The year 2000 for the WWE, then known as the WWF, will always live on in the memories of those around who watched it. By promoting the best storylines, wrestlers, characters and wrestling in decades, the WWE entered their most profitable period by putting up a solid card for the Royal Rumble 2000, their first pay-per-view event of the year.
Held in the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, the WWE put on what looked like a fabulous card on paper. The festivities kicked off when Kurt Angle laid an open challenge to any opponent. That opponent would be none other than Tazz, a wrestler from the nearby Philadelphia based ECW promotion. The New York crowd respond with open arms, and their reaction is almost as good as the match Angle and Tazz have. The match, albeit short, serves its purpose of putting Tazz over as a dangerous and reckless individual and is actually pretty entertaining.
The infamous tag team table match, which set the tag team wrestling bar unrealistically high at the time, showcased the talent of The Hardy Boyz, the legitimate brother pairing of Jeff and Matt Hardy, against The Dudley Boyz, the storyline brother pairing of Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley. Table destruction is seen from the get go, with some of the aerial dives, from Jeff in particular, being amazing. This match certainly has to be seen to be believed.
While it's understandable that the WWE wanted to put on an early intermission after 2 engaging matches, the manner in which they did so was disgusting, immoral and made me want some invigorating. A Miss Rumble Swimsuit Competition, featuring the women or Divas of the WWE, was held, with former wrestlers and Andy Richter acting as judges. The lovely ladies strutted their stuff, most likely to the dismay of mothers everywhere. However, to the dismay of everyone, the then septuagenarian (now octogenarian) Mae Young enters the fray and bares all her chest, which the director of the event is far too late to censor. Unfortunately, the many who watched this show are stuck with that mortifying image (not that I have any problem with old people!)
Onto some good old fashioned wrestling action as Co-champions Chris Jericho and the female Chyna defended their WWE Intercontinental Championship against Hardcore Holly, in a triple threat match, to determine the Undisputed champion. With Jericho being so darn popular with nearly every fan, the winner of this match is a given. However that doesn't stop the 2 men and 1 woman on putting on an entertaining show. At the risk of sounding sexist, this match could have been a heck of a lot better without Chyna, but it's still much better than expected.
The World Tag Team Championships were on the line as The New Age Outlaws, Billy Gunn and The Road Dogg defending against the challengers, The Acolytes, Bradshaw and Faarooq. As short as this match is (I believe it's barely 2 minutes), Billy Gunn getting turned inside out from a clothesline somehow makes this match much more watchable. Still, considering the time and effort the WWE spent putting into this, a 2 minute climax isn't what I had expected.
The Street Fight for the WWE World Championship between Triple H and Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) is arguably the best WWE Championship match of the naughties decade. With a superb build up, culminating with Foley changing his character from Mankind to the internationally known Cactus Jack, to the fantastic promos the WWE used to build up this match, everything was set for this match to steal the show. While the moves we see are hardly groundbreaking, the intensity, the drama, the emotion and the violence, which deservedly slaps the event with an 18 rating, are unparalleled. The sight of Foley being handcuffed and defenseless, the blood Triple H spills and of course, the thumbtacks Foley is slammed through twice makes this match not only a 5 star classic but an all time classic too.
Whichever match was going to follow that one was always going to have a tough time. Luckily, that match was the main event, The 30 man Royal Rumble. Unluckily, the Rumble itself wasn't as good as the previous match, but then again, could anything eclipse it? The result, in all honesty is a foregone conclusion with The Rock and The Big Show being the only 2 front runners. Considering the bad guy won the previous match, I had no doubts who was going to win this match. While a decent Rumble, the Rumble matches the WWE put on succeeding this have been far superior. Just about the most memorable thing happened when Taka Michinoku, a man not even scheduled to compete in the Rumble, interfered, got tossed out the ring and fell flat on his face. A disappointing, but not bad, end to a grand event indeed.
