RAW is WAR - July 31, 2000 Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia Live on the USA Network
A still screen aired to kick off RAW is WAR, with a narration from Jim Ross announcing the death of legendary play-by-play analyst Gordon Solie, who lost his fight to cancer this past Friday. Solie lived a long life, born in 1929. J.R. paid his respects and sent his love out to all of Solie's family, on behalf of the World Wrestling Federation. A video package followed, entailing what went down last Thursday night on SmackDown!: a dark day for the McMahon-Helmsley Faction and their closest known allies. With no Shane McMahon present, Commissioner Mick Foley flexed his authority by making Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley put the WWF Women's Championship at stake against Lita. The news infuriated Triple H, causing him to smash up Foley's office and order his banishment from the building. In 'the Game's absence, Stephanie lost the title to Lita but found herself consoled by another former champion, her good friend Kurt Angle. In the main event, the Rock and the Hardy Boyz were victorious over Angle, Edge and Christian - but a vicious attack from the former WWF Champion left Rock screaming in pain courtesy of the Ankle Lock. Angle was caught up in the moment and kissed a married woman: the wife of Triple H, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley!
In the parking lot Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were already screaming at each other, and the show had not even got started yet! 'The Cerebral Assassin' was shouting at his wife about kissing Kurt Angle, and talking about how 'the Olympic Hero' was dead meat when he gets a hold of him. The former WWF Women's Champion furiously responded that he wouldn't, that she would speak to Kurt herself! Triple H turned to Stephanie as they walked the halls, with 'the Game' asking whether she'd speak to him or kiss him like she did last Thursday! Triple H closed the door in her face, causing Stephanie to throw a tantrum! Angle was in trouble.
The opening video package aired, taking us to the massive Georgia Dome in Atlanta - the home of RAW is WAR tonight! Pyrotechnics came blasting down from the rafters, with the sea of fans screaming for the flagship show to get underway. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to Monday Night RAW, with 25,139 fans in attendance on a night where the Undertaker and Kane will go to war with T&A, when Kane meets Albert; and the Undertaker faces Test! In WWF New York, the fans were similarly rabid, prepared for a night of action.
Commissioner Mick Foley was getting things started, with the Atlanta, Georgia fans loud for 'the Hardcore Legend'. Mick couldn't be happier to be in Atlanta, with 'the Commish' climbing into the ring and even climbing to the second rope to raise his fist to the loving crowd. Mick talked up how great it was to be in the Georgia Dome tonight, because he had a big night in store for the people. You had four bad dudes going at it when Kane takes on Albert, and Undertaker faces Test; but there was a gigantic elephant in the room, and that elephant in the room was where things stood with 'the Game' Triple H, and his entire family after last Thursday night! Mick talked about how the McMahon-Helmsley Faction tried to pull the wool over ol' Mick's eyes at Fully Loaded, but it didn't exactly go according to plan. They lost the WWF Championship when Kurt Angle lost to the Rock; they lost the WWF Women's Championship when Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley lost to Lita; they lost Shane McMahon last Thursday night when all hell broke loose: and 'the Game' damn near lost his wife to an aroused young Olympic stud in Kurt Angle! But above all of this, he told 'the Game' last Thursday that he wanted to address him tonight: so he was letting the water go under the bridge with 'the Game', to ignore what happened last Thursday and let bygones be bygones. He welcomed Triple H out to the ring.
After moments of waiting, Triple H came stomping down to the ring in response to the Commissioner's request. After an unbelievably tense altercation between the two rivals on Smackdown!, 'the Game' was sent home and scheduled to receive the consequences of his decisions tonight on RAW, but it appeared as though Foley had realized Triple H had enough on his plate. Triple H immediately barked at Foley that as far as SmackDown! goes, it was a night he doesn't care to remember, but he's not sorry he messed up his little cr*phole of an office! Mick candidly assured Triple H it was the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio's problem now, but 'the Cerebral Assassin' was in no mood. He told Mick that the way it is going to stand is this: he will never not despise Mick Foley, much like Mick will never forgive him for ending his career in Hell in a Cell. And if Mick is willing to let water under the bridge at the expense of what happened, then he wants to demand as nicely as he possibly can: a match tonight with that Olympic "son of a b*tch", Kurt Angle! The fans roared, and Mick acknowledged it with a head nod and a smile. Mick told Triple H that he admired what he was willing to do, and by all accounts he should get his match tonight against Kurt Angle. After all, it was 'the Game' that made the mistake in the first place: allowing his little hussy of a wife Stephanie to accompany Kurt at Fully Loaded, and allowing his wife to stay last Thursday when the two clashed tongues!
Triple H got right in Mick Foley's face there and then, reminiscent of on SmackDown!, but as 'the Game' threatened the Commissioner in the corner, and Mick was screaming back threatening to send 'the Cerebral Assassin' home again, out walked Shane McMahon! More boos filled the building, as Shane O'Mac quickly zipped to the ring to pull his brother-in-law away from Triple H. Shane spoke up, asking what the hell happened for this to take place with him not present for one episode of SmackDown! Shane talked about how this is a huge problem, because now he's got three people that he considers family all pointing fingers at each other, and all the while he's gotta deal with a Commissioner in sweat pants giving out orders! Shane told Triple H that he needs to relax, he can't solve every little thing that goes on. Screaming at his little sister isn't going to solve anything. Violence is not the answer, and to be quite honest: they needed to band together against the man that gets aroused at the sight of another's personal and physical turmoil! Shane was pointing the finger at Mick, to which Foley assured Shane that it wasn't like that. When Mick decided he was going to call them out to the ring, he initially planned to dole out more of 'Uncle Mick's Punishments', but then he figured out that there was enough things going wrong in the McMahon-Helmsley family! Triple H was held back by Shane, as Mick told 'the Game' that he could have it his way tonight, it would be Triple H and Kurt Angle in this ring. Going up against the Hardy Boyz, in tag team competition! The fans roared, when Mick promised 'the Game' that if he played nicely, good things would happen to him. Foley wished everybody a nice day and left, with Triple H out to cave Mick's face in! How would Triple H and Kurt Angle co-exist?
Meanwhile Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was seen once again, this time walking down the corridor before coming across the locker room of the Olympic Gold Medalist. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' was hesitant before knocking, a look of concern on her face. After her good friend Kurt Angle kissed her on SmackDown!, she had every right to be. Despite Triple H out for Angle's blood, she knocked and entered the Olympian's dressing room, the door closing behind her.
Back live on RAW is WAR, Kurt Angle was seen on opposite couches to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The Olympic Gold Medalist was listening to 'the Billion Dollar Princess' telling Kurt that as flattered as she was by the kiss, they could not be anything more than really close friends. It just couldn't happen, not with Triple H in the mix, and not with Commissioner Mick Foley breathing down all of their necks. Kurt nodded in agreement, telling Stephanie that he understood completely. He crossed the line last Thursday night. It just hurt so bad to lose the WWF Championship, in twenty-four freaking hours no less. And for her, it must have sucked for Steph to lose the WWF Women's Championship. Kurt confessed he just needed some encouragement, and she'd always been there. Stephanie assured Kurt that she'd continue to be there. But tonight, he must team with her irate husband against the Hardy Boyz, and it would mean a lot if they could let water under the bridge and get on the same page. Shane McMahon was right - they all need to band together! Angle smiled and asked for a hug, which she kindly granted.
1) Albert (w/Trish Stratus) def. Kane (3:25) With the Undertaker taken out last week on RAW is WAR after a three-on-two assault with the steel steps, 'the Big Red Machine' had touted last night on HeAT that his half-brother would be here tonight, set for singles action later tonight against Test. But here, it was time for two brutes to go at it. Albert and Kane went blow for blow to kick things off, with Trish Stratus nervously watching on hoping for Albert to come out on top. Kane got the better of 'Baldo' early, with a surprising dropkick shocking everybody! Kane followed up with a feat of athleticism in a flying clothesline off the top, before Kane got prepared for the Chokeslam, but Test came running down to ringside. Test climbed into the ring as Trish climbed on the apron to distract the referee, when the Undertaker came charging down to the ring, a big boot for Test followed by a clothesline taking him out of the ring! 'The Deadman' fought with Test at ringside, while back inside Kane delivered a Chokeslam to Albert - when Val Venis came from through the crowd, with a Money Shot right across the spine of Kane! Val rolled out as Albert covered, stealing the three count!
Albert had scored a pinfall win over Kane to kick things off in the first of two matches tonight, but it was all with help from Val Venis. Albert got out of there once the Undertaker climbed inside to his half-brother's aid, but Trish Stratus, Test and Val rejoiced with Albert's dazed expressions. With 'the American Badass' set to face Test later tonight, the Brothers of Destruction had to watch out for the other three members of Trish's group!
Edge and Christian were sat on moving crates in the backstage area, as the WWF Tag Team Champions discussed how bad Atlanta smells. Edge shared Christian's sentiments, but compared the smell of horse manure that manifests Georgia to the abilities of the Atlanta Falcons. And don't even get him started on how poorly the Atlanta Thrashers did in their first hockey season! Christian joked about how Curt Fraser totally sucked as a coach. Up rode Commissioner Mick Foley driving a golf caddy, as Mick asked the boys how they liked those long walks around the Georgia Dome. This place was huge! The Canadians were displeased to see Mick, who told the brothers that he's glad he spotted them because he had a huge opportunity for them tonight: a shot at the Rock! Mick got the brothers' hopes up, just to reveal that it wouldn't be a handicap match for the WWF Championship - it would be Edge and Christian's titles on the line when they defend the gold against Rock and a partner of his choosing! Foley rode away gleefully, causing Edge and Christian to call after him asking who Rock's partner was going to be!
We returned to the sight of the McMahon-Helmsley Faction's dressing room, where Shane McMahon was discussing Kurt Angle with his sister, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Shane O'Mac told Stephanie he knew Kurt had good intentions, but they could not afford this with Mick Foley around. She agreed and told her brother what the Olympic Gold Medalist had said, when the door slammed and in walked Triple H. 'The Game' demanded he talk to Shane, causing Stephanie to hesitate. Triple H demanded she leave, causing Stephanie to answer back to her angry husband! Shane stood in front of her to defend his sister, giving 'the Game' a stern look. Triple H relented, asking her politely to leave so that they could talk in private. She complied, and with the door closed, Triple H asked Shane how the hell he was supposed to team with that clown tonight against the Hardy Boyz. Shane told Hunter that he needed to talk to Kurt for himself. And if he needed to be there, then he will: but there couldn't be any violence. 'The Game' palmed his face, taking a seat on the couch.
2) Tazz def. Hardcore Holly (3:03) 'The Human Suplex Machine' snapped last week on RAW is WAR after another loss to Chris Benoit in a tag team bout, taking his frustration out on partner Eddie Guerrero. Last Thursday on SmackDown! he was decisively victorious against Eddie Guerrero, and it now appeared that the real man known as Tazz was beginning to show his face to the people - and it was clear he didn't give a damn whether the fans liked him or not. Tonight, Tazz had his work cut out for him as he had to go up against another tough dude in the form of 'the Big Shot'. Hardcore Holly was not about to fall for Tazz's facade while he hid beneath the towel, and a fist fight got the match under way. Holly looked impressive early, with a suplex scoring a near fall. Holly caught Tazz with a missile dropkick, before suddenly getting plowed with a T-bone suplex! Tazz grounded and pounded on Holly with Hardcore getting his elbows up, but when Tazz went in full steam ahead in the corner Holly sidestepped him and dropkicked Tazz. He looked for the Falcon Arrow when Tazz landed on his feet, rapidly applying the Tazzmission! Holly went down fast, passing out in the deadly hold!
Tazz's koala-like grip on the Tazzmission continued after the bell had sounded, with the referee having to drag 'the Human Suplex Machine' away from Hardcore Holly's fallen carcass. Tazz glared the referee out of the ring, with Tazz abruptly putting the boots to 'the Big Shot' despite having already won this match! Tazz raised his fists in dominance, much to the chagrin of the huge Atlanta crowd on hand.
T&A were seen walking the halls with Val Venis and Trish Stratus, as Trish discussed how great Albert looked out there, defeating Kane. Now it was all up to Test to get the job done against the Undertaker, and with 'the American Badass' having a cracked rib? It was going to be smooth sailings for T&A. The group walked into Commissioner Mick Foley's makeshift office for the night - a janitor's closet, where Foley swiveled his office chair around: telling them he'd been expecting them! Foley was surrounded by cardboard boxes and other utilities, while bottles of cleaning spray sat on the right and left of him. He told the group he was really impressed by how much they were coming into their own! Especially Val Venis, he had really reached for the stars since his days gouging at ol' Mankind's crotch with Mr. Rocko. Trish sighed, reaching over his desk and asking Mick what they called him in for, and Mick responded to tell Trish that her cleavage definitely needed cleaning - but he wasn't the guy to do it! Disgusted, Mick ordered a singles match for 'the Valbowski' tonight as well: one-on-one with Rikishi! Val, Test and Albert bawked, as Mick wished Val the best of luck in his future endeavors! Mick sang about being on a roll - and he definitely was, a packed night in the Georgia Dome still to come!
WWF Champion The Rock was spotted arriving at the Georgia Dome, and the fans could be heard from inside the building, chanting 'the People's Champ's name. Michael Cole quickly reached out to the Rock, asking him who he had in mind to be his tag partner tonight, challenging Edge and Christian. Rock removed his shades and asked Michael Cole who in the blue hell he thought he was. The Rock was just arriving, he hadn't been here. He didn't know what unwanted opportunity Mick Foley had in store for him. Nor did he care! But the Rock will tell Michael this, if the Rock were to have an ace up his sleeve, he sure as hell wouldn't be telling Michael Cole and his frosted tips who his tag team partner would be! Rock told Michael to get his monkey-ass out of his way, to ask 'the Great One' later! Rock had the fans loving each and every word, but who would Rock team with tonight?
In the building the crowd roared with boos, as the sirens and car alarms echoed throughout the Georgia Dome. Out walked Steven Richards, 'the Censor' standing loud and proud on the rampway. The people in Atlanta despised Richards, who adjusted his tie and began to address the masses. Steven told the World Wrestling Federation needed to be cleansed, which is why he was not alone in his efforts. Not even the Dudley Boyz, and their brute force and desire to put people through furniture could prevent Steven from leading the way. He was going to do what needed to be done because each and every one of the people in this stadium needed to know that they had been brainwashed! The WWF had brainwashed them into buying tickets, and to their credit they drew 25,000 people here tonight. But to witness blood-and-guts violence? To see the women bare their breasts to those hillbillies out there? Steven called each and every one of them sick. But he found someone that had seen the light, and with that: he welcomed out a new friend of his, in the Goodfather! The former 'Pimp Daddy' came out dressed exactly like Steven Richards, wearing a shirt, tie and glasses. The black-and-white getup had replaced Godfather's crazy colors and sunglasses, all while Ice-T played throughout the building!
The crowd booed the Goodfather loudly, and he acknowledged it by asking the people if they were really that fickle. He doesn't bring the ladies out with him, and so they turn on him? It's typical. Goodfather told Atlanta that Steven Richards had just about saved his career. He was on the verge of a downward spiral, in a nothing happening organization like Fangin' and Bangin' Inc. He had co-founded a group with a dang vampire! And what good he turned out to be! Goodfather admitted that he was sick, and something needed to be done: which is why he decided to join Steven Richards' journey to fight the good fight, because each and every fan of the World Wrestling Federation were sick! Goodfather was about to continue talking, when the Dudley Boyz suddenly showed up behind them - D-Von and Bubba Ray attacking the two suits! The Dudleys fought Goodfather and Richards down the rampway and into the ring, where Goodfather found himself receiving a reverse 3D from the Dudleyville residents! They were out for revenge for everything last week brought, as the Dudleys lined up Steven for a 3D: just for Goodfather to drag Richards out to safety in the nick of time! Goodfather swore revenge for this, with D-Von and Bubba Ray challenging them to get back in and fight.
Backstage the APA were seen hanging out in their office, as Faarooq counted the dollar bills by laying them on the table. Bradshaw joked about how much of a goofball Al Snow was, finally paying them - with an added tip - to stay away from him! Faarooq told Bradshaw that Snow wouldn't have gotten into this mess had he paid up when he had the chance. The APA had a knock on the door, and when summoned in, it was none other than D-Generation X. No love lost, the APA got up and were ready to throw hands, but Road Dogg explained that they wanted to talk business. Bradshaw asked how they knew they were serious, after everything they'd been through over the past couple of months. X-Pac asked if the APA were willing to trust them, slamming a briefcase down on the table and opening it to reveal stacks of cash inside! Faarooq's cigar dropped from his mouth, in shock at how much DX were willing to spend for their protection, but why?
Back live on RAW is WAR, Kurt Angle was seen doing squats in his dressing room when there was a knock on the door. The Olympic Gold Medalist asked them to come in, and it was Shane McMahon. The former WWF Champion was pleased to see Shane O'Mac, asking him how his week was. Shane wanted to talk to Kurt about that, asking him if he knew how much hot water he was in right now. Angle of course knew, but that didn't bother him at all. As far as he was concerned, he just wanted the WWF Championship back around his waist and he was going to play ball, do whatever it took, and get revenge on the Rock for last week. McMahon asked Angle if he was ready for Triple H to be his tag partner, and Kurt told Shane that his Three Is were not just for quoting: it was for real! Shane hesitantly asked Kurt if he would be willing to talk to Triple H before their match because they could not afford a loss to the Hardy Boyz. Kurt scoffed, telling Shane O'Mac he expected to talk to him. They were partners tonight! Shane was confused by this, telling Kurt that he would be there in case anything were to happen in their confrontation. Shane left, but Angle asked aloud what he meant by a confrontation.
Back in the Georgia Dome the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit was making his way to the ring to boos from the huge house. 'The Rabid Wolverine' stood in the ring and said that it was no mistake, he really was unbeatable. He had been the WWF Intercontinental Champion for nearly two months, and he'd beaten each and every single opponent put in front of him. But Benoit wasn't here to be prideful as the champ, he was here to prove that he was the best technical wrestler in the world today. Which is why tonight he was hosting an open challenge to any man that thought they could take him on! And to add to it, he was willing to put the gold on the line! The fans cheered, and when Benoit called for anybody to prove him wrong, out came Chyna with Eddie Guerrero! 'Latino Heat' was not dressed for competition, and 'Mamacita' had a microphone in hand. Chyna told Chris that she heard him loud and clear about challenging any man in a back. But is that where he closes his open challenge? 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' told Benoit that he may be the same man that separated her boyfriend's shoulder back at King of the Ring, but that didn't scare her. Chyna told Benoit that he - like any other wolverine in the world needed - his balls cutting off! Eddie was surprised by his girlfriend's comments, with Chyna answering the call made by Benoit!
3) Chris Benoit (c) def. Chyna (w/Eddie Guerrero) to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship (3:15) Coming after his series with Tazz, Chris Benoit was looking for fresh meat to defend the WWF Intercontinental Championship against, and it was somewhat a surprise that 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' came out here to answer the challenge. Eddie Guerrero watched from ringside, perhaps concerned for his girlfriend after what Benoit did to him back at King of the Ring. But Chyna fared well early, managing to use her raw power to get out of Benoit's chain-wrestling early on. Benoit clubbed on 'Mamacita', with a backbreaker dropping her for a near fall. Eddie rallied Atlanta behind his girlfriend, and when Benoit hit the ropes Chyna cut him off with a low blow as Guerrero had the referee's attention! Chyna did say she wanted to clip the balls off of 'the Rabid Wolverine', and a military press slam followed! Chyna delivered the Powerbomb to the WWF Intercontinental Champion, covering and looking to take the title for a third time - just for Benoit to get a foot on the rope! Chyna wanted to go for a second one, when down to the ring ran Lance Storm, jumping Eddie from behind with a shot from the WWF European Championship! Chyna was distracted momentarily, when Benoit took her down in the Crippler Crossface, forcing her to tap out!
Chris Benoit relinquished the hold to loud boos from the Georgia crowd, retaining the WWF Intercontinental Championship in what was a close call against a very motivated Chyna. 'The Rabid Wolverine' had his hand raised by the referee, when he spotted Lance Storm across the ring. The WWF European Champion had wanted nothing more than to make a friend out of another Canadian Superstar, and despite Benoit's reluctance last week when they teamed up, this time Benoit reached out and shook the hand of 'the Pride of Calgary!' The crowd booed as Storm raised Benoit's hand in victory, while Eddie Guerrero and Chyna watched from the ringside floor, with 'Latino Heat' consumed with rage.
Backstage the Undertaker came out of the locker room of the Georgia Dome, with Kane stepping out behind him. The Brothers of Destruction had been bested earlier tonight when 'the Big Red Machine' faced Albert, but 'the American Badass' - cracked rib and all - was about to go at it with Test, coming up next!
4) The Undertaker (w/Kane) vs Test (w/Albert and Trish Stratus) ended in a no contest (4:00) T&A set out to make a name for themselves back at Fully Loaded, and succeeded when they cost the Undertaker and Kane the WWF Tag Team Championship against Edge and Christian. But the real damage was done seven days ago on RAW, when T&A, along with Val Venis, cracked 'the Deadman's rib after a Baldo Bomb from Albert atop the steel steps. Earlier tonight T&A got the better of 'the Big Red Machine' with Albert defeating Kane, but now was the Undertaker's turn for retribution against the six-foot-six Canadian, Test. Kane had come out with Undertaker to even the odds, and with Val Venis set for action later tonight against Rikishi, it was an even playing field. Test targeted the ribs of 'the American Badass', but Undertaker fired back with a series of body blows. Undertaker attempted to go for Old School, but when atop the top rope, Test forced him into a powerslam that scored him a near fall. Test grounded Undertaker and restrained him in a sleeper hold, when Undertaker made a comeback with a swinging DDT off the ropes. Like Kane earlier tonight, Undertaker motioned for a Chokeslam, but Trish Stratus climbed into the ring! Trish slowly approached Undertaker, and rubbed up against him: stroking the bandaged ribs of 'the American Badass'. Undertaker smirked at the beautiful blonde's seductive ways, when Undertaker grabbed Trish by the hair - just to get blasted by Albert, who was attacked by Kane!
The referee had lost control of this match, as now T&A and the Brothers of Destruction were going at it! Much like earlier tonight, Test and Albert had wound up in an even battle this time with Kane and the Undertaker. The referee tried to regain order, trying to prevent Test from planting Kane with elbows in the corner - just for Test to knock him down! Albert blasted Kane in the corner with a splash, but Undertaker came back with a Chokeslam for Albert! Kane tried the same on Test just to get kicked away, and Test charged 'the Big Red Machine' with a big boot! Undertaker and Test went at it again, as three more referees came out to try and stop these four titans from tearing up the Georgia Dome: all getting taken out! Undertaker leveled one official with a right, allowing T&A to escape the ring! Kane gave another official an uppercut, when Undertaker grabbed by the third referee and gave him a Tombstone Piledriver! Trish screamed at the Brothers of Destruction, who were surrounded by a sea of striped bodies: four officials left laying by the Undertaker and Kane - who still wanted T&A's heads on sticks!
Kurt Angle was seen in his locker room once again, this time nearly ready to go ahead of the tag team match with the Hardy Boyz. His door was heard slamming shut, and in came Triple H flanked by Shane McMahon. 'The Game' immediately got right in the Olympic Gold Medalist's face, with Kurt Angle not backing down for a second! Shane O'Mac got between the two men, with Shane telling them they had to stick together, they were on the same side! Triple H ignored his brother-in-law's concerns, instead pointing the finger at Angle and telling him he knew he was a weasel. He knew there was something up with him - he just couldn't place it. Kurt told 'the Cerebral Assassin' he wasn't afraid of him, and asked if he had better things to worry about: like getting his butt whooped by Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam! Triple H retorted back at Kurt telling him that Hulk Hogan was the last thing on his mind. What mattered to him was his marriage, and he didn't appreciate Kurt kissing his wife last week. Angle told Hunter exactly what he thought: that he was a bully. And it wasn't just in that ring - it was in life, full stop. 'The Game' was near enough about to deck Angle, when Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walked in wondering what was going on! Frustrated, Triple H threatened Angle not to screw with him out there, before stomping out: telling Stephanie he didn't want her out there for this match! Angle and Shane looked on in disbelief, while 'the Billion Dollar Princess' remained confused and in the dark. Triple H and Kurt Angle must coexist against the Hardy Boyz, next!
We returned to footage from what went down during the commercial break, where the Brothers of Destruction were spotted returning to the backstage area after their wild brawl with T&A. What culminated in four officials being left laying by the Undertaker, Kane, Test and Albert, led to Commissioner Mick Foley being there to confront the half-brothers on their actions! Mick reprimanded the uncaring Undertaker and Kane, that he would not condone what they just did. Undertaker turned to stare 'the Hardcore Legend' down, asking him why he didn't make his referees tougher. Mick followed the Brothers of Destruction down the hall, telling them that this wasn't 1998 anymore. They had stockholders, and if they were to throw them around like WWF Superstars, it was not going to end well with them. Undertaker responded telling Mick to lighten up: just because he was the law now, didn't mean he was above the law. They left, leaving Mick to contemplate their confrontation.
5) Triple H and Kurt Angle def. The Hardy Boyz (w/WWF Women's Champion Lita) (5:22) A serious mismatch of styles was about to take place pitting the two brothers from Cameron, North Carolina - who have been wrestling as tag team partners their entire lives - the Hardy Boyz. And their opponents tonight may be two former WWF Champions, but there was so much controversy surrounding both Triple H and Kurt Angle, who even knew whether they could coexist following 'the Olympic Hero's kiss with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley last week. Triple H let Kurt Angle start the match, where he found himself attacked by both members of the Hardys. The Poetry in Motion connected for a near fall, with the former WWF Tag Team Champions delivered stereo-legdrops into the groin and across the chest of the Olympic Gold Medalist. 'The Game' seemed to take pleasure in watching Angle's pain, when he delivered a belly-to-belly suplex to Jeff - then tagged in 'the Game' by slapping him across the chest! Undeterred, Triple H stomped away at Jeff in the corner, before a spinebuster got a near fall. As 'the Cerebral Assassin' began to dissect the rainbow-haired Jeff Hardy, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley came defiantly walking down the rampway! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' had been told to stay in the back by her husband, but when Stephanie reached ringside, the new WWF Women's Champion Lita tackled Stephanie - the former champ - to prevent any interference! Triple H was distracted allowing Matt to connect with a Twist of Fate when Angle sent Matt out to the floor, before crotching Jeff over the top rope! Angle dragged his partner to the corner: the blind tag leading to Angle connecting with an Olympic Slam off of the second rope: pinning Matt for the win!
Kurt Angle celebrated his win like he did it all by himself! Triple H came to after the Twist of Fate, wondering what had just taken place, unknowing that the Olympic Gold Medalist had come to his rescue from being beaten by the Hardy Boyz! Triple H and Angle immediately began to argue, with 'the Game' pointing the finger at the Olympian. Tensions were about to fly, when Matt came back in sending Angle right into Triple H! The Hardy Boyz reunited, delivering a double dropkick that sent Triple H sailing into Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley on the apron: knocking her flying down to the floor! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' screamed in anger, while Triple H was left beside himself! Stephanie stomped angrily up the rampway with 'the Game' following suit, leaving the Hardy Boyz and Lita stood to celebrate: this love triangle growing complicated between Triple H, Kurt and Stephanie!
In the backstage locker room Edge and Christian began to gossip about the tensions between Kurt Angle and Triple H, when in walked Shane McMahon. The WWF Tag Team Champions turned their attention to Shane, asking him what he was going to do about this. He in turn told the Canadians that they had bigger things to worry about. Shane called the Commissioner's decision-making unfair to them, that they didn't need to fight the Rock and a partner to be determined. The Rock was already WWF Champion, why does he need another title? Christian considered the situation "bogus", and Edge claimed tonight was full of "suckitude". Shane emphasized with the brothers' qualms, telling them that he would be ringside tonight, and he was going to make damn sure real justice is served!
Following a replay of what went down with Triple H being knocked into Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, causing her to leave wanting nothing to do with her husband, cameras caught up to a tearful Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, leaving the Georgia Dome! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' was followed by her husband Triple H, who tried desperately to explain his actions. He wouldn't do anything to hurt her - he loved her! Stephanie told Hunter that she wished she could believe that: but she couldn't. McMahon-Helmsley got into a limousine that had been waiting for her, leaving Triple H to stomp up and down. Kurt Angle showed up to ask how she was, causing 'the Game' to get in his face. He told Kurt that he didn't know who he thought he was, but that stunt he pulled out there, punching him in the face. It was a cheap shot! Lucky for him, he had a marriage to save. 'The Game' left, presumably to chase after his departing wife, while the Olympic Gold Medalist screamed that he didn't even do anything!
6) D-Generation X (w/The APA) def. Too Cool (3:44) In a rematch from SmackDown! last week, X-Pac and Road Dogg felt outsmarted by Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay. But tonight was different from last Thursday's match, as for some strange reason D-Generation X had enlisted the protective services of the APA to accompany them to ringside tonight! They had paid a hefty amount for their protection, but as the match began it was clear that Too Cool were miles ahead of the two former WWF Tag Team Champions. Road Dogg found himself the recipient of a missile dropkick from Grandmaster Sexay, when X-Pac used illegal tactics to ground Sexay: damaging his ankle off of a chop block. Together, the skilled DX squad picked apart at Grandmaster - presumably to prevent his moonwalking skills - until a hurricanrana sent X-Pac right into Road Dogg! Scotty got the tag, but the straw-haired found himself knocked over the top rope by an errant roundhouse kick from X-Pac. Road Dogg had the official distracted, when the APA began hammering away at Scotty! Bradshaw and Faarooq were hired to take care of business, and promptly tossed Scotty back into the ring: allowing X-Pac to pick up the pieces with an X-Factor for the three count!
Even Bradshaw and Faarooq were confused why they were hired to attack Scotty 2 Hotty, but the APA had just enabled D-Generation X to pick up the three count tonight. X-Pac and Road Dogg celebrated in the ring with X-Pac mocking Scotty's Worm, but Road Dogg wanted the APA to join them in the ring. After some hesitance, the APA decided to join them inside where D-Generation X saluted the APA...before attacking them from behind! X-Pac put the boots to Bradshaw while Road Dogg fought off an impeding Faarooq - X-Pac making the save for Faarooq with a big high kick to the face! X-Pac strutted the ring and connected with a Bronco Buster to Faarooq, before Bradshaw reached out to stop the attack. DX left with smug looks on their face, but why did they hire the APA just to dispose of them like this?
Kurt Angle was seen walking the halls of the backstage area, heading for the office of Commissioner Mick Foley, who once again swiveled in his office chair and told the Olympic Gold Medalist that he had been expecting him. The King of the Ring was in no mood for Foley's jokes, telling him that he'd had a bad night as it was. Mick assured Kurt that things may seem bad right now. And maybe he's been a little big on showing favorites. Which is why he was giving Kurt something he could sink his teeth into. Angle informed Foley he had no time for any more of his olden time cliches and turned heel to leave, but Mick asked Angle if he'd like to earn his way back to the WWF Championship. This got Angle's attention, when Mick declared that this Thursday night on SmackDown! we would see a Triple Threat match to determine the number one contender to The Rock's WWF Championship! It would be Kurt Angle in one corner, Chris Jericho in another...and in the third? Triple H! Foley excitedly revealed a toothless grin, but Kurt palmed his face, deflated - now knowing he would have to get past 'the Game' if he wanted another shot at the Rock!
We returned to a shot of Times Square in New York City, where inside the complex at WWF New York, the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko and Terri were seen sat at a high table. There was looks of love in the eyes of 'the Ladies Man' and 'the She-Devil', with Terri licking whipped cream from her fingers! Terri fed Malenko strawberries - a strange business relationship turned blossoming romance, what was the story with Dean and Terri?
7) Val Venis (w/Trish Stratus) def. Rikishi (2:50) Talk about an up-and-down night for Trish Stratus and T&A. Earlier tonight we saw Test and Albert go up against the Undertaker and Kane in separate singles matches, but despite Albert being victorious in his match against 'the Big Red Machine' Kane, thanks in part to 'the Valbowski', Val Venis was put in his place by Commissioner Mick Foley: by having to take on the 400-pound Rikishi here and now! The 400-pound Samoan didn't have time for 'the Valbowski' early, with a superkick almost scoring him a near fall. Val tried to leave for a breather at ringside, but instead Rikishi would follow him out there, tossing Val into the steel steps. Trish Stratus tried to seduce Rikishi, just for Rikishi to grab her by the hair! He sent her into the ring where she hurried for the corner so that Rikishi could attempt a Stinkface, when Venis clotheslined Rikishi from behind! Val went up to the top for a Money Shot, but Rikishi rolled out of the way, before splashing Venis in the corner! Val flopped down to the corner, and the Stinkface appeared to be inbound for 'the Valbowski'. Trish had the referee distracted however, and out of nowhere came Tazz with the ring bell, clocking Rikishi across the back of the skull! Val covered RIkishi for the three count.
Val Venis had his hands raised in leaving, Trish Stratus proud of her client doing good to end a rowdy night for her group. But the bigger question was why 'the Human Suplex Machine' had intercepted Rikishi as he was on a winning path! Tazz stood with an expressionless look on his face, watching Rikishi miraculously crawling back up to his feet following the blow from the ring bell. Tazz lined him up, and came charging with another shot from the ring bell: leaving the 400-pound Samoan down and unconscious! Tazz was met by loud boos from the Stinkface-deprived Georgia Dome, with nobody knowing what had gotten into the Tazzmission expert!
Triple H was now dressed and leaving the building with a bag thrown over his shoulder. 'The Cerebral Assassin' was looking to chase after his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, after the emotional 'Billion Dollar Princess' stormed out of the Georgia Dome in tears earlier tonight. But Triple H was joined involuntarily by Commissioner Mick Foley, riding alongside Triple H in a golf caddy. Mick asked him if he was going to try and save his marriage, to which Triple H grunted. Mick asked 'the Game' if he had heard about the colossal Triple Threat match he'd signed for SmackDown!, and again Triple H was dismissive, as if Stephanie was his priority. Finally Mick asked about RAW is WAR next week, causing Triple H to halt. He wanted to know what Mick had planned, and Foley elaborated: hinting that the man he would face at SummerSlam would be live and in living color! Triple H again didn't know what he meant, as Mick told him that Hulk Hogan would be back, and he had a lot to say to Triple H face to face! Foley told a seething Triple H to tell Steph Mick said hello before riding away. 'The Game' was full of rage!
Elsewhere WWF Champion The Rock was seen leaving his dressing room. The WWF Tag Team Championship would be on the line in moments, but who was 'the Great One's tag team partner going to be? We would have to find out when Rock meets Edge and Christian, up next!
8) WWF Champion The Rock and Chris Jericho def. Edge and Christian (w/Shane McMahon) (c) by disqualification; Edge and Christian retain the WWF Tag Team Championship (6:54) The Rock scored a pinfall victory against Edge in SmackDown!'s six-man tag team confrontation, and Commissioner Mick Foley - despite Rock not wanting 'the Hardcore Legend's help - had granted Rock this shot tonight at the WWF Tag Team Championship. Edge and Christian were joined by Shane McMahon, who was extremely negative on the idea. And as for the WWF Champion, the Rock was indifferent to the idea of competing for the gold. But Rock wasn't alone - as he brought out one of three men that will compete to contend for the WWF Championship this Thursday night - Chris Jericho following Rock to the ring! Y2J and Rock's chemistry was solid, with the two having competed in many tag team bouts in recent months: but with Shane's persistent distractions, Rock found himself the recipient of a reverse DDT from Christian. Edge and Christian worked over Rock with a look of disgust on their faces, while Shane talked strategy with the champs. Rock almost made a comeback with a Samoan drop for Christian, but Shane distracted the official when the tag was made: nullifying Chris Jericho's legality! Y2J argued with the referee trying to enter, while Edge dropped Rock with a Spear for a near fall, with the WWF Champion not giving up easy! Rock finally made a tag to Y2J after taking Edge off the top with a clothesline in mid-air, and Jericho quickly cleaned house of Christian! Jericho looked for the Walls of Jericho on the younger brother, when Shane McMahon came in: just to wind up in the Walls of Jericho himself! Shane was in agony, while Rock caught Edge with a spinebuster! Rock wanted the People's Elbow when Christian rushed in, just to eat a Rock Bottom! Jericho attempted the Lionsault on the legal Edge, but Kurt Angle hit the ring, jumping Jericho!
The Georgia Dome's boos echoed loudly, as the Olympic Gold Medalist had saved his Team ECK partners from losing the WWF Tag Team Championship! Kurt Angle smiled, when the Rock spotted him and tried coming in to aid Chris Jericho, just for Angle to duck a clothesline: the Olympic Slam reversed into a spinebuster from 'the People's Champ!' Rock was versed in Angle's attacks after what Kurt did to him last Thursday on SmackDown!, and the People's Elbow connected to the Olympian! Together, Rock and Chris Jericho stood in the middle of the ring watching as Shane, Kurt, Edge and Christian backed up the rampway in frustration. The Rock turned to shake Chris Jericho's hand, who refused to relinquish the hand of 'the Great One'. Y2J was eyeing up the WWF Championship in Rock's hand, with the Triple Threat match this coming week determining Rock's next number one contender! But will it be Triple H, Kurt Angle or Chris Jericho that will challenge 'the Brahma Bull?'
SmackDown! - August 3, 2000 Jefferson County Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama Broadcast on UPN Taped August 1, 2000
The opening video package brought us straight to the sold out Jefferson County Civic Center for SmackDown!, with just over three weeks to go until SummerSlam! Pyrotechnics went off, and Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler introduced us to the show where tonight, three of the top WWF Superstars will collide in a Triple Threat match to determine who will be the Rock's number one contender for the WWF Championship! Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Triple H meet tonight!
The WWF European Champion Lance Storm kicked off SmackDown! to kill the buzz of the Birmingham crowd in attendance. 'The Pride of Calgary' wore the gold with pride, as he took to the microphone to let the people know exactly what he thought to Alabama. Lance discussed how he has never been to the so-called Yellowhammer State before, and after spending merely hours in this disgrace of a place, he has only few thoughts: have these hillbillies never heard of personal hygiene? Not to mention, he's heard rumors that it's legal to marry your cousins, and that's just wrong! Lance gave his two cents that couples should not be family before the first date, and he was going to use Eddie Guerrero and Chyna as an example! Lance mocked 'Latino Heat' for having his woman do all the dirty work, and made note of that whenever he's fought 'the Ninth Wonder of the World', she's made a better, more viable opponent than Eddie! Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were not about to take much more of the Canadian's snide remarks, as 'Latino Heat' came out with a grin and told Lance that he's got jokes for a dude from Calgary! Eddie told Lance that he's glad he caught him in a good mood. Because tonight, right now, he was coming to do Storm the honors of taking that gold away from him. Guerrero and his 'Mamacita' headed towards the ring, a title match to kick off SmackDown!
