WWF Smackdown 8/10/2000
Written by: Adam King
Thursday, August 10th, 2000
Taped (8/8) from the Continential Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ
List of WWF Champions at the time:
● WWF World Heavyweight Champion: The Rock (6/25/2000)
● WWF Intercontinental Champion: Val Venis (7/06/2000)
● WWF World Tag Team Champions: Edge & Christian (6/25/2000)
● WWF European Champion: Perry Saturn (7/23/2000)
● WWF Hardcore Champion: Steve Blackman (6/29/2000)
● WWF Women’s Champion: Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley (3/30/2000)
● WWF Light Heavyweight Champion: Dean Malenko (4/27/2000)
~ Smackdown comes on the air with a recap of the #1 contender’s match on Raw. After the intro Michael Cole welcomes us to the show along with Jerry “The King” Lawler. Tonight Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero team up to take on Chris Benoit and Val Venis plus Edge & Christian defend the tag team titles against the Dudley Boyz.
~ Things kick off with Commissioner Mick Foley coming out to the ring and getting on the mic for our opening promo. Foley says ever since Monday he’s been asked who is the #1 contendor for SummerSlam but before he can make a final ruling, he has to consider the integrity of his position. Before Foley can go on, Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring with Shane McMahon in tow to offer a response. Angle grabs a mic and claims he was the one who suplexed Chris Jericho the top rope and pinned him thus he’s the rightful #1 contender to face the Rock for the WWF Championship. Angle says what really upset him is Stephanie McMahon getting taken out with a Rock Bottom. Angle promises that stuff like that will not happen when he becomes WWF Champion because he’s going to raise the standards of being a champion, unlike certain New Jersey teams. Angle adds he’s going to bring a standard of excellence not seen since the days of Bruno Sammartino. At that point Triple H heads to the ring with Stephanie to join the discussion and stands face-to-face with Angle. Triple H snatches the mic from Angle and tells Foley that even he’s smart enought not to listen to “the little jerk” here and Angle takes exception to that while Shane has to hold him back. Triple H tells Foley Angle will never be in his league then claims he beat Jericho and should be celebrating his chance to get his WWF Title back at SummerSlam. Triple H adds the only thing he takes exception to is Angle always concering himself with Stephanie’s condition. Triple H tells Angle to stay away from Stephanie and jabs him in the chest and Foley and Shane keep them separate. Shane tries to smooth things over with the two of them saying they all share the same sentiment for Stephanie and claims they’re all united in trying to get revenge against the Rock for harming Stephanie. Stephanie takes over the mic and thanks the three of them and any of the fans who share her pain then claims the Rock Bottom won’t prevent her from defending her Women’s title..once she’s physcially able. Foley asks Stephanie how her back is feeling before cutting off her response with the Rock’s line. Foley finally addresses the #1 contender situation, mentioning he said whoever got their hand raised gets the title shot. Foley decides that since Triple H and Kurt Angle got their arms raised in victory they will both get the title shot and announces The Rock vs. Triple H vs. Kurt Angle in a triple threat for the the title at SummerSlam. Foley then tells Triple H and Angle they’ll also have to team up tonight in a tag match against The Undertaker and The Rock. Foley tells everyone to have a nice day and departs while Triple H and Angle continue to exchange angry words. At least they announced the thriple threat weeks in advance and didn’t wait until six days before the card like they did the previous year. Still don’t see why we needed a 12-minute talking segment, though.
~ Backstage Val Venis and Trish Stratus are walking somewhere when they spot Chyna in the makeup chair. Chyna asks Val if he wants his turn in the chair and Trish suggests she’s taken up enough time with the makeup lady. Chyna tells Trish the makeup lady didn’t bring the sandblaster to take away all her wrinkles so Val gets in her face. Eddie Guerrero suddenly appears to get a piece of Val and some referees try to separate them as we go to commercial.
~ Backstage Edge is sitting in a director’s chair when Christian comes up complaining about facing the Dudleys again but Edge doesn’t seem to concerned with that and talks about his role in the upcoming Highlander movie, Endgame. Edge says the cast wants to hang with them and brings in Christopher Lambert, Adrian Paul and Lisa Barbuscia who want to see The Rock. Edge and Christian want to tell the actors more about their exploits instead so they walk off.