The DVD, seeing as it was only the 4th one the WWE released, is surprisingly generous on the extras. The inclusion of the conclusions to the 1998 and 1999 Royal Rumbles are very thoughtful on WWE's part, despite those Rumbles being even worse than this one. Promos, such as Who Won The Royal Rumble, The Rock vs The Big Show and Cactus Jack Returns, are nothing any longtime WWE fan wouldn't have seen before and are pretty much self explanatory. The Swimsuit competition is also summarised in clip form, although you have to be off your head to watch it again. The Triple H gets stitched up segment features Trips getting a gash on the back of his knee sorted. Some exclusive interviews are also in the main feature, with Tazz, Angle, Road Dogg and The Rock giving some post match comments. For the Spanish speakers, a Spanish commentary option is also available.
As their are 2 versions available on DVD, the prices will be different. The rarest one, which you will probably find only in a CeX or Cash Converters store or online from a Amazon or Play market seller as well as eBay, contains the WWF logo on the cover and can go from £8-£12 in the stores to £8-£25 online. The more readily available version is the Tagged Classics version, which comes with the 1999 Royal Rumble event. The cover makes use of the WWE logo, although the DVD itself is uncensored. I've seen this go upwards of £15, whether online or in the stores. HMV should have at least one on their shelves for £20. If not, the popular online stores such as Amazon, Play, The Hut, Zavvi etc. will always have it in stock with varying dispatch and delivery dates. It probably would be best to get the original version, as the cover is much more stylish (it's not what you see in the picture above) and it will collect good money from resale in the future if the Tagged Classics version gets deleted.
The WWF Royal Rumble 2000 was a professional wrestling Pay Per View held on January 23rd 2000 in New York City at Madison Square Garden, the event centred around the annual Royal Rumble matchup where the winner gains a title shot at that years Wrestlemania
The Matches ( Warning Spoilers )
Kurt Angle vs Tazz
Wow its hard to believe that 10 years later both of these men's careers took very different paths...yet ended up in a completely different company to the one they both were in here, Tazz who debuted in the WWF at this event went on to become a successful announcer and Kurt Angle went on to become arguable one of the best in-ring wrestler's of all time, here we see the debut of the human suplex machine ( Tazz ) and while he gets an incredible ovation when his music begins and he was hyped for quite a while before debuting, this basically amounted to a squash match for most of the brief 3 minutes and 18 seconds of the match, it really seemed like they were trying to make him look weak, and this match is actually quite disappointing as both of these men could put on a 5 star match, but this was booked poorly and was far too brief with only a few bright spots
Tag Team Table match
The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boys
Now this is classic attitude era tag team wrestling, this is from what I consider the golden time for the WWF where they had control of the wrestling world and unprecedented popularity, and their unbelievabley strong tag team division at the time was a large part of that, something thats missing nowadays in the WWE, here you have the Dudley Boys at their peak and the Hardy Boys certainly at their peak, of course Jeff Hardy steals the show as he did alot back then with some incredibly dangerous yet impressive high flying spots, but all 4 men pulled out all the stops to deliver a very impressive match, and a pre-cursor to what we would see with the TLC matches, probably the match of the night
Three way match
Hardcore Holly vs Chris Jericho ( C ) vs Chyna ( C )
Yes you read that right, both Jericho and Chyna went into this match as the joint IC Champions down to a double pinfall in a previous match, here you find two strong workers and one sideshow freak attraction with limited wrestling ability ( I'll let you guess which one i'm talking about ) , if this was just Jericho and Holly this could have been a decent match, however as they were spending the time protecting Chyna and softballing the moves on here, and she spent most of the time being thrown outside the ring it really brought down the believability factor, and what moves she was booked to do in the match she performed poorly, overall it was mercifully ended at 7 minutes and 31 seconds with Jericho gaining the pinfall and rightfully claiming the IC belt for himself
WWF World Tag Team Championship
The New Age Outlaws ( C ) vs The Acolytes
A terrible match and certainly the stinker of the night, in fact I wouldn't even call it a match as it barely lasted 2 minutes and was clearly booked to be a filler match to take up some time before the main events
Cactus Jack vs Triple H ( C )
This is certainly tied for match of the night in my opinion, but for much different reasons, this is probably Mick Foley's last great match and shows not only his great hardcore style but also his wrestling ability and his ability to tell a great in-ring story, combine that with a Triple H who while clearly much more on the Juice than he used to be, was at his in-ring peak, before injuries and age started to take their toll.
