Wrestlemania 16 Review

Like I said a while ago where the Wrestlemanias were like the Star Trek movies – one year it was good, and the following year was bad, and it keeps repeating itself. It seems like the odd numbers was proven to be bad one, and then the even numbers was already good… well all of the sudden, that rule was changed… This was the first even number Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2, 4, and 8 that ranged from a mediocre-to a bad show. There are fans of Wrestlemania 16… I mean 2000, but this felt like Wrestlemania 15 all over again but this time, it’s even more cluttered just to be an episode of Raw is War (formerly known as Monday Night Raw) on twice the steroids. Yes! Even more so than Wrestlemania 15. And on the title of Wrestlemania 2000… back in 1999 and 2000 almost every sequel that had a title, it usually had a “2000” to represent the millennium- like Dracula 2000, Pokemon 2000, Blue Brothers 2000, Fantasia 2000, etc. It’s a gimmick that was going to be really outdated out side of the year 2000 and this event showed it as well shows. But it’s not just the title of this Wrestlemania that’s the problem, it’s the fact that it is perhaps the most cluttered Wrestlemania of all time. Here’s my review why it is so cluttered that it’s claustrophobic. Who knew that this is during the Attitude Era (the best times of the WWF) could give us two bad consecutive Wrestlemanias- the most important show in wrestling, period!

Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan vs. The Godfather and D’Lo Brown (with Ice-T and The Godfather’s hoes) – This was a very bad opening show, but the beginning before the match started was pretty good where rapper Ice-T came down to the ring with Godfather and his hoes just get everyone excited for starting this show, but that wasn’t enough to actually get people convinced that this is worth something. It’s a shamed to also see Big Boss Man getting more buried as a mid carder because at this point, he has nothing more to give to the wrestling world and this match shows. I did enjoy the team up between D’Lo and Godfather (reminiscing to the Nation of Domination) but you can honestly see a match just like this one on a normal episode of Raw is War. This was a very poor opening match that offered the most bottom of the barrel tag matches that you can imagine and nothing at all was important or special happened in this match. Even despite the fact that D’Lo and Godfather won the match, there was nothing gained or lost for any body in this match
Match Score: 2/5

Hardcore battle royal for the WWF Hardcore Championship – This was the time where the Hardcore division was getting a bit out of hand where this battle royal wasn’t even a battle royal. Instead it was a match that had stupid rules about a capture-the-flag type of match where the last person who made a pinfall before time runs out (15 Minutes) is the official Hardcore Champion. It was a fun match to watch, but this really was a mess. So much was going on where wrestler after wrestler was making a pinfall, there were too much action going on in and out of the ring. Not to mention that this hardcore match was actually boring. I’m never really tired of watching Hardcore Matches, but this here is just dry. So many objects hitting each wrestler back and forth and it was getting boring, especially for the 15 minute range. It was chaotic (which is something to behold) but it wasn’t epic or memorable. I can honestly that this has very little wrestling in this match just too many garbage swung at anyone with a head. This match was garbage, both figuratively and literally. What was stupid was the finish. As Taz was Tazmissioning Crash Holly, Hardcore Holly came in and gave Taz a hit glass on Taz’s head and pinned Crash. The referee was about to count to 3 within 5 seconds, but the referee stopped the count within the 2 second range and didn’t count the match. Apparently, the referee ended the match way too early before the official countdown was over, not knowing what was the real count. That was a serious botch for the referee and all of the sudden, Hardcore Holly was Hardcore Champion, but why did Crash leave the arena with the championship and then said he was not the new Hardcore Champion. This was probably the most confusing finish I’ve ever seen in a single wrestling match where the wrestlers, the announcer, the referee, and the audience were all confused. What a clusterfuck of a finish. I really like Hardcore Holly and he deserved to win this match, but what was up with that finish?
Match Score: 1/5

T & A (Test and Albert) (with Trish Stratus) vs. Head Cheese (Al Snow and Steve Blackman) (with Chester McCheeserton) – T & A was a great heel team where we all though Trish Stratus was announcing her “T&A” which really means Test and Albert what was a great troll move. However, nothing form the Head Cheese was at all memorable; they were a joke. This is another tag team that was just as basic as the opening match, but the only thing that was memorable was the way Trish Stratus looked (wow! She was hot) and the technical audio difficulties that Jim Ross was having in during the match (Wrestlemania 2 all over again). Really, this was the most boring match of this card, even despite the fact that both teams displayed great in-ring work, the audience was at silence in the entirety of the match. This is a match that did not need to be here! Even when Al Snow and Steve Blackman lost the match and beaten up Chester McCheeserton out of disappointment, it was even more hammered unmemorable than this match needed to be. Dumb!
Match Score: 1/5

