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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 03/13/00 Review (Rock vs. Big Show, Vince McMahon’s Return)

TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 03/13/00 Review (Rock vs. Big Show, Vince McMahon's Return)

The street to WrestleMania continued as The Rock’s quest to get into the primary occasion of WrestleMania 2000 continued. On the earlier Smackdown, the evil McMahon youngsters Shane and Stephanie labored along with Big Present and Triple H to make like troublesome on Rock in addition to different common wrestlers like Kane and Rikishi. All of them misplaced handicap matches, so going into Raw, the expectation was that the faces would get some revenge.

Take a look at our WWF TV in 2000 archives in case you missed something from earlier within the yr. Let’s get to it.

WWF Raw #355
March 13, 2000
From Continental Airways Area in East Rutherford, New Jersey

This present has a TV-14 score and the “V” for Violence on WWE Community.

The opening video package deal targeted on what occurred on the earlier Smackdown when The Rock had a tough night time that noticed him wrestle in two handicap matches and get his ass kicked a couple of occasions.

The Raw opening video aired. We have been welcomed to the present by Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.

Talking of JR, there was a crowd shot of a fan with a JR signal that had an air bubble quote saying “Terri gives me a boner.” I’m positive that the WWF was comfortable that signal made it on the air! Simply because I care about you, right here’s a screencap of it.

Let’s Hear From Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley

Triple H, the WWF Champion, made his entrance with wifey Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley-Haitch-Recreation alongside together with his valuable water bottle in order that he can do his spit on the apron. They have been booed.

The followers greeted Stephanie with “slut” chants as she stated “hello” and right here comes Shane McMahon with Big Present to hitch the enjoyable. They acquired into the ring.

Shane stated that final Thursday on Smackdown marked a historic event after which followers chanted “Asshole” at Shane. He stated that the event was not simply because they put their variations apart whereas Shane identified that Big Present will grow to be the WWF Champion. Shane stated that final Thursday was the systematic destruction of The Rock.

They confirmed clips of Rock getting beat up on Smackdown, which was already proven within the opening video of the present. The followers stored on chanting “Rocky” in the course of the clips as Shane narrated what occurred. Triple H stated it felt nice hitting Rock with the lead pipe.

Triple H took over saying that each one Rock needed to do was go away. He identified that Rock might have gone after the European Title, he might have dropped the love deal with part to go after the Mild Heavyweight Title and the listing goes on about what he might have completed. Hunter identified that Rock felt like he needed to come again to get of their enterprise. Followers chanted “Asshole” at Hunter. Hunter stated that Rock obtained his ass kicked 3 times in a single night time on Smackdown as a result of it’s his personal fault. Hunter made a joke saying Rock did what he does in a lodge room…principally he beat himself. Good line. Hunter stated it was humiliation and it will get the job executed. Hunter claimed that Rock was going to be humiliated tonight, Thursday night time, right through to WrestleMania and they’ll humiliate him to simply accept it.

Stephanie stated that so far as WrestleMania is worried, they’ve to provide the individuals what they need. Stephanie advised Rock he’ll compete in WrestleMania, however not in the primary occasion. Rock may have a handicap match towards appropriate competitors…the most important tag group to ever enter the WWF…the Twin Towers!

They have been two little individuals in fits. The heels within the ring laughed out loud about it whereas Ross and Lawler made brief jokes about them. Additionally they had tacky music. One of many brief guys did a Individuals’s Eyebrow.

Evaluation: Going to the little individuals is a basic Vince McMahon reserving factor to attempt to generate laughs.

Shane steered a Tuxedo Match at WrestleMania. Hunter stated midgets can’t discover tuxedos, so he steered an Night Robe handicap match. Present instructed 2 out of three falls. Hunter advised a Midget on a Pole Match as a result of every part is best on a pole. Right here comes The Rock.

There was an enormous ovation for The Rock as he appeared on the stage in certainly one of his costly shirts. The pop for Rock was large after the heels bored us for about ten minutes.

The Rock let the “Coalition” know that they arrive out right here operating their mouth and cracking jokes, however tonight the joke is over. Rock stated that they will throw all they will at Rock in several matches and that’s high quality. Rock stated it’s not wonderful to attempt to embarrass Rock. He stated that they drove Mick Foley out of the WWF and tonight he’ll give them an opportunity to drive Rock out of the WWF. Shane requested him what he had in thoughts.

