WAR against the Big Show, but tonight he was looking to avenge what 'the Human Suplex Machine' did to another close accomplice of the regime, D-Lo Brown. Tazz appeared to struggle early on in getting Buchanan up for suplexes, and this enabled Bull to thrive with some dominant, clubbing blows. Bull was vocal in the crowd's distaste for him and wowed New Haven Coliseum with a run-up clothesline from the top rope, but when he attempted to deliver a scissors kick, Tazz side-stepped him and Tazzplexed him out of the ring! Buchanan was furious and Tazz followed him out there, where Bull Buchanan explicitly clubbed him with the nightstick for a DQ.
Bull Buchanan may have gotten himself disqualified, but he had accomplished what he set out to do in punishing Tazz tonight on HeAT. Buchanan clubbed Tazz again with the nightstick before rolling him back into the ring, and leaving 'the Human Suplex Machine' laying with a top rope leg drop! Maybe Bull had just discovered his true potential tonight against Tazz.
Val Venis made his way down to the ring as we returned to HeAT, 'the Big Valbowski' here to avenge an attack suffered last Sunday night on HeAT against Essa Rios. Val introduced himself to the ladies of New Haven, but most importantly he had one and only one special lady that he wanted to introduce himself to: and her name was the lovely Lita! Val grinned, but before he could get another word out, out rushed Essa Rios with Lita following suit - the fiery Latin-American not wasting any time in engaging in a shoving contest with Val before Val punched Essa down, kick starting the match!
3) Val Venis def. Essa Rios (w/Lita) The former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Essa Rios has endured a period of hardship in recent weeks, and it appeared that the luchador had turned a new page in his World Wrestling Federation career: showing intense aggression towards anybody that wronged his girlfriend Lita. Last week on HeAT, Val Venis caught a glimpse of Lita in the shower and invited Lita to pursue an adult film-making career with 'the Big Valbowski', but Essa did not take kindly to his comments and subsequently interfered in Val's match with Gangrel. Tonight Val brought the fight to Essa, but Rios refused to stay down for long, and a springboard dropkick put Val down for two. Rios delivered a somersault plancha over the corner post to the floor on Venis, and when Essa had the referee's attention in the ring, Lita came off the apron with a hurricanrana to Venis. Back inside, Essa went up top for the moonsault, but Val moved out of the way, before dropping Essa with a fisherman suplex with the bridge, scoring the three!
Val Venis' hand was raised as the winner, while Lita slid into the ring to attend to her fallen boyfriend Essa Rios. Val did not skip a beat and winked in Lita's direction, before thrusting his hips to New Haven's delight - Lita not seeming impressed in the slightest with 'the Big Valbowski'.
Earlier today on HeAT, Eddie Guerrero was approached by Jonathan Coachman - 'Latino Heat' looking at the roses in his hand and notably without his girlfriend Chyna. When asked, the WWF European Champion did not appear to be his fun-loving, romantic self. Eddie was fired up after the way Perry Saturn put his hands all over 'Mamacita', and how he's been a one-man wrecking crew. Eddie told Coach that if Perry Saturn wanted to pretend that he was such a tough, tough guy, then why didn't he just come out and say it - he wants Eddie Guerrero? 'Latino Heat' told Coachman that he would get even with Saturn at Judgment Day.
Back in the building, the Godfather made his arrival, walking down to the ring with a chain of hand-holding Hos accompanying him. 'The Pimp Daddy' climbed into the ring and welcomed everybody in New Haven to come aboard the Ho Train, but much like when Val Venis attempted to address the crowd earlier tonight, Chris Benoit was having none of it - the ever-serious WWF Intercontinental Champion here for a fight in our main event tonight on HeAT.
4) WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit def. The Godfather (w/Hos) 'The Canadian Crippler' had his match for Judgment Day confirmed this past week by Shane McMahon on SmackDown!, where 'Shane O'Mac' complied with Chris Benoit's request to make his match with Chris Jericho a No-Disqualification match. Benoit and Jericho had been rivals dating back to before WrestleMania, where both men were challengers for Kurt Angle's WWF Intercontinental and European Championships. Benoit has been the Intercontinental Champion ever since, but a fighting one at that. Yet when Y2J challenged Benoit back at Backlash for the gold, Benoit was able to sly out of it. Despite this, Benoit has been determined to prove that Jericho is no way near Benoit's level of expertise in the ring, and it showed tonight in this main event battle with Godfather. 'The Pimp Daddy' was in control early, his power managing to get the better of Benoit, who even got in one of the Hos' faces. Soon Benoit fought fire with fire, and a snap suplex garnered a near fall. Benoit focused the attack on the arm of his opponent, and despite Benoit's attempts for a Crippler Crossface, Godfather was able to reverse into a sidewalk slam! The damage was done however, and when he tried for a Ho Train, Benoit slipped free and locked in a cross-armbreaker forcing Godfather into submission!
Chris Benoit had to be restrained by the referee after the match, 'the Canadian Crippler' knowing no bounds whatsoever. But the WWF Intercontinental Champion had sent a clear message to Chris Jericho tonight in this match with the Godfather - that Benoit was that great a technician, he could tap his opponents out with any hold he slapped on! But the real test would come at Judgment Day next Sunday, where Y2J will challenge Benoit once again for the WWF Intercontinental Championship in a No-Disqualification match!
RAW is WAR - May 15, 2000 Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio Live on the USA Network
A video package recapped what went down this past week on SmackDown!, where upon the Dudley Boyz almost decapitating 'the Billion Dollar Princess' Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley last week, the McMahon-Helmsley regime dealt with D-Von, Bubba Ray and the Big Show by putting them in a brutal five-on-three Tables match. Faced with Triple H, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Kane and Shane McMahon, the Dudley Boyz ultimately found out the hard way when 'the Game' got a measure of revenge on a bloodied Bubba Ray Dudley.
The opening video package aired, bringing us to the live Gund Arena in Cleveland for RAW is WAR, just six days away from WWF Judgment Day! Pyrotechnics went off and the crowd were electric, as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the show, on a night where Kurt Angle will team with the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit to do battle with the Big Show and Chris Jericho; plus, WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian take on Too Cool in non-title action!
1) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. The Hardy Boyz by disqualification (4:54) The Hardy Boyz were on a one-way flight to Judgment Day this coming Sunday on pay-per-view, where they once again look to capture the WWF Tag Team Championships from Edge and Christian. But before then, they had to get past two lumbering studs in Test and Albert, who were successful in a dominant fashion against Too Cool on Thursday night. Jeff and Matt looked to combat T&A early with their high-speed agility, but the towers that were Test and Albert ultimately cut off Matt and dropped him big-time with a double military-press slam. They even tossed Matt over the top rope to Jeff on the floor, and you had to imagine Trish Stratus had her eyes on the prize - the WWF Tag Team Championship - at some point in the near future. Matt tried to fight back, and brought the fight to Test but couldn't knock him off of his feet - but when Test grabbed his foot upon attempting the tag, Matt delivered an enzuigiri and got the tag to Jeff! Jeff ran through both T&A, sending both men stumbling until a double dropkick sent Albert out to the floor. Matt hit the Twist of Fate on Test whilst Jeff went up top - but Edge and Christian ran down to ringside, Edge shoving Jeff off the top!
The terrible week endured by the WWF Tag Team Champions last week was something Edge and Christian never wanted to replicate again, as Christian hit the ring to attack Matt, who saw him coming! Matt and Christian traded blows, but Edge arrived to plow Matt off of his feet with a big spear! These prima-donna Canadians were back to their underhanded ways, when Too Cool hit the ring! Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay charged down to put up a fight against E&C, when T&A got involved in a four-on-two attack! But Jeff and Matt returned with steel chairs in hand, fending the four men back up the rampway! The Hardys and Too Cool stood tall, with Too Cool set for action against Edge and Christian later tonight.
In the backstage area D-Generation X were filing out of their dressing room - the McMahon-Helmsley faction appearing to be in brighter spirits as they looked to join us live on RAW, next.
Back on RAW, Triple H led a part of the McMahon-Helmsley regime out to the ring, accompanied by X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori of D-Generation X. It was notable that there was no Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon or even Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley - 'the Billion Dollar Princess' said to still be recovering following the savage Dudley Boyz incident last Monday. 'The Game' was thundered down with chants of "assh*le", but it did not seem to phase 'the Game'. Triple H spoke out saying that this crowd was full of morons, talking about how these are the same violence-craving lunatics that his father-in-law Vince McMahon was talking about last Thursday night. But his wife Stephanie was one thing - whereas the Dudley Boyz were another story. 'The Game' iterated that you didn't lay your hands on another man's wife, and unfortunately for the Dudley Boyz, they found out the hard way last Thursday when they found themselves beaten down by not just 'the Game', and not just DX, but the entire McMahon-Helmsley faction! He said that that's what you are dealing with when you get in their way, and that is exactly what happens. But enough of that - Triple H was six days away from the final minutes of the Rock's in-ring career here in the World Wrestling Federation. And when 'the Game' came out with those words on SmackDown!, he felt a calm breeze come over him. Because he knew exactly what he was saying was true. While the Rock is out making the Mummy 2, and shying away from the ring - it will not be because he's found fame in Hollywood, or dreamland - it will be because he knows he can not measure up to the greatest WWF Superstar of our lifetime, Triple H! And Triple H meant it, because Rock couldn't go through Three Stages of Hell with 'the Game'.
The Dudley Boyz interrupted Triple H's speech, Bubba Ray coming out with a bandage on his head, and D-Von not looking much better. D-Generation X mockingly goaded the Dudleys to the ring for a fight, but instead the Dudley Boyz stood their ground on the rampway. Bubba told Triple H that he's sure he's heard it a thousand times, but he really needs to learn when to shut his freaking mouth! Week in and week out he runs his mouth, and makes the false claims. But he's man enough to know he got his ass kicked last Thursday night. But if DX thought that was going to stop them from getting revenge, then they have never spent a day in Dudleyville! D-Von challenged X-Pac and Road Dogg to a match this Sunday at Judgment Day, telling them that thou shalt not mess with the Dudleys. The fans loved the Dudley Boyz, and Road Dogg got on the mic to tell D-Von and Bubba that while he sure as hell doesn't recommend it, he guarandamntees that the bandage on Bubba's head will not be able to stop the blood pouring out this Sunday night! Road Dogg told D-Von that he didn't even want to wait until Judgment Day, asking him if he'd be a man and face him one-on-one tonight on RAW is WAR. Bubba took over, telling Road Dogg that D-Von accepts. But there was one woman he had his eyes on, looking directly at a concerned Tori!
As X-Pac and Road Dogg pointed fingers of threat in the Dudley Boyz' way, they were suddenly joined by the World Wrestling Federation Champion the Rock! 'The Great One' had just arrived fresh off the set of the Mummy 2 over the weekend, but before the Rock could even get a word out, Kane came from behind with Vince McMahon beside him! Kane delivered a big boot to the Rock when the Dudley Boyz tried to pile on 'the Big Red Machine' just for X-Pac and Road Dogg to dart up the rampway to brawl with the Dudley Boyz! The Rock mounted a comeback against Kane, and McMahon ordered 'the Big Red Machine to retreat, as did X-Pac and Road Dogg! The Rock and the Dudley Boyz stood side-by-side on the rampway whilst Triple H cockily smirked back at his arch rival 'the People's Champ' - an evident set-up orchestrated by the regime gone awry. Whatever had possessed Kane to side with the Chairman was still a mystery, yet tonight we were set to see D-Von Dudley against Road Dogg!
During the break Vince McMahon was seen standing with Kane, the Chairman telling 'the Big Red Machine' that he did an excellent job psyching out the Rock. But as far as tonight goes, the World Wrestling Federation Champion was in for a tough time when the Rock battles Kane one-on-one. Ahead of Three Stages of Hell against Triple H on Sunday, he now had to go up against a seven-foot monster?
Edge and Christian were in the locker room, the WWF Tag Team Champions talking about how the Hardy Boyz were screwed - they couldn't even beat T&A in a clean fight tonight! Edge told Christian that after beating them so easily at Backlash, this was going to be a piece of cake at Judgment Day. Christian then talked about Too Cool, how they weren't cool at all - they were just lame. Edge joked with Christian, telling him he couldn't wait to slap the spiked hair of Scotty 2 Hotty off of his head. The two high-fived, preparing for the match later tonight.
2) Tazz def. Bull Buchanan (3:23) This was a rematch of last night on Sunday Night HeAT, where 'the Human Suplex Machine' did battle with the Atlanta badass, Bull Buchanan. Buchanan used his nightstick against Tazz, which did not sit well one bit with Tazz, who was after revenge against the Bull tonight on RAW. Buchanan was impressive early with a leaping clothesline and a scissors kick, but Tazz continued to kick out. Tazz was perhaps feeling the effects of the post-match beatdown Bull dished out to him last night, but Tazz caught Bull off of the middle rope with a big exploder suplex! Tazz got back into the fight, and a Tazzplex followed suit with the submission specialist ready to lock in the Tazzmission - which he managed to get locked in, choking Bull out.
Tazz was victorious tonight against Bull Buchanan, gaining revenge for last night on HeAT. But before 'the Human Suplex Machine' could even return to his feet, D-Lo Brown made his way out to the ring, telling Tazz that he was a pitiful, pitiful small man. Brown told Tazz that he liked to call himself a fighter and a suplex machine, but the truth was that Tazz wasn't a machine or a fighter - he was a koala! D-Lo made fun of the Tazzmission, and looked down to him in the ring. Brown reminded Tazz that they called him 'the Bizniz' for a reason, that he takes care of business - and as far as Tazz goes: he's got no business being in this ring! Tazz glared D-Lo down, before trading blows with him! Tazz clotheslined D-Lo out to the floor, but Brown dragged him out under the ropes and kicked him low before sending Tazz down into the steel steps! Brown shook his head around, leaving Tazz to recuperate and curse Brown out.
Chris Jericho was preparing for tag team action tonight, when there was a knock at the door and in walked the Big Show. Y2J looked up at 'the Big Nasty Bastard', who clearly was not in a great mood after last Thursday. Jericho asked how he was doing, but Show wouldn't even answer Jericho honestly. All Show told Y2J was that the only thing on his mind was unleashing Hell on Kurt Angle, and Shane McMahon. Jericho called Show "buckaroo", telling him Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle wouldn't know what hit them.
Returning to RAW, Hardcore Holly was doing press-ups in the locker room when Crash Holly showed up asking Hardcore what this was he heard about Hardcore getting another shot at the WWF Hardcore Championship over him? Crash told Hardcore that if it was a Triple Threat match involving Steve Blackman, then where the hell was his invitation? Hardcore told Crash that he wasn't invited because he didn't belong and would get in his way! Crash whined some more, but Hardcore shoved Crash against the wall and warned him not to get in his way.
The Big Show made his way out to the ring for what was sure to be a big tag team match, 'the Big Nasty Bastard' with only one thing on his mind, and that was getting revenge on Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon. Chris Jericho followed to a big ovation, but as Y2J joined the Big Show in the ring, Shane McMahon made his way out to the rampway - and Shane looked to be geared up for a match! 'Shane O'Mac' got on the microphone and told Show that he knows how much he wants to Chokeslam him through the mat, but after all that has gone down between them he wanted him to know that the Big Show would never amount to anything without Shane by his side! With that said, Shane declared that this was now a three-on-two handicap match! Shane strutted up and down the stage, when Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle each joined Shane, headed down to the ring.
3) WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon def. The Big Show and Chris Jericho (5:49) It was advertised as a tag team match, and - not like the Big Show was complaining about the prospect of this - Shane McMahon had pulled out yet another bait-and-switch, adding himself to the team of Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle! The Big Show was set to face Kurt Angle this Sunday at Judgment Day, whereas Chris Jericho challenges Chris Benoit for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Kurt Angle offered to start with the Big Show, with no love lost after Kurt's attacks on 'the Big Nasty Bastard' last week on RAW and SmackDown!. Show easily overpowered Kurt, causing Benoit to get the tag, and Benoit immediately went to work on trying to chop down the giant. It worked, and Benoit and Angle formed a cohesive team in grounding Show and allowing Shane to come in and get in some cheap shots on the Big Show! Shane was adding insult to injury, but Show suddenly came back catching Shane by the throat, when Kurt jumped in to make the save! Show delivered a big boot to Angle and made the tag to Y2J, who came in like a house on fire in dropkicking Angle out of the ring and going at it with Benoit! While Show and Angle brawled out at ringside with a distraction from Shane giving Kurt the upper hand, Jericho tripped Benoit up in the Walls of Jericho! Benoit was on the verge of tapping but 'the Crippler' rolled through with an inside cradle - stealing the three!
Chris Benoit rolled out to the floor, the WWF Intercontinental Champion escaping a furious Chris Jericho - Y2J sure to get some retribution come Sunday at Judgment Day, in No-Disqualification! Meanwhile at ringside Shane McMahon gloated in the Big Show's face while he was recovering - but 'the Big Nasty Bastard' grabbed Shane by the throat again! Kurt attacked Show from behind once more, but Show proceeded to grab Kurt by the throat - Show tossing him right over the announce table! With Angle subdued, the Big Show turned to a gawping Shane O'Mac, who wisely scurried as fast as he could away from 'the World's Largest Athlete'! Kurt was down, and Show was in hot pursuit of an unsupervised Shane McMahon!
In the backstage corridor Vince McMahon and Kane were approached by a nervous Kevin Kelly, who wanted to try once more to get an update as to why 'the Big Red Machine' had aligned himself with the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation. Vince simply responded to Kevin that since the cat was out of the bag, he wasn't going to tell Kevin Kelly a thing: instead, they were going to go out to the ring and tell the whole world!
Another ominous vignette aired, with the schoolchildren singing, an inferno shown and a silhouette of a man. The end is nigh, this Sunday at Judgment Day.
Back live on RAW is WAR Vince McMahon made his way out to the ring to a loud chorus of boos from the capacity crowd in the Gund Arena. Much like his son-in-law earlier tonight, the Chairman received chants of "assh*le" from the Cleveland crowd, but Vince simply pointed at each and every one of them claiming that they were absolutely right - he was a genius! McMahon referred to the World Wrestling Federation as the empire he said it was this past Thursday on SmackDown!, and stated that nobody could take away what he had built here in the WWF! But in all seriousness, while the war between the McMahon-Helmsley regime and a large amount of angry, p*ssed off and bitter WWF Superstars was ongoing, he had etched into a new friendship with a man by the name of 'the Big Red Machine'. Vince claimed that although they have had their differences historically, he always liked what 'the Big Red Machine' had to offer. Vince then told Kane to come out here and show the world his true colors, causing the pyrotechnics to go off! Kane stepped out to the rampway to a mixed reaction, while replays aired showing what Kane did to the Rock earlier tonight, with the main event still to come.
As Kane stepped foot over the ropes and into the ring, he stood beside the Chairman, as Vince McMahon talked about how important it was to get one of the largest WWF Superstars on their side. Because while Kane did not have much to say to the people, and perhaps he let his actions speak much louder than the words he spoke, 'the Big Red Machine' was an intelligent individual. See, Kane was not like the Rock, not like the Dudley Boyz - and especially not like the Big Show. Kane knew when to pick his battles, and after however many times Kane had been left laying courtesy of a vicious attack from the McMahon-Helmsley regime, he had had enough. But now Kane is on his side! He's with them, not against them! And as God as his witness, tonight and in the near future, 'the Big Red Machine' would take damn good care of any Superstar that got in their way. Vince called him his equalizer, and that tonight the Rock would find out what it was like to walk through Hell!
The Rock did not waste any time in returning out to the rampway, as the World Wrestling Federation Champion was here to respond after Kane tried jumping him earlier tonight. The building echoed "Rocky"s name, and Rock immediately interrupted Vince's greeting by telling Vince to know his role and shut his mouth! Pacing back and forth, Rock told Vince that he knew exactly what this was all about - Vince was feeling lonely and depressed after all of those cold nights he has spent away from Linda, so he thought he'd phone up his daughter Stephanie to come round and snuggle. But Stephanie wouldn't say yes, so Vince called his son Shane! But he wouldn't answer because he was getting his ass chased by the Big Show, so the Chairman turned to a man he knew he could rely on for a crispy, burning, hot time: Kane! Rock told Vince and Kane that he knew all too well that it was all a ploy to weaken the Rock before he stepped foot in Three Stages of Hell and whooped Triple H's candy-ass one more time to retain the WWF Championship this Sunday - well just bring it b*tch, the Rock was ready to go right here and now! Rock made his way down to the ring, in no mood for the regime's antics tonight when Triple H came charging down from behind - an axe handle knocking 'the Great One' down! 'The Game' pounded on Rock at ringside, before rolling him into the ring where Kane hoisted Rock up: drilling him with the Tombstone Piledriver! Triple H, Vince McMahon and Kane stood tall - but the Rock still had his match coming up with 'the Big Red Machine' later tonight!
In their office, the Acolytes were sat down kicking it back and drinking beers. Bradshaw and Faarooq discussed the NBA play-offs, when all of a sudden there was a knock at the door, and in walked X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori. Road Dogg told the boys that they needed some protection, but the Acolytes reminded D-Generation X of their past! Bradshaw told them that they didn't need protection - they had the McMahon-Helmsley regime behind them! X-Pac and Road Dogg were mad as hell, calling themselves clients to the Acolyte Protection Agency. Finally Tori revealed a large wad of cash from her cleavage, telling the APA that she didn't care what it took, she did not in any way, shape or form want the Dudley Boyz putting her through a table like they did to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley last week. Faarooq reluctantly told her that they'd make sure they didn't.
During the break D-Lo Brown was seen watching a monitor, applauding the McMahon-Helmsley regime for their handiwork in dominating the Rock. But all of a sudden Tazz came from behind, slapping the Tazzmission on 'the Bizniz'! D-Lo struggled for freedom, and 'the Human Suplex Machine' took D-Lo down to the floor, the Tazzmission locked in! Squeezing the life out of D-Lo for his comments earlier tonight, Tazz refused to relinquish the choke!
4) Ivory def. Jacqueline (w/The Kat) (2:31) This past week on SmackDown! the WWF Divas took part in a Summer Swimsuit Contest hosted by Jerry Lawler, but when it was all over and the Kat was victorious, all hell broke loose with the Divas going at it. Tonight on RAW is WAR, two of the more experienced in-ring Divas went at it, with Ivory putting a beating on Jacqueline right out of the gate. Both Divas former WWF Women's Champions, they knew each other incredibly well and Jacqueline soon fought back with a dropkick and an armdrag before scoring a near fall off of a bulldog. Ivory rolled out to the floor, but while she aimed to take a breather, the Kat came from nowhere with a slap across the face of Ivory! She rolled her back inside, but when Jacqueline attempted a tornado DDT, Ivory was able to over-power her opponent, dropping her with a northern lights suplex with the bridge, her feet on the ropes for the win!
Ivory had stolen the match, much to the chagrin of the Kat. Ivory rolled out of the ring and shoved the Kat on her ass, whilst shouting at her for even trying to get involved in this match. The vixen made her way up the rampway, whilst Jacqueline appeared to be blaming Kat for the loss tonight.
In the backstage area Perry Saturn was yelling at a stage-hand for daring to step in his aura. Saturn told the nervous stage-hand that he was one of the hardest working World Wrestling Federation Superstars, and he didn't get the respect he deserved. Saturn told the stage-hand to tell management to give he - the next WWF European Champion - the proper transportation and hotel accommodations he deserved! Dean Malenko appeared to ask Perry what was going on with him, but Perry simply told Dean that he was a big WWF Superstar, he didn't need Malenko anymore. Malenko asked Saturn about the Radicalz, and his friends that he came in with. Saturn simply glared Malenko down, telling him again that he didn't need them anymore. Saturn barged past him, much to the irritance of the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.
Elsewhere Shane McMahon was once again on the run from the Big Show, and entered through a door in which 'the Big Nasty Bastard' had no idea which way Shane had gone. Show looked around, telling Shane that he would find him! The big, p*ssed off giant began opening each and every door, when finally he came across the door belonging to his prey: and Shane O'Mac came out of it swinging with a kendo stick! Show was stunned, and Shane continued to throttle Show with the cane until Show snatched it away and tossed it across the floor! Shane was panicking, when all of a sudden Kurt Angle came from behind, having found the Big Show! Kurt and Shane put the boots to the Big Show, when Shane placed Show's foot in a doorway and slammed it brutally on the ankle of the giant! Shane and Kurt high-fived and left, their work finished here.
Back live on RAW, a medical team were on the case after what happened with Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle before the break. The Big Show was helped up by three paramedics, helping 'the Big Nasty Bastard' away whilst Show screamed in agony over his ankle. Things did not appear to look good for the Big Show, six days away from his match against Kurt Angle at Judgment Day.
5) D-Von Dudley (w/Bubba Ray Dudley) def. Road Dogg (w/X-Pac, Tori and the Acolytes) (3:59) The Dudley Boyz had their match set for this Sunday at Judgment Day against D-Generation X, but firstly tonight they had to bypass not just Road Dogg with X-Pac in his corner, but the Acolytes as well. Bradshaw and Faarooq were paid by a distressful Tori, who was extremely concerned about the likelihood of winding up in a hospital bed next to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley after what the Dudleys did to her last week. D-Von started off well against Road Dogg, bringing the fight to him and causing Road Dogg to quickly roll out to the floor, where he came face to face with an intimidating Bubba Ray. The Acolytes guarded Tori, but when Road Dogg confronted Bradshaw and Faarooq about why they weren't guarding him, they simply pointed out that Tori was the person they were guarding! Back inside Road Dogg was able to gain momentum after a distraction from X-Pac, and a shaky leg knee drop garnered a near fall before the Dogg decided to go for the Pumphandle Drop; just for D-Von to slip free and connect with a lifting reverse DDT for the victory!
D-Von Dudley had scored the pinfall on Road Dogg, but X-Pac quickly slid into the ring to take a whack at D-Von! He tried to fight back, when Bubba Ray Dudley entered the fold, cleaning house of Road Dogg! Bubba Ray and D-Von dished up the Wazzup! on X-Pac, before Bubba Ray pointed to Tori at ringside; Tori hiding behind Bradshaw and Faarooq! The APA warned the Dudley Boyz to keep away from their client - but with Judgment Day around the corner, Tori could not hide forever from the Dudley Boyz.