1) Lance Storm (c) def. Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) to retain the WWF European Championship (4:56) There was already a lot of history between these two men, with Lance Storm being responsible for aggravating 'Latino Heat's separated shoulder, which he manipulated to become WWF European Champion in the first place. 'The Pride of Calgary' similarly lucked out of Fully Loaded with the title intact, beating Guerrero, and adding onto this, on RAW is WAR last Monday, Storm came out during Chris Benoit's WWF Intercontinental Championship defense against Chyna and helped 'the Rabid Wolverine' retain the title! There was no Benoit in sight tonight, as Guerrero wanted his gold back - a hurricanrana following up with rapidfire strikes early. Eddie caught Storm off-guard with an Oklahoma roll and a shoulder breaker, with the challenger looking to make it an arm for an arm! Eddie wrenched the limb, but Storm utilized under-hand tactics like a poke to the eye to subdue Guerrero. Storm went back for the documented shoulder of 'Latino Heat', but after antagonizing 'Mamacita' at ringside, Chyna climbed onto the apron and looked to get into a fight with the WWF European Champion! That is until Chris Benoit charged the ring from behind, dragging Chyna off the apron! Benoit locked the Crippler Crossface on 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' on the floor, while inside Eddie connected with a powerbomb just to become distracted! Guerrero tried to get his hands on Benoit when Storm low blowed Eddie from behind, with a roll-up retaining the title!
Lance Storm had gotten away with another win, and as Eddie Guerrero acknowledged what had happened, 'Latino Heat' - holding his groin - stumbled back to his feet just to eat a Super Kick from 'the Pride of Calgary!' Chris Benoit at ringside relinquished the Crippler Crossface on Eddie's girlfriend, when he climbed up to the top rope to drop a Diving Headbutt to Guerrero inside the ring! Storm and Benoit raised one another's hands, with the WWF Intercontinental and European Championship firmly in the Canadian camp! Eddie and Chyna had been devastated by the champions!
Commissioner Mick Foley was shown to his office in the backstage area, where an unfamiliar man presented him with his office. The Commissioner was happy with the young man's handiwork, finally having picked an official office for him. Mick shook his hand and asked what his name was, to which the man informed him he was Joe. Just Joe. The man left, leaving Mick confused for a moment, but took a seat behind his desk. Moments later Trish Stratus walked in, all oiled up and cleavage on display. She leaned over 'the Hardcore Legend's desk and complimented his office. She said that it looks cosy...to cosy for him to spend the evening alone in. Mick acknowledged Trish's flirtatious advances and began mockingly baby-talking to her, as she told Mick he could have some company if she were to get what she wanted.
Mick asked "Pookybear" what she wanted most, and Trish cutely requested a match with Lita for the WWF Women's Championship. Foley teased her by considering it, but ultimately asked Trish if she had ever heard of sexual harassment! Mick told her that as far as she was concerned, this was his mancave! He could sit here with his pants off, he could do a little dance: anything he wanted! But for Trish tonight, she could have Lita: but it wasn't just going to be the two of them. Because in a six-person tag team rematch from Fully Loaded, the Hardy Boyz and T&A would be involved as well! Mick threatened Trish with a sexual harassment suit in the event that she refused to participate, and Stratus ran in fear!
With Hulk Hogan set to make his return to Madison Square Garden for the first time in seven years this coming Monday night on RAW is WAR, we were taken back to January 24, 1984 where Hulkamania was born. Hulk Hogan defeated the Iron Sheik to win his first WWF Championship, and the world was shocked. With the dream match at SummerSlam against Triple H, you had to believe 'the Game' was watching every second of this.
Returning to the building in Birmingham, Alabama, Triple H made his way out to the ring to loud boos from the capacity crowd. 'The Cerebral Assassin' had been in a foul mood since Monday, where the apparent romantic triangle between himself, his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Kurt Angle reached new heights. Immediately 'the Game' was hit with chants of "assh*le", but Triple H was not about to take any of the Birmingham crowd's chants. He told the people of Alabama that they had no idea what true love really was, and it's a shame that he has to do this here. But he was out here tonight to discuss last Monday night. He talked about how he shouldn't even have to be sorry, because it was the Hardy Boyz that made him knock his dear wife off of the apron. And for that, she wouldn't talk to him? Yet despite this, he wanted Stephanie to take him back. There was no love greater than the one they shared. Hell, she is the one that made him 'the Game' in the first place! And the fact that she would think in a million years that he would ever dare lay a finger on the woman he cared about as much as her? It breaks him up inside. Triple H told Stephanie that he knew she was here, and he knew she was mad as hell: but to just come out or at least return his calls.
The crowd booed, and after few moments of waiting 'the Billion Dollar Princess' came walking out to the ring. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was not happy, but was dressed in a sensational dress as she climbed into the ring to face her husband. She remained silent as Triple H continued to talk about how he's just been so stressed out lately. He's had Chris Jericho on his mind, and dealing with the aftermath of the Steel-Cage match back at Fully Loaded. He's got Hulk Hogan on his mind, the man he meets at SummerSlam. And on top of that he's been worried about her good friend Kurt Angle, kissing her on national television? 'The Game' didn't just want to apologize to Stephanie, he wanted them to reconcile their marriage, because he couldn't take anymore pressure! Stephanie took the microphone and told Hunter that she'd heard enough. McMahon-Helmsley at first seemed negative in response to her husband's pleas, but suddenly changed her tone. She confessed that something hasn't felt right, but for him to confess all of his worries in front of a building packed with country hicks like this: to appear vulnerable for her in public? She accepted her husband's apology! The two broke into a big cuddle, when Triple H assured Stephanie that everything was going to be alright, because after tonight they wouldn't need to worry about Chris Jericho or Kurt Angle. They could look forward to him once again becoming WWF Champion come RAW this Monday, and beating Hulk Hogan's dinosaur ass back out the door. And when that happens? They could rule the World Wrestling Federation again! The two kissed passionately, all while Kurt Angle was shown shaking his head in the backstage area, watching the monitor!
The McMahon-Helmsley marriage appeared to be back where it once was, when all of a sudden Chris Jericho's countdown played on the OvalTron! The lights went out, and out walked the man that came within inches of beating 'the Game' in the Steel-Cage under two weeks ago! Jericho told Triple H and Stephanie that he didn't really think much of it before, but he's willing to accept the fact right now that they were meant for each other. Because that was the most disgusting, repulsive, grotesque, agonizing moment he has ever had to witness in that ring! Triple H and Stephanie were mad at Jericho for ruining their moment, when Y2J told Triple H that he's got a million things to be concerned about: but number one, right at the top of that list? Was Chris Jericho ruining 'the Game's chances of becoming WWF Champion again when he wins the Triple Threat match tonight! 'The Cerebral Assassin' responded, telling Jericho that clearly he didn't get the message at Fully Loaded: that Y2J is in way over his head. Just look at what happened to him, with blood gushing down his face. With steel mesh ripping those straw-like locks from his head! And with his skull caved in with a sledgehammer, and having to wear the guilt that is "Chris Jericho got his ass handed to him by 'the Game" everywhere he goes.
Y2J smiled at Hunter's arrogant comments, and told Triple H that as much as it pains him to say this: he may agree with him there. And this hatred of one-another may never be over, but there is one thing for sure: he wasn't waiting until later tonight to show he is the Number One Contender! Y2J rushed the ring, and right away Jericho tackled 'the Game' to the canvas! Jericho let loose with right hands on his rival, when Triple H kicked him off! Jericho tried for the Walls of Jericho on 'the Game', when Stephanie jumped on the back of Y2J! The marriage was back off the rocks alright, but Jericho swiftly tossed her from over his back! Y2J looked to go for the Walls on 'the Billion Dollar Princess', when Triple H dropped Jericho with a big Pedigree! 'The Game' embraced Stephanie one more time, with the Triple Threat match looming near: but how would Y2J retaliate? And what does Kurt Angle have to think of all this?
Christian was seen walking through the backstage area with two cans in hand, the younger half of the WWF Tag Team Champions greeting his brother Edge and presenting them to him. Edge reiterated that sodas "totally ruled", but Christian had another surprise for him. As the two cracked their sodas open, Christian pulled out a tiny cocktail umbrella to put on his brother's drink! As the two clashed cans in celebration, the WWF Tag Team Champions remarked that it was really great of Commissioner Mick Foley to give them the night off. After having to defend the titles on Monday night, maybe 'the Hardcore Legend' wasn't such a bad guy. It was just a shame that he smells like burning, and dresses like their great uncle Herb. The brothers took a seat in deck chairs to turn on SmackDown!, as Christian pointed out that they were on TV!
The APA were sat in their office, still feeling the effects of the beatdown endured at the hands of their clients last Monday, D-Generation X. Faarooq couldn't believe they fell for those boneheads' bullcr*p. Bradshaw was audibly still livid, telling Faarooq that X-Pac and Road Dogg were in for the worst night of their life if they had the temerity to show their faces after RAW. Just Joe walked in, causing Bradshaw and Faarooq to react with anger. They wanted to know who he was, and why he didn't enter through the door! Joe tried to start over, leaving and re-entering through their standalone office door, but Bradshaw screamed at him to knock before entering! Joe tried it once over, and this time the APA were more satisfied, but still not receptive to this unknown dude's plights. They ordered him to get the hell out of their office causing Joe to stutter on his words. They got up to kick him out personally, when Joe revealed that he just saw D-Generation X arrive at the building! Bradshaw looked at Faarooq, then threatened Joe that he should have told them that from the beginning - the APA left to go and confront X-Pac and Road Dogg!
In the building Steven Richards was joined by his newest addition to the movement he was trying to start, the Goodfather. The Goodfather had turned on everything he stood for last week on SmackDown!, and Steven took to the microphone to let the people know that this was less about purifying the wrong-doers of the World Wrestling Federation, and making a statement to those that think they can continue poisoning the youth of today! Together, Steven and the Goodfather held the rights to censor, and if you dared get in their way, you would pay the price! Goodfather poked his glasses back closer to his nose, when suddenly fireworks collapsed onto the stage bringing out their opponents tonight: the Dudley Boyz!
2) The Dudley Boyz def. Steven Richards and the Goodfather by disqualification (2:38) D-Von and Bubba Ray Dudley found themselves surprised last week when they found themselves being blind-sighted by a newfound ambassador to Steven Richards' attempts to "better" the World Wrestling Federation in terms of political correctness, the Goodfather. 'The Pimp Daddy' had traded in his ladies for a shirt and tie, and no longer represented counter-culture. Instead, he was Steven Richards' muscle. The Dudley Boyz wanted revenge, and early were dominant in combating the 300-pounder. But when Steven Richards distracted Bubba Ray from the apron, the Goodfather was able to strike from behind. He hammered away on the larger Dudley, while D-Von signaled for the tag. Bubba caught Goodfather out of the corner from a formerly-known Ho Train with a Bubba Bomb, and D-Von got the tag - as did Steven Richards! D-Von hammered on Richards, getting the better of him. Dudley tagged in Bubba, who wanted to powerbomb Steven just for Goodfather to get involved. A double flapjack took Goodfather out, and that left Steven open for a 3D...when Bull Buchanan hit the ring, clotheslining both Dudley Boyz down for the DQ!
The crowd were surprised by Bull Buchanan's interference, but quickly it made sense, as Bull had traded in the B&B Security gear for a shirt and tie! The Bull grounded and pounded on D-Von, while Steven Richards dazedly stumbled back up to his feet. The Goodfather got involved in the action as well, splashing Bubba Ray in the corner! Richards raised his open palms to the booing Birmingham crowd, with he and the Goodfather now being joined by the six-foot-six stallion, Bull Buchanan! The Dudley Boyz were sure to be out for retribution following this ambush.
Backstage Kurt Angle was seen stomping up and down his dressing room, when the King of the Ring heard a knock at the door. In walked the Olympic Gold Medalist's companion Shane McMahon, who wanted to know how he was doing. Kurt was beside himself, telling Shane that he couldn't believe that Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley had ignored him for three days! They were supposed to be best friends for crying out loud, and now she's reunited with Triple H? And good for them, but she hasn't even tried talking to him! Shane O'Mac tried to be a good friend to Kurt instead, telling him that there are bigger things at play here. And that was tonight's opportunity: to win the Triple Threat match and go into RAW is WAR in Madison Square Garden: and challenge The Rock for the WWF Championship! Angle had to mull it over, as Shane reiterated that this was Kurt's big chance to become a two-time WWF Champion: all within the first nine months of his career! Angle nodded in agreement, and told Shane that he was being blind. He wasn't listening to his Three Is, and that would change tonight. But he was going to have to do something about Triple H: he just didn't want Stephanie to hate him for it. Shane understood, but told Kurt that he would speak to her for him - the two hugging and parting ways. Angle seemed to be struggling to focus ahead of the Number One Contender's match.
Another vignette aired, reviewing the Golden Age of Hulkamania. We were taken back to Madison Square Garden, where on March 31, 1985, 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan teamed with Mr. T to defeat 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper and 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff. It was where the Showcase of the Immortals all began, with guest appearances from Liberace as the special guest ring announcer, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali undertaking the duties as special guest referee. Hulkamania was at its peak, ushering in a new era for sports entertainment with the inaugural WrestleMania extravaganza.
Back on SmackDown! D-Generation X were seen laughing it up in the locker room, X-Pac and Road Dogg discussing how Monday night was worth paying to humiliate the APA. Road Dogg showed another briefcase to X-Pac as he revealed that the best part about how gullible Bradshaw and Faarooq could be, was that they paid them in fake money! X-Pac shut the briefcase and high-fived his DX buddy, when in stormed the APA! Bradshaw and Faarooq began to shout abuse at DX, who hid behind a coffee table. Faarooq tossed the coffee table away, as Bradshaw asked DX if they knew what death warrant they signed when they jumped them on Monday night. Faarooq demanded to know what that was all about, but before DX could give an answer the Headbangers came from behind, getting into a fight with the APA! Road Dogg and X-Pac presented themselves as innocent bystanders, as Mosh and Thrasher put the boots to Bradshaw, then sent Faarooq right into a locker! The Headbangers told APA that for too long they have patrolled the backstage area like kings. Tonight they take what was theirs! Mosh and Thrasher left, with X-Pac and Road Dogg asking one another if they had anything to do with the ambush.
3) Crash Holly (c) def. Al Snow to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (3:58) 'The Houdini of Hardcore' pinned Al Snow to regain the WWF Hardcore Championship ten days ago on RAW is WAR, and as the former champ made his way to the ring you could clearly tell that Snow had lost a lot of sleep over it. But tonight was 'the Clown Prince of Hardcore's chance to regain the title, with Snow introducing a shopping cart to ram into the abdomen of the WWF Hardcore Champion. Snow tried to use Head as well, but Crash fired back with a springboard bulldog for a near fall. Crash brought out a bag containing a bowling ball, when Snow soon struck with Head, which knocked Crash into the corner. Snow bowled a perfect game and rolled the ball right into the nether-regions of the champion, when Kaientai hit the ring attacking Snow! Taka Michinoku and Funaki wanted the gold for themselves, but Crash stubbornly kicked out of their attempts. In stormed Perry Saturn not long after to thwart their attempts, and after slamming Funaki with a trash can lid, he dropped Al Snow with a brainbuster on top of it! 'Mr. 24/7' wanted the belt back, but Hardcore Holly then hit the ring to knock Saturn out of the ring, using the traffic can to take care of Michinoku! Crash put an arm over Snow, getting the three count.
Hardcore Holly returned to the room to help a motionless cousin Crash Holly back to his feet, 'the Big Shot' having just saved the WWF Hardcore Champion's title from multiple intruders in tonight's match with Al Snow! Crash Holly came to and realized it was his older cousin that helped him like he did on HeAT last Sunday, and cautiously tried to step away from him. Hardcore simply grinned at Crash, even handing him his title. Crash was visibly concerned by his cousin's sudden personality change and rolled out of the ring, with Hardcore giving Crash a thumbs up from the ring! The Hollys were in a weird place, and what was Hardcore's motives for protecting Crash's title?
Trish Stratus was afraid of what might happen next, with Val Venis wrapping an arm around the blonde. 'The Valbowski' vowed that nothing would happen to her tonight, with T&A entering to assure her the same. Test talked about the Undertaker and Kane appearing tough. And they may be huge dudes, but they've shown time and time again that when it comes to 'the American Badass' and his burn victim half-brother, they just aren't smart guys. Albert shared Test's sentiment, telling Trish that they needed to focus on squashing the Hardy Boyz like bugs, and when it was all over? Trish can say she has beaten Lita. Trish smiled and told the boys it was time to go - with the six-person tag team rematch from Fully Loaded coming up next.
Back on SmackDown!, behind the scenes in a production truck sat a host of producers surveying multiple screens. Each contained a camera angle of what was going down inside of the Jefferson County Civic Center tonight, but the production team were joined by none other than the WWF Tag Team Champions! Edge and Christian talked about how this was a much better idea than sodas in deck chairs. Now they could have a raw and unfiltered look at what's going on on SmackDown! tonight! Edge added that on top of that, they couldn't get into any trouble for wanting to learn more about the business that they love so much! So Edge and Christian were spending their night off as students of the game, sitting in on the directors putting the show together?
4) T&A and Trish Stratus def. The Hardy Boyz and WWF Women's Champion Lita (6:10) A fierce rivalry that all started surrounding Trish Stratus and Lita came to ahead back at Fully Loaded, where she and the Hardy Boyz overcame Test, Albert and Trish in a six-person tag team match. Since then, Lita became WWF Women's Champion, and T&A directed by Trish Stratus have made enemies out of the Brothers of Destruction, with Stratus hungry for her boys to make a big statement in taking care of two of the most imposing men in the locker room. Tonight however, Trish's advances on Commissioner Mick Foley backfired after asking for a title shot against her redheaded rival, with Lita immediately jumping Stratus as the match began tonight. Lita and Matt Hardy shared great chemistry with a double atomic drop to Trish, but a tag to Albert allowed him to take Matt's head off with a big clothesline! Albert and Test manhandled Matt with the people supportive of Jeff to get the tag. He finally did, with the Whisper in the Wind connecting on Test! A legdrop across the groin followed, when he tagged in Lita who dragged Trish into the match! Jeff got down on all fours, with Lita clotheslining Trish with some Poetry in Motion for herself! The WWF Women's Champion was rolling, when Test fired back on Jeff with a big boot out on the floor, as Jeff ran the barricade! Albert sent Matt over the announce table while inside, Lita ripped her shirt off and climbed up top - looking for the Moonsault! Lita was up but Val Venis ran down to knock Lita off the top, while the referee wasn't looking! Trish covered Lita after she crashed and burned, with Stratus pinning the WWF Women's Champion!
Trish Stratus was relieved to have picked up the win, but it was all thanks to the interference from Val Venis. 'The Valbowski' joined Trish in the ring, when flames emerged from the rampway: and out came the Brothers of Destruction! The Undertaker and Kane made a walk towards the ring, with Test and Albert joining the two mid-ring. Like on RAW last Monday, T&A and the Brothers of Destruction were about to break out into a war, and upon entry the five men went at it! Fists were flying everywhere, with 'the Big Red Machine' sending Val Venis flying over the top rope to the floor. Back inside the Undertaker was cornered by T&A and trying his best, when Kane wandered over with throat thrusts for Albert! 'Baldo' tried to fire back, when 'the American Badass' flew at him with a flying clothesline!
Test tried to fight back just to wind up the recipient of a Chokeslam from the Undertaker, leaving Trish Stratus alone in the ring with the Undertaker and Kane! Stratus panicked again, when she tried to duck out just for Lita to grab her by the hair, pushing her rival back into the ring! Trish screamed as Kane grabbed her by the throat: hoisting her high and dropping her with an almighty Chokeslam! Kane set off his pyrotechnics, with T&A and Val looking on in horror from the rampway. The Brothers had just desolated Trish Stratus!
Another Golden Age of Hulkamania aired, this time taking us back to March 29, 1987. Pontiac Silverdome, the site of WrestleMania III. 93,000 fans crowded into the stadium in Pontiac, Michigan for the biggest event in sports entertainment history: the culmination of a heated rivalry between two former friends. In the end, despite the size advantage greatly favoring his opponent, it was 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan that did the impossible, when he body-slammed the seven-foot-four, 550-pound Andre the Giant to retain the WWF Championship!
We returned to inside the production truck, where the WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian appeared horrified by what had just happened. Edge could not condone man-on-woman violence alone, but to Chokeslam a fellow Canadian? That was just brutal! Too brutal for him. Christian commented that it wasn't anything new, but unlike T&A, they could at least beat the Brothers of Destruction! Edge laughed, as the two decided the production truck was boring them. It was time for a change of scenery!
Back in the building Tazz was shown arriving in the ring to loud boos from the Birmingham crowd. 'The Human Suplex Machine' appeared to be in a foul mood again here tonight, with him snatching the microphone away from the ring announcer. Tazz told the people that what he did on RAW this past Monday was fair game. He took care of business and set out to the next phase of his operation in earning the respect he deserved. That of course was what he did to "that fatso piece of garbage" Rikishi. A replay aired, reviewing Rikishi's match against Val Venis. All was going smoothly, when Tazz inexplicably hit the ring and took Rikishi out with several lethal shots with the ring bell. Tazz laughed it off, telling the people of Alabama that he sure as hell got his bell rung, and that was an example of how dangerous he could be. He was a dangerous man, and the fact the World Wrestling Federation didn't recognize it made him sick to his stomach! The crowd booed loud, when Tazz declared that from here on out, it was Tazz against the world - but Too Cool wasn't about to hear another word! Grandmaster Sexay led the way, looking to get retribution for their buddy 'Big Kish!'
5) Tazz def. Grandmaster Sexay (w/Scotty 2 Hotty) (3:15) 'The Human Suplex Machine' has shown a whole different attitude since Fully Loaded. The former contender to the WWF Intercontinental Championship had chosen a life of violence, with laying waste to the 400-pound Samoan Rikishi on RAW is WAR. It was all about attention for Tazz, but tonight he had to fight to overshadow the adoration of this capacity crowd for Too Cool. Scotty 2 Hotty got the people behind Grandmaster Sexay, who outsmarted Tazz with his quickness early on. A missile dropkick connected for a near fall, and Sexay even positioned the goggles on his head, wanting nothing more than to land the Hip Hop Drop on Sexay. Tazz bailed from the ring at one point, blasting Scotty 2 Hotty with a big clothesline. Sexay responded with a baseball slide, and soonafter a superkick caught Tazz off-guard, getting another near fall! Sexay was looking good, when he scooped Tazz up and slammed him, then prepared for the Hip Hop Drop. Sexay danced maybe a moment too long and got nothing but canvas beneath his rear, when Tazz took him from behind with a huge German suplex! Tazz followed up with a grounded Tazzmission, forcing Sexay into unconsciousness!
Like a vicious koala, Tazz refused to let go of the Tazzmission after the bell. We'd seen this before from 'the Human Suplex Machine', but Tazz refused to allow the referee to get him away from the defenseless Grandmaster Sexay! That is until Scotty 2 Hotty got into the ring, sounding off with a series of right hands to Tazz! Tazz tried to suplex Scotty who landed on his feet, and the bulldog followed! Scotty was gearing up for the Worm, when Tazz managed to roll out in the nick of time. The crowd booed at Tazz's apparent cowardice, while Scotty and the referee attended to Grandmaster Sexay, who remained out of consciousness!
Backstage Gangrel was spotted with the Godfather's Hos, 'the Vampire Warrior' noticeably not dressed in his trademark white quilted shirt. Gangrel appeared remorseful for the three ladies he was speaking to, not expecting the Godfather to go good. The women were repulsed at the Goodfather's actions, and that Steven Richards was taking valuable money out of their pockets! One of the ladies noted that they had a son to feed, and without 'the Pimp Daddy', they were stuck. Gangrel emphasized with the Hos and assured them they could turn this around, when all of a sudden the Goodfather appeared behind Gangrel. 'The Vampire Warrior' spotted him just to get jumped from behind by Bull Buchanan, all while Steven Richards showed up at the scene - scaring the Hos away! Goodfather, Bull and Steven stood tall over Gangrel, who clutched his ribs on the floor of the corridor. These three men were out to make the World Wrestling Federation a safer place, but was adopting a gang mentality in backstage beatdowns the way to go about it?
We returned to SmackDown! where Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was shocked by the sight before her very eyes. It was a personally delivered bouquet of flowers handed to her personally by her husband! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' was in love with them after making up with Triple H earlier tonight, when Shane McMahon entered her dressing room. Shane wanted to talk to Stephanie after the meeting with Kurt Angle earlier tonight, but Stephanie wanted Shane to appreciate the kind gesture of her loving husband. Shane O'Mac was less interested however, telling Stephanie that he wanted to sit down with her and talk about tonight. He told Stephanie that with the number one contender's match coming up, he thought it would be best she not go out to the ring. She asked why, to which Shane told her that it might cause friction between Triple H and Kurt Angle. Stephanie's mood changed upon hearing this, asking Shane if that was really what this was all about. What about the fact that Kurt put his dirty mouth on hers last week? Shane agreed, accepting he had no right to do that, but they had made amends! Stephanie told Shane that until Kurt apologized to her and Triple H, she was going to keep doing what she has done all week, which again caused Shane to groan and leave - just asking Stephanie to keep out of harms way tonight.
6) The APA def. The Headbangers (3:24) The APA may have made a misguided attempt in their business endeavors last Monday night. After accepting a briefcase of money from D-Generation X, Bradshaw and Faarooq aided DX in their match against Too Cool. But after the match, Road Dogg and X-Pac took to dismantling the APA, with the money they handed them even turning out to be counterfeited! To add to that, the APA wanted to confront D-Generation X in their locker room earlier tonight, just to find themselves attacked from the Headbangers. Mosh and Thrasher, a mainstay tag team in the World Wrestling Federation over the past four years, have made their voices heard in feeling disrespected by the lack of attention on them in recent weeks, and looked to score a big win tonight, over two locker room patrolmen in the APA. Mosh and Thrasher took to hammering on Faarooq early, with a double headbutt scoring a near fall just for Bradshaw to break it up. Faarooq managed to fight back by catching Mosh off the second rope with a spinebuster, and Bradshaw got the tag. He cleaned house of Thrasher with a huge Clothesline From Hell, before the two hoisted Thrasher up for a double powerbomb, securing the three.
The APA celebrated their victory, but it was not to last long as Bradshaw and Faarooq were rudely interrupted by D-Generation X! Road Dogg and X-Pac mocked the APA from the rampway, with Road Dogg telling the APA that they might be two tough dudes with attitudes, but when it came to smarts: they weren't sure anymore who the brains behind the operations truly were. X-Pac commented that he thought for a while it was Faarooq, but maybe he'd received too many knocks to the head lately to notice when they were being given counterfeit money! DX laughed it up, but Bradshaw immediately took to the microphone to call DX down to the ring. He told X-Pac that he wasn't sure if he was aware he was dressed like a green M&M, and sure as hell didn't know if Road Dogg knew his raps were cr*p, but when it came down to brains: the APA wanted them to come on down so they could knock it out of them! The fans cheered, but Road Dogg laughed it up again, telling Bradshaw that they would, only they are way too smart to do anything a dumb Texan hick like him told him to do! DX left much to the ire of the APA, who remained perplexed by what D-Generation X were up to.
Backstage Kevin Kelly was standing by with the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit and WWF European Champion Lance Storm. They seemed pleased with their work from earlier tonight, where they left Eddie Guerrero and Chyna laying, and Kevin Kelly asked the Canadian duo why they decided to team up. 'The Rabid Wolverine' handled the talking, asking Kevin Kelly if he had ever seen a lone wolverine in the wild. The fact is that it might have taken some getting used to, but he sees the value in having Lance Storm - another of the greatest technical wrestlers the World Wrestling Federation has to offer - on his side, and working together to ensure the job is done. 'The Pride of Calgary' told Kevin that the fact is, they are set apart from the rest of the ranks in the WWF. They are on a new level, and that level comes from their work together in Calgary. From their work around the rest of the world. And together, they were both champions, and it was no coincidence! All of a sudden Eddie Guerrero's voice was heard, and in came 'Latino Heat' looking to fight both men! Eddie's temper had gotten the best of him again, as Chyna arrived at the scene to join in on the fight with Benoit and Storm! Referees rushed to the scene to break it up, with Eddie heard shouting to Benoit that this wasn't over!
Meanwhile Edge and Christian appeared to be on their way to the ring. The WWF Tag Team Champions had enjoyed a night off as granted by Commissioner Mick Foley, but what were the brothers up to, as they looked to address the Birmingham crowd?
Back from the commercial break, the WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian made their way down to the ring to a chorus of boos from the Birmingham crowd. After an uneventful night for the two brothers, they had gone from slurping sodas in the back to hanging out in the production truck, to now gracing the Jefferson County Civic Center with their presence! Christian greeted the fans in Birmingham to a negative response, telling the people that it was wonderful to be here in this great city! Edge told the people that he knew Birmingham loved them, much like they loved Birmingham too. And to think they almost thought about physically taking the night off for some quality brotherly family time in the back, when they could be out here giving these people entertainment as they do each and every night! Christian told Birmingham that he knows things have been hard for them. After all, they come from a losing state. When the first XFL season gets underway in February, they may actually be known for winning something! The crowd turned on the handsome Canadian brothers at that moment, where Edge told the people that it's not their fault they consider Alabama "the State of Suckitude", but they should feel blessed that they are in the presence of the best WWF Tag Team Champions, in the New Millennium! Edge brought it forward, ushering in the Five Second Pose for those not poor enough to afford disposable cameras: with Christian wearing false teeth, as a way to reflect on the common Alabama people!
The crowd despised Edge and Christian, but Commissioner Mick Foley soon showed his face with Birmingham strongly on his side. 'The Hardcore Legend' contrasted from the brothers' treatment, telling everybody that it was genuinely great to be here in Birmingham. But Mick had several questions for the two busy-bodies before his very eyes. For two men who gave themselves the night off, without even consulting with ol' Uncle Mick: they sure love to hog the limelight from other WWF Superstars! Foley told Edge and Christian that they may be the best damn WWF Tag Team Champions we have seen in the past eight months, but the World Wrestling Federation has an entire locker room jammed to the rafters that should have benefited with SmackDown! not having to sit through another Five Second Pose! Edge told Mick that they were sorry to upset him, but asked him if it had anything to do with how Christian's false teeth had more teeth than his - to which Mick told him that he was damn right, but that was beside the point! Foley told Edge and Christian that while they can stand there and mock these people, they have to understand they can't keep running from the competition, which is why he had a great idea for the two of them. This Monday night on RAW, we would see Edge and Christian once again prove why they are so great, when they put the WWF Tag Team Championship on the line against none other than their old friends, the Hardy Boyz! The fans erupted, as the Hardy Boyz returned to the rampway! Jeff and Matt were after the gold once again, as they hit the ring to chase Edge and Christian away. Edge and Christian and the Hardys go at it once again for the titles, this Monday night from Madison Square Garden!
Another vignette aired, taking us back to the Golden Age of Hulkamania. In this installment, we took a look at a first for sports entertainment, when Hulk Hogan alongside a host of other WWF Superstars in the 1980s took to Saturday morning animation! Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling aired on CBS in 1986 and 1987, featuring a wide host of characters including 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, the Junkyard Dog, Andre the Giant and Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka.
From the look at Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, we saw it being played on the television monitor in the locker room of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. 'The Game' and 'the Billion Dollar Princess' sat on the couch with the bouquet of flowers he had bought her tying the room together on the table in front of them. With an arm around his wife, Triple H talked how sick he was of hearing about what Hulk Hogan did two decades ago. The fact of the matter was that Hulk Hogan is a hasbeen, and he couldn't wait to get in his face and tell him in Madison Square Garden. Stephanie rubbed his shoulders and told 'the Game' to focus on his match tonight first, because that was more important than Hogan. He asked her if she was nervous about Kurt Angle, to which she shyly didn't respond. He told her that he knew she thought good of him, but if he dared to pull any stunts like he did on RAW last Monday: his ass was going down. That's how much becoming number one contender to the WWF Championship again meant to him. She again didn't respond, instead kissing 'the Game' on the lips and wishing her husband luck.
Elsewhere Chris Jericho was seen back to full recovery after earlier tonight, en route for the ring, with Y2J looking for the biggest opportunity of his young career in just a few moments. Up next we would see Y2J, Triple H and Kurt Angle compete for a shot at the Rock's WWF Championship on RAW this coming Monday, from Madison Square Garden!
7) Chris Jericho def. Triple H & Kurt Angle (w/Shane McMahon) in a Number One Contender's Triple Threat match (10:29) There was undoubtedly no love lost between Chris Jericho and Triple H, as shown earlier tonight when Y2J came to fight 'the Game' ahead of this Triple Threat match. But there was a lot of hatred between Triple H and the King of the Ring as well, with Angle and Triple H involved in a toxic love triangle situation also including Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The Olympic Gold Medalist voiced his disdain for Triple H and Stephanie reconciling in the ring earlier tonight, with Angle claiming 'the Billion Dollar Princess' had not bothered to speak to him since Triple H knocked her off of the apron on RAW this past Monday. Angle felt betrayed not just about that, but also about losing the WWF Championship: he badly wanted to beat the Rock again to reclaim the title. The match got underway with 'the Game' and the Olympian making for strange bedfellows against Chris Jericho, who managed to outsmart them and looked good in the process early on. Jericho tried to end this one early with the Walls of Jericho attempt on Angle, when Triple H intervened. It resembled more of a handicap match, with Angle dishing out German suplexes and Triple H connecting with a spinebuster. Shane McMahon watched on eagerly from ringside, when it all came crashing down. Angle tried to pin Y2J after a back suplex just for Triple H to take him off of him - which caused a shoving contest to ensue! Jericho capitalized with a near fall after Angle shoving 'the Game' into a roll-up, before Y2J delivered a bulldog to Angle! The Lionsault connected, but Triple H was right there to break it up; sending him to the floor! Triple H looked to Pedigree Angle who reversed it into the Ankle Lock - the Olympic Gold Medalist relentless with the hold applied! Triple H was screaming in agony, just as Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley appeared on the rampway! Angle and his good friend made contact - Stephanie concerned he would break her husband's ankle - when Y2J hit the ring from behind with the Walls of Jericho on Angle! Kurt managed to make the ropes, but the damage had been done. The match continued with Angle swiftly coming in with an Olympic Slam to Y2J - one that took 'the Game' down in the process - but when Angle covered, Jericho's foot this time was on the bottom rope! Angle wanted this match over and done with, but that's when Triple H grabbed Kurt Angle and planted him with a huge Pedigree! 'The Game' could have pinned him there and then, but instead he left the ring: allowing Jericho to connect with the Lionsault, and score the three count!
Triple H rolled out of the ring, with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley shocked at her husband's decision not to cover Kurt Angle! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' was surprised at 'the Game's choice, but in the ring the result had been declared: it was Chris Jericho that had been named the number one contender to the World Wrestling Federation Championship! Y2J was going to RAW is WAR in the Garden, to challenge The Rock for the gold! Angle rolled out to the floor, watching on in disbelief at the McMahon-Helmsley power couple on the rampway: this triangle was growing more complicated by the week, and what will happen when Hulk Hogan returns this Monday night?
Jakked - August 5, 2000 Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia Broadcast on syndication Taped on July 31, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Michael Hayesare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) Steve Blackman def. Big Bossman (3:53) Since the downfall and closing of B&B Security, the Big Bossman got off to a rocky start when he endured a loss at the hands of a skilled rookie and hip-hop artist, in K-Kwik last weekend on HeAT. Tonight, Bossman looked to get back into the mix by going toe-to-toe with 'the Lethal Weapon' Steve Blackman. Blackman threw some sharp kicks to combat Bossman's brute force, but Bossman soon began resorting to every cheap tactic in the book to gain control. Bossman bodied Blackman with rights and lefts in the corner, but soon grew frustrated by Blackman's insistence on staying down for the count of three. A chinlock led to Blackman breaking loose and judo throwing the veteran off, before connecting with a martial-arts kick that near enough left Bossman laying: the three count giving 'the Lethal Weapon' the win!
2) Jacqueline (w/The Kat) def. Ivory (4:14) After what transpired last week with the SummerSlam bikini contest on SmackDown!, it was clear that there was some beef between Jacqueline, the Kat and Ivory. Ivory and Kat got into an argument before the match started, which allowed Jackie to take an early start. Jacqueline threw a big kick to the chest, that near enough bruised the breast of the vixen Ivory. Kat mocked Ivory at ringside, which caused Ivory to take her down with a right hand, when Jackie came through the ropes with a baseball slide! Jackie rolled her back in, but Ivory immediately got aggressive and pounded on Jacqueline. She tried to put Jackie away with a DDT, but Jackie broke loose and rolled Ivory up for a near fall - a northern lights suplex following, which gave Jackie the win!
Jacqueline celebrated after the win, with the Kat jumping into the ring to joyfully raise Jackie's hand. Ivory left the ring in frustration, unable to believe this loss suffered tonight on Jakked.
3) Gangrel (w/Hos) def. Bull Buchanan (3:11) Although Bull Buchanan joined forces with the villainous censorship alliance of Steven Richards and the Goodfather this past week on SmackDown!, Buchanan's issues with Gangrel began prior to this as he took on 'the Vampire Warrior' tonight. He was joined by the Goodfather's former Hos, with one-half of Fangin' and Bangin' Inc. continuing to live up to the life motto and reputation of the former fun-loving combination. Buchanan drilled Gangrel early on, with a big boot almost scoring Buchanan the win early. He was aggressive with the vampire, who came back with a clothesline. He even dared to bite the face of Buchanan, which the ladies at ringside seemed to like. Buchanan fought back with a springboard clothesline from the top, but he was unable to put Gangrel away. The Bull attempted the Scissors Kick that Gangrel moved away from, and the Impaler connected giving 'the Vampire Warrior' the win.
4) D-Lo Brown def. Al Snow (5:22) 'The Bizniz' was determined to change everybody's perception of him coming off of several weeks of poor luck. In his efforts to gain momentum he was up for a tough time against the former WWF Hardcore Champion Al Snow in tonight's main event. 'The Clown Prince of Hardcore' was unsuccessful against Crash Holly on SmackDown! last Thursday, and so he looked to get a win against D-Lo tonight. He looked impressive early, with a series of dropkicks and a Japanese armdrag giving him a near fall. Brown cut him off and sent him out to the floor, where D-Lo rammed him shoulder-first into the steel steps. Brown went straight to work on the shoulder from there, with Snow fighting to try and get back in this fight. An armbar was broke free from by Snow, who headbutted Brown into a belly-to-belly suplex, and a fisherman buster almost scored him the win as well. Snow eventually grew tired of fighting clean and turned to Head, laying in the corner of the ring: but as Snow swung Head at Brown, D-Lo caught him with the Sky High for a close call! Brown looked for the Lo Down off of the top rope, but Snow crotched him and climbed up with him. Both men battled back and forth, when Brown headbutted him off the top - the Lo Down giving D-Lo the three count!
D-Lo Brown celebrated the win, with 'the Bizniz' talking trash to Al Snow after the match. 'The Bizniz' was angry about Snow's determination shown, as he even had the audacity to pick Head up, piefacing it back down to the canvas!
HeAT - August 6, 2000 Jefferson County Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama Live on the USA Network Taped on August 1, 2000
Sunday Night HeAT kicked off with Jonathan Coachman speaking with Chyna about the new alliance consisting of Chris Benoit and Lance Storm. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' spoke candidly of her frustration with the Canadians, with 'the Pride of Calgary' managing to steal a win over her boyfriend Eddie Guerrero. But on top of that, getting involved in her match with Chris Benoit? They were not going to get away with it. 'Mamacita' was in a deadly serious mood tonight, as she told Coachman that she thought 'the Rabid Wolverine' was a sleazebag that got off on harming innocent women. Which is why tonight, she didn't care whether it was for the title or not - she wanted a rematch with 'the Canadian Crippler!'
