Written by:m Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Heat
From: Tacoma, WA
1.) Chyna defeated The Godfather to qualify for the 2000 King of the Ring tournament
2.) Perry Saturn defeated Essa Rios
3.) Val Venis defeated Al Snow to qualify for the 2000 King of the Ring tournament
4.) Dudley Boys defeated Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan in a tables match
5.) WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit defeated Rikishi to retain the title
1.) Chyna chop blocks Godfather from behind and kicks him down to the mat followed by a clothesline. Godfather nearly wins with a rollup. Chyna tries for a pedigree, but Godfather backdrops her. Godfather comes off the ropes to hit a leg drop, but misses a middle rope splash. Chyna hits a handspring elbow in the corner, Godfather misses the Ho Train in the corner and Eddie Guerrero hits him with a flowers allowing Chyna to win the match. Of course, there was a lead pipe in the flowers. (1/2*. Not much of a match here, really.)
2.) Saturn knee lifts Rios several times, but Rios comes back with a dropkick and an arm drag. Rios nearly wins with a snap powerslam. Saturn hits a release German suplex as we see Lita watching backstage. Saturn slams Rios to the mat and tries to rip Rios face. Saturn tosses Rios with a pump handle suplex. Saturn drives Rios down to the mat gut first with a spinning flapjack. Rios hits a spinning heel kick followed by a head scissors for a two count. Rios nearly wins with a match with a near fall. Saturn plants Rios with a powerbomb. Saturn plants Rios with a second powerbomb and goes to the top rope. Saturn leaps off hitting an elbow drop for the win. (**1/2. That was a lot of fun for a quick match and Saturn looked like a complete badass. Saturn looked great in there managing to hit all his stuff and looking great in the process.)
3.) Backstage, Rikishi is interviewed about his match with Chris Benoit tonight. Rikishi says that tonight won’t be the first time that Benoit experiences his ass backing up. Rikishi gets up to walkaway with the chair stuck to his ass.
4.) Backstage, Al Snow is mediating when Steve Blackman enters and asks if Snow needs his help for tonight. Snow doesn’t need his help and heads toward the ring.
5.) Trish Stratus joins Val Venis at ringside and judging by the announcers this is the first time that has happened.
6.) Snow leg sweeps Venis early on followed by a few kicks to keep control of the match. Venis counters a hip toss attempt with a clothesline. Snow ducks a wild strike in the corner and pummels Val with strikes in the corner. Venis forearms Snow but runs into a clothesline. Venis backdrops Snow to the floor and follows up with a baseball slide. Snow sends Venis shoulder first into the ring steps. Snow gets stopped by a forearm, elbow and a knee drop. Snow backdrops Venis followed by a few right hands and a superkick. Trish is distracting the referee as Snow hit a wheelbarrow suplex. Snow goes to the referee and Venis tries for a fisherman suplex, but Snow counters with a rollup for a two count. Snow goes to the top missing a moonsault. Val plants Snow with a spinebuster and heads to the top rope. Venis leaps off and hits the Money Shot for the win. (**1/4. Actually a rather solid match and enjoyable action as they kept the in-ring wrestling constant and worked well together. I like the pairing of Venis and Stratus, too.)
7.) Dudley Boys take Bossman and Bull out with a table on the floor. They begin to brawl on the floor with Bossman sending D-Von into the ring steps while Bull clotheslines Bubba in the corner. Bull pummels Bubba in the corner and all four men are brawling with the heels getting the advantage. Bubba clotheslines Bull and delivers several strikes in the corner. Bubba fights back on Bossman with several strikes in the corner. Bull dumps D-Von to the floor. D-Von drops Bull with a spinning elbow strike. Bubba is punching Bossman over the middle rope. Bull takes Bubba over with a superplex. Bull slides a table into the ring. Bubba saves D-Von from being sent through a table in the corner. Bossman is driven down with a neckbreaker/back suplex combo. Bull gets met with a cutter from Bubba and the Dudley’s get another table in the ring. Bossman slams Bubba off the table, but Bubba doesn’t land through a table. Bossman misses a splash and crashes through a table. Bull is driven down with a 3D through the table. (*1/4. A mostly boring tag team match due to the nature of it being just a brawl before getting to the table spot.)
8.) Benoit hammers away on Rikishi in the corner until he’s shoved away. Rikishi shoves Benoit away again and drops Benoit with a few strikes. Rikishi clotheslines Benoit followed by a savant kick for a two count. Benoit tries for a German suplex, but Rikishi elbows free and Benoit tries for the Crippler Crossface! Rikishi is able to reach the bottom rope to break the hold. Benoit sends Rikishi shoulder first into the ring steps. Rikishi tries to fight back with strikes out of the corner, but Benoit stops him with chops. Rikishi misses a sit down splash as Benoit rolled out of the way. Rikishi tosses Benoit down with a Samoan Drop and a running clothesline in the corner. Rikishi hits a running back splash in the corner and Benoit drops down. Rikishi is ready and goes for the Stink Face, but Benoit low blows Rikishi followed by a bridging German suplex for the win. (*1/2. A decent main event to close the show and a good win for Benoit. The bridging German on a guy like Rikishi is impressive.)
A strong episode for Heat this week as all the matches, aside from the tables match, were enjoyable and didn’t over stay their welcome. Looks like the entire month of June has some big matches lined up to be taking place on Heat.
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