Steve Blackman was practicing with a set of nun-chucks in the backstage area, 'the Lethal Weapon' mentally motivated and ready to go in the WWF Hardcore Championship Triple Threat match in just a few moments. He almost took out Al Snow, who asked Steve if he was ready to recapture the title. Blackman asked Al what he was doing here, telling him that they went their separate ways already! Blackman wanted to know why he was still hanging out, to which Snow enthusiastically told him it was all moral support - and tonight, he knew it in his heart that Blackman would regain the belt. Snow slapped Blackman on the shoulder, wishing him luck.
X-Pac and Road Dogg were backstage with Tori and the Acolytes; D-Generation X raging at Bradshaw and Faarooq for not having their backs out there against the Dudley Boyz tonight. Faarooq told X-Pac and Road Dogg that they weren't the person of interest that they were ordered to protect - that was Tori, who also covered their tight asses! DX asked what that was all about, causing an argument between themselves and the APA much to the distress of Tori.
6) Crash Holly def. Davey Boy Smith (c), Hardcore Holly & Steve Blackman to win the WWF Hardcore Championship (3:45) What was intended to be a Triple Threat match between 'the British Bulldog', Hardcore Holly and Steve Blackman turned out being a match consisting of five WWF Superstars, who all shared the common goal of becoming WWF Hardcore Champion. While Davey Boy Smith was earmarking his return to the World Wrestling Federation with a title reign, won last week on RAW, Hardcore Holly and Steve Blackman were two fierce competitors that each wanted the gold for themselves, too. A toolbox was used as a weapon, as was a sweeping broom - both broken across the back of Hardcore early on. Davey connected with a Running Powerslam on 'the Lethal Weapon', but before he could cover, Al Snow made his way out to the ring and attacked Davey! Snow dropped the Bulldog with a Snowplow, but Hardcore Holly walloped him with a trash can lid! From behind came Blackman to his ex-partner's aid, a martial arts kick taking Holly down and out - but as Blackman pounded away on Hardcore, Crash Holly made his way down to ringside, Crash rolling up a dazed and confused Davey Boy Smith to regain the title!
Crash Holly had regained the WWF Hardcore Championship, and everybody in the ring was left stumped by the effective use of the 24/7 rule! Crash paraded up the rampway with the title in hand, whilst Hardcore shook his head in frustration. Steve Blackman similarly glared at Al Snow, who motioned to 'the Lethal Weapon' that he was only trying to help.
Cameras caught up backstage with Crash Holly, who came across the Mean Street Posse looking to jump the new WWF Hardcore Champion on his way back - Crash ducking a right hand from Rodney, who accidentally punched Joey Abs; Abs then went at it with Rodney whilst Pete Gas tried to aid Rodney! The Posse were going at it with one another now, all the while Crash ran away to safety!
Chris Benoit was walking through the backstage area when he came across Jonathan Coachman, who wanted to catch a word with the WWF Intercontinental Champion ahead of Sunday's No-Disqualification match at Judgment Day with Chris Jericho. 'The Canadian Crippler' told Coach that Y2J is riding a false wave of momentum. He is filled with an overwhelming sense of self-assurance - and on Sunday, much like tonight - he will find himself crushed by the blow of defeat. Benoit told Coachman that he couldn't wait to make that prettyboy tap out.
Kevin Kelly was standing outside of the locker room of the Rock, who we shall hear from in just a few moments ahead of the WWF Champion's main event match against 'the Big Red Machine' Kane.
7) Too Cool (w/Rikishi) def. WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian by disqualification (4:43)
Despite Too Cool's loss in last week's number one contender's match to the Hardy Boyz, the party-hard trio had left a stain in the memory of Edge and Christian's not-so-stellar week last week. For one, Edge and Christian found himself the recipients of a beating from the Hardy Boyz, and secondly, Christian wound up getting a Stinkface! Edge and Christian would get involved in Too Cool's business this past Thursday night on SmackDown!, and so Too Cool were out for blood tonight. But after the cocky WWF Tag Team Champions got involved in the Hardy Boyz' match with T&A earlier tonight, you just knew Jeff and Matt would be around ahead of the title match at Judgment Day. Edge and Grandmaster Sexay started, and unfortunately for the Canadian, Too Cool were on the offensive early on! Scotty 2 Hotty soared off the top rope onto Edge, Christian, and even his teammates Rikishi and Sexay - the Gund Arena lighting up for Too Cool tonight against the champs! But it would not last long, as T&A suddenly charged down to ringside, Test and Albert hammering on Too Cool!
Edge and Christian joined in on the beatdown, when Rikishi tried to get back in the mix and fight T&A and the WWF Tag Team Champions off! But the four-on-one advantage was too much, and Rikishi was rolled into the ring, where Albert somehow managed to power the 400-pounder up for the Baldo Bomb! Edge, Christian, Test, Albert and Trish Stratus stood tall, when the Hardy Boyz came running down to the ring causing E&C and T&A to run for the hills. Jeff and Matt aided to Too Cool and Rikishi, with gold surely on their minds going into Judgment Day. All the while, Edge and Christian were all smiles thanks to this new alliance with Trish's boys!
Kevin Kelly was standing by with the Rock ahead of a gigantic main event tonight against 'the Big Red Machine' Kane - but the World Wrestling Federation Champion interrupted Kevin when he asked him on what level was it a gigantic main event. Was it because Kane was gigantic? Was it because Vince McMahon was a gigantic assh*le? Or was it because of Triple H's ego. 'The Great One' reassured Kevin Kelly that he was feeling the effects of not just 'the Big Red Machine's Tombstone Piledriver earlier tonight; but 'the Game's attack as well. But with six days and counting until his climactic encounter with Triple H in Three Stages of Hell, the Rock wanted to repeat himself when he said that there was no way in Hell the WWF Championship would be coming back to the forehead-creasing, brown-nosing, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley-banging jabroni Triple H on Sunday! As for Kane and Vince McMahon tonight, the Rock was going to fight fire with fire and take Kane for a visit to the SmackDown! Hotel. Rock delivered his signature catchphrase, before leaving for the main event up next!
Another vignette aired, showing the schoolchildren singing, laughing and playing. "Are You Scared? 5.21.2000."
8) WWF Champion The Rock def. Kane (w/Chairman Vince McMahon) (8:25) For 'the People's Champ', six days away from Judgment Day where he steps foot in Three Stages of Hell against Triple H, it was sure as hell not going to be an easy week. The World Wrestling Federation Champion has been attacked not once but twice by 'the Big Red Machine' Kane, who was confirmed earlier tonight by the Chairman himself, to be associated with the devil Vince McMahon. The Rock charged out to the ring wasting no time to battle Kane, and the two went at it furiously, in a battle where the Rock was giving up half of a foot in height, and fifty pounds against a machine like Kane. Kane sent Rock reeling to the floor, much to the amusement of the boss. But 'the Brahma Bull' came firing back on all cylinders, that is until a distraction from McMahon allowed Kane to take control. The monster tortured 'the Great One' from this point on, stretching the neck at an awkward angle and pounding away at the skull of the WWF Champion. Kane choked away at Rock, and Vince yelled for 'the Big Red Machine' to apply more and more pressure, trying to strangle him! Finally Rock made a comeback and started dishing out right hands in Kane's way; Rock ducking an uppercut and clothesline Kane down! Triple H once again made his way down to the ring, but immediately was spinebustered down by 'the People's Champ', causing him to roll out to the floor! Kane connected with a Chokeslam to the Rock, but upon the cover, the Rock miraculously kicked out at two! The match went on, with the referee getting knocked down by Rock, and Kane looked to attempt the Tombstone Piledriver when Rock got out and delivered the Rock Bottom! Kane immediately started moving, but Triple H re-emerged with a steel chair in hand - 'the Game' swinging and missing Rock, catching Kane between the eyes! Rock knocked 'the Game' down and covered Kane to pick up the win!
The Rock celebrated his win to loud cheers from the capacity crowd in Cleveland, the World Wrestling Federation Champion having just beaten 'the Big Red Machine' with an inadvertent assist courtesy of 'the Game' Triple H! Triple H was helped up by his father-in-law Vince McMahon, the Chairman and 'the Game' glaring down the triumphant WWF Champion. In six days 'the Great One' and 'the Game' had a date with destiny in Three Stages of Hell at Judgment Day, yet as for tonight, the Rock was walking tall!
SmackDown! - May 18, 2000 Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan Broadcast on UPN Taped May 16, 2000
A replay aired, bringing us back to RAW is WAR where the Rock was attacked not once, but twice by 'the Big Red Machine' Kane. With Judgment Day right around the corner, the McMahon-Helmsley regime were out to set the WWF Champion up for a tough week going into Three Stages of Hell against Triple H at Judgment Day. In the main event the Rock was pitted against Kane, now wrapped around Vince McMahon's finger - but despite the interference by Triple H and the Chairman, it was the Rock who stood tall. But who would stand tall tonight, with three days away from Judgment Day this Sunday?
The opening video package took us to the jam-packed Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for SmackDown!, just three nights away from Judgment Day on pay-per-view. After the pyrotechnics lit up the stage, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler discussed what was already announced for tonight, as the Acolytes taking on X-Pac and Road Dogg, plus a lot, lot more!
The McMahon-Helmsley regime kicked things off, igniting large boos from the hostile Detroit audience. Triple H led the way, 'the Game' presenting the World Wrestling Federation fans to the returning Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Stephanie having been sidelined following a powerbomb through a table courtesy of the Dudley Boyz ten days ago. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' was all smiles, but the power couple were not alone as Vince McMahon, his pet muscle Kane, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco followed them down to the ring. It was notable that there was no Shane McMahon or D-Generation X, with Shane surely mindful of the Big Show and X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori preparing for their match with the Acolytes tonight. Upon entry to the ring, the WWF Women's Champion graced the microphone first to talk about how she had missed each and every single person in the crowd tonight. Stephanie was sitting in that hospital bed for over a week, watching RAW is WAR and SmackDown! alone in awe of her brilliant mastermind of a husband, Triple H; and the greatest father in the world Vince McMahon; but also the brave and the brutal Shane McMahon! It all gave her a new perspective on what family was all about. Stephanie announced that she was back, and she was 100% - but as far as the Dudley Boyz are concerned, she was truly glad they got the beating they both deserved last Thursday on SmackDown!. A replay aired, returning to the twisted grin of 'the Billion Dollar Princess'.
The Chairman hugged his daughter, whilst Triple H took over from where his wife left off. 'The Game' smirked as he told the people of Detroit that 'the Billion Dollar Princess' was back where she belonged, and he knew these people missed her very much. But speaking of things coming back to where they belong, we were now three days away from what will be the Rock's demise at Judgment Day. And it will be 'the People's Champ's judgment day, because on Sunday night, 'the Game' and 'the Brahma Bull' will meet in Three Stages of Hell. Triple H spoke in great detail about how each and every second away from the WWF Championship will not be lost forever, because he knew for damn sure he would be beating the Rock in the singles match and the Street Fight, and forego the Steel-Cage match to regain what was rightfully his! 'The Game' soon turned his attention to a new face in the regime, welcoming aboard 'the Big Red Machine' Kane to a mixed reaction. He apologized to the monster for accidentally whamming him with a steel chair on Monday night, joking that he'll try to have better aim next time.
Kane nodded in accordance, when Chris Jericho made an unanticipated arrival to the Joe Louis Arena, interrupting the McMahon-Helmsley verbal tirade! Y2J ordered 'the Game' to please shut the hell up before talking about how week in and week out he has to hear the same damn speech. Triple H is horny for the World Wrestling Federation Championship; Kane gives Vince McMahon boners; and above all else, he has to put up with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and her soap opera of a life. So she got thrown through a table by Bubba Ray Dudley, who hasn't been there? But despite that, Y2J was just glad to see 'the Billion Dollar Princess' back on her feet, making jokes about how many other men had been down on her in the past week! Vince was irate by these comments as was Triple H, but Y2J had the audacity to cut the boss off, exclaiming that Vince McMahon had a very tiny penis! The whole arena was shocked, and Vince responded telling Jericho that he was a genetic jackhammer, dammit! Triple H cut his fuming father-in-law off, as he asked Y2J whether had a No-Disqualification match with Chris Benoit to worry about, demanding him to get to the point quick. Y2J told 'the Game' that he was observant for a guy that was banging the most filthy, dirty, disgusting, bottom feeding, trash bag ho he had ever known! But Jericho told Hunter he was here for a purpose, because he wanted to challenge both "Mr Roboto" and 'the Game' tonight! Triple H grinned evilly, telling Y2J that he was on, and he would even let Jericho choose his opponent. But as far as making it to Judgment Day goes, 'the Game' suggested he wouldn't even make it to Sunday!
Conspicuous by his absence out in the ring, Shane McMahon stepped out of the limousine in the parking lot where he was joined by Kurt Angle. The Olympic Gold Medalist told Shane that he appreciated the ride to the building here tonight. Kurt then asked Shane what he thought to Detroit, to which Shane O'Mac claimed it was one of the most polluted, crime-ridden cities he had ever known. Kurt casually commented that it wasn't known for its sports teams, either. After the Big Show's ankle was wrecked by them on RAW this past Monday, these two men had become unlikely allies.
Road Dogg and X-Pac made their way out to the mixed ovation of the Joe Louis Arena - Tori joining them awkwardly, as Road Dogg rapped himself and X-Pac down to the ring. X-Pac let off his pyrotechnics, when Road Dogg welcomed everybody to the greatest spectacle on Earth: D-Generation X proudly presenting to you, the beating of the bar drunks, Bradshaw and Faarooq! Road Dogg commented that the Acolytes may take your money for protection, but they sure as hell sucked at their jobs! He claimed that when they were finished with them tonight, the Dudley Boyz were next; allowing X-Pac to inform us that if we weren't down with that, they had two words for us. DX were full of themselves, three days out from the match with the Dudley Boyz.
1) Road Dogg and X-Pac (w/Tori) def. The Acolytes (4:14) D-Generation X did not have rave reviews for the Acolyte Protection Agency this past Monday on RAW is WAR. With Tori paranoid about the idea of the Dudley Boyz planning on driving her through a table, Road Dogg and X-Pac enlisted the Acolytes as her protection: but when they protected Tori, they meant it literally. The Dudley Boyz gave DX hell, and after the match Road Dogg and X-Pac got into quite the argument with Bradshaw and Faarooq. They overpowered Road Dogg and X-Pac with their rough house style, and with Judgment Day looming closer it was becoming concerning that DX struggled so much with these two hosses. Bradshaw connected with a fallaway slam that took X-Pac over the middle rope to the floor, whilst Road Dogg tried to get the Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll on Faarooq just to eat a spinebuster! A Clothesline From Hell went awry as Bradshaw hit the buckle hard, allowing X-Pac to connect with an X-Factor for the win.
X-Pac and Road Dogg narrowly were able to score the pin against the Acolytes tonight, but as Tori joined her boyfriend and Road Dogg in the ring, D-Generation X were joined by the Dudley Boyz! D-Von and Bubba Ray brawled with DX, with the Dudleys soon tossing X-Pac over the top rope and giving Road Dogg a double flapjack! With the boys out, Bubba and D-Von quickly turned their attention to an anxious Tori, who practically started crying! Bubba ordered D-Von to get the tables, but when he did X-Pac tried to jump him, just to receive a right hand knocking him down! D-Von and Bubba prepared the table, and D-Von grabbed Tori by the hair: Bubba on the second rope!
But just when he tried handing her to Bubba, X-Pac and Road Dogg jumped D-Von again, sending him flying out to the floor! Back inside Bubba tried to fight both men off, but DX were too good, and a roundhouse kick courtesy of X-Pac left Bubba laying on his own table! Tori slowly climbed up to the top, no longer afraid of the table: as she splashed Bubba from the top rope, driving him through his own table! X-Pac and Road Dogg helped Tori to her feet, and she was full of confidence - the Dudley Boyz disabled by D-Generation X, with Tori giving Bubba Ray some of his own medicine tonight!
In the backstage area Chris Jericho was walking through the halls when approached by Kevin Kelly who wanted to ask Y2J about whom his partner would be. Jericho called him Kelly Kevin and told him that he had strongly examined the possibilities for who would face Triple H and Chris Benoit with him - without a doubt two of the biggest assclowns walking God's green Earth. Unfortunately, Kaientai told him they had reservations at the sushi bar tonight, and Stevie Richards was busy dressing like a drag queen! Which left him with one idea in mind, and one idea only: the Rock! Jericho left, with the olive branch extended to the WWF Champion.
Back on SmackDown! Steve Blackman was shadow-boxing and getting himself in the mindset with Al Snow by his side. Snow was trying to apologize to 'the Lethal Weapon' for trying to get involved and costing him the WWF Hardcore Championship on RAW, but Blackman ceased his shadow-boxing and warned Snow that if he was a sane man he would kick his ass right now, but they have a match against the Holly Cousins. Snow told Steve that he just wanted to help, to which Blackman asked whether Head Cheese was trying to help? Blackman confessed that maybe them going their separate ways was for the better after all, but Snow told Blackman that they have another chance tonight - he has another chance to make things right. Snow told Blackman to stay with him, because he could guarantee tonight was the night 'the Lethal Weapon' regained the WWF Hardcore Championship.
In the building Val Venis was making his way down to the ring, 'the Big Valbowski' emerging in the center of the ring to introduce himself to the ladies in Detroit. Val commented that they called Detroit 'the D', and he can totally understand why because he was just about ready to dish 'the D' out to some beautiful, beautiful Michigan girls! Val was excited to be here, but he was rudely interrupted by D-Lo Brown, who did not have such a great time this past Monday night on RAW. 'The Bizniz' was booed as he walked down to the ring, telling Val that he was exactly why he had turned his back on him, the Godfather, and all of the other ridiculous personalities in the World Wrestling Federation tonight. D-Lo pointed to the WWF locker room as a bunch of misfits, and that is why he wasn't as successful as him! D-Lo pointed to Triple H, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle - and most importantly - Vince McMahon as the benchmark for what made the WWF the greatest place in the world: and that's where D-Lo came in, because he was 'the Bizniz' and he meant business. Val had heard enough, sucker punching him to kick off this match.
2) D-Lo Brown def. Val Venis (3:50) 'The Bizniz' did not in fact have a very good Monday night on RAW is WAR. D-Lo Brown had the audacity to come down to the ring following Tazz's match with Bull Buchanan, and when D-Lo called 'the Human Suplex Machine' a koala bear that had no right being in the same ring as a guy like D-Lo, Tazz would get retribution but ultimately Brown escaped from the scene unscathed. That was until later on that night, where D-Lo found himself admiring the McMahon-Helmsley regime's handiwork on a monitor in the back, when Tazz came from behind, choking him out. Brown wanted to right the wrong and continued his vendetta against the wild personas in the World Wrestling Federation, with 'the Big Valbowski' almost scoring the pinfall with a bulldog and a scoop slam. Venis went up to the top rope for a Money Shot, but Brown crotched him and almost took the match with a leg lariat for a near fall. Val fired back and attempted a Russian legsweep, but D-Lo broke loose and roped him in for the Sky High to pick up the win!
D-Lo Brown had scored the win, but 'the Bizniz' was not finished with 'the Big Valbowski' by a long shot, as D-Lo continued to put the boots to Val Venis after the bell! D-Lo talked trash about how embarrassing Venis was, when Tazz once again came running down to ringside, 'the Human Suplex Machine' catching D-Lo off-guard with a surprise German suplex, followed by a second - the Tazzplex! D-Lo scurried out of the ring in fear, as Tazz took to the microphone to tell D-Lo Brown that he may call himself 'the Bizniz', but all he really was was a punk! Tazz told D-Lo that he may have gotten away from 'the Pimp Daddies' and 'the Big Valbowski's of the world - but now he's up against them! Tazz told D-Lo that he can brown-nose the McMahon-Helmsley regime all he pleases, but when he insults a guy like Tazz, there are only two choices left for him to take: beat him if he could, and survive if Tazz let him! Brown was vexed by the party crasher, but Tazz was ready to fight and D-Lo instead chose to leave.
Crash Holly was pestering his older cousin Hardcore Holly in the locker room, the new WWF Hardcore Champion Crash asking him if he was mad that he stole the title from under his nose. Hardcore yelled at Crash and told him that that's exactly why he was mad at him! And on top of that, now he's gotta team with the Elroy Jetson reject tonight against Al Snow and Steve Blackman! Crash told Hardcore that he knew exactly what it was like to be the WWF Hardcore Champion - it was every man for himself. Hardcore pushed Crash against the wall, telling him he would co-operate with Crash tonight, so long as he stays the hell out of his way. Crash continued to act like he did nothing wrong!
During the break, the Rock was seen arriving at the Joe Louis Arena where he was greeted by Jonathan Coachman - keen to get an answer from the World Wrestling Federation Champion after Chris Jericho called him out to be his tag team partner tonight against Triple H and Chris Benoit. Rock looked at Coach like he had no idea who he was, and asked his name, then telling him it didn't matter what his name was! 'The People's Champ' noted that Y2J and the Rock have a history together, taking us back to last August when Jericho interrupted the Rock and made an ass out of himself on live, national television! But as far as the Rock was concerned, he wasn't willing to wait until Judgment Day to kick Triple H's candy-ass - telling Coach that it was a done deal.
3) The Holly Cousins def. Al Snow and Steve Blackman (2:57) Crash Holly was able to regain the WWF Hardcore Championship on Monday night, interfering in then-champion Davey Boy Smith's defense against Hardcore Holly and Steve Blackman. But it is debatable whether Crash would even be the WWF Hardcore Champion tonight, when it was the interference of 'the Lethal Weapon's apparent "ex" tag team partner Al Snow that played a part in the Elroy Jetson lookalike stealing the win. Both teams were on thin ice, with Hardcore mad at Crash and Blackman raging at Snow. Despite that, Snow appeared to have his eyes on the prize, and almost scored a pinfall victory against Crash in a non-title predicament. Hardcore blind tagged himself in, whilst Blackman and Snow had a brief war of words which allowed Hardcore to take control. Late in the match Blackman was in control of both Hollys, and took Crash down with a superkick when Al Snow tackled Hardcore to break up the count! Blackman yelled at Snow for breaking the count, when Crash rolled him up from behind, somehow managing to steal the win tonight on SmackDown!
Crash Holly charged out of the ring after the match, securing the WWF Hardcore Championship and getting the heck out of dodge from an equally irate Hardcore Holly. Crash told his cousin he was sorry, and left as fast as he could. Back in the ring Al Snow dejectedly exchanged words with 'the Lethal Weapon'; Steve Blackman edging in on victory had it not been for Al Snow's interference. Blackman had had enough of Snow's antics and left him abandoned in the ring, with Al pleading with Steve to stay with him!
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were in the McMahon-Helmsley dressing room on the couch, 'the Game' and his wife discussing the Rock agreeing to be Chris Jericho's partner. The WWF Women's Champion told him that she didn't know who she wanted to see in agony more, recalling of how degrading both men were. In walked Road Dogg and X-Pac, with Tori proudly leading the trio. Tori told the power couple that that was how it was one, with X-Pac and Road Dogg applauding Tori of how she handled Bubba Ray Dudley tonight. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' hugged her and told Tori she was proud of her, with 'the Game' telling D-Generation X that by beating up the Dudley Boyz tonight, Bubba and D-Von were in for a real reality check this Sunday.
Earlier today Perry Saturn was getting a cup of coffee from the machine, but it didn't work properly. Saturn got irate and started ranting at how even the damn coffee machines were out of order! He proclaimed himself the next WWF European Champion, when Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco showed up discussing Vince McMahon's new suit. Saturn greeted them with hostility, calling them lapdogs. Saturn remembered a time where Patterson was the first ever WWF Intercontinental Champion, and Brisco was one hell of a wrestler. But now? They were disgraces. Saturn told them they made him sick, to which the Stooges responded asking Perry if he got up on the wrong side of bed this morning. As they left, Saturn turned around and encountered Davey Boy Smith, who did not take kindly to Saturn's attitude adjustment. 'The British Bulldog' told him that if he wanted to be such a tough guy, the Bulldog was the tough guy to beat. Saturn snickered, telling Davey that much like Patterson and Brisco, Davey Boy didn't have what it took - and tonight, he would put the Bulldog down like the sick little puppy he is!
In the building Shane McMahon made his way down to the ring, the ever-confident son of the Chairman being met with extremely loud boos and jeers from the vocal Detroit crowd. As 'Shane O'Mac' tried to speak, he was met with the chant that has become synonymous with him of late: "Shane's a p*ssy". McMahon actually laughed in response, asking if somebody like that would be on the roll of his life of late. McMahon asked in all seriousness, claiming that a man that injured the ankle of a seven-foot giant like the Big Show on RAW is WAR definitely made him anything but a p*ssy! 'Shane O'Mac' defined the meaning of "p*ssy", claiming that he consulted a dictionary for the answer, and it told him that **** was a slang term used for a cat. So were the fans in actuality calling him a ****cat? In terms of his super slick speed and ability to pounce at any given time? Because if so, he had it all going on. Shane mocked the Big Show's intelligence, and how 'the Big Nasty Bastard' was asking himself "which way did he go? Which way did he go?" whenever he was looking for Shane. The bottom line was that when it came to the giant, he really did not have a long career ahead of him: pointing to the man that was going to shorten Show's career at Judgment Day, Kurt Angle!
Kurt Angle walked down to the ring to equally loud boos, as the Olympic Gold Medalist appeared flattered by his newfound friend Shane's hand in injuring the Big Show last Monday on RAW. As Triple H and an excited Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were seen watching from their dressing room in the back, Kurt told Shane that it was a great day to be an American hero. It's true, because not only does he get to come out here in a hellhole like Detroit, Michigan and tell everybody that he took a seven-foot tall giant off of his feet, but how he was going to beat said seven-foot giant at Judgment Day! Kurt agreed with Shane, claiming that the Big Show may have size and an overabundance of weight working in his favor, what he did lack was the Three Is: Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence! Angle asked Shane if he knew that the Three Is are what led him to scoring gold in the 1996 Olympics, and told Shane that with everything he has accomplished in his very short time in the World Wrestling Federation, what he was most proud of was stopping that "big bully" from getting his hands on somebody of such prestige like Shane McMahon!
