So continuing our buck for the regular old school review, this week I shall be bringing you a rather questionable event from 2004 which I have an exceptionally vague recollection of, but can remember the storyline and feuds which were ongoing at the time. This event was nominated to me by Lucas, so here I bring you my old school review of Survivor Series 2004, presented by RAW and SmackDown!…
The event actually begins with a really cool opening package highlighting the history of the event within the WWE but the importance of survival within the event itself. Before long, we are taken to ringside with Michael Cole and Tazz calling the action for SmackDown! with Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross calling the action for RAW before we jump to the first match of the night…
WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Rey Mysterio vs. Billy Kidman vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Spike Dudley
This should be quite a cool match to start the event, and what is nice is their is a mention of the history between Kidman and Guerrero which adds a layer of complexity to the match, but I like the arrogance and heelish nature of both Spike and Kidman. Now, the Crusierweight division is something that is sorely missed in the WWE today because it gave another style of wrestling but when it was exclusive to SmackDown! it was one of the key features which defined it from RAW. Absolutely cracking match to kick off the show, with lots of fast paced and high flying action which is really entertaining to watch, needed to be slightly longer though as it could have being much better. Spike eventually retains after pinning Chavo in a great match.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to Heidenreich with Paul Heyman, before they are joined by Snitsky in a really weird segment, they complement each other on various things (poetry and what Snitsky does to babies) but it is utterly bizarre, it almost comes across as very homo-erotic somewhat – yes, I went there but that was weird.
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin
There isn’t any promo or buildup for this match sadly, as this could have added so much to the match but this match has the potential to be really good. Both men are credible and solid performers in the ring, and can tell a variety of different stories. After a really back and forth contest, involving interference from Tyson Tomko, Shelton Benjamin retains the championship after nailing Christian with a T-Bone belly-to-belly suplex, in what was a really great match but should have had a bit more time to be truly fantastic but still good nonetheless.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We now backstage to Kurt Angle, who is hunting down Edge to confront him over the contents of his book but they also talk Shawn Michaels before Kurt walks off and bumps into Eugene (sigh) who ends the segment with a singing rendition of “You Suck”…was an okay segment till Eugene got involved when I lost interest.
Traditional Four-on-Four Elimination Match – Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak and Carlito vs The Big Show, Rob Van Dam, Eddie Guerrero and John Cena
Now, to my surprise this match begins with no buildup or hype for this match which I find really bizarre considering the history between Eddie/Kurt and Cena/Carlito but the action begins very quickly with Cena and Carlito fighting into the backstage area before Carlito hightails it from the arena after high jacking a car. Anyhow, the in-ring action begins with Big Show dictating his only able pace but this match would be so much better if Big Show wasn’t on it because he doesn’t do anything for the team dynamic to be honest. After whittling down to a three-on-one contest, Angle found himself alone in the match before he was eventually eliminated following a succession of finishers to allow Team Guerrero to pick up the win, in a match that really disappointed me. Firstly, it needed longer as it felt rushed but some of the action seemed very lackluster and not as enjoyable as it should.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars