Barbed wire. Thumbtacks. Broken tables. Extreme imports making their debut. The Rock standing tall. Elderly women undressing themselves. Well, except for that last one, the aforementioned elements would generally combine to make for a pretty damn good show. In the case of the 2000 Royal Rumble, they made for a damn great show.
With no shortage of excellent events in the year 2000 (Backlash, Judgment Day, and SummerSlam immediately come to mind as all-timers), the Royal Rumble still manages to stand out among the fray. Between Tazz's debut (loudly welcomed by the New York ECW fans) and WWE's first-ever table match between the Hardyz and the Dudleyz, you couldn't have asked for a wilder start.
The most memorable match of the evening was certainly Triple H's WWE Championship defense against Cactus Jack in a street fight. It was still up for question whether or not Helmsley could be accepted as a true top heel, but he justified his push with a gutsy, bloody performance that raised the bar for violence in WWE rings. If ever an existing champion had a break-out match, it was that night in the Garden.
The Rock winning the Royal Rumble match put a nice ribbon around a bona fide classic event, one that would resonate for years among WWE fans.
Here are ten facts about the 2000 Royal Rumble you may not have known.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.