June 23, 2007
WWF King of the Ring
June 25, 2000
Live from the FleetCenter in Boston, Mass.
This is the 8th annual King of the Ring PPV, and with all the great talent the WWF had in 2000, they actually expanded the tournament by having 32 men participate. After the first two rounds only 8 remain to contend for the prestigious KOTR crown. Plus the Rock and Triple H continue their war, but this time they square off in a six-man tag, with Rock teaming with Kane and the returning Undertaker against Triple H, Vince and Shane McMahon, with the WWF Championship hanging in the balance.
The show kicks off with a video package showing some of the past King's of the Ring, including Steve Austin, Triple H, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Billy Gunn and Ken Shamrock (no clips of Mabel) before spotlighting the participants in tonight's tournament. We also get hype for the six-man match for the WWF Championship.
After the intro our announcers for the evening, Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler, welcome us to the show.
KING OF THE RING QUATERFINALS
Match #1: Chris Benoit vs. Rikishi
Rikishi qualified for the PPV by defeating Shane McMahon in the first round by disqualification and by pinning Scotty 2 Holly in the second round. Chris Benoit made it to the PPV by pinning Road Dogg in the first round and beating X-Pac in the second. Also three days before the PPV on Smackdown Rikishi beat Benoit to win the Intercontinental Title, so Benoit has revenge on his mind.
Benoit and Rikishi exchange punches to start, with Benoit getting the advantage and chopping Rikishi into a corner. Benoit kicks Rikishi repeatedly before Rikishi shoves him away. Rikishi floors Benoit with several hard right hands before planting him with a Samoan Drop. Benoit rolls out of the ring to the outside but Rikishi follows him out and rams him into the ringsteps. Rikishi rolls Benoit back into the ring but misses a clothesline. Benoit applies a waistlock and tries to suplex him but can't get him up. Rikishi hits several elbows to the head but Benoit clubs him in the back and manages to suplex the 400+lb Samoan. Benoit goes for the cover but Rikishi kicks out. Benoit fights Rikishi into a corner and hits several punches to Rikishi's arm. Benoit applies a headlock on Rikishi, who's draped across the ropes, and Benoit is forced to break it. Benoit contines kicking Rikish before applying a standing Crossface. Rikishi drops to his knee but gets back to his feet. Benoit forces him back into the corner and hits several chops. Benoit goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses and sends Benoit into the corner. Rikishi tries an avalance but Benoit moves out of the way and Rikishi hits the turnbuckles. Benoit locks on the Crippler Crossface but Rikishi holds on and manages to reach the ropes, prompting the referee to force a break. Frustrated, Benoit heads out and brings a steel chair into the ring. Benoit climbs back into the ring and clobbers Rikishi with the chair, getting himself disqualified and eliminated from the tournament.
Winner by disqualification: Rikishi (3:25)
Benoit continues to wear out Rikishi with the chair before applying the Crossface again. The referee signals for help and a number of officials storm the ring to get Benoit off Rikishi. They succeed, after which Benoit climbs to the top rope. The officials try to stop him, but Benoit leaps over all the referees and nails Rikishi with the diving headbutt. Benoit applies the Crossface a third time and the officials pry him off. Benoit heads to the back, leaving Rikishi laying in the ring.
Comments: Had the makings of a good match and was starting to get going but was cut off way too soon with a lame DQ finish. I imagine this was done so Benoit wouldn't have to job to Rikishi twice in a row. Personally I don't see why Benoit couldn't have got the win since he already did the job for Rikishi. The diving headbutt over the referees was cool, though. 5/10
We get a recap of Linda McMahon's arrival at the show earlier on Sunday Night Heat before we cut to Vince McMahon backstage with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon & Shane McMahon. They're worried that Linda's appearance will set Vince off, but Vince promises that tonight, he's not going to blow his stack, that he's going to be "Joe Cool". Vince leaves but the others still have their doubts.
After Benoit's assault on Rikishi is replayed, Michael Cole interviews Benoit on why he threw away his chance to become King of the Ring. Benoit says the world knows he's the greatest technical wrestler in the WWF, and that he does what he wants, when he wants, and no one can stop him. Didn't Hardcore Holly do the same thing the previous year?
Match #2: Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) vs. Val Venis (w/Trish Stratus)
Winner meets Rikishi in the semifinals. Val got onto the PPV by beating Al Snow in he first round and Jeff Hardy in the second round. Eddie (who's still the European Champion, BTW) qualified for what would be his only KOTR tournament appearance by pinning Matt Hardy in the first round and by defeating Chyna in the second. Also three days earlier on Smackdown Val attacked Eddie with the Big Bossman's nightstick.
Val starts off by trying to intimidate Eddie, with little success. Both men lock up and Val shoves Eddie across the ring. Eddie comes in again but misses a clothesline and Val lands some shots. Val rams Eddie into a corner and stomps him down before choking him with his boot. Val goes for a whip but Eddie reverses and sends Val into the corner hard. Eddie connects with a dropkick to the face followed by some shots to the back. Eddie whips Val into the ropes, Val hops over Eddie and runs into a spinning heel kick. Val comes back with several hard chops and punches. Eddie runs under a clothesline and jumps at Val. Val catches him but Eddie manages to send him to the outside with a Frankensteiner over the ropes. Eddie goes to the outside and tries to whip Val into the ringsteps, but Val counters and drops Eddie onto the security wall. Val gets in several shots before throwing Eddie back into the ring. Val starts climbing up to the top rope but Eddie cuts him off and hits a superplex. Eddie rolls over for the cover but only gets two.
Eddie lands an uppercut, then whips Val into the ropes and trips him with a drop toe hold. Eddie applies a surfboard which he turns into a Dragon sleeper, but Val escapes by raking Eddie's eyes. Eddie rams Val into a corner and hits several shoulderblocks to the back, capping off with a dropkick. Eddie pins Val with a backslide but Val kicks out at 2. Eddie goes for a whip but Val reverses and drives Eddie into the mat. Val hits a thumb to the eye before whipping Eddie into the ropes and flooring him with a back elbow. Val nails an elbow drop and goes for the pin but Eddie kicks out. Val connects with a backbreaker then bends Eddie over his knee in a submission move. After several seconds Val rolls Eddie to the mat then whips him into the ropes. Val lifts Eddie up and Eddie counters with head scissors. Eddie plants Val with a suplex then climbs to the top. Eddie goes for the Frogsplash, Val moves but Eddie rolls out of it to his feet. Val plants Eddie with a spinebuster then climbs to the top. Val leaps off for the Moneyshot but Eddie gets his knees up to block it. Eddie follows with an Oklahoma Roll for a near fall.
Eddie whips Val into the ropes but puts his head down and Val counters with a backslide attempt which turns into a Russian leg sweep. Val covers Eddie but Eddie kicks out. Val goes a whip, Eddie reverses and sends Val into a corner. Eddie runs at him but eats a back elbow. Val tries to pin Eddie while putting his feet on the ropes but Eddie kicks out. Val attempts a suplex, but Eddie counters with a fury of headbutts. Eddie sets Val on the top turnbuckle, then climbs up. Val shoves him off but Eddie lands on his feet, climbs back up and plants Val with a hurancanrana. Trish Stratus hops onto the apron and starts distracting the referee, prompting Chyna to pull her off to the floor. Eddie looks on, allowing Val to club him from behind. Val then grabs Chyna by the hair and pulls her up to the apron. He tries to slug her, but Chyna blocks it and pops Val. Val stumbles into a rollup by Eddie for a near fall. Eddie tries to suplex Val, Val reverses into a waistlock, Eddie reverses into a waistlock, but Val counters and plants Eddie with a Fishermans' Suplex that gets him the 3 count and the win. Eddie is eliminated and Val moves on to face Rikishi in the semifinals.
Winner: Val Venis (8:04)
Comments: This was a very good match between the two, and the crowd was into it. The finish, however, seemed a little abrupt. It's also a shame that Val got the win, since Eddie was more over with the fans. We might have a had a decent Eddie vs. Rikishi match, or even better Eddie vs. Benoit. But alas we instead have Rikishi vs. Val. 8/10
Backstage Pat Patterson is getting suggestions from the costume woman on what to wear for his Hardcore Championship Evening Gown match later. The woman says she's no miracle worker.
Elsewhere Jonathan Coachman asks Rikishi if he'll be able to face Val Venis. Long story short Rikishi basically says yes.
Match #3: Crash Holly vs. Bull Buchanan
Crash got his Cinderella run started by upsetting Albert in the first round and beating Hardcore Holly in the second round by DQ after Gerald Brisco nailed him with a 2x4 and pinned him to take his Hardcore Title. Bull Buchanan (yes, HIM) got on the PPV by beating Steve Blackman in the first round and Perry Saturn in the second.
Bull looks down at Crash to start. Crash ducks a roundhouse right and lands some shots to the face. Bull responds with a right hand then throws Crash through the ropes. Crash quickly scrambles back in and lands some more quick shots. Bull floors him with another right then throws him out of the ring again. Crash quickly comes back in a second time and goes for more shots. Bull floors him with ANOTHER right hand then plants him with a press slam. Bull whips Crash into the ropes and hits a clothesline. Bull hits a couple of backbreakers before lifting Crash to his feet and flooring him with a boot to the face. Crash tries to fight back until Bull rams him into the corner. Bull pummels Crash with shots to the chest then whips Crash into the opposite corner. Bull chokes Crash with a chokehold and releases it before the five count. Crash gets in a kick, and Bull responds with a punch to the face. Bull then drilsl Crash with a delayed suplex. Bull goes for the cover but Crash kicks out at 2. Bull throws Crash through the ropes to the outside before hitting an axehandle from the apron. Bull whips Crash into the security wall before throwing him back into the ring and nailing a hard shot. Bull rams Crash into a corner and hits several hard shots to the face. Bull whips Crash into the ropes and floors him with a boot to the face. Bull follows up with a kick to the back. Crash starts making a comeback but Bull stops that with a knee to the chest. Bull scoops Crash up and Crash counters with a cradle for a near fall. Bull nails a clothesline, then whips Crash into the ropes and drills him with a flapjack. Bull then goes for a scissors kick, but misses, and Crash quickly rolls Bull up with a cradle to get the 1 .2 .3 for the upset pin!
Winner: Crash Holly (4:07)
Comments: Slow, dull match that was saved by Crash getting the clean pin. You have to wonder why Buchanan was even on the PPV to begin with, what with the talent the WWF had in 2000. At least the more entertaining one is moving on, so we're thankful for that. 3/10
Backstage Linda McMahon is on the phone when Vince struts in and starts talking down at her, bringing up all the times she meddled in his affairs. Linda asks Vince about the six-man tag match, asking if he, Triple H and Shane are man enough to do it straight-up, or if there's going to be lots of interference just like last Thursday on Smackdown. Vince nearly loses his composure, then reminds her that it was her idea to have the WWF Title on the line, which all but ensures that his team with be victorious since The Rock, The Undertaker, and Kane all want the title and will start fighting amongst themselves. Vince agrees to have no interference, promising his team will be on top regardless.
Match #4: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho
Winner to meet Crash in the semifinals. Kurt Angle began his drive to destiny by pinning Bradshaw in the first round and Bubba Ray Dudley in the second round. Chris Jericho made it to the PPV after beating Test in the first round and Edge in the second round. Before the match Angle gets on the mic and says it's a special night in his life. He promises to do something that the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox couldn't do: bring home the big one. Angle also insults the crowd and their accent, calling them drunk and unemployed. Jericho grabs a mic and tells Angle not to sell himself short, sayng he's already a king: the king of goofy ring attire, the king of all the nerds, and most importantly, the king of the 30-year old virgins. Jericho wraps up by calling Angle a royal pain in the @**.
Jericho gets in the first shots until Angle rakes his eyes. Angle punches Jericho into a corner then whips him into the opposite corner. Angle charges at Jericho and eats a boot to the face. Jericho charges at Angle but runs into an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Angle goes for the cover and Jericho kicks out. Angle whips Jericho into the ropes but Jericho ducks under a clothesline and nails a flying forearm. Jericho lands several chops then goes for a whip. Angle reverses and sends Jericho into the ropes but puts his head down and Jericho kicks him in the face. Jericho runs toward Angle and gets backdropped over the top rope but lands on his feet on the apron, climbs to the top rope and connects with a missile dropkick. Jericho covers Angle but only gets two. Jericho chops Angle into a corner then attempts a whip but Angle reverses and Jericho is sent into the corner. Angle charges at Jericho but Y2J sidesteps and Angle hits the turnbuckle. Jericho drills Angle with a bulldog, then hits the Lionsault. Jericho goes for the cover and the referee counts 1 .2 .but Angle gets his foot on the bottom rope before the 3.
