Lee Maughan: From the First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA. Hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.
Right to Censor vs. The Dudley Boyz & The APA
Very basic eight-man here as everyone bar Steven Richards takes a brief turn on offence before the heels get the heat on D-Von, which is about as thrilling as it sounds when you consider that the RTC squad is basically just made up of guys who never really caught on either as workers or personalities in their previous gimmicks (the Godfather for example was extremely over but pretty much sucked in the ring, while Val Venis’ big push over the summer as a serious wrestler saw him go absolutely nowhere, even with Trish Stratus by his side and the Intercontinental Title around his waist). In all fairness, you’d hardly waste useable talent on such a limited gimmick that exists entirely to grind Vince McMahon’s axe, when lukewarm bodies will do.
Inevitably, it all breaks down into a big eight-man brawl until Richards pops in from behind and levels Bubba with the Stevenkick, giving Val the pin. Annoyingly, the Dudleys and the Acolytes then get all their heat back by killing Richards, polishing him off with a superbomb through a table, thus negating the story of the match entirely, that being everyone wanting to get their hands on him and him being too cowardly to get in the ring. What a pointless way to blow your load so quickly on Richards getting his comeuppance, which is what you’d expect the ultimate payoff to the whole RTC thing to have been.
Final Rating: *½