WWF Heat 1/23/2000
Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation presents Heat
From: Providence, RI
1.) Christian defeated Steve Blackman
2.) The Headbangers & Big Bossman defeated D’Lo Brown, Godfather & Albert
3.) Edge defeated Al Snow by disqualification
1.) In the US, Heat was simply a Royal Rumble preview show. Luckily, I got my hands on the UK version which is a Rumble preview, but also has matches that were recorded in Providence.
2.) Christian and Blackman trade wrist locks but Blackman shoulder blocks Christian. Blackman avoids a monkey flip out of the corner and dropkicks Blackman to the floor. Blackman comes back in and works over Christian with a few shots. Christian again dumps Blackman to the floor. Christian hits a springboard cross body over the top to the floor. Christian rams Blackman into the guard railing before returning to the apron. Blackman stops Christian with a gut buster over the ring steps. Blackman drops Christian throat first over the railing. Blackman rolls Christian back into the ring delivering a back breaker. Blackman keeps Christian on the mat with a sleeper hold. Christian comes off the ropes and hits a cross body for a two count. Blackman stops Christian by driving him face first into the canvas. Blackman delivers several forearm drops. Blackman sends Christian into the corner hard back first. Blackman puts a half Boston Crab on and is using the ropes for an illegal advantage. Christian refuses to give in, though. Christian nearly wins with a crucifix and gets knocked back down by Blackman. Blackman slams Christian and attempts a splash off the middle rope but Christian blocked him. Christian dropkicks Blackman followed by a power slam for a two count. Blackman drops Christian with an elbow strike to the back. Christian is backdropped to the apron. Blackman goes for a slam but Christian counters with an inside cradle for the win. After the match, Al Snow runs into the ring and attacks Christian. Edge runs into the ring and attacks both Snow and Blackman to make the save. (*1/4. I wasn’t really entertained by the action since Blackman doesn’t do a great job when he’s in control for a long period of time.)
3.) Coach interviews Big Show backstage about the Royal Rumble. Show tells Coach that he’s going to win the Royal Rumble match. He believes he is the only giant that counts in the world. He’ll win the Rumble and then regain the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania. Show knows that the fans love Rocky. However, it gets annoying and he isn’t going to let Rocky talk to him poorly. Show is also not happy about not getting a return match for the championship. Show thinks he is getting kicked to the side since Triple H won the WWF World Championship. He thinks that everyone is scared of him to get a rematch.
4.) Bossman and Godfather kick off the six man tag match, but Albert wants to be tagged in and gets his wish. Bossman decides to tag out to Mosh. Mosh attacks Albert from behind with a few strikes in the corner. Albert shoves Mosh out of the corner and hits the Baldo Bomb. Albert goes after Thrasher but tags in Godfather. Godfather runs into a big boot and Mosh hits a running clothesline. Thrasher gets tagged in and Godfather jabs him a few times. Godfather delivers a clothesline and a leg drop. Brown gets tagged in and works over Thrasher with strikes. Mosh tags back in but is met with a power slam from Brown. Brown misses a clothesline but hits a heel kick. D’Lo attempts a power bomb but Mosh counters with a face buster. Bossman tags in and nails Brown with a big boot. Bossman strikes D’Lo in the throat and tags in Thrasher. Brown and Thrasher collide on clothesline attempts. Mosh and Albert get tagged in with Albert cleaning house and decks Bossman on the apron. Albert goes for a press slam but Bossman clubs Albert and Mosh manages to get the three count. (*. It never really got out of first gear, but the point of the match seemed to focus on Bossman/Albert and their eventual singles match.)
5.) Cactus Jack is interviewed by Coach regarding the street fight at the Royal Rumble later tonight. Cactus says that people are looking at the calm before the storm. Cactus says that the results tonight will not be pretty as he has seen the images in his mind a million times. Cactus use to hitchhike to the Garden. He should be arrested for the thoughts he’s having. He will tear Triple H alive and he’ll be the WWF World Champion.
6.) Snow takes Edge down to start the match but is kicked away. Edge hip tosses Snow and follows up with a dropkick and arm drag. Snow scoop slams Edge and hits a slingshot leg drop from the apron for a two count. Snow stomps away on Edge in the corner and chokes him. Snow backdrops Edge to the apron but is yanked down by his hair. Edge leaps off the top with a cross body for a two count. Snow knee lifts Edge in the midsection followed by several strikes. Snow misses a clothesline and Edge hits a spinning heel kick. Snow tosses Edge over the top to the floor. Snow stomps away on Edge and rams Edge face first into the guard railing. Snow rolls Edge into the ring and delivers a back elbow strike. Snow continues his offense with a swinging neck breaker for a two count. Snow chokes Edge on the mat. Snow chokes Edge on the apron for a few moments. Edge nails Snow with a kick to the head. Edge hammers away on Snow with right hands. Edge backdrops Snow and follows up with a right hand in the corner. Edge rams Snow groin first into the ring post after avoiding a big boot. Edge atomic drops Snow and continues with a clothesline for a two count. Snow hits Edge with Head and that calls for the disqualification. (*1/2. I’m actually surprised by the DQ finish since it makes me think that Snow is being protected. There wasn’t much going on here, really. It was a weak main event.)
Considering it’s a preview for Rumble, I wasn’t expecting anything overly great in-ring wise and that was the case this week. Despite the weak show, Rumble is still going to be great.
Thanks for reading.