The Big Show was not about to listen to any more of what Kurt Angle had to say, and 'the Big Nasty Bastard' soon stepped out onto the stage; a giant bandage wrapped heavily around the right foot of the giant. Kurt and Shane McMahon laughed at Show's expense, as he held a microphone. Show told the guys that they were so funny, he couldn't take a single word they said seriously without wanting to burst out in laughter! Show told Shane and Kurt that they really pulled off a good prank last Monday night, because they outsmarted him, and he's man enough to admit that. But Kurt and Shane aren't to recognize one hard fact: they failed on RAW, and as far as his condition was concerned, he was still standing, and the match will go ahead as planned at Judgment Day! Show smirked, but Shane responded telling him that he was glad the Big Show was healthy because if there was one thing he had always wanted to do to the Big Show, was to humiliate him man-to-man in this very ring!
Shane told Show that he was right, the match on Sunday was still the Big Show against Kurt Angle...and 'Shane O'Mac' in a Handicap match! Shane vowed to pin the Big Show and show the whole world that this ****cat could throw down - even against a fat son of a b*tch like the Big Show! Show finally headed for the ring, not taking any more of his insults tonight - and upon entry Kurt immediately tried to throw hands just to get swatted away by the giant! Show headbutted Angle down, leaving Shane to roll up his sleeves and put up a defensive stance - Shane then nonsensically charging into the large hand of the Big Show, who finally gave Shane a Chokeslam to remember! Show faces Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon at Judgment Day, but Show had finally given Shane the Chokeslam tonight, while Angle watched on in frustration from the floor.
Backstage Terri was being coached by the Fabulous Moolah, 'the She-Devil' shadow-boxing under the legend's watch - Terri set for Divas action tonight against the former WWF Women's Champion Jacqueline.
Back on SmackDown! Vince McMahon stood in the McMahon-Helmsley dressing room talking to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley about what had just happened to Shane McMahon - the Chairman somewhat hesitant about what his son was getting himself into against the Big Show on Sunday. Kane stood behind the boss, and 'the Game' quickly wanted to apologize to 'the Big Red Machine' for cracking him in the skull with that steel chair last Monday; wanting to accept Kane into the faction and calling him "a good hand". In walked the WWF Intercontinental Champion, Chris Benoit asking the regime why they called him here. 'The Game' wanted to have a talk with 'the Crippler' ahead of the main event, telling him that this was his chance to not just take out Chris Jericho before Judgment Day, but to make the Rock beg for mercy too. Benoit chuckled, telling 'the Game' that he knew what this was all about: he wanted Benoit to weaken Rock before Three Stages of Hell - and maybe he will. But when this was all over and Triple H was the new WWF Champion, 'the Wolverine' wanted to be a double champion: and he wanted the first shot. Benoit left, with McMahon impressed by Benoit's statement.
4) Rikishi (w/Too Cool) def. Test (w/Albert & Trish Stratus) (4:12) Rikishi found himself the recipient of a beatdown courtesy of T&A this past week on RAW is WAR, when the 400-pound Samoan desired to deliver the Stinkface to Test and Albert's business manager Trish Stratus. But tonight was Rikishi's time for retribution against the young blonde Canadian stallion, with Albert and Trish in Test's corner, and Too Cool in the other. Test was able to gain the upper hand quickly, a sidewalk slam impressing fans in the Joe Louis Arena. But Test's downfall was his confidence, as his showboating enabled Rikishi to make a comeback, a Samoan drop scoring a near fall. Rikishi sandwiched Test in the corner, but before he could look for the Stinkface, Trish jumped onto the apron, which allowed Test to use the distraction to his advantage: an incredible pumphandle slam getting Test a near fall! Albert tried to get involved late in the match, tripping Rikishi - which led to Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay battling Albert! Test took his eye off the ball long enough for Rikishi to power him up for the Rikishi Driver, giving the Samoan victory.
Rikishi celebrated his win when Albert climbed into the ring to confront the 400-pounder; Albert breathing heavily looking down at his large foe: but before he had a chance to act, Too Cool re-emerged, Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay going at it with Albert! He tried to fight them off, but a superkick from Rikishi dropped 'Baldo' to the corner, where Rikishi now appeared to be going for a Stinkface on Albert! He closed in to the fans' delight, when Test and Trish Stratus were able to get him out of there in the nick of time. Test vowed revenge, while Too Cool and Rikishi appeared to be awaiting the challenge.
Backstage WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko was walking the halls when he spotted Lita hanging out by herself. 'The Iceman' could not help himself but to go over and introduce himself, calling himself somewhat of a ladies man. Malenko bragged about being the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, becoming champion one month after joining the World Wrestling Federation. This appeared to impress Lita when a jaded and angry Essa Rios showed up to chew Malenko out in Spanish! Malenko had no idea what he was saying, but the fiery Latin rage of Essa knew no boundaries, much to the confusion of Malenko.
Edge was in the locker room reading the newest issue of WWF Magazine, the Canadian joined by his brother Christian, who wanted to show Edge something he just had printed: a giant portrait. Edge exclaimed that the portrait was hilarity, the WWF Tag Team Champions proclaiming that this was going to ruin the Hardy Boyz' livelihoods! Christian told Edge that it would break little Matt and Jeff's spirits so they could take what's left at Judgment Day. The goofy brothers high-fived and left - but what was on the picture?
5) Terri (w/The Fabulous Moolah) def. Jacqueline (1:56) Terri has become the definition of what being a WWF Diva really is all about in recent months, as documented by her rather revealing and explicit rivalry with the Kat. But over the last couple of weeks, Terri has had some rather troublesome encounters against Jacqueline; the former WWF Women's Champion determined to throw her name back in the hat for a shot at 'the Billion Dollar Princess' Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The Kat joined commentary for this match and ran both Divas down, calling Jackie dumb and making it known that if anybody deserved a shot at the title, it was nobody but her. Terri's friend and mentor the Fabulous Moolah tried to get involved early, allowing Terri to somehow take control; Terri running Jackie's head into the turnbuckle pads, and a suplex almost gave Terri the match. Jacqueline overpowered her and she threw 'the She-Devil' across the ring by her hair, causing Terri to favor her hair in absolute horror! Moolah tried getting into the ring - distracting the referee - when Ivory ran down to the ring, planting an unsuspecting Jackie with a DDT, allowing Terri to crawl on top and steal a win.
Terri had somehow won this match against Jacqueline, with the much-needed assistance of Ivory of all people. Ivory helped Terri up to her feet, when the Fabulous Moolah joined the duo in the ring to raise 'the She-Devil's hand in victory. Terri celebrated like she had just won the fight of her life, whilst the Kat talked about how Ivory couldn't even lace her bikini.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was in her office with Vince McMahon, the WWF Women's Champion watching intently on the Divas action she had just witnessed. The Chairman asked Stephanie if she had the choice, who she would defend the title against first? McMahon-Helmsley confidently claimed that it didn't matter, because she was the woman among Divas, and none of those "little girls" could ever take the belt away from her. In walked Kurt Angle to say hi to Stephanie; 'the Billion Dollar Princess' happy to see him. The Olympic Gold Medalist told the McMahons that despite what happened to Shane out there at the hands of the Big Show; Judgment Day would tell a different story. Vince laughed, telling Kurt it was good to see his son put his money where his mouth was. Steph had similar faith, telling Kurt that at the end of the day, Shane was her brother, and she could not handle seeing him in a hospital bed like she was last week. Kurt re-assured her that he wouldn't let it happen - and that he would rather shave his freaking head than let 'the Big Nasty Bastard' rip 'Shane O'Mac' apart.
Returning to SmackDown!, Edge and Christian were en route to the ring to a chorus of boos from the Joe Louis Arena. In hand was the covered portrait photo - apparently of the Hardy Boyz - with the WWF Tag Team Champions sure to try and embarrass Jeff and Matt Hardy ahead of their title match this Sunday at Judgment Day. Edge asked all of the sweathogs in Detroit to show them some respect, claiming that they were the unbeaten WWF Tag Team Champions which made them something the Detroit Red Wings couldn't ever dream of accomplishing in the NHL playoffs! Christian talked about how the Red Wings totally blew it against the Colorado Avalanche, which is something that the Hardys were sure to find out the hard way when they go 0-2 against two young, handsome Canadians on Sunday. Edge broke from their verbal tirade on the North Carolinians to give the people what they were begging for: the Five-Second Posedown! The two brothers posed with camera flashes going off all around them - just adding to the amount of hatred they were getting from the non-picture taking Michigan audience.
Christian went back to joking at the Hardys expense, calling them "weirdo rednecks", and comparing their upbringing to E&C's own: rich, privileged and extremely well-mannered. This brought the WWF Tag Team Champions to the portrait, with Edge telling the people that they had acquired a memento from the Hardy household - and presented it to show an incredibly bad childhood photo of their rivals, with stink-lines, dork glasses and goatees graffiti'd on the Hardy Boyz! Edge told Christian that that totally ruled, before turning over to the OvalTron for a comparison photo: showing E&C as extremely well-dressed youngsters - actually taken earlier today!
But the Hardy Boyz weren't about to take this for a second longer, and Jeff and Matt came out to answer Edge and Christian's degrading "talk-time". Matt told Edge and Christian that they were right, that was a bad photo. And as far as their upbringing is concerned, perhaps they did have it rough. Maybe they didn't share the same luxuries as Edge and Christian growing up in Canada. But what they did have was a much larger passion for the World Wrestling Federation than they will ever know! Matt told them that when they were teenagers, they started their own wrestling federation; they earned their way up from the very bottom of the ranks here in the WWF. And they achieved their ultimate dream when they became WWF Tag Team Champions last year. But they weren't finished yet by a long shot. Jeff told Edge and Christian that they wanted those titles again, before the Hardy Boyz started fighting the two brothers! Fists were flying everywhere, but the Hardys succeeded with a double back elbow followed by a double-legdrop taking Christian down! The Hardy Boyz hit the Poetry in Motion on Edge, before Jeff took the graffiti'd photo of their youth - breaking it over the head of Edge! The Hardy Boyz raised the WWF Tag Team Championships high - and this could be a sign of things to come this Sunday at Judgment Day!
The Rock was in his locker room, the World Wrestling Federation Championship hanging on the wall behind him. 'The People's Champ' was walked in on by none other than his partner tonight Chris Jericho - who received a loud ovation. Rock remained unmoved as Y2J stood face to face with the WWF Champion, telling him that he heard what he had to say. And maybe they did have a history, but he appreciated having his back in tonight's tag team main event. Rock told Y2J that he didn't have anybody's back but his own, and that the only thing that is making him team up with Jericho tonight was because he had scores to settle - not just with Triple H - but with Chris Benoit as well. Rock reminded Y2J of the Lumberjack match he and 'the Wolverine' had several weeks ago, and how he has bided his time for another shot like this. Jericho simply told Rock to save some of "Mr Roboto" for him. Rock stared Jericho down, as Y2J left.
In the backstage area the Hardy Boyz were seen moments ago, Jeff and Matt Hardy talking about all of the wars that they have had with Edge and Christian. Jeff talked about how they have been friends for years, they trained together and ate together. Matt told Jeff that they have been in tag team matches and Ladder matches, and even in WWF Tag Team Championship matches too. But this Sunday they reach the top of the tag team mountain once again, like they have done before when they take those titles home to Cameron, North Carolina.
6) Perry Saturn def. Davey Boy Smith (2:52) In just three nights time at Judgment Day, Perry Saturn goes into what could perhaps be the biggest match of his short World Wrestling Federation career when he challenges former friend and ally in the Radicalz, Eddie Guerrero for the WWF European Championship. Saturn has shown a whole new persona over the last couple of weeks, whether that be down to being frustrated with the lack of championship gold in his life or due to being overlooked for 'Latino Heat' in his budding romance with 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna. But this new attitude has led to Saturn bullying personnel in the back, and as earlier tonight showed, Legends fit that bill as well. Davey Boy Smith called Saturn out, 'the British Bulldog' surely wanting to prove he was not past his prime tonight on SmackDown!. Davey tossed Saturn around early on, the former WWF Hardcore Champion with three gorilla press slams in a row, before Perry managed to take over. Saturn almost scored the win off of a leg lariat, and he soon targeted the arm of Bulldog in hopes of the Rings of Saturn. Unfortunately for him, 'the Bulldog' had more fight in him than that, and powered out of the attempt before Saturn managed to catch him off-guard with that bringing fisherman suplex for the three.
Perry Saturn was victorious again tonight, on a roll ahead of Judgment Day this Sunday night. Saturn however did not get a lot of time to gloat over the win tonight against Davey Boy Smith, when Eddie Guerrero rushed down to the ring to bring the fight to Saturn! Former friends and allies from the Radicalz were going at it, as Eddie dropped Saturn with right after right; Guerrero whipping him off the ropes, just for Perry to bail just in the nick of time. Chyna was spotted at ringside with a look of vengeance on her face, surely counting down seventy-two hours when a fired up 'Latino Heat' gets to have his way with this new Perry Saturn.
X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori were leaving the Joe Louis Arena; Road Dogg calling out to the world that Tori was more man than the Dudley Boyz! X-Pac had his arm around girlfriend Tori, who told the boys that if tonight was a shock for Bubba Ray, then Sunday would be a real wake-up call. All of a sudden, D-Generation X's showboating was for not when the Dudley Boyz showed up to confront them! DX and the Dudleys were going at it, all the while Tori panicked and fled the scene! These two teams meet at Judgment Day, with plenty of bad blood between the two sides!
Elsewhere Triple H led wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit, Vince McMahon and Kane out of the McMahon-Helmsley dressing room, with the tag team main event against the Rock and Chris Jericho looming close - coming up next!
Back on SmackDown! Eddie Guerrero was with Chyna on a bench, when Kevin Kelly showed up to catch a word with the WWF European Champion after what he just did to Perry Saturn. This was a different 'Latino Heat', as he exclaimed what Saturn did to him, and even more importantly what he did to 'Mamacita'. Chyna told Kevin Kelly that she couldn't wait to see 'Latino Heat' kick Saturn's ass at Judgment Day. Eddie stood up and told Kevin Kelly that they were buddies, they were Radicalz! But what happened was jealousy and greed, and when you put your hands on 'the Ninth Wonder of the World', you put your hands on the heart of Eddie Guerrero! But like Chyna, Eddie Guerrero was not going to take any of it! Eddie told Perry Saturn to train real hard and sleep real tight because there was no chance of Saturn walking out WWF European Champion this Sunday, ese.
7) Triple H and WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit (w/WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, WWF Chairman Vince McMahon and Kane) def. WWF Champion The Rock and Chris Jericho (11:27) Judgment Day may be three days away live on pay-per-view, but tonight's main event was sure to be a sneak peek of what we can expect in what was sure to be a highly intense tag team encounter. The Rock and Chris Jericho will do battle with Triple H and Chris Benoit respectively, although tonight the McMahon-Helmsley regime was out to ensure that 'the Game' and 'the Crippler' had the home field advantage leading into Sunday night when the WWF Championship is on the line in Three Stages of Hell; and the WWF Intercontinental Championship is at stake in a No-Disqualification match. The Rock and Chris Jericho appeared to not be on the same page going into this match, with Rock taking control early on against Benoit just for Jericho to tag himself in. Y2J wanted nothing more than to beat Benoit ahead of their battle on Sunday night, with Jericho looking for the Lionsault early just to receive the brunt knees of Benoit in return! Benoit and Triple H picked a part at Chris Jericho, whilst an eager 'Billion Dollar Princess' applauded her men; Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley proud of the beating they were dishing out on the man that has insulted her time and time again in the past. But Y2J finally overcame 'the Game' with an enzuigiri out of nowhere; and Rock made the tag! Rock ran wild on both men, with Benoit receiving a spinebuster to take him out. It came down to Rock and Triple H, with 'the Game' coming from behind and taking him down with a neckbreaker. 'The Game' was in full control of 'the People's Champ', but Rock fired back with a Samoan drop and a dragon whip; the WWF Champion even turning to the regime and ringside and demanding they just bring it! Back inside Rock connected with the Rock Bottom on Triple H, but Stephanie got on the apron to distract the official! While this was going on, Kane climbed into the ring - delivering a thunderous Chokeslam to the Rock! Triple H then draped an arm over the WWF Champion to claim the win in this tag team main event.
'The Big Red Machine' had exacted revenge on the Rock for the loss last Monday night, and Triple H had just pinned the World Wrestling Federation Champion! While Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho brawled on the floor, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Vince McMahon and Kane climbed into the ring to celebrate 'the Game's pinfall over the Rock - but in three nights at Judgment Day, Triple H would have to do this two times to become WWF Champion, and in three nights there might be no McMahon-Helmsley regime at ringside to help Triple H in Three Stages of Hell!
Jakked - May 20, 2000 Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio Broadcast on syndication Taped on May 15, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kellyare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) D-Lo Brown def. Thrasher (w/Mosh) (3:18) D-Lo Brown has had his hands tied with Tazz on his case this past week on both RAW and SmackDown!, but tonight on Jakked 'the Bizniz' had to concern himself with the Headbangers. Though they have not been successful in recent weeks, Thrasher appeared to be more motivated on getting the job done against the sell-out tonight. He even caught D-Lo off-guard with a near fall from a diving crossbody. D-Lo attempted to cower out to the floor during the match, but Mosh scared him back inside where Thrasher almost picked up a win with a snap suplex, but Brown was able to outwit Thrasher with a leg lariat out of nowhere. Brown was confident all the way from that point on, delivering a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Finally, Brown scored the pin with a Sky High, much to the chagrin of Mosh at ringside.
D-Lo Brown's hand was raised in victory, but Mosh wasn't so pleased with 'the Bizniz' conducted here tonight either and got into it with Brown! Mosh sent D-Lo off the ropes, but Brown ducked Mosh's clothesline attempt and caught him with a Sky High for good measure! 'The Bizniz' D-Lo Brown was at the top of his game regardless of the pressure on him inflicted by Tazz.
2) Gangrel def. Rob Conway (2:37) 'The Vampire' Gangrel had sported a new look last week on WWF Jakked, and continued to show his mean streak tonight on Jakked in singles action against the up-and-comer from local wrestling organization Ohio Valley Wrestling. Conway attempted to combat Gangrel by playing his own game, actually managing to succeed with some fierce rights and lefts. Conway scored a near fall off of a dropkick when Gangrel came off the ropes, but 'the Vampire' came back with numerous blows across the back of the local talent. Gangrel laughed maliciously with a claw applied on Conway, before he finally put him down for the three count following the Impaler.
Gangrel celebrated his win after the match, by taking his goblet and drinking the red liquid - then christening Rob Conway in the liquid as well!
3) WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko def. Stevie Richards (4:41) Despite 'the Iceman's unfortunate falling out with former Radical ally Perry Saturn this past week on RAW and SmackDown!, Dean Malenko was doing extremely well as the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion. Although he made a bad mistake in coming onto Essa Rios' girlfriend Lita this past Thursday night, he was successful in defending the title against the fiery Latin-American. As for tonight his opposition came in the form of light heavyweight Stevie Richards, who excitedly managed to get the opening on Malenko early on. Stevie even delivered the Stevie Kick to Dean, but the champ fortunately fell out of the ring before Richards could claim the win. Malenko took advantage of an axe handle from the second rope, where Stevie appeared to land awkwardly on his ankle. Malenko went right to work on it, and despite Stevie's best efforts, Malenko connected with a tiger bomb, transitioning into the Texas Cloverleaf for the win.
The Godfather made his way out to the ring for main event action tonight on Jakked against Kaientai, but 'the Pimp Daddy' and his beautiful Hos were not alone - Al Snow following the crowd dressed as a pimp himself! Al Snow, apparently dejected by the loss of his partnership to Steve Blackman was joining Godfather for the tag team main event. Godfather asked everybody to come aboard the Ho Train, when Al finished off Godfather's go-to phrases, telling everybody to smoke a fatty with these Pimp Daddies, causing Godfather to look at Al Snow in confusion for stealing his catchphrase.
4) Al Snow and The Godfather (w/Hos) def. Kaientai (3:43) You talk about an odd pairing. Al Snow - clearly upset following the rejection of Steve Blackman for help in the WWF Hardcore Championship Triple Threat match this past Monday on RAW is WAR - was partnering up tonight with the Godfather to battle Taka Michinoku and Funaki. Dressed like a pimp, Snow was looking to avenge the loss to the Holly Cousins on SmackDown! where he partnered with Steve Blackman, and apparently try to make 'the Lethal Weapon' jealous on top of that. Despite Kaientai's best efforts, they could not knock Godfather off of his game, and Godfather managed to deliver the Ho Train to both men simultaneously, before the death valley driver scored the pin for Godfather over Funaki.
Al Snow and the Godfather danced together after the match, with the Hos climbing into the ring to strut their stuff with the so-called 'Pimp Daddies'.
HeAT - May 21, 2000 Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan Live on the USA Network Taped on May 16, 2000 (Matches)
The opening video package aired, bringing us to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan for Sunday Night HeAT, just sixty minutes away from WWF Judgment Day - live on pay-per-view! Michael Hayes and Jonathan Coachman welcomed us to the show.
1) Bull Buchanan def. Stevie Richards (2:54) Stevie Richards has always been a formidable foe to any WWF Superstar in the ring, but when faced with an opportunity to score a pinfall win he has come just shy of being victorious. The impressionable and enthusiastic Richards was tasked tonight with taking on Bull Buchanan, another up-and-comer in the World Wrestling Federation with some very powerful friends in the McMahon-Helmsley regime. Richards started off on the attack, surprisingly pushing Bull to his limit with a hip toss and a crossbody giving him a near fall. The imposing size of the prison guard was able to put him in control, and Buchanan was showing Stevie hard justice in the form of multiple body blows in the corner and a leaping clothesline off of the top rope giving him a near fall. Stevie mustered up some courage and dropkicked Bull out of the air as he came off the top rope, but as Stevie attempted a suplex to Buchanan he was able to land on his feet, and a scissors kick gave Buchanan the win.
Bull Buchanan had his hand raised in victory, but it was clear that he was not yet finished with Stevie Richards; taking his nightstick and hammering Stevie right in the back with it! But a familiar face made his way down to the ring at that moment - the Big Bossman, returning from a concussion sustained three weeks ago. Bossman joined in on the brutal clubbing of Richards; the guards back together and leaving Stevie laying to loud boos from the Detroit crowd.
We went to the backstage area in Freedom Hall, where Tazz was in catering when he was confronted by D-Lo Brown. 'The Bizniz' knocked a plate of food out of 'the Human Suplex Machine's hands, telling him that what he did to him this past week on RAW and SmackDown! was a total slap in the face. D-Lo told Tazz that he wasn't any old sellout, and with the allies that he had 'the Bizniz' deserved respect! Brown challenged Tazz to a match tonight at Judgment Day, whilst Tazz simply glared at him intently after the disaster made of his lunch. Tazz simply told D-Lo to examine the broken plate on the floor, and warned him that after he was finished with him tonight at Judgment Day, D-Lo and that shattered plate would have a lot in common. Tazz told D-Lo to beat him if he could, and to survive if Tazz let him.
Dean Malenko was lifting a dumbbell in the locker room when approached by Michael Cole for some follow-up after Essa Rios' comments in Spanish made towards him last Thursday on SmackDown! 'The Iceman' told Michael that he couldn't help being a ladies man. After all, he was the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion! The ladies loved 'the Man of 1,000 Holds'. And tonight, when he beat Essa to retain his title, he was thinking maybe the lovely Lita would enjoy a night on the town with the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.
A video package aired, reviewing the past several weeks for Edge and Christian and the Hardy Boyz. Back at WrestleMania new WWF Tag Team Champions were crowned when Edge and Christian came out on top in the Triangle ladder match against the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz. And since then it appears that the gold has gone straight to Edge and Christian's heads - including back at Backlash, when they were able to defeat Jeff and Matt with thanks in part to the injured shoulder of Jeff Hardy. But now, the Hardys were fully recovered and ready to reach the mountain top again, despite the jokes and jabs made by the insulting Canadians. Tonight these two teams of brothers will meet once again at Judgment Day, with the gold on the line.
2) The Headbangers def. The Mean Street Posse (w/Pete Gas) (3:31) The Mean Street Posse have not been on the same page in recent weeks, with Rodney, Pete Gas and Joey Abs' issues over becoming WWF Hardcore Champion getting in the way of their friendship with one another. They had the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the 24/7 rule on RAW this past Monday night, but wound up brawling with one another instead. Tonight on HeAT they were up against two former WWF Tag Team Champions in the Headbangers, and early on Mosh and Thrasher quite easily disposed of Rodney before Abs made the tag and went to work on Mosh. Abs told Rodney and Gas that this is how it was done, delivering a sit-out spinebuster for two. Rodney soon blind tagged himself in and started yelling at Joey for hogging the spotlight, but that's when he attempted to pick Mosh up and wound up trapped in an inside cradle, with the Headbangers taking the win!
The Headbangers celebrated the win, whilst Rodney was in utter disbelief at what had just happened. Joey Abs and Pete Gas were unimpressed by Rodney's loss, who told Gas to blame Abs for hogging his spotlight! Rodney shoved Joey, who shoved him down on his ass - and the Mean Street Posse began fighting mid-ring. The Greenwich syndicate were exploding before our very eyes!
A video package took a look at the distancing paths made between the Big Show and Shane McMahon. It was 'Shane O'Mac' who got the Big Show close to the main event of WrestleMania in the four-corner elimination match for the WWF Championship, but all 'the Big Nasty Bastard' wanted to do was have fun and pursue a career in Hollywood. Show impersonated WWF Superstars week-in and week-out, much to the annoyance of Shane McMahon. When insulting him and turning his back on him, the Big Show took it badly and snapped; but one man has constantly stood in his way of getting his hands on the man he used to consider a friend: Kurt Angle. The Olympic Gold Medalist has left Show laying with a shot from a television camera, and this past Monday night on RAW injured his ankle by slamming a door shut on the giant's ankle - but tonight, in what is now a handicap match, the Big Show may finally have his chance to Chokeslam Shane McMahon out of his life.
Backstage at Judgment Day, Shane McMahon was watching the monitor - 'Shane O'Mac' furious about what had happened to the Mean Street Posse. They were his friends, and now they were losers that couldn't even keep it together for a single match! Kurt Angle walked in, asking his tag team partner how he was doing. The Olympic Gold Medalist could tell that Shane was nervous, telling him that they were two men united with a common hatred of a big, foul, disgusting giant. A giant with no intensity, no integrity and no intelligence, no less. Angle vowed to not let Shane wind up getting a Chokeslam by the Big Show in the handicap match tonight, and when it was over Shane McMahon would hold a pinfall victory over 'the Big Nasty Bastard'. Shane thanked him, telling Kurt that Show's got a bad foot, and when he comes face to face with 'Shane O'Mac' tonight, he will be wondering once again "which way did he go? Which way did he go?"
