WWF Royal Rumble 2000 1/23/2000

January 23, 2000
Madison Square Garden
New York, New York
Attendance: 19,231
Buy Rate: 1.58
Announcers: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler

1) Tazz (Peter Senerchia) defeats Kurt Angle when Angle passes out in the Tazmission at 3:16

Fun Fact: Since early December, during random points of WWF Television, the lights would dim in the arena, a mysterious heartbeat would play over the speakers, and an orange 13 would flash on the Titantron. Now, it was no mystery that Tazz was on his way, as it was common knowledge since September of 1999 when he had his final ECW match. Heading into this show the undefeated Kurt Angle laid down an open challenge, and from the start it seemed like a perfect time for the Human Suplex Machine to make his presence felt in the WWF.

Fun Fact II:
Tazz began his career studying under WWF Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz. He made his official debut in Puerto Rico in 1987 as Kid Krush and then moved onto IWCCW as the Tazmaniac in the early 90s. After spending some time in IWCCW, Tazz migrated south to Philadelphia where he hooked up with the burgeoning ECW in October 1993. He came in as one half of the Tazmaniacs, a team he formed with Jack Chetti. He also spent time tagging with Kevin Sullivan and Sabu and won the ECW Tag Team Championship on a number of occasions. In 1995, Tazmaniac suffered a serious neck injury at the hands of 2 Cold Scorpio and Dean Malenko. Upon his return, he shortened his name to Taz and dropped the animalistic aspect of his character. He also became more intense in the ring and based his offense around a variety of suplexes. Taz won the TV Championship on two occasions before being pushed to the World title ranks. When World Champion Shane Douglas went down with an injury, Taz made his own belt, painted it orange and called it the Fuck the World Title, or FTW for short. Taz finally won the ECW Championship from Shane Douglas on January 10, 1999. He would hold the title until September 19, 1999 when he dropped the belt in a Triangle match that was eventually won by Mike Awesome. He would take the next two months off before wrestling his final match at November to Remember where he put over Rob Van Dam.

Scott:
The first PPV of the new Millennium opens with another debut. The Human Suplex Machine was an ECW staple. Tazz was a former ECW Champion, and one of the most intense characters in wrestling. He debuts in his backyard, MSG, and knocks out the undefeated Olympic hero with his “Million Dollar Dream” looking finisher, the Tazmission. Angle’s loss doesn’t hurt him much, as he soon begins his resume of championships with a European title win over Val Venis. At next month’s PPV, he grabs another title. Tazz makes a legendary debut, but his year will be up and down. Grade: 2

Justin: The winds of change continue to blow as yet another fresh face jumps ship from a rival promotion and makes his debut on the big stage. Tazz already had a huge following, and many in the MSG crowd were prepared for his arrival. The atmosphere surrounding this three minute match was awesome, as the crowd was going insane for Tazz the entire time. After watching him unleash some sick suplexes and decimate Angle in three minutes I would venture to say that this was the best booked match of Tazz’s WWF career. It was the only time they would really let him unleash his full offense and look like the badass that everyone knew he was. Angle, of course, denied defeat by saying Tazz was using an illegal chokehold which forced him to pass out. After this match, these two seemed destined for a big 2000, but injuries and bad timing would quickly derail Tazz’s hopes of a major push. Grade: 2

2) The Hardy Boyz defeat the Dudley Boyz in a Tables Match when Jeff Hardy puts D-Von Dudley (Devon Hughes) through the final table with a Swanton Bomb off the MSG entranceway at 10:18

Fun Fact: Since we last saw them on PPV, the Dudley Boys were given a full character makeover in order to update their image and shed their bingo hall independent federation looking regalia. They kept the glasses but completely ditched their jorts and tie-dye t-shirts. Instead, they were now decked out in black t-shirts and camouflage pants, which gave them a harder image and more hardcore look. Also, Vince decided to escalate the character development that had taken years to do in ECW. When Vince first hired the Dudleys, he was fascinated with their back history and wanted to recreate the whole gimmick of Bubba being a redneck that was constantly stuttering and eventually losing the stutter and becoming a true asshole. Well, since the original incarnation wasn’t exactly bringing millions to the box office, Vince sped things up, gave the Dudleys a new look and turned Bubba into the asshole that we all know and hate today. Only this time, instead of calling women “whores” and starting riots, they would start putting everyone and anyone through tables, much to the orgasmic delight of Bubba Ray.

