Batista vs Eddie Guerrero No Mercy 2005
First time seeing this match and I must say it was a lot of fun to watch. Match starts of with some basic chain grappling. Eddie gets frustrated as several attempts to escape a headlock by Batista proves null and after receiving a scoop slam off the rebound he quickly rolls to the outside. A frustrated Guerrero looks for help in the form of a steel chair but sets it back down after looking at it for some time. I don't know the storyline going into this match but the story of this match was basically Guerrero trying his best not to resort to underhanded tactics. After dropping the chair, Guerrero turns around to find Batista with his head sticking through the second rope. Batsita grabs Guerrero by the throat, raising him up on the apron but Guerrero is a desperate attempt to survive hot shots Batista.
From here Guerrero begins to wear down the big man constantly going after the back using a various amount of submission holds including body scissors, a half boston crab and a camel clutch. Guerrero brings his special brand pf psychology to the match once again by removing the tag rope. Just like how he contemplated using the chair, Guerrero fixes his eyes on the rope for quite some time but eventually drops, resorting to a legal tactic- a basic drop kick to the head.
Eddie attempts to get Batista into a Texas Cloverleaf but the size difference just won't allow Guerrero to get the big man on his stomach. Batista (who rarely is put in such a position) rolls Guerrero up with a small package but he kicks out. After getting to their feet, Batista reverses an irish whip sending Guerrero to the corner. However, Guerrero does an up and over and upon landing falls backwards knocking down the referee. Whether or not it was on purpose, we don't know. I'd like to think the momentum caused Guerrero to lose his balance and that's how he fell onto the ref
Guerrero once again brings his deep level of psychology into the match. Having realized a downed official, Guerrero returns to his trusty sidekick- the steel chair. Just as he is about to his The Animal with it, for the second time, Eddie drops the chair. Whatever it is, Eddie just doesn't want to resort to illegal tactics.
Batista begins to mount a comeback and just as he is about to put Guerrero away with the Batista Bomb, the bad back catches up with him. Guerrero hits the three amigos, climbs the turnbuckle and sets himself up for the frog splash. Eddie, realizing Batista wasn't completely out, rolls through the frog splash and runs straight into a spinbuster. Batista pinning Guerrero to retain the title.
I had this match at 4 stars up until the end. I don't know. It just seem to come out of nowhere and didn't feel like the big pay off such a match truly deserved. Still a great match though even with the out fo nowhere finish.