From the Shelf- WWF Smackdown! 2-3-2000
Posted by Dylan Diot on 09.26.2013
The Radicalz make their in ring debut and the wrestling improves, I wonder if there is a connection?....
Cactus Jack comes out with the Radicalz to start. He says they’re his guests tonight but he plans on changing that. He claims that they want to take on the best and the only place to do that is in the WWF. He calls out Triple H to give the Radicalz their contract or they’ll have a two hour sit-down. DX comes out and Triple H claims they are all about competition. Stephanie tells them they have to prove their stripes and she says they are not worthy to compete in the WWF. She calls them average and Triple H gives them a chance tonight. He books Malenko vs. X-Pac, Outlaws vs. Guerrero and Saturn, and Triple H vs. Benoit only happens if can win one of those matches, as they need to win two of three matches to get contracts. Cactus Jack says he’ll watch backstage with a 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire to prevent interference in the matches.
Patterson and Brisco has the Diva’s pull straws for the right to face Harvey Whippleman for the women’s title and Jacqueline wins. The Diva’s then begin to brawl.
Mae Young complains to Mark Henry about not getting the title shot so Mark plans to cheer her up with baby stuff.
X-Pac w/Tori vs. Dean Malenko
Feeling out process to start and X-Pac takes control early. Leg lariat by Malenko and he charges in the corner but eats boot. Powerslam by Malenko gets 2. Spin kick by X-Pac and he hammers away on Malenko. X-Pac presses Malenko to the mat for 2 and he grabs a chinlock. Malenko fights out and catches X-Pac with a Dragon screw leg sweep. Spin kick in the corner by X-Pac and he goes for the Bronco Buster but misses. Corner clothesline by Malenko and he hits a Brainbuster for 2. Malenko blocks the X-Factor and he grabs the Texas Cloverleaf but X-Pac makes the ropes. Tori distracts the ref allowing X-Pac to go low and hit the X-Factor for 3. Winner- X-Pac **1/2 ( Sweet four minute sprint from both guysm as the match was all action and they went at a fast, exciting pace. )
DX celebrate X-Pac’s win when Big Show comes in. He says he has slow motion proof for Triple H and shows it on a TV. He shows Rock’s feet hitting the floor so Triple H makes Show vs. Rock at No Way Out with Rock’s title shot on the line.
Rock tells Kevin Kelly to have a tall glass of shut up juice and kicks him off screen. He says that with Show’s size he doesn’t have the symbolic gift of greatness like Rock’s Brama Bull. He promises to kick Show’s candy ass at No Way Out and then says he’ll do the same to Angle and Tazz tonight.
Mark Henry continues to give gifts to Mae Young.
Kurt Angle vs. Tazz vs. The Rock
Angle says he can relate his loss to Rock on Monday to a loser town like Detroit. Unlike Detroit, Angle will bounce back. Tazz attacks Angle before Rock even comes out. Rock comes out and cleans house on Tazz and Angle. He goes low on Tazz and hits some rights to Angle. Overhead belly to belly suplex by Angle to Rock and he and Tazz stomp away on Rock in the corner. Overhead belly to belly suplex to Angle by Tazz but he walks into a clothesline from Rock. Rock dumps Angle to the floor and follows out where Tazz fires away with rights. Angle dumps Tazz into the crowd and follows out. They brawl in the crowd and now Rock joins in. Rock rams their heads together and back in, Rock knocks Angle off the apron. Northern lights suplex by Tazz gets 2. Rock goes for the Rock Bottom but Angle breaks it up. Clothesline to Rock and Tazz catches Angle in the Tazzmission. Rock breaks it up so Tazz nails him with a clothesline for 2 as Angle saves. Angle and Tazz work over Rock in the corner and Rock hits a DDT to Tazz. Spinebuster to Angle and he hits the Rock Bottom to Tazz. Rock Bottom to Angle gets 2 as Show pulls Rock out of the ring!!! Show attacks Rock on the floor as Angle covers Tazz for 3!!! Show chokeslams Rock on the floor to leave him lying. Winner- Kurt Angle *** ( Super fun match as Tazz and Angle got to look strong against Rock and any combination of the three was enjoyable to watch. )
New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) vs. Eddie Guerrero and Perry Saturn
Gunn and Guerrero starts. Gunn hammers away in the corner but Eddie fights back with rights and uppercuts. Gunn presses Guerrero onto the top turnbuckle and he knocks him down. Press slam to Saturn and Road Dogg tags in. He stomps away in the corner but walks into a clothesline from Saturn on the apron. Guerrero stomps away and he tags Saturn. Northern lights suplex by Saturn and he grabs the Rings of Saturn but Road Dogg makes the ropes to break. Saturn puts Road Dogg on top and follows up. Road Dogg fights him off and goes for a second rope crossbody but Saturn rolls through into the Rings of Saturn but Gunn breaks it up. Tag to Guerrero and Gunn and Guerrero misses a dropkick. Gunn hits a back elbow to Saturn and he hits the Jackhammer to Guerrero. Fameasser by Gunn gets 1 as Saturn saves. Back suplex by Saturn and Eddie goes up. Frog Splash by Eddie gets 2 as Road Dogg pulls the ref out of the ring!!! Guerrero hurt his elbow as Saturn clotheslines Gunn out of the ring. Road Dogg covers Guerrero for 3. Winners- New Age Outlaws **1/4 ( This was a weird match. The Outlaws actually played the babyfaces in peril so it created a confusing dynamic with the Outlaws getting sympathy even though Guerrero and Saturn were fighting for their jobs. These guys didn’t seem to click either and Eddie’s unfortunate injury didn’t help things either. )
Triple H says that even though the Radicalz lost their chance at contracts, he’ll face Benoit anyway.