Scott: What we are about to witness is one of the most competitive tag team years in over a decade. The WWF Tag Team Titles will be the prize, and these two teams will be two of many that will battle for the gold throughout the year. The creativity they show in beating the shit out of each other with tables is off the charts. The Dudleys have gone through their growing pains since their debut in September. Next month they cash it in. The Hardys have been around a little longer, but they also will make a major impact in 2000. As for this match, the spot of the match is the end. With D-Von lying on a table, Jeff Hardy hits his finisher, the Swanton Bomb, off the entranceway at MSG, through the table for the win. A fantastic match between four risk-takers and it just gets better from here. Grade: 4

Justin:
The second match of this year’s Rumble features an intense and insane brawl between two of the hottest tag teams in the Federation. Since receiving their makeover, the Dudleys were on a roll, and were out to prove a point smack dab in their own backyard. And, what better opponents to have than one team that was willing to do anything to get over? These four guys light up MSG with a full ten minutes of non-stop action as they beat each other from pillar to post and everywhere in between. As passé as they are today, at this time the tables gimmick was red hot. It had been done to death in ECW, but as far as WWF fans were concerned, they had seen some table action, but they knew they were missing out. 2000 would cure that craving, as it was tables galore, mainly due to the soaring popularity of the Dudleys. The Hardys grab the big win here, but the Dudleys would fire the next major shot in the Tag Division the very next night on Raw, and it is one that would really put them over the top. Grade: 4

*** Mae Young wins the Royal Rumble swimsuit contest by wearing nothing. Also in the competition were Terri (Runnels), Jacqueline (Moore), Luna Vachon (Gertrude Angelle Vachon), Ivory (Lisa Moretti), Barbara Bush (Kathy Dingman) and the Kat (Stacy Carter). One month after Miss Kitty showed her boobies at Armageddon, and again here, as she is dressed in bubble wrap, Mae Young tries to do the same, and gives everyone a quick flash of the well-aged puppies. Mark Henry, her new boyfriend, but more on that later, runs in and covers her up, but the damage had already been done. Let’s never mention this again. ***

3) Chris Jericho (Chris Irvine) defeats Chyna (Joanie Laurer) and Hardcore Holly (Robert Howard) in a Triple Threat match to win WWF Intercontinental Title when Jericho pins Chyna with a Lionsault at 7:30

Fun Fact: In the week following Armageddon, Chyna began assisting Chris Jericho in his matches and, to the confusion of many, seemingly wanted to bury the hatchet. Well, on the 12/30 Smackdown, Chyna revealed that she was just ensuring Jericho remained Champion while her thumb healed, which it had, so a match was set for that night. After nearly four minutes, Jericho gave Chyna a belly-to-back suplex, with both wrestlers landing on a chair that was in the ring, knocking them both unconscious. However, when they landed, each of their arms landed on top of the other and, due to a ref bump earlier, there were two refs in the ring, each ref was on a different side and counted both wrestlers down. The next week on Raw, Stephanie McMahon proclaimed that Jericho and Chyna were now co-champions and that either could lose the title. Following the announcement, Hardcore Holly came out and proclaimed that he should be I-C Champ, and challenged Chyna to a match. Chyna won with the help of Jericho, and Holly was incensed. Over the next few weeks, Chyna and Jericho would play mind games with each other, trying to ensure the other would get injured without losing the belt. Finally, a match was set for the PPV, but this time Hardcore Holly was inserted in as well.