Angle tries to stand up on the apron and Jericho knocks him off with a springboard dropkick. Jericho goes to the outside and whips Angle into the security wall. Jericho charges at him but Angle hip-tosses him over the barrier into the crowd. Angle brings Jericho back to ringside, Jericho gets in some shots and tries to whip Angle but Angle reverses and sends Jericho into the ringsteps. Angle rolls Jericho back into the ring and suplexes him to the mat, then goes for the cover but only gets 2. Angle applies a chinlock combined with a grapevine. Jericho fights out of it, comes off the ropes, slides under Angle and hits an underhook backbreaker. Jericho covers Angle but Angle grabs the ropes to stop the count. Jericho whips Angle into the ropes and goes for a drop kick but Angle fakes him out by holding the ropes. Angle catapults Jericho into the turnbuckles and follows up with a suplex. Angle goes for the pin but gets only 2. Both men start exchanging punches before Angle whips Jericho into the ropes and hits a clothesline. Angle covers Jericho for another near fall. Angle rams Jericho into a turnbuckle and chokes him with his boot. After referee Teddy Long reprimands him, Angle goes back to Jericho, and Jericho fights out of the corner. Jericho whips Angle into the ropes but misses a clothesline and Angle plants Jericho with a German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Angle starts getting frustrated that he can't put Y2J away. Jericho gets to his feet in a corner and Angle lands some punches and kicks. The referee reprimands Angle again after which Jericho rams him into the bottom rope. Jericho punches Angle into a corner and lands some chops. Jericho whips Angle into the opposite corner and charges at him but runs into a boot from Angle. Angle climbs to the second rope and poses for the crowd, allowing Jericho to drop kick him in the chest. Jericho climbs up and throws Angle off the top with a hurricanrana.
Both men get to their feet and Angle goes right after Jericho but Jericho stops him with punches to the head. Jericho whips Angle into the ropes and floors him with a back elbow. Jericho goes for a whip, Angle reverses but Jericho nails a spinning heel kick. Jericho goes for the pin but Angle kicks out. Jericho whips Angle from one corner to the other. Angle staggers out of the corner, Jericho comes off the ropes but Angle floors him with a clothesline. Angle covers Jericho but gets 2. Angle tries to whip Jericho into the ropes, Jericho counters but misses a clothesline. Angle goes for the Olympic Slam but Jericho escapes. Angle misses a right hand and Jericho trips Angle by the leg before applying the Walls of Jericho. Angle tries to block it while Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley comes out with her Women's Championship belt in hand. Stephanie tries to climb into the ring and Long stops her while Jericho gets Angle in the Walls of Jericho. Angle starts tapping out, but Long is distracted by Stephanie and misses it. Jericho releases the hold and starts arguing with the referee. Angle hits Jericho from behind, causing him to knock out Teddy Long. Stephanie comes into the ring, pleased at the turn of events. She swings her Women's title belt at Jericho, but Jericho moves and Stephanie accidentally nails Angle. Jericho grabs Stephanie by the head, blocks a slap, and kisses her. However Angle gets to his feet and plants Jericho with the Olympic Slam. Teddy Long regains his senses and counts the 1 .2 .3, giving Angle the victory and putting him in the semifinals against Crash.
Winner: Kurt Angle (9:50)
So our semifinal round has Kurt Angle vs. Crash Holly and Rikishi vs. Val Venis
Comments: Excellent match. While Stephanie's interference does cost it a point it still manages to be the match of the night. It's just a shame we had this match at so early in the show. Jericho and Angle should have been in separate quarterfinal matches so they could meet in the semifinals or even the final match.9/10
Backstage Shane talks with Vince about his encounter with Linda, saying he didn't keep his cool in promising no interference in their match. Vince says the no interference rule won't make a difference; he feels The Rock, Undertaker and Kane can't cooperate with each other when they each want to become WWF champion. Vince asks Shane where his confidence is, to remember his last name.
JR and Lawler take us to WWF New York, where we find Mick Foley at the bar, with Ivory serving drinks. Mick says some stuff, but it's hard to hear him over the fans. JR brings up the Hell In A Cell Match at King of the Ring '98. Foley says his pick in the tournament is Kurt Angle.
Match #5: WWF World Tag Team Titles Too Cool (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz (w/Lita) vs. T&A (w/Trish Stratus) vs.
Edge & Christian 4-Team Elimination Match
On the 5/29 Raw Too Cool beat Edge & Christian for the Tag belts. So E&C get their rematch but two other teams are in this match as well. Rules are two men (opponents) in the ring at a time, a tag can be made to any man, when one man is pinned the whole team is eliminated, and the last team remaining get the belts.
Before the match Edge and Christian come out to the ring and get on the mic to greet the people of "Beantown". Christian brings up some of Boston's greatest sports memories, one of which they picked for their 5-second pose. Edge removes his jacket to reveal a New York Mets jersey while Christian slips on a Red Sox jersey. They then proceed to reenact the infamous Bill Buckner error in the 1986 World Series.
Jeff Hardy and Albert start it off, with Albert pounding Jeff. Albert whips Jeff into the ropes and lifts him up for a gorilla press slam but Jeff escapes with a thumb to the eye. Jeff comes off the ropes but Albert backdrops him to the mat. Albert kicks Jeff in the chest then lifts him up for another press slam. Jeff counters by landing on his feet, causing Albert to fall onto his rear, then hits a drop kick to the face. Jeff goes for a whip, Albert counters but misses a clothesline, and Jeff slides under the bottom rope to the outside. Albert goes out after him but Jeff slides back in and tags Matt Hardy. Both Hardys whip Albert into the ropes and nail with a back elbow, following up with a double team. Matt covers Albert but Albert powers out of the pin at 2. Matt tries to whip Albert but Albert reverses and Trish trips Matt up from the outside, distracting him. Matt ducks under one clothesline but Albert clubs him from behind. Albert tags in Test and both men whip Matt into the ropes and plant him with a flapjack. Matt comes back and goes for a whip on Test. Test reverses, misses a clothesline, but floors Matt with a boot to the face. Test attempts to put Matt away with the Pump Handle Slam, Matt floats over and sets Test up for the Twist of Fate on Test, but Trish jumps onto the apron and gets Matt's attention. Matt takes a swing at her and misses, promoting Lita to nail Trish with a slightly-botched clothesline on the outside while Test clotheslines Matt in the ring. Test grabs Lita by the hair and she slaps him in the face causing him to stumble into a Twist of Fate from Matt. Matt goes for the cover but Albert breaks up the count. Lita gets on the apron when Albert grabs her by the neck and threatens to Baldobomb her, which Matt stops with a chopblock. At the same time Test knocks Jeff off the apron on the other side. Test kicks Matt in the chest and plants him with the Pump Handle Slam. Test covers Matt, but Jeff climbs to the top, leaps over the charging Albert and hits the Swanton Bomb on Test. Jeff sends Albert to the outside with a flying crossbody, but Matt rolls over and covers Test to get the three, eliminating T & A from the match at 3:41.
