Royal Rumble 2000 was the first WWF ppv of 2000 and it is certainly one of the best. The match card is stacked with a lot of great matches including Triple H defending WWF Championship against Cactus Jack in a brutal street fight match.
Royal Rumble 2000 took place on January 23, 2000 at Madison Square Garden in New York. This ppv is also the 100th ppv overall produced by WWE. There were a total of six matches contested in the event.
Match Card, Winners and Star Rating
Kurt Angle vs Tazz
The event kicked off with Kurt Angle facing a mystery opponent. Kurt angle spoke to the audience before the match and then as a opponent of Kurt Angle Tazz made his WWF debut. Despite the match being short it was still a big one considering this is where Tazz broke the undefeated streak of Kurt Angle.
Winner – Tazz
Star Rating – 2 stars
The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) vs The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) – Tag Team Tables Match
This is one of the matches that makes Royal Rumble 2000 special as Hardy Boyz goes up against The Dudley Boyz in a first ever Tag Team Tables Match. The match is filled with top notch action and some of the most extreme moments.
Winner – The Hardy Boyz
Star Rating – 3.25 stars
Chris Jericho (c) vs Chyna (c) vs Hardcore Holly – WWF Intercontinental Championship
The third match of the ppv was a triple threat match between co-champions Chris Jericho and Chyna vs Hardcore Holly. It was a decent match with Chris Jericho retaining his title.
Winner – Chris Jericho
Star Rating – 1.25 stars
The Acolytes (Faarooq and Bradshaw) vs New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gun) – WWF Tag Team Championship
Only thing I liked about this match was the New Age Outlaws signature speech before the match.
Winner – New Age Outlaws
Star Rating – DUD
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Triple H vs Cactus Jack – Street Fight for the WWF Championship
In the fifth match of the ppv Triple H faced Cactus Jack in a street fight for the WWF title. This was just brutal with Triple H and Cactus Jack going to war with each other. Chair Shots, Barbed Wire two-by-four, Broken Announcement Table, Thumbtacks this match had it all. This match is truly one of the best hardcore matches in WWE.
Winner – Triple H
Star Rating – 4.5 stars
30-Man Royal Rumble Match – Winner gets a WWF Championship Match at WrestleMania
Finally the main event, the match was just decent and it didn’t feel like anyone else other than The Rock and Big Show were going to win it. The match only got interesting when it came down to final four contestants Kane, X-Pac, The Big Show and The Rock.
Winner – The Rock
Star Rating – 2.75 stars