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WWF 2000: Mick came good

What if Mick Foley won at WrestleMania 2000 and retired as WWF Champion?

Does anyone want to come up with rules that I can incorportate into my WWF 2000 diary?

-You must have Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, Edge, Christian, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Essa Rios, Val Venis or Tazz win the King of the Ring Tournament, and elevate them to main event status by the 2001 King of the Ring.

-Push the Tag Team Division to be as important as/more important than the Intercontintental Division.

-You can only hire and fire three more people until Wrestlemania.

-You cannot use the Hell In A Cell gimmick match for the rest of the year 2000.



* Tazz defeated Kurt Angle (3:16)

o Tazz won when Angle passed out while in the Tazzmission.

* The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) in a Tables match (10:18)

o Jeff Hardy hit a Swanton Bomb on D-Von off the balcony and through the table.

* Mae Young won the Miss Rumble 2000 swimsuit contest, defeating Ivory, Terri, Jacqueline, Barbara Bush, Luna and The Kat

o The judges were: "Classy" Freddie Blassie, The Fabulous Moolah, Tony Garea, Andy Richter, Sgt. Slaughter, and Johnny Valiant.

* Chris Jericho © defeated Chyna © and Hardcore Holly in a Triple Threat match to gain sole posession of the WWF Intercontinental Championship (7:30)

o Jericho pinned Chyna after a Lionsault.

o Jericho and Chyna were co-champions going into the match.

* The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Mr. Ass) defeated The Acolytes (Faarooq and Bradshaw) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship (2:35)

o Mr. Ass pinned Bradshaw after a Fameasser.

o During the match, X-Pac interfered on behalf of the Outlaws.

* Triple H defeated Cactus Jack in a Street Fight to retain the WWF Championship (26:51)

o Triple H pinned Jack after a Pedigree onto thumbtacks.

* The Rock won the 2000 Royal Rumble (51:49)

o The final two participants were The Rock and The Big Show. While The Big Show tried to throw The Rock over the top rope, Rock hung onto the top rope, sending Big Show over the top rope to win the Rumble. (51:47)

o Big Show however claimed he won the 2000 Royal Rumble, as both of the Rock's feet hit the floor first. He later showed video footage proving his statement right, and was awarded a match with The Rock with the WrestleMania title shot on the line.

o During the match non-participants Mean Street Posse and Kai En Tai make numerous attempts to get into the match. However, they all get tossed out of the ring.



* Kurt Angle defeated Chris Jericho (w/Chyna) to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship (10:14)

o Angle pinned Jericho.

* The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) defeated The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Mr. Ass) to win the WWF Tag Team Championship (5:20)

o D-Von pinned Road Dogg after a lead pipe shot.

* Mark Henry defeated Viscera (3:46)

o Henry pinned Viscera after a football tackle.

* Edge and Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) (15:18)

o Christian pinned Matt after Terri Runnels knocked Hardy off the top rope.

* Tazz defeated The Big Boss Man by disqualification (0:47)

o Boss Man was disqualified.

* X-Pac (w/Tori) defeated Kane in a No Holds Barred Match (7:49)

o X-Pac pinned Kane after dropkicking him into the steel steps.

* Too Cool (Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Master Sexay) defeated The Radicalz (Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn) (12:41)

o Rikishi pinned Malenko after a Rump Shaker.

* The Big Show defeated The Rock (7:29)

o Big Show pinned Rock to earn a shot at the WWF Championship at WrestleMania 2000

* Triple H defeated Cactus Jack in a Hell in a Cell match to retain the WWF Championship (23:59)

o Triple H pinned Cactus after a Pedigree.

o Per the pre-match stipulation, Cactus had to retire.



* The Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan defeated The Godfather and D'Lo Brown (w/Ice T and The Godfather's Ho's) (9:05)

o Buchanan pinned Brown following a guillotine legdrop

o Ice-T performed The Godfather's entrance music live.

* Hardcore Holly won a 15-minute Hardcore Battle Royal for the WWF Hardcore Championship featuring: Crash Holly ©, Tazz, Viscera, Joey Abs, Rodney, Pete Gas, TAKA Michinoku, Funaki, Headbanger Thrasher, Headbanger Mosh, Faarooq and Bradshaw (15:00)

o Tazz pinned Crash with a capture suplex. (0:26)

o Viscera pinned Tazz after a Powerslam. (1:00)

o Funaki pinned Viscera with a flying shoulderblock from Bradshaw. (7:51)

o Rodney pinned Funaki after throwing him into a backstage wall. (8:11)

o Joey Abs pinned Rodney with a gutwrench suplex. (8:24)

o Thrasher pinned Joey Abs after a clothesline. (8:46)

o Pete Gas pinned Thrasher after a fire extinguisher shot. (9:29)

o Tazz pinned Pete Gas with a T-bone suplex. (10:17)

o Crash pinned Tazz after a cookie sheet shot. (14:20)

o Hardcore won by pinning Crash last to win the title via a candy jar shot. (14:59)

* T & A (Test and Albert) (w/Trish Stratus) defeated Head Cheese (Al Snow and Steve Blackman) (w/Chester McCheeserton) (7:05)

o Test pinned Blackman after a Flying Elbow Drop.