Some great wrestling and storytelling and also some very bloody parts that can be hard to watch for some people ( look out for the look of horror in Triple H's face when he realises a piece of wood from a pallet has stabbed him in the leg ), predictably Triple H picks up the win but the crowd was seriously into this and this certainly cemented Triple H's position as a legitimate tough guy
30 Man over the top rope Royal Rumble match
Grand Master Sexay
Scotty too Hotty
The Big Show
As Always the Rumble match is full of excitement and surprises, its also interesting to see the kind of huge pop's people such as Rikishi was getting ( if you watch this I think he may have been the most over man in the entire match ), of course there were lots of mini stories going on in the match that would be expanded upon in the coming weeks and months and of course predictable The Rock ends up winning the match ( although not without some controversy ) and overall as usual the Rumble Match is as entertaining as ever
Overall one of the strongest Royal Rumble events of the last 20 years, only ruined by a couple of poor matches and one womens event I won't even dignify with a review.
Of all the wrestling shows I've watched over the past 15 or so years (I'm not saying I've seen every show from the, just I've seen a fair few) my favourite WWF/WWE one was Royal Rumble 2000. Funnily I've always felt after this Wrestling started to go down hill and it rarely seemed to capture the magic of much of this show, this was also one of the first shows to be caught on British free to air TV (Channel 4).
The show started the way it would continue, with high action and great wrestling as it pitted the then unbeaten Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle (a genuine amateur Wrestling star) against a "surprise" opponent. I won't ruin it for those who still haven't seen the event, but for those who at the time looked outside of the scope of the WWF the opponent was a huge shock and a bit of a legend in his own right. The fight was quite a short one in all honesty but a brilliant one to open the show.
It was followed by the match that helped fuel the fire of the Hardy v Dudley fued that would help form one of the mainstays of the tag team fued of the early 2000's. The stipulation was a table match, in which you had to put your opponents both through a table. The pairing of the Hardy's (Jeff and Matt) who would later become Team Extreme showed what they would later be known for, dare devil dives whilst the Gimmick of tables, tables and more tables would go on to be part of the Dudleys gimmick. Though it was carried over from ECW and is now part of TNA the Dudleys use of the tables was extreme as the match became a "spot fest" rather than what you would perhaps call a typical wrestling match. For those who aren't "smarts" a spot fest is effectively a hightlight reel fight with falls and flying bodies. Overall a great match for the casual fan, though those who believe wrestlingis about submissions and suplexes may not enjoy it as much as I did.
A horrid "Miss Royal Rumble 2000" segment followed, for those who intend to buy the DVD this is worth fast-forwarding through. What could have been a glorified swimsuit contest turned into a poor segment allowing an old woman to flash and little else of note to happen.
The Third match of the card was a triple threat fight (a 1 v 1 v1) match for the intercontinental title which at the time was seen as the second level singled title (only behind the "World" title). The match saw Bob "Hardcore" Holly a rather straight toughman type of guy facing co-champions Chris Jericho and Chyna who had managed to share the title. Overall it was a good fight that helped showcase the talents of Chyna (probably the greatest woman Wrestler of all time, definately as far as the WWF/WWE is concerned) and future Undisputed Champion Jericho. Although Holly's never one I was a fan of he helped the fight using the experience in the ring he has to help solidify the match. Despite it being a failry solid contest it fails to stand out in the memory due to what followed it.
The Tag Team Title was on the line as the New Aged Outlaws (Badass Billy Gunn and the Road Dogg Jess James) put their title up against the Acolytes (Farooq and Bradshaw). This is another one that failed to stand out despite being solid mainly due to again what was to follow. The Outlaws had at the time been part of D Generation X a stable of wrestlers that had been the bases for much of the WWF's fight back against WCW in the late 1990's. At that point in time they had joined onto what would become the McMahon-Helmsley faction due to affiliation with Tripple H.
The match was highlighted by the return of one of the other members of DX who had been absent for a fow a while leading upto the event.
The match that followed was arguably the highlight of the night, for the WWF Title the fight would see Cactus Jack versus HHH in a "Street Fight". At the time this was part of the major storyling which saw most the "Faces" (good guys) fighting off against the McMahon-Helmsley faction headed by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. This fight in particular had been personal seeing the good fun natured Mankind reveal his alter ego Cactus Jack, a violent hell bent sort of fighter, After being pushed to the edge by the actions of Triple H and co. Mick Foley (the man behind the Mankind mask) had snapped feeling Mankind was unable to vent the frustrations he felt he'd brought out Cactus.
The Street Fight rules we're that there was no rules, use what ever was needed to beat your opponent and score a 3-count. Effectively it was a glorified name for a hardcore match but used the set for Royal Rumble, which looked a bit like a dark alley as the street setting. The fight was a brawl with liberal use of weapons, Thumbtacks, handcuffs and chairs. To those wanting a technical "rasslin'" match they should look else where, go find some Jushin Liger, Jericho, Benoit, Maleno or Gurerro stuff from Japan for your technical kicks. This was a brawl, a hard hitting take no prisoners fight that had a great story behind it and was a brilliant to watch contest, that stands the test of time solely as it was the sort of fight that WWF used to be able to do regularly.
The main event of the evening was the annual Royal Rumble match. For those unaware of what the Royal Rumble is all about, it's a 30 man over the top battle royale which sees a new entrant after a specified time. Last man standing in the ring wins a shot at the world crown at Wrestlemania. The match was most memorable for the number of interferences by none entrants (mainly Kaientai who came down numerous times, though the Mean Street Posse had a bit part as well). Although the interferences had little of value they did add some comic relief to proceedings.
Overall the rumble was fun as all rumbles are, but it was unmemorable until the final few participants and in fact the ending which it's self was controversial and provided an after show storyline between the final two participants over the following nights TV.
Overall the show was brilliant and still my favourite WWF PPV the Table match and the Street Fight we're exceptional. Though a few matches seemed to disappear in the middle of the card this wasn't due to them being bad, but due to how good the street fight was and although the rumble wasn't the best or the most surprising what it was was fun (seeing the Japanese tag team thrown out of the ring on numerous occasions was hilarious).
The Royal Rumble 2000 was one of the hottest pay-per-views of the year. Along with that, it was one of the most brutal, with two top-notch gimmick matches, which I will come to shortly.
Beginning with the under card, the Intercontinental championship match and Tag Team championship matches were pretty much forgettable which is the adjective I wished I could use for the Swimsuit competition, as what should have been a fine display of eye candy for the lads turned into an unforgettable experience when 76 year old Mae Young stripped off to exposed what initially looked to be her naked boobs but what was actually prosthesis which she had on top of her. Still, it certainly shocked the capacity crowd and those watching on live TV.
Elsewhere on the card, former ECW champion Tazz made his debut as Kurt Angle's 'Mystery Opponent' in what was a good bout which served it's purpose of making Tazz look like a real tough nut.
As for the two gimmick matches I eluded to earlier; firstly The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz collided in a thrilling Tables match that featured lots of big spots, before Cactus Jack and Triple H brought out the barbed wire, thumbtacks and anything else they could find in a compelling main event that Hardcore fans would drool over.
As for the 30-Man Royal Rumble match itself, it was quite good, although it was a two man race. Overall though, this was a top notch show that is a must-see for wrestling fans worldwide.
Royal Rumble 2000 was an action packed card from start to finish, headlined by an superstar filled Rumble matchup. The Rumble was eventually won by The Rock, eliminating the Big Show, although Big Show would claim in the following months that the Rock touched the floor with his feet first, although this would prove to be inaccurate.
