About a week ago I went into the wrestling time machine and took a redo on another event from wrestling's past. I decided that with Wrestlemania coming up in 39 days it'd be fun to show how I would've done some Wrestlemania's better then they were done at the time. Again the point of this series it to redo a specific event that I feel could've been done better then it was and not booking over a long period of time like previous series had been focused on.
One of the major changes I made to Wrestlemania 2000 from the outset was cutting the random tag team matches, and the "catfight" between The Kat and Terri. I would replace the random tag matches with a #1 contender tag team battle royal which the APA would win and it would lead to a tag match against Edge & Christian later that month at Backlash. For the next few weeks Edge & Christian would hide in fear from the APA after brawling together the night after Backlash and getting their asses handed to them. Edge & Christian would hold onto the championships keeping the titles for a little while changing the perception of how titles viewed in the company. For those who may not remember at this time WWE loved hot shooting their championships which prevented many title reigns having any meaning.
In the build up to Wrestlemania I would change the European Title match on the March 13 episode of Raw instead of a Triple Threat it would be a Fatal Four Way. The reason for this is because of the March 6 edition of Raw when Jericho and Angle fought for the Intercontinental Championship and it ended in DQ. In my opinion, this would open the door for Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle to have a 2 out of 3 Falls Match at Wrestlemania for the gold. This way this could allow Jericho and Angle to have the spotlight in their Wrestlemania debuts. As for the European Championship, Mark Henry would be included in the Fatal Four Way and be given the championship. Fast forwarding to Wrestlemania Henry would defend the European title against Chris Benoit on the card. The reason for this is two fold and both have to with being able to spotlight the championship and giving these two their moment.
As far as canning the "cat-fight" segment it is something that belongs on a weekly program and not on the biggest event of the year. Fact is this would be the first Wrestlemania without Vince Russo & Ed Ferrera writing WWE and I know that at this time Vince McMahon was one for long term planning, but this show could've been where things started to change for the better slowing down making the little things matter again. One thing I would hope to accomplish with this booking is trying to reestablish the European Championship as a title that can stand alone which is another reason I would give Chris Benoit the championship as giving the title to someone who matters would help rehab the struggling championship.
Note: If you want to look at the initial article click here and remember that Wrestlemania should always be he biggest card of the year. This will be one of the many ways I am hyping up this year's card and stay tuned for which Wrestlemania I will redo next.
For Wrestlemania this year we are going to be doing something a little different this year where we look back at Wrestlemania's of the past that if given the chance I would change. It's time to show how I would redo Wrestlemania 2000 and if you'd like to see my first redo from earlier this month click here. Check out the actual card from Wrestlemania 2000:
WWF Wrestlemania 2000
Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan Def. (Pin) D-Lo Brown & The Godfather
15 Minute Hardcore Battle Royal (13 Man) WWF Hardcore Title
Albert & Test Def. (Pin) Al Snow & Steve Blackman
Christian & Edge Def. Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy, Bubba Ray Dudley (C) & D-Von Dudley (C) Triple-Threat Tag Team Ladder WWF Tag Team Titles
Terri Runnels Def. The Kat Referee: Val Venis "Catfight"
Chyna & Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty Def. (Pin) Dean Malenko & Eddie Guerrero & Perry Saturn 6-Person Tag
Chris Benoit Def. (Pin) Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle (C) Triple-Threat WWF Intercontinental Title
Chris Jericho Def. (Pin) Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle (C) Triple-Threat WWF European Title
Kane & Rikishi Def. (Pin) Road Dogg & X-Pac
Triple H (C) Def. (Pin) Mick Foley, The Big Show, The Rock Fatal 4-Way Elimination WWF World Heavyweight Title
The first thing I would eliminate is the random tag team matches that are really just filler on the show and serve no real purpose. One thing that I've learned is that if something is one a PPV it should be special and not some run of the mill match that could be seen on regular programming. The running joke with Wrestlemania 2000 is that WWE really tried to get everyone on the event instead of making the card the best it possibly could be. The other match I would take off the card is the "Catfight" between Terri & The Kat even though there "match" was the only one on one contest on the show.
The opening match of the show would be a 14 man tag team Battle Royal winning team will challenge the Tag Team Champions in a month at Backlash to give time for something develop. I tried to pull someone out of the Hardcore Battle Royal to give them a bit more of a spotlight, but all I really did was move the APA from one Battle Royal to another. Other than that there really isn't much to change, because if you eliminate the matches that don't matter and serve no purpose and replace them with matches that actually have some stakes then it improves the quality of the show, because it makes fans less likely to tune out of the event.
Wrestlemania 2000: Redo
15 Minute Hardcore Battle Royal: won by Hardcore Holly
Includes- Hardcore & Crash Holly, Mean Street Posse, Viscera, Tazz, Kaientai, Conquistador Uno & Dos, Headbangers, and Mideon
WWF European Championship Match:
(c) Mark Henry vs Chris Benoit
14 Team Battle Royal to Crown #1 Contenders:
Won By APA
WWF Intercontinental Championship Match: 2 out of 3 Falls
(c) Kurt Angle vs Chris Jericho
The Kat & Terri segment here: Both are out with a T-Shirt gun and shoot shirts for the fans but then Terri gets jealous after a fan doesn't want a shirt from her and wants The Kat instead. Terri attacks The Kat and the fight ensues with Kat getting the better letting her do her thing and make the fans happy.
Triple Threat Tag Team Ladder Match for WWF Tag Team Titles:
(c) Hardy Boys vs Dudley Boys vs Edge & Christian
Chyna, and Too Cool vs Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Perry Saturn
Four Corners Elimination Match: WWF Championship Match
(c) Triple H w/ Stephanie McMahon vs The Rock w/ Vince McMahon vs Mick Foley w/ Linda McMahon vs The Big Show w/ Shane McMahon
Note: Like last time stayed tuned for Part 2 where I explain my decision making and why I would've booked Wrestlemania 2000 the way I chose to work it out. Reminder this year's Wrestlemania is 45 days away and counting.
WWF The Main Event
Randy Savage Def. (CO) Honky Tonk Man (C) WWF Intercontinental Title
Andre The Giant Def. (Pin) Hulk Hogan (C) WWF World Heavyweight Title
Rick Martel (C) & Tito Santana (C) Def. (Pin) Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart WWF Tag Team Titles
Looking back to the spring of 1987 specifically Wrestlemania III saw the dream match of Andre The Giant vs Hulk Hogan take place. The biggest part of this match was when Hogan finally slammed Andre the Giant changing wrestling. It took almost a year for WWE to let Andre & Hogan meet again, but when they did they shook wrestling to it's core once again. The reason that this special event sticks out is that this event saw the legendary referee switch that saw Earl Hebner switch places with his brother Dave Hebner during the match to fast count Hulk Hogan. It was reveled that Earl Hebner had been paid off by Ted DiBiase to make sure Hulk Hogan would lose.
Following the final pin-fall by Andre The Giant he would almost immediately sell the World Title to Ted DiBiase in a shocking post match turn of events. Within a couple of weeks though then WWF President Jack Tunney would officially vacate the World Title from Ted DiBiase saying that the World Title can't be purchased and can only be won in the ring this would set up the legendary tournament that took place at Wrestlemania IV. Somewhere along the way even the smaller events had a purpose and helped build to bigger events as they should, but the real question is why did it change?