Matt tags in Jeff as Scotty 2 Hotty comes in. Scotty applies a headlock, Jeff shoves him into the ropes, and Scotty counters with a shoulderblock. Scotty dances a little before coming off the ropes. Jeff leaps over him but Scotty stops himself and lands some shots. Scotty whips Jeff into the cornet and runs into a boot from Jeff. Jeff hops onto the second rope and hops off but Scotty catches him into a flapjack. Scotty dances some more and moonwalks into Edge and Christian's corner, where Christian slaps his back, tagging himself in. Christian runs into a drop toe hold from Jeff. Jeff tags in Matt, but Christian kicks him in the chest and rams him into a turnbuckle. Christian tries to whip Matt out of the corner but Matt counters with a chop to the head. Matt slams Christian to the mat, then hops to the second rope and hits a flying legdrop. Matt covers Christian but only gets 2. Matt tags in Jeff, the two whip Christian into the corner, Mat drops to all fours and Jeff hits the Poetry in Motion. Edge comes in and the Hardys duck a double clothesline before planting Edge with a double suplex. Jeff chokes Edge with his t-shirt. Jeff whips Edge into the ropes, Edge slides under them to the outside, Jeff slides under them while Edge rolls back into the ring. Edge draws in Matt and the referee tries to get him out while Christian attacks Jeff on the outside. Christian rolls Jeff back into the ring and Edge goes for the cover but gets a near fall. Edge applies a chinlock and Jeff fights out of it. Jeff comes off the ropes, ducks under a clothesline, and he and Edge clothesline each other. Christian comes in and gets a cheap shot until Matt sends him tumbling through the ropes. While the referee is busy with Matt, Lita climbs to the top rope and takes down Edge with a hurricanrana. Jeff covers Edge but only gets 2. Edge tags in Christian while Jeff tags in Matt. Matt nails both E&C with clotheslines then takes Edge down with a neckbreaker. Matt covers Christian but gets only 2. Edge starts stomping Matt and Jeff sends Edge through the ropes to the outside. Matt misses a clothesline and Christian attempts the Unprettier. Matt shoves him into the corner, and when Christian staggers out Matt plants him with the Twist of Fate. Matt covers Christian and the referee starts counting 1 .2 .but Edge pulls Edge out of the ring. Jeff climbs to the top, but Edge pulls him off into the ropes with the Hot Shot. Matt comes in and sets Edge up for the Twist of Fate but Christian reverses it into the Unprettier. Christian covers for the three count and the Hardys are eliminated at 7:55.
Now it's down to E&C and Too Cool. Grandmaster Sexay comes in and he and Edge circle the ring. Grandmaster applies a headlock, Edge shoves him into the ropes and Grandmaster counters with a shoulderblock. Grandmaster comes off the ropes, Edge hops over him, but Grandmaster fakes Edge out and hits a neckbreaker. Grandmaster rams Edge into a corner, and Edge staggers to the mat while he climbs to the second rope and starts swaying. Grandmaster connects with a missile dropkick then tags in Scotty. Too Cool hits a double snapmare on Edge, followed by a double elbow drop. Christian comes in and Too Cool stops him, then jives with him before flooring him with a double clothesline. Scotty applies a headlock on Edge, Edge shoves him into the ropes and Christian kicks him from behind. Scotty pops Christian but runs into a spinnig heel kick from Edge. Edge tags in Christian and Christian starts laying the boots to Scotty, before ramming him into the mat several times. Christian walks over to Too Cool's corner and starts dancing in front of Grandmaster. Grandmaster responds by spitting in his face before nailing him in the face. Christian staggers into Scotty, who attempts a whip, but Christian counters with a Russian leg sweep. Christian covers Scotty and gets a near fall. Christian grabs Scotty by the hair and tags in Edge. Christian slams Scotty to the canvas and both men land a double headbutt. Edge covers Scotty but only gets 2. Edge tags in Christian, who chops Scotty into a corner then whips him into the opposite corner. Christian charges at him and eats a double boot. Christian tries it again and Scotty stops him with a shoulderblock and a clothesline. Christian and Scotty are both down as they crawl to their corners and tags their respective partners. Grandmaster slams both of them to the mat then nails Edge with a drop kick and Edge falls into the ropes, getting tied up in them. Grandmaster gets in some shots before the referee reprimands him, allowing Christian to untangle his partner. As Christian poses to the fans on the apron, Grandmaster slides under Edge and catapults him into his partner, knocking Christian off the apron. Grandmaster rolls Edge up and holds the tights but Edge kicks out. Grandmaster whips Edge into a corner, then whips Christian into Edge. Christian falls to the mat and Edge accidentally headbutts him below the belt. Grandmaster hit s a sit-down powerbomb on Edge and covers him but Christian makes the save. Grandmaster rams both their heads together and comes off the ropes but runs into a double flapjack. E&C decide to do a double Worm. They do the W-O-R-M phase but Scotty comes in and drills both men with a double bulldog. Scotty then hits the Worm on Edge. As the referee is busy with Scotty and Edge, Christian brings in one of the Tag Team title belts and tries to clock Grandmaster with it. Grandmaster ducks and catches Christian with a crescent kick. Scotty holds Edge up while Grandmaster hits the Hip Hop Drop. Grandmaster covers Edge but the referee is too busy getting Scotty out of the ring while Christian clobbers Grandmaster with the Tag Title belt. Edge covers Grandmaster, the referee counts 1 .2 .3 and Edge & Christian win their titles back.
Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Edge & Christian (14:11)
Comments: This was actually a good, fun match. A bit messy in spots but still flowed pretty well, plus it was easy to follow, unlike the chaotic messes these multi-team matches usually become. Once it was down to Too Cool vs. E&C the bout really picked up, but overall all four teams did a solid job. The WWF sure had a great tag division in 2000. 8/10
Backstage Michael Cole interviews Crash about being in the KOTR semifinals. Crash asks why is it so hard to belive he's made it this far. He says he's always been an overachiever, and begins rambling about losing the Hardcore title before saying that Kurt Angle's in big trouble. Whatever.
KING OF THE RING SEMIFINALS
Match #6: Rikishi vs. Val Venis
Rikishi is now sporting a bruise on his right arm. BTW Rikishi is feuding with Val, having had several run-ins on Smackdown in the weeks preceding this show.
As Val climbs into the ring Rikishi gets the first shots in. Rikishi whips Val into the ropes and puts his head down, and Val kicks him in the head. Val misses a right hand and Rikishi floors him with a superkick. Val rolls to the outside and Rikishi goes out. Rikishi sends Val into the ringsteps, then rams his head into the steps. Val rolls into the ring, Rikishi tries to stop him and Val kicks him away into the security wall. Val comes back out and Rikishi sends him into the steps a third time. Rikishi rolls Val back into the ring and hitting a big legdrop. Val tries to stand up in a corner and Rikishi slaps his cheeks before squashing Val with a reverse avalanche. Rikishi whips Val into the ropes but puts his head down. Val nails Rikishi in the head and plants him with an armbar takedown on the injured arm. Val continues to work on the injured arm, then goes to the outside and wraps Rikishi's arm around the ringpost before hitting it on the apron. Val climbs back in and rams Rikishi into a turnbuckle. Both men exchange punches and Rikishi gets the advantage. Rikishi goes for a whip but Val counters with a DDT. Rikishi is down and Val climbs to the top rope as Rikishi gets to his feet. Val leaps off for the Moneyshot but Rikishi catches him and plants him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Rikishi covers and gets the three to advance to the finals.
Winner: Rikishi (3:15)
Right after the bell, Trish Stratus comes in and jumps onto Rikishi's back but Rikishi slings her off. Rikishi drags Trish to a corner then climbs up to land the Banzai Drop on Trish! Before he does it Val stops him with a low blow. Val pulls Rikishi off the ropes then brings the ringsteps into the ring. Val nails Rikishi in the shoulder with the steps. Trish brings a chair into the ring and Val hammers Rikishi's injured arm with it. Val and Trish storm off and Rikishi is left holding his arm.
Comments: Basically a nothing match the crowd didn't care for. The only thing it did was continue the feud between Val and Rkishi, nothing more. It also didn't help that the match only lasted three minutes, which was half as long as the longest quarterfinal bout. The semis should always go longer than the quarterfinal round. Also why another after-match beatdown on Rikishi? 5/10
Backstage Jonathan Coach interviews Gerald Brisco about him trying to win his Hardcore title back in the Evening Gown match. Brisco doesn't think it's funny that he has to go in front of all the Boston fans in a dress. He says the only emotion he'll feel is revenge. Coach tries to correct him but Brisco promises that Pat Patterson will find out he's all man. A crewmember comes in with Brisco's dress and pumps and asks him what kind of panties he'd like.
Match #7: Crash Holly vs. Kurt Angle
Winner meets Rikishi in the KOTR final. Crash gets the advantage with a snap mare and Angle counters with legscissors. Crash applies a headlock, Angle shoves him into the ropes and Crash knocks him down with a shoulderblock. Crash goes for the cover and Angle kicks out at 2. Both men circle each other before locking up again. Angle applies a headlock and Crash shoves him into the ropes. Crash puts his head down and Angle rolls him up for a near fall. Angle misses a clothesline and Crash slams him to the mat. Crash goes for the cover and gets a near fall. Crash whips Angle into the ropes and attempts a hip toss but Angle counters with an overhead suplex. Angle kicks Crash into a corner and chokes him with his boot. Angle stomps Crash down then whips him across the ring to the other corner before hitting a clothesline. Angle takes a moment to taunt the fans before planting Crash with a suplex. Angle covers Crash but only gets 2. Angle applies a chinlock but Crash fights out of it and starts fighting back. Crash comes off the ropes but Angle runs at him and knees him in the chest. Angle rams Crash into a corner and lands some shots. Crash reverses and punches Angle into a corner. Angle rakes the eyes and brings Crash back into the corner, hitting more shots. Angle misses a roundhouse right and Crash kicks him into the corner. Crash whips Angle into the ropes and floors him with a back elbow. Crash whips Angle into the ropes again and drops him with a backdrop. Crash whips Angle from one corner to the other, then hits a clothesline from behind. Crash climbs to the top rope and connects with a missile dropkick. Crash goes for the cover and the referee counts 1 .2 .but Angle kicks out, avoiding an upset. Crash runs at Angle but Angle drops him onto the ropes with the Hot Shot. Angle then plants Crash with the Olympic Slam and gets the three count, ending Crash's Cinderella story and advancing to the final.
Winner: Kurt Angle (3:58)
Angle will now meet Rikishi in the finals for the KOTR crown.
Comments: Surprisingly this was a solid match for the most part until it ended abruptly. Crash isn't known for technical matches but Angle definetly made it watchable. Again for a semifinal contest, the match was too short, just under four minutes. 7/10
Clips are shown from a Madison Square Garden card held the previous night, which had Donald Trump in attendance. The King interviewed Trump, who said the Rock was his favorite Superstar. Who knew that seven years later the Donald would have a bigger role in the WWE?
Backstage Michael Cole interviews Kane about the six-man tag match later. Kane says The Rock and The Undertaker both know that it's always been about him (Kane) becoming WWF Champion. Elsewhere Jonathan Coachman interviews The Undertaker, who says only one man can wear the title and he didn't come to Boston to lose.
Match #8: WWF Hardcore Title Pat Patterson (c) vs. Gerald Brisco Evening Gown Match
Gerald pinned Crash to win the Hardcore title, only for Patterson to doublecross him and pin him for the belt. For whatever reason Vince decided to put the two in an evening gown match. Gerald Brisco comes out in drag to Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme, brandishing a 2x4. Pat Patterson, also in drag, enters to burlesque music with a shopping cart full of "weapons", such as Charmin, a teddy bear, and pillows. Before the match Patterson grabs a mic and offers to simply lay down on the mat and allow Brisco to pin him, giving him the title back. The two embrace, after which Patterson knees Brisco below the belt.
