Judgment Day 2004

| Date: May 16, 2004
| Venue: Staples Center | City: Los Angeles, California
| Attendance: 18, 722 | Buys: 235, 000

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Souls Will Cry. This pay per view has a dark aura about it and it’s all because The Undertaker returns to pay per view tonight. The Undertaker has spooked a few members of the Smackdown roster over the past few weeks and one man that has taken exception to that is Booker T. Booker T was traded over to Smackdown (along with The Dudley Boyz) in exchange for Triple H and Booker T has not been happy since his arrival. Despite feeling like it is a demotion, he chose to attack The Undertaker as he returned to Smackdown alongside Paul Bearer. Since then The Undertaker has continued to haunt Booker T who even went as far as to see a spiritual advisor who prompted him to walk through graveyards late at night. Tonight Booker T won’t be able to escape The Undertaker who makes his second PPV appearance since he was buried alive last November.

The main event tonight pits WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero against John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Since Wrestlemania Bradshaw has gone through quite the change, first watching by as his long time tag team partner Faarooq was fired. Bradshaw then returned under his real name, suited and riding in a limo. Kurt Angle, who is now General Manager of Smackdown, named JBL the winner of the Kurt Angle Great American award which earned Layfield a WWE title shot at Judgment Day. JBL has taken shots at Guerrero’s heritage, going as far as kicking Mexicans out of America at the border. And in a shocking twist at a house show a couple of weeks ago, Eddie Guerrero invited his mom into the ring only for Bradshaw to come out and attack Eddie, causing Guerrero’s mom to have a heart attack. The WWE Championship is defended tonight between two of the most passionate men in the company.

The United States Championship will also be defended tonight as John Cena defends the title he won at Wrestlemania against a newcomer to Smackdown, Rene Dupree. Dupree has had his eye on the United States Championship since arriving on Smackdown and as a result has been on the receiving end of some of Cena’s raps. The two have had their run-ins over the past few weeks and it all comes to a head tonight. The Cruiserweight Championship will also be on the line tonight as Chavo Guerrero Jr looks to regain the championship from the person he lost it from in an open challenge on Smackdown a couple of weeks ago, Jacqueline came out of nowhere to challenge Chavo and after a sneaky low blow, she won the title becoming the first woman in WWE history to win the title. Chavo Classic beat Jacqueline in singles action on Smackdown last week but now Chavo Guerrero Jr must do the same if he is to win back the Cruiserweight Championship tonight.

The WWE Tag Team Championships will also be defended tonight. Rikishi and Scotty Too Hotty lost their titles to the make-shift team of Charlie Haas and Smackdown newcomer Rico a few weeks ago. Tonight Rico and Charlie defend their titles against another make-shift team in Billy Gunn and Hardcore Holly. Speaking of tag teams, The Dudley Boyz got bought over to Smackdown and have instantly turned their backs of the fans after Paul Heyman got in their head. Bubba Ray and D-Von attacked their former ECW pal Rob Van Dam before attacking Eddie Guerrero. With Guerrero concentrating on other things, Rey Mysterio helped Van Dam out and as a result, the two teams are scheduled to fight tonight. Also tonight, Torrie Wilson takes on Dawn Marie and we will see the debut of the mysterious Mordecai.

On Sunday Night Heat prior to the pay per view, Mark Jindrak defeated Funaki.

Let’s get to it.

A video package kicks us off focusing on the Eddie Guerrero/John “Bradshaw” Layfield match, Undertaker/Booker T match and John Cena/Rene Dupree match. It’s basically a three match card. And Cena/Dupree isn’t the best either. Judgment Day is upon us. Michael Cole welcomes us to the Staples Centre, he’s joined by Tazz.

Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von)

A big name tag team match kicks things off tonight. All 4 men are looking for their first Judgment Day victory tonight. The Dudley Boyz and Rob Van Dam are both 0-2 at the event whilst Rey Mysterio makes his Judgment Day debut tonight. Rob Van Dam and Bubba Ray Dudley kick things off in this match but D-Von Dudley attacks Van Dam from behind and instead starts the match. Bubba Ray and D-Von have gone back and forth between face and heel since arriving in the WWE. D-Von lays into Van Dam and then tags in Bubba Ray who chokes RVD on the ropes. All four men in this match wrestled in ECW. Van Dam hits a spinning heel kick, a dropkick and monkey flip on Bubba before back body dropping D-Von and clotheslineing him out of the ring.

