That is an episode of Raw that I keep in mind properly from the period due to the large foremost occasion happened in the primary occasion. They have been constructing the WrestleMania card, so a number of the undercard stuff was rushed, however a lot of the prime guys have been hitting on all cylinders when it comes to matches and promos. There was lots of pleasure within the air with WrestleMania 13 days away.
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WWF Raw #356
March 20, 2000
From Allstate Area in Chicago, Illinois
This present has a TV-14 score and the “S” for Sexual Content material on WWE Community. The dreaded “S” is again.
The present started with Michael Cole going into Vince McMahon’s dressing room with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco. Vince introduced a tag workforce elimination event with the winners of every elimination match resulting in a battle royal with the winners get a title shot. Patterson advised him to inform us concerning the massive one. Vince says that if this massive match is made, it’ll rock the WWF proper right down to its basis right here tonight. Cole stated he loved Saturday Night time Stay the opposite night time. Vince grabbed the microphone to yell: “Live from Chicago it’s Raw is War.”
Evaluation: It’s a great way to tease an enormous announcement coming through the present and the tag workforce title state of affairs sounds superb. The Rock internet hosting SNL was an enormous deal throughout this yr.
The Raw intro video aired. The pyro went off within the area and the gang was loud with indicators far and wide. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler have been on commentary for the present.
The Degeneration X duo of Street Dogg and X-Pac with Tori made their entrance to the Run DMC model of the music. That was from the brand new Aggression CD that was launched on the Tuesday of that week. Street Dogg did a pre-match hype promo. The Hardys made their entrance for this event match.
Degeneration X (X-Pac and Street Dogg) w/Tori vs. The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt Hardy)
Pre-match notes: The Hardys have been faces whereas DX have been heels.
The crowd was very loud to start out the match with “X-Pac sucks” chants. Spin kick by X-Pac knocked down Matt. Matt got here again with a powerslam and a again elbow. Dogg and Jeff tagged in with Jeff prevented a dropkick and hitting a operating dropkick that despatched Dogg to the ground. Jeff with a dropkick to Dogg’s again and the Hardys did a double staff leg drop. X-Pac went into the ring with a spin kick on Matt whereas the ref was making Jeff depart the ring. Matt with a DDT on Dogg and Jeff tagged in resulting in a Hardy double group transfer towards each guys. Double clothesline by the Hardys despatched X-Pac out of the ring. Kane’s music hit as he walked out with daddy Paul Bearer. Kane grabbed X-Pac by the throat, so Tori hit Kane within the again with a forearm. Kane stalked her outdoors the ring. Matt hit a Twist of Destiny on Street Dogg, who was the authorized man, and Jeff went up prime with a Swanton Bomb for the pinfall win at four:29.
Winners by pinfall: The Hardy Boyz
Evaluation: **half It was a reasonably good match with loads of motion. The crowd was scorching for the whole lot and it acquired louder when Kane went on the market. The Hardys reputation was rising each week. The end was a bit low cost with the Kane factor, however it match the storyline.
After the match, Tori went into the ring, the Hardys pushed her into Kane and Kane dropped her with a Chokeslam to an enormous ovation. Kane posed with Bearer over Tori, who JR referred to as a “jezebel” like he often did.
Evaluation: He didn’t take it straightforward on her with that Chokeslam. She took it. Robust lady.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have been standing backstage, then they should have acquired a cue they usually began strolling as a result of they’re up subsequent. Often, the individuals are already strolling once we see them, so whoever set that up was a bit sluggish.
Let’s Hear from Triple H and Stephanie…plus others
Triple H, the WWF Champion, made his entrance with wifey Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The promo phase often takes place in the course of the opening of the present, however this week it’s in phase two. That’s cool with me.
Stephanie tried to start out her promo, however the followers greeted her with “slut” chants. Hunter: “Show some damn respect for my wife! And show some respect for me!” The followers booed loudly adopted by an “Asshole” chant. Hunter stated that after WrestleMania, you’ll have no selection however to bow down in your knees and respect him. He stated that at WrestleMania, he won’t solely beat Big Present…and the followers chanted “Rocky” at him. He stated that at WrestleMania he’ll beat The Rock too. Hunter stated that so far as tonight goes, Vince McMahon claimed he had a match that may rock the inspiration of the WWF. He stated that he is aware of if the match is that massive then Hunter needs to be in it. Hunter referred to as Vince out, however right here comes Big Present.
