Wednesday, November 29, 2023

WWF No Mercy 2000


So after twenty weeks or so of an ill-conceived revisit to the early days of NWA-TNA, it's time to go back to some quality wrestling... but not today's wrestling. To be honest, I've been out of the loop as of late. I know that WWE had their Survivor Series PPV recently and that was a thing. I know Tony Khan has made more "important announcements" that aren't all that important. Impact is going back to being TNA, which hopefully means going back to that period when the show was actually good and not... everything else.

So the last time we touched WWF in the year 2000, it was the Unforgiven PPV that saw Stone Cold Steve Austin return from his near-year long sabbatical of neck fusion surgery due to being run over by a car. The culprit turned out to be Rikishi. It went over like a fart in church. 

Anyway, it's No Mercy. They named a video game after this. Steve Austin makes his return to in ring action to get revenge on the guy who tried to run him over. Kurt Angle gets another shot at the WWF Championship. Other stuff happens, I guess. Hey, there's some stuff to look forward to here, so I can't be too unhappy.

Onwards, my friend. Y2K beckons.

We open with the Dudleyz Table Invitation, which is a Gauntlet match where a bunch of tag teams compete or something and it's basically a bunch of table matches, where the goal is to put your opponent through a table.

T&A and Trish vs. Lita and APA never happens when T&A successfully take out the APA backstage, leaving Lita to seemingly fend for herself before the Hardyz come in for the save. No match. Cool.

Chris Jericho defeated X-Pac in a rather underwhelming cage match. I hope Jericho isn't reading this; probably upset that I didn't give this ten stars or whatever. Sorry, kid. I ain't Meltzer. I don't give away stars for shit.

Val Venis and Steven Richards defeated Billy Gunn and Chyna in a thing that happened. As a result, Billy Gunn can no longer be called Mr. Ass and even worse, we're about 22 years removed before he can call himself Daddy Ass. This was, of course, an attempt by the WWF to tone down some of its more risque elements to appease to television advisers and be more "classy" with their presentation... good luck with that, Vince.

Steve Austin and Rikishi has a fight, they go outside, Austin is about to run over Rikishi with a car, but the cops arrive and arrest Austin... for littering as it turned out. No match. Well, I guess we don't have to worry about Austin getting a big win on PPV. If I recall correctly, Austin vs. Rikishi would happen on RAW and HHH would be revealed as the mastermind behind the whole rundown because nobody was buying dancing, stinkfacin' Rikishi as the guy who ran over Steve Austin. Once you dive into "I DID IT FOR DA ROCK!" territory, nobody is taking you seriously as a top heel going up against the top star. Ain't happening.

European champion William Regeal retaiuns the title over Naked Mideon. The less said, the better.

Los Conquistadors defeated WWF Tag-Team Champions The Hardy Boyz to win the titles... they'd lose it to the Hardyz the next night. This was every E&C vs. Hardys match you've seen up to this point, but with one side under goofy costumes and masks. Fun match with some crazy moves, which is par for the course with those guys at the time.

HHH defeated Chris Benoit in a very good, hard-hitting match and the first genuinely good match on the show. A couple people have asked why I don't offer much on Benoit matches. I try to keep my thoughts on matches involving Benoit short for obvious reasons unless the match itself is somewhat significant. I can separate the performer on screen from the man/monster behind the scenes, but others can't and I don't believe they'd want to read anything about Benoit being glorified in any way after what he did later in life.

Kurt Angle defeated WWF Champion The Rock to win the title and this was also an excellent match. No secret that Kurt Angle was on a roll despite some setbacks here and there - including one with a giant nose - and it only made sense for him to eventually win the title and become a top-tier main eventer. Rock did his best to make Kurt seem like a credible opponent and Kurt brought his A-game. I have nothing but nice things to say about this match; it made me very, very happy.

No Mercy started off as a bit of a dud, but once you got to the last two matches, things got good. Sadly, one of those matches involve Chris Benoit and if you want nothing to do with him (for obvious reason), then this is essentially a one-match show. Still, not a particularly strong showing.

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