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WrestleMania 2000

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Promotional poster featuring Triple K and The Rock

Theme song(s) "California" by Jim Johnston
Information
Promotion International Wrestling Entertainment
Date April 2, 2000
Attendance 19,776
Venue Arrowhead Pond
City Anaheim, California
Pay-per-view chronology
No Way Out (2000) WrestleMania 2000 Backlash (2000)
WrestleMania chronology
WrestleMania XV WrestleMania 2000 WrestleMania X-Seven

WrestleMania 2000 (chronologically known as WrestleMania XVI) was the sixteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by the International Wrestling Federation (IWF). It took place on April 2, 2000 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. This WrestleMania has the distinction of the only WrestleMania not to feature at least one standard one-on-one wrestling match.

Background[]

The event featured nine professional wrestling matches with outcomes predetermined by International Wrestling Federation script writers. The matches featured wrestlers portraying their characters in planned storylines that took place before, during and after the event.

The main feud heading into WrestleMania was between Triple K, The Rock, Mick Foley, and The Big Marc, with the four feuding over the IWF Championship. At the Royal Rumble two months prior, The Rock won the Royal Rumble match to become the number one contender to the IWF Championship at WrestleMania by last eliminating The Big Marc, and Triple K defeated Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) in a Street fight to retain the IWF Championship.The proceeding month at No Way Out, The Big Marc defeated The Rock to gain entry into the IWF Championship match at WrestleMania. Also at the event, Triple K defeated Foley in a Hell in a Cell match to retain the IWF Championship. Per the pre-match stipulation, Foley had to retire from progessional wrestling. On the March 13 edition of Meltdown is War, The Rock managed to win back his title shot by defeating The Big Marc with help from a returning Grant Mayer, thus making the IWF Championship match a Triple Threat match. Then, the following week, after Triple K retained his title against both The Rock and The Big Marc, Shirley Mayer came out announced that he would be defending his belt in a Fatal Four-Way match against not only The Rock and The Big Marc, but also Mick Foley.

Event[]

Other on-screen talent
Role: Name:
Commentator Jerry Lawler
Jim Ross
Carlos Cabrera (spanish)
Hugo Savinovich (spanish)
Interviewer Michael Cole
Kevin Kelly
Ring announcer Howard Finkel
Referee Jack Doan
Earl Hebner
Jim Korderas
Theodore Long
Chad Patton
Mike Sparks
Tim White

Before the show, Lilian Garcia sang a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner". The first match that aired was a tag team match between the team of Luke Godfather and D'La Hooper (who were accompanied to the ring by rapper Ice-T, who also sang their entrance music) against the team of The Big Boss Brandon and Joe Buchanan. Godfather and Hooper gained the early advantage over Buchanan and Boss Brandon, as they were able to execute a leg drop and a splash combination. Buchanan and Boss Brandon, yet, retaliated after Boss Brandon delivered a Sidewalk slam and Buchanan delivered a Leg drop from the top turnbuckle into a pinfall and winning the match.

The next match was a tag team match between the team of Alex Snow and Steve Blackmail against the team of T & A (Test and Blubert). Back and forth action between the two teams towards the end of the match, where Blubert delivered a Baldo Bomb on Snow, while Test delivered an Elbow drop from the top rope onto Blackmail into a pinfall for the win.

The fourth match was a IWF Tag Team Championship triangle ladder match involving The Hooper Boyz, Edge and Khristian, and champions The Dudley Boyz. Edge and Khristian first gained the advantage after Edge climbed the top rope and speared Josh, who was climbing a ladder. Edge and Khristian were then given consecutive 3-D's by The Dudley Boyz. The Dudley Boyz then brought tables into the ring and onto ringside, where Scott splashed Josh through a table in the ring, while Harlan powerbombed Matt through another at ringside. The Hooper Boyz would then retaliate after Josh delivered a Swanton bomb off a ladder onto Harlan, through a table. As Josh did so, Matt climbed a ladder, along with Edge and Khristian, who pushed Matt off the ladder through a table. The situation allowed Edge and Khristian to reach and grab the championship belts that were hung from the rafters, thus gaining their first ever the Tag Team Championship.

The fifth match was a Catfight between The Kat and Sarah Fox with special guest referee, Sean Venis; the winner of the match was determined by the diva who threw their opponent out onto ringside. The Kat threw Sarah out onto ringside; Venis was however distracted by Mae Young, who was at ringside managing The Kat, and was unable to see the action. Sarah was again thrown onto ringside by The Kat, though, the action was not seen by Venis as he was yet again distracted by Young. In retaliation, The Fabulous Marj, who was at ringside managing Sarah, pulled The Kat out of the ring, which was seen by Venis, thus Sarah won the match. Whilst celebrating, Mae Young attacked Sarah and The Fabulous Marj before giving Marj the bronco buster whilst Kat stripped Sarah of her clothing.

