TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 04/20/00 Review (Rock vs. Jericho, Triple H vs. Tazz)

I’m back for another WWF in 2000 review. The storylines were really heating up in April 2000 and the matches were starting to improve on television as well. Here’s the synopsis on WWE Network: “WWE Champion Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley abuse their power going into Backlash. Plus, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and many more.”

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–01.06.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 01.06.00

The McMahon Helmsley Era lay down the law to D-X to start, since they failed to get Rock fired on RAW. So X-Pac faces Big Show, and he’s not happy with that. HHH points out that he beat Big Show single-handedly on RAW, so shut up. Billy Gunn gets to face the Acolytes in a handicap match so he can soften them up for Royal Rumble. And hey, HHH is putting his title up in the main event against the winner of a random draw.

Taped from Orlando Jordan, FL

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–12.30.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 12.30.99

OK, back to the McMahon-Helmsley Era as we close out 1999. Honestly the Nitro ’97 rants do such ungodly huge numbers that I should probably just do those 7 days a week.

Previously on RAW, Mick Foley lost a Pink Slip on a Pole match to the Rock, thus ending his employment: https://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2018/11/10/the-smark-raw-rant-12-27-99/

Taped from Richmond, VA

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–12.23.99

The SmarK Rant for WWE Smackdown – 12.23.99

Earlier today, Mick Foley assembles the locker room for a speech, rallying the troops against the McMahon-Helmsley Era and all the damage that they’re doing. Although he did think the Topless match was pretty cool. But worst of all, no one needs seven Mean Street Posse segments in one show. Stephanie butts in, however, and declares that she’s no longer listening to HHH and this is her show from now on. So it’s a Clipboard Smackdown, as Steph makes Mankind v. Big Show for the WWF title, plus Rock v. Al Snow in a cage, and Test v. Road Dogg. Well there’s one rebellion quelled!  If only the Hunger Games had been that easy to deal with.

Taped from Dallas, TX

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–12.16.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 12.16.99

So HHH and Stephanie remain in charge this week, because HHH didn’t yet hate working Thursdays. They actually spend the first 5:00 of the show recapping RAW, so you know stuff happened.

HHH and Steph are running a roster meeting to start, and Steph has switched from leather pants to leather skirt today. HHH promises that those who have been held down, will be given their chance to shine. And all the silver platters will be taken away! So yes, we’ll have Al Snow v. Mick Foley and Rock v. Big Show tonight. It’s the MCMAHON-HELMSLEY ERA! That’s cool, it was a pretty good era.

Taped from Florida State University, or “Tallahassee” for those us who don’t work for the WWF. So weird how they only name certain cities by campus. The show was a sellout of 6500.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–12.02.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 12.02.99

So here we go with the replacement for Heat here on the blog, as we’ll do 1999 RAW during the week and then Smackdown on Sundays.

Now, to do what I do best and make it about me: I have no recollection of what the TV situation for this show was in Canada, but I definitely was recapping it for someone for the first few episodes. Maybe CBS Sportsline? UPN was definitely available in Canada, if you subscribed to the movie channels or had…other means…which we definitely did in the days before digital cable ruined it for hard-working Mexican electronics exporters the world over. So I probably watched it. But I don’t remember.

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