written by Adam King
WWF RAW IS WAR
Monday, March 27th, 2000
Live from the Compaq Center in Houston, TX
List of WWF Champions at the time:
WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H (1/03/2000)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Kurt Angle (2/27/2000)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Dudley Boyz (2/27/2000)
WWF European Champion: Kurt Angle (2/10/2000)
WWF Hardcore Champion: Crash Holly (3/13/2000)
WWF Women’s Champion: Jacqueline (2/03/2000)
WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (3/13/2000)
~ Raw comes on the air with the latest of the McMahon family saga on Smackdown. After the intro Jim Ross welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler.
~ Things kick off with Linda McMahon coming out to the ring to try and start off our opening promo segment. Linda gets on the mic and apologizes for the degrading spectacle everyone witnessed on Smackdown. Linda says for the past few weeks she watched things get ugly with her family and soon couldn’t just stay at the corporate office any longer so she made the fatal-four way elimination match at Wrestlemania and still feels it was the right thing to do. Linda says she gave Mick Foley his chance to realize his dream but she had to live a nightmare in return. Linda mentions standing in the ring last Thursday as her own daughter said hateful things to her and slapped her, feeling she didn’t deserve it after trying to be a good mother. Linda demands Stephanie come out and apologize but instead Vince McMahon comes out to the ring and gets on the mic saying he wants to hear Stephanie’s apology. Vince then expresses his concern to Linda about her leaving the corporate arena and getting involved in his arena, fearing something would happen to Linda just like on Smackdown. Vince asks Linda if she really wants to be in Mick Foley’s corner and Linda insists she can take care of herself. Vince hopes Linda isn’t offended when he raises the Rock’s hand in victory then turns and dares Stephanie to come out and apologize to Linda and the world without Triple H at her side. Stephanie does come out to the stage with a mic and seems amused at her parents’ demand for an apology from her. Stephanie says she watched footage of her actions and admits she did act disrespectful and unladylike to Linda. Stephanie apologizes to Linda for slapping her … saying what she really wanted was to slap Vince across the face. Vince threatens to give Stephanie a spanking but before he heads out Triple H appears to prevent that action. Triple H grabs a mic and starts by talking about marrying into perhaps the most dysfunctional family on the planet. Triple H says he’s trying to be the voice of reason and is not a violent man unlike Vince who needs counseling. Triple H calls Vince and Linda two old dinosaurs who wore out their welcome and claims their ancient era is done, that it’s time for the old to move out so a new era can run the show and asks Vince to do the right thing.
At that point Shane McMahon comes down the ramp to ringside because apparently this segment isn’t long enough. Shane gets on the mic says they do need a voice of reason then tells Stephanie her slapping Linda was cowardly. Shane climbs in the ring while he tells the Helmsleys their marriage makes him sick and he will stand against them. Shane then tells Triple H and Stephanie a new era is needed … right before he whacks Vince in the head with the mic! Shane beats on Vince when Triple H joins in on the attack when Linda tries to pull Shane off Vince by the hair. However Stephanie grabs Linda from behind and holds her while daring Shane to strike her and Shane moves in when Mick Foley charges into the ring and goes right to work on Triple H. Linda and Stephanie flee the scene as Shane nails Foley from behind but Foley is unfazed and corners him. Just then The Big Show comes in for the save and Foley tries to take him on but Show comes back with a head butt and Triple H follows that up with a clothesline. Show clotheslines Foley over the ropes and Triple H sets Vince up for a Pedigree while pointing out at Linda. Before that happens The Rock comes in to save Vince and attacks Triple H and Show, even grabbing Show for a Rock Bottom. Triple H nails Rock to break it up and clotheslines him allowing Show to finish Rock off with a choke slam. Foley comes back in but Triple H lays him out with a Pedigree then clocks Vince with his title belt. The heels then leave the faces laying in the ring and Linda looks on concerned as we go to commercial. This segment took 20 whole minutes and accomplished almost nothing. To think they would have promoted the biggest pay-per-view of the year which is just six days away.
~ Back from break we get a replay of the carnage with the McMahons and the actual participants in the pay-per-view main event.
