OSR: WWE Fully Loaded 2000 Review
At the time of this event, Chris Benoit had being with the WWE for just over seven months but was already in the main event with The Rock making his impact. The Undertaker was back in the WWE, and gone was The Deadman gimmick. This time marked the early days of his “American Badass Gimmick”. And Stephanie McMahon at this time, was at the height of her storyline marriage to Triple H but the object of many WWE superstars desires. It certainly was an interesting time in the WWE. Surely this will be reflected in the WWE Fully Loaded 2000 Review. Lets find out in the next OSR…
The opening promo looks at the main matches for the evening, based on a roulette table. The theme looks at opportunity and one chance. We then go inside the Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX for the show. Our commentary team for the event are JR and The King. We then go to the ring for the first match of the event.
1. 6-Person Intergender Tag Team Match: T&A (Test and Albert) and Trish Stratus vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) and Lita
The history package is shown first which shows how will Trish played a heel back in the early days. It also looks at the injury inflicted to Lita by Trish, before both teams make their way to the ring.
The match is very back and forth, but physicality between Trish and Lita is continually teased. With some impressive spots but enjoyable match including Test taking out Lita. Ultimately, Lita picks up the win over Trish following a moonsault.
Winners: The Hardy Boyz and Lita
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
2. Tazz vs. Al Snow
Both men make their way to the ring, as the thuggish attitude of Tazz is reflected upon. The match gets underway, with it being very back and forth. They have a surprisingly enjoyable, short and solid match. This sees Tazz be victorious over Al when he utilizes the Tazzmission.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. WWE European Championship: Eddie Guerrero (c) (w/ Chyna) vs. Perry Saturn (w/ Terri)
Both participants make their way to the ring, with Chyna quickly going for Terri whilst taking at Saturn in the process. Eddie is fairly dominant throughout the match, but surprisingly Chyna is put through the announce table by Saturn. This then allows Saturn the win in an average match.
Winner: Perry Saturn, to capture the WWE European Championship
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE Tag Team Championship: Edge and Christian (c) vs. The A.P.A (Bradshaw and Faarooq)
The real highlight for this is the segments throughout the show where Edge and Christian try to get out of the match. It is a solid but uninteresting match, which is thankfully over very quickly when Edge and Christian get disqualified for using the tag team titles.
Winner: The A.P.A, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. WWE Intercontinental Championship – Steel Cage Match: Val Venis (c) (w/ Trish Stratus) vs. Rikishi
The match is really solid, with Rikishi having much of the control through the match. There are moments when Val has the momentum, which includes assistance from Trish slamming the door of Rikishi’s head. This though prompts the arrival of Lita to take her out.
With the match soon enough back within the control of Rikishi, he ascends to the top of the cage and takes Val out with a big splash. It seems he is going to win, but is ultimately unsuccessful after Tazz appears and nails him with a TV camera in an enjoyable match.
Winner: Val Venis, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
6. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle
The history package is shown first, which looks at Kurt first being scared of Taker before turning to mock his “American Badass Gimmick”. This match is heightened throughout the night where Taker is after Kurt, ultimately leading to Kurt nailing Taker with a wrench to the knee.
The match itself is underway quickly when Taker makes his way out whilst Kurt is making his entrance. Taker quickly takes it to Kurt with his striker nature. Kurt is able to use his technique to gain some control, but Taker is still successful in an average match following a Last Ride.
Winner: The Undertaker
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.o Stars
7. Last Man Standing Match: Chris Jericho vs. Triple H (w/ Stephanie McMahon)
The history package is shown which, started with Jericho kissing Stephanie. It then becomes quite intense between the pair with a great level of brutality. Ultimately, a Last Man Standing match is commissioned by the WWE Commissioner Mick Foley as we return to the arena.
Both men make their way to the ring, and it rapidly gets underway with Jericho taking it to Triple H. Triple H soon fights back, and goes for the injured ribs of Jericho as Steph looks on gleefully. The match continues momentarily with the Last Man Standing rule being pointless.
However, as Jericho fights back the stipulation comes into play. Triple H is soon busted open following a chair shot. The match continues, with then really going for it with Steph taken out by Jericho. Ultimately, Triple H is successful in this slow starting but cracking match.
Winner: Triple H
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
8. WWE Championship: The Rock (c) vs. Chris Benoit (w/ Shane McMahon)
The history package is shown for the match, which looks at how Benoit and Shane McMahon continually took out The Rock. Ultimately this led to the stipulation of the WWE Championship being changeable on a disqualification. We then return to the arena as both men make their way to the ring.
The match gets underway, and soon falls within the control of Benoit who uses his technical ability to take down The Rock. Benoit is able to maintain control, thanks in part to the continual interference from Shane at ringside.
At one point, Shane takes out the referee with a chair, which Hebner thinks is The Rock. This sees him DQ The Rock and Benoit seemingly become the new champion. However, Commissioner Mick Foley makes his way out, quickly restarting the match.
The restarted match quickly gets back underway with Benoit in control, but ultimately The Rock is successful following a Rock Bottom from nowhere to retain the WWE Championship. Very technical, solid match but nothing particularly memorable to standout.
Winner: The Rock, to retain the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5,0 Stars
Bolstering a triple main event, there is certainly some expectation from this event. Ultimately, it delivered on this event in some respects. The final match between The Rock and Chris Benoit was a very good solid, wrestling match. But there was nothing to make it standout in your memory and make you want to watch again and again. The match between The Undertaker and Kurt Angle on the other hand, was bitterly disappointing. It could have delivered so much more than it did. Arguably, this is the worst PPV match for Kurt Angle in his first year. That is unexpected. The Undertaker, generally the matches for him were poor because they didn’t generally deliver at this time.
The standout match from the triple main event was the Last Man Standing match. Whilst it started really slowly, it ultimately delivered in the aftermath and was a fantastic match between the pair. The catalyst of Stephanie McMahon played a vital role in delivering the chemistry of the match. Aside from these, the under card generally delivered with very solid matches. The shocking, standout moment from the event was Rikishi diving off the cage onto Val Venis.
This event is definitely worth watching. It is thoroughly enjoyable to watch. It is very consistent and flows very well throughout. For 9.99 on the WWE Network, totally worth the value.
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