VHS Memoirs Volume 12: Royal Rumble 2000 – WWE Sports

When I started the concept of this series of more personal articles, I referred to the title “VHS Memoirs” because many of the events took place when the VCR was in the standard media format. In that original column, I review my experience of seeing the 1994 Royal Rumble where 5-year-old Jim tried to tell people who heard that Lex Luger’s boots first hit the floor and Bret Hart was the winner. did. Young Jim went to the point of recreating the moment with a classic Hasbro figure and a blue wrestling ring placed in front of the television. As you know, both Brett and Rex are declared co-winners. Eventually, Bret Hart defeated Yokozuna at WrestleMania 10, and during a family gathering for the event, the little Jim was delighted that Bret finally became the champion.

Yesterday celebrated 21 years since the 2000 edition of Rumble, I was in elementary school during this broadcast from Madison Square Garden, but to watch my older cousin show while my dad was making him. I woke up later than usual. Trademark Rigatoni recipe. Re-watching these events for this review is always interesting because it’s a great comparison to when I first watched it live in pay-per-view. Rumors that Taz had arrived at WWF were well known because I had no internet access until 2001, but I didn’t know he could appear in Rumble. Instead, all I knew at the time was that he ended ECW and was later confused as to why he was still in the dreaded hardcore revolution video game and had an ECW action figure.

The show began with his famous debut at MSG, and Taz’s career didn’t get off the ground at WWF for several reasons, but the surprise of arriving at Rumble was a legitimate moment in the history of professional wrestling. did. The match itself was pretty simple, but he took advantage of the surprising topic and introduced Taz for his first impression of the new audience. Given that he was the first to beat Angle after winning a streak on TV, I think management saw the potential in Taz and didn’t intend to beat him after signing the deal. Instead, Taz’s style wasn’t reflected in the WWF playbook. This isn’t necessarily his fault, as he knew what the office was getting when he offered the deal to the former ECW champion. Several podcasts in recent years stated that some executives weren’t excited about his suplex because it looked dangerous, but most of the rosters at the time didn’t use that style. , Probably more worrisome. For Ingres, defeat really makes sense. Because if the undefeated streak is too long, there isn’t much room to go after it, which can cause disappointment when someone finally loses the match. Ingres continued to win the WWF title by the end of the year, which was the start of a great match in the next few years during his first run at the company.

Hardy’s vs. Dudleys at the table match was wild and contained some dangerous bumps, including a plunge of Baba from a taxi that was part of the set through the table. All in all, this is a great match that is sometimes forgotten due to the insane TLC battle that occurred during the tag split within the next few years. By the way, some of the chair shots that took place in this match were worth looking back, but hopefully it will be a warning story for some of the risks of our time. At the same time, a series of tag seizures in 2000 and the following year created an important new star for the company, given that most of 1999 coasted to 1998’s success, but 2000 was a series in WWF Introduced a new star in the audience.

The New Age Outlaws defeated APA in about two minutes. This seems to be one of the inevitable scenarios of some short undercard contests, as the royal rumble match was scheduled for almost an hour of the broadcast. Another short match on the card was the Triple Threat IC title match. Looking back, it’s pretty weird to see how this match was booked. Because Chyna was a star, most of it wasn’t based on the skills in her ring. Chris Jericho discussed this scenario in his book and wasn’t excited about the results. If anything, it shows the ups and downs of the Attitude era. Jericho has become a fairly forgotten midcard match at Rumble since the incredible debut of rock promotion nearly six years ago.

Speaking of star-making performances, it’s no exaggeration to say that Triple H has become a legitimate main event star after this great match against Cactus Jack, regardless of previous main event appearances. The match was a textbook lesson in wrestling psychology and went well to the end of the match. The drama and action tell the story of a crowd emphasizing Mick Foley as the face of a baby gathered behind and Triple H as a malicious heel. The pushpin pedigree was a crazy place and the match was impressive.

The actual royal rumble match was more or less a standard battle royale, so there’s not much to discuss about it, except for the brutal bumps it received when Taka was eliminated. It’s ironic that Rock won the match, but in the true Attitude Era booking, other competitors who couldn’t win the rumble as the main event of WrestleMania 2000 was finally booked as a four-way match. It was a controversial decision because he won the title Shot.

Overall, it was a really solid pay-per-view, especially thanks to Taz’s debut, table matches, and WWF title matches. Another interesting aspect of looking back and reviewing these events is the context of these shows and how the dynamics of the industry have changed. Keep in mind that with the exception of The Rumble, there was competition for pay-per-view dollars. WCW presented Sold Out and ECW advertised Guilty as Charged in the same month. WCW has booked a confused card in a dozen games. Most of the time it was a short, low quality match. In a sense, it summarized the rest of the year, as WCW lost $ 60 million with Vince Russo as headwriter for the Turner organization in 2000. In the sold-out main event, Benoit defeated Sid Vicious in the WCW title the following week before Radicals jumped to WWF. ECW has booked a fun show for Guilty as Charged. This is an event I wrote in a previous edition of the VHS memoirs, but Mike Awesome vs. Spike’s main event is another example of a contest that summarizes the state of the company. With many of the organization’s top stars investing heavily in WWF or WCW, ECW’s promotional tactics have moved from violence using compelling characters to nearly one-dimensional presentations of stunt shows. The main event of Awesome vs. Spike was built around table ridges, not psychology. Again, looking back, it’s interesting to see the direction each company has taken that year.

What do you think? Please comment below on your thoughts, opinions, feedback and other suggestions.

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-Jim Ramotta

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