Van Dam kicks Bubba Ray to the outside and then hits a plancha to the outside on him. Mysterio then flies down at D-Von and the crowd are behind this white meat babyface duo. Back in the ring and Van Dam hits some jabs to D-Von and then a spinning heel kick. Bubba Ray grabs Van Dam but D-Von accidentally clobbers his tag team partner. Bubba Ray low bridges the top rope and Van Dam falls to the outside where Bubba slams him into the announce desk. D-Von tags in Bubba and Van Dam tags in Mysterio. Rey hits a springboard cross body on Bubba Ray and then a tilt-a-whirl head scissors before going for a 619 but D-Von grabs his legs. Rey kicks D-Von away and then tries for a west coast pop but Bubba Ray catches him and hotshots him onto the top rope.

Bubba Ray tags in D-Von who hits a bodyslam and a legdrop for the first near fall of the night. D-Von then applies a sleeper which Mysterio gets out of but D-Von hits him with his reverse flying elbow for another near fall. D-Von tags in Bubba Ray who slaps Mysterio about and then hits a suplex. D-Von and Bubba Ray make an illegal switch but they may as well have just made a legal tag, I’m not sure what the benefit of doing an illegal tag behind the referees back is. Mysterio hits a bulldog on D-Von from nowhere and both men are down. Mysterio tags in Van Dam but the referee doesn’t see it and so The Dudley Boyz double team Mysterio. Bubba Ray is the legal man now and he hits a big spinebuster on Rey for a near fall. Bubba ties Mysterio up in the ropes and slaps him about a bit but Mysterio grabs Bubba and hit and hits an RKO type move whilst hung up in the ropes!

Mysterio hits a moonsault on Bubba Ray Dudley for a near fall. Bubba tags in D-Von and Mysterio tags in Rob Van Dam! Van Dam takes D-Von down with a spinning heel kick and then a springboard kick to the chin. RVD takes down Bubba Ray who tries to intervene and then hits rolling thunder on D-Von. Bubba Ray breaks up a pinfall attempt and all four men get into it. Bubba back drops Mysterio out of the ring and the two men then set up for the wassup drop. Mysterio crotches D-Von on the top and Van Dam kicks Bubba Ray in the face. Mysterio hits a bronco buster on Bubba Ray and then a hurricanrana off the top on D-Von. Van Dam and Mysterio set both Dudley Boyz up for a 619 which Mysterio hits on both men. Van Dam then comes off the top with a 5 star frog splash on D-Von and that’s all she wrote! Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio pick up the win tonight! Slight surprise for me this result but not in a bad way. Good match between these four.

Rating: 7/10

Josh Mathews is backstage and says strange noises have been coming from Booker T’s locker room all night. Booker T invites him in and says he has been preparing for the biggest match of his career tonight. Booker has a pouch with something in and says that he has the power. Booker T says he is the one true star on Smackdown.

Kurt Angles music hits and Luther Reigns (a new minder and bodyguard of Kurt Angle) pushes a big box to ringside. Kurt then pops out of the top of the box in his wheelchair. That looks like the stage that Rey Mysterio pops out of. Kurt punks out the crowd with American sports references before talking some crap about Eddie Guerrero. Kurt then moves on to Torrie Wilson and orders her out to the ring. Torrie heads out and Kurt tells her that because of what she did to him then if she loses her match tonight then she’ll be fired.

Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn Marie 

This is the third PPV match between these two girls and Torrie Wilson has won the previous 2. Torrie also beat Sable at last years Judgment Day in a bikini challenge. Dawn is looking for her first PPV win tonight on the fourth time of asking. Torrie ducks a clothesline and hits a snapmare and a dropkick for a near fall. Torrie hits a sunset flip for another two count and then hits a couple of clotheslines. Torrie heads to the top but Dawn ducks out of the way of a cross body. Dawn hits some stomps and then chokes Torrie on the bottom rope. Dawn Marie then drops a “big forearm” on Torrie on the apron. Torrie rolls back into the ring but Dawn baseball slides her right back out. Dawn Marie then legdrops Torrie on the outside before rolling her back in for a near fall.

