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Company - World Wrestling Federation
Location - Raleigh, North Carolina
Date - August 27, 2000
Attendance - 18,000
Brand - Raw is War and Smackdown
Previous PPV - Fully Loaded
Right to Censor v Too Cool
X-pac v Road Dogg
Chyna & Eddie Guererro v Val Venis & Trish Stratus
Jerry Lawler v Tazz
Steve Blackman v Shane McMahon
Chris Benoit v Chris Jericho
Edge & Christian v The Hardy Boys v The Dudleys Boys
The Kat v Terri
The Undertaker v Kane
Triple h v Kurt Angle v The Rock
The summer of 2000. The season of heat, sunburn and ice-cream and also in WWF terms the summer of a brillant, money spinning year that will forever go down as one of if not the best year for the wrestling industry. Little did we know that 12 years later we'd be looking back on the year of 2000 and referring to it as the 'attitude era' and era famously recognised as the best period of wrestling arguably in the history of the company.
Summerslam is just one in a long sucession of Pay Per Views during 2000 that deliver something for every wrestling fan. We have the first ever Tables, ladders and chairs match between 3 of the in-form teams of the company during the year 2000, we have a hardcore match with a stunt so dangerous it literally is 'see to believe' and a triple threat main event for the WWF championship involving 3 of the best superstars not only the year of 2000 but the generally wrestling industry has ever had to offer.
Right To Censor defeated Too Cool & Rikishi;
There are lots of matches on this PPV and so most of the under-card matches are short and sharp. This is no exception and only last a tiny 5 minutes. That being said, 2000 and the attitude era in general was associated with 'fun'. By fun I dont mean matches that are going to go down in the archives as some of the best ever, but fun in the sense that the crowd are involved with the match and the match itself is exactly that 'fun'. Perhaps short, mostly sharp but certainly action filled with some good spots to get the crowd out of there seats. This match was a good starter for right to censor as they pick up the victory after a superkick from Steven Richards to Scotty as he was half way through the worm.
X-pac defeated Road Dogg;
After so many years of seeing these two in the charismatic tag team Dx it feels kind of strange to see them battle each other. That being said, both had generally started the decline that eventually saw F get rid of them in 2001. Its a shame really as I always felt Road Dogg has good mic skills and was an able tag team wrestler, whilst X-pac could have really exploited the lower level championships such as the cruiserweight, light-heavyweight and european championships. The match itself goes back and forth, but X-pac picks up the win via the x-factor. After the match Road Dogg gives X-pac the pumphandle slam and signals the DX chop as he leaves the ring.
Intergender Tag Team Match for the Intercontinental Championship Chyna & Guerrero defeated Val Venis & Trish Stratus;
I have to admit, on the face of things this doens't look like a great prospect. Stratus and Venis are both very restricted in the ring and although Trish improves throughout her career to become one the best womens champions of all time, this isnt one of her best outings. The idea of the match is that the first person to gain pinfall or submission is the intercontinental champion. The match ends anyway when Chyna pins Trish after the military press slam to become a women's intercontinental champion.
Jerry Lawler defeated Tazz;
This doesnt look great does it? But thankfully WWF booked it well enough for it not to be a complete and utter total disaster. I mean the match was never going to be particularly entertaining, but it does what it does and is very watchable. In the build up to this match Jerry Lawler had taken offense to Tazz's constant abuse of JR on raw. The match ends itself when Tazz locks in the Tazzmission on Jerry lawler and out of desperation JR hits tazz over the head with a sweet pot, smashing it and splitting Tazz open. Lawler then picked up the win.
Hardcore Championship match Steve Blackman defeated Shane McMahon;
Shane McMahon? In a hardcore match? Against Steve Blackman? On one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year? Well, yes and until you see the match you wont actually believe the quality and excitement it brings. Little did we know as we sat watching that Shane'O Mac would deliver us with without a doubt one of the best stunts in memory. I'll leave that for you to watch
2 out of 3 falls match Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho;
Unlike a match later in this pay-per-view between Kane and The Undertaker this is a technical wrestling fest. 2 of the best upcoming superstars making a name for themselves in the wrestling industry after both struggling early on in there WCW careers. Benoit is just a tenaciously agressive as he always is, focusing on certain body parts of Jericho, whilst Jericho attempts to use his charistmatic in-ring style to oust the over-whelming Jericho. Benoit wins the first fall after reversing offense from Jericho into the crippler crossface, forcing Jericho to tap out. The second fall was won by jericho after he reversed a 3rd german uplex into the walls of Jericho, causing Benoit to submit, however Benoit won the third and deciding fall after he held onto Jericho's tights during a roll up. Great technical match that could only help boost the ever-growing reputation of both men.
