2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2010
1. Chris Benoit vs Orlando Jordan. U.S Title Match
Not much to say about the opener except that it was over in 25 seconds.(3/10)
2. Edge vs Matt Hardy.
Brutal match from start to finish. Hardy had all the momentum in the early parts of the match until the match turned around by a reversal from edge, busting Hardy open. Sad ending, okay match.(4/10)
3. Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero. For Custody Of Dominick. Ladder Match.
Great match, it had a high action pace with twists and turns and both superstars grabbing the upper hand numerous times. Entertaining and exciting with a good but surprising result.(9/10)
4. Kurt Angle vs Eugene. For Angle's Olympic gold medal.
Not the most exciting match on the card but certainly entertaining. Angle seemingly had the upper hand all match but Eugene was a thorn in his side throughout the match. Deserved winner.(7/10)
5. Randy Orton vs The Undertaker.
A good match, the pace was slow at times but still entertaining. Each superstar gave it their all, with both of them grabbing the upper hand. Surprising ending due to and interference from a mystery figure.(6/10)
6. John Cena vs Chris Jericho. WWE Title Match.
An okay match. Jericho was proving slightly superior throughout but as Cena gained momentum the match became more entertaining.(6/10)
7. Batista vs JBL. World Heavyweight Title Match. No Holds Barred.
The match didn't start in the ring with both supersatrs raring to go. Was entertaining throughout with a good, fast pace. Deserved winner.(8/10)
8. Shawn Michaels vs Hulk Hogan. Legend vs Icon.
Great main event with all the hype being backed up. Hogan with lots of momentum in the beginning but the scales tipped when HBK busted open the immortal one and was seemingly going to win with the referee down. Despite taking a chair shot and sweet chin music the hulksters resiliencey paid off.(10/10)
Overall I would give Summerslam a 9/10 due to a few slow matches but 2 good main events and a ladder match helped turn it around.
Picking up some old bargain WWE DVDs recently, it was good to take a revisit to 2005. The WWE roster and overall quality of both Raw and SmackDown was excellent back then, and there was a lot of stuff to look forward to that year’s SummerSlam.
The Washington D.C. crowd are highly enthusiastic non-stop, there’s a great card with a who’s-who of WWE stars…and of course, there’s Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels as the main-event; a dream match at the time, and an epic bout that would be surrounded with infamy, and also turn out to be their one-and-only in-ring meeting.
So how does this particular SummerSlam stand overall?
WWE United States Championship Match
Orlando Jordan (Champion) vs. Chris Benoit
Of all the most forgettable U.S. Champions there’ve ever been, Orlando Jordan is right up there. He did little-to-nothing with the title, and fans were clearly ready for a title-change. A short, but VERY sweet bout which is sensibly done. (5/10)
Matt Hardy vs. Edge (w/Lita)
As I’m sure a lot of fans remember, Matt Hardy’s relationship with Lita ended when she had an affair with Edge. The real-life turmoil translated into an intense storyline which made for some uncomfortable viewing. The crowd direct many hostile chants towards Lita here, and are in full-support of Matt. This isn’t a wrestling match; this is a hostile fight with Edge using fans’ genuine hatred to drive his heel status to new heights. Psychological and intense, with an outcome that sets the stage for the cage match at Unforgiven. (7/10)
Ladder Match for custody of Dominick
Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
From one uncomfortable storyline to the next, the Mysterio/Guerrero feud of 2005 took a dark, ugly turn when Rey’s real-life son Dominick became part of an angle where Eddie was actually Dominick’s (scripted) father. This really treaded thin-ice here and bordered on tasteless. Nonetheless, Eddie was indeed gold as the heel, and the two amazing performers put on a great ladder match that feels more clever and story-driven than most. Vickie Guerrero turns in a great performance role here too (foreshadowing the great WWE Character-work she’d become famous for). Overall, great and emotional…but heavy-going. (8/10)
Eugene (w/Christy Hemme) vs. Kurt Angle
Ah, Eugene. A character that definitely came at the right time back in 2004/05. Here, during Kurt Angle’s Olympic Medal Invitational phase, Eugene had actually upset Kurt for his prized Gold Medal! Naturally, Kurt was p****d coming into this one, and proceeds to trounce Eugene mercilessly. It’s very strange, but unlike the last two bouts, this one’s light-hearted and entertaining. Kurt being Kurt, you obviously get great wrestling, and Eugene dishes out some surprising offence. Christy plays the role of cheerleader admirably, but the audience had clearly had enough of Eugene at this point. Still, a fun little spectacle, and the aftermath with Angle is…ahem…pure gold. (7/10)
Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
