December 9, 2000
Commentators: Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Match 1: 6-Person Inter-gender Elimination Tag
The Hardy Boys & Lita vs The Radicalz with Terri
Notes and Opinion: Match made Lita look like she had the biggest heart in Alabama and Malenko look like a scumbag. Eddie Guerrero in particular looked pretty rough in this match, everyone worked pretty hard to get the concept over though. It was a Radicalz match so in no way could it be considered bad.
Winner: The Radicalz/ Dean Malenko makes Lita tap to the Texas Cloverleaf
Match 2: WWF European Championship
(C) William Regal vs Hardcore Holly
Notes and Opinion: William Regal has awesome character and microphone work but Alabama could not get into his ring work. Hometown boy Hardcore Holly worked hard here. I appreciate the hard hitting style these guys had and enjoyed the match. Regal always has been one of my favorites and Holly hit hard usually.
Winner: Regal pins Holly after Raven interferes and hits the Even Flow DDT
Match 3: Singles
Chyna vs Val Venis with Ivory
Notes and Opinion: For the second year in a row Chyna wrestled a man at Armageddon and I feel she looked even better this year than the last. Ivory running interference helped and this further built up Chyna and her feud with the Right to Censor. Chyna played her part well here and Val did a good job of making her look good.
Winner: Val Venis pinned Chyna with a Fisherman’s suplex.
Match 4: Last Man Standing
Kane vs Chris Jericho
Notes and Opinion: Kane looked like a legitimate monster here and made Jericho look like a star in beating him. You really can’t ask for a match to be better at accomplishing its goal than this one did. Both guys looked great. Jericho would go on to bigger and better things luckily and Kane is still a monster when he wants to be in 2018.
Winner: Jericho wins after knocking a wall of barrels on top of Kane.
Match 5: 4-corners Match WWF Tag Team Championship
(C) The Right to Censor ( Bull Buchanon & The Goodfather) vs Edge & Christian vs Road Dogg & K-Kwik vs The Dudley Boyz
Notes and Opinion: Pretty good tag match. The Dudleys were mega popular with the fans and it built Edge & Christian up as jerks while winning their 4th tag team championship. In an added bonus it got the titles off the RTC who were not that great in the ring and it kept it off 3-Live Kru who were shit in the ring. All hail E+C.
Winner: Edge pins Bubba after an Unprettier. NEW CHAMPIONS!
Match 6: WWF Intercontinental Championship
(C) “The One” Billy Gunn vs Chris Benoit
Notes and Opinion: Billy Gunn tried his best but in no way could he keep up with Benoit in the ring at this point. In the storyline of the match and in reality Benoit was his superior in the ring in every way. They kept trying with poor Billy, and putting him in with Benoit should have made him look competent…unfortunately it just made us compare him to Benoit and that was a rough one for anybody.
Winner: Benoit makes Gunn tap to the Crippler Cross Face. NEW CHAMPION!
Match 7: Triple Threat WWF Women’s Championship
(C) Ivory vs Molly Holly vs Trish Stratus
Notes and Opinion: Ivory was hated, Molly looked good in the ring and Trish wasn’t quite ready yet. They put together a pretty basic but OK match between the 3 of them. Trish would eventually evolve into the biggest superstar of the 3 and improved in the ring tenfold.
Winner: Ivory gets the pin on Trish after a Holly sit out power bomb.
*After the match the APA returned to take out Test & Albert for mocking them.
Match 8: 6-Man Hell in the Cell WWF Championship
(C) Kurt Angle vs “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs The Rock vs The Undertaker vs HHH vs Rikishi
Notes and Opinion: I think the 6 man version of this match was not as heated as the one on one matches but still great. Rikishi took the big bump off the top of the Cell into the back of a truck that looked awesome. Everyone worked very hard to put over the Cell as a killer and Angle looked like the luckiest man walking the earth coming out of the match with the championship. Five of the biggest stars in the history of the business make this a must watch. This was a very fun match and an excellent main event to close out the night.
Winner: Angle pins The Rock after a Stunner.
Overall Thoughts: The entire card was predicated on being successful if the main event delivered. The main event had blood, violence, great wrestling and a man falling into a truck. I’d say the PPV was solid just based on the Cell match alone. See that match and see it now.
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