The first ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. Edge & Christian defeated The Hardy Boys & The Dudleys Boys;
Before we start there's only a certain number of superlatives in the dictionary that can describe the sheer scale of excellence shown in this match. All 3 teams at this point in there careers had established themselves a reputation, all had a semblence of importance and all of them had prooven in previous matches that they were capable of very good matches. This however blows anything they've put on previously so far out of water they are now dehydrated. This match has everything, table spots, ladder stunts, incredible agility, excellent tag team moves, chair shots, announce table spots and some of the most risky, death-defying moves you could ever see in a wrestling ring. I dont want to give too many specifics because the match itself needs watching before you can really judge it.
Kat defeated Terri;
Not really worth mentioning, only poor spot on a great pay-per-view.
The Unertaker v Kane (No Contest);
Well, well, well the brother of destruction on a war-path again, except this time against each other. I referred to it above when I said this match was the opposite to the technical fest we saw between jericho and Benoit and that certainly no lie. The Undertaker fuming after Kane chokeslammed him through the ring the previous week on Raw and he completely dominates Kane for the duration of the match (if you can call if that). To the point that he rips half of Kane's mask off forcing Kane to run from the camera's into the back and have the match declared as a no contest.
WWF Championship Triple Threat Match The Rock defeated Triple H and Kurt Angle;
Excellent match. All 3 superstarrs heading into this match has one aim, to win the championship. However Triple H had a very different agenda. In previous weeks Kurt Angle had hired Triple H's wife Stephanie to accompany him to the ring, however as the weeks drew on, Kurt Angle seemed to grow affectionate of Stephanie, leading to arguments between Triple h and Kurt Angle and a disrupted marriage between Triple H and Stephanie. This spills over into the match, as Kurt and Triple H have a good 5-10 minutes fighting between themselves before the Rocks entrance music even hits the arena. At one point H goes for the pedigree through the announce table only to see the table give way under Angle's weight and knock him legitimately out for well over 2 or 3 minutes. The ret of the match is back and forth at a quick pace. I'll leave the ending for everyone to view
Overall Rating - 9/10
Best Match - TLC, Triple Threat main event
Worst Match - Womens match, intergender match
Region 2 Pal DVD UK
Running time - 3 Hours
Extras Include, promos and interviews.
Price Range £10-£15. Slightly expensive because of the rare nature of the DVD and it availabilty todayy.
Summerslam 2000 has to be one of my favourite wrestling payperviews ever. It contains all the best wrestlers, including HHH, The Rock, The Undertaker, Kane and Kurt Angle. It also includes a wide range of matches, From TLC, to an intergender tag match, to a triple threat for the WWF title.
Summerslam takes place at the height of some of the best storylines the WWF has had to offer. The main event between The Rock, HHH and Kurt Angle is based around a love triangle between HHH, Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle and it really leaves you wondering if this match should've involved The Rock at all as he gets lost in the build up between Angle and HHH. However the triple threat contains a fast paced, exciting mtach for the WWF title.
The Undertaker vs. Kane match is probally the most disapointing for wrestling fans and specifically fans of Taker and Kane as I think that their rivalry is one of the best of all time and should've resulted in a much more powerful battle between the two, however the match does have an incredible ending!!
Another notable match would be the Hardcore match between Shane Mcmahon and Steve Blackman. For all Hardcore fans and thrill seekers this match is not one you should miss. I thought that it was incredible, seeing as Shanomac isn't a full time wrestler and it was one of the most enjoyable matches of the night.
You can't talk about Summerslam 2000 unless you talk about the match which completely stole the show the first ever TLC match(Tables and Ladders and chairs - oh my) Between Edge and Christian, The Dudley boyz and the Hardy boyz. This match will really make you gasp and cringe as bodies fly absolutely everywhere, it's an explosive combination!
This pay per view contains a lot of classic rivalries including Jericho and Benoit. The DVD has alot of extra's including Superstar interviews from Right to Censor, Guerrero and Chyna, Tazz, BLackman, Benoit, Edge and Christian, The Kat and The Undertaker. Not to mention flashbacks of the feuds preceding summerslam and much much more this DVD truely is a must have for any wrestling fans collection!!!
Right to Censor vs. Too cool and Rikishi
X-pac vs. Road dogg
Val Venis and Trish Stratus vs. Eddie Guerrero and Chyna
Tazz Vs. Jerry the King Lawler
The Kat Vs. Terri in a thong match
Shane McMahon vs. Steve Blackman
TLC for the Tag Team Titles
Edge and CHristian vs. Dudley boyz vs. Hardy Boyz
Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit in a 2 out of 3 falls match
Undertaker vs. Kane
The Rock vs. HHH vs. Kurt Angle
This was around the time where the WWF was having to cope without it's biggest selling star of all time in Stone Cold Steve Austin , however they handled it well Elevating Kurt Angle and Triple H up to Main event status so that they could cope with the loss of the Texas Rattlesnake. Austin was actually returning just a month or so after this event took place.
