Torch Flashbacks SURVIVOR SERIES FLASHBACK - 10 yrs. ago (11-19-00): Austin vs. Triple H, Radicalz, "The One" Billy Gunn, Who's in WWE & TNA in 2010?, Staff Roundtable Reviews
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Survivor Series PPV Flashback - 10 years ago
November 19, 2000
Top Ten Things To Know!
(1) Main Event: Steve Austin vs. Triple H ended in a No Contest when Austin tried to crash Hunter in a car backstage. Fade to black.
(2) Best Match: Kurt Angle beat The Undertaker at 16:15 to retain the WWF Title. (***)
(3) Interestingly Nearly The Best Match: The Rock pinned Rikishi in 13:00. (**3/4)
(4) Second Match Of The PPV: Radicalz (Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn & Eddie Guerrero) beat DX V.9 of "The One" Billy Gunn & Chyna & K-Kwik (R-Truth) & Road Dogg in a traditional Survivor Series match.
(5) Survivor Series, 2000 Style: The Hardys & The Dudleys beat Edge & Christian & Goodfather & Val Venis in a traditional Survivor Series match.
(6) Wrestlers Currently On Raw: Triple H, K-Kwik (R-Truth), Chris Jericho (tentatively), Steven Regal (William Regal),
(7) Wrestlers Currently On Smackdown: Undertaker, Edge, Christian, Kane.
(8) Wrestlers Now In TNA: Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Jeff Hardy, Dudleys (Team 3D).
(9) Match You Can Still See In 2010: Kane pinned Chris Jericho at 12:35 in the third match of the PPV.
(10) Random Cameo Of The PPV: Tiger Ali Singh.
Survivor Series PPV Report
November 19, 2000
Report by Wade Keller, PWTorch editor
Fireworks shot off to kick start the event. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler introduced the program.
(1) Molly Holly & Crash Holly & Steve Blackman beat Trish & T&A when Molly pinned Trish at 5:06. Fog filled the ring, dulling the view of the action in the ring. Molly took some nice bumps and won with a top rope sunset flip. (*)
Christian said he was coming down with mono due to bad chili. Kurt Angle said he wanted to celebrate his title win after the show with them. "What d'ya drink, Molson?" Angle asked. "They do have that in non-alcoholic, right?"... Tiger Ali Singh complained about Lo-Down not getting respect...
(2) Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn & Eddie Guerrero (w/Terri) beat "The One" Billy Gunn & Chyna & K-Kwik & Road Dogg at 12:41. At 1:00 Chyna tagged in and powerslammed Saturn for a two count. Chyna went for a handspring elbow, but Saturn caught her. Chyna mule kicked out of it. An eight-way brawl broke out briefly. At 2:20 Guerrero nailed Chyna from behind with the title belt. Saturn pinned her at 2:29. Guerrero got pinned next. At 6:00 Gunn pinned Guerrero. Kwik tagged in for the first time and within a minute had a miscommunication with Malenko that looked bad with Malenko bumped the wrong way. Malenko tagged out to Benoit who put Kwik out with a German suplex into a bridge within seconds at 7:20. At 8:45 Saturn put Road Dogg down for the pin after a Northern Lights suplex. That left Gunn against all four Radicals. At 10:55 Gunn pinned Malenko which elicited zero crowd pop. In the end, Benoit covered Gunn while Saturn held Gunn's leg from outside the ring leading to the three count. (*1/2)
(3) Kane pinned Chris Jericho at 12:35. Just a mess of an opening minute including a missed dropkick by Jericho that Kane sold, a stiff slidekick that looked good, and a dive through the ropes by Jericho ending with him getting his feet caught in the ropes and falling awkwardly to the mat. At 2:40 Jericho dropkicked stairs into Kane. At 3:00 Jericho flew off the top rope, but Kane caught him and powerslammed him for a two count. Kane suspended Jericho by his chin and then rammed him into the corner. Kane removed a turnbuckle pad and tried to ram Jericho into it, but Jericho blocked it. Kane remained on offense and threw Jericho over the top rope to the floor with one arm. Kane battered Jericho, then threw him back into the ring. Kane went to the top rope, but Jericho knocked him off balance. Kane eventually did come off the top rope, but Jericho clocked him with his Jerry Blackwell-style dropkick. Jericho made a comeback and hit Kane with a nice top rope dropkick at 9:30 for a near fall. Jericho rammed Kane into the exposed turnbuckle and then rolled him up for a two count. Jericho then applied the Walls of Jericho. Kane reached the ropes. At 12:15 Jericho hit the lionsault, but Kane caught him with a throat grasp and then chokeslammed him and scored the pin. (**)
(4) Steven Regal beat Hardcore Holly at 5:06 via DQ after a shot with the European Title belt. Regal did some mic work ripping on the U.S. election process, then Hardcore Holly ran out to save the day. Regal sent Holly shoulder-first into the post, then worked over his arm for several minutes. When Holly tried to come back with a suplex, Regal low-blowed out of it. Regal tied up Holly's arms in the ropes, but Holly muscled out and hit a series of clotheslines. Holly sold his arm being sore, then went to ringside, grabbed the belt, and hit Regal for the DQ. Nothing noteworthy about the match other than the baffling finish. Apparently Holly is doing a Ken Shamrock gimmick in that he snaps. (*)
Trish offered Kurt Angle some assistance to help him with his title defense. Angle told her to tell T&A thanks, but he didn't need their help, completely oblivious to her advance.
