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WWE Judgment Day Preview:
Date: May 22nd 2005
Location: Target Center: Minneapolis; Minnesota
WWE Championship: Last Man Standing match:
John Cena© vs. John Bradshaw Layfield
A bitter rivalry will take a new twist this Sunday when John Cena defends the WWE championship for the first time in the brutal environment known as a Last Man Standing match. One man will be put down for the ten count in what will no doubt be an all out war between the champion and challenger. JBL has proclaimed since being defeated at Wrestlemania that John Cena got lucky and that if he gets a one on one rematch, he will take back what is rightfully is. At Judgment Day, he will get that opportunity.
Layfield earned his rematch by winning an eight man number one contenders tournament, defeating Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle in a triple threat match to get to this point. The challenge was then laid down from the number one contender, JBL told Cena that if he really was a man of his word and that if he really did ‘never back down’ then he’d accept the challenge for Judgment Day of a Last Man Standing match. Cena duly obliged and promised JBL that he would prove himself and that he will indeed never back down. JBL looked pleased to hear Cena’s decision and attempted a cheap shot on the champion but was instead met with an FU as the champion got one over on JBL yet again. The following week saw the longest reigning champion in Smackdown history and number one contender gain a measure of payback on Cena during tag team action. Cena teamed with The Undertaker to face Layfield and Randy Orton. As the match ended in a no contest, Cena was distracted by JBL’s chief of staff and turned around right into a brutal clothesline from hell from the ‘Wrestling God’.
This past Friday saw the number one contender yet again avoid Cena’s wrath and get one over on the champion. Layfield attacked Cena during his match with Carlito, laying out the champ before Booker T came to Cena’s aid and in the main event of the show, JBL defeated The Undertaker, again avoiding a bulldozing Cena who headed to the ring to fend off Randy Orton and JBL’s assault on the Deadman.
With the anticipation building and the Last Man Standing stipulation hanging over this match Sunday, many feel it will be a defining night in both men’s careers. Cena has it all to prove at Judgment Day. Was Wrestle mania a fluke? Will JBL win back the WWE championship? Or will John Cena prove all his critics wrong and walk out of Minneapolis and the hellacious Last Man Standing match still the WWE champion?
Randy Orton vs. The Undertaker
Wrestlemania saw The Undertaker defeat Randy Orton and extend his undefeated streak to 13-0. However, everyone was left in no doubt that Randy Orton came closer than anyone to ending the streak. Since Wrestlemania has passed, with Orton on Raw and the Deadman on Smackdown, a rematch was out of the equation but the annual draft lottery saw all of that change.
Randy Orton was the final pick in the lottery and would therefore jump ship to Friday nights meaning his mission to kill the legend of The Undertaker was back in full effect. Since coming to Smackdown Orton has been hell bent on getting his rematch with the Phenom and has pleaded with Teddy Long to make it happen. Teddy Long refused, infuriating Orton. Long told Orton that he’d have to earn that rematch and that he’d need to defeat RVD if he wanted to get his match at Judgment Day.
Luckily for Orton, he got the job done against Van Dam and was granted his match for Judgment Day but the games then well and truly began as The Undertaker returned after the match but was caught off guard by MNM who cost Van Dam the match. Taker took out Mercury and Nitro but turned around right into an RKO from the Legend Killer who could do nothing but smile after taking down the Deadman.
The following week saw Orton team with JBL to take on Taker and John Cena. Both men were in no mood for fun and games as Orton and Taker took it to one another but as the Deadman began to get the upper hand, Orton walked away and got out of there as quick as he could, waiting for Judgment Day.
Or so we thought. This past Friday just two nights before Judgment Day, The Undertaker went one on one with JBL. The match was a solid affair but the end came when Orton made his presence felt, laying the Undertaker out with an RKO once again, costing the Phenom the victory.
With Orton relentless in getting what he wants, you have to wonder whether he really can do the unthinkable and fulfil his quest to end the career of The Undertaker. Could Judgment Day be the night? Or will The Undertaker prove exactly why he is the cornerstone of the WWE and defeat the Legend Killer once again?
WWE United States Championship:
Orlando Jordan© vs. Matt Hardy
The annual WWE Draft lottery took place on Monday Night Raw the night after Backlash and one of the big moves was that of Matt Hardy who switched shows to the blue brand and to Friday Night Smackdown. Once he made that move Hardy made his intentions known to JBL and his chief of staff Orlando Jordan and that intention was to win championships.
Hardy has stated that he no longer wants to be seen as just a tag team specialist and that he was coming to Smackdown to make a name as Matt Hardy, not one of the Hardy Boyz. This didn’t sit too well with Orlando Jordan however, the current United States champion who told Hardy that he needed his brother to do all the work and that on his own he’s nothing. Hardy though made OJ pay for those comments as on his Smackdown debut he defeated the U.S. champ in a non-title match.
The following week saw Orlando gain a measure of revenge on the man who ‘Will not Die’ as Jordan brutally attacked Hardy after his match with Luther Reigns. Orlando looked to make his point loud and clear but later on that night it was Hardy’s turn to get the upper hand. Jordan looked to come to the aid of his mentor JBL who teamed with Randy Orton to face John Cena and The Undertaker. Orlando looked to hand the win to his boss and Orton but was left in no doubt that he’s got a fight on his hands in Matt Hardy who evened the numbers game and took down the U.S. champion.
