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5/18 Shore's WWE Judgment Day PPV Coverage: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho, John Cena vs. JBL, Jeff Hardy vs. MVP
May 18, 2008 - 11:46 PM


By Chris Shore

Aired live on pay-per-view
Omaha, Neb.


A video aired with highlights from the past month for the two title matches, Jericho vs. Michaels, and JBL vs. Cena. This was followed by the opening graphics, accompanied by the official theme that I’m sure Powell thinks belongs on TRL too, and then the opening pyro and we are welcomed to Judgment Day by good old JR. JBL’s music hit and he and John Cena are up first.

Shore’s Slant: My money was on the tag team match.

1. John Cena defeated JBL at 15:03. This is the earliest I’ve seen Cena in a PPV since he opened Wrestlemania 20 against Big Show. JR pointed out that Cena is 4-0 at Judgment Day. Does that stat even matter outside of Wrestlemania? JBL went after Cena’a arm/shoulder early. JBL had Cena in a leg scissors which Cena tried to counter into a powerbomb, but he mostly fell over which JBL sold anyway. Cena had a flurry of offense at about 5:00 but missed the fameasser and turned control back over to JBL.

The next five minutes were a serious of rest holds and strikes. We had a bear hug, a leg scissors, and a leg scissors with a full nelson. From that hold Cena got to his feet broke the full nelson. He went for the FU but the damage to the body and arm where to much for him. Back to the body scissors and once again Cena fought to a standing position and performed a soft powerbomb.

After trading shots, Cena threw JBL into the turnbuckle and followed. JBL vacated the corner and about 24 hours later, Cena ran into the buckle. JBL worked on the body and then gave Cena the clothesline from hell. He went to do it again and Cena quickly reversed into the FU for the win. Post match as Cena went up the ramp, Regal was shown in a luxury suite watching the match…

Shore’s Slant: A solid 15 minutes to open the show. I still would have went with the tag match. Those four can be more electrifying to get the crowd in it early. Only one bad spot and that was when Cena didn’t have the sack to pick JBL up. He needs Mamajawana. BTW, when did everybody’s move become like the Diamond Cutter and strike from nowhere? I like it, but it’s been a while since we saw finishers come out of nowhere so often…

King introduced Michael Cole and Mick Foley who plugged the text poll tonight between Edge and Undertaker. Cole then introduced Mike Adamle and Tazz. Adamle and Tazz showed a clip from the Miz and Morrison’s Dirt Sheet show. Morrison came out first followed by The Miz. A video aired of last week’s ECW where Punk and Kane got beat down by Miz and Morrison. Hey wait, they’re doing the classic intro’s again tonight…

2. The Miz and John Morrison defeated Kane and CM Punk to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships in 9:30 A lot of back and forth early gave the crowd time to warm to the match before the requisite. Kane was working on Miz when Morrison got the blind tag and blind side on Kane at about 4:00.

Kane got the hot tag to Punk at about 7:00. Punk cleaned house including clotheslining Morrison in the ring and Miz on the apron at the same time. Punk went for the GTS but Miz jumped in the ring. Punk threw Miz out and Kane went to come in, distracting the ref. Punk went for the GTS again but his foot was grabbed by Miz. Kane jumped down and choke slammed Miz on the outside, but inside the ring Morrison suddenly hit the moon light drive for the win.

Shore’s Slant: Good action is this one. I think it proves the point I made about it being first. I more into it now than I was a few minutes ago. Nice to see Miz and Morrison keep the belts. Now if only that push would continue. As far as Adamle, I know I will be ridiculed for weeks for saying this, but I have always felt like Tony Schavonie was pretty good so maybe I’m the wrong person to ask…

King plugged Rambo and the Rambo trailer aired. A video aired recapping the past month of events between Michaels and Y2J. A match that no one knows is happening unless you are on the web everyday gets higher billing than this? Who’s booking this show…

3. Shawn Michaels defeated Chris Jericho at 15:52. After 20 seconds of stare down they gave us about 20 seconds of quick mat wrestling to set the stage. Yeah baby, this could be good. A short rest hold was followed by more quick, reversal style, mat wrestling that eventually led to Michaels putting on his version of the figure-four at 2:30. Jericho kicked the controversial knee and Michaels bitch slapped him. Jericho went crazy, and beat Michaels into the corner. The ref broke it physically and Michaels looked at Jericho and gave him a Cheshire grin.

Jericho threw Micheals into the turnbuckle and followed him in and got an elbow to the mouth. Michaels hooked an arm scissor over the top rope four a four count. Back in the ring and Jericho throws Michaels into the corner and Shawn filled over the top rope. After fighting on the top turnbuckle for a bit, Michaels went for the elbow and landed on Jericho’s upraised knees, hurting his ribs.