So on to the event:
The boring Right to Censor were a group of activists stopping violence and Sex in the WWF, they teamed up to defeat Too Cool in the opening match.
Then former D-X members X-Pac and Road Dogg went one on one with X-Pace coming out victorious.
In Mix tag action Eddy and Chyna took on Val and Trish the IC title was on the line in this match.
Jerry Lawler then defeated Tazz, you could tell here there was no great in ring prospects for Tazz.
Steve Blackman defeated Shane McMahon for the Hardcore belt after some insane stunt wrestling.
Jericho was bested by Benoit in a great 2 out of 3 falls match.
The first ever TLC match with Tables Ladders and Chairs took place as Edge and Christian defeated the Hardyz and the Dudleyz.
The Kat defeated Terri in a forgettable Stinkface match.
Undertaker bored the area against Kane
And the Main event saw The Rock defeat Kurt Angle and Triple H in a triple threat match. Interesting thing here is that Angle was concussed and carried out 5 mins into the match when a pedigree through the table went wrong.
All in all WWF's PPVs were always good and this is no different, it was the boom period for wrestling and this still holds it's place in history. Id recommend any new wrestling fan to track this event down.
Believe it or not, Summer is not my favourite season. I don't particularly like Spring or Autumn either, but I do like Winter. Don't get me wrong, there isn't much better than lying on a beach with the sun shining down, and going into the sea on a board- it just doesn't get much better. As some of you know, I live in Cornwall, so in the Summer months I can usually be found on the beach (Gwithian or Portreath) with a few friends. That's one of the very few perks of living in Cornwall, I'm never more than half an hour from a beach! Anyway, as I was saying. I prefer Winter to all the other seasons. My birthday is in December (22nd if you're feeling kind!) and of course, Christmas and New Year are in the heart of Winter. There is just something about waking up on a morning with rain beating down on your window, preparing yourself for a day of hot drinks, lovely! Where I am going with such a drifting introduction you may ask? Well, as I am writing about a wrestling video (sorry Christianne!)- Summerslam 2000, I saw an easy opening for an intro, so took it! Most people tend to take their holidays in Summer, so they will either be abroad having the time of their lives, on our home soil having the time of their lives, or doing some DIY work that bores them to tears (I can see you now John!). Either way, not a whole lot of people are left to watch the trusty TV. Therefore, without as many viewers, wouldn't the shows lessen the quality, instead wanting to be on a beach somewhere? In Eastenders and any of our other soaps this may happen, but not on WWF television, or in this case, Pay-Per-View broadcasting! The WWF can't afford to rush-job the annual Summerslam event as it is traditionally the second most prestigious event of the year. The year 2000's instalment truly was one of the best in years, so allow me to waste no more time and get writing on the video! WWF Championship Triple Threat Match The Rock
(Champion) vs. Triple H vs. Kurt Angle This was not the main event most WWF fans were expecting at the time, and to this day it does seem a bit of a strange decision by the WWF booking team. Y'see, Triple H and Kurt Angle were in the middle of one of the WWF's most creative storylines in a while. It saw them fighting over the love of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, who for storyline purposes is married to Triple H. Everyone then wisely expected the feud (which had been rolling along for several months) to end at the 2nd biggest event of the year. Not to be however, as due to lack of storyline or direction The Rock, who was the WWF Champion, was added to the mix and it was made a Triple Threat match, with the higher stake being the WWF gold. Not the most sensible decision ever made, but the match turned out to be a good one- even though Kurt Angle (who was still a relative rookie) legitimately knocked himself out as a nearby table collapsed under his weight. By no means is it the best WWF Championship match, but it is the average run-of-the-mill WWF action, which to be honest, is great so who's complaining? Undertaker vs. Kane Another hot feud comes to a head in this event as the two 'brothers' face off for the 10,000th time in a smash mouth contest that is not the usual style of the WWF. If you are expecting lots of technical moves then you won't get it here, as not much more than a punch is thrown in this all out war. Such is the level of violence (no weapons were used though, strangely) that this never officially started as no referee risked their safety! This does tarnish it a tad, as the crowd don't recognise it and as a result are painfully quiet throughout. Still though, if you're after non-nonsense brawling, this is the match for you. TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship Edge and Christian (Champions) vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz Quite po