This is the only match tonight that doesn’t feature a newcomer to Smackdown although JBL isn’t technically a newcomer but he is a new character. Dawn Marie applies a sleeper but Torrie gets out of it and hits a suplex and a swinging beckbreaker for a near fall. Torrie hits a couple of kicks and a sunset flip for a two count. Torrie rolls Dawn up and doing so rips up Dawn Maries ring gear! Dawns arse is now hanging out big time. Torrie rolls Dawn Marie up and gets her for the three. Torrie Wilson wins a pretty bad match.

Rating: 2/10

John “Bradshaw” Layfield is backstage and calls the people in LA lazy. He says that in JBL’s America, everybody talks English and criminals like Eddie Guerrero are prosecuted.

Scotty Too Hotty vs. Mordecai

This is a pay per view debut for Mordecai, he’s the only guy making his PPV debut tonight. Scotty Too Hotty has a 1-0 record at Judgment Day PPVs. Mordecai has a very dramatic entrance. He wears a white robe and carries a cross. This guy has got “future Undertaker opponent” written all over him. Mordecai throws Scotty into the mat in the early going and then into the ringpost. Mordecai then rubs Scotty’s head up against the ringpost before hitting him with knees to the face. Mordecai throws Scotty into a different ringpost before hitting a chinlock through the ropes. Mordecai hits a straight boot to the back on Scotty’s head and Scotty starts to fight back with right hands but Mordecai hits him with a knee. Scotty hits a kick of his own and then a bulldog before motioning for the worm! Mordecai just grabs him and pulls him onto the ropes.

Mordecai hits a short arm clothesline and then a crucifix powerbomb (Razor’s Edge) which is enough for the three. Mordecai wins the match and his debut in the WWE. Bit of a squash. Did the job I guess.

Rating: 3/10

Chavo Guerrero and Chavo Classic are backstage getting ready. Jacqueline then shows up with a present. Chavo opens up the present and it’s a bright pink bra and panties. Chavo says there’ll be nothing funny about what he’s going to do to her tonight. Chavo Senior looks more interested in the lingerie!

Rico & Charlie Haas (c) vs. Billy Gunn & Hardcore Holly – WWE Tag Team Championship Match

This is a first time meeting between these two mish-mash teams. Charlie Haas has a 0-1 record at Judgment Day PPVs, Rico has a 1-0 record, Billy Gunn has a 0-1 record, his last appearance at this event was the very first show back in 1998 and this is actually a Judgment Day debut for Hardcore Holly. Neither Billy Gunn or Hardcore Holly want to start the match against Rico. Billy Gunn has a lot of history with Rico, I wonder if that’ll get mentioned in this one. Instead Charlie Haas and Hardcore Holly start the match. Charlie uses some wrestling holds to take down Hardcore in the early going. Charlie applies an armlock and tags in Rico. Hardcore tags in Billy Gunn and he applies a headlock on Rico but Rico gets out of it by grabbing Gunns arse. Rico then rides Billy around the ring. Rico hits some big kicks on Gunn sending him to the outside.

Rico tags in Charlie Haas and Billy Gunn takes him down with a right hand. Gunn then goes after Rico and Hardcore nails Haas from behind. Gunn tags in Hardcore who hits some big chops on Haas and then a suplex for a two count. Hardcore tags in Gunn who chokes Haas with his knee. Billy tags in Holly who continues to lay in Haas before applying a sleeper. Haas gets out of it but Holly hits him with his dropkick for a near fall. Hardcore tags in Gunn but Haas hits him with right hands before running into a boot. Billy tags in Holly who hits a big kick to the abdomen of Haas for a two count. Holly hits a slam and then goes to the top before diving off with a nothing but Haas gets his boot up. Hardcore tags Billy Gunn in and Charlie Haas tags in Rico. Rico hits some big right hands, an atomic drop and a couple of clotheslines.

