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WWE - Survivor Series 2005
World Wrestling Entertainment // Unrated // December 27, 2005
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Review by John Crichton | posted January 30, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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Survivor Series 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 Undertaker.

Here's the card:

  • 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.

  • Eric Bischoff Warms Up - As Eric warms up, he defends his actions to Vince and mentions Bret Hart getting "screwed".

  • WWE Women's Championship [Trish Stratus vs. Melina] - 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 Tuesday PPV.

  • 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 up.

  • Edge Announces the Debut Of "the Cutting Edge" - 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. John Cena] - 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 Out" song.
In addition to the matches, we're also treated to these three bonuses:
  • Maria Interviews Mr. McMahon/Survivor Series Moments - 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

Video: 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.

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