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COULD ROYAL RUMBLE 2000 BE THE BEST WWE SHOW OF ALL TIME, FOLEY'S ROLE IN MAKING HHH, TAZ'S WWE PUSH AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2020-01-23 10:00:00

So, the anniversary of the 2000 Royal Rumble is coming up and is it me, or could this have been the most perfect WWE show ever?  Taz debuts to a massive pop and gives Kurt Angle his first loss, The Dudleys and The Hardys kill it in an awesome Tables match, Mick Foley legitimizes Triple H in their match and the Rumble is just awesome and fun.  Am I wrong?

I think such a thing is subjective, but I truly think that if we are going to start lining up lists of the best WWE PPVs ever, this HAS to sit at the top of the list in the upper echelon somewhere.  I remember just loving this show as much as you do now. 

The Streetfight with Foley and HHH pretty much made HHH for life, but I don't feel Foley gets the credit he deserves for it.  Am I crazy for thinking that?

No, you are dead on that Foley legitimized Triple H that night.  WWE had worked really hard to get HHH over starting with the build to Summerslam 1999, which is where "The Game" moniker came in, but I would 1000% agree with you that the Foley match is what put Triple H well over the top.  I don't think Mick gets enough attention or respect from today's audience for what he did to get Triple H and then later, Randy Orton, over to the masses.

Looking back, what the hell happened with Tazz there?  He received a massive pop and the fans were chanting his name even before he was revealed.  It was a license to print money and it went nowhere.  Why?

Taz has talked about this a number of times on his radio show over the years.  When he appeared that night, he was the ECW Taz, which WWE didn't create.  They wanted a version of Taz in their own image and they broke him down to rebuild him and never really found their way back to whatever they had to begin with.  Lightning was in the bottle that night and it was lost.  Taz getting a bad shoulder injury also took him out for some time, but it all worked out in the end for him as he was eventually transitioned over to announcing, which has given him a lot of post-wrestling success in radio and led him back in to do AEW.  Still, there's zero doubt that WWE flubbed that push.

If you had to pick what headlines Wrestlemania 36 right now, without celebrity involvement or The Rock popping up, what is it?

I would go with Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch, Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre, Keith Lee vs. Adam Cole and Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns as my top four matches.

The XFL starts in a few weeks.  How long before we see WWE talents at the games like the old days?

It depends on how badly the XFL needs them to get attention.

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