was held at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on November 27, 2005.
Unlike most PPVs, there really isn't too much that's unique about this show. The
only thing of any consequence (to everyone but myself) was the return of the
Here's the card:
Eric Bischoff Warms Up
- As Eric warms up, he defends his actions to Vince and mentions Bret
Hart getting "screwed".
- Match 1 Of the Best-Of-7 Series For the
United States Championship [Chris Benoit
vs. Booker T. with Sharmell]
- I'd love to tell you the genesis of this match or what happened in the
other six that followed between Booker and Benoit, but I can't. I can tell you that, while I don't care for her, Sharmell isn't half as annoying as Melina is.
As far as the match is concerned, this was merely alright. Benoit does as
well as always in the ring and Booker's not bad. However, this isn't that
spectacular of a way to begin the PPV.
WWE Women's Championship [Trish Stratus
- I have to admit that i'm happy Trish is fighting someone OTHER than the 3,
maybe 4 "heel" divas on Raw. Unfortunately, the diva in question is Melina. While I
have no problem admitting that I like the shirts she wears saying "It's okay
to stare" strategically positioned on her boobies, listening to her wail in
the ring was even more painful than watching a diva match featuring Candice
and Torrie. This match, on the other hand, was okay. There were quite a few
missed spots and did I mention that Melina screams too much? While doing
ringside commentary together, Tazz did a great job arguing with Joey Styles.
Last Man Standing Match [Ric
Flair vs. Triple H]
- After I got over the initial shock that this match was so early on the
card, I enjoyed
watching Flair do what he does best - bleed. Unfortunately, it's nowhere
near as good as the "Hell In A Cell" PPV match at the this year's Taboo
Team SmackDown In Locker Room
- Randy Orton does his best to convince his other team members that the
injured Batista is the weak link of the group. At least, until Batista shows
Edge Announces the Debut Of "the
- Even though i'm not an Edge fan, I thought this was a pretty good promo. I enjoyed watching Edge
rip Detroit and Dimitri Young from the Detroit Tigers a new one.
WWE Championship Match [Kurt Angle vs.
- In case you missed their confrontation at Taboo Tuesday, this time Shawn's
out and it's just Angle and Cena - which is a shame. At least during the
"triple-threat" match, you could enjoy those flashes of brilliance when Cena
was knocked out of the ring and you got to watch Angle and Michaels go at
it. Here, it was just the two...and Angle can only carry so much on that
surgically repaired neck of his.
General Manager vs. General Manager [Eric
Bischoff vs. Theodore Long]
- As a WWE watcher, i've seen some terrible things. The whole Katie
Vick/casket thing, Vinnie Mac digging through J.R.'s "ass" and any Divas
match that doesn't involve Trish or Victoria. However, this has to be the
single most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. This is five minutes of my
life i'll NEVER get back.
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination
Match [Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown]
- Yeah, yeah, I confess. Sometime during this match I marked out. I really
don't know why and it's not like I was rooting for either team, I just liked
watching these guys fight. In case you don't know, Team Raw consisted of
Shawn Michaels, Kane, the Big Show, Carlito and Chris Masters. Team
SmackDown was Batista, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Lashley and JBL. In
retrospect, there was really no rhyme or reason for the team configurations.
On Team Raw, you had the tag team champs, a face and two heels. On Team
SmackDown, you had two heels, a face, an injured wrestler and...I have no
idea what Lashley is. Then again, I don't think the WWE writers expect the
fans to question things like that.
Return Of the Undertaker
- Surprise, surprise. 'Taker comes back and proceeds to squash the entire SmackDown roster that assembled in the ring. Wake me when it's done.
Survivor Series Music Video
- For those who might've missed any of the highlights (or for those that
might have ADD), the WWE has assembled this recap set to P.O.D.'s "Lights
In addition to the matches, we're also
treated to these three bonuses:
- Maria Interviews Mr. McMahon/Survivor
- After they show some classic Survivor Series clips, Vince has Maria bring
up the fact that he "screwed" Bret. I'll let you figure out what double
entendre that follows.
- Theodore Long Is Congratulated On His
Win And Shane McMahon Meets the Boogeyman
- Kurt Angle And Daivari In the WWE.COM
Instant Access Room
Survivor Series' picture was colorful and vibrant. There was some slight compression issues due to all the pyro and
graphic elements. 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: Looking back at the card, i'm impressed that Vince
squeezed two and a half hours out of this stuff because, like I said
earlier, this was a pretty uneventful PPV. Sure, the Team SmackDown vs. Team
Raw match wasn't too bad, and I always like watching Trish in motion (not to
mention it was good to see her wrestler someone other than the female
"wrestlers" on Raw), but that was about it. There was hardly anything on
here that you wouldn't be able to see for free on Mondays or Fridays. Not
only that, but Vince is getting cheaper and cheaper when it comes to the
extras on the disc. Would it be too much to put the Crusierweight
Championship match between Juventud and Simon Dean on here? When all is said
and done, this one sqeaks by with a Rent It.