Scott:
This was the end to a very convoluted storyline that started out simple enough. Two people feuding over a title. Then, things got a little hairy. On an episode of Smackdown, Chris Jericho was defending the IC title against Chyna, the former champ. They end up landing on top of each other, and the referee makes the three count. So, who’s the champ? Well, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, now calling the shots after Vince walked out, say they’re both the champion, and if one loses, they both lose. From there we get this match. Chyna went through a solid run of wrestling guys, but here she seems to finally be falling behind, as she looks sloppy and out of sorts. Hardcore Holly spent 1999 chasing or defending the Hardcore Title, or teaming with his cousin. The first PPV of 2000 and he’s kicked it up a notch. However, this one was Jericho’s from the beginning, and he took it. He would have a very busy 2000 from all sides. This was not his best work, but he did the best he could with what he had. Grade: 2.5

Justin: A decent match here that doesn’t live up to the standards set from the past two months, as it features a lot of choppy action and never gets into a good rhythm. Chyna is quickly slipping as an upper-mid-card player, but would regain her footing a bit as 2000 rolls along. Holly, on the other hand, seemed to finally be ready to break through to the next level. He would have a very good first half of 2000, but unfortunately a serious injury would eventually force him to the sidelines, and when he returns, he would never see the success he reaches in early-2000. Jericho, as always, was the stabilizing force in this match. After finally being booked as a face over the past month, the crowds were solidly behind Y2J as he takes the belt that was so rightfully his and heads down the Road to Wrestlemania as the Intercontinental Champion. Grade: 2

4) The New Age Outlaws defeated the Acolytes to retain WWF Tag Team Titles when Billy Gunn (Monty Sop) pins Bradshaw (John Layfield) with the Fame-Asser at 2:35

Fun Fact: The Acolytes earned this title shot by virtue of winning the Tag Team Battle Royal at Armageddon.

Scott:
This match was probably chopped due to the length of the title match and the Rumble, but it really doesn’t matter. This is it for the Outlaws. Their first PPV together was D-Generation X in December 1997. That night they fought the Legion of Doom. Now, over two years later, and the end is near. This is their final victory on PPV together, and it’s a typical ugly one. Ref bumps, DX run-ins, the works. In 1998 and 1999, fans looked past their mediocre workrate, and cheered the cool t-shirts and snazzy catchphrases, me included. Now, with the emergence of the Dudleys, Hardys, and Edge & Christian, this was a good time for the Outlaws to get out. Next month, their run officially comes to an end. The Acolytes, they just move on like they always do. Grade: 1.5

Justin:
A really quick match that they either should have given more time by cutting the Bikini Contest or just held off on this match until Raw. I remember a lot of people at the time thinking the Acolytes were winning the belts here, as they were getting a pretty solid push, so this result was somewhat of a shock, especially when you consider how quickly it ended. X-Pac makes his presence felt as usual, when he runs in and clocks Bradshaw, which sets up the Fame-Asser for Billy. The Outlaws clock is ticking down, and the tag division would be much better off without them clogging up the top of the picture. Grade: 1

5) Triple H (Paul Levesque) defeats Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) in a Street Fight to retain WWF World Title with a Pedigree on thumbtacks at 26:51