Al Snow gets Steve Blackman to wear a cheese hat since they didn’t lose to the Outlaws on Monday.
The Hollys (Hardcore and Crash Holly) vs. Al Snow and Steve Blackman
Crash and Snow start and Snow stomps away. Gordbuster in the ropes by Snow and Blackman drops Crash face first onto the steps. Back in, Snow covers for 2 and he knocks Crash down. Tag to Blackman and they double team Crash. Backbreaker by Blackman and he hits some fist drops to Crash. Tag to Snow and they wishbone Crash. Headscissors by Crash drives Snow into the corner and he tags Hardcore who cleans house. Dropkick to Blackman and he hits a Jackknife powerbomb to Snow for 2 as Blackman saves. Hardcore goes up but Snow crotches him and follows up. Superplex by Snow gets 2 as Crash saves. Snow goes for the Snow Plow but Crash comes off the top with a crossbody to block. Snow rolls through and covers Hardcore for 3. Hardcore beats up Crash after the match. Winners- Al Snow and Steve Blackman *1/2 ( I’m actually enjoying the Blackman/Snow tag matches as these mesh well together and look like a force to be reckoned with. Match was fine but the finish was a bit messed up. )
Rikishi vs. Big Show
Samoan Drop by Rikishi and he hits an arm drag to Show!!! Rights in the corner by Rikishi and he hits a hip check into the corner. Belly to belly suplex by Rikishi and he hits a leg drop for 2. Chokeslam by Show gets 2!!! Show grabs a chair and goes to hit Rikishi but Rikishi superkicks it back in his face. Show recovers and nails Rikishi with the chair for the DQ. After the match, Too Cool comes out and Show lays them out with Chokeslams. Rock comes out and he nails Show with the chair. Rock Bottom to Show and he leaves Show lying to return the favor from earlier. Winner by DQ- Rikishi * ( Too damn short which is disappointing cause I was enjoying the fast paced these big men were going at. )
Video package of the Dudley Boyz airs.
Triple H w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley vs. Chris Benoit
Benoit knocks HHH down and goes for the Crossface but HHH bails to the floor to block. Back in, HHH works Benoit over in the corner but Benoit fights back with chops. Back elbow by Benoit and he hits a snap suplex, forcing HHH to bail. Baseball slide by Benoit but HHH comes back with a drop toe hold sending Benoit face first into the steps. HHH sends Benoit into the steps and back in, he stomps away on Benoit. HHH chokes away on Benoit but Benoit fights back with rights. High knee by HHH gets 2. Benoit works HHH over in the corner but HHH stops that with a knee to the midsection. Clothesline by Benoit and he hits a back suplex for 2. Rolling German suplexes by Benoit and he goes up. HHH shoves the ref into the ropes causing Benoit to get crotched on the top rope. HHH follows up and he hits a superplex to Benoit for 2. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Benoit blocks and catapults HHH into the ref. Crossface by Benoit and HHH taps but there is no ref!!! Benoit goes to check on the ref and then catches HHH in the Crossface again. HHH grabs the ropes to break once more. Facebuster by HHH but Benoit comes back with a clothesline. Benoit goes up and hits the Diving head butt off the top for 2!!! HHH goes low and hits the Pedigree for 3. Winner- Triple H ***1/4 ( Very good in ring debut for Benoit. They had a very competitive contest and Benoit already looked like he belonged with the WWF main event group. Props to Triple H as well for making Benoit to look so strong. )
The 411: Best Raw or Smackdown! of 2000 so far. The Radicalz have already improved the quality of the wrestling on their first night as in ring competitors and I feel that the rest of the show got an added boost of energy because of it. Minimal crap and a bunch of good, exciting matches makes this a must watch episode of Smackdown!