Post by brianbrown25 on Jul 5, 2013 21:18:10 GMT -5
First time giving feedback, really enjoy all of your stuff guys. As a 19 year old kid from Philly in 2000, this was my first trip up to MSG and wow what a show. As a loyal ECW arena attender, hearing the crowd go crazy and seeing Taz in a WWF ring as a WWF superstar was surreal. The Jeff Hardy Swanton off of the Rumble set looked ridiculous from the angle of my seat. The street fight was an absolute war and in my opinion put Triple H on the map as a legitimate main event guy. My 3 favorite moments of the Rumble match were The Big Bossman elbowing Chyna off of the apron to eliminate her, Pete Gas sliding in to the bottom rope trying to enter the ring, and Taka face planting on the floor. I don't know why those have stuck with me all of these years but they have. Overall, a great show and it's what I consider pay back for having to sit through an absolute garbage Wrestlemania 15 (besides the main event) at the First Union Center 9 months earlier.
I don't have too much to say in regards to this show other than the big question... who would Triple H be without Mick Foley? I wonder why Foley doesn't get the right respect for putting over Triple H big twice (1997 & 1999/2000) in his career and also with the Rock in 1998/1999. I don't think enough can be said for this "hardcore legend" who was great at making you believe in his opponent and creating stars. Keep doing work fellas, also look forward to the Rumble podcasts!
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Post by mikefurlongnyg10 on Jul 5, 2013 23:27:52 GMT -5
It's a shame Kurt Angle's undefeated streak came to an end in a loss with Tazz seeing as Tazz came in with a lot of hype but never amounted to much. At least Kurt could claim he lost due to an illegal choke and so technically he was still undefeated it's true. Happy to see Chris Jericho become undisputed IC champ as the crowds were really getting into him. I'm not a HHH fan but he was magnificent in both the build to an execution of the main event great match...also really good to see Foley bust his ass into shape after limping through the end of '99. The heat was pretty much non existant in the Rumble as it was pretty obvious Rock would win, but ala Stonecold in '98 the crowd was so hot for him that it was awesome regardless. Big lol to the frequent Kaintai run-ins and throw outs
I. Love. This. Show! I've always have unique memories of this show as it happened the weekend of my Confirmation (yes I was raised Catholic) So this Rumble show is always more of a throwback for me than others. This is one of the top five Rumble ppvs of all! It reminds me a lot of the way Summerslam 98 was presented, as a big time event with a Wrestlemania like feel. Awesome, AWESOME show! Even the Miss Rumble contest was hilarious and well done, Mae Young's boobs aside. The only slight low point would be the triple threat for the IC strap which was just kinda there & a bit dragging in spots.
That street fight never gets old. Hunter should send a gift basket to Mick every Christmas because he owes him for putting him over as a big time main eventer! It's a five star match all the way as both guys just obliterate the holy hell out of each other inside the ring. The promo builds for this match were great as well (Your blood will stain New York City!) You really had a suspension of disbelief that Cactus Jack would win the WWF title but Triple H pulling it out in the end makes Hunter a better champion & Foley goes out as a better competitor. I wonder if Maybe they should've put the belt on Mick & have Triple H regain it the next month at No Way Out.
The rumble match itself is great with a lot of cool moments. Rikishi playing the 94 Diesel role was interesting and fun to watch as he got a nice pop when he first comes out. Mr. fucking Backlund making his return still doesn't get old to this day. Why did they have to show the replay of Taka banging his head on the floor over & over again? Twice was enough but not every 10 minutes. Rock was a clear no brainer to win the rumble match.
This is an all time classic show that should be in everyone's collection! If you've never seen it, you need to get on the ball & find it now!
Post by lifelongwwefan on Jul 6, 2013 0:04:45 GMT -5
We finally hit the New Millennium as the Royal Rumble emanates from the Home Office. One memory I have is I watched this Live in the middle of an ice storm down here in Georgia. This was also the first time I would start getting the PPVs on a more monthly basis. Tazz makes his Debut to one of the biggest pops I have ever heard and ends Kurt Angle's undefeated streak. I love Angle afterwords thinking since he was choked out he was still undefeated. The Hardyz & Dudleyz have an insane Tables Match and Jeff Hardy's Swanton off the balcony is a great spot. We see Mae Young flash the world in a funny but more of a shock TV moment. Chris Jericho becomes Undisputed IC Champion in a pretty good Triple Threat with Chyna & Hardcore Holly. Jericho is also starting to get some of the biggest pops from the Crowds. A short Tag Title Match with the New Age Outlaws keeping the Belts against the APA. I was dissapointed that one didn't go a bit longer. Triple H & Cactus Jack have an outstanding Street Fight for the WWF Title with tons of blood and weapons. Its probably the Feud that officially put The Game on the map. The Rock wins the Royal Rumble or does he? Pretty good Rumble overall like Rikishi dominating for a bit,Bob Backland showing up,Road Dogg hiding on the bottom ropes throughout,The Posse & Kaientai running in all Match. Overall a strong way to kick off the best year of the Attitude Era and the beginning of the end for WCW.