Fun Fact: There was a long buildup for this match, most of which featured Mick Foley on the sidelines, as he was trying his best to get into better condition to prove he could still hang with the big boys. Ever since the newly christened McMahon-Helmsley Era began, Mankind was one of the locker room leaders that was vociferously against the whole idea, and he made sure to tell Steph and Triple H every chance he had. Well, on the 12/27 Raw, Mankind and Rock were at ringside arguing over the Helmsleys’ way of doing business. Finally, Hunter had enough, and said there wasn?t enough room for the three of them in the WWF, so he forced Rock and Foley into a “Pink Slip on a Pole” match that night on Raw, with the stipulation being that the loser would be fired on the spot. After a solid six-minute affair, the Rock managed to shove Mankind to floor and grab the pink slip and, unfortunately, Mick Foley was now fired. After a quick goodbye speech, he disappeared behind the curtain, possibly forever. However, later in the night, Triple H was facing the Big Show for the World Title and Mick decided to make one last impact before leaving, as he ran out and smacked Triple H with a chair, allowing Big Show to retain his title. The next week on Smackdown, various “Classic Foley” moments aired throughout the night, and later in the show, Jim Ross interviewed Mick from the basement of the Foley House. Mick expressed his sadness and claimed that something would be done to rectify this situation. The following week on Raw, Triple H began airing mini-movies detailing Mankind’s post retirement antics (with the role of Mick Foley being played to perfection by Mideon), which only pissed the crowds off that much more. Later in the show, D-X was facing the Rock in a “Handicap You’re Fired Match”, which the Rock needed to win in order to stay employed. Well, at the end of the match, out ran good old Mick Foley wielding a steel chair and receiving a monster pop. He pasted all four D-X members with the chair which led to a Rock Bottom on Billy Gunn and a win for the Great One. That week’s Smackdown in Orlando featured some more memorable moments, as Faux-Mankind spent time mulling around Universal Studios, trying to cheer himself up after being fired. After numerous skits of Mideon-kind riding various rides and walking around, the real Mankind jumped him as he exited Back to the Future, and laid a vicious beating upon him; Mick Foley was pissed off and he wanted everyone to know. The following week, Raw opened with the entire locker room walking down to ringside led by the Rock. After everyone emptied out, Rock called Triple and Stephanie to ringside and proceeded to tell them that the whole locker room was walking out immediately if they did not rehire Mick Foley. After a few minutes, the Helmsleys caved and reinstated Foley, much to the appreciation of the crowd. Well, a few minutes later, the man himself came through the crowd and to ringside to challenge Triple H for the World Heavyweight Title at the Royal Rumble. Helmsley accepted, and the match was set. Throughout the rest of the show, we kept seeing shots of Mankind torturing a tied-up Mideon-kind in the back room, pouring coffee on him, forcing to watch Al Snow matches and setting it up so Kane would attack him for hitting on Tori. Finally, in the Main Event, all of D-X squared off against the Acolytes and the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection. After Triple H pedigreed Foley for the win after he had already pedigreed him on a table, Mankind came to, ripped off his mask and went absolutely ballistic on the Champ. He started pummeling the shit out him, whipped him into the ring steps, hair-tossef him into the remaining pieces of the table, clotheslinef him out of the ring and unleashef a classic “Bang, Bang”, which Helmsley sells like he was staring death directly in the face. It was an awesome moment, and Triple H’s selling of the Cactus Jack rebirth really made the moment special. That week on Smackdown, this happened (courtesy the impeccable CRZ): The music plays AGAIN here, and …well, there’s the real MANKIND, his shirt still bloodied from Monday. “Triple H – that is ENOUGH!” “Foley” chant from the crowd. “Is this what you get off on? Making fun of me – how much more do you want from me? First…you take away my job – then you bring this idiot out there, and you take away my dignity. Then, Monday night, in what should have been the greatest night of my life when I was reinstated on RAW is WAR, you take me, and you ruin my shirt, and you ruin my face, and I’ll be honest, when I stepped into that shower and I let the cold water run down on my head, and I look down on that blood as it swirled around in that shower drain, I started thinking a little bit about what Mankind was. Now, Mankind – is an entertaining son of a gun; Mankind – is a pretty damn good author; Mankind – is one tough SOB. And Mankind is one hell of a fighter. So it saddens me to say that after the beating you gave me on Monday night, one thing Mankind is not is ready to face you in a street fight at the Royal Rumble in Madison Square Garden. Because you are, without a doubt, The Game. You are the best in the business right now…and as you said, well, Mankind in some ways is nothing more than a beaten up, pathetic fool, but I think the WWF fans deserve a substitute in that match…what I’m gonna do, Triple H, is I’m gonna name him right now, as a matter of fact, I think you know the guy…” He removes the mask and shirt and tie…to reveal a familiar T-shirt. “…and I think you know him pretty damn well – his name is CACTUS JACK! And his first official act, as part of the WWF, is to kick your teeth all over the city of Chicago!” He rushes the ring, which clears of all but Triple H. Jack all over H – but the fake Mankind comes back in with the chair. WHACK! No effect – Jack turns around and takes it to Mankind while Triple H flees. Mankind out of the ring – baseball slide dropkick takes him over the commentary table. Jack on the ring with the chair – running off the apron into Mankind on the table! Bang, Bang! For the first time in quite a while, Jack’s music plays – then stops – as he has the mike again. “Triple H – at the Royal Rumble – you’re gonna make me bleed? I’ve got some news for you – it will not be the first time, and it sure as hell will not be the last, because I’ve got an awful lot of blood to give! But as far as you – you look into my eyes and realize I mean every word when I tell you I’m gonna tear you apart in New York City! And then…I will take what you hold dearest – I’m talking about your cherished WWF championship belt – I will take it – and it will be MINE – MINE – ALL MINE! Bang, Bang!” It’s weird. He IS Cactus Jack again. It was that quick. So, the stage was officially set: a Street Fight at the Royal Rumble: Cactus Jack vs. Triple H for the World Title.

