From The Shelf- WWF Smackdown! 1-27-2000
Posted by Dylan Diot on 09.24.2013
The lack of depth in the mid-card is exposed....
Al Snow puts bunny ears on Steve Blackman and tries to call their team the snow bunnies but again Blackman is having none of it.
Mr. Ass vs. Al Snow
If Snow wins, he and Blackman get a tag title shot on Raw. Ass misses a dropkick but Snow misses an elbow drop. Crossbody by Ass gets 2 and he chokes away. Avalanche in the corner by Ass and he charges but Snow low bridges him to the floor. Back in, Snow goes for a suplex but Ass blocks and he suplexes Snow to the floor. Snow trips Ass up and goes low to come back. Back in, Snow hits a backbreaker and he goes up. Top rope legdrop by Snow misses and Ass hits a reverse atomic drop. Atomic drops by Ass he hits a backdrop. Jackhammer by Ass and Snow distracts the ref which allows Blackman to come out. Ass blocks a kendo stick shot and he nails both Blackman and Snow with it for the DQ. Winner by DQ- Al Snow * ( Match had little heat and these two guys did not click at all. I donít know what it is but Al Snow has been all kinds of terrible lately. )
HHH tells Stephanie what happened on Monday wonít happen again as he books Rock and Rikishi against each other tonight. Big Show comes in and shows HHH some pictures that prove he won the Royal Rumble. HHH tells Show he needs something better like an eye witness. He tells Show he has a favor for him tonight and tells him to get ready.
Cactus Jack comes out and says that while Sunday was one of the best moments of his life, he was disappointed he didnít win the WWF Championship. Cactus all he cared about was maiming the Game and he says HHH looked like he survived a trip through hell. Cactus calls out Triple H but Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley comes out instead. Stephanie says HHH already proved he was better than Cactus but Cactus claims HHH has no balls so Stephanie slaps him!!! Cactus says that instead of slapping Stephanie again, he challenges her again to slap him in order to see what happens. Cactus begs Stephanie to slap him again but Cactusí antics scare her out of the ring. Cactus says heís going to leave but he tells HHH that if he wants to finish was Cactus started, heíll be ready.
Hardcore Holly tries to get the team back together but Crash says heís happy with his new partner. Hardcore says heíll just take out Viscera instead.
Edge and Christian vs. Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
They brawl to start and Bubba dumps Edge to the floor. Edge trips up Bubba as Christian hits a back suplex to D-Von. Missile dropkick to the back of Bubba by Edge and Christian follows up with a swinging neckbreaker. Double flapjack to D-Von gets 2 and Bubba gets a cheap shot, allowing D-Von to hit Paroxysm. D-Von goes up and connects with the Whatís Up for 2. Leaping back elbow by D-Von and he tags Bubba. He hammers away on Christian in the corner and he knocks him down with a head butt. Dropping head but to the midsection by Bubba and he hits a backdrop. Neck twist by Bubba but Christian starts to fight out so Bubba hits a samoan drop. Bubba goes to the second rope but Christian stops him and follows up. Frankensteiner off the top by Christian and Edge tags in. Edge cleans house and he hits a DDT to D-Von for 2. Double backdrop to Bubba and Christian hits a springboard crossbody to the floor on Bubba. Spear to D-Von by Edge gets 3. Winners- Edge and Christian **1/2 ( Super energetic and fun tag team match. The matches between these two teams would only get better and the Dudley Boyz have been awesome these last couple of shows. )
After the match, the Dudley Boyz lay out Edge and Christian with 3Ds. Bubba sets up a table on the floor and he puts Edge on the table. Bubba POWERBOMBS CHRISTIAN OFF THE APRON ONTO EDGE THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!
HHH tries to comfort Stephanie backstage but Kane barges in looking for X-Pac. HHH says heís not here but he can have X-Pac on Raw if he can beat Big Show tonight.
Viscera vs. Hardcore Holly
Rights by Hardcore to start but Viscera dumps him to the floor. Back in, Viscera hits a spinning heel kick. Dropkick by Hardcore and he works over Viscera in the corner as Crash Holly comes out. Avalanche in the corner by Viscera and he hits the Samoan Drop for 3. Winner- Viscera * ( Very dull match as you could not get me invested in Holly as a sympathetic babyface. )
After the match, Viscera looks to do more damage but Crash jumps on the back of Viscera to stop him. The Hollys double team Viscera and they clothesline him out of the ring.
Big Show reminds HHH heís doing him a favor so he better not abuse the privilege.
