presented the eighth "No Mercy" PPV in Houston, Texas on October 9th, 2005.
Here's the card:
6-Person Tag Team Match [Legion Of
Doom & Christy Hemme vs. MNM] - After I recovered from the huge pops
that Christy Hemme received from the audience, I realized that her wrestling
was improving. It's a shame Vince fired her. As for MNM, I like Mercury and Nitro,
but Melina's gotta go. Her ringside shrieking was ear piercing. In 5.1, it
was enough to make them bleed. Other than that,
this was a pretty short, merely okay match.
Eddie Guerrero Wishes Batista Good Luck
Bobby Lashley vs. Simon Dean -
This is my first exposure to Lashley (and his first PPV). Since he's
wrestling Dean, i'm guessing he's a face? Anyways, fitness guru Simon adds a
terribly foolish stipulation that the loser must consume 21 greasy double
cheeseburgers. Guess who loses this average match?
Steve Romero Interviews JBL And Jillian Hall - TI'm
not really into blondes that much, but Jillian is a cutie. That patch of
oatmeal on the side of her face, notwithstanding.
Fatal Four-Way Match For the United
States Championship [Chris Benoit vs. Booker T. vs. Orlando Jordan vs.
Christian] - In spite of Jordan, this was a damn good match. I
particularly enjoyed watching Christian, though it was bittersweet since I
knew that this would be his
final WWE match. Booker T., the hometown boy, gets a substantial amount of
pops, while Benoit delivers another great performance. Oh, and the less said
about Booker's wife Sharmell, the better.
Simon Dean Eating Double Cheeseburgers - What, you
thought Dean was actually going to win?
Hardcore Holly vs. Mr. Kennedy - "Mr. Kennedy..........Kennedy" puts on a
decent performance for this, his first WWE PPV. His opponent, Val Ven....er,
Hardcore Holly, does what he's supposed to do. No questions asked, i'm sure.
Though Kennedy seems to be a 'lil too "Rock"-ish for my liking, if
he's allowed to develop his own schtick, I think he
may have some potential. Too bad that, as of this writing, he's out with an
Simon Dean Continues Eating Double Cheeseburgers
Sharmell Confronts Booker T.
Mysterio vs. JBL - I enjoy watching Rey wrestle. However, that new theme
song has GOT to go. Since it seems that Vince doesn't want to elevate any of
the other cruiserweights to Rey's level, Mysterio's been stuck wrestling
people that are three times his size. This wasn't a bad match, and it was
entertaining watching JBL trying to get a handle on Mysterio, who was
bouncing around the ring like crazy.
First-Ever Handicap Casket Match [Undertaker vs. Randy Orton &
"Cowboy" Bob Orton] - Watching this match made me realize one thing -
Michael Cole is the WWE's version of Carson Daly. Yes folks, he's THAT
bland. And the equally "off the
charts" Tazz isn't that much better. I have to be honest and let you know
that during my first viewing of this match (yes, I watched it more than
once), I fell asleep. Initially, I thought was because I was tired. Then I
realized that Tylenol PM has nothing on this match. Those of you that read my review of
the Undertaker's DVD know that 'Taker really doesn't impress me as "the American
Badass". And since he's now the (back from the dead?) "American Badass", I
like him even less. Tazz and Cole's commentary made me loathe this match
Cruiserweight Championship Match [Juventud
vs. Nunzio] -
I still wish the FBI were together, but Nunzio is entertaining in small
doses. And for some reason, I like watching the Mexicools -as long as they
don't get on the mic. This was a good
match, which doesn't surprise me since the cruiserweights always seem to
deliver thanks to their ability to pull off some high-flying maneuvers.
There are quite a few during this match.
Simon Dean Is Forced To Finish Double Cheeseburgers
World Heavyweight Championship Match [Batista vs. Eddie Guerrero]
- Frankly, this match was the sole reason I requested this disc. Sadly, this
will turn out to be Eddie's last PPV match - and it's pretty damn good.
Batista's okay, but it's Eddie's show as he struggles to be a "good" guy. As
the video package will tell you, Eddie was trying to move away from his
"Lie, Cheat and Steal" credo and make his life more about "respect". If this
is Eddie's very last match to hit DVD, it's a good one to go out on. Not
because the wrestling was spectacular, but because of the way it ended. Lord
knows it would've been a damn shame if he passed away in the middle of his storyline with Rey. Ugh.
In addition to the matches
above, the following extras are also included:
- Simon Dean Buys Cheeseburgers
- The Ortons Look In Undertaker's Casket
- Teddy Long Confronts Eric Bishoff
No Mercy's picture was colorful and vibrant. I didn't notice any
compressions issues as I had on other DVDs and, as usual, 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: Nowadays, the WWE seems to go through so many changes, it seems commonplace for
their PPV DVDs to be unique
for one reason or another, and No Mercy is no different. It's the last time
we'll see Christian and Eddie wrestle for the WWE - one went to TNA, the
other passed away. It's also the last time we'll see Juventud on a WWE PPV.
He was recently fired. Aside from these milestones (well, milestones
regarding Eddie and Christian), this wasn't that bad of an event. I'm
usually hesitant to review the SmackDown! brand discs since I rarely follow
the show and prefer Raw. If they continue to deliver slightly enjoyable
matches like those found on this Recommended disc, I might not be
hesitant in the future.