Big Present made his entrance and he was joined by his buddy Shane McMahon. They stood on the ramp. Shane stated that the match have to be Triple H defending the WWF Championship towards Big Present. The followers chanted “Rocky” once more.
Triple H responded to that by saying that he would love to try this, however no. Hunter stated that he doesn’t should defend the title earlier than WrestleMania, however he would do it as a result of he doesn’t care, however Hunter claimed that Big Present didn’t deserve it.
Vince McMahon made his entrance to an enormous ovation since he was in face mode. Vince stood on the ramp for his promo. Vince stated Shane didn’t have a nasty concept and he advised Hunter that he’s going to defend the title. Vince introduced Triple H vs. Big Present vs. The Rock for the WWF Championship, which drew an enormous pop from the gang. Vince stated he knew WrestleMania is lower than two weeks away, however why not have the primary occasion tonight? The crowd liked that concept. Vince stated let’s have that triple menace match major occasion proper there tonight.
Shane stated that he likes that and Vince is making sense. Vince referred to as Triple H a coward for taking his time to simply accept the problem.
Triple H stated right here’s the deal. He’ll do the triple menace match tonight on this ring, proper right here in Chicago, however…this match won’t ever happen once more. Hunter stated this match doesn’t occur at WrestleMania. He stated it’s one time. He stated that if that’s the stip then you’ve got a deal.
Vince stated he needs Triple H to pucker his lips, however not kiss his daughter as a result of it makes him puke. Vince stated that he didn’t need to kiss Vince’s ass. Vince needed Hunter to pucker up and kiss that WWF Title goodbye. Vince left whereas Hunter was indignant within the ring.
Evaluation: Large announcement by Vince. It’s uncommon to get a WWF Championship match on Raw and to provide the followers what was the deliberate WrestleMania important occasion match (there was truly one other plan as we came upon later) two weeks earlier is a pleasant means of giving this Raw a lift. Everyone performed their elements properly with Vince doing an amazing job of sucking as much as the gang, Hunter going into indignant mode and Shane/Present realizing it was an excellent alternative. I like the way it was arrange.
The Rock was proven arriving to the world.
The Godfather made his entrance together with the Ho’s. There have been 4 of them…or eight of them relying on what you’re counting. The Godfather did a promo to hype up the gang whereas reminding us that he was pimpin’ ho’s nationwide.
Big Boss Artificial his entrance with Bull Buchanan, who was his new buddy after the Albert experiment failed.
Boss Man and Buchanan went into the ring to assault Godfather earlier than the bell even rang. Buchanan hit a scissors kick to the again of Godfather. Buchanan went up prime and hit a leg drop. Boss Man’s music performed to finish it because the heels left.
Evaluation: No match, which is ok as a result of it will have been shitty if that they had a match. This was executed to showcase the athleticism of the newcomer Buchanan. He was an athletic dude for an enormous man, however he by no means developed right into a star.
Street Dogg and X-Pac went into Hunter’s workplace whereas Hunter was chilling with Stephanie. Hunter informed them to settle down. Hunter put Kane in a match towards Rikishi, do Dogg and X-Pac have been joyful about that.
This was the subsequent match within the Tag Staff event that was carried out to find out contenders to the Tag Workforce titles.
Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty) vs. Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko (w/Eddie Guerrero)
Pre-match notes: Too Cool have been the faces whereas Saturn and Malenko have been the heels. Guerrero not had a sling, however he had an enormous elbow pad on the left elbow.
