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Royal Rumble

Although the “Road to WrestleMania” is now on the immediate horizon, we’re not quite there just yet, folks. However, while annually kicking off the “Road to WrestleMania,” the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is rapidly approaching as such an event typically qualifies as one of the most — if not the single most — entertaining of the year. As a result, this week’s edition of FRS SLAM’s WWE Network Dive features none other than perhaps the best Royal Rumble of all time — Royal Rumble 2000.

The Rundown:

Event: Royal Rumble 2000

Location: Madison Square Garden

Date: January 23, 2000

Estimated Attendance: 19,231

Duration: 2 hours, 41 minutes

Lineup:

  • Tazz defeats Kurt Angle
  • The Hardy Boyz defeat The Dudley Boyz
  • Chris Jericho defeats Chyna, Hardcore Holly [Intercontinental Championship]
  • The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) defeat The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq) [Tag-Team Championship]
  • Triple H defeats Cactus Jack [WWF Championship]
  • The Rock defeats The Big Show [Royal Rumble Match]

Key Match To Watch:

Despite the fact that this pay-per-view featured arguably the best Royal Rumble match of all time, the pay-per-view as a whole is also arguably one of the most memorable ever as well. For that reason, although it pains me a little, the key match to watch this time around is not the main event but rather the event’s opening match.

While slated to take on “an unnamed opponent,” the undefeated Kurt Angle was ultimately matched up against a superstar making his WWF debut — Tazz! Upon entering the ring alongside Angle, Tazz kicked off his WWF tenure with a bang en route to victory while simultaneously ending the Olympian’s impressive stretch of wins. Of course, this match kicked off Royal Rumble 2000 in classic fashion, but also put the talents of both superstars on full display in addition to properly setting the tone for the rest of the evening at Madison Square Garden.

This is a must-watch match, as is this entire pay-per-view if we’re being honest. As a result, it is only fair to anoint an honorable mention “key match to watch” as The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz squared off in the first-ever Tag-Team Tables Match directly after Tazz’s defeat over Angle.

Why Royal Rumble 2000?

With the WWE currently in between major pay-per-views, it is only right to take a look back at one of the best events of all time to help us make our way toward the end of the 2017 slate. However, with 2018’s installment of the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view now just around the corner, it is never too early to begin preparing for what many believe to be the best event of the year. Generally speaking, while the Royal Rumble match cannot be equalled, it is hard to imagine the 2000 version of such a bout ever being surpassed. Perhaps it also helps that watching this historic event live and in person at the world-famous Madison Square Garden ultimately pushed me to making such a selection this week.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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