Jericho worked on the body throwing Michaels from corner to corner. Jericho went for the bulldog but Michaels pushed him off into the ropes. Michaels hit a flying forearm and kipped up but grabbed his ribs. Jericho popped up and slapped on the Walls of Jericho at 9:37. Michaels made it to the ropes for the break. Jericho climbed onto the apron for more and was super kicked to the floor.

Michaels rolled Jericho back in the ring and got a two count. He hit the elbow and tuned up the band. Jericho stood but fell back down. Michaels tuned up again and Jericho stood and fell again. Michaels half tuned and Jericho stood again. He turned and grabbed Michaels before he could kick him and hit the codebreaker. After laying there for a second, he covered for a two count.

Jericho front suplexed Michaels onto the top rope and flipped him off into the center of the ring. He went for the lionsault but Michaels pulled his legs up. Jericho stopped and grabbed the legs and went for the Walls again. Michaels fought and Jericho went to reset. Michaels flipped Jericho down and over for the leg cradle and win. Post-match Jericho and Michaels shook hands with no other event.

Shore’s Slant: That was everything it was promised to be. Solid 16 minutes with few rest holds and lots of action. Jericho is main event ready again. Michaels has been.

A promo aired for ECW One Night Stand…

Backstage Todd Grisham interviewed Mickie James about her match tonight. He asked her about what happened with Cena Monday night. JBL came in and ordered James away. He told Grisham if he wanted to know something about Cena to ask him. Grisham asked JBL about being “beat” tonight. JBL said he beat Cena tonight. He said the next time Grisham asked him a stupid question again it would be Todd’s first and last fight.

4. Mickie James defeated Beth Phoenix and Melina in a Triple Threat Match to retain the Women’s Championship at 4:41. Phoenix started out by telling Melina to get out of her ring. Melina kicked her in the stomach out of the ring. Mickie went for a quick school boy rollup but only got a one count. Beth lowbridged Mickie who tumbled out of the ring. Beth hit a huge clothesline and got into the ring and attacked Melina. She had Melina rolled up and Mickie ran in and did a half sunset flip that looked like something out of a porn threesome for a two count. I’m just sayin’.

Melina got Mickie stretched out on the top turnbuckle like an old GLOW match when Beth came and put Melina on her shoulders. She then put Mickie on top of Melina doing a double back breaker. Holy shit! She held it for a moment and then fell. Mickie attacked her but Beth countered. Melina hit a neckbreaker on Beth from behind and Mickie hit her swinging DDT for the win…

Shore’s Slant: Solid ladies match. I wish they would have given them more time. Now if we can get Michelle McCool, Natalya, Victoria, and maaayyyyybe Cherry over to Raw and we can have a real division. This PPV so far has been pretty good…

Backstage Shawn Michaels was getting undressed. In walked Batista and Michaels hit his feet. Batista reminded Michaels he said he was going to hurt him. He said he was going to make Michaels wait and will hurt him on his terms…

Shore’s Slant: Now that is how Batista needs to cut a promo. Short, menacing, and convincing. This may yet be a good feud.

Cole and Foley showed the results of the voting. Undertaker received 85%. I didn’t vote, but I’m in the 15 percent. A video aired showing the events of the last month with Undertaker being stripped, the chase for the charade, and this Friday’s Undertaker vs. Vickie Guerrero match. (Which was covered nicely by this website’s newest Smackdown reporter.) Edge came out first followed by the Undertaker’s traditional 42 minute PPV entrance…

5. Undertaker defeated Edge but did not become the World Heavyweight Champion at 16:15. Edge ducked and ran early until he trapped Taker in the corner. The ref made Edge break and Taker took control. Outside the ring, Edge drove Taker into the steps and took control. Edge worked over the body. Undertaker tried to reverse a hold into the choke but broke it before he did. Edge tried to do Old School but Taker slapped his feet off the rope. Taker choke slammed Edge into the corner. Taker went for the tombstone but Hawkins and Ryder ran down distracting the ref. Edge dropped Undertaker and took the pad off the turnbuckle.

Undertaker caught Edge after a spear attempt and gave him the last ride into the corner. Ouch. He went to drop snake eyes on the exposed turnbuckle but Edge countered. Edge tried to send Undertaker face first into the exposed buckle but Undertaker countered. Finally, Undertaker hits snake eyes on the exposed turnbuckle.

Edge hit a surprise spear but only got a two count. Back to their feet and Undertaker hit the choke slam, also for a two count. Edge rolled out of the ring and Undertaker followed. Taker clotheslined Edge over the railing. Referee Charles Robinson checked on them and started the ten count. Both men crawled back over the rail. Taker drove Edge into the rail and rolled in at nine. Robinson counted ten and rang the bell.