* Edge and Christian defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) © and The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) in a Triangle Ladder match to win the WWF Tag Team Championship (22:29)

o Edge ascended the ladder and took possession of the title belts.

* Terri Runnels (w/The Fabulous Moolah) defeated The Kat (w/Mae Young) (w/Val Venis as special guest referee) in a Catfight (2:25)

o Terri defeat Kat after Moolah pulled The Kat out of the ring while Venis was distracted.

* Too Cool (Grand Master Sexay and Scotty Too Hotty) and Chyna defeated The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko) (9:38)

o Chyna pinned Guerrero after a Sleeper Slam.

* Two-Fall Triple Threat Match for the WWF Intercontinental and WWF European Championships: Kurt Angle © vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit (13:35)

o Benoit pinned Jericho following a diving headbutt in the first fall to win the Intercontinental Championship. (7:54)

o Jericho pinned Benoit with a Lionsault in the second fall to win the European Championship. (13:35)

* Rikishi and Kane (w/Paul Bearer) defeated D-Generation X (X-Pac and The Road Dogg) (w/Tori) (4:16)

o Kane pinned X-Pac after a Tombstone Piledriver.

o After the match, Too Cool came out to celebrate with Rikishi. However, The San Diego Chicken came out to celebrate as well. Kane, suspicious of the Chicken from last year, went after the Chicken but was met with Pete Rose and a baseball bat. Rikishi saved Kane from Rose and the two gave him a chokeslam and a stinkface.

*Mick Foley (w/Linda McMahon) defeated Triple H © (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley), The Rock (w/Vince McMahon) and The Big Show (w/Shane McMahon) in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to win the WWF Championship (36:28)

o The Rock pinned Big Show after a Rock Bottom. (4:41)

o The Rock pinned Triple after The People's Elbow. (19:41)

o Mick Foley made The Rock submit with The Manible Claw. (36:28)

o Per the pre-match stipulation, Mick Foley retires as the WWF Champion.

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Champions Roll-Call

as of April 2nd, 2000

WWF Champion


Mick Foley - Retired

Won on: April 2nd, 2000

Intercontiental Champion


Chris Benoit

Won on: April 2nd, 2000

European Champion


Chris Jericho

Won on: April 2nd, 2000

Tag Team Champions


Edge & Christian

Won on: April 2nd, 2000

Light-Heavyweight Champion


Dean Malenko

Won on: March 13th, 2000

Women's Champion


Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley

Won on: March 28th, 2000

Hardcore Champion


Hardcore Holly

Won on: April 2nd, 2000

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Monday 3rd April 2000

Last night at WrestleMania sixteen every single Championship belt that was on the line changed hands, most notably the WWF Championship.

And tonight, a mere twenty-four hours after the huge event we will hear from the newly-crowned and newly-retired WWF Champion, Mick Foley and the woman that stood in his corner, Linda McMahon. Following Foley’s return to the WWF ring to capture the WWF Championship and promptly retire, Linda McMahon is set to announce the WWF Championship Tournament that she promised on the March 20th edition of RAW is WAR. Every single superstar will be watching the WWF CEO make her announcement, confident that they all will be blessed with a chance at the WWF Title.

Elsewhere at WrestleMania, Kurt Angle walked into Anaheim with both two belts and left with none. The Olympic Hero will surely not be happy with the outcome and it can only be a mere matter of seconds before he makes everyone aware of displeasure.

In the first of two matches already confirmed for RAW is WAR, Crash Holly is hoping to win back his Hardcore Championship that was won by Hardcore Holly in the dying seconds of the Hardcore Battle Royal. The two cousins know each other well and that can only mean we will see lots of blood as the two battle for the Championship.

And in the other match Bull Buchanan, fresh from his tag victory with The Big Bossman at WrestleMania will go one-on-one with a former Bossman protégé, Albert. There will certainly be no love lost between the two big men as they battle it out and with the Hardcore Legend, Bossman as well as Test on the outside it will be anything but a fair fight.

All this plus guaranteed appearances from Triple H, The Rock, NEW European Champion Chris Jericho and WWF Chairman Vince McMahon… only on WWF’s RAW is WAR!!!

Confirmed Matches

Hardcore Championship: Hardcore Holly © vs. Crash Holly

Bull Buchanan vs. Albert

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Monday 3rd April 2000

Unsurprisingly, the outcome of WrestleMania 16’s main event was the first subject to be addressed as RAW is WAR opened. The People’s Champion was the first man to the ring as The Rock lead the tribute to the great career of Mick Foley. An emotional video tribute was played on the TitanTron before Mick made his way to the ring clutching the WWF Championship. Mick thanked everyone for there kind words that he had received in the run-up to WrestleMania 16 and since that amazing evening. Foley added it was an honour to retire as the WWF Champion and promised to be there at Backlash to watch the new Champion being crowned. As for the tournament, Foley promised that Linda McMahon would make an announcement very shortly.

And straight after the first commercial break, that announcement came. Broadcasting live from the WWF Headquarters Linda appeared on the TitanTron but before she could get down to business she was interrupted by firstly Triple H and his wife, Stephanie carrying the Women’s Title and then by Shane McMahon and The Big Show. The foursome stood in the ring and watched as Linda announced a Double Elimination Free-For-All. In the shows between now and Backlash on April 30th, ALL WWF superstars will have “two lives.” For every defeat they suffer they will lose a life, and anyone with remaining lives will be in the Backlash main event.