Patterson lifts Brisco's dress up and slaps him on the cheeks, then knees him again, causing him to slump into a corner. Patterson peels a banana and rams it in Brisco's mouth. Patterson then pulls out a "sanitary napkin" and presses it in Brisco's face. Patterson readies himself for the Stinkface and Brisco stops him with a low blow. The two start exchanging blows as the crowd begins booing loudly. Patterson beats down Brisco and starts to put his wig on. Brisco nails him in the face then whips him into a corner. Patterson slumps to the mat and Brisco hits the Bronco Buster. Brisco chokes Patterson with his wig and waves it around. Brisco puts the wig on and Patterson start ripping his dress, revealing a bra and panties. Brisco starts ripping off Patterson's dress, also revealing a bra and panties. Suddenly Crash Holly runs into the ring with a trash can and another referee. Crash pulls Brisco off Patterson and starts kicking Patterson. Brisco goes for the trash can and Crash kicks him down. Crash tears Brisco's dress completely off and clobbers Patterson with the trash can. Crash covers Patterson, the second referee makes the three count and thanks to the 24/7 rule Crash wins the title once again!
Winner and NEW Hardcore Champion: Crash Holly (2:47)
Comments: Good lord that was beyond horrible! Doing this on TV is one thing but wasting good PPV time for this tripe, that's just more that wrong. The only good thing was Crash ending this abomination before it went any further. Fast forward past this match and never look back. 0/10
Backstage we find the Dudley Boyz psyching themselves up for their table/dumpster match with DX members X-Pac, Road Dogg and Tori. D'Von starts saying his schtick before they head to the ring carrying a table that has TORI spraypainted on it.
Match #9: The Dudley Boyz vs. D-Generation X (X-Pac, Road Dogg & Tori) Handicap Tables vs. Dumpster Match
To win, DX must put both Dudleys into the dumpster and close the lid, while the Dudleys have to put all three DX members through tables. DX comes out first to their Run DMC theme and starts pushing a dumpster to ringside. The Dudleys bring their TORI table with them to the ring.
Bubba Ray and Road Dogg start off. Bubba starts walking toward Tori and gets clubbed in the back. Road Dogg goes for a whip Bubba but Bubba reverses, sending Road Dogg into the corner. Bubba tries to Avalance him but Road Dogg sidesteps and Bubba hits the turnbuckles. Road Dogg taunts D'Von with the crotch chop and Bubba connects with a kick to the face. Bubba climbs to the second rope and nails a flying clothesline. Bubba tags in D'Von, who whips Road Dogg into the ropes and hits a flying back elbow. Road Dogg comes back by raking the eyes then punches D'Von into his corner. Road Dogg tags in X-Pac and X-Pac applies an arm tiwst. D'Von goes for a whip, X-Pac reverses but D'Von hits a shoulderblock. D'Von comes off the ropes, X-Pac leaps over him and tries to hip toss him. D'Von blocks it so X-Pac does his maneuvers, which end with D'Von flooring him with a clothesline. D'Von whips X-Pac into the ropes but misses a clothesline and Road Dogg kicks him in the back. D'Von decks Road Dogg with a right hand but X-Pac replies with a spinning heel kick. X-Pac taunts Bubba with kung fu poses then rams D'Von into the dumpster lid. Tori gets in a cheap shot, and X-Pac rams D'Von into his corner before tagging in Tori. Tori nails D'Von with kicks to the midsecton before tagging in Road Dogg. Road Dogg lands some punches and D'Von tries to fight back. Road Dogg rams D'Von into his corner again and tags in X-Pac. Both men whip D'Von into the ropes but D'Von ducks under a double clothesline and takes down both men with a double flying clothesline. Bubba gets the tag and floors both men with clotheslines. Bubba drills Road Dogg with the Bubba Bomb. X-Pac tries to whip Bubba into the ropes but Bubba reverses and plants X-Pac with a sidewalk slam. Bubba slams Road Dogg to the mat and holds his legs, allowing D'Von to hit the diving headbutt in the groin. Bubba slams X-Pac and D'Von lands the headbutt to him as well. Tori comes in and tries to attack Bubba. Bubba easily blocks her kick, slams her to the mat, and D'Von lands the headbutt on her as well.
Road Dogg and X-Pac try to retreat but the Dudleys go out and prevent their early exit. The Dudleys whip both DX members into each other, then try to whip them into the dumpster but Road Dogg and X-Pac both revrese, sending the Dudleys into the dumpster. X-Pac rams D'Von into the dumpster repeatedly and Road Dogg does the same to Bubba. The DX members open the dumpster and dump both Dudleys inside. Road Dogg and X-Pac shut the lids, seeming getting the win, but the referee is checking on Tori on the outside and doesn't see it. While X-Pac and Road Dogg argue with the referee, the Dudleys sneak out of the dumpster through the side doors and crawl under the ring. The DX members bring the referee over to the dumpster to show him they won. They open the lids but find nothing while the Dudleys come out from the other side of the ring and nail both DXers with chairs. Bubba throws the ringsteps into the ring before stacking a pair of tables at ringside. D'Von hands Road Dogg over the Bubba and Bubba powerbombs Road Dogg off the steps throught both tables, taking him out of the match.
Road Dogg is out of it as X-Pac plants Bubba with a suplex from off the steps. D'Von brings in another table but misses a right hand and X-Pac floors him with a spinkick. X-Pac sets up the table and places D'Von on it. X-Pac climbs to the top rope but Bubba clubs the rope, causing X-Pac to crotch the top turnbuckle. D'Von climsb up and drives X-Pac through the table with a superplex. Bubba immediately turns to Tori, showing her that she's next. Tori tries to flee the ring but D'Von cuts her off. With both Dudleys advancing on her, Tori climbs into the dumpster. The Dudleys figure it's easy pickings now as they open the dumpster. Suddenly Road Dogg and X-Pac nail both of them with chair, cuasing them to fall into the dumpster. They close the lids and DX gets the win.
Winners: D-Generation X (9:45)
X-Pac starts looking around for Tori as he and Road Dogg leave the ring, not knowing she's in the dumpster. The Dudleys bring Tori out and Bubba holds her by the hair. X-Pac runs in but gets taken out by a 3D. Road Dogg comes in and also gets blasted by a 3D. Bubba grabs Tori by the hair again as D'Von slides the table with Tori's name on it. Bubba climbs to the top and the Dudleys superbomb Tori through the TORI table, finally accomplishing their goal.
