| Date: January 9, 2005
| Venue: Coliseo De Puerto Rico | City: San Juan, Puerto Rico
| Attendance: 15, 764 | Buys: 49, 000
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New Year’s Revolution makes its debut in 2005 as a pay per view to see in the new year. This edition is a Raw brand show and as it stand there are only 6 matches booked for it. This is in part because of the main event being an Elimination Chamber for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Chris Benoit and Edge co-won a battle royal to earn an opportunity at Triple H’s title and in the triple threat match that followed Chris Benoit made Edge tap out at exactly the same time that Edge pinned Benoit’s shoulders to the mat for a three count. Due to there not being a clear-cut winner, the title was vacated and Eric Bischoff announced that a new champion would be crowned in an Elimination Chamber. So besides Triple H, Edge and Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho was added to the match along with Randy Orton and Batista. The 6 men would then wrestle in a beat the clock challenge with the winner entering the Chamber last. Batista won the challenge and will be the last man to be released from his pod tonight.
All of the Raw titles will be on the line tonight. Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjmain was pinned by the recently heel-turned Maven in a 6 man tag match a few weeks ago and now Maven has challenged Benjamin to a match for his title at New Year’s Revolution. The World Tag Team Championships will be defended by William Regal and Eugene against the team of Christian and Tyson Tomko. Christian and Tomko have picked up singles wins over Regal and Eugene in the last couple of weeks and now get a shot at the tag team titles. Trish Stratus and Lita main evented Raw a few weeks ago in a match where Lita won the Women’s Championship from Trish. Tonight Trish gets her re-match against Lita.
Also tonight Kane returns to action following the injury Gene Snitsky caused him. Snitsky has been bullying Lita since, following her around and even attacking her. Kane came to Lita’s rescue last week and now the two meet in a rematch from Taboo Tuesday. Also tonight, Muhammad Hassan, who has made his opinions on America very clear goes one on one with the man he attacked following a political debate, Jerry “The King” Lawler.
On Sunday Night Heat before the event, The Hurricane and Rosey defeated La Resistance.
The show kicks off with a short video package summing up the Elimination Chamber and how it’ll be affecting the quiet shores of Puerto Rico. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler then welcome us to the first ever New Year’s Revolution PPV.
William Regal & Eugene (c) vs. Christian & Tyson Tomko – World Tag Team Championship Match
It’s a first ever meeting between these two teams. And a first PPV defence for Regal and Eugene. Eugene wears a Hulk Hogan style t- shirt and headband with the word “Eugene” replacing Hulkamania. There is a very old school bell to signify the beginning of the match. William Regal and Christian start the match as a “Christian” sucks chant begins. These two men used to be in the Un-Americans together. There’s some nice chain wrestling in the early going and Regal hits a couple of knock-downs. Christian rolls Regal over for the first near fall of the night. Regal hits a hiptoss and then tags in Eugene to a good pop. Eugene hits Christian with a wedgie! I like the acoustics in this building. Christian has wrestled the most PPV matches without main eventing in the history of the WWE up to now.
Eugene hits some JYD headbutts and pretends to urinate on Christian. Christian tags out to Tomko. The crowd are behind Eugene but he gets knocked down by Tomko. Tomko chokes Eugene and then tags Christian back in. Eugene slides out of the ring and high fives some of the crowd. Tomko and christian go after him but Eugene goes under the ring. Eugene then knocks Christian into Tomko and rolls Christian up for a near fall. Eugene spins Christian with an aeroplane spin and then rides Christian around the ring. Tomko gets involved and chokeslams Eugene, spinning the momentum. Christian tags Tomko back in. Tomko has flattered to deceive so far in his WWE run. He hits Eugene with some standing elbows and then a running powerslam for a near fall. Tomko tags Christian in and he hits Eugene with a right hand and a slap.
