Archive for the ‘2005’ Category

1. United States Championship
Orlando Jordan (c) vs. Chris Benoit

25 seconds….
Grade: DUD

 

2. Matt Hardy vs. Edge w/Lita

Story goes as the following, Matt Hardy & Lita were a known couple within the WWE. Ironically, Matt suffered a twist of fate as his longtime girlfriend had an affair with his close friend, Edge, JERRY! JERRY! JERRY! Kidding aside, this happened in real life and it got Matt fired and once he returned they made it into a storyline. For all the hype and expectations this was a huge let down because of how short it was. No excuse for that.
Grade: D+


3. Ladder Match for Custody of Dominick

Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero

Eddie & Rey lost the Tag Team titles and as a result, Guerrero turned on Mysterio and beat him to a bloody pulp. As their friendship dissolved and their hatred intensed, it is revealed that Rey’s son Dominick is in fact Eddie’s illegitimate child who gave him up to Mysterio. In the process, this match was conceived since a social worker took Dominick till this matter is resolved. Guerrero & Mysterio pulled another fantastic match, not as amazing as their WrestleMania 21 match but it was very solid nonetheless. Despite the far-fetched story, this will go on the history books as another written chapter in the legacy of the rivalry from across the border.
Grade: B

 

4. Kurt Angle vs. Eugene w/ Christy Hemme

Kurt Angle is an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling and takes a lot of pride in it. He comes up with a concept in which a local wrestler from wherever town he’s at wrestles him and gives his gold medal to whoever lasts 3 minutes with him. After dozens of people have tried to no avail until Eugene returned from a knee injury and lasted the specified time with Angle , thus winning his gold medal. This lead to this match for pride & bragging rights. It was fun but at this point Eugene’s matches were far from being any good and felt more like segments.
Grade: D

 

5. The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton

This is a re-match from WrestleMani 21. Orton was drafted back to the SmackDown! brand and made his presence noticed by not letting bygones be bygones by attacking the Deadman. This match went pretty good overall, they used a lot of psychology working on a different body part. The only downfall here is that Cowboy Bob Orton was involved but it’s understandable for the benefit of the feud.
Grade: B

 

6. WWE Championship
John Cena (c) vs. Chris Jericho

Cena as the WWE Champion is now on proving ground ever since being drafted to the Raw brand early that summer. The champion was first welcomed to the red show by Chris Jericho and it seemed fitting having go against one another. Thankfully, it was a total success as both had very good chemistry with Jericho playing the crowd throughout the whole match. Cena definitely knew he had to kick it up a notch if he was gonna be respected.
Grade: B-

 

7. World Heavyweight Championship
No Hold Barred Match

Batista (c) vs. John Bradshaw Layfield

Batista came back to SmackDown! with his World title and JBL was declared the #1 contender. They had their match at the Bash end in a DQ so they had a second match this time on SummerSlam, this time everything is legal. This was actually quite fun to watch as this was type of match was right up JBL’s alley and Batista is open to all kinds of situations. It felt like two bulls in a duel to the death with bragging rights was the prize. It was stiff, brutal and hell of entertaining.
Grade: C+

 

8. Shawn Michaels vs. Hulk Hogan

Where should I start for this one? Throughout all 2005, they’ve been teaming up together facing baddies like Muhammad Hassan, Carlito & Kurt Angle. During an after-match celebration, Michaels pulled the trigger and BAM! tooked down the Icon with a Sweet Chin Music.  The mind games played by Michaels were definitely shoots and really gotten into everyone’s head, referencing politics and the Montreal Screw-job. This dream match became a reality on SummerSlam and let everyone quite satisfied. Say what you want to say about Hogan but no one can’t deny that he has unlimited charisma and will always get a positive reaction despite his critics and it solidly proves he is the greatest superstar in professional wrestling history. This one went all the way and “old-timers” stole the show with the crowd eating their every move. Must Watch!
Grade: B+

 

Special Features:

Hulk Hogan on the Larry Bling Show: Funny segment where HBK is dressed up as Hogan on a Larry King show parody.

John Cena Music Video – Cena recorded an album early that year so one of his songs were featured in this MV.

The Night After – Highlight video summarizing the events of Monday Night Raw after SummerSlam.

 

In conclusion, it was a fantastic show that it’s very easy and fun to watch as it brings a good amount of variety. Easily the best SummerSlam after 2002.  This event was very crucial as the rosters changed dramatically over the summer thanks to the WWE Draft lottery. Top stars like  Chris Benoit, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, Carlito, Rob Van Dam, The Big Show and even WWE & World Champion’s John Cena & Batista were moved to a new home. Thus refreshing the rosters and having the brands start fresh with new match ups.

Verdict: 8/10