Chris Jericho & Chyna vs. Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero
So finally after almost a quarter of the show gone we get to our first match. Jericho comes out and gets on the mic asking why Chris Benoit hasn’t smiled once since coming to the WWF then says the reason for that is Benoit is robotic by the way he walks and talks and that he stinks as well. Benoit and Eddie then make their way to the ring as Benoit debuts his separate entrance music. Chyna demands Eddie starts against her but Eddie acts like his arm is still hurting and tags Benoit in instead. So Chyna focuses on Benoit but that allows Eddie to nail her from behind and the two Radicals double-team her. Jericho comes in to break it up and Benoit pops him on the apron then whips Chyna into a corner. Benoit whips Eddie into Chyna but Chyna ducks him then trips Benoit right into Eddie with a drop toehold. Jericho tags in and takes it to both Radicals then chops Benoit and goes for a whip but Benoit counters it. Jericho takes Benoit down by the legs and puts him in the Walls of Jericho already but Eddie breaks it up. Chyna works Eddie over and clotheslines him over the ropes while Jericho plants Benoit with a Tiger bomb. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Eddie pops him from the floor and Benoit covers him for the quick pin. (1:54) Criminally short match considering three of the participants. Chyna pounds on Eddie on the floor but Benoit goes out and nails Chyna from behind to stop that. Jericho comes to Chyna’s aid with a baseball slide on Benoit then clotheslines him over the barricade. Jericho and Benoit fight it out in the crowd while Chyna chases Eddie in the ring and Eddie begs her off. However that allows Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn to come in and the three of them triple-team Chyna. Then Too Cool charges in for the save and they manage to clear the Radicals from the ring. *½
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Vince McMahon who expresses concern for Linda’s welfare after the incident so he decides to call Shane out tonight. Linda comes up trying to convince Vince to just stop the madness but Vince tells Linda this is his arena, not hers, and that he’s made up his mind to call Shane out tonight.
WWF Hardcore Title: Crash Holly © vs. Hardcore Holly
This was set up after Hardcore attempted to lift the title off Crash on Smackdown. Crash manages to get in the first shots and goes for a whip but Hardcore reverses it and hits the dropkick. Suddenly Tazz runs in with his own referee and suplexes Hardcore then slaps the Tazzmission on Crash. Hardcore breaks it up and he and Tazz start going at it while Crash rolls out of the ring to the floor. Crash then tries to escape but the Headbangers come out with their own referee and they double-team Crash. Thrasher holds Crash while Mosh whacks him with a 2×4 and Thrasher to pin Crash but Mosh breaks it up. Hardcore and Tazz head out and start brawling with the ‘Bangers when Viscera comes out with his own referee and grabs Crash for a choke bomb. Mosh breaks that up and all five opponents starts fighting each other while Crash flees through the crowd to the back with the other five guys right behind him. We then cut to the back where the Mean Street Posse attack Crash and Pete Gas tries to pin him on the floor but Joey Abs smashes a bottle on Pete’s head but Rodney does the same to him and the Posse are fighting again. Crash tries to get away and comes across Kaientai so he asks them if there’s a way out but gets no answer. Crash starts to walk off but Taka Michinoku attacks Crash from behind and cover him while Funaki takes a referee’s shirt and tries to count the pin. Tazz breaks it up and everyone stumbles into the scene. We then cut outside as Crash hides behind a trash can while all his opponents file out through the door. Of course they could have seen the cameraman swinging back to the trash can to look at Crash, but I guess all cameramen are invisible or something. Anyway as they all search for him Crash slips back through the door and manages to lock all of them outside, once again making his escape with his Hardcore title intact. (~2:00) Pretty funny sequence but not much else to it. NR
~ Elsewhere backstage Michael Cole interviews Shane McMahon about his father calling him out tonight and Shane says he’d love to tear into Vince for being hit with a chair but decides to decline his challenge.
~ Again elsewhere Rikishi is on the move when Kevin Kelly comes up asking about facing Road Dogg tonight. Rikishi simply says his rear in Road Dogg’s face and heads out as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we see Michael Cole standing outside The Rock’s door waiting to interview him as we get footage of The Rock appearing on The Tonight Show last Friday.