Chris Jericho was seen arriving at the building in Louisville, Kentucky - the home of tonight's Judgment Day live on pay-per-view. Y2J had glory on his mind one hour away from his No-Disqualification encounter with Chris Benoit with the WWF Intercontinental Championship at stake. A video package then aired, showing the history that have brought Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho together for this title match tonight. Y2J has pinned 'the Crippler' and made him tap out before, but in their match back at Backlash, Jericho inadvertently got himself disqualified which enabled Benoit to retain the title. This rivalry between two competitive Canadians has only gotten worse, with backstage ambushes and arena-wide brawls bringing us to this grudge match tonight: with the winner not just being acknowledged as the better man, but the rightful WWF Intercontinental Champion.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was in the dressing room of the McMahon-Helmsley regime in Freedom Hall; the WWF Women's Champion seated with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco who asked 'the Billion Dollar Princess' whether she thought Triple H could beat the Rock in Three Stages of Hell tonight. Stephanie was mad at the Stooges for even doubting her husband for a second, demanding they go and get her coffee! Patterson and Brisco did it without a moment's hesitation, whilst Stephanie couldn't believe that her husband was about to become a four time WWF Champion in a hick town like Louisville, Kentucky.
3) Dean Malenko (c) def. Essa Rios (w/Lita) to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (5:15) Nobody knows what has gotten into Essa Rios in recent weeks. Perhaps it was the loss of the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship to Dean Malenko two months ago, or the recent string of losses in the promising luchador's upstart career in the World Wrestling Federation. But regardless, maybe a more fierce attitude was what the fiery Latin American needed to get the job done in the ring. This past Thursday on SmackDown! Malenko tried hitting on Rios' girlfriend Lita, which drew the ire of an irritated Essa, who subsequently challenged Malenko to this title match tonight on HeAT. The fans were strongly behind Essa too, with a somersault tope over the corner post and an Asai moonsault wowing the fans in Detroit; but the ever skilled technician allowed 'the Man of 1,000 Holds' to take control. With a half-Boston crab and an abdominal stretch, Malenko blew kisses at his object of desire Lita, who simply looked on in disdain. But the speed and wit of the challenger allowed him to fire back; a series of armdrags and dropkicks causing Malenko to stammer in this important title defense. Essa tried to pursue him as Malenko rolled out, just to get a hurricanrana from Lita - who came off of the ring steps! It was assumed we knew Lita's answer to Dean's advances, whilst back inside Essa went up top for a moonsault, just for Dean to get his knees up before locking in the Texas Cloverleaf! Essa refused, but finally relented to tapping out.
Dean Malenko had his hand raised, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship retained tonight on HeAT against a highly motivated Essa Rios. As 'the Iceman' climbed out of the ring he blew another kiss to Lita, much to her chagrin.
Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco returned to the McMahon-Helmsley dressing room, where Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley coldly thanked the Stooges for bringing her her coffee. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' similarly couldn't believe how useless they actually were: it took two of them to bring her it? She's been waiting for ten minutes! While the Stooges tried to apologize to the WWF Women's Champion, Vince McMahon entered with Kane behind him. The Chairman told his daughter and henchmen that tonight was an extremely important night for them. Tonight they have the opportunity to put everybody in their place: and that includes the Rock, the Dudley Boyz, Chris Jericho - and hell, even Tazz! Much like the Rock tells them each and every week - it is the regime's night to make every WWF Superstar know their roles and shut their mouths! The pet talk appeared to work, when Vince told the trio that he and 'the Big Red Machine' were heading for the ring.
A video package aired, promoting the Three Stages of Hell match that will take place tonight at Judgment Day. One month ago the Rock was finally able to overcome Triple H and the McMahon-Helmsley regime in becoming the World Wrestling Federation Champion at Backlash. But in recent weeks, the regime have gone to extreme lengths to ensure that 'the Great One' would not defeat 'the Game' in the rematch. With numerous WWF Superstars defecting to being aligned with the faction, 'the Brahma Bull's count of allies was dwindling. And with an extremely competitive Triple H to go up against, 'the Game' suggested Three Stages of Hell to settle the score once and for all! In a singles match, a Street Fight and a Steel Cage match if needed, it would be a test of endurance and who the better athlete was as tonight, once and for all we would find out who was better: the Rock, or Triple H.
Cutting live to Louisville, Kentucky, Vince McMahon made his way down the aisle to the ring to address the people of Freedom Hall. The fans booed loudly, whilst the Chairman of the World Wrestling Federation was joined as always by his enforcer, 'the Big Red Machine' Kane. Fans jeered and chanted "assh*le" at the boss, who simply grinned and told the people of Louisville that this is exactly what he has come to expect from a mass crowd of people with less teeth than brains. McMahon spoke of his upbringing, coming from a small trailer park home in a place much like Louisville; and yet he was able to grow and grow away from the country hick, bang-your-sister lifestyle that this place was synonymous with! Vince told the people that it was called self-worth, and when they all started taking somewhat better care of themselves, they too would be able to grow out of whatever mundane lives they lead here in Kentucky, and actually make semi-decent humans of themselves!
The fans continued to boo loudly as the Chairman digressed, telling them that tonight was Judgment Day, and it was judgment day for several WWF Superstars. It was judgment day for the Big Show, who has been a rampant disappointment to the McMahon-Helmsley regime for quite some time - but tonight, Show would find himself defeated by his brilliant son Shane, and a future WWF Champion in Kurt Angle. Tonight was judgment day for the Dudley Boyz - two ruffians who get off on putting beautiful women through tables, including his daughter 'the Billion Dollar Princess' Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. So in that regard, these people shared so much in common with D-Von and Bubba Ray to the point that they should rename Louisville, Kentucky to be Dudleyville! And last but not least, tonight would be judgment day for the Rock's WWF Championship reign. The Chairman commented that the less spoken of 'the People's Champ' the better - but there was only room for one WWF Champion, and it was his son-in-law, 'the Game' Triple H!
But before the Chairman could speak any further about the Three Stages of Hell match, the Rock shocked the people in Louisville, as WWF Champion made his way down to the ring to personally confront the boss! 'The People's Champ' was idolized by the sell-out crowd in Freedom Hall, as Vince tried to get a word in just to be shunned by 'the Great One', who responded by telling McMahon to know his role and shut his mouth! Rock told the people that finally he was back in Louisville, as the Rock made fun of Vince's trained ape Kane being a silent protector of some kind. Rock told Vince that he must be such a good enforcer, he got his candy-ass beaten by the Rock five nights ago on RAW. Or how about Vince's paranoia that the entire world was out to get him, which truly was the definition of karma coming to the largest assh*le walking God's green earth! Vince fired back ordering Rock to shut up, telling Rock that while he may insult the Chairman, he is taking sweet and precious time away from his final night with the WWF Championship. Tonight, like on SmackDown!, was the Rock's resting place: where his career will end when Triple H flushes the Rock down the toilet in Three Stages of Hell. And when the Rock is down, out and defeated, so will his future as WWF Champion! McMahon left, causing Rock to grow distracted which enabled Kane to come from behind, dropping the Rock with a huge Chokeslam! Kane set off his fireworks to loud boos, whilst Vince grinned defiantly from the floor; the Rock starting off Judgment Day on a sour note, with just under five minutes to go until Three Stages of Hell versus Triple H!
One last vignette aired, with the schoolchildren playing, skipping and singing before cutting to numbers riding over the screen, and a vehicular engine sound taking over. Are You Scared? The End is Nigh. 5.21.2000.
Judgment Day 2000 - May 21, 2000 Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky Live on Pay-Per-View
The opening video package aired, bringing us up to speed on the locker room dividing rivalry between the McMahon-Helmsley regime and the rest of the WWF Superstars. You were either with Triple H and the McMahon family, or you were against him. And tonight, with Superstars such as the Big Show, the Dudley Boyz, Chris Jericho and the Rock against the wall with members of the McMahon-Helmsley regime, it was without a doubt Judgment Day for the World Wrestling Federation. The video package resorted to the schoolchildren laughing and playing, singing their nursery rhymes. And a motorcycle engine was heard: Are You Scared? 5.21.2000 was here, now.
The opening graphic took us to the sold out Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky - home tonight for WWF Judgment Day! We were live on pay-per-view, and the crowd was electric following a fireworks display - Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcoming us to the show on a night where the Rock and Triple H will go at it in Three Stages of Hell! Three other titles were at stake, with the show set to begin.
1) T&A (w/Trish Stratus) def. Too Cool (w/Rikishi) (7:41) A match added late, as a result of what has gone on over the events of this past week, it was last Monday night on RAW is WAR where Too Cool got their opportunity to go up against WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian in non-title match. Unfortunately just when Too Cool looked to be on the rise, Test and Albert hit the ring to attack both men. When Rikishi tried to get involved, T&A took him out too. But on SmackDown! this past week, Rikishi was able to gain a measure of revenge when he dished up a Stinkface for Albert; although it was clear that the 400-pounder's eyes (and ass) was drawn towards the business manager of T&A, Trish Stratus.
The fans in Louisville loved Scotty and Grandmaster as they danced down to the ring, but the mood quickly changed when Test and Albert hit the ring meaning business tonight - and you could imagine it was all motivated by Trish Stratus' disdain for the dancing trio. Early on Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay were able to hold their own against T&A, with a double dropkick knocking Test out to the floor, and a double superkick rocking Albert. But ultimately it went awry when Too Cool naively wanted to attempt a double suplex on the 350-pound 'Baldo', just to be overpowered. Albert charged Sexay in the corner and immediately from this point on, Trish's boys were in control of their opponents. Test and Albert took turns dropping elbows on Grandmaster whilst Rikishi got the electric crowd in Louisville behind him - Scotty desperately wanting the tag. Test almost put Sexay away with a pumphandle slam, but Grandmaster was resilient as Freedom Hall cheered for the tag to be made. Sexay finally fought off both men and connected with a missile dropkick to both men - and finally the tag was made, with Scotty 2 Hotty trying his luck against both men! Scotty was even able to deliver a flying headscissors to Albert before dropkicking the knees from under Test and connecting with the bulldog! Scotty was ready to hit the Worm, but Trish suddenly tripped him! Rikishi went over to confront a pitiful Trish Stratus - and inside Albert dropped him with a Baldo Bomb, allowing Test to come off the top rope with the diving elbow drop - T&A stealing this match.
T&A were victorious with all of the thanks in the world to their business manager Trish Stratus; but Test and Albert's celebration would be brief as Rikishi climbed into the ring with a Samoan drop for Test! Albert attacked him, but Grandmaster Sexay dove in with a tornado DDT delivered to Albert! Trish Stratus mounted the apron but was flipped over and into the ring by Rikishi; Trish cowering in the corner. Rikishi saw his opportunity and took it - the Stinkface to Trish Stratus! Freedom Hall lit up, as Scotty 2 Hotty, Grandmaster Sexay took the centre of the ring to dance: despite their loss, they had ousted and humiliated Trish and T&A!
The Big Show was seen favoring the brace on his foot, when the camera glanced up to show Michael Cole standing by with 'the Big Nasty Bastard' ahead of the handicap match tonight. Show told Michael that his ankle may be sore, and it may be throbbing, but he was here tonight and he was here to reek vengeance on Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle. Show asked Michael if he knew how it felt to have a bad foot, and be seven-foot-two, 500 pounds; the Big Show telling Michael that he had spent the last week in Hell. From travelling in cramped plane seats, to bus seats, to having to walk around at his size? But Show assured Michael that what he did to 'Shane O'Mac' last Thursday night was nothing compared to what he was going to do to him. As for Kurt Angle? He may be 'the World's Largest Athlete', but that made Kurt "the World's Largest Tool", and he would pay for getting caught up in this tonight!
Earlier today Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were seen pulling up in a brand new lo-rider, the WWF European Champion in higher spirits it seemed than he was this past Thursday on SmackDown! 'Latino Heat' was full of poise, in awe of the ride that brought them here to Judgment Day. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna asked Eddie if he was mentally ready for Perry Saturn tonight, concerned that he may be taking Saturn too lightly. But Guerrero told 'Mamacita' that Perry didn't scare him, and he was going to pay the price for laying a finger on his girl - the salsa in his taco - Chyna. And after this was all over, they would take a ride up to the hills and go at it like the sex-craved coyotes they knew they were. This re-assured Chyna, who smiled at Eddie's naughtiness.
2) Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) def. Perry Saturn to retain the WWF European Championship (8:46) Over the period of the past month we have seen a whole new side to Perry Saturn. Frustrated with the lack of championship success like the rest of the Radicalz, Saturn's temper has seen him go on a journey of self-righteous, hate-filled agony. What started out as Saturn and Dean Malenko's annoyance with Eddie Guerrero's infatuation with 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna soon turned to Saturn taking out his own anger on 'Latino Heat', 'Mamacita' herself, and even members of the backstage crew. But it has been the antics of this so-called tough guy from Pittsburgh that has created a fired up WWF European Champion, and as demonstated this past Thursday on SmackDown!, Eddie Guerrero was sick of what Saturn was doing in bullying anybody that comes into contact with him.
Contrary to the joyous mood 'Latino Heat' was in earlier today when he arrived in his lo rider, Eddie Guerrero had a different demeanor on his face as he locked eyes on Perry Saturn, en route to the ring tonight. The bell sounded and Saturn wouldn't even allow Eddie to get in the ring, with Perry using his size as a factor in pounding away on Eddie early. But the wily WWF European Champion - defending his title - came right back with a hurricanrana for a near fall, as well as a backslide. Guerrero soon caught Perry off-guard with a clothesline sending him to the floor, but when Eddie shot through the ropes with a suicide dive, Saturn side-stepped him and Eddie crashed and burned! Saturn put the boots to Guerrero and locked him in an armbar in an attempt to separate the shoulder of the champion. But Eddie had the people in Louisville to support him, and Eddie came back with several dropkicks and a backdrop. A brainbuster gave him a near fall, when Guerrero looked for the whirlybird neckbreaker just for Perry to come out of it with a big death valley driver! Saturn got a near fall, but he quickly rolled over into the Rings of Saturn; Eddie locked in the lethal submission hold of the challenger - yet he refused to tap! Eddie called out for Chyna, distracting Perry enough to roll him into a roll-up for two. Saturn knocked Eddie down before turning to Chyna, and the two got into an argument with 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' on the apron! While Saturn and Chyna were in each other's face, Eddie got the bouquet of roses - he has known to give to Chyna before a match - and clocked Saturn with them! Saturn was down and out, and a Frog Splash gave Eddie the three!
Eddie Guerrero had successfully retained the WWF European Championship, and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna could not be happier. Eddie picked up the somewhat destroyed bouquet of roses, handing them to 'Mamacita' as a souvenir of what he just did to Perry Saturn: redemption for everything Saturn has done to the couple over the past couple of weeks. Whatever was in that bouquet of roses had taken Saturn down and out cold, but the fact remained that 'Latino Heat' was leaving Judgment Day the WWF European Champion.
In the office of the McMahon-Helmsley regime Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were talking with X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori whilst Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle chatted in the corner. In walked Vince McMahon with the towering 'Big Red Machine' Kane behind him, as the Chairman told everybody to listen up. McMahon talked about how everybody heard him loud and clear on Sunday Night HeAT - everybody in the locker room was talking about how this was the regime's judgment day. But to hell with that: as far as they were concerned, this was the World Wrestling Federation's judgment day! Vince gave the group a pet talk ahead of D-Generation X's match with the Dudley Boyz; Shane and Kurt Angle's handicap match with the Big Show; and perhaps most importantly, 'the Game's Three Stages of Hell encounter with the Rock. Triple H spoke up to tell the group that this was what they had worked so hard for: an undivided regime with all of the power in the company. He told X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori to give D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley hell, and that in return, Triple H will regain the WWF Championship and finish the Rock's career! Kurt Angle then spoke up, asking Hunter where he came into it. He looked back at him in disgust, telling him that he wasn't here to represent the regime - he was here to make sure Shane didn't get his ass handed to him! Kurt responded with a sad affirmation, to which Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley began to talk to Kurt. All the while Shane concluded the meeting, telling the boys that there was no reason to fear, because 'Shane O'Mac' was a giant killer, and tonight would be the Big Show's last stand - literally!
A video package aired ahead of the Dudley Boyz's upcoming encounter with X-Pac and Road Dogg of D-Generation X. The Dudley Boyz have a new target in X-Pac's girlfriend Tori - but just this past Thursday on SmackDown!, Tori was able to give them one better when she was saved by DX from taking a powerbomb through the hardwood; and with their help was able to splash Bubba Ray through a table as payback! Tonight two of the most prominent teams will go at it.
3) The Dudley Boyz def. X-Pac and Road Dogg (w/Tori) (10:38) The Dudleys have always been fans of hardware, and their activities surrounding the use of tables were no secret - as exemplified two weeks ago on RAW when Bubba Ray Dudley put Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley through a table two weeks ago on RAW. It was almost an obsession of theirs to put their opponents through tables - just like it was to put women through tables. But when the McMahon-Helmsley regime got their ultimate revenge on the Dudleys, in D-Von and Bubba's eyes they had new targets: Tori. X-Pac and Road Dogg have continued to try and oust the Dudley Boyz over the past week, with DX doing everything in their power to ensure that Tori did not go through any wood courtesy of the residents of Dudleyville. But after the beating endured in the five-on-three Tables match ten days ago on SmackDown!, how could the Dudley Boyz not be looking for retribution?
D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley came down to the ring with a table in hand as to be expected - but when the Dudley Boyz set the table up at ringside, it was marked with Tori's name written all over it! It instilled some fear on Tori, as the Dudleys hit the ring and immediately duked it out with X-Pac and Road Dogg, with the Dudleys quickly causing D-Generation X to cower out to the floor! The Dudleys continued to motion to Tori whilst DX regrouped, starting this match once over in their own sweet time. X-Pac continued to struggle up against Bubba Ray, who tossed him around like a basket ball: X-Pac double-teamed with D-Von and Bubba almost ending the match in an instance with an assisted backdrop. A double flapjack also got a near fall, but a distraction from Tori enabled X-Pac to strike with a roundhouse kick stunning Bubba Ray. Road Dogg and X-Pac traded frequent tags whilst grounding the 300-pounder; their tag team experience unmatched, with a combined twelve reigns as WWF Tag Team Champions between them. Bubba was able to clothesline both men, but just as he was en route to tagging in D-Von, DX were able to prevent it. But Bubba sent X-Pac over the top in a desperation move - the tag made, and D-Von ran wild! Several clotheslines and a back elbow took them down, when D-Von spotted Tori trying to interfere once again just to get jumped by DX! They gave him a 3D of their own as an added insult to injury, but Bubba came in with bionic elbows to both men! A powerbomb for X-Pac connected, the pin broken up - and Road Dogg was left handing out right hands to both Dudley brothers. Road Dogg hit Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll on D-Von and Bubba Ray, but the Dudleys both absorbed it and connected with the 3D to take the match!
The Dudley Boyz had scored the win tonight at Judgment Day, defeating X-Pac and Road Dogg! D-Von and Bubba Ray celebrated their victory, whilst Tori watched in horror as the Dudleys came to and noticed that Tori was all alone by herself at ringside! The fans cheered loudly as D-Von and Bubba chased Tori, cornering her at ringside - D-Von grabbing her by the hair and bringing her into the ring. Tori was panicking for her life, with both members of D-Generation X down and out - D-Von bringing the Tori-marked table into the ring whilst Tori was passed to Bubba on the top rope. Bubba Ray Dudley had Tori high in the air, and he brought her crashing down through the table courtesy of a giant powerbomb! He went into his hypnotic state with the Dudleys exacting some revenge on DX for ten days ago on SmackDown!
Chris Benoit was in the backstage area doing bar pull-ups on the doorway of his locker room. The No-Disqualification match was looming near, and with 'the Wolverine's WWF Intercontinental Championship at stake, Benoit was determined to prove to Chris Jericho that he was on another level.
Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were seen walking down a hallway together discussing the upcoming match against the Big Show. The Olympic Gold Medalist joked to 'the Billion Dollar Princess' that the Big Show's ankle was so messed up he was certain he was going to win by submission as a result of him stamping on 'the Big Nasty Bastard's foot once. The WWF Women's Champion laughed in response, before telling Kurt that she hopes he takes good care of her brother Shane - he may act tough, but she knows in that ring against the giant he could be in a whole lot of trouble. Kurt assured Stephanie that when it was all over he was certain that he, Shane, Steph and Hunter could get together at the bar and drink a hearty glass of milk.
A replay aired, taking us back to earlier tonight on Sunday Night HeAT, where D-Lo Brown confronted Tazz backstage over some previous attacks 'the Human Suplex Machine' had orchestrated on 'the Bizniz'. Tazz responded, challenging him to a match tonight.
4) D-Lo Brown def. Tazz (4:25) While the McMahon-Helmsley regime has emerged at the forefront of the World Wrestling Federation, allegiances have been made with and against the devilish faction. D-Lo Brown for instance, was a man that the crowd enjoyed watching. His team with the Godfather brought joy to fans worldwide, and the Hos' attention he attracted surely couldn't have been so bad either. But even D-Lo had his turnoff point, and that came when he turned on 'the Pimp Daddy' and aligned himself with the McMahon-Helmsley camp. This has drawn the ire of multiple WWF Superstars, one of which being Tazz who labelled him a sell-out last Monday night on RAW is WAR. Since then, Tazz has choked D-Lo out in the Tazzmission and Brown's confrontation with 'the Human Suplex Machine' earlier tonight on HeAT brought us to this match.
'The Bizniz' walked with swagger and a purpose as he was determined to prove to Tazz that he was no slouch; this match getting started with 'the Human Suplex Machine' immediately looking to go for suplexes and tosses, but D-Lo quickly escaped and was able to chop block the leg of Tazz. Brown went right to work on the leg, although his showboating got him his fair share of boos from this capacity crowd in attendance. D-Lo's overconfidence got to the point where he wobbled his head whilst up on the second rope, just to come off and get caught with a ferocious Tazzplex! A German suplex and a belly-to-belly overhead throw allowed Tazz to take control, and D-Lo Brown was now cowering as Tazz laid in more hard strikes against 'the Bizniz'! Brown fired back and a spinning wheel kick almost gave D-Lo the win, before Brown attempted a hurricanrana just to get caught in the Tazzmission! The fans exploded for the choke, when Brown bounced his feet off the ropes, flipping backwards and managing to steal the pin!
D-Lo Brown fled from the ring to a loud chorus of boos; 'the Bizniz' having scored a big upset tonight against a very game Tazz. 'The Human Suplex Machine' was furious about the loss, but D-Lo's celebration was halted as he ran his mouth to Tazz - to back up and be faced with the Godfather, along with Val Venis and the Hos! D-Lo stopped dead in his tracks, when Tazz came from behind with the Tazzmission on D-Lo! Brown went down and out like a light, as Tazz, Godfather and Val stood tall - getting 'the Bizniz' back for his defection to the McMahon-Helmsley regime!
A video package aired, taking us to the build-up that has led to tonight's Handicap match pitting the Big Show against Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon. With Big Show enjoying life and having fun with his World Wrestling Federation career, 'Shane O'Mac' has not been impressed by the lack of intensity the one-time former WWF Champion showed. He has mocked and insulted Show on multiple occasions, and found someone in the Olympic Gold Medalist to hide behind. Yet Shane continues to rile 'the Big Nasty Bastard' up, and with Show's ankle injured by Shane and Kurt with a slammed door across his foot six nights ago on RAW is WAR, it was sure to be tough for the giant to overcome the odds tonight.
5) Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon def. The Big Show in a Handicap match (8:59) Since Shane McMahon turned his back and insulted the Big Show a couple of weeks ago on SmackDown!, 'the Big Nasty Bastard' has returned to his old intense ways. Furious at the tirades that the cowardly 'Shane O'Mac' has gone on to deride and defame the giant, Big Show has found himself on the receiving end of attack after attack, courtesy of WWF Superstars with some allegiance to the McMahon-Helmsley regime. On the contrary, with the able hand of Kurt Angle on his side, Shane McMahon has developed a nauseating sense of confidence leading into this match. McMahon believes in himself as a figure compared to Simba from the Lion King, and even considered himself a giant killer earlier tonight backstage. But it was hard to deny the Big Show's spirit, coming into this match despite having a metal door slammed across his ankle by the Olympic Gold Medalist on RAW this past Monday - and Kurt Angle's job here was to ensure Shane's protection whilst also doing the regime's bidding in this Handicap match.
Shane McMahon strutted down to the ring and shadow-boxed while Kurt Angle remained with his eyes on the prize. Perhaps it was a surprise that Angle did not have much to say before the match, as he has been well-known to do. Instead, as the Big Show made his way down to the ring, Angle and Shane left wisely and waited for the bell to sound to officially start this match. Kurt Angle attempted to go right after the braced foot of the giant to little success - 'the Big Nasty Bastard' instead getting a head-start on chopping and pounding the hell out of the Olympic Gold Medalist. Show tossed Angle over to Shane, who sheepishly took the tag and stepped in. But instead of contacting Show face to face, Shane decided to run for the hills - Show chasing him around the ringside area, where Angle was able to step in and tackle Show, knocking him down into the ring steps! Angle had the opening, and the ball was in their court from that point moving on. Shane danced around the fallen body of Show, making fun of his former friend as he slapped him repeatedly across the head. Whenever Show got back up or retaliated, Shane would escape by the skin of his teeth and make the tag, bringing in the renowned Olympian once more. Kurt had Show locked in a single-legged Boston crab at one point, but the people in Freedom Hall supported Show so much that he was able to come back, dishing a big boot out to Kurt Angle! Shane came from behind and attempted to choke Show with a rope, but he tossed him off - and Show forced Shane into the corner for a thunderous chop! Show gave him another, and another before looking to take him for a ride - the Chokeslam connecting! But Shane was not the legal man, and Kurt Angle came from behind with a big chop block. Angle attempted the Olympic Slam, but Show fell on him for a very close near fall. Kurt then ran right into the open palm of the giant, when a desperate Shane came from behind with a low blow unbeknownst to the official! The opportunistic Angle took advantage, as he slapped on an ankle lock, ripping off the foot brace of the giant - and Show was forced into submission!
Kurt Angle had just submitted the Big Show with an unorthodox ankle lock, and Shane McMahon lept for joy at the Olympic Gold Medalist's win! Shane jumped up on Kurt, who celebrated as though he had won the Olympics all over again tonight at Judgment Day. Some "giant killer" Shane was, as he raised 'the American Hero's hand; the two extremely pleased with what they had done to the Big Show here tonight.
The giant clutched his ankle, but Shane motioned to Kurt that they weren't done with him. 'Shane O'Mac' refused the referee's orders to stop, as he continued to stomp away at the giant; Kurt even getting in with several rights for the Big Show! He continued to clutch his ankle, while Shane left the ring to grab a steel chair: Angle then wrapping the chair around the ankle of the Big Show, who was nearly motionless from this two-on-one beating tonight! Shane climbed up to the top rope, coming off with a double foot stomp right on the chair, potentially breaking the ankle of 'the World's Largest Athlete! The crowd in Louisville booed as finally Kurt and Shane left with confidence; all the while the Big Show was screaming in agony as a medical team showed up with a stretcher to take the giant away to the backstage where an ambulance was parked up; the medics loading the extremely pained 'Big Nasty Bastard' into it. Did Shane go too far this time? Or was this all coming to the Big Show?
Elsewhere Triple H was gearing up in the locker room; 'the Game' set to go into Three Stages of Hell later tonight to fulfill his quest of becoming a four-time WWF Champion against the Rock. In walked Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, who asked Triple H how he was doing. He looked at them blankly as the Stooges asked him if he wanted coffee, but 'the Game' reiterated that he sure as hell didn't want any coffee - he was going into what could be the biggest match of his career tonight! But if they wanted to do him a favor, they would grab him some water, which the Stooges complied to. They left, with 'the Game' left wondering why Vince McMahon even hired the two nimrods.
In the building Edge and Christian made their way down to the ring ahead of their WWF Tag Team Championship defence tonight against the Hardy Boyz. The WWF Tag Team Champions were met with largely a mixed ovation; the cocky blondes from Toronto still somewhat beloved by the women in Kentucky tonight. Upon entering the ring, Christian immediately met their ire by mispronouncing Louisville's name and telling everybody that it was great to be back in the Bluegrass State. But before they had a wicked beating ready for their fellowmen the Hardy Boyz tonight, they had a special treat for everybody in Freedom Hall tonight. Edge then unveiled all of those with flash photography, tonight's special Five Second Pose: the Jug Band! The brothers took a banjo, a big jug and some hats out of a bag in the corner of the ring; Edge putting some dentures in his mouth and the two mocking the south-eastern fans here tonight to mass boos until the Hardy Boyz finally made their arrival set for this title match.
6) Edge and Christian (c) def. The Hardy Boyz to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship (14:12) There are no two teams more well versed in the other than Edge and Christian, and the Hardy Boyz. The chemistry between these two teams have been off the charts, and although their competitive rivalry and growth as in-ring performers has shifted in recent months - tonight they were out to prove why they were at the pinnacle of the World Wrestling Federation's tag team division. Edge and Christian narrowly walked out of WWF Backlash last month with the titles, but that was due to Jeff Hardy not being 100% - a longlasting shoulder injury sustained in the death-defying Triangle Ladder match won by Edge and Christian back at WrestleMania. But the Hardy Boyz were going to make it known that Edge and Christian were not all they were cracked up to be - whether the cocky Canadians insulted their upbringing and family roots or not.
Jeff and Matt Hardy got ready to challenge for the WWF Tag Team Championships one more time tonight at Judgment Day, and Jeff started off with Christian. Christian attempted to go back after the shoulder of Jeff, but the youngster from Cameron, North Carolina came back with clothesline after clothesline. A hip toss connected, and Christian immediately backed up to tag in Edge. Jeff tagged in Matt, and now these two went at it with an exchange of dropdowns and leapfrogs. Matt scored a sunset flip for a near fall, when Edge took Matt off of his feet with a big clothesline and from that point on, the tag team excellence of the WWF Tag Team Champions took over. As Christian repeatedly antagonized Jeff from across the ring, he tried to go after him just to be restrained by the official - enough time for Edge and Christian to come in and double-team Matt with a double beckbreaker for a near fall. The fans at this point were pro-Hardys, and Matt managed to get in a few lucky strikes before being cut off once more by a reverse DDT courtesy of the younger brother, Christian. A superplex with Edge lifting Christian up on his shoulders gave the champs a near fall, and at this point it appeared that the champs were growing frustrated at Matt's refuse to lose attitude. It got the better of the primadonna tag team when Christian tried to go up for a second superplex, and instead Matt sent him sailing to the mat below with a right hand - the diving leg drop of Matt Hardy giving the Hardys a fighting chance! The tags were made, and Jeff ran in with a flurry of offense to Edge; this match breaking wide open with Jeff delivering a jawbreaker to Christian, followed up by jumping senton for a near fall! Edge came back in, but the Hardys delivered Poetry in the Motion followed up by Jeff and Matt's signature rolling double legdrop; the Hardy Boyz still in the fight! Matt hit a Twist of Fate on Christian, and Jeff hit the Swanton Bomb but Edge was the legal man, and he big booted Matt out of the ring before nailing Jeff with a spear for a very close fall! Edge was pulling at his hair, as he picked Jeff up for a suplex, reversed into a cradle by Jeff - when Christian scurried in to put Edge on top: the cradle giving Edge and Christian the win!
Edge and Christian immediately got out of dodge, having retained the WWF Tag Team Championship against the Hardy Boyz once again tonight at Judgment Day. Jeff and Matt were left looking despondent, knowing full well that they had the champions' numbers tonight but what it came down to was another example of how devious the cocky Canadian brothers could be! They high fived and hugged it out on the aisleway, Edge and Christian escaping as champions for another day.
A video package aired, running us through what has brought Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho to the dance. One month ago these two men met at Backlash, where 'the Wolverine' was able to slip away with the WWF Intercontinental Championship in his grasp, but the bad blood continued nonetheless. Both men are considered to be two of the best in-ring WWF Superstars today, but tonight at Judgment Day with no disqualifications and no count-outs, there must be a winner. Who will walk out the WWF Intercontinental Champion?
7) Chris Jericho def. Chris Benoit (c) to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship in a No-Disqualification match (13:29) There is a natural rivalry laying beneath the bad blood that these two world-traveled Canadians already possess for one another. Behind all of the beatings that these two men have given one another over the past two months, both Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho hold the claim that they are better than the other. Tonight at Judgment Day, with no disqualifications and no count-outs to allow Chris Benoit to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship like he did last month at Backlash, we would find out exactly who the better man truly was. Y2J was coming into this looking at becoming a four time champ, whereas 'the Wolverine' - who has beaten so many of his opponents with the ever-effective Crippler Crossface - wanted to punish Y2J for even daring to test him.
'The Canadian Crippler' came into this match wearing more of a frown than usual, with the stage set for what was sure to be a climactic physical battle - not at all like the game of oneupmanship on display at Backlash these last time these two met. Chris Jericho had nothing to say prior to the match, and the bout kicked off with Y2J and Benoit getting into a hockey fight. Both men went blow for blow, with Jericho whipping Benoit off the ropes and delivering a big flying forearm knocking Benoit down! Y2J tried to stay on Benoit, who instead responded with a stiff elbow before whipping Jericho off right into a clothesline for some payback. Benoit grounded Jericho and went right to work on his arm in the early minutes of this title match; and despite Y2J's best efforts, Benoit dropped him with a shoulder breaker to ensure the challenger stayed down. Louisville came alive when 'the Wolverine' decided to leave the ring and grab a steel chair from ringside, Chris climbing back inside to be tackled by Y2J - who proceeded to hammer into Benoit! Chris bailed from the ring, and Jericho came through the ropes with a suicide dive - caught unexpectedly with a brutal swing of another steel chair from Benoit! It appeared that Jericho's neck was injured with the blow, and Benoit looked to capitalize on it by sending Y2J head-first right into the ring steps! The brawl continued around the ringside area, with the dominant champion dropping him rib-first across the barricade. Benoit continued his onslaught by bringing him back inside, a scissorlock trapping Jericho in still motion. But Y2J had the people in Louisville firmly behind him, and Jericho managed to break loose just for Benoit to catch him off guard with a knee to the gut, and a backbreaker followed! 'The Crippler' was proving exactly what made him a crippler in the first place, as Benoit applied a Sharpshooter; Jericho unable to find a way out of it until Y2J was somehow able to drag himself out to the floor! The momentum caused Benoit to lose grip, and he followed Y2J to the floor where he responded by firing Benoit with a huge chair shot! Revenge made for earlier on, as Benoit fell on top of the announce table - Jericho locking in the Walls of Jericho atop the Spanish announce table now! Benoit was tapping, but the submission had to be made in the ring. Jericho rolled him back inside, where Benoit caught him with the Crippler Crossface! Jericho was trapped, his neck battered and bruised - but Jericho refused to tap - eventually rolling free! Back on their feet Benoit's powerbomb went reversed into a hurricanrana for a near fall, before Chris caught him with a snap suplex! Benoit climbed up top to attempt the Diving Headbutt, but Jericho moved out of the wall at the last second; putting a chair up in Benoit's face! Y2J hit the ropes and delivered the Lionsault - Y2J covering for one, two, three!
Chris Jericho had a busted lip, and was sure to have at least a mild concussion from the punishment received in this brutal No-Disqualification war, but Y2J was once again the WWF Intercontinental Champion! Chris Benoit rolled out of the ring in agony from the battle, 'the Canadian Crippler' sure to be here to fight another day. But as far as right now goes, it was Chris Jericho who was victorious tonight at Judgment Day - whether by pinfall or submission - the new WWF Intercontinental Champion!
Kevin Kelly was standing by backstage with the World Wrestling Federation Champion The Rock, moments away from Three Stages of Hell against his arch rival, Triple H. 'The People's Champ' talked up a big game as far as the main event tonight at Judgment Day went, the Rock focused, determined. Triple H focused, determined. But what it all comes down to was who would go two falls to walk out the WWF Champion. Rock talked about 'the Game's quest to end the Rock's career, but it would take one hell of a lot of slaughter to beat 'the Great One' for the richest prize in this business! And as far as the McMahon-Helmsley regime go, he can bring Vince, Shane, Kane, even that two-dollar sl*t of a wife Stephanie. At the end of the day it doesn't matter, because the Rock was about to give 110% to beat Triple H tonight, if you smell what the Rock is cookin'!
A video package aired, reviewing the elaborate history that both the Rock and Triple H have with one another, leading into what was sure to be either an instant classic, a bloodbath or both. One month ago at Backlash, the Rock was finally able to regain the WWF Championship when he beat 'the Game', but - as to be expected in that time - the McMahon-Helmsley regime have been plotting against 'the Great One'. The Rock has had battles with 'the Big Red Machine' Kane, and the rest of D-Generation X as well. Triple H has declared that the Rock's time was up, and that it would be game over for Rock come Judgment Day. But now we were here: Three Stages of Hell was here, and only one man could come out the WWF Champion.
8) The Rock (c) def. Triple H (w/WWF Women's Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, WWF Chairman Vince McMahon and Kane) in Three Stages of Hell, 2-1, to retain the WWF Championship (28:45)
After the history that these two men have had with one another, Three Stages of Hell could without a doubt be the last. At least that's what 'the Game's motive was, coming into this main event encounter. The first time these two men met on such a grand stage was at SummerSlam 1998, where Triple H defeated the Rock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. But a lot has changed since then. Both men have gone on to become multiple time World Wrestling Federation Champions, with Triple H marrying the boss's daughter Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, and forming the dastardly McMahon-Helmsley regime alongside Vince and Shane McMahon, as well as members of D-Generation X. On the contrary, the Rock has taken more of a lonesome route to the gold - finally, after much chasing, becoming the WWF Champion by defeating Triple H and overcoming all of the odds one month ago at Backlash. Triple H's rematch clause was in effect for this match, as the first fall: a Singles match, set the stage for what follows.
First Stage: Triple H def. The Rock in a Singles match (1-0) (8:18) The World Wrestling Federation Champion had his work cut out for him, as in a repeat from Backlash, 'the Game' brought Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley out to ringside with him - as well as 'the Big Red Machine' Kane. This time however, there was no Stone Cold Steve Austin to save the day - 'the Brahma Bull' was in this all by himself. The two headliners went at it back and forth as the match began, with the Rock gaining an early advantage and even attempting to go for a Rock Bottom and a spinebuster, before 'the Game' wisely took a breather on the floor. While the McMahon family consoled and strategized with the challenger on the floor, Rock had just about enough of waiting around, and went out to get himself more of 'the Game'. But this appeared to be a ploy, as Triple H rolled back inside just as Rock's eyes were dead set on Kane - the same man that gave him a huge Chokeslam on HeAT before Judgment Day went on the air! Rock avoided the count-out, but the distraction enabled Triple H to jump Rock upon re-entry. 'The Game' went right to work with a spinebuster for a near fall, and quickly turned to pummeling Rock in order to weaken him for the falls ahead. Rock was sent out to the floor, and 'the Game' distracted the referee allowing Kane to grab Rock by the throat, forcing him down to the ring steps! Kane rolled him back inside, but Rock refused to be pinned. Triple H continued to hammer Rock, taking full advantage of the regime being at ringside - but no matter what he threw 'the Great One's way, he still managed to kick out. Triple H locked in a figure-four leglock, and Rock was on the verge of submission; Rock finally able to miraculously turn it around on the challenger! 'The People's Champ' caught Triple H off the ropes with a spinebuster, and he attempted a People's Elbow when Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley climbed up onto the apron! Rock got in her face whilst Vince McMahon distracted the official on the other side, when in came Kane with his second Chokeslam of the night to the Rock! Triple H covered him for a near fall, but an immediate Pedigree followed, giving him the first fall in Three Stages of Hell.
Second Stage: The Rock def. Triple H in a Street Fight (1-1) (17:30) The Rock was outnumbered, outmatched and outwitted by Triple H in the first fall under standard wrestling match rules, but with the second stage of Three Stages of Hell being a Street Fight, this enabled the McMahon-Helmsley regime to enter the ring at free will - with no disqualifications and no count-outs allowed in this match. Vince McMahon passed 'the Game' a steel chair from the get-go, but when he rushed the Rock with it in hand, the WWF Champion big back body dropped 'the Game' over the top rope! Rock turned his attention to Kane who attempted to come from behind; the Rock duking it out right hand for right hand with 'the Big Red Machine'! Kane sent Rock into the ropes, who came back with a big clothesline taking the monster down! Rock picked up the steel chair and smashed it over Kane's skull, sending him out to the floor; when the Rock left the ring to fight with Triple H up the aisleway! Rock was getting back into the match, with another loss in this fall meaning that he would lose the WWF Championship. The Rock and Triple H stayed true to the aptly-named Street Fight - brawling into the crowd - where the Rock was in control of 'the Game' much to the excitement of Freedom Hall. He tossed him back over the barricade, but Vince McMahon came from behind, decking the Rock! The spiteful Chairman directed traffic, holding Rock up for a right hand from Triple H...but Rock moved, and 'the Game' laid out McMahon! Rock sent 'the Game' into the ring, before taking Vince McMahon for a ride of his life - the Rock Bottom through the announce table! As Stephanie ran to her father's aid, it was now down to the Rock and Triple H! Triple H executed a neckbreaker on Rock and delivered the Harley Race high knee, but Rock once again refused to give up. Triple H looked for another Pedigree, but the Rock was able to back drop out of it, a Samoan drop following for a very close near fall! Both men had so much to give, and with 'the Game' one fall up, who knew what would happen as both men slugged it out back on their feet. Triple H had a cut on his face, blood pouring out as 'the Cerebral Assassin' inexplicably low blowed Rock to win the battle of blows; 'the Game' covering Rock but for another near fall! Triple H wanted nothing more than to win this match and regain the title, but Rock came out of nowhere with a desperation Rock Bottom - the three count bringing us to 1-1!
The Rock and Triple H both laid motionless at the culmination of the second stage; with one fall remaining. The next fall would determine who the World Wrestling Federation Champion would be, but 'the Big Red Machine' Kane climbed into the ring, with unfinished business to take care of with 'the Great One'! Kane grabbed Rock by the throat, when Rock came out with a second Rock Bottom! Kane rolled out to the floor, whilst the Steel Cage hanging over the ring began to descend! Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley noticed this and reached for a sledgehammer, sliding it into the ring to go along with the steel chair. The regime were left out of the cage, with both Rock and Triple H stirring - in time for the third and final stage!
Third Stage: The Rock def. Triple H in a Steel-Cage match (28:45) The Rock and Triple H were back to their feet, with 'the Brahma Bull' now busted open too. It was certainly a bloodbath, and as Vince McMahon was heard screaming for Triple H to finish 'the Brahma Bull' off, the Rock and Triple H went back at it with rights and lefts! A second wind for both men with one fall apiece - in order to win this match, you had to pin or submit your opponent, or escape the cage to walk out the World Wrestling Federation Champion. But with Kane at ringside, it was questionable how easy that would be for the Rock. Stephanie was concerned for her husband, who cut Rock off once again with a thunderous clothesline! Triple H went into a brutal mindset, sending Rock hurling into the cage walls numerous times - and yet 'the People's Champ' refused to allow Triple H to win. They call him 'the Cerebral Assassin' for a reason, and when Triple H spotted his favorite weapon laying on the mat, he had to take it. With a sledgehammer in hand, he attempted to toss the sledgehammer at Rock, just to get a spinebuster for his worries! Rock hit the ropes with the People's Elbow, but 'the Game' was able to roll out of the way at the last moment! 'The Game' saw the cage door insight and reached closer and closer to it, but Rock caught his foot and gave him a dragon whip - Rock locking in the Sharpshooter! The regime were seen watching on in concern, hoping to God that 'the Game' wouldn't tap out - but Triple H grabbed his sledgehammer and jammed it right into the back of the Rock's leg to break the hold! Triple H waited for Rock to limp back up to his feet and took him down and out with a shot from the sledgehammer - and in that moment, Triple H covered Rock. For one, two, and Rock miraculously was able to come to life! In absolute astonishment 'the Game' went to plan B, and grabbed a steel chair. He jabbed Rock with it numerous times, before laying it out and setting up the Pedigree atop the chair: just for Rock to back drop out of it, and smash 'the Game' in the skull with the chair! Rock collapsed onto the ropes, but used the cage to stay stood - Rock delivering the Rock Bottom to 'the Game'! Both men were out and Rock was unable to capitalize, when Vince and Stephanie motioned to the back - out coming X-Pac and Road Dogg! Road Dogg climbed through the door whilst X-Pac climbed up top, but as Road Dogg arrived, Rock smashed him in the gut with the sledgehammer! X-Pac climbed down into the ring, but Rock saw him coming and dropped him with a spinebuster. Triple H came from behind, but Rock caught him with another Rock Bottom - and finally, the Rock scored the three count!
Finally, the Rock had beaten Triple H to survive the Three Stages of Hell! But the World Wrestling Federation Champion ran into some serious jeopardy when Kane and Vince McMahon climbed in through the door! 'The Big Red Machine' grabbed Rock and pounded away at him; the McMahon-Helmsley faction furious over the Rock somehow managing to overcome the odds again tonight at Judgment Day! X-Pac and Road Dogg joined in on the beating, whilst a bloody Triple H recovered and continued to hammer the Rock with right hands - held up by Kane and D-Generation X. Vince McMahon screamed in Rock's face that he shouldn't be the WWF Champion right now, when...
Another vignette aired. The schoolchildren. The flames and inferno. The motorcycle engine. "Are You Scared?"
The Undertaker came racing down the aisleway on a motorcycle! He looked nothing like 'the Deadman' he was last summer, but 'the Deadman' climbed in through the door; a Chokeslam for X-Pac! The Undertaker followed suit by sending Road Dogg hurling into the cage wall! Finally, 'the Deadman' came face to face with his half-brother Kane. The two mens eyes were locked on one another, when Vince McMahon stepped in the way - the Chairman yelling at the Undertaker before the returnee grabbed Vince by the throat and tossed him down! Undertaker and Kane continued to stare one another down, before Kane decided to leave the ring. As the cage was raised, 'the Big Red Machine' watched his brother from afar; whilst the Undertaker helped the Rock up to his feet: still the World Wrestling Federation Champion. With Triple H unsuccessful tonight, what would become of the McMahon-Helmsley regime? With the Undertaker's return, what would become of the McMahon-Helmsley regime? And with the Rock still the WWF Champion, what would be their next big master plan?
RAW is WAR - May 22, 2000 Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana Live on the USA Network
The opening video package aired, before taking us to the sold out Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, twenty-four hours following a red hot Judgment Day on pay-per-view! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the show following the fireworks display; announcing that with the return of the Undertaker there was sure to be hell to pay for both 'the Deadman' and the WWF Champion The Rock. Plus, the 2000 King of the Ring tournament begins with first round matches featuring Chris Benoit against the Godfather; and Dean Malenko facing off with Rikishi!
The McMahon-Helmsley regime made their way out to the ring to extremely loud boos from a hostile Indianapolis crowd. Vince McMahon, Kane, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Road Dogg, X-Pac, Pat Patterson and Gerald Briscoclimbed into the ring with Triple H notably being absent tonight. As the crowd rained out the Chairman's attempts at speaking, the boss finally ordered the people to shut the hell up! He told the people that he was in no mood to put up with their whining and complaining tonight, not after the dismay that Judgment Day brought on. Just when he thought the regime hit an all-time low several weeks ago when his pride and joy Stephanie was put through a table at the hands of those malicious Dudley Boyz, but on top of that he has to endure the fact that they struck again when they put D-Generation X member Tori through a table! Not to mention the Rock miraculously made it out of Judgment Day not just with his carer, but with the WWF Championship intact. The fans cheered and chanted 'the People's Champ's name, when Stephanie took the mic and told the people that it made her sick that these people would even applaud the fact that her husband Triple H wasn't here tonight, because of the injuries sustained in Three Stages of Hell thanks to that barbarian the Rock last night! The fans cheered louder, and 'the Billion Dollar Princess' shouted out like her old man, telling the people that if her husband was here to hear this he would take a sledgehammer and drive in in each and every one of the 13,000 people in attendance's faces! The crowd now chanted "sl*t" at the WWF Women's Champion, who scowled in response.
Shane McMahon took over talking about how it should come as no surprise that it came at the hands of not just the Rock, but the Undertaker too. The fans cheered for 'the Deadman', but 'Shane O'Mac' told the people that it really says a lot when their hero, their idolized World Wrestling Federation Champion needs back-up to endure Three Stages of Hell against his brother-in-law, 'the Game'! Shane talked about how Triple H had the match won, had it not been for that freakshow - speaking up and reminding everybody what he and Kurt Angle did to the Big Show last night at Judgment Day. Shane had come prepared, showing footage of himself and the Olympic Gold Medalist breaking the ankle of the Big Show; bringing up laughter from Shane. But when he saw the frowns around him in the McMahon-Helmsley regime, he got serious. Shane told the people that what he did last night was become more than a man. He became a myth, a legend when he took the Big Show and he broke his ankle never to return again! So what better way than to make it two-for-two, and challenge the Undertaker to a match tonight! The fans erupted, but both his father and sister looked at him like he was crazy. Stephanie pleaded with Shane not to face 'the Deadman' tonight, whilst the Chairman was far more encouraging towards his son - telling Shane that he knew what he could do to the Undertaker - and tonight, he wanted him to do what he did to the Big Show and mop the floor with him! Vince had a big grin on his face, whilst Shane appeared motivated, if not slightly pressured by what he had just done!
In the backstage area Edge and Christian were laughing and joking about what they did to the Hardy Boyz at Judgment Day, the WWF Tag Team Champions all smiles walking the corridor, when they were approached by Trish Stratus with T&A. Trish told the boys that tonight was a big one, an eight-man tag team match with the Hardys and Too Cool. Trish talked about how they were all Canadian, which meant that they were better athletes than any of those trashy Americans. The camera panned to show Albert - the sole American member of the team left feeling awkward. Edge and Christian assured 'Baldo' that he was an honorary Canadian tonight, and assured Trish that they were the champs - tonight E&C and T&A would take care of it like they do each and every night! The group were headed for the ring - in action next!
Back live on RAW, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley slumped down onto the couch in the McMahon-Helmsley dressing room - the WWF Women's Champion having gone through a hardship with neither her husband Triple H or good friend Tori here to keep her company tonight. In walked Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, who asked Stephanie how she was doing, but 'the Billion Dollar Princess' ignored them. The Stooges asked her how 'the Game' was doing, and if there was anything they could do for her - to which Stephanie lashed out at them talking about how Triple H wasn't doing very good - he's been in Three Stages of Hell, and he didn't win the WWF Championship! And the last thing she needs is Patterson and Brisco asking her stupid, insensitive questions. They tried to apologize, but Stephanie demanded they get her water to which they scurried to provide some.
Edge and Christian made their way down to the ring for eight-man tag team action, the WWF Tag Team Champions full of themselves as Christian wore an Indiana Pacers jersey. The crowd booed E&C but the jersey got them some cheers as Edge talked about how the New York Knicks were going down! The fans applauded the Canadians, but Edge added that they were going down...to the NBA finals! Christian told the people in Indianapolis that Indiana was famous for two things: basketball, and choking - and so with that they had a special, all-exclusive Five Second Posedown for the people tonight! Edge ordered those with flash photography to prepare their cameras before removing his jacket to reveal a referee shirt - Edge the referee then fake choking the Pacers jersey-clad Christian to a rowdy chorus of boos from an irate crowd. T&A made their way down to the ring with Trish Stratus leading the way ready to team with E&C tonight.
1) The Hardy Boyz and Too Cool def. WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian and T&A (w/Trish Stratus) (7:07) We were kicking things off in the ring with a huge eight-man tag team bout featuring the four teams that some would say stole the show last night at Judgment Day. Edge and Christian were able to successfully defend their WWF Tag Team Championship against the Hardy Boyz; whereas Too Cool managed to beat T&A in what could be considered an upset. Trish Stratus at ringside proved to be a distraction for Matt Hardy, and it caused him to be the recipient of a four-on-one ambush from the aptly-named "E&C&T&A" tonight. Albert powered Matt across the ring, the honorary Canadian tonight proving what made him such an imposing figure. But Matt finally got the tag to Jeff, who immediately ran right into a brick wall courtesy of the equally imposing Test. As T&A had their way with Jeff Hardy, the fans rallied behind Too Cool for the tag, and finally after an enzuigiri to Christian, Jeff made the tag to Scotty 2 Hotty! Scotty ran wild on both champions before running into trouble with T&A, when the Hardys got involved and took T&A out of the ring. Inside, Edge gave Grandmaster Sexay a spear, but Scotty came from behind with a bulldog, before connecting with the Worm and scoring the pinfall!