As soon as Linda finished her announcement, Shane and Stephanie McMahon were at loggerheads, promising to eliminate their biggest rivals before Backlash could begin. And within that argument, the main event of the show was decided as Triple H went one-on-one with The Big Show. In the subsequent main event, both men really went for each other. Show was able to use his apparent size to his advantage, dominating HHH from the off. But gradually, Triple H’s perseverance began to pay-off as he staged quite the fight back before X-Pac flew down the ramp. HHH’s long time tag partner was free to hit The Big Show with a spinning heel kick as Stephanie McMahon distracted the referee. One Pedigree later and Triple H had cost The Big Show his first life of the Free-For-All. After the match, Triple H and X-Pac put the boots to The Big Show and then Shane McMahon but were chased off when a huge explosion of red pyro exploded across the stage and Kane stormed to the ring. The Big Red Machine stood tall in the centre of the ring as RAW went off air.

Earlier in the show, Kane came threw a potential banana-skin of a match when he faced off in a triple threat match with Viscera and Rikishi. The three big men battled in a real slobber knocker with Kane coming through as the victor by pinning Viscera after a vicious choke slam. The end of the match saw a huge mixed team brawl as X-Pac and Road Dogg attacked Kane, Too Cool came to the rescue. Rikishi, Grand Master Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty were joined by Viscera in the centre of the ring for their celebratory dance routine.

The Rock did not compete on RAW is WAR but when he was backstage with Kevin Kelley, The Great One promised that he wouldn’t back away from any challenge. The People’s Champion promised to teach every “jabroni” a lesson on his way to entering the Backlash main event. Rock confirmed it was his destiny to be crowned WWF Champion by his best friend, Mick Foley.

Kurt Angle wasn’t in action either this week but when interviewed by Michael Cole The Olympic Hero took offence to some of The Rock’s comments. Angle did admit he was disappointed to lose both the Intercontinental and European Championships at WrestleMania 16 but the loss had made him realise something. He realised he was beneath those titles and that now is the perfect opportunity for Kurt Angle to become the WWF Champion. Backlash would be the night that Kurt Angle celebrated the finest moment in his career.

In other action on RAW, the tag team division of the WWF was really hotting up as a number of teams got involved with each other. In the opening match, Bull Buchanan got the better of Albert in singles action thanks to The Big Boss Man before the duo managed to knock out Test as he tried to rescue his tag team partner. Trish Stratus did not look happy with her tag team as they out cold in the ring but the nightsticks that Bull and the Boss possessed did give them an unfair advantage. Elsewhere, The Hardy Boys took a huge step towards Edge & Christian as they defeated Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn in a match that ended in a huge brawl. Al Snow and Steve Blackman as well as Too Cool got involved, causing a mass brawl that saw Jeff Hardy hit the Senton Bomb on Dean Malenko out of nowhere.

Elsehwere on RAW, four new Champions collided as the NEW Tag Team Champions Edge & Christian faced off with the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Chris Benoit and the NEW European Champion, Chris Jericho. The two Chris’ worked quite well against the Champions for the early going of the match but it just wasn’t enough in the end as the tag team specialists won through, using some underhand tactics to do so. Later in the show, another tag team staked a claim to the Tag Team belts by taking out Edge and Christian. The A.P.A., backed up by Terri Runnels took down the Champs with steel chairs before promising to the belts from them in due course.

In other match on RAW, Hardcore Holly promised to be a fighting Champion unlike his cousin, Crash. He announced he would never run from a challenge as long as he held the WWF Hardcore Championship and then proceeded to bulldoze the former Champion. Crash was no match to his cousin in the match as Hardcore looked the most focused he has in his tenure in the WWF. And even after the match, Hardcore Holly was ready for a fight as he disposed of the Mean Street Posse one-by-one with HUGE lefts and rights.

RAW is WAR Results

Bull Buchanan def. Albert

WWF Hardcore Championship

Hardcore Holly © def. Crash Holly

Kane def. Viscera & Rikishi

The Hardy Boys (Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy) def. Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn

Edge & Christian def. Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho

Triple H def. The Big Show

Show Rating: 76%

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RAW News

-RAW is WAR drew a 6.46 rating on the USA Network while Nitro only achieved a 5.49 rating. The WWF are quite pleased by the rating as the show was a slow one that was setting a number of storylines in place, rather than doing anything spectacular.

-The main event on RAW is WAR between Triple H and The Big Show was helped by the crowd reaction to Kane and X-Pac getting involved. Many sources backstage didn’t really feel that Triple H and The Big Show “clicked” in the match and any thoughts of letting the pair headline Backlash are now gone.

-Mick Foley got a standing ovation at RAW from all in attendance, including everyone backstage. No-one had any concerns about putting the belt on Mick at Wrestlemania as everyone felt he deserved the recognition. Mick is expected to work on the road in a backstage capacity.

-Kurt Angle’s interview on RAW was the highlight for a number of backstage workers. The “sources” that were available feel that potentially Backlash is too early for Angle to get the belt but his drawing power may be tested by placing him right up there.