ssibly the most extreme match in WWF history. This 30 minute war between six men brings new levels of violence to the World Wrestling Federation. These three teams have already secured their places in history following such matches as the Tag Team Ladder Match at No Mercy 1999, the Triple Threat Tag Team Ladder Match at Wrestlemania 2000 and many other matches that defy what the human body should be able to do! As I watched this, I genuinely looked at the video case to check I wasn't watching an old ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) video- such is the fantastic level of death defying violence. I cannot describe this match, all I will say is that even you will be sweating by the end of this, to quote a phrase, "slobberknocker"! 2 out of 3 Falls Match Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho [If you are just foolishly scrolling through this then ignore my next sentence.] I mentioned earlier that the Undertaker/Kane match was not of technical class. This however, is first class. Both of these young Canadians were trained by the legendary Stu Hart in his Calgary Dungeon. They then both went on to wrestle all over the world, including Japan and Mexico, to hone their style, before eventually ending up on the WWF. This immediately puts them at a higher class than many of the current WWF wrestlers, as it is obvious when wrestling the styles they have picked up from their various past visits. This, for the fans, is only a good thing as it provides refreshing matches that rely less on brawling (see Undertaker/Kane) and places more emphasis on actual wrestling- in case you forgot that is actually what the W stands for in WWF. However, this match can only be seen as an opportunity wasted, as it was only given 20 minutes to work through, not the sufficient amount of time needed to tell a good story in the ring. Still though, this match is head and shoulders above much of the usual WWF wrestling, and should not be missed. Thong Stink Face Mat
ch Terri vs. The Kat Unfortunately, the fact that I refuse to review a match is becoming a common part of my opinions...certainly not a good sign! This is just plain stupid, and is an absolute waste of time. Cashing in on Rikishi Phatu's (a WWF wrestler) of rubbing your ass in your opponents face, this female version is done purely the entertain the male sector of the audience. Whilst the eye candy factor is hard to deny, this doesn't really have a place on a WWF event. X-Pac vs. Road Dogg Without question, this is the surprise package of this 3 hour video. There doesn't seem to be a single X-Pac fan in the world, but he still finds himself in prominent roles in the WWF, which can only be seen as a credit to his undeniable talent. Unfortunately for him, this often is just blatantly unfair, taking this as an example. As nobody likes him, his matches are often prime chances to go and make a cup of tea, as the fans feel they won't miss anything while he is on. I am warning you now, don't go away during this match, as it is one of the rare times X-Pac pulls out a great match. Surely this is down to his obvious chemistry with D-Generation X partner Road Dogg, who is his opponent in this match as a result of a friendly rivalry between the two. Whatever the case, this is an entertaining match that draws great heat (boos or cheers) from the crowd. Right To Censor vs. Too Cool and Rikishi Are you sitting there thinking- what the hell kind of name is Right To Censor for a wrestling tag team? If you are, then well done, that's a good question. It is a mock-up of the extreme right wing American group the PTC (Parents Television Council) who constantly try and stop programmes which they find "unacceptable" from airing. They force and taunt advertisers into pulling their sponsorship deal with the WWF, and generally try to cause trouble for the WWF. They are hated by wrestling fans. So, it should co
me as no surprise to hear then that the RTC are hated just as much. For a mid-card faction, the amount of heat they managed to draw from the crowd is unbelievable...they really were despised. Put them up against super fan favourites in Too Cool and Rikishi, and you have one of the easier formulas for a six man tag team match. This is by no means anything new, but it does it's job as the opening match of the event, and that is to get the crowd involved. Pick a side to cheer and enjoy! Hardcore Championship Match Shane McMahon (Champion) vs. Steve Blackman If anything ever proved the phrase "seeing is believing" then this match must surely be it. I don't want to give anything away, but let's just say you will see one man fall from an unbelievable height (around 50 ft) and then watch in shock as the other man jumps off onto him straight after! A word of advise- you should buy a new video remote in advance, as the rewind button will undoubtedly be worn out as you try to make sure you aren't dreaming. The title of the belt which these two were doing battle over is the Hardcore Championship...and this really is hardcore. Jerry Lawler vs. Tazz Strangely, as the rivalry that saw these two men meeet here was a good one, but it all started when Tazz hit WWF commentator, the aged Jim Ross. Being his broadcast partner at the time (Lawler has since left the company), he battled in retaliation as "Good 'ol JR" stood no chance against a wrestler...after all, he is in his 50's and isn't exactly the thinnest man around (he even has his own BBQ sauce in the shops!). For some unexplainable reason, JR is, and always has been hugely popular with the WWF fans, so it should come as no surprise that the fans are red hot in support for Lawler during this match. Thankfully, that fact covered up the in-ring wrestling, which in Lawler's case, was awful! Forgetting that though, this is good plain fun tha
t at one point even sees JR interfere with a sweet jar! Great fun! Conclusion Summerslam is the second biggest event of WWF's calendar, and on this evidence, it is not hard to see why. This instalment in particular has enough to suit any fan. For the technical expert there is Benoit-Jericho, for the super hardcore fan there is both the TLC match and the Hardcore title encounter, and for the traditional no-frills fans there is the Undertaker-Kane war! With several other great matches on show, this simply cannot be missed.