2000 in professional wrestling

2000 in professional wrestling describes the year's events in the world of professional wrestling.

List of years in professional wrestling

List of notable promotionsEdit

These promotions held notable shows in 2000.

Promotion Name Abbreviation Notes
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre CMLL
Extreme Championship Wrestling ECW
Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling FMW
i-Generation Superstars of Wrestling i-Gen
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide AAA The "AAA" abbreviation has been used since the mid-1990s and had previously stood for the promotion's original name Asistencia Asesoría y Administración.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling NJPW
World Championship Wrestling WCW
World Wrestling Council WWC
World Wrestling Federation WWF
World Xtreme Wrestling WXW

Calendar of notable showsEdit

JanuaryEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
January 4 NJPW Wrestling World 2000 Tokyo, Japan
January 5 FMW New Year Generation 2000: Day 1 Tokyo, Japan
January 9 ECW Guilty as Charged Birmingham, Alabama
January 16 WCW Souled Out Cincinnati, Ohio
January 23 WWF Royal Rumble New York, New York [1]

FebruaryEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
February 20 WCW SuperBrawl 2000 San Francisco, California
February 25 FMW Cluster Battle 2000: Day 5 Tokyo, Japan
February 27 WWF No Way Out Hartford, Connecticut

MarchEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
March 5 AAA Rey de Reyes Naucalpan, Mexico
March 11 N/A Second Annual Rikidozan Memorial Show Yokohama, Japan
March 12 ECW Living Dangerously Danbury, Connecticut
March 17 CMLL Juicio Final Mexico City, Mexico
March 19 WCW Uncensored Miami, Florida [2]
March 27 FMW Winning Road 2000: Day 1 Tokyo, Japan

AprilEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
April 2 WWF WrestleMania 2000 Anaheim, California [3]
April 11 FMW Winning Road 2000: Day 11 Tokyo, Japan
April 14 CMLL 44. Aniversario de Arena México Mexico City, Mexico
April 16 ECW Wrestlepalooza St. Charles, Missouri
April 16 WCW Spring Stampede Chicago, Illinois
April 16 WXW Gary Albright Memorial Show Allentown, Pennsylvania
April 22 ECW CyberSlam Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 30 WWF Backlash Washington, D.C.

MayEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
May 5 FMW FMW 11th Anniversary Show Tokyo, Japan
May 5 NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Fukuoka, Japan
May 6 WWF Insurrextion London, England
May 7 WCW Slamboree Kansas City, Missouri
May 14 ECW Hardcore Heaven Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 21 WWF Judgment Day Louisville, Kentucky
May 25 N/A Third Annual Brian Pillman Memorial Show Cincinnati, Ohio

JuneEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
June 11 WCW The Great American Bash Baltimore, Maryland
June 16 FMW Neo 2000: Day 14 Tokyo, Japan
June 23 ECW Midwest Massacre Tour I Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 24 ECW Midwest Massacre Tour II Villa Park, Illinois
June 25 WWF King of the Ring Boston, Massachusetts

JulyEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
July 5 AAA Triplemanía VIII Tokyo, Japan
July 9 WCW Bash at the Beach Daytona Beach, Florida
July 16 ECW Heat Wave Los Angeles, California
WWC WWC 27th Aniversario Caguas, Puerto Rico
July 23 WWF Fully Loaded Dallas, Texas
July 28 FMW King of Fight 2000 II: Day 9 Tokyo, Japan
July 30 i-Gen i-Generation Superstars of Wrestling Sydney, Australia

AugustEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
August 7–13 NJPW G1 Climax Tokyo
August 13 WCW New Blood Rising Vancouver, British Columbia [4]
August 19 ECW A New Era Begins Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 25 ECW Mid-town Massacre Tour I New York, New York
August 26 ECW Mid-town Massacre Tour II New York, New York
August 27 WWF SummerSlam Raleigh, North Carolina
August 28 FMW Super Dynamism 2000: Day 4 Tokyo, Japan

SeptemberEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
September 17 WCW Fall Brawl Buffalo, New York
September 24 WWF Unforgiven Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 26 FMW Flashover 2000: Day 8 Tokyo, Japan
September 29 AAA Verano de Escándalo Ciudad Madero, Mexico
September 29 CMLL CMLL 67th Anniversary Show Mexico City, Mexico

OctoberEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
October 1 ECW Anarchy Rulz Saint Paul, Minnesota
October 7 ECW Beer, Blood, Babes and Barbed Wire Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 22 WWF No Mercy Albany, New York
October 29 FMW Power Splash 2000: Day 11 Tokyo, Japan
October 29 WCW Halloween Havoc Paradise, Nevada

NovemberEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
November 5 ECW November to Remember Villa Park, Illinois
November 12 FMW Deep Throat Yokohama, Japan
November 16 WCW Millennium Final Oberhausen, Germany [5]
November 19 WWF Survivor Series Tampa, Florida
November 26 WCW Mayhem Milwaukee, Wisconsin
November 28 FMW Scramble Survivor 2000: Day 8 Tokyo, Japan

DecemberEdit

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
December 2 WWF Rebellion Sheffield, England [6]
December 3 ECW Massacre on 34th Street New York, New York
December 8 AAA Guerra de Titanes Ciudad Madero, Mexico
December 10 FMW Year End Sensation 2000: Day 4 Tokyo, Japan
December 10 WWF Armageddon Birmingham, Alabama [7]
December 15 CMLL Sin Piedad Mexico City, Mexico
December 17 WCW Starrcade Washington, D.C.
December 20 FMW Year End Sensation 2000: Day 6 Tokyo, Japan
December 23 ECW Holiday Hell Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accomplishments and tournamentsEdit

AAAEdit

Tournaments Winner Date won Notes
Rey de Reyes Abismo Negro March 5

ECWEdit

Tournaments Winner Date won Notes
ECW World Television Championship Tournament Super Crazy March 12
ECW World Tag Team Championship Tournament The Unholy Alliance (Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck) August 25

WCWEdit

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
WCW World Tag Team Championship Tournament David Flair and Crowbar January 3
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Tournament TAFKA Prince Iaukea February 20
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Jeff Jarrett April 16
WCW United States Championship Tournament Scott Steiner April 16
WCW World Tag Team Championship Tournament Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell April 16
WCW United States Championship Tournament Lance Storm July 18
WCW Hardcore Championship Tournament Reno October 2
London Lethal Lottery Tag Team Tournament Scott Steiner and Sting November 10
European Cup Tournament Sting November 16

WWFEdit

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
Royal Rumble The Rock January 23 Last eliminated the Big Show to win a WWF Championship match at WrestleMania 2000, but was unsuccessful in winning the title.
King of the Ring Kurt Angle June 25 Defeated Rikishi in the tournament final to win and be crowned King of the Ring.

Awards and honorsEdit

Pro Wrestling IllustratedEdit

Category Winner
PWI Wrestler of the Year The Rock
PWI Tag Team of the Year The Hardy Boyz
(Matt and Jeff Hardy)
PWI Match of the Year The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (WrestleMania 2000)
PWI Feud of the Year Triple H vs. Kurt Angle
PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year The Rock
PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Kurt Angle
PWI Comeback of the Year Rikishi Phatu
PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year Steve Corino
PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Booker T
PWI Rookie of the Year Kurt Angle
PWI Woman of the Year Stephanie McMahon
PWI Editor's Award Freddie Blassie

Wrestling Observer NewsletterEdit

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of FameEdit

Inductee
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Mick Foley
Shinya Hashimoto
Akira Hokuto
Bill Longson
Frank Sexton
Sándor Szabó

Wrestling Observer Newsletter awardsEdit

Category Winner
Wrestler of the Year Triple H
Most Outstanding Chris Benoit
Best Box Office Draw The Rock
Feud of the Year Mick Foley vs. Triple H
Tag Team of the Year Edge and Christian
Most Improved Kurt Angle
Best on Interviews The Rock