-The WWF are really excited about the tag team division right now. With Dean Malenko the reigning Light-Heavyweight Champion it is expected that it will be dragged into the tag team ranks to add an extra element to everything.

-As of right now, Perry Saturn is being closely monitored by the WWF booking team. Apart from Chris Benoit, many believe that Perry is the Radical loaded with tons of potential and that will be tested in the coming weeks.

-Shelton Benjamin, Scoot Andrews, Charlie Haas, Russ Haas and Erin Bay have been signed to WWF development deals. The five men will all report to Ohio Valley Wrestling in the coming weeks as the WWF looks to sculpt the next line of WWF Champions.

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Thursday 6th April 2000

The first Smackdown broadcast since Wrestlemania 16 promises so much as we enter the second show of the WWF Championship Double Elimination Free-For-All. Only a handful of superstars lost lives on RAW this past Monday, and come Thursday’s show we are promised that another group of superstars will enter the fray including a brand new WWF superstar.

Following Monday’s RAW is WAR, The Big Show is on the brink of elimination after losing in the main event to Triple H and on Smackdown! the largest superstar in the WWF won’t get a moments rest as he will face off with debuting star Steven Regal. The British superstar has a huge task ahead of him if he is to eliminate The Big Show but his undoubted technical abilities may be enough to tame the huge superstar.

In other matches scheduled for the show, Dean Malenko will be defending his WWF Light-Heavyweight Championship against the man that pinned him on Monday, Jeff Hardy. Malenko will surely be backed up by the Radicals while Jeff can always rely on his brother Matt.

Speaking of the Radicals, the newly crowned WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit will be looking to put his defeat on Monday behind him as he takes part in a Fatal Four Way for his Championship featuring the European Champion Chris Jericho, Tazz and X-Pac. Jericho has the chance to follow in Kurt Angle’s footsteps and become a double Champion, while Tazz will be looking to pick up his first title in the WWF. X-Pac however, will simply be trying to take his mind off Kane for a few minutes.The match also means that if Benoit or Jericho lose the match they will have two eliminations and their chances of getting into the Backlash main event will be gone.

Plus we are guaranteed that Kurt Angle and The Rock will making their first appearances in the WWF Championship Double Elimination Free-For-All… only on WWF’s Thursday Night Smackdown!

Confirmed Matches

The Big Show vs. Steven Regal

Light-Heavyweight Championship: Dean Malenko © vs. Jeff Hardy

Intercontinental Championship: Chris Benoit © vs. Tazz vs. X-Pac vs. Chris Jericho

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Question - are there only specific wrestlers in the tournament, or is it open to everybody?

So far, there's Angle, Rock, HHH, Big Show, and apparently Regal...

...as Linda announced a Double Elimination Free-For-All. In the shows between now and Backlash on April 30th, ALL WWF superstars will have “two lives.” For every defeat they suffer they will lose a life, and anyone with remaining lives will be in the Backlash main event....

Every match that happened and will happen will count. I'm going to update standings afte HeAT each week.

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Thursday 6th April 2000

The first bodies of the WWF Championship Double Elimination Free-For-All began to fall as the dust settled at the end of the first Smackdown since Wrestlemania 16, and the biggest body to fall? The biggest superstar in the WWF.

Smackdown opened with the familiar sight of Shane McMahon arguing with his sister, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. The two McMahon children were arguing about the RAW is WAR main event with Stephanie, backed up by husband Triple H, simply calling The Big Show “not good enough.” Shane shook his head in disgust and promised that The Big Show would showcase just how good he was later in the show by destroying Steven Regal.

But when the match rolled around The Big Show never got a chance to settle. The D-Generation X trio of Triple H, Road Dogg and X-Pac surrounded the outside of the ring, allowing Steven Regal to do his thing in the centre of the ring and after Triple H thumped The Big Show with a steel chair, Regal rolled him up to eliminate the WWF’s biggest superstar from the competition. Shane McMahon was far from happy as D-X stood over the downed behemoth, allowing Steven Regal to enjoy his debut victory.

In their respective matches, D-Generation X had mixed success.

X-Pac never had a chance in his attempts to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship as The Big Red Machine got involved. X-Pac stood in the ring with Tazz, Chris Jericho and the defending Champion Chris Benoit ready for the match allowing for that red explosion to happen again. X-Pac was not taking any chances and fled the scene, effectively making the match a triple threat. And in that triple threat, Chris Benoit survived a number of scares to overcome Tazz with a German Suplex after Chris Jericho was left feeling the effects of the Tazzmission. The defeat means that European Champion Chris Jericho can no longer main event Backlash and in a post-match interview, Y2J was very clear about who he blamed for his elimination; Chris Benoit. Jericho promised to make sure that The Crippler got no where near the WWF Backlash main event and any other main for that matter. Everyone knows that “RAW is Jericho” well except for Benoit.

In the other match that featured the D-Generation X members, Triple H and Road Dogg joined Eddie Guerrero of the Radicals and Kurt Angle in the main event to face-off with The Rock, Rikishi and Too Cool. The HUGE main event was fuelled early in the show when The Rock was interrupted by The Olympic Hero as The Great One addressed his millions of fans. It was a big mistake on Kurt’s part as he was left to retreat from the ring with his tail between his legs but he got the last laugh as he pinned The Rock in the main event. With Kurt’s team boasting members of D-X and The Radicals, they had the numbers advantage on the outside of the ring and this stopped The Rock and his cohorts from getting any advantage. A mass brawl ensued in which The Rock was stunned by a low-blow and then the Olympic Slam for the pinfall but after the bell The Big Show ran everyone off with a steel chair before looking on the bright side of his dreadful night by dancing out the show with Rikishi and Too Cool.