Rock stated that at 27 years previous, his profession hasn’t even begun to succeed in its peak. Rock stated that tonight he’ll face Big Present one on one and if he wins, he goes to WrestleMania for the WWF Title, but when Rock loses, you’ll by no means ever see The Rock once more. The heels huddled within the ring to debate it. Shane stated that if Rock can “pin” or make Present submit then he’s on.

The Rock stated he isn’t achieved. Rock added that there might be no interference, no sweet asses at ringside and if there’s then The Rock nonetheless wins the match, goes to WrestleMania and wins the WWF Title.

Hunter advised Rock he’s a lot dumber than he ever thought potential. Hunter stated he had no concept why Rock would put all the things on the road, but when it will get them an opportunity to eliminate him then Rock has a deal.

Rock stated he places all of it on the road as a result of in contrast to them, he doesn’t have anyone in his nook like Shane or Stephanie, however The Rock has…the individuals. Rock’s music performed as he walked to the again. That opening phase took 21 minutes.

Evaluation: The Rock’s a part of that was nice. The primary ten minutes bored me as a result of it was the identical stuff the heels all the time say. I don’t assume the half with the little individuals was actually wanted, but the artistic staff in all probability felt prefer it was a great way to get low cost warmth. They arrange an enormous match for later within the night time, so it was efficient when it comes to letting us know what’s arising.


A replay confirmed Steve Blackman beating Jeff Hardy in singles motion on Smackdown.

The Hardy Boyz entered for a tag group match.

Al Snow and Steve Blackman have been backstage with Snow pitching some concept to Blackman about having a TV present collectively. Blackman informed him it was dumb and left. Snow knocked on a door the place a man dressed as Abe Lincoln was there. Snow informed him he’ll use him one other time. Snow and Blackman made their entrance.

The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) vs. Al Snow and Steve Blackman

Pre-match notes: The Hardys have been faces and Snow/Blackman have been heels.

The Hardys have been in management early with Jeff hitting a operating assault within the nook, however Snow got here again with a blind tag resulting in a knee to the ribs. Blackman again in, Jeff prevented a nook assault and Jeff went for a diving assault out of the ring. Blackman kicked Jeff over the barricade. Snow hit Matt with neckbreaker on the ground. Again within the ring, Snow tagged again in, Jeff prevented a nook assault and hit a dropkick to the again. Jeff with a hurricanrana that took down Snow. Matt again in and he tossed Snow excessive to the ground whereas hitting Blackman with a stun gun onto the highest rope. Matt with a leg drop on Blackman. Snow again in and Matt hit him with a clothesline. Jeff went for a hurricanrana and Blackman hit a Powerbomb to counter. Blackman up prime and he hit a pump kick to knock down Jeff. Matt was nonetheless the authorized man, he went up prime and jumped off with a moonsault that missed the whole lot. I feel he was imagined to hit Blackman with that, however Blackman was not there to take the bump. Matt no bought that miss, that they had a fast speak, should have referred to as an inside cradle and that’s what Matt gained with after three:17 of motion.

Winners by pinfall: The Hardy Boyz

The pic under is Matt rolling onto his again after the missed moonsault. They went to the within cradle from there.

Evaluation: * I can’t go larger than that because of the botched end. Blackman was within the fallacious spot and Matt simply hit the mat onerous. No less than they went to the end proper after it.

Kurt Angle was proven backstage speaking to a man that was a part of the Occasion Employees speaking about how he’s a task mannequin for everyone.


A replay aired of Bubba Ray Dudley placing Mae Younger via a desk on Raw final week and it’s sponsored by Lugz. Keep in mind Lugz? They have been footwear that didn’t have plenty of success.

Mark Henry was within the locker room with Mae Younger in a wheelchair with Fabulous Moolah by her aspect. Mark informed Mae to remain there. Mae had a neckbrace on.

The Dudleys, the WWF Tag Group Champions, made their entrance for a two on one handicap match towards Mark Henry. Henry walked out wanting decided and able to go.

