Sunday, August 20th, 2006 – TD Banknorth Garden – Boston, Massachusetts – This is the nineteenth SummerSlam and the first time that Extreme Championship Wrestling was featured at this event as a third show for the WWE! And who ever thought that a WWE guy would walk in as the ECW Champion?
For a second summer in a row, Hulk Hogan was featured as one of the main events of SummerSlam, this year taking on Randy Orton (the year before, Hulk Hogan defeated Shawn Michaels in the main event). I remember back in 2006 how excited I was to see Hogan featured for another match.
The other main events for the show are King Booker defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Batista from Smackdown, D-Generation X take on Vince and Shane McMahon, and from Raw, Edge defend the WWE title against John Cena.
Rey Mysterio versus Chavo Guerrero
Watching SummerSlam 2005 the night before writing this blog, I am excited to see this match since the year before, Mysterio fought Eddie Guerrero in a ladder match, which Rey won. I am excited to see how these two men live up to last year’s match.
When Mysterio was walking out, Michael Cole mentioned Eddie and we see a video package showing us Eddie and Rey’s friendship in the WWE before his death.
The same thing happened for Chavo when he came out, we see a video package dealing with Chavo and Eddie’s on-screen relationship and them being one of the best tag teams on Smackdown in the early years after the draft.
One thing I appreciate about this match is, John “Bradshaw” Layfield was the color-commentator with Michael Cole for the Smackdown matches and JBL discussed knowing three generations of Guerrero’s and put his input of his feud that he had with Eddie and with Mysterio. I always love hearing JBL yell his opinion, showing his passion verbally. JBL told us that he hates that Mysterio is “living off Eddie’s memory” and is using his death for his professional success.
Another story going with this match is Chavo came out of retirement to fight Mysterio, trying to teach him that he cannot fight for Eddie’s honor since he isn’t blood.
For an opening match, putting Chavo and Mysterio as the first match was a smart choice. A fast paced match, keeping me interested into the show and getting the fans warmed up for the rest of the night.
One of the biggest pops during the match happened when Mysterio hit the 619 onto Chavo. The fans were disappointed when Chavo moved out of the way when Mysterio tried to finish him with the sitting senton for the victory.
Eddie’s widow Vickie came out trying to stop both men from fighting. She accidently knocked Mysterio from the top rope when he was on the top rope to do the frog splash. That’s all what Chavo needed to capitalized, hit Mysterio with a brain buster and hit with his own frog splash for the victory.
Winner: Ooooh Chavo Guerrero!
Afterwards, we see King Booker backstage with his wife, the Queen Sharmell. They discussed how Smackdown is a better show since Booker became the King of the Ring and the World Heavyweight Champion. Booker also mentioned that after tonight, they’ll become the most dominate couple in sports-entertainment. After that comment, WWE Champion Edge and Lita came and said they’re the most powerful dominate couple in sports-entertainment because Lita’s the Women’s Champion.
Extreme Rules for the ECW Championship :: Sabu versus the Big Show (champion)
Before the match, we see Sabu defeat Rob Van Dam for the contract for the number one contender-ship to face the Big Show at SummerSlam.
In vintage Sabu fashion, he came down with a steel chair. I have to say that’s smart since he has to fight a seven foot giant in a hardcore match. I hope Sabu the best for this match. Good luck Sabu.
Joey Styles and Tazz are our announcers for this match, since they are the announcers for the ECW brand on Tuesday nights over on SyFy. To be honest, I missed the one-hour TV show they had. I know WWE has TV shows that are an hour long or shorter, but ECW was something different (at least for the first few episodes).
One move that was hard to watch was when the Big Show grabbed Sabu and put him in an extreme bear hug. Sabu seemed like a teenager in the champion’s adults arms.