Another highlight of the Rumble was Rikishi who went on a streak of knocking people out leaving only himself in the ring, before he was joined by his partners Too Cool, who promptly convinced him to get down for the crowd, don the shades and start dancing. A real rumble moment.
The card was also strong outside the Rumble, with Tazz making a hot debut defeating the undefeated Kurt Angle in a good match, a stunt filled Tag Team Tables match between the Hardy Boyz and The Dudleys and a brutal brawl between Cactus Jack and Triple H for the World Title.
Overall, an exceptional Rumble card, well worth your hard earned cash.
Royal Rumble 2000 is one of the best PPV's the WWE have ever pulled off, from one match to the next everything is awesome, its so amazing you will be stunned from the opening match until the final bell! Mystery Oppenant Match Kurt Angle vs "Mystery Oppenant" Tazz A great debut match for Tazz (one of the only great matches he has delievered in the WWE yet!). The use of suplexs in this match is amazing, and you won't be bored for a second. It delievers exactly what you want from a opening match, and has a great contraversial ending which ruins Angles winning streak. Tables Match The Dudleys vs The Hardy Boyz A amazing match, maybe the best tables match ever! Constant bumps are taken and tables are used everywhere. With a great finish and start, you won't forget this match for a long time! Ms Royal Rumble Swimsuit 2000 A typical display of the WWE's finest puppies, well that is until Mae Young comes along and actually gets them out on camera in one of the WWE's most gross moments. I.C Title Triple Threat Match Chyna vs Hardcore Holly vs Chris Jericho An ok match, one in which all 3 participants work hard. Its not great and it could be a lot better, but in the end its watchable and entertaining, and in such a great PPV thats what counts. Tag Team Titles The New Age Outlaws vs The Acolytes A short but effective match. The acolytes are in control of the match for about 85% of the time, that is until X-Pac comes along and unbalances everything! Altogther its another good match. WWE Title Street Fight Triple H vs Cactus Jack An awesome match. HHH is bleeding like a pig and Cactus Jacks face is a pin cushion for drawing pins as a result of this brawl. All the weapons (including a barbed wire base ball bat!) are used viciously and in the most lethal of ways. This is, without a doubt, the best WWE Royal Rumble main event ever
, maybe the best WWE match ever! Royal Rumble 2000 A slow starting rumble soon livens up after Kientai invade the ring for no reason ( after participant number 3 enters) causing havoc, mahyem and perfect viewing. Rikishi's entrance (his 5th Royal Rumble) is a great improvment to the match, as he cleans house and cause more havok. Things suddenly get better, especially when Viscera and Rikishi are in the ring alone, and with a lot of hatred they have a good brawl. Soon gets dull when the Big Bossman, Test and Bob Backlund are left in the ring slowly fighting. Once again Kientai invade the ring, until Taka is thrown out landing straight on his face! Chyna's second year in the rumble is a short (again, come on Vince anyone would think you had something against Women competeing with men in serious bout...oh) but memorable one as she elimanates Chris Jericho as revenge for their earlier match in a most efficent way! When the Mean Street Posse hit the ring the wrestling suddenly goes down hill (what a surprise), that is until The Rock enters causing all kinds of mahyem, mahyem thats fun to watch! The Bigshow's entrance makes quite an impact elimanating 2 people in less than 10 seconds! Suddenly he is in charge, over powering everyone in the ring, that is until Kane enters with a bang, straight away chokeslaming Val Venis over the top rope! The last 3 men in the match create a really exciting atmosphere, you won't know who's gonna win until the final bell, and even then its proved wrong several months later ! A great Royal Rumble match with plenty of huge bumps taken and finishers, this is a great match for the 12th annual Royal Rumble. Extras: Exclusive interviews from Tazz, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Road Dogg, and The Rock. Also REALLY graphic footage of HHH hole in his leg, which I must warn you is very unsightful! Best Match: Without a d
oubt the brutal streetfight between Cactus Jack and HHH, prepare for maybe the best match ever. Worst Match: Sadly the tag title match just does not live up to the rest of the card. A amazing tape, a tape full of matches that will leave you in awe. There is not one bad match on the whole card and there are more than a few that you will remember forever, Mick Foleys final breath as a wrestler is really impressive, as is HHH brutal upcoming. If you don't already have this in your collection, go and buy it today!