Billy Gunn hits the fame-asser on Rico but Charlie Haas had made a blind tag. Gunn tags in Holly who sets up Haas for an Alabama Slam but Rico hits Holly with a superkick and Haas rolls him up for the three! That was an interesting match. Not terrible, it had a fast pace to it in parts. Rico can definitely wrestle as can Haas. Not the worst but not a match I’ll be watching again in a hurry.

Rating: 4/10

There’s some footage from Smackdown with Jacqueline beating Chavo Guerrero Jr before losing to Chavo Classic.

Jacqueline (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr – Cruiserweight Championship Match

Jacqueline has a 0-1 record at Judgment Day PPVs but she did appear as a manager on the very first Judgment Day event. Chavo makes his Judgment Day debut tonight as he was injured for the event last year. Chavo has one arm tied behind his back as he’d previously agreed to. Chavo hits some kicks in the early going and then a one-armed backbreaker. Chavo then stomps away at Jacqueline and hits her with forearms. Jacqueline hits Chavo with a headscissors into the ringpost which looked a bit odd. Jacqueline jumps on Chavo’s back with a sleeper but Chavo backs her into the turnbuckle. Jacqueline hits a kick for a near fall and then Chavo Classic gets up on the apron. Jacqueline dropkicks Chavo off the apron allowing Chavo Jr to get up and knock Jacqueline down with a clothesline.

Chavo Classic is back up on the apron distracting the referee so Jacqueline hits Chavo Jr with a low blow. Chavo rolls to the outside where his father unties the rope holding his arm. Chavo Classic is back up on the apron and Chavo Jr blocks a right hand with the arm that is supposed to be tied before hitting a clothesline and a hotshot. Chavo then hits the gorybomb and pins Jacqueline for the three! Chavo Guerrero wins the match and regains his Cruiserweight Championship! Not great.

Rating: 2.5/10

There’s a video package next showing the history between John Cena and Rene Dupree.

John Cena (c) vs. Rene Dupree – United States Championship Match

John Cena defends the United States Championship on pay per view for the first time since winning the title at Wrestlemania XX. Both Cena and Rene Dupree won their matches at last years Judgment Day event. Cena is out first and gives us one of his raps but Dupree interrupts him before he can finish. I’m not sure what Dupree is missing but he has the look of a star. Cena takes him off his feet with a Lou Thesz press but Dupree gets back into it with a big boot. Cena hits a back body drop and then tries to clothesline Dupree over the top but there’s a bit of a botch and Rene ends up rolling out of the ring. On the outside Dupree pulls Cena into the ringpost. Back in the ring and Rene stomps on Cena and camel clutches him through the ropes.

Dupree hits some jabs but Cena reverses an Irish whip, sending Dupree onto the apron. Cena then goes for a cross body but Dupree ducks and Cena falls to the outside. Dupree rolls Cena back into the ring and hits him with a backbreaker for a near fall. This is a first singles match on pay per view for Dupree. He applies a bear hug to the champion but Cena gets out of it and hits clotheslines, elbows, a sidewalk slam and then the 5 knuckle shuffle but Dupree rolls out of the way. Rene hits a spinebuster and then gives a bit of a French tickle dance. He misses with a knee drop but ends up planting Cena with a DDT. Cena ducks a clothesline and sets up for the FU but Dupree slides down and hits another DDT for a near fall. Dupree goes for a powerbomb but Cena backbody drops him and rolls up Rene for a near fall.

Dupree attempts to leapfrog Cena but Cena catches him and hits the FU! That’s enough for the three, John Cena retains his United States Championship tonight. Cena celebrates in the crowd.

Rating: 5.25/10

There’s a promo for Kenzo Suzuki who is coming soon to Smackdown. He looks like an angry Japanese guy.

Video package next for Booker T and The Undertaker.

