March to Mania · Pro Wrestling

MARCH TO ‘MANIA: McMahon-a-Mania 2000

If you like McMahons, then this card is for you. You get all four of them in the main event (five, if you include Triple H).

Wrestlemania 2000 ushered in the new millennium for the WWF. So where does the re-branded Wrestlemania 2000 (Wrestlemania 16) fit against its earlier counterparts?

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Wrestlemania 2000 (Results)

Date: April 2, 2000

Arena: Arrowhead Pond (Anaheim, Calif.)

Attendance: 18,034

SUMMARY: Mick Foley and Triple H were engaged in a feud that featured a brutal street fight at the Royal Rumble, followed by a title vs. career Hell in a Cell match at No Way Out. Triple H won both matches, forcing Foley to retire and giving Triple H a clear path to the main event to Wrestlemania. The Rock won the Royal Rumble, though his victory was a little tainted given his feet were on the floor when he pulled himself back into the ring to eliminate the Big Show. With video evidence, Big Show and The Rock were booked for a bout at No Way Out with the shot on the line. Big Show beat The Rock at No Way Out, but The Rock, with Vince McMahon’s help, got back into the main event picture. Mick Foley was added to the match after Linda McMahon granted Foley a chance to be in the main event of Wrestlemania, making it a fatal-four way match for the WWF title.

MY ENJOYMENT RATING: C-plus

FAVORITE MATCH: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho. Noticing a trend here? I prefer straight matches over gimmick matches because it requires the workers to work harder to tell a story. The three of these guys are top-notch performers, and they shined in a match that allowed them to sell the story of Kurt Angle fighting to keep both of his titles. Did you know this match only lasted a hair longer than 13 minutes? You don’t get that feeling at all as the three-men don’t waste any time. There isn’t wasted movements and everything done advanced the match one-step closer to a phenomenal finish where Angle loses both titles without actually being apart of the decision.

THINGS THAT MADE ME NOD IN APPROVAL: If you’re not saying it, then I’ll say it for you, “We get it. The triple threat multiple-fall match was great. But tell us your thoughts on the ladder match?” OK, here are my thoughts. It was great. I loved it. It’s what you want from a ladder match: full of death-defying spots, high-risk moves and a frantic pace that you can sense desperation from the six men who are trying to climb up a ladder to grab the two titles and become champions. I remember this as a 13-year-old and rooting for Edge and Christian and marking out, so the match holds up and I get to relive a part of my childhood. I’ve mentioned that I hate battle royals before, but the hardcore battle royal is one of those matches that I enjoyed. The 24/7 rule created plenty of comedic moments, and that’s what made this match great. You didn’t have to take it seriously, and when you do, you have more fun with this type of match, which I did. I just wish the finish was executed better.

THINGS THAT MADE ME LOWER HEAD IN SHAME: This show is all about the McMahons. I don’t even remember how Shane McMahon got inserted into the match, but quite honestly, I don’t care. Sure, we get some great matches, but all of it was the undercard to a match where the McMahons are center stage. For example, there was this one moment  where the camera and action is focused on Shane and Vince McMahon engaging in a brawl outside of the ring. Poor Rock and Triple H had to lay in the ring after a sequence that didn’t require a double down for as long as Shane and Vince were battling. Triple H made history on this night as the first heel to retain his belt at Wrestlemania. The main event that featured all of these crazy things lasted nearly 40 minutes. It’s a main event that went on far too long, and it really dragged down a card that had potential.

RANDOM THOUGHT: “Big Bossman has made a great recovery after he was hung at Wrestlemania 15. From having a noose around his neck to taking on D’Lo Brown and Godfather.”

MY ULTIMATE WRESTLEMANIA CARD RANKING: I want to rank this card higher. I really do. The two triple threat matches during this card were so well done that I want to believe it to be ranked higher than Wrestlemania 3, but the truth is, I can’t. The main event was below average, and the two great matches can’t up for this card’s flaws. The post-match nonsense with The Rock going after all of the remaining McMahons who care about the storyline (Vince, Shane and Stephanie) isn’t any better than The Rock winning the belt or even Mick Foley winning the belt. The amount of McMahon on this card is sickening, and it doesn’t help that the card lacked Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Undertaker, both of whom could have helped this card go a long way.

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