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This event, I found was a very exciting and thrilling event. The matches in this event were well set out, but the actual setting and design of the stage was not all that breath taking. The main match between six of the main superstars was perhaps the best of the whole night, it was a very enjoyable event in the WWF series.
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KOR Quarter final
Chris Benoit v. Rikishi 7.0
Benoit brought a lot of intensity and technicality here and a crazy German suplex on Rikishi. Ended in DQ which was good because Rikishi had just won the intercontinental belt from Benoit.Good match.
Val Venis vs. Eddie Guerro 6.0 Another solid match from Eddie. Eddie had some good but not great moves in this one. Over his career he became much more intense and technical. Val was decent, nothing special but the ending sucked with a fisherman suplex. Not impressive.
Crash v. Bull Buchanan 3.0 Crash looked weak in this one but at this time period he was known as the "houdini" of hardcore. Meaning he basically was able to sneak out with a win out of nowhere. So maybe that's what they were going for because all he got in was just a barrage of punches. Bull was dominant during the entire match but the crowd didn't seem to care. That's because he was slow and sloppy (maybe that's why he's not in the WWE anymore). Crash won by a roll up. One of the worst matches the entire night.
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho 8.0 Anything with Angle in it will be great. He's intense, has great technical skills and is fun to watch in the ring as well as out. The Mic bit in the beginning was funny as well as Jericho. Jericho looked good in this one. Great match and ending.
Four Team Elimination Match for the WWF tag team championship
Edge and Christian v. T & A v. The Hardy Boyz v. Too Cool 7.5 Promo kind of sucked with Edge and Christian on the Mic. Even when Christian was hyping up the whole Boston accomplishments the crowd was whatever. T & A worked well in this match with their powerful moves contrasting the Hardyz. Very good beginning with Hardyz and T & A. Crowd wasn't happy when Hardyz were eliminated and the pace slowed a bit when they were. Ending was classic heel.
KOR Semi Finals
Val Venis vs Rikishi 4.5 Rikishi had limited offensive movements here
because he was selling his injury to his arm. Honestly this is a match you could skip. Val isn't as technical, intense or good as Chris Benoit so it lacked a special quality to it. The crowd also didn't care too much. The ending was weak with a simple belly to belly suplex for the win. Not sure if the bookers told all participants in val venis matches to end with weak moves and non finishers but bad to have 2 matches end with non finishers in the same night.
Crash Holly vs Kurt Angle 6.5 Quick pace worked well in this match. Only downside is, as a casual fan, you knew that Crash wouldn't win against someone like angle but at least it was wishful thinking. Obviously Angle is the better draw than Crash (that would have been a weak WWF championship match. Crash v. Triple H or Rock yeesh. If you don't believe me check out the Big show v. Big boss man for the WWF championship. Horrible.). Still entertaining match and glad to have another heel win legitimately.
Evening gown match for the WWF Hardcore championship
Pat Patterson v. Gerald brisco: 1.0 Horrible match. Seeing two grown men in drag for a hardcore title or any title for that matter is terrible. Only saving grace that the crowd cheered for was Crash coming in and beating Pat. Skip this match. Worst match of the entire night.
Tag Team Handicap table dumpster match D-Generation X (X pac and Road Dogg w/Tori) v. The Dudley Boyz 7.8
The "X pac sucks" chants started early in this one as well as the "We want tables" chants. The match started with a good regular style tag match before going hardcore. Headbutt to Tori's "area" was not expected but a welcome surprise. Sick table spots in this one. Good match. After match mayhem was very good.
KOR Finals Angle vs. Rikishi 8 Overall it was smart to have Rikishi get hurt by chairs, stairs etc because it shows that, had he been healthy he may have been able to win the KOR. Plus, because he just won the IC, it didn't make him look like a weak IC champion due to his injuries. Angle did some awesome moves, good offense by both men.
6 man tag team match for the WWF Championship 7.5 Rock Kane and Undertake vs Triple H, Vince and Shane This was the only time in recent memory that they have ever done a tag team match for the wwf championship or any singles championship in this format. Didn't seem to translate too well. Kane got in limited offense as did Taker. Vince and Shane weren't used that much other than punching bags. Triple h was the only one from the team that was a threat and the Rock got in most of the offense. Think there was a missed save as the Rock kicked out of the Pedigree (undertaker was supposed to make the save but missed it). The match started slow but ended solid with some sick spots by Undertaker on Shane and good finish by the Rock. Very solid match but would have been better as either a fatal 4-6 way or elimination.
