It's usually considered the second-hottest WWE PPV of the year. So did it live up to the hype? Here's what went down...
WWF Summerslam '05 |
Posted by the Accelerator, August 21st, 2005
Sunday Night Heat Match - The Hurricane vs. "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters:
Unsurprisingly, this wasn't much of a match, as Masters took out the Hurricane with the Masterlock, winning the bout. Honestly, how can the Superheroes (Hurricane & Rosey) keep losing, and yet still be champions? Strange.
Match #1 - Orlando Jordan(c) vs. Chris Benoit, WWE United States Heavyweight Title Match:
The first match of the evening, and I use the term "match" loosely, was the US Title match between Benoit and the champ, Jordan. After over 5 months as the US Champ, and after beating Benoit (albeit illegally) in 14 minutes at the Great American Bash, Jordan lost the belt in approximately 30 seconds, quickly tapping out to Benoit's Crippler Crossface. Remember how much a quick defeat did for Maven's career? Yeah. Still, Smackdown can only get better with the US Title around Benoit's waist.
- Backstage, Eddie Guerrero and his wife argued about Eddie's motivation regarding Dominic. I think everyone's got him read wrong. He obviously just wants to be a good pop. Right? What's wrong with a pop who lies, cheats, and... ooooohhhhh. I get it.
Match #2 - Matt Hardy vs. Edge:
This was supposed to showcase Hardy as a main-event star again, after being gone due to the Edge/Lita controversy. It didn't work out that way, as Edge beat the ever-living hell out of Matt Hardy and won the match when the ref stopped it after 5 minutes. Edge looks like a world-class heel now, but Hardy is, sadly, once again dead in the water. Told ya, Matt, you should have gone to TNA and main-evented!
Match #3 - Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio, Custody Ladder Match:
Although I hate the storyline that's brought us to this point, I have to admit that this was my favorite match of the night. I'm a sucker for ladder matches, I guess. Interference from Dominick and Guerrero's wife helped Mysterio to climb the ladder and get custody of his son, especially Guerrero's wife, who held Guerrero and kept him from climbing up the ladder the final time with Rey. While I'm happy Rey & Dominick are staying together, this probably means that the Mysterio/Guerrero feud might well continue on. When did it start again? Wrestlemania? Before that? Whew.
- Chris Jericho gave a good speech about how John Cena doesn't compare with Steve Austin and the Rock, two men Jericho beat in one night for the gold. No matter what you think about Jericho, he's always been good on the mic.
Match #4 - Kurt Angle vs. Eugene, Olympic Medals No Time Limit Match:
This one didn't last that long, somewhat throwing the "No Time Limit" ruling out the window, as Angle forced Eugene to tap out to the Ankle Lock after about 4 1/2 minutes. Angle celebrated with a "medal" ceremony after the match.
- Vince McMahon had the Divas wash his limo. You go, boy.
Match #5 - Randy Orton vs. the Undertaker:
The Undertaker looked to be the dominator in this one, keeping the Legend Killer off of his game. But when a crazed fan entered the ring, distracting the Dead Man, Orton got the RKO for the shocking victory. Afterwards, the fan was revealed as Orton's dad, "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. The two left as a furious Undertaker looked after them.
Match #6 - John Cena(c) vs. Chris Jericho, WWE Raw Heavyweight Title Match:
Not surprisingly, Cena was able to stay with Jericho and, in the end, caught him with the FU to get the victory and retain the WWE Championship. It wasn't too bad a match, but a small part of me still wished Jericho could have pulled it off. Guess that makes me a Jerichoholic, huh? Oh well, I've been addicted to worse things. Which things, you ask? Ummm... sorry, got a review to finish here, gotta move on...
Match #7 - Batista(c) vs. John Bradshaw Layfield, WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Title No Holds Barred Match:
The crowd was pumped up for this one, as Batista brought all his anger and frustration to bear on JBL. After a bloody battle, Batista ended things with a devestating maneuver, destroying JBL with a Batista Bomb onto some steel ringsteps. Brutal. I was actually feeling sympathy for JBL for once. Nonetheless, Batista retained the World Title, continuing his run at the top.
Match #8 - Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels, "Legend vs. Icon" Match:
Normally I wouldn't call a Hogan match a great one to watch, although he's always been good at getting the fans excited. With Michaels thrown in, this match immediately became a goldmine, with Michaels doing everything he could to make Hogan look like he could still move around with the best of them. For those of you who thought either man was done, they went over 20 minutes and really gave a great showing. In the end, Hogan got the leg drop and the victory, with the two shaking hands afterwards. Of course, I still would have rather seen Michaels win, then challenge Cena, but oh well.
That's the results of last night's carnage. So where do we go from here? Speculation is that Orton will challenge Batista on Smackdown, although I'm betting the Undertaker is still looking for some revenge on Thursday. Meanwhile, on Raw, Cena has a couple of potential challengers, as Edge, Michaels, and Angle are all ready and waiting. Plus there's speculation about Triple H's return, as he'll inevitably challenge for the big belt as soon as he gets back.
It definitely makes Raw more exciting to watch, at least for this week. Smackdown? Well, we'll see. A good showing of how well they're doing right now is that they're coming to my hometown of Lubbock, Texas, for a TV taping, and I'm still wondering if I should get tickets. From a wrestle-holic like me, that's saying something. Still, not a bad PPV. There have been worse this year (*cough*Bash*cough*). So if you want to buy the replay, if only for Hogan/Michaels or Guerrero/Mysterio, then I'll give it a tentative recommendation.