Fun Fact II:
Triple H regained the World Title from the Big Show on the January 3, 2000 edition of Raw.

Scott:
Throughout the second half of 1999, Triple H was trying to prove to everyone he was the next top heel in professional wrestling. His matches weren’t bad, but many thought he wasn’t at the level of Steve Austin, Mick Foley, or the Rock. This match was the Game’s coming-out party. The perfect guy to put Hunter over is Mick Foley. However, he needed to be in the nastiest, craziest of his personas. Cactus Jack was that persona. Cactus beat Triple H in a hardcore match on a memorable RAW in this building in 1997. Now, both men are even more experienced and this one was balls to the wall. A sick spot in this match worth noting: Cactus suplexing Triple H three consecutive times on wooden palates, a garbage can, and the stairs. Holy shit, that was stiff. Triple H in fact gets a piece of his leg ripped out on the wooden palate. On the DVD extras, they show him getting stitches from it. Ouch. They also toss around a 2X4 with barbed wire. They even re-enact the 1999 title match for a moment, as Triple H handcuffs Cactus and starts whacking him with a chair. Not as severe as Rock hit Mankind, but close. Rock interferes and whacks Trips with his own chair. This was a perfect, sick brawl for the MSG faithful. Trips does a nasty, man-size blade job, with the blood soaking his blonde hair, ala his idol Ric Flair. Cactus even kicks out of a Pedigree, but then gets hit with a second one, on a pile of fucking thumbtacks, and Triple H finally finishes him off. An insane brawl that proves Triple H belongs with the main eventers, and cements Mick Foley’s legacy. The best thing about it is that there’s a rematch next month that matches it. Grade: 5

Justin:
Just an awesome, sick, unbelievable brawl that sets the standard for all future brawls that will ever occur. These two just let loose and beat the absolute shit out of each other. The crowd is absolutely off the hook, especially when Cactus gets un-handcuffed and starts making his comeback, and again after he kicks out of the first pedigree. Mick Foley had one job in this match: make Triple H a top of the line, undeniable top mega heel, and he accomplishes that goal without a shadow of a doubt. Foley proves once again that he is a true professional, and he makes Triple H’s career with this one match and Hunter would definitely capitalize on the opportunity. This was a tremendous job by everyone and one of the true classics in wrestling history. Grade: 5

6) The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) wins the Royal Rumble at 51:48

ORDER OF ENTRY (Followed by Elimination)

1) D-Lo Brown (AC Conner): Rikishi
2) Grandmaster Sexay (Brian Lawler): Rikishi
3) Mosh (Chaz Warrington): Rikishi
4) Christian (Jay Reso): Rikishi
5) Rikishi (Solofa Fatu): Boss Man, Test, British Bulldog, Gangrel, Edge, & Backlund
6) Scotty Too Hotty (Scott Taylor): Rikishi
7) Steve Blackman: Rikishi
8) Viscera (Nelson Frazier): Rikishi
9) Big Boss Man (Ray Traylor): Rock
10) Test (Andrew Martin): Big Show
11) British Bulldog (David Smith): Road Dogg
12) Gangrel (David Heath): Big Show
13) Edge (Adam Copeland): Val Venis & Al Snow
14) Bob Backlund: Chris Jericho
15) Chris Jericho (Chris Irvine): Chyna
16) Crash Holly (Michael Lockwood): Rock
17) Chyna (Joanie Laurer): Big Boss Man
18) Faarooq (Ron Simmons): Big Boss Man
19) Road Dogg (Brian James): Billy Gunn
20) Al Snow (Al Sarven): Rock
21) Val Venis (Sean Morely): Kane
22) Albert (Matt Bloom): Kane
23) Hardcore Holly (Robert Howard): Al Snow
24) The Rock (Dwayne Johnson): WINNER
25) Billy Gunn (Monty Sop): Kane
26) Big Show (Paul Wight): Rock
27) Bradshaw (John Layfield): New Age Outlaws
28) Kane (Glen Jacobs): X-Pac
29) Godfather (Charles Wright): Big Show
30) X-Pac (Sean Waltman): Rock