- Chris Jericho & Eddie Guerrero (w/Chyna) vs. Chris Benoit (w/Shane McMahon) & Val Venis (w/Trish Stratus)
Benoit isn’t too happy with Jericho costing him the WWF Championship on Raw while Eddie and Chyna are still having their issues with Val as well. Jericho goes right after Benoit and hammers him in a corner while Eddie and Val go at it on the floor. Val press slams Eddie onto the barricade while Benoit whips Jericho but Jericho hits a flying forearm. Jericho tees off on Benoit and goes for a whip, Benoit reverses but Jericho hits an elbow. Jericho goes for a Lionsault already but Shane decks him in the head from the floor in mid-move. Val comes in and helps Benoit double-team Jericho while the referee gets Eddie in the corner. Benoit whips Jericho into an elbow and follows up with a snap suplex then decks Eddie on the apron. Val tags in when Jericho goes for a whip but Val reverses him into a corner and hits a clothesline followed by the Blue Thunderbomb. Val unloads on Jericho before he tags Benoit back in and Benoit chops Jericho in a corner. Benoit goes for a whip and Jericho reverses it when goes for a backslide but Jericho blocks it an hits an enzuigiri. Both men are down and Jericho manages to tag in Eddie who hammers away on Benoit and hits a clothesline. Val comes in but Eddie clotheslines him and works him over in a corner. Benoit nails Eddie from behind but Jericho comes in and knocks Benoit through the ropes. Jericho heads after Benoit on the floor and goes for a whip but Benoit reverses him into the ringsteps. In the ring Val whips Eddie looking for a powerbomb but Eddie counters with a huricanrana. Eddie then climbs to to the top rope and connects with the Frogsplash on Val, just like last week. Eddie covers Val but the referee tells him Val isn’t the legal man. Benoit climbs to the top and hits the diving headbutt on Eddie and that gets the pin. (3:37) Good solid work from all four men. **½
Chyna tends to Eddie while Jericho attack Benoit and puts in the Walls of Jericho. Val climbs to the top rope but Chyna cuts him off and throws him to the mat and Eddie helps her with a double-team. Shane comes in and breaks’ Jericho’s hold but Jericho responds by decking Shane and putting him in the Walls of Jericho. Albert tries to run in when Eddie pops him off the apron. Eddie then slings himself over the ropes into a pescado but Albert catches Eddie and rams hm into the ringpost. Val knocks Chyna through the ropes then goes out after her while Benoit nails Jericho to save Shane before slapping the Crossface on him. The referees manage to break it up but Benoit puts it on Jericho a second time before he and Shane leave Jericho laying as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break we get a replay of the chaos that was the previous match’s finish.
- X-Pac vs. Rikishi
Cole mentions X-Pac requested this rematch from Raw and even asked Road Dogg to stay in the back. X-Pac goes out to meet Rikishi on the ramp but Rikishi drops him with right hands and rams him into the steps and the announce table before tossing him in the ring. Rikishi whips X-Pac but lowers the head and X-Pac kicks the face then hits a spinkick for a two count. X-Pac works Rikishi over but Rikishi fights back then whips X-Pac into a corner when X-Pac leaps onto Rikishi’s back while locking on a sleeprhold. Rikishi begins the fade and drops to his knees but comes back and shoves X-Pac into the ropes. X-Pac comes back with a flying clothesline then kicks him down in a corner and chokes him with his boot. X-Pac readies for the Bronco Buster but Rikishi comes out with a clothesline. Rikishi whips X-Pac into a corner and hits the running butt charge then looks for the stinkface but X-Pac counters witt a low blow. X-Pac then climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying crossbody but Rikishi powers out of the cover. X-Pac goes for a whip but Rikishi reverses him into a corner. X-Pac goes for a Sunset Flip but can’t get Rikishi over and Rikishi hits the sitdown splash. Rikishi starts climbing up the ropes but first checks back and dares Road Dogg to come out and save his buddy. Road Dogg never shows up so Rikishi hits the Banzai Drop and gets the clean pin! (3:50) Wow, I wonder how they got X-Pac to do that job. *½
~ Backstage The Rock is shown arriving at the building, probably not knowing about his big tag match tonight.
~ Elsewhere Christian and Edge are still telling stories to the disinterested Highlander cast who again ask to see Rock. Suddenly Gangrel walks up (he’s still around?) and the cast takes an immediate interest claiming to be big fans of him. Edge accuses them of bailing on the story but the cast explain how Gangrel embodies the ancient sect of vampires. Adrian Paul even produces a book about Gangrel and they all take off together leaving a disbeliving E&C behind. Maybe the cast watches a lot of Heat and Jakked or something.
- Al Snow (w/Head) & The Kat vs. Perry Saturn & Terri Runnels – Mixed Tag Match
No, I don’t know why Snow and Kat are teaming up. Maybe they didn’t have anything better to do. Kat wants to get at Terri but Snow holds her back, insisting he start the match, so Kat acts like she’s backing away then chases after Terri around the ring. The distraction allows Saturn to nail Snow from behind and trip him with a legsweep. Saturn whips Snow into a corner but Snow slides to stop himself and connects with a clothesline. Snow tees off on Saturn then whips him and hits a backdrop. Snow whips Saturn again but lowers the head and Saturn kicks the face then follows up with a superkick. Saturn hits an exploder suplex then climbs to the top rope but Snow catches him and throws him to the mat. Snow comes out with a superkick and hits a modified Northern Lights suplex for a two count. Snow whips Saturn but Saturn ducks a clothesline and both men go for crossbodys, colliding in mid-air. Kat tries to pass Head to Snow but tosses it too high and Saturn catches it. Saturn takes a swing but misses and Snow a modified jawbreaker, causing Saturn to drop Head on impact. Terri scoops it up and Snow demands it back so Terri waffles him with it and Saturn plants Snow with a Northern Lights suplex for the pin. (2:23) The laides never did leagally tag in, thank goodness. Terri celebrates when Kat spears her and the two go at it. Saturn pulls Kat off Terri but Snow responds by clotheslining him down. *
~ The Undertaker is shown riding into the building on his motorcycle. Do any of the big names ever arrive on time for the show?
~ Edge and Christian are shown heading to the ring as are the Dudleys as we go to commercial.
- WWF World Tag Team Titles: Edge & Christian © vs. The Dudley Boyz
E&C come out first and take a moment to greet the Highlander cast who have made their way to ringside. Christian gets on the mic and talks about doing a very special 5-second pose in front of peope who can’t count. Edge takes the mic and mentions being a star in Highlander before unveiling their new pose: The Oscars 2001. Christian pulls out an imaginary envelope proclaiming Edge the winner of Most Awesome Actor and Edge acts surprised and cries before striking a pose with an imaginary statue. Christian locks up with Bubba Ray to start when Bubba goes into a headlock and Christian shoves him into the ropes but Bubba hits a shoulderblock. Bubba comes off the ropes and Christian goes for a hip toss but Bubba blocks it. Christian goes for a whip but Bubba reverses him into a corner and hits a splash. Bubba whips Christian and hits the Full Nelson bomb before hammering him in the head. D’Von tags in and the Dudleys whip Christian and slam him to the mat for a two count. D’Von whips Christian, not seeing Edge make a blind tag, and Christian reverses as Edge comes in but D’Von nails Edge with a shouldertackle. D’Von decks both E&C then whips Edge and Edge leapfrogs over him but runs into a spinning elbow for a near fall. D’Von goes for the ropes but tumbles out to the floor after Christian pulls the top rope down and Bubba tries to come in but the referee keeps him at bay while Edge further taunts him. Outside Christian whips D’Von into the ringsteps and Edge goes out and boots D’Von in the head before throwing him back in the ring. Christian tags in and slams D’Von then tags Edge in and they both hit a double headbutt for a near fall. Edge sets D’Von on the top rope then goes up for a superplex but D’Von shoves him down to the mat. D’Von comes off the top with a flying shoulderblock and both men are down. Edge tags in Christian while D’von manages to tag in Bubba who comes in and clotheslines Christian. Edge come in but Bubba drops him onto the top rope then plants Christian with a powerslam but only geta a two count. Bubba sets Christian on his shoulders while D’Von climbs up and hits the Dudleyville Device but Edge breaks up the pin. Bubba whips Edge into a powerslam then sets him up while D’Von climbs to the top rope and hits the “Wassup” headbutt. Bubba sends D’Von out for a table not seeing Christian pass a chair to Edge and Edge whacks Bubba with the chair, getting his team DQ’ed to save the titles. (4:28) Match was okay but I don’t think E&C have gotten one definitive title defense in their second reign. **
E&C grab their tag title belts and walk up the ramp holding them up when the Hardys jump them from behind. The Hardys toss E&C back in the ring and the Dudleys take Christian out with a double neckbreaker. Matt Hardy nails Edge with a Twist of Fate and the Hardys and Dudleys have a staredown. The two teams head out and the Dudleys slide a table in the ring while the Hardys bring in a pair of ladders. The Hardys sandwich Edge in between the ladders then climb the ladders and hit Edge with the Event Omega. D’Von passes Christian to Bubba se he climbs to the top rope and Bubba superbombs him through the table. The Hardys and Dudleys both celebrate while E&C are left laying, though they still have the belts.
