New Year's Revolution 2005 was a Raw only Pay per view from January 2005. WWE was short on talent at the time and this is made all the more noticeable by the fact that most of Raw's top wrestlers are in the main event. This results in an under card that features some poor wrestlers and some that WWE obviously has no faith in.
Tag team titles: William Regal and Eugene vs Christian and Tyson Tomko 4/10 Christian was wasted in this match, he was one of the finest wrestlers on Raw at the time and could have had a quality singles match which would have improved the under card, but instead he was lumbered in an instantly forgettable tag team match against comedy character Eugene. To make matters even worse Eugene suffered a serious knee injury and so the match had to go to a weak improvised finish.
Women's title: Lita vs Trish Stratus 1/10 Second match, second serious knee injury. This match had to be cut short when Lita suffered a torn ACL when she landed badly when executing a Thesz press off the apron shortly after the match began.
Intercontinental title: Shelton Benjamin 0/10 The only good thing about this match was that no one was injured in it, but then again it would have been virtually impossible for either man to be injured because this match was almost entirely devoid of action. Instead it consisted of Maven cutting a promo then running into the ring and immediately being pinned by Benjamin with a roll up. Maven then challenged Benjamin to a rematch but was again humiliated and pinned by Benjamin after a T-bone suplex. Why did WWE book Maven on the pay per view if it wouldn't let him wrestle? Benjamin and Christian could have had a great match like they did at Survivor Series 2004.
Jerry Lawler vs Muhammad Hassan 2/10 This match was really dull. It doesn't help that Hassan is one of the worst wrestling characters ever. The match is made to seem even worse by the fact that JR is stationed at ringside, meaning that there is no commentary.
Kane vs Snitsky 2/10 This match was awful. When will WWE realise that pitting two large, lumbering, unathletic wrestlers together never results in a good match. Still at least they both escaped injury.
World title Elimination Chamber match: Triple H vs Randy Orton vs Batista vs Edge vs Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit (Special referee Shawn Michaels) 10/10 This match was outstanding, in my view the finest chamber match ever. The booking and the execution were both fabulous since several different feuds were advanced (Triple H vs Randy Orton, Edge vs Shawn Michaels) and WWE expertly built up to the Batista babyface turn. It was a fine effort from all six men (seven if we include Michaels), credit has to go to Batista who played the unstoppable monster role well. However one has to question why Triple H was stripped of the World title in December 2004 if he was only going to regain it a few weeks later. Nevertheless this is still a thrilling main event to a lacklustre show.
While the chamber match is glorious, it's the only good match on the card; the under card is dire. One great match does not make a good show. Approach with caution.