Mike Chioda began to introduce the new champion when ”EXCUSE ME!!! EXCUSE ME!!!” Vickie, Hawkins, and Ryder all came out on the ramp. Vickie took forever to get to the point and took some serious heat. She said it was common knowledge that a championship could not be won on a DQ or a countout. Um no, the title cannot be lost from those events, there is a difference. She said that the title would remain vacant. After the announcement, Taker tombstoned Edge. Aww God Da…

Shore’s Slant: …mmit. I HATE vacant titles. Loathe would be a better word. All it does is cheapen the title. Those of us who grew up in the South and especially NC remember Flair carrying that belt (or the one that belt is based on anyway) and it chaps my ass to see that. Plus, this means more Edge vs. Undertaker…

Randy Orton cut a promo about beating Triple H. Please get this guy a manager…

MVP’s music hit and he came to the ring. He said something about being great and bling. I really wasn’t listening at this point. I was too busy yelling about the title being vacant. He issued an open challenge to the back. Matt Hardy came out. MVP told him to bring “his ass and my title” to the ring. Matt said he had already proved he was better, but there was someone else who wanted to prove he was better. Bet you can’t guess who…

6. Jeff Hardy defeated MVP at 9:43. I was still pretty upset at the start of this match so I didn’t write anything down. Good back and forth with some high impact spots. Both performers are at the top of their game. MVP took control about 4:00 and worked rest holds on Hardy.

MVP went for the Playmaker at 8:20 but Hardy countered into a clothesline and took control. He laid MVP out and went for the Swanton but MVP moved. MVP set up for the big kick in the corner but Hardy reversed with a drop toe hold into the second turnbuckle. Hardy to the top rope and hit the Whisper in the Wind for the win…

Shore’s Slant: There is no reason why this couldn’t be a title match someday. It should be someday soon, but I’m not holding my breath. A solid match that apparently replaced Big Show v Mark Henry. I’ll take that switch.

Sly Stallone cut a promo about directing Rambo 782,468,947 or whatever we are on…

Back ringside and the cage was being lowered. A video aired recapping the past month since Triple H won the title. They did a good job of making Orton look like a credible threat in the video. Of course the last three weeks undercut that. Orton came out first to his new music, complete with the slowest and most boring walk in wrestling history. Whew, good thing we got rid of the TRL theme…

7. Triple H defeated Randy Orton in a Steel Cage to retain the WWE Championship at 21:10. During Triple H’s ring entrance JR talked about the prestige of the WWE title. Can we get some for the World Title? Please? At the bell, Orton ran for the door. Hunter grabbed him and stuck his head through the ropes to punch Orton. Orton slammed the door on Hunter’s head. A back and forth fight ensued and Orton was the first to taste the cage.

Orton fought back and used a slingshot move on Hunter into the cage. He threw Hunter between the cage and ropes and worked him over. He hit a DDT from the second rope for a two count. Orton methodically worked over Triple H hitting several high impact moves for several near falls.

Hunter hit a couple of Ric Flair chop blocks and slapped on the figure-four at 9:00. Orton made it to the ropes and Triple H broke the hold. JR and King asked why since it is no DQ. Orton went for a quick RKO but Hunter spun out and went for a Pedigree. Orton reversed into a back drop.

Orton went for the door and got half out before Hunter grabbed him. Orton reached under the ring and brought a chair in. He pushed Hunter off and went to hit him but got kicked instead. Triple H went to use the chair and got the nut shot for his efforts. Orton used the chair on Hunter and then used it for a DDT. He set it up to do an RKO a la John Cena but Triple H reversed into a drop toe hold on the chair.

Both men teased climbing over the cage and threw each other off. Triple H set up for a Pedigree off the top rope but Orton countered and drove Triple H into the cage and threw him off. Orton almost made it out but Hunter drug him back in.

Triple H knocked Orton’s feet out from under him, dropping him on the top turnbuckle. He hit the spinebuster and laid the chair out in the middle if the ring. He set up for the Pedigree but Orton swept the feet out, dropping Hunter on the chair. Orton went for the Concussion Kick but Triple H moved. He hit Orton with the chair and followed up with the Pedigree for the pinfall…

Shore’s Slant: I lost five bucks on this match because nobody juiced. Who knew? Nice solid 20 minutes in a cage from both men. I know they are old and stale to some degree, but both men can flat entertain. You know the Triple H vs. Hardy mini feud late last year led to a pretty good match. Maybe we get to see it full blown. Maybe with a title change. Maybe I should do less drugs…

Over all a solid PPV with each match delivering well. Nothing spectacular, except for Beth’s brute force. That chick is a real beast. I enjoyed it and I hope you enjoyed my coverage. Let me know what you thought, email me at cshore10@triad.rr.com and let me know. See you Friday night for Smackdown!

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