~ Back from break we get a replay of the Hardys and Dudleys taking out Edge & Christian. Interesting how the Dudleys like to use tables, the Hardys like to use ladders and E&C like to use chairs. If only there was some way they could combine them.
- Tazz vs. Crash Holly
Tazz comes out first as Cole talks about Lawler punching Tazz on Raw after he insulted Jim Ross, However instead of going in the ring Tazz walks over to the announce table and gets in Lawler’s face saying he entered a world he knows nothing about and will pay a heavy price. Lawler look ready to respond when Tazz grabs a metal pitcher and brains Lawler in the head with it. Tazz then climbs in the ring to wait for his opponent while Lawler is down on the floor, busted open. Crash comes out but hesitates on getting in the ring when Lawler charges in and starts attacking Tazz. Lawler and Tazz duke it out and a group of refeees separate them when Lawler pops Tazz through the ropes. Crash tosses Tazz back in the ring and Lawler continues his assault on him as the referees try in vain to end this. The referees eventually pull Tazz out of the ring but Lawler goes out and knocks Tazz over the barricade. The referees are finally able to separate them and since Crash and Tazz never did lock up there’s no match.
~ Back from break we get a replay of Tazz and Lawler bloody confrontation. We also get footage of Lawler walking to the back under his own power so Michael Cole is flying solo for this next segment.
- Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather (w/Steven Richards) vs. Too Cool
Richards joins Cole at the announce table for commentary and throughout the match he defend’s his crew’s mission. Buchanan locks up with Grandmaster Sekay to start and works him over then whips him into a corner and charges but eats a boot. Sexay hops onto the middle rope and hits a missle dropkick then tags Sotty 2 Hotty in and the Too Cool guys throw Buchanan to the mat and hit a double elbowdrop. Goodfather tags in and he and Buchanan stomp Scotty down in a corner then whips Scotty and hits a shoulderblock. Goodfather whips Scotty again but Scotty slides under Goodfather as Sexay comes in and they hit a double dropkick. Buchanan comes in and Sexay backdrops him over the ropes but Buchanan tries to skin the cat and takes Sexay over the ropes with a headscissors. Goodfather goes out and drops Sexay onto the barricade before throwing him back in the ring and pummleing him in a corner. Buchanan tags in and helps Goodfather whip Sexay into a double boot but only gets a two count. Buchanan slams Sexay to the mat and hits an elbwodrop as we then get a long focus on Richards continuing to explain his stable’s actions. Back in the ring Scotty and Sexay whip Buchanan into a double Atomic Drop and Sexay hits a crossbody that sends Buchanan and himself over the ropes. Goodfather whips Scotty into a corner and goes for the Ho Train but Scotty sidesteps it and comes off the ropes with the bulldog. Scotty sets up for the Worm when Buchanan tries to interupt it with a clothesline but Scotty ducks it and Sexay takes him out. Scotty proceeds with the Worm and both men whip Godfather into the ropes but lowers their heads and Goodfather kicks Scotty’s face and clotheslines Sexay. Buchanan then climbs to the top rope and hits a flying axe kick on Scotty that gets the three. (4:02) Richards finishes by calling the Worm pronographic and promises to censor it. DUD
~ Backstage Just Joe meets with Kurt Angle in his lockerroom claiming to have some important information from the boys in the back. Joe tells Angle they’re saying he doesn’t have to worry about Undertaker or the Rock because once he lets his guard down, Triple H will tear him apart. Angle ponders this and thanks Joe for the tip as we go to commercial.
