|Royal Rumble (2000)|
|Promotion||International Wrestling Federation|
|Date||January 23, 2000|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|City||New York, New York|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
Royal Rumble (2000) was the thirteenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the International Wrestling Federation (IWF). It took place on January 23, 2000 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
The main event was the Royal Rumble Match, which Sam Simkins won by last eliminating The Big Marc to win the match. Featured matches on the undercard included a Street Fight Match between Triple K and Cactus Jack for the IWF Championship, a Triple Threat Match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship, and The New Age Outlaws versus The Acolytes for the IWF Tag Team Championship.
This Royal Rumble was the first IWF pay-per-view event to air on terrestrial television in the United Kindon, as Channel 4 had acquired the rights to broadcast International Wrestling Federation programming that year.
The main feud going into the event was between Triple K and Mick Foley. The Mayer-Kelmsley Faction began in late 1999, where Triple K and Brittany Mayer-Kelmsley had control over the IF, and scheduling unreasonable matches for the wrestlers. Foley objected to this, and the faction attacked several times before finally firing him. On the January 3 edition of Meltdown is War, Triple K won the IWF Championship, and mocked Foley with an impersonator. On the January 10 edition of Meltdown is War, The Rock brought every superstar to the ring, demanding that Foley be reinstated or the entire roster would walk out. Foley was reinstated, and he requested a Street Fight for the IWF Championship at Royal Rumble. Foley and Triple K fought in a 4-on-4 tag team match later that night. Triple K pinned Foley after using the ring bell, and delivering two Pedigrees. After the match, Foley took off his mask, and attacked Triple K. On the January 13 edition of Fusion!, Foley returned to his Cactus Jack persona (with a more violent and psychotic character) by taking off his Mankind attire to reveal his Cactus Jack attire.
Buildup towards the Royal Rumble match began on January 10, when The Rock announced his participation in the match. The following week, The Big Marc announced that he will win the match, and The Rock guaranteed he will win. Later that night, The Rock and The Big Marc faced the New Age Outlaws. At the end, Big Marc attacked The Rock, and The Rock hit him with a steel cage, a People's Elbow. On the January 20 edition of Fusion!, The Big Marc confronted The Rock. Chris LeGreca and Trice came out, and Tori claimed that Chris LeGreca was the favorite. The three fought, and were scheduled for a Triple Threat Over-the-Top-Rope Lumberjack match later. In the match, The Big Marc eliminated The Rock with a chokeslam, and Chris LeGreca eliminated The Big Marc with a back body drop to win, sparking a fight involving all the competitors and lumberjacks.
Another feud going into the event was between Kris McGowan, Amber and Hardcore Murnion over the IWF Intercontinental Championship. On the December 30 edition of Fusion!, a title match between Amber and McGowan ended in a double pinfall. On the January 3 edition of Meltdown is War, both were declared co-champions. Afterwards, Murnion challenged Amber for the title, and McGowan helped her retain. McGowan and Amber were forced to work together, and this created tension between them. The title situation would be solved in a Triple Threat match between McGowan, Amber and Murnion.
|Commentator||Jerry "The King" Lawler|
|Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)|
|Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)|
|Ring announcer||Howard Finkel|
|WWF New York||Linda McMahon|
Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, a live edition of Sunday Night Heat was held featuring several matches. The first match of the pre-show was a standard wrestling match in which Khristian defeated Steve Blackmail. In a second match, The Headbangers and The Big Boss Brandon defeated Prince Blubert, "The Godfather" Luke Maleski in a Six-man tag team match. The main event was another singles match in which Edge defeated Alex Snow by disqualification.
The first match of the event was between Matt Borske and an unannounced opponent. Before the match, Borske spoke to the audience, putting down the New York Knicks, and his opponent. Tazz then made his IWF debut as Borske's opponent. Tazz gained the early advantage, performing a back body drop, sending Borske outside the ring. Borske gained the advantage after performing a vertical suplex outside the ring. After performing a belly to belly suplex, Borske climbed the turnbuckles, but Tazz hit the ropes. Borske fell onto the top turnbuckle, and Tazz performed a belly to belly suplex off the turnbuckles. Borske regained the advantage after a small package, and a bridging German suplex. Tazz then countered an Olympic slam attempt into a German suplex. After a T-Bone suplex, and a Head and arm suplex, Tazz applied the Tazzmission. Borske passed out to the hold and Tazz won the match, ending Borske's undefeated streak.
