There comes a time in every entertainment art form where even the most talented and successful have something new to prove to their audiences. At Judgment Day 2000, The Rock and Triple H would have to step up and succeed in a match type that only two men had ever competed in on a World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view.
They would compete in a one-hour “Iron Man” match and, unbeknown to fans across the globe, they would set the bar for every “Iron Man” match to follow.
Proving they could keep the audience’s attention for 60 minutes, Rock and Triple H proved to be elite sports-entertainment by utilizing different aspects of professional wrestling to craft a masterpiece. They brawled, exchanged technical wrestling holds, and manipulated traditional wrestling rules to tell the story they wanted.
With less-than a minute remaining, the two Superstars were tied. Shawn Michaels, the match’s special referee, had been taken down on the outside of the squared circle and D-Generation X and the McMahon family had hit the ring in an attempt to halt The Rock’s flurry of offense.
Then, “are you scared” sounded throughout the arena, Kid Rock’s “American Bad Ass” erupted over the PA system, and the Undertaker made his return, clearing the ring of DX and assaulting Triple H.
The chokeslam had been witnessed by a recovering Michaels and ultimately led to a victory for Triple H.
The Rock would leave Judgment Day without his World Wrestling Federation Championship but he would not leave with his head down. In one night, he proved that he had become the absolute, unquestioned top star in the industry.
For one hour, he had fans eating out of the palm of his hand. He held their attention and proved he was capable of participating in a match of that length.
With the summer of 2000 approaching, there may have been no single entertainer, period, as hot as The Rock. By the fall, however, his greatest professional rival would be back and a showdown between “The Great One” and "The Texas Rattlesnake” was looming large.