The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) vs. Mark Henry

Pre-match notes: The Dudleys have been the heels and Henry was the face making an attempt to get revenge for Mae Younger.

Henry hit a double clothesline to knock down each Dudleys as Mae and Moolah have been proven watching on a TV backstage. Henry with again physique drops on every of the Dudleys. Bubba obtained dumped on his head, however he seemed to be okay. Bubba tackled Henry. D-Von labored over Henry as Bubba left to go backstage. D-Von hit a flying elbow to floor Henry. Bubba confirmed up and grabbed Mae within the wheelchair. Bubba wheeled Mae out of the ring.

Bubba was proven taking Mae down the hallway in a wheelchair as he informed her that it is going to be the final experience she ever takes. Again to the match, Henry labored over D-Von with punches and a clothesline. Bubba confirmed up with Mae on the highest of the ramp. Henry observed it, however D-Von capitalized with a clothesline. Henry with a again elbow on D-Von. Bubba went again into the ring and the Dudleys hit the 3D on Henry to place him out. They didn’t cowl him. I assume the match ended there at round four:05.

Match End result: No Contest

Evaluation: 1/2* The match didn’t imply a lot. It was only a option to construct to the large angle after the match.

The Dudleys went over to Mae, put the titles on her and wheeled her up the ramp. Bubba observed a desk beside the ramp. D-Von picked up Mae up out of the wheelchair, Bubba grabbed her and hit a Powerbomb off the stage onto a desk on the ground. Bubba had the crazed look in his eyes after it was over.

Evaluation: It was an enormous second which will have been probably the most memorable factor the Dudleys ever did in WWE due to how loopy it was for them to place an 80-year-old lady by way of a desk. They did quite a bit of their careers for positive, however most individuals doubtless keep in mind this spot in addition to something. I can keep in mind Bubba telling the story years later that she informed him to not take it straightforward on her as a result of she needed it to look good and it did look good. He protected her as a lot as she might, however she deserves a lot credit score for being prepared to take that bump at her age. She was a badass, for positive. That is in all probability probably the most memorable spot of her profession due to her willingness to place the Dudleys over the best way that she did.


Replays aired of the large bump that Mae Younger took off the stage by way of the desk. Mark Henry confirmed as much as verify on her whereas EMTs have been there as properly. Mae was put in an ambulance with Mark becoming a member of her.

Kurt Angle, the Intercontinental and European Champion, did a promo saying that he wasn’t going to lose to Chris Jericho or Tazz when Bob Backlund confirmed as much as assist Angle. Angle stated that Bob Backlund is a real American Hero that’s a two-time WWF Champion. Angle stated that New Jersey is in dying want of a hero whereas including that Bon Jovi doesn’t rely. Angle stated he may be their honorary hometown hero.

Chris Jericho made his entrance with a pre-match promo welcoming us to Raw is Jericho. Jericho informed “Kirk Angel” he is aware of he has a particular reference to Kurt Angle and stated it might be a love connection. Jericho stated that Backlund is an fool, imbecile and ignoramus identical to Angle.

Tazz was up subsequent for this triple menace and he will get to do a promo too. Tazz stated no disqualification now, so apparently, it’s No DQ as properly.

European Championship No Disqualification: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Tazz

Pre-match notes: Angle was the heel champion whereas Jericho and Tazz have been faces. Why was Tazz allowed to make a stipulation? I don’t know.

Tazz and Jericho labored collectively to dump Angle excessive to the ground. Tazz knocked down Jericho with a punch. Angle grabbed the title and went up prime, however Tazz stopped him. Jericho slammed Tazz off the turnbuckle for a two rely. Angle with a stomach to stomach suplex on Jericho. Tazz with a head and arm Tazzplex on Angle for a two rely. Jericho with a Powerbomb on Tazz. Angle went for a dropkick, Jericho held onto the ropes, Jericho with a Lionsault on Angle and Tazz got here again with a suplex on Jericho. Tazz with the Tazzmission on Angle, however there’s Bob Backlund once more. Tazz with the Tazzmission on Backlund and Angle saved his buddy. Jericho with the Partitions of Jericho on Angle and Backlund hit Jericho within the again. Chyna ran out to hit a low blow on Backlund. Jericho with a dropkick on Tazz on the apron and Angle hit Jericho with a belt shot to the top for the pinfall win at three:13.