Saturn and Malenko attacked earlier than the bell, however Too Cool fought them off. Scotty hit a stomach to again suplex on Malenko. Sexay tagged in with a suplex. Saturn tagged in with Sexay hitting an arm drag. Sexay with a again physique drop that despatched Saturn throughout the ring. Sexay missed a nook splash and hit the turnbuckle, so Saturn slammed Sexay into the turnbuckle. Sexay got here again with a suplex adopted by a missile dropkick off the center ropes. Scotty tagged in resulting in a clothesline from Saturn. Followers chanted “Eddie sucks” at Guerrero. Malenko hit a vertical suplex on Scotty. Saturn again in with a physique slam. Saturn went up prime, however Scotty tripped him up and Sexay acquired the recent tag towards Malenko. Sexay with clothesline on each heels, physique slam by Sexay on Malenko and Scotty hit a bulldog on Saturn. They aren’t the authorized males, however Scotty arrange for the Worm anyway. Eddie tripped up Scotty. Sexay punched Eddie off the apron. Sexay tossed Guerrero into Saturn. Malenko had the Texas Cloverleaf on Scotty, however Sexay obtained again into it with a superkick on Malenko resulting in Sexay overlaying Malenko to win. They have been the authorized males. The match went 5:47.
Winners by pinfall: Too Cool
Evaluation: *** That was an excellent tag workforce match for the time given. It was all motion. I assumed the end was intelligent with Guerrero getting concerned, then Sexay managed to make use of it to his benefit by tossing Guerrero into Saturn and Sexay ended up kicking Malenko for the win. The crowd was actually into the match.
Rikishi was proven watching on a TV backstage. He was glad about that end result for his Too Cool buddies. He’s up subsequent.
There was a shot of members of the NFL’s Chicago Bears at ringside.
Kane made his entrance with Paul Bearer. As Rikishi made his entrance, JR introduced that Rikishi would workforce up with Kane towards Street Dogg and X-Pac. I assume the storyline was that Vince McMahon made the match.
Kane (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Rikishi Phatu
Pre-match notes: They have been each faces.
It began out as a slugfest with each guys throwing punches. Rikishi hit a superkick adopted by a Samoan Drop. Kane hit a boot to the chest. Kane picked up Rikishi and hit him with a Chokeslam. X-Pac and Street Dogg got here out for an assault, in order that led to a DQ at 1:13.
Winner by DQ: Kane
Evaluation: 1/2* This was extra about storyline improvement than the match. They received into their huge strikes shortly, which informed us that an affordable ending was coming.
Submit match, X-Pac hit Kane with a low blow and an X-Issue. Rikishi acquired again into it with punches and kicks. Rikishi teased a splash on Dogg, however X-Pac kicked him within the balls twice. X-Issue by X-Pac on Rikishi. The heels left as Kane and Rikishi slowly obtained again up.
Evaluation: They have been set for a WrestleMania tag staff match, so it was a solution to construct that up.
Chris Benoit was interviewed by Kevin Kelly why Benoit attacked Jericho on Smackdown. Benoit stated Kurt Angle ought to watch what Benoit does to Jericho.
Michael Cole was outdoors The Rock’s locker room as a result of The Rock is up subsequent.
The Rock was interviewed by Michael Cole and Rock advised Cole to go suck on a monkey’s nipple resulting in the picture I posted above. Rock advised Cole to go discover a monkey and kicked him out. The Rock stated “bring it” about doing the triple menace match tonight. Rock stated that he’s prepared, he was prepared this morning, yesterday, the day earlier than that and so forth – The Rock has been prepared since he misplaced the WWF Title final yr. The crowd began a “Rocky” chant so he paused to soak within the chants. Rock stated that the one two issues Triple H and Big Present ought to know their position, shut it and odor what The Rock is cooking.
Evaluation: Basic Rock promo as regular. Insulting Cole is all the time nice to me.
Kurt Angle made his entrance with the Intercontinental and European Championships round his waist. No Bob Backlund with him. It was introduced that Angle vs. Benoit vs. Jericho was set for WrestleMania for each titles.
Chris “All Elite” Jericho made his entrance to an enormous ovation as he welcomed us to Raw is Jericho. Jericho talked about how Benoit (he pronounced it flawed on objective) takes himself very critically and he would do this too if he spoke in a monotone, robotic voice like Benoit. Jericho stated that this supposed primary contender will give him a Y2J beating that you’ll by no means, ever overlook once more. Benoit confirmed up at ringside to assault Jericho earlier than the bell. Angle joined the commentary staff.
