The streak of hot shows continues with Summerslam. Opener was pretty good as the new heel stable on the block, the Right to Censor steal a win from Rikishi and Too Cool. Pac/Dogg was decent as Pac steals the win, but Dogg makes him pay for it. IC Tag match was good as Eddie and Val work well together and we get a shock as Chyna is IC Champion for the 3rd time. Lawler/Tazz was decent as well as J.R. gets some revenge by costing Tazz the match. Hardcore Title match was really good as Shane steals the show with his death-defying bump and Blackman regains the title. 2 out of 3 falls match was awesome as Benoit once again gets the better of Jericho. TLC match was epic as E&C, the Hardyz, and the Dudleyz raise the bar they set at WM and E&C survive and remain champs. Kat/Terri was nothing more than filler while Taker/Kane was meh with Taker more focused on taking Kane's mask off, which he does. Main Event was really good even though Angle was knocked out for most of the early part of the match. Rock retains the title and Angle takes Stephanie to the back, furthering that issue with HHH. Overall, this was a fantastic Summerslam and the run of great Summerslams continues, as does the red hot year that is 2000.
Another good show from the WWF. Solid undercard with two major highlights in the 2 out of 3 falls match and the awesome TLC. Edge spearing Lita still looks scary to this day, and some of the chair shots in the match are hard to watch given the current focus on head injures.
Speaking of head injuries, the main event was great despite Angle getting knocked loopy. Rock pins the Game to retain, somewhat making up for Vince taking the fall at King of the Ring. Despite being totally concussed, Kurt ends the show by carrying out Stephanie and his feud with Triple H is now white hot as the WWF heads to Unforgiven.
Another month, another good show for the company. The stuff that was supposed to be good was great and the bad stuff was kept short. Extra credit should go to Rock and HHH for being able to improvise a really good match after Angle gets concussed. Granted, it doesn't hurt that they fought each other so many times before they could probably do a classic match while heavily sedated.
Also, just a fun bit of trivia: Jerry Lawler is undefeated at Summerslam with a reverse decision at '93, and pinfalls at '96 and here. Plus, his total ring time is less than twenty minutes.
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Post by lifelongwwefan on Sept 16, 2013 11:39:38 GMT -5
Summerslam arrives in Raliegh and this one next to 1991 might be one of my all-time Favorites. RTC makes their PPV Debut against Rikishi & Too Cool in a solid opener. We say goodbye to DX for now as Road Dogg & X-Pac finish off their friendly rivalry in a pretty good Match with X-Pac stealing a win. Chyna captures her 3rd IC Title as Eddie/Val show good chemistry with one another and Trish again plays her part well. King & Tazz have an emotional contest and Jim Ross gets some payback on Tazz with the jar of candy helping his partner get the win. Shane Mcmahon & Steve Blackman have a fun Hardcore Title Match with Shane taking a death defying bump from the Set giving Blackman back his Title. Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit have an awesome 2/3 Falls Match followed by the epic TLC Match as E & C,the Dudleyz,and Hardyz raise the bar even higher. I think Matt & Jeff should have won the Tag Titles here but there time is coming soon. Kat & Terri is not much other than to give the North Carolina Crowd a chance to catch their breath. Undertaker & Kane brawl it out with Taker taking Kane's Mask off which I thought was a nice touch since nobody had ever done that before. Main Event for the WWF Title is a fun Match and I don't know how Kurt Angle was able to come back after being knocked silly. The Rock pins Triple H to retain but the Angle/HHH Feud continues.
From a wrestling standpoint this show was outstanding. Two different routes that I think they could've gone with the main event. The first one is ideally taking advantage of the red hot HHH-Angle-Steph love triangle and having a straight 1 on 1 grudge match here. Rock being inserted into this match made no sense. Had they gone that route, they should've had a Triple Threat with Benoit-Jericho-Rock. If they were deadset on having HHH and Angle involved in a triple threat, then I think Jericho would have been the best choice. At that point you could have done a Rock-Benoit rematch from Fully Loaded. As it stood I think this show, good as it was, really was a let down from a booking perspective.
The past few vaults, you mentioned the Heat matches as if they took place at the actual PPV, when they did not. They did live commentary for the taped matches. They would have a live match at the PPV's in a month or so. Anyways, the PPV event was pretty good. When the Godfather became the Goodfather, I always thought they would have him be the relunctant member of the group being forced to do things, but it was not meant to be. Undertaker ripping off Kane's mask was awesome to see, and if you pause at the right time, you can clearly see Kane's burned face, which wasn't really burned. Main event was alright.
Post by sabresbuffalo on Sept 16, 2013 16:05:12 GMT -5
A changing of the guard to start this SummerSlam- the RTC arrives as the antithesis to cool heels like Kurt Angle or Edge and Christian, followed by the unofficial farewell of DX.
2 thoughts on IC match: 1. Disagreeing a bit, Chyna going over made some sense storyline-wise- if Eddie won the belt as a face, what incentive would he have had to eventually turn heel? 2. Hard to believe that's what Chyna once looked like when she had her fastball looks-wise.
Tazz/Lawler was short but sweet and watchable; a candyjar of all things to end it was a nice touch.
Hardcore match cemented both guys; Shane as a daredevil who will do anything for the company, and Blackman as one of the greatest hardcore champs of all-time.
2 out of 3 falls was another classic, but I wish Jericho had gotten one win in their head-to-head PPV showdowns of 2000.
TLC was simply one of the 10 best Attitude Era matches ever- a culmination of the 2nd golden age of tag team wrestling with the right combination of characters, in-ring performance, and action.
Thong Stinkface was a late-show crowd cooldown like SummerSlam 1989, though easier on the eyes and thankfully w/no drooling idiot. Sidenote if you remember- Kat was on both a TV Guide Cover and SummerSlam commercial leading up to this PPV.
Kane/Taker made no sense; taking Big Show off TV here and Kane turning heel after this PPV would have come off a lot better.
Triple threat was great storytelling with Kurt/Steph/HHH storyline, but inserting them into title with Rock added more incentive to the hottest storyline going. Not the greatest of matches, but the drama and soap opera intrigue made up for that.
One minor thought: between Chyna, Trish, Kat, Terri, Lita and other women that have been mentioned this year, was 2000 the best year from the perspective of WWF eye candy?