Kane w/Tori vs. Big Show
If Kane wins he gets a match with X-Pac Monday. Kane attacks to start but Show stomps away in the corner. Superkick by Show and he chokes Kane in the ropes. Enzugiri by Kane and he chokes away on Show in the corner. Side Russian leg sweep by Show and Kane bails to the floor. Show goes to suplex him back in but Kane snaps his neck off the ropes to block. Show dumps Kane back to the floor and he follows out where he sends Kane into the steps. Back in, Show slams Kane but he misses an elbow drop. Uppercuts by Kane and X-Pac comes out. The distraction allows Show to attack from behind but Kane catches him with a DDT. X-Pac goes after Tori but Kane stops him. He goes for the Chokeslam but Show saves him and they double team Kane. Triple H and Billy Gunn lay out the ref and join in the attack. Triple H nails Kane with a chair and Show connects with a chokeslam. They drag Kane to the corner and Triple H ties Kane to the corner. X-Pac tells Kane the story of his Christmas date with Tori. He claims Tori seduced him and brags about the things Tori did to him in the hotel room. Tori begins to leave the ring but then stays in and makes out with X-Pac!!!!! X-Pac leaves with Tori. Match ends in a No-Contest *1/2 ( The match had its moments in the short time they were giving but it was all about the post match angle which was pretty great. X-Pac and Kaneís feud was actually pretty good and the Tori turn was an awesome twist. )
Godfather and DíLo Brown w/Hoes vs. Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay)
Brown and Scotty start. Suplex by Scotty and he tags Sexay. Drop toe hold by Brown but Sexay comes back with a springboard crossbody. Superkick by Sexay and he hits a second rope bulldog. Tag to Scotty and Brown hits a leg lariat. Tag to Godfather and he cleans house. Side kick by Godfather and he goes for the Ho Train but misses. Too Cool begin to dance and Godfather decides to party with them and the hoes instead. A big dance party takes place in the ring. Mark Henry and Mae Young then come out and Mark Henry says they have an announcement to make. Mae Young is PREGNANT!!!!! Mark Henry want to party but the announcement stopped everyone in their tracks. Match ends in a No-Contest * ( The match was fine but the stuff at the end was so stupid and pointless. )
The Mean Street Posse make short jokes at a passing Tazz so Tazz challenges all three of them to a match.
Mean Street Posse (Rodney, Pete Gas, and Joey Abs) vs. Tazz
Tazz toys with Rodney to start and Abs tags in. Abs works over Tazz in the corner and Gas tags in. He chokes Tazz in the corner with his boot and the Posse work him over in the corner. Clothesline by Tazz to Gas and he locks in the Tazzmission. Gas gives up. Winner- Tazz DUD ( This should have made Tazz look like a killer but he actually SOLD for the Posse and the Posse looked green as hell. Rodney in particular was awful, blowing a lot of spots. )
After the match, Kurt Angle attacks Tazz from behind and rolls him into the ring. Olympic Slam to Tazz and he locks Tazz in a Rear Naked Choke.
Crash tells Hardcore heís going to do what Hardcore couldnít do, win the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
The Rock vs. Rikishi
Before the match, Rock mocks Big Showís bitching about his Royal Rumble loss. Rights by Rock to start but Rikishi returns the favor. Clothesline by Rock but Rikishi comes back with a Samoan drop. Head butt by Rikishi and he goes for the Ass Avalanche but misses. Spinebuster by Rock gets 2 and he hits some rights. Clothesline by Rock and he chokes Rikishi in the ropes. Rock goes for a suplex but Rikishi blocks and reverses to his own for 2. Samoan drop by Rock gets 2 and he hits some rights. Rikishi knocks Rock down but Rock comes back with a DDT that has no effect. Superkick by Rikishi and he goes for the Rikishi Driver but Rock escapes. He goes for the Rock Bottom but he collapses under the weight of Rikishi!!! Rock connects with the Rock Bottom on the second attempt!!! Rights by Rock and he knocks Rikishi down. Rikishi sends Rock into the ref by mistake and he connects with a belly to belly suplex. Rikishi goes up and hits the Bonzai Drop. Big Show comes out and connects with a clothesline on Rikishi for the DQ. Winner by DQ- Rikishi **1/4 ( Way too short but it was a very action packed match that with more time could have been really good. )
After the match, Show lays out Rock with a chokeslam and Triple H comes out to lay Rikishi out with a Pedigree. They continue to work on Rock and Rikishi as Too Cool come out to make the save. They get laid out as well as Show finishes the job with a double Chokeslam. Triple H and Big Show stand tall to end the show.
The 411: The angles for the most part were good. The Dudley Boyz are becoming the act I want to watch the most on each episode of Raw and Smackdown! and the Kane/X-Pac feud is picking up steam once again. However, there is a big problem with the lack of depth in the mid-card. I'm having to sit through pointless matches with guys that have not been a feature on WWF TV in months instead of showcasing the better, more fresh talent like Angle, Jericho, or Tazz and it's bringing the shows down. However, a MAJOR boost to the mid-card is just around the corner.