WWE Royal Rumble 2000 was the first pay-per-view event to be broadcasted live on Channel 4 in the UK. It is also the most violent and extreme WWE event, comparable to ECW in many ways. The first match is Kurt Angle VS "A Mystery Opponent" although it was well known by the time of the event that Tazz would be his opponent. The match is short, but entertaining. The aim is achieved: Tazz is put over as a tough guy and Angle as a cry baby (listen to him moan afterwards). Then The Dudley Boyz take on The Hardy Boyz in a brutal Table Match. I say brutal because the chair shots are incredibly stiff and the tables seem to explode on impact. It's one hell of a match which must be seen to be believed. Then Jerry Lawler hosts the Miss Rumble 2000 Swimsuit Contest. It features present day Divas like Terri, Jaqueline and Ivory and departed females like BB, Luna and The Kat. It's a very revealing contest with skin galore (check out the "outfits" on Terri and Jaqui) and is not suitable for young children. It then takes a turn for the worse when OAP Mae Young appears and goes topless (This was a a major cause of C4 dropping WWE programming last year). Then we have a decent Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental title between Hardcore Holly, Chyna and Jericho. Then there's a ridiculously short Tag Team Title match between The New Age Outlaws and The Acolytes. The highlight of the show is the brutal Streetfight between Cactus Jack and Triple H, which also led to C4 deciding to end their WWE relationship. Both men absorb incredible punishment and spill pints of blood. It's not for the weak of heart, but entertaining if you can stomach it. The Rumble itself isn't as spectacular, but after that it had a lot to live up to. It's obvious that either The Rock or The Big Show will win, but it's fun to watch nonetheless. Royal Rumble 2000 is a great show, but highly offensive
in the eyes of some people. I would recommend parents to view the tape or DVD for themselves first, before complaining to the WWE themselves. The target audience is 18-34 anyaway, so I think that an "18" certificate is very necessary.
Live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, the WWF brings you another entertaining fire cracker in WWF Royal Rumble 2000. The DVD contains 7 matches, headlined by the 30 man over the top rope Royal Rumble Match. The winner gets a title shot at the World Champion at Wrestlemania 2000. The show opens up with Kurt Angle fighting an opponent to be announced and boy, does he get a surprise. The Dudley Boyz battle the Hardy Boyz in a brutal Tag Team Ladder Match, where the aim is to put two members of the opposing team through two consecutive tables. 6 of the WWF's best women contest their "ass-ests" against each other in a Miss Rumble 2000 Swimsuit Competition and all competitors involved get a big surprise. Co WWF Intercontinental Champions, Chyna and Chris Jericho must compete against each other, along with Hardcore Holly. At the end of this match, there will be only ONE Intercontinental champion. The Newage Outlaws ( Roaddog and Billy Gunn ), defend their Tag Team Titles against The Acolytes. In a Streetfight for the WWF World Title, Triple H faces off with the King Of The Deathmatch, Cactus Jack. You can beat that blood will be shed and there will be weapons galore in this wacky bout. And finally, the Royal Rumble Match. 30 of the WWF's best will battle it out in an over the top rope battle royal. Every 90 seconds, a new entrant comes into the ring. The winner goes on to Wrestlemania 2000 to face whomever the WWF champion is at that time. The DVD contains many extra features. It has subtitles and Spanish commentary. There are clips from Royal Rumble's in the past years, a Miss Rumble Vide Montage, a video montage of the feud brewing between the Rock and The Big Show and a clip of Triple H's leg being stitched up, after his match with Cactus Jack. Royal Rumble 2000 is a classic event and one of the best PPV's of 2000 and should not be missed
. If you like good wrestling action with tables, ladders, chair and women, then pick this up on DVD and enjoy the WWF experience.