Winner by pinfall: Kurt Angle

Evaluation: ** It was entertaining and it additionally felt rushed. Chyna displaying as much as save Jericho made it appear to be Jericho would win was a good suggestion, however Angle discovered a solution to get the job achieved. The reserving of Angle was so intelligent for nearly all of his matches. It actually labored when it comes to making him seem like a star.

Triple H and pals have been within the locker room preparing for one thing up subsequent.


Ivory was interviewed by Kevin Kelly for her tackle The Rock’s match later. Ivory stated she hopes The Rock will win as a result of it’s what’s greatest for the followers.

Triple H entered with wifey Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley together with X-Pac, Street Dogg and Tori as a result of the blokes are in a six-man tag workforce match. They entered to the Degeneration X theme music.

The trio of Rikishi Phatu and Too Cool danced their approach right down to the ring. Good pop for them. Once they talked about Rikishi giving Triple a stinkface (it was nonetheless not referred to as that), Lawler stated that Triple H might open mail with that nostril. That’s humorous.

Degeneration X (Triple H, Street Dogg and X-Pac) w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Tori vs. Rikishi Phatu and Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty)

Pre-match notes: The DX guys have been the heels whereas Rikishi and Too Cool have been the faces. The JR spelling can be “Raw-kishi” as a result of that’s how he says it.

Sexay with an atomic drop on X-Pac, Dogg tagged in and Too Cool did a double staff elbow on him. Rikishi tagged in and Dogg prevented a stinkface. Rikishi with punches to take out Dogg and X-Pac, who was authorized. Hunter into the ring with Rikishi decking him with punches, however Hunter hit a facebuster to the knee. X-Pac with a spinning heel kick. Hunter took over with stomps on Rikishi towards the turnbuckle. Hunter choked Rikishi towards the turnbuckle. Dogg into the ring, Rikishi overpowered him and hit a butt splash towards the turnbuckle. Scotty with a bulldog into the W-O-R-M with punches on the blokes on the apron and no chop on Dogg for some purpose.  The followers truly booed the shortage of a chop. Sexay tagged in and hit a Hip Hop Drop leg drop off the highest rope. X-Pac again into the ring with an X-Issue on Sexay. Scotty punched X-Pac out of the ring and Hunter hit Scotty with a neckbreaker. Rikishi again within the ring and he hit a stomach to stomach suplex on Hunter. Rikishi with a operating butt splash towards the turnbuckle and a superkick. Stephanie on the apron, X-Pac hit Rikishi with the ring bell and Triple H coated Rikishi for the pinfall win although Street Dogg and Sexay have been the authorized males. It went 5:03.

Winners by pinfall: Degeneration X (Triple H, Street Dogg and X-Pac)

Evaluation: **three/four Enjoyable match with good pacing by 4 guys that would all the time ship in tag matches like that. It was a little bit of a shock that Rikishi was used because the face in peril when he had two smaller opponents, however it didn’t harm the story of the match in any respect. The rationale I identified the authorized males is as a result of they typically occasions received it fallacious on this period and the announcers didn’t level it out both. This was all about placing DX over in a strong match.

The Big Boss Man was proven strolling backstage and Kane was proven in one other a part of the world. Kane walked as much as The Rock for a staredown. Kane stated “good luck” and left.


Kane made his entrance alone despite the fact that the graphic stated “with Paul Bearer” however there was no signal of daddy Paul. Big Boss Man entered because the opponent.

Kane vs. Big Boss Man

Pre-match notes: Kane was the face and Boss Man was the heel.

Kane with a clothesline and Boss Man bailed to the ground. Kane left the ring, whipped Boss Man into the barricade and hit one other clothesline. Boss Man drove Kane’s throat into the highest rope. Kane with punches. Boss Man grabbed a sequence out of his pocket and punched Kane with it, however the announcers missed it as a result of they have been speaking about Mae Younger. Boss Man went for a nook splash, Kane with a choke, again elbow and boot to the face for Kane. Kane jumped off the highest with a clothesline. Kane arrange for a Tombstone, Boss Man despatched him into the turnbuckle and hit a stomach to again suplex. Kane prevented a nightstick assault and hit a Chokeslam for a pinfall at three:11

Winner by pinfall: Kane

Evaluation: *1/four Boring match. Boss Man was only a veteran loser at this level in his profession. This was all about placing Kane over to offer him some constructive momentum.