Eugene starts to “Hulk up” and hits Christian with a big back body drop before tagging out to Regal. Regal hits Tomko with dropkicks and then goes after Christian but Tomko hits Regal with a boot to slow the match back down. Tyson drops an elbow for a near fall. Christian tags back in and hits a right hand which Regal sells like a pro. Christian gets a near fall, he’s busted Regals nose open. Christian applies a chinlock and breaks it with a right hand to the nose. Tomko hits a cheap shot on Regal and then Christian tags him in. A “Tomko sucks” chant breaks out as he throws Regal across the ring. Regal fights back with some knees but a cheap shot from Christian grounds the former Intercontinental Champion. Tomko applies a front face lock and Christian pulls Eugene off the apron so when Regal gets out of the front face lock there is no Eugene to tag in.
Tomko and Christian double team Regal but following an Irish whip, Regal and Tomko clash heads and both men hit the deck. Tomko then squashes Regal in the corner and hits a knee drop. Tomko misses with the next splash in the corner and then Regal tags in Eugene! Eugene hits Tomko with a big clothesline and dropkick. Eugene looks like he hurt his knee on that dropkick. Christian takes Eugene down and they can’t get him back up because he’s holding his knee. Tomko and Christian double clothesline Regal out of the ring and you can tell they’re looking to wrap this one up quickly now. Eugene rolls up Tomko and gets the 3! William Regal and Eugene win the match and retain their World Tag Team Championships tonight but you can tell Eugene is seriously hurt. Regal stays in character after the match, seeing to Eugene.
There’s a shot of Christy Hemme around the pool and she is looking great.
Christian and Tyson Tomko are backstage unhappy about their loss and they bump into Edge. Edge tells Christian that he has an idea involving him. Christian tells Tomko to kick his ass but Edge says that if Christian doesn’t want to be World Champion then fine. Edge must be asking for Christian assistance to win the World title with the offer for a first shot at him? I guess we’ll find out.
Next up is a VT for Lita and Trish Stratus.
Lita (c) vs. Trish Stratus – WWE Women’s Championship Match
This is a second singles PPV meeting between these two girls. Trish won the first by disqualification at Survivor Series. Trish has wrestled more PPV matches than any other woman in WWE history up to now. The last PPV match between the two didn’t really get started so hopefully this one will showcase the talent these two girls have. Lita beat Trish in the main event of Raw a few weeks ago for the title. Lita takes down Trish in the early going as the two try to out-do one another. Trish hits a kick and some forearm shots but Lita throws her challenger out of the ring. Lita goes out with her and then dives right on top of her which looked pretty bad. Lita holds her knee and looks in more pain than Trish does. Trish rolls Lita back in the ring and pins her but only for two.
Trish mounts Lita and hits her with some more forearm shots. Stratus then kicks away at both of Lita’s knees before applying a leglock. She breaks it and pins Lita but only for another near fall. Lita fights back but can’t get to her feet because of her knee. Trish goes back to work on Lita’s knee and then Trish nails her with a chick kick! Trish hooks the leg and wins the match and the Women’s title back. That’s two serious looking knee injuries from the first two matches. Both title matches have been wrapped up quickly. Trish wins though.
Chris Jericho is backstage getting ready for the Elimination Chamber.
Maria is now around the pool, just taking off her clothes as you do.
Edge is backstage and Eric Bischoff is trying to get his head around Edge wanting to take him out of the Elimination Chamber. Edge says that he doesn’t want Shawn Michaels to screw him out of the World title tonight. Edge then says that Christian could take his place in the Elimination Chamber and Edge could go up against the winner on Raw. Bischoff refuses so Edge demands that Michaels be taken out of the match. Bischoff continues to refuse to change the match and tells Edge to deal with it. Edge then bumps into Shawn Michaels in the corridor who tells Edge that he’ll be calling the match right down the middle. Michaels does say that if he is provoked then he will retaliate. Shawn says that if the opportunity arises then he’ll enjoy counting Edge’s shoulders to the mat. Undo, dos, tres.
