2005 PPV Rambles – End of Year Thoughts

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by Big Cal

So with Vengeance 2005 finished, that’s the 2005 PPV year done! And boy, what a HUGE step up from the previous 2 years. Nearly THIRTY points ahead of 2003 on the CAL SCALE, and over FORTY from 2004. Still lacking compared to 2000, 2001 and 2002, but hey, those were some golden years for PPV’s.

 

Wrestler of the Year

Came down to two people, both of whom had a terrific series against each other than lasted the entire year; Undertaker and Randy Orton. Their WM, SS, Casket and HIAC matches were among the best of the best matches for the year, with 3 of them making the top 10! (WM match is just outside at #11). So who wins overall? Randy Orton! Not only does he have the Undertaker series, but he was also part of the epic Elimination Chamber match too, the sole survivor in the SVS Elimination Match, and had a GREAT match against HHH at the RR, one of the few good matches they had together. Really makes me miss the Orton of old, who actually went all out pretty much every time he stepped into the ring. These days we’re lucky to see that Randy twice a year.

 

PPV Match of the Year

The high end matches from this year on PPV is pretty darn awesome, but there was one match that stood above everything else for me personally, and that was Eddie Vs Rey from GAB. I ended up just giving in and throwing the full ***** at it on this watch because of how much I love it. Excellent wrestling between two world class wrestlers with some of the best chemistry ever, combined with the most magnificent heel performance perhaps EVER by Eddie, who managed to turn what was a crappy storyline on paper (with the involvement of Rey’s kid) into PURE GOLD for this match. I’m honestly not sure there is any other wrestler, past or present, that could have done what Eddie did here. Amazing.

 

PPV of the Year

Best PPV of 2005? Going in to this year, I was expecting Vengeance to take gold place with ease. It’s ALWAYS brought up as one of, if not the, best single brand PPV’s when that discussion gets going. And I would agree with that. However I didn’t enjoy anything on the show as much as I used to, and while it’s still a good PPV, it’s just not that great any more. The winner? WrestleMania with 19 points! One of the strongest first halves of a show ever, with the incredible MITB ladder match, Taker/Orton, and yes, even HBK/Angle! The rest of the show is hit and miss, but those 3 CLASSIC matches along with one or two other solid contests put that show just ahead of SummerSlam, the next in line.

 

2005 PPV’s on the CAL SCALE:

 

WrestleMania – 19
SummerSlam – 17.5
Royal Rumble – 17
The Great American Bash – 13.5
Vengeance – 12
Backlash – 11
No Mercy – 11
Unforgiven – 10.5
Armageddon – 10.5
Taboo Tuesday – 9.5
New Years Revolution – 9
Judgment Day – 6.5
Survivor Series – 3.5
No Way Out – 3
One Night Stand – 2

 

Total – 155.5

 

2005 PPV compared to 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004:

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2005 PPV Matches Ranked:

