December 17, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island
Commentators: Michael Cole and Tazz
More single branded madness…
Match 1: Singles match
JBL with Jillian Hall vs Matt Hardy
Notes and Opinion: This was a message to both Hardy and the fans. Hardy had been fired over some drama with Lita and Edge and had been rehired due to the constant chants from the crowd. After he was brought back he was made a loser at every turn and JBL added to it by flipping him off after squashing him here. No need for this, but WWE has constantly shown that taking the high road in any situation is not what they do. Be a star my ass.
Winner: JBL pins Hardy after a Clothesline from Hell.
Match 2: Tag Team match
MNM (Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro with Melina) vs Mexicools (Super Crazy, Psicosis)
Notes and Opinion: This match existed purely to get MNM on the winning track after dropping the tag titles. The match itself was pretty paint by numbers with the only really impressive thing being MNM’s entrance (Melina).Well that, and the racism personified that was the Mexicools gimmick. How did this shit fly?
Winner: Mercury pins Crazy with the Snapshot.
Match 3: Best of 7 series contest number 4 for the United States Championship (Booker up 3-0)
Booker T with Sharmell vs Chris Benoit
Notes and Opinion: The match itself was great. Both Booker and Benoit were both veterans who knew how to tell this type of underdog story. My only issue with it now is I feel uncomfortable watching Benoit physically intimidate a woman. Unfortunately sometimes it is hard to separate the performer and the person behind that character.
Winner: Benoit makes Booker tap to the Cross face.
- After this match there was a backstage waste of time involving the Boogeyman and a cast of characters. This was time wasting at its finest.
Match 4: 2 on 1 Handicap match
Lashley vs William Regal and Paul Burchill
Notes and Opinion: It was clear who was going to be made into a star in this match. William Regal is amazing at this kind of work and proved it again here. Lashley looked dominant and would look even better when he switched his finishing move to the spear instead of the Dominator. Anything is better than that lame ass vertical suplex.
Winner: Lashley pins Burchill with the Dominator.
- After this match they did a skit where former referee Tim White killed himself off camera. This was mean spirited and stupid to say the least.
Match 5: WWE Cruiserweight Championship
(C) Juventud vs Kid Kash
Notes and Opinion: The match was fine but it was only here to help fill out an already thin PPV and give the appearance of something notable happening. It didn’t, at all. Glad the belt made it onto the show but wow.
Winner: Kash pins Juvi after a Dead Level brain buster. NEW CHAMPION!
Match 6: Inter-promotional Tag Team Match
RAW World Tag Team Champions Big Show and Kane vs WWE Tag Team Champions Batista (also World Heavyweight Champion) and Rey Mysterio
Notes and Opinion: This match shows the lack of star power that happens with splitting the brands. The fact that they had to ship in talent from RAW to fill up a PPV makes the entire idea behind a spilt ridiculous. The match itself was a fun house show type match and got the crowd involved but it really had no actual stakes behind it.
Winner: Kane pins Mysterio with a choke slam.
Match 7: Hell in the Cell
Randy Orton with Bob Orton vs The Undertaker
Notes and Opinion: This match was a violent bloody brawl that continued the mission of making Randy Orton a star. Orton looked like a million dollars hanging in with Undertaker. Everyone in this match bled including Bob Orton (which with rumors of a failed hepatitis test afterwards making him persona non grata for a while after this) and was a top notch brawl from bell to bell. This was a really good main event contest.
Winner: Undertaker pins Orton with a Tombstone.
Overall Thoughts: They tried to make this PPV seem important but outside of the Cell match it failed. Every match on this card could have been on TV or a house show and that is not a thing you should try to get people to pay PPV prices for. It was still better than the previous year though.
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