Watching Sabu use a steel chair on the Big Show, I’m getting flash backs to Andre the Giant towards the end of his career. The reason why I am having flashbacks, I believe, is Andre had a tough time wrestling and standing, which is why he was put in tag team matches, for he can rest on the ropes for most of the match. I remember Big Show had bad joints during this time.
The crowd started to chant “E-C-W!” when Sabu bulldogged the champion through a table. An awesome spot!
Another awesome spot was when the Big Show and Sabu went through a table that the Big Show set up on the steel stairs. Obviously it hurt both guys. Look like Sabu landed on his ribs.
Sabu grabbed another table and set it up. That gave the Big Show enough time to shake off the pain, stand up, grab his challenger, and chokeslam him through the table, setting up the finish of the match.
Winner: The Big Show, the reigning and defending ECW Champion!
We see a video package of the 2006 WWE Diva Search finals recap. Obviously Jerry “the King” Lawler was excited for the package.
Layla was the winner and we go backstage to the women’s locker room and the ladies weren’t happy with how she became a WWE diva. In ways, I can’t blame them. Trish gave Layla a tongue lashing on how she and the other ladies backstage are true divas and why she isn’t.
Legend Killer versus Legend :: Randy Orton versus Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Randy Orton was going through legends back during this time and never had the opportunity to kill a legend that’s as close to the legend of Hulk Hogan. On a Saturday Night’s Main Event, Hogan was out with his daughter Brooke talking about her singing career and Randy came out to challenge the Hulkster to a match at SummerSlam. Since Saturday Night’s Main Event, their feud’s been building out of if Orton could kill the legend of Hulkamania.
One thing I think the WWE did well during this time when Hogan had a few matches a year back then was after his opponent walked to the ring and were waiting for the Hulkster to come out, they had the opponent wait in the ring, watching and patiently waiting for “Real American” to play on the PA System.
Once “Real America” by Rick Derringer hit, the fans popped and jumped to their feet. Granted Hogan isn’t the most technical wrestler in the world but he’s the guy who pulled me and a lot of other wrestling fans into the sport of professional wrestling. To be honest, this match was the match why I’m watching and blogging about SummerSlam 2006!
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler put Orton over as a legit contender against the Hulkster. At the 2005 SummerSlam Randy Orton defeated the Undertaker and at the 2004 SummerSlam, Orton defeated Chris Benoit and became the youngest World champion at that time. I always enjoyed getting a history lesson when younger talent takes on legends like this match. Thank you Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler!
During the match, whenever Hogan has the advantage, the fans cheered and loved that Hogan had the upper-hand. When Orton had the advantage, the fans booed and poured the jeers down upon the Legend Killer. Always great to watch a match when the crowd was hot for it.
JR and the King were confused when Orton hit the RKO onto Hogan and got the pinfall but Hogan’s foot was on the rope. The ref saw it after the three-count so he restarted the match, along with the crowd loving the restart.
When the match restarted, Hogan “Hulked-Up” and did his comeback and hit the big boot and dropped the major leg and got the victory!
Winner: Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania!
We’re backstage with Mick Foley and Melina and Melina asked Foley if he’s ready for his match against Ric Flair. Foley said that Flair’s in a different mindset and had a sadistic look on his face on Tuesday night on ECW television.
The “I Quit” match :: Mick Foley versus Ric Flair
Mick Foley came out with a somber look on his face, like he’s deep in thought. While coming out to the ring, he came out with a trash can, giving him a heads over the Nature Boy.
Foley got the upper-hand rather quickly. When Flair entered the ring and was taking his robe off, Foley attacked Flair from behind. With a trash can shot and taking Mr. Socko out, Foley put the mandible claw on the Nature Boy. Foley grabbed the mic and told Flair to say “I Quit” and Flair didn’t mutter one word.
After that, Foley wrapped barbed wire around Mr. Socko and walked towards Flair and within arms distance, Flair grabbed a handful of Foley’s private and got the upper hand of Foley. With that, Flair grabbed the sock with barbed wire and put it onto his right hand and chopped Foley a few times, making the chop hurt even more.
It didn’t take long for Flair to be busted wide open. Foley pulled out a board with barbed wire stapled to it. Foley rammed it to the forehead of the former sixteen time World Champion, opening up it up with a crimson mask.
Foley told Flair to “say it” and Flair told Foley in the mic to “kiss my…”! The fans cheered when Flair wouldn’t say the words Foley wanted to hear.
The world famous barbed wire baseball math came out and Foley had the bat become best friends with Flair’s forehead. Flair went south with a low blow, getting Foley and the bat away from him. That gave Flair enough time to grab the bat himself and torment Foley himself.
The match ended when Foley was knocked half-way unconscious and Melina ran down in concern. Flair grabbed Foley and brought him back into the ring and used the barbed wire bat to Foley’s face. Melina found a towel and Flair said he won’t accept that as a finish. Flair was gonna go after Melina and Foley grabbed a mic and quit, not wanting Flair to go after Melina.
Winner: Ric Flair and Melina, since Foley saved her from a similar beating from the Nature Boy.
We go backstage with Shane and Vince McMahon saying that they hope they have the resources to beat Triple H and Shawn Michaels later on tonight.
World Heavyweight Championship match :: King Booker (champion) versus Batista
I feel bad for these guys since the crowd seemed pretty quiet during the Foley/Flair match. I feel the crowd was pretty burnt out from the Hogan/Orton match. Hopefully they pick back up for this match.
The match started slow, getting each other in the corner and doing a shoving match with one another. They both wanted to feel one another out to get a good strategy on the other.
The match is a pretty slow paced match for the first several minutes. The fans aren’t into the match and I think I hear a faint “boring” chant. Can’t blame the fans, the show started with a few hot matches and after the Hogan/Orton match; the card fell off rather fast.
The fans started to get into the match after Batista hit the Jackhammer, only getting a two count. After the two-count, the crowd got silent rather fast. I guess they were hoping that was the finish.
The match actually ended after a disqualification where Queen Sharmell came in when Batista was setting Booker up for the Batista Bomb. Thankful for that, I was bored rather fast with this match.
Winner: Batista, but due to the disqualification, King Booker retains the World Heavyweight title.
We go to a locker room with Shawn Michaels and Triple H, talking to someone who we couldn’t see since the locker room door was in the way. They leave after having that discussion and we can only assume that they finish talking to Umaga because whoever was behind that door started to throw something around in the locker room.
D-Generation X versus the McMahons
During the video package, we saw that the WWE put out a shirt that said “Vince Loves” and had a male chicken on it, implying that Mr. McMahon loves cock. In 2013, we surely won’t see that on WWE TV. I can’t believe I forgot the middle school humor DX had back in 2006.
DX came out together and after they did their normal stick, the McMahons came out to their own themes. Granted Shane only went out to the stop of the stage until Vince’s theme hit.
But before they got down to the ring, they turned around and got the Spirit Squad, Mr. Kennedy, Finlay, and William Regal to go down to the ring and attack DX, to as much damage as they could to them for the McMahons would have easy work to do.
After their failures, the ECW World Heavyweight Champion the Big Show came down to the ring to see what he could do to them. With the added enforcer, all but the Spirit Squad did a number to DX, leaving them battered and beaten, an easy victory for the father and son combination.
Jim Ross raised his voice and got pissed off when the Big Show chokeslammed Triple H through the ECW announcers table. After that, the McMahons came down to finish what their hit men started.
Shawn Michaels didn’t have much offense for the McMahons and both Vince and Shane had fun doing what they wanted to the Heartbreak Kid.
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler question why they hired who they hired to do what they did to Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Come on JR and the King, when you’re the owner of the wrestling company, you can tell your employees to do what you want them to do!