Shelton Benjamin (c) vs. Maven – Intercontinental Championship Match
It’s a first meeting between these two men on pay per view. This is a big match for Maven! Benjamin has beaten the likes of Chris Jericho and Christian in singles matches on pay per view over the past few months. Maven has been a part of the WWE for three years now but this is his first PPV match as a heel. We’re told Eugene has a dislocated kneecap. Benjamin struggles to get any offence in as Maven keeps heading to the ropes. Maven then heads out of the ring. This one is taking a long time to get going. This is the most over I’ve ever seen Maven. He asks for a microphone, stands on a chair and tells the audience that he doesn’t know what they’re saying. This is terrible. Maven is looking for his first ever PPV victory tonight. Maven heads to the back, he wants his title shot in the USA. Maven u-turns and runs back to the ring where Benjamin rolls him up and wins the match. This was terrible.
Maven gets on the mic after the bell and says that didn’t count. Maven wants a re-match right now. Benjamin doesn’t seem keen so Maven tells Benjamin that it seems we have two Women’s Champions. Benjamin runs back to the ring, hits Maven with a T-bone suplex and pins Maven again to retain his title!
Another show of round the pool with Candice massaging oil into Christy’s back.
Chris Benoit is then shown getting ready for the Elimination Chamber with some press-ups.
We’re shown some footage from Raw with newcomers Muhammad Hassan and Daivari attacks Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Muhammad Hassan and Daivari. Hassan says the footage we’ve just seen is bias and spins what JR and Lawler had said before that. Hassan says he’s excited to be wrestling in Puerto Rico because the people here know what it’s like to be treated like second class citizens.
Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Muhammad Hassan
It’s a PPV debut for Muhammad Hassan who takes on a veteran in Jerry Lawler. Hassan is led to ringside by Daivari. Jim Ross then joins Jerry Lawler on his way down to the ring. Presumably Coach will jump on commentary for this match. No sign yet. Hassan starts the match with a powerslam. Lawler responds with a slam of his own. No commentary for this one then. Hassan hits five more powerslams and Lawler topples out of the ring. Back in the ring and Hassan hits a knee before running into the boot of Lawler. Lawler then hits a clothesline and Hassan rolls to the outside. Hassan goes after JR but Lawler saves his friend and rolls Hassan back into the ring. Hassan takes Lawler down to the canvas with a reverse elbow and then takes of one of the top turnbuckles. Lawler then rolls Hassan up but the referee is out of position and Lawler just gets a 2 count.
Hassan then pushes Lawler into the exposed turnbuckle before laying in some boots for a near fall. Hassan then applies a camel clutch which he breaks to apply a front facelock. Hassan then goes back to the camel clutch. Hassan breaks the hold and gets a near fall. The crowd aren’t into this match at all as a “boring” chant breaks out. Hassan applies a cobra clutch which King gets out of so Hassan hits him with a knee for a near fall. Hassan hits a neckbreaker for a two count. More “boring” chants. Hassan hits some right hands but Lawler no-sells and then pulls down the straps. Lawler hits some big right hands of his own and then a dropkick before going up to the middle rope and hitting a right hand for a near fall. Lawler hits a DDT and pins Hassan but Daivari puts Hassans foot on the bottom rope.
Lawler chases Daivari around the ring and then into it but the distraction is long enough for Hassan to hit Lawler with a front facebuster which is enough for the three. Hassan wins the match but it is not a good one.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Batista. Batista thinks he has a good chance of winning tonight. Randy Orton then shows up and asks Batista if he’s going to be Triple H’s stooge tonight. Orton says that all Triple H cares about is the World Heavyweight Championship. Orton was in an Elimination Chamber and helped Triple H win and look how Triple H re-paid him. Batista says he needs to stop worrying about what he’ll do to Triple H and worry about what he’s going to do to you. Batista then says that if he gets a shot to win the World Heavyweight Championship then he’ll be taking it.
There’s a Wrestlemania recall showing Shawn Michaels entrance back in 1996 and then winning the WWF title. Lots of excitement from Vince McMahon.
Coach is out to join Jim Ross on commentary.
There’s a video package up next for Kane and Gene Snitsky.
