The Rock Role at Summerslam 2000

The main event of Summerslam 2000 is highly regarded for the memorable love triangle between Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle. Leading up to the biggest event of the summer, Kurt Angle affections for McMahon intensified. This, added to the fact that Triple H had just come off a feud with Chris Jericho where he had to defend his wife honour made Triple H more likeable. He would have to continue to defend his wife honour, by reminding Angle that Mrs McMahon was actually Mrs McMahon-Helmsley. 

But what is forgotten and an added factor that isn’t needed when looking back is the involvement of The Rock and the WWE Championship. The main event of Summerslam didn’t need the mix of both, the love triangle was big enough to establish itself on its own. Chris Benoit had just come off a strong showing with The Rock at Fully Loaded and while Benoit tangled with Chris Jericho at Summerslam, this match could have easily been a triple threat match with The Rock added to create a WWE Championship Match. This would have lead to a singles match between Triple H and Kurt Angle which would have been a bigger match than their Unforgiven bout where the fire had started to diminish in their feud.  

The problem at the time seemed that WWE were unsure or unwilling to pull the trigger on a Triple H face turn and instead dragged their heels even though the crowd wanted to cheer the cerebral assassin defending his wife against Kurt Angle advances. The Rock was completely wasted at this event and is overshadowed by the love triangle. The principle example being the Smackdown go home show before Summerslam, Kurt kisses Mrs McMahon-Helmsley. Then, the whole show at Summerslam is evolved around the kiss and not the championship title being on the line.

WWE would have been better off putting The Rock against Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho in a triple threat match and having the Game against the Olympic hero separate. In conclusion it’s another big miss that is looked at with tinted glasses from the attitude era and a moment where it could have been so much better.

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