On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 23, 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired their annual ‘Royal Rumble’ event LIVE on PPV from the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
The ending of this Royal Rumble match was actually botched by the final 2, as The Big Show’s feet were supposed to touch the ground first, but as it happens sometimes when you’re LIVE, you have no second chance to make it right, so The Rock’s feet touched the arena floor first, hence The Big Show would’ve been the winner here, but the WWF just didn’t show that angle (until weeks later on RAW), so The Rock was announced the official winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble match and is still listed as such in the record books.
The match finish can be watched here:
Below are the results:
• Tazz defeated Kurt Angle
• Tables match
The Hardy Boyz defeated The Dudley Boyz
• Undisputed WWF Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho (c) defeated Chyna (c) and Hardcore Holly
• WWF Tag Team Championship
The New Age Outlaws (c) defeated The Acolytes
• Street Fight – WWF Championship
Triple H (c) defeated Cactus Jack
• The Rock won the Royal Rumble match