(5) Rock pinned Rikishi in 13:00 clean. Rock charged the ring and aggressively went after Rikishi at the start within seconds of his entrance music starting. Rikishi shortly took over offense and dominated. At 4:40 Rikishi reversed Rock at ringside into the ref, knocking out the ref. Rikishi was going to hit Rock with a sledge hammer, but Rock surprised him with a punch. Rikishi dropped the hammer, and Rock gave him a Rock Bottom. Both men were down for a while, but Rock eventually crawled on top of Rikishi for a near fall. Rock threw a series of punches at Rikishi, but Rikishi stopped the flurry with a headbutt. After a Stink Face, at 8:03 Rikishi sat on Rock for a pin attempt, but Rock kicked out which popped the crowd. At 10:00 both men rose to their feet and Rock surprised Rikishi with a spinebuster. He then hit the People's Elbow for the win. (**3/4)
Mick Foley announced Triple H's match would be a no DQ match.
(6) Ivory pinned Lita at 4:55 to retain the WWF Women's Title. There was a Lita chant early. Lita hit a sloppy rope sequence into an enziguiri followed by a clothesline for a two count. After a botched roll-up attempt, Ivory started choking Lita. Lita's face was covered in blood hardway. Ivory went for a quick pin, but Lita kicked out, opting to continue the match despite her heavy bleeding. At 3:30 Steven Richards ran down. Lita took both of them down. Ivory kicked out of Lita's pin attempt, then retrieved the title belt. She went to hit Lita, but missed. Lita followed with a Litasault, but Ivory blocked it with the belt. Lita landed on the belt, so Ivory easily scored the pin. Messy match in more ways than one. (1/4*)
(7) Kurt Angle pinned Undertaker at 16:15 to retain the WWF Title. Before the match Angle said he is embarrassed to represent Florida. He listed his most memorable moments from his first year in the WWF. Taker rode to the ring on a motorcycle. Taker dominated the early minutes. After hitting a legdrop, he covered Angle and lifted his shoulder at two. He did the same shoulder lift routine less than 30 seconds later, establishing right away he was the dominant participant in the match. Angle got in a suplex at 3:00 to briefly slow Taker's dominance. At 4:40 Taker went for a big boot, but Angle moved and Taker got hung up in the ropes. Angle began to work over Taker's leg. At 6:00 Taker put Angle into an armbar submission on the mat, but Edge and Christian came out to distract the ref. Angle tapped out, but the ref didn't see it. Christian missed on his attempt to snap Taker's head over the top rope, but Taker sold it anyway. Angle then took over with a leglock submission on the mat. Edge & Christian remained at ringside. Taker kicked his way out of the leglock, then jumped to ringside and beat up Edge & Christian. Back in the ring Taker hit a chokeslam, but the ref was at ringside yelling at E&C to return to the back. Finally the ref returned to the ring and made a count, but Angle kicked out before three. Taker rose and yelled at the ref, so Angle schoolboyed Taker for a near fall. Taker came back with a Russian Legsweep. Angle came back and began working over Taker's leg, ramming it against the edge of the ring. At 10:45 Angle applied the figure-four leglock. At 11:30 Taker reversed the figure-four. Angle sold it like he was dying; he eventually reached the bottom rope to break the hold. At 13:00 Angle put the figure-four on Taker around the ringpost. The ref made him break the hold. Taker briefly came back by driving Angle face-first over the top turnbuckle for a two count. Angle came back with a low blow. Taker came back by lifting Angle for a tombstone. Taker looked extremely winded as he chased Angle around ringside. Angle ducked under the ring. Taker dragged him out from under the ring and gave him the Last Ride (it took two tries because he couldn't get him up the first time). He then went for the pin, but the ref stopped the count at two because he realized the person Taker dragged out from under the ring wasn't Angle, but was somebody who looked like him. As Taker protested to the ref's face, Angle rolled up Taker for the pin. Clever finish. Good match. (***)