Road Dogg vs. Rikishi Phatu
Road Dogg comes out by himself and tries to do his incoherent rhyming on the mic. Rikishi comes out as clips are shown of Road Dogg and X-Pac attacking him and Too Cool on Smackdown to give Rikishi a reason to team with Kane at Wrestlemania. Rikishi ducks a right hand to start and hammers away on Road Dogg then whips him hard in a corner. Road Dogg comes back with the juke ‘n’ jive punches then comes off the ropes but Rikishi super kicks him into a corner and proceeds with the Stinkface. Road Dogg rolls out to the floor gagging then decides he’s had enough of this and walks out of the match ending up counted out. (1:00) The Too Cool guys then join Rikishi in the ring and the trio commence with the post-match dance. Whatever. I wonder where Kane and X-Pac were to help build up the match. DUD
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews The Rock on Shane turning down Vince but Rock tells him to shut his mouth. Rock says he could care less about the McMahon family problems but does mention the attack he suffered earlier and decides to throw out an open challenge for Triple H, Big Show or any of the McMahons to face him in the ring.
The Hardy Boyz vs. Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn
Last night on Heat the Hardys and Edge & Christian had issues with each other during a sit-down interview and interfered in the others’ matches. Not surprisingly E&C come out to join the announcers for commentary. Malenko starts off with Jeff Hardy and pounds him in a corner but Jeff reverses positions for his own shots. Jeff goes for a whip, Malenko reverses him into a corner but Jeff runs up the ropes and back flips over Malenko. Jeff hits a backdrop and throws Malenko into a corner then tags Matt in and the Hardys whip him into a corner. Matt drops down to the mat and Jeff connects with the Poetry in Motion and Matt follows up with a clothesline. Matt tees off on Malenko and hits an inverted neck breaker that gets a two count then applies a headlock. Malenko shoves Matt off into the ropes while Saturn tags himself in and Matt ends up colliding with Saturn. Saturn gets in his shots on Matt and hits a back suplex then Malenko tags in and whips Matt into a heel kick. Saturn tags back in and both men whip Matt into a double elbow then Malenko pops Jeff off the apron. Saturn hits a knee drop on Matt and grabs at his face and Matt crawls to his corner but Saturn cuts off a tag. Saturn draws Jeff in to distract the referee while he and Malenko whip Matt and hit a double clothesline. Malenko covers Matt without a tag for a two count then whips Matt but Matt gets a Sunset Flip for a near fall. Malenko knocks Matt down then tags Saturn in and holds Matt on his knee while Saturn climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying knee drop that only gets a two count. That cool move should be used as a finisher. Saturn slams Matt to the mat and jabs him in the neck. Matt tries to fight back but Saturn clubs him in the head and hits a suplex for a near fall. Malenko tags in and elbows Matt in the head then works him over in a corner before tagging Saturn back in. The Radicals hit a double head butt on Matt … before Saturn audibly asks the referee “Are we outta here?” Saturn goes for a gut wrench power bomb but Matt slips out of it so Saturn sets him up for another power bomb which Matt counters with a Russian leg sweep. Matt crawls to his corner and manages to make the hot tag to Jeff and Jeff climbs to the top rope and nails Malenko with a missile dropkick. Jeff avoids an elbow drop from Saturn and dropkicks both Radicals and Matt comes in and helps Jeff plant Saturn with a double suplex. Matt hops to the middle rope while Jeff takes Malenko down by the legs and the Hardys hit a combo leg drop. Matt hits the Twist of Fate on Saturn while Jeff climbs to the top rope when E&C decide to get involved. Jeff goes for Swanton Bomb but Christian pulls Saturn out of the way while Edge goes in and spears Jeff. Matt and Malenko fight on the floor while Saturn hits a bridge suplex on Jeff that gets the pin. (5:46) Pretty good match despite the run-in. Don’t know about the Hardys jobbing so close to Wrestlemania, though. ***
~ Backstage Kevin Kelly interviews Shane McMahon and The Big Show about The Rock’s open challenge for tonight and Shane says he’d lay the Smackdown on Rock himself. Shane then says he and Show will take Rock up on his challenge and Show says something that’s bleeped out before promising to unplug the most electrifying man in wrestling.
~ We then get a look at Kane backstage preparing for his match next as we go to commercial.
~ Back form break we find Charles Barkley in the crowd tonight.
~ Kurt Angle comes out to the ring for the next match but first gets on the mic saying how certain things make sense like the grass being green, the sky being blue and the Oilers wanting to leave Houston forever. Angle says what doesn’t make sense is him defending both the European and Intercontinental Titles at Wrestlemania and that the has to wrestle the “big red retard” just six days before the pay-per-view. Angle says he has lots of retarded fans out there but still calls it a conspiracy against him and he doesn’t like it one bit.
Kurt Angle © vs. Kane (w/Paul Bearer) – Non-Title Match
Angle attacks Kane before he can set off his pyro but Kane throws him into a corner and pummels him. Kane whips Angle into a boot then whips him again but Angle takes Kane down and goes into a face lock. Kane manages to lift Angle up and slam him as we find Bob Backlund watching the match from the back. Kane connects with a clothesline and slams Angle to the mat then goes for a running elbow drop but misses it. Angle tries to take Kane down by the legs but can’t budge him and Kane grabs Angle and hits a power bomb. Angle rolls out to the floor and tries to grab his belts but Kane follows him and rams him into the barricade. Kane throws Angle back in the ring and climbs on the apron but Angle snaps Kane’s neck on the top rope. Kane rolls in and Angle wails on him but Kane just shrugs off his blows and punches him back. Kane whips Angle into a corner and clotheslines him then scoops him onto his shoulders but Angle slips out and shoves Kane into the ropes. Angle goes for a whip but Kane reverses him into a corner and hits a forearm. Kane charges again but eats a boot and Angle comes out of the corner but runs right into a sidewalk slam. Kane climbs to the top rope and hits the flying clothesline but Angle trips him into the ropes with a drop toehold. Angle grabs his European belt and readies a swing but Kane cuts him off and grabs him by the throat for a choke slam. Angle kicks Kane low to break it then grabs his IC belt and nails Kane in the head to get himself DQ’ed. (3:40) Angle grabs both his belts and walks of celebrating (even though he lost the match) but doesn’t see Kane sitting up in the ring. Kane chases Angle down on the ramp and brings him back in the ring then choke slams him before hitting the Tombstone for good measure. Pointless match that made Angle look weak as he was completely dominated by Kane. DUD
~ Backstage Michael Cole interviews Vince McMahon about The Rock facing Shane and Big Show in a handicap match but Vince seems puzzled by that. Vince tells Cole he’s probably talking about a tag team match to take place tonight with Shane and Big Show taking on Rock and himself. Vince also says there’s nothing anyone can do about it, not even The Rock.
~ We then see Trish Stratus leading her men to the ring for the next match as we go to commercial.
~ Back form break we get footage Steve Blackman speaking with Al Snow earlier today about what crazy idea he has now, like maybe a Hawaiian pygmy playing “Let’s go Head Cheese”, However Snow says tonight is serious, mentioning he actually got a reaction for Blackman in Wisconsin only for Test, Albert and Trish Stratus to ruin it. Snow says they must avenge this wrong and promises to show everyone what happens when Head Cheese goes bad.
Al Snow (w/Steve Blackman) vs. Test (w/Albert & Trish Stratus)
Before the match JR announces these two teams will square off with each other at Wrestlemania, because a run-in is apparently enough justification for a match on the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Snow meets Test out at ringside and Test gets the advantage but Snow comes back with a neck breaker. Snow throws Test in the ring to officially start the match and stomps away at him then goes for a whip. Test tries to counter into the pump-handle slam but Snow floats over him and manages to hit the Snowplow. Instead of covering Snow tells Blackman to toss Head to him but Blackman throws it way out of Snow’s reach. Albert and Blackman starts going at it while back in the ring … Test does something we miss and gets the pin. (0:39) Seriously, we don’t even get a replay to show us how the match ended. NR
~ Backstage Stephanie is giving Triple H a massage while telling him it’s good he didn’t accept The Rock’s challenge, feeling he shouldn’t compete so close to Wrestlemania. Stephanie says she has an idea to mess with Rock then pulls out a referee’s shirt and at looks like we now have a special guest referee for the tag team match. Say, Mick Foley isn’t doing anything yet.
