The World Wrestling Federation's King of the Ring production is an annual pay-per-view extravaganza, and this summer 2000 edition features a one-night tournament, a few bizarre matches (such as one weird tussle between tw... more »o aging wrestlers, both of them male, attired in evening gowns), and a six-man tag team match to decide the WWF championship. As would be expected, there are also plenty of interviews with the wrestlers, and some backstage soap opera action. The crowd at Boston's Fleet Center joyously boos its lungs out when egged on by heels like Kurt Angle, a muscle-bound Eddie Haskell who can't let anyone forget he won a real Olympic gold medal. What's billed as a "Handicap Table Dumpster Match" involving the Dudley Boyz features the villainous brothers being beaten senseless with metal folding chairs and stuffed into a Dumpster filled with garbage. But that hardly ends things. "Those Damned Dudleyz" soon escape their purgatory in the Dumpster and deliver nasty chair shots of their own to their stupefied opponents. The big match that concludes the three-hour event involves Triple H, the Undertaker, the Rock, Kane, and two members of the McMahon family, Shane and Vince, and has plenty of plot twists, betrayals, and even some interludes of wrestling before one man finally stands supreme. --Robert J. McNamara« less
Chris Honaker | Elizabethtown, Kentucky United States | 02/08/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I don't see how so many people could enjoy watching this crap! This is the second worst ppv of 2000 behind No Mercy! I know if it was just me, but it seemed like the tournament was so predictable that Kurt would prevail. In the tourament, Y2J and Benoit were elimanated before Crash Holly! What kind of crap is this?!?! The finals between Angle and Rikishi was decent. The hardcore evening gown match between Patterson and Brisco was horrible, this was an absolute waste of time and I was so happy crash came in and stopped the match when he did!!! The table-dumpster match was boring too! If you want to see a real dumpster match, get wrestlemania 14 and watch Mic Foley as Catcus Jack and Terry Funk vs The new age outlaws! The only highlight to this dumpster match was seeing Tori get wood. The main event was absolutely pointless! It was a six man tag and whoever pin the other guy on the opposing team was the heavyweight champion. The only highlight in this match was seeing Undertaker chokeslam shane thru the table from the top rope. Say what you want to about the 1999 King of the ring main event where Stone Cold fought the McMahons for complete ownership of the company, but at least that match made sense where this one obviously did not! I thought 1999's KOTR was way better than this!!! If you want to buy a 2000 ppv, get SummerSlam or Royal Rumble, if you want to get a KOTR ppv, get 1998 or 1999's but please not this!!! However, it is your money."
King of the Ring 2000
syxxxxxx | Hartford, CT | 09/30/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"King of the Ring 2000 was nothing special, but then again, this event has a history of failing to deliver. The tournament itself was poorly booked. Despite Jericho/Angle and Guerrero/Venis delivering the goods, we got less than five minutes of Chris Benoit, and the final match between Angle and Rikishi was also very short. Had the brackets been arranged better, we might have gotten a five-star match between Jericho and Benoit. The main event was solid at best, with lots of brawling, with the only real highlight being the insane bump by Shane at the end of the match. Probably the second or third best King of the Ring since it's conception in 1993. Ranks right up there with 1997 and 1994."
Not the King of PPVs
R.A. McKenzie | New York | 07/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This PPV exemplifies an event that's not bad, but not good --- it's stuck in a joyless void. There is some fun to be had, but the talent in this PPV should've brought more of it.
NOTE - Because this PPV happened 5 years ago, I will reveal match outcomes.
