No Way Out 2005:
1) WWE Tag Team Championship:
Eddie Guerrero/Rey Mysterio vs Basham Brothers(c) ~ **1/2
2) Booker T vs John Heidenreich ~ DUD
3) WWE Cruiserweight Championship - Gauntlet Match:
Shoichi Funaki(c) vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs Paul London vs Spike Dudley vs Shannon Moore vs Akio ~ *1/2
4) The Undertaker vs Luther Reigns ~ 1/2*
5) Finals of the Road to WrestleMania Tournament:
John Cena vs Kurt Angle ~ ***
6) WWE Championship - Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match:
John Bradshaw Layfield(c) vs Big Show ~ *1/2
Finally gave this PPV a watch. Oof. Not like I missed out on much here.
I will give credit to the main event not being nearly as abyssmal as one could believe. It did what it needed to do. Plus, it had a finish that honestly nobody saw coming once JBL was deemed DOA in the giant hole. Looking at the positives...
Cena vs Angle was a disapointment, despite it being the easy MOTN. While it was a solid wrestling contest it didn't have any real defining moments that made it pop. It is NOTHING like their superb bout from No Mercy 2003. I used that as the measuring stick walking in. Didn't end like I would have hoped.
Tag Titles was a total carry job. Bashams suck. Mysterio is grand. Eddie is legit - definition of brilliant.
Heidenreich is garbage.
Luther Reigns channeled the Nasty Boys by only using CLUBBERIN. Ugh.
Cruiserweights were jipped for time, but Paul London rules.
Anything else...? No. That's about it.
Eddie Guerrero's backstage pep-talk to John Cena about the importance of the WWE Championship shot was the defining moment of this PPV. The passion behind it was truly remarkable. FUXIN EDDIE