Get ready for 2005, Choke2Death. There were tons of great feuds and moments (HHH/Batista, Hardy/Edge, Angle/HBK, Orton/Undertaker, Christian's rise, HHH/Flair, ONS, Guerrero/Mysterio matches, MNM, Benoit/Booker T, Hassan). However, there were so many absolutely awful parts of that year as well (Cena's first reign of terror, Chris Masters, Kurt Angle jobbing out, Guerrero/Mysterio storyline, Batista's string of terrible matches, Smackdown midcard/PPVs, death of Cruiserweight division, Hogan, Big Show, weak television).
I am well ready for it. And funny you say that about Cena's reign because I've loved the bits of it I've seen. As a huge Cena fan, I expect to enjoy his supposed "reign of terror" throughout 05-07. SPECIALLY in 05 when he was still a fresh face in the main event. But it's all opinions, I guess. Similarly, I know you have enjoyed Phil's reign of terror this year whereas I've stopped watching thanks to it.
I remember Funaki's push very well lol. He wins a battle royale, holds the title for a couple of months then loses and becomes a jobber again. Very strange
I thought we would see the same thing happening (but this time winning the US title) when the Kung Fu Naki gimmick started.
I hate when they do this type of stop-start-stop pushes. It's so damn stupid and it's abused today more than ever.
Up to the Women's match on Bad Blood 2004, a bit meh so far.
Get ready to enjoy the Benoit/Kane match which is absolutely awesome but also be prepared to fall asleep thanks to the HIAC main event which is absolutely terrible.
Edge vs Chris Benoit (Steel Cage)
- Raw 22/11/04 (*** - Decent at best, surprised that I didn't enjoy it much. Probably because it was a bit too short and the cage stipulation was not really put into effect as much as it should've. My least favorite cage match with Benoit. I prefer all the bouts with Angle, Rock and JBL to this.)
HHH vs Chris Benoit vs Edge
- Raw 29/11/04 (*** - Again, it was a decent match but feels a bit short and doesn't have that huge main event "thing" written all over it like such a match should. Still liked it while it lasted and the finish was a funny way to strip HHH off the title. I guess they did it just for the 10th reign and to reinsert Orton into the picture.)
Randy Orton vs Edge
- Raw 13/12/04 (***1/2 - Absolutely awesome match. This one gets a lot of time and both men put on their best in a decent back-and-forth well-paced match. Also about time I've seen a main event face get a decisive victory over a heel on Raw 04 since everything ends in DQ or a controversial win for the heels. This is a very underrated match that needs to be checked out by more!)