World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (c) vs. Shawn Michaels
After Michaels was nominated as Triple H’s opponent earlier in the evening, this should be a good match but at this point had being exhausted a little bit as this was the fifth time they had faced each other on pay-per-view in 2004. Something a bit more refreshing like Edge vs. Triple H would be nice but given the severity of Michaels injury, I’m not expecting a lot from this plus Triple H wasn’t producing fantastic contests at this time and people were a little fed up with him being rammed down their throats. Anyhow, Triple H is very dominant over HBK, taking advantage of the knee injury which is severely limiting the capability of HBK…maybe he would have being better sitting this one out and giving us someone else in the spotlight. Triple H does further damage when he locks in the Figure Four but Michaels sells it really well and makes it look even more convincing with his facial expressions before he is eventually able to get the ropes forcing Triple H to break the move. Michaels is able to mount a comeback, almost quite weak and flimsy which suits the selling of his beating well. After the referee is distracted by an interfering Batista, Michaels is able to hit the Sweet Chin Music on Triple H only to then be taken out by Edge with a spear, allowing Triple H to pick up the pin fall victory. Sadly, but maybe slightly understandable, this has got to be the worst match I’ve seen between these two…yes their Royal Rumble 2004 outing wasn’t great (mainly the finish) but I lost interest in this match exceptionally quickly.
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We then go backstage to a completely shaven Bischoff, who frankly looks a lot better before we return to Lawler and JR who are once again recapping on the events of the evening…boy, they are killing time doing this after every match but after what seems like another lifetime, we are off to our next match
Choose the Stipulation: Ric Flair vs. Randy Orton
A nice promo is shown for this match, depicting the the intensity which has being built between the two in such a short period of time but it also shows Orton basically comparing Flair to a lap dog but I can’t help but notice how much Flair has aged in the 11 years since this match and noticeably less hair. Anyhow, we go back to The Coach who goes through the various match stipulations , and it is announced as a Steel Cage match with 68%. I cannot quite figure why this match is finishing the show, surely this should have being before the World Championship. Anyhow, Flair makes his way out first to a mixed reaction followed by Orton, to a particularly average reaction which isn’t good considering he is suppose to be one of the top faces at the time. The action starts of very back and forth, until Flair starts to be the dominant force in this match and quickly busts Orton open after slamming him into the cage. If anything, with Flair in control it shows how limited his in-ring capability became in his later years, he would have fared much better had he being used on a sporadic basis rather than regularly, at this time he was more beneficial as the manager of Evolution rather than being a glorified jobber but Flair is eventually busted open by Orton, who also exposes his bottom in the process to the disgust of fans. Flair eventually nails Orton with the brass knuckles to which he surprisingly kicks out but he then decides to attempt an escape but fails bringing a chair into the match in the process. He goes to take his head off with the chair, but Orton ducks and takes out Flair with an RKO to pick up the win in an average match, which was a little bit slow paced for my liking.
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
The Taboo Tuesday was an exceptionally novel concept in 2004, but was a little bit wasted as the WWE made it to predictable with their choices and directed the way in which fans should vote. Given the circa December 2015 condition of the WWE, something like this could be of benefit to rejuvenate interest in the project. The show itself, was okay it did tell the story which was needed but most of the matches weren’t good in the slightest because nothing wowed the audience and made them stand up For example, whilst Benjamin vs Jericho was good, it wasn’t great because it felt like it missed something unique. The way in which the card was laid out was interesting also, because a decent card layout should build from start to finish whereas this had several flat moments after flat moments, there weren’t any noticeable highlights. It is easy viewing, but be braced to get a little bored at times if you want to watch it yourself here on the WWE Network, I’m either way I could happily not watched it but glad I did because for some reason I thought it would be a good one…
Show Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars