I attended this show live. I was 18 years old and I graduated from high school later in the week. Before the show, there was a buzz among my classmates that Kid Rock would be there performing live. The snippet of "American Bad Ass" that played during those Undertaker teasers only fueled that rumor. As for the show itself, I think it is among the better shows of 2000, right up there with Royal Rumble, Fully Loaded, and Summerslam. Highlights were Benoit choking out Jericho legit, Brian Christopher's pants falling off during the opener, the Jug Band 5 Second Pose, Triple H chastising HBK for his choice of shorts, and the main event. I thought Triple H vs Rock was far better than it had any right to be, especially considering there weren't any run-ins for the first 58 or so minutes. Many people in the crowd did not recognize Undertaker when he ran in. The finish was mistimed, but I think they did a good job covering their tracks on Raw by showing an earlier clip of HBK catching Taker using a choke slam.
Side note: At the time, I recall hearing that Rock had pushed a kid down while brawling in the crowd, then I never heard anything else about it. I always assumed it was bullshit until the kid sued The Rock over the incident two years ago. Here's the link:
Judgement Day was one of the first Pay-Per Views where we got to see the WWF present a midcard that rivaled WCW in quite some time. Before 2000, the WWF had much better main events and more interesting stories, but the WWF's 1999 roster at times left much to be desired. We saw bits and pieces of the workrate improving on cards top to bottom but Judgement Day had great matches with the multi man tag with Angle/Edge/Christian vs. Rikishi and Too Cool, a good European Title match, a tremendous Benoit vs. Chris Jericho match and a very good, maybe legendary iron man match. You could really see the WWF putting more emphasis on the actual in ring product now that they had the talent outside of the main event scene to put on great matches. A great Pay Per View top to bottom, the only disappointment was the tag team table match, but there isn't really a 'bad' match on the card.
Post by stevejrogers on Jul 29, 2013 19:17:22 GMT -5
-The PPV debut of Team ECK! A fun trio to enjoy over the course of the next few months.
-Wonder why Show-Shane didn't logically happen last month?
-By the way, remember during this time that Michael Cole pushed the idea of Road Dogg and X-Pac being the most talented tag team on the WWF roster at the time? *ROMFPIPSMHFPLOL!
-Triple H winning the belt back kind of answers the question put forth a year ago with Austin not having a long and defining "title reign." That pretty much is a taste of what happened with The Rock, Triple H and others going forward for quite a few years. In fact, going forward through 2004, only 7 more times will there be a reign of 100 days or more, and only one breaking the 150 days mark. In fact, that reign is the longest a WWF Championship reign will be from Shawn Michaels' 227 day reign in 1996 through the big reign that will start midway in 2004. No one is really having that "career defining" reign in this era.
-Fun seeing a new side of 'Taker, while this one would get stale in a hurry, there was really nothing more they could have gone with the...ummmm no pun intended for this version...Vintage Undertaker after the whole Ministry stuff.
-Speaking of Shawn, this is pretty much it for the original HBK. Next time we see him, both his on screen character and his IRL self will be slightly different individuals in key respects. Just something that should be noted, and I believe this is probably the final time for Shawn's bicycle shorts as well!
*Rolling on my floor, pissing my pants, shaking my head, face palming, laughing out loud!
As much as I like Backlash for its satisfying ending and consistently good match card, Judgment Day holds a dear place in my heart along with Fully Loaded 00, No Way Out 01, and Wrestlemania 17 as the peak of WWF pay-per-view quality. Because of the Iron Man match taking up a third of its time, we get six matches on the show, showing that sometimes less is more. Angle, Edge and Christian's five second pose is one of the most hilarious moments in the company's history, and the six man tag was good opener with a red hot crowd. Three of the Radicals duking it out for the Euro title gave us another fine match and may have been Perry Saturn's best individual with WWE. I did not care much for Shane pulling out all the stops to defeat Big Show, but it kept up the funny subplot of Shane as the Simba of the McMahon family. The tables match had a lot more psychology than I expected and showed how insanely popular the Dudley Boyz' act was at that point. Jericho and Benoit had a rematch that had some flaws and was cut a little short but improved on the Backlash match and established Benoit as a submission machine. And Rock vs. HHH is a masterpiece. If Bret/Shawn was the Iron Man for the New Generation, HHH/Rock was the Attitude Era's version. Shawn's officiating job was also fantastic to go with the exhilarating final 15 minutes of the match. The ending left me a little bit sour, but was offset by the explosive return of the Undertaker. His nasty chokeslam on X-Pac is still burnt into my memory. All in all, not a single bad match and not a single wasted moment in what I thought was an example of the gold standard of the Attitude Era. A+
Just saw the show a couple of weeks ago and was unusually impressed by it. The opener was incredible, the crowd was energetic in ways that I have not seen in a long time, and the chemistry led to a fun fast paced match.