Scotty 2 Hotty had scored the pinfall against one-half of the WWF Tag Team Champions, which surely would put Too Cool in line for a title opportunity down the line! Scotty and Grandmaster Sexay celebrated their win, whilst Trish Stratus ordered Test and Albert to retreat from brawling with the Hardy Boyz at ringside. With Christian helping his brother out of the ring in anger, Too Cool invited the Hardy Boyz into the ring where the lights dimmed, and the fans got on their feet for a real Five Second Posedown: the four youngsters dancing for Indianapolis.
Chyna was in the corridor when boyfriend Eddie Guerrero showed up - the WWF European Champion holding something behind his back as 'Latino Heat' playfully told 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' that he had a surprise for her, revealing a brand new bouquet of roses! Chyna commented on how lovely they were, to which Eddie told her that after the roses last night were ruined by the bouncyball head of Perry Saturn, he wanted to get some new ones. 'Mamacita' kissed 'Latino Heat' in awe, when Hardcore Holly arrived - this romantic cr*p made him sick! Hardcore told Eddie that he may have gotten away from Saturn last night, but tonight they were facing off for the European title, and Hardcore couldn't wait to kick Eddie's Mexican ass! Eddie simply responded, calling after Holly by telling him they were having a moment.
Shane McMahon was pacing back and forth as we returned to RAW, it obviously hitting him that he had called out the Undertaker for a match tonight. Shane pulled it together when the door closed, and in walked Vince McMahon with Kane, the Chairman telling his son that there was the man who was going to take 'the Deadman' out of the World Wrestling Federation where he belonged tonight! Vince hugged his son, who tried to put on a brave face as he told Vince that in his eyes the Undertaker should be a scared, scared man. Because he was the guy that broke the Big Show's ankle last night. Vince told Shane that he has been proud of him a lot throughout the years; through school, college, and now becoming a legend in the making. Shane told his father that he had to go and prepare, when Vince turned to 'the Big Red Machine' - the mood in the room changing - telling Kane that they needed to talk about his half-brother.
The Godfather made his way down to the ring with his Hos surrounding him; 'the Pimp Daddy' taking to the microphone - but before the Godfather even had a chance to deliver his signature catchphrases, out came the former WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit in a clearly miserable mood - moreso than usual! 'The Wolverine' and the Godfather were set for action in our first King of the Ring First Round match tonight.
2) Chris Benoit def. The Godfather (w/Hos) in a King of the Ring Qualifying match (2:05) While the Godfather has been doing what he does best in past weeks, 'the Pimp Daddy' escorting his beautiful lady friends and kicking ass in the ring, 'the Canadian Crippler' was in no mood for any messing around. Coming off of his loss of the WWF Intercontinental Championship last night at Judgment Day to Chris Jericho, there was nothing Benoit wanted than to make somebody pay tonight. The first of sixteen first round matches in this year's King of the Ring tournament was a hot brawl between the two men, with Godfather initially able to use his power to match up against 'the Wolverine', but Benoit cut Godfather's jiving with a big clothesline and a backbreaker. Benoit was in control all of the way after that, focusing on torturing Godfather for his loss of the IC title twenty-four hours ago. Godfather managed to fight back with slugging lefts and rights, but he made the big mistake of rushing at Benoit, just to find himself locked in the Crippler Crossface, where Godfather immediately tapped out.
Chris Benoit had advanced to the second round of the King of the Ring tournament, with his opponent being either Bradshaw or Christian. But 'the Canadian Crippler' wasn't finished with the Godfather after having his hand raised - Benoit returning to immediately re-apply the Crippler Crossface on 'the Pimp Daddy' to loud boos! The referee had to get down and drag Benoit off of a clearly hurt Godfather, and when Benoit chased the official from the ring, he immediately left the ring and scared the Godfather's Hos away from ringside as well. Benoit cracked a slight smirk, perhaps the first time in a long time he has shown any emotion - albeit in such a sadistic act tonight.
Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco were at the water cooler, where Patterson tried to flick the tap and pour water into a cup. Brisco immediately asked Pat what he was doing - Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley wanted coffee, not water! Patterson told Brisco that he had the memory of a fishbowl, that he didn't know what he was talking about it. The Stooges began squabbling over who would take credit in presenting 'the Billion Dollar Princess' with a beverage - when Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley frightened both men asking where the hell her water was! This caused Patterson to throw the water at her white shirt, causing the WWF Women's Champion to scream in anger! Stephanie hid her now see-through blouse, telling the Stooges that they would pay for this: tonight on RAW, she was making Patterson and Brisco face the Dudley Boyz in a tag team Tables match! She stormed off, causing Pat to mumble to Gerald about being right. He called him an idiot in return.
Back live on RAW, Steve Blackman was walking down the hallway when he came across Al Snow. 'The Lethal Weapon' rolled his eyes as Al told Steve that he knew he messed up last Thursday night on SmackDown!, not that it mattered. All he wanted to do right now was gloat about the fact that he had a shot at the WWF Hardcore Championship tonight, not Steve. Blackman told Snow he didn't care, then asked Al how his "good friends" Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan were - after they attacked him last night on HeAT. Snow told Blackman not to worry about them, or even trying to help him out tonight. Al had back-up of his own tonight when he faces Crash Holly.
3) Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (c) def. Hardcore Holly by disqualification to retain the WWF European Championship (3:37) With a successful title defense against Perry Saturn twenty-four hours ago at Judgment Day, the WWF European Championship was once again on the line tonight on RAW is WAR, with Eddie Guerrero now having to endure the hard-hitting former multiple time WWF Hardcore Champion, Hardcore Holly. Holly was visibly disgusted by 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita's public display of affection earlier tonight, and Hardcore went into this with a devil-may-cry attittude - no time for Guerrero's high speed agility. Holly brutalized Eddie, and took him out to the floor where he hammered away at the back of Guerrero's head in full display of 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna. Chyna got in Holly's face, when Eddie made a comeback with a baseball slide, followed up by a sunset flip over the top rope for a near fall. Guerrero connected with a headscissors, which caused Holly to bail out to the floor - and when Eddie went to pursue Holly at ringside, he responded with a powerfully loud chair shot, knocking Guerrero clean out!
Although he may not look like a winner tonight, Eddie Guerrero had once again retained the WWF European Championship as Hardcore Holly re-emerged in the ring with the title in hand. Holly signalled to Eddie that he wasn't finished with him, when Val Venis came down to brawl with Hardcore! Both men went at it, with 'the Big Valbowski' knocking the chair out of Holly's hand and striking him with the title! Holly bailed in frustration, whilst Chyna helped 'Latino Heat' back up to his feet, Eddie looking at Val holding his title and snatching it away from him. 'Mamacita' gave Val a dirty look as the Latino and the Latina left the ring, with Venis' eyes fixated on Eddie's gold.
In the McMahon-Helmsley dressing room Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was seen buttoning up a new blouse, the WWF Women's Champion irate about Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco making an ass out of 'the Billion Dollar Princess' moments ago. In walked Kurt Angle, much to Stephanie's relief - the appearance of the Olympic Gold Medalist making Stephanie smile for the first time all night. He asked if she had seen Shane McMahon, telling her he wanted to speak to him before he faced the Undertaker. She said that he was elsewhere getting prepared, when Kurt told Stephanie that she looked to be doing well; apologizing about Triple H. She confided in him, complaining about everything going on, but Kurt assured Stephanie it would be alright and that she came from a strong bloodline of which he respected dearly. McMahon-Helmsley thanked Kurt, calling him a good friend. Kurt left, leaving Stephanie with a genuine smile on her face.
Back live on RAW is WAR, the new WWF Intercontinental Champion made his way out to the ring, Chris Jericho here tonight with a smile on his face after coming out on top of a war against Chris Benoit last night at Judgment Day in a No-Disqualification match. Y2J climbed into the ring as he welcomed us to RAW is Jericho, receiving a loud ovation for the effort. Chris talked about how he and 'Mr Roboto' had a real battle last night at Judgment Day, but despite every single thing that 'the Canadian Crippler' tried to throw in his way, he ultimately was the better man, and he knew that ate Benoit up inside! But there was one thing that did not happen, and that is when he survived the Crippler Crossface, and when he nailed Benoit with the Lionsault and pinned him for the one-two-three, he didn't see Benoit put up a fight. He didn't make the so-called 'world class technician', the submission machine tap out to the Walls of Jericho! The fans continued to chant Y2J's name, as the loudmouth Canadian told Benoit he knew he was a rabid wolverine tonight, and even though he already he competed, but Chris Jericho wanted another match with 'the Canadian Crippler'!
Y2J waited, but instead of Chris Benoit coming out, the Canadian national anthem began to play! The TitanTron was clad in the maple leafed colors of the Canadian flag, and out stepped none other than Lance Storm! The crowd were confused at the debut of a man dressed in red and white, as Lance told the people that he knew they were confused - but what else is there to expect from a bunch of Midwestern hoosiers that don't know the first thing about competition in that ring. Lance followed it up by asking the Indianapolis crowd what the difference was between the Conseco Fieldhouse and a cactus, telling the sell-out audience that at least with a cactus: they had pr*cks on the outside! Storm was arrogant, when Y2J ordered Lance to shut the hell up! Jericho asked Lance if he got that joke from a fortune cookie or a bathroom stall, telling the people that he and Storm had all too much in common. They broke into the business together, but somewhere along the way their paths strayed afar - which begs the question: what the hell is Lance Storm doing in the World Wrestling Federation, and why does he still lack a personality? The fans applauded Jericho, but Lance told Jericho that that was the problem with Y2J: he never took anything seriously!
Lance reminded him that when they broke into the business they were two Canadian brethrens, but maybe Jericho had spent so long in the United States that he'd lost all track of that. He called Jericho obnoxious, much like all of the idiots in this building! As for why he was here, Lance Storm told Jericho that he's been around the world, and even still he believes that Canada is the greatest place on Earth: they don't chew with their mouth open; they respect their elders; and most importantly, they work harder than any American ever could! Storm declared that he was here to bring the good name of Canada to the WWF, and as for Chris Jericho, he knew he could beat him any time, any place! Jericho told Lance to stop with the incessant ranting about where he's from! Y2J told him he knew he was from Calgary, but he didn't realize that meant having your head stuck in the mountains taking in that foul country-air smell of his own ass. Jericho called Lance's bluff, telling him to come on down and fight like the good old days, but Storm joked it off - telling Jericho that he was smarter than him - he knew Jericho would continue to tarnish the good name of Canada with his good ol' fashioned American rough-and-tumble shenanigans, he had said his peace and would make a proper debut and compete like the truest performer could! Storm left, leaving Y2J enraged to see his former colleague make his arrogant and unwanted debut here in the WWF.
Kurt Angle was seen walking downstairs to the boiler room of the Conseco Fieldhouse, where he came across Shane McMahon jigging up and down on the spot, shadowboxing ahead of tonight's main event. The Olympic Gold Medalist asked 'Shane O'Mac' how he was doing, and if it was true he really challenged the Undertaker to a match tonight. Shane once again put on the tough guy facade. Shane told Kurt that 'the Deadman's nothing on 'the Mack Daddy', reminding Kurt of what they did to the Big Show last night. Kurt was frank with Shane, telling him that Shane only added insult to injury - it was his ankle lock that broke 'the Big Nasty Bastard's ankle. McMahon told Kurt that was beside the point, telling him that tonight the Undertaker was going down, McMahon once again calling himself a thing of legend. And he was down here in the basement getting in the zone for his match! Angle naively asked Shane if he wanted his help tonight, but 'Shane O'Mac' told Kurt that he had it in the bag - telling Angle to enjoy his night off. Angle told Shane to give him a signal if he needed help, and left - Shane's facade dropping and returning to nervously biting his fingernails.
4) Crash Holly (c) def. Al Snow (w/The Acolytes) to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (3:43) Crash Holly had managed to regain the WWF Hardcore Championship last week on RAW is WAR, beating Steve Blackman despite the best efforts of both cousin Hardcore Holly, and Blackman's strained ally in former tag team partner Al Snow. Tonight, Snow had told 'the Lethal Weapon' that he didn't need him for back-up in this title match with Crash - as it turned out he had enlisted the services of the Acolyte Protection Agency. Bradshaw and Faarooq watched on from ringside whilst Snow and Crash went toe to toe, with Snow overpowering the so-called "allegedly well over 400-pounder". Snow brought out the hardware, in the form of a baseball bat, a toolbox, and even a bowling ball. Snow had it backfire on him, as Crash proceeded to use a cookie sheet, rolling the bowling ball right into the lower regions of Snow's own balls! Late in the match Bull Buchanan and Big Bossman came down the rampway, looking to inflict another beating on Snow just for the Acolytes to stand in their way - as the two teams now went at it! Meanwhile inside, Al was on his way to victory when he spotted this and found himself the recipient of a DDT which allowed Crash to retain the title!
While the Acolytes, Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan continued to trade blows out on the floor, Crash Holly was able to slip out through the crowd - the dead ringer for Elroy Jetson retaining the WWF Hardcore Champion once again! Bradshaw and Faarooq sent Bossman and Buchanan packing up the rampway, when Al Snow came to and started yelling at the Acolytes for not having his back! They confronted him in the ring, where Snow continued to berate the Acolyte Protection Agency for not helping him take care of Crash. In response, Faarooq and Bradshaw took one look at one another before knocking Al on his ass! The APA proceeded to dish up a double powerbomb on Snow before leaving him alone - they weren't Snow's henchmen, and little to Al's attention span, they were actually protecting him from the Bossman and Buchanan!
Michael Cole caught up with the newest addition to the World Wrestling Federation, Lance Storm who asked Michael what he wanted. Cole wanted to personally welcome Storm to the WWF and get some comments from him about why he confronted Chris Jericho moments ago. Lance told Michael that that was typical American attitude, being too ignorant to notice what was going on. Lance told Michael Cole that he resents Chris Jericho - not because he's successful - but because he isn't as good as him. After all, for the past couple of years he has been going around the world on a quest to prove to the world why Canada was the elite of the elite in pro-wrestling. But Y2J? He spits on the same country he was born and raised in - and it disgusts him! Lance told Michael that's why he was here, and he'll wrestle when it's official - but his mission to to prove once more why the Maple Leaf was the greatest flag of them all.
Elsewhere, the Dudley Boyz were walking down the hallway with a table in hand! D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley - hot off of defeating X-Pac and Road Dogg last night at Judgment Day, and putting Tori through a table - were set for a Tables match tonight against the unlikely duo of Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco - the match taking place next!
Earlier today at a local bar Dean Malenko was seen hanging out, wearing a flashy Hawaiian shirt with the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship around his waist. 'The Iceman' sipped on a bottle of beer, as he spotted two fine young ladies hanging out by the bar. Malenko went over to introduce himself to them, and they did not appear to be interested in the slightest of the skilled technician - until he told the ladies that he was the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: asking them if they wanted to touch his belt. Malenko proceeded to leave with the ladies on each of his arms - was Dean Malenko a ladies man after all?
5) Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco def. The Dudley Boyz in a Tables match (2:38) While the Dudley Boyz were taking care of business in the form of putting X-Pac and Road Dogg's valet Tori through a table last night at Judgment Day, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco had absolutely gotten themselves in some hot - or cold - water, so to speak, when they screwed up getting Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley water earlier tonight, and proceeded to spill said water all over 'the Billion Dollar Princess' blouse. In response, this was the Stooges punishment - and immediately, although they were skilled Superstars in their heyday, they were just no match for the hard-hitting residents of Dudleyville tonight. Patterson, the first ever WWF Intercontinental Champion, attempted to gain some steams with some of his old trademark strikes, but Bubba put him down with ease with a right hand. They hit the Wazzup! headbutt on Brisco, before Bubba instructed D-Von to get the tables - but when D-Von and Bubba set the table up mid-ring, down came X-Pac and Road Dogg to attack the Dudleys! This was a set-up - retribution for Tori - as Road Dogg prepared another table whilst X-Pac put Bubba on the table. Road Dogg set up a second table mid-ring for D-Von, when Patterson came off the top rope with a splash, driving Bubba through the table!
This could be declared upset of the very young millennium, with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco miraculously defeating the Dudley Boyz in their own branded Tables match! X-Pac and Road Dogg gloated over Pat Patterson putting Bubba Ray through the table, and Patterson was over the moon about it! He helped a hurting Brisco back up to his feet, whilst X-Pac now climbed up to the top rope, coming off with a legdrop that put D-Von through the table as well! D-Generation X may be operating without Triple H and Tori tonight, but they had just gotten even with the Dudleys to loud boos!
Backstage the Acolytes were returning to their office following the altercation with Al Snow, as Faarooq and Bradshaw lamented Snow's shoddy paycheck. Bradshaw warned him that the check better not bounce otherwise they'd have to pay Al another visit. Suddenly they were confronted by the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan, with Bossman telling the Acolytes that they ran a real crooked business! The APA asked what the prison guards were going to do about it - call the cops? Another brawl broke out among the four, with Bradshaw and Faarooq fighting off Bossman and Buchanan once again!
During the break, a replay was shown of the outcome of the brawl between the Acolytes and Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan; which saw Bradshaw and Faarooq laying motionless on the floor of their own office, courtesy of an implied beating from the nightsticks of the prison guards. Bossman chuckled to Bull that they had a nice place, that office. Buchanan declared that they ran the enforcement game in the World Wrestling Federation.
6) Rikishi def. WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko (w/Two ladies) in a King of the Ring Qualifying match (3:25) With the King of the Ring tournament underway after Chris Benoit advanced to the second round earlier tonight in a win against the Godfather, it was now time to see who would join him - be it the 400-pound Samoan Rikishi, or the alleged 'Ladies Man' Dean Malenko. The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion had brought the two ladies from the bar with him to the match tonight, where he had them seated besides the announce table at ringside. But upon the bell sounding, it was clear that the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was vastly undersized against the super-heavyweight, as Rikishi looked for the Stinkface earlier just for Malenko to weasel out from the ring. Dean did get a little momentum after draping Rikishi throat-first across the top rope, and Malenko followed up with a serious of kicks to the thighs of the Samoan. He finally got Rikishi off of his feet for a Texas Cloverleaf attempt, but Rikishi powered out and Malenko stumbled into a superkick! Rikishi got to his feet and backed his ass in Malenko's face for the Stinkface - but Dean's disgust equated to rage, which unfortunately led him right into a Rikishi Driver giving him the win.
Dean Malenko had been defeated by Rikishi, and was out of the tournament. But he still had the bar ladies he picked up earlier today, and the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion attempted to turn to them for their support. Unfortunately, the two young women were disgusted by the smell of 'the Iceman' after being the recipient of the Stinkface, and the two stormed off without him! Inside, Rikishi danced to celebrate the win - and now, Rikishi was arriving into the second round of the King of the Ring tournament.
Backstage Tazz was standing by with Kevin Kelly, who asked 'the Human Suplex Machine' about his win last night against D-Lo Brown. Tazz was all fired up, telling Kevin that he was just getting started. He told him that while he enjoyed sucking the life out of 'the Bizniz' last night with the Tazzmission, he now had his attention focused on one man in particular: and his name was Perry Saturn. Tazz talked about how Saturn thinks he's such a tough guy, he beats up and berates people like him, and other members of the backstage crew. But there was something to be said for Perry Saturn when he goes up against him tonight! Tazz told Saturn to man up and face him like he faces up to non-wrestlers, and beat him if he can: but survive if Tazz lets him!
In the backstage area Chris Benoit was seen rolling off the tape on his wrists in the locker room, when the former WWF Intercontinental Champion was approached by Stevie Richards, who told 'the Canadian Crippler' that he was intense out there tonight! Stevie told Chris that he had never seen anybody as intense as he was. Benoit remained silent, not even making eye contact with him whilst Stevie then began to talk about Chris Jericho, and the debut of Lance Storm! He wondered what Benoit thought about that, claiming 'the Canadian Crippler' surely felt he deserved another shot at the title. Benoit stood up slowly, before looking at Stevie and nodding. Stevie smiled back at him, when 'the Rabid Wolverine' snapped on Richards! Benoit put the boots to Stevie, before locking in the Crippler Crossface, leaving Stevie screaming in agony and tapping, right there on the locker room floor!
7) Tazz def. Perry Saturn by disqualification (4:46) Perry Saturn may have come up short last night in the WWF European Championship match with 'Latino Heat' Eddie Guerrero, but Saturn was sure to be looking for a fight against 'the Human Suplex Machine' Tazz - who he himself was - coming off of a victory against D-Lo Brown twenty-four hours ago. Tazz had called Saturn out on his treatment of the backstage personnel that have felt the wrath of a so-called tough guy in the former member of the Radicalz. Tazz started off strong, with a string of suplexes catching Saturn off guard, but Saturn came right back, reversing a suplex into a back suplex of his own, before Saturn immediately took to pummeling on Tazz! Perry whipped Tazz shoulder first into the ring post and went right to work on his shoulder, perhaps looking to apply the Rings of Saturn; but Tazz prevented it at every turn! Tazz gave Saturn a belly-to-belly overhead suplex out of the ring, when D-Lo Brown came from behind, jumping Tazz for the disqualification!
D-Lo Brown hammered away at Tazz, having blind sighted him and gave him the win in this match against Perry Saturn - albeit not in the way he wanted! Brown was picking up the pieces left for him by Saturn, and despite Tazz attempting to fight back, 'the Bizniz' dropped Tazz down hard with a Sky High! At ringside the referee attempted to explain to Saturn what had happened and what the result of the match was, and needless to say, Saturn grabbed the collar of the official and screamed at him in frustration!
In their dressing room, Vince McMahon stood up after a lengthy conversation with 'the Big Red Machine' Kane - most likely about the relationship he has with his strained half-brother the Undertaker. The Chairman told Kane that tonight was his chance to call 'the Deadman' out and have themselves a family reunion of sorts. But Vince wanted Kane to remember one thing: and that is although the Undertaker is his family, so is the McMahon-Helmsley regime. And tonight, Kane must show the Undertaker tough love for everything he had done to him. Vince left, leaving Kane sat in wait.
Elsewhere, despite not even being scheduled to be at RAW is WAR tonight after the hellacious Three Stages of Hell match last night, The Rock was seen walking into the arena here in Indianapolis! The World Wrestling Federation Champion was here - albeit with still no sign of the Undertaker with the main event looming!
Back live on RAW, Perry Saturn was seen confronting referee Jack Doan after the call was made to disqualify him, when D-Lo Brown attacked his opponent Tazz moments ago. Saturn asked Doan if he wanted to re-consider his decision, but Jack had nothing to say about it: it had happened now. There was nothing he could do. Perry accepted that, before grabbing Jack by the scrawn of the neck and shoving him into a shower! Saturn turned the shower on, freezing Jack Doan in cold water as Perry screamed repeatedly, telling Jack Doan to reverse his decision!
In the building Vince McMahon made his way down to the ring to a thunderous chorus of boos; the Chairman making his second appearance of the night. Kane followed behind him as he has been known to do in recent weeks; 'the Big Red Machine' having been given some sort of ultimatum to choose between either the McMahon-Helmsley regime or the Undertaker as his family. Vince appeared chirpier than he was earlier tonight, as he talked about how he loved it when a plan came together and that when faced with adversity, the McMahon family always got it together and reigned supreme against all of the odds! That much can be said for the Undertaker situation, who will surely face trouble in just a few moments when he has to go one-on-one with the same man that took the Big Show out of the World Wrestling Federation last night; his son Shane McMahon! The crowd booed and chanted "Shane's a p*ssy" despite this, while Vince wanted to get something out of the way first, talking about how despite the claims that nobody knows where the Undertaker was: he wanted that sick son of a b*tch to show himself, and show his own half-brother Kane!
Vince then asked Kane if he had anything he wanted to say, but just as 'the Big Red Machine' took to the microphone and was about to speak up, the Rock's music suddenly hit - and out came the World Wrestling Federation Champion! 'The People's Champ' received chants of the Rock's name, after one long, long night last night at Judgment Day. Finally the Rock had come back to Indianapolis, and the Rock told Vince and Kane that he had no clue what in the blue hell was going on with them tonight. Rock said that what he does know is that all night long, the entire McMahon-Helmsley regime has been running their mouths about how Rock had the Undertaker save his ass in Three Stages of Hell. But the fact of the matter is that the Rock had no contact with 'the Deadman'. What does matter is that last night, much like last month at Backlash, and on any given night, it was the Rock that beat Triple H in Three Stages of Hell!
But something the Rock did not forget was the interference from the McMahon-Helmsley regime, and how on two completely separate occasions it was Kane who gave 'the People's Champ' a Chokeslam - but ultimately it did not get the job done! 'The Brahma Bull' had three words for 'the Big Red Machine', and those three words were: Just Bring It! The crowd erupted in Indianapolis, whilst Vince looked at Kane, who appeared to have his eyes locked on the WWF Champion. Vince told Rock that just wouldn't happen, claiming that they were just moments away from the main event, Rock wasn't 100%: it was a bad idea. Rock cut Vince off, telling McMahon that's what he thought. But the Rock wanted Kane to take one hard look at the ring when the Undertaker faces Shane McMahon up next - and he wants him to look at the world's biggest assh*le stood beside him and also look at the motorcycle-riding, post-apocalyptic freak of a half-brother - and think long and hard about his allegiances. And when that's all done, he can take those allegiances; take both families and stick them straight up his big red candy-ass! The fans erupted again as Rock returned to the back!
In the backstage area a motorcycle was heard, panicking several members of backstage personnel - as the Undertaker was shown riding his bike through the halls of the Conseco Fieldhouse! 'The Deadman' was about to make his return to RAW is WAR, up next against Shane McMahon!
