WWE - No Mercy 2005
World Wrestling Entertainment // Unrated // $24.95 // November 8, 2005
Review by John Crichton | posted January 12, 2006
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SmackDown! 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 injury.

  • Simon Dean Continues Eating Double Cheeseburgers

  • Sharmell Confronts Booker T.

  • Rey 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 even more.
  • 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

    Video: 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.

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