WrestleMania 2000 was the sixteenth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on April 2, 2000, at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. Lilian Garcia sang the national anthem.


Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • The most dysfunctional family in sports entertainment imploded in December 1999 after Stephanie McMahon's faux marriage to HHH turned real. As a result, Vince McMahon recruited The Rock, Shane McMahon recruited Big Show, and even Linda McMahon recruited a recently retired Mick Foley for the main event. There were a bunch of confusing events leading up to it, including Big Show winning the Royal Rumble but it was awarded to The Rock and the triple threat main event happening on an episode of Monday Night Raw weeks before WrestleMania.
  • Kurt Angle defeated Val Venis for the WWF European Championship and then he beat Chris Jericho for the WWF Intercontinental Championship to become the second "Euro-Continental" champion. His manager Bob Backlund signed him into a title defense with two-falls, each for a different championship. Angle immediately fired him.
  • While the tag division had been dominated by the New Age Outlaws for many prior years, new teams were on the rise, specifically Edge & Christian and the Hardys who captured the fans' approval in an October 1999 ladder match. To maximize on that match, a tag team title match was booked amongst those two teams and the Dudley Boyz (who beat the Outlaws for the titles at No Way Out before WrestleMania) in a Triangle Ladder Match.
  • The Radicalz appeared in the WWF on January 31, 2000, after gaining popularity in WCW and ECW. Amongst other rivals, Too Cool were one of the first teams to cross them in a memorable 10-man tag match. Eddie Guerrero set his sights on Chyna, and the six-person tag match became a reasonable means of settling the conflicts.
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Additional NotesEdit

  • By April 2000, the "2000" distinction had been overexposed in popular culture, so most of the promotions for this event were simply for "WrestleMania," although most fans still recognize it as "WrestleMania 2000" in chronological reviews of the event's legacy (conversely, and WWE Magazine will often list it as "WrestleMania XVI").
  • Although the event abandoned its "WrestleMania 2000" banner, THQ/AKI released its first WWF video game in October 1999 under that title.
  • Aside from being the first four-hour WWF event, the WWF offered a "WrestleMania All-Day" feature with detailed recaps of each of the prior 15 events leading up to the event. The entire program ran about 10 hours.
  • The Rock hosted Saturday Night Live a couple weeks before WrestleMania 2000. The opening sketch featured HHH, Mick Foley, Big Show, and Vince McMahon with Vince convincing the other men not to attack Rock during the show citing that any one of them may be asked to host SNL one day, before taking the signature quote: "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" This was the first time SNL promoted WrestleMania since the first one.
  • Due to a lingering neck injury, Stone Cold Steve Austin missed most in-ring action in the year 2000 after headlining WrestleMania XIV and WrestleMania XV. In his first autobiography Have A Nice Day, Mick Foley said that he wanted to bring back Cactus Jack to put over Triple H and then turn heel to have a headlining spot against Austin at WrestleMania 2000. Obviously, these plans were before his decision to retire.

The AftermathEdit

  • HHH lost the title to The Rock at Backlash (with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the guest referee), then regained at Judgment Day (with Shawn Michaels as guest referee), then lost it again to The Rock at King of the Ring in a six-man tag match.
  • Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho traded the WWF Intercontinental Championship a couple times before Rikishi beat Benoit for the title.
  • Chris Jericho lost the WWF European Championship to Eddie Guerrero the following night on RAW when Chyna sided with Eddie Guerrero.
  • Edge & Christian won and lost the WWF Tag Team Championship numerous times, often involving the Hardy Boyz and/or the Dudley Boyz. All three teams met in TLC rematches at SummerSlam and the following year's event.
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