all know that anytime HHH drops the belt, we'll be subjected to rematch after
rematch until he gets it back. Well, this time it's different. Actually, he's
still the main event, but the outcome could be slightly different. Taking place in Las
Vegas on June 26th, Vengeance features quite a few rematches. There's the
previously mentioned main event, a WrestleMania rematch between Kurt Angle and
Shawn Michaels, an Intercontinental Title rematch between Carlito and Shelton
Benjamin and yet another match between Edge and Kane (sigh).
Let's take a look at the card, shall we?
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match [Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito] - I'm thinking Shelton pissed one
of the "writers" at the WWE off. How else would you explain
Carlito winning the IC belt immediately after making his first appearance
after being traded to Raw? Carlito can be entertaining in small doses, but
this match makes it clear that Benjamin is the superior athlete.
Christy Hemme vs. Victoria
or three weeks prior to this PPV, Victoria did quite possibly the most
satisfying "Widow's Peak" that I have ever seen. It went like
this - during a
"swimsuit" contest between the Divas, Victoria went psycho and
squashed every diva in the ring (including a leering Jerry Lawler). This
event set up a "feud" between Victoria and Christy (whom suddenly
developed Victoria's character). Thankfully, this match was the end of it
and Christy is now on SmackDown!
John Cena Interview
- Yes, when
Cena starts boasting and talking smack on the mic, he's pretty proficient.
It's when Cena tries to mimic the Rock's mic skills that he falls flat.
During this interview, he's a little bit of both.
Kane vs. Edge - While I still
don't care much for either
wrestler, I was very pleased with the outcome
of this match. As of this writing, and in true WWE fashion, this feud was
quickly discarded once someone came back.
Shawn Michaels Interview
WrestleMania 21 Rematch [Shawn
Michaels vs. Kurt Angle] - This rematch between Shawn and Kurt BURIED
the previous match at WrestleMania (and I thought that one was pretty damn
good). Both Shawn and Kurt put on a great match that, considering all
they've put their bodies through over the years, had me cringing with
Lilian & Viscera In the Ring -
the "writers" that work for the WWE think there's a wealth of
comedy to be found watching overweight African American wrestlers (and body
builders) act like sexual perverts. Immediately after Backlash,
Viscera became "involved" with Lilian over a very painful couple
of week's worth of skits on Raw. I'm sure someone, somewhere, who doesn't
work in Stamford is enjoying this, but i'll be damned if I know who. While I
don't want to spoil all the developments that take place during this
interlude which brings Vengeance to a screeching halt, let me just say that
Lilian is one helluva an actress.
Triple-Threat Match For the WWE
Championship [John Cena vs. Christian vs. Chris Jericho]
Cena's uncanny ability to do anything except brawl, Christian and Jericho
(along with some assistance from Tyson Tomko) made this an extremely
enjoyable, but bittersweet match. Why bittersweet? Well, after the following
night's "rematch" on Raw (included in the extras), Christian was promptly buried
err...traded to SmackDown! and Tomko has been on
Hell In A Cell For the World
Heavyweight Championship [Batista vs. Triple H] -
For all the flack that HHH gets for being "Mr. Stephanie McMahon"
and hogging up almost all the airtime on every single Raw, I gotta say - he
does give it his all in pay-per-view matches. Multiple foreign objects are
introduced, and blood is spilled in this entertaining match that is
significant since it sets up a lengthy absence for HHH.
In addition to the matches above, the following extras
are also included:
- Vengeance Press Conference 6/21/05
- Perhaps someone in Stamford reads my reviews? After complaining in
almost every single WWE i've written about not being shown the entire
conference, they've thrown us a bone by giving us close to 15 minutes of
what took place at the Vengeance press conference (which, in truth, seemed
more like a roomful of fans with a few reporters).
- Lilian Interview
- Chris Jericho & Christian Argue After Losing
- Triple H Interview
- Post-Hell In A Cell Match [John ena, Shawn
Michaels, Hulk Hogan vs. Chris Jericho, Christian, Tyson Tomko]
- From the following night's episode of Raw, despite the appearance
of Hogan and the participation of Cena, this was a damn entertaining match.
It's a shame that the WWE didn't see fit to include the hilarious backstage
banter between Christian, Jericho and Tomko as they try to figure out
exactly whom Cena's tag partners would be.
As usual, this one is presented in the full frame 1.33:1 ratio and the
are bright, making this a pretty attractive transfer.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound was crystal clear and enveloped my
living room while I was watching it. There's also an option of watching
the disc in Spanish.
Conclusion: Even though there were some performers that I would
prefer not to see given ring time (Christy, Cena, Kane & Edge), this was an
entertaining event that was highlighted by a great match between Shawn Michaels
and Kurt Angle. That match, along with the main event, as well as the final
in-ring pairing of Christian and Jericho make this a Highly Recommended