|Tuesday, April 4, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 125
Album Review: Steve Tyrell
By Ed De La Garza
Wrestlemania 2000, the flagship of pay-per-views, turned out to be little more than a bloated dinghy.
Of the nine matches on the card, eight involved at least three wrestlers, making for too many superstars in too few matches.
In years past, before the dawn of the Monday night ratings war and In Your House PPVs, Wrestlemania was the pinnacle of wrestling. Angles were built to carry a fan's interest from the Royal Rumble to Summerslam. Feuds developed through time -- instead of being put together haphazardly.
In the golden days of wrestling, the overdrawn McMahon family vs. the top face angle would have ended last year at Wrestlemania XV when Steve Austin reclaimed the title. That was then, and this is now.
What we got from the world famous "Pond" in Anaheim, Cal., was one of the most pathetic excuses for a Wrestlemania since any which featured Hulk Hogan in the main event. Had it not been for a vicious Three Way Ladder Tag Team ladder match, the PPV would have been completely forgettable.
The main event saw Triple H hold on to the World Title, outlasting the Big Show, Mick Foley and the Rock. Big Show, who never should have been in the mix, was ousted by the Rock after only five minutes.
Foley, coming back for one final Wrestlemania, left the business on a sour note. He turned heel for all of five minutes, helping Triple H take out the Rock, only to be done in by a missed flying elbow smash. It seemed like a legitimate screw-up. You can't tell me Foley would have gone out after only two pedigrees were he not injured. He gave his all, but he should have let his last PPV match against Triple H be his finale.
This set up what should have been the main event from the beginning: The Rock vs. Triple H. Only problem with this match-up was that the focus wasn't on what was going on inside the ring, but the fight going on outside, between Vince and Shane McMahon.
This led to yet another Vince McMahon swerve. He turned heel again, hitting the Rock with a steel chair, helping Triple H cover for the pin. Genius. Pure genius.
Kurt Angle defended his Intercontinental and European Titles against Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit. This was a great match, with Benoit taking the I-C belt and Jericho winning the meaningless European strap. The only problem with the match was the dead crowd. The fans were more excited about seeing Scotty Too Hotty come out to do "The Worm."
In other matches, the team of Edge and Christian stole the Tag Team titles from the Dudleys and Hardys when Edge tossed Matt Hardy off the top of a makeshift scaffold to get to the belts first. Hardcore Holly recaptured the Hardcore Title in the atrocious Hardcore Brawl. The title changed a total of 10 times. Now that does wonders for prestige ...
Eddie Guerrero and the Radicals jobbed to Chyna and Too Cool. T and A defeated Head Cheese. The Big Bossman and Bull Buchanan defeated D-Lo Brown and the Godfather. Terri flashed a flesh-colored thong after her match against the Kat and Rikishi rubbed his butt against the legendary Pete Rose's face.
No angles ended. None began. The heel World Champion walked out of the
event holding on to the belt. Nothing big happened. Unless you count a
totally unexpected Vince McMahon heel turn. But you can't, because it's
happened over and over and over and ...
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