The Radicals ended the show in buoyant mood after Dean Malenko came through a successful title defence against Jeff Hardy. Hardy threw himself at the technician one numerous occasions but the numbers paid off as Perry Saturn and Eddie Guerrero combined to hand Malenko the comfortable victory and hand Jeff Hardy his first defeat.

In the opening match of the night, Hardcore Holly once again had to fight off more than just the competitors in the match as he battled Viscera and Pete Gas in a triple threat for the Hardcore Championship as well as the interfering Joey Abs, Rodney and Crash Holly. But just like RAW is WAR, Hardcore was a law onto himself as he powered over all the men and walked tall from the ring, still in possession of the WWF Hardcore Championship.

In the busy tag team division, Edge & Christian had a comfortable night as they watched any potential contenders simply take each other out. They were beer bottles and nightsticks flying left, right and centre as the A.P.A. battled The Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan. The A.P.A. came out successful through sheer grit and determination but after the match, Kai En Tai weighed into the tag division by welding steel chairs in the centre of the ring. And in the other tag match, Test and Albert pulled off a huge victory over The Dudley Boys, mainly due to the interference of The Headbangers AND Too Cool. Soon enough one of the powers in charge of the WWF will need to have a look at the out of control division because right now, they are close to ten teams involved and they are all gunning for each other.

Smackdown! Results

Hardcore Championship

Hardcore Holly © def. Pete Gas & Viscera

A.P.A. (Bradshaw & Farooq) def. The Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan

Light-Heavyweight Championship

Dean Malenko © def. Jeff Hardy

Test & Albert def. The Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley)

Intercontinental Championship

Chris Benoit © def. Tazz, Chris Jericho & X-Pac

Steven Regal def. The Big Show

Kurt Angle, Triple H, Road Dogg & Eddie Guerrero def. The Rock, Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty & Grand Master Sexay

Show Rating: 72%

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Smackdown News

-Smackdown drew a 5.09 rating on UPN but there was nothing to choose between the WWF and WCW as Thunder drew a 5.01 on TBS. It is believed that WWF officials were quite pleased with the rating and hope to pick-up some numbers in the early morning replays over the weekend.

-Steven Regal’s debut was spoiled by The Big Show’s reluctance to sell the British worker as a possible threat. D-Generation X were thrown into the mix at The Show’s request to keep him strong.

-The Rock was very impressed by Kurt Angle’s acting during their microphone battle on Smackdown! Initially it was believed that Dwayne Johnson was a little unsure of working with The Gold Medallist, however it is now believed that the pay-off feud between the two will be teased for a number of months.

-The Dudley Boys and the A.P.A. are getting more and more fans backstage within the WWF. Farooq and Bradshaw are long time members of the WWF roster, but are now being considered for quite a high-profile program with The Dudley Boys. The former ECW mainstays are well-thought of, and a number of sources backstage feel that the two teams could put together an exciting feud.

-The WWF Light-Heavyweight match was hurt by the mismatched styles of Malenko and Hardy. The match was quite well-received but with the lack of light-heavyweights in “Malenko-mould” he is not expected to have a long reign.

-The WWF have picked up two former WCW talents in Shannon Moore and Sean O’Haire. World Championship Wrestling had a complete clear-out in the past week with a number of development talents AND on-screen talent being released. Both men will report to Ohio Valley Wrestling in the next week.

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Has sparked my interest as I find it as the most interesting time in WWE history, and I was always pulling for Mick to walk out with the WWF title at Wrestlemania 2000.

I also prefer shorter match results like you have done.

Just saying good luck, and you've got a reader in me.

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WWF News

-Test and Hardcore Holly have both checked themselves into rehab with drug addictions. There is no word now from the WWF as to whether or not they will remain contracted to the World Wrestling Federation. Both were scheduled for pushes in the coming year with both set for solid European Title reigns in the coming months. These plans have now been scraped and both men will be given on-screen injuries to cover.

-The WWF Hardcore Championship has been vacated on wwf.com and is expected to be fought over on Sunday Night HeAT.

-WCW scored 1.19 with “Saturday Night.”

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Sunday 9th April 2000

Hardcore Holly has suffered a staph infection following his gruelling victory on Smackdown over Pete Gas and Viscera and looks set to be out for the foreseeable future. And because of that, WWF Chairman Vince McMahon has announced that the WWF Hardcore Champion will have a new holder when HeAT ends. It is not often that Championships are defended on HeAT, never mind new Champions being crowned but this Sunday that will happen.

Elsewhere, there are three matches confirmed for HeAT as some WWF superstars try to pull off the unthinkable and go to the Backlash main event. In light-heavyweight action, former Champion Essa Rios will be accompanied by Lita as he goes one-on-one with Funaki of Kai En Tai. The Japanese duo staked a claim to the WWF Tag Team gold on Smackdown by chasing off the A.P.A. with steel chairs but on Sunday, Funaki will have to deal with high-flying Mexican in what promises to be an interesting affair.

