"Yeah I said it, this was the best WWE PPV of the year...MAYBE the best PPV of the year period. This PPV was proof that WWE can put out the best product when they are motivated. The story is that two weeks earlier, ECW One Night Stand happened and Stephanie McMahon & Triple H (who both didn't want to do the ECW PPV) along with the rest of the creative team didn't want a PPV based off another promotion to do better buyrates & overshadow their own product. Anyways, whatever the motivation was...it worked because this again was the best WWE PPV of the year.
Intercontinental Champion Carlito vs. Shelton Benjamin - Great opening match & the best match in Carlito's career up to this point since he was actually more worried about putting on a good match than being a comedy character. Carlito won & Shelton continued to be buried for the rest of his WWE career for some reason that I'll never be able to figure out.
Victoria vs. Christy Hemme - Well, nothing much to say here except it was better than her WrestleMania match against Trish Stratus.
Kane vs. Edge w/Lita - This was almost like art imitiating life as in real life, Lita left Matt Hardy to get with Edge but in WWE...Kane played the role of Hardy. This was a much better match than their previous ones.
Lilian Garcia calls Viscera out to sing to him & propose before The Godfather returns for one night & offers the Ho-Train to Big Vis who chooses the girls over Lilian.
HBK vs. Kurt Angle - They threw this match together at the last minute but thank god, they did. This doesn't touch their WrestleMania match but it comes very VERY close. Another modern day classic encounter.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian - Awesome triple threat match with, of course, Tomko tryin' to get his shots in as well. We all know whenever you involve Jericho & Christian in the same match...you'll get something worth watching.
Hell In A Cell: World Champion Batista vs. Triple H - Another awesome match that tops their WrestleMania match by so many points (I didn't see the Backlash rematch). You could see the ECW influence in this match as so many hardcore weapons (barbed wire chairs for example) were used. Triple H bleeds buckets once again and is one of this best matches of the night period. Batista wins with a spinebuster on top of the ring steps (the same ending you saw at SummerSlam with JBL.)
DVD extras included the press conference where you heard various ECW chants & references towards Bischoff & Angle along with a Hardy...I mean "party" chant towards Lita & Edge. There's also footage of Triple H leaving the ring after the match to a standing ovation, a backstage confrontation between Triple H, Flair & Batista and an interview with with Lilian Garcia. There's also a backstage segment with Jericho & Christian & Tomko that sets up the match from RAW the next night which is a bonus match on this DVD: Jericho, Tomko, and Christian vs. Cena, HBK and HULK HOGAN!
Again, the best WWE PPV of the year & behind the WrestleMania 21 set as the best DVD event to get."
DNA's Vengeance 2005 review
jo | nsw | 07/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"WOW! Vengeance has got to be the best Raw brand ppv ever. The matches are 1.Carlito vs Shelton Benjamin- I.C title This was a surprisingly good match with loads of near falls and the crowd was actually cheering for Carlito which was strange.Benjamin was impressive as always and it was Carlito's best match yet in the wwe. 7.5/10
2.Victoria vs Christy Hemme Not that good of a womens match,it was more of a cat fight mixed with some wrestling.Christy just isnt ready to wrestle yet.It is definately watchable though with some decent offense by Victoria. 5/10
3.Kane vs Edge I wasn't really looking forward to this match as there past encounters have been average at best but this was a Very entertaining match.Good effort by both men and easily there best match together.The overbooking really made the end more exciting.This was Edge's 1st loss on ppv this year which made me happy.7/10
4.Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle One of the best matches in the history of wrestling.Absolutely brilliant, i dont know how shawn and kurt do it but this match shows just how talented they really are.Theres brawling, technical wresling and some great spots including a german suplex onto the annouance table which didnt budge at all and a wicked powerbomb into the top turnbuckle.I could go on and on but all you need to know is that this is an almost perfect match.The only thing i can think of against it is that there Wrestlemania match was slightly more special to me. 10/10
We then get a segment with Lillian asking Viscera to marry him.A waste of time but it was really just used to give us a break from the action as we did just watch the best match we may ever see so it does serve its purpose...i suppose.
5.John cena vs Chris Jericho vs Christian - WWE Championship Great match and effort by all 3 men.Soo much better than i expected.Probably in the top 5 best triple threat matches ever in the WWE.John cena suits this match very well and he gives his best performance yet.Lots of false finishes and some great moves such as the powerbomb superplex keep this mach feeling fresh and exciting. 8.5/10
6.Batista vs HHH - Hell in a cell Worldheavyweight Championship I was shocked at just how good this match was, a brutal hardcore hell in a cell match with chains, barb wire steel chairs and the steel steps were all brought into use, the cell wasnt actually used that much due to the other weapons being used.Highlights include a spine buster into the steel steps and Batista actually kicked out of a pedigree.Easily the match of Batista's life and a great effort by HHH. 9/10
overall 9/10 This ppvwas great and is Definatlty worth buying
Outstanding first ppv for smackdown!
C. Golden | Springfield MA | 08/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This, besides Wrestlemania XIX, was by far the best pay per view of 2003. It had a little bit of everything, from soap opera style matches, to great pure wrestling.
United States Championship Eddie Guererro v. Chris Benoit ****1/2 GREAT opening match and they gave it tons of time. Each time these two go at it, it's going to be a great match. Eddie's antics at the end are great as always!
Indecent Proposal Match Jamie Noble v. Billy Gunn w/ Torrie Wilson ** The match itself is very short and nothing spectacular. But I must say, Jamie Noble is hysterical. Torrie's reactions are even better. great for what it was.
APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl **1/2 Just plain funny. No real wrestling here, just plain stupidity. The Easter Bunny getting thrown through the glass was worth it.. Brother Love was good, and so was an extremely drunk Funaki at the bar. Not meant to be good wrestling, just pure entertainment, and odly enough, it does the trick.
WWE Tag Team Championship WGTT (c) v. Rey Mysterio/Billy Kidman *** GREAT tag team match. Haas and Benjamin were a great team and they had outstanding chemistry with Mysterio and Kidman. Excellent tag match.
Sable v. Stephanie MacMahon *1/2 The only stinker on the night. Steph just can't wrestle. Sable can, but didn't for whatever reason. Kinda pointless really.
Mr. MacMahon v. Zach Gowen ***1/2 Outstanding chemistry and psychology with these two. Neither one are anything close to mat masters, but IMO, didn't really need it. The build up to the match was great and Gowen held his own. The chair spot at the end is pretty wicked! Good match overall.
The Undertaker v. John Cena ****1/2 I loved this match. These guys really put a lot into it, and both did a brilliant job playing into their storyline. Really good in ring work with the two as well. The ending was even appropriate... I really do prefer a heel cena... works much better then his dopey character nowadays.
WWE Championship Triple Threat Match Brock Lesnar (c) v. Kurt Angle v. The Big Show ****1/2 Another great match. Triple Threats usually aren't anything to be excited about, but these guys had the timeing right, their spots worked well, and it wasn't a total finisher-fest. Great moment with Angle winning the title in the end. Even Big Show, who's usually slow and plodding, really held up his end of the bargain in this match. Great show finisher.
Overall, this is an excellent ppv. Even the matches I rated low, were very entertaining. PPV's don't get too much better then this one save, the big four (Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, Summerslam, and Survivor Series)... absolute buy. No extras, but the card itself was outstanding. Buy it."
A Near Complete Card!
Ervin Griffin | Bluefield, WV | 07/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once in a while, the WWE puts on a card that is damn near perfect! WWE Vengeance 2005 is one of those cards.
Carlito Vs. Shelton Benjamin - Good opener. Not really that impressed with Carlito but he plays his heel role pretty good. Shelton just didn't seem like himself in this match but still put on a good show. Match ends with Carlito baiting Benjamin into a "Stinger Splash" into the exposed turnbuckle. Carlito quickly pins Shelton to retain.
Christy Hemme Vs. Victoria - Worst match on the card but it was better than I thought it would be. I am glad Victoria won because Christy is pushed way too much (though that isn't totally her fault/blame the WWE management for that one)! DID like the mean streak they are trying to give her (Christy) though. If they let her grow at her own pace, she could be the one to step in one day should Trish Stratus go away. Trish, interesting enough, traveled a similar road as Christy (only she didn't strip for PLAYBOY) so she could almost be a good mentor to Christy. They ought to consider putting Trish/Christy together as a duo (kind of like Gail Kim/Molly Holly was at one point). Anyway, getting off point here! Just a random thought.
