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WWE - Unforgiven 2005
World Wrestling Entertainment // Unrated // October 25, 2005
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Review by John Crichton | posted November 28, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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Raw presented the eighth "Unforgiven" PPV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 18th, 2005. There were a few significant events that occurred during this PPV.

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 His Robe

  • 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 out?

  • 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.

    Video: 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.

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