The other two matches are tag team affairs as the Headbangers, Thrasher and Mosh will do battle with the Head Cheese duo of Al Snow and Steve Blackman while The Godfather and D’Lo Brown will return to WWF programming for a rematch from Wrestlemania by taking on the Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan. Buchanan and Boss Man could be eliminated from the Backlash main event if they lose the match.

Tune in to see the NEW WWF Hardcore Champion on WWF’s Sunday Night HeAT!!!

Confirmed Matches

Essa Rios vs. Funaki

The Headbangers (Thrasher & Mosh) vs. Al Snow & Steve Blackman

The Godfather & D’Lo Brown vs. The Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan

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Sunday 9th April 2000

It’s hard to keep a good man down and it’s even harder when the man is as big as The Big Show, as the WWF’s biggest superstar stood tall once again at the end of Sunday Night HeAT.

Vince McMahon was out to the ring following the opening match to announce his plans for the WWF Hardcore Championship with Vince announcing a unique match to decide the NEW Hardcore Champion. Vince promised to suspend the WWF Hardcore strap above the ring and the first person to take the belt down would be named that Champion and in the subsequent main event, the usual suspects were out. Vince did confirm that if anyone crossed the line at the top of the stage they would be officially in the match and therefore, liable to lose the match and affect their chances of getting into the Backlash main event.

Val Venis and Tazz started the match in the ring as the only two entrants before being followed to the ring by Rodney and Pete Gas and then Crash Holly. Numerous weapons including trashcans, stop signs and ladders were used as everyone went for the belt and on different occasions Tazz, Crash Holly and Rodney had chances to grab the belt. Perry Saturn joined late in the match followed by Bradshaw and Farooq who were a dominant force over the tiring superstars but then music hit that was a total surprise to those in attendance at Sunday Night HeAT as The Big Show strode and proceeded to flatten everything that stood between him and the Hardcore Championship. Chokeslams and vicious head butts were handed out left, right and centre as The Big Show bounded to the ring where Shane McMahon awaited his client to scale the ladder. The Big Show obliged and stood tall in the centre of the ring, clutching the WWF Hardcore Championship as HeAT drew to a close.

It wasn’t all bad for Bradshaw in the show however as the A.P.A. member came through a triple threat with Scotty 2 Hotty and Joey Abs. Bradshaw looked comfortable powering over both men and finished them off with a double Clothesline from Hell despite outside interference from the numerous tag team partners of the participants.

In tag team action, Edge & Christian make a shock appearance on HeAT taking out Al Snow, Steve Blackman and the Headbangers after they opened the show. E&C delivered a number of chair shots and double chair shots to the four men to stand tall in the centre of the ring after Steve Blackman hit Mosh with the martial arts kick for the victory. Explaining their actions later in the show, E&C told Kevin Kelly that they wanted to show the busy tag division that they were the top dogs in the WWF and wanted to stay that way. The other tag match on HeAT wasn’t safe from interference either as Too Cool rescued The Godfather from a vicious beat-down by Bull Buchanan and The Big Boss Man. Bull got the pinfall victory over The Godfather and D’Lo Brown with assistance from his nightstick but as he looked to continue the beating, Too Cool ran down to help The Godfather, before the trio were joined by the Hos to dance in celebration.

In the other match on the card, a Lita moonsault was enough to keep Funaki down and help Essa Rios to a victory. The Mexican couple shared a warm embrace after the match despite recent issues between the pair, everything seemed rosy.

HeAT Results

Al Snow & Steve Blackman def. The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher)

Bradshaw def. Joey Abs & Scotty 2 Hotty

Essa Rios def. Funaki

The Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan def. The Godfather & D’Lo Brown

Hardcore Championship

The Big Show def. Val Venis, Tazz, Perry Saturn, Rodney, Pete Gas, Farooq, Bradshaw, Crash Holly & Shane McMahon

Show Rating: 71%

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HeAT News

-Heat got a 1.84 on the USA Network on Sunday, and there is already talk of making HeAT a primetime show. Many believe that Edge & Christian and The Big Show were on the show to check the possibility of the WWF running three primetime shows a week.

-The Big Show was a late selection to win the Hardcore Championship and there are no grand plans for him to keep it very long. There is no-one in the immediate hardcore division that the WWF feels is right for the belt right now. Crash Holly was supposed to be the next Champion but that would be following a feud between the cousins so those plans have been scraped. Numerous names are floating right now.

-Billy Gunn is ready to return to WWF programming and he is expected to work some dark matches on RAW and Smackdown first.

-The WWF Backlash mini-site will be opened tomorrow night after RAW is WAR.

-The WWF.com site has updated the WWF Championship Double Elimination Free-For-All standings. The Big Show, Tazz, Rikishi, Chris Jericho, Scotty 2 Hotty, Perry Saturn, Viscera, Pete Gas and Crash Holly have lost their two lives in the tournament. The website also lists those that have one life remaining. They are Mosh, Thrasher, Joey Abs, Chris Benoit, Funaki, The Godfather, D’Lo Brown, Val Venis, Dean Malenko, Rodney, Farooq, Bradshaw, Shane McMahon, The Big Boss Man, Bull Buchanan, Jeff Hardy, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, X-Pac, The Rock, Grand Master Sexay and Albert.