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho
Pre-match notes: Benoit was the heel and Jericho was the face. As talked about earlier, they’re in a triple menace with Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 2000. It is going to be the primary WrestleMania for all three of them.
They exchanged arduous chops at first of the match with Benoit taking up with a snap suplex adopted by a backbreaker. Jericho countered a suplex right into a cross physique block and a clothesline. Jericho hit a backbreaker for a two rely. Jericho charged and Benoit despatched Jericho throat first into the highest rope with a stun gun. Neckbreaker by Benoit adopted by a clothesline. Lawler was sucking as much as Angle on commentary by saying that he’s trustworthy. Benoit with a knee to the ribs to remain in management. Benoit with a suplex that despatched Benoit abdomen first onto the highest rope. Benoit with one other knee to the ribs. Jericho with a drop toe maintain and a flying forearm to the top. Jericho with a bulldog for a two rely. Jericho prevented a suplex try adopted by a dropkick that despatched Benoit out of the ring close to Angle on commentary. Benoit touched Angle’s titles on the desk, so Angle acquired up and Benoit shoved Angle down. Jericho hit a springboard dropkick to knock Benoit off the apron. Angle tossed Benoit again within the ring. Angle grabbed a title and hit Benoit within the head whereas the referee was distracted by Jericho. Jericho noticed it and capitalized with a Lionsault on Benoit for the pinfall win at 6:02.
Winner by pinfall: Chris Jericho
Evaluation: *** Good match for the time given they usually went at a really quick tempo with a hard-hitting fashion for each guys. The ending was low cost with the Angle involvement, however I assumed it was booked properly and accomplished in a sensible approach that didn’t harm the standard of the match in any respect. It furthered the storyline between these guys.
Bob Backlund went right down to the ring, so Jericho decked him with a punch to the top. Angle went into the ring and hit Jericho behind the top with a title. Backlund went into the ring to have fun with Angle.
A replay aired of Angle’s low cost assaults on Benoit and Jericho from earlier than the break.
Angle and Backlund have been proven backstage. There was some random man backstage that needed to provide them a excessive 5. Nothing occurred from there.
Al Snow and Bob Backlund have been within the locker room with Snow making an attempt to bribe Blackman with some concept for $1 and a man was dressed as Benjamin Franklin.
Evaluation: These two segments have been random and bizarre. Neither one was actually humorous.
Hardcore Holly and Crash Holly vs. Al Snow and Steve Blackman
Pre-match notes: Crash was the Hardcore Champion. He was principally a face whereas cousin Hardcore was a heel. I feel you possibly can say each have been tweeners. Snow and Blackman have been faces by this level though they began out as a heel group. This match is a part of the tag group event to arrange a battle royal later.
Snow labored over Crash with headbutts plus a kick to the again. Crash got here again with a hurricanrana, Blackman with a kick to the again and a Snow clothesline. Blackman tagged in as followers chanted “Headcheese” at them. Blackman hit a tilt-a-whirl slam on Crash. Hardcore and Snow tagged in with Hardcore hitting a physique slam. Hardcore with an atomic drop and a clothesline. Crash and Hardcore hit a double workforce slam that appeared a bit sloppy, however Snow bought it anyway. Tazz went right down to the ring with referee Teddy Lengthy. Tazz went after Crash with an overhead suplex and tossed crash over the barricade. The wrestlers went into the hallways the place there have been lots of people. Hardcore acquired a rollup on Snow, however Blackman broke it up with a kick. The followers have been throughout the wrestlers, so we might barely see them. Blackman hit a pump kick on Holly. Snow went up prime, Blackman held Holly and Snow hit a prime rope leg drop for the pinfall win at four:48.
Winners by pinfall: Al Snow and Steve Blackman
Evaluation: *three/four It was okay whereas it was a tag staff match till it fell aside when Tazz attacked Crash. That led to the apparent end with Hardcore Holly failing to win towards two guys.
The announcers knowledgeable us that Crash left the constructing with the title, in order that was the top of that storyline.
There was a video that aired displaying the Run DMC model of the DMX track that was referred to as “The Kings.” It was fairly cool and it was a part of the Aggression CD that the WWF launched round this time. The video featured the DX group in a strip membership.
