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This review is from: WWE New Years Revolution 2005 [DVD] (DVD)
Taking advantage of the recent, seemingly random, price cuts in WWE PPV's I picked this up for about £3.99 and wish I had'nt. It is the first PPV in my wrestling collection which truly stands out as unworthy of re-watching.
The matches themselves, excluding the main event, do not stand out as being particularly special and this is worsened by poor booking and simple misfortune: the event features two matches cut short due to injury.
Here is the match card [dont worry, I hate those who post results too, I will just be commenting on quality]
1. William Regal and Eugene vs Christian and Tyson Tomko
This is the type of match you would see on RAW. Solid performers all round doesn't save the match from being slow paced and generally dull. It is further hampered by a very weak ending: the result of a legit injury. 4/10
2. Lita vs Trish Stratus WWE Womens Championship
Barely a match. Lasts five minutes maximum. Again, halted swiftly due to an injury after a 'nothing' contest that couldn't even get going. 0/10
Shelton Benjamin vs Maven Intercontinental Championship
By this point, the crowd is understandably quite dead. However, WWE Creative steps in to ensure that gets worse. This, again, is not a match. Two moves and two pinfalls and about 10 solid minutes of promo from Maven will further send you to sleep. 0/10
Jerry Lawler Vs. Muhammad Hassan
Utterly awful. All criticism of Hassan's gimmick aside, this match is painful to watch. Prepare to witness umpteen different ways in which Hassan can scoop slam a commentator. This is a lousy effort from WWE, its a turgid, boring bout that doesn't end soon enough. You will also have to sit through it in utter silence as J.R is at ringside. As someone once said, 'try watching pro-wrestling with the sound down...you cant'. 0/10
Gene Snitsky vs Kane
It takes this long into the card for us to be given our first real, uninterrupted match. Again...it feels like RAW level filler. Coupled with another awful story for Kane, once you are treated to the cringe inducing recap of the 'plot' you will be treated to a typical big man match. It certainly is not awful...but it is certainly nothing special. 4/10
Elimination Chamber Match:
Triple H v Randy Orton v Batista v Chris Jericho v Chris Benoit v Edge
Match of the night...which on this PPV means nothing but this bout sticks out like a sore thumb. All of RAW's main event talent is here [and missing from the rest of the awful card] and we are treated to an excellent Elimination Chamber, full of all the spots, fury and finishers you would expect. 8/10
I would also like to make special mention of two things: the girls & and commentary. We all accept that J.R is quite possibly the greatest commentator ever and made the Attitude era very memorable. His commentary here, throughout the entire show, is bafflingly bad. Competitors are called incorrect names, moves are called wrong and all on a frequent basis. I can only guess Vince was too busy screaming in his ear for him to be able to concentrate on the horrid show he was tasked with calling. Either way, it drags the show down even further.
The show has its share of pointless backstage bits etc however it also has the usual hot girls wearing not very much and as much as I usually hate this pointlessness...for once its actually quite fun. Christy Hemme get suntan lotion applied...I enjoyed looking at her tush and then there is a jiggly, fun 'chicken' fight in the pool and it is all mercifully short.
Dont buy this PPV. Buy 'The Great American Bash 2006' instead as it is a FANTASTIC PPV from WWE. This, however, is awful. Worth a purchase only for the main event and Christy Hemme's bum.