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King Of The Ring 2000 made a couple of smart decisions, and then some
really bad one's. What on earth was Rikishi doing in the finals? why
was Val Venis pushed like that? And the main event was a boring affair,
that was too ridiculous for its own good. Kurt Angle's crowning was the
smartest choice they made here.
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.
King of the Ring Quarterfinals
Rikishi Vs. Chris Benoit. This isn't anything bad, but it's too short and Rikishi had no business advancing. Beniot advancing would have made better sense for Wrestling entertainment purposes. Rikishi wins by DQ when Beniot goes nuts with a chair.
1 1/2 /5
McMahon-Helmsley Regime makes plans to confront Linda McMahon.
Chris Beniot's explanation is that he does what he wants, when he wants.
Eddy Guerrero Vs Val Venis/W Trish Stratus. I actually really enjoyed this one, much to my surprise. It flowed well, and had a number of exciting spots. I don't necessarily agree with the outcome, but the match was solid. Venis advances. Hey, at least I get to see more Trish!
Pat Patterson picks out dresses for The Evening Gown match later tonight.
Bull Buchanan Vs Crash Holly. Not very good, and the fans were bored pretty senseless with "Boring" chants. Amazing how Crash advances with a fluke victory, while Eddy and Beniot don't.
Linda asks Vince what he's gonna do about the six-man tag tonight. Vince promises no interference tonight.
Quarter Finals Match.
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Jericho. Had the ability to be awesome, but became merely above average instead. These two were not at their best, and they were short on time. I actually agree with a reviewer, this would have made for a great finals match. Angle advances due to distraction from Stephanie. Jericho even plants a kiss on her.
2 1/2 /5
WWF Tag Team Titles, Four-Way Elimination
Too Cool|C| Vs Edge&Christian Vs T&A Vs The Hardy's. E&C do a hilarious Billy Buckner impersonation at the start, to big heat from Boston. Not bad at all, but a little slow in the middle for my liking. Despite Too Cool's popularity, I often wondered why they were champs in the 1st place. E&C win due to cheating tactics. Seeing Trish and Lita was great as well.
2 1/2 /5
Val Venis/W Trish Stratus Vs Rikishi. More Trish goodness, doesn't bother me. Not very good at all. Terrible booking all around. Kishi wins. Afterwords Trish almost gets back dropped, but Val attacks Rikishi.
1 1/2 /5
Kurt Angle Vs Crash Holly. Almost a complete squash, aside from dashes of offense from Crash, here and there. Kurt advances.
Kane and The Undertaker say it's all about the title.
Hardcore Title, Evening Gown Match.
Pat Patterson|C| Vs Gerald Brisco. To say this is god-awful is an understatement. Never have I seen such an unfunny mess of a match, and it was just painful to watch. The crowd crapped all over it, and popped huge when Crash saved the day and stole back the title.
Handicap Tables Match.
Road Dog&X-Pac/W Torri. Vs The Dudley's. The antics were rather fun I suppose, but it really was an average affair. The whole obsession with power bombing Torri through the table got a little old. DX wins, much to my dismay and I'm sure millions of others at the time. Dog and X-Pac had long but lost the popularity they once shared together.
2 1/2 /5
King Of The Ring Finals.
Kurt Angle Vs Rikishi. WWE made it way too obvious who was gonna be king. Really average stuff all around here. Kurt did his best, but Rikishi is limited even if he wasn't bad for a big man. Angle becomes King and celebrates like a madman.
Triple H|C| Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon. Vs The Rock, The Undertaker and Kane. An absolute mess of a main event. Why did Vince think this would be a good idea what so ever?. Only thing cool about this match was seeing Taker choke slam Shane off the top onto the table. The Rock wins the championship, when he rock bottoms Vince.
Bottom line. It's not quite as bad as 1995's King Of The Ring, but it's close. Ruined horribly by the booking, and bad choices of match making, this one stinks. It's not worth 3 hours of your life, even to die-hard fans like me.
2 1/2 /10
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