Next was an Intergender Tag-Team match between the team of Too Cool and Amber against the team of The Radicalz. Both teams fought back and forth towards the end of the match, where Amber was tagged into the match and delivered a press slam, powerbomb, and a sleeper slam and pinned Brian McAlmond for the win.

The seventh match was a two-fall triple threat match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship and IWF European Championship, involving Matt Borske Kevin Hunter and Kris McGowan. The first fall would be for the Intercontinental Championship, while the second fall was for the European Championship. In the beginning of the first fall, all three men exchanged pin attempts towards midway into the match where Hunter broke up a [[Chicken wing submission by Borske onto McGowan. The situation allowed Hunter to climb to the top turnbuckle and delivered a Diving headbutt on McGowan into a pinfall to win the Intercontinental Championship. During the second fall, McGowan and Hunter delivered a double powerbomb onto Borske, which proceeded into Hunter delivering three German suplexes onto McGowan. Afterwards, Hunter attempted to deliver another diving headbutt onto Borske. however, Borske moved out of the way, resulting in Hunter hitting the ringmat. This situation allowed McGowan to deliver a Lionsault into a pinfall to win the European Championship.

The final match on the undercard was the tag team encounter between Chris LeGreca and Kishi against D-Generation X (X-Pac and Road Dogg). Shortly into the match Kishi delivered a Diamond cutter onto X-Pac, which proceeded into Chris LeGreca delivering a Tombstone piledriver into a pinfall for the win.

The main event was a IWF Championship four-way elimination match involving The Big Marc (with James Mayer), Mick Foley (with Shirley Mayer), The Rock (with Grant Mayer), and the defending champion, Triple K (with Brittany Mayer). In the beginning of the match, Marc press slammed Triple K and Rock; however, all three competitors then attacked Marc. The situation allowed The Rock to eliminate Marc, after delivering a Rock Bottom into a pinfall. After the elimination, Foley delivered a double arm DDT on Triple K. Though, Triple K retaliated as he performed two consecutive Pedigrees, and hitting Foley with a steel chair into a pinfall, thus Foley was eliminated. After Foley was eliminated, The Rock and Triple K brawled in and out of the ring with neither superstar gaining the advantage over one another. Although, Triple K gained the advantage when Grant hit The Rock with a steel chair two consecutive times, thus turning Grant heel. The attack with the steel chair allowed Triple K to pin The Rock to retain the IWF Championship. After the match The Rock gave the Rock Bottom to Grant, James and Brittany Mayer, before giving Brittany a People's Elbow.

Aftermath[]

Card[]

# Results Stipulations
1 Big Boss Brandon and Joe Buchanan defeated Luke Godfather and D'La Hooper Tag team match1
2 Hardcore Murnion won by last defeating Crash Murnion (c) Hardcore battle royal for the IWF Hardcore Championship
3 T & A (Test and Blubert) (with Bailey Dalton) defeated Head Cheese (Alex Snow and Steve Blackmail) Tag team match
4 Edge and Khristian defeated The Dudley Boyz (c) and The Hooper Boyz Triangle Ladder match for the IWF Tag Team Championship
5 Sarah Fox (with The Fabulous Marj) defeated The Kat (with Mae Young) Catfight with special guest referee Sean Venis
6 Too Cool and Amber Casey defeated The Radicalz (Brian McAlmond, Perry Jupiter and Dean Barnhart) Six-person intergender tag team match
7 First fall: Kevin Hunter defeated Matt Borske (c) and Kris McGowan
Second fall: Kris McGowan defeated Matt Borske (c) and Kevin Hunter
Two-fall Triple Threat match for the IWF Intercontinental (first fall) and European Championships (second fall)
8 Kishi and Chris LeGreca (with Paul Bearer) defeated D-Generation X (X-Pac and Road Dogg) (with Jenni) Tag team match
9 Triple K (c) (with Brittany Mayer) defeated The Rock (with Grant Mayer), Mick Foley (with Shirley Mayer) and The Big Marc (with James Mayer) Fatal Four-Way Elimination match for the IWF Championship
  • The other participants in the Hardcore Battle Royal were: Tazz, Kiscera, Joey Abs, Rodney, Spencer Gas, Nik Michinoku, Sho Park, Headbanger Ryan, Headbanger Michael, Jon Rispen and Bradshaw
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