Judgment Day (2004)
|Judgment Day (2004)|
Promotional poster featuring The Undertaker
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||May 16, 2004|
|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Tagline(s)||Souls will cry.|
|Judgment Day chronology|
Judgment Day (2004) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on May 16, 2004, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the sixth annual Judgment Day event and featured talent from the SmackDown! brand.
The main event was for the WWE Championship between Eddie Guerrero and John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL), which JBL won by disqualification after Guerrero hit JBL with the WWE Championship belt. Due to WWE regulations, a title can not change hands via a disqualification or countout, so, as a result, Guerrero retained the title. Featured matches on undercard were The Undertaker versus Booker T, John Cena versus René Duprée for the WWE United States Championship and Chavo Guerrero versus Jacqueline for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
The main rivalry heading into Judgment Day was between Eddie Guerrero and John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) with the two battling over the WWE Championship. On the March 25, 2004 episode of SmackDown, recently drafted Raw superstar Booker T insulted SmackDown! superstars. The new SmackDown General Manager Kurt Angle gave Booker an opportunity against Guerrero for the WWE title. A member of the recently disbanded APA, John "Bradshaw" Layfield interfered in the match and became a heel by attacking Guerrero with a Clothesline from Hell. On the April 8 episode of SmackDown!, Angle announced that the winner of the Great American Award would become the number one contender for the WWE Championship. He gave the award to JBL, however, Guerrero came out, stole the trophy and broke it. On the April 22 episode of SmackDown, Guerrero lost to D-Von Dudley in a non-title match after another interference by JBL. The next week, JBL cut a promo about Eddie Guerrero's ancestors, saying they were illegal immigrants. On the May 6 edition of SmackDown, it was announced that JBL caused Guerrero's mother to have a heart attack at a house show when he threatened her and grabbed her by the shoulder. The next week, Guerrero was arrested after he destroyed JBL's limousine, and JBL defeated Guerrero's friend Rey Mysterio.
The other main match on the card was between Booker T and the Undertaker. On March 23, as part of the aftermath of that year's WWE Draft, Booker was part of a brand trade that saw him and The Dudley Boyz swapped for Triple H, who was sent back to Raw after being drafted by SmackDown! by then-general manager Paul Heyman. Booker, as noted above, took issue with this claiming the SmackDown roster was inferior to Raw. Booker later turned heel on his partner Rob Van Dam, who had also been on Raw and drafted away, and then defeated him next week. The next week, Booker T defeated RVD again and bragged about how he was the biggest star on SmackDown!, but then ran away as he heard the Undertaker's gong. The next week, Booker tried to attack the Undertaker to no avail, making general manager Kurt Angle to book a match between them for Judgment Day. At the next week, Booker went to a Voodo witch in order to try and overcome the Undertaker, and the witch told him to use a dirt from an unmarked grave against his foe. The next week, Booker defeated the F-B-I, and then had a staredown with the Undertaker.
Another feud heading into the event was between WWE United States Champion, John Cena, and Rene Dupree. Dupree was drafted to SmackDown! and confronted John Cena for the next two weeks. On April 22, Dupree had a talk show on SmackDown!, called "Cafe de René", with Torrie Wilson. He insulted her and tried to attack her, only for Cena to save her. The next week, Cena interfered in Dupree's match with Wilson, and Kurt Angle booked the match for Judgment Day. The next week, both attacked each other during Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson's match. On the final SmackDown! before the event, Dupree said that he will be the first French man to be a United States Champion.
|English commentators||Michael Cole|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcer||Tony Chimel|
The event opened with Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio facing The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley). Bubba and D-Von attempted a 3-D on Mysterio but Van Dam prevented the move and Mysterio performed a 619 on Bubba and D-Von. Van Dam performed a Five Star Frog Splash on D-Von to win the match.
In the main event, Eddie Guerrero defended the WWE Championship against John "Bradshaw" Layfield. JBL performed a Back Body Drop onto a broadcast table on Guerrero. After Guerrero collided with the referee, JBL hit Guerrero with a steel chair, causing Guerrero to bleed profusely, and the steel steps. JBL performed a Clothesline from Hell on Guerrero as another referee counted the pinfall for a two count. JBL attempted a second Clothesline from Hell on Guerrero but Guerrero avoided, colliding with the referee. JBL performed a JBL Bomb on Guerrero and the original referee counted the pinfall for a two count. Guerrero attempted a Frog Splash but JBL avoided. JBL retrieved a steel chair, distracting the referee and allowing JBL to retrieve the title belt. Guerrero attacked JBL with a low blow whilst the referee was distracted. Guerrero struck JBL with the title belt, meaning JBL won the match by disqualification but Guerrero retained the title. After the match, Guerrero attacked JBL with a steel chair and attacked JBL until officials separated the two.
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