The Undertaker vs. Booker T

This is the second pay per view meeting between these two men, previously The Undertaker beat Booker T at No Mercy 2001 amidst the Invasion. Booker T has a 0-1 record at Judgment Day events whilst The Undertaker has a 1-1-1 record at the event that has his face on the poster every year. The Undertaker and Billy Gunn are the only two men wrestling on this show that wrestled on the very first Judgment Day PPV back in 1998. Both of these men were successful in their last PPV outings back at Wrestlemania. Undertaker throws Booker T to the outside. Booker runs himself with whatever is in his pouch. Nobody has fought as many PPV matches as The Undertaker and nobody has won as many matches as the dead man.

Undertaker hits a clothesline, taking Booker T off his feet and follows it up with a right hand. Undertaker works the left arm of Booker T but Booker reverses the armbar and hits a back kick. Undertaker reverses an Irish whip and hits a sidewalk slam and a legdrop for a near fall. Undertaker then clotheslines Booker T out of the ring. Booker T goes to the top and hits a dropkick for a two count. Booker T hits some right hands dropping Undertaker to the mat before going back to his pouch. The two Texans then slug it out until Undertaker hits his big flying clothesline. Undertaker twists the arm and then hits his old school flying axe handle before hitting a face first driver similar to what Scott Steiner was using as a finisher last year.

Undertaker motions for the last ride but Booker T nips down and knocks the referee down as he does. Booker then throws the contents of his pouch into Undertakers eyes but it doesn’t affect Undertaker! The dead man hits a clothesline in the corner and then attempts a running boot but Booker T gets out of the way. Booker T raps Undertakers leg around the ringpost before throwing him into the ringsteps. Paul Bearer is ringside with Undertaker and he helps him to his feet. Back in the ring and Booker hits a big kick to the face for a very near fall. Booker hits his trademark scissors kick but Undertaker kicks out of that one. Undertaker sits up and hits a big boot, a chokeslam (botched) and the tombstone which is enough for the three! Undertaker wins the match, a 5th win for the faces tonight from 7 matches.

Rating: 5.75/10

There’s a VT next for Eddie Guerrero and John “Bradshaw” Layfield.

Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield – WWE Championship Match

This is a big first time meeting between these two men and it is for the WWE Championship. Eddie Guerrero has a 3-0 record at Judgment Day PPV’s whilst Bradshaw has a 0-1 record. Layfield gets on the microphone before the bell and says that he’ll be willing to take Eddie Guerrero’s mother on as a housekeeper. He then guarantees victory tonight. Eddie is out and Layfield asks him how his mother is. Guerrero starts the match with intensity, taking the fight to the outside and throwing him into the barricade. Guerrero then smashes Bradshaw into the ringpost and over the Spanish announce desk. The two take it into the ring where Eddie hammers Bradshaw back out of the ring! Bradshaw heads for the back but Eddie runs full pelt at him and takes him down with a forearm.

Eddie smashes Bradshaw into the barricade and then back into the ring. Guerrero hits Bradshaw with a big right hand and then stomps on his face before throwing him back out of the ring. Bradshaw is in some fetching blue trunks tonight. He reverses an Irish whip, sending Guerrero into the ring steps. Back in the ring and Layfield hits a big boot and drops and elbow for a two count. JBL then hammers away at Guerrero’s back before hitting him with a hard Irish whip. Layfield applies a headlock but the crowd are behind Guerrero who gets out of it and hits a couple of quick arm drags sending Bradshaw out of the ring. Eddie then attempts a cross body over the top but JBL catches him and hits a fallaway slam on the outside. Back in the ring and Bradshaw hits a swinging neckbreaker for a two count.

The two men exchange right hands and Bradshaw hits a knee, an Irish whip and a back body drop for a two count. Eddie looked like he was trying to flip out of the back body drop but failed. Bradshaw applies a bear hug which Eddie gets out of with a poke to the eye. Guerrero finds some momentum, hitting a dropkick and two vertical suplexes. Bradshaw stops him from hitting a third and tries for a clotheslines from hell but Eddie ducks it. Bradshaw then attempts a powerbomb but Eddie nips down and accidentally runs into the referee. Guerrero back body drops Bradshaw out of the ring and sees to the referee. Eddie then heads out of the ring and throws Bradshaw over the Spanish announce table. JBL picks up a chair and smashes it into the skull of Guerrero who is bleeding heavily. Lost sound from the commentators there briefly. Bradshaw picks up the ring steps and jabs them into the face of Guerrero before rolling him back into the ring.

