With WrestleMania 29 coming to East Rutherford, N.J. on April 7, WrestleNewz will be counting down and ranking all the WrestleManias of yore. Remember when Mr. T had a boxing match with Rowdy Roddy Piper? Remember when Hulk Hogan took on Randy “Macho Man” Savage while Elizabeth looked on? We do. So it’s time for a stroll down memory lane.
Event: WrestleMania 2000
Location: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Date: April 2, 2000
Summary: WrestleMania 2000 was full of talent and occurred in the middle of the Attitude Era of the WWF. On April 2, 2000 at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, C.A., Vince McMahon decided not to hold any one-on-one matches at WrestleMania 2000. While the main event looked to be one for the ages as Triple H, The Rock, Mick Foley, and The Big Show all took part in a four-way elimination match, the real stars of the show were the undercard wrestlers. Fans were treated to strong performances throughout the night by some of the rising stars in the industry.
Highlights: Each of the undercard matches had a few moments that were truly memorable. The Hardcore Battle Royal had nine title exchanges and ended with Hardcore Holly pinning Crash Holly for the Hardcore Championship.
The WWF Tag Team Championship Triangle Ladder Match was a fun, new take on the ladder match. The match involved three different tag teams: The Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian, and the Dudley Boyz. Edge and Christian were able to grab the belts after they shoved Matt Hardy off the ladder and into a table.
The two-fall Triple Threat Match between Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho involved both the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF European Championship. The high-flying Benoit pinned Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship. Jericho got his revenge by turning a Lionsault into a pin and beat Chris Benoit for the European Championship.
Lowlights: Top to bottom the matches were strong. The catfight between The Kat and Terri with referee Val Venis was bad, but it was needed as a change of pace. The main event took a bit of a backseat to the McMahon family drama.
What Was Accomplished: The WWF was officially the biggest promotion on the planet and they could do no wrong in this era. The focus on McMahon family issues was annoying and continued after the event.
Ranking: 8th. The event was good all the way around as long as you could get past the fact that every match was a gimmick match.
Do you remember WrestleMania 2000? What did you think of it?
Bonus question for extra credit: The WWF ring was the perfect place for all the Vince McMahon family drama – true or false?