OSR: WWE SummerSlam 2006 Review
In this edition of the OSR, we go back to a time when the booking logic was “Older is Better”…every participant on the show was above the age of 30, with the oldest being Vince McMahon at the tender age of 61. But this event is notable for being the final in-ring appearance of Hulk Hogan to date but also the first time the ECW Championship had being defended under the WWE umbrella. With three world championships on the line throughout the night and three brands represented, who will reign supremacy as the WWE returns to Boston with the hometown boy John Cena in the main event, the OSR remembers a very questionable time in the WWE with the SummerSlam 2006 Review…
The opening promo for the show highlights the three main feuds going into the event, but annoyingly DX versus The McMahon’s seems to be given a priority over the championship matches. But the emphasis is put down to it being the biggest part of the summer, before we head into the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with our trio of announce teams representing their respective brands; Michael Cole and JBL representing SmackDown, JR and The King representing RAW along with Joey Styles and Tazz representing ECW. In all honesty, this is slightly too much and a condensed version of an announce team would have being more effective. Anyhow, before long we are off to the first match of the evening.
Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero
Both men make their way to the ring, with their own respective video packages being shown to highlight the relationship both men had with the late Eddie Guerrero. Already this is off-putting, less than a year from his death and they are cashing in on it…let the wounds heal a little bit first. Anyhow, the match quickly gets underway with Chavo in control of the match and whilst Rey does have some brief moments with the momentum, it is ultimately Chavo who succeeds in being victorious following Vickie Guerrero accidentally knocking Rey off the top rope. This was an okay match, but with a weak…well, poorly thought story behind it.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero
Match Rating: 1.5 our of 5.0 Stars
ECW Championship: The Big Show (c) vs. Sabu
A video clip is shown of how this match come together, before both men make their way to the ring and it slowly gets underway. And I mean slowly. This match really comes across as one of those what the hell moments. You really do begin to wonder whether you have taken leave of your senses with this match. There are numerous botches throughout the match which make you think what the hell, one of which is notable when Sabu brings the match to a halt when he slips off the table so he can put it back in the right position. Eventually. Show is able to pick up the win in an absolutely abysmal match, which would have being so much better had it not happened. Styles and Tazz are over-hyping this massively, it was awful.
Winner: The Big Show, to retain the ECW Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars