June 26, 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada
Originally reviewed here.
This was for Cena’s WWE Championship.
Tomko got ejected very early in the match. Cena gave Christian an FU to the floor. Jericho and Cena then went at it for a while. Jericho was mostly in control. Christian recovered after Cena gave Jericho a DDT on the floor. These were at least impactful ways to execute the “two men in, one man out” triple threat structure. That structure is still trite though. They took out Cena though, so Jericho and Christian could do a sequence. All three started doing stuff together after a Tower of Doom spot. They did lots of nearfalls and signature movez. Tomko returned and gave Cena a lariat: 1…2…NO! Cena eventually finished Christian with the FU to retain the title.
This was a fun semi-main event overall. They worked a fun pace, and I was never bored exactly. The match had its faults though. The “two men in, one man out” structure seemed particularly tired here. It was frustrating in part because they clearly put in a ton of effort into putting together this match. I just wished they did something more clever in the beginning. The closing sequence also had that “choreographed” feeling that can make it difficult to suspend my disbelief.
Match Rating: ***1/4