Kane vs. Gene Snitsky
This is the second pay per view match between these two men. Snitsky won the first at Taboo Tuesday. Kane hits Snitsky with a couple of clotheslines in the early going and then some lefts and rights. Kane hits a powerslam and then drops a couple of elbows and a legdrop. Snitsky fights back with some right hands but Kane blocks a big boot and hits a big powerslam for a two count. Snitsky hits a sidewalk slam and a couple of clotheslines. Snitsky leaves the ring and pulls back some of the padding from outside of the ring. Kane hits Snitsky with a baseball slide but Snitsky hits a knee and sets Kane up between his legs but Kane back body drops him onto the concrete. Kane rolls Snitsky back into the ring and then goes up top but Snitsky sees him coming and kicks him on the way down.
Snitsky wraps Kane around the ringpost until the referee tells him to stop. Snitsky then lays in some boots and hits a powerslam. Snitsky drops an elbow but only for a one count. Snitsky then applies a bearhug which Kane gets out of and his Snitsky with some big uppercuts. Kane sets up for a chokeslam but Snitsky counters it and bodyslams Kane. Kane sits up and Snitsky boots him back down. Kane sits back up again and once again Snitsky boots him back down. Kane sits up for a third time and Snitsky boots him down for a third time. Snitsky throws Kane into the ring steps and then grabs a steel chair. Kane hits Snitsky with a boot before he can use the chair and then rolls him back into the ring. Kane throws Snitsky into the corner and then hits him with right hands and reverse elbows. Kane hits a clothesline in the corner and then a sidewalk slam before nailing a big boot.
Kane heads to the top and this time scores with a clothesline. Snitsky fights back, hotshotting Kane onto the top rope and then takes Kane back down with a clothesline. The two men slug it out and both men wrap their hands around the others throat. Snitsky bites Kane and then there’s a bit of a botch as Snitsky goes for a clothesline and Kane attempts a big boot. Both men go down but it’s Kane who is first up and he hits Snitsky with a tombstone which is enough for the three. Kane wins tonight in a slow-paced match.
There’s an advert for the new ECW DVD.
Jerry Lawler is back on commentary now, joining Jim Ross and Coach.
We go back to the swimming pool earlier today where Stacy Keibler gets in the pool. We see Maria getting undressed again, Candice running lotion into Christy’s back again and then Simon Dean pushing a large bloke into the pool. Stacy and Val Venis are then hitting each other with inflatables. There’s then a “chicken fight” with some of the girls on some of the boys shoulders. Christy unties Maria’s bikini and then pushes her in to win the fight.
There’s a video package for the Elimination Chamber next.
Batista and Triple H are backstage and Triple H isn’t happy with what Batista said earlier. Batista said that he would never tell Orton his true strategy. Batista then says that if Triple H is eliminated before Batista can get into the match then he’s going for the title.
Eric Bischoff is out before the match and introduces the Elimination Chamber and welcomes everybody to New Year’s Revolution.
Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Edge vs. Batista – Elimination Chamber for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee
Triple H and Chris Jericho have been involved in both of the previous 2 Elimination Chamber matches. Jericho has been involved in the final 3 both times whist Triple H was in the final 2 in 2002 and won it in 2003. Randy Orton is the only other man with Elimination Chamber experience, he was involved in 2003. We know Batista will be the last man to enter. I would have Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho kick things off. But they’ll probably go with Triple H and one of the Chris’s. Edge is first out and into a pod. Triple H follows and then Randy Orton. So I was right, Jericho and Benoit kick things off. Jericho takes down Benoit early and there are plenty of wrestling holds early on. Jericho hasn’t been a World Champion in nearly three years. Benoit hits a couple of big chops and then a clothesline. Jericho has the smallest stake to be in this match so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s first eliminated. Jericho runs into a boot and Benoit then looks to apply the Sharpshooter but Jericho counters it.