Kane Vs. Edge - Better than expected! Crowd is merciless on Lita (who admittedly was looking sexy/never had a great face but the body is on point) and deservedly so though neither man in the ring was a choir boy! Last 5 minutes makes the whole match! Kane wins with his chokeslam after surviving interference from Gene Snitzky.
Shawn Michaels Vs. Kurt Angle - I've read many that said this was better than their match at WrestleMania 21. I don't know about that as I think both matches were great but in different ways. The first time was more stalemated. It went back and forth until Angle finally took the match with the anklelock submission. This time, Angle actually controlled most of the match which included a sick German Suplex on Michaels into the announcer table which didn't break! OUCH!
Michaels had to fight from behind moreso in this one than in the first encounter. Ending mirrored the RAW classic between Michaels/Shelton Benjamin just weeks before this match! Didn't look as devestating but it was a good way to end it. Great match by both men.
John Cena Vs. Christian Vs. Chris Jericho - In the first WWE title match on a RAW PPV (and the first one called by Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler in years), Cena came out looking great. Of course, when you have the talented Christian and Y2J working the match with you, you are going to look decent! Nice looking triple slam near the end of the match! Cena wins after great back and forth action.
Batisa Vs. HHH - I have seen nearly every Hell In The Cell on PPV since the match was introduced in 1997. This match has to be in the top 5! I'd stop short of calling it the best HITC ever but its definitely in the top 5.
What I like most about this match is that it was settled inside the Cell. Not that I didn't like them fighting on top of the Cell but most guys can't/won't do what Mick Foley did in his HITC encounters with The Undertaker and HHH nor should they be expected to do so.
I also liked the strategic use of weapons. It wasn't a weapon-fest but they used it at very logical times! The match is a long one but its worth every minute to watch! Great main event!
Extras include Triple H being helped from the ring to a near standing ovation. Not a "Game" fan but he deserved the appalause. Also shows an interview with Flair and HHH afterwards were Batista makes an unexpected appearance! What happens there may shock you!
Also has the press conference that took place the week of Vengeance and as a bonus match, it has John Cena, Shawn Michaels & Hulk Hogan Vs. Chris Jericho, Christian and Tyson Tomko!
Great card and pretty good DVD!"
The Best Event of 2005
Scotty 2 Hotty 24 | Back Woods, GEORGIA | 01/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every now and then WWE will put on a ppv that is nearly perfect from start to finish. And Vengeance is one of those ppv's. Which means in my eyes Vengance was RAW's & the WWE's Greatest PPV of 2005. I highly recommend purchasing this event.
Intercontinental Champion Carlito Vs. Shelton Benjamin - This is a fantastic opener. Carlito has just won the IC Title from Benjamin on the past RAW. The match was very good and having fast paced action all the way through. Very strong opener and the ending was pulled off very cleanly. 4/5
Christy Hemme Vs. Victoria - This was an average women's match and the only weak part of the ppv. Just little things here and there to look out for. 2.5/5
Kane Vs. Edge w/Lita - Very good match between these two. Kane really shows his technical skills in this match. He really did look very good in this match. I really enjoyed this match but I still prefer their cage match from RAW as their best match during their feud here. Very good match. 4.25/5
Shawn Michaels Vs. Kurt Angle - This rematch was just awesome. And it defiantely lived up to their match from WM 21. But the match is very different though. You see different spots in this match that you didn't see from their Mania match like when Angle suplexes HBK onto the table and powerbombing HBK into the turnbuckle. I loved the ending and it worked in very good. Phenomenal rematch from two of the greatest of all time. 5/5
Chris Jericho Vs. WWE Champion John Cena Vs. Christian - A very good but not great Triple Threat match. Some good wrestling from all three men. This match is also Cena's 1st RAW PPV and it's also the first time since Vengeance 2001 where the WWE Title and the World Heavyweight Title were both defended on a same brand PPV. Cena wins with the FU on Christian. 4/5
World Heavyweight Champion Batista Vs. Triple H (Hell In A Cell Match) - This was an incredible Hell In A Cell match. Everything you expect in a HIAC match & more. Very sickening spots in this one that involves both Batista & HHH using a chair wrapped in barbed wire on each other & beating each other with a steel chain. This is one of the best HIAC matches I have ever seen. Tremendous finsh to an outstanding event. 5/5
As I pointed out earlier. I highly recommend this event. Nothing bad or wrong about this event at all. A great PPV all around."