~ Back from break we find Triple H trimming the sleeves off the referee’s shirt so he can show off his arms.
The Acolytes vs. The Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan
The Acolytes charge in the ring and go right to work with Bradshaw knocking Bossman through the ropes. Buchanan whips Faarooq but Faarooq hits a shoulder block then comes off the ropes but runs into a power slam. Buchanan follows up with an Axe Kick then tags Bossman in but Faarooq drives Bossman toward his corner allowing Bradshaw to tag in for a double-team. Bradshaw whips Bossman but Bossman comes back with a shoulder block then works Bradshaw over and goes for a whip. Bradshaw reverses it and clubs him from behind and The Acolytes whip Bossman into a double shoulder block. Suddenly the Godfather’s music starts up for some reason and w then see Godfather leading D’Lo Brown and a swarm of ladies to ringside. The Acolytes ask what’s up when Godfather pays them to take a walk and once they depart he and D’Lo tear into Bossman and Buchanan. D’Lo plants Buchanan with the Sky High while Godfather backdrops Bossman then pops him through the ropes. D’Lo clears Buchanan from the ring as well and the two stand tall as their women cheer them on from the floor. BTW JR announces these two teams will duke it out at Wrestlemania as well. More teams put on the card just for the heck of it. NR
~ Backstage Kevin Kelly interviews Linda McMahon about Triple H being the guest referee for the tag team main event. Linda announces there will be two referees in the match, and not surprisingly Mick Foley will be the second referee.
~ Back from break we get an exterior shot of the Compaq Center before we see Mick Foley slipping on his referee shirt.
~ GTV then pops in showing The Fabulous Moolah and Terri talking about trash when The Kat comes into the room. Terri and Moolah make fun of Kat’s outfit when Kat presents Terri with the bill for the shirt she ripped off her. Terri tears up the bill in response when Kat tries to go for her shirt but Moolah tries to separate the two ladies and offers to take care of Kat herself. Mae Young then comes in and … you know what, let’s just move on.
~ Elsewhere The Rock is telling Vince McMahon he doesn’t need nor want a partner and he certainly doesn’t want him. Vince insists on teaming tonight since there’s not much Rock can do about it so Rock tells him to stay out of his way.
~ We then get a look at The Rock/Method Man music video from WWF Aggression as we go to commercial.
X-Pac (w/Road Dogg & Tori) vs. D’Von Dudley (w/Bubba Ray Dudley)
X-Pac tries to sneak attack D’Von but D’Von blocks it and gets in the first shots then goes for a whip but X-Pac reverses it. D’Von hits a shoulder block then comes off the ropes when X-Pac leapfrogs over him and goes through his moves but D’Von comes back and hits the Curtain Call. D’Von has Bubba get a table ready on the floor and D’Von goes for a power bomb but X-Pac slips out of it and hits the spin kick. X-Pac applies a chin lock and D’Von fights out of it but X-Pac regains the advantage. X-Pac goes for a whip but D’Von reverses it and hits the jumping elbow then slams X-Pac to the mat. D’Von climbs to the top rope but X-Pac cuts him off with a dropkick and D’Von tumbles to the mat. Road Dogg holds D’Von while X-Pac looks for the Bronco Buster but Bubba pulls X-Pac down by the hair. X-Pac pops Bubba off the apron but D’Von clotheslines him down then goes after Road Dogg on the apron. However Road Dogg snaps D’Von’s neck on the rope and D’Von staggers into the X-Factor for the pin. (2:23) Bubba goes in the ring and pounds on X-Pac but Road Dogg comes back and hits the juke ‘n jive punches. Just as Road Dogg readies for the big right Kane’s pyro goes off distracting him for a right hand from Bubba. Kane and Paul Bearer then make their way out to the ring and Kane starts attacking everyone in the ring. Kane goes to choke slam X-Pac but the Dudleys break it up for whatever reason and hit Kane with the 3D. The Dudleys depart as Tori goes in to taunt the fallen Kane but Kane pops up and grabs her by the throat. However the DX’ers break up the choke slam and dump Kane over the ropes through the table on the floor! Nice post-match spot but other than that another pointless match. DUD
~ The Big Show and Shane are shown heading to the ring for the main event as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get a replay of The Rock, Vince and Mick Foley getting beaten down earlier tonight. After that Triple H makes his way out to the ring with Stephanie to serve as the special referee for the main event. And then Mick Foley makes his way out to the ring to serve as the other special referee for the main event.