Benoit hits a German suplex and then tries to lock on the crossface but Jericho counters it and tries to apply the walls of Jericho but Benoit fights it off. Benoit hits a chop but Jericho takes him down for the first near fall of the night. Jericho hits a side suplex for a near fall. Jericho heads for the top but Benoit meets him up there and nails him with a superplex. The spanish speaking fans count down in Spanish to the first man to be released from the chamber and it’s Triple H! Triple H lays into Benoit, hitting him with a hard Irish whip. Helmsley then turns his attention to Jericho, hitting him with a high knee. He then hits Benoit with another hard Irish whip for a near fall. Jericho hits Triple H with a couple of big chops but Triple H takes him down with a clothesline. Triple H throws Benoit out of the ring and then into the chains. Triple H then throws Jericho out of the ring. Benoit is busted open and Helmsley lays into him with right hands.
Referee Shawn Michaels watches on as Triple H throws Benoit into the chains again. Triple H then hooks the leg but only for a two count. Triple H sets Benoit up for a pedigree but Jericho nails him with a right hand. Triple H then attempts a pedigree on Jericho but Jericho back body drops him out of the ring and onto the steel flooring. Jericho suplexes Triple H back into the ring and pins him for a near fall. Benoit then hits Jericho with a big chop. These two men used to be tag team champions together. Benoit hits a neckbreaker and the countdown is on. Edge is the next man to enter and he goes right for Jericho. He hits shoulder charges on Jericho and then Triple H before hitting an implant DDT on Triple H. Edge hits a belly to belly on Benoit and a big back body drop on Triple H. Jericho hits a springboard dropkick on Edge and a stiff knee to Benoit. Edge slingshots Jericho into the chain.
Triple H goes after Edge, hitting him with a knee and then trying for a pedigree but Edge counters it and slingshots The Game into the chain. Edge goes up top and hits a clotheslines on Benoit for a near fall. Jericho is busted open now. Benoit tries to lock the crossface on Edge but Edge counters it. Jericho hits a running enzeguri on Edge for a near fall. Jericho lays into Triple H but Helmsley hits him with a spinebuster for a near fall. Benoit hits Edge with a northern lights suplex for a two count. Triple H then hits Jericho with a pedigree! Triple H is down though and can’t capitalise. Randy Orton enters the Chamber next and he goes for Edge and then flies off the top onto Triple H. Orton lays into Triple H, the man he beat on Raw last week. Orton hits a powerslam on Triple H and then the RKO on Jericho! But doesn’t pin him? Orton goes for an RKO on Benoit but Benoit counters it and applies a chinlock. Triple H taunts Orton and so Benoit breaks the hold and applies the sharpshooter to Triple H!
Orton then hits the RKO on Benoit to break the hold! Edge attempts a spear on Orton but Orton sidesteps it and Edge spears Shawn Michaels! Edge then spears Orton but the referee is still down! Edge pulls Michaels to his feet and slaps him to wake him back up! Michaels then hits him with sweet chin music and Jericho hits Edge with the lionsault! Jericho pins Edge and Michaels counts the 3! Edge has been eliminated! Triple H goes for a pedigree on Jericho but Benoit grabs Triple H and hits him with 3 German suplexes. Benoit then climbs up on top of one of the cells and drops a huge headbutt on Triple H! Jericho then applies the walls of Jericho to Triple H and Benoit applies the crippler crossface at the same time! Batista enters the match and saves Triple H! Batista takes both Jericho and Benoit down and then throws them both out of the ring.
Batista hits a spinebuster on Orton and then goes face to face with Triple H. Benoit, Orton and Jericho then go after Triple H and Batista before anything could happen. Batista throws Jericho into a cameraman and then knocks down Orton with a clothesline. Benoit hits a chop block on Batista and Orton then lays into him. Benoit and Orton double team Batista and some referee’s see to the cameraman, opening up the chamber as they do. Jericho hits Triple H with a bulldog into the steel. Batista smashes Benoit into the chain and then Benoit returns the favour. Batista hits Benoit with a big spinebuster and then spinebusters Jericho onto Benoit. Batista pins Benoit and gets the 3! Chris Benoit has been eliminated. Batista hits a big powerslam on Jericho and then a Batista Bomb! Batista hooks the leg and gets the 3, eliminating Chris Jericho from the match.