(8) The Hardys & The Dudleys beat Edge & Christian & Goodfather & Val Venis in an elimination match at 10:05. At 4:00 Edge pinned Matt Hardy. At 5:10 Christian pinned D-Von. Jeff took a hard sliding bump into the ringpost ribs first. Edge speared Buchanan by mistake and Buh Buh Ray pinned him at 7:30. Buh Buh gave Edge a full-nelson bomb, then Christian gave Edge a headbutt when Buh Buh moved. Buh Buh pinned Christian at 8:00. At 8:40 Goodfather pinned Buh Buh. That left Jeff Hardy vs. Goodfather & Christian. Jeff hit the swanton bomb onto Christian for the pin. Goodfather charged Jeff, but Jeff moved and Goodfather ran into the corner. Val jumped up on the apron and went to clothesline Jeff, but Jeff moved and Val hit Goodfather. Jeff then scored the pin. The RTC beat up Jeff four-on-one after the match. The Dudleys and Matt ran back to the ring to even the odds. The Dudleys gave Goodfather the 3D. D-Von hit the top rope headbutt onto Val. The crowd went nuts for the Dudleys, who then brought two tables into the ring. Matt legdropped Val through a table as Buh Buh bombed Steven Richards through the other table. (**3/4)
(9) Steve Austin fought Triple H to a no contest in 28:00. For the first two minutes Austin punched and stomped away at Triple H. Austin took it to ringside and up the aisle toward the entrance set, which has become Austin's tired signature match pattern. Austin took a suplex on concrete, but it was soft looking. At 7:00 they fought back to ringside where Austin nailed Triple H with a monitor off of Ross's desk. Triple H came up bleeding heavily all over his face and chest. At 9:30 Austin nailed Triple H with a cooler, but not before taking out a beer and drinking it. At 11:00 Austin returned to the ring, seconds after slipping on spilled water on the ringside mat, but Triple H took over offense for the first time in a while. Triple H solidified control with a low blow. Austin gasped for air. Austin attempted a Stunner, but Triple H blocked it and turned it into a neck breaker on Austin. At 14:30 Austin went for an elbow off the ropes, but Triple H moved. They took the action back to ringside where Triple H set up a Pedigree on the steps, but Austin backdropped Triple H through Ross's table. Austin powerslammed Triple H onto the broken table. At 18:00 back in the ring Austin stomped away at Triple H, then hit the Stunner. He didn't go for the cover. Instead, he went to ringside with a smile on his face and grabbed a chair. He put Triple H's leg inside of a steel chair. "We've seen him do this before," said Ross. "He did it to the late Brian Pillman." Austin thought twice, and then took the chair off of Triple H's leg. The crowd booed. Austin then put Triple H's head between the chair. Austin went to the top rope, but Triple H rolled out of the chair. The wrestlers then brawled back to the entry area and all the way to the back. Austin whipped Triple H into a soda dispenser. The Radicalz then attacked Austin. A dozen WWF refs and officials intervened as Triple H left the scene. Triple H got into a car outside the arena. Austin chased the Radicalz out of the building, falling into their trap. Austin disappeared. Triple H shouted to Benoit, "Where'd he go?" Benoit went back into the arena to look for him. Triple H shouted for Austin, then suddenly a fork lift picked up Triple H's car. Austin told Triple H, "You've got a hell of a ride coming." The crane lifted Triple H's car high into the air as Triple H shouted for mercy. Austin dropped the car which landed upside down, crushing the roof. The show then faded to black. (***1/4)
PWTORCH STAFF ROUNDTABLE REVIEWS
Bruce Mitchell, Torch columnist (7.5)
This was a good show because the three question marks in the three main events had to come through, and for the most part they did. Rikishi gave his best performance by not slowing down the Rock in a very entertaining match. Undertaker was so-so, which was about the best that could be expected, considering his beaten up body, but taking away the suplex does limit Kurt Angle's repertoire. The WWF got away with that silly finish, because they haven't pulled out the "evil twin" routine in a while. Those legholds aren't exactly over these days.