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Monday 10th April 2000

The first week of April was an absolute disaster for The Big Show after he lost his chance at the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania and then was sent crashing out of the WWF Championship Tournament by Triple H and Steven Regal. However the second week started much better for the WWF’s biggest superstar after he turned up on HeAT to be crowned the WWF Hardcore Champion. The Big Show is set for a night off on RAW is WAR but something tells me that he may want to exact some revenge on D-Generation X.

The first week of April wasn’t exactly great for Chris Jericho either, despite picking up the European Championship at Wrestlemania. ‘Y2J’ was eliminated from the WWF Championship hunt without being pinned. Jericho was Chris Benoit’s partner when they lost to Edge & Christian on RAW before being part of a fatal four way on Smackdown in which Chris Benoit pinned Tazz. Needless to say, Jericho blames Benoit for his exit and is determined to have his revenge, all the while making his first defence of his title against Eddie Guerrero of the Radicals.

The Radicals have enjoyed some moderate success since they jumped to the WWF. Chris Benoit is the current Intercontinental Champion while Dean Malenko has captured the Light-Heavyweight strap and Eddie will try to make it three belts in the group when he gets his chance on RAW is WAR.

We are also set to hear from The Rock following his loss on Smackdown as part of the huge eight man main event. Kurt Angle hit The Great One with a low-blow before picking up the win for the team and with Rocky only one loss away from elimination, we are sure to hear from him and where The Rock is these days, Kurt Angle is sure to follow. “To be the best, you have to beat the best” is the motto that the Olympic Gold Medallist has been living off lately, obviously seeing The Rock as the best there is too offer in the World Wrestling Federation.

In confirmed matches, Edge & Christian will face off with The Dudley Boys in a non-title match that is sure to spark the interest of the whole tag team division, while Matt Hardy will go one-on-one with Albert, who is now alone in the WWF following the recent injury to Test.

All this plus Triple H, Women’s Champion Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Kane… only on WWF’s RAW is WAR!

Confirmed Matches

European Championship: Chris Jericho © vs. Eddie Guerrero

Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley)

Matt Hardy vs. Albert

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Monday 10th April 2000

RAW is WAR was opened by the unfamiliarly lone figure of Shane McMahon making his way to the ring. Shane confirmed that The Big Show was in fact in the arena but he was taking a well-deserved night after the past week. Shane then turned his attention to the people responsible for the Hardcore Champion’s elimination from the WWF Championship hunt; D-Generation X.

Shane then proceeded to book three matches with Stephanie McMahon defending her Women’s Championship against Ivory and Jacqueline, X-Pac going one-on-one with Kane and The Rock facing Triple H in the main event. Stephanie was quick to the stage and tried changing the matches but Shane simply said no, well except for Kane’s match. He allowed Road Dogg to join X-Pac “not that it will be much use,” smirked Shane.

And in the subsequent matches, things turned very ugly for D-X. In her first defence of the Women’s Championship, Stephanie managed to pull off the victory thanks to her husband. Triple H thumped Ivory and Jacqueline with his trusty sledgehammer while X-Pac distracted the referee.

How that was the only joy for D-X throughout the night. In Kane’s handicap match with Road Dogg and X-Pac, The Big Show stormed down the ramp to help out The Big Red Machine out. The two behemoths hit matching Chokeslams on the D-X pair to give Kane the upset victory and cost X-Pac his second life. As The Big Show celebrated, Kane refused to take his eyes off X-Pac.

And in the main event, The Big Show was once again on hand to help out. The Rock and Triple H had a sensational match that went back and forth. The People’s Champion was very aware that elimination was on the horizon if he lost and even with Kurt Angle’s interference The Rock pulled through pinning Triple H after a Rock Bottom before being joined by The Big Show in the centre of the ring as RAW is WAR drew to a close.

Earlier in the show, The Rock simply shrugged Kurt Angle off as just another “lucky jabroni” that managed to sneak a pinfall on The Great One. The Rock called the defeat on Smackdown a minor blip on his path to greatness, and wasn’t going to waste his time on some Gold Medallist. And apparently, Kurt didn’t approve of that as he unsuccessfully tried to eliminate The Rock and instead cost Triple H his first life of the elimination free-for-all.

Elsewhere on RAW, Vince McMahon finally put his foot down with the turbulent tag team division. Moments into the non-title match between Edge & Christian and The Dudley Boys, Bradshaw and Farooq hit the ring followed closely by Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy. The massive brawl resulted in a no-contest and left the WWF Chairman fuming. Vince booked a huge eight man tag team match for Smackdown featuring the A.P.A. and Edge & Christian against The Dudley Boys and The Hardy Boys, citing that the person to make the pinfall would earn his team a title shot at Backlash and if Edge or Christian got the pinfall, they wouldn’t have to defend their belts until King of the Ring.

In the opening match of the night, Matt Hardy went down to Albert in singles action. The bigger man was just too strong for Hardy and later in the show, Trish Stratus stood with her man and promised there was more to come from her client.