The opening video package aired, taking us to the Jefferson County Civic Center - the site of HeAT tonight! Pyrotechnics went off in the center of the ring, and Michael Cole alongside Kevin Kelly introduced us to the show, with Chris Benoit facing Chyna in non-title action in the main event, and with Dean Malenko set to defend the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship against Essa Rios.
But kicking things off was the man that debuted for the World Wrestling Federation last week on HeAT, K-Kwik. The young and talented African-American rapped his theme song en route for the ring, hyping up the fans in Birmingham, Alabama. K-Kwik stopped singing to ask the people in 'B-Ham' if they wanted to get rowdy with K-Kwik, but before he could continue, out came the Big Bossman! The crowd booed as the Bossman swung his nightstick around. Bossman told K-Kwik that he went easy on him last week, which is why he lucked into a victory against him. But tonight? Much like K-Kwik's past with the justice system, he was going to serve hard times for thinking he can get another one over on the Bossman!
1) K-Kwik def. The Big Bossman (3:34) Last week on HeAT, the Big Bossman tried to intimidate and bully K-Kwik on his first day as a part of the World Wrestling Federation. Unfortunately for the veteran, K-Kwik himself was no stranger to in-ring competition in his time before arriving in the WWF. The hip-hop artist wowed the people by ducking a clothesline as he did the splits, before dropping Bossman with a big axe kick for a near fall. A spinning back elbow similarly impressed the Birmingham crowd, when Bossman decided to roll out to maintain his composure. Bossman was furious, and he dragged K-Kwik out for a pummeling against the ring apron. Bossman scored a near fall off of a sidewalk slam, before dropping K-Kwik with a big DDT. But K-Kwik showed heart, and he began to fight his way free from a chinlock: reversing the Bossman Slam into a DDT of his own! K-Kwik was rolling, and the Scissors Kick that gave him the win last week went missed, but Bossman failed to capitalize as a jumping facebuster allowed K-Kwik to hook the leg for three!
For a second consecutive week, the newest addition to the World Wrestling Federation roster had scored a win over the Big Bossman! The former WWF Hardcore Champion refused to believe what had just transpired, while K-Kwik jumped in the air and quickly exited the ring to celebrate with some lucky fans in the front row. The rapper's future looked bright, as Bossman continued on his losing ways.
We went to footage shown from earlier today, where the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko was seen looking towards the camera on his front, from a massage table. 'The Ladies Man' groaned with pleasure as the masseuse appeared to be physically motivating him for his big title defense tonight. Suddenly Terri appeared over his shoulder, playfully whispering in his ear. She appeared nude as well, asking Dean if it was her turn yet, causing 'the Ladies Man' to excitedly lean up, rolling over to play with 'the She-Devil!' What on earth was this relationship?
With RAW is WAR emanating live from Madison Square Garden tomorrow night, a video package aired taking us back to the return of 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan to the World Wrestling Federation from two weeks ago. Hogan issued the challenge to Triple H, with this dream match scheduled to take place at SummerSlam later this month, in Hogan's first match with the WWF after a seven year absence. Clips aired to Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme song, showing Hogan's countless WWF Championship victories, and triumphs over the likes of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant, Sid Justice and Yokozuna. But you had to wonder what was going to happen tomorrow night on RAW, with Triple H as high strung as he has been in recent weeks.
Back in the building Dean Malenko made his way out to the ring to nothing but disrespect from the fans in attendance. The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was joined by Terri, who stroked the back of her tiny body against 'the Ladies Man', as the two soon walked hand-in-hand to the ring. Terri was not finished yet though, as 'the She-Devil' began to tell the entire world how impressive Dean was. He wasn't just 'the Man of 1,000 Holds', because he had some tricks up his sleeve that only she knew about! Terri continued to fawn over her man, proclaiming him more than just a great wrestler. He was a great champion, a great lover. And the best part about it? He was all hers. Terri smooched Dean on the cheek, causing Malenko to blush as his challenger Essa Rios made his way out to the ring for this title match.
2) Dean Malenko (w/Terri) (c) def. Essa Rios to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (4:15) 'The She-Devil' had given Dean Malenko the keys to her treasure trove, but also the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship after Crash Holly had defeated Malenko for it last month. Malenko was successful in regaining the title at Fully Loaded, and now appeared to be getting serious with little Terri. Essa Rios meanwhile came up short last week in challenging for the WWF European Championship, but the luchador was not to be deterred: looking for the title he lost to the current reigning champ back in March. Rios caught Dean off-guard early with a series of armdrags and a somersault plancha over the top rope, but a distraction from Terri allowed Malenko to send Rios into the steel steps: taking control from that point on. 'The Ladies Man' slowed the pace of the match, contorting the body of Essa with a bow-and-arrow hold. Rios soon came back with a Mexican Surfboard stretch of his own, which Malenko was able to get out of. Malenko made the fatal error of stopping to smooch his girlfriend Terri, when Essa dropkicked him into her: then caught Dean in a rolling clutch for a close fall! Rios hit a spinning headscissors before going up for a 450 splash, which Terri moved Malenko out of the way of! Rios was winded, and Malenko covered Essa with his feet on the ropes: retaining the title!
Dean Malenko had gotten the job done all thanks to his newfound female friend Terri! The WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was in trouble until 'the She-Devil's assist, while Essa Rios remained winded in pain on the canvas. Malenko welcomed Terri into the ring and kissed her hand, with 'the She-Devil' smitten by 'the Ladies Man's gestures. Enough to make anyone sick!
In footage taken from earlier today D-Lo Brown was hanging outside of the Jefferson County Civic Center, where 'the Bizniz' took great joy in talking to the fans ready for a night of action inside. In the summer Alabama heat, a shaded D-Lo Brown was approached by young fans seeking an autograph from D-Lo...but they actually wanted an autograph from The Rock! Brown was offended they wanted him to ask The Rock for an autograph and was about to talk trash about the WWF Champion, before thinking better of it - telling the kids he would if they gave him $50, each! The kids handed it over, and D-Lo chuckled whilst counting the bills, when Steve Blackman showed up to tell D-Lo that he was a terrible, terrible human being. Brown removed his shades and asked 'the Lethal Weapon' what he was going to do about it. It's about time the business started giving back to him, after all. Blackman proceeded to challenge D-Lo to a match tonight on HeAT, before snatching the $100 from him and passing it back to the kids! Brown was furious, but what was this despicable human being thinking?
We went back to SmackDown! this past Thursday night, where the Brothers of Destruction made their presence felt confronting Test, Albert and Trish Stratus immediately following Stratus' pinfall win against Lita in a six-person tag team contest. The Undertaker and Kane cleaned house of T&A along with Val Venis, before focusing their attention on the devious blonde seductress. Stratus tried to get away, just for the WWF Women's Champion Lita to throw her to the wolves: as 'the Big Red Machine' devastated Trish with a huge Chokeslam! In exclusive footage following the match, Trish Stratus was seen being tended to in the backstage area by paramedics, as Trish complained to T&A about how uncomfortable she was. Trish was less worried about her own safety however, and was more demanding of revenge! Trish told Test and Albert that she wanted to see the Undertaker and Kane suffer, when Val Venis showed up at the scene, telling the group that 'the Big Red Machine' would rule the day he messed with her beautiful body ever again! 'The Valbowski' stormed off in anger, much to the confused glances of T&A. Trish told them to go and talk Val down.
In the ring Kaientai had arrived for tag team competition tonight on HeAT. But much to the chagrin of the Birmingham crowd, Taka Michinoku and Funaki took to the microphone to express the pleasure they got from performing in front of United States crowds! In basic English, they expressed their love for America, and even got a "USA" chant started! But that's when D-Generation X interrupted, with Road Dogg telling the Japanese boys that he loves to see foreigners getting excited about America, it's just a shame that nobody understood a word they were saying! X-Pac laughed at them while Road Dogg told Kaientai that with that said, their love for America reminded him of the APA - the boys that were too dumb to know they were getting paid fake money to get their asses kicked! And just like the APA, Kaientai tonight had found themselves like lamb being led to slaughter, Doggy-style!
3) D-Generation X def. Kaientai (2:52) Road Dogg and X-Pac had had an eventful week in outsmarting the APA at every turn. After paying Bradshaw and Faarooq their services with what was later revealed to be fake money, they would attack the APA after being victorious in a match against Too Cool on RAW. Then, on SmackDown! they set the APA up in being jumped by the Headbangers, leading to a match where the protection agency came out on top. Tonight they were up against the skilled light-heavyweights from Japan in Kaientai, and Taka Michinoku worked hard to counter X-Pac's fast-pace early. A dropkick and a snap suplex gave him a near fall, when Funaki came in with a hurricanrana to X-Pac for a near fall. X-Pac was able to turn it around and lit Funaki up with kicks in the corner, before connecting with a Bronco Buster to the chagrin of the Birmingham crowd. Road Dogg came in with the Shaky Knee Drop, before Michinoku managed to get the tag! Taka tried knocking Road Dogg down, and a springboard dropkick did the job, until X-Pac provided the distraction: setting Taka up for the Pumphandle Drop giving Road Dogg the three.
D-Generation X were the winners tonight on HeAT, having added insult to injury to the bilingually-challenged Kaientai. X-Pac and Road Dogg began to showboat, when the APA's theme music suddenly hit, and out charged Bradshaw and Faarooq! The APA hit the ring and duked it out with DX momentarily, but the allegedly intelligent D-Generation X members decided to run for the hills, causing loud boos to emanate over the Jefferson County Civic Center! The APA and DX would have their day, just not tonight.
We returned to footage from this past Thursday night on SmackDown!, where Tazz laid waste to Grandmaster Sexay in singles action coming off of 'the Human Suplex Machine's assault with a ring bell of Rikishi on RAW. The announcers discussed how Sexay was injured by Tazz in their match, and that he would miss several weeks of action as a result. In exclusive footage, Scotty 2 Hotty was asked by Kevin Kelly about his own altercation with Too Cool, with Scotty telling Kevin that he knows Tazz is a dangerous, dangerous man. But when you go messing with his boys, Rikishi and Grandmaster Sexay? It doesn't sit well with him. Scotty told Kevin that to the people he may just be a simple man that loved to party, and loved to dance - but he was going to prove that he was much more than the Worm, when he challenges that bald New Yorker this Monday night on RAW is WAR!
4) D-Lo Brown def. Steve Blackman (4:28) 'The Bizniz' hit the lowest of the low earlier today when he tried to extort some young fans out of $100, with the naive youngsters hoping for D-Lo Brown to get the Rock's autograph for them. Feeling that the business should be giving back to him, Brown's plan backfired when Steve Blackman turned up challenging him to this match. The former WWF Hardcore Champion hit D-Lo hard with a series of hard-hitting strikes early, but when 'the Lethal Weapon' tried to use his educated feet, Brown got out of there. Blackman chased him around ringside, which allowed D-Lo to take control upon re-entry. D-Lo mocked Blackman's martial-arts background while on offense, with a running powerbomb scoring a near fall. Blackman refused to let up, with a crane kick knocking Brown nearly out! Blackman connected with a diving karate kick from the top, before looking at going for a martial arts kick. D-Lo dodged it and connected with Sky High, before climbing up to the top rope! Brown wanted the Lo Down, but Blackman crotched D-Lo, knocking him off of the top rope. Steve locked in the Guillotine Choke, but Brown was able to hook the legs with his hand on the bottom rope: stealing the win!
D-Lo Brown was successful tonight against Steve Blackman, but 'the Bizniz' had cheated to the best of his abilities to defeat the former WWF Hardcore Champion. Brown had his hand raised at ringside, while 'the Lethal Weapon' glared at him from the ring, bested in this match tonight.
We went back to the outcome of Thursday night's Triple Threat number one contender's match between Triple H, Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho. Despite the interference of Shane McMahon, and the part-time partnership between 'the Game' and 'the Olympic Hero', Chris Jericho managed to come out on top after Triple H planted Angle with a Pedigree - revenge for Angle knocking 'the Game' down with an Olympic Slam to Jericho moments earlier. In exclusive footage, Chris Jericho was seen parading through the backstage corridors after SmackDown! went off the air, with Y2J celebrating the fact that he was now set to challenge The Rock for the WWF Championship tomorrow night on RAW: live, from Madison Square Garden!
Backstage, the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit was en route for the ring, cranking his neck and warming up for our main event. In a non-title rematch from the open challenge six nights ago, 'the Rabid Wolverine' had been challenged by 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna. And Chyna was peeved enough coming out of SmackDown!. We would find out what happens, next on HeAT!
5) Chyna def. WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit (3:11) 'The Rabid Wolverine' got somewhat lucky in what turned into a competitive match between himself and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna on RAW this past Monday night. Chris Benoit was aided by a slight distraction from Lance Storm, with the two soon revealed to be in co-hoots, as the Canadian connection laid waste to both Chyna and boyfriend Eddie Guerrero. A similar result took place on SmackDown!, but when Benoit and the WWF European Champion were interviewed backstage later that night, an incensed Guerrero and Chyna responded, bringing the fight to the champions. Chyna was not playing around tonight, as she caught Benoit off the top rope with a military press slam. A Powerbomb scored a near fall, with Benoit managing to get a foot on the bottom rope. Benoit came back with a gutbuster and a backbreaker, before climbing up to the top rope just to miss the Diving Headbutt! Chyna came back with a second Powerbomb, when Lance Storm inevitably made a run for the ring! 'The Pride of Calgary' distracted the referee, when Eddie Guerrero slipped into the ring: dropping Benoit with the loaded bouquet of roses! Guerrero placed 'Mamacita' on top of Benoit, scoring her a pinfall victory over the WWF Intercontinental Champion!
Chyna had just beaten Chris Benoit, and Lance Storm could not believe it! The WWF European Champion tried to contest Eddie Guerrero's involvement to the official, when Eddie returned to the ring, swinging the loaded roses in direction of 'the Pride of Calgary'! Storm darted out of the ring with a furious Benoit kicking the steel steps in rage. Benoit screamed that no woman could beat him, but in the ring, 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' could not be happier! Eddie raised a victorious Chyna's hand in victory, with more battles sure to ensue between these four Superstars!
RAW is WAR - August 7, 2000 Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York Live on the USA Network
A video package aired, taking us back to last week on SmackDown! Three men were set to do battle to determine who would face The Rock for the WWF Championship in Madison Square Garden, and it could only be Triple H, Kurt Angle or Chris Jericho. After the well-established issues with Triple H reuniting with his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, the Olympic Gold Medalist saw it as a slap in the face to watch 'the Billion Dollar Princess' and 'the Game' back together. Which led to the main event, where after teaming up to take down Y2J, Angle turned on Triple H. The former WWF Champion aimed to win the match for himself, when 'the Game' inexplicably left Angle laying with a Pedigree - but then left the ring, allowing Chris Jericho to claim the spot as number one contender! Tonight in Madison Square Garden, Y2J challenges The Rock for the WWF Championship!
Before going live to New York City, Kurt Angle was spotted earlier today arriving at the World's Most Famous Arena. The Olympic Gold Medalist was clearly not in a good mood, as he dropped the bag from over his shoulder upon seeing close confidante Shane McMahon. Shane O'Mac told Kurt that he knew Thursday night did not turn out how he wanted, but it was time to get back on track starting tonight. If Angle wanted to regain the World Wrestling Federation Championship, then they all needed to unite against Commissioner Mick Foley, and take down The Rock and Chris Jericho tonight! The King of the Ring ignored Shane's pep talk and asked him if Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was here yet, causing Shane to roll his eyes. McMahon wanted to help Kurt help himself, telling him he needed to leave Stephanie be and look at taking back the WWF Championship. Kurt simply told Shane he would see him later, walking away. Angle's mind was elsewhere.
The opening video package aired, taking us to inside Madison Square Garden for RAW is WAR. The pyrotechnics erupted above the ring and across the stage, with a sell-out crowd on hand! Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to a massive edition of RAW, where tonight The Rock will defend the WWF Championship against Chris Jericho; plus, Edge and Christian put the WWF Tag Team Championship on the line against the Hardy Boyz! We were in for another historic night in New York City.
And kicking things off was none other than Triple H, accompanied by a happy-looking Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. 'The Game' was similarly all smiles, with the power couple having buried the hatchet last week on SmackDown! following a tumultuous couple of weeks involving Kurt Angle. New York did not take kindly to the public display of affection, as Triple H offered Stephanie to speak on the microphone first - but not without a kiss. McMahon-Helmsley blushed as she took to the microphone and spoke about how this past several months have been the most challenging thing for their love. However after all of the hurdles, and all of the odds in their way they were able to restore the sanctity of their marriage. And she could not be prouder of her husband for having to put up with her for so long! Despite all of their arguments and disagreements, there is only one man that she looks to for everything a girl could possibly ever want: and that is Triple H. MSG lit up in boos, as 'the Cerebral Assassin' smiled and took to the microphone to agree with every word she said. He told her that so many pathetic, jealous people wanted to watch their marriage fail: but it was going to have to take a nuclear weapon to tear them apart. Triple H confessed his love to Stephanie, before moving on to address SummerSlam. The fans erupted as 'the Game' spoke of Hulk Hogan's plans to show up tonight in the World's Most Famous Arena. But Triple H took exception to the people in attendance for Hulk Hogan supposedly "returning home" to New York City. The place he sold out so many times. The place he created Hulkamania, and created WrestleMania. But Triple H had a news flash for everybody: this was his World Wrestling Federation now!
'The Cerebral Assassin' ripped into Hulk Hogan for disappearing without a trace seven long years ago, turning his back on the people that loved him. 'The Hulkster' ran with his tail between his legs to Atlanta, because he knew he couldn't cut it with the real big boys in the WWF. There was one thing Triple H noticed when he saw all of those clips of Hulk Hogan's greatest moments over the past couple of weeks, and that is the fact that each and every one of those moments no longer mattered. What mattered now was the man that walked out of WrestleMania still the WWF Champion. The man that walked out a bloodied mess in a Street Fight in this very building, back at the Royal Rumble. And it's the man that will take the old dog out of his misery at SummerSlam! The crowd booed, and Triple H demanded Hulk - if he had more guts than money - to be a man, and come out here and face him right now! 'The Game' spoke with Stephanie as the building grew quiet. Moments later, 'Real American' hit MSG, and the place erupted. Hulk Hogan made his second appearance to the biggest ovation in recent memory, with New York City louder than ever for 'the Hulkster'! Draped in the familiar colors of red and yellow, it appeared that Hulk Hogan was on his way down to the ring, as Triple H safely positioned Stephanie behind him. Hogan emerged in the ring, where the two of them stood face to face. Hulk Hogan had a microphone of his own in hand, and as he removed his shades to eye up his SummerSlam opponent in front of him, he told Triple H that there was one reason he wanted to face Triple H at SummerSlam: and it was the fact that he thought 'the Game' was the man around here. He was the trailblazer of the World Wrestling Federation now, and it was easy to see why. Triple H had made his own empire, his own special brand of Hulkamania. All anybody had to do was look at what 'the Game' had done in a year: becoming a three-time WWF Champion, marrying the boss's daughter, and demanding the respect of an entire generation of young Superstars in the process! But that's where the line ended: he sees now that Triple H isn't the man he thought he was. All that Triple H was, was a b*tch!
The crowd was in shock as was the power couple, but Hogan continued by telling 'the Game' that he saw Triple H as a man he thought was much more than his longtime friend Stephanie's pet, and as the last couple of weeks have shown: Triple H is nothing more than her plaything! Triple H pointed the finger at Hulk, telling him that he does not have any idea what goes on behind closed doors, but Hulk asserted that this wasn't the same Stephanie that he knew. When Hulk and her old man Vince were tight he would come on up to their beautiful mansion in Greenwich, and she was crazy about 'the Hulkster' growing up, brother! But as it turns out, Stephanie grew up as power-hungry as her old man. Hulk Hogan told Stephanie that she was sorry to say, but it seemed like when Hulk said "eat your vitamins and say your prayers", Stephanie was taking a whole different sort of vitamins! Triple H could feel himself getting angrier, a reddened Hunter telling Hulk to leave his wife out of this. To take Stephanie out of the equation, because while Hogan can come out here with the same old catchphrases that got him to superstardom twenty years ago, and make some money for a little retirement palace down in Tampa, for him SummerSlam was about something different. To remind each and every one of these ungrateful Yankee sociopaths that there is one man that rules the World Wrestling Federation above all else: and his name is Triple H, the man that will end his career! Madison Square Garden filled with thunderous boos, but Hulk Hogan responded with a smile, telling Triple H that this is what he wanted to hear. He wanted to rile 'the Game' up, because he was excited for August 27. He was excited to fight 'the Game' to see if he really was that damn good. At SummerSlam, it would be a dream match: a dream match he could not afford to lose! Hogan told Triple H that he's right, it has been seven long years since Hulkamania ran wild. But why wait until SummerSlam?
Hulk told Triple H that maybe it was time for him to shake off the ring rust, challenging Triple H to go at it right here and now! Hogan ripped his shirt off to a big ovation and squared up to Triple H, who had Stephanie in his ear telling him not to go ahead with it. 'The Cerebral Assassin' paced back and forth in thought, before telling Hulk that he was on! Triple H and Hogan duked it out mid-ring, with MSG exploding! Triple H sent Hulk into the ropes, just for Hulk to fire back with a clothesline, before body slamming 'the Game' like he was Andre the Giant! Triple H took a seat in shock, when all of a sudden D-Generation X hit the ring to attack Hogan! The crowd booed as X-Pac and Road Dogg jumped 'the Hulkster' from behind, but Hulk kept it together - knocking both men down with right hands! But it allowed Triple H to get the opening he needed - a chop block taking Hulk down. All three members of DX put the boots to 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan, but help was on the way: the APA! Bradshaw and Faarooq hit the ring with unfinished business to take care of with DX, running Triple H, X-Pac and Road Dogg from the ring! The APA helped with Hulk back to his feet, with Hogan wanting more of 'the Cerebral Assassin'!
Following the chaos that unfolded moments ago, with Hulk Hogan and Triple H getting into a fight that looked to take a sinister turn. With D-Generation X ganging up on the Legend, 'the Hulkster' looked to be in trouble when the APA came rushing to the ring, fighting off the three members of DX. Back live X-Pac was in disbelief that Hulk Hogan was still so versatile. Road Dogg uttered with gasps of breath that the APA had no place out there, when Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley showed up to tell DX that Hogan was lucky his ass had back-up. 'The Game' was beside himself at Hogan getting the better of him, but D-Generation X's chatter was interrupted when Commissioner Mick Foley showed up full of excitement! Mick copied the chants of Madison Square Garden, telling them that Hulk still ruled! But Mick said if he wasn't a believer before, he sure as hell was now: what an idea that gave him! Foley told DX that tonight for the first time ever, Hulk Hogan would compete on RAW. Triple H wouldn't have to wait until the dream match at SummerSlam, because it would be Hulk Hogan and the APA taking on the three of them in a six-man tag team match for the ages...right here in New York City! DX were furious, with Triple H telling Mick there wouldn't be a dream match at SummerSlam after tonight!
1) Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) def. WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit (w/WWF European Champion Lance Storm) (4:55) Last week we saw the unity of two Canadian champions when Chris Benoit and Lance Storm teamed up with a similar goal in mind: to humiliate Eddie Guerrero and Chyna. The WWF Intercontinental Champion and the WWF European Champion had made unlikely allies, with 'the Rabid Wolverine' indirectly responsible for costing 'Latino Heat' his title opportunity against Lance Storm on SmackDown! But tonight, Eddie was out for revenge. In non-title action, Guerrero fired off on Benoit with a series of rights. The aggressive Eddie caught Benoit with a series of backslide attempts, before 'the Canadian Crippler' was able to slow the pace with a backbreaker. Benoit turned his attention to the previously separated shoulder of Eddie Guerrero, with an abdominal stretch manipulating the joint of Eddie. Chyna tried to root New York City behind him, while Lance Storm was able to distract the referee enabling Benoit to use the ropes for added pressure. Guerrero soon got out, and Eddie came back with a flying headscissors, before connecting with a brainbuster for a near fall! Eddie was trying his best to combat his former friend from the Radicalz, but another distraction from Storm allowed Benoit to cut Eddie off with a superplex from the top rope! Benoit climbed up for the Diving Headbutt, when Chyna knocked him off, crotching him on the top rope! Eddie was able to cradle a subdued Benoit, scoring a big upset!
Eddie Guerrero rolled out of the ring to loud cheers from a loving Madison Square Garden. Chyna rushed to his side, smooching her 'Latino Heat' on the lips immediately. Inside the ring, Chris Benoit held his groin while arguing with the referee over the decision. Lance Storm got into the ring to yell at the official as well: 'the Pride of Calgary' unimpressed with Eddie's resilience. Benoit wanted another fight with 'Latino Heat', who gestured that he wanted some gold around his waist. Eddie had picked up the win, with a little help from his girlfriend Chyna.
Michael Cole was backstage standing beside the number one contender Chris Jericho, on a huge night for the young Canadian. Michael told Y2J that tonight he looked to beat the man he has teamed with on several occasions: the Rock. Jericho interrupted "Mitchell" and told him that he was right on the money. Tonight will be the biggest night of his career. It was one year ago when he stepped foot on that rampway, and interrupted the Rock. Tonight? He challenges him for the WWF Championship. And while there may be a lot of things that he and 'the Great One' can agree on, from how repulsively Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley is dressed, to Kurt Angle's schoolgirl crush on her, to the size of Shane McMahon's silver spoon-filled mouth. There is one thing they definitely disagree on, and that's who the better man really is. Y2J told Rock that he's been to war with Triple H, he's fought clinics with Chris Benoit, and he's beaten Kurt Angle's ass. But when he fights the Rock, they are going to learn a whole lot more about one another. The questions were if Chris Jericho could overcome The Rock or fall short. But even if he fell short, Madison Square Garden would never, ever be the same again, because Y2J and 'the Brahma Bull' were going to rip New York City down in that ring tonight! He wished Rock luck, before heading off to prepare.
The Brothers of Destruction were seen arriving at the building in another part of the backstage area, when the Undertaker and Kane were immediately interrupted by the Headbangers. Mosh and Thrasher were disgusted by the actions of 'the Big Red Machine' after he gave Trish Stratus a Chokeslam ride to Hell last week. Thrasher told Kane that they may be punks, but what the brothers did, getting off on such violence? It was absolutely appalling! Undertaker removed his sunglasses and asked the metalheads who they were. This aggravated the Headbangers, but Undertaker told the boys he would do them a favor: if they wanted to air their grievances with the Brothers of Destruction - they could be their guests by facing them in that ring tonight! Undertaker and Kane kept on marching, leaving Mosh and Thrasher hush.
Back live on RAW is WAR, Kurt Angle was seen approaching the dressing room of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, where the Olympic Gold Medalist considered knocking. After not hearing from 'the Billion Dollar Princess' in a week, Kurt wanted to speak with his supposed good friend with his mind unable to focus on more important matters. Angle relented from knocking, then found himself pacing back and forth, unable to find the courage. After several moments of thought, the King of the Ring ultimately decided against it, instead throwing his fists down and storming off up the hallway.
Back live Tazz was seen walking down to the ring, draped in his black towel. 'The Human Suplex Machine' ignored the people from his home city - residing in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn - instead taking to the microphone to address his fellow New Yorkers. Tazz talked about his newfound attitude, and how life is so much better than it was when he was living in this hellhole. He doesn't have to concern himself with stepping foot on a p*ss-smelling subway train to commute to work every morning, because he wasn't a loser. He didn't need to worry about getting caught in traffic, because he wasn't a loser. And now, look at him. He was a dangerous, dangerous man! And if the people didn't want to agree with him, to just ask Rikishi or Grandmaster Sexay. Tazz was about to continue deriding New York City, when Scotty 2 Hotty interrupted 'the Human Suplex Machine' to a big ovation! Scotty had called for this match after Sexay was beaten and choked out on SmackDown! - and Scotty didn't want to waste any time, rushing the ring!
2) Tazz def. Scotty 2 Hotty (2:33) Scotty 2 Hotty was out here to avenge his brethrens in Grandmaster Sexay and Rikishi, after 'the Human Suplex Machine' left Rikishi laying with a severe concussion last Monday night after an assault including a ring bell. To make matters worse, it was Tazz who choked Grandmaster Sexay out on SmackDown! in a match, causing Grandmaster to be absent as well. It was up to Scotty to gain a measure of retribution, and he looked good early on with a serious combination of right hands rocking him. Tazz however would not allow himself to be bested by Scotty, firing back with a thunderous clothesline! Tazz choked Scotty over the ropes and tossed him halfway across the ring with a Tazzplex, but Scotty kept fighting back. Tazz toying with Scotty only infuriated him, and soon enough Scotty 2 Hotty fired back with a spinning back elbow off the ropes! Scotty connected with a facebuster and looked to go for the Worm, just for Tazz to roll out to the apron at the last moment! Scotty pursued him on the apron, where Tazz suplexed Scotty right on his face, before climbing back in and sinking in the Tazzmisssion on Scotty - quickly choking the life out of the final remaining member of Too Cool.
'The Human Suplex Machine' had choked out Scotty 2 Hotty to win this match, but as the referee rang the bell, Tazz was unmmoved: still mounted with his legs clutching around Scotty's waist! The life had been drained from him, yet Tazz was sadistic, refusing to move! The referee finally forced him off of him, but after having his hand raised as the victor, Tazz swiftly returned back to Scotty: once again locking in the Tazzmission on his defenseless opponent! Tazz had snapped, now having laid waste to Rikishi and both members of Too Cool in the past week. He really was a dangerous man, especially with this newfound attitude.
Backstage Steven Richards gathered his assailants the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan together for a huddle. Steven firstly gave Bull a warm welcome to their little group, telling him that it means the world to have him here, in the purity that is their movement. Richards commented that when he started this project several weeks ago, he knew that he would face a lot of backlash from the boys - but he also knew that there would be several faces that knew exactly what he was trying to do. The World Wrestling Federation as they knew it was failing to be the role models that the youth of today need: but that's where they come in. They could be the role models each and every kid has been looking for. Richards led the rally, telling the men that this was a WWF deserving of no more scantily-dressed prostitutes, of no more table-breaking destruction and chaos that had no right in their ring. They had the Right to Censor, and tonight they begin their mission by finally taking care of the Dudley Boyz! The three put their hands all in before departing: a strange new faction with a tough night ahead, against two furious Dudleyville natives.
3) The Brothers of Destruction def. The Headbangers (2:55) The Undertaker and Kane may have ridden themselves of Trish Stratus last Thursday on SmackDown!, after 'the Big Red Machine' delivered a Chokeslam to Hell for the blonde vixen, but they still had to take care of business in Mosh and Thrasher of the Headbangers tonight. The Headbangers voiced their disdain for the Brothers of Destruction's actions earlier tonight, and the Undertaker simply challenged the metalheads to take them on tonight in a match. The Headbangers tried early, with a double-team ambush of Kane backfiring and leading to a sidewalk slam from the monster to Thrasher. Undertaker and Kane showed off their tag team experience, with their brotherhood intact despite all of their previous overshadowing complications. Mosh made the mistake of trying to headbutt Undertaker, which only caused 'the Deadman' to take Mosh for a ride with an Old School! It was turning extremely one-sided, culminating when Kane dished up a Chokeslam for Thrasher - when Undertaker hoisted Thrasher up for a powerbomb, elevating him above his head and slamming him down hard for a three count!
It was a decisive victory in New York City for the two brothers tonight, the Undertaker and Kane shutting up the complainant Headbangers in tag team action. But the Brothers of Destruction's night did not look to end there, as T&A suddenly made their way out to the rampway, flanked by Val Venis! With no Trish Stratus in sight, Test stood on the rampway telling the Brothers of Destruction that they were nothing but a couple of punks for what they did to their manager! The six-foot-six blonde told Kane that if they thought they were so tough, they didn't even know what T&A were capable of. 'The Valbowski' took over, telling Undertaker and Kane that for what they did, they should be reprimanded and suspended! Not just for their lack of respect, but for their straight up lack of remorse. The crowd booed, but Undertaker responded with a microphone of his own in hand. 'The Deadman' asked the boys about remorse, and how respect goes hand in hand. And unfortunately for them, they were about to find out that you have to earn respect!
Undertaker and Kane suddenly left the ring, making a fee-lance for Test, Albert and Val! The five men suddenly went at it on the rampway, with fists flying everywhere! Kane looked to deliver a Chokeslam to Albert, when Test came from behind with a clothesline taking the monster down! T&A ganged up on Kane, and looked to try and deliver a gorilla press slam off of the stage on 'the Big Red Machine', when Undertaker rose to his feet and fended the trio off to the back with a biker's chain in hand! Undertaker helped Kane back up to his feet - and you could tell that this rivalry was going to get a lot more personal before it was over!
In his locker room Kevin Kelly was standing beside the WWF Champion moments before his big title defense tonight against Chris Jericho. The Rock was full of life, bouncing back and forth before turning to Kevin Kelly and telling him that this was the big night. It was time for Cinderella to go to the ball with 'the Great One', but would she be able to kiss the World Wrestling Federation Championship before she turned into a toad? Rock raised his eyebrow as he talked about Chris Jericho, being a loyal ally to the Rock, and a formidable foe. 'The Brahma Bull' reminisced to one year ago where Y2J and his high-ponytailed monkey-ass came out to interrupt the Rock as he stood in the middle of that ring. Flash-forward one year, and it will be Rock kicking the monkey-crap out of Chris Jericho to keep his title. Rock told Y2J to make no mistake, they may be occasional buddies that like to beat jabronis on any given night. But tonight they are opponents. And Rock wants Chris Jericho to do one thing, and one thing only: Just Bring It. Rock set off for the ring, the WWF Championship on the line next!
After a replay of the brawl that went down between the Brothers of Destruction and T&A with Val Venis, we went to footage taken from the commercial break. A seething T&A and Val Venis confronted Commissioner Mick Foley in his "office" for the night - a forklift, hanging cactus and all - demanding that the Undertaker and Kane be reprimanded for everything they've done! Mick counteracted their points, bringing up how this all started when Test and Albert got involved in Undertaker and Kane's business at Fully Loaded. So in all fairness, T&A don't get to ask for anything! But Trish Stratus did ask him for something last week, and that was a shot at the WWF Women's Championship - which she will get this week on SmackDown! Test contested that Trish wasn't even going to be here, she was in recovery from the Chokeslam! Mick chuckled, telling them that this is where the tables had turned on them: because Trish has three days to recover for her big title match against Lita, otherwise she would find herself reprimanded instead! Albert spoke up and called Mick a fraud, to which Foley responded: making a match for T&A against the Brothers of Destruction, at SummerSlam! Foley honked the horn on the forklift to make it official, leaving the trio fuming!
4) The Rock (c) vs Chris Jericho ended in a no contest; The Rock retains the WWF Championship (10:44) There was a lot of history between these two men from the past year. On August 9 of last year, Chris Jericho shocked sports entertainment when he arrived in the World Wrestling Federation, interrupting the Rock. Flash-forward a year, and Chris Jericho was now the number one contender after defeating Triple H and Kurt Angle on SmackDown! four days prior. These two men have faced one another and they have partnered together on multiple occasions - the difference being that this was Madison Square Garden, and this was for the WWF Championship. Y2J struggled to rock Rock's momentum early, with a belly-to-belly suplex catching the challenger off-guard early. A DDT scored Rock a near fall, but Y2J soon came out of the woodwork with a diving back elbow off the second rope. Y2J came back with a flying forearm off the ropes, and now Rock found himself struggling as Jericho scored near fall after near fall, while working over the spine of 'the Great One'. Jericho chopped Rock hard, but Rock responded with some of his own, and soon a Samoan drop took Y2J down hard! Rock caught Jericho with a spinebuster and aimed for the People's Elbow, but Jericho rolled out of the way, then connected with a Lionsault for a near fall! Both men refused to quit, as Y2J looked for a powerbomb just for Rock to power out, attempting a Rock Bottom that Jericho broke free from - and the Walls of Jericho was attempted! Y2J tried to turn Rock over, just for Rock to send Jericho rebounding into the ropes, right into the Rock Bottom! Rock went to cover, but Kurt Angle darted down to ringside, barbarically pulling the referee out of the ring!
The Rock didn't even know what had happened, but when the WWF Champion looked up in a state of exhaustion, Kurt Angle slid into the ring, booting 'the People's Champ' in the face! The King of the Ring had ruined this WWF Championship match, and now a refocused Olympian took to pounding on 'the Great One' on the canvas! New York City booed Angle greatly after ending this match prematurely, when Kurt took off for the floor to grab a steel chair. Angle laid the chair on the canvas, before looking to deliver an Olympic Slam on top of it - when Chris Jericho slid back into the ring, able to stop Angle dead in his tracks! Angle left the ring with a sickening smirk on his face, while Y2J aided to the fallen Rock. Angle had heeded Shane McMahon's advice, but had gone into business for himself wanting another shot at the Rock's title!
In the backstage area Commissioner Mick Foley watched from his forklift - parked near a television monitor - a mischievous grin on his face whilst shaking his head at the result of the WWF Championship bout. Shane McMahon cheerily joined 'the Hardcore Legend', asking Mick how he liked Kurt Angle now! Shane was enthusiastic in talking about how the Olympic Gold Medalist took it upon himself to get involved in The Rock's match with Chris Jericho: all because he was a hungry son of a gun! Mick admitted that it was impressive, and Shane agreed that this called for a rematch for the former champ. McMahon left having given him something to consider, leaving Mick to watch the screen, perplexed.
Returning from the commercial break, Eddie Guerrero was suddenly jumped by none other than Chris Benoit! The WWF Intercontinental Champion blind-sighted 'Latino Heat' as he walked down the corridor, with Benoit unable to handle the fact that Eddie beat him earlier tonight! Guerrero attempted to put up a fight just for 'the Rabid Wolverine' to kick him low, sending him sailing into production equipment propped up against the wall! Benoit screamed that Eddie couldn't beat him, that he wasn't good enough - all while Benoit slapped on the Crippler Crossface! Eddie was tapping out, with Benoit unlikely to let 'Latino Heat' free!
5) The Dudley Boyz def. The Goodfather and Bull Buchanan (w/Steven Richards) (3:38) In D-Von and Bubba Ray's ongoing frustrations with Steven Richards, we have seen the formation and rise of a new movement in the Right to Censor. Recruiting Bull Buchanan, and perhaps shockingly, the Goodfather, Steven Richards has vowed for his shirt-and-tie wearing henchmen to cleanse the World Wrestling Federation of all impurities. Despite Richards wishing for the group to be role models for the youth of today, New York City loved the Dudley Boyz, and they got right down and into it with the two bruisers. D-Von set up for a 3D on the Goodfather, when Buchanan was able to rescue him at the last moment. Buchanan used a high kick to impressively knock Bubba down, and from there Goodfather and Buchanan brutalized Bubba with heavy-handed shots in the corner. Richards played cheerleader, as Buchanan held Bubba's arms so that the formerly-known Ho Train could be hit, with a death valley driver getting a near fall after D-Von came in to break it up! Buchanan got the tag and looked for a scissor's kick, just for Bubba to respond with a powerslam - before the tag was made! D-Von came in with a series of rights for both men, but was unable to knock either off of their feet. A distraction from Richards enabled the Right to Censor to double-team D-Von with a double press slam, when all of a sudden the Godfather's old theme music played! It was Gangrel, accompanied by a hoard of Hos, dancing out to the rampway! Goodfather was distracted, and when he turned around he walked straight into a 3D, giving the Dudley Boyz the victory!
