OSR: WWE No Way Out 2000 Review

No Way Out 2000 review

OSR: WWE No Way Out 2000 Review

In the next edition of the Old School Review, we go back to the year 2000 and a time when the WWE truly had a new star on top and another on his way out. This event was a prominent time of the McMahon-Helmsley era, and with WrestleMania 2000 just around the corner this is the show where everything should become apparent. This is an event remembered vividly from my youth, so it will be interesting to watch it back again after all this time. So here we go with the No Way Out 2000 Review.

The opening promo was depicted around Cactus Jack, who was unwilling to retire and go to WrestleMania 2000. Key moments from his career were shown, which highlighted his character very well.

The venue for No Way Out 2000 was the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The commentary team for the event was JR and The King. They previewed the matches scheduled for the show, and put across the importance of tonight.

1. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho (c) (w/ Chyna) vs. Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle made his way to the ring cut a promo about becoming the Euro-Continental Champion0. He showed great arrogance before Chyna made her way to the ring. Y2J then made his way to the ring, cutting his own promo.

The match was really enjoyable, and the finish came after Chyna was shoved into the steel chairs causing the referee to become distracted. This allowed Angle to nail Y2J with the title belt after a lionsault attempt to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Winner: Kurt Angle, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

2. WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von)

The Outlaws made their way to the ring first, and cut a typical promo. They are joined by The Dudley’s and the match quickly got underway with The Outlaws being dominated from the outset. Bubba nailed Gunn with a lead pipe, which injured his shoulder and took him out of the match.

This allowed the Dudley’s to nail Road Dogg with the 3D to pick up the win and capture the championship. Afterwards, Road Dogg was irate with Gunn over what happened. This was very much a nothing match but it helped the case of The Dudley’s development

Winners: The Dudley Boyz, to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Mark Henry (w/ Mae Young) vs. Viscera

Both Henry and Viscera made their way to the ring to no reaction at all. The match got underway, in the very typical big man brawling style which was really dull and nothing to it which makes it remotely interesting. Mae Young receives the biggest reaction of the match when comes to the ring.

She was quickly taken out by Viscera. This allowed Henry to nail him with a shoulder block and a body slam for the victory. This match, was abysmal with a quite frankly a pathetic finish.

Winner: Mark Henry

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Number 1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship: Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) (w/ Terri Runnels)

The Hardy Boyz made their way to the ring first with Terri. They were quickly joined by Edge and Christian which allowed the match to get underway, From the outset, it was back and forth between both teams as they both displayed great chemistry and athleticism.

Whilst they were able to have great gimmick matches, they could also have a great wrestling match. There were several nice spots and near finishes for both teams to keep you interested. Ultimately, Terri became involved by pushing Jeff off the top rope and then slapping Matt.

This allowed Christian to nail Matt and pick up the win. Afterwards, Matt went for Terri but him and Jeff were taken out by The Acolytes. That, was a really good match but it unfortunately had a very disappointing and lackluster finish.

Winners: Edge and Christian

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

5. Tazz vs. The Big Boss Man (w/ Prince Albert)

Boss Man made his way to the ring and was quickly joined Tazz. This allowed the match to get underway but it was over before it began. Tazz was taken apart by Boss Man and Albert in an utterly pointless match. That was completely pointless and had no credible value to the show.

Winner: The Big Boss Man

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

6. No Holds Barred Match: X-Pac (w/ Tori) vs. Kane (w/ Paul Bearer)

The package was shown looking back to their friendship, before X-Pac turned on Kane and took his girlfriend. X-Pac made his way to the ring with “Tombstone” Tori first. Kane then came out with Bearer with the action quickly underway.

They brawled all over the place and used a variety of weapons. Kane was quite the dominant force in the match, were he really took it to X-Pac and literally no-sold a variety of moves. He eventually nailed X-Pac with a chokeslam and Tori with a Tombstone.

The attack on Tori allowed X-Pac to nail him with a dropkick to the steel steps, getting the victory. That was a really enjoyable match overall, but with an absolutely pathetic finish which made Kane look weak and was not helped by Tori no selling the Tombstone.

Winner: X-Pac

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty, Grandmaster Sexay and Rikishi) vs. The Radicalz (Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn) (w/ Eddie Guerrero)

Too Cool made their way to the ring first, receiving an average reaction. The Radicalz then make their way to the ring in what was their first WWE pay-per-view appearance. The match soon got underway, with The Radicalz being the dominant force in the match.

They quickly took advantage of Rikishi’s injury to gain the momentum before Scotty was soon tagged in which notched up the pace of the match. Eventually, Rikishi picked up the win in an average match. It would have being far more beneficial for The Radicalz to win and get them accepted.

Winner: Too Cool

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

8. Number 1 Contenders for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 2000: The Big Show vs. The Rock

The history package was shown, based around the conclusion of the Royal Rumble 2000. Show came across as  whiny in the promo at the start before being seen as dominant. The Big Show made his way to the ring first and was soon followed by The Rock.

The match got underway, with Show being dominant over The Rock. Soon enough, Shane McMahon made his away out, aligning himself with The Rock. As The Rock goes for the People’s Elbow, Shane nailed The Rock which allowed Show the win. An okay match, which had a good finish.

Winner: The Big Show

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

9. WWE Championship – Hell in a Cell Match: Triple H (c) (w/ Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) vs. Cactus Jack

A pretty cool promo was shown for the feud which was built around the metamorphosing of Mankind into Cactus Jack. The feud was heightened by his willingness to sacrifice his career to get another championship match.

Triple H made his way to the ring with Steph. Cactus then made his way to the ring as the HIAC was then lowered around the ring. The match got underway as very much a brawl, and soon enough both men were busted open.

Cactus was able to break out of the side of the cell (cutting open his arm in the process) which allowed for some nice spots including the Cactus fall from the side of the cell through the announce table. Cactus soon recovered, and the action continued on top of the cell.

They continued to beat the hell out of one another. Cactus soon took a backdrop, which caused the cell to give way and him to fall which caused part of the ring to collapse. Triple H soon nailed Cactus with the pedigree to pick up the win and retain the championship.

Cactus refused medical assistance, and slowly made his way back to his feet and out of the arena. That was a really enjoyable and well told fight, not a wrestling match but a fight. It delivered so much that it would still have being truly epic had it being Foley’s last match.

Winner: Triple H, to retain the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

It was such a long while since this show has being seen throughout, and it didn’t fare as well now as it did previously. The majority of the matches actually weren’t that great. Honestly, the only matches enjoyed were the first, no holds barred and last ones (even if the middle one did have an awful finish). The other matches felt like they were only there for the sake of it and could have easily being skipped. But then again, the first match could have definitely being better, it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination though.

The main event inside HIAC was the real show stopper, with Mick Foley truly sacrificing his body in this match for the fans entertainment. I’d certainly recommend watching the event for the enjoyment level of the HIAC but also to see the early days of a really cocky Kurt Angle. This can be done of course as part of your 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network, but if you’d possibly like to go retro – why not bust out the Tagged Classic for it, or the VHS if you want to do it properly…

Show Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Image Credit: DailyDDT.com

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