~ Back from break Jerry Lawler rejoins the announce table sporting a bandage on his forehead and saying it’s going to take more than a street thug like Tazz to get him off the show. Lawler says if Tazz wants to get some more, bring him on. Lawler says he talks a good fight and fights a good fight as well.
~ We get an exterior shot of the arena as well as Giants Stadium which will host the XFL’s New York team in February.
- WWF Hardcore Title: Steve Blackman © vs. Albert (w/Trish Stratus)
Cole mentions Test is out with a sprained ankle so Albert’s flying solo in this match. Albert pounds on Blackman to start and whips him but misses a right hand and Blackman gets in his shots. Blackman comes off the ropes but runs into a sidewalk slam and Albert follows up with a bicycle kick. Albert brings several weapons in the ring and whacks Blackman with a trash lid then swings a trash can at him but misses. Blackman drives Albert face-first into the trash can then kicks it into his shin. Blackman sets up a chair and attempts a whip but Albert DDT’s Blackman onto the chair for a two count. Albert grabs a kendo stick and takes a swing at Blackman but misses and Blackman grabs his fighting sticks. Albert then offers to put his weapon down if Blackman will do the same and Blackman lowers his sticks when Albert charges at him with the kendo stick but misses. Blackman works Albert over with his sticks then goes for the stick-assisted suplex but Albert grabs a lid and nails Blackman with it. Albert grabs a fire extinguiser and goes to spray it but Blackman cuts him off with kicks. Blackman grabs the extinguisher and sprays Albert with CO2 as he rolls out to the floor. Blackman grabs the kendo stick then leaps off the apron and connects with a shot to Albert’s head to grab the three on the floor. (3:18) Suddenly Val Venis comes out and nails Blackman from behind with the kendo stick then works him over. Val whips Blackman into a double chokebomb from Albert and Trish’s men leave him laying. *
~ Backstage Just Joe meets with Triple H with more information from the boys and Triple H seems disinterested. Joe says his info is about the tag match and Triple H speculates he’s here to warn him to worry about Kurt Angle. Joe says his information is actually about Shane McMahon, that the boys feel he’s obsessed with controlling the WWF Championship and would sell his own sister down the river. Joe warns that Shane is the one to worry about and Triple H starts pondering, like Joe may have something.
~ Elsewhere Chris Jericho is pounding on a garage door marked ‘Commissioner’ demanding to see Mick Foley. The garage door rises and we see Foley in his ‘office’ playing with a shovel and talking about his turn in ’93. Jericho compliments Foley on his accomidations then grabs the shovel from him and starts whacking things with it while demanding a match with Chris Benoit tonight. Foley says no can do becuase Jericho would tear Benoit apart and decides to save that type of match for SummerSlam. Jericho promises not to snap until then.
~ Back from break Cole and Lawler talk about the Goodfather attacking his former ladies on Raw and powerbombing one of them through a table. We then get a pre-taped interview Johnathan Coachman did with the injured woman, Victoria, at the hospital earlier today. Coach first learns from the doctor that Victoria suffered back trama but will be released tomorrow. Coach then asks Victoria if her protesting the Right to Censor may have been in vain and Victoria says they’re fighting for that they believe in and what Steven Richards is doing is wrong. Victoria promises to appeal to Mick Foley to see that Richards is punished and that she is going to sue him. Victoria’s friend says if Richards gets away with this, then all the rights the Consitution promises are wrong.
~ Back in the lockerroom Stephanie and Triple H are conversing on what Joe told him earlier when Kurt Angle and Shane come in. Triple H sarcastically asks if they’re here to strategize and Angle says he doesn’t need strategy since he’s the one of the gold medals. Angle tells Triple H to hold up his end of the deal and he’ll hold up his but Triple H says he has things under control and refers to Angle as his problem. Shane tries to calm things down saying they’re both #1 contendors and they have to work together tonight. Shane then says he’s not going to be out there with them and suggests Stephanie stay in the back as well. Stephanie agrees with Shane and tells Triple H and Angle to work this out on their own.