Post by 666thegame666 on Jul 6, 2013 2:56:09 GMT -5
WWF hits 2000 with a new champion in The Game HHH and his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley running the show. Taz gets a huge ass pop from the Garden as he chokes out Kurt Angle who is STILL UNDEFEATED. The Hardyz and Dudleyz have a great tables match. We have a shitty swimsuit contest which includes Luna who somehow is still employed. Jericho retains his IC title in a shitty 3 way match with Hardcore Holly and Chyna. The Outlaws have one last match together as they retain the tag belts in an awful match with the APA. Hunter and Foley give one of the best WWF title matches of all time in a great brawl in the Garden. Foley cements HHH as a top level heel by putting him over here. Rock wins the rumble filled with mid carders cos hes the only logical choice. Overall a fun show with a great main event and a pretty lackluster Rumble.
Quick sidebar on this PPV.In the UK This PPV was the first not to be shown live on SKY and was on free TV channel - Channel 4,as they struck a deal to buy 4 PPVs (others being April,July and December) and Sunday Night Heat. And they completely messed it up be showing commercials DURING THE LIVE SHOW!So we would miss parts of the Rumble match and backstage stuff,so just thought I mention it,cause I was pissed staying up at 1am to watch it,thankfully they would do something about it at the April show.
Anway, WWF kicks off the new Millennium with a BANG!BANG!Brilliant show as they always do at MSG,hot crowd,great debut for Tazz,put him and his finisher over as a monster, HHH finally has his main event making match with Cactus Jack,one of the best WWF title matches of all time.Tables and the Rumble match are fun and Jericho won the IC title,so all great stuff here. So great that it overshadows the Mae Young/bikini contest farcical,WWF this time went way to far with that.But still,1 of my favourite shows once I got the VHS copy of it,and kicks off the great year that was WWF 2000.
Royal Rumble 2000 was a fantastic way to kick off the new millennium. Opener was awesome as Tazz makes his surprise debut and "unofficially" ends Kurt's undefeated streak. Tables match was awesome as the Hardyz and Dudleyz destroy each other with the highlight being Jeff's Swanton. Swimsuit contest could've been decent as all the girls look hot, but it has to be ruined by Mae Young. IC Title match was decent as Jericho is the undisputed IC champ. Tag Title match was crap as the Outlaws defeat the Acolytes in less than 2 minutes. What else needs to be said about the Street Fight, one of the greatest of all time. HHH and Cactus Jack go all out and deliver an awesome match with HHH taking the next step to greatness while Foley adds another notch to his legacy. Rumble match was decent with the only highlights being Rikishi's run early and the Rock eliminating Big Show to win, or so we think. Overall, this was a great show to kick off what will be one of the greatest years in WWF history.
Great show that's always been a favorite of mine. Other then the tag title match everything was good. Tazz's debut was well done but he wouldn't do much afterwards. Hardyz/Dudleyz was a fun match. The fact that they were having tag team feuds with teams not invovled in the title picture, showed that the division was starting to get good. The IC title three way was decent although a little sloppy at times. Triple H/Cactus was an awesome match that did solidified Triple H further as a main player. Even though Rock winning was predictable, the Rumble was fun with Rikishi's run being the highlight.
Post by stevejrogers on Jul 6, 2013 11:25:50 GMT -5
Fun night as the WWF starts to kick it back into high gear again after a bit of a lull to wrap up 1999.
Great intro for Tazz going up against Kurt Angle. Though I do find it funny that as part of Kurt's cheap heat promo he ran down Knick icon Patrick Ewing, sadly at this point in Ewing's career he was not quite so beloved by the Knick fanbase, mostly due to what Angle referred to, so I'd wager that if that Garden crowd was filled with more Knick fans, Angle would have gotten a smattering of cheers for that remark...also it is sad that the Knicks still haven't won a championship since 1973...*sigh*
Jericho starts his road to being a made guy here with his becoming the sole owner of the IC title, so things were looking up, despite what the IWC would have, and still would lead you to believe!