As a devoted, and very loyal, fan of the World Wrestling Federation, known more commonly as the WWF, for 11 years, it is fair to say that I have collected a fair amount of WWF merchandise during that time. As I virtually grew up with wrestling, I had it all, you name it. Wrestling Figures (which are now becoming collectors items!), Replica Belts, Mugs, Hats, Bed Duvets, Clocks, Pencil Cases, I won't bore you any more, but you get the idea. Now, the only wrestling-related products I buy are magazines, and, of course, Videos. Over the years I have built up a very respectable collection, of which I am very proud (does that sound sad?!), in all, I have 54 WWF Videos, dating from 1987 to present day. There was a time, not too long ago, when I would be buying Videos because I simply had not seen them before, but now, with the introduction of Digital TV into my household (more about that later), I am buying Videos of events I have already seen. Why? Well, I am now simply collecting. That is just the fact, I buy solely to bolster my collection. It all started way back in 1992, when, as a Christmas present, my Uncle bought me a WWF Video. Previously to this, I had only rarely seen wrestling upon trips to my Cousins, but was captivated. Something about it appealed to my wild imagination, and I was suddenly wrestling's biggest fan. Anyway, I watched the Video immediately, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I was thrilled. I have now had that Video (Survivor Series 1990 to those that are interested) for 9 years, and I really wouldn't like to know how many times it has been religiously watched, but I'm pretty sure we are talking about hundreds! In fact, due to the number of times it has been shoved in and out of my VCR, and fast forwarded and rewound, the sound quality has drastically deteriorated to the extent that you have the increase the sound significantly to hear a word of the commentators! Ever since I was given that Video, wrestling has
been my one passion in life. From that point on, I would save all my money, and wait until I had enough to buy a Video. In all, I suppose I must have been averaging about 3 or 4 a year. But, I was happy. Since then however, I have been averaging about 8 or 9 year! So, year after year, the Videos piled up. From a row of 10 sitting neatly on my old bookcase, I have now had to buy a chest of drawers to store the 50+ in, and I have nearly filled that up! I digress. Anyway, I suggested that Wrestling Videos be put up on dooyoo, and here I am writing on them. The first Video event I have chosen to review is "Royal Rumble 2000". This event is quite a special one to me, as it is the first one I ever stayed up to watch live, as it was on Channel 4. So, whenever I watch this Video, I am reminded of that night where I had goose bumps all over my body. I don't quite know how, but the night I watched it in my living room seemed very atmospheric, and is an experience that hasn't been re-created since. As soon as this Video was released, I went straight out to buy it, as it is one that I had to have in my collection, not just because of what it meant to me. The WWF creative team must have been working overtime before this event, as they arranged some of the best matches in WWF history. The Card Street Fight for the WWF Championship: Triple H (Champion) vs. Cactus Jack This very personal affair between two of the biggest names in Sports Entertainment is a brutal contest that is not for the weak at heart. A culmination of a long running angle (story line) between the two, they both give their all in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd. Blood is shed, bones are broken, and respect is earned in what many feel is the most violent WWF match of all time. Buy the Video for this match alone. 30 Man Royal Rumble Match: To determine the top contender for the WWF Championship Title at WrestleMania 2000 The trad
itional 30 man Battle Royal. Two wrestlers start in the ring, and every 60 seconds, another joins the battle. The ring can quickly fill up, and in this case, it doesn't take long. Lasting over an hour, this is truly a war between 30 of the toughest superstars. Unfortunately, the ending is all too predictable, but all the shenanigans that come before that have to be seen to be believed! All of the stars of the WWF are involved such as The Rock, and there are even a few surprise entrants! Triple Threat Intercontinental Title Match: Chris Jericho (Co-Champion) vs. Chyna (Co-Champion) vs Hardcore Holly A rather confusing angle led up to this match, but thankfully it is all settled conclusively in a highly entertaining match. The uneasy alliance built up by Chris Jericho and Chyna in the weeks leading up to this completely falls apart, with Hardcore Holly thrown in for good measure. The MSG crowd are strangely quiet during this match, and that doesn't really help you get involved, but stick at it and you will witness a great