August 20, 2009
The Powerdriver Review
WWF World Champion The Rock vs. Kurt Angle (w/Stephanie McMahon) – No DQ Match – (No Mercy, 10/22/00)
Oh yeah, Stephanie McMahon made clear her relationship with Kurt Angle was strictly business and that there weren’t any monkeyshines going on there. Immediately, Steph interjects herself to allow a Pearl Harbor job from Angle to Rock. Down to the floor, Angle slams Rock’s face on the announce table and then blasts a chair across the back. Boy, this has escalated quickly! Back in, Rock comes back with a clothesline and a Samoan drop for two. We look to the back to see Triple H watching on with his shoulder heavily iced after his match with Chris Benoit. If Stephanie gets hurt, it will be Angle’s head. Meanwhile, Angle and Rock fight up the aisleway. Rock grabs a life-size cutout of himself and punches *that* into Angle. Alright. Back to the ring, Angle remains in control and stomps the Rock down in the corner. Stephanie gets hands-on and chokes the champ in the ropes. Angle misses a corner charge and runs his knee into the buckle. Now you know where this is going. Rock works the knee and bashes a chair on it while he’s got Angle crotched on the ringpost. Dragon screw leg whip sets up a Sharpshooter. Stephanie distracts the ref to bring Rock off Angle. She keeps on running her mouth to the Rock, who gives chase. Stephanie winds up drawing Rock right into an overhead belly to belly suplex from Angle. Flying forearm gets two on the Rock. Angle hits the chinlock, but Rock fights out and tosses Angle to the floor. They brawl around ringside, culminating with Angle getting whipped into the steps. Now it’s the Rock slamming Angle’s face on the announce table. He spits a bunch of Aquafina at Angle, which just serves to piss him off and throw Rock into the ringpost. In the ring, Stephanie distracts the ref again (it’s no DQ?) while Angle tries to hit Rock with the WWF title belt. Oh, but Rock catches him for the ROCK BOTT-NO! Angle elbows out and manages to blast Rock with the belt. Cover, 1-2-NO! Rock crotches Angle up top and delivers a superplex. Slow cover gets two. Angle comes back with a release German suplex and heads up for a Moonsault, but that badly misses. Rock punches away on Angle and hits a Hurricane DDT for 1-2-NO! Angle goes to the eyes, but takes a belly-to-belly throw. Spinebuster sets up a potential PEOPLE’S ELBOW! Here comes Stephanie to stand in Rock’s way. She takes a ROCK BOTTOM! Could there be a PEOPLE’S ELBOW in store for Stephanie? No, Angle cuts him off with a clothesline to the back. Looks like he was a little late on that save. Triple H runs down and throws Angle to the floor. Rock turns him around and eats a PEDIGREE! Now that the damage is done, H picks up his wife Neanderthal-style and takes her to the back. Angle crawls into the cover for 1-2-NO! Rock reverses a whip into a DDT for 1-2-NO! Angle tries to distance himself from the Rock until a “beaten and battered” Rikishi walks down to the ring. He tosses Angle back inside as Rock lays the smackdown on him. Angle low-blows Rock, but then charges into a ROCK BOTTOM! Again a slow cover from Rock only gets two. As Angle pulls himself up in the corner, Rikishi slides in to splash him, but he pulls the Rock in the way! Oops. Rikishi goes for a superkick, but Angle ducks and Rock gets wiped out. Double oops. He goes for another superkick on Angle, but he steps aside and delivers a OLYMPIC SLAM to Rikishi. Rock staggers around and takes a OLYMPIC SLAM as well for 1-2-3! (23:49) What you don’t see in this Dailymotion vid is Angle’s awesome post-match celebration where he cries in the aisleway. Not quite the epic that their No Way Out affair was when Rock regained the title, but still very good.