Friday, May 26, 2006

WWE Survivor Series '05

1. Chris Benoit vs. Booker T - 6
2. Trish Stratus vs. Melina - 5
3. Triple H vs. Ric Flair - Last Man Standing - 4
4. John Cena vs. Kurt Angle - 5
5. Eric Bischoff vs. Theodore Long - 1
6. Team Raw (Michaels, Kane, Master, Carlito, Big Show) vs. Team Smackdown! (Batista, Lashley, Orton, JBL, Mysterio) - 5

I didn't get to see this pay-per-view live, but boy, did it ever get bad reviews. Although it's not particularly good, I didn't think it was horrible, just not worthy of much mention. Most of the matches didn't quite feel "big" enough, and I don't mean the card that was booked, I mean the performances of the talent didn't reach the level you'd expect, and a lot of stuff seemed not too far off from your basic TV match given more time.

Benoit and Booker was really good, really solid wrestling--although if this was the last match in their best of seven series, instead of the first, they would have pulled out all the stops and really put on a show. Trish and Melina was exceptionally good for what it was, especially considering Melina never wrestles. Triple H and Flair was nothing more than a glorified bloodletting. Flair bladed early, and proceeded to crawl and stumble around everywhere as Hunter methodically punished him, and us, with bad weapon shots. Cena and Angle had serious heat, as the Detroit crowd was fanatic, and it started off good; the end, though, deteriorated into absolute trash, involving 5 separate ref bumps in a complete mess, thus killing the earlier work and making this a stinker. Bischoff and Long didn't deliver any of that things that make wrestling great, like intensity, brutality, athleticism, technical prowess, savvy, etc. I don't want to ever see either of these guys attempting to wrestle again. The main event wasn't bad, although again, it didn't seem like it was on the level it should have been. Some of the eliminations were uninspired, and the whole match was booked around The Undertaker's return at the end. I'd like to have seen some of the guys have more of an opportunity to mix it up a bit, but the structure of the match was choreographed and translucent--meaning I could see right through this shit.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

you and adam had wildly differing opinions on this show....i agree with your sentiments on long and bischoff not wrestling again...i concur