Trish Stratus Vs Christy Hemme – NO – -1 (WrestleMania)
The Big Show Vs Akebono – NO – -1 (WrestleMania)
Victoria Vs Christy Hemme NO – -1 (Vengeance)
Kurt Angle Vs Booker T – NO – -1 (Judgment Day)
Orlando Jordan Vs Heidenreich – -1 (Judgment Day)
Chris Benoit Vs Booker T – NO – -1 (Armageddon)
Booker T Vs Chris Benoit – NO – -1 (Survivor Series)
Eric Bischoff Vs Teddy Long – NO – -1 (Survivor Series)
Booker T Vs Heidenreich – NO – -1 (No Way Out)
Torrie Wilson & Victoria Vs Trish Stratus & Ashley – NO – -1 (Unforgiven)
Shelton Benjamin Vs Kerwin White – NO – -1 (Unforgiven)
Rob Conway & Tyson Tomko Vs Eugene & Jimmy Snuka – NO – -1 (Taboo Tuesday)
Mr Kennedy Vs Hardcore Holly – DUD – 0 (No Mercy)
John Bradshaw Layfield Vs John Cena – DUD – 0 (WrestleMania)
Paul London Vs Funaki Vs Shannon Moore Vs Akio Vs Spike Dudley Vs Chavo Guerrero – DUD – 0 (No Way Out)
Jerry Lawler Vs Muhammad Hassan – DUD – 0 (New years Revolution)
Juventud Guerrera Vs Kid Kash – DID – 0 (Armageddon)
Batista Vs JBL – 1/4* – 0 (The Great American Bash)
Simon Dean Vs Bobby Lashley – 1/4* – 0 (No Mercy)
Orlando Jordan Vs Chris Benoit – 1/4* – 0 (SummerSlam)
Mike Awesome Vs Masato Tanaka – 1/4* – 0 (One Night Stand)
John Cena Vs Kurt Angle – 1/4* – 0 (Survivor Series)
Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero Vs The Basham Brothers – 1/4* – 0 (No Way Out)
The Big Show Vs Carlito – 1/2* – 0 (Judgment Day)
Paul London Vs Chavo Guerrero – 1/2* – 0 (Judgment Day)
Kane Vs Snitsky – 1/2* – 0 (New Years Revolution)
Juventud Guerrera Vs Nunzio – 1/2* – 0 (No Mercy)
Shelton Benjamin Vs Maven – * – 0 (New Years Revolution)
Trish Stratus Vs Mickie James Vs Victoria Vs Maria Vs Ashley Vs Candice Michelle – * – 0 (Taboo Tuesday)
Rhino Vs Sabu – * – 0 (One Night Stand)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio – * – 0 (WrestleMania)
Chris Benoit Vs Eddie Guerrero – * – 0 (WrestleMania)
Psicosis Vs Rey Mysterio – * – 0 (One Night Stand)
Trish Stratus Vs Lita – * – 0 (New Years Revolution)
Carlito Vs Mankind – * – 0 (Taboo Tuesday)
Batista Vs The Coach – * – 0 (Taboo Tuesday)
Ric Flair Vs Carlito – * – 0 (Unforgiven)
John Cena Vs Kurt Angle – * – 0 (Unforgiven)
Shawn Michaels & Hulk Hogan Vs Muhammad Hassan & Daivari – * – 0 (Backlash)
bWo Vs Mexicools – * – 0 (The Great American Bash)
Torrie Wilson Vs Melina – * – 0 (The Great American Bash)
The Undertaker Vs Muhammad Hassan – * – 0 (The Great American Bash)
Bobby Lashley Vs William Regal & Paul Burchill – *3/4 – 0.5 (Armageddon)
MNM Vs Hardcore Holly & Charlie Hass – ** – 0.5 (Judgment Day)
MNM Vs LOD & Christy Hemme – ** – 0.5 (No Mercy)
Chris Masters & Snitsky Vs Matt Hardy & Rey Mysterio – ** – 0.5 (Taboo Tuesday)
John Cena Vs Kurt Angle – ** – 0.5 – No Way Out)
The Dudley Boys Vs Tommy Dreamer & Sandman – ** – 0.5 (One Night Stand)
Lance Storm Vs Chris Jericho – ** – 0.5 (One Night Stand)
Trish Stratus Vs Melina – ** – 0.5 (Survivor Series)
Christian Vs Booker T – ** – 0.5 (The Great American Bash)
Chris Benoit Vs Christian Vs Booker T Vs Orlando Jordan – ** – 0.5 (No Mercy)
The Undertaker Vs Luther Reigns – ** – 0.5 (No Way Out)
The Big Show Vs Snitsky – ** – 0.5 (Unforgiven)
Batista Vs JBL – ** – 0.5 (SummerSlam)