Title changesEdit

ECWEdit

ECW World Heavyweight Championship
Incoming champion – Mike Awesome
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 13 Taz ECW on TNN Taz had signed with the World Wrestling Federation following his title loss to Mike Awesome on September 19, 1999. However, Awesome unexpectedly signed with World Championship Wrestling in 2000 while still being champion and threatened to bring the title onto WCW TV. As a result, Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon arranged for Taz to return to ECW and defeat Awesome for the title.
April 22 Tommy Dreamer CyberSlam
Justin Credible Credible threw down his half of the ECW World Tag Team Championships to challenge Dreamer
October 1 Jerry Lynn Anarchy Rulz
November 5 Steve Corino November to Remember This was a Double Jeopardy match also involving Justin Credible and The Sandman.
Incoming champion – Rob Van Dam
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
March 4 Vacant N/A Vacated due to injury
March 12 Super Crazy Living Dangerously
April 8 Tajiri ECW on TNN
April 22 Rhino CyberSlam
August 26 Kid Kash ECW on TNN
September 9 Rhino ECW on TNN
Incoming champions – Tommy Dreamer and Raven
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 9 Impact Players
(Justin Credible and Lance Storm)
Guilty as Charged
February 26 Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka Hardcore TV #358
March 4 Mike Awesome and Raven ECW on TNN
March 12 Impact Players
(Justin Credible and Lance Storm)
Living Dangerously
April 22 Vacant CyberSlam
August 25 The Unholy Alliance
(Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck)
ECW on TNN
August 26 Full Blooded Italians
(Little Guido and Tracy Smothers)
ECW on TNN
December 3 Danny Doring and Roadkill Massacre on 34th Street

NJPWEdit

Incoming champion – Genichiro Tenryu
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 4 Kensuke Sasaki Wrestling World 2000
October 9 Vacant N/A
Incoming champions – Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
July 20 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
N/A
Incoming champion – Jushin Thunder Liger
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
July 20 Tatsuhito Takaiwa Summer Struggle 2000
October 29 Minoru Tanaka Get a Right!!
Incoming champions – Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
June 25 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka Summer Struggle 2000