7) Shane McMahon def. The Undertaker by disqualification (5:08) Following an eight month absence, the Undertaker made his triumphant return to the World Wrestling Federation last night at Judgment Day, involving himself by cleaning house of the McMahon-Helmsley regime in the closing moments of Three Stages of Hell. Meanwhile Shane McMahon was coming off of a huge handicap victory against the Big Show alongside Kurt Angle - where the Olympic Gold Medalist and 'Shane O'Mac' succeeded in breaking the already injured ankle of 'the Big Nasty Bastard', with no return on the cards at this time for the giant. Shane really put his foot in his own mouth tonight, by threatening to do the same to the Undertaker; but as 'the Deadman' got off his motorcycle and climbed into the ring, Shane immediately cowered out to the floor. Undertaker was in hot pursuit, and he finally got his hands on 'the Wonderboy', hammering him against the barricade! He rolled him inside, and Shane pounced on him, looking to gain some momentum, but 'the American Badass' fought back, dropping Shane with a sidewalk slam! Backstage Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was seen panicking, the WWF Women's Champion instructing Road Dogg and X-Pac to go and help her brother! They complied, as Undertaker continued to punish Shane in the ring. Down came D-Generation X, and the distraction allowed Shane to low blow Undertaker; 'Shane O'Mac' rolling him up for a one count. Shane ran right into Undertaker's hand, the Chokeslam connecting! The Undertaker fought off X-Pac and Road Dogg when Kurt Angle charged down to ringside, grabbing a steel chair - just to get it booted in his own face when attempting to swing at the Undertaker! 'The Deadman' saw Shane groggily reach his feet, and slammed the chair into his spine causing the DQ!
The Undertaker delivered an uppercut to X-Pac as he came off the top rope, whilst Road Dogg received a Tombstone Piledriver - but Vince McMahon and Kane came back out to the ringside area! The Undertaker and Kane glanced at one another - with the ultimatum of where Kane placed his allegiance surely on his mind - long enough for Kurt Angle to come from behind with an Olympic Slam! Kane saw his half-brother being stomped away at by Angle and X-Pac, when he decided to climb into the ring now! 'The Big Red Machine' fended the regime members away from the fallen Undertaker, who looked up at him - but Kane knelt beside 'the Deadman' - choking him out!
Kane had chosen the McMahon-Helmsley regime, and he alongside Shane, D-Generation X and Kurt Angle continued to hammer away at the Undertaker, until the Rock made his way out to the ring! The WWF Champion grabbed the steel chair used earlier and ran the regime off, 'the People's Champ' standing side by side with a recovering Undertaker! It was chaos, with the Rock and the Undertaker against the McMahon-Helmsley regime!
SmackDown! - May 25, 2000 Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, Indiana Broadcast on UPN Taped May 23, 2000
A video package took us back to this past Monday night on RAW is WAR, where Shane McMahon perhaps inadvertently talked his way into challenging the Undertaker to a match in the main event. Meanwhile, Vince McMahon sat Kane down to talk, giving him the ultimate ultimatum about where he pledged his allegiance: with his half-brother the Undertaker, or the McMahon-Helmsley regime. In the main event, the regime ran down to involve themselves on Shane O'Mac's behalf with Kane choosing to side with Vince McMahon over the Undertaker. But as the regime picked apart at the Undertaker, it was the WWF Champion The Rock that made the save for 'the Deadman', perhaps in exchange for the Undertaker helping Rock last Sunday at Judgment Day.
SmackDown! kicked things off with Vince and Shane McMahon arriving at the Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, stepping out of their limousine. The Chairman talked about how proud he was of his son: he raised a winner, and now he had back-to-back victories against both the Big Show and the Undertaker! The proud father told his son that he really was a living legend, which is why he had decided to enter Shane into the 2000 King of the Ring tournament! Shane's brash smile turned to a look of concern when he asked his father whom his opponent would be - Vince telling Shane that he would be facing off against Chris Jericho tonight! Shane was caught off-guard by this, when all of a sudden the Undertaker raced towards the McMahons on his motorcycle! Vince and Shane narrowly dodged the motorcycle's hit-and-run effort, as the McMahons then scarpered towards some stairs, leaving the Undertaker to silently wait, revving his engine at a furious Vince and Shane!
The opening video package aired, bringing us to a fireworks-clad Evansville crowd in Indiana, the home of SmackDown! tonight. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the show, talking about how the Undertaker was already in the building and surely out to reek havoc on the McMahon-Helmsley regime for what happened this past week on RAW!
The Undertaker kicked off SmackDown!, 'the American Badass' having found a way into the arena with his motorcycle! He rode down around the ringside area before climbing into the ring amidst a huge reaction from the Evansville crowd, as it was noted that this was his first appearance on SmackDown! since last September, after a contract dispute made 'the Deadman' walk out on Vince McMahon. Undertaker told the people that he had a lot of talking to do, and he did not have a lot of time to do so! He talked about how he has always been a man of few words, but much like his outlook on life - things can change! As far as 'the Deadman' was concerned, he let his fists do the talking and after last Monday night on RAW? He had a lot of asses to beat in the McMahon-Helmsley regime! The fans cheered loudly, as he said that he's been gone for quite some time, but if there is one thing that has remained the same more than anything around here, is how much of an assh*le Vince McMahon was! 'The American Badass' told the people that he's been watching real close, and he has watched the McMahon-Helmsley regime form, and grow and overtake the World Wrestling Federation, to the point that it was insufferable, and he knew he had to step in and take actions into his own hands! But as far as his half-brother Kane went, there was one order of business on his agenda tonight, and that was to settle the score with whatever had crawled up 'the Big Red Machine's ass! The Undertaker climbed out of the ring and returned to his motorcycle, 'the Deadman' with a grudge in store for Kane after 'the Big Red Machine' turned on his half-brother on RAW is WAR! A hate-filled war of epic proportions could follow if these two got their hands on one another tonight.
In the backstage area Vince and Shane McMahon were out of breath after being chased by the Undertaker on his motorcycle at the beginning of the show. Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco rushed to see how the McMahons were doing, commenting that they saw it on the television set. Vince shouted that if the Stooges had seen what happened to them, why didn't they do anything about it? Vince yelled that the Undertaker wasn't even under contract with the World Wrestling Federation, and now he's taking over the show? Vince was livid, whilst Shane tried to calm his father down.
Back on SmackDown! a replay aired showing what had transpired at the start of the show, before we went to the McMahon-Helmsley regime's dressing room where Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was talking with her father about what had transpired. The Chairman was still livid and kicked the coffee table - injuring his foot in doing so. Stephanie told Vince to calm down, making her father sit beside her. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' told Vince that he heard what 'the Deadman' said, his mission tonight was to get his hands on Kane, not Vince. McMahon told his daughter that he wasn't sure that was such a good idea: if 'the Big Red Machine' and 'the American Badass' went to war, they would rip the World Wrestling Federation apart. Vince told Stephanie to alert Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, to make sure the locker room would be on stand-by in the event they went at it. The WWF Women's Champion left, leaving Vince to rub his eyes and thank God Kane wasn't here yet.
Edge and Christian made their way out to the ring, the WWF Tag Team Champions not pleased in the slightest after losing to Too Cool in an eight-man tag team bout on RAW is WAR. Edge talked about prestige, and what it meant to be a champion. For example, these titles on anybody else's shoulders would totally not have the same amount of prestige as what they have right now! Christian added, noting that Edge and Christian were full of prestige, yet this house in Evansville, or wherever they were was totally lacking in prestige! The crowd booed, as Edge talked about how Too Cool - or "Too Uncool" scored a bogus upset on RAW, but tonight, Edge was about to show that goggle-wearing weirdo Grandmaster Sexay what being a champion is all about! No Five-Second Pose tonight, as Edge was all hyped up for action.
1) WWF Tag Team Champion Edge (w/Christian) def. Grandmaster Sexay (w/Scotty 2 Hotty) (3:41) Too Cool have been riding the wave in recent weeks, starting back on Sunday at Judgment Day, where they scored an unanticipated victory against T&A. And then the following night, this past Monday on RAW, Too Cool and the Hardy Boyz defeated Edge, Christian and T&A in an eight-man tag team match, when Scotty 2 Hotty pinned Edge! With the WWF Tag Team Championship clearly in Too Cool's sight, Grandmaster Sexay caught Edge off-guard with some of his unorthodox moves, including a missile dropkick that almost gave Grandmaster another upset pinfall victory against Edge! Christian watched eagerly and even distracted the referee long enough for Edge to come from behind with an electric chair drop to take control of the match. Edge sent Sexay out to the floor late in the match, where Christian put the boots to Sexay, when Scotty came to fend Christian off! Sexay crawled back inside, where he caught Edge with a backslide, and a superkick almost gave him the win! Grandmaster went up to the top rope and adjusted his goggles - looking for the Hip Hop Drop when Christian shoved and crotched Grandmaster on the top rope! Scotty went at it with Christian at ringside whilst Edge gave Sexay a spear, and stole the victory.
Edge had his hand raised as the winner against Grandmaster Sexay, when Scotty 2 Hotty came from behind; Scotty looking to hit Edge with the Worm two shows in a row! Scotty got ready to drop the Worm, but just when he was about to drop it on the Canadian, in ran Christian with a shot from the ring bell! Christian helped Edge to his feet, whilst Scotty laid motionless in the ring. But down to the ring came Rikishi, who looked prepared to fight both Canadians here - and upon entering the ring, Rikishi blasted both champs with rights and lefts; a superkick to Edge! Edge fell down in the corner, but before Rikishi could go in for a Stinkface, Christian took the ring bell and rang the Samoan's bell with it! Too Cool and Rikishi had been laid out, whilst E&C were over the moon despite the loss, proud of themselves here tonight.
The Acolytes were in their office, Bradshaw and Faarooq talking about how Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan wouldn't know what they were in for tonight. There was a knock at the door, and in came Al Snow who sheepishly wanted to apologize to the Acolyte Protection Agency after Monday. Faarooq told him that he had some nerve coming back here, whilst Bradshaw was furious about Al Snow's cheque bouncing. Snow apologized again and said he'd get it taken care of, before informing the APA of their six-man tag team match tonight against Test, Bossman and Buchanan. Faarooq told Al that they weren't idiots, they knew about the match. Bradshaw added, telling Snow to stay the hell out of their way - they were only there to get their hands on those no good cops! Snow was stoked to have friends again, following the break-up with Steve Blackman.
Tazz was seen walking around catering, 'the Human Suplex Machine' keeping his eyes open for an appearance from D-Lo Brown, who attacked him last Monday on RAW is WAR. Stevie Richards came up to Tazz, asking who he was looking for, but Tazz did not want to talk to Stevie. Richards asked Tazz if he minded if he helped him - noting that he got his ass kicked on Monday and he really felt the need to "change it up" a little. Stevie asked if Tazz would show him how to do the Tazzmission in the event of an attack - but all of a sudden Chris Benoit showed up, causing Stevie to run away! 'The Rabid Wolverine' was still in a foul mood from Judgment Day, with Benoit telling Tazz that he knew what he was looking for, and it was the same thing Benoit had been looking for as well. The two had a tense staredown, with Tazz telling Chris that actually, he was the last thing on his mind: but if 'the Canadian Crippler' wanted a piece, to come step to him in that ring! Benoit actually grimaced a faint smile, telling Tazz that he was looking forward to making Tazz beg for mercy tonight. Tazz responded, telling him the same thing.
Back in the building, WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero and Chyna made their way down to the ring for non-title competition tonight against Val Venis, but of note 'Latino Heat' was wearing a towel over his ring tights. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' had her bouquet of roses with her, as Eddie climbed into the ring and thrusted his hips for the people. Eddie mocked 'the Big Valbowski', introducing himself to 'Mamacita'. Guerrero talked about how he had an idiot in a towel to take care of tonight, and his name was Val Venis - but after that, how about himself and 'Mamacita' take a little hot shower? Eddie talked about showing some of his own "Latino Heat" whilst thrusting his hips, when Val Venis interrupted - 'the Big Valbowski' having shown an interest in Guerrero's title last Monday on RAW, and out to beat the champ in non-title action here tonight.
2) WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) def. Val Venis (4:19) 'Latino Heat' had himself some tough competition in Hardcore Holly this past week on RAW, but when Hardcore got himself disqualified, it was Val Venis of all people that came to Eddie Guerrero's aid. 'The Big Valbowski' was a former WWF European Champion in his own right, but when Val tried to hand the title back to Eddie, a fiery 'Latino Heat' snatched it back - not thanking Val for the save one bit. Now he was mocking Val, who immediately went in on Guerrero with some stiff right hands; Guerrero coming off the ropes with a pop-up dropkick, and then a sunset flip out of the corner got a near fall. Venis was perhaps more motivated than he has been in a while, not even able to get a title match against a fighting European Champion like Eddie Guerrero. Venis scored a spinout powerbomb for a near fall, when Chyna climbed onto the apron - 'Mamacita' seemingly coming onto Val Venis! Val was disgusted by this, allowing Eddie to come from behind with a roll-up with his feet on the ropes - the three count made!
Eddie Guerrero rolled out of the ring and hugged his girlfriend Chyna tight, 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' and 'Latino Heat' kissing each other uncontrollably in celebration over the non-title win tonight on SmackDown!. Val Venis was left saddened by the win, as he watched the WWF European Champion leave, hoisting Chyna into his arms - and as well as watching them leave, Val Venis was watching the WWF European Championship leave as well!
Backstage X-Pac and Road Dogg were seen talking about the Undertaker, and Road Dogg noted that 'the Deadman' should not be on X-Pac's mind - especially when he's in King of the Ring qualifying action up next. X-Pac laughed and told Road Dogg to take it easy - he's got this. X-Pac walked away, whilst Road Dogg told X-Pac to do it for Tori. Road Dogg waited backstage, continuing to tell a departing X-Pac that he'll be out there if he needs him - when all of a sudden the Dudley Boyz came from behind! D-Von and Bubba Ray were getting even for Monday night, as Road Dogg was left in the fetal position, a beating from the Dudleys!
Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was walking the halls, when she suddenly came face-to-face with the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho. Y2J got a loud ovation, as the WWF Women's Champion asked Jericho what the hell he wanted. Jericho told Stephanie that he wanted nothing, apart from to compliment her on her appearance. After all, with the terrible week she was having, with her boy toy Triple H not being here, what else was there to do than to keep busy? Jericho referenced how Monday was a night she kept busy, how she had her billion dollar molehills soaked on national television! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' was livid and wanted to slap Jericho but he caught her hand: and Jericho, to add further insult told McMahon-Helmsley that he knew she wanted to get her hands on him - but unlike the fifty other men she got down for every week - he was a 'Sexy Beast' with standards! Jericho left, infuriating Stephanie! She declared vengeance on Y2J for his comments.
3) Jeff Hardy def. X-Pac in a King of the Ring Qualifying match (3:56) RAW is WAR saw the beginning of the 2000 King of the Ring tournament, set to feature thirty-two participants in what will be the largest tournament in World Wrestling Federation history. Both Chris Benoit and Rikishi had advanced into the second round, with two more Qualifying matches set to take place tonight on SmackDown! Matt Hardy joined commentary to discuss the match ahead, as he talked about Jeff's lifelong dream to be a WWF Champion, and with a win in this tournament, it would definitely put him in line for a shot. But Matt was also in the tournament, and stated that if it should come down to it, only one Hardy could advance. X-Pac was unaware of what had just happened to Road Dogg at the hands of the Dudley Boyz moments ago, as X-Pac grounded Jeff with a sleeper hold, and a Bronco Buster put him in control - as did the educated feet of the degenerate. X-Pac missed a diving legdrop, and Jeff responded with a spinout enzuigiri before headed to the top - the Swanton Bomb connecting, and Jeff Hardy pulled off the win!
Jeff Hardy had scored an unexpected victory tonight against X-Pac, to qualify in the King of the Ring tournament! Jeff celebrated aside his brother Matt; the Hardy Boyz rejoicing in the win tonight, with Matt set for qualifying action down the line as well. Meanwhile X-Pac recovered, when all of a sudden the Dudley Boyz made their way down to the ring with a table in hand! D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley scared X-Pac, who called out for Road Dogg - X-Pac trying to run but Bubba caught him! Bubba hammered X-Pac in the corner whilst D-Von set the table up - and the Dudley Boyz whipped X-Pac into the ropes before putting him through the table with the 3D: revenge for last Monday night! The Dudleys left, their energy restored as Bubba returned to his euophoric state.
In the locker room the Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan came eyes to eyes with T&A, when Trish Stratus popped up between the four men - Trish speaking to the prison guards and Test and Albert as she talked about how important this was tonight to be on the same page. Trish said that her boys T&A did not play nicely with others, especially with the history between Test and the Bossman. But tonight was about taking out two men and an idiot: the two men being the Acolytes, who T&A definitely have unfinished business with. Stratus told the boys that it was in their best interest they get along in the six-man tag team match. Bossman pointed the nightstick at Test, telling him he better play by their rules tonight, because that's the only way hard justice would be served, courtesy of Bradshaw and Faarooq! They left and Test called them dumbasses, causing Trish to try and talk to him.
Meanwhile, Shane McMahon was doing a light jog down the hallway, with the King of the Ring Qualifying match coming up next - it was time Shane O'Mac taking on WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho!
Back on SmackDown!, Shane McMahon made his way down to the ring, albeit with some nerves after what went down earlier tonight with the Undertaker chasing he and his father into the building. The so-called man, myth and legend stood mid-ring among chants of "Shane's a p*ssy", but Shane told the people in Evansville that people really needed to stop chanting that! He was the quickest cat around here, but after a hard week of taking down the likes of the Big Show and the Undertaker, he couldn't help but demand these people recognize his brilliance as he prepares to win the King of the Ring tournament!
Shane was interrupted by the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho, who received a massive ovation from this capacity crowd. Chants of Y2J's name came across the Municipal Stadium as he told Shane that he was about as nauseating as his filthy, bottom-feeding trashbag ho of a sister! Jericho told Shane that he may have beaten the Big Show, and he may have a disqualification victory over the Undertaker, but the facts remained the facts that Shane McMahon was nothing more than a delusional, little p*ssy! Y2J told Shane to buckle up, because he was headed straight towards the Walls of Jericho - Jericho then dropping the mic and jetting to the ring to fight!
4) Shane McMahon def. WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho in a King of the Ring Qualifying match (5:28) It was really time to sink or swim for Shane McMahon, the man that had scored victories against the Big Show and the Undertaker this week already. But the question was whether 'Shane O'Mac' could go three for three and also avenge his sister Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley's honor by scoring the win over Chris Jericho tonight in this King of the Ring Qualifying round match. Chris Jericho meanwhile wanted nothing more than to punish Shane O'Mac for being so deluded, with Jericho easily outwitting Shane early, and a springboard dropkick quickly subdued Shane, causing him to crumble out on the floor. Jericho scored a near fall on Shane with an underhook backbreaker, but Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley came out for moral support for her brother. The WWF Women's Champion drew the ire of Y2J quickly, as she got on the apron to distract the official causing Jericho to turn his attention to her and catch her in a liplock - causing Stephanie to freak out and collapse to the floor! Shane came from behind and came off the top rope with a diving elbow drop for a near fall, with Shane O'Mac somehow still in this to win! But Shane was caught diving off the second with the Walls of Jericho getting locked in - Shane was tapping, but Stephanie got on the apron to subdue the official! Jericho had Shane tapping out nonetheless, when Lance Storm hit the ring, delivering a superkick leaving him laying! Shane put an arm over, and - believe it or not - Shane O'Mac had done it again!
A gigantic week for Shane McMahon had culminated with his advancement into the King of the Ring tournament, although undoubtedly he had a heck of a lot of help, with a disgusted yet relieved Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley watching on, as well as a pleased Lance Storm leaving the ring. Storm had made an impactful first week in his World Wrestling Federation career, getting under the skin of the WWF Intercontinental Champion. Meanwhile 'the Billion Dollar Princess' tried to wipe the taste of Chris Jericho from her lips, helping Shane up to his feet - and Shane literally jumped for joy in celebration! Shane O'Mac was going to the next round!
Meanwhile Kane - already clad in his ring gear - was arriving at the Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, 'the Big Red Machine in for what should be a hellacious night with the Undertaker calling him out!
Back on SmackDown!, after their retaliation for Monday on both Road Dogg and X-Pac earlier tonight, the Dudley Boyz were seen backstage. D-Von was talking to a relaxed Bubba Ray about how vengeance tasted sweet. He continued to preach to Bubba about how X-Pac and Road Dogg found out the hard way how it feels to mess with the Dudleys. Bubba Ray remained expressionless, in a satisfied, catatonic state from putting X-Pac through a table.
The Rock made his way out to the ring to a huge ovation from the Evansville, Indiana crowd. The World Wrestling Federation Champion had rescued the Undertaker from a McMahon-Helmsley regime beatdown this past week on RAW is WAR, and now 'the Brahma Bull' was standing mid-ring to the louder-than-life chants of "Rocky"s name. The WWF Champion declared that finally he had come back to Evansville, before talking about how excited he was walking down the street earlier today, in the city centre - he walked through the streets of Evansville, Indiana and every single man, woman, child and dog stopped the Rock to ask him one thing: what does he think of the Undertaker? The fans cheered, when Rock talked about how some would speculate that he and 'the American Badass' were good friends. With the Undertaker saving the Rock's ass at Judgment Day, to the Rock saving the Undertaker's ass on RAW, to the Rock bringing his own steak to the Undertaker's summer barbecue, to the Undertaker asking the Rock if he wanted to come over and watch Friends! The fans chanted Rock's name further, but 'the People's Champ' that that was not the case, not by a long shot - and the reason for that was that he and the Undertaker were from two different worlds. While the Undertaker was born and raised in the blistering heat of Death Valley, to Mama and Papa Taker, the Rock was living his childhood up in the beautiful Miami Beach.
The Rock spoke honestly about what he knew the alliance with the Undertaker was really all about, and it came down to the title gold in his hand right now: the WWF Championship. So if 'the Deadman' was ready for the challenge, to get his monkey ass out here and just bring it! The Rock paced back and forth, on what was already an explosive night with the Undertaker present, and due to have a confrontation with his half-brother Kane! Instead of 'the Deadman', out came Vince McMahon to loud boos. The Chairman told the Rock that he had heard just about enough, telling the people that they would have to wait for the Undertaker to answer the Rock's challenge for the WWF Championship! Showered in assh*le chants, Vince walked down to the ring, where he told Rock how there was something else he had in mind for 'the Brahma Bull', and it pertained to the controversial conclusion of what went down at Judgment Day. Vince told Rock that he knows exactly how he feels about it, and as always,
Vince McMahon wanted the Rock to know how much he hates his guts - but in the interest of fairness, when Triple H returns this Monday night on RAW, it will be the Rock defending the WWF Championship one last time against 'the Game'! The crowd booed, and Rock stopped Vince straight at the point, telling McMahon that he's beaten 'the Game', not once like at Backlash; and not twice like in Three Stages of Hell last Sunday - but now he wants to give another shot? Rock commented that you could tell 'the Game' was "hitting that" with his 'Billion Dollar Princess'! Vince remarked civilly that it would be Triple H's final opportunity at the gold - and on top of that, he was banning anybody from ringside! No McMahon-Helmsley regime, no Kane, no Undertaker! McMahon then coolly added that it would just be Rock, Triple H, and himself as the special guest referee. Rock responded with an emphatic Rock Bottom, bouncing McMahon off the canvas! Rock stood tall over a motionless Chairman, unphased by the unfair odds being thrown against him once again! But the big news here was that the WWF Championship would be on the line this Monday on RAW is WAR, with the Rock defending against Triple H in 'the Game's final opportunity to reclaim the gold, with all outside interference banned, and Vince McMahon himself would be the special guest referee!
Following a replay of the announcement made moments ago by Vince McMahon for the WWF Championship match on RAW this coming week, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was still upset over the absence of her husband Triple H. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' was seen drinking mouthwash, as it appeared the liplock courtesy of Chris Jericho had really gotten under the WWF Women's Champion's skin. She cursed Y2J's name when Kurt Angle walked into the room, the Olympic Gold Medalist asked Stephanie if she was okay. She confided in her friend, telling him that she didn't understand what was going on: Triple H has one more opportunity at the WWF Championship; Chris Jericho saw his defeat at the hands of Shane McMahon. But she was still sad? Kurt sat on the couch beside her, telling 'the Billion Dollar Princess' that it would turn around. As she said - 'the Game' will surely beat the Rock's ass so bad he loses the WWF Championship Monday. Plus, her father Vince McMahon would be the referee! Stephanie thanked Kurt, telling him that he was a good friend. Angle stood up and awkwardly exchanged a handshake to McMahon-Helmsley, before telling her to turn that frown upside down. He left, and Stephanie actually complied.
5) Test, Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan (w/Albert and Trish Stratus) def. Al Snow and the Acolytes (5:15) The return of the Big Bossman last Sunday night on HeAT had meant the return of reckless brutality courtesy of Bossman and Bull Buchanan. After disposing of Al Snow on HeAT, the two looked to target Snow once again on RAW this past Monday night, but Al had acquired the Acolytes to protect him from battle. When Snow lost in his WWF Hardcore Championship opportunity, he took his frustrations out on the Acolyte Protection Agency, who responded by kicking his ass for being so ungrateful. But tonight on SmackDown! the trio were tag partners against the Bossman and Buchanan, alongside Test of T&A - in what was sure to be a slugfest. Test, Bossman and Buchanan worked well together, with Test taking Snow down hard with a big boot to the face; Snow at their mercy, whilst the Acolytes rallied the fans behind him. Finally Snow dodged a top rope clothesline from Bull, and the tag was made to Bradshaw! Bradshaw ran wild on all three members of T&A, before it came down to he and Test. The two foes slugged it out, with Test looking for a pumphandle slam until the Texan hit the ropes for a big Clothesline From Hell! Snow got the tag and he came in looking for the Snowplow on Bossman who slipped out - tossing him into an axe kick from Buchanan, and Bossman covered to claim the three!
The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan got into a fight with both members of the Acolytes following the bell sounding, with Bradshaw and Faarooq not about to stand down from the two prison guards! The Acolytes were holding their own, when Test and Albert joined the fray; T&A assisting in a four-on-two beatdown of the APA! They were down and hurting, when Al Snow spotted what was going on in the ring and saw his big moment: Snow hit the ring to try and save Bradshaw and Faarooq - whom he was in debt to - just for Albert to immediately splash him! The four brutes stood tall as Bossman and Buchanan reached for their nightsticks, until Steve Blackman hit the ring; 'the Lethal Weapon' with his sticks in hand - one for Bossman, one for Buchanan, and three for Albert! Test fled from the ring in response, as Blackman had just taken down three big men! Blackman had come to Snow and the Acolytes' aid, whilst Snow rolled out of the ring in refusal to accept Blackman's assist.