MNM Vs Road Warrior Animal & Heidenreich – **1/2 – 1 (The Great American Bash)
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch Vs The Big Show & Kane – **1/2 – 1 (Taboo Tuesday)
Eugene Vs Kurt Angle – **1/2 – 1 (SummerSlam)
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch Vs The Hurricane & Rosey – **1/2 – 1 (Unforgiven)
JBL Vs Rey Mysterio – **1/2 – 1 (No Mercy)
Triple H Vs Batista – **1/2 – 1 (WrestleMania)
John Cena Vs Shawn Michaels Vs Kurt Angle – **1/2 – 1 (Taboo Tuesday)
The Heart Throbs Vs William Regal & Tajiri Vs Maven & Simon Dean Vs La Resistance Vs The Hurricane & Rosey – **3/4 – 1 (Backlash)
Tajiri Vs Little Guido Vs Super Crazy – **3/4 – 1 (One Night Stand)
Christian & Tyson Tomko Vs William Regal & Eugene – **3/4 – 1 (New Years Revolution)
Batista & Rey Mysterio Vs The Big Show & Kane – **3/4 – 1 (Armageddon)
JBL Vs Matt Hardy – **3/4 – 1 (Armageddon)
MNM Vs The Mexicools – *** – 2 (Armageddon)
John Cena Vs JBL – *** – 2 (Judgment Day)
Carlito Vs Shelton Benjamin – *** – 2 (Vengeance)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio – *** – 2 (SummerSlam)
John Cena Vs Chris Jericho – *** – 2 (SummerSlam)
Kane Vs Viscera – *** – 2 (Backlash)
Matt Hardy Vs Edge – *** – 2 (SummerSlam)
Kane Vs Edge – ***1/4 – 2 (Vengeance)
Ric Flair Vs Triple H – ***1/4 – 2 (Survivor Series)
Edge Vs Shawn Michaels – ***1/4 – 2 (Royal Rumble)
Shawn Michaels Vs Kurt Angle – ***1/4 – 2 (Vengeance)
John Cena Vs Chris Jericho Vs Christian – ***1/4 – 2 (Vengeance)
Batista Vs Triple H – ***1/4 – 2 (Backlash)
Batista Vs Eddie Guerrero – ***1/4 – 2 (No Mercy)
Orlando Jordan Vs Chris Benoit – ***1/2 – 3 (The Great American Bash)
JBL Vs The Big Show – ***1/2 – 3 (No Way Out)
Chris Jericho Vs Shelton Benjamin – ***1/2 – 3 (Backlash)
Chris Masters Vs Shawn Michaels – ***1/2 – 3 (Unforgiven)
Shawn Michaels Vs Hulk Hogan – ***1/2 – 3 (SummerSlam)
Batista, JBL, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio & Bobby Lashley Vs Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, carlito & Chris Masters – ***1/2 – 3 (Survivor Series)
Chris Benoit Vs Edge – ***1/2 – 3 (Backlash)
The Undertaker Vs Heidenreich – ***1/2 – 3 (Royal Rumble)
JBL Vs Kurt Angle Vs The Big Show – ***3/4 – 4 (Royal Rumble)
30 Man Royal Rumble Match – ***3/4 – 4 (Royal Rumble)
Triple H Vs Randy Orton – ***3/4 – 4 (Royal Rumble)
Batista Vs Triple H – **** – 5 (Vengeance)
The Undertaker Vs Randy Orton – ****1/4 – 6 (WrestleMania)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio – ****1/4 – 6 (Judgment Day)
Shawn Michaels Vs Kurt Angle – ****1/2 – 7 (WrestleMania)
Chris Jericho Vs Christian Vs Chris Benoit Vs Kane Vs Shelton Benjamin Vs Edge – ****1/2 – 7 (WrestleMania)
The Undertaker Vs Randy Orton & Bob Orton – ****1/2 – 7 (No Mercy)
The Undertaker Vs Randy Orton – ****1/2 – 7 (SummerSlam)
The Undertaker Vs Randy Orton – ****1/2 – 7 (Armageddon)
Triple H Vs Ric Flair – ****3/4 – 8 (Taboo Tuesday)
Matt Hardy Vs Edge – ****3/4 – 8 (Unforgiven)
Triple H Vs Batista Vs Randy Orton Vs Edge Vs Chris Jericho Vs Chris Benoit – ****3/4 – 8 (New Years Revolution)
Eddie Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio – ***** – 9 (The Great American Bash)

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