*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** King of the Ring Quarter-Finals Rikishi vs. Chris Benoit ---This was actually getting really good before Benoit decided he was too good for the Tournament and got DQ'd. Sure, the royalty aspect was silly, but now Rikishi is an underdog. Only one underdog has won the KOTR (Bret Hart in 1993). Savio Vega lost in '95, Jake Roberts in '96, and Rikishi probably will lose here. Let's see later if I'm right. "5.0 out of 10" (a good 4 minutes while it lasted)
Eddie Guerrero vs. Val Venis ---I'm surprised how much I liked this one. Guerrero and Venis had great in-ring chemistry here. The match was well-paced, and features some nice suplexes and reversals. Interference from Chyna and Trish Stratus was good fun too. My favorite match of the PPV. "8.0 out of 10"
Crash Holly vs. Bull Buchanan ---This match didn't do it for me. I never bought Crash Holly as a performer, and I probably never will. He's gutsy and resilient, but that's not enough for me. Buchanan was much better than he ever got credit for, but he didn't get to do much here. Mediocre at best. "4.0 out of 10"
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho ---Everyone was anticipating this one, since these two had great matches at NO WAY OUT and WRESTLEMANIA. I thought this was a downgraded version of what we'd seen before, but it's still a very solid technical showdown. "7.5 out of 10" *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Elimination Match for the Tag Team Championships Edge & Christian vs. T&A vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Too Cool (champions) ---After E/C delivered another hilarious 5-second pose, we got to see one of the night's best matches. T&A were good as the powerhouses they were, while The Hardyz and E/C were resilient and risk-takers as usual. Too Cool, a team I rarely liked, actually weren't too bad here. My only problem is that hey didn't do anything until it was down to 2 teams. Still, a very solid fast-paced Elimination Match. "7.5 out of 10"
*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** King of the Ring Semi-Finals Rikishi vs. Val Venis ---Easily the better of the two Semi-Final matches. Venis and Rikishi always fought very stiff, just like their FULLY LOADED Steel Cage Match the next month. Too bad Venis ruined the ending like Benoit did by ambushes Rikishi after their good match. Well, let's see if underdog Rikishi still has a shot. "7.0 out of 10"
Crash Holly vs. Kurt Angle ---Angle was in good form here, as he always is, and Crash was a little better here. His wily tactics weren't enough for the Gold Medalist, but at least Angle was refined enough to give us as good a show as possible. "5.0 out of 10" *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Evening Gown Match for the Hardcore Championship Gerald Brisco vs. Pat Patterson (champion) ---This is one of the most bizarre matches in WWF/WWE history, especially for a Hardcore Title match. I'm not sure who's idea it was, but I actually found this one to be very funny. It's not a good match, but one had to admire the balls (or stupidity) of veterans Brisco and Patterson. Crash Holly kind of ruined the ending for me, but his 24/7 advantage was a nice twist. "6.0 out of 10" (most will rate it lower)
3-On-2 Handicap Table/Dumpster Match D-Generation X vs. The Dudley Boyz ---DX had to win a Dumpster Match, while The Dudleyz were wrestling a Table Match. Whoever could get the job done first would be the victors. This a good match with some nice moves, plus nothing feels fake here, except for maybe Tori's finish. What's missing was a classic spot or two. The overall match was very good, but it could've used an "Oh My God" moment. "7.0 out of 10"
King of the Ring Finals Match Kurt Angle vs. Rikishi ---Well, did Rikishi pull it off? No, unfortunately he maintains that underdogs rarely win Tournaments. However, he did put up one hell of a fight! I actually thought he won with his sit-down pin, but Angle kicked out of nowhere. Surprise moments like false finish made this a very good KOTR Finals Match. I wish the coronation ceremony would've occurred tonight, instead of the following RAW. After all, we did sit through an 8-Man Tournament. Regardless, Rikishi and Angle did themselves proud tonight. "7.5 out of 10"
WWF Championship Shane and Vince McMahon & Triple H (champion) vs. Kane, The Undertaker, & The Rock ---Now this is a huge disappointment! What a slow Tag Team match! Not to mention that The Rock and Triple H were competing for the WWF Title for the 4th PPV in a row! And the title switched for the 3rd month in a row...without Triple H actually being pinned. Vince McMahon was pinned...how hard was that? Kane was not in good form here, and could've been better. The Undertaker was fine but didn't have much to work with except his new image (which only goes so far). The Rock was up to his usual antics, which rarely entertained me back in 1999-2000. Shane McMahon and Vince cheated a lot, but big surprise there! Yes, I get the joke that they're not great wrestlers, but it's only so funny for so long. Now the final minutes of the match are chaotic and very good, but the 20-minute buildup brought so many yawn-inducing situations that I just stopped caring. What a dull main event! "3.0 out of 10"
The DVD Extras include the same "match backgrounds" that you see in the PPV. However, it also gives a good background on when the King of the Ring Tournament started with 16 wrestlers. But seeing how the end turned out, I gotta say that I narrowed the winner to 3 of them advanced to the Semi-Finals. I felt this PPV kept toying with me and saying "It's gonna get better, we're giving you a little taste for now..." Well, there was some good stuff, but it ultimately made no difference in WWF/WWE history. I'm giving this 3 stars because there's no 2.5, and what's here is good enough...just not for a purchase."
