2005 was a very important year for WWE. It was a time of transition with the torch being passed to John Cena and Batista at WrestleMania 21.
Batista may not have held onto the torch for as long, but Cena is still main eventing pay-per-views 16 years later.
The rest of the roster in 2005 was very strong as well and it resulted in a stellar year for WWE pay-per-view matches.
New stars were being pushed and we were still being shown fresh matches with established stars as well.
It is a fun year to look back on so let’s take a look at the eleven best WWE pay-per-view matches of 2005.
11. Chris Benoit vs. Booker T – Armageddon
You could always count on Chris Benoit to have a great match. You put him in a best of seven series with someone like Booker T and you can guarantee quality.
At Armageddon, the two squared off once again in, you guessed it, a great match. 2005 was a strange year for the likes of Benoit and Booker T. Both had success in WWE before and again after but neither had a ton of direction in 2005.
The only exception for both was their rivalry together. A highlight for them, and a highlight for the year itself.
10. The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton – Armageddon
The second Hell in a Cell match of 2005, The Undertaker finally put his rivalry with Randy Orton to rest.
Undertaker had gotten the win at WrestleMania 21 and Orton evened the score at SummerSlam. After the Fall where Orton tried to murder the undead Undertaker, Orton found himself locked in Hell in a Cell.
The match is a fairly underrated Hell in a Cell match with Orton putting on a great performance with some spectacular facial work.
However, this was The Undertaker’s match and showed once again why Hell in a Cell was the perfect way to end a rivalry with the Deadman.
9. Edge vs. Chris Benoit – Backlash
Chris Benoit was the man on top of the ladder when Edge swung a chair at the end of the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 21.
As a result, the two battled at Backlash a month later and showed that their chemistry had not been extinguished.
Every time Edge and Benoit wrestled they had a good match. This was no different as Edge showed that him winning the briefcase in a multi-man ladder match was not a fluke, beating the former World Champion in a fabulous Last Man Standing match.