The Dudley Boyz had scored the win after the assist from the Goodfather's former tag team partner Gangrel, and Steven Richards was turning red with rage! Bull Buchanan was down, as was Goodfather - all while Steven naively climbed into the ring to voice his disdain at the vampire for bringing the Hos out with him! But as Steven gestured, pointed fingers and screamed at the top of his lungs about the scantily-clad ladies on the rampway, he backed right into the waiting hands of the Dudley Boyz. Bubba Ray body slammed Richards, with D-Von headed to the top for the Wazzup! - and it appeared the inevitable was about to happen. The tables were called for, and upon D-Von setting it up, Bubba took Steven up to the top rope: driving Richards through the wood with a big powerbomb! The Right to Censor movement may have taken a backstep tonight, but New York City loved seeing Steven Richards - with his white socks on full display - sent crashing through the table!
In her dressing room Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was seen speaking with her brother Shane McMahon about her weekend with Triple H, and how great it had been to reconcile after all of the problems with Kurt Angle. Shane's attention was focused solely on the great job Angle had done in ruining Chris Jericho and the Rock's WWF Championship earlier tonight, and that it should be all about the Olympic Gold Medalist regaining the title from this point on. Speaking of the devil, the door slammed and in stormed a determined Kurt Angle, surprising both. Shane O'Mac wanted to greet Kurt with a high-five, but the King of the Ring instead turned to Stephanie - hugging McMahon-Helmsley tight! The room fell silent, but despite Stephanie's shock, she appeared to enjoy the hug, as Kurt left without saying another word. McMahon-Helmsley was strangely surprised, and so it appeared that their friendship was back on.
Back live, the APA were in their office taping their fists ahead of the six-man tag team bout. Bradshaw and Faarooq could not wait to get their hands on D-Generation X, but there was a knock on the door, and upon entry came Hulk Hogan through the door. The APA were happy to see a real American like 'the Hulkster', and Bradshaw wasted no time in telling Hogan that it was an honor to team with him tonight. But 'the Hulkster' calmed Bradshaw down, asking him if this was the Acolyte Protection Agency or not. Faarooq responded affirmatively, and Hulk asked if the APA were all about kicking ass and taking names. Bradshaw responded affirmatively, and 'the Hulkster' addressed the gentlemen, telling them that tonight D-Generation X gets their asses kicked - but not just APA-style: it was USA-style! Hulk raised a can of beer to the APA, and a starstruck Bradshaw responded by cracking a can. The trio slammed beers together in preparation of an epic main event in store!
In the building saw the WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian making their way out to the ring for their big title defense. The Canadians were not pleased to be in New York City, and Christian made it clear upon addressing the great fans in Madison Square Garden as citizens of "the Rotten Apple". Christian spoke up about how they didn't understand the rich history that this place had. Edge commented that the Garden hadn't seen much action whatsoever this past couple of months. Unless you were a fan of Bruce Springsteen. Not to mention the amount of lacklustre sports teams New York has! They bet that the people would have loved to see the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in Madison Square Garden, but that didn't happen - and the Knicks didn't exactly see Playoff finals either! But the people of New York could fear no longer, because they would be their champions. They were about to give MSG a show with a Five Second Pose, when the Hardy Boyz rudely interrupted - accompanied by Lita for their title match!
6) Edge and Christian (c) def. The Hardy Boyz (w/WWF Women's Champion Lita) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship (5:41) There was an extensive and rich history between these two teams, leading all the way back to last October where they competed in an all-out battle in a Ladder match. But that was then, and this is now. Edge and Christian have defeated the Hardy Boyz at every turn since becoming champions back at WrestleMania, but despite the cocky Canadians' claims that they are the best tag team of the millennium, the Hardy Boyz were named by Commissioner Mick Foley last Thursday as Edge and Christian's next challengers tonight. The Hardys rushed the ring and took control immediately, with Poetry in Motion for Christian, and a stereo-legdrop for Edge. With Lita becoming WWF Women's Champion two weeks ago, the Hardys wanted gold too - but Jeff had a far-out idea when he left the ring and unveiled a ten-foot ladder from beneath the ring! Hardy set it up, but Edge and Christian gained control. The champions isolated Jeff from Matt, with the Canadians mocking New York City to loud boos all the way. Jeff soon fired back with a flying headscissors sending Christian into Edge, and the tag was made to Matt! Matt went hard to work against the champions in the ring, but suddenly T&A were seen making their way down to ringside! Test stalked Lita around the ringside area with Lita running, before running into Albert! T&A were clearly trying to attack Lita before Trish Stratus's match with her on SmackDown! Thursday - but Jeff Hardy saved the day, diving off of the huge ladder with a dive onto both men! The referee attended to Jeff, while inside Matt found himself in harm's way, as E&C clocked him in the skull with the Conchairto! Christian hooked the leg, and stole the three count!
With Jeff Hardy laying atop the carnage of Test and Albert on the floor, Edge and Christian had snuck in the backdoor with a brutal Conchairto shot to retain their titles! The WWF Tag Team Champions celebrated mid-ring, as Jeff crawled back inside to aid his fallen brother Matt. All the while, Lita remained safe at ringside: mouthing off at the interfering T&A, with the WWF Women's Championship at stake on SmackDown!, whether Trish Stratus was 100% or not!
We cut to a shot of Times Square, just across town from the World's Most Famous Arena. Outside of a packed house at WWF New York saw limousines pull up - and the Dudley Boyz stepped out of it! D-Von and Bubba Ray were ready to celebrate with the fans in attendance, after defeating the Right to Censor once and for all tonight - at the post-RAW is WAR after party, live at WWF New York!
But returning to Madison Square Garden, business was about to pick up. Triple H led X-Pac, Road Dogg and a silent Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley out of their dressing room. D-Generation X were full of confidence while 'the Game' was determined. With three weeks to go until the dream match at SummerSlam, 'the Game' and 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan would get a chance to go at it when DX takes on Hulk Hogan and the APA, next!
7) Hulk Hogan and the APA def. D-Generation X (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (5:16) The unthinkable was about to happen. As long as RAW is WAR has been on the air, Hulk Hogan has never had the opportunity to compete on the World Wrestling Federation's flagship show. Until tonight. After going at it with Triple H earlier tonight, a motivated Hulk Hogan appeared to not want to wait for SummerSlam to face 'the Game' in a dream match. But unfortunately for 'the Hulkster', it would not be a one-on-one occasions when D-Generation X interfered. X-Pac and Road Dogg had the numbers game advantage, until the APA - whom they have toyed with in recent weeks - made the rescue for the Legend. Bradshaw started with Triple H, where 'the Game' was actually bested by the tough Texan who blasted him with a powerslam for a near fall. Faarooq got the tag, but a neckbreaker changed things as X-Pac and Road Dogg got involved to take turns hammering on Faarooq. The co-founder of the Acolyte Protection Agency was in trouble, but New York City wanted nothing more than for Hulk Hogan to get the tag - and after catching Road Dogg off the second rope with a spinebuster, 'the Hulkster' got the tag! Hulk Hogan hit the ring, red-and-yellow tights and all, to a thunderous ovation! Hogan ran wild on X-Pac with a gorilla press slam and a big right hand. But Triple H came from behind to strike Hulk, causing Hogan to begin Hulking up! 'The Game' relented with clenched right hands to the skull of Hogan, who didn't respond to any one of them: and Hogan blasted a shocked Triple H knocking him out of the ring! X-Pac struck from behind, just for 'the Hulkster' to catch him with the Big Boot: following up with the Leg Drop, and capturing the three count for his team!
For the first time since March 23, 1992, Madison Square Garden were going crazy for a victory for Hulk Hogan - live and in living color! 'The Hulkster' had won his first match back in the World Wrestling Federation, and most importantly, showed that he still had it! X-Pac remained down and out in the center of the ring, whilst Road Dogg rested on the floor at ringside. Triple H could be seen talking trash and pointing his finger in the direction of Hulk Hogan, while 'the Hulkster' stood tall with Bradshaw and Faarooq to the delight of the fans in the ring! It would be a dream match of a lifetime come SummerSlam, but how would Triple H respond to such an important loss in three weeks?
SmackDown! - August 10, 2000 Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey Broadcast on UPN Taped August 8, 2000
SmackDown! kicked off with a video package recapping the return of Hulk Hogan to RAW is WAR last Monday night. After a face-off with Triple H, and harsh words exchanged between the two ahead of the dream match at SummerSlam, 'the Hulkster' was not prepared to wait three weeks: bringing the fight to 'the Game'. It culminated into a showdown between Triple H and his D-Generation X buddies Road Dogg and X-Pac, and Hulk Hogan in his first ever match on RAW, teaming with the APA. In the midst of the action, Triple H dared to ambush Hulk from behind, just to find himself feeling the wrath of the Legend upon Hulking up. In the end, it was 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan that picked up his first match as a WWF Superstar in seven long years, defeating X-Pac with the trademark Big Boot and Leg Drop. Triple H looked on enraged, with a lot of preparation to undergo before SummerSlam.
The opening video package aired, bringing us to East Rutherford, New Jersey for SmackDown! Pyrotechnics exploded across the stage, with a hot crowd on hand tonight in the Continental Airlines Arena. Michael Cole alongside Jerry Lawler welcomed us to SmackDown! on the heels of The Rock and Chris Jericho's WWF Championship match ending with controversy with Kurt Angle's interference. But tonight, Y2J will have a shot at redemption when he does battle with the Olympic Gold Medalist!
Val Venis kicked off the show, making his way out to the ring to loud boos from the capacity crowd. 'The Valbowski' appeared as no-nonsense as ever, addressing the people of East Rutherford with complaints to be made about the Brothers of Destruction. He laid claim to Shane McMahon discussing how unfair a Commissioner Mick Foley was, and the way in which his manager Trish Stratus has been treated is all the evidence you would need! Val continued to run down the Meadowlands crowd, where he told the people that the fact was that the Undertaker and Kane were more than merely Brothers of Destruction. They were animals, they were monsters. Val brought up a clip from RAW this past week, showing 'the Big Red Machine' attempting to toss Albert off of the stage - Val calling the wild brawl that went down morally depraved! But with that said, he has no desire of picking a fight with Kane: he was however calling out 'the American Badass' for a fight! Venis told Undertaker that he couldn't hide behind his brother all of the time: daring 'the Deadman' to come and face him right now! After moments of waiting, the jacked up Val Venis got his wish as the lights went out in the arena. The Undertaker rode out on his motorcycle, clearly accepting of the challenge of 'the Valbowski!' Undertaker stepped off of his bike, removed his shades and climbed into the ring: where Val was ready, ripe with right hands!
1) The Undertaker def. Val Venis by disqualification (3:57) 'The American Badass' had accepted the unexpected challenge thrown out by Val Venis, after the demands of the Brothers of Destruction to be reprimanded, for assaulting Trish Stratus was overturned in favor of a tag team battle at SummerSlam. Val was unimpressed with Commissioner Mick Foley's reception to Trish's injury coming off of the Chokeslam received by Kane last week, but Undertaker was in a fighting mood and caught Venis with rights and lefts from the get-go. A clothesline in the corner followed up with a big boot, causing 'the Valbowski' to bail. Undertaker was in hot pursuit, but Venis was no slouch and led 'the Deadman' back inside, before laying him out with a big clothesline! Venis hammered on Undertaker from here, with Val determined not to let Undertaker back up to his feet. Venis looked good in control, with a camel clutch keeping Undertaker at bay until he fought free. Where Val went wrong came with an axe handle off of the second being caught with a throat thrust: and 'the Deadman' came back swinging! A bombardment of body blows in the corner led to the Old School being connected: when Undertaker followed up with the elevated powerbomb we saw him put Thrasher away with on RAW this past Monday! But after dropping Venis like a stack of dimes, out charged T&A to get some of Undertaker!
The referee called for the bell, as the Undertaker greeted Test and Albert with rights and lefts - but ultimately, the numbers game had come into play! 'The Deadman' had Test trapped in the corner, when Albert came from behind with a bicycle kick taking the big Texan off of his feet! With 'the American Badass' down, Val Venis got in on the action with some fierce right hands to the face. A big splash from Albert soon followed, before T&A set Undertaker up with a hold of his limbs: so that Val Venis could climb up to the top rope, delivering the Money Shot into the anatomy of 'the Deadman!' Undertaker's ribs were still harmed following an attack with the steel steps two weeks ago, as T&A and Val Venis left 'the American Badass' laying, coughing up blood from the onslaught! Meanwhile, a camera cut to the backstage where a locker room door could be seen blocked by a production crate! The door slammed ferociously, as it appeared that Kane had been trapped - perhaps by the dastardly trio!
Elsewhere, Kurt Angle was seen arriving at the Continental Airlines Arena where the Olympic Gold Medalist appeared to be in much brighter spirits than he was seen in on RAW on Monday. Angle suddenly ran into Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, who told her friend that she had been waiting for him. She wanted to talk to Kurt about their friendship, and how she knows she had been apart from him - but she didn't really mean to go anywhere. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' appeared somewhat shy as she tried to explain how she just wanted to try and get her marriage with Triple H back on track. Kurt cut her off, telling Stephanie that it was all good: he had things on his mind too. For a start, all of the chumps competing in the 2000 Olympics! They don't know the first thing about what he had to go through. Kurt reminded her that he won the gold medals with a broken freaking neck, to which Stephanie understood. She wished him luck in his match tonight, hugging Kurt much like he did on Monday...and Kurt Angle's expression remained unchanged, focused on Chris Jericho tonight.
In the trainer's office, Trish Stratus was shown laying on a table complaining about her aches and pains. Trish was speaking with the trainer about her condition, and how she couldn't believe that Commissioner Mick Foley thought she would be in any shape to compete tonight. She wanted the WWF Women's Championship, and she wanted to kick Lita's butt so much - but not like this. The trainer matter-of-factly told Trish that she was all cleared to compete and that Trish was as healthy as ever before, causing Trish to respond with concern. She asked the trainer if he had ran all of the tests, before turning up the charm with the trainer. She leaned in with her cleavage on full show, yet the trainer ignored them, instead writing up notes on a clipboard! The trainer coldly wished her luck, causing Trish to jump off the bench and stomp out!
In the building CommissionerMick Foley made his way out to the ring to a huge ovation from East Rutherford. 'The Hardcore Legend' was not all that far away from home, and he seemed pleasantly surprised by the reaction he received from the New Jersey crowd. Upon entering the ring, Mick greeted all of his neighbors in New Jersey! They responded positively again, as Mick talked about the show in store for them all tonight. But before he got started, he wanted to address the concerns of some of the boys in the back where it pertained to how he handled business. Mick told the boys that if there was something they wanted to tell him, to come and say it to his face: because if anything has ever been unfair in the World Wrestling Federation, it was back when President Jack Tunney was in power and Hulk Hogan was forced to vacate the WWF Championship! The fans applauded the dated reference, when Mick did want to discuss controversy surrounding the WWF title, and how Kurt Angle greatly impressed him on Monday night. Almost as much as it infuriated him, interfering in Chris Jericho's biggest match to date - challenging the Rock for the big one! Mick explained that he had the conversation with Shane McMahon about Kurt's rematch, and as much as Angle's business getting involved in said match made for exciting television and really laid out his priorities: he was deciding to pass on Kurt's rematch for the time being!
There were some boos for the declination of Shane McMahon's plea, which caused Kurt Angle to make his way out to the ring almost immediately. The Olympic Gold Medalist was not alone however, with Shane McMahon by his side. Shane O'Mac did not look pleased, and Kurt climbed into the ring with a microphone in hand. Kurt told Mick that if there was one thing he could relate to with 'the Hardcore Legend', it was nothing to do with freestyle wrestling. It was nothing to do with being the King of the Ring, and it sure as hell wasn't about looking to be liked in the state of New Jersey! What he did agree with however, was their respect for the Three Is. Kurt pointed out Mick's shirt bearing the Three Is: Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence. And Angle can understand why he isn't going to give him his rematch just yet. But Kurt wanted to change his mind, telling him that there was nobody back there more deserving of another chance. He may have had "a little help" back at Fully Loaded, but in all fairness - the way he was treated on his first night as WWF Champion was ridiculous! He was an athlete, he needed to be prepared longer in advance than just one freaking hour! And if it means beating the number one contender, Chris Jericho tonight - Angle said he would beat him fairly and squarely, strictly using the Three Is that Mick stands with. Mick mused the idea, and told Kurt that he raised some excellent points: if only he knew that he was actually wearing this shirt for bonus pay courtesy of WWF Shopzone.com! Foley got a close-up of the shirt on camera, begging people to take it from him, because it was not the shirt he'd like to be wearing by a long shot!
Angle was insulted by Foley's revelation about his own merchandise, but Mick told Kurt that he didn't put the Olympic Gold Medalist in the match with Chris Jericho so that he he could become number one contender...however when he and Shane came out here tonight, it gave him a great idea. And so he's open to it now: The Rock against Kurt Angle, with the WWF Championship on the line at SummerSlam. And all Kurt Angle had to do was bet his lucky stars that Shane McMahon could get the job done...when he meets the WWF Champion tonight, in a No-Disqualification match! The fans erupted, and Shane was startled - Foley telling Angle that if he wanted to rely on a guy with the silver spoon practically dangling from his mouth, then that's his problem. But after how Shane personally handed the gold to Angle on a silver platter back at Fully Loaded? He was going to have to hope and pray, eat his vitamins and say his prayers that Shane could knock off a victory over 'the Great One' tonight! Angle's mood turned, but Shane took the microphone and told Mick he couldn't do that, just for Mick to tell him that 'the Commish' just did! Foley left the ring, when suddenly back in the ring, Chris Jericho came from behind to tackle Angle in the middle of the ring! Y2J buried Angle in rights and lefts causing Kurt and Shane to bail from the ring quickly to avoid further injury: Jericho full of steam after having the WWF Championship match taken from him, all because of his opponent tonight! Y2J wasn't willing to wait for their match later tonight!
In their dressing room, Triple H had his arm around Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley as the power couple watched SmackDown! 'The Game' asked his wife if she could believe that Shane McMahon was so strongly behind the sleazeball Kurt Angle. And yet where was Shane O'Mac's sucking up back when he was the WWF Champion? He told Steph that her brother had some real questionable life choices, which caused McMahon-Helmsley to respond that Kurt seemed extremely level-headed when they spoke earlier. It appeared to have just slipped out, as Triple H questioned her when that conversation took place! Stephanie assured her husband that it was a nothing conversation - they greeted, he told her how he was feeling, and they hugged and departed. 'The Game' looked at her weirdly, questioning the hug! Steph sighed, as Triple H asked Stephanie what happened to leaving Kurt out of their lives? The honeymoon appeared to be ending on this reconciliation.
Back on SmackDown! Edge and Christian made their way out to the ring to boos from the New Jersey crowd, after a successful WWF Tag Team Championship defense made on RAW is WAR. The women in East Rutherford screamed at least, which Edge thanked them for: they understood how attractive they are, it was just a shame that all Jersey women sounded like alley cats busting out a tune! Christian looked back at RAW, where they defeated the Hardy Boyz despite their attempt to use ladders. Edge called Jeff a "dingdong" for taking his eyes off of the prize and taking one of his many "Leap of Faiths" from the ladder onto T&A, because it set up his older brother Matt to find himself with a total bummer of a concussion! And because of that, there would be Hardy Boyz for them to face tonight! Christian asked the people to give it up for dumb North Carolinian antics, but that's when Jeff Hardy made his way out to the rampway! Jeff was here to compete, but as he stood at the top of the rampway, Edge and Christian mocked Jeff - asking him where his friends were! Jeff remained silent, jumping up and down on the spot. After moments of mockery passed, the champs' faces dropped as the Dudley Boyz suddenly made their way out to the rampway, with Bubba Ray Dudley taking Jeff up on the challenge to be his partner tonight! D-Von stayed at ringside, pulling a table from under the ring and setting it up at ringside, while Jeff and Bubba got into the ring to fight with the champs!
2) Jeff Hardy and Bubba Ray Dudley (w/D-Von Dudley) def. WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian (4:23) Edge and Christian may have been successful against the Hardy Boyz on Monday, but despite Matt Hardy's minor concussion sustained thanks to the WWF Tag Team Champions' Conchairto, the Dudley Boyz were here to fill the gaps! D-Von was watchful at ringside beside his set-up table, as Bubba Ray and Jeff Hardy excelled at tag team chemistry - a full nelson slam from Bubba leading to a dropkick from Jeff to Christian! The two traded tags swiftly, with Christian looking to be in trouble when Christian suddenly slipped free from a fireman's carry from Bubba: the inverted DDT connecting. The tables had turned on the Dudley Boy, as the champions went to work on grounding Bubba Ray, with a double suplex scoring the champs a near fall. The two continued to trade tags, but Bubba was able to catch the Canadians off the ropes with a clothesline, and a tag to Jeff was made! The Hardy Boy hit the ring with a flying clothesline for Edge and an enzuigiri to Christian, when Bubba came in to give Jeff a boost: the Poetry in Motion knocking Christian off the apron right through the table at ringside! Back inside Bubba Ray dropped Edge with the Cutter, when Jeff went up to the top for a Swanton Bomb, once again pinning Edge for three!
For the second time in several weeks, Jeff Hardy had pinned one-half of the WWF Tag Team Champions! The rainbow-haired Hardy Boy had his hand raised, while Christian rived in pain in the remains of the broken table at ringside. Jeff badly wanted to put the Hardy Boyz in line for another shot at the gold they have been unable to beat the Canadians for for quite some time, when he suddenly turned to find the Dudley Boyz fiercely looking back at him! Words were exchanged, and it soon appeared that the Dudleys also were looking for a shot at the titles. An impressive win for a makeshift team, with the Hardys and the Dudleys once again both in competition for another title shot!
We returned to the locker room area, where Trish Stratus was shown toweled on a massage table in the locker room area. A masseuse was working firmly with his hands as he poured oil on the beautiful blonde, and Trish sensually applauded "Rico"s handwork for making her feel better. The masseuse however was approached by Commissioner Mick Foley, who sent Rico away and placed his own hands on Trish! She 'oooh'd in shock, when Mick asked Trish if she was feeling ready for her match! Stratus leaned up in appall, as Mick told Trish that he saw the trainer's report - and he couldn't wait to see her and Lita go at it tonight! Trish was shocked and exclaimed anger at Mick for laying his dirty hands on her, but Mick told Trish that she could file suit: but he was a trained professional. And if anybody wanted to file anything around here, it might be him for Trish breaching her contract and not wrestling tonight! Stratus covered herself and stormed off again, leaving Mick to remark the way the body oil made his palms feel so soft!
Earlier today, a protest march of sorts was happening outside of the Continental Airlines Arena. It was a sunny scene, as a crowd of the Godfather's former Hos were seen picketing to fans prior to SmackDown! starting. And to top it all off, the beautifully clad ladies were led by none other than the Kat!
In the building, the Right to Censor made their way out to the ring led by Steven Richards, who bore a frown after winding up through a table on RAW is WAR. Richards stomped into the ring with the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan behind him, as Steven took to addressing the pitiful people of the Meadowlands for salivating over the misfortune he faced on Monday night! But it was much more about the movement than it was about his pain, because his loyal subordinate, the Goodfather was robbed blind in a miscarriage of justice! The Goodfather took to the microphone to loud boos, as the former pimp told the people that he wanted to level with each and every one of them. He lived recklessly as a pimp, and it was his job to lead those ladies around and parade them for cash. But then he grew up, and found purpose in the RTC! The crowd booed louder, as Goodfather explained that he had repented his sins, and that he wouldn't be caught dead with any one of those grotesque honeys by his side! Goodfather told the people that as for Gangrel, as far as he's concerned: it was time for the vampire to wake up already, and face him here tonight! Gangrel soon responded, but the vampire was not coming out with his infamous Brood entrance: Gangrel was coming out with the Godfather's old music! And with him came seven of the Godfather's Hos! The RTC were going bezerk, as Gangrel even jived with the lovely ladies en route to the ring!
3) The Goodfather (w/Steven Richards and Bull Buchanan) def. Gangrel (w/Hos) (1:50) It was time for Fangin' and Bangin' Inc.'s co-founders to go at it after the Goodfather's ended the group's short-lived run dead upon joining forces with what is now the Right to Censor. Goodfather had traded in his pimp cane, hat and rainbow colors, in exchange for a corporate look dressed with political correctness - glasses, a white collar shirt, with black tie. Gangrel meanwhile was not letting the Goodfather forget the past so fast, with the crowd of Hos supporting him early on. The vampire hit hard, while Steven Richards and Bull Buchanan watched on eagerly. Gangrel looked to be in control, when Steven distracted the official enabling Bull to deck Gangrel through the ropes! Goodfather connected with the now aptly-titled 'Censor Train', but Gangrel was able to kick out at two. The Hos supported Gangrel by slamming their hands on the apron, but as Gangrel broke free of a headlock and took Goodfather down with clotheslines, again Richards got on the apron so that Bull Buchanan could strike with a big boot from behind! Goodfather capitalized, picking up his former tag team partner and dropping him hard with a death valley driver, sealing the win.
New Jersey hated what the Goodfather had become, as Bull Buchanan and Steven Richards grabbed a hold of the Hos that had accompanied Gangrel out to ringside tonight: placing paper bags over their heads! The Right to Censor had censored the identities of this women, and ejected them up the side of the rampway, all while Goodfather continued to hammer away on the vampire in the middle of the ring! The RTC joined Goodfather in the ring, where Goodfather held Gangrel up for another savage big boot from the Bull! And to add further insult to injury, Buchanan and Goodfather held Gangrel's unconscious body up so that Steven Richards could stick his finger in Gangrel's face, informing him that he had officially been censored! This movement was picking up wind, but the fans in attendance already despised them for their actions in disrespecting the Hos.
We returned backstage where T&A and Val Venis had shown up outside of the blocked locker room containing an infuriated Kane. After their set-up on the Undertaker earlier tonight, Test and Albert jokingly shushed one another, as Val Venis began to push the production crate out of the way of the door. There was no movement on the door, and no slamming heard like earlier. Albert laughed quietly whilst cracking the door open, and 'the Big Red Machine' Kane came breaking out, firing off with rights to 'Baldo'! Test rushed up to Kane just to eat a big right hand, when Val Venis attempted to dive off of the crate - just to get sent sailing into the locker room door! Kane booted Albert in the head, but Test suddenly ploughed Kane against the wall, burying him in rights and lefts! The monster dropped to his knees, where Val and Albert soon joined up in the fun! Kane was left laying on his face, and just when the trio were about to leave him laying, Albert had a hilarious idea: stealing the mask off of Kane's face! Kane had been left unmasked, as Albert put the mask on and mocked 'the Big Red Machine'! T&A would live to regret this!
Meanwhile Chris Jericho was spotted leaving his locker room, with a stern look on his face. After being screwed out of the WWF Championship on RAW is WAR, the Canadian had a shot at redemption tonight on SmackDown! Chris Jericho would have his shot at the man that got involved in his business on Monday, when he goes one-on-one with Kurt Angle, coming up next!
We returned to SmackDown! to the Millennium countdown, signalling the arrival of Y2J. The pyrotechnics blasted the Continental Airlines Arena to life, as Chris Jericho made his way out to the rampway to a huge reaction from the capacity crowd. Y2J welcomed everybody to the asskicking of the Olympic Gold Medalist, courtesy of 'the Sexy Beast' himself tonight! Jericho walked and talked down to the ring, discussing how he really thought he had the Rock where he wanted him. He thought that he finally had 'the Great One' beat, and he finally thought that he was about to become the World Wrestling Federation Champion...until that pencil-necked geek Kurt Angle stuck his nose where it didn't belong, and cost him everything! But Jericho understood, because if there was anybody in the back that was begging to have their cherry popped, it was the King of the Ring, Kurt Angle! Upon entering the ring, Y2J spoke of how he would become WWF Champion, and that tonight the Olympian would find out the hard way that messing with Y2J didn't pay, and that Angle would never, ever be the same again!
Kurt Angle soon made his way out to the stage to loud boos from the capacity crowd in East Rutherford. The Olympic Gold Medalist was armed with a microphone of his own, and Kurt disputed the claims made by the cocky Canadian. Angle was disgusted, claiming that he knew exactly what a woman's touch felt like, and it had happened a lot sooner than the last time Jericho got laid, that's for damn sure! But if anything, he felt sorry for Y2J: because if he was a WWF Superstar that choked when it came to winning the big one as much as Chris Jericho, he would shoot himself in the head! The King of the Ring firmly stated that it was determination that brought him to the Olympic Gold. It was motivation that made him the 2000 King of the Ring. And the WWF Championship? Much like at SummerSlam, when he becomes a two-time WWF Champion - it will be dedication that brings him to the gold! Y2J insulted Kurt's quips, telling him he sounded like a commercial for viagra: but one thing was for sure, he wouldn't call it a good thing that he'd been spending some chilly summer nights with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley of late! Angle was livid and hit the ring, kick-starting this match!
4) Kurt Angle def. Chris Jericho (8:11) Chris Jericho had the keys to the palace on Monday night, where he challenged the Rock for the WWF Championship on RAW is WAR. Unfortunately, after one complete year as a WWF Superstar, it was not to be as it was the highly focused Olympic Gold Medalist that cost Jericho the title victory of a lifetime. It was all about redemption for Kurt Angle, who defeated Rock at Fully Loaded to win the WWF Championship, just to lose it twenty-four hours later. And with his opportunity for a rematch at SummerSlam in the hands of Shane McMahon later tonight, Angle took to aggressive combat against an equally focused Y2J. Jericho caught Angle off-guard when he climbed up to the top rope with a springboard dropkick, and a suicide dive through the ropes followed up. Jericho went right to work on the King of the Ring, with a double-underhook backbreaker scoring a near fall. Y2J was scientific, but he allowed for Angle to gain a breath with the Olympian raking the eyes: immediately taking Y2J down with a belly-to-belly suplex. A series of German suplexes followed, but Jericho was resilient in his defense. Angle grounded Y2J with his background in freestyle wrestling, but Jericho was no slouch and fought back with his speed: a wheel kick catching Angle off-guard! A missile dropkick followed for a near fall, before a bulldog led to the Lionsault, with Jericho covering: Angle barely getting his foot on the bottom rope at the last possible second! Y2J argued with the referee when Angle came back with a back suplex, before climbing up to the top rope for a moonsault - just for Jericho to get his knees up! Y2J looked to the Walls of Jericho to force Angle into submission, but Kurt used his leg strength to send Jericho directly into the referee! A clothesline took Jericho down, and Angle took to ringside for a steel chair! Angle wanted to use the chair like he did on RAW this past week, just to receive a dropkick sending the chair into Angle's face! Y2J attempted another Lionsault, but Kurt got the chair up striking Jericho in the face - and an Olympic Slam atop the steel chair ultimately put Jericho down for the three count.
Kurt Angle held a victory celebration baring resemblance to his victory at Fully Loaded, with the Olympic Gold Medalist having his hand raised by the official in glee. The King of the Ring still had a shot at regaining the WWF Championship at SummerSlam, depending on how his close friend Shane McMahon did in the Street Fight later tonight: but all of a sudden The Rock came dashing out to the ring! The WWF Champion wasn't waiting for Shane O'Mac later tonight, instead he wanted Angle right now - as Rock struck Angle with a series of right hands laying him out! 'The Great One' was vengefully pursuing Angle, picking up the steel chair - but Kurt was able to roll out to safety at ringside. Rock talked trash to Angle, with the Street Fight with Shane still to come!
In the dressing room of the power couple, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley could be seen gripping a pillow tightly against her whilst watching what was happening in the arena. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' appeared to be supportive of the Olympic Gold Medalist, when Triple H walked in, asking his wife what she was doing watching Kurt Angle get his ass kicked by the Rock. Stephanie responded that she was being a good friend, but 'the Game' told her that she really needed to lighten up and realize that Angle was no good - he had bigger things to worry about! Stephanie was offended by her husband's remark, and stormed out causing 'the Game' to try and chase after her with rational reasoning!
We came back to footage taken from earlier today, where after Dean Malenko's wife arrived to call out the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion on his fraternizing with 'the She-Devil' on HeAT last weekend, Dean Malenko and Terri sat down to discuss their problems in a nearby diner. Terri was concerned about Malenko's womanizing ways, knowing full well what Dean was capable of. She knew that he liked a woman's touch, and was genuinely petrified of losing him: she had grown attached to 'the Ladies Man'. Malenko reasoned in his throaty voice, explaining that what happened with Miranda was finished. As far as she was concerned, the divorce was going through: and that meant he was his own man! Terri clutched his hands and wanted a guarantee that they would be just fine. But an attractive waitress suddenly arrived to ask if their service was good. Terri was uncaring, although when the young waitress leaned over to retrieve their drinks, 'the Ladies Man' could be seen eyeing up her cleavage! The waitress left and Malenko's eyes strayed to watch her leave, before he looked Terri in the eye and told her she had absolutely nothing to worry about! Malenko did not seem to want to change, but Terri was none the wiser!
5) Lita (c) def. Trish Stratus to retain the WWF Women's Championship (3:02) It was two weeks ago on SmackDown! where Lita was able to finally dethrone Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley as WWF Women's Champion. For the lovely redhead, it had been a season of growth: growing from being the hot, young girlfriend of Essa Rios to becoming an aspiring WWF Diva for young women and men alike. Associated with the Hardy Boyz, Lita had shown she was willing to take any risks necessary to show the world what she could be a leader of the women's division. Trish Stratus was a different case entirely, still feigning injuries from a Chokeslam from Kane, suffered last week. Stratus attempted to flee from her nemesis Lita early, but upon leading Lita back inside, an elbow drop gave Trish the opening she needed. Stratus slapped Lita repeatedly and rammed her head into the canvas, and choked the champ over the second rope with her long, fine legs. Whatever injuries Stratus sustained from 'the Big Red Machine' didn't appear to be effecting her performance now, when Lita caught Trish off the ropes with a huge crossbody! Lita slammed Trish and was on her way to winning, when T&A made their way out to ringside. Lita spotted them as she climbed up to the top rope, when Trish crotched her on the top rope! Trish climbed up, and a superplex connected leaving both Divas motionless - but before Test and Albert could act, out came the Undertaker! Bandaged ribs and all, 'the Deadman' wasn't finished with T&A and got into a fist fight at ringside, when back inside Lita connected with a Twist of Fate: pinning Stratus!
Lita had picked up a big win against Trish Stratus to defend the WWF Women's Championship, but the bigger news was happening at ringside, as the Undertaker continued to try and fight off the intruding T&A - who had played games with the Brothers of Destruction all night long! There was no Kane in sight after his unmasking at the hands of Val Venis, and as Undertaker rocked Albert and focused on pounding on Test on the rampway, Val Venis ran down the ramp to boot Undertaker in the face! Undertaker went down, and the pack of wolves jumped on Undertaker: with Test and Albert putting the boots to 'the American Badass'! The crowd booed furiously, as T&A stood tall once more over the beaten down 'Deadman': as 'the Valbowski' pulled Kane's mask from his trunks, positioning it across the face of the Undertaker! T&A gave Undertaker the comeuppance they felt the Brothers of Destruction deserved tonight, but there was hell to pay for Trish Stratus and her boys!
We went to a video package reviewing the recent actions of 'the Human Suplex Machine'. Since falling to Chris Benoit at Fully Loaded, Tazz has began a path of destruction: leaving everybody laying behind him. First, it was dismantling Eddie Guerrero in a shocking turn of events after a loss several weeks ago. From there, Tazz inexplicably took Rikishi out with multiple shots from the ring bell. And since then, the dangerous man from the Red Hook-section of Brooklyn, New York has set out and choked out both members of Too Cool! Tazz was spotted walking the dark streets of New York City, as he explained his actions. He was unarmed but dangerous, and he came to the World Wrestling Federation in no mood for shenanigans. There was no fun in Tazz's ring: and to those that dared to step in his way, he wanted to them to do two things - beat him if they could, and survive if Tazz let them!
Back on SmackDown!, the WWF European Champion Lance Storm was seen arriving in the middle of the ring. The proud Canadian was not well received in New Jersey, but 'the Pride of Calgary' told the people that at this point, it really didn't matter what these people thought of him. Lance said that since he had arrived in the World Wrestling Federation, he has set out to become a winner: when really he was a winner all along, compared to the jokes sat in the stands here tonight! Lance said that he was the WWF European Champion for a good reason, and he was almost as proud of his accomplishment as the fact he came from the Great North - but also proud of the fact that he had met a strong ally in Chris Benoit! The WWF Intercontinental Champion made his way out to the ring too, 'the Rabid Wolverine' remaining as stern-faced as ever upon entry. Benoit and Storm shook hands to loud boos, before Chris took the time to address the people. He told them that they could shout their little chants, and they could cry when he beat their favorites: but there was one thing that set he and Lance Storm out from the rest of the pack, and that was the gold in their hands! The Canadians raised their titles high, as Benoit talked about their recent problems with Eddie Guerrero and Chyna: noting that they were the most baffling excuse of a couple in history. But in spite of sharing this disgusting romance, 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' had another thing in common: they had both had their asses handed to them by Chris Benoit and Lance Storm!
Before 'the Rabid Wolverine' could continue, out came Eddie Guerrero and Chyna to a loud applause from the Meadowlands crowd. 'Latino Heat' was in a much more joyous mood than he was when we last saw him - getting locked in the Crippler Crossface on Monday - and Eddie made note of how much Benoit loved to come from behind. But Eddie acknowledged Benoit's pride in comparing he and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World', although maybe Benoit and Storm's memories were a little foggy: because in one week, Chris Benoit had suffered losses to the both of them! Eddie joked it up, bringing up footage of HeAT, where Chyna was miraculously able to beat Benoit in a non-title match because of Guerrero. Similarly, Eddie relayed footage from RAW: where Guerrero was able to knock off a big non-title win against Benoit! Back in person, Eddie told Benoit that he may claim to be the best technical wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation: but from what this footage told him - he was a fraud, ese! Storm tried to defend his ally, but Benoit was fed up of talking: daring Eddie and Chyna to come to the ring so that Chyna could witness him ripping Eddie's shoulder out of his socket once over, bringing up what he did back at King of the Ring! Eddie laughed, telling Benoit that he had a good point, but tonight Mick Foley had given them the night off: unfortunately for Lance, he hadn't! Eddie informed the WWF European Champion that his title would be at stake right now here tonight - and his opponent? Al Snow!