Really loved the rivalry between the Legend Killer and the Phenom here. After WrestleMania 21, Orton became more determined than ever to add the Dead Man to his list of ‘Legends Killed’, and the outstanding feud continued here at SummerSlam. The chemistry remained exceptional, with some nice psychology and character-work. Not as epic as their WrestleMania bout was, but this one has a clever ending and the right outcome. Both of which added more fire to the feud! (9/10)
WWE Championship Match
John Cena (Champion) vs. Chris Jericho
The Washington audience are awesome for this one! Cena was continuing to grow as WWE Champion back in 2005, and Jericho was the perfect guy to pit him against. It’s non-stop excitement, the fans are really into it, and it’s easy to get caught-up in the drama yourself. For Jericho, this was business as usual, and Cena has wrestled better-quality epics long since this, but this was indeed more vindication for him as champion, and another feather in Y2J’s cap. Match of the night. (9/10)
No-Holds-Barred World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista (Champion) vs. JBL
A good old-fashioned slugfest between the two. Nothing overly fancy, just a great brawl with stiff shots and sick spots. Bradshaw gave SmackDown’s World Champ a quality match here, and Batista delivered again. Watch out for the brutal finish! (8/10)
Legend vs. Icon
Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels
Yep. I’d wanted to see these two go at it for many years. When it finally happened…I was VERY satisfied. Of course, the Heartbreak Kid had been on fire ever since his return at SummerSlam 2002, and was the ideal opponent for Hogan at this stage of his career. It’s such a shame that creative differences got in the way of build-up and the outcome (which I feel was wrong), but this still remains an epic bout. Awesome twilight performance from the Hulkster. As for Shawn…impeccable as always! (8/10)
So while the 2005 edition of SummerSlam isn’t exactly the greatest one ever – there’s some really off-putting content here – the card remains highly-consistent with plenty of outstanding matches for fans to remember. There’s a nice batch of extras also, such as Shawn Michael’s brilliant performance on the ‘Larry Bling’ Parody, John Cena’s enjoyable ‘Right Now’ music video (promoting his “You Can’t See Me” album) and highlights of what happened The Next Night on Raw…
Conclusion? It’s WWE SummerSlam, and like most SummerSlams, this 2005 edition is terrific. And it’s stood the test of time very well. Get it today!
Summerslam is one of the 'Big 4' WWE PPVs, and in 2005 the WWE were running so many events that it's easy to become disenfranchised with it all. Overall, 2005 is a great example of why Brand extension had to come to an end, with some pretty dire cards. However, Summerslam is a great exception to that trend, thanks in no small part to a stacked undercard:
US TITLE: Chris Benoit vs Orlando Jordan
The crowd are really into it when Benoit comes out, a good sign for things to come. Jordan draws a muted reaction, however. On paper this seems like a decent match, but in truth it's over in under a minute. Which is a great shame, Benoit was a great wrestler who deserved a spot opening the show, and Jordan was capable of a decent enough match when pushed. As it is, this is the start of WWE destroying any credibility Jordan had, and wasting a match that on the card seemed to have some promise. Initially, I thought Jordan may have been injured and so this was a quick way to move the title, but no: just terrible booking. Not worth a rating as it was over before anything could happen.
Edge vs Matt Hardy.
Drawing on the real-life problems between the two, this was a risky story line for WWE to pursue, but it certainly pays off. A very strong shoot-style beginning doesn't let up throughout the (admittedly short) match, with the legitimate issues between the two giving enough reasonable doubt to allow even the hardened fan to get caught up in the action. A very believable scrap telling a great story and with a strong finish makes this a mark-out match for me. However, it was much too short. ***1/2
LADDER MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero
This is Rey's first ladder match for the WWE, but it doesn't show. Some innovative spots and two of the most exciting workers in the company at the time make for a match that really steals the show. The storyline itself is too cliche for my liking, but does need to an interesting development in the match (although if you watch you can see this is botched initially). Painful spots, high intensity, a pumped crowd and solid announcing make for a brilliant match of the night. ****
Kurt Angle vs Eugene
I'm a big fan of Angle, but he's wasted here. I can understand the reasoning behind the match, and he is dominant and impressive, but this just seems something that should have been given away for free on RAW. Eugene is saddled with a terrible gimmick and annoying at best moveset, both of which get little airing here. Good in-ring psychology and Angle's presence save this. **
Randy Orton vs The Undertaker.