There was a GTV phase with Terri and The Kat within the locker room. Terri complained about her ribs and being in ache after Edge hit her with a Spear final week. Terri stated it’s not almost the ache that The Kat feels by not being on TV anymore. Terri left and Kat was mad about it.
Evaluation: That was the beginning of the setup for his or her WrestleMania “match” that wasn’t excellent, however it obtained the women on the present. It was additionally the one singles match at that WrestleMania, which was odd.
Edge and Christian vs. The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq)
Pre-match notes: Edge and Christian have been faces and so have been The Acolytes.
Bradshaw knocked down Christian with a boot to the face. Faarooq tagged in with a spinebuster on Christian for 2. The followers have been distracted by one thing within the crowd and I learn up on this episode within the Wrestling Observer Publication, which informed me that the distraction was two ladies displaying their boobs. Welcome to the Angle Period, my buddies. The APA hit a double group shoulder deal with to place Christian down. The followers continued to be distracted as they chanted “Asshole” at someone. Christian prevented a slam and hit a reverse DDT. Mideon walked out since he was a lackey for the APA. Edge tagged in and he hit a shoulder deal with and spin kick on Faarooq. Bradshaw went in resulting in a double staff neckbreaker. Mideon had a mop with him. Mideon swung the mop and hit Bradshaw within the again accidentally as a result of he thought it was Edge. Edge hit the Downward Spiral on Bradshaw (authorized man was Faarooq) and coated for the pinfall win at 2:48. Bradshaw kicked out proper after the pin to no promote it.
Winners by pinfall: Edge and Christian
Evaluation: *1/four Boring match with an affordable ending brought on by Mideon being an fool.
Submit match, Faarooq and Bradshaw beat up Mideon with Faarooq hitting a sloppy piledriver. The APA guys left.
Val Venis entered for the subsequent match. Check was the opponent and he had Trish Stratus with him as a supervisor. This was her first time on Raw after debuting on Warmth. The present received quite a bit higher when Trish was part of the product. For $four.95, you would log onto WWF.com on Thursday to see Trish and Tori in bikinis. I don’t keep in mind that, however right here it’s.
I feel you deserve one other Trish pic, good reader. You’re welcome.
Check (w/Trish Stratus) vs. Val Venis
Pre-match notes: Venis was a face and Check was a face going into this, however that modified.
Check took management with a full nelson slam. Venis got here again with punches, however Check whipped Venis into the turnbuckle two occasions. The digital camera zoomed in on Trish’s chest (thanks) with JR asking King if he was seeing double. All of us have been. Check went for a pumphandle slam, Venis powered out and hit a aspect slam for 2. Venis with two knees to the ribs and a aspect Russian legsweep. Trish walked as much as the ring apron to distract Venis. Check capitalized on that with punches, Venis received a rollup and Check rolled up Venis for a rollup with Check sitting on prime and Check grabbed the tights for the pinfall win at 2:42. That was a weak wanting cowl with Check barely on prime of Venis.
Winner by pinfall: Check
Evaluation: * Dangerous match, however at the very least the presence of Trish made it watchable.
After the match, Venis and Check acquired into an argument with punches. Prince Albert ran right down to the ring and attacked Venis from behind. Albert hit a sitout powerslam on Venis. Check labored over Venis with punches. Trish went into the ring with the blokes. Trish did a promo saying that’s sufficient as Check tossed Venis out of the ring.
Trish did a promo saying they know what everybody needs to see, that’s T and A…that’s simply what you’re taking a look at…Check and Albert. They left.
Evaluation: It was a really generic promo and I’m positive Trish would inform you that she was nervous as a result of she appeared nervous. She received by way of it fantastic, however it wasn’t a terrific promo by any means. It simply acquired the identify throughout for this new staff.
The ring was full with tag groups for the battle royal to find out the Tag Workforce Title match at WrestleMania. The WWF Tag Staff Champions Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley have been on commentary.
Battle Royal: Christian & Edge vs. Al Snow & Steve Blackman vs. The Hardy Boyz (Jeff & Matt Hardy) vs. Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty)
Pre-match notes: All 4 groups have been faces because the champs have been the Dudleys, who have been heels.
