Triple H PPV Matches : 2000 (part one)
RR 00 vs Cactus Jack : *****
NWO 00 vs Cactus Jack : **** 1/2
WM 2000 vs Big Show vs Mick Foley vs The Rock- : ****
Backlash 00 vs The Rock : **** 1/4
Judgment Day 00 vs The Rock- : **** 1/2
INX 2000 vs Shane Mcmahon vs The Rock : ** 3/4
KOTR 00 w Mcmahons vs Rock/Taker/Kane : ** 1/4
First of all, let's talk about the two Foley matches. The Street fight at the rumble was one of the greatest matches of all time, period. There isn't much to say about it that hasn't already been said, as I believe that this COULD be Triple H's AND Foley's best match, and also the greatest street fight of all time. It was brutal, the atmosphere was electric, and the storytelling and psychology were as deep as any other match that I've ever seen. Couple that with the fact that the match was extremely intense and technically sound and you have a recipe for not just my MOTY for 2000, but one of the greatest matches EVER. The HIAC with Foley was awesome as well, and an all time classic in it's own right. The only problems it really has is that it isn't as good as the first encounter in 2000 between the two (think of it like Punk-Cena at MITB and SS). The storytelling was awesome, the brutality was off the charts, and once again Hunter bumped around the ring like a madman for Foley, making him look amazing in his "retirement match".
The Wrestlemania match is met with alot of criticism for being too overbooked, too sloppy, and unnecessary because it SHOULD have just been HHH vs The Rock like we got at Backlash. I personally LOVE the four way elimination match, as a HUGE chunk of it was just Rock vs HHH anyways, with Show not being in it for long, and Foley being rewarded with a main event slot for his work in the past. I thought it was a perfect example of an out of control match that spills all over the place and is full of mayhem. When I did my rankings of every Wrestlemania main event in history, This match came in at number 10 because I feel that alot of people don't rate this for what it is, and mainly rate it unjustly because they feel the main event of Wrestlemania shouldn't be so overbooked. I loved it, and the surprise of HHH winning made it THAT much better for me.
The two Rock singles matches are fucking awesome as well. The Backlash match between the two is awesome, with Rock putting on one of his best performances that I've ever seen. The back and forth action between the two coupled with the big fight atmosphere and good psychology made this one an instant classic. This is just as good if not BETTER than the HHH/Austin match from a few months prior that used a similar attitude era formula, except this one had more of that huge atmosphere to it. The double rock bottom through the announce table and the return of Stone Cold puts the icing on the cake for this one. The Judgment Day match was FANTASTIC, and in my opinion the GREATEST Ironman match of all time (coming from somebody who watches Rude-Steamboat about a week ago). The way that these two pace this match is amazing, as they work an absolute breathtakingly fast pace the entire time, keeping the entire 60 minutes fun as hell. This is the ANTI-WM 12 match, as it's not boring or dull at all, with tons of limb work being executed by both men, and the logic of weaker-non-finisher moves gaining pins after the match goes on and on being genius. You also have the return of the Undertaker and HHH's cerebral assassin strategy to get Disqualified so he can work on The Rock some more (copied by Kurt-Brock in 03 of course
) to complete this match. The best Rock-HHH match in my book, and an all time great performance by both men.
The European PPV bout between Shane and HHH and Rock wasn't the best match I've seen out of Hunter, but it was just a fun match between a bumping machine (Shane) , a technical master (Hunter), and an entertainment mastermind (The Rock). It was very fun to see just how The Rock was going to escape this match with his title, with greed overpowering Shane Mcmahon causing what should have been an easy HHH title victory, and turning it into a Rock win. The KOTR match was pretty mediocre for a big time main event, but ONCE AGAIN Hunter's performance isn't to blame as he is the clear MVP of this tag match. The match really lacked in drama, and it seemed like 4 out of the 6 competitors in the match (barring Hunter and Taker) just really didn't care. Shane was pretty awesome at the beginning doing his thing, but the match quicky degenerates downward. Not a BAD match by any means, but definitely the bottom of the barrel for Triple H in the year 2000.
So half the year is over and we have 5 out of 7 matches that are ****+ ? Yeah, it wasn't like this was one of the best years for a performer EVER or anything. Can't wait to watch the Jericho, Angle , and Benoit matches.