There are only three men left in this one, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista. Orton manages to fight off both men until Triple H slingshots him into the chain. Triple H clotheslines Orton back into the ring as the two Evolution members double team Orton. Batista lays in the boots as Triple H watches on. Batista hits a powerslam but only for a near fall. Triple H hits a spinebuster on Orton but only for two. Triple H hits a big clothesline on Orton but again, only a two count. Batista lays into Orton with right hands but Orton fights back, hitting both men with right hands. Orton goes for an RKO on Triple H but Helmsley shoves Orton into Batista. Batista goes for a Batista Bomb but Orton hits him with a low blow and then an RKO! He pins the big man and Triple H thinks about stopping the pinfall but doesn’t so Orton gets the 3! Batista has been eliminated! The crowd don’t like that.
It’s down to Triple H and Randy Orton. Orton throws Triple H into the chains and then hits him with an RKO! Batista and Ric Flair distract the referee and Batista then hits Orton with a clothesline. The gate was open for Batista to leave but instead Flair got in. Triple H pulls Orton up to his feet and hits him with a pedigree. He pins him and gets the 3! Triple H wins the match and the World Heavyweight Championship tonight! Batista and Flair celebrate with Triple H. Triple H is up on Batistas shoulders. This match seriously saved the show.
And that was New Year’s Revolution 2005. An absolute shambles of a pay per view. The opening match was actually solid enough, mainly due to Christian and William Regal, two very good hands. It all went pear-shaped when Eugene injured himself on a dropkick and they had to rap the match up quickly. Eugene looked really hurt, even rolling up Tomko at the end. He won’t be wrestling for a while but they stuck with the result and they’ll have to decide what to do with the titles going forward. Sadly, the second match ended the same way as the first as Lita injured herself doing a spot on the outside. Again, this match was wrapped up sharpish although unlike Eugene, Lita managed to get up to her feet. Trish won with the chick kick and Lita, like Eugene, will be out on the injured list for the foreseeable. A real shame and a sad way to start the show.
Next up was Shelton Benjamin and Maven and this was just awful. Maven on the microphone for most of the match and then getting rolled up as soon as he got back in the ring. Why wasn’t he just counted out? And then he loses again 2 minutes later. This was really bad and a complete waste of Shelton Benjmains talent. Muhammad Hassan beat Jerry “The King” Lawler in one of the most boring matches I’ve ever seen. The crowd were against it for good reason, too many submissions, rest holds and non-action. Hassan has a lot of heat but if he continues to put on boring matches he’ll have heat for all the wrong reasons. The lack of commentary didn’t help either. Kane and Snitsky then put on a match tha you’d expect. It was the first match of the night that had the intended finish, commentary and more than 2 moves which are three things you’d expect from every match. Not much to write home about here. Kane wins and potentially ends the feud. I still think we’re heading for an Undertaker/Kane vs. Snitsky/Heidenreich match at Wrestlemania.
The main event saved the show. The Elimination Chamber was great fun and a lot better than the previous Chamber match at Summerslam 2003. Triple H, of course, won the match and it looks like we could be heading for Triple H and Batista or maybe a triple threat with Randy Orton at Wrestlemania. Jericho, Edge and Benoit were there to make up the numbers but the story going into the match with Edge and Benoit led you to believe they stood a legitimate chance. The story here is with Batista and Triple H though and the ending saw Triple H decide against helping The Animal. Randy Orton is still in the title hunt and could get his shot at The Royal Rumble as I see Batista being held off until Wrestlemania.
Overall a pretty terrible show besides the main event which saved it from being a total disaster.
Overall Rating: 43.5/100 (ranked out 166th of 173)
Match Of The Night: The Elimination Chamber
Worst Match Of The Night: Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Muhammad Hassan
Surprise Of The Night: N/A
Worst Booking Of The Night: Not having Shelton Benjamin vs. Maven as a proper match
Superstar Of The Night: Triple H
New Year’s Revolution 2005 Will Be Remembered For: The Elimination Chamber