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November 23, 2000 / TJ Hawke

The Rock vs. William Regal from WWF Smackdown TV 2000

 

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Regal was the European Champion, but Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler were very clear about this match not being about that title. It was for PRIDE.

 

Rock was running through Regal early on. Rikishi walked out onto the apron, which distracted the Rock. Regal attacked Rock, but Rock managed to send Regal to the floor. Regal came back though. He sent Rock into a ringpost, and they then brawled into the crowd.  They brawled around the ring, until Regal brought him back into the ring to get the heat.  Rock came back with his leaping lariat, but Regal came right back with a back suplex.  Rock then came back with a DDT, and he then trash talked Rikishi. Rock got a nearfall with a belly-to-belly suplex.  Rock hit a dragon screw legwhip, and he then locked in the sharpshooter. Regal immediately tapped out!

 

Rock gave Regal a Rock Bottom for good measure after the match.

 

This was a really fun TV match! The crowd was into both men, and they just went out and delivered a brief, but energetic match.

Match Rating: **3/4

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