August 31, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

Triple H, X-Pac, Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Tori & Eddie Guerrero) vs. The Rock, Cactus Jack, Rikishi & Tool Cool (WWF Raw is War, Dallas TX, 2/7/00)
So after two more years of WCW’s BS, Malenko and friends finally make their way to the WWF to form a stable better known as the Radicalz. They were given main event slots right from the get-go by dealing with DX and making nice with Foley when they first came into the company, but then they turned on Foley making them instant heels who just so happen are beloved for their wrestling abilities. Guerrero dislocated his elbow during his first WWF match with the Outlaws a week before on Smackdown, which is why he’s not in on this one. First of all, this WWF crowd is so into what they are watching. Big ten-man brawl to start. Rock and H fight up the aisle way, including Hunter taking a suplex on the ramp. Meanwhile in the ring, Grandmaster Sexay tries to get the match going with X-Pac. He misses a flying knee drop, however, and Perry Saturn tags in. He runs into a powerslam as Scotty 2 Hotty gets a tag. They give Saturn a Too Cool elbow drop. S2H hits the Bulldog to set up the WORM! W—O—R—M! It connects! Malenko knees S2H from the apron, but then he turns around into a release double hook suplex. Malenko tags and tries a suplex, but S2H counters and gives Malenko a reverse suplex! Rikishi tags and NO-SELLS Malenko’s corner clothesline, so he drills him with a clothesline of his own. Malenko tries a sunset flip, but that’s stupid. Rikishi teases a butt drop, but Malenko gets out of the way and tags Benoit. He runs right into a Samoan Drop, but then delivers a German Suplex! Rikishi then reverses a corner whip and catches Benoit for a belly-to-belly suplex. Benoit reverts to the corner and gets splashed, as Cactus tags. He assaults Benoit down into the corner and then goes after HHH. He punches H onto the announce table, but Saturn and X-Pac make the save. Back in, H tags and kicks Cactus down in the corner. X-Pac tags in and takes a swinging neckbreaker. HOT TAG TO ROCK! He lays the Smackdown on X-Pac! Spinebuster to Malenko! Spinebuster to Benoit! ROCK BOTTOM to X-Pac! Cover, 1-2-NO! Triple H makes the save. PEDIGREE to Rock? No! Rikishi saves him with a superkick! He did it for the Rock. He did it for the people. Saturn hits Rock with a superkick to put him down anyway. X-Pac sets up for the Bronco Buster, but Rock explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. GMS tags in and hits the HIP HOP DROP (guillotine leg drop WITH the shades on). Instead of covering the man, GMS moonwalks and gets tripped up by Eddie Guerrero. Haha. GMS looks at Eddie, then turns around into an X-Pac spin kick. HHH tags and hits the Harley Race high knee. *A-hole* chant goes up. Saturn and Benoit tag and do the DOUBLE SNOT BLOW off a double back elbow. I love it. Benoit hits a back suplex for two. HHH tags back in and tells the faces to “SUCK IT!” to draw them in so DX and the Radicalz can quintriple-team GMS in the corner. GMS gets fed to the Radicals for a bit until he counters a double-backdrop into a double-DDT on Benoit and Malenko. HOT TAG TO CACTUS! Oh, wait, sorry ref Earl Hebner didn’t see the tag. I think H and the Radicalz missed their cue to come in though. Another ten-man brawl erupts, but all that matters is H hitting the PEDIGREE on GMS to set up a Benoit Swandive Headbutt. Benoit, who is the legal man, covers for 1-2-3. (10:13) After the match, all of DX and the Radicalz do a number on the face team. That is, until Kane and Paul Bearer return (from being gone a week or two?) to chokeslam the heels…and you know there’ll be HELL TO PAY! If there was ever an underappreciated Raw classic, this is it. ****Ľ

wordpress stats plugin