Bradshaw then hits the clothesline from hell on Guerrero but the referee is down. Bradshaw tries to wake up the referee but he’s out of it. Another referee then runs down and Bradshaw makes the fall but Guerrero kicks out at 2! Bradshaw motions for a second clothesline from hell but Guerrero gets out of the way and Bradshaw nails the second referee! JBL hits a boot and a powerbomb before making a cover. The first referee is up but Eddie kicks out at 2! Bradshaw locks on a sleeper but Eddie gets out of it with a side suplex. The crowd are right behind Eddie as he starts a comeback with big right hands. He tries for a cross body but JBL catches him and gets ready to hit a fallaway slam only for Guerrero to counter it into a spinning DDT. Eddie is undefeated on PPV so far in 2004, beating Chavo Guerrero Jr, Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle.

Eddie heads to the top and dives off with a frog splash but JBL gets out of the way. Bradshaw leaves the ring and grabs the WWE Championship and a steel chair. He puts the chair in the ring and the referee throws it out. Behind the referees back JBL looks to nail Eddie with the title but Guerrero hits him with a low blow! Eddie then grabs the WWE Championship belt and smashes JBL in the face with it right in front of the referee! The ref calls for the bell and this one is over! Eddie Guerrero loses the match but retains his title tonight. Eddie grabs his title and nails Bradshaw with it again. Guerrero then grabs a chair and smashes that into the bloody face of John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Eddie goes up top and hits the frog splash on Layfield. The crowd boo, they don’t seem to be happy with the result. Eddie celebrates in the ring with his title. He may have lost but he retains his WWE Championship tonight.

Rating: 7.5/10

Well. That was Judgment Day 2004. On paper it had a pretty terrible card and to be honest the show was every bit as bad as I thought it would be. To be fair Judgment Day started really strongly. You are always guaranteed a good match with Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio and The Dudley Boyz are potentially the greatest tag team of all time, they are a solid unit and know how to entertain. The tag match between the two was really strong. I was a little surprised that Van Dam and Mysterio won but that’s fine. There are babyface tag team champions at the moment and I have no doubt that The Dudley Boyz will get mixed up with them soon. I’m glad this was a decent match because it was all downhill from there. Torrie Wilson has been a big part of Smackdown over the past few weeks which is why she had a match tonight. The match was poor. Torrie and Dawn have had much better matches in the past. Torrie won, she kept her job, Dawn Marie could be on borrowed time.

Mordecai made his debut squashing Scotty Too Hotty. Mordecai didn’t blow me away but he is a big guy and he’s bound to get a big push over the next couple of months. He’s perfect fodder for The Undertaker so whether they pair these two up for Summerslam or wait for Wrestlemania we’ll just have to see. The WWE Tag Team Championship match wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be but these pairings, wow. Rico and Charlie Haas is comedy value and it’s the second time Rico has been a tag team champion in an odd couple. This can’t last. Maybe they’re trying to bring out some personality in Haas, I don’t know. The Dudley Boyz will probably take the tag team title in the next couple of months but there is just no tag team division at the moment. Hardcore Holly and Billy Gunn? I don’t know, these two guys were great in 1999 but those days are long gone.

Chavo Guerrero beat Jacqueline in another terrible match. There’s a whole division full of talented cruiserweights and this is what they go with. I’m not actually too sure how Jacqueline is still employed. The Women’s division on Raw is very competitive, maybe they could put her back with JBL? The cruiserweight division can only get better from here. Cena and Dupree was ok. It gives Cena a decent PPV defence of his United States title whilst making Rene Dupree look strong going forward. Cena’s clean win suggests that this feud is over. A Cena/Booker T feud could really strengthen this title and fingers crossed they go in that direction going forward. Speaking of Booker T, his heel turn was de-railed by The Undertaker. I can understand this but I’m not sure a clean win was necessary. Depending on where the JBL angle goes, Booker T could feud with Eddie Guerrero or John Cena.