Not as good as expected
R.A. McKenzie | 11/18/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This Pay-Per-View was OK. Not it's a good rainy day PPV good. Just OK Saturday night good.
KOR Quarterfinals:Chris Benoit vs. Rikishi---2/10
Val Venis vs. Eddie Guerrero---7/10
Crash vs. Bull Buchanan---6/10
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho---8/10Fatal Four-Way Elimination Match For WWF Tag Team Titles:Too Cool vs. Edge & Christian vs. the Hardy Boyz vs. T&A---8.5/10King of the Ring Semifinals:Rikishi vs. Val Venis---4/10
Crash vs. Kurt Angle---5/10Evening-Gown Match For Hardcore Title:
Pat Patterson vs. Gerald Brisco---1.5/10Handicap Table Dumpster Match:Road Dogg & X-Pac & Tori vs. the Dudley Boyz---7/10King of the Ring Finals:Rikishi vs. Kurt Angle---6/10Three-on-three Tag-Team Match for the WWF Title:Triple H & Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon vs. The Rock & Undertaker & Kane---7.5/10"
KURT ANGLE BECOMES KING.
MATT | 06/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
KING OF THE RING QUATERFINAL CHRIS BENOIT AWFUL ENDING. RIKKISHI WINS BY DQ. MATCH RATING: 4/10
KING OF THE RING QUATER FINAL EDDIE GUERRO(R.I.P.) VS VAL VENIS IT WAS ACUTALLY GOOD AND MUTCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. VENIS WINS. MATCH RATING: 7.5/10 KING OF THE RING QUATERFINALS
KING OF THE RING QUATERFINAL CRASH HOLLY VS BULL BUCHANAN IT WAS NOT A GOOD MATCH. CRASH WINS. MATCH RATING: 3/10
KING OF THE RING QUATERFINAL CHRIS JEHRICO VS KURT ANGLE NICE!!!! ANGLE WINS. MATCH RATING: 8/10
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TOO COOL(CHAMPIONS) VS TEST AND ALBERT VS THE HARDY BOYS VS EDGE AND CHRISTAN. IT WAS A GOOD TAG MATCH. EDGE AND CHRISTAN WIN. MATCH RATING: 7/10
RIKKISHI VS VAL VENIS DECENT MATCH. RIKKISHI WINS. MATCH RATING: 6/10
KURT ANGLE VS CRASH HOLLY SHORT AND OK ANGLE WINS. MATCH RATING: 4/10
EVENING GOWN MATCH FOR THE HARCORE CHAMPIONSHIP PAT PATERSON(CHAMPION) VS GEARLD BRISCO STUPID MATCH!!!!! CRASH HOLLY WINS. MATCH RATING: O/10
DUMPSTER TABLES MATCH THE DUDLEY BOYS VS X-PAC, THE ROAD DOG, AND TORI NICE MATCH BUT THEY DIDNT USE ENOUGH WEAPONS. X-PAC, TORI, AND ROAD DOG WIN. MATCH RATING: 8.5/10
KING OF THE RING FINALS KURT ANGLE VS RIKKISHI GOOD BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. ANGLE WINS. MATCH RATING: 7/10
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP THE ROCK, THE UNDERTAKER, AND KANE VS HHH(CHAMPION),VINCE MCHMAON, AND SHANE MCMAHON AWSOME MATCH!!! THE ROCK WINS. MATCH RATING: 9/10
A DECENT PPV WITH SOME GOOD MATCHES. IT IS WORTH WATCHING."