Edge and Christian were backstage, the WWF Tag Team Champions laughing and joking about what went down earlier tonight, with E&C leaving Too Cool and Rikishi laying. Christian told Edge that it was so totally awesome ringing Rikishi's bell like they did earlier tonight. Edge added that not just his bell was rung - did Christian see how he fell? Edge claimed he'd heard of how the better they were, the harder they fell, but Rikishi fell in slow-motion! E&C laughed and high-fived, calling Too Cool "Too Uncool". They passed Val Venis who was seen on the phone elsewhere, 'the Big Valbowski' upset about the non-title loss to Eddie Guerrero earlier tonight. Edge in passing told Val how tough the loss was in support, where Val commented to the lady on the phone that he needed to get out of this rut. Val asked the lady on the line whether she thought he was losing his mojo at all. Perhaps so.
Elsewhere, Tazz and Chris Benoit were seen on a splitscreen heading for the ring. After one intense face-off backstage earlier tonight, two men with different grudges were about to square off tonight on SmackDown!
In the backstage area Vince McMahon had an icepack on the back of his head, the Chairman still recovering from the Rock Bottom from the Rock moments ago. Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco showed up to tell the Chairman that they had important news. The Chairman groaned and asked what the Stooges wanted, telling them he had a huge headache because of 'the Brahma Bull'. Brisco exclaimed that they had just spoken to Kane, and he told them that he was going out to the ring tonight to break his silence! McMahon froze, as he asked him what he meant. Patterson didn't know - but it sounded like he would call out the Undertaker! Vince tried to maintain his composure, telling the Stooges to alert the locker rooms, this was the last thing they needed!
6) Chris Benoit def. Tazz (6:25) 'The Canadian Crippler' may have lost the WWF Intercontinental Championship to Chris Jericho this past Sunday at Judgment Day, in a No-Disqualification match that could have gone either way. But despite this setback, Chris Benoit has continued onwards having qualified into the King of the Ring tournament with a win over the Godfather on RAW, Monday. But Benoit's temper knew no bounds, as evidenced by his sudden assault on Stevie Richards, and tonight his explosive confrontation with 'the Human Suplex Machine' backstage. Tazz was looking for D'Lo Brown, who cost him his match with Perry Saturn last Monday night - and instead found Benoit instead. These two were out there to have a brawl, with Tazz's suplexes gone reversed by 'the Rabid Wolverine's submission attempts. But Tazz was no slouch, and managed to overpower Benoit's cross-armbreaker attempt into a powerbomb; a Tazzplex scoring a near fall, as did a superplex from the Canadian. But the New Yorker was hard to put down, and when Chris attempted the Crippler Crossface, Tazz side-stepped Benoit and locked in the Tazzmission: only broken when Benoit rolled Tazz into a pinning attempt for two. D-Lo Brown appeared late in the match, 'the Bizniz' playing it vigilantly, as he tripped Tazz when he came off the ropes! Tazz spotted him and called out D-Lo to man up and step into the ring. The distraction allowed Benoit to connect with a German suplex with the bridge, claiming the win.
Chris Benoit had his hand raised in victory, but 'the Canadian Crippler' wasn't yet finished with 'the Human Suplex Machine' after the match. Benoit put the boots to Tazz, as D-Lo Brown watched with a grin on his face. Twice in one week D-Lo had bested Tazz after getting involved in his matches, and Brown's grin grew stronger as Benoit locked in the Crippler Crossface on 'the Human Suplex Machine'! D-Lo mouthed Tazz's own catchphrase at him, telling him to survive if Benoit let him!
The World Wrestling Federation locker room was full and gathered, with WWF Superstars such as the Godfather, Stevie Richards, Hardcore Holly, the Headbangers and Kaientai all taking a seat as Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco arrived, causing the Superstars to groan at the sight of the Stooges. Patterson told the guys to calm down, telling them that this was super important! If the Rock hadn't gave Vince McMahon a Rock Bottom earlier tonight, he'd be here doing it himself - which ignited more furious jeers from the locker room. Brisco tried to stress how important it was that each and every one of them try their hand tonight in the event of the Undertaker and Kane breaking out into a fight. Patterson made note of 'the Big Red Machine' breaking his silence, and they all knew 'the Deadman' was here too.
Pat told the boys that they couldn't have it, noting what these two brothers have done to one another in the past! They couldn't rely on security, or referees - these were two three-hundred pounders with a cold-blooded hatred for each other! Gerald asked what they had to say, when Kurt Angle showed up, telling the boys to show Patterson some respect. The Olympic Gold Medalist tried to rally the troops, with Kurt claiming that the McMahon-Helmsley regime had done a lot for him, and they needed him so therefore he would help out tonight - and should all hell break loose, they could rely on the man that won the 1996 Olympics with a broken freaking neck! Angle asked who was with him, to which the other WWF Superstars continued to remain silent.
Earlier today at a local bar in Evansville, Perry Saturn was shooting some pool whilst Dean Malenko discussed the importance and responsibilities of being the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion to two ladies. One of the ladies were really into 'the Iceman', whilst the other watched Perry Saturn grow irritated by his inability to pot any of the balls at the table. She asked Dean what his story was, to which Dean told her that Perry was a great, great guy. But he'd been going through a rough patch - one that almost cost them their friendship - so Dean took him out to the bar for a couple of beers to reduce the stress that came with being WWF Superstars. Meanwhile Saturn complained to the bartender behind them about their pooltable being broken: he couldn't pot any of the damn balls! The bartender suggested maybe Perry just sucked at pool, causing the irate Saturn to drag the civilian over the bar; locking him in the Rings of Saturn on the floor! Malenko took one look at Saturn stretching the life out of the bartender, then recommended they take this elsewhere. 'The Ladies Man' struck again!
In the arena Essa Rios was holding Lita's hand mid-ring, ahead of singles action against the Olympic Gold Medalist. Kurt Angle made his way out to loud boos from the capacity crowd, as the Olympian greeted the people of Evansville. Angle noted that this place was known for...something, but it was so long ago, nobody even cared to remember what it was! The crowd booed loudly, but Kurt digressed to talk about how he was a man of many different things. He was a man that stood by the Three Is: Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence. He was a locker room leader, much like he just proved when he told the boys in the back to grow a set, and stop the Undertaker and Kane from ripping each other apart later tonight; and on top of that, as proven when he snapped the ankle of the Big Show with his dreaded ankle lock - he was dangerous as heck! And tonight, when he beats this Mexican jumping bean immigrant and his little tramp of a girlfriend, Kurt Angle was going to save the day once again by proving how he was 'YOUR American Hero'! Essa rushed Kurt with a dropkick in the corner to jumpstart the match; Rios not about to take any more of Angle's insults!
7) Kurt Angle def. Essa Rios (w/Lita) (4:15) Essa Rios has not taken kindly to any other WWF Superstar talking disrespectfully towards his girlfriend Lita in recent weeks, as he has shown against the likes of the Godfather and Val Venis. But Kurt Angle was at the top of his game coming off of his handicap victory against the Big Show alongside Shane McMahon last Sunday at Judgment Day, with 'the Big Nasty Bastard' submitting to Kurt Angle following an ankle lock, with Show's ankle left broken and not seen since! Essa Rios was fired up as the bell sounded, laying in strike after strike against the Olympic Gold Medalist. A hurricanrana followed that sent Kurt out to the floor, where the luchador immediately followed suit with a somersault plancha to the floor! Essa was on a roll, but when he climbed up to the top for a missile dropkick, Kurt side-stepped and immediately took to a belly-to-belly suplex that put Essa down. Kurt showed more aggression than we have known him to show, when Lita climbed up to the top rope looking to crossbody Angle who moved, and Lita took out her boyfriend Essa Rios with the crossbody! The referee forced Lita out of the ring, whilst Angle applied the ankle lock on Essa - forcing Rios to tap!
Kurt Angle released the ankle hold, the Olympic Gold Medalist celebrating his victory whilst departing the ring - and it seemed like the Olympian had acquired a new effective submission hold through this match with Essa Rios tonight. Meanwhile, Essa clutched his ankle in the ring - Rios yelling at his girlfriend Lita, who tried to apologize to him. The fiery luchador blew Lita's apologies off and limped up the rampway, leaving his girlfriend to feel guilty over costing him the match!
Backstage Vince McMahon was with Kane, the Chairman trying to talk to 'the Big Red Machine' as he progressed down the hallway. Vince pleaded with Kane not to provoke his half-brother the Undertaker: it wasn't a part of the plan they had! Vince reiterated this, telling Kane that it would ruin what the McMahon-Helmsley regime had in mind for 'the Deadman'. But Kane put his hand out and blocked the Chairman from proceeding any further! Kane threw back his hair and walked away on his own - was Kane really about to address the Undertaker, next?
Back on SmackDown!, while Judgment Day took place last Sunday on pay-per-view, it appeared that tonight would be judgment day for the two brothers of destruction as Kane made his way down to the ring to a largely mixed ovation. 'The Big Red Machine' had been in a weird place dating back to the re-emergence of his half-brother the Undertaker; with whom he shared a complicated history with. But this past week on RAW is WAR, Kane turned his back on 'the American Badass', choosing to side with the McMahon-Helmsley regime instead. Kane set off his pyrotechnics to a loud reaction, before taking a microphone. The fans actually chanted for the Undertaker to show up to confront his half-brother, as Kane held the microphone closer and closer towards his chin. The monster growled into the microphone, talking about how he has done some despicable acts throughout their family's history. But one thing he does not regret is turning on the Undertaker. Kane declared that the McMahon family were his friends, and that the Undertaker would never be his friend after what happened all those years ago, where 'the Deadman' set fire to his family's funeral home! Kane told the Undertaker to show himself, and the fans erupted when Kid Rock's "American Badass" hit!
Kane was left in waiting for several moments, when the Undertaker finally appeared atop the rampway. 'The American Badass' had rode out on the motorcycle, but he climbed off of it upon locking eyes with 'the Big Red Machine'. Both men remained silent from this point on, as the Undertaker paused, before stomping down the rampway towards the ring! 'The Deadman' climbed into the ring where he was struck with a right hand from Kane - Kane getting a head start on his half-brother before the Undertaker came back swinging! The trenchcoat, bandana-wearing badass from Death Valley fired back at Kane, with Kane fighting back! Hands were flying everywhere, with neither man letting up - Evansville losing their minds over these two brothers fighting once again: after everything they had been through! Vince McMahon came running out to the rampway, where he called out the locker room - swarms of WWF Superstars out to try and break up these two seven-foot titans! Undertaker and Kane's attention was swayed to the likes of the Godfather, Hardcore Holly, the Acolytes and Steve Blackman, as well as T&A, Kaientai and the Headbangers; of whom were fought off by the brothers of destruction! The Chairman was panicking even further when Kane and Undertaker got back to one another, choking one another with neither man letting up! But just in the nick of time, Kurt Angle hit the ring; a steel chair to the spine of the Undertaker! Kane dropped the Undertaker with a colossal Chokeslam to follow up, whilst Kurt quickly fled out to the floor.
Next thing you knew, WWF Superstars continued to pursue Kane, looking to restrain 'the Big Red Machine' from continuing his assault of his half-brother, the Undertaker. That is until the Rock made his way out to the ring! The WWF Champion had a huge score to settle with the monster after Judgment Day, and 'the People's Champ' hit the ring, going at it with Kane! Rock sent Kane up against the ropes, dishing out some lefts and rights before Kane grabbed the WWF Champion by the throat - choking him against the ropes! The Undertaker recovered from the Chokeslam moments earlier, and picked up the steel chair that Kurt Angle used on him - 'the Deadman' looking to swing for the spine of Kane who ducked - and the Undertaker clocked the Rock in the head with the steel chair! Rock went down, and Kane rolled over the top rope to safety on the floor! The Undertaker was left glaring at Kane, whilst the Rock laid down and out in front of him. Was it unintentional, or was 'the American Badass' also out for the WWF Championship? And while this was going on, Vince McMahon's look of panic had turned to an evil grin - was this a part of the Chairman's plan? So many questions, sure to be answered this Monday night on RAW is WAR!
Jakked - May 27, 2000 Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana Broadcast on syndication Taped on May 22, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Kevin Kellyare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) Gangrel def. Joey Abs (3:14) 'The Vampire Warrior' sported a new look when he showed up for competition last week on Jakked, but tonight he was going up against one-third of the failing Mean Street Posse faction. Joey Abs was not on good terms with both Rodney and Pete Gas - with the Posse having feuded with one another for their lack of success to show from the last several months. Abs was weirded out by the antics of Gangrel early on, who frightened Abs to the point that he escaped out to the floor. Gangrel caught up to him and clotheslined him on the floor, before stomping away at the sweatervest-wearing Abs. Joey made a comeback with a back elbow off the second rope, but Gangrel reversed into a belly-to-belly suplex, followed up with the Impaler, giving Gangrel the win.
Joey Abs was not a success on his own, at least against this new-and-improved Gangrel. 'The Vampire Warrior' celebrated by taking a gulp of his chalice, before spraying the red liquid out into the air to a decent reaction.
2) Davey Boy Smith def. Funaki (w/Taka Michinoku) (2:55) The British Bulldog had been a WWF Hardcore Champion already, having only returned to the World Wrestling Federation several weeks ago. But since losing the title to Crash Holly, Davey Boy Smith was all about showing everybody that he still had what it takes, facing off with Funaki of Kaientai tonight. Taka Michinoku proved to be the distraction that allowed Funaki to take control from the bell, but after a dropkick went blocked by Davey, he responded with one of his own! Smith powered Funaki around the ring, when Taka tried to climb up to the top rope, just to get military press slammed on top of his own partner! Davey made short work of Funaki with a long stalling suplex, before finishing Funaki off with the Running Powerslam.
3) Steve Blackman def. Stevie Richards (3:50) When you think of promising WWF Superstars, Stevie Richards would not be a likely name to put in the hat. Richards has spent the vast majority of his World Wrestling Federation tenure thus far, seemingly trying to get by through copying other, more popular stars: to little success. Last Monday night on RAW, Stevie tried to pick the brain of Chris Benoit - but 'the Rabid Wolverine' was in no mood to mentor or even motivate Stevie, and Richards wound up in a Crippler Crossface. Steve Blackman was not about to take any of Stevie's overly energetic gimmickry either, as 'the Lethal Weapon' pounded on Richards with lefts and rights; a karate kick almost giving him the win. Richards fought back with a bulldog and a suplex, but Stevie was in awe of his own success thus far in the match, when Blackman came back with a brutal Martial-Arts Kick, which gave Blackman the win.
4) The Headbangers def. The Mean Street Posse (4:25) Mosh and Thrasher were looking to re-enter themselves in the tag team hunt, for the titles that they once held three years ago. But in order to do so, they had to rack up some wins - including against Rodney and Pete Gas of the Mean Street Posse tonight on Jakked. Gas and Rodney were still acting as a team, despite Joey Abs' unsuccessful bout with Gangrel earlier tonight. Yet they still had their problems, with Gas and Rodney arguing over who would pin Mosh after a double spinebuster. Thrasher got the tag and gave both men a missile dropkick from the second; and before you knew it the Headbangers were rolling, with Mosh scoring the pin off of the Stage Dive on Gas.
The Headbangers celebrated their win in their own, unorthodox way, whilst Rodney began berating Pete Gas for losing Mean Street Posse the match! Gas got back up to his feet, with both men getting in one another's face until Rodney tackled Gas to the mat! Both men rolled around with one another, as the Posse's dissension continued, with all three men taking a loss tonight on Jakked. Where would it end for the Posse?
HeAT - May 28, 2000 Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, Indiana Broadcast on the USA Network Taped on May 23, 2000
The opening video package aired, bringing us to Evansville, Indiana for Sunday Night HeAT! Michael Hayes and Jonathan Coachman welcomed us to the show, with two King of the Ring Qualifying matches taking place here tonight when Albert takes on Hardcore Holly, and D-Lo Brown faces Scotty 2 Hotty.
1) D-Lo Brown def. Scotty 2 Hotty in a King of the Ring Qualifying match (4:38) 'The Bizniz' had laid low this past week on RAW and SmackDown!, while looming in the dark whenever his rival Tazz was involved in a match, be it with Perry Saturn or Chris Benoit. D-Lo Brown was getting under the skin of 'the Human Suplex Machine', and this past week on SmackDown! even watched Tazz, locked in the Crippler Crossface. Tonight however, he was up against Scotty 2 Hotty - the man that had just pinned one-half of the WWF Tag Team Champions Edge this past week on RAW. Scotty had a lot of momentum riding with him, and he wanted nothing more than to qualify into the second round of the 2000 King of the Ring tournament. Brown cowered away from Scotty's hot streak to start off the match, but size soon allowed D-Lo to power Scotty up for a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Brown mocked Scotty and even dared to wear the hip-hop fanatic's hat whilst wobbling his head. But perhaps this fired Scotty up, and soon enough the facebuster connected, with Scotty looking for the Worm! But Christian showed up on the apron, allowing Edge to come in and strike with a spear; D-Lo covering Scotty and stealing the match!
D-Lo Brown had advanced into the second round of the King of the Ring qualifying round with this win, whilst the WWF Tag Team Champions had once again taken out Too Cool following Scotty 2 Hotty's big win over Edge last week on RAW is WAR! Edge and Christian grinned whilst leaving, whereas D-Lo celebrated his win with a victory dance, mocking Scotty further.
Trish Stratus was backstage with Albert and Test - Trish telling T&A that this was their big chance to break out as performers, and show them why T&A ran the world. She was talking to Albert prominently, although she noted that both men were in line for the 2000 King of the Ring tournament. She told the boys that she wanted to see them dominate the competition, and on June 25 in Boston, Massachusetts - Albert's hometown - she was sure of it that the people wanted nothing more than to witness a T&A finals in the King of the Ring! Trish even told them that she'd even strip naked if that were to happen! This clearly fired up Albert, who told Test it was time to show Hardcore Holly what T&A were made of.
Elsewhere Crash Holly had inexplicably gotten himself into a fight with Davey Boy Smith, the WWF Hardcore Champion managing to cheap shot away from the British Bulldog - trying to run away up a set of stairs! But Davey grabbed him by the foot and continued to clobber 'Elroy Jetson': Davey having some luck as he dragged Crash back down the stairs with him. What he didn't realize was that Crash was dragging a wet floor sign with him, and when Davey raised Crash's head up, he nailed him with the sign! Davey was stunned, whilst Crash was able to jet away!
Michael Cole welcomed us back to Sunday Night HeAT, where he was conducting a sit-down interview with the newest arrival to the World Wrestling Federation, Lance Storm. Lance coldly thanked Michael for the introduction, before telling Cole and the viewers at home that he hoped this interview would help explain a lot about why he was here, and who he was. Michael began, asking Lance about his history with Chris Jericho. He chuckled, telling him that they broke into the business together. Day after day, the two would train at the Hart Brothers Wrestling Camp in Calgary, competing against each other to become the best. But if Michael had a brother, he'd know how sick of being around someone can get. Lance told Cole that they went their own ways. Jericho traveled to Japan, Mexico and the United States. Lance traveled the world, too - but at least he didn't lose touch with his roots: he did not turn his back on Canada.
Cutting to earlier today, Shane McMahon had conducted a meeting with the Mean Street Posse in the locker room. Shane O'Mac told his old friends from Greenwich that he'd been seeing a lot of the fighting that had been going on in the Posse as of late, and it was something he hated to see. Shane said that he didn't have time to watch his friends tear each other apart from within and advised they be a lot more like he, Shane McMahon: the man that had defeated the Big Show, the Undertaker and Chris Jericho - all in the same week! But not only that, he was in the second round of the King of the Ring tournament now: and he wanted the same for them! Shane gave the Posse a talk about how each of them could be something - but one thing remained: the Posse had to stick together! So tonight, he was giving them an outlet for all of their hatred for one another - a Triple Threat match. But after tonight, he didn't want to hear of any more fighting between the boys. Joey Abs, Rodney and Pete Gas complied reluctantly, when Shane added that the winner would qualify for the first round of the King of the Ring tournament. Shane left, causing the Posse to glare at one another.
2) Joey Abs def. Rodney & Pete Gas in a Triple Threat match to advance to the King of the Ring Qualifying Round (3:43) The Mean Street Posse had been falling apart from within, dating back months. The lack of success for the Greenwich boys in their tenure thus far was part of the reason, but the sole reason for an inner-jealousy of the other two. But with Shane McMahon's meeting providing a huge opportunity to the winner of this apparent "one night only dispute", it was questionable how far each member of the Posse were willing to go. And right away, Rodney, Joey Abs and Pete Gas all fought each other in a fairly contested Triple Threat match - mocked as being a King of the Ring "Zero Round" match on commentary - with Rodney rolling Gas up for a near fall, before Rodney found himself in a backslide courtesy of Joey Abs. Gas responded with the Gas Mask on Abs, which caused Rodney and Gas to fight over who pinned Joey. Pete Gas found himself the recipient of the High Society, when Abs rolled Rodney up to take the win!
Joey Abs sped out of the ring to have his hand raised in victory, leaving both Pete Gas and Rodney left furious by the loss. Joey Abs had qualified for the first round of the King of the Ring tournament, having defeated his buddies in the Mean Street Posse tonight on HeAT. But the question was now whether the Posse could get back on the same page, or fall apart disastrously. The question was answered quickly, as Rodney and Gas proceeded to blame one another for the loss - a fight breaking out with both men rolling around the ring; only ending when Rodney fled out to the floor. But as they say in Greenwich - boys will be boys.
We returned to Michael Cole talking to Lance Storm in the second part of their sit-down interview. Cole asked Lance about where he had been following the split from Chris Jericho, and what had brought him to the World Wrestling Federation. Lance told Michael that when his wings grew and he flew free of the neurotic Chris Jericho, he worked his ass off. He was learning how to become the best professional wrestler he could possibly be. He got to compete with some of the best that Japan had to offer - which is something he knew drove Chris crazy - because he actually studied these wrestlers, while Y2J would rather drink sake and party all night. And while Chris Jericho made his debut in the World Wrestling Federation, he was starving himself for $100 a pop, at some of the seediest and most disgusting bingo halls this country had ever seen! Lance complained about America, commenting that everybody he had met was pompous and full of themselves, their off-beat shenanigans made him sick to his stomach! But he saw Y2J interrupt the Rock last August, and it drove him crazy. So now he was here to show the world what a true athlete looked like, because with Lance Storm, there was no messing around.
3) Hardcore Holly def. Albert (w/Test and Trish Stratus) in a King of the Ring Qualifying match (3:56)
The King of the Ring tournament was rounding up nicely, with Chris Benoit, Rikishi, Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy and D-Lo Brown already having qualified into the second round. But tonight on HeAT, two tough men were about to go at it with Albert battling Hardcore Holly. In an insert promo as he made his way to the ring, Hardcore talked about wanting to expand from the WWF Hardcore Championship division - he doesn't care about that title anymore, to him it's a hand-me-down he is giving to cousin Crash - Hardcore was growing out of it, and what was really on his mind was becoming the 2000 King of the Ring winner. Holly did not fare well early, as interference from Test allowed Albert to take control; but Hardcore came back with a dropkick to an interfering Test. Trish Stratus climbed to the apron to distract Hardcore, when Albert attempting to charge Holly, just to almost knock his own manager off the apron! Holly used it to his advantage, rolling Albert up with his belt for leverage - the match won!
Hardcore Holly had his hand raised in victory, whilst Trish Stratus complained that her hopes of a T&A finals was now thwarted by Albert's loss! Test jumped Hardcore from behind, though Hardcore attempting to hang in there against the six-foot-six blonde Canadian. Albert joined the fray, and immediately T&A started pounding away at Hardcore! Trish watched her boys continue the attack, with Albert splashing Holly in the corner; and Test left Holly laying with a pumphandle slam! T&A stood tall, despite Albert's elimination from the King of the Ring tournament.
In a Sunday Night HeAT exclusive from SmackDown! this past Thursday, following the loss suffered on SmackDown! to Kurt Angle, Lita was backstage continuing to try and apologize to her boyfriend Essa Rios. Lita pleaded for Essa's forgiveness, even getting down on her knees, hugging the legs of the luchador. Essa continued to berate his own girlfriend, angrily scowling and cursing in Spanish. But finally Essa picked her up to her feet - grabbing her hand angrily and storming off with Lita left confused and afraid.
4) The Dudley Boyz def. Perry Saturn and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko by disqualification (5:01) The Dudley Boyz may have had a bad start to their week, as they fell to Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco of all people this past week on RAW, in their own specialty of a match - the Tables match. But it was all because of Road Dogg and X-Pac, who got revenge for Bubba Ray putting their valet Tori through a table the previous night at Judgment Day. This past Thursday on SmackDown!, the Dudleys were able to get revenge in attacking Road Dogg backstage, before putting X-Pac through a table after his match with Jeff Hardy. Tonight however, they were up against the ever-aggressive Perry Saturn, and his on-again, off-again buddy Dean Malenko. The two remaining members of the Radicalz were spotted hanging out at a bar this past Thursday night, where Dean continued to show that he could be a 'Ladies Man'. As for Saturn, he was still as aggressive as ever - demonstrated when he assaulted a bartender! Saturn and Malenko were able to neutralize D-Von early, with the two technicians bringing Saturn back into a motivated and clear-headed state. But when Malenko and Saturn double-teamed D-Von, he came off the ropes with a double clothesline, and Bubba got the tag! Before you knew it, all four men were going at it when Malenko was tossed to the floor, and Saturn was the recipient of a 3D!
The Dudley Boyz were victorious tonight on HeAT, defeating the Radicalz as it was noted that tomorrow night on RAW is WAR, D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley would be teaming up against X-Pac, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco in a three-on-two handicap match! Meanwhile Dean Malenko attended to Perry Saturn, who did not seem to want to be anywhere near the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.
Returning to the sit-down interview, Michael Cole asked Lance Storm about how he feels about the perception going around among WWF Superstars and fans alike - that Storm was a man that could not get over the past. Cole asked Lance if all of this hatred was because of jealousy, to which Lance told Michael in disgust that this was not to do with jealousy! Storm told Michael that he'd been busting his ass for nine long years, and it took him nine long years to arrive in the World Wrestling Federation! Lance told Michael that he wanted to put Canada on the map - and not because of other fellow Canadians like Chris Benoit, or Test, or Edge and Christian. Lance was here to win gold, and make people see him when they thought of Canada as the number one wrestling country on the globe. Suddenly, Chris Jericho arrived on the set, the WWF Intercontinental Champion telling Lance that if he felt so strongly about him, and he wanted gold - how about he shut his mouth up and face him, tomorrow night on RAW! Lance stood up to back away from Y2J - Storm and Jericho then getting into a fistfight! Jericho knocked Lance on his ass, and Storm cowered off-set, leaving Y2J on his own, restrained by a distraught Michael Cole!