Edge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz – Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship – Out of all the matches in this card, I can honestly say that this one here is the best card of the show. All three of these teams were new and fresh in the WWF and this match showed how really talented the WWF’s roster really are. For a debut match for all three of these tag teams, and see them gave us their all shows how awesome this match was. At first we were looking into this match like a ladder match with a lot of wrestlers involved, but suddenly because of the Dudley Boyz (may favorite tag team) being so obsessed with tables and hardcore wrestling, this all of the sudden turned out to be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. The WWF didn’t have a fantastic Ladder match since Wrestlemania X between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels. This the greatness of Attitude Era wrestling where weapons are used properly (unlike that Hardcore Battle Royal) and so many iconic moments were made that made the tag team division some of the biggest highlights of the era. I kid you not that way they used the ladders and then suddenly turned out to be more hardcore when the tables and chairs got involved. It was a brilliant change of tone for this match and each of wrestlers flew, fell, and bumped each other in the most brutal way fashioned. It was simply impressive! For a bunch of young guys giving it their all, they were able to know epic storytelling in a wrestling match. I remember Edge took a diving spear on Jeff Hardy from the ladder, Buh-buh Ray gave Christian a cutter from the ladder, Matt Hardy power bombed to the table and the Swanton Bomb from that Jeff Hard did just to take the Buh-Buh Ray away. The Dudleys seriously spiced up this match and the crowd really ate it up. The finish of this match was some of the most epic moments ever seen in wrestling since Stone Cold passed out of Bret Hart’s sharpshooter. As Jeff sacrificed his body to land on Buh-Buh out of the ring through the table, Edge & Christian were the last ones left facing D-Von and Matt Hardy as they raced to grab the tag team championships. The survivors were emotional just to win this carnage. As Matt and Christian were fighting each other on top of the table held by two ladders, Edge came to the rescue and pushed Matt off to the table below and won the tag team championships. What a beautiful finish to a match to a bunch of small stars that all became big names after the match. It really is the match that everyone remembers from this Wrestlemania and I really loved this ladder match for all that its worth. All three of these tag teams has gone through a lot just to have a Wrestlemania match like this one and because of their fantastic display of wrestling, this has made the tag team division in the WWF so important!
Match Score: 5/5

Terri Runnels (with The Fabulous Moolah) defeated The Kat (with Mae Young) – You know what’s hilarious? This is the ONLY match in this card that was actually a one-on-one match. Can you see what I mean when I say that this Wrestlemania is the most cluttered booking in any Wrestlemania show? Yet this match was over booked with Val Venis as the special guest referee and Mae Young and Moolah being too involved with the match. Anything that has Mae Young and Moolah already spells for disaster as they’re so into it that they’ve kissed Val Venis and did a bronco buster on Moolah. The match up between Kat and Terri was piss poor. Even despite the fact that they were incredibly hot to watch, it was probably worse than last year’s Wrestlemania women’s match between Sable and Tori (and we already know how bad that match was). Terri Runnels won by countout thanks to Moolah who took Kat out and put Terri back in. The only thing that was memorable in this match was to see Terri’s pants ripped just to see her bare ass. Other than that, it was a REALLY terrible match. I was not amused.
Match Score: 0/5

Too Cool and Chyna vs The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko) – dIf this wrestlemania was properly booked, they should have given Chyna a one-on-one match with a male wrestler to establish herself as a serious wrestler. I still don’t understand the involvement of Grand Master Saxay and Scotty 2 Hotty’s being part of the Chyna and Eddie Guerrero’s storyline. There were too many things going on in this match that was really unnecessary. Of course there were some likeness in this match like Eddie being a goofball sucker for Chyna, but we all just wanted to see her make the tag and just take action. However, the best part of this match was that Chyna’s pants were falling off that made it a joy to watch. Of course if we only had more action with Chyna she would have been taken more seriously, especially for a Wrestlemania.
Match Score: 1/5

Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (c) vs. Chris Jericho – Two Fall Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental and European Championships – Coming into this match Kurt Angle was both the European and Intercontinental Champion, but he had to loose both of those championships somehow, but surprisingly it had to be in Wrestlemania. That really is the whole purpose of this match, but with talented stars like Angle, Benoit, and Jericho, you expect a fantastic match. It was a very well performed match that was all athleticism. What’s surprising is that all three of these men are making their Wrestlemania debut in this very match and it was very well played. You need to remember that when Kurt Angle came in the WWF, he was the only wrestler that sticks out as the most athletic wrestlers that didn’t follow the trend of hardcore wrestling like everyone else was. Since then we started getting better in-ring worked matches that shows the talents of new stars who are there to give grappling wrestling a huge spot in this era. And this is what this match was all about, the non-hardcore wrestling of the WWF. Suplexes, flying movies, drivers, and a bunch of grappling moves where applied throughout the entire match that made it a wonderful watch! However, I just did not like how this match was structured. Basically in this two falls triple threat, the winner of the first fall earns the Intercontinental Championship and the second fall earns the European Championship. Honestly, this was a very well performed match, but the funny thing is that the first fall Kurt Angle got pinned by Benoit and the second fall Angle got pinned by Jericho. So the winners are Benoit and Jericho and the looser is Kurt Angle. Though I still think that there’s no way you could make this match work, no matter how well the in-ring work actually was, it was too much to behold for a match made to take both belts out of Kurt Angle’s waist to be once again held by two separate individuals. If anything, Kurt Angle should have had two separate matches in this Wrestlemania card with both of these men just to put them each Championships on line for each of those opponents. Again, another cluttered match that should have been one-on-one.
Match Score: 4/5

Pete Rose and KaneRikishi and Kane (with Paul Bearer) vs D-Generation X (X-Pac and Road Dogg) (with Tori) – The story here is Kane is betrayed by X-Pac for losing their friendship and Kane lost his woman, Tori to his former-friend. This should have been a one-on-one match, but what did Rikishi had to be involved? Seems like because he uses that large ass of his to stink face his opponent, is there to humiliate Tori and the other opponents. Even though Kane did win by tombstoning X-Pac, it was still forgettable. However the only saving grace of this match was that Too Cool came in to dance with Rikishi and have that same chicken costume that Pete Rose wore in last year’s Wrestlemania! OH MY GOD! PETE ROSE IS GOING TO GET IT AGAIN FROM KANE!!! Kane was just waiting for Pete Rose to stop dancing, but as soon as Kane took action against the chicken suit wearing fool, it all happens that it wasn’t Pete Rose, instead it was a trick just to sneak attack him. Just when Pete was going to get Kane back form all two consecutive Wrestlemania humiliations, Rikishi grabbed his bat just to have Kane to “own” Pete Rose once again. So for three consecutive Wrestlemanias, Pete Rose got knocked out by Kane and whenever Kane and Rose are together, it’s just pure gold. It’s too bad that they couldn’t have Pete Rose to get hurt by Kane in the future wrestle manias because that’s what always makes a Wrestlemania.
Match Score: 2/5

Triple H (c) (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) vs. The Rock (with Vince McMahon) vs. Mick Foley (with Linda McMahon) vs. Big Show (with Shane McMahon) – Fatal Four-Way for the WWF Championship – dI like the idea where each McMahon family member has their pick of a wrestler to determine who’s the best, but it’s not about the McMahons, it’s about all four of these wrestlers who have a serious grudge against each other and a very long history till this match. Everyone was sick of the McMahon-Helmsley Era and Hunter burying all of his opponents. Mick Foley was supposed to retire after that Hell in a Cell match at No Way Out 2000, The Rock won the Royal Rumble but Big Show claims that his feet touched the ground first before he did, and each McMahon family member just despised each other that they gave all four of their pick of a wrestler to had a main event matchup. And because this is perhaps the most cluttered match of this card, this was not a very good main event. Each McMahon acts like a Pokemon trainer and each of the wrestlers are like Pokemon to them. This match should have been just one-on-one between The Rock and Triple H just like the following Pay-per-view after it at Backlash 2000. I know Mick Foley just needed one more Wrestlemania match before he officially retired, but she’s so hurt and out of shape that all of the moves applied by him was the least effective. And for Big Show… did he really need to be matched up in another Wrestlemania with Mick Foley like he did in last year’s Wrestlemania? This whole match was dumb and it lasted over 40 minutes when it didn’t need to be. Big Show was the first to be eliminated (and deservedly so), and Mick Foley afterwards, but it should have been first of all Triple H vs. The Rock. The last parts of the match between Triple H and The Rock was beautiful and this is what this main event should have been all along. That is until Vince McMahon betrayed the Rock by hitting him with the chair which shows how retarded this whole event was. I still despise the fact that Triple H was the first heel that won a Wrestlemania main event and as a result it made the whole show crumble in shams. As a result of this horrible ending, this match was just all about the McMahons and nothing else. What a complete disaster of a main event and it hasn’t been since Wrestlemania 8 that left a distasteful finish of a show.
Match Score: 1/5

I honestly can’t say which is worse, Wrestlemania 2000 or Wrestlemania 15, but easily this is some of the biggest disappointments in Wrestling. This is finally a Wrestlemania where now the even numbered Wrestlemanias were now the bad shows, but this was WAY too much! This whole experience was a some of the most clusterfucked cards I’ve ever seen in a singular show. It had to have more than 2 wrestlers involved all at once and barely anything significant has happened, except for the Triangle Ladder Match. That match with Dudley Boyz, Edge and Christian, and Hardies was the only thing worth watching in this show, but just like Wrestlemania 13’s Bret Hart vs. Austin, it’s a one-match-show while everything else was either a basic tag team match, or any other match involving more than two wrestlers that struggles to do much more than it needs to. This is a show that went too far and went too much and as a result it sucked. There should be a rule that just because you can put more, doesn’t mean that it’s better. I really don’t want to look back at this show anymore because it left a horrible taste out of all of our mouths. Wrestlemania 14 still remains the best Wrestlemania during the Attitude Era. Just like Wrestlemania 15, you can watch any other Pay-per-view show outside of Wrestlemania 16 and get much more entertainment and satisfaction than what has been called the world’s biggest wrestling show.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 2000:

                  1/5

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