Jim Ross has given a very strong opinion on the booking of the six-man Hell In A Cell match which took place at WWE Armageddon 2000, calling it “desperation booking”.
Most memorable for the moment when Rikishi was thrown from the top of the steel structure by The Undertaker and landed on a flatbed truck, Kurt Angle would be victorious in the match which also included Triple H, The Rock and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.
Good Ol’ JR had the ringside view of the match from the commentary table, and has weighed in on the contest on a recent edition of his Grilling JR podcast.
Just in my opinion, the Hell in a Cell with six guys… an absolute debacle of booking. It’s desperation booking. We got no better ideas? We got no individuals who are totally hot, so we’re just gonna put everything in the stew? We got potato over here, carrot over here, we got some onions here, let’s put some sage in there… momma used to do that. They had no clue what they were cooking.
Ross continued his onslaught on the match by claiming that it was “token booking” for a number of the biggest WWE superstars at the time.
I remember the talents in that six-man match. Who’s gonna get the shine? Who’s gonna get over? It’s not about who goes over, it’s who gets over. I just thought it was overthought, overbooked… you can’t just go token booking with talents like Rock and Austin and Triple H. Even Kurt, to a lesser degree, at that time.
Rikishi also recently spoke about the match on Insight With Chris Van Vliet, and in particular taking the massive fall from the top of the cell.
I knew I wasn’t the person going over in that match, but I also thought, ‘What can I do to steal that away and have people talk about it years down the line?’ It was very nerve-wracking. I watched Mick Foley fall off and [he] could have died in any of those bumps. It was my time [to be thrown], and Undertaker was known for throwing people off [the cell]. I never knew that when my time came, it would be taking a bump backwards onto a steel flatbed truck. There’s no rewind from that.
He went on to discuss how he didn’t practice the drop beforehand, but Shane McMahon did.
Earlier Shane went up there and asked me if I want to practice it. I said no I just wanted to do it during show time. He went up there and walked me through it. He did it [the bump] a couple of times. When I got up there, I felt like I should have done it beforehand.
With thanks to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the initial transcriptions.