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WWE™ "Judgment Day™" - SmackDown Pay-Per-View

Location: The Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

by "Rockin" Robin Drodge

Event Date:  May 22, 2005
Report Date:  May 22, 2005

Match number one - WWE Tag Team Championship:  WWE Tag Team Champions MNM vs. Charlie Haas and Hardcore Holly.  

This was the opening match for Judgment Day.  The match was good and the fans seemed to have enjoyed it.  The ending saw MNM hit their finisher, which is called the snap shot to pick up the pin-fall victory to retain their championship.

Match number two - The Big Show Vs. Carlito Caribbean Cool with Matt Morgan in his corner.

This was an all right match.  The ending saw the referee get knocked down and then right after this the Big Show attempted to hit Carlito with the choke slam, however, Carlito hit a low blow and then Matt Morgan entered the ring.  Matt then hit the Big Show with a big boot and then picked him up and delivered a F5 to help Carlito to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Match number three - WWE Cruiserweight Championship. WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Paul London Vs. Chavo Guerrero.

This match was very good. The ending saw Paul London hit a Back Drop on Chavo from the top rope, then London followed-up with the 450 Splash to pick up the pin-fall victory to retain his Championship.

Match number four - Booker T. Vs. Kurt Angle.

This match was all right.  The ending saw Booker T roll up Kurt Angle to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Match number five - United States Championship.  United States Champion, Orlando Jordan Vs. Heidenreich.

This match was all right, the ending saw Orlando Jordan hit a DDT on Heidenreich to pick up the pin-fall victory to retain his Championship.

Match number six - Eddie Guerrero Vs. Rey Mysterio.

This match was all right.  It could have been better because of what happened at the end.  Rey Mysterio had hit Eddie Guerrero with the 619 and then went up to the top rope to hit a Springboard move, but when he tried to hit Eddie with it, Eddie hit Rey in the head with a steel chair.  The referee had seen it and disqualified Eddie Guerrero, so Rey Mysterio won the match as the result of a disqualification.

Match number seven - WWE Championship, "I Quit" Match.

The rule for this match was for someone to say the words, "I Quit".  WWE Champion, John Cena Vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL).  I don't know what to say about this match.  There was a lot of blood from both wrestlers and they did whatever they could to make their opponent say the words, "I Quit".  In the end it saw John Cena take a pipe off a flat bed truck that was in the arena.  However, before Cena could hit JBL with the pipe, he screamed into the mike that was in the referee's hand and said the words, "I Quit".  The match ended with the winner being John Cena, so he is still the WWE Champion.

Some additional comments regarding Judgment Day.

It was not announced how many fans were in attendance so I can only assume that it was not a sell-out for this Pay-Per-View.

I was not happy with the way that the Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio match ended.  The build-up for this match was very good and then to end it in a Disqualification was not a good move.  I was disappointed.  I guess that this will result in another match between them to finally settle the issues they have with each other.

I think the way the Booker T and Kurt Angle match ended was confusing.  In the roll-up, at first it appeared the Referee had counted three but the bell did not ring right away.  It appeared at that point it may have only been a two count, but then the bell rang.  So the ending was rather confusing.

I am not surprised that John Cena retained his Championship.  The reason for this was:  First, for some of the live events they were advertising him defending the WWE Championship at the end of the month, so this was the first indication that he would not lose the Championship.  Second, is that he just had the release of a CD entitled "You Can't See Me", so there was a lot of promotion.  It would not have made any sense for him to lose the Championship when he was getting a lot of promotion.  Third, is that it was really only one month that he was the Champion, so it wouldn't make sense for him to lose the championship right away.

I think if the WWE was smart they would wait for Christian to be drafted to SmackDown in the draft lottery to set up a feud between Christian and Cena for the WWE Championship, in which Christian would win the title.

This has been the Judgment Day report written your author:  "Rockin" Robin Drodge here at The Canadian Connection.

© 2004 Robin Drodge, All Rights Reserved

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