Longest Time: Test (26:17)
Shortest Time: Faarooq (:18)
Most Eliminated: Rikishi (7)

Scott: This was a very strange Rumble. There were only two legitimate choices to win this thing in Rock and Big Show, and the rest were jobbers. That’s been the problem with the last few Rumbles. 1997 was the last time there were more than two legitimate choices as to who was going to win. The action in the ring was also a very slow pace, even with the 90 second intervals. The crowd was very dead during the middle of the match, particularly when it was filled with bums. There were some bright spots: Rikishi played the “Rumble Jesus” role, tossing out seven guys and looking quite dominating; dominating so that it took six guys to toss him. Val Venis got a pretty big pop when he came out at #21. Road Dogg had that interesting philosophy of hooking himself to the bottom rope so no one can eliminate him. In the end, Rock and Big Show would be the last two battling. Show would Chokeslam Rock hard to the mat, gaining big heel heat. Then he would bring Rock to the ropes, ready to toss him out. Rock hangs on to the top rope, and Show goes out. Rock wins the Rumble, and he’s going to Wrestlemania. Ah, but what would a Rumble be without a controversy. It looked like Rock’s feet hit the floor before Show’s did. That controversy would carry over to next month’s show. Many analysts and fans thought this was one of the better Rumbles in recent memory. It really didn’t do much for me. I thought it was slow-paced, and there were just as many jobbers as in 1999, which everyone thought was one of the worst. I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t think it was better than average.

Justin: I go back and forth on this Rumble. Sure the crowd wasn’t as hot as it could have been, but I think that had more to do with the match that preceded it than it had to with the Rumble being boring. The crowd goes batshit for Rikishi in the early going, especially when he danced, so they did pop at the right moments. The weird thing is that more jobbers were supposed to be in this thing, Kai En Tai and Mean Street Posse, but they were dropped at the last minute for Jericho, Chyna, Holly and the Outlaws that night on Heat. Also, Bob Backlund, who got a good pop, was replacing Thrasher. Sure, everyone knew the Rock was going to win, but like 1998, no one cared, because that was who they wanted to win. The Rock was super-over and everyone wanted to see him main eventing Wrestlemania. Thanks to the convoluted ending, however, there would be some speed bumps along the Road to Wrestlemania for the Great One. Overall, this was a solid, yet unspectacular Rumble, but certainly not one to bitch about.

Final Analysis:


Scott:
The first PPV of the year is one of the more balanced shows in recent months. It had a pretty solid undercard that included a great tag match with two young stud teams, and an awesome world title match with the dawning of Triple H as a new main event heel to deal with. The Rumble told a good story, even if it was dull at times. The storylines are crisp, in particular with the mid-card. Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho are already making an impact. Later in the month four debuts would completely change the face of the federation. ECW is treading water. WCW is an absolute debacle. Vince McMahon and the WWF are cruising along, and this show is proof of it. Final Grade: B+

Justin: Top to bottom, this was the best PPV the WWF had put on since Summerslam 1998, which ironically took place in MSG as well. Sure we had some great shows since then, but none matched the top to bottom solidness of this offering. It had memorable moments out the wazoo and featured new fresh faces in major roles. The Wrestlemania picture seemed pretty clear at this point with Rock set to battle Triple H, but the waters would be muddied with controversy as the weeks progressed. All in all, the WWF machine was cruising along, and by the end of January, would put the final nail in the WCW coffin. Final Grade: A-