Orton's growing into his main-event status here, which is good to see. And his Legend Killer gimmick was always pretty fun and was a very believable character. The chemistry here is interesting and there's a nice back and forth going. A surprise twist in the finish doesn't hurt either. It only really served to further the feud, but a solid outing nonetheless. ***1/2
WWE TITLE: John Cena vs Chris Jericho
I struggled to get into this. I'm a big fan of Jericho and Cena has his moments, but this isn't one of them. A disappointing outing for Y2J despite some good spots. Just seems to follow the same Cena script: get beaten down, mount a comeback, get beaten down, win. Nothing special. ***
NO HOLDS BARRED FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: Batista vs JBL.
Was never going to be a wrestling classic, but a solid affair nonethless. Some interesting spots, but nothing that blew me away - I certainly would have liked to see something a little more unusual from the two, and expect as much from JBL. Similarities to the Hell in a Cell match with Triple H at Backlash didn't help (mostly negative comparisons) so I wasn't overly keen. Nothing wrong with the match, just could have been so much more (see Cena's I Quit Match with JBL). ***
Shawn Michaels vs Hulk Hogan
This match is all about Shawn overselling. I understand the point he was trying to get across, but quite frankly some of it ruins all hope of suspending disbelief. I was hoping Michaels would be able to carry Hogan, and I have no doubt he was capable, but that didn't seem to be what this match was about. In all honesty it was pretty unprofessional. Don't get me wrong, there are some good moments, and Hogan bleeds well, but I've never enjoyed Hogan in-ring and this didn't change my opinion. HBK was unprofessional and deliberately acting up (no doubt due to orders from above to effectively job for a lot of the match) and that really ruined for me. Not main event worthy and far too long. **1/2
On the announce team you have JR, King and Coach for Raw and Taz and Michael Cole for Smackdown. JR and King are as strong as ever, and Taz and Cole put on a great performance, particularly in the Eddie/Rey match. Coach is alright, but feels a bit unnecessary on the team. The crowd are really strong, with some good pops and no always for the faces. Both of these definitely work to help you enjoy the show, and it's a strong one too.
In the Extras you get a Michaels skit mocking Hogan which is somewhat amusing, A John Cena music video and five minutes from the next night's RAW. This last extra closes off the Y2J/storyline in a convincing manner, and sets up Cena's next rivalry - really, it should have aired at the end of the PPV itself, and would have made for a great ending (obviously I'm shifting Jericho/Cena to close the show for this) and so it's good to see it included here.
Not a dud match on the card: a definite buy for any WWE fan.
on 13 December 2010
Orlando Jordan vs Chris Benoit (US title)
A remarkable opening and easily the quickest match you will ever see and it was actually rather funny to. 8/10
Matt Hardy vs Edge
The build up to this was very good with the real life occurrences between Lita and Edge and we see the animosity all the way through a, once more, very short encounter. Thankfully the cage match at Unforgiven was great for retribution 8/10
Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero
This ladder match for the custody of Eddie's "biological" son had some great swings and moves, particularly from the late Guerrero who always shone as a heel. Ending was obvious though 8/10
Eugene vs Kurt Angle
Seeing wrestlers like Eugene and Hornswoggle makes me despise the company today and this is why. Eugene uses no original move and thankfully Angle shows why he is the best wrestler, and performer, of all time. 6/10
Undertaker vs Randy Orton
Wrestlemania rematch was all guns blazing as Orton tried to scamper numerous times and the Undertaker is never, in his whole career, boring. The ending was quite shocking to 8/10
Batista vs JBL (No holds barred world title match)
Brutal fist fights and a powerbomb of a climax but this was surprisingly exceptionally short and rather forgettable. 5/10
John Cena vs Chris Jericho
This match has the most ridiculous outcome imaginable.
Jericho, in arguably his most dominant performance in his career, is in cruise control and high flying entertaining action. Cena seriously hits about 3 big moves, this is all Y2J. Great atmosphere here as half the crowd chant "Let's go Cena" then the others chant "Let's go Jericho" 8/10
Hulk Hogan vs Shawn Michaels
A reasonable climax. Given the build up and terms and everything involved it boiled down to some risky moments involving chairs, low blows etc. Hogan bleeds profusely pretty much all the way through. There was only ever going to be one ending.
A very good consistent PPV with many surprises, none bigger than the first match but certainly worth checking out.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2006
Gr8 PPV-here's my summary.
