Re: Being The Booker
Arjun - To be honest, the plan was always to turn Randy Orton heel again following WrestleMania. I gave him the face run basically for a fresh run, before going back to his natural path of being heel. And, when I began making plans post WM, with the draft etc, I just felt a Christian face turn would suit better than keeping him heel. I was also beginning to feel that it was getting a little too same-ish with Christian as a heel, and wanted a bit more of a challenge for myself in turning him face.
Smackdown: May 11th; Nashville:
JBL opens the show, alone, and cuts a promo talking about being worried about The Rock up until now. He says at Judgement Day he will break The Great One. He then says like Stone Cold, The Rock represents the past of Smackdown whilst he represents the future. He talks about stating he would make an impact a few weeks ago and still holding true to that statement. He says at Judgement Day, JBL has another mountain to climb, but like always he has every intention too, although he may just move it out of the way instead.
The action kicks off, with Chavo Guerrero taking on Ultimo Dragon. Chavo picks up the win in a short match, but is soon met by The Mexicools, who give Chavo a hug each, but Guerrero tells them that he isn’t interested in taking sides, walking off, leaving the trio looking a little shocked.
Backstage, we see Chris Jericho looking excited, as he talks to a random guy about his most awesome Highlight Reel ever to come later tonight.
In the locker room, we see Kid Kash gathering the majority of Cruiserweights, and tells them he has got a 6 man tag match arranged for Judgment Day, to face the Mexicools, with him, Tajiri and - Kash stops, taking a look at Chavo Guerrero, who stares blankly, before Kash seems to change his mind, and instead chooses Brian Kendrick for their match on Sunday.
Kenny of the Spirit Squad faces James Storm of AMW, with the Squad numbers game too much for AMW, giving the heels an undeserved victory, heading into this Sunday and the tag title match.
Interview with Kurt Angle, where he hypes up the cage match for Judgment Day, saying he needs the win more than any he’s ever needed before.
Following a commercial, Jericho urges the fans to “Celebrate The Phenom” as he puts it on The Highlight Reel. Y2J matter of factly states that The Deadman hasn’t got a hope, as he faces a man who is undefeated in Casket Matches throughout his entire career this Sunday. Jericho has several guests on the show, including Brother Love, Ted Dibiase and Jimmy Snuka. Dibiase and Brother Love put their confidence in Jericho beating The Undertaker, whereas Snuka isn’t so sure which leads to him get cheap shotted by Jericho. All of a sudden, Paul Bearer makes his way to the ring and tells Jericho to beware, because he doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into, he says there isn’t a sole alive that’s faced The Phenom in a Casket Match and been the same since. Paul Bearer says at Judgement Day, Chris Jericho will Rest In Peace. Jericho looks set to attack Paul Bearer until the lights go out and return, with Undertaker in the ring!! Undertaker choke slams Brother Love and Dibiase before laying waste to The Highlight Reel set as Jericho bails from the ring, heading into Judgment Day.
Backstage, Josh Matthews interviews Charlie Haas. Haas puts himself over, coming across almost deranged, as he talks about his quest to take the US Title, and prove to the world he can cut it on his own.
RVD defeated James Dick in impressive fashion, looking focused ahead of his challenge to Sabu on Sunday. After the match, we see Sabu on the titan tron, having looked to have hi-jacked a camera. He doesn’t mutter a word, but instead stares into the camera, nods, and makes a slice across his throat with his thumb as a message to Van Dam.
Backstage, we see Paul Heyman announce to a group of the locker room that the KOTR brackets from Smackdown will be announced on Sunday at Judgment Day. He then walks off, into Chris Benoit, and again laughs in the champions face. Benoit then pushes Heyman up against the wall, and tells Heyman that he wont be laughed at, and at Judgment Day, he will come through the cage match still Champion, and Heyman better get used to it.
Triple H defeats Billy Kidman in a glorified squash, as warm up for Judgment Day, even knocking Kidman out with the sledgehammer afterwards, bloodying BK, and looks into the camera telling London to make the right choice on Sunday.
We see The Rock warming up backstage ahead of tonights main event, where he meets up with Matt Hardy, with the two sharing a hand shake, before Chris Benoit steps into the picture, and the three nod, before heading towards the entrance tunnel for the main event.
The main event before Judgement Day sees a Star studded Six Man Tag Team Match, with The Rock/Chris Benoit/Hardy vs. Haas/Kurt Angle/JBL, JBL runs from The Rock early in the match, leaving just two on two, and as the finish nears, Haas and Hardy brawl through the crowd, leaving Benoit and Angle only, in which Benoit locks Angle in the crossface however Angle reverses into a pinning predicament, with Benoit’s shoulders down for a three count. Angle gets the last laugh heading into the JD Main Event.
Official Card for WWE Judgement Day
Date: 14th May 2006
Location: Bradley Centre; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Event Music: This Fire Burns; Killswitch Engage
WWE Championship: Steel Cage Match:
Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle
WWE United States Championship Match:
Matt Hardy vs. Charlie Haas
WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
America’s Most Wanted vs. Spirit Squad
The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho
Triple H vs. Paul London
Un Sanctioned Challenge:
Sabu vs. Rob Van Dam
One on One:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. The Rock
6 Man Tag Match:
Kid Kash, Brian Kendrick & Tajiri vs. Mexicools