presented the eighth "Unforgiven" PPV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on
September 18th, 2005. There were a few significant events that occurred during
Here's the card:
Intercontinental Championship Match
[Ric Flair vs. Carlito] - There are two absolutes in the world of
professional wrestling. One: it's fake (well, the outcomes of each match are
predetermined - the "Montreal Screwjob" notwithstanding). Two: Ric
Flair is THE MAN. At 56 years old, he can still wrestle rings around some of
the newer guys. The Intercontinental Championship is the only belt he had
yet to win. Great match.
Edge And Lita In Locker Room
Trish Stratus + Ashley Massaro vs.
Torrie Wilson + Victoria - After a terribly long absence rehabbing a
herniated disc, Trish finally makes her PPV return saddled with the latest
"Diva" with no wrestling ability whatsoever. If that wasn't bad
enough, Victoria has recent "draftees" Candice Michelle and Paris
Hilton-wannabe Torrie Wilson in her corner. I'm just glad to see Trish back
in the ring.
Ric Flair Entertaining Several Women
Big Show vs. Snitsky - Big Show
aside, this really wasn't that great of a match. Great use of the ring bell.
Ric Flair Inside Limo With His Women
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Masters
Story - Poor Shawn.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Kerwin White - As
I type this, it's been a week since Eddie Guerrero passed away and the WWE
has THANKFULLY also laid "Kerwin White" to rest too. During
Kerwin's final match, he and Shelton put on a pretty good show. I'm
wondering if Shelton would get a harder push if he worked on his mic skills,
because he has some great ring skills, but is continually underutilized on
the weekly show.
Todd Grisham Interviews Matt Hardy
Steel Cage Match [Matt Hardy vs.
Edge] - Continuing their semi-"reality" based storyline, this was THE match of the
disc and got the biggest pop of the evening. I'm not even a fan of Edge's,
but he and Matt worked a great match that saw Hardy impress with some high-flying
theatrics (particularly at the end).
Eric Bischoff Visits John Cena In Trainer's Room
World Tag Team Championship [the Hurricane + Rosey vs.
Lance Cade + Trevor Murdoch] - Wake me when this match is over.
Seriously though, I never
really liked the Hurricane. And now that he's Gregory Helms, i'm wondering how
long it'll take Rosey to fade into obscurity. Yet, I really liked watching
them work together during this match. They won't go down in the annals of
WWE history as one of the greatest tag teams ever, but they looked pretty
good for a few minutes they were able both in the match. Cade &
Mudroch are another matter altogether. When Murdoch isn't looking as if he's about to pass out in
the ring, he has a constipated look on his face. Cade, on the other hand,
just fades into the background.
Ric Flair's Girl Exits Limo Wearing
Maria Interviews Chris Masters
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Masters - One of the
marks of a great wrestler is the ability to carry opponents who might need
it, while putting on a great match. I wouldn't necessarily consider this a
"great" match, but it makes clear that Shawn Michaels is a GREAT
wrestler. Once JR points it out, it's astounding that regular Raw viewers
have been forced to sit through seven entire months of Masters' ridiculous
full nels...err...."Masterlock" challenge. Normally, i'd suggest
that viewers skip a match like this, but Shawn does such a great job
carrying it, I recommend giving it at least one viewing.
Ric Flair And the Girls Exit Limo -
I like Ric and all, but did we really need to see his ass hanging
WWE Championship [John Cena vs. Kurt Angle] -
On one of my past WWE PPV DVD reviews, I stated that John Cena was not a
wrestler, but a brawler. It was refreshing to hear the RAW announcers admit
this. Kurt did a great job of carrying this match, but would you expect any
less? It's a shame that Kurt and Shawn are both saddled with opponents that
they are forced to carry.
Unforgiven Highlight Video - For those too
lazy to sit through the entire PPV (or diagnosed with ADD), the WWE presents
its usual "cliff notes"-esque recap of the evening's events.
In addition to the matches above, the following extras are also included:
- Maria Interviews ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons + Dusty
Hill - Watch as Maria confuses ZZ Top with the Beatles and the Rolling
Stones! Oh the HUMOR! Billy and Dusty were great sports to put up with this
ridiculous 38 seconds.
- 8-Man Tag Team Match From Raw 8/19/05 - During
the following evening's episode of Raw, John Cena teamed with Shawn
Michaels, Matt Hardy and the Big Show to go against Kurt Angle, Chris
Masters, Edge and Snitsky. This was a pretty entertaining match with a
humorous pin. However, i'm upset that they didn't see fit to include the
funny promo that the faces cut before the match.
Unforgiven's picture was colorful and vibrant, but I noticed some slight
compression issues (particularly during the Masterpiece's entrance). Other than
that, it's presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound was crystal clear and enveloped my
living room while I was watching it. Viewers are also given the option of watching
the disc in Spanish.
Conclusion: Unforgiven has quite a few things going for it. First
and foremost, it marks Trish's return to PPV. That she left a heel - disgusted
with a diva search winner - and returned a face - defending a diva search winner
- really doesn't make much sense, but that's not important. It also marks the
end of the "Kerwin White" character (thank god) and the last PPV
appearance by the Hurricane. As far as the matches were concerned, I enjoyed the
majority of them enough to make this disc a Recommended one.