Triple H PPV Match Ratings : 2004-2006(Pre DX)
NYR 05 Elimination Chamber : **** 3/4
RR 05 vs Randy Orton : *** 1/2
WM 21 vs Batista : ***
BL 05 vs Batista : *** 3/4
Ven 05 vs Batista : **** 3/4
TT 05 vs Ric Flair : **** 1/4
SS 05 vs Ric Flair : **** 1/4
NYR 05 Chamber is fucking BO$$ and the best chamber of all time IMO. Everything clicked in this match. From Jericho/Benoit being absolute SEX , to the Edge/HBK scenario, all the way down to the whole Batista/Orton/Hunter triangle. It has all the spots, storytelling, and psychology to make it one of the greatest matches in WWF/WWE history, let alone 05. Hunter's heel performance and how he just lets Batista get pinned is awesome in it's own right. Hunter capturing his 10th world title is probably my favourite moment of all time too, as evidenced by my avatar
The whole concussion angle they took during the Orton match upped it in value from their Unforgiven match quite a bit. To see Hunter just attack the head like the ruthless bastard that he is, just made this match rock to me. Hunter just picks apart Orton's defense with ease and powers his way to a win. Can you ask for anything else out of Hunter besides a dominant performance at this point ?
Anybody who knows me will tell you that I'm a huge fan of the HHH-Batista series. The Wrestlemania match definitely wasn't WMME worthy, except for the kick ass HHH entrance and the ending moments, but this match was pretty good on it's own if you give it a seperate watch. The back work by HHH is pretty solid, and the interference by Flair is something in itself. Definitely a carry job by Hunter, but he helped elevate Batista in this feud. I fucking LOVE the Backlash match, and that kick ass storyline that Batista is afraid of the pedigree. Triple H goes for it the entire match, and all of Hunter's offense revolves around hooking the Pedigree. I absolutely love the HHH-Taker WM-17 esque ending to this match as well. The drama in the match was incredibly solid as well. I've reviewed the Batista-cell match at Vengeance about 400 times as well, and my thoughts about that are well known. One of the greatest cell matches ever and Batista's best match IMO. If you want to know anything else, just go look at my in depth review.
The Flair PPV duo to end the year are two entirely different works of mastery. The Steel Cage match is one of the best cage matches of all time. It had a throwback slow pace, reminiscent of Race-Flair, but it was so rich in story that I was on the absolute edge of my seat the entire time I was watching it. The bladejobs are something to behold, and the story that Flair was a weak old man on his last leg was fantastic. The second best old-man Flair match IMO. The BEST old man Flair match IMO, was the Survivor Series LMS match between Flair and Hunter. What a fucking WAR these two engaged in. From the fight through the crowd, all the way down to Hunter's words of STAY DOWN OLD MAN, this match gives me chills. It's more brutal than the cage match, and the storytelling is simple ; Flair can't hang with Hunter, so ALL of his offense is dirty like only Ric Flair can execute. The spots are FANTASTIC, and once again the violence is off the charts. Love how strong both men look coming out of this as well.
at the end of the day, 2005 was a BALLIN' year for Hunter. Although his worst match came at the worst possible time (Wrestlemania Main Event) , it was still a very good match. He Wrestled in FOUR all time classics, and a few great matches on the side. The HIAC and EC matches, as well as the Flair series is required viewing. So watch it, now. Hunter was on FIRE lately, and this momentum would continue through the first months of 2006, where he would wrestle in 3 consecutive **** matches.. Then it all went downhill.