Alternative History
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WWF Royal Rumble was a 2000 professional wrestling event put on by the World Wrestling Federation. It was the 14th annual Royal Rumble event, the 1st event of 2000 and the 121st event overall in the alternate WWF timeline. Emanating from Madison Square Garden in New York City, the main event was the annual 30-Man Royal Rumble Match itself, with the winner receiving a WWF title match at Wrestlemania. Other matches on the card included a Street Fight for the WWF Title between Triple H and Cactus Jack, a Tables Match for the Tag Team Titles between The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz, and the WWF debut of Tazz against the undefeated Kurt Angle.

Prelude

The main storyline heading into the Royal Rumble was the Ascendance of Triple H and his new wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley as the "McMahon-Helmsley Regime", with the power couple becoming the de facto rulers of the WWF. The first order of business was Triple H reclaiming the WWF title from Mankind, doing so on an episode of Monday Night Raw. He then added insult to injury, firing Mick Foley on that same episode of Raw, further humiliating him by forcing his wife and children to appear on Smackdown and beg for their father's job back (only to deny them this, all out of cruelty). Foley would eventually be rehired, after The Rock led a locker room walkout against the Regime on Raw, with Foley being granted a WWF title match at the Royal Rumble as well. Foley himself agreed with Triple H that "Mankind didn't have what it took" to face him in a Street Fight, reverting instead to his more "sadistic" Cactus Jack persona instead to set up the match.

The annual Royal Rumble match was the other centerpiece of the event, with the winner going on to Wrestlemania XVI (titled Wrestlemania 2000 for marketing purposes) in Los Angeles to challenge for the WWF Title. The Rock was considered the heavy favorite going in, until he was viciously attacked by The Regime as a result of his rabble rousing in getting Foley his job back. The Rock had to defeat The New Age Outlaws in a Handicap Match just to qualify for the Rumble, and he was also beatdown by The Big Show following this victory. Other contenders were The Big Show, the newly repackaged Rikishi, and the returning Big Red Machine Kane. A "Feast or Famine" match was also held on the Sunday Night Heat episode prior to the Royal Rumble between D'Lo Brown and Bad Ass Billy Gunn, with the winner receiving the #30 spot in the Rumble and the Loser getting the #1 spot.

The Hardy Boyz had shocked the Tag Team Champion New Age Outlaws at Armageddon, but were faced with a new challenge at the Royal Rumble in the form of the table happy Dudley Boyz. Bubba Ray and D-Von had debuted in September and run roughshod through most of the WWF's tag team division, using their signature Dudley Death Drop (or a top rope powerbomb) to put opponents through tables left and right. This continued in the runup to the Royal Rumble, with the Dudleys putting the Hardy's new valet, former Women's Champion Lita, through a table on an episode of Smackdown. This led the Hardys challenging the Dudleys to a Tables Match with the Tag Team Titles on the line, with the only way to win to put both opponents through a table.

Since his debut, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle had been undefeated in WWF competition, easily dispatching most of the opponents put in his path. His arrogant, self-important attitude didn't endear himself to the WWF fans, who turned on Angle despite his being an "Olympic Hero." Undeterred (or seemingly oblivious to) by this, Angle issued an open challenge to anyone in the WWF to try and end his undefeated streak at the Royal Rumble. This challenge would be answered by the debuting Tazz, the former ECW Champion, who was making his debut with the company.

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Results

No. Results Stipulations Time
FFA Bad Ass Billy Gunn d. D'Lo Brown by Pinfall Feast or Famine Singles Match 8:20
1 Tazz d. Kurt Angle by Referee Stoppage Singles Match 8:00
2 The Hardy Boyz [Matt & Jeff Hardy] (c) d. The Dudley Boyz [Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley] in a Tables Match Tables Match for the WWF Tag Team Titles 16:30
3 Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley Won the Miss Royal Rumble Pageant Special Segment Match 11:00
4 Chris Jericho (c) d. Al Snow by Pinfall Singles Match for the WWF Intercontinental Title 13:30
5 Triple H (c) d. Cactus Jack by Pinfall Street Fight for the WWF Championship 20:07
6 The Rock Won the Royal Rumble 30-Man Royal Rumble Match 63:25

Royal Rumble Order

No Entrant Eliminated by
1 D'Lo Brown Rikishi
2 Grandmaster Sexay Rikishi
3 "The Lethal Weapon" Steve Blackman Rikishi
4 Faarooq Rikishi
5 Scotty 2 Hotty Rikishi
6 Rikishi The Big Show
7 Al Snow Chris Jericho
8 Hardcore Holly The Rock
9 Road Dogg The Rock
10 Tommy C Rikishi
11 Kidman The Big Show
12 The Rock WINNER
13 Crash Holly The Big Show
14 Sabu Crash Holly
15 Joey Abs The Rock
16 Juventud Guerrera Kidman
17 Bradshaw The Big Show
18 Test Bradshaw
19 Chris Jericho The Big Show
20 The Big Show Kane
21 X-Pac Bradshaw
22 The Godfather Kane
23 The Big Boss Man X-Pac
24 Kane The Rock
25 Taka Michinoku The Big Show
26 Edge Chris Jericho
27 Christian X-Pac
28 Val Venis Edge
29 Essa Rios The Rock
30 Bad Ass Billy Gunn The Rock

Aftermath

The Rock would be forced to defend his WWF Title Shot at No Way Out against The Big Show by the McMahon-Helmsley Regime, after The Big Show defeated him on an episode of Monday Night Raw. Triple H would also once again face Cactus Jack, this time in a Hell in a Cell match with Mick Foley's career also on the line. Kurt Angle would claim that he was never actually beaten by Tazz (rather he was afflicted with an illegal chokehold) and so was technically still undefeated, feuding with the Human Suplex Machine as he also chased after Chris Jericho's Intercontinental Title. X-Pac's return seemingly made him an ally against the Regime, but he once again rejoined with them instead, allying with the New Age Outlaws in a growing feud with the unlikely trio of Too Cool and Rikishi.

The WWF would also be shaken by the sudden debut of three defecting WCW stars in Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero, who would form the trio known as The Radicals.

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