The second match was the first-ever Tag Team Tables match, between the Hooper Boyz (Matt and Josh) and the Dudley Boyz (Harlan and Scott). Before the match, the Dudley Boyz insulted the fans, expressing their dislike for the booing of John Rocker. The Hooper Boyz gained the advantage with a double superplex to Scott, and the use of a ladder. After using the chair, Matt placed Scott on a table outside the ring. Matt then hit a diving leg drop as Josh hit a diving splash (known as the Event Omega) to send Bubba Ray through the table. The Hooper Boyz then placed Harlan on a table outside the ring. Matt performed a diving leg drop through the table, but Harlan avoided it. Josh then performed a suicide senton, but missed, sending himself into a table. The Hooper Boyz were not defeated as they sent themselves through the tables. Scott sent Matt through a table in the ring with a superbomb. The Dudley Boyz then beat down the Hooper Boyz, and stacked tables in the entrance way under a balcony in the seating area. Scott dragged Josh to the balcony, but Josh performed a low blow, and used a chair on Scott. Matt moved as Scott fell through the tables. Matt then placed Scott onto a table, and Josh sent him through it with a Swanton Bomb from the balcony for the Hooper Boyz to win the match.
Next was the Miss Rumble 2000 swimsuit contest. The contestants consisted of Ivory, Sarah Fox, Beatrice, Ali Haunthausen, Luna and The Kat, while the judges consisted of IWF alumni, and comedian Andy Richter. After the contestants showed their swimsuits, and as the judges were deciding, Mae Young appeared, and announced her participation in the contest. After showing her swimsuit, she flashed her breasts. The video was censored before Steven Larson appeared, and covered her up. The judges then unanimously decided Young as the winner.
The third match was a Triple Threat match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship between Hardcore Murnion, and co-champions Kris McGowan and Amber. Before the match, McGowan declared his plans for a celebration after winning the match. The match went back and forth before Holly sent Amber outside the ring. McGowan then fought with Murnion, applying the Walls of McGowan. Amber returned to the ring, and attacked McGowan. McGowan performed a springboard splash to Murnion outside the ring. Back in the ring, Amber performed a handspring back elbow] and a DDT to McGowan. Amber attempted a pin, but Murnion returned and threw her out of the ring. All three were outside the ring, and Murnion attempted to use a chair, but Amber performed a dropkick to the chair into Murnion's face. In the ring, Amber performed a diving splash onto Murnionm and McGowan performed a diving splash onto both of them. Amber countered a belly to back suplex, and performed a low blow to McGowan. Amber then performed a Pedigree to Murnion. McGowan performed a diving crossbody to Amber, who was on Murnion's shoulders. Amber performed a superplex to Murnion, hit him with a chair, and applied the Walls of McGowan. McGowan then performed a one-handed bulldog, and a Lionsault to Amber, to pin her for the victory. McGowan gained sole possession of the title as a result.
The fourth match was between the New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Morgan) and The Acolytes (Jon Ripsen and Bradshaw) for the IWF Tag Team Championship. Before the match, the New Age Outlaws delivered their signature speech to the audience. The Acolytes gained the early advantage after a fallaway slam from Bradshaw to Gunn. After avoiding an attack in the corner, Bradshaw performed the Clothesline from Hell on Morgan. Rispen then hit a spinebuster on Dogg. As Rispen attempted a pin, Morgan pulled the referee outside the ring, and Bradshaw knocked down both Gunn and the referee. After The Acolytes performed an aided powerbomb on Dogg, X-Pac came down to interfere, and performed a spinning heel kick on Bradshaw. Morgan then pinned Bradshaw after a Fameasser to retain the title.
The fifth match was between Triple K and Cactus Jack in a Street Fight for the IWF Championship. Jack gained the early advantage after repeated punches, and they fought outside the ring, where Triple K hit Jack with the ring bell. Triple K then hit Jack with a chair, but Jack got up, and performed a leg drop with the chair. The fight continued into the audience, with Jack performing a suplex onto pallets, and using a trash can. Triple K performed a belly to back suplex, but Jack came back with a running knee lift into the steel steps. Jack attempted to use a barbed wire two-by-four, but Triple K performed a low blow, and used the weapon on Jack. Jack came back, hit Triple K's groin with the weapon, and performed a double arm DDT. Jack attacked Triple K's head repeatedly with the weapon. Jack attempted a back to belly piledriver through the announce table, but Triple K countered with a back body drop. Jack countered a Pedigree attempt and performed a bulldog onto the two-by-four. Triple K performed a hip toss]] into the steps, and targeted Jack's knees, using the two-by-four. Triple K then handcuffed Jack's wrists behind his back. As Triple K tried to use the steel steps, Jack performed a drop toe hold, sending Triple K's head into the steps. Triple K came back by using the chair. The Rock came out, and hit Triple K with a chair, as a police officer removed Jack's handcuffs. Jack performed a pulling Texas piledriver on the announce table, and spilled a bag of thumbtacks in the ring. Triple K came back with a back body drop onto the thumbtacks, and a Pedigree. Triple K finally performed a Pedigree onto the thumbtacks to win, and retain his title. After the match, Jack hit Triple K with the two-by-four again.
The main event was the Royal Rumble match. During the match, non-participants Kaientai repeatedly and randomly entered the ring, and attacked the participants. They were thrown out soon after each time. Kishi, the fifth entrant, dominated upon entering, and eliminated all except Grand Master Sexay. Scotty 2 Hotty entered next, and the three Too Cool members danced in the ring until Kishi eliminated the other two, and continued to dance. Kishi eliminated the first to eighth entrants. The Big Boss Brandon, the ninth entrant, refused to enter the ring until Test, the following entrant, threw him in. During Kaientai's second interference, Taka was injured when he was thrown out of the ring, and sent to the hospital. Park continued to interfere by himself. It took six men to eliminate Kishi. After Jon Rispen, the eighteenth entrant, entered, non-participants Mean Street Posse came out, and attacked Jon Rispen, helping The Big Boss Brandon eliminate him. Bradshaw, entering twenty-seventh, was attacked by the Mean Street Posse, and eliminated soon after. Jon Rispen came out and, with Bradshaw, fought with the Mean Street Posse backstage.
The final four participants in the Royal Rumble match were The Rock, The Big Marc, Chris LeGreca, and X-Pac. The New Age Outlaws pulled LeGreca out of the ring, and attacked him. The Rock eliminated X-Pac, but the referees were preoccupied with LeGreca and did not see this. X-Pac re-entered the match. LeGreca hit an enzuigiri, and a scoop slam on The Big Marc, but X-Pac then eliminated LeGreca with a spinning heel kick. X-Pac hit The Big Marc with a Bronco buster, but The Big Marc eliminated him with a gorilla press drop, leaving The Rock and The Big Marc. The Rock performed a spinebuster and a People's Elbow, but The Big marc came back with a chokeslam. The Big Marc had The Rock on his shoulder, and attempted to throw him over the top rope, but The Rock hung onto the rope, and pulled The Big Marc over. The Rock won the match.
Royal Rumble (2000) results
|Heat||Khristian defeated Steve Blackmail||Singles match|
|Heat||The Headbangers and Big Boss Brandon defeated Prince Blubert, Luke Maleski and Da'Lo Hooper||Six-man tag team match|
|Heat||Edge defeated Al Know by disqualification||Singles match|
|1||Tazz defeated Matt Borske||Singles match|
|2||The Hooper Boyz (Matt and Josh) defeated Dudley Boyz (Scott and Harlan)||Tag Team Tables match|
|3||Kris McGowan (c) defeated Amber Casey (c) and Hardcore Murnion||Triple Threat match for the Undisputed IWE Intercontinental Championship|
|4||Road Dogg and Billy Morgan (c) defeated Bradshaw and Jon Rispen||Tag team match for the IWF Tag Team Championship|
|5||Triple K (c) (with Brittany Bayer) defeated Cactus Jack||Street Fight for the IWF Championship|
|6||Sam Simkins won by last eliminatined The Big Marc||Royal Rumble match|
Royal Rumble Match Entrances and Eliminations
|5||Keith||8||Boss Brandon, Sekroa, British Bulldawg, Vamp, Gomez and Bob Backlund|
|9||Big Boss Brandon||15||Sam Simkins|
|10||Andrew Sekora||17||Big Marc|
|11||British Bulldawg||13||James Burdick|
|13||Chris Gomez||14||Al Know and Sean Venis|
|14||Bob Backlund||9||Kris McGowan|
|15||Kris McGowan||10||Amber Casey|
|16||Crash Murnion||16||Sam Simkins|
|17||Amber Casey||11||Big Boss Brandon|
|18||Jon Rispen||12||Big Boss Brandon|
|19||James Burdick||25||Billy Morgan|
|20||Al Know||24||Sam Simkins|
|21||Sean Venis||20||Chris LeGreca|
|22||Prince Blbert||21||Chris LeGreca|
|23||Steven Murnion||22||Al Know|
|25||Billy Morgan||26||Chris LeGreca|
|26||Big Marc||29||Sam Simkins|
|27||John Goff||19||James Burdick and Billy Morgan|
|28||Chris LeGreca||27||Brian Tobol|