MVP: Triple H & Cactus Jack
Runner Up: Dudleys & Hardys
Non MVP: Mae Young
Runner Up: New Age Outlaws & Acolytes

All Time PPV Active-Wrestler Roster

Tito Santana
Buddy Rose
?Special Delivery? Jones
King Kong Bundy
Ricky Steamboat
Matt Borne
Brutus Beefcake
David Sammartino
Greg Valentine
Junkyard Dog
Barry Windham
Mike Rotundo
Iron Sheik
Nikolai Volkoff
Andre the Giant
Big John Studd
Leilani Kai
Wendi Richter
Paul Orndorff
Roddy Piper
Mr. T
Hulk Hogan
Corporal Kirschner
Adrian Adonis
Dynamite Kid
Randy Savage
Ivan Putski
Davey Boy Smith
Moondog Spot
Terry Funk
Don Muraco
Bob Orton
George Steele
George Wells
Jake Roberts
Fabulous Moolah
Velvet McIntyre
Ted Arcidi
Tony Atlas
Brian Blair
Jim Brunzell
Bret Hart
Jim Neidhart
Hillbilly Jim
King Tonga (Haku)
Pedro Morales
Bruno Sammartino
Danny Spivey
Jim Covert
Russ Francis
Bill Fralic
Ernie Holmes
Harvey Martin
William Perry
Hercules
Uncle Elmer
Dory Funk, Jr.
Rick Martel
Tom Zenk
Billy Jack Haynes
Hillbilly Jim
Haiti Kid
Little Beaver
Lord Littlebrook
Little Tokyo
Harley Race
Jacques Rougeau
Raymond Rougeau
Danny Davis
Butch Reed
Koko B. Ware
Honky Tonk Man
Jim Duggan
Ron Bass
Judy Martin
Dawn Marie
Donna Christanello
Sherri Martel
Noriyoi Tateno
Itsuki Yamazaki
Rockin? Robin
Ax
Smash
Tama
Boris Zhukov
Jim Powers
Paul Roma
One Man Gang
Rick Rude
Ken Patera
Bam Bam Bigelow
Ultimate Warrior
Sam Houston
Sika
Bobby Heenan
Barbarian
Warlord
Big Boss Man
Marty Jannetty
Shawn Michaels
Arn Anderson
Tully Blanchard
Conquistador Uno
Conquistador Dos
Blue Blazer
Mr. Perfect
Scott Casey
Akeem
Red Rooster
Ronnie Garvin
Bushwhacker Butch
Bushwhacker Luke
Mr. Fuji
Dusty Rhodes
Jimmy Snuka
Zeus
Earthquake
The Genius
Sapphire
Sato
Tanaka
Kerry Von Erich
Crush
Hawk
Animal
Undertaker
Tugboat/Typhoon
Sgt. Slaughter
Kato
Mountie
Virgil
Dustin Rhodes
Shane Douglas
Brian Knobbs
Jerry Sags
Genichiro Tenryu
Koji Kitao
General Adnan
Irwin R. Schyster
Ric Flair
Berzerker
Skinner
Blake Beverly
Beau Beverly
Repo-Man
Owen Hart
Tatanka
Nailz
Kamala
Samu
Fatu
Razor Ramon
Yokozuna
Rick Steiner
Scott Steiner
Bob Backlund
Papa Shango
Jerry Lawler
Max Moon
Carlos Colon
Doink
Lex Luger
Giant Gonzalez
Mr. Hughes
Billy Gunn
Bart Gunn
Jimmy Del Ray
Tom Pritchard
1-2-3 Kid
Ludvig Borga
Diesel
Adam Bomb
Keith Hart
Bruce Hart
Black Knight
Blue Knight
Red Knight
Robert Gibson
Ricky Morton
Mabel
Mo
Bastion Booger
Pierre
Kwang
Great Kabuki
Bob Holly
Luna Vachon
Dink
Alundra Blayze
Bull Nakano
Ted DiBiase?s Undertaker
Wink
Pink
Queasy
Sleazy
Cheesy
Eli Blu
Jacob Blu
Duke Droese
Timothy Well
Stephen Dunn
Mantaur
Aldo Montoya
Henry Godwin
Dick Murdoch
Lawrence Taylor
Hakushi
Roadie Jesse Jammes
Savio Vega
Kama
Hunter Hearst-Helmsley
Barry Horowitz
Skip
Bertha Faye
Isaac Yankem
Waylon Mercy
Dean Douglas
Goldust
Rad Radford
Aja Kong
Tomoko Watanabe
Lioness Azuka
Sakie Hasegawa
Kyoko Inoue
Chaparrita Asari
Ahmed Johnson
Buddy Landel
Takao Omori
Doug Gilbert
Squat Team #1
Squat Team #2
Vader
Steve Austin
Phineas Godwinn
Marc Mero
Mankind
Leif Cassidy (Al Snow)
Bradshaw
Jose Lothario
Jim Cornette
Mark Henry
Doug Furnas
Phil Lafon
Rocky Maivia
?Diesel?
?Razor Ramon?
Flash Funk
Executioner
Perro Aguayo
Canek
Hector Garza
Jerry Estrada
Fuerza Guererra
Heavy Metal
Pierroth
Sultan
Mil Mascaras
Cybernetico
Latin Lover
Mosh
Thrasher
Ken Shamrock
Great Sasuke
Taka Michinoku
Chainz
Miguel Perez
Jose Estrada
Jesus Castillo
Brian Christopher
Scott Putski
Max Mini
El Torito
Patriot
D-Lo Brown
Nova
Mosaic
Tarantula
Kurrgan
Sniper
Recon
Jackyl
Steve Blackman
Kane
Butterbean
Battalion
Tom Brandi
Pantera
Ricky Morton
Robert Gibson
Scott Taylor
Aguila
Sable
Sho Funaki
Dick Togo
Mens Teioh
Dan Severn
Head
Val Venis
Golga
Giant Silva
Jacqueline
Edge
Gangrel
Paul Ellering
Christian
Duane Gill
Steven Regal
Vince McMahon
Tiger Ali Singh
Blue Meanie
Test
Chyna
Big Show
Tori
Shane McMahon
Nicole Bass
Debra
Jeff Hardy
Matt Hardy
Michael Hayes
Crash Holly
Albert
Ivory
D-Von Dudley
Bubba Ray Dudley
Chris Jericho
Kurt Angle
Shawn Stasiak
Pete Gas
Rodney
Joey Abs
Mae Young
Terri Runnels
Prince Albert
Miss Kitty
Barbara Bush
Tazz

