SummerSlam (2005) was the eighteenth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on August 21, 2005 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. featured talent from the Raw … see full wiki
This was a pretty big event for me during the build up since my boy HBK was going to go in against Hulk Hogan. I had waited years to see Shawn or Bret get a real shot at him but like always politics were all in Hogan's favor.
1.[US TITLE]ORLANDO JORDAN VS CHRIS BENOIT-this has got to be one of the fastest matches in Summerslam history. I was expecting this one to go a little while and it literally was a little while, very little. They tie up and then there is a German suplex right into a crossface, Chris takes the title.
2.EDGE VS MATT HARDY-one of the most personal feuds of all time since the real life love triangle became the storyline. This match went no way like it should have in my opinion much like the storyline over all. It started out great with Hardy really taking it to Edge but it eventually turned into a squash match putting Edge way over. Basically a beat down with the ref stopping the match and awarding it to Edge.
3.[LADDER MATCH]REY MYSTERIO VS EDDIE GUERRERO-although this was one of the craziest storylines ever this match ended up being the best of the night. This match was full of action and had a good pace with some back and forth action. Rey of course the smaller man used his speed while Eddie was more of a bully in this match. Although there was interference from two people here it was still a great match.
4.KURT ANGLE VS EUGENE-this was a full on beat down more so than the Hardy match earlier. Angle demolishes Eugene and rightfully so honestly. This was to get his gold metals back and he does so in very brutal form. I love his recreating of the gold medal ceremony after he wins here.
5.UNDERTAKER VS RANDY ORTON-this was a pretty good match with Randy really trying to work Taker over. Of course comparisons will be made with their previous matches such as their Mania match. This has a bit of a slower pace than the previously mentioned match but was still good. Randy's dad in disguise makes an appearance here and helps his boy win.
6.[WWE TITLE]JOHN CENA VS CHRIS JERICHO-of course the story here at the time was Y2J with the backing the Raw GM Eric Bischoff trying to take the title from one John Cena. Now personally I think that this was a really good match. If you listen to the crowd this is one of the most dramatic of the night. This was before Cena was hearing mostly boos. During this time it was only half the crowd booing him, but the split made for an interesting crowd. Both guys brought their A game here and went all out in their performances. Still after a lot of back and forth action and near falls Cena finally nails his finisher for the win. 7.[WORLD TITLE STREET FIGHT]BATISTA VS JBL-this match was actually more fun than I thought it would, I remember thinking at the time it was going to be something of a snoozer. Thankfully both guys made it interesting and the stipulation helped. Both guys did well in this somewhat short match held in Batista's hometown. Batista of course keeps the belt after a Batista bomb and then a power bomb onto the ring steps.
8.SHAWN MICHAELS VS HULK HOGAN-now of course I was looking forward to this one more than any other. I was so looking forward to Hogan getting smoked in the ring because realistically he cannot compete with Shawn. I knew it would be a good match and like I thought it was because of Shawn. I hate that he had to sell for Hogan but his selling was very funny here. Still this is a fun match that of course sees Hogan win, should have been HBK with the win in my opinion. Shawn had me cracking up though with his over selling, so entertaining.
Over all this was a good event that had some good matches. It is far from the best Summerslam but still a good one for the collection. HBK should have won hands down in my opinion but what can I say, Hogan will always get his way with the promoters. I still even today wish he had been man enough to at least put Bret Hart over at Wrestlemania 9, or at the first King of the Ring or at least in WCW. You also can some good special features here like the next night on Raw and such, like HBK's mocking of Hogan.