Friday, March 27, 2009

'Mania Match of the Day #16

WrestleMania 2000
Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho – Two Fall Triple Threat Match – 6

This is the WrestleMania debuts for all three men. The first fall of the match is for the Intercontinental Title and the second fall is for the European Title. Angle gets jumped while he’s de-belting and here we go. This should be non-stop action all the way through. Jericho gets knocked off the top rope and eats the Spanish announce table. What is it with those guys that seems to attract people to their table? I know it’s not Hugo Savinovich’s good looks! There are no rest holds being applied at all as this just seems to be a giant conglomeration of spots and suplexes. Benoit is on his game as usual and just obliterates people with his clotheslines and chops. Angle hooks a nice chicken wing submission on Jericho but Benoit breaks it up. Angle gets tossed into the crowd and Benoit pins Jericho to win the first fall. The second fall starts immediately and Benoit goes for the quick win. There is a nice tease of a triple suplex spot but it ends up being Benoit suplexing Jericho rather painfully to the mat. Angle misses a picture perfect moonsault. Jericho wins the final fall by hitting a Lionsault on Benoit. Everybody’s moves were very crisp except for the small foul up Benoit had on a German suplex bridge. One thing that really hurt the score was the length of the match. They did good for the time they were allotted but had they been given another ten, this could’ve bordered on “8” territory.

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