Not happy with the lack of love for Angle/Taker at SS 00. Underrated match. Liked it a ton on last watch:
The Undertaker Vs Kurt Angle - Survivor Series 2000
Love how they set up the screwy finish right from the start, with having Angle come out looking super confident, despite being afraid of The Undertaker leading up to the match. Its one of those small things that I never really noticed until this watch, but it helps make it a whole lot better in the long run.
Angle is the champ here, with his first title defence on PPV, on the same PPV that he made his debut on just one year ago. This is also the PPV where The Undertaker made his debut, 10 years ago, and would mark The Undertaker's first one on one title match since his return earlier in the year.
Before the bell even rings, Angle goes to the outside and remains there, circling the ring awaiting the best time to enter, while The Undertaker paces up and down the ring waiting for Angle to get in so we can start this thing. Angle doesn't seem to want to get in, so The Undertaker gives him an incentive to start the match; he brings in a steel chair and tells Angle to hit him with it!
Angle wastes no time in nailing the Dead Man with the chair, and the match can officially begin now! The Undertaker's mind games come into effect now, as he just stands back up after taking the chair to the back and numerous punches to the head, and stares right back at Angle before taking him to school.
Poor Angle keeps trying to make a come back, only to be stopped by the ever dominant Undertaker. A nice change from the usual WWF match, with the heel attempting a come back only to be constantly stopped by the face. Not only is it a nice change, but also makes sense given Angle's character and The Undertaker's character at the time.
Just like their Fully Loaded match, its the legs of The Undertaker that prove to be his weakness, and allow Angle to get back in control of the match, even if its just for a few seconds. The Undertaker brawls his way out of any leg attacks, and when Angle starts throwing his own bombs right back at him, he goes to the mat with an arm bar!
Edge & Christian show up, and we assume that this is the reason Angle is confident, as they distract the referee while Angle taps out to the arm bar.
Again, the legs of 'Taker play part in allowing Angle to regain control of the match, this time for a longer period of time.
The Undertaker fights out again, and lands a chokeslam, but again E&C are there to distract the referee, allowing Angle the time to recover. Its back to the legs of 'Taker for Angle, nice of him to keep going back to what works instead of going suplex crazy
The main theme of the match here seems to be that Angle cannot put The Undertaker down, as no matter what he does to the legs, no matter how often E&C interfere, the Dead Man keeps getting up and coming back. A perfect build to the finish IMO.
Angle keeps attacking the leg, and keeps trying to beat The Undertaker, but its just not happening. Angle knows he has a backup plan, but has been putting it off and putting it off, most likely in hopes of being able to beat 'Taker on his own. Its only when The Undertaker is about to Tombstone Angle that he finally realises he needs to go to plan B, so he rolls out of the ring, goes under the ring... and then we get the screwy finish with Eric Angle.
I remember liking this match, but I never thought it was as good as I do now. Its not a classic, and its far from their best match together, but its still fucking great. You have a great story going on throughout the match, starting with Angle being confident at the start despite not being during the build up to the match, E&C interfering, The Undertaker refusing to stay down, and finally Angle going with his backup plan when he realises nothing else will work.