PPV Rest in Peace List

“Playboy” Buddy Rose (Wrestlemania I)
“Special Delivery” Jones (Wrestlemania I)
Uncle Elmer (Wrestlemania II)
Adrian Adonis (Wrestlemania III)
Haiti Kid (Wrestlemania III)
Little Beaver (Wrestlemania III)
Junkyard Dog (Summerslam 1988)
Big John Studd (Wrestlemania V)
Sapphire (Summerslam 1990)
Bad News Brown (Summerslam 1990)
Dino Bravo (Wrestlemania VII)
Andre the Giant (Summerslam 1991)
Texas Tornado (Royal Rumble 1992)
Hercules (Royal Rumble 1992)
Elizabeth (Wrestlemania VIII)
Sensational Sherri (Wrestlemania IX)
Ludwig Borga (Survivor Series 1993)
Captain Lou Albano (Royal Rumble 1995)
Dick Murdoch (Royal Rumble 1995)
Rad Radford (Survivor Series 1995)
Bertha Faye (Survivor Series 1995)
Bam Bam Bigelow (Survivor Series 1995)
Chris ?Skip? Candido (Summerslam 1996)
Yokozuna (Survivor Series 1996)
Terry ?Executioner? Gordy (IYH: It?s Time)
Brian Pillman (IYH: Ground Zero)
Rick Rude (IYH: Bad Blood)
Hawk (Judgment Day 1998)
Gorilla Monsoon (Wrestlemania XV)
Owen Hart (Backlash 1999)
Davey Boy Smith (Royal Rumble 2000)
Luna Vachon (Royal Rumble 2000)

Next Review: No Way Out 2000

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