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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Randomly watched Hardy/Edge from Summerslam 2005 the other day, can't recall seeing it that many times since I watched it live back in 2005 and back then I hated it and thought it was god-awful.
Turns out its actually one of the better sub 10 minute matches in company history, both men throw some excellent punches and really get across the hatred in a chaotic brawl. Hardy's bump off of the spear was brutal as was the drop onto the ring post and subsequent beatdown by Edge. Hardy's selling was flat out astounding and really got the finish over tremendously, Matt's often overlooked in the grandscheme of things but in 05-07 he was a really good worker capable of some great matches when paired with the ideal partner on TV or PPV. He throws some really great punches here (something again he usually doesn't get enough credit for) and bumps big, two key aspects necessary for a hate filled brawl. Edge was also really good with his strikes, including a headbutt which was a totally unexpected move from him, especially with the issues I generally have with his offence.
I understand the dispute over the finish, but to me it was the right call. Firstly the feud was aimed at pushing Edge onto the next level as a heel, and seeing that sort of beatdown not only made him appear more vicious and credible, but also got him more heat given everyone back then wanted Matt to kick his arse. Secondly, the fact it was under 10 minutes meant the pace was far more chaotic and it really added to the feud that the match could end in that fashion, rather than a dragged out 15 minute match which wouldn't have served the same purpose. Thirdly, Matt's subsequent revenge in the Cage Match felt all the more earned on the back of this match, and his booking in the Ladder Match on Raw made him look as good as he could in defeat (what with it being a glorified Handicap match by the end).
I do however appreciate seeing Matt lose in such fashion could be argued as killing some of his momentum, but personally I found it a better finish considering how short and violent the match was, where a flash finish works much better to put over the feud and hatred in the story.