Always enjoyed the Foley-HHH angle more so than Foley's run with The Rock the year before. Granted Mankind and Cactus Jack are different "sides" of Foley's persona, but it seemed there was more of an effort to put Mick over as a serious threat here than it was a year earlier. I mean, Triple H treating Mankind removing the mask and revealing the Cactus Jack shirt like a thug watching Clark Kent remove his glasses, rip open his shirt to reveal the S shield* with the heat vision charging just says it all.
*(IT'S AN S KAL-EL, DEAL WITH IT! Sorry, Man of Steel reference)
This is so hard to streamline as this was the first PPV I ever saw live. No tape but in the moment, as it happened live.
It did highlight a drastic flaw WWE had in airing shows in Australia...we were 15 days behindand as such I knew nothing of the 3 way IC title match or Kurt Angle v Mystery Man. I only had slight knowledge of Cactus Jack being the challenger and not Mankind and barely any Rumble participants.
Tazz debuts, always thought this match was longer but the excitement may have had a role. I do recall thinking Tazz was incredibly short but figured he was a big deal based on the pop.
Tables match was very fun. It was topped later on but a damn fine showcase.
Mae Young the the human Iranian Club Puppies were the first form of boob 11 year old Micky ever saw. To this day I still have hang ups with women.
IC title match is meh and the tag title match was a waste of time.
Cactus v HHH is one of my top 3 matches ever. Just an absolute fantastic brawl that was violent yet not garbage style and had a great deal of psychology and mental planning behind it that is rarely found.
Now the rumble. I didn't understand they were usually easy to call. I didn't care. I was pissed off Kai En Tai and Mideon were not in this match as THE GRAPHIC SCREEN SAID THEY WERE! I also didn't know much about Sumo Sammie...wait no Rikishi. I dug that of all people Test and Gangrel pretty much were Iron Men. Road Dogg holding the ropes for 20 minutes may be in the top 3 of smartest/laziest performances ever. Taka pops his shoulder but Chinese acupuncture sure fixed that huh Jerry? Rock wins, good for him.
Still love the show bar 15 minutes. Will always hold a special place for me.
The most consistent pay per view year year for the WWF since 1992 kicks off with a very good Rumble. I really dig the atmosphere for this show as it comes off sort of like an ECW show with even better production values. This was the point where I really got back into the product and the build for HHH/Cactus Jack is a large part of what got me back in. From here to early 2002 I really dig the product. I feel it's the best stretch of the Attitude Era (with a few bumps here and there) as the rather uneven stuff Vince Russo was putting out makes way for something a little more streamlined and carefully thought out. Love the Street Fight (Vince may have given HHH the push but Foley helped give him the credibility to succeed with that push), the Rumble match is pretty good and so is the tables match. A damn good start for this new phase of Attitude.
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Post by dregenrockwell on Jul 7, 2013 8:42:09 GMT -5
Welcome to 2000 - argubly the finest year for the WWF.
The Garden exploded for Tazz's fun debut against Kurt Angle, and they were treated to an excellent tables match between the Hardyz and the Dudleyz. The entertainment came to a screetching halt with the bikini contest and Mae Young's prosthetic saggy tits. On a side note, Channel 4 in the UK signed a 2 year deal to air 4 yearly PPV's live, of which this was the first. After this incident, they made no intention of renewing the contract, and aired the remaining PPV's on a 1-hour delay.
The tag and Intercontinental title matches are okay, but this show is remembered for the incredible WWF title match between HHH and Mick Foley. There were some brutal bumps in this match, and some tremendous hardcore spots. Both men were beaten, bloodied and battered. It was a welcome return to form for Foley, and this solidified HHH's status as top man in the company.
For the 3rd year running, the WWF booked the Rumble to make it between 1 or 2 superstars. While they made a futile attempt to make Kane seem like a contender, this was between Rock and Big Show - the other 28 guys might as well have stayed in the back. Worse still, they put in a screwy finish to build storylines for next month - an unsatisfying end to the show.
This show kicks off a great year for the fed and its a damn good show. HHH and Cactus Jack tear the roof off the garden and the Dudleyz and Hardyz have one hell of a tables match. The only drawback is a pretty pedestrian rumble itself. Not terrible, just predictable. The rock was obviously winning. All in all a good start to their best ppv year.