Comments: Pretty much an 'eh' brawl that started out as a generic tag match, complete with both sides making tags, even though it was a no-DQ match. Thinks started to pick up halfway through, until the lame finish. Still had a couple of cool spots in it, so it's not a total waste. Plus we did see the Dudleys accomplish their goal of sending Tori through the table, even though this still counts as a DX victory. Sad thing is Tori, who already had a separated shoulder going into this contest, would never step into the ring again. 6/10
Backstage Michael Cole interviews Kurt Angle about being one win away from being King of the Ring. Angle stresses the importance of the tournament and says he has to win. Angle says Rikishi is great for dancing and rubbing his butt in people's faces, but he promises to not only win the tournament, but also defeat Triple H for the WWF Title at Fully Loaded. Angle tells Rikishi the party is over.
Elsewhere Jonathan Coachman interviews Rikishi, saying Angle isn't taking him seriously. Sporting a bandaged arm, Rikishi asks if he would go through everything he has if King of the Ring wasn't important to him. Rikishi says "Captain America" doesn't realize that all the Wheaties the in the world won't stop his @** from backing up.
KING OF THE RING FINALS
Match #10: Rikishi vs. Kurt Angle
Angle goes after Rikishi in the aisle and Rikishi cuts him off with right hands to the head. Rikishi rolls Angle into the ring and continues his assault until Angle rakes the eyes. Angle tries to scoop up Rikishi for a slam but strains his back. Rikishi easily scoops up Angle and slams him to the mat. Rikishi whips Angle into a corner and hits a clothesline. Rikishi whips Angle into the opposite corner and nails another clothesline. Angle drops to the mat and Rikishi goes for the Stinkface but Angle blocks it with a low blow. Angle connects with a clothesline then punches Rikishi into a corner. Angle chokes Rikishi with his boot and lays the boots to him. Rikishi rolls out of the ring and Angle goes after him, dropping an elbow to the back of the head. Angle whips Rikishi into the steps, injured arm first. Angle rolls Rikishi back into the ring and whips Rikishi into a corner, following up with a clothesline. Angle hits an elbow to the back of the head, and Rikishi starts fighting back with left hands. Angle rakes the eyes again and punches him into a corner. Angle tries to whip Rikishi but Rikishi reverses and whips Angle into a corner. Rikishi whips Angle from one corner to the other, then clotheslines him with his injured arm before planting him with a one-arm Samoan Drop. Angle stands up in a corner and Rikishi hits a bulldog. Rikishi covers Angle with his back but only gets 1. Rikishi hits Angle in the corner with a rear avalanche, Angle drops to the mat again and this time Rikishi connects with the Stinkface. However Angle comes out and manages to hit Rikishi with the Olympic Slam! Angle covers Rikishi and the referee counts 1 2 but Rikishi kicks out! Angle comes off the ropes attempts a Sunset Flip but Rikishi sits onto his chest. The referee counts but Angle gets the shoulder up. Angle is down and Rikishi starts climbing to the top rope. Angle cuts him off with forearm shots to the injured arm, then climbs up and hits a belly-to-belly suplex from the top rope! Angle covers Rikishi and gets the three to win the crown!!
Winner and 2000 King of the Ring: Kurt Angle (5:56)
Comments: Pretty mediocre match to end a disappointing KOTR tournament. Most of the match was just blah, though the sequence in the last minute was fun to watch, capped off by the cool finish. Once again the match wasn't given much time, even through it's the final of this supposedly important tournament. 6/10
Backstage Vince addresses his teammates before the six-man match. Triple H accuses Vince of letting Linda back them into a corner. Vince disagrees, saying they're going out there with victory in hand. Shane reminds them they need to have crystal clear focus as they head to the ring. Kane, The Undertaker, and The Rock also start heading to the ring from different areas of the arena.
Match #11: WWF World Heavyweight Title Triple H (c), Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon (w/Stephanie) vs. The Rock, The Undertaker & Kane Six-Man Tag Team Match
Anybody from the Rock's team can pin anybody from Triple H's team to win the WWF title. If Triple H's team wins, then Triple H will defend the title against the King of the Ring (that being Kurt Angle) at Fully Loaded. Before the match we get a shot of Angle watching the match in the back while drinking milk, knowing he'll get a WWF title shot if Triple H's team prevails.
Triple H starts arguing with Vince and Shane as the match gets underway. Triple H and Vince climb out of the ring while Shane starts off against Kane. Shane lands a cheap shot but Kane no-sells it. Shane backs off but Kane offers to let him have a free shot. Shane lands a punch to the jaw, but Kane shrugs it off. Kane swings his right hand but misses and Shane lands several left hands. Shane goes for one more punch when Kane grabs his fist and forces Shane to his knees. Kane lifts Shane up by the throat and shoves him into a corner. Kane stops Shane from escaping the corner but Shane crawls under him and scampers under the top rope to the outside. The Undertaker catches him and rolls him back into the ring. Kane whips Shane into the ropes but misses a boot to the face. Shane comes off the ropes as Kane puts his head down and rolls over the Big Red Machine. Shane comes off the ropes again and gets nailed by a clothesline. Kane drops Shane with a military press slam. Kane grabs Shane by the throat for a Chokeslam but Vince comes in and stops him. Kane grabs both Vince and Shane by the throat and Triple H breaks it up. The McMahons whip Kane into the ropes and Kane takes them both down with a double clothesline. Kane walks over to his corner when The Rock slaps his back, tagging himself in.
Rock unloads on both McMahons, and when Triple H comes in, Rock glares at him. Triple H starts crawling out of the ring when Rock tells him "Just Bring It." Triple H exchanges words with Rock when Shane comes from behind and shoves him into a clothesline from the Game. Triple H goes back out while Shane brings Rock into a corner and hits several shoulderblocks. Shane tries to Lay The Smackdown when Rock suddenly shoves Shane into the corner and lands several shots. Rock whips Shane into the ropes, misses a clothesline but manages to throw Shane over the top rope to the outside. Rock starts to go out after him when the Undertaker tags himself in. The referee tells Rock to get into his corner while Taker attacks Shane on the outside. Taker rolls Shane into the ring and rams him into the corner while narrating his assault. Taker whips Shane into a corner, Shane staggers out and Taker hits the Chokeslam. Taker covers Shane but Rock pulls him off. Rock and Taker argue as Triple H comes in without making a tag. Triple H fights Take into a corner and hits a series of punches and kicks as referee Earl Hebner reprimands him. Triple H argues with the ref, and Taker throws him into the corner and lands a flurry of punches. Taker whips Triple H into the opposite corner and Triple H staggers out into a backdrop. Triple H gets to his feet in a corner and Taker connects with a clothesline. Taker whips Triple H into the ropes and hits a boot to the face. Taker covers Triple H but only gets 2. Taker tries to whip Triple H, but Triple H reverses and sends Taker into the ropes. Triple H puts his head down and Taker drills him with a DDT. Taker covers Triple H but Kane pulls him off. Taker starts arguing with Kane while Vince smiles, feeling his theory is working.