It was awkward interview time with The Godfather hanging out with ho’s and Kevin Kelly requested who he thought would in within the Rock/Big Present match later. Godfather and the ho’s went with Rock.


The replays aired of Bubba placing Mae by way of the desk from earlier.

Fabulous Moolah was interviewed backstage by Michael Cole. Moolah stated she obtained what she deserved. She stated that Mae was nothing and continues to be nothing so far as she’s involved. Moolah complained about Mae displaying puppies, giving start and stealing the highlight. Moolah stated she didn’t give a rattling if the bitch by no means got here again.

Evaluation: Indignant Moolah time. I assume they needed to arrange an enormous grudge match between two previous chicks.

Essa Rios entered with the Mild Heavyweight Championship and the stunning Lita by his aspect. Dean Malenko entered because the challenger with Eddie Guerrero, who had his left arm in a sling because of the elbow damage.

Mild Heavyweight Championship: Essa Rios (w/Lita) vs. Dean Malenko (w/Eddie Guerrero)

Pre-match notes: Rios was the face and Malenko was the heel.

Malenko tripped up Rios and hit a dropkick adopted by a clothesline. Malenko grounded Rios with an armbar. Malenko labored on the legs of Rios with a leg lock, however Rios received to the ropes to interrupt the maintain. Rios hit an influence slam. Rios up prime, Malenko tripped him up and Rios got here again with a moonsault try, however Malenko moved. Rios hit a hurricanrana right into a pin for a two rely. Malenko with a suplex try, Rios acquired a rollup, Guerrero on the apron and Rios punched him off. Malenko with a suplex on Rios. Lita jumped on Guerrero and Guerrero hit her with a stiff Powerbomb on the ground. Ouch. That was a tough one. That drew an enormous response from the gang. Rios tried a rollup, however Malenko tripped him up and sat on prime for the duvet for the pinfall win at four:15.

Winner by pinfall and New Mild Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko

Evaluation: * That was tough to observe as a result of they lacked chemistry and Rios appeared off all the time. Perhaps he was mad about doing the job. I don’t know. It simply didn’t appear to be a very good efficiency from him. Rios had a forgettable run as Mild Heavyweight Champion, so it was sensible to place the title on Malenko. This was a number of months earlier than Malenko would have that well-known angle with Lita.

There was a shot of the APA workplaces with Terri speaking to the APA guys, who requested her if she was positive she needed to do that. She stated sure and left. Mideon confirmed up with beers and the APA guys complained that they weren’t chilly sufficient.


There have been some New Jersey Nets NBA gamers within the crowd together with Jayson Williams and Kendall Gill together with Ray Lucas of the New York Jets. Williams “accidentally” shot and killed his limo driver a number of years after this.

Edge and Christian entered for a tag workforce match. Terri made her means right down to ringside as nicely. The APA guys entered with Mideon as their stooge that labored for them.

Edge and Christian vs. APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq) w/Mideon

Pre-match notes: Each groups have been faces. Edge and Christian had points with Terri since she stored costing them matches.

Edge began with Faaroq whereas Christian despatched Bradshaw out of the ring. Christian hit a dive onto Mideon on the ground, so Bradshaw threw Edge into the steps. The APA guys hit double clotheslines on Edge, however Edge got here again with a shoulder deal with. Christian tagged in and Bradshaw gave him a fallaway slam. Faarooq with a powerslam on Christian. Aspect Russian legsweep by Christian on Faarooq. Bradshaw again in there, Christian with a kick and a Twister DDT out of the nook. Edge went up prime and hit Bradshaw with a missile dropkick adopted by a neckbreaker. Faarooq hit Christian with a spinebuster. Edge with a DDT on Faarooq and a Spear on Mideon, who went into the ring. Bradshaw hit Edge with a Clothesline from Hell for the pinfall win at three:07. Christian was distracted by Terri, so he couldn’t make the save as you possibly can see within the picture under.