The eight guys paired off within the corners. Scotty hit the bulldog on Blackman resulting in The Worm to an enormous pop from the gang. Bubba referred to as it the stupidest factor he’s ever seen and the gang went wild for it. Snow dumped Scotty out proper after and Matt tossed Snow out, in order that meant it was right down to the Hardys and Edge/Christian. Christian and Jeff did a double hair whip spot. Edge took down Matt with a headscissors takedown. Christian hit a reverse DDT on Matt. Jeff hit a Twist of Destiny on Christian. Jeff went up prime and hit a Swanton Bomb on Christian and Edge hit a Spear on Jeff. The Dudleys went into the ring with a 3D on Edge. The Dudleys hit 3D on Matt as nicely. The Dudleys introduced a desk into the ring. They grabbed Jeff and Bubba gave Jeff a Powerbomb onto Christian on a desk within the ring. Bubba had a crazed look in his eyes. Let’s say it went three:45.
Match Outcome: No Contest
Evaluation: *1/2 That was a reserving formulation that WWE has used lots within the final 20 years the place one individual or group assaults the others vying for a title shot after which it turns into a triple menace match as an alternative. It was the setup for the Tables and Ladders Match for the Tag Group Titles at WrestleMania.
The Dudleys have been comfortable concerning the destruction they brought on whereas the announcers questioned who the winners have been. There have been no winners.
The Rock was proven strolling backstage as a result of he’s in the primary occasion up subsequent.
Triple H, the WWF Champion, made his entrance first with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. I favor champions to enter final, particularly in a WWF Title match, however WWE modified it up typically.
Big Present was up subsequent with Shane McMahon by his aspect.
Vince McMahon was up first as a result of he was in The Rock nook.
The Rock was final as he entered to a thunderous ovation.
WWF Championship: Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) vs. The Rock (w/Vince McMahon) vs. Big Present (w/Shane McMahon)
Pre-match notes: The Rock was the face, Triple H was the heel champion and Big Present was a heel. I’ll use “Hunter” to speak about Triple H as a result of that’s what I do. Triple menace matches within the WWE turned no disqualification and no countout, however that wasn’t as a lot of a rule at this level in firm historical past.
Hunter and Present labored collectively towards Rock at he begin of the match, however Rock got here again with punches on each guys and a Russian legsweep on Present. Rock hit a powerslam on Hunter adopted by a clothesline excessive to the ground. Hunter tried to punch Vince, however Vince ducked and Vince punched Hunter. Rock hit a Rock Backside on Present within the ring and Hunter made the save at two. Rock despatched Hunter excessive to the ground. Rock and Hunter went brawling into the gang. Present went after Rock they usually fought round ringside. Rock despatched Hunter off the safety wall onto Present outdoors the ring. Again within the ring, Hunter hit a knee to the face of Rock and Present hit a sidewalk slam on Rock. The followers chanted Big Present sucks at Big Present as Present hit a physique slam on Rock. Hunter and Present took turns working over Rock with Present hitting a backbreaker adopted by a knee to the face by Hunter for a two rely. Rock fought again on Hunter with punches, however Hunter stopped that with an elbow to the face. Present knocked Rock out of the ring with a punch to the face. Rock whipped Hunter elbow first into the metal steps. Present choked Rock, Hunter with an elbow to the throat of Rock and Present hit a low blow knee to Rock’s groin. Hunter hit a low blow knee to the groin of Rock as nicely with Present distracting the referee. Rock tried one other comeback, however he was stopped by a clothesline from Triple H.
The issues began between Hunter and Present as they exchanged punches. Present with an elbow drop to the chest of Hunter adopted by a tough slap to the chest. Rock obtained again into it with punches on Hunter and a DDT on Present. Samoan Drop by Rock on Hunter obtained a two rely. The crowd was standing and going loopy for each nearfall as Big Present hit a Chokeslam on Rock for a two rely with Hunter breaking it up. Hunter with a Facebuster knee to the face resulting in Present bumping to the ground. They battled by the announce desk, Hunter was on the desk and Present gave him a Chokeslam off the desk onto the ground! Ouch. Painful touchdown for Hunter. Again within the ring, Rock dropped Present with a Spinebuster. When Rock ran the ropes for the Individuals’s Elbow, Shane pulled the highest rope down, which led to Rock bumping excessive to the ground. Shane hit Rock within the head with a chair. Vince went over to Shane and punched him within the head, which led to an enormous ovation from the gang. This crowd was going loopy! Holy shit. Vince grabbed the chair, Hunter grabbed it and punched Vince. Hunter hit Present within the face with the chair. Hunter again within the ring and hit a Pedigree on Present for the pinfall win at 12:03.