6) Al Snow (w/Eddie Guerrero and Chyna) def. Lance Storm (w/WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit) (c) to win the WWF European Championship (4:22) Chris Benoit and Lance Storm made for an unlikely duo, but the two champions definitely shared a lot of chemistry. Both were skilled Canadian experts of the squared-circle, and both had a disdain for 'Latino Heat' and 'the Ninth Wonder of the World'. Unfortunately for them, Eddie Guerrero had one-upped them once again tonight, passing on the message that 'the Pride of Calgary' Lance Storm had to put his title on the line against the unorthodox 'Clown Prince of Hardcore' tonight! Snow caught Storm off-guard early, with a fisherman suplex scoring a near fall. The WWF Intercontinental Champion soon provided a distraction, enabling Storm to connect with a dragon screw: and the champ went right to work on the knee of the challenger. Snow was in harm's way, but when Lance attempted the Maple Leaf Crab, Chyna would pull on the leg of Lance! The distraction set Benoit off, and 'the Rabid Wolverine' confronted Chyna just for Eddie Guerrero to blast him with a big right hand! Back inside Snow fought on one leg, with Storm missing a Super Kick attempt: and Al Snow capitalized with a rolling clutch cradle for two - Snow into the ropes for a powerslam attempt made by Storm: just for Al to clock Lance with Head behind the referee's back...to win the title!
Al Snow had managed to win the WWF European Championship tonight on SmackDown!, and Chris Benoit was furious at ringside! Snow hugged Head tightly as he was handed the gold, when the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit hit the ring to jump Snow from behind! Benoit put the boots to Al, but Eddie Guerrero slipped into the ring from behind: and with 'the Rabid Wolverine's own title in hand, clocked Benoit with the gold! Benoit and Storm bailed out to the floor where 'the Pride of Calgary' stewed in disbelief - all while Eddie and Chyna raised Al's hands triumphantly: the new WWF European Champion!
In the locker room Crash Holly was spotted gripping the WWF Hardcore Championship around his shoulder, when cousin Hardcore Holly came up behind to slap him across the back! 'The Big Shot' hugged Crash with one arm as he told 'the Houdini of Hardcore' that he was really thrilled to be teaming with him tonight. Hardcore recited how they were former WWF Tag Team Champions: and tonight, in a Hardcore tag team match, they could start their reign of terror all over again! Holly grinned from ear to ear, telling Crash that he would see him out there. Meanwhile Crash held the WWF Hardcore Championship firmly: paranoid of why Hardcore was out to save his back. With the 24/7 rule in full effect, how could Crash trust Hardcore when they team up, coming up next?
7) The Holly Cousins def. D-Lo Brown and Steve Blackman in a Hardcore match (2:56) Crash Holly got away with the WWF Hardcore Championship back the night after Fully Loaded. And ever since then, this reign for 'the Houdini of Hardcore' has gone drastically different. With the constantly confrontational cousin Hardcore Holly supposedly watching his back at all times against the 24/7 rule, it was unclear what 'the Big Shot's motives truly were where it pertained to the title. But after Hardcore saved Crash's title reign on HeAT last weekend they were up against two strange bedfellows in D-Lo Brown and Steve Blackman. It was clear that 'the Bizniz' and 'the Lethal Weapon' struggled to coexist after their own issues on HeAT, that all started when Brown attempted to extort money from fans in exchange for the Rock's autograph. Either way, it was clear both men wanted Crash's title, but at each turn Hardcore made the save. A stop sign vanquished Brown's chances of pinning Crash after the Sky High, when Steve Blackman connected with a kendo stick shot to Crash just for D-Lo to break it up. The two men argued over who could pin Crash, with no tags necessary - when Hardcore Holly dropkicked Blackman into Brown! Brown fell out to the floor, and Hardcore connected with a Falcon Arrow to put away 'the Lethal Weapon'.
Hardcore Holly scored the pin for his cousin Crash, and 'the Big Shot' quickly picked up the younger Holly Cousin to raise his hand. The WWF Hardcore Champion was defensive of Hardcore, who simply laughed and patted 'the Houdini of Hardcore' on the back again. Meanwhile D-Lo Brown left Steve Blackman high and dry, not wanting any part of this ill-fitting alliance! The unpredictability of the 24/7 rule had brought people close, but oh-so distant at the same time.
We returned to the dressing room of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, where 'the Billion Dollar Princess' and 'the Game' appeared to be sharing the pettiness of ignoring one another's existence. Triple H sat drinking water from his bottle, all the while Stephanie frowned and flicked through a magazine on the opposite couch. He tried to explain to Stephanie his problems, and told Stephanie that after what they had talked about on their weekend getaway last week: she would be all for hearing his issues. Stephanie neglectfully ignored his comments and continued flicking through the magazine. And after several more attempts at conversation went ignored, 'the Cerebral Assassin' stood up drastically and tore the magazine out of his wife's hands! Shocked, Stephanie watched as Triple H told her that he had a whole world of problems with Kurt Angle. But if she was going to be pathetic about it, he would focus on the bigger picture: he was heading out to the ring! 'The Game' stomped out angrily, causing Stephanie to watch in fright. What was 'the Game' going to address?
Back on SmackDown!, Triple H made his way out to the stage igniting loud boos from the East Rutherford crowd in attendance. The people chanted "assh*le" as he walked down to the ring, with Triple H not particularly pleased with the fact that Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was back on speaking terms with her close friend, Kurt Angle. Triple H ordered the people to hear it from his perspective, he had a lot to get off of his chest. Continental Airlines Arena continued to rain chants down on him, causing 'the Cerebral Assassin' to speak up, calling New Jersey the assh*le of America! It was effective, as Triple H discussed the thoughts running through his mind of late. Not only did his loving wife Stephanie ignore his pleas to maintain a peaceful marriage, he had one man to worry about over the next several weeks, and his name was Hulk Hogan! While Meadowlands applauded 'the Hulkster's name, Triple H asked them where Hulk was tonight: he wasn't here, because he was scared of how 'the Game' would react after being humiliated by the hasbeen last Monday night! He spoke of how Hulk Hogan may have been the flagbearer of the World Wrestling Federation, he may have led it into a Golden Age of sports entertainment history. To look at the facts, he was the first to ever be crowned a five-time WWF Champion. He headlined WrestleMania, and sold out box-office after box-office: arenas across the entire globe! He even body-slammed Andre the Giant - the largest athlete this industry has ever seen - before 93,000 fans at Pontiac Silverdome!
But Triple H told the people that this wasn't a case of him complimenting Hulkamania: this was him shooting it dead! 'The Game' talked loud and clear what he said last Monday night on RAW, when he told Hulk Hogan that all of his accomplishments were a thing of the past. Alright, he got one over on D-Generation X on RAW, but the fact remained that we were yet to see how 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan could fare against a man truly as good as he was, in a man-on-man fight! The former WWF Champion echoed how he had done more for this business in the past year than Hogan had in seven. While Hulk was sat bringing home the big bucks, Triple H did this because he breathed this business! He went to war with Mick Foley, he dominated Stone Cold Steve Austin. He ran the entire World Wrestling Federation, because that is how much he lived, ate and breathed the WWF! And while it's such a shame that Hulk Hogan, coming in for a payday of a lifetime off of his back at SummerSlam, didn't seem to realize how dangerous he truly was. Because in seventeen days and counting, when Hulk Hogan has to look at him across the ring: that would be the moment the light bulb would go off. That is where the nostalgia would end. And that was where the Legend of Hulkamania would die, when Triple H takes 'the Hulkster' and buries him in the ground - because nobody was that damn good compared to 'the Cerebral Assassin'! The crowd hissed Triple H as he left with a loud message for Hulk Hogan. Hogan may have bested him on RAW is WAR, but 'the Game' was hell bent on not just beating 'the Hulkster' in the dream match at SummerSlam: he was out to put a stop to Hulkamania.
Backstage, Shane McMahon was in his own personal dressing room psyching himself up with the Street Fight right around the corner. Shane O'Mac could sense the pressure was on, when a knock at the door signaled the arrival of Kurt Angle. The Olympic Gold Medalist was recovering from an attack from The Rock earlier tonight, and warned Shane to be careful out there. But not just that - he wanted Shane to remember how much they needed this win. Kurt didn't just want Shane to beat Rock tonight: he needed him to beat 'the Brahma Bull' in the Street Fight. SummerSlam depended on him! Shane stopped jumping on the spot and told the King of the Ring not to worry: he knew how much this meant to him. And it wasn't just him - it was for Shane himself! It was to show Mick Foley exactly where he can take his suggestions for matches: straight up his own candyass! Shane was determined to stand up to the Rock tonight, when all of a sudden the door opened again - this time bringing in Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley! Kurt and Steph looked each other in the eye, as she wished her brother luck tonight: to give Rock hell! Shane O'Mac was hyped and left the room, with Stephanie telling Kurt that she hoped to God Shane could pull out the stops tonight. Angle wrapped a single arm around her, telling her he hoped so too.
8) Shane McMahon def. WWF Champion The Rock in a Street Fight (5:20) It was as clear as day on Monday, when Kurt Angle got involved and sabotaged Chris Jericho's chances at becoming WWF Champion against the Rock, that the Olympic Gold Medalist wanted nothing more than to avenge his own title loss from several weeks ago. Both Kurt and Shane McMahon pleaded their cases to Commissioner Mick Foley earlier tonight, but the only way in which 'the Hardcore Legend' would grant Angle his rematch with 'the Great One', was if Shane O'Mac was able to somehow beat the WWF Champion in a Street Fight tonight! Shane appeared nervous yet determined, and Rock stormed the ring full of energy - not forgetting that it was Shane who cost him the WWF Championship back at Fully Loaded. Shane rolled out to the floor with Rock not far behind him, and 'the Brahma Bull' sent Shane over the announce table before joining Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler for a little play-by-play commentary, about kicking Shane's candyass! Shane rebounded with a low blow and the use of the WWF Championship, but after clocking Rock with his own title and rolling him back inside, Shane charged Rock with another title shot to the face in mind - just to get a spinebuster! The Rock attempted the People's Elbow, when Kurt Angle naturally ran down to the ring, just to get dragged into the fight! Rock sized him up for the Rock Bottom, when Shane slammed Rock across the back of the head! Kurt and Shane went to work on Rock recovering in the corner, when Angle pulled a steel chair out from under the ring. He placed the chair across the face of Rock as Shane climbed up to the top rope - halfway across the ring - and miraculously dove coast to coast with a dropkick to the face of 'the People's Champ'! Shane covered, but Rock managed to kick out! Rock soon fought back by tossing Angle out to the floor, and connected with a Rock Bottom on Shane! Rock had the cover, but Triple H suddenly rushed to the ring: planting 'the Brahma Bull' with a thunderous Pedigree - and placing Shane atop Kurt Angle for the win!
While 'the Game' and the Rock had a longstanding, heated rivalry, but nobody had ever expected Triple H to help grant Kurt Angle his rematch with the Rock! Shane McMahon used his brother-in-law for help returning to his feet, and Shane hugged a snarling Triple H while celebrating a big victory in this Street Fight. Kurt Angle could be seen watching from ringside meanwhile, as the Olympic Gold Medalist appeared as shocked as anybody: Kurt Angle now set to challenge The Rock one more time, with the WWF Championship at stake, at SummerSlam! All thanks to 'the Game'!
Jakked - August 12, 2000 Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York Broadcast on syndication Taped on August 7, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Michael Hayesare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) Essa Rios def. Big Bossman (3:50) The law enforcer from Cobb County had not had much luck as of late, sustaining two losses in matches against the newest addition to the World Wrestling Federation ranks, the ever-talented rapper K-Kwik. But tonight, the Bossman was working with at a size advantage against his opponent, Essa Rios. The former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion tried to get the people in Madison Square Garden behind him, but despite Rios managing to dropkick the big man off of his feet, the veteran came back plowing the luchador off of his feet with a big clothesline! Bossman clobbered Rios on the canvas, before a bearhug was applied to neutralize Essa. Rios had the people behind him however, and fired back with right hands, and a springboard moonsault off the second rope rocked the big man! Bossman was able to cut Essa's momentum short with a big boot, but when Bossman showboated and prepared the Bossman Slam, Essa managed to get a victory roll on the veteran: stealing the upset!
Essa Rios had beaten a veteran in the Big Bossman, as the law enforcer's streak of bad luck continued tonight on Jakked. Essa ran for the hills to the rampway, celebrating his victory while Bossman threatened the referee - in disbelief that he lost to the former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion!
2) Hardcore Holly def. Mideon (3:29) Mideon was sporting a different type of appearance tonight. Dressed in blue jeans and wearing a trucker hat, the former Ministry member had appeared to have left his gothic get-up in the past. He was in for a tough time tonight on Jakked against one-half of the Holly Cousins however, 'the Big Shot'. Hardcore Holly's association with Crash was a main topic of discussion after saving 'the Houdini of Hardcore's WWF Hardcore Championship reign on two occasions this past week, but tonight he had to fight against the larger Mideon in this match. Mideon hit hard and splashed Holly in the corner, when Hardcore fired back and clubbed Mideon with some brutal chops. Mideon attempted the Eyeopener, just for Hardcore to fight back with a clothesline and his ever-impressive dropkick. Mideon was in trouble but poked the eye of Hardcore - but Holly came back reversing a suplex into the Falcon Arrow for the three.
3) K-Kwik def. Joey Abs (4:22) Since making his debut two weeks ago on Sunday Night HeAT, K-Kwik has won over a lot of people in the World Wrestling Federation. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, the twenty-eight year old rapper turned away from a life of crime after serving a thirteen month prison sentence for a career inside the squared-circle. After defeating the Big Bossman on two separate occasions, K-Kwik gave New York City a rousing performance with his hit single, "Get Rowdy" much to the chagrin of Joey Abs. The Mean Street Posse member was competing on his own tonight, and despite Abs' experience perhaps being greater than K-Kwik, the energetic newcomer came off the ropes with an impressive corkscrew forearm smash. K-Kwik began to jive with the people cheering him on, when Abs attempted a comeback. He connected with a sit-out spinebuster for a near fall, when Joey decided to go up to the top rope, just to get nothing but the canvas on the way down! K-Kwik capitalized, dropping Abs with a sit-out suplex for the win!
4) Perry Saturn def. Gangrel (w/Hos) (4:35) 'Mr. 24/7' was looking to get out of the rut that was the WWF Hardcore Championship picture, but he was in for a tough time against a fired-up Gangrel, who was accompanied with the Godfather's former Hos. It had been a tough time for the ladies following the Godfather's defection from Fangin' and Bangin' Inc. in favor of Steven Richards and Bull Buchanan: the trio known as the Right to Censor. After being left laying on SmackDown! by the group, Gangrel came out swinging against the former WWF Hardcore Champion, when Saturn was able to stop the vampire in his tracks with a backbreaker. Saturn was methodical in his attack, but Gangrel kept coming back absorbing blow upon blow. The vampire caught Saturn with a DDT, but Saturn was able to power out at two. The vampire had the people behind him, and the vampire uncharacteristically began dancing for the Garden - when Saturn came out of nowhere with a brainbuster! Saturn immediately hooked the arms for the Rings of Saturn, and Gangrel actually tapped out!
HeAT - August 13, 2000 Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey Live on the USA Network Taped on August 8, 2000
Earlier today in the locker room area Lance Storm could be seen in a state of disbelief upon losing the WWF European Championship this past week on SmackDown! 'The Pride of Calgary' sat up with his hands palming his forehead, uttering how ridiculous it is that a guy like Al Snow could possibly represent Europe. The former champ called Snow a goofball, that he couldn't even lace his boots! The camera panned out to show the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit, who put his hand on Storm's shoulder to tell him that Snow didn't beat Lance, it was all Eddie Guerrero's fault. And tonight, 'the Rabid Wolverine' was proposing they strike back against 'Latino Heat'.
The opening video package aired, which took us to the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford for HeAT - with two weeks remaining until SummerSlam! Michael Cole and Kevin Kelly welcomed us to the show while pyrotechnics went off in the middle of the ring, on a night where Eddie Guerrero would once again look at retribution against the man that attacked him several weeks ago in shocking fashion: 'the Human Suplex Machine' Tazz.
Perry Saturn made his way out to the ring for in-ring competition, the no-nonsense Boston native not particularly pleased with the reaction received from the New Jersey crowd. The former WWF Hardcore Champion was all business, when Kaientai soon made their way out to the rampway - with Funaki taking to the microphone! The Japanese stood and observed Saturn, as Funaki spoke in broken English talking about how Perry hadn't cracked a smile in weeks: they were scared that if he did, he would take a cr*p right there in that ring! Taka Michinoku and Funaki were having fun with this, making jokes about Saturn being angry 24/7. Kaientai snickered further, when Saturn suddenly blindsighted them with a big clothesline knocking down both men on the floor! Saturn tossed Taka back into the ring, beginning our opening match.
1) Perry Saturn def. Taka Michinoku (w/Funaki) (4:12) The former WWF Hardcore Champion did not take kindly to the jokes made by the Japanese-speaking Kaientai members before this match. Perry Saturn immediately began to pummel away at the first-ever WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, while Funaki watched on from ringside. Michinoku was trapped in a body-scissors by the larger and stronger Saturn, but Funaki had the crowd rally behind his teammate. Slowly but surely Taka made a comeback, when Saturn decided to break the hold and look for a brainbuster. He picked Taka up, when he reversed it into an inside cradle for a near fall - and Michinoku surprised Saturn with a hurricanrana! Perry backed out to the floor to receive a flying crossbody off the steel steps by Funaki, when Michinoku connected with an Asai moonsault onto both his buddy and his opponent! Michinoku actually had the control, when Taka tried to follow up with a springboard clothesline, just to get dropped with a T-bone suplex! Saturn was not playing around and that much was clear, after a fisherman suplex connected - but Saturn followed up with the Rings of Saturn applied: forcing Michinoku into submission!
Taka Michinoku had given his best shot, but the head games that Kaientai had played with Perry Saturn had made the former WWF Hardcore Champion an unstoppable force tonight on HeAT. Saturn had his hand raised, but as Funaki slid into the ring to aid his fallen partner, Saturn grabbed him by the hair as well - dropping Funaki with a fisherman suplex for good measure! Saturn left to the boos of New Jersey, unimpressed with how he had been received here tonight.
We went to last night at a local bar, where the APA were seen hanging out after a massive night this past Monday on RAW is WAR in Madison Square Garden. Bradshaw was seen waiting at the table as Faarooq - cigar in mouth - carried a tray of beer bottles to the table for themselves and the camera crew! Bradshaw was ecstatic about teaming up with 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan and taking care of business when it came to the rejects in D-Generation X! Faarooq nodded in agreement, telling Bradshaw that above all else, it wasn't just a dream come true for them - it was a dream come true for the Acolyte Protection Agency. Their phone had been ringing off the hook since Monday! Bradshaw told the camera crew that this called for a celebration, but they didn't just invite them here to get footage of them drinking beer: they were here to become men - by partying with them!
We returned to HeAT to see the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko talking in the corridor on his cell phone, and it appeared that after his marital partner found out about him and Terri last week, that 'the Ladies Man' was going over divorce proceedings with his soon-to-be ex-wife. Malenko was cordial and spoke about how he would get his lawyers to meet with her lawyers to address how the proceedings would go down. But the cunning champ was able to sweet-talk his wife, even smirking at the idea of having a little "intimate" time on the phone like old times! Dean took a seat and appeared prepared to talk dirty, when Terri walked in and asked him who he was talking to. This caused Dean to yell at his wife over the phone: calling the idea of stimulation over the phone disgusting! Malenko yelled that he thought she was a terrible person and that he would take her to the cleaners in court! Malenko hung up, when 'the She-Devil' caressed her partner, who appeared despondent. 'The Ladies Man' certainly had a big problem when it came to women.
In the building, the Big Bossman was walking down to the ring waving his nightstick around. Bossman even got into an argument with a couple of fans in the front row, before taking to the ring to address the East Rutherford crowd. The law enforcer was irate, and still denied believing that he could have been beaten by the scumbag calling himself K-Kwik! Bossman spoke of the losses sustained in recent weeks as nothing more than upsets, and proclaimed that K-Kwik doesn't deserve to be a part of the World Wrestling Federation. If anything, K-Kwik should still be in prison serving hard justice for what he did! But not for the dealings of pharmaceuticals, for daylight robbery! Bossman was about to insult K-Kwik's past further, when the man himself made his way out to the ramp, rapping! K-Kwik performed his latest single "Get Rowdy" on his way down to the ring, but upon entry the Bossman attempted to swing his nightstick in the face of the rapper! K-Kwik was able to duck it, and offloaded on the law enforcer! K-Kwik's attempt at a whip into the ropes went reversed as Bossman sent K-Kwik rebounding, with the newcomer striking back with a corkscrew flying forearm! K-Kwik attempted the scissors kick, just for Bossman to duck out and bail to the floor: vowing to get revenge on this youthful rapper!
We returned to last night at a local bar in New Jersey, where the APA continued to have fun hanging out with celebratory beers with a production assistant! Bradshaw put his arm around an awkward-appearing member of staff and told him that they were going to have a hell of a time. The tough Texan called him a new drinking buddy and asked him who his favorite tag team in the World Wrestling Federation was. After being pressed, the nervous assistant confessed that it was the APA, causing Faarooq to joke that this made tonight the biggest night of his life! Bradshaw chuckled merrily, telling Faarooq that they needed to get everybody a couple rounds of whiskey! The production assistant laughed nervously.
We returned to HeAT to find the locker room full of WWF Superstars, with Mideon sat around with Essa Rios, the Headbangers and Joey Abs also present. Mosh and Thrasher had struck up a conversation with Joey Abs when in walked Tazz - hooded with his towel as always - silencing the entire room. 'The Human Suplex Machine' asked why everybody had shut up, if they didn't have anything to say to him. Tazz provoked Mideon, slapping the trucker hat off of his head and telling the boys that they didn't dare say anything to him: because they knew they'd get the taste slapped out of their mouths if they did! Tazz yelled that the World Wrestling Federation was no place for nonsense, and threatened to make an example out of anybody that opposed him: like he did Too Cool and Rikishi! Tazz stomped away leaving the room in silence, with his match against Eddie Guerrero coming up later tonight.
2) Jacqueline def. Terri (w/WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko) (2:27) 'The Ladies Man' had had a turbulent couple of weeks, from losing the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship to Crash Holly, to losing his mojo with the women. But Dean Malenko's charm turned around when he met 'the She-Devil', who quickly assisted him in recapturing the gold back at Fully Loaded. But it was at the cost of his marriage with his soon-to-be ex-wife, who caught Malenko and Terri last week which thoroughly concerned 'the She-Devil' when Malenko was overheard on the phone with his ex-wife on SmackDown! this past week. Tonight on HeAT, Terri was in action for a change against Jacqueline, and although 'the She-Devil' was lacking in experience compared to the former WWF Women's Champion, Terri was able to scratch and claw her way into control with an eye rake and a Thesz press. As Dean Malenko watched at ringside, the champ grew distracted by an attractive appearing female in the front row - quickly devoting his time to her instead. When Terri spotted this going on it distracted her, and Jacqueline quickly took the win with an enzuigiri for the three count!
Jacqueline picked up the win tonight on HeAT, and when the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion noticed, Dean Malenko was not happy one bit! 'The Ladies Man' returned to the ring to aid to recent female companion Terri, who was not pleased with Malenko not even concentrating on her match! Malenko held the recovering 'She-Devil' in his arms while Jackie laughed, which prompted Malenko to go after the Diva! Jackie responded by bouncing off of the ropes, and catching Malenko off-guard with a sudden hurricanrana, sending him flying from the ring! Jackie talked trash to a raging Malenko, who could not believe he had been upstaged by the former WWF Women's Champion.
We went back to this past Thursday on SmackDown!, where after picking up the tag team victory over Edge and Christian, Jeff Hardy and the Dudley Boyz encountered one another in the corridor. Bubba Ray and D-Von told Jeff that they all knew that tonight was a one-time arrangement. Bubba stated that they had been through wars together, in the Tables match at the Royal Rumble and in the Triangle Ladder match at WrestleMania. D-Von told Jeff that they were too far gone to make allies. And after beating the champs tonight - they wanted nothing more than the WWF Tag Team Championship for themselves! Jeff smiled and told the Dudleys that that was all well and good, but once his brother Matt comes back from the concussion sustained by Edge and Christian last Monday - the Hardy Boyz were coming for the gold too! Jeff told the Dudleys that it was their goal to be the champs one more time, and challenged the Dudleys to fight them for the opportunity! Hardy left, with D-Von simply telling Bubba that it was all about to begin again, testify.
We returned to footage from this past week on SmackDown!, where after a night of toying with the Brothers of Destruction and leaving the Undertaker laying after Trish Stratus's defeat at the hands of Lita, Michael Cole caught up for some comments with T&A. Test appeared proud of themselves, while Albert ridiculously wore the mask of 'the Big Red Machine' Kane, as Test told Michael that what they did may not have been the most honorable thing to do - but told him to admit it: was there any honor in the Undertaker and Kane's vocabulary? Albert told Michael that this was not the first time they had laid waste to the Brothers of Destruction: and it sure as hell wouldn't be the last! They were the outlaw tag team in the World Wrestling Federation, and they didn't have to say they had been undead before, or burned alive to admit it. Test told Michael that whatever happens at SummerSlam is on 'the Big Red Machine' and 'the Deadman', and that T&A will get the job done.
3) The Headbangers def. The Haas Brothers (2:55) Mosh and Thrasher did not have a satisfying week, after calling out the Brothers of Destruction on what they did to Trish Stratus the week prior. In return, the Undertaker and Kane dominated the metalheads this past Monday night on RAW is WAR. But tonight on HeAT, they were in tag team competition against two up-and-coming brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma in Charlie and Russ: the Haas Brothers. The Haas Brothers were unknown, but managed to impress early with a stereo-dropkick knocking Thrasher down, and a double backbreaker for a near fall. The brothers managed to get the crowd behind them, when Mosh distracted the official allowing Thrasher to low blow Charlie. The Headbangers pounded away at him and applied a jawlock, just having fun with the hopeful competitor! Russ attempted to get the people behind him, and Charlie made the tag - just for Russ to get immediately shut down by a double clothesline from the metalheads! Together the Headbangers continued to dominate, with the Stage Dive connecting on Russ for the three count.
Mosh and Thrasher may have picked up the win tonight on HeAT, but it was at the mercy of two non-WWF Superstars. The hopeful Haas Brothers had tried their hand just to be ousted by the Headbangers, who continued their beatdown of the brothers upon stomping away at Charlie! Thrasher choked Russ with his bare hands, before presenting him to a closeby camera: forcing his jaw open and laughing maniacally! The Headbangers were either humiliating the youngsters, or humiliating themselves.
In the backstage area Eddie Guerrero was seeing rotating his shoulder, with his match against Tazz coming up in just a few moments. His girlfriend Chyna arrived with a look of concern on her face, asking 'Latino Heat' if he was ready for 'the Human Suplex Machine' after what Tazz had done to both members of Too Cool and Rikishi in recent weeks. Eddie looked up at 'Mamacita' and told her that he was born ready! The cheeky Latino assured Chyna that Tazz can walk around with his pitbull face and a slumped ape-like stature all he wants, but after Tazz turned on him several weeks ago? He wasn't going to take it: that's why he asked Commissioner Mick Foley for this match. Chyna asserted Eddie's shoulder still wasn't in tiptop shape, and similarly mentioned Lance Storm - and surely Chris Benoit - might try and take revenge after he cost 'the Pride of Calgary' the WWF European Championship on SmackDown! Yet stubbornly, Eddie told 'the Ninth Wonder of World' that they've got it all figured out, and besides: she was the bodyguard for D-Generation X once - he knew she made a great bodyguard for him, too! Eddie grinned and slapped Chyna's butt walking away, with Chyna unable to resist cracking a smile of affection in return. Could Eddie Guerrero put a stop to Tazz's rampage?
We returned to last night's party at the bar, with Faarooq having occupied the camera from a member of the production team documenting their victory party. Faarooq captured Bradshaw drinking shots with the nervous assistant and telling him that he needed to hit the gym or start paying for protection from them - it was a dog-eat-dog world out there! The assistant anxiously agreed, when the Texan shoved another beer into his hand and demanded he drink it there and then! But all of a sudden Faarooq went down, and down went the camera! It was revealed that D-Generation X had hit up the bar - and Road Dogg had glassed Faarooq with a beer bottle! X-Pac dove on a drunken Bradshaw, with DX out for blood after the APA and Hulk Hogan's victory on RAW last Monday! Bradshaw tried to fight back, but Road Dogg put the boots to Bradshaw - with X-Pac adding damage by throwing a barstool right over the top of the Texan! Road Dogg told the APA that they would see their asses on RAW this Monday, with X-Pac telling the laid out APA members that they were nothing compared to DX!
4) Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) def. Tazz by disqualification (7:11) 'Latino Heat' had tried his hand at outsmarting and embarrassing the two Canadian allies, Chris Benoit and Lance Storm this past week: being personally responsible for 'the Pride of Calgary' no longer being the WWF European Champion! But with 'the Rabid Wolverine's previous attack on him this past Monday night, Guerrero was now focusing his attention on Tazz: the same man that turned on him shy of two weeks ago, which in turn started 'the Human Suplex Machine's path of destruction - taking out Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay since then. Eddie Guerrero wasn't playing around, and fought fire with fire - taking Tazz down and even connecting with a German suplex for a near fall. But the Red Hook brawler fired back and dropped Guerrero with a belly-to-belly suplex, before going straight to work on the shoulder of 'Latino Heat'. The people in East Rutherford were firmly behind the former WWF European Champion, and Eddie broke free from an arm wrench - taking Tazz down with an armdrag off of the top rope! Guerrero scored a brainbuster on Tazz for a near fall, when Lance Storm made his way out to the rampway! 'The Pride of Calgary' had Eddie's attention, when Tazz attempted the Tazzmission from behind - with Eddie throwing him off! Guerrero connected with a powerbomb, but Chris Benoit had climbed into the ring behind him: dropping Eddie with a shot from the WWF Intercontinental Championship belt!
As expected, Chris Benoit and Lance Storm had come to Sunday Night HeAT for revenge, but immediately 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna stormed the ring, getting into a brawl with 'the Rabid Wolverine'! Eddie's girlfriend put up a fight, when suddenly Tazz started choking away at Chyna: the Tazzmission applied! 'Mamacita' was forced to watch, as Lance Storm joined the fray: Storm putting the boots to Eddie's shoulder - before Benoit locked the Crippler Crossface in deep on the previously-injured shoulder of Guerrero! Eddie and Chyna were in deep trouble, with Benoit and Storm getting their comeuppance on 'Latino Heat' and 'Mamacita' - as referees hit the ring to try and break up the brute attack!
RAW is WAR - August 14, 2000 Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island Live on the USA Network
A video package aired, taking us to this past week on SmackDown! where Commissioner Mick Foley found himself faced with Shane McMahon, who desperately wanted the former WWF Champion Kurt Angle to get his rematch with the Rock. Unfortunately for Shane O'Mac, it would be by doing the impossible: as Shane was put in a Street Fight against 'the People's Champ', and Shane had to win if the Olympic Gold Medalist were to receive his rematch. It was a one-sided battle, flawed only by the interference of the King of the Ring: Angle and Shane making a masterful team in combat against 'the Great One'. But it was the unexpected assist from Triple H that granted Shane the victory: meaning Kurt Angle could challenge Rock for the WWF Championship once again at SummerSlam. Was it a power play by 'the Game' to ensure Angle leaves his wife Stephanie alone? Or mind games, with Triple H sure to make Angle know he could put a stop to his hopes and dreams in an instance.
The opening video package aired, taking us to the sold out Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island for RAW is WAR! With thirteen days to go until the summer blockbuster that is SummerSlam on pay-per-view, pyrotechnics set the crowd into a frenzy, and Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the show on a night where Chris Benoit battles Chris Jericho in a non-title encounter!
Shane McMahon kicked things off to loud boos from the Providence crowd. The son of the Chairman was able to do the impossible last Thursday night by defeating the Rock: but he did have a lot of help in the form of both Kurt Angle, but Triple H as well. Shane stood in the ring amidst chants of "Shane's a p*ssy" from the capacity crowd, causing Shane to repeat himself in saying that he was not. The fact is, would be really be what they were calling him had he not beaten the World Wrestling Federation Champion just four nights ago? Shane talked about how it was a great night, and now in just thirteen short days, we would bare witness to a new champion when Kurt Angle walks out with the WWF Championship back where it truly belonged! McMahon grinned to loud boos, when he told the people in Providence that that wasn't the only good news he had: because Mick Foley - the so-called Commissioner of the WWF - was not here tonight! Shane O'Mac speculated whether it was down to the fact that RAW is WAR emanates tonight from the earwax of America that is Rhode Island, or whether it was the fact that 'the Hardcore Legend' couldn't stand the fact that his worst enemy was the top contender to the WWF Championship! Shane declared that maybe this meant he should face the Rock again tonight, only for the WWF Championship this time - to see who really was the man to beat in the World Wrestling Federation!
Shane appeared excited, and the people got excited at the thought - until Shane told Providence that this was not going to happen tonight! Boos showered Shane again, and Shane turned to attention in claiming himself as the man in charge tonight, and so he was making the matches. Which is why, for the first time in months, the Rock would put the WWF Championship on the line tonight...against the man responsible for Rock's demise last week...Triple H! Shane told the people that they all thought it could never happen so long as Rock was the champion. But that's where they were wrong, since it was the Rock who lost the WWF Championship back at Fully Loaded - hereby lifting the stipulation banning 'the Game' from anymore title opportunities! Shane went on to run down what else was planned for tonight, including pitting the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz against one-another in a rematch of the Royal Rumble: in a Tables match! But before Shane could get too drunk with power, out came Kurt Angle, who did not appear pleased with his friend's matchmaking abilities one bit! The King of the Ring asked Shane if he was being serious. After all of the weeks of trying to get he and Triple H, he and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, all on the same page: to then do something like this! Angle speculated face-to-face with Shane about what happens if Triple H can beat Rock tonight - what happens to his shot at the WWF Championship at SummerSlam?
Shane attempted to reason with Kurt Angle that if it wasn't for 'the Game', Angle wouldn't have his title opportunity. And as far as opposing Commissioner Mick Foley, and opposing the Rock: they all did have to band together, even if it meant forcing Rock out of the SummerSlam main event! But before Shane could even finish his explanation, out came Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley! 'The Game' stood atop the rampway with a concerned Stephanie stood behind him, though Triple H had a huge grin on his face! He asked Kurt if he was all upset because he knew his time was already running out. He mocked Kurt's persona, whining about losing out on opportunities and being deprived of the WWF Championship, drawing a surprisingly positive reaction from the humored Providence crowd! Triple H told Kurt Angle that if he couldn't make it anymore obvious, he thought that the Olympic Gold Medalist was a "crybaby little b*tch". And should be win tonight, he wanted it on record that come SummerSlam, after he puts a stop to Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania: he couldn't wait to come back out here, and put a stop to Angle's Cinderella story in kicking his ass and beating him one-two-three! 'The Game' then addressed Shane McMahon, telling him that although he is grateful of the chance, he wanted Shane O'Mac that he was thankful for nothing his brother-in-law had done for him - and that what the people meant when they told Shane he was a "p*ssy" - it wasn't too far from the truth! Triple H left, inciting Angle and Shane in the ring! So much for banding together in the McMahon-Helmsley camp, but what else could happen with Shane McMahon in charge tonight?
Following a replay of what went down moments ago in the ring, with Triple H being handed a shot at the Rock's WWF Championship tonight in Providence, Kurt Angle was seen bickering to himself in rage. The Olympic Gold Medalist had had his shot at SummerSlam waved in his face and mocked by 'the Game', but Angle's rage would get the better of him after picking up a production cart and tossing it at the wall, which then knocked into some lighting tubes propped against the wall: these falling right on top of the Undertaker's motorcycle! The King of the Ring's face paled, and Angle immediately knew that he had done wrong as he escaped up the hall!
In the building, Tazz was seen making his way down to the ring for a rematch with 'the Ninth Wonder of the World' after what happened last night on HeAT. But before any of this, 'the Human Suplex Machine' had a lot on his mind and wanted to take some of his verbal aggression out on the people of Rhode Island! Tazz spoke out more about ridding the World Wrestling Federation of the clowns and yellow-bellied punks that populated it, before turning his attention to what he did to Eddie Guerrero last night. Tazz told Eddie that he got what he deserved, and although he and Chris Benoit will never be friends that go and grab a bite to eat: Eddie and Chyna got what was coming to them on HeAT! Tazz was hit with more boos, when Chyna suddenly made her way out to the rampway, all alone and riled up! 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' responded to Tazz, telling him that he was a bad liar. The fact is Tazz didn't do any of this to force all of the boneheads and bozos out of the WWF: he did this because at his size and stature: he had to compensate for having such a tiny penis! Chyna walked to the ring with purpose, with Tazz already livid at the remarks of 'Mamacita'!
1) Tazz def. Chyna (3:08) 'The Human Suplex Machine' did a number to 'Mamacita's boyfriend Eddie Guerrero in singles competition last night on Sunday Night HeAT, with Tazz choking Chyna out in the Tazzmission whilst Eddie was being beaten down by Chris Benoit. Tonight on the other hand, Chyna had a size advantage in looking down at Tazz, and immediately fought the Red Hook native off with a series of elbows! 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' executed a military press slam for a near fall, when she saw her opportunity and took it: an incredible handspring back-elbow colliding with Tazz in the corner! A win tonight against 'the Human Suplex Machine' could do greatly for Chyna's career, but that's when Tazz played possum to the referee, implying Chyna kicked him low: allowing him to drop her with a Tazzplex! 'The Human Suplex Machine' was not afraid to club away at Chyna on the mat, but that's when Eddie Guerrero came out to his girlfriend's aid! 'Latino Heat' was stopped in the corner by the referee, long enough so that Chris Benoit could come out from behind - dropping Chyna's boyfriend jaw-first across the apron, and sending him into the steel steps! Chyna clotheslined Tazz and went after the intruding WWF Intercontinental Champion, when Tazz returned the favor with a huge clothesline of his own knocking her out on the floor! Tazz rolled her back inside for a German suplex, picking up the three count!
Tazz had picked up another win tonight against 'the Ninth Wonder of the World', perhaps regaining some of his dignity after what Chyna had to say before the match had got underway. 'The Human Suplex Machine's fists were raised, while at ringside Chris Benoit was forced back up the rampway by the referee. Eddie Guerrero clutched his shoulder after making contact with the steel steps: this personal rivalry not over by a long shot between 'the Rabid Wolverine' and 'Latino Heat'.
In the dressing room, Triple H was seen emptying the contents of his case while Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley spoke poetically about how long her husband had waited for another shot at the WWF Championship. And tonight in Providence, Rhode Island of all places - it was finally going to happen! She smiled from ear-to-ear in telling 'the Game' that she couldn't wait to stand beside him after defeating the Rock like the old days tonight, but Triple H asked Stephanie to give him some space. He advised they take a seat for just a moment, as 'the Game' didn't want to get any wires crossed tonight. After all they had been through in the past couple of weeks, from the mishaps with Kurt Angle to their marriage struggling thanks to the Rock, and thanks to the absent Commissioner Foley: Triple H suggested that it was a good idea that they don't see each other tonight. This included her being ringside for the match with Rock! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' looked away and hid sadness from her husband, who asked if that was cool with her - and she got up sniffling, telling him that she understood and wanted to wish him luck! Perhaps this was not his best idea.
We returned to RAW is WAR where the Undertaker had discovered the lighting tubes propped against his motorcycle and was removing them. 'The American Badass' barked out demanding to know who had done this, and upon Undertaker pacing around the area in anger he came across Just Joe. The snitch wanted to let 'the Deadman' know exactly who it was that did it, before telling Undertaker that firstly, he wanted to introduce himself. He claimed he was called Joe E. but Undertaker began removing his gloves, telling him he was going to knock his jaw off if he didn't tell him in the next five seconds. Joe E. mustered up the courage to tell him it was Kurt Angle, causing Undertaker to demand to know where he was! Joe E. directed him, and the Undertaker was off and running for Angle! After his half-brother Kane was left laying and unmasked last week, the Undertaker was in no mood for games - spelling disaster for Kurt Angle!
Elsewhere, Jonathan Coachman was standing by with the WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit, wanting to get a word with 'the Rabid Wolverine' regarding his business with Eddie Guerrero. Benoit simply told Coachman that if anybody had made this personal, it was 'Latino Heat'. It was Eddie who decided to break the Radicalz up so he could pursue this disgusting relationship with that maneater of a woman Chyna. Benoit asserted that lately he's heard the excuse over and over from Eddie: how Benoit separated his shoulder at King of the Ring. But that isn't what happened - Eddie separated his own shoulder at King of the Ring, because he was weak! Coachman moved on to ask about his opponent Chris Jericho tonight, which Benoit immediately shut up once more: telling Coachman that he requested the non-title match with Y2J because he felt bad for his fellow Canadian. He could have gotten the keys to the kingdom back at Fully Loaded against Triple H: and what did he do? He blew it. He could have been WWF Champion last week against the Rock: and what did he do? He blew it. Benoit told Jonathan that Y2J was worse than Eddie Guerrero - always choking! And tonight, he wanted Chris Jericho to prove him wrong.
2) Al Snow (c) def. Lance Storm to retain the WWF European Championship (4:03) In a shocking moment this past week on SmackDown!, Al Snow was able to put a stop to the reign of Lance Storm as WWF European Champion. It came after the assist from Eddie Guerrero - someone with plenty of problems with 'the Pride of Calgary' spanning from his alliance with Chris Benoit - and tonight 'the Pride of Calgary' was here to regain what he felt was his. Snow tried to outrun Lance early, taking him out with an inverted atomic drop and a back suplex, but Storm came right back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker catching Snow off-guard. Storm pounded on the spine of the new champ, stretching Snow with an abdominal stretch, but the people in Rhode Island were firmly in the corner of the American: and Al Snow made a comeback with an enzuigiri! Snow connected with a belly-to-belly suplex following a series of headbutts, but Storm would not give up, coming right back with a rolling fireman's carry - immediately locking in the Maple Leaf Crab! Storm's chances of retaining the title were slim, but Snow managed to grab the bottom rope! Incensed, the former champion argued with the referee when Snow caught Lance in the rolling clutch pin that won him it for a near fall - before kicking Storm low, blatantly! Not the Head he was expected, but Snow then cradled Storm, stealing the three count!
Al Snow had scored another pinfall victory against Lance Storm, making his first successful defense of the WWF European Championship! Snow grinned while favoring his back, leaving 'the Pride of Calgary' dejected and furious over being unable to put away Snow! Storm held his groin and argued with the referee, unable to believe that for the second time in one week, Al Snow had successfully put him away - and now he had his title!
We went to the closeby Friendly Tap - owned by WWF referee Tim White, who was seen live, serving the general public. The patrons in the bar quietly drank beer in the longtime establishment, when in walked X-Pac and Road Dogg, apparently not here to cause any trouble! White demanded D-Generation X to leave if they weren't here to buy a drink, but X-Pac assured Tim that he needed to mellow out. Road Dogg took a seat on the bar stool and told him that the APA weren't here tonight. It was just the boys from DX, looking to get a little lit-up on a Monday night! X-Pac tried to convince Tim that they were serious, the WWF were in town and Shane McMahon had given them the night off: so how's about he dish up some beers for D-Generation X? Tim White begrudgingly went about his business while DX struck up a conversation with another paying customer at the Friendly Tap.
Back live on RAW, Shane McMahon was in his office for the night living the lavish lifestyle of sitting in a couch, pondering why Commissioner Mick Foley didn't ever just cop up some cash for a real office. McMahon then reached over for the phone, dialing it and setting it on loudspeaker: just for it to go straight to the answer machine of CEO Linda McMahon! Shane asked his mom how it was going, telling her that he hadn't heard from her or his old man in a few weeks. Shane O'Mac kept Linda up to date on how he was in charge of RAW tonight, due to her delusional idea of putting the incompetent Mick Foley in office instead. And Shane planned to make her realize what a terrible mistake that was by delivering on one hell of a show here tonight! McMahon wished her and Vince well before hanging up. There was a knock on the door, and in walked D-Lo Brown who complimented Shane on his sweet matchmaking tonight! But 'the Bizniz' was here for more than just that - impolitely speaking of Mick Foley dropping the ball on a man that should be on top of the world right now, D-Lo Brown! D-Lo asked Shane if he was Down with the Brown and asked him for a title shot, because 'the Bizniz' was hungry for some gold. Shane O'Mac told D-Lo that if that's what he wanted, he was going to make like Aladdin and grant him a shot: at the WWF Hardcore Championship tonight! Brown was less than pleased, but shook Shane's hand regardless. McMahon smiled as he left, proud of himself.
In the arena, WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian made their way down to ringside to call the action for the upcoming Tables match in just a few moments. The Canadians joined Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler on commentary, pleased to see 'the King' and high-five with him. But when it came to J.R. asking Edge and Christian about who they'd rather face more - the Hardy Boyz or the Dudley Boyz - they insulted Ross's journalistic integrity!
3) The Dudley Boyz vs The Hardy Boyz in a Tables match ended in a no-contest (3:55) After what Edge and Christian did to Matt Hardy last week on RAW by concussing him with a Conchairto, this past Thursday night on SmackDown! Jeff Hardy turned to Bubba Ray Dudley to help defeat the WWF Tag Team Champions in non-title competition. And with the Dudleys and the Hardys in competition, Shane McMahon decided that tonight it was time to dust off the hardwood with a Royal Rumble 2000 rematch tonight, with the champions watching! Bubba and D-Von focused their attack on the recovered Matt Hardy with no tags necessary in this type of match. The Dudley Boyz looked good, with a double flapjack attempt through the table on Matt reversed into a double DDT. The Poetry in Motion connected on Bubba, when D-Von clotheslined Jeff off the apron knocking him right into the announce table! D-Von and Jeff went at it in front of the announcers, while inside Matt's Twist of Fate was reversed into a Bubba Bomb, when Bubba Ray hoisted Matt up to the top rope with the table set mid-ring! But Edge and Christian drastically announced their own run-in, attacking D-Von and Jeff at ringside with their title belts! Edge knocked Bubba and Matt off of the top rope, when Christian looked underneath the ring and brought out a ladder! Inside Edge hammered away on Bubba Ray atop the table, before placing Matt right on top of him. The WWF Tag Team Champions set up the ladder in the center of the ring: and Christian climbed up, diving off with a huge splash from fifteen-feet in the air, putting the Dudley and the Hardy through the wood!
Edge helped his brother Christian back up to his feet, when Christian's feigning of breaking some ribs from the splash turned to Christian delivering a salute to 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka! The WWF Tag Team Champions had effectively ruined this Tables match between the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz, by beating down all four of their competition in the tag team division!
Backstage Kurt Angle was seen complaining to Mideon about how unjustly he has been treated here tonight, claiming that he should have the right to finish the Rock's reign as WWF Champion all by himself at SummerSlam, he didn't need Triple H beating Rock tonight because he didn't have to beat 'the Game'! Mideon's nodding in accordance turned to a look of terror, when Mideon suddenly decided to leave. Behind him, the Undertaker showed up, grabbing Angle by the throat and shoving him against the wall! 'The American Badass' asked him what happened to his motorcycle, but Kurt shoved Undertaker away and demanded he back off right away! Angle told Undertaker that he was sick of being disrespected, and told Undertaker he had some mind ruining his conversation with "whatshisname". 'The Deadman' told Angle that he didn't know anything about being disrespect, because to him disrespect comes when his bike gets damaged by light tubes, and the person responsible isn't man enough to face up to it! Undertaker pointed the finger to Angle and told him he wanted to see his ass out in that ring next, if he really wanted the respect he was looking for! He left, with Kurt calling after 'the Deadman' telling him he should leave his bike in the parking lot where it is safe, if he cared so much about it!
4) Kurt Angle def. The Undertaker (4:27) The Olympic Gold Medalist was not having a very good tonight, having been given the news that perhaps his biggest growing rival Triple H would challenge The Rock for the WWF Championship later tonight, despite having earned his own shot at the WWF Championship in thirteen days at SummerSlam. But he had bigger problems in the form of facing up to the Undertaker, having damaged 'the American Badass's motorcycle earlier tonight and attempted to flee from 'the Deadman'. Undertaker was in no mood either, having suffered a series of attacks from T&A and Val Venis in recent weeks - with the Brothers of Destruction set to meet T&A at SummerSlam as well. Undertaker immediately blocked Angle's attempts at mat-wrestling, and went to town on him with body blows in the corner. The Old School connected, with Undertaker looking to punish Kurt for what happened! Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley soon made her way out to the ring after being given bad news herself earlier tonight - 'the Billion Dollar Princess' lonesome and turning to Angle instead perhaps. The distraction allowed Angle to connect with a German suplex, and Angle followed with a chop block twisting 'the Deadman's ankle out of place! Angle sure enough wanted the Ankle Lock, but Undertaker powered out and Angle walked right into a big boot! Undertaker got Angle set up for the powerbomb he has used in recent weeks, known as the Last Ride: but Stephanie climbed into the ring, looking to stop the inevitable! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' tried to plead with him, but Undertaker grabbed her by the throat! Angle came from behind with another chop block to the ankle, before dropping Undertaker with an Olympic Slam: claiming the three count!
Kurt Angle had appeared to have stolen a huge victory against the Undertaker tonight on RAW is WAR, but the Olympic Gold Medalist had capitalized on the win with some assistance from Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley! Angle rolled out of the ring and 'the Billion Dollar Princess' was quick to jump into Angle's arms, thanking him for saving her. Angle however appeared more distasteful of the Undertaker's actions. Meanwhile Trish Stratus led T&A past them down the rampway, with Trish notably wearing the mask of 'the Big Red Machine' over her face! Undertaker came to, back in the ring, but 'the American Badass' had a bad wheel to stand on. Albert and Test cautiously climbed into the ring, when Undertaker - one leg and all - began fighting off Test and Albert with right hands for the both of them! But it would be short-lived, as the Undertaker found himself the recipient of a big splash in the corner from Albert, walking right into the pumphandle slam from Test! Trish propped the mask atop her head and crawled over the fallen body of 'the Deadman' meanwhile, stroking the face of the Undertaker mockingly! In thirteen days the Brothers of Destruction had their chance to get revenge on T&A for all of their ambushes and assaults, but with no Kane to be seen in sight, how could the Undertaker be able to overcome the odds?
Meanwhile the television set was on in the dressing room of 'the Game', but Triple H was paying no attention to what his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was involving herself in alongside Kurt Angle. Instead, 'the Cerebral Assassin' was determined to regain the gold that has been deprived of him since Backlash in April: Triple H doing some push-ups ahead of his WWF Championship match with the Rock, in tonight's main event! We went to outside of the WWF Champion's locker room, where Michael Cole was standing by and waiting. Up next, Michael Cole promised us some comments from 'the People's Champ', with the Rock surely having a lot on his mind!
Back from the commercial break, the people roared upon seeing the sight of WWF Champion The Rock, whilst Michael Cole quizzed 'the Great One' about his feelings towards meeting Triple H tonight. Rock told Michael that he was electrified by the thought of whooping 'the Game's creased-foreheaded, skyscraper-sized nosed candyass all across Rhode Island tonight on RAW is WAR. Rock claimed he had been salivating at the thought of standing across the ring from Triple H, after all of these months. But in actuality it hadn't nearly been long enough, and tonight Triple H would find himself right back where he was at Backlash, and Judgment Day: and that is flat on his back, with his eyes staring at the lights! Chants of "Rocky" quaked the Providence Civic Center, when Rock turned his attention to Shane McMahon, running around drunk on power. His b*tching and moaning has finally paid off, and now tonight - for one night only - Shane gets to run around thinking he's a Power Ranger on Christmas morning! Rock told Michael that he had to set one thing straight: he thought Shane O'Mac was a lot of things, and maybe a "p*ssy" wasn't one of them. But there was one thing and one thing only he could think of when it came to Shane McMahon the person, and that was the most hideously large, repulsive assh*le walking God's green Earth! Rock paced back and forth, claiming the microphone and moving on to Kurt Angle, telling him he knew he was watching him. He's been watching him so closely, Kurt must be counting down the minutes until he next gets to hold the Rock in his arms: well, Rock or Stephanie - whichever comes first! Rock declared that he doesn't give a damn about the love rectangle that is the McMahon-Helmsleys and Kurt Angle, all the Rock knows is that the Rock will wedge his size fifteen boot up all their sorry asses, if you smell what the Rock is cookin'.
5) Chris Jericho def. WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit (5:01) It was 'the Rabid Wolverine' that personally requested this match tonight and it was granted by the man in charge for tonight, Shane McMahon. The spring of 2000 will be remembered for the wars in which Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho have had, however in recent weeks Y2J has gone from beating Benoit to become the WWF Intercontinental Champion, and managing to defeat Triple H back at King of the Ring, to subsequently falling to 'the Game' in a Steel Cage rematch at Fully Loaded. To make matters worse, Y2J won a number one contender's match several weeks ago, ultimately to fall to the Rock for the WWF Championship: with Kurt Angle indirectly responsible. Benoit called Y2J a joke, and despite his own issues with Eddie Guerrero in recent weeks, looked poised to demoralize Y2J further, as a series of German suplexes kicked off the match. Benoit was aggressive and wanted to get this one over early, but it was going to take a lot to put Y2J down, who demonstrated this with a trio of powerbombs in response! Jericho delivered a springboard dropkick sending Benoit to the floor, and a suicide dive followed suit. Y2J and Benoit battled back inside, where Jericho wanted to put Benoit away with the Walls of Jericho, just for Benoit to rake the eyes of his career rival! Benoit delivered a shoulder breaker to Jericho and transitioned into the Crippler Crossface, but Jericho tried to fight out of it just for Benoit to carry on pounding away at Y2J...until Jericho was able to transition it into a roll-up to get the win!
Chris Jericho rolled out to the floor in desperation, clutching his shoulder after the Crippler Crossface was applied. Y2J had picked up the win against Chris Benoit barely, and 'the Rabid Wolverine' was furious about losing in such a manner! The WWF Intercontinental Champion shouted words at Y2J from the ring, but all of a sudden Eddie Guerrero returned, darting down to the ring behind Benoit! 'Latino Heat' had a score to settle after earlier tonight, and when Benoit turned around, Eddie dropped him with a powerbomb! Guerrero climbed up to the top rope for a Frog Splash, when Jericho climbed into the ring and exchanged words with Eddie! 'Latino Heat' got down and began to argue with Y2J about leaving Benoit to him, but Jericho wouldn't back down. Meanwhile Benoit out to the floor, unable to figure out what to make of this situation!
We went to a video package of what went down last week on RAW is WAR in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden. The people at the World's Most Famous Arena were in for a treat, as Hulk Hogan made his return to the World Wrestling Federation: competing in a WWF ring for the first time in over seven years! To make things worse, Triple H and D-Generation X were met with 'the Immortal' Hulkster in his prime: as Hogan put X-Pac away for the win after the infamous Big Boot and Leg Drop! But in comments made by Triple H in response, 'the Game' disregarded Hulk Hogan's legacy. He denounced Hogan's attempt at a comeback, and proclaimed that at SummerSlam he would be the man to finish Hulkamania once and for all! A graphic aired, promoting that for the first time ever, Hulk Hogan would be live and in living color this Thursday on SmackDown! - but so would Triple H!
Back from the commercial break, we went to footage taken from earlier today outside of the sold-out Providence Civic Center. It was the Kat and a group of the Godfather's former Hos protesting the Right to Censor's manipulation and transformation of the newly-turned Goodfather: as well as the former pimp's denouncing of what they all stood for! Back live on RAW is WAR, the ladies were all seen petitioning in the stands of the Civic Center, with the sea of people surrounding them in rapid support of the chant: "Save the Hos!" Kevin Kelly was on hand to ask the Kat what had inspired her to start this protest, to which she told Kelly that the female body was made to be admired: for centuries, women everywhere have been used in photography, in art to show exactly what goods they have to offer. But now the Right to Censor wants to take that away from them? Kat had only one thing to tell her fellow protestors: and that was to strip their clothes, and show the RTC why the people loved them!
Five of the Hos behind her began to undress while Kat unbuttoned her blouse, when all of a sudden the horns and alarms of the Right to Censor rudely interrupted this public demonstration! Steven Richards led the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan down the rampway, where Richards told the good people of Providence that if there were those in attendance with children, or loved ones, or any ounce of moral compass: to shield their eyes and ignore what was happening in the crowd! Richards stood atop the steel steps and told Kat that he understood exactly why she was doing this for the Goodfather's former friends - because she wanted to feel alive. But there was more to life than giving other people the satisfaction. Richards told Kat that she was miscast - a prodigal mind lost in a misogynist World Wrestling Federation. These people didn't appreciate her, they just wanted to see her naked! Steven told Kat to stand up, but for the right people in the Right to Censor. Kat considered Steven's comments momentarily, but instead decided to throw off her blouse instead, showing everybody her puppies! This prompted Goodfather and Buchanan into the crowd, where Steven demanded his boys to censor the Hos! Goodfather and Buchanan played arena security, forcing the Kat and the ladies out of the building personally! What happened to the former 'Pimp Daddy' to make him resort to this lifestyle?
Chris Jericho was backstage recovering from the hard-fought win against Chris Benoit, when Michael Cole approached Y2J looking for comments. Jericho told "Mitchell" that everybody heard his comments when he had 'the Rabid Wolverine's shoulders pinned to the mat for a count of three moments ago. Jericho told Cole that maybe he had a habit of choking when it mattered. He can hang with the biggest and baddest Superstars the World Wrestling Federation has to offer him. But maybe he can't beat Triple H in a Steel Cage, with blood pouring out of both his and 'the Game's skull. Maybe he can't beat the Rock to become WWF Champion, when that Olympian King of the Ring jackass Kurt Angle sticks his nose where it doesn't belong. But there is one thing Y2J can do better than anybody: and that is beat Chris Benoit! Jericho asked 'the Rabid Wolverine' who was choking now, to accept his challenge and fight him for the title - but Eddie Guerrero and Chyna turned up, with 'Latino Heat' yelling at Y2J to mind his own business! Chyna attempted to restrain her boyfriend, while Jericho simply muttered hello to his former friend-slash-enemy Chyna, telling Eddie to please shut the hell up! Y2J left, leaving Guerrero more riled up than he was before!
Elsewhere, Shane McMahon was walking the halls of the Civic Center when he walked into Trish Stratus with T&A behind her! Shane O'Mac stopped to congratulate the group on a massive job well done earlier tonight. Yet again they have conquered 'the American Badass', and without a doubt they were on their way to becoming one of the toughest tag teams in the World Wrestling Federation. Trish giggled and told Shane playfully that things are a lot funner without that "big red freak" around. Without Kane, the Undertaker was Test and Albert's for the taking. Test advised jokingly that 'the Big Red Machine' should consider sitting out SummerSlam, because they've got a lot more where that came from for 'the Deadman', whereas Albert commented that Undertaker would really be a dead man, because they were going to beat Undertaker until he can't stand any longer! Shane enthusiastically told T&A that he loved it, but then asked Trish out of curiosity where she put Kane's mask. Trish smiled at Shane, then bent down and rolled Kane's own mask down from beneath her mini-skirt! Test and Albert laughed, while Trish flung the crotch-worn mask over her shoulder: telling Shane that T&A were going to take the Undertaker back to Death Valley at SummerSlam.
We returned to the sight of New York City, where RAW emanated last week: in particular in the Heart of Times Square at WWF New York. It was a hot night inside the complex, as the packed house enjoyed the performance of K-Kwik performing his latest single "Get Rowdy" to the delight of those in attendance! K-Kwik break danced on the stage and slapped hands with those in the front row - this exciting newcomer sure to move onto great things in the coming weeks.
6) Crash Holly (c) def. D-Lo Brown to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (3:30) For 'the Bizniz', it was about getting what he thought he deserved. That is why when D-Lo Brown went to Shane McMahon earlier tonight and demanded a title opportunity, he received a shot at the WWF Hardcore Championship. D-Lo has not been impressing too many people as of late despite holding a victory against Steve Blackman, but he was here tonight in hopes of beating 'the Houdini of Hardcore'. Crash, the record-setting WWF Hardcore Champion ducked D-Lo's offense early, and utilized a wet floor sign to subdue Brown at ringside. Crash scored a bulldog right on top of the sign before unveiling a trash can from beneath - but when he tried to use it as a weapon, Brown dropkicked it back into Crash's face. The challenger went on control, but the scrappy champion came back with a tornado DDT attempt: reversed into the Sky High right through the trash can for a close near fall! Brown was looking at finishing him off, but Hardcore Holly ran down to ringside: pointing a fire extinguisher in the face of Brown! Brown fell off the top rope and scrambled to regain his vision, long enough so that the opportunistic Crash could drop D-Lo with a big tornado DDT: retaining the title!
The elder Holly Cousin had saved Crash Holly's WWF Hardcore Championship a lot in recent weeks, but tonight he had done it once again! 'The Houdini of Hardcore' tried to celebrate with the title handed to him by Hardcore Holly, when all of a sudden Steve Blackman hit the ring with Crash in his line of vision! 'The Lethal Weapon' struck Hardcore with a martial arts kick to the abdomen, before swinging for Crash with the kendo stick - it missing - and Hardcore inadvertently clocked his cousin with a trash can lid! Blackman covered, but Hardcore was there in the nick of time to run Blackman away! Hardcore attended to his knocked out cousin, who if he wasn't suspicious of 'the Big Shot' before, he had to be now. After all, it was dog-eat-dog in Hardcore 24/7!
We returned to the Friendly Tap, where D-Generation X appeared to be having fun talking with a World Wrestling Federation fan at the nearby bar. The fan drunkenly recounted last week when Hulk Hogan kicked both of their butts, and X-Pac and Road Dogg feigned faces of humor. X-Pac slapped the back of the fan hard, but when Road Dogg slowly stepped off of his barstool and looked to attack the fan for rubbing DX the wrong way, the fan blurted out: it was the APA! Bradshaw and Faarooq rushed into the bar looking to kick DX's asses after ruining their celebration this past weekend, but X-Pac and Road Dogg were wise enough to dart out of the Friendly Tap with their tails between their legs! Tim White was livid at the commotion, and the fan was in awe of having the APA sit down on either side of him. Faarooq apologized, telling him that it wouldn't happen again. White grimaced that the guys said that every time, while the fan looked ready to faint with excitement!
But back inside the Providence Civic Center, we were moments away from a rematch that has been months in the making. After four months of banishment from challenging for the WWF Championship, Triple H was about to get his shot at the WWF Championship held by the Rock...but first, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley stood in her husband's way, wanting to wish him luck once again! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' tried to reach in and kiss the challenger, but instead Triple H placed his finger in front of her mouth, telling her that he appreciated it. But whatever they had planned can wait until he is the WWF Champion! Stephanie was left dejected in silence, with the main event coming up next!
7) The Rock (c) def. Triple H to retain the WWF Championship (7:38) These two have been career rivals ever since the Rock made his World Wrestling Federation debut back at the 1996 Survivor Series. The Rock had beaten Triple H for the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF Championship. Triple H had beaten The Rock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, but was yet to beat him for the WWF Championship. After their last encounter in May, Shane McMahon had ended 'the Game's banishment from the title picture explaining that since Rock had lost and regained the title since the bout in May, that Triple H could have his shot tonight: and with no Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley in sight, he looked more determined and more focused than he had been in quite some time. Rock came right out of the gate with hate-ridden punches for the man that cost him his match with Shane McMahon last Thursday night - and in response Triple H threw haymaker after haymaker. A neckbreaker gave 'the Game' control, with the challenger looking impressive in combating Rock with a figure-four leglock applied! But 'the Great One' defiantly fired back, with a Samoan drop and a clotheslining sending the challenger from the ring. The WWF Champion came right after him, but when Triple H sent Rock into the steel post, Rock came up bloodied. Triple H continued to hammer on the Rock, but when he went to finish him off with a Pedigree Rock fired back with a spinebuster: and prepared the People's Elbow! He hit the ropes, but the most electrifying move in sports entertainment was not to be, as Triple H tactically nipped up and knocked both Rock and the referee down with the Harley Race high knee! Triple H wanted the Pedigree to end this once and for all, but after the Pedigree connected, suddenly Kurt Angle ran down to the ring, dropping the challenger with a loud chair shot to the skull! Angle placed Rock on top of Triple H, but 'the Game' miraculously kicked out at two! Angle was livid at the result, when Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley ran down to restrain Kurt! Angle and McMahon-Helmsley stood on the apron, when Rock knocked Angle off the apron with a right hand, but Stephanie went down with him, twisting her ankle! A recovered Triple H attempted the Pedigree, just for Rock to get him with the Rock Bottom to retain the gold!
It was a controversial main event, but the Rock had come out with the WWF Championship still firmly in his possession! Triple H was down and out with nothing, with Kurt Angle partly responsible! But unbeknownst to 'the Game', his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley couldn't stand up! 'The Billion Dollar Princess' screamed in agony on the floor at ringside, much to the horror of the Olympic Gold Medalist who attempted to shout for medical assistance! Rock meanwhile stood atop the turnbuckle, a bloodied WWF Champion intensely staring a hole through his challenger come SummerSlam, Kurt Angle. Angle hoisted a pained Stephanie up in his arms. But something had to give: was it the WWF Championship, or was it 'the Billion Dollar Princess?'
SmackDown! - August 17, 2000 Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts Broadcast on UPN Taped August 15, 2000
A video package aired, bringing us back to this past Monday night for RAW is WAR. On a night where a family emergency prevented Commissioner Mick Foley from attending, Shane McMahon took charge when he declared that the WWF Championship would be on the line with the Rock defending the gold against Triple H - creating friction from Kurt Angle. After 'the Game' told his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley that he wanted to go their separate ways for the night, in the heat of the moment during the main event, 'the Billion Dollar Princess' would find herself knocked off of the apron by 'the People's Champ', injuring her ankle and causing the Olympic Gold Medalist to come to her aid. In the mean time the Rock would stand tall, retaining the WWF Championship: but with Triple H left alone, and Angle leaving with an agonized Stephanie in his arms, this love triangle was destined to take a dark, dark turn.
The opening video package aired, bringing us to SmackDown! with an excited crowd in attendance. The pyrotechnics plummeted the stage, and the fans were loud with only ten days remaining until SummerSlam, live on pay-per-view! Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcomed us to the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, where tonight 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan would make an appearance live and in person: but how might Triple H react after his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley spent the night at a nearby medical facility on Monday?
The lights went out and the countdown commenced, culminating with a pyrotechnics explosion. Chris Jericho graced Worcester to a rousing ovation, with Y2J holding a microphone in hand. Jericho welcomed everybody to SmackDown! is Jericho, before talking about how last Monday on RAW he defeated "Mr. Roboto" himself, Chris Benoit once again. And after the hundreds upon hundreds of times he has faced "the Canadian Sniveler", he really thought that by now Benoit would know exactly how this goes. Y2J beats him, Benoit gets all frowny and upset; he beats everybody's favorite 'Sexy Beast' - but that's when Chris Jericho makes the comeback of a lifetime and takes the WWF Intercontinental Champion again! Jericho had the people chanting his name, discussing how tonight he teams with Eddie Guerrero - someone he may not have a fond history with, but someone he respects - and how they will make sure that Chris Benoit and Lance Storm will never, ever be the same again!
1) WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit and Lance Storm def. Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (5:53) The dream team of Canadians in Chris Benoit and Lance Storm were back together tonight, after 'the Pride of Calgary' had endured an embarrassing loss at the hands of Al Snow this past week on RAW is WAR. Storm's chances as far as being the WWF European Champion were fading, but he had a chance of a lifetime to get a win against his old training buddy Chris Jericho in this highly competitive tag team encounter. Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero did not share a great history, with Chyna leaving Y2J's side to become Eddie's 'Mamacita' this past April, the night after WrestleMania. And with Jericho pinning Benoit - someone Eddie had it out for already - things grew complex when Eddie and Chris squabbled allowing Benoit to clobber both with a clothesline! Benoit and Storm, two world-class technicians, worked at isolating Y2J with Eddie wanting the tag desperately. Storm had a Sharpshooter locked in on Jericho, when Jericho would find a way to power to the ropes, forcing the break! Benoit came in to prevent a tag, but when 'the Rabid Wolverine' attempted a German suplex on Jericho, Chyna would distract the official allowing Jericho to low blow Benoit! The tag was made, and Eddie ran wild on Lance Storm with a hurricanrana followed by countless mounted strikes. A snap suplex connected on Benoit, when Guerrero found himself the recipient of a spinning wheel kick from Storm! Jericho tagged himself in and connected with a springboard dropkick knocking Benoit out of the ring, when Eddie took exception to the blind tag! Guerrero and Jericho got verbally heated, when suddenly Lance Storm blasted Y2J with a Super Kick! Benoit dragged Eddie out to the floor, allowing Storm to score a huge pinfall victory!
Lance Storm had beaten the same man he had broke into the business with ten years ago, but it came with the miscommunication between two competitive athletes in Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero! Chris Benoit backed up the rampway with 'the Pride of Calgary', the WWF Intercontinental Champion relieved to have bested two of the biggest threats to his gold. Back in the ring however, Y2J was in disbelief at the loss, screaming at Eddie Guerrero who cheekily shrugged and left with a smiling 'Ninth Wonder of the World' Chyna.
In the backstage area Edge and Christian were sharing a hearty laugh about the punishment they dealt out to both the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz on RAW is WAR. Christian told Edge that they were really living in the "Radditude Era", and that out of the two handsome kids from Toronto, the two interracial brothers from some place called Dudleyville, and two trailer park hicks from North Carolina: they think they got the sweet end of the deal Monday! The WWF Tag Team Champions high-fived, when all of a sudden Trish Stratus showed up, flirtatiously introducing her. The Canadians had their eyes on Trish as she commented on how she too was from Toronto - but that's when T&A showed up. Test noted he was also from Toronto, and although they made quite an impression on RAW...they have been making impressions for weeks! Albert reminded E&C of who saved their titles at Fully Loaded, when the Brothers of Destruction were kicking their asses. Edge soon struck back in commenting on T&A living out in Opposite World, and questioned what Albert's entire deal was - how many piercings did he have, and how many metal detectors went off when walking through airport security? Trish rubbed herself between E&C as she challenged them on behalf of T&A for the titles tonight, and Christian caved - accepting the challenge! Edge couldn't believe it, but assured T&A that they were so totally going down tonight! Test and Albert departed with Trish, with Test telling them those titles would look better around their waists.
We returned to hear the theme of Shane McMahon, as he made his way out to the ring to loud boos from the packed house in Worcester. The son of the Chairman had dominated RAW this past week in Commissioner Mick Foley's absence, and he proudly swaggered down to the ring. Ignoring the insulting chants from the people, Shane O'Mac asked people how they liked Shane McMahon's RAW is WAR. More boos, but Shane was undeterred as he told the people that he felt that it was one heck of a home run for 'the Mac Daddy'. And fortunately for the people living in this wasteland they call Worcester, they were in for one more home run tonight: because once again Mick Foley had dropped the ball on his matchmaking duties, and not even bothered to come tonight! McMahon disregarded the claims of Foley having to deal with a family emergency, because he really thinks that 'the Hardcore Legend' had lost interest in his role as WWF Commissioner. And honestly, after the shoddy way he retired in Hell in a Cell, getting his ass whooped by Triple H at No Way Out: who could blame him? But then he tried to come back, just to lose again at WrestleMania for the big payday? Shane told the people that he knew for certain that Mick Foley was somebody that was trying to hang on to something he simply doesn't belong in anymore, and in 'the Hardcore Legend's absence: somebody else has to step up! And why couldn't it be the man primed from birth for the job at hand, Shane O'Mac?
Shane McMahon discussed how SmackDown! was already off and to the races, after the huge tag team match that kicked off the show. But we also have Edge and Christian putting the WWF Tag Team Championship on the line against T&A, and above all else, we have the return of Hulk Hogan tonight! The fans cheered for the Hulkster: that is until Shane McMahon declared that Hulk Hogan would return and fall at the hands of Triple H, who without question will be in a foul mood after RAW went off the air on Monday night! But why should Shane stop at SmackDown! tonight, with SummerSlam right around the corner - he was going to make a decision that was built on his father's moral principle: and that was in the interest of fairness, when the Rock defends the WWF Championship against Kurt Angle in ten days, there would be a special guest referee. And his name was Shane McMahon! The people couldn't believe this and chanted "assh*le" at the self-appointed authority for tonight. But all of a sudden, The Rock made his way out to the ring to a deafening response! The WWF Champion was used to having the odds stacked against him, but upon hearing Shane's decisionmaking for the match at SummerSlam, Rock circled Shane in the ring and asked him who in the blue hell he thought he was. First he says he beat the Rock last week in a Street Fight, next you know of all of the people on God's green earth to complicate his own family's weird, sick love triangle: it's Shane O'Mac! Rock told Shane that he knew he always had an eye for Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, but with a silver spoon in his mouth, Shane McMahon was a sick freak! Rock told Shane that he can say what he wants about Mick Foley, because as much as he admires the man behind the manic, he doesn't need a Commissioner fighting his battles. He is the WWF Champion: and come hell or high water at SummerSlam, whether it's Kurt Angle, or whether it's Stephanie in a body cast, dry-humping both Kurt Angle and Triple H at the same time, with Shane in a referee shirt not far behind them with a set of binoculars: the Rock would still walk out of SummerSlam, WWF Champion!
Kurt Angle soon joined the fray, with the Olympic Gold Medalist largely unimpressed by the remarks of his rival going into SummerSlam. The number one contender told Rock on his way out to the ring that he was deeply offended by his comments. He knew that 'the Brahma Bull' had one heck of a mouth on him, and he knew that when it came to comedy he was no Adam Sandler: but to imply anything about his personal relationships to a building full of people in Worcester of all places - that is deeply immoral! Angle climbed into the ring and told Rock that he can say whatever he wants about his friends, Shane and Stephanie, but if there is something he can't stand, it is a man like the Rock - someone he beat at Fully Loaded - underestimating the man that will beat him once again to become a two-time WWF Champion - it's true! Rock removed his sunglasses and told Kurt that he wasn't underestimating him. He was testing the Olympian. Because once you remove 'the Billion Dollar Princess' from the equation, Kurt Angle still has to deal with Triple H. He still has to deal with Shane McMahon's awkward skipping around that ring in ten days. And he still has to deal with the Rock laying the SmackethDown! all over his ass! Rock admitted that Kurt Angle gave him one hell of a fight, without a shadow of a doubt back at Fully Loaded. But at SummerSlam, whether it is the four year anniversary of him winning those gold medals with a broken freaking neck or not: the Rock will walk out of SummerSlam with two broken ankles if it means remaining WWF Champion! Angle suddenly jumped Rock with a right hand, apparently having heard enough: but as Angle tried to whip Rock off the ropes, 'the Brahma Bull' caught him with a flying clothesline knocking him down! Angle slipped free of a Rock Bottom and Shane attempted to interject: allowing himself to receive the Rock Bottom instead! Angle bailed from the ring quickly, while Rock stalked Kurt over Shane's fallen body! With no Triple H to be seen as of yet, perhaps the Olympian would have 'the Game' to answer to, as well as the Rock, in ten days at SummerSlam!
In the office of the APA, Bradshaw and Faarooq were gearing up for war as Bradshaw was spotted taping his fists for the upcoming match with D-Generation X. The two were not dressed for competition however - they had their fighting jeans on, proudly wearing the Acolyte Protection Agency colors. Kevin Kelly entered their office to ask the APA how they were mentally preparing for the tag team match set to go down tonight, when Faarooq barked out that they weren't mentally preparing for anything. Tonight, X-Pac and Road Dogg find themselves getting their asses beaten and there's no mistake about it! Bradshaw told Kevin Kelly that DX have messed with them for weeks, but it all stops here tonight. It wouldn't be his daddy's tag team match, it was going to be a Street Fight! The APA left the office to prepare some more, leaving Kelly to observe the many crushed beer cans on their poker table.
In the parking lot area Triple H was seen finally arriving at the Centrum in Worcester! 'The Game' had apparently not long left the hospital in Providence, Rhode Island: where Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley had been since Monday night's incident. Triple H entered the building, and he did not look one bit pleased in the slightest! How would this fare for Kurt Angle, who was already having a bad night? And how would 'the Cerebral Assassin' react to Hulk Hogan, when he addresses the people on SmackDown?
2) Dean Malenko (w/Terri) (c) def. Jacqueline to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (2:23) It was this past Sunday night on HeAT when Jacqueline defeated Terri in singles competition after Dean Malenko had apparently immersed himself in the company of an attractive fan in the front row. But upon 'the She-Devil's loss, the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion was embarrassed by the former WWF Women's Champion: with 'the Ladies Man' apparently ordering this match tonight. The title was on the line, and Jackie stood a fair chance of becoming the first WWF Diva to win the title - as Jacqueline surprised Malenko early with a hurricanrana for a close near fall! Malenko was hesitant about fighting a girl, but when Jackie lit Dean up with kicks in the corner and attempted a tornado DDT, Malenko would easily toss her halfway across the ring - with Malenko locking in a surfboard stretch on Jacqueline! Terri was the cheerleader present at ringside, perhaps unknowing of her boyfriend's undisguised womanizing tendencies, but Malenko appeared to be going to work on Jackie without her realizing. Jackie made a comeback, catching Malenko off-guard with a kick as he charged her in the corner: and a sunset flip almost scored her the three count! Dean was able to fight back, finally relenting with a big knee to the abdomen: a Tiger Suplex transitiong into the Texas Cloverleaf - and with Jackie bent like a pretzel, she had to submit!
Dean Malenko was slow to release the brutal Texas Cloverleaf after the win, but when Terri arrived to applaud her man on a fine victory, the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion simply received the hug from 'the She-Devil'. Terri was overjoyous with 'the Ladies Man's victory, and mocked Jacqueline as she laid in pain on the canvas. Meanwhile, Malenko was more concentrating on the title in his hands than the girl on his arm.
In the locker room area Hardcore Holly showed up to meet WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly, who he frightened upon sight. Crash hid on the other side of a locker upon spotting his older cousin, but 'the Big Shot' simply told Crash that he had scored them an all-inclusive weekend away in Hawaii this weekend! Hardcore asked Crash how great that was, claiming it would just be the two of them alone in paradise. In the summer. Hot weather. With babes everywhere! Crash meanwhile attempted to hide from Hardcore, who asked if this was about him knocking him out on Monday. Crash told Hardcore that he wanted to trust him, but he wasn't sure he could. Hardcore simply laughed and came around to noogie his cousin: of course he could rely on him! The 24/7 rule had gotten him going crazy. But they were the Holly Cousins, and better yet, they were the Holly Cousins that were hitting up Hawaii this weekend! Hardcore grinned, whilst Crash remained hesitant of potential truer motives.
