The biggest Superstars of RAW and SmackDown! clash at Royal Rumble to determine who will go to WrestleMania 21 as the heavyweight contender. The Road to WrestleMania begins as RAW and SmackDown! present WWE Royal Rumble.
With this being the first PPV for 2005, it fell short of what I expected. The only match that was good was the Elimination Chamber Match which pitted Chris Jericho, Edge, Triple H, Chris Benoit, Batista and Randy Orton, with Shawn Michaels as the guest referee. Why Triple H won the title again, is anyone's guess, but overall 10/10.
Unfortunately the undercard was rubbish. Match one pitting World Tag champs, William Regal and Eugene against Christian and Tyson Tomko, was a disappointment, because Eugene hurt himself during the match. This match went on for 11 minutes before Regal and Eugene got the pin. Match number 2 wasn't good either as Lita suffered a torn ACL in her match with Trish Stratus. Then Jerry 'the king' Lawler battled hatted Iraqi sympathiser Muhammed Hassan. This was a bore and Hassan won.
The Shelton Benjamin was put into a match with Tough Enough 1 winner Maven. The WWE management had little faith in Maven's abilities, that they ordered him to shout at the audience for nearly 10 minutes. Benjamin then covered him, and then again, when Maven ordered a rematch! The next match bought back memories of the triple threat hardcore match at Wrestlemania 17, which featured Raven vs Big Show vs Kane. It was that bad, featuring some of the worst brawling since the Sandman gave up drinking, Kane covered Gene Snitsky, in a terrible brawl! The efforts of HHH, HBK, Edge, Batista, Y2J, Orton and Benoit make this a PPV to remember because of the main event, but other than that stay away from it!
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