WCWEdit

Incoming champion – Bret Hart
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 16 Vacant Souled Out Bret Hart vacated the title when he was forced to withdraw from the main event of WCW's Souled Out due to his injuries
Chris Benoit Defeated Sid Vicious in a Singles match for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship with Arn Anderson as special guest referee
January 17 Vacant Nitro Vacated when Benoit left the company due to disagreements
Due to the circumstances surrounding Benoit's departure WCW refused to acknowledge Benoit's victory as an official title reign, and Benoit's title reign was not listed in the title lineage at WCW.com.[8] However, the WWF recognized Benoit's title win, and Benoit's title reign is still listed in the title lineage at WWE.com.[9] Benoit spent the next few weeks in Japan before heading to the WWF, who acknowledged his WCW World Heavyweight Championship win and presented him as a former world champion.[10]
January 24 Sid Vicious Defeated Kevin Nash in a Singles match for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship
January 25 Vacant Thunder Nash stripped Sid of the championship
Kevin Nash Defeated Sid Vicious in a Singles match for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Sid Vicious
April 10 Vacant Nitro When WCW began its New Blood angle, Sid (along with all the other WCW champions at the time) was stripped of his championship
April 16 Jeff Jarrett Spring Stampede Defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship
April 24 Diamond Dallas Page Nitro
April 25 David Arquette Thunder
May 7 Jeff Jarrett Slamboree
May 15 Ric Flair Nitro
May 22 Vacant
Jeff Jarrett
May 23 Kevin Nash Thunder
May 29 Ric Flair Nitro
Jeff Jarrett
July 9 Booker T Bash at the Beach
August 28 Kevin Nash Nitro
September 17 Booker T Fall Brawl
September 25 Vince Russo Nitro
October 2 Vacant
Booker T
November 26 Scott Steiner Mayhem
Incoming champion – Madusa
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 16 Oklahoma Souled Out
January 18 Vacant Thunder
February 20 The Artist SuperBrawl 2000
March 30 Billy Kidman House show
March 31 The Artist House show
April 10 Vacant Nitro
April 16 Chris Candido Spring Stampede
May 15 Crowbar and Daffney Nitro
May 22 Daffney Nitro
June 6 Lieutenant Loco Thunder
July 31 Lance Storm Nitro
August 14 Elix Skipper Nitro
October 2 Mike Sanders Nitro
December 4 Chavo Guerrero, Jr. Thunder
Incoming champion – Jeff Jarrett
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 16 Vacant Souled Out Vacated due to injury
January 17 Jeff Jarrett Nitro
April 10 Vacant Nitro
April 16 Scott Steiner Spring Stampede
July 9 Vacant Bash at the Beach
July 18 Lance Storm Nitro
September 22 Terry Funk House show
September 23 Lance Storm House show
October 29 General Rection Halloween Havoc
November 13 Lance Storm Nitro
November 26 General Rection Mayhem
Incoming champion – Norman Smiley
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 12 Brian Knobs Thunder
February 7 Bam Bam Bigelow Nitro
February 20 Brian Knobs SuperBrawl 2000
February 28 Shane Helms, Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore Nitro
March 19 Brian Knobs Uncensored
April 10 Vacant Nitro
April 16 Terry Funk Spring Stampede
May 22 Shane Douglas Nitro
May 23 Terry Funk Thunder
June 5 Eric Bischoff Nitro
June 6 Big Vito and Johnny the Bull Thunder
June 19 Big Vito Nitro
July 24 Lance Storm Nitro
August 14 Carl Ouellet Nitro
August 14 Norman Smiley Nitro
September 25 Vacant Nitro
October 2 Reno Nitro
November 8 Crowbar Thunder
December 17 Terry Funk Starrcade
Incoming champion – Vacant
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 16 Jim Duggan Saturday Night
April 10 Retired Nitro
Incoming champions – Vacant
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 3 David Flair and Crowbar Nitro
January 18 The Mamalukes
(Big Vito and Johnny the Bull)
Thunder
February 12 The Harris Brothers
(Ron and Don Harris)
House show
February 13 The Mamalukes
(Big Vito and Johnny the Bull)
House show
March 19 The Harris Brothers
(Ron and Don Harris)
Uncensored
April 10 Vacant Nitro
April 16 Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell Spring Stampede
May 15 KroniK
(Brian Adams and Bryan Clark)
Nitro
May 30 Perfect Event
(Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo)
Thunder
July 9 KroniK
(Brian Adams and Bryan Clark)
Bash at the Beach
August 13 Dark Carnival
(The Great Muta and Vampiro)
New Blood Rising
August 14 The Filthy Animals
(Rey Misterio Jr. and Juventud Guerrera)
Nitro
September 18 Vacant Nitro
September 25 Sean O'Haire and Mark Jindrak Nitro
October 9 Misfits in Action
(Lieutenant Loco and Corporal Cajun)
Thunder
October 9 Sean O'Haire and Mark Jindrak Thunder
November 16 The Boogie Knights
(Alex Wright and Disco Inferno)
Millennium Final
November 20 Perfect Event
(Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo)
Nitro
November 26 The Insiders
(Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash)
Mayhem
December 4 Perfect Event
(Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo)
Nitro
December 17 The Insiders
(Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash)
Starrcade

WWFEdit

Incoming champion – Big Show
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 3 Triple H Raw Is War
April 30 The Rock Backlash
May 21 Triple H Judgment Day
June 25 The Rock King of the Ring
October 22 Kurt Angle No Mercy
Incoming champion – Chris Jericho
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 3 Chris Jericho and Chyna Raw Is War
January 23 Chris Jericho Royal Rumble
February 27 Kurt Angle No Way Out
April 2 Chris Benoit WrestleMania 2000
May 2 Chris Jericho SmackDown!
May 8 Chris Benoit Raw Is War
June 20 Rikishi SmackDown!
July 4 Val Venis
August 27 Chyna SummerSlam
September 4 Eddie Guerrero Raw Is War
November 21 Billy Gunn SmackDown!
December 10 Chris Benoit Armageddon
Incoming champion – Gillberg
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 8 Essa Rios Sunday Night Heat
March 13 Dean Malenko Raw Is War
April 17 Scotty 2 Hotty Raw Is War
April 25 Dean Malenko SmackDown!
Incoming champion – The Kat
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 31 Hervina Raw Is War
February 1 Jacqueline SmackDown!
March 28 Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley SmackDown!
August 21 Lita Raw Is War
October 31 Ivory SmackDown!
Incoming champion – Val Venis
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 8 Kurt Angle SmackDown!
April 2 Chris Jericho WrestleMania 2000
April 3 Eddie Guerrero Raw Is War
July 23 Perry Saturn Fully Loaded
August 29 Al Snow SmackDown!
October 16 William Regal Raw Is War
December 2 Crash Holly Rebellion
December 4 William Regal Raw Is War
Incoming champions – The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 27 The Dudley Boyz
(Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
No Way Out
April 2 Edge and Christian WrestleMania 2000
May 29 Too Cool
(Grand Master Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty)
Raw Is War
June 25 Edge and Christian King of the Ring
September 24 The Hardy Boyz
(Matt and Jeff Hardy)
Unforgiven
October 22 Edge and Christian No Mercy
October 23 The Hardy Boyz
(Matt and Jeff Hardy)
Raw Is War
November 6 Right to Censor
(Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather)
Raw Is War
December 10 Edge and Christian Armageddon
December 18 The Rock and The Undertaker Raw Is War
December 19 Edge and Christian SmackDown!
Incoming champion – Big Boss Man
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 17 Test Raw Is War
February 22 Crash Holly SmackDown!
March 13 Pete Gas Raw Is War
March 13 Crash Holly Raw Is War
April 2 Tazz WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Viscera WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Funaki WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Rodney WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Joey Abs WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Thrasher WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Pete Gas WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Tazz WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Crash Holly WrestleMania 2000
April 2 Hardcore Holly WrestleMania 2000
April 3 Crash Holly Raw is War
April 11 Perry Saturn SmackDown!
April 11 Tazz SmackDown!
April 11 Crash Holly SmackDown!
April 24 Matt Hardy Raw Is War
April 25 Crash Holly SmackDown!
May 6 The British Bulldog Insurrextion
May 11 Crash Holly SmackDown!
May 15 Godfather's Ho Raw Is War
May 15 Crash Holly Raw Is War
May 18 Gerald Brisco SmackDown!
June 12 Crash Holly Raw Is War
June 19 Gerald Brisco Raw Is War
June 19 Pat Patterson Raw Is War
June 25 Crash Holly King of the Ring
June 27 Steve Blackman SmackDown!
July 2 Crash Holly House show
July 2 Steve Blackman House show
August 21 Shane McMahon Raw Is War
August 27 Steve Blackman SummerSlam
September 24 Crash Holly Unforgiven
September 24 Perry Saturn Unforgiven
September 24 Steve Blackman Unforgiven
December 22 Raven Raw Is War

DebutsEdit

  • Uncertain debut date

RetirementsEdit

DeathsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hart would participate in several matches from 2010–2011 which involved minimal physical risk but 2000 is considered his official retirement.

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Millennium Final". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
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  8. ^ "World Heavyweight Champion and WCW/NWA Title History". WCW.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved October 20, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  10. ^ "Chris Benoit". WWE.com. Archived from the original on August 2, 2002. Retrieved October 23, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  18. ^ "Wrestler dies on British tour". BBC. 24 October 2000. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Third time charm for Bischoff?" MikeMooneyham.com "A coroner has attributed fluid in the lungs as the reason for the death of former WWF champ Yokozuna (Rodney Anoia) last October while the 750-pound Yoko was on tour in Liverpool, England. It originally had been reported that he died of heart failure."