wrestling display from all three combatants. First Ever Tag Team Table Match: Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz Inspired by the Dudley Boyz love of tables, this match is a first in the WWF. This match was so popular that it has since been a constant part of WWF programming, and it is not hard to see why. The four men involved put everything on the line in this very physical encounter and they show WWF fans hardcore action only previously seen in the now defunct ECW. A real trend-setter, although perhaps more of an experiment, this match is a breathtaking bump fest (a match in there are many dangerous moves) and it has the crowd enthralled from beginning to end. Coupled with the Street Fight main event, this is WWF hardcore action at it's very best! Miss Rumble Swimsuit Competition The inaugural Miss Rumble Swimsuit Competition is a welcome aside from the tense action that comes before and after it,
and is just a bit of fun. Featuring WWF female performers Ivory, Terri Runnels, Jacqueline, Luna, B.B, and The Kat, at the eleventh hour there is another participant announced, which may not be what you are hoping for. This results in some extraordinary scenes which will leave you picking up the Video case just to confirm what you are watching, you simply will not believe your eyes as this unfolds! Tag Team Championship Match: New Age Outlaws (Champions) vs. Acolytes Perhaps the one disappointment of the night, this match was never really allowed to get started, and was given just 4 minutes. Taking that into account however, the four men pull off an entertaining encounter for the Tag Team Titles. But, even though the action is fast and furious, it is all too brief, which is a shame as it seemed ready to start just as it was ended. Tazz vs. Kurt Angle The debut of ex-ECW World Champion Tazz is greeted extremely well by the crowd, but not so well by the unsuspecting Kurt Angle, who was told he was facing a mystery opponent. Completely thrown off guard, this makes for a superb wrestling display by both men, in a match that was littered with every suplex you can imagine. This match is a great start to what turns out to be a great event. Running Time This Video is longer than your average film, and runs for a total of 166 mins, or 2 hours and 46 minutes to you and me. The whole Video is crammed with superb matches, and revealing backstage interviews, and gives you little chance to get bored. In fact, you will probably be sad that it ends, and the nearly 3 hour event just won't seem long enough! Picture and Sound Quality As is the case with all WWF Video releases, both the picture and sound quality is absolutely perfect, and you will see every punch, kick and slam in perfect colour. Every joke by colour commentator Jerry Lawler, and all the analysing by veteran Jim Ross will come through your speak
ers crystal clear, and it will almost seem as if they are talking to you! Content Royal Rumble has been given an 18 certificate by the BBFC, but it is blatantly obvious why. As I mentioned earlier, the Street Fight is seen by many to be the most violent match in WWF history, and the Tag Team Table match is just as brutal. Combine them with the Swimsuit competition which leaves very little to the imagination, this is not for the younger fans. If you are a Parent, then I suggest you use your own discretion as to whether you buy this for an under 18 child. Cover Design The cover of the Video looks very professional, and will catch your eye straight away. It shows all the main wrestlers who feature in the Video, such as Triple H, Cactus Jack, Rikishi, The Big Show, and, everyone's favourite (except mine!) The Rock. The back cover is detailed, and has the full list of matches that are featured on the Video. You can certainly have no complaints about the design, as everything is there. Just try! Extras This is a superb Video, that is crammed with many exclusive interviews that were never seen on TV. Winners and losers from the majority of matches are interviewed, and they speak their mind about their match. Make sure you don't stop the Video at the end, as there is special footage of Triple H, heavily bandaged, after his amazing 30 minute match with Cactus Jack. He explains how he gashed his leg during the match, and gives some brief thoughts on how he thought it the match played out. This is an extremely interesting insight backstage, and makes you appreciate the Video even more, as opposed to what you taped off the TV, you will feel that it is £15 well spent! Conclusion This Video is one of my best, and takes pride of place in my collection. The wide range of monumental matches on hand, combined with the revealing backstage exclusives make this a must have purchase for any self respecting WW
F fan. If you are just getting into the WWF, then this is the perfect place to start, as it is a great example of what the WWF is all about - Sports Entertainment at it's very best.