1.Chris Benoit vs Orlando Jordan(U.S champ)
The saying don't blink, you'll miss a Benoit match lives up to its reputation as this one is over in under a minute! 3/5
2.Matt Hardy vs. Edge
Good match but sad ending. 3/5
3.Eugene vs Kurt Angle
OK match- this one has Kurt's gold medal on the line 3/5
4.Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero r.i.p 1967-2005
Cool match this one's 4 Dominic's custody papers in a ladder match! 4/5
5.JBL vs Batista (World Heavyweight champ)
Over quite quickly but good match anyway, it's no holds barred! 4/5
6. Undertaker vs Randy Orton
This match was good but not as good as I expected, a mysterious interference tipped the scales of the match in favour of Orton!
7.Chris Jericho vs John Cena (wwe champ)
Not being a big fan of Cena myself, I thought Jericho carried Cena through the match. As Cena started to get better though, so did the match. 3/5
8. Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels - first ever legend vs icon match!
Really, really, really good match worth paying the money just to see this. Although I was cheering for Michaels and the fans were cheering for Hogan, this was definitely the best match of the year!!!!! 5/5
This was one of the best PPVS of the year. Overall rating 9/10
on 23 August 2014
Fantastic customer service and no issues whatsoever with product.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2006
Chris Benoit VS Orlando Jordan For US Championship
Matt Hardy VS Edge
Rey Mysterio VS Eddie Gurrero Ladder Match
Eugene VS Kurt Angle
UnderTaker VS Randy Orton
John Cena VS Chris Jerico For WWE Championship
Batista VS JBL No Holds Barred For The World Heavyweight Championship
Hulk Hogen VS Shawn Michaels
Best PPV IN 2005 This Is A Must Buy
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2010
HERE WE GO
US Championship Match
Orlando Jordon vs. Chris Benoit 1.5/5
Edge vs. Matt Hardy 3.5/5
Ladder Match For Dominick's Custody papers
Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio 3.5/5
Eugene vs. Kurt Angle 3/5
Randy Orton vs. Undertaker 3.5/5
WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Chris Jericho 4/5
World Championship Match
Batista vs. JBL 3/5
Shawn Michaels vs. Hulk Hogan 3/5
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2006
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP Orlando Jordan vs Chris Benoit:
Who likes Orlando Jordan? No one. No seriously NO ONE! Benoit's in a whole different league to Orlando so he kicked his ass in 25 seconds. Hilarious. 8/10
Edge vs Matt Hardy: Matt Hardy will not die? He didn't really demonstrate his catchphrase very well here. They had a good fight but then Matt landed badly and Edge then beat the hell out of him until the ref called it off. Edge is such a dickhead. 4/10
LADDER MATCH FOR CUSTODY OF DOMINICK Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio: It was one of the best matches of the night and definitely the best match of their rivalry. There were great moves like the power bomb of the ladder and the backdrop off two ladders. The funniest moment was when Dominick ran to the ring when Eddie was about to get the briefcase and shook the ladder, it barely moved at all.. Rey eventually won but I won’t tell you how. Eddie deserved to win the match but Rey deserved to get Dominick. Justice was done. 10/10
EUGENE INVITATIONAL Eugene vs Kurt Angle: It was an average match really. Most people were behind Eugene but it was quite obvious Angle was going to win. Amazingly at the end when Angle did that re-presentation of his medal the crowd cheered! Stupid patriots. 6/10
Randy Orton vs Undertaker: We all couldn't wait for this match as soon as we knew Orton was drafted to Smackdown. It was just as good as the Wrestlemania match they had but it would have been better if Orton won on his own not with the help of Bob Orton. 9/10
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP John Cena vs Chris Jericho: For four weeks these two argued over who was the better wrestler, so it was certainly a long awaited match. I think maybe it was a bit overlooked though because of the other big Raw match, but still worthy of a 10. 10/10
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Batista vs JBL No holds barred: Batista returned home to Washington to give JBL an ass whooping. It was better than the fight at the Great American Bash and the ending was good. 10/10
LEGEND VS ICON Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs Shawn Michaels: This was a match you could tell was going to be a thriller, and it definitely was. A bit unrealistis when Hulk kicked out after a high elbow and a super kick but it still gets a ten.10/10
Overall Summerslam was probablt the best payperview of 2005 and is definitely worth getting.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2005
Good solid event from both RAW and Smackdown!
Match of the night was Orton vs Undertaker!
Ladder match between Rey Mysterio and the late Eddie Guererro lived up to the hype and (for once) good match from John Cena (Which his Opponent Chris Jericho carryed)!
The main event was suprisingly GOOD! However i think it is a shame that not only did Hogan win but he won cleanly! And the handshake shouldnt have happened because that put HBK back into "good guy" mode!