VIP AUDIO 4/7 – Pro Wrestling Then and Now w/Frank Peteani: Peteani & Stoup look back at WrestleMania 2000. Edge & Christian vs. Hardys vs. Dudleys, Angle vs. Jericho vs. Benoit, Rock vs. Foley vs. Show vs. Triple H, more (141 min.)


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SHOW SUMMARY: Tom Stoup returns to Pro Wrestling Then and Now to look back at WrestleMania 2000. They open discussing WrestleMania 38 and give their thoughts on Sami Zayn vs. Johnny Knoxville, the world title picture moving forward, and general overall feelings on running one night vs. two nights. They then move back to review WrestleMania 2000 and what was happening with WWF and WCW at the time. They run through the entire card, which featured “a McMahon in every corner” in the main event four-way elimination match for the WWF Championship between The Rock, Triple H, Big Show, and Mick Foley. Focus topics include:

  • The Big Boss Man’s character from the late 80s/90s vs. the Attitude Era version
  • Comparing the Hardcore division of the 2000s vs. the current version
  • The pairings of Test & Albert, Al Snow & Steve Blackman and who benefitted out of both teams.
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly of the ladder and TLC matches in particular to the careers of the Hardys and Edge & Christian.
  • The women’s division of the 2000s and its evolution through the years.
  • The use of the Radicalz in the story between Eddie Guerrero and Chyna.
  • Where Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho were at the time and how they evolved, bridging the gap from the Attitude Era to the next era.
  • How the fatal four-way elimination match came about, Foley’s abrupt return after retiring a month earlier, the involvement of the McMahons in the main event, did they believe in the Rock as a top babyface, was their enough heat on Triple H and enough love behind the Rock to warrant booking a one-on-one match instead and coronating the Rock at WrestleMania as opposed to the subsequent Backlash.

Warning: Some language on this show may be NSFW.

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