Back on SmackDown! D-Generation X were seen getting prepared for their Street Fight with the APA later tonight, whilst Triple H sat on the couch asking X-Pac and Road Dogg what he could do about this situation. 'The Game' revealed that his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley had suffered a broken ankle from falling off of the ring apron on RAW this past week. But he has to think about Kurt Angle carrying his own wife to the EMTs? 'The Game' asked his boys if he was out of his mind in thinking that the Olympic Gold Medalist was either a dumbass or an evil genius. X-Pac told Hunter that Kurt was not to be trusted, whilst Road Dogg knelt down and demanded he look him in the eye. He told Triple H that he wasn't thinking straight: in ten days at SummerSlam, it's not Kurt Angle he's fighting. It's Hulk Hogan! And Hulk is here tonight, with plans to address the people. If he was Triple H, he wouldn't be even thinking about his wife or that dork. He would have his eyes on the prize, and that is exposing Hulk Hogan as the fraud that he was! 'The Game' rubbed his chin and told Road Dogg he had a point: getting up and storming out immediately.
In the building Edge and Christian made their way to the ring, following the uneasy scenes of earlier tonight where Trish Stratus issued a challenge for her boys in T&A, to compete for the WWF Tag Team Championship tonight. The Canadians took centerstage, with Christian telling the people of Worcester that they were in the presence of greatness: greatness that was Edge and Christian, the WWF Tag Team Champions, about to deliver the Five Second Pose of a lifetime! But Christian told the people firstly, that he didn't think T&A really had what it took to cut the mustard. When you consider how big and dull Test was, and how ungodly bizarre Albert was as well! And despite that, they have Trish Stratus in their corner? Edge joked that she chose the wrong team to manage, because she could be doing herself and they too a lot of favors from being in their corner. T&A immediately came stomping out to the ring, with Trish Stratus accompanying them: Test and Albert not choosing to take anymore insults!
3) Edge and Christian vs T&A (w/Trish Stratus) ended in a double-disqualification for the WWF Tag Team Championship (3:38) Edge and Christian may have slept on T&A as potential foes, especially following what Test and Albert had done in recent weeks: dominating the Undertaker and Kane at each and every single turn. Trish Stratus had taken Kane's own mask hostage, after T&A assaulted 'the Big Red Machine' last week: and with the Brothers of Destruction supposedly facing T&A at SummerSlam in ten days, you had to wonder how the Undertaker would come back from being viciously beaten all by himself on RAW three nights ago. Edge and Christian ducked Albert's heavy-handed attacks early on, with a Poetry in Motion-esque clothesline catching 'Baldo' in the corner. Edge attempted to tackle the stud with a spear, just to eat a huge bicycle kick from the big man, and T&A immediately took control. This was all a part of Trish's master plan to give T&A their rise to prominence, and by becoming WWF Tag Team Champions tonight they could accomplish just that. But just when Test connected with a diving elbow drop on Edge off the top rope, the lights went out: and out rode the Undertaker on his motorcycle! 'The American Badass' circled the ring to a huge ovation, but he hesitated considering entering the ring: the Undertaker revealed a biker chain and chose to go in head first!
The Undertaker struck both Christian and Test with his biker chain, and 'the American Badass' was not letting up, as Edge came at him just to eat a big boot! Albert jumped 'the Deadman' from behind however, and immediately this looked to turn into another beating, courtesy of the Trish Stratus-led T&A! Undertaker fired out of the corner and caught Albert with a swinging DDT, just when Edge came from behind with a huge steel chair shot across the spine of the Undertaker! Edge and Christian took over the ring - now appearing to work in cohoots with T&A in this four-on-one ambush - the Conchairto being set up. But with that, the lights went out. And hellfire and brimstone rose from the stage startling everybody! Kane made his way out to the ring with a purpose, in a new mask and with a new look: and Trish Stratus could not believe it! 'The Big Red Machine' stormed the ring with uppercuts for Edge and Christian - soon focusing on T&A, who he and Undertaker duked it out with moments later! The Brothers of Destruction simultaneously clotheslined Test and Albert from the ring, with Kane not yet being finished with them! Trish had to persuade her men to retreat from the battle to loud boos, while Undertaker and Kane stood in the center of the ring: Kane calling for his pyrotechnics. And in ten days at SummerSlam, there would surely be no hit-and-runs from T&A!
Back from the commercial break, Kurt Angle was on the phone in his locker room, apparently with the debilitated Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The Olympic Gold Medalist asked her how she was doing, apologizing for her broken ankle. He would soon go on to explain how crazy his night had been so far, but that's when Triple H suddenly burst into the room - sounding off on Kurt Angle with a series of right hands on the couch! Angle tried to free himself from 'the Game', who grabbed him by the head and tossed him across the couch: flipping it over in the process! Triple H screamed at Angle for messing with his business and costing him everything: just as referees burst into the room to try and get between these two men! Angle was screaming back at Triple H, as this situation had escalated after weeks of frustration. But it appeared that 'the Game' had ignored D-Generation X's advice, with Hulk Hogan still yet to appear tonight!
4) The APA def. D-Generation X in a Street Fight (5:00) D-Generation X have been outsmarting the APA at every turn in recent weeks, from hiring them as their own perspective bodyguards several weeks ago to fooling them with phony money from a briefcase. From jumping them from behind at the bar, to escaping the Friendly Tap in Providence, Rhode Island on RAW this past Monday night. After these weeks of trickery and deceit, it would culminate here in a Street Fight tonight on SmackDown! X-Pac and Road Dogg were track pants whilst the APA wore their signature jeans: setting the scene for a tremendous exchange of fists upon the bell sounding. X-Pac and Road Dogg attempted to divide and conquer Bradshaw and Faarooq - a roundhouse kick taking Faarooq down early allowing them to focus on the Texan in the corner. Bradshaw found himself in a two-on-one predicament, when Faarooq returned with a 2x4 in hand for both men! A spinebuster to X-Pac on top of a stop sign scored a near fall, with Road Dogg diving in in the nick of time. Road Dogg brawled with Bradshaw out to the floor, where he proudly got on the mic and attempted to ram it down the piehole of the Texan, who grunted over the Centrum's PA system. X-Pac introduced a set of nun chucks to the equation, but before he even got a chance to use them Faarooq managed to stop him dead in his tracks with a Dominator! Faarooq covered, but Road Dogg pulled him out and then sent Faarooq flying into the timekeeper's table! Back inside DX had Bradshaw all alone, as X-Pac connected with the Bronco Buster. But the insult added to injury was the last straw, as Bradshaw rebounded with a fallaway slam sending X-Pac over the top rope! Road Dogg was busy showboating, and found himself the recipient of the Clothesline From Hell: giving the APA the three count!
The APA stood tall in victory after finally bettering D-Generation X in this heated Street Fight tonight on SmackDown! but it appeared that X-Pac was none too pleased with his partner Road Dogg's loss. X-Pac shook his head in disappointment, and even walked out on his longtime friend - all the while Bradshaw and Faarooq cracked a beer each in the center of the ring. It was almost like Stone Cold Steve Austin had returned early, with the APA having another win to celebrate tonight in Worcester!
Jonathan Coachman was seen scurrying through the backstage hallway, where he managed to catch up with the Brothers of Destruction after Kane showed up for the first time in over a week, sporting an entirely different look. Coachman commented that 'the Big Red Machine' looked jacked, causing the Undertaker to question his observation skills. 'The American Badass' reminded Coachman of how T&A had time after time, been like a set of starving, vicious dogs. They took Kane's mask, and they damn near decapitated 'the Deadman'. But it wouldn't matter, because at SummerSlam they would have to put those two rottweilers to sleep for good, because you don't mess with 'the Deadman' and get away with it! Kane snatched the microphone and breathed heavily into it. Through the mask, Kane grunted aggressively that payback would be a b*tch.
Back on SmackDown! Shane McMahon was spotted in his office resting with an ice pack on his head. The man in charge for the week had suffered a Rock Bottom from the WWF Champion earlier tonight, and rived in pain from the headache induced. There was a knock on the door all of a sudden, and in walked D-Lo Brown, who once again wanted to wow Shane with his moxy. 'The Bizniz' was met with a glassy-eyed stare from Shane, who listened to D-Lo attempt to pitch another title opportunity tonight. Brown told Shane that it hadn't worked out on Monday, but it was a new day and he felt real good about it - wanting the WWF European Championship back around his waist once again. Shane didn't appear pleased, but told D-Lo that if it helps him have the office to himself for just ten minutes - fine. Tonight, it would be D-Lo Brown challenging Al Snow for the title! Brown shook Shane's hand enthusiastically, telling him he would not let him down. Shane returned back to his desk, where he promptly applied pressure from the ice pack to his head.
Meanwhile, cameras caught up with Eddie Guerrero and Chyna walking down the corridor discussing Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' painted a picture of her time with Y2J being some of the most unpleasant times of her life, causing a bitter 'Latino Heat' to comment on how he had a bigger beef to settle with 'the Rabid Wolverine'. He wanted revenge for Benoit separating his shoulder back at King of the Ring. Fittingly, the two stopped as soon as they saw Chris Jericho step up to them. A snide smirk on his face, Y2J asked Eddie what he was thinking out there. This wasn't Eddie's business, but it was his. Jericho told Eddie to do what was good for him and step aside, because the WWF Intercontinental Championship would be going back where it belonged. Eddie argued back, telling him that he wanted the title too - and all of a sudden a heated argument took place, verbally fighting over a shot at Benoit's title!
5) Crash Holly (w/Hardcore Holly) (c) def. Perry Saturn to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship (3:54) With Crash's uncertainty as to where his cousin Hardcore stood in looking out for his WWF Hardcore Championship reign lingering from Monday night's trash can shot to the head collision, Perry Saturn was looking to once again become 'Mr. 24/7'. Saturn had never gotten over the loss at Fully Loaded in the Fatal 4-Way match, and Saturn started out by stomping away at 'the Houdini of Hardcore', with 'the Big Shot' watching on from ringside. Crash was sent into the air by his larger opponent with a series of suplexes, before Saturn left the ring to bring out the hardware: almost getting into a confrontation with Hardcore Holly. This allowed Crash to fight back with a baseball slide sending Saturn into the announce table, but Saturn came back swinging with a brutal steel chair shot to the skull, busting Crash wide open! Saturn connected with a fisherman suplex back inside the ring atop a trash can, when Steve Blackman rushed the ring: breaking up the count with a kendo stick shot to the abdomen of the challenger! Blackman connected with a martial arts kick to Saturn, when Crash took 'the Lethal Weapon' out with a trash can shot, and covered Saturn to retain the title!
Crash Holly had used 'the Lethal Weapon' to his advantage, but Steve Blackman saw his opportunity and closed in on the bloodied 'Houdini of Hardcore' with his kendo stick, when Hardcore Holly came from behind, using the steel chair to the spine of Blackman! Hardcore fended Steve off with his own kendo stick, before turning around and noticing his younger cousin mortified at the idea of Hardcore grasping the weapon! The WWF Hardcore Champion cautiously exited the ring, with Hardcore chasing after him trying to explain himself - how could the Holly Cousins go to Hawaii this weekend when Crash couldn't even trust Hardcore?
In the backstage area Hulk Hogan was seen arriving at the Centrum in Worcester, with 'the Icon' set to address his SummerSlam opponent Triple H later tonight! Hogan walked the halls, passing Kaientai and Mideon, with all eyes on the Hulkster: who knew what he had to say to 'the Game' tonight!
Back on SmackDown!, K-Kwik rapped his way on out to the ring to a decent response from the Worcester crowd. The newcomer had been successful in several outings in recent weeks against the Big Bossman on Sunday Night HeAT, and the crowd seemed to really take to the talented rapper singing his song "Get Rowdy". Upon entering the ring, K-Kwik dropped into the splits and hyped up the crowd, asking Massachusetts what was up! But before K-Kwik could hear the reaction he desired, Tazz rudely interrupted: 'the Human Suplex Machine' stomping out with the towel draping his head. Tazz told K-Kwik that he was an example of everything he had been talking about. He was embarrassed to have to fight him tonight. Just when he thought the World Wrestling Federation couldn't get lamer, here comes K-Kwik the dancing Marky Mark impersonator! Tazz mocked K-Kwik's routine as he walked down to the ring, informing K-Kwik that the only thing that was about to "Get Rowdy" was his medical bills, after the Red Hook roughneck was through with him. K-Kwik responded affirmatively, telling Tazz to bring his short ass to the ring!
5) K-Kwik def. Tazz by disqualification (4:18) In the short time he has been a part of the World Wrestling Federation, K-Kwik has really started to see his career take off. With several wins against the Big Bossman on Sunday Night HeAT, it was clear that the newcomer was someone that stood up for himself. And with the hit single "Get Rowdy" receiving radio play, and even being performed at WWF New York this past Monday, the sky was the limit for the rapper. But Tazz was on a path of destruction, hospitalizing all three members of Too Cool and Rikishi in recent weeks. K-Kwik fought Tazz off well early on, with a corkscrew elbow knocking him down, and an axe kick scoring a near fall. But 'the Human Suplex Machine' was as serious as ever, hammering on K-Kwik in the corner. Some brutal chops were laid into the chest of K-Kwik, before a belly-to-belly suplex sent him halfway across the ring! Tazz sent K-Kwik shoulder first into the ring post, but when attempting a Tazzplex, K-Kwik landed on his feet and a front-falling suplex scored another near fall! A missile dropkick followed, but just when K-Kwik looked to continue his undefeated streak tonight, Tazz rolled out of the ring from a Scissors Kick courtesy of the rapper! K-Kwik followed, but when reaching out for Tazz, he responded with a brutal chair shot to the skull!
Tazz was taking none of K-Kwik's shenanigans, and it had just cost him this match tonight against the rapper! 'The Human Suplex Machine' didn't appear to care however, as Tazz climbed into the ring and stood over the fallen artist: the steel chair prepared. K-Kwik favored his shoulder, but just when Tazz wrapped the chair around the shoulder and threatened to stomp on it, Rikishi and Too Cool made their way out to the rampway! Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay were among those Tazz had taken out several weeks ago, and they formed an aisle for the big bad Samoan to go get some of Tazz! Rikishi hit the ring, just for Tazz to bail and leave to loud boos. But undeterred, the returning 'Big Kish' responded by putting on a show for the people! Scotty and Grandmaster invited K-Kwik to join in on the fun, with Too Cool, Rikishi and K-Kwik adorning the sunglasses and dancing to the delight of the people!
In the backstage area Jonathan Coachman was stood with the Kat, who represented seven ladies of the night behind her. Holding a "Save the Hos" sign, Coachman wanted to get Kat's side of the story where it came to their fight with the Right to Censor. The Hos behind her agreed with every word she spoke, as Kat commented on how Steven Richards thought it was disgusting that women everywhere could get paid to deliver the goods and desires of men. But what was really disgusting was how a man like Steven Richards could even have a say on what they did with their bodies! The Hos chanted "Save the Hos", but that's when the Right to Censor showed up, with the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan intimidating the ladies away! Kat was left surrounded by the trio, as Steven breathed directly down to her face: telling Kat that she knew she was better than this. She didn't have to drop down to "their level". She could become a woman everybody respected. Richards told Kat to consider their invitation to join their movement: and she too could be in a position of power for a change! The RTC left, causing Kat to remain pondering Richards' advances.
Meanwhile, Kurt Angle was spotted leaving the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts: the Olympic Gold Medalist in no mood to talk to anybody after the altercation he and Triple H had just encountered earlier tonight in the locker room. Anybody but Shane McMahon, who hurried after the Olympian to ask him where he was going. Angle angrily told Shane that he was leaving, because he didn't have time to play around with Triple H when he was supposed to getting ready for the fight of his life in ten days. Shane O'Mac attempted to get Kurt on the same page once again, assuring him that it would all work out fine: they just needed to stick together! Angle told Shane to forget about sticking together - he's got to beat The Rock for the WWF Championship again if he wants to be taken seriously. And he's got to do it for Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley - the lady in Triple H's life, who he doesn't even seem to care that much about! Angle told Shane he'd see him Monday, leaving Shane to look on in concern. Trouble in paradise for the McMahon-Helmsley Faction.
We returned to a replay of what happened before the commercial break, where Rikishi and Too Cool made their grand return to make the save for K-Kwik, who was about to wind up with a badly injured shoulder courtesy of Tazz. The group danced to the delight of the people, but in the backstage area while Too Cool were all smiles, Rikishi was all business. Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay were glad to be back where they belonged, doing what both they and the fans love: to see them dance! But 'Big Kish' remained stern faced, as he told Scotty and Grandmaster that Tazz made examples out of them. But just like 'the Human Suplex Machine', he wasn't playing around either. And at SummerSlam, he wanted to beat Tazz's butt all over Raleigh, North Carolina! Rikishi left Too Cool to talk, when Grandmaster broke out a moonwalk to Scotty's amusement.
6) Herr Snow (c) def. D-Lo Brown to retain the WWF European Championship (4:34) While D-Lo Brown may appear to be ambitious and dedicated in his attempts to impress acting authority for the week, Shane McMahon, 'the Bizniz' could not have started his week worse than when he failed to capture the WWF Hardcore Championship this past week on RAW. Despite this, D-Lo wanted to right his previous wrong by challenging Al Snow for the WWF European Championship tonight, as granted again by Shane O'Mac. But it wasn't quite Al Snow he was getting: instead it was a man by the name of "Herr Snow". The WWF European Champion wore lederhosen for his match, with a chain of sausages draped around his neck along with Head, who had "Kopf" written on her forehead! D-Lo laughed at Snow's very European approach, but Snow was all action as the bell sounded. Brown attempted to fight back after Snow bested him with a German suplex and broke out into a little German folk dance, and a wheel kick put him in the place he wanted to be. Brown hammered on Snow and caught him in a Boston crab, but Snow found the will to make the ropes, and 'the Bizniz's temper worsened. D-Lo attempted the Sky High on the champ, but Snow was able to slip free, capturing Brown in a dragon sleeper! Brown fought desperately, but ultimately passed out with the hold locked in tight!
Al Snow was successful in handing D-Lo Brown his second title match loss in one week tonight, but the WWF European Champion stuck to his character in performing another German folk dance over the unconscious body of 'the Bizniz'! Herr Snow raised Head high in one hand and the title in the other, having become an unexpected fighting champion, since gaining the title last week.
Backstage X-Pac and Road Dogg were nursing their wounds, the result of the Street Fight with the APA earlier tonight. X-Pac tossed his icepack down to the floor in disbelief that Road Dogg had dropped the ball tonight, but Road Dogg leaned forward on the couch and pointed the finger, warning his partner to calm down: they could still get even with those alcoholic idiots. Triple H was reading through a contract in the mean time, telling D-Generation X to shut up already. 'The Game' told them he was reading the conditions to the match at SummerSlam, and joked that he didn't know what Commissioner Mick Foley thought Hulk Hogan was getting into: but the Hulkster would be limping out of SummerSlam - at best! The three shared a laugh, when the phone rang causing Triple H to answer it. After moments of questioning, Triple H hung up violently before standing up in anger! It was Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, who had heard from Kurt Angle! 'The Game' asked DX how the hell Kurt had the audacity to go running to his own wife, to complain about his actions? Triple H stomped out of the room full of rage: perhaps unintentionally, Kurt Angle was pushing the envelope even further in this dysfunctional marriage!
We returned to an electric Centrum, where Hulk Hogan soon came waltzing out to the capacity crowd. Worcester, Massachusetts was full of life with a thunderous ovation for 'the Immortal' Hulk Hogan: making his first ever SmackDown! appearance tonight! 'The Icon' walked down to the ring and cupped his ear to the admiration of the large amassed crowd on hand, before taking to the microphone. Humbly, the Legend thanked the people for their warm reception. He told the fans that for seven long years, he has wondered if he made the right decision by walking away from the World Wrestling Federation. He went down to Atlanta, and he was just not himself, because while he may have been living his life to the fullest and making noise so loud the whole world could hear about it, something did not sit right with him about leaving. Flash forward seven long years, and now: he feels like a brand new man! The fans applauded Hulk's honesty, as he told the people that in ten days at SummerSlam, this new man was going to go back to telling everybody to eat their vitamins and say their prayers: but also to follow your dreams and succeed at what you're good at. Because you never know what could happen when you have all your hopes and dreams on your side! Hulk vowed never to stray from the WWF spotlight ever again, and that in ten days he was going to make a believer once again, when he's kicking the tar out of Triple H!
Perhaps rattled from the phonecall moments prior with wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Triple H soon came stomping out to the ring. 'The Game' growled for his music to be cut en route to the confrontation. He wasn't even willing to let Hulk Hogan speak any further. 'The Game' told Hulk Hogan that he had really admired his speech, and he knows the people really liked it too. But the fact was, the difference between he and the ten thousand fans in the building tonight: they all bought his cr*p, but Triple H did not! Face to face, Triple H told the Hulkster that he was the Icon of the 1980s. He brought the World Wrestling Federation into the mainstream, and with his blood, sweat and tears he made WrestleMania the grandest stage of them all! 'The Game' confessed that once upon a time he looked up to Hulk much like these idiots in Worcester. But that was then, and this was now! Triple H accused the Legend of believing his own hype, and attempted to expose Hulk's return as anything but for the people. He accused Hulk Hogan of doing this to please his own ego! 'The Game' told Hogan that he may be the biggest star in this business: but that was all in the past. And in ten days at SummerSlam, there was no doubt about it, Triple H was going to make sure Hulk Hogan never steps foot inside a WWF ring ever again!
Nose to nose, the two opponents at SummerSlam faced off. Neither blinked, and the reaction of the Centrum was earth-trembling. The people were loud for the dream match to happen right here and now, when Hulk Hogan smiled and told Triple H that he was so glad 'the Game' could come out here and answer him. Because he thought he had his tail between his legs thinking of his wife with Kurt Angle! Triple H immediately struck the Hulkster, who fired back with a big right hand! Hogan and 'the Game' were going at it on SmackDown!, with Hogan beginning to absorb the strikes of his nemesis! Triple H went blow for blow, but Hogan was Hulking up and stomping around feeling invincible! Hulk pointed the finger at 'the Game', and came back firing off on Triple H! Hogan sent him into the ropes and dropped him with a Big Boot, but just when Hulk turned heel to attempt the Legdrop, Triple H dropped him with a low blow heard throughout the building! The Hulkster fell to his knees in slow motion, and in return Triple H planted Hulk Hogan with a devastating Pedigree dead center of the ring! 'The Cerebral Assassin' had left 'the Icon' down, but he wasn't yet finished with him: leaving the ring and revealing his old friend the sledgehammer from beneath the ring! Triple H had foul intentions for his SummerSlam opponent, but as Hulk leaned up and saw 'the Game' with a sledgehammer in his hands, Triple H grinned maliciously. "Ten days". He dropped the sledgehammer and left Hogan down in the middle of the ring: with 'the Game' telling Hogan that he wouldn't know what hit him at SummerSlam! Hulk used the ropes to get back to his feet, a look of anger on his face with ten days until this dream match turns into a nightmare on pay-per-view!
Jakked - August 19, 2000 Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island Broadcast on syndication Taped on August 14, 2000
Jonathan Coachman and Michael Hayesare our announcers calling the action tonight on WWF Jakked.
1) WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko (w/Terri) def. Bob Evans (4:07) The antics of the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion had been costly of his gold, but also his girlfriend this past week. Being 'the Ladies Man' was difficult for Dean Malenko with 'the She-Devil' Terri growing increasingly suspicious of Malenko making eyes at many other women, but tonight he had to focus on a hungry competitor in Bob Evans. After defeating Jacqueline this past Thursday on SmackDown!, Malenko's confidence was at an all-time high as he dissected Evans early with a bow-and-arrow stretch on the mat. Evans was also versed in mat-based combat however, and was able to catch Malenko off-guard with a big back body drop and a dropkick. Malenko's confidence continued to nearly get the better of him when Evans scored a back suplex for a near fall, just for Malenko to immediately cut him off: getting the job done and defeating Bob Evans with a Tiger Bomb into the Texas Cloverleaf for the submission.
2) Steve Blackman def. Joey Abs (4:31) 'The Lethal Weapon' may be in the process of regaining the WWF Hardcore Championship despite Crash's older cousin Hardcore Holly's objections, but tonight Steve Blackman was in competition against a former member of the Mean Street Posse. Joey Abs has gone solo, and a win against a martial artist by the likes of Blackman could have been a huge win for the Greenwich native's young career. Abs looked impressive early, managing to best Blackman off the ropes with a hip toss, but Abs struggled to maintain such luck when Blackman caught him with a swift kick to the face! Abs was out on his feet and attempted to bail from the ring, just for the athlete to come chasing after him. Joey fired back upon re-entry, and a spinning spinebuster almost gave Abs the pinfall win, when Blackman locked in the guillotine choke out of nowhere: forcing Abs to go to sleep!
3) Perry Saturn def. Jay Gilette (3:18) There was nothing meaner than the scowl on Perry Saturn's face, and the intensity in store for the youngster Jay Gilette could only be experienced in a head-to-head confrontation with the former WWF Hardcore Champion. Saturn was brutal in dominating Gilette early, keeping the headscissors locked in tight on Jay, just for Gilette to wisely transition out of it into a side headlock of his own. Saturn would chop Gilette hard in the corner, before following up with a big overhead belly-to-belly suplex: Saturn not wasting any time in disposing of Jay Gilette on Jakked tonight: soon enough dropping him with a fisherman suplex for the three count. Saturn continued to impress, and it appeared that it was just a matter of time until his efforts could grant him another big title opportunity.
4) The Right to Censor (w/Steven Richards) def. Kaientai (4:35) Steven Richards was building an army to oppose everything that WWF Attitude stood for, so it seemed. After recruiting two brutes in the form of the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan, the Right to Censor stood against open sexuality and absurd violence on any platform of WWF programming. This much has been clear, but it was questionable for Richards to throw the proposal out to the Kat last Thursday night on SmackDown!: to cease the Saves the Hos campaign in favor of joining the RTC in their mission to cleanse the World Wrestling Federation. Tonight on Jakked they looked to dispose of the Japanese Superstars, but Taka Michinoku and Funaki resorted to their high-flying endeavors to counteract what the Right to Censor had in store for them. As Steven watched from ringside, Michinoku found himself caught from a springboard clothesline by Goodfather, who subsequently tossed the former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion over the top rope to the floor! Back inside Funaki tried to chop Bull Buchanan down to size, just for the Bull to catch him off the ropes with a big boot to the jaw, soon enough following up with the Scissors Kick, giving the Right to Censor their win.
HeAT - August 20, 2000 Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts Live on the USA Network Taped on August 15, 2000
Earlier today, the Hardy Boyz met up with Lita in the backstage area where the WWF Women's Champion expressed her joy in being reunited with Jeff and Matt. She asked how they were feeling after hugging the brothers, to which Jeff told them they were banged up: but they were here tonight, and ready to go. Matt told Lita that after what Edge and Christian did to them, tonight they were going to pretend those geeks in the Right to Censor were the WWF Tag Team Champions. The three fist bumped, with Team Xtreme back together and set for action tonight on HeAT!
The opening video package brought us to the Centrum in Worcester, where pyrotechnics went off in the center of the ring. Worcester was jam-packed for Sunday Night HeAT, one week out from SummerSlam, as Michael Cole and Kevin Kelly welcomed us to the show, where tonight the Right to Censor would team up to face the Hardy Boyz, and that Chris Jericho was also in the house!
1) Val Venis (w/Trish Stratus) def. Steve Blackman (3:45) 'The Valbowski' had been suffering from a recent string of minor injuries, but his importance to the Trish Stratus-led group was nothing short of spectacular. Val Venis walked down to the ring with the alluring blonde, Trish Stratus sure to be in a bad mood after the Undertaker and Kane returned this past week on SmackDown! to lay waste to T&A. Tonight however, Val Venis was up against 'the Lethal Weapon', who wanted a big win tonight after falling short of gaining the WWF Hardcore Championship on SmackDown! last Thursday night. Blackman fought Val off early with a series of kicks, but a distraction from Stratus enabled Val to take control with a spin-out spinebuster for a near fall. A full-nelson slam rocked Blackman, but the martial artist refused to give in to the temptation that 'the Valbowski' was showing him. Blackman made a comeback after tossing Val off of a sleeper hold attempt, and a martial arts kick connected for a near fall. Blackman climbed up to the top rope wanting a high-risk attack, but Venis ran up and connected with a superplex bringing both men back down to the mat! Val followed up with the Money Shot from the top once more, claiming the win.
Val Venis had his hand raised by Trish Stratus, 'the Valbowski' impressive in singles competition tonight on HeAT. But Val Venis had to have more on his mind than the win against Steve Blackman tonight. After what he had joined in on with T&A to do to the Brothers of Destruction, who knew what the Undertaker and Kane could possibly have in mind for Trish and her men closing in on SummerSlam.
In the backstage area Essa Rios was seen chatting with Joe E. in Spanish. Rios appeared to be having a great time laughing and joking, with Joe E. laughing along with him. But this all changed when the Big Bossman turned up, shoving Essa back against the wall! Bossman asked Essa if he was really a tough guy after all. He'd heard what kind of garbage had been coming out of his mouth, running around and saying that the Bossman had gone soft. That the law enforcer doesn't have what it takes anymore. But Bossman was here to answer Essa's challenge, tonight on HeAT in that ring! Bossman stomped away, causing Essa to question in Spanish what had just taken place. Joe E. patted Essa on the shoulder and arrogantly wished Rios luck tonight. It appeared that somebody had been spreading rumors, and did Joe E. even speak Spanish?
Earlier today in the lobby of the Centrum, just as fans were filing into the building for the show tonight the Hos were out and about. Two dozen of the lovely ladies were picketing to the chants of the Worcester locals: "Save the Hos!" The ladies' stance against the Right to Censor's calls continued, but notably the Kat was not among them. Could Kat have taken interest in Steven Richards' invitation?
2) The Headbangers def. Kaientai (4:29) Mosh and Thrasher have been anything but respectful to the other tag teams of the World Wrestling Federation in recent weeks. Last week on HeAT, they insulted two up-and-coming talents in the Haas Brothers when they mocked Charlie and Russ after beating them fair and square. But tonight on HeAT, they were up against Taka Michinoku and Funaki: another experienced tag team. The two Japanese Superstars outran the Headbangers early on, with Funaki catching Thrasher with a hurricanrana. Stereo-dropkicks cleared Mosh from the ring, and an Asai moonsault from Taka took out both Headbangers on the floor. Unfortunately, Michinoku could not keep things going after Mosh caught the first-ever WWF Light Heavyweight Champion with a jawbreaker upon re-entry to the ring. Headbangers slapped and gently kicked Michinoku around, with Thrasher applying a unique chinlock: forcing open the mouth of Taka and laughing at his expense! Similar to last week, he even pinched his tongue. But Michinoku wouldn't take anymore of this, firing back and making the tag to Funaki! A missile dropkick took both metalheads down, and a tornado DDT to Thrasher connected just for Mosh to break it up! Michinoku joined the fray, but Thrasher was able to catch Funaki with a neckbreaker to claim the three count.
Taka Michinoku rolled into the ring to attend to Funaki, while the Headbangers mockingly rolled out of the ring. Mosh and Thrasher had scored another pinfall win tonight on HeAT, and the Headbangers were having a lot of fun at the expense of Kaientai! But Mosh and Thrasher weren't finished yet, taking the flags that Kaientai had brought with them up the rampway. The Headbangers mocked the flag on their way up the rampway, with Thrasher even daring to blow his nose on it! Taka and Funaki were livid and in disbelief back in the ring, with the Headbangers once again proving that everything was just a big joke to them!
In the backstage area Chris Jericho was seen standing beside Jonathan Coachman, who welcomed Y2J warmly to HeAT! He wanted to know out of curiosity what had brought the Canadian to the show tonight, to which Jericho told Coach that he raised an excellent question. But first, a question for Coachman: does he get much action with the ladies looking like he's fresh off the set of Blue's Clues? Y2J called him "junior" and told "Jonny Boy" that he would reveal all, but he wouldn't reveal it to him. He was going to go out there and address his people, because tonight: Sunday Night HeAT is Jericho!
We returned to HeAT to hear the countdown: and upon the pyrotechnics that followed, Chris Jericho emerged on the rampway! Y2J posed and began walking down to the ring, where he once again declared that Sunday Night HeAT was Jericho, and he knew the burning question on everybody's mind: how many times can Chris Jericho, 'the Sexy Beast' defeat Chris Benoit? Y2J asked out of sincerity, because it was getting as dry and bland and boring as 'the Rabid Wolverine's personality! Y2J climbed into the ring and began to talk more about his rivalry with the WWF Intercontinental Champion. In all seriousness, they have done this all around the world. In fact, Y2J had beaten Benoit's ass in Canada, he had beaten Benoit's ass in England. He has beaten Benoit's ass in the good ol' USA. In Africa, Australia, Uganda - you name it - he could beat Benoit's ass around the globe, twice around Pluto and back if he was willing to! But with SummerSlam right around the corner, Y2J had one thing to ask 'the Canadian Crippler', and that was if he was willing to do it again, with the WWF Intercontinental Championship at stake once again on pay-per-view.
Y2J continued to muse the idea of facing Benoit for the title, with the people in Worcester in love with the idea of seeing the two Canadians going at it again. Jericho got Massachusetts riled up, but instead of Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Chyna made their way out! 'Latino Heat' had a microphone in hand, as he apologized to Chris for interrupting his time. But there was a big misunderstanding where he was coming from. Eddie told Jericho to make no mistake about it, he knew what Y2J was all about. He knew that Jericho was coming off the loss to The Rock for the WWF Championship, so he wanted the next best thing. Climbing into the ring, Eddie told Jericho that there was just one problem with his thinking: and that's the fact that Benoit's title had one man's name all over it: and that name was 'Latino Heat's! The fans were torn between the two fan favorites, as Jericho comprehended what Guerrero was saying to him. He told Eddie that maybe he was right, or maybe he was wrong. Or maybe he just remembered the time when Eddie had his voluptuous, vein-bulging, lust-craving girlfriend Chyna turn her back on him to cost Y2J the WWF European Championship back in April! Jericho smirked, but Chyna would snatch the microphone away from Y2J: telling her former friend and enemy that Y2J was and still is a lame excuse for a man compared to her lover!
The people were shocked, and Eddie rubbed it up commenting how how 'Mamacita' meant to him. Y2J mouthed back and forth with 'Latino Heat', when finally Chris Benoit graced the stage to enormous boos from the Centrum! The WWF Intercontinental Champion draped the gold over his shoulder and remarked how everybody wanted a piece of the gold on his chest. He commented on how Chris Jericho wanted another title shot because he wasn't good enough to beat the Rock for the WWF Championship, and how Eddie Guerrero claimed that his title had 'Latino Heat's name written all over it. There was just one problem: the title had Benoit's name engraved on it, and that was because he was the best technical wrestler in the world today! 'The Canadian Crippler' was willing to bet against Guerrero and Jericho, as he emerged in the squared-circle and laid the belt down on the canvas: telling them he would fight them both! A brief glance was met, and both Y2J and 'Latino Heat' rushed Benoit with rights and lefts; the strikes causing the WWF Intercontinental Champion to immediately bail from the ring, taking his title with him! Benoit laughed off the beating, telling the two that they really were desperate! Benoit told the two he would fight them, but not tonight - at SummerSlam! Benoit retained his sadistic smirk, whilst Guerrero and Jericho exchanged stern words - a Triple Threat match added to an already huge line-up come SummerSlam next Sunday!
In the backstage area, the Goodfather was seen entertaining the locker room occupied by Bull Buchanan. The former pimp expressed his disgust in what his former lady friends were up to. Bull told Goodfather to ignore them, but Goodfather remained passionate exclaiming how he was in disbelief as to what kind of life he used to live! But now his friends were his enemies, and those Hos had no place coming to work without their old boss on their side. In wandered Steven Richards, who assured Goodfather that he was just glad that the ex-'Pimp Daddy' wasn't tempted to return to his former state. With his arm on both men's shoulders, Richards reminded Bull and Goodfather that they were the Right to Censor, and they were here to not just cleanse the World Wrestling Federation. But cure the WWF. And tonight, those Hardy Boyz have a sickness that need curing: and that sickness is their addiction to jumping from high places. To resorting to ladders and chairs by means of victory. Richards declared that tonight the RTC will gain a stronghold over the WWF, and it begins when they beat Matt and Jeff Hardy!
In the backstage area Eddie Guerrero and Chyna were seen discussing what had just happened in the ring, with Chris Benoit throwing out the challenge to both 'Latino Heat' and Chris Jericho for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, in a Triple Threat match at SummerSlam. 'The Ninth Wonder of the World' remarked to her boyfriend that Y2J did not belong in his match. She told Eddie that this should be his time, and that Benoit was the man that held him down when they were Radicalz. Eddie heeded her words, reminding her of who caused his shoulder separation back at King of the Ring. Suddenly, Chris Jericho arrived having overheard the couple's conversation. Y2J told Eddie he was sorry about hogging his spotlight, but he too had unfinished business with Benoit. But then again, Jericho also had unfinished business with Eddie! Y2J and Eddie soon broke out into a fist fight in the halls of the Centrum, with referees immediately jumping in to separate the two top contenders to Benoit's gold!
3) Big Bossman def. Essa Rios (2:35) Essa Rios has been really making waves on both Sunday Night HeAT and Jakked in recent weeks, scoring a string of victories. That is of course, much to the chagrin of the veteran law enforcement officer, Big Bossman. Earlier tonight, Joe E. and Essa were laughing and joking when Bossman came over accusing Essa Rios of telling the boys that he had gone soft, and Bossman threatened the former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, challenging him to this match tonight. Essa dodged Bossman early on, ducking low and jumping away from the Bossman. A springboard dropkick managed to stun the veteran, when an errant clothesline took Essa out of mid-air, allowing Bossman to strangle Rios and choke him with his boot. Bossman was meaner than we have seen him in recent weeks, surely fueled by the losses sustained at the hands of K-Kwik. Rios managed to fire back with his lucha-libre experience, and Rios climbed up to the top rope for the 450 splash when Joe E. came out to the rampway, a big smile on his face! The mysterious newcomer distracted Rios long enough for Bossman to crotch him atop the turnbuckle, and a Bossman Slam followed allowing Bossman to claim the three count.
The Big Bossman had scored the pinfall victory against Essa Rios tonight, making fair on the supposed comments made by the Spanish-speaking luchador. But the bigger question was what Joe E. was doing causing the distraction. Joe E. continued to smile whilst watching from the rampway, as Bossman stood tall with his nightstick raised high! It was implied that Joe E. had spread the rumor allegedly started by Essa Rios, but could he even understand Spanish? And who was Joe E?
In the backstage area Jeff and Matt Hardy were making their way down the halls of the Centrum in Worcester, accompanied by none other than the WWF Women's Champion Lita. Up next, the Hardy Boyz would compete for the first time since Monday's ambush from Edge and Christian in the main event of HeAT. But could the banged up North Carolinian brothers get the job done against the imposing Right to Censor?