Which leaves the main event of these main events. Austin does seem to be rounding into ring shape, and had enough confidence in his body to take some bumps on his neck. Triple H, the center of the WWF universe, kept his streak of superlative big show performances going. Can't wait for the "funeral" tomorrow night on Raw. Wonder if Austin will raise a can to his image on the Titan Tron at the end of the show.
The rest was decent, although the RTC still kills off the heat in the show. Good thing they still gave the fans the table spots. Lita needs to get better with her huracanranas before someone gets hurt. That gash on her head sure looked nasty.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when Vince dragged Steph out of the arena because something "momentous" was about to occur? He should be standing in for the "Dead" Triple H soon enough.
Jason Powell, Torch assistant editor (4.5)
As Wade Keller noted in a recent column, the WWF needs to create new stars rather than rely on Steve Austin, Rock, Triple H, Kane, and Undertaker. They've done a good job of building up Kurt Angle, but have dropped the ball on Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Raven, Tazz, and others. Vince McMahon pushes the idea that he is in favor of doing whatever is best for business, but that apparently only applies to wrestlers who were developed in the WWF system. Also, it does look like Triple H has been given too much power, regardless of whether or not he is responsible for his being involved in almost every major storyline. Perception is everything, especially among wrestlers who are privately starting to complain about Triple H's power. McMahon needs to step in and find a way to slow down Triple H's push without upsetting him in order to keep peace in what has been the most harmonious locker room in recent history.
The non-finish between Austin and Triple H was lame, although the reader feedback indicates that most viewers were satisfied because of the car stunt. The stunt was well done and leaves the door open for a number of storyline possibilities, but they still could have come up with an in-ring finish. They're lucky that the live crowd didn't start booing once the wrestlers left the arena. Is it possible that one day the car stunt will be looked back on as another time that Austin went too far, setting up his heel turn?
Other notes: The only thing enjoyable about Angle vs. Undertaker was the finish, which was creative on a lot of levels. The rest of the match was slow and plodding. How anyone can mistake Undertaker's lame stalling attempts as old school mat wrestling is beyond me... If the WWF isn't going to go all out with the women's division, they should abandon it. They have completely wasted the momentum that Lita gained from winning the Women's Title on Raw a few months back... The WWF's continued reluctance to push a cruiserweight division is frustrating because they aren't doing anything with the wrestlers who could make the division popular...
Wade Keller, Torch editor (5.0)
This event kind of unrolled at a pedestrian, unoffensive, yet unspectacular pace. The undercard was filled with one-star and two-star matches that seemed inconsequential in the long-run. Other than Kane vs. Jericho, the first six matches had the feel of an ECW PPV in the sense that the matches came across as having been booked two minutes before match-time - and that's not a good thing.
Rock vs. Rikishi showed that Rikishi is underrated. It was a strong match and Rikishi held up his end of the match just fine. Although it seemed like Undertaker was struggling to keep going at times during the match, he managed to do enough to be carried to a good match by Angle. The match was pre-booked enough with some twists and turns including the clever mirage at the finish to make it entertaining.
Triple H vs. Austin was a rerun of a style of main event match I've had my fill of. Brawling in the crowd was entertaining when it was "breaking the rules" and "something we hadn't seen before." Now it's just a repetititious rerun. Time to get back in the ring and tell a real story.
As far as the crane dumping the car finish, I'm not crazy about it, but I don't object either. My thought when watching it was, "What is this, an action-adventure series?" Of course, that is what the WWF is. At least it fit the storyline and didn't come out of nowhere. I mean, Triple H orchestrated Austin being run down once, battered with a sledge hammer last week, and now was trying to hit him with a car again. It seemed reasonable for Austin to resort to attempted homicide. But even an action-adventure series on TV would have to explain why Austin wasn't in jail and do a good job of explaining how Triple H survived.
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