Winners by pinfall: APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq)

Evaluation: *three/four It was effective for the time given, however it’s one other instance of a match being rushed. The end was arrange nicely. The story continues that Edge and Christian have been on a dropping streak despite the fact that they have been the primary contenders for the Tag Staff Titles.

Submit match, the APA left with out Mideon and shoved him into Edge and Christian. Double workforce again physique drop by E&C adopted by a clothesline that despatched Mideon out of the ring.


Big Present and Shane McMahon have been proven speaking technique backstage.

There was a clip of the Imply Road Posse and referee Tim White at an airport terminal in Newark with the Posse guys making an attempt to beat Crash for the Hardcore Title. Prince Albert was there too. Pete Fuel hit Crash within the head with a suitcase and coated for the title. Crash hit Fuel together with his scale and coated to win again the Hardcore Title. Crash grabbed his suitcase and ran away.

Evaluation: The Hardcore Title wackiness continued.

Shane McMahon and Big Present have been interviewed by Michael Cole. Shane stated that it was Rock’s concept to place his profession on the road. Present and Shane mocked the “Rocky” chant with Shane saying the one approach you’ll hear that chant once more is on videotape.


The Headbangers have been requested by Michael Cole who will win The Rock vs. Big Present later. They stated Big Present as if anyone provides a shit about what The Headbangers thought concerning the match.

Val Venis entered for a tag group match with Check as his companion. They’re up towards Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn.

Check and Val Venis vs. Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn

Pre-match notes: Check and Val have been two Canadian faces. They weren’t a daily staff. Benoit and Saturn have been the heels. Venis was out for a number of weeks with a neck damage.

Venis with a spinebuster on Saturn and a suplex. The heels took over with Saturn hitting an overhead suplex. Benoit again in with a again physique drop and a suplex as Eddie Guerrero made his approach right down to ringside to help his Radical buddies. Saturn tagged in with a leaping knee assault off the highest to the chest of Venis. Saturn with a stomach to again suplex on Venis. Saturn jumped off the highest, Venis caught him and hit a powerslam. Benoit labored over Benoit with chops to the chest and Venis countered right into a sitout Powerbomb for a two rely. Check received a scorching tag to a little bit of a response from some screaming women, nevertheless it was not a loud response. Saturn with a spinning slam and Venis took Saturn out of the ring. Venis hit a cross physique block off the highest onto Saturn on the ground. Guerrero on the apron to distract, Check tried a pumphandle slam, Guerrero hit Check within the head together with his forearm and Benoit hit a bridging German Suplex on Venis for the pinfall win at four:26.

Winners by pinfall: Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn

Evaluation: *three/four The match was okay. It was apparent the heels have been going over because the faces have been simply thrown collectively and never a daily workforce. Check had no course. He can be part of the T&A workforce quickly after this.

Big Present and Rock have been proven strolling right down to the ring down separate hallways.


A graphic reminded us that we’re three weeks away from WrestleMania.

Shane McMahon made his entrance to participate in one thing for the primary occasion. Shane advised referee Earl Hebner to get out of the ring. Hebner was reluctant, however Shane advised him to get out. Shane took off his jacket to disclose he was the referee. It’s the return of Shane Stevens! That was his identify as a referee within the early 1990s.

Big Present made his entrance to boos from the gang. The Rock entered to a thunderous ovation like typical. The Rock was pissed off that Shane was the ref, so he had lots of depth as he walked right down to the ring.

Evaluation: Shane as referee was a shock, so Rock promoting it like he’s pissed off about it was the fitting response to it.

The Rock vs. Big Present

Pre-match notes: Rock was the face and Present was the heel. I don’t assume I have to inform you do this, however I did it anyway.