Winner by pinfall: Triple H
Evaluation: ***three/four That was an superior match that was very quick paced and longer than most TV matches from this period. If that passed off as we speak they’d have one other ten minutes with relaxation holds and different issues to sluggish the tempo down. I want it this manner with a extra up tempo match. A lot of the match was about Rock getting remoted by the 2 heels, then that technique failed and it was all about Rock getting again into it and almost profitable. In the long run, Triple H outsmarted anyone with the chair shot to Present and the Pedigree to win. That was enjoyable to observe.
After the match was over, The Rock chased after Shane, who jumped over the barricade and went operating into the gang. That took them out of the image.
Linda McMahon confirmed as much as the “No Chance in Hell” theme track. As that was occurring, some fan was on the ramp and Triple H tackled the man! I’m shocked that WWE left that on this airing of the present, however they did. Right here’s Triple H after the profitable deal with.
The cameras shortly minimize away from that and targeted on Linda once more.
Linda congratulated Triple H for his WrestleMania victory. Linda questioned what the WrestleMania ought to be whereas noting Triple H, The Rock and Big Present must be there. Linda stated a particular ingredient must be added for some deserving particular person whose dream ought to come true if for one night time solely. Linda stated she’s making the ultimate choice.
She introduced the primary occasion at WrestleMania might be a Deadly 4-Approach Elimination Match the place Triple H will defend the WWF Title towards Big Present, The Rock and towards…Mick Foley!
The crowd went wild as Foley confirmed up and attacked Triple H with punches. They went into the ring with Foley unloading on Hunter with punches to the face and a operating title shot to Big Present. Foley hit Triple H with the WWF Title as properly. The followers have been going loopy as Foley posed with the WWF Title in his palms. Jim Ross was screaming in pleasure. Foley held up the WWF Title once more and that was how the present ended with JR screaming “OH MY GOD” about what simply occurred.
Evaluation: It was an enormous factor on the time as you would inform from the gang going wild. The dangerous factor about it’s that it meant the No Approach Out match ineffective after they made it a profession match for Foley. He misplaced and was gone till this match. Chris Jericho, in certainly one of his books, talked about that he was initially going to be the fourth man within the WrestleMania important occasion (there was even a graphic made), however that was modified once they determined to deliver Foley again. I can keep in mind studying on the time that Foley was going to be added to the WWF Title match at WrestleMania. We didn’t understand how, however the best way they did it made a variety of sense with Linda stepping as much as announce it. I feel the execution of it was nice. In the event you hated that they introduced again Foley then that’s okay, however it by no means bothered me that a lot. I all the time noticed it as a one match factor and I don’t blame him for taking an enormous payday that was provided to him.
This episode had a run time of 1:35:58 on WWE Community.
Three Stars of the Present
1. Triple H
2. The Rock
three. Big Present
This Raw episode will get an eight out of 10.
Nice present from prime to backside. This may increasingly have been the most effective Raw of the yr up so far. I don’t keep in mind if I rated one larger than eight thus far. The final 20 minutes have been superb with a fantastic most important occasion match and the ultimate 5 minutes with Mick Foley coming again to obtain a thunderous ovation from the gang. The addition of Foley by no means actually bothered me. The crowd liked it too.
The remainder of the present appeared to be extra targeted when it comes to the in-ring motion with the tag workforce division turning into a spotlight with the mini-tournament resulting in the Dudleys kicking everyone’s ass.
The debut of Trish Stratus was huge as a result of she went on to have such an unimaginable profession, so will probably be cool to see her journey another time.
On a remaining notice, the Chicago crowd was unimaginable. They’ve a rep for being probably the greatest crowds in WWE they usually confirmed it right here.
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