~ Still elsewhere Kevin Kelly interviews The Rock on facing both Triple H and Kurt Angle at SummerSlam. Rock starts with the usual then makes fun of Kevin as only he can before saying he’s not thinking about SummerSlam, he’s thinking about tonight. Rock says he could care less about Triple H’s marital problems or if he can trust Kurt Angle then promises that he and the Undertaker will lay the Smackdown on both of them, “If ya smell..” etc.
~ Back from break we find Shane leaving the building but not before he tells Kurt Angle to focus on the match.
- The Rock & The Undertaker vs. Triple H & Kurt Angle
Cole reminds us of Taker throwing The Big Show off the stage on Raw then mentions Show is all bruised and that “no one knows when he’ll be back”. Rock does his posing on the turnbuckles while exchaging words with Triple H on the floor. Rock and Taker look ready to go while Triple H and Angle argue on who’ll start for their team so Rock and Taker settle it by bringing both men in the ring. All four men pair off with Rock and Triple H going at it and Taker and Angle duking it out. Rock knocks Triple H through the ropes and heads out while Taker drops Angle with a right hand and whips him into a corner. Taker clotheslines Angle then whips him into a boot and follows up with an elbowdrop for a two count. Taker whips Angle into a clothesline and hits a sidewalk slam but Triple H breaks up the pin. Taker moves toward Triple H when Angle rakes hise face and gets in some shots. Triple H tags in but Taker grabs him by the neck and throws him into his corner. Rock tags in and he and Taker double-team Triple H in a corner when Angle comes in but wlaks into a double right. Angle rolls out to the floor while Triple H goes for a whip but Rock reverses and hits a hiptoss followed by a DDT for a near fall. Rock whips Triple H but lowers the head and Triple H hits the facebuster. Triple H hits a clothesline then tags in Angle and the two exchange angry words, allowing Rock to come out of a corner with a clothesline on Angle. Rock pops Triple H on the apron but misses a right hand and Angle hits a back suplex. Angle lays the boots to Rock then works him over in his corner as we see Stephanie making her way out to ringside, not heeding Shane’s advice after all. Triple H tags in and beats Rock down in a corner before choking him with his boot. Rock fights back and goes for a whip but Triple H reverses and Stephanie trips him from the floor. Rock grabs Stephanie by the hair but then catches Triple H coming up from behind and goes for a whip but Triple H reverses it and hits the high knee for a two count. Angle tags in and lays the boots to Rock then hits a suplex for a near fall. Angle chokes Rock on the mat but Rock fights back again and hammers Angle in a corner. Rock goes for the Smackdown but Angle ducks it and gets in his own shots. Angle goes for a whip and Rock counters into a Rock Bottom attempt but Angle elbows out of it and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Triple H tags in and kicks Rock in his corner when Rock fights out of the corner but misses a right hand and Triple H hits a neckbreaker. Triple H whips Rock but lowers the head and Rock hits a swinging neckbreaker. Rock covers Triple H when Angle tries to make the save with an elbowdrop but Rock moves and Angle hits Triple H instead. At that point Triple H shoves Angle down and tells him to stick it then walks out on his partner. Stephanie begs Triple H to go back and help Angle while Taker tags in and hammers Angle with right hands then whips him into a clothesline. Taker whips Angle again into a backdrop and pops him over the ropes while Triple H decides he’s not helping Angle and heads to the back. Instead of going with her husband, Stephanie decides to head down and offer moral support to Angle. Only Rock goes out and stands in Stephanie’s way before turning and nailing Angle with a right hand. Rock throws Angle back in and Taker finishes him with the Last Ride for the three. (7:32) Okay main event that was mostly about the Angle/Triple H situation. **½
Stephanie climbs in the ring to tend to Angle when Taker grabs her by the hair and tosses her to Rock who grabs her for a Rock Bottom. Triple H quickly comes back out amd saves Stephanie but gets chokeslammed by Taker and Rock adds the People’s Elbow. Stephanie is crying at her decmiated husband and friend as Smackdown goes off the air.
Conclusion: Not the greatest two hours but still an effective show for the most part. While there wasn’t much in the way of in-ring action other than the opening tag and the main event, most of the matches and segments did their job in building up SummerSlam. The thing is the Triple H/Stephanie/Kurt Angle situation took center stage and would become the main focus of the next few weeks while Shane’s cool stable was already starting to be phased out. So an okay show that got the ball rolling for the pay-per-view but not much to recommend.