The Rock tags himself back in while Triple H rolls over and tags in Shane. Shane yells at Triple H to get back in the ring while Hebner reminds him he's the active man. Rock pulls Shane into the ring and floors him with a shot to the face, after which he knocks Vince and Triple H off the apron. Rock goes for a whip, Shane reverses and Triple H pulls down the top rope causing Rock to tumble out of the ring to the floor. The McMahons and Triple H gang up on The Rock until Taker and Kane make the save. Kane attacks Vince while Taker works over Shane. Rock rams Triple H into the Spanish announcers' table twice then starts throwing stuff off the regular announcers table. Triple H floors Rock with a clothesline and rolls him back into the ring. Triple H whips Rock into the ropes, puts his head down, and Rock counters with a swinging neckbreaker. Rock misses a clothesline and Triple H hits the Pedigree. Triple H covers and Hebner counts 1 2 before the Rock kicks out! Taker pulls Triple H out of the ring and hits some punches before ramming him into the ringpost. Taker rolls Triple H back into the ring and both Rock and Triple H are down. Vince and Shane try to pull themselves together on the outside. Taker and Kane reach out for tags but Rock refuses to tag either of them. Triple H nails a clothesline and kicks Rock into his corner. Triple H presses his boot into the Rock's neck, then distracts Hebner allowing Vince to choke The Rock. Shane comes in and nails several quick kicks. Shane whips Rock into the ropes and floors him with a reverse elbow. Shane starts dancing around hitting several jabs on Rock. Shane comes in one too many times and Rock blocks a punch and lands some of his own. Rock comes off the ropes but Triple H nails him from behind. Rock tries to nail Triple H but Triple H Hot Shots him into top rope, and Rock staggers into a clothesline from Shane. Shane tags in Vince and holds him for his father, who slaps Rock in the face before tagging in Triple H. Triple H suplexes Rock and follows up with a kneedrop to the face. Triple H covers Rock but only gets 2. Triple H climbs to the top rope, leaps off and Rock stops him with a shot to the chest. Rock tries to whip Triple H into the ropes, Triple H reverses but puts is head down and Rock kicks him in the face. Rock misses a clothesline and Triple H hits a neckbreaker. Triple H covers Rock and Kane makes the save. Triple H tags in Vince and holds him for a slap to the face. Vince starts taunting Kane and Taker. Kane starts to come in and gets stopped by Hebner. Vince lands a punch, but Rock blocks another punch and decks him, Shane and Triple H. Vince hits Rock with a low blow while Hebner wasn't looking and goes for the cover but Rock kicks out.
Vince tags in Triple H and yells at him to finish Rock off. Both men exchange punches and Rock gets the advantage. Rock goes to lay the Smackdown but Triple H blocks it. Triple H misses a right hand and Rock floors him with a punch. Rock goes for a whip, Triple H counters and Rock plants him with a Samoan Drop. Rock goes for the cover and Shane breaks it up. Taker comes in and throws Shane out of the ring. Vince comes in and Kane takes him outside the ring. Taker rams Shane into the security barrier and Kane works over Vince. Rock whips Triple H into the ropes and Triple H counters with a knee lift to the face. Suddenly Kane starts fighting Taker and rams him into the ringsteps. Rock plants Triple H with a Spinebuster and goes for the People's Elbow. Rock comes off the ropes but Kane grabs him and plants him with a spinebuster. Triple H goes to thank Kane and it looks like Kane is joining the Faction. That is until Kane scoops Triple H up and drills him with a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane goes for the pin but Taker pulls him out of the ring. Taker rams Kane into the ringsteps and starts pulling the equipment off the Spanish announcers' table. Taker grabs a chair and clocks Kane with it. Shane climbs to the top rope but Taker grabs him by the throat and chokeslams him across the floor through the announcers' table!! In the ring Vince sees the fallen Rock and decided to goes for the People's Elbow. He comes off the ropes but Rock stops him and hits the Rock Bottom. Rock covers Vince and Hebner makes the three count, giving the Rock the pin and as a result crowning him the new Champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Champion: The Rock (17:54)
Comments: Very mediocre main event. The match started out good, but quickly sputtered into dullness until things picked up at the end, with Shane's awesome bump. But sadly, not only did the WWF Title change hands for the third straight PPV, but this time The Rock didn't even get a clean pinfall over the champion to win the belt. With the Rock/Triple H rivalry winding down at this point Rock should have been able to pin Triple H to end their feud. World titles should never be decided in tag matches and this was no exception. 5/10
Overall this was a disappointing show that interrupted the WWF's streak of great pay-per-views. There are very few matches on this card that are worth your time. The Eddie/Val match and Angle/Jericho match are the best ones on the show, the 4-team match is good, but the rest of the card is mediocre. The Evening Gown match was a terrible idea and should never be spoken of again. The main event had a stupid stipulation and turned out to be only average.
The KOTR tournament itself was the biggest disappointment. With guys like Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho involved, the KOTR had the potential to be awesome, but sadly Benoit, Eddie, and Jericho were ousted in the first round, both of the semifinal matches were way too short and had the wrong men involved (Val and Rikishi), and the final lasted only six minutes but at least featured two guys who were over with the fans. The Eddie/Val quarterfinal match was longer that both semis combined. They should have cut the Evening Gown match and Table/Dumpster match from the show and gave that time to the semis and final match. Plus if they had Benoit and Eddie in the semis and had Angle and Jericho advancing from separate quaterfinal matches, then we could have had a tournament for the ages. But alas.
Overall King of the Ring 2000 isn't terrible, but it's not really anything memorable. The WWF was on a roll in 2000, but even that year had its bumps, and this was one of them.
FINAL GRADE: [C-]