And lastly, RAW is WAR saw a new Champion crowned as Eddie Guerrero went home with the third piece of gold in the Radicals faction, upsetting Chris Jericho in only his first title defence. The match started brightly with both men throwing everything into the match before calming down into a technical master class but it was the appearance of Chris Benoit that turned the match. The Crippler simply stood at the side of the ring and gestured at ‘Y2J’ which was enough to distract him and Eddie rolled him up for the win.

In a post-match interview, Chris Benoit warned Jericho that he had made a mistake by calling him out in the manner he did and ‘The Crippler’ would soon make Jericho regret even coming to the World Wrestling Federation.

RAW is WAR Results

Albert def. Matt Hardy

Edge & Christian and The Dudley Boys fought to a no-contest

Women’s Championship

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley © def. Ivory & Jacqueline

European Championship

Eddie Guerrero def. Chris Jericho ©

Kane def. X-Pac & Road Dogg

The Rock def. Triple H

Show Rating: 80%

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RAW is WAR News

-RAW is WAR managed to net a 6.48 rating this week while Nitro only managed 5.48. The WWF officials are quite excited by the increasing margin between the two shows.

-The current plan for the tag team division right now is to let Edge & Christian get the pinfall on Smackdown. Some of the WWF officials want to try both men in singles capacities with the safety net of being Tag Team Champions in case it doesn’t work. However this decision is apparently changing every hour.

-Everyone backstage are said to be very pleased with Trish Stratus’ progress. She is expected to go much further in the WWF than her current client, Albert ever could.

-Eddie Guerrero was said to be ecstatic at winning the WWF European Championship. Given his previous issues with drugs, Guerrero is happy that Vince and the powers that be have seen faith to give him such a high-profile victory as beating Chris Jericho.

-Chris Jericho versus Chris Benoit is all but confirmed to happen at Backlash. Benoit is still active in the WWF Championship hunt but that should be cleared up in the coming weeks, as the WWF look to put The Crippler and Y2J in a long-term program based-around the WWF Intercontinental Title.

-Stephanie McMahon has been putting a lot of work into improving her in-ring abilities in recent months. It is expected that she will be given a chance to run with the Women’s Championship and she does not want to screw it up. Her lack of abilities were quickly covered on RAW by the interfering X-Pac and Triple H which didn’t allow the match to run too long.

-The WWF are lining up a number of releases to coincide with Backlash. A number of HeAT regulars are reported to be on the chopping block.

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Current Card

Sunday 30th April 2006

WWF Championship Match

Al Snow vs. Albert vs. Big Boss Man vs. Bradshaw vs. British Bulldog vs. Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Bull Buchanan vs. Chris Benoit vs. Christian vs. Dean Malenko vs. D’Lo Brown vs. D-Von Dudley vs. Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge vs. Essa Rios vs. Faarooq vs. Gangrel vs. Gillberg vs. Godfather vs. Goldust vs. Grand Master Sexay vs. Mosh vs. Thrasher vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Joey Abs vs. Kane vs. Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry vs. Matt Hardy vs. Mideon vs. Road Dogg vs. Rodney vs. Sho Funaki vs. Steve Blackman vs. Steven Regal vs. TAKA Michinoku vs. The Rock vs. Triple H vs. Val Venis

Card is Subject to Change

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I have to say your work-rate on this has been really impressive which shows you're into it. I've been reading and I have a couple of thoughts on what's happened so far.

- Mick Foley winning the belt at Mania, I wasn't too upset with it happening, but Mick immediately retiring straight afterwards with no-one coming out to bitch about it? That doesn't seem likely, especially from someone like HHH. HHH lost his title to a man who's career he had ended, surely he would have tried to make a parting shot on Mick himself?

- The double elimination tournament. Is this not a little bit overkill? It's a novel idea and that's always to be commended but EVERY single superstar now has to lose twice over the next few week's to Backlash. I hope you've planned this carefuly to limit the field or this will be a massive clusterfuck. So far I believe that only Big Show has been eliminated. Do tag team matches count? This seems very complicated and in many ways, too complex for the WWF to pull off at that time. Remember in 2000 the internet wasn't AS widespread as it was today. You would be alienating a hell of a lot of casual fans by featuring this very complex tournament on the show to my mind. Furthermore, if EVERY WWF superstar is in the tournament, where are the Divas. Or is it just assumed they don't count?

- Having said all of that, I feel your undercard is taking shape quite nicely. I like how you're capitalising on the oht tag division by continuing to have Hardyz Dudleys and E & C in everyone's business. I'm not against the APA being in there either. I also like the interaction between the Radicalz and Jericho. I'd quite like an angle where they try to recruit Jericho, since he was one of the first big names to jump ship and could have fit the group quite well. Regardless, a Benoit/Jericho feud has my interest. The only quible I have is that Kurt Angle seems to have forgave and forgot losing all his titles. I understand he wants to chase the WWF title but at this point I don't feel he was nearly ready to have that responsibility. Hotshotting the title onto Angle will not do your booking any favours IMO.

One thing which is also glaring out at me from your last show is the Women's match. Stephanie defends her title, so HHH comes out and helps her win. Fine. Is a SLEDGEHAMMER really necessary to accomplish that? It seems, along with a number of other things, overkill.

Please don't take these criticims too harshly, I'm just offering my opinion. To your credit, you've clearly been working hard on this so keep going and good luck with getting the Backlash card together.

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