Because of the pre-bell beat-down, the fans got back into the event. That’s a good thing because the last two matches the fans sat on their hands and just watched. I’m happy that the crowd got back into this match.
When Triple H got back up, the fans started to cheer. When Shane seen Triple H was pulling himself up to the apron, he ran and baseball slide and kicked him into Jim Ross. JR and the King got pissed off and questioned if the McMahons paid everyone to stay in the back when they finished off DX once and for good.
One thing that made me laugh was the McMahons hit the Hart Attack onto Shawn Michaels, a move that Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, the Hart Foundation used. After that, they did the Doomsday Device, a move that the Legion of Doom perfected back in the 1980s. Jim Ross was disgusted with every second of the match, wanting the McMahons to get what’s due to them for everything they’ve put DX through.
Once the Game got back up to the corner and got the hot tag, the fans went wild when Triple H helped out his best friend and took it to Shane and Vince. With this, both Michaels and Triple H got the upper-hand and did what they wanted to do to the McMahons, with the cheers of the fans.
Umaga came out and attacked Triple H and Shawn Michaels and right when he was about to leave, Kane came out and took out Umaga and brought him to the back for he wouldn’t do any more damage to DX. Sorry Kane, but you came a little too late. Thanks for coming.
After they went backstage, Vince punched out Mike Chioda, which both JR and the King was disgusted with. Can’t blame them, I love Mike Chioda too.
Right when Shane was about to hit the Coast to Coast, Michaels intersected and nailed the Sweet Chin Music, putting him out for the rest of the match. Vince knew that his time was up and got the Sweet Chin Music from the Heartbreak Kid and got his Pedigree checked by Triple H, which was followed up by the pinfall victory for DX!
Winners: D-Generation X, the fans, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler! Yes!
WWE Championship :: John Cena versus Edge (champion – with Lita)
Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler told us about what Edge did on Monday night’s Raw the Monday before, when he went to Cena’s father’s place and beat up Cena’s dad. Both Lawler and Ross told us that because Edge did that, they lost a lot of respect for him because of stepping that far down to insult Cena.
JR told us that John Cena is 2-0 up to this point at SummerSlam and Edge is 6-1, with one of those victories over the late Eddie Guerrero, and according to Jim Ross, not that many people got a victory over Eddie.
Since Edge’s known for getting himself disqualified or counted out, there’s been a stipulation added to this match and that’s if Edge gets himself DQ’ed or counted out, he’ll lose the title to John Cena.
I mentioned it before but the crowd is alive in this match and totally into both Edge and Cena. To my surprise, people are fairly behind Cena and largely against Edge. This was a time in Edge’s career where I feel he played a perfect heel. The real life situation between him, Lita, and Matt Hardy, turning it into a storyline helped made Edge a main event player and a heel when the company, in my opinion, needed a major heel.
For the first part of the match, it was pretty much back-and-forth and the crowd was into it when both Edge and Cena traded on who was in control. A nice feature that was needed to end this SummerSlam event.
The finish came when Lita ran in and got FU’ed for the ref’s distraction, where Edge was able to use a pair of brass knuckles to the back of the head of John Cena, to retain the WWE title. If it wasn’t for the fans, this match wouldn’t been as good as it seemed to be.
Winner: Edge and Lita, since both will go back to their hotel room and party it up, champion style!
I felt like this was a pretty good card from start to finish. Opened well with Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio getting the crowd into their match and welcoming SummerSlam onto pay-per-view and Edge and John Cena closed the show with a solid match. For the two matches I mentioned in their review, the crowd was alive for the rest of the card, and for me, made this SummerSlam a must-see PPV.
Because of the crowd reaction and the match quality, if you only want to see a few matches on the card instead of the whole show, go out and see the Randy Orton versus Hulk Hogan match and the WWE championship match. With the four men who were in the match made it as good as they could, the fans took those matches and made them better than I expected and remembered.
All-in-all, a decent show and a good way to spend my Sunday night.
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