With things between the two really heating up, this Sunday the tension will boil over and we will answer all the questions. Will Matt Hardy prove he can do it on his own and start to build his singles career by winning the United States title or will Orlando Jordan put a dent in his dream and prove that he is here to stay as the U.S. champ?
Carlito vs. Booker T
Since Wrestlemania it’s been a tale of two completely different stories for Carlito and Booker T. The young, brash apple spitter Carlito has been on a roll as of late, showing a new found aggression in taking out several Smackdown superstars.
Booker T on the other hand has lost a whole lot of steam in recent weeks. The former five time WCW champion has been stuck in a rut, unable to find a win from anywhere whilst also seeming to lose a lot of confidence. Booker T appears to be a shell of his former self and Carlito was not shy in voicing his opinion on that matter.
The Caribbean superstar told Booker to his face that Booker was disgracing his name and that he was no longer the Booker T that arrived in the WWE four years ago. Carlito said that he wants to see the old Booker T return and that the Booker T who was here in the WWE was a failure. This seemed to stun Booker but yet with confidence lacking, the master of the Spinaroonie didn’t even know how to respond
The following week on Smackdown Booker was in action against Chris Masters when Carlito cost the veteran another match, before delivering a brutal attack to Booker afterwards, spitting apple in Booker’s face to add insult to injury. Carlito told Booker to step away and that it is ’his time now’.
Following that attack we failed to see Booker T for two weeks with Carlito proclaiming that he tried to help Booker but that it hadn’t worked and Booker was now facing up to the fact he was a failure by sitting at home.
With questions being raised about whether Booker T would even return to Smackdown, Teddy Long made the match for Judgment Day with everyone wondering if Booker would return but this past Friday on Smackdown, Booker returned and made a big impact. With Carlito in action against the WWE champion John Cena, Booker came to the aid of the champion who was up against a two one assault in Carlito and JBL. Booker came in and took Carlito out with a big Bookend and perhaps the real Booker T has returned. We are sure to find out on Sunday just whether this is the beginning of a Booker T resurgence or if it’s the beginning of the end for Booker T.
WWE Vacant Tag Team Championships:
MNM vs. Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam
Joey Merucry, Johnny Nitro and Melina arrived to the WWE and to Friday Night Smackdown the week after Wrestlemania and have made an immediate impact on the blue brand, rubbing a lot of people the wrong way.
Two of those people are Rey Mysterio and in particular ‘Mr.Friday Night’ Rob Van Dam. The cocky young trio of MNM demanded they be awarded the vacant WWE Tag team titles from Smackdown GM Teddy Long but this didn’t go down too well with RVD. Van Dam told MNM that nobody deserves to be handed anything in this business and that in all his years of wrestling nobody has handed him anything, he’s earned it.
Teddy Long agreed with Van Dam and told MNM that they’d have to earn the titles. This infuriated MNM, in particular Melina who bemoaned the decision and took action, sending her two boys to attack Van Dam and cost him his match with Kurt Angle in the WWE championship number one contenders tournament.
As the weeks went on, the numbers game continued to get the better of RVD and eventually he turned for help, his old friend Rey Mysterio told Van Dam that he had his back if he needed him and when Teddy Long announced it’d be MNM up against RVD and a parnter of his choosing there was only one man Mr.Friday Night would turn to.
With the numbers game now out the window, will the rookied duo of Mercury and Nitro be able to defeat two of the highest profile, most talented superstars in the WWE? Will they be able to back up their claims about being the A-listers on Smackdown? Or will Van Dam and Mysterio prove that you earn things the right way here in the WWE? It is sure to be electric whatever happens this Sunday in Minneapolis.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship:
Paul London© vs. Chavo Guerrero
Ever since Paul London defeated Chavo Guerrero just before Wrestlemania to become Cruiserweight champion, Chavo Guerrero has been relentless in attempting to regain the title.
The Mexican veteran was defeated once again by London on an edition of Friday Night Smackdown before London and his tag partner for the night Brian Kendrick defeated Guerrero and Kid Kash in action. With Guerrero seemingly having no luck in getting his championship back, the tide turned the following week when Chavo defeated Kash and Kendrick in a triple threat match to earn himself a second and final rematch at Judgment Day for the title.
With the victory under his belt, confidence seemed to return to the wily veteran who went on to brutally assault Paul London on the next week of Smackdown, With the champion in action against new draft pick Tajiri, Chavo made his presence felt in a big way, attacking his rival before laying London out with a massive frogsplash right through the announce table!! The attack damaged the ribs of Paul London and further intensified the feud between these two.
When they collide in Minneapolis on Sunday there is sure to be a real fire to the match and with the rib injury still looking like it’s affecting Paul London there is real doubt as to whether he can retain his championship. Will London pull another one out the bag or will Chavo’s experience prove all too much when Sunday rolls around?
WWE Championship: Last Man Standing Match:
John Cena(c) vs John Bradshaw Layfield
Randy Orton vs The Undertaker
WWE United States Championship:
Orlando Jordan(c) vs Matt Hardy
WWE Vacant Tag Team Championships:
MNM vs Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam
Carlito vs Booker T
WWE Cruiserweight Chammpionship:
Paul London(c) vs Chavo Guerrero
Predictions would be more than welcome and all feedback for the PPV will be returned.