Rock punched Present out of the ring. They brawled up the ramp and Rock hit a Russian legsweep on the ramp adopted by a punch to the groin. Shane adopted them up the aisle, so he had no intention of counting them out of the ring. They went brawling right down to the ring and into the gang a bit. They went again to ringside, Present grabbed a chair, Rock prevented the chair shot, Rock went for a chair shot, however Shane took the chair away and Rock whipped Present into the steps. Rock obtained the ring bell and hit Present within the head with it. Rock spit water in Present’s face. Present with a press slam that despatched Rock face first into the announce desk. They went again into the ring with Present in full management with an elbow drop. They left the ring once more with Present giving Rock a mild physique slam onto the announce desk. Present rolled Rock again into the ring resulting in Present getting a two rely and Shane doing a quick rely. Present with a leg drop main to a different quick two rely. Rock with punches and Present hit a sidewalk slam. Rock did a low blow kick to get out of a Chokeslam, they did a reversal sequence and Present by chance clotheslined Shane excessive to the ground. Rock hit a spinebuster. Rock tossed the elbow pad and arrange for the Individuals’s Elbow. Rock hit the Individuals’s Elbow to an enormous ovation and he coated, however there was no referee to rely the pin. Earl Hebner went right down to the ring to rely, however Shane pulled him out of the ring and punched him. Shane again into the ring and hit a leaping chair shot to Rock’s face identical to at No Approach Out. A limo pulled as much as the world and there was Vince McMahon to an enormous ovation!

Evaluation: Vince was off TV for about three months, so this was his huge return.

Shane had a surprised look on his face as he noticed it on the Titantron. Triple H and Stephanie left their room as quickly as they noticed it as nicely. Vince was proven strolling into the constructing whereas Hunter and Stephanie walked down a hallway to attempt to discover him. Vince decked Hunter with one punch! The gang popped large for that. Vince’s music hit and he entered the world. JR: “What the hell is happening?!?!”

Vince entered the world to a thunderous ovation. Holy shit, what a pop! Vince walked right down to the ring with a objective and an indignant look on his face. Vince decked Shane with a punch and a chair shot to the top. Vince took off Shane’s referee shirt and put the shirt on himself. Rock picked up Present and hit a Rock Backside on him. Vince counted the pin, so Rock gained the match and he’s going to WrestleMania. It went 9:16.

Winner by pinfall: The Rock

Evaluation: **half It’s a tough match to price when it comes to star scores as a result of it was about 4 minutes of precise wrestling after which it was about Vince’s large return. The gang was so loud for all the things Vince did and it principally took over the match. I feel as a storyline, it was completely good. As a match, it wasn’t that memorable, however that response for Vince’s return was large. It was rather well achieved as an angle.

After the match, Vince shortly left up the ramp and he stared at The Rock. The Rock walked again up the ramp and celebrated the win because the present got here to an finish.

Evaluation: The followers have been so completely happy and cheering loudly for all of this. As I stated above, as an angle it was so nicely accomplished and it labored completely. I’m positive the artistic workforce was proud of the way it turned out with everyone enjoying their half to result in the huge ovation. I ought to level out additionally that Jim Ross was freaking out and yelling on the prime of his lungs to place over how big of a second it was.

The win by The Rock meant that he was formally added to the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania towards Triple H and Big Present. On the time, we thought it was a triple menace match. Nope. That might change too.

Right here’s the video to be able to hear how loud the response was for Vince and his actions.

This episode had a run time of 1:35:46 on WWE Community.


Three Stars of the Present

  1. The Rock – Superb night time for him.
  2. Vince McMahon – Welcome again, boss.
  3. Mae Younger – I need to give the 80-year-old Mae credit score for taking that bump.


The Scoreboard

This Raw episode will get a 6 out of 10.

It’s a troublesome present to fee as a result of a number of the matches have been irritating to observe with how brief they have been, however I feel the primary storyline from the opening promo to the execution of the primary occasion was sensible. The return of Vince McMahon was timed completely as a result of if it got here too quickly it wouldn’t have as a lot influence because it did right here. Vince popping out to even issues up for Rock and even assist him was a little bit of a shock for positive, however it set issues up nicely for WrestleMania as nicely.

The Dudleys continued to get large warmth by their actions. That Powerbomb spot with Mae Younger off the ramp and thru the tables was insane. That’s one thing individuals nonetheless keep in mind very properly almost 20 years later.

It’s humorous watching this present at the moment and seeing what number of thrilling moments there have been. Examine it to Raw as we speak when there’s nothing even near this thrilling. There’s such an enormous distinction between them. That’s what at this time’s WWE is lacking. We have to get that pleasure again.

Thanks for studying. My contact information is under. Go Los Angeles Rams.

John Canton


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