Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Missed the earlier discussion re. Eddie vs JBL Judgement Day 2004. One of the best matches the company has ever done, arguably a top 15 candidate and forever will remain one of my most personal favourite matches. Great babyface performance from Eddie pre and post blood loss, brings the fire, passion and fury in everything he does towards JBL that gets you invested, then his bumping, selling and overally emotive performance after the chairshot just makes it impossible to not get caught up in the match and the direction the match is taking. JBL is the perfect cowardly and detestable heel stooging and bumping and then the brute on offence taking advantage of depleted and barely conscious Eddie, everything after the blood loss is some of the most emotional and visually lasting imagery in WWE history and the whole match feels like something out of the 80s and is a perfect homage to a classic babyface vs heel war.
The finish also doesn't get enough credit in terms of intelligence and furthering the feud. Eddie couldn't lose the match after all JBL had put him through as well as the beating he took and JBL couldn't lose due to Eddie's nearly immobile condition and the fact it was his first Main Event program. The finish puts over Eddie's hatred and fury at JBL and desire to hurt him regardless of the DQ whilst giving JBL a valid claim for a rematch with him having the perfect heel excuse that Eddie intentionally got himself DQ'd to save the title. Furthers the feud and allows the angle to continue till July and the Great American Bash whilst protecting both men who couldn't afford to lose the match.