Val Venis vs. Rikishi from WWF 2000

July 23, 2000
Dallas, Texas

Originally reviewed here.

This was a cage match for Val’s Intercontinental Championship.

WHY!?!?!?!?!?

It is hard to articulate how boring this match was to experience. Rikishi dominated for a bit. Val eventually got control. None of the escape teases got over. Val Venis’ charisma was apparently all stored in his hair, because this new short hair look made his incredibly vanilla. Val got busted open. Rikishi had Val pinned, but Val got his foot in the ropes. Apparently, that prevents a pinfall in a cage match? Rikishi kicked out of the Money Shot. Lita ran down to whip Trish after Trish prevented Rikishi from escaping. Back in the ring, Rikishi climbed to the top of the cage. Looking nervous as hell, he hit a splash off the top of the cage. There was a ref bump though, so there was no one to count the fall. As Rikishi was crawling out, Tazz hit him with a video camera. Val put a hand on Rikishi: 1…2…3

The Rikishi splash nearly saved the match (or at least redeemed it slightly), but that finish was absolutely terrible. The match was very boring until the final few minutes. Hard to believe this was a thing that actually happened.

Match Rating: *3/4

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