Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Randy Orton vs Chris Benoit (Smackdown 18-8-2005)
Before heading into SummerSlam, this match is the official go-home towards the biggest show of the summer and is a rematch in Toronto from 2004's SummerSlam. I remember watching it a long time ago but on a rewatch, I consider it even better than the first watch. Just smartly worked and Orton does a great job as the man that dominates most of it. From the slow first couple of minutes to him getting a bit more desperate after that thumb to the eye, the numerous clubbing blows to the chest and the Spike DDT, Orton is so good at playing the heel. I also liked how he dealt with the Gutwrench Neckbreaker botch here. He tries it twice but is unable to slam Benoit so instead of making them both look stupid, he puts on an arrogant smirk and simply gives Benoit a regular DDT. After building momentum and hitting his Rolling Germans as well as the Diving Headbutt, Benoit has to deal with Orlando Jordan's distraction which gives Orton enough time to hit the RKO for the victory. These two have unreal chemistry together and what's funny is that this might be one of their weaker matches. ****
SS 05 here I come!