The Rock & Vince McMahon vs. The Big Show & Shane McMahon
Shane and Show come out to Show’s Aggression theme while Vince makes his way down the ramp by himself and hesitates to get in the ring. So Triple H decides to toss Vince in himself to jump-start the match and Show and Shane double-team Vince. Show head butts Vince then sets him up for a Bronco Buster from Shane as The Rock finally makes his way out to the ring and nails Show with a flying forearm. Rock works over Shane and tosses him over the ropes then goes to whip Show but Show reverses him into a corner and hits a boot. Show elbows Rock and chokes him with his boot when Foley orders a break then has words with Triple H. Rock rolls out to the floor with Show behind him but Rock comes back and rams him into the announce table. Rock goes for a whip but Show reverses him into the steps then press slams him over the ropes back in the ring. Show goes in and tags Shane and Shane works Rock over with jabs but and whips him into a jumping elbow. Shane covers Rock and Triple H tries to make a fast count but only gets two and Foley isn’t happy with that. Shane hammers Rock in a corner and slaps him but Rock throws him into the corner and hits the Smackdown. Rock whips Shane into a corner but Triple H interrupts a clothesline enabling Shane to nail Rock from behind. Foley responds by dropping Shane with a right hand and Triple H expresses his displeasure and shoves Foley. Foley shoves Triple H back and looks ready to go at it then sees Show choking Rock on the ropes and stops it. Show tags in and clubs Rock in the back then slams him to the mat and comes off the ropes with an elbow drop. Rock starts to fight back again and comes off the ropes but runs right into an elbow and Show taunts Vince. Show hits a backbreaker and a leg drop then chokes Rock with his boot and Foley counts when Triple H won’t. Show whips Rock, Rock ducks a clothesline and rally’s back then comes off the ropes but runs into a power slam with Foley counting a two. Shane tags in but runs right into a DDT that gets a near fall.
Vince then begs Rock to tag in and Rock obliges then Vince whiffs a punch but Shane still sells it like a champ. Vince hammers away on Shane and whips him into a clothesline as we see Linda watching this from the back. Vince pops Shane through the ropes then goes out and shoves Triple H aside and tosses Shane into the steps. Vince clotheslines Shane over the announce table then rams him into the table and chokes him with a headset. Vince assaults Shane and punches him back over the table but Shane comes back with a shot below the belt and tosses Vince back in the ring. Shane heads in when Vince spears Shane down but Show head butts Vince. Both McMahons are down as Foley counts but Vince manages to crawl over and make the hot tag to Rock. Rock hammers away on Shane and whips him into then spine buster then follows up with the People’s Elbow. Rock covers Shane as Foley makes the count but Triple H interrupts it at two with an elbow drop on Foley. Rock tries to take a shot at Triple H but Triple H nails Rock with the Pedigree. Triple H drapes Shane onto Rock and tries to make his own count but Vince nails Triple H to break it up and the two exchange shots. Vince knocks Triple H through the ropes and taunts him with the DX chops when Show grabs him by the throat looking for a choke slam. Foley interrupts Show with the Mandible Claw and dumps him over the ropes when Rock finally plants Shane with the Rock Bottom and Foley counts the three for the win. (11:09) Not the best main event but still pretty entertaining, which is usually the case with matches involving the McMahons. Plus the crowd was hot throughout the match. The Rock, Vince and Foley all stand tall in the ring while Triple H and Show retreat as we fade to black. **½
Conclusion: You can tell they tried to build up Wrestlemania with this episode but I don’t think they quite succeeded. The only worthwhile matches were the main event and the great Hardys/Radicals tag, while all the other bouts were pretty worthless. Also it seems almost the entire Wrestlemania mid-card is built entirely around run-ins; one guy or team runs in on another guy or team and suddenly a match is made. Also the McMahons continue to dominate the main event focus as evidenced by the long opening segment. Overall another forgettable episode and the WWF still has one more show to go to give the matches some build before the big event.