The other thing I liked was Gerald Briscoe going insane in the locker room because of the 24/7 Hardcore title rule and him becoming paranoid of everyone around him. It was so funny that I actually felt sad that it led to the worst match of the year a month later.
And I like Undertaker's return and the Iron Man Match. Nothing new to be said there. All in all it is a fun show that I'll go back and rewatch.
This is another great show in a stretch where the only let down so far this year has been WrestleMania. Awesome fun opener, Eddie shows why he is at least the second best radical but definitely the most charismatic in great worked triple threat. Big Show/Shane was an okay match that wrote Big Show out for a few months to injuries. Jericho and Benoit have another great battle, with Benoit choking Jericho out. The Iron Man match was amazing because much like they surprised everyone with their ability to have a great ladder match at SummerSlam 98, Rock and Triple H go a full hour in a match that in my opinion blows away HBK-Bret. The psychology of this one is great, with Triple H giving up a fall to chair shot on Rock, using a sleeper, Rock hitting a Pedigree on the table. Loved the return of the Undertaker and the chaos that ensues in the last two minutes of the match because it's the Attitude Era at it's best with lots of crazy shit happening, but it all means something. All in all a great show, and I can't believe the Iron Man match still isn't on a DVD, although it will be on Scott's Kingdom Come in September.
Post by 666thegame666 on Jul 29, 2013 21:29:17 GMT -5
TEAM ECK are finally together as The Goof Troop beat another group of Great heels. Already WWF seems to be removing the Radacilz as Eddie, Malenko and Saturn face off in a very good 3 way for the European Title. Shane and Big Show have a crappy match for whatever reason. Jericho and Benoit steal the show with the first of many great matches for the IC title. DX beat The Duldeyz in a very good tables match. HHH retains the WWF title in a great Iron Man match with Rock as Undertaker ditches his satan loving gimmick in favor of a redneck biker. Overall a great show with one bad match.
Post by icemandave on Jul 29, 2013 22:32:24 GMT -5
WWF make it another top PPV with a really good card. Edge, Christian and Kurt Angle show some great chemistry, as Angle is given something to do while we wait for the monster push. Eddie Guerrero really starts to step out on his own at this event, while Benoit and Jericho put on a great match. The Dudleyz and DX have a average match, which shows that the gloss is now off X-Pac and Road Dogg. Finally, one of the best iron man matches ever between Triple H and Rock. fat storytelling, great falls, and the appearance of the Undertaker was the icing on the cake. Really worth the watch.
Post by lifelongwwefan on Jul 30, 2013 0:11:22 GMT -5
A top notch PPV with Judgment Day and a hot crowd in Louisville. I did not see this one Live for whatever reason even though I wanted to so badly but I do have it in my Wrestling Video Collection. A good 6-Man Tag opener and I love the Jug Band Pose with Team ECK. The 3-Way for the European Title is very good as well with Latino Heat keeping his Title thanks to Mamacita. Big Show & Shane O Mac was not bad and I did like Shane with his Simba/Giant Killer stuff. Awesome Submission Match for the IC Title with Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho,I do think Jericho should have kept the Title here and Benoit win it back but that was ok. Dudleyz & X-Pac/Road Dogg have a entertaining Tables Match but this Feud is just getting started. The Rock & Triple H put on a clinic in the Iron Man Match and it was great to see HBK back as the Referee. We also get the awesome return of The Undertaker in his new look along with the chaos of the final moments of the Match. The Game is back on top for now.
Post by dregenrockwell on Jul 30, 2013 12:50:20 GMT -5
While slightly inferior to the outstanding Backlash, Judgment Day is an excellent PPV.
For the thrd straight month, Too Cool defeat a team with much more talent. It was great to see the debut of Team ECK, and their Jug Band pose was a joy. The Radicalz are the stars of the undercard with a great European title triple threat, and Benoit's stunning submission match victory over Jericho. Shane McMahon is hilarious in his 'Simba' role, as the Big Show is defeated on his way to fat camp.
Finally, HHH and The Rock show Bret Hart and HBK how to do an Ironman match right. This is a brutal match where both men go all out with a nice variety of falls. The Undertaker debuts his American Bad Ass gimmick, where his attitude would take a turn for the worse. His interference sparked the bungled finish in which HBK called for the bell long after the hour was over. At the end, HHH is holding the strap, which he deserved after this performance.