Old School Review: Taboo Tuesday 2004
For my next Old School Review, I shall be bringing you an event which I have being thinking about looking at for a while because it was a unique moment in WWE history because whilst the WWE steered the audience towards a specific outcome, it allowed the audience greater interaction with the WWE product. The event, Taboo Tuesday 2004 allowed WWE to choose opponents, stipulations or consequences and featured Triple H versus Shawn Michaels for the World Heavyweight Championship plus Ric Flair battling Randy Orton. I’m intrigued with this event, and I look forward to bringing you my next Old School Review of Taboo Tuesday
The inaugural Taboo Tuesday begins with a video package about destiny and how WWE fans are in control. This show granted is very unique and could potentially work well in 2015 given the advances in technology and social media. Anyhow, our commentators are Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross with The Coach announcing the voting results before we are joined by the Divas for the results of their fulfill your fantasy battle royal which will see them dressed as Schoolgirls (53%). Anyhow, we are now off to our first match…
Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs. ? ? ?
The Coach goes through the choices of opponent, and it is announced that Shelton Benjamin will face Jericho (see below for voting breakdown). Now, this should be a good way to open this novel PPV concept, both men are exceptionally talented and athletic. The match starts off with a series of traditional wrestling holds out like arm bars and drags which is refreshing to see before It starts to become a very back and forth contest. The action is very solid, and I think Jericho is the heel here, to be honest he plays that role exceptionally well. Whilst it is solid, unfortunately it seems to lack something to give it t that sparkle and shine…it could you easily be forgotten as nothing memorable happens to make you go “WOW” but anyway, Benjamin wins the championship following a T-Bone suplex much to everyone’s surprise. After the bell, Jericho shakes his hand before leaving.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to Todd Grisham with the three potential World Championship competitors, aedge, Chris Benoit and Shawn Michaels who all cut a promo on winning the title before we go back to The Coach to announce the winner, Shawn Michaels (39%) and the other two will team for a World Tag Team Title match.
Women’s Championship – Fulfill your Fantasy Battle Royal: Trish Stratus (c) vs. Jazz vs. nidia vs. Molly holly vs. Gail Kim vs. Victoria vs. Stacy Keibler
Not expecting much from this to see frank, the Divas division at this time was exceptionally questionable with the content it produced. Anyhow the match begins quickly and the eliminations come thick and fast (what a surprise) the match is pathetic…it is nothing more than quick filler material and is not really serving a purpose. The final two comes down to Trish and Molly, and Trish quickly wins this tea break material to retain her championship.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to Todd Grisham who is with La Resistance, whom aren’t happy about having to defend their titles in America. I liked La Resistance, they could easily generate a lot of heat.
Choice of Weapons match: Gene Snitsky vs. Kane (w/ Lita)
A pretty good promo is shown depicting their feud, just a shame Snitsky was rubbish…anyhow it is announced this match will be a Chain match (49%) before Snitsky comes out first to virtually no reaction before Kane comes out to a mediocre reaction. Lita follows Kane to the best reaction of the three, before the action quickly gets underway with Kane being dominant over Snitsky before the chain soon comes from into play. Snitsky eventually mounts a comeback and starts to whip and choke Kane with chain, and remains very dominant over Kane, beating him down cosiderably. The match itself, is a pretty mediocre pace because Kane, as good as he is, doesn’t seem to work well with Snitsky but his talent could be posted on a postage stamp. It is actually a little boring if I am honest, the action is much of the same from both men and doesn’t inspire you to want to watch this match. Snitsky eventually gets a chair involved and continues to take Kane down despite comeback attempts. After crushing Kane’s throat with a steel chair, Snitsky is able to pick up the pin fall victory in another match which could be seen as filler material, which is a shame as their buildup promo was really good. After the match, medics attend to Kane who is selling his injuries quite well with a concerned Lita, which I find hilarious given Kane and Lita’s backstory going into this match. After they attempt to wheel Kane out, Snitsky once again attacks Kane to lots of profanity from JR.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to Todd Grisham, with a peeved Edge about not being in the title match and implicitly refers to Michaels as a has-been and the shot at the tag titles is pretty much a consolation prize. We now go back to the arena, with The Coach discussing the stipulations for the forthcoming match.