Archive for the ‘2006’ Category

 

1. Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero

Rivals Rey & Chavo seemed to have made peace after Eddie’s passing but Chavo made his statement clear that he wants no part of it and blames Mysterio for using Eddie’s name to get to the top. They’ve wrestled hundreds of times and they’re all the same to me. Nothing special except for the angle.
Grade: D+

 

2. ECW Championship
Big Show (c) vs. Sabu

ECW emerged as a third brand within WWE and took a few amount of talent from Raw and SmackDown! respectively,among them was the Big Show. Big Show defeated the inaugural brand champion Rob Van Dam for the title under the watch of Paul Heyman and has since went on a mean streak killing everyone in sight, including stars from other brands who show up and take him on. This match is like any Big Show match by throwing his opponent like a rag doll all over the place and getting into a few spots. Nothing dynamic except for a few table breaks.
Grade: D

 

3. Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Orton

I’ve never seen Hogan so low on a card in my life. Anyways, Randy Orton was is still on his Legend Killer phase and made sure that Hogan was next on his list. There was absolutely nothing substantial about this match at all. There’s a reason why it is forgotten.
Grade: F+

 

4. I Quit Match
Ric Flair vs. Mick Foley

There was a lot of heat here between the two legends. Both for years have criticized one another in their respective autobiographies and stand by their opinions. Eventually this was made into an angle in WWE and it delivered. Despite the time given, they went for all the marbles and went out for the kill. It was bloody, nasty war where two veterans were on combat for respect. Very interesting match for someone their age.
Grade: B-

 

5. World Heavyweight Championship
King Booker (c) w/Queen Sharmell vs. Batista

In many peoples eyes, King Booker’s World title reign has to be one of the worst in history. SmackDown! really was on the back burner throughout all year with horrible angles and pushes. This match exemplified that reality.
Grade: F

 

6. D-Generation X vs. The McMahons

Shawn Michaels and Triple H have made peace once and for all after years of intense hatred towards one another and reformed DX. However, the McMahons were not too happy at all despite numerous of taking them out individually. This time they meant business and brought out numerous heels from both brands to do their bidding but to know avail. Eventually it became a normal tag match with a lot of comedy and classic superstar references. Not a pretty match but it was entertaining.
Grade: D

 

7. WWE Championship
Edge (c) vs. John Cena

These two have been on each other’s necks ever since Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and won the title from Cena. Eventually Cena regained the title but later on in the summer Edge cost him the title and shuttered Cena’s attempt at regaining it by winning it himself in a triple threat match also involving Rob Van Dam. Despite the talent involved, it was very underwhelming but not a bad match either. They could have easily stolen the show with the mediocre card before them but didn’t do so.
Grade: C

 

Special Features:

The Last Hot Dog – SummerSlam Commercial involving Kane & Viscera fighting over the last hot dog.

Potato Sack Race – SummerSlam Commercial involving Shelton Benjamin, Carlito & Candice Michelle racing.

Making of “The Biggest Party of the Summer” – Behind the scenes look of the commercials above.

Cena/Edge Story – 8/21/06 – Video highlight of the happenings of the Raw after SummerSlam.

 

In conclusion, this was a total disaster of an event despite being the #2 show of the year. WWE went on a huge downward spiral on hitting 2006. The ECW brand emerged as a third brand which is an OK idea but it never lived up to the popularity of the original ECW and it never seemed like that was the intention. The brands were plagued with injuries, the death of Eddie Guerrero and the departures of top stars like Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho & Christian really took a toll on the WWE’s offense.

Verdict: 5/10

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