In the main event Eddie Guerrero retained his WWE Championship against John “Bradshaw” Layfield. I have to say, I’m really enjoying Bradshaws new character. He’s really improved himself and put himself in the top echelon of the roster. Layfield won this match by disqualification which suggest that this feud is not over by any means. The next Smackdown pay per view is the Great American Bash. I fully expect a re-match between Eddie and JBL under some sort of gimmick. The main event between these two was really good. Overall though it was a weak pay per view and if you want to watch the best bits then watch the first match and then skip to the end.

Overall Rating: 46.25/100 (ranked 151st out of 164)

Match Of The Night: Eddie Guerrero vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield
Worst Match Of The Night: Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn Marie
Surprise Of The Night: RVD & Mysterio beat The Dudley Boyz
Worst Booking Of The Night: Booker T loses clean, looks weak
Superstar Of The Night: John “Bradshaw” Layfield
Judgment Day 2004 Will Be Remembered For: The Eddie Guerrero/JBL bloodbath

One thought on “Judgment Day 2004

  1. Four things of note:

    1.After being split up from Garrison Cade and drafted to SmackDown, Mark Jindrak would be given the fighting narcissist gimmick, the nickname “The Reflection of Perfection”, and Teddy Long as a manager.

    After this PPV, (*SPOILERS*) Long would split from Jindrak in July to become the SmackDown General Manager, while Jindrak dropped the Reflection of Perfection gimmick to become one of Kurt Angle’s lackeys alongside Luther Reigns.

    Another good guess for why WWE pulled the plug on Jindrak’s Reflection of Perfection gimmick was because the similarly-gimmicked “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters was on his way to the WWE.

    2.The reason for Kurt Angle in a wheelchair is twofold:

    Shoot-wise, Angle needed to rest up his body after losing to Eddie at WrestleMania, so he became SmackDown General Manager after Heyman quit during the Draft.

    Kayfabe, Angle was injured by The Big Show via chokeslam off a balcony after Torrie Wilson laught at Show for losing a loser-leaves-town match to Eddie on the April 15th episode of SmackDown.

    The following week on April 22nd, even Rene Dupree was right to accuse Torrie of this:

    3.This marks the final WWE PPV appearance for Jaqueline, who would be released shortly after this event.

    From there, Jacqueline would join TNA and make her debut at Victory Road 2004 as “The Pride of Tennessee” Jackie Moore, and then become the valet for “Cowboy” James Storm, and eventually Bobby Roode when he and Storm formed Beer Money Inc. Jackie would also feud with Gail Kim for the TNA Knockouts Championship in 2007-2008, before temporarily leaving TNA in July 2009.

    Jackie would pop up again in TNA in 2011 to team with O.D.B. as villainous heels against the likes of Velvet Sky and Mickie James, because Jackie left TNA again at the end of the year, and then made a few more TNA appearances in 2013 before leaving for good.

    In 2016, Jacqueline would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by the Dudley Boyz, as well as appear as in the video-games WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18, but sadly did not referee the triple threat match between Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 32.

    4.After winning the SmackDown Tag-Team Titles from Scotty and Rikishi, Charlie Haas and Rico Constantiano had quite the fighting champions reign, as they defended the gold against the following teams aside from Gunn and Holly:

    The Basham Brothers:

    Billy Kidman & Paul London (who will be winning the belts sooner than expected):

    The Full Blooded Italians:

    Akio & Sakoda:

    Also, Haas and Rico, along with Miss Jackie had some fun backstage segments, such as this:

    And this:

    Unfortunately, Haas and Rico’s SmackDown Tag-Team Title reign will not last very long, as they lose the gold to the Dudleyz on the June 17th episode of SmackDown, where Rico tore his hamstring, and Bubba just injured it more with the Flair pin, as you can see here:

    In fact, Rico has talked about this in a shoot interview 10-11 years later:

    Bottom line, by the time Rico returns for No Mercy later that year, the odd couple dynamic between him and Haas is GOONNEE!

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