4) The Hardy Boyz (w/WWF Women's Champion Lita) def. The Right to Censor (w/Steven Richards) (5:46) The Hardy Boyz kicked off their week in dramatic fashion, going to war with the Dudley Boyz in what should have been a number one contender's rematch of their instant classic back at the Royal Rumble. But the Tables match turned in the favor of Edge and Christian, who took both Matt, Jeff and the Dudley Boyz with a dive from the top of a ladder, through both Jeff and Bubba Ray. Tonight was their first match since the incident, and although Jeff had taped ribs, they fired on all cylinders from the get-go. Having to fight upwards against the tall brutes the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan, Matt and Jeff connected with two Poetry in Motions to take Buchanan off of his feet. It was only a distraction from Steven Richards at ringside that enabled Goodfather to catch Jeff with a sidewalk slam! The newly formed Right to Censor now targeted the ribs of Jeff, while Matt and Lita cheered Jeff on from corner. Goodfather and Buchanan continued to hammer on Jeff, with a big splash from the former 'Pimp Daddy' brutalizing the abdomen of the younger brother. Finally Jeff managed to baseball slide between the legs of the Bull when Goodfather grabbed his leg - just for Jeff to connect with an enzuigiri! The tag was made, and Matt Hardy came rushing in with rights and lefts for both men! A Side Effect connected to Goodfather, when he powered Bull up and slammed him - a diving leg drop following! Matt Hardy was ready to finish it, when Steven Richards tried grabbing his foot from the floor. But despite the distraction, Lita came flying off the apron with a hurricanrana taking out the leader of the RTC! Back inside Matt scored with a Twist of Fate to Buchanan, Jeff following with a Swanton Bomb: and the Hardy Boyz picked up the victory!
The Hardy Boyz may have still been feeling the effects of the assault on RAW is WAR, but tonight on HeAT they had effectively diffused the Right to Censor! Lita joined the Hardys in the ring, and you could tell without a doubt that Jeff and Matt Hardy were gunning for revenge, and signalling for the WWF Tag Team Championship! Meanwhile backstage, the Kat was seen looking on, watching the distressed states of the antagonized Steven Richards. Who knew where the Kat stood - was she still considering the invitation made to join the RTC?
As we talked about on Discord, I'm a big fan of the diary (or whatever we're calling these now) and how the shows really read like a WWF.com recap that I'd have poured over in the morning before getting ready for school. You're one of the few people I trust to do this particular timeframe justice and some of the things you've run with are more interesting than what we actually got in some cases. I know I said I'm iffy on Hogan being around, I hope (and suspect) he'll be used sparingly, but I'm not completely against the idea, either. Putting him with Hunter keeps H away from the big belt which I'd say is the right decision, at least for right now. He should get back to it by year's end. Good sh*t, keep it up.
RAW is WAR - August 21, 2000 Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana Live on the USA Network
A video package aired, reviewing the past week of events in the World Wrestling Federation. Due to a family emergency, Commissioner Mick Foley's fingerprints were no longer found on RAW and SmackDown!, with Shane McMahon securing the position of authority over the company. In one of his more controversial decisions of the week, he declared that in the upcoming WWF Championship rematch between The Rock and Kurt Angle at SummerSlam, that he would be the special guest referee. Meanwhile, tensions flared between Triple H and Kurt Angle following 'the Game' inadvertently knocking Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley off of the apron last week, 'the Billion Dollar Princess' suffering from a broken ankle. Meanwhile this past Thursday night on SmackDown! we saw Angle and Triple H come to blows, on the same night in which 'the Game' would put down his opponent come SummerSlam, Hulk Hogan following the lowest of low blows, and a Pedigree. But rather than finish the job he planned to start and end one week from Sunday, Triple H refused to utilize the sledgehammer he introduce - instead vowing to end the Hulkster at SummerSlam.
The opening video package aired, cutting to the live Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana for RAW is WAR! With a big crowd in attendance, the pyrotechnics energized the people of the Cajundome as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler proudly welcomed us to the final edition of RAW ahead of SummerSlam this Sunday night! J.R. and 'the King' lined up the night ahead, with Chris Jericho set to do battle with Eddie Guerrero in a battle of the top contenders to Chris Benoit's WWF Intercontinental Championship - plus, in Rikishi's first match back after being left unconscious at the hands of Tazz several weeks ago, 'Big Kish' takes on 'the Valbowski' Val Venis!
But kicking things off came Commissioner Mick Foley to a loud and warm response from the Cajundome. 'The Hardcore Legend' smiled upon his way down the rampway, having missed last week due to a family emergency. Mick raised his fist to the people as he patiently waited to address the fans in Lafayette. Following a cheap plug, Mick began by discussing how this really was unlike any other office job he'd heard of. He said that he had friends that worked in office jobs for years, where they have taken time off and come back, just to find nothing had changed - besides the huge pile of paperwork waiting for them on their desks. As Commissioner and chief matchmaker of the World Wrestling Federation, he had to miss one week of television and came back...not to a huge wad of paperwork, but decisions not authorized by Mick Foley! He made reference to the injury suffered by Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley after Triple H callously bumped her off the ring apron, begging the question how 'the Billion Dollar Princess' made it four months into being WWF Women's Champion to fall out of the ring, and break her ankle! Mick moved on to discuss the biggest decision Shane McMahon had made last Thursday, and that was the idea of Shane O'Mac assigning himself as the special guest referee in the match between the Rock and Kurt Angle at SummerSlam. Mick told Shane O'Mac that after everything he told these people last week about him and how he couldn't handle the pressure of being Commissioner, Mick was about to do the unexpected: and that was allow Shane McMahon to be the special official in the WWF Championship match - but Mick Foley will also be out there at ringside, as acting special guest enforcer to ensure Shane keeps his beeswax out of the main event!
Mick moved on to discuss the flaring feud that Triple H and Kurt Angle had, and how it all came to ahead last Thursday when 'the Game' and the Olympic Gold Medalist got into a brawl in Kurt Angle's locker room: officially announcing that after that - with both clearly with a lot of built-up frustration headed into their big matches at SummerSlam this coming wekend - for the first time ever tonight on RAW is WAR, we would see Triple H take on Kurt Angle, mano-e-mano! The people cheered loudly, but just as Mick told the fans that he was back, and was about to wish them a nice day, Kurt Angle angrily interrupted! The Olympic Gold Medalist was unsatisfied with the decision made by Foley, and upon entering the ring, Angle told Mick that he wasn't about to commit to that match. He couldn't face Triple H tonight, because he didn't have time to lose going into the biggest match of his career coming up on Sunday. Mick told Kurt Angle that he figured he would want this match, considering the fact that the last time we saw Angle last Thursday, he was running with his tail between his legs because of his best friend's husband! Mick questioned what was really stopping Kurt Angle - was it the overbearing pressure of the 2000 Olympic Games starting next month? Was it what Stephanie might say about him beating up her "precious husband"? Or was it the fact that Kurt Angle was afraid of what Triple H might do to him, after Kurt made moves on his wife, or cost him his WWF Championship opportunity last week? Angle told Mick that he acted in self-defense and stubbornly refuted that he was afraid of Hunter: but he knew what he was trying to do! Kurt told Mick that he wanted to provoke him to talk trash about 'the Game', but he knew better of it. Angle told the Commissioner that he couldn't face Triple H tonight, because he was mentally prepared for Sunday, and that at SummerSlam he was going to be in peak physical condition when he dominates and defeats The Rock for the WWF Championship: exactly like he did back at Fully Loaded, it's true!
Kurt Angle was unexpectedly interrupted by his buddies in the WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian, much to the mixed ovation of the capacity crowd in Lafayette. Edge and Christian were out to support their Team ECK confidante, as Christian insincerely apologized to Mick Foley for interrupting his talk-time: because as much as the Commissioner loves to hog the spotlight in his post-retirement life, but they were taking the side of the Olympian on this one! Edge told Mick that Kurt was looking forward to his match at SummerSlam too much to even think about making a boneheaded decision like agreeing to fight Triple H. Christian told Mick to consider the implications come SummerSlam, and how there was a chance that 'the Game' wouldn't be able to fight Hulk Hogan in the dream match. Or how about Kurt Angle being unable to compete to challenge The Rock - god forbid. Angle grinned as he patted the shoulders of the WWF Tag Team Champions, when Mick warmly greeted his favorite tag team since Los Conquistadors.
Foley told E&C that he's glad they joined the party, because he was sure to find time to run into them tonight. Mick told Edge and Christian that since they were here, he wanted to say that he admired their initiative last week and how that was what the World Wrestling Federation's tag team division needed! The way they took out both the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz with the use of the Conchairto, and Christian's death-defying splash from the top of a ladder through a table reminded him of the time he hitchhiked to Madison Square Garden to bare witness to Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dive on Don Muraco! It was inspiring! Which is why he wanted to tell Edge and Christian that their initiative hadn't gone unnoticed, because on Sunday at SummerSlam, the two will defend their titles against the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz. A rematch from WrestleMania! Except this time, it wouldn't be a Triangle Ladder match, because this time around, the titles will be suspended above the ring...and there would be Tables present. There would be Ladders present. And there would be Chairs present as well. Oh my! Edge and Christian tried feverishly to refuse the huge match announced to them, but Mick Foley told Team ECK that he was just getting started, because tonight - on top of Kurt Angle facing Triple H - Edge and Christian would be having a little get-together reunion tonight, against the Brothers of Destruction! Mick wished the boys a nice day and left the ring, leaving Angle, Edge and Christian in disbelief!
We returned to RAW is WAR with a replay of what went down before the commercial break, where Commissioner Mick Foley declared that Edge and Christian would defend the WWF Tag Team Championship against the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz in Tables, Ladders and Chairs at SummerSlam. Back live, Kevin Kelly was standing by with the Dudley Boyz for their reaction to the news, but just as D-Von was just getting started in discussing their astonishment to the news that Edge and Christian would become sacrificial lambs to the Dudley Boyz's road to the titles, the Hardy Boyz showed up. Jeff and Matt Hardy were accompanied by WWF Women's Champion Lita, as Matt asked D-Von if what he was saying was right. Matt told D-Von that they had been wronged and screwed by the champs time after time, and in Tables, Ladders and Chairs, it was the Hardy Boyz' time to shine. Bubba Ray told Jeff that he was welcome for breaking his fall last week from Christian's splash from the top of the ladder, which prompted Jeff to tell Bubba that he was welcome...immediately throwing hands with Bubba! D-Von and Matt broke the two up, with these two teams not wanting to wait until SummerSlam!
In the building, Lance Storm made his way down to the ring to boos from the Lafayette crowd. 'The Pride of Calgary' took to the microphone in the ring, declaring that if he could be serious for a moment, he had a lot to say about the sorry state of Louisiana: but then again, did anybody really have anything good to say about Lafayette? Storm called out the city for being famous for debauchery and partying in the streets, much like the homeless. And on top of that, Cajun food really sucked! 'The Pride of Calgary' claimed that these people had no dignity nor respect, but was rudely interrupted by none other than the APA! Bradshaw was ready to throw down, but had some choice words for the former WWF European Champion, telling Lance that he'd heard him talk enough this past couple of months. Bradshaw reminded Lance that they weren't in Canada: this was America! Bradshaw told Lance that Louisiana lives for the Freedom of Speech, which is what he was going to take away from Lance when he nails his mouth shut right now!
1) Lance Storm def. Bradshaw (w/Faarooq) (2:53) With his fellow Canadian and tag team partner Chris Benoit preparing for the Triple Threat match for his WWF Intercontinental Championship this Sunday at SummerSlam, Lance Storm had taken it upon himself to talk some trash about the people of the Cajundome. This did not sit well with the proud patriot Bradshaw who, accompanied by Faarooq, were successful in the Street Fight against D-Generation X last Thursday on SmackDown! Storm attempted to fight Bradshaw with speed, but was caught off of a crossbody with the fallaway slam, and Bradshaw swung for the Clothesline From Hell, just for Storm to duck and bail out of the ring. 'The Pride of Calgary' wanted to turn tail and walk away from the match, just to get dragged back inside by Faarooq! The APA wouldn't tolerate Storm's comments about Louisiana, but when Bradshaw attempted a powerbomb, Storm was able to drop out of it and collide with a Super Kick to the face of Bradshaw! Storm covered the Texan with his feet on the ropes, able to get the three on Bradshaw!
Lance Storm quickly rolled out of the ring, escaping the inbound Faarooq in the nick of time. Bradshaw slowly came to, having just realized that 'the Pride of Calgary' had outsmarted him! Storm had his hand raised by the referee on the outside, but when Storm mocked the APA for losing tonight in their home country, Bradshaw and Faarooq got up and chased Lance up the rampway to the back!
In her dressing room, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley was seen laid on the couch with a huge cast supporting her broken ankle. 'The Billion Dollar Princess' had invited a female member of staff to paint her toenails and spoke to the lady about how she wishes she could do it herself, but it was so nice to have someone do it for her. In walked Shane McMahon, who asked 'the Billion Dollar Princess' how she was feeling. Shane asked the lady to leave so that they could talk, and in turning Shane O'Mac asked Stephanie if she had heard the news for tonight. He could not comprehend Mick Foley's line of thinking in that Triple H and Kurt Angle colliding tonight would be any good for either main event come SummerSlam. Shane wanted to gauge Stephanie's opinion, to which she told Shane that for all she cared, they had a lot to work out. They both may feel strongly for her, but they're grown men: she is tired of being the object of affection! And thinking of it, how absurd is it that one of those men is her own husband, Triple H? Shane remarked that it wasn't acceptable, telling her that this had to be resolved in a better way: Shane storming out! In his absence, Stephanie folded her arms and smiled at the thought of the two men fighting for her.
We returned to footage from this past weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii where WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly was soaking up some rays in the sun at the hotel. With the pool in sight, and the title remaining wrapped around his waist, 'the Houdini of Hardcore' couldn't help but spot two beautiful young women walking by, and quickly leaned forward to catch a good glimpse of the bikini-clad models walking away. His gaze was sabotaged by a hard slap on the back from Hardcore Holly, who gave Crash a scare and exclaimed how hot the girls were here! Crash quickly got up to stand and chat to his cousin, who discussed their weekend away so far. He asked Crash if he was feeling any more relaxed after weeks of stress caused by the title around his waist. He responded claiming he felt a little relieved, but was clearly paranoid of 'the Big Shot'. Hardcore could sense that Crash was tense meanwhile, telling him to loosen up - he was going to buy Crash a beer!
Back live inside of the Cajundome, Tazz was making his way out to ringside for the upcoming match between Rikishi and Val Venis. 'The Human Suplex Machine' ignored the people in attendance, but was booed all the way as he joined Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler on commentary. The announcers asked Tazz about his feelings going into SummerSlam, where he would meet Rikishi one-on-one after 'Big Kish's return on SmackDown!, but Tazz told J.R. and 'the King' that it made him sick to his stomach! Tazz claimed Rikishi had no place in "his" World Wrestling Federation.
2) Val Venis (w/Trish Stratus) def. Rikishi (3:42) With Tazz on commentary, the big man from Samoa had to be wary of 'the Human Suplex Machine's exploits. After Tazz had used a television camera to knock out 'Big Kish' several weeks ago, as well as choked out both of Rikishi's friends in Too Cool in the weeks following, Rikishi had a lot in store for Tazz at SummerSlam - but first he had to get past Val Venis. Trish Stratus was watchful for the Undertaker and Kane, who meet her other clients T&A at SummerSlam, while Val Venis hammered away at Rikishi. He tried to knock Rikishi down to size with a series of chop blocks, and 'the Valbowski' attempted to work away at the legs on the Samoan, managing to ground him. Tazz spoke of how much of a joke Rikishi was, insulting his overweight physique and claiming that was to make up for how talent he actually had. Meanwhile Rikishi fired back with a super kick and a Samoan drop, eager to make a comeback! He tried for the Stinkface, but when Val ducked out of the ring, Rikishi followed: delivering a body slam on the floor! Rikishi rolled Val back in, but Tazz came from behind with a steel chair shot to the spine of the big man! He tossed the Samoan back inside, where Val connected with the Money Shot, grabbing the three count!
Val Venis was successful tonight against Rikishi, but it was all thanks to Tazz! 'The Valbowski' left with Trish Stratus with his fists raised, while back inside the ring, 'the Human Suplex Machine' was standing tall over his opponent for SummerSlam. Tazz leaned over and talked more trash to Rikishi, but the submission specialist from Brooklyn talked too much as Rikishi responded with a kick straight up to the head of his enemy! Tazz was dazed, and Rikishi squashed him in the corner with the hip attack, before climbing up to the second rope: looking for a Banzai Drop on 'the Human Suplex Machine!' Tazz was able to roll out of the ring at the last second, causing Rikishi to yell at Tazz: wanting to go right now! Tazz considered it, but ultimately decided to wait for Sunday night.
The Commissioner was in his office for the evening, which consisted of a room made up of cardboard boxes for walls! Mick Foley was speaking with the WWF European Champion Al Snow, telling his friend that he thought he had genuinely lost his mind for a little bit. He went from teaming with Steve Blackman in one the strangest of "strange bedfellow" tag teams he had ever seen, to becoming a knight, to becoming 'the Clown Prince of Hardcore'...but now he's the champion of Europe! Mick told Al he had a good gimmick going with the whole German thing, but quizzed him if he had any more of those sausages stashed away - and not the tiny fella in his pants. In walked D-Lo Brown, who told Snow that he got lucky on SmackDown!, but he was not to be denied. D-Lo issued another challenge to Al Snow, but Mick reminded D-Lo that if memory serves correctly, Shane McMahon gave him two title shots last week: and he lost both of them! Besides, Al already had a match tonight against the Big Bossman...and this news surprised even Snow! Brown complained, but Mick told D-Lo that he wasn't Shane O'Mac - because he booked his shows a lot better than having D-Lo Brown getting title shots - he would have to earn his stripes if he wanted Al Snow one-on-one any time soon! Brown snarled, telling Al he would get him if it was the last thing he did, storming out. Al questioned why he was facing the Bossman. Mick replied: to mess with 'the Bizniz'.
Eddie Guerrero was in the locker room area watching a video tape of King of the Ring 2000, where he fought and was injured in the Semi-Final round at the hands of Chris Benoit. In walked Chyna, who asked 'Latino Heat' if he was still watching that match. Eddie told 'Mamacita' that she understood why she didn't want to see that footage anymore, but it bothers him each and every day. Because each and every day it haunted him, and reminded him of how vulnerable Benoit made him feel. But not come Sunday, when he takes Benoit's livelihood away from him: the WWF Intercontinental Championship! Chyna caressed Eddie with a cuddle from behind, telling him not to let it bother him too much, and to look forward to kicking Chris Jericho's scrawny ass tonight instead. She left, but just as Eddie continued to watch, in walked Joe E. Eddie asked Joe E. what he was doing here, to which he told Eddie that he didn't want to be the guy to tell him this, but he had overheard Chris Jericho telling some of the boys in another locker room earlier today. He said that Y2J had apparently commented on Chyna and Eddie's sex life! Eddie tried to tell Joe E. to leave, but just as he was about to, Joe E. asked Eddie if it was true that Chyna liked to play with toys. This incensed him, demanding to know where Jericho was!
3) Bubba Ray Dudley (w/D-Von Dudley) def. Jeff Hardy (w/Matt Hardy and WWF Women's Champion Lita) (3:15) In a battle of the men that were left in a bad way after Christian dove from a fifteen-foot high ladder driving them through a table last week, Bubba Ray and Jeff Hardy were set to face off following the news that the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz would both challenge Edge and Christian for the WWF Tag Team Champions this Sunday at SummerSlam, in the first-ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs match! Bubba went to work on the still-bandaged ribs of Jeff, but Jeff fought Bubba off with his speed - a 450 splash scoring a near fall. D-Von tried to interfere, which enabled the distraction for Lita to fly in with a hurricanrana from the top rope to Bubba Ray - and Matt soon wound up brawling with D-Von at ringside! In the mean time, Jeff climbed up to the top rope for a Swanton Bomb, just for Bubba to move out of the way at the last second! Lita tried to distract the official now, when D-Von slipped into the ring so that the Dudley Boyz could take Jeff down with the 3D - giving Bubba Ray the three count!
The Dudley Boyz had picked up the win leading into Tables, Ladders and Chairs, with D-Von and Bubba Ray eager to regain the WWF Tag Team Championship they had lost back at WrestleMania in the Triangle Ladder match! Bubba Ray celebration however was to exact revenge on the Hardys for the open-ended Tables match fiasco from last week - ordering D-Von to get the tables! D-Von left the ring and looked to bring out the wood, just for Matt to come flying off of the apron with a dive! Matt hammered on D-Von when Bubba went out to join in on the action, in the mean time Jeff Hardy had rolled out of the ring, and had pulled out a ladder! Jeff set it up but soon wound up joining in on the action: and instead, it was the WWF Women's Champion Lita that started climbing the ladder! Lita was fifteen-foot high in the air, and Lita came soaring down with a huge crossbody onto both the Dudley Boyz, and her Team Xtreme teammates! This was what it was all about, with a sneak peek of what could happen in six days!
Edge and Christian were backstage laughing at the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz tearing apart each other. Christian remained on the fence, concerned about Tables, Ladders and Chairs. But Edge remained optimistic, telling Christian that he could totally afford to do another Superfly Splash from the top of the ladder. Edge reminded Christian they were WWF Tag Team Champions today, they would be tomorrow, and they would totally peel their freaky adversaries off of that floor and leave them in the dust when they walk out of SummerSlam the champs then, too. Shane McMahon approached the duo to ask them if they were ready, with the Canadians telling Shane O'Mac that they couldn't believe Mick Foley, and neither could Shane. But McMahon had a plan, and told them to walk with him. The match with the Brothers of Destruction was coming up next!
Back live, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley remained sat up on the couch with her foot in a cast, as 'the Billion Dollar Princess' drank a glass of ice water. Triple H was sat beside her, asking his wife how she was feeling tonight. She coldly remarked that she was still mad at him for breaking her ankle, but the water made up for it. 'The Game' reiterated that for the last time, it was Kurt Angle that caused her to break her ankle, and she shouldn't have even been out there. But Stephanie was hearing none of it. Triple H told Stephanie that he knew they were going through some stuff right now, but he did love her, and he wanted her to know it. But what he was going to do to Kurt Angle tonight wasn't even for her, it was for his own self-respect. Even she had to know that Kurt had it coming to him. Stephanie told her husband that she loved him too, but she didn't care what happened tonight. What mattered to her was seeing 'the Game' come out on top tonight, on Sunday against Hulk Hogan, and on any given night. They kissed, and 'the Game' left. Yet still, Stephanie looked off into the distance and smiled.
4) WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian (w/Shane McMahon) vs The Brothers of Destruction ended in a no-contest (4:59) Not any member of Shane McMahon's inner-circle were having it their way in Commissioner Mick Foley's return. Edge and Christian particularly were in the doghouse, with their Tables, Ladders and Chairs match signed for SummerSlam against the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz. But on top of that, six days from their showdown with T&A, the Undertaker and Kane were out to exact some revenge for Edge and Christian retaining the WWF Tag Team Championship back at Fully Loaded. Kane looked impressive with his new look - and it showed quickly with a sidewalk slam to Edge, and a big boot to Christian. Undertaker and Kane were dominating the champs, when a distraction from Shane McMahon enabled Christian to connect with an inverted DDT to Undertaker, and the champions took control! Shane ran interference time and time again, as 'the American Badass' managed to tag in Kane, just for it to go unnoticed by the official! Undertaker finally got the official tag following a flying clothesline to both Canadians, and Kane came in with a flying clothesline off the top to Edge! He levelled Edge with a Chokeslam, and caught Shane as he tried flying off the top rope by the throat - but out came T&A with Trish Stratus and Val Venis!
Edge and Christian evacuated the premises, as Test, Albert and Val Venis hit the ring looking to ambush 'the Big Red Machine' yet again! Kane fought all three of them off all he could, when in came the Undertaker to join forces with Kane - the Brothers of Destruction out to get T&A for everything they had put them through in recent weeks! Kane clotheslined both Test and Albert from ring, leaving 'the Valbowski' in harms way as the Undertaker hoisted him up for a powerbomb: raising Val up high above his head and dropping him! It was heralded as 'the Last Ride', but Trish goaded the two brothers out of the ring into another fist fight with her boys! Test and Albert fought with the Brothers of Destruction further, with this fight breaking out into the crowd now - Undertaker and Albert going at it in one aisle, whilst Kane and Test battled into the stands as well! There was nothing preventing this epic fight from happening!
We returned to footage that took place during the commercial break, showing the chaos that was the Brothers of Destruction and T&A not wanting to wait for SummerSlam - and breaking out into a fight that went all the way up into the stands of the Cajundome. The Undertaker and Albert fought out into the lobby area of the building, with fans surrounding the two slugging it out! Meanwhile Test and Kane traded fists by the merch stand, with 'the Big Red Machine' sending the six-foot-six Canadian across the table! It would all go down in the big tag team encounter this Sunday at SummerSlam, and nothing could stop these four monsters from tearing each other apart!
Back live, the Right to Censor were en route to the ring. Led by Steven Richards, Bull Buchanan and the Goodfather were out here following the invitation that was handed out by Steven, extending the olive branch to the leader of the "Save the Hos" protest, the kat. Goodfather had the audacity to bring out a picket sign of his own in response to the protestors, reading "Down with Hos". Steven took to the microphone to inform everybody of how exciting tonight was. Because after weeks of much deliberation, he was happy and hopeful to gain another member to the RTC. For weeks in his fellow brethren the Goodfather's journey to self-improvement, his past has tried to come back and haunt him. But unlike most of the ingrateful people here in Lafayette that enjoy casual sex and irresponsible alcohol consumption, the Goodfather has bettered himself. He no longer abides by the lifestyle he formerly adhered to. He is now a role model to young fans everywhere, since joining forces with the RTC to seek out a better tomorrow! Which brings him to the movement opposing them: last week Steven handed out a similar invitation to a woman that has been known to get naked for these horny, horny delinquants! And he thinks the time is now for everybody to hear from Kat herself. What was the Kat's answer?
The Kat made her way out to the ring, but it was clear in her skimpy silver attire that Kat was still undecided as to what she was going to do. Kat climbed into the ring, and Bull Buchanan offered her a white robe to hide herself in. Steven asked her again for an answer, and questioned if she would help join forces to fight the good fight alongside the Right to Censor, or continue to be disrespected not just by these people - to be disrespected by society for her lifestyle choices! Richards reminded Kat that she could be the best female role model she could possibly be: put on a pedestal for all to bare witness to. And she could do all of that without showing off her skin, and without having to be the object of desire that every disgusting male thinks she is! Kat thought about it again, but ultimately decided to throw down the robe and refuse to join the RTC! Steven's expression grew livid, as she told Kat that he hoped she knew what terrible mistake she had just made - but suddenly Ivory jumped Kat from behind! After not being seen in over a month, Ivory was dressed in a dress shirt and pants - Ivory putting the boots to the Kat! The Right to Censor were pleased, and Steven Richards expressed his joy in raising Ivory's hand as the newest addition to the RTC...but suddenly Too Cool hit the ring, turning the boos to loud cheers! Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay fought Buchanan and Goodfather from the ring, with Richards and Ivory sent running too! Too Cool helped Kat back up to her feet, as the three led the Cajundome in chanting "Save the Hos" - at the expense of the Right to Censor!
In the backstage area Commissioner Mick Foley remained in his office, 'the Hardcore Legend' getting some company as Shane McMahon waltzed into Mick's office, mocking Foley for the grand design tonight. He asked Foley what his next big idea for an office was, to be in the public restroom or a truck stop - but Mick simply laughed and told Shane O'Mac that he liked to call this one "the Box Office". Foley laughed at his own wordplay, but Shane told Mick that he respected what he was trying to accomplish. And for all that he's criticized him for, the line-up for SummerSlam is looking big. But Shane McMahon still thought Mick was making a terrible, terrible mistake by having Triple H and Kurt Angle fight tonight. Mick told Shane that with all due respect, he saw the ratings for Shane's idea of a World Wrestling Federation last week - and boy did they suck! Shane sighed and told Mick that he was trying to be reasonable. He held the keys to the kingdom, and he had them taken from him and he still doesn't understand why. But Shane was in a difficult position, because once Kurt Angle becomes WWF Champion, and Triple H puts a halt to Hulkamania on Sunday, he knows Mick will try and stop them from growing any more dominant. But Shane O'Mac was more unstoppable than Mick will ever realize! McMahon left chanting "Which way did he go", causing Mick to sing along with him and laugh passive-aggressively.
Meanwhile, Chris Jericho was seen at the water cooler when Eddie Guerrero suddenly rushed Y2J from behind! 'Latino Heat' was incensed over what Joe E. had told him Jericho had allegedly said earlier today, and Eddie was putting the boots to Jericho! Guerrero pounded on Y2J before picking up the water cooler and pouring the water all over the Canadian - 'Latino Heat' telling Jericho that he wasn't a joke, that he was the man that was going to kick his ass tonight! Eddie left the scene leaving Y2J dazed and confused, soaking wet. The two men that will challenge for the WWF Intercontinental Championship on Sunday will meet in just a few moments!
We returned to RAW is WAR to more footage from this weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii where the Holly Cousins were sat on deck chairs at the beach. Crash Holly lounged in sunglasses and swimshorts, with the WWF Hardcore Championship forever around his waist, but also a beer in hand. Hardcore Holly sat beside him and asked Crash how great today had been. They had seen the sights, they had had a dip in the pool, and now they were here to check out a beautiful Hawaiian sunset. Crash didn't respond, and 'the Big Shot' mused a life where they didn't have to worry about fighting all of the time. They could just live out there in Honolulu and start over. Crash again didn't respond, which is when Hardcore leaned over and noticed Crash had fallen asleep! Hardcore chuckled and leaned over to cover Crash, when a referee appeared to count - but Crash managed to kick out at two, spilling his beer and falling off the deck chair in the process! 'The Houdini of Hardcore' was panicked but knew he had every right to be paranoid - but Hardcore demanded Crash give him the title! Hardcore hammered Crash several times, but Crash shoved his cousin into the umbrella, before taking off across the beach! Crash dove into the sea, with Hardcore and the official chasing after him: Hardcore's true motives revealed in taking advantage of the 24/7 rule!
5) Chris Jericho def. Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) (5:31) After a rocky start to a potential alliance last Thursday on SmackDown!, it was clear that Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero did not have a great deal in common. In fact, the only thing they had in common was that they both wanted the WWF Intercontinental Championship held by a common enemy - Chris Benoit. Eddie was in a bad mood after finding out from Joe E. that Y2J had been spreading rumors about his and Chyna's sex life, and had attacked him before the break. Jericho in turn stormed the ring and let loose on Eddie, connecting with a plancha to the floor and tossing him into the steel steps! Y2J and Chyna came face to face immediately, which allowed Guerrero to take control with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on the floor, which set the pace for the rest of the match. Eddie stretched Y2J with a Mexican surfboard stretch, and attempted to maintain a methodical pace when Y2J fired back after catching Eddie off the top with a dropkick! Y2J attempted the Lionsault just for Eddie to get his knees up, but Guerrero tried for a sit-out powerbomb and Y2J reversed into a hurricanrana for a near fall. Jericho followed up with a roll-up transitioned into the Walls of Jericho attempt but Chyna got in the ring! Y2J caught her with a Walls of Jericho attempt as well, when Eddie rolled Y2J up, just for Y2J to reverse into a roll-up of his own for the win!
Eddie Guerrero had been outsmarted by Chris Jericho tonight, but Y2J was immediately sucker punched by 'Latino Heat' after the match. Guerrero put the boots on Jericho, when Chris Benoit came running down to the ring. The WWF Intercontinental Champion grabbed Eddie from behind with a German suplex, then proceeded to put some of his own boots to Y2J! 'The Rabid Wolverine' was picking up the pieces after a competitive match between his two SummerSlam opponents, when Chyna came in with a clothesline to Benoit! 'The Ninth Wonder of the World clubbed Benoit with a forearm strike, but Benoit came back with a backbreaker to Eddie's girlfriend! Benoit had a sadistic grin on his face, but Jericho came back by tripping Benoit, and getting him in the Walls of Jericho, with Benoit riving in pain! 'The Rabid Wolverine' was on the verge of tapping, when Eddie clocked Y2J with the loaded roses, taking him down and out! Eddie helped Chyna up to her feet and stood tall, with this being one of three potential outcomes in the Triple Threat match this Sunday!
Conspicuous by his previous absence, the WWF Champion The Rock was seen arriving at the Cajundome in Lafayette! 'The Great One' was here, six days away from his title defense against Kurt Angle at SummerSlam, and you had to imagine that Rock would be keeping a keen eye on the main event tonight, pitting the Olympic Gold Medalist against Triple H!
Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley remained in her dressing room with Kurt Angle now pacing back and forth in anticipation of the main event. The Olympic Gold Medalist was profusely apologetic for what happened last Monday on RAW. He told 'the Billion Dollar Princess' that he didn't mean to hurt her, but he was glad that she got the medical attention she needed. Stephanie continued flicking through TV Guide Magazine - which had several WWF Superstars gracing the cover this week - when Angle told Stephanie that he knew she couldn't help him at SummerSlam, and nor did he want her to. He was just glad he knew she would be watching, on the finest night of his young career. McMahon-Helmsley asked Kurt to stop pacing back and forth, it reminded her of Triple H. Angle seamlessly progressed to telling Stephanie that he knew she was his wife, but he wanted her to know that he would have to fight Triple H tonight. He insulted him last week on SmackDown! by attacking him, and in order to get respect, you need to give respect. Stephanie finally responded to Kurt and told him that she understood, and she accepted his apology. But Kurt really needed to focus on himself. He had the WWF Championship on his doorstep, and he's here concerned about her. Angle asked if she meant that, and she did. In return, Angle bent down and hugged Stephanie before taking off, with McMahon-Helmsley clearly liking it!
6) Señor Snow (c) def. Big Bossman to retain the WWF European Championship (2:18) Al Snow was on a roll since becoming the WWF European Champion. This past week on SmackDown! however, Snow revealed his European heritage per se as he came out dressed in lederhosen and doing polka dancing in his outing against D-Lo Brown. Tonight, after Brown's challenge was refused by Commissioner Mick Foley he declared that Big Bossman would challenge the title, the stern-faced law enforcer was met with surprise when Snow came out as Señor Snow. Wearing a fake mustache, a poncho, sombrero, with Head and a framed photo of Ricardo Montalban, Señor Snow was here to defend the title! Bossman wasn't playing around however, hammering on Snow in the early moments of the match. He knocked the mustache off of the champion's face, but Señor Snow fired back with a series of arm drags, and a hurricanrana! Snow was resorting to lucha-libre, as he came soaring off the top rope with a moonsault for a near fall, but Bossman soon came back. A powerslam scored Bossman a near fall, but just as the challenger prepped Snow for the Bossman Slam, Snow side-stepped it and caught Bossman with the Snow Plow to take the three count!
Al Snow retained the WWF European Championship again tonight on RAW, but Señor Snow's celebration went short lived when D-Lo Brown hit the ring, dropping the champ with the Sky High! 'The Bizniz' felt denied after losing to Snow last week on SmackDown!, and then being refused a rematch tonight! Brown climbed up to the top rope and dove off with a huge Lo Down into the anatomy of Al Snow, with Brown climbing to the second rope and bobbing his head aggressively. 'The Bizniz' meant serious business, gunning for Al Snow's title!
Backstage, The Rock was seen with Michael Cole, as Michael asked the WWF Champion what made him come to RAW in the Cajundome tonight, and who he was rooting for in the main event between Triple H and Kurt Angle. 'The Great One' immediately shut Michael's mouth, telling him that he wouldn't have missed RAW is WAR tonight for anyone. Rock turned to the camera and addressed the people of Lafayette: home of the Bayou, the land of the Cajuns. In the state shaped like a boot, we were about to witness an asskicking of a lifetime. But whose ass would get kicked? Would it be Triple H: the Hulkster-hating, forever-frowning, Rock-losing 'Cerebral Assassin'? Or would it be Kurt Angle: the milk-drinking, homewrecking, crybaby virgin Olympic Gold Medalist? Rock asked Cole for his opinion, but then told him it didn't matter what Michael Cole thought, because without a shadow of a doubt, no matter who has got their foot up whose candyass: the people will be chanting one man's name: and that name isn't Shane McMahon - it's the Rock! Rock told Michael that he would be keeping an eye on the main event tonight, because on Sunday at SummerSlam, he wants to see how intense his challenger will be. Kurt Angle may be a goofball, but he knows he's got it in him. He's seen the Three Is: Insecurity, Immorality and Just Plain Ignorance. But come SummerSlam, with Shane McMahon as referee or not - the Rock will be the man getting his hand raised. If you smell what the Rock is cookin'. Rock left, with the main event just moments away!
7) Kurt Angle def. Triple H by disqualification (4:03) It could be argued that this match had been building since the very first day Kurt Angle stepped foot in the World Wrestling Federation. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley has always admired the work of the Olympian since his debut last November at Survivor Series, and while Kurt has been on the upward climb, since 'the Game' lost the WWF Championship to the Rock at Backlash, Triple H has been on a downward spiral of sorts. But tonight, after everything that has transpired in this love triangle, it was about to come to ahead as Triple H faced Kurt Angle. The two went face to face as the bell sounded, with both men talking trash and soon breaking out into a fist fight, with Angle getting even for 'the Game's attack last week on SmackDown! in the locker room! Angle attempted a belly-to-belly suplex blocked by a neckbreaker from Triple H, and 'the Game' mounted Angle with heavy-handed strikes. A spinebuster was attempted and reversed, and a German suplex connected, but just when Angle began to amateur wrestle 'the Game' on the mat, Shane McMahon came out to the ring - wanting this to stop right away! Shane got in the middle of the two men and tried to stop the match, when The Rock's music hit! The WWF Champion wasn't actually willing to wait this match out, and made a charge for the ring, with Rock immediately dropping Angle with heavy rights!
The Rock had gotten Triple H disqualified, and 'the Game' was furious - attacking the WWF Champion from behind! What was supposed to be a singles match between Triple H and Kurt Angle had somehow turned into a handicap match against the Rock, but 'the Great One' rebounded with right hands, and a spinebuster for 'the Game'! Rock was ready for the People's Elbow, but Shane McMahon intercepted it with a big clothesline for the WWF Champion! Shane O'Mac grinned heavily, when Angle and Triple H circled Rock, looking to dish up a beating on 'the Brahma Bull'...until Hulk Hogan's music hit, and out came the Hulkster! Nobody knew Hogan would even be here in Lafayette, but 'the Icon' hit the ring to even the playing field, dishing out right hands for Shane McMahon and Triple H! Hogan clotheslined 'the Game' out to the floor seeking revenge for the beating received on SmackDown!, and Triple H wanted none of it!
Meanwhile back inside, The Rock had recovered and stalked Kurt Angle - the Rock Bottom moments away - but Kurt raked the eyes of the WWF Champion and connected with an Olympic Slam, dropping 'the People's Champ!' Angle stood tall over the Rock, six days away from SummerSlam - where these men would meet with Shane McMahon as the special guest referee, and Mick Foley as the special enforcer at ringside! Backstage Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley could be seen watching on with her foot in a cast: 'the Billion Dollar Princess' smiling for her good friend, Kurt Angle!