TEN YEARS AFTER: WWE Judgment Day 2007

WWE: Judgment Day 2007
May 20, 2007
St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center

The current WWE champions are as follows:
WWE Champion: John Cena (9/17/2006)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Santino Marella (4/16/2007)
World Tag Team Champions: The Hardy Boyz (4/2/2007)
WWE Women’s Champion: Melina (4/24/2007)
ECW World Champion: Mr. McMahon (4/29/2007)
World Heavyweight Champion: Edge (5/11/2007)
WWE United States Champion: Chris Benoit (10/13/2006)
WWE Tag Team Champions: Deuce & Domino (4/20/2007)
WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Chavo Guerrero (2/18/2007)

Read along if you have the WWE Network!

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole & JBL, and Joey Styles & Tazz.

  • Ric Flair vs. Carlito

We finally get the showdown between these two. Flair chops away and blocks a sunset flip early. Carlito bails and stalls, causing Flair to lose his cool and go after him, which allows Carlito to yank his arm down on the ropes and take control. Carlito targets the arm throughout the rest of the match. I’d like to see someone go after his chopping arm though. Carlito does a decent job, but Flair needs more offense in order to keep things interesting. As it is, the fans just kind of sit on their hands until the big comeback. Flair fires back with a back elbow and a backdrop, which, I believe, count as Flair’s only non-chop offensive moves for the last ten years of his career. He chop-blocks Carlito’s knee and blocks the Backcracker by grabbing the ropes. Flair stomps on Carlito’s knee a few times and submits him with the FIGURE-FOUR. (15:35) Very simple match, but they played to Flair’s strengths having him sell like crazy and got a loving reaction from the crowd. You never felt like he was in any real danger of submitting to all that arm though. **½

In the back, Todd Grisham talks with Shawn Michaels. HBK tries to explain how he’s going to gut it out tonight after Randy Orton punted his head off last week on RAW. Before he can explain himself, Randy Orton jumps him and tosses him headfirst into the set.

  • ECW World Championship: Mr. McMahon (c), Shane McMahon & Umaga vs. Bobby Lashley

Lashley goes right after Vince hoping to avoid a repeat of Backlash where Vince stood on the apron the entire match. Shane jumps him from behind, but heel miscommunication ensues as Umaga avalanches him. Lashley then powerslams Shane for the win! (1:15) So Lashley is announced as the ECW world champ, but Umaga jumps him from behind. Mr. McMahon takes back the ECW world title and gets on the mic to say that since Lashley didn’t pin him, the title will not change hands. SWERVE! Now that’s a good way to get some sympathy for Lashley and build up the eventual title change even better. ½*

Backstage, the WWE doctor tells Shawn Michaels that he can’t go out and wrestle tonight. From the looks of HBK, that’s good advice.

  • CM Punk vs. Elijah Burke

Punk has all of his ribs taped up tonight. He’s 300% DDP right now. Punk tries his usual Muay Thai stuff, but Burke goes after the ribs and punches Punk right in the face. Punk hits a stalling vertical suplex as Joey ponders what that’s doing to his ribs. Apparently nothing because Punk rolls over and gets two. He also hits a crossbody out of the corner a few minutes later. Punk uses that Jericho springboard dropkick to send out Burke and then hits a tope suicida. Back in, Burke locks in a bodyscissors. Punk goes for an Exploder and gets small packaged for two. Punk catches Burke going up and hits a superplex. Burke counters a bulldog, but misses the Elijah Express. He slips out of the Go2Sleep and hits an STO. NICE! He crotches Punk on the top and hits the ELIJAH EXPRESS. Cover, 1-2-NO! Punk gets his hand on the bottom rope. He counters the Elijah Experience though, and hits the GO2SLEEP for the win. (16:52) Not a whole lot of sense in wrapping up the ribs like that if you’re not going to “sell” the ribs. They had a hard time getting going, but they picked it up nicely for the last 5-7 minutes or so. **½

In the back, Kristal interviewed the world champ Edge about his match with Batista. It isn’t Batista’s title anymore because the Rated R-era has begun.

  • Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton

Orton demands to be declared the winner by forfeit since the doctor says Shawn can’t wrestle, but a woozy-looking Shawn comes out anyway. The ref rings the bell, so Orton jumps him and hits the DDT through the ropes. Shawn won’t let himself be pinned though. Shawn goes to the eyes and hits the Flying Elbow the best he can in his current state. HBK tunes up the band, but crumbles mid-move. The ref rules that Shawn can’t continue and hands the match over to Orton. (4:31) Orton waits for Shawn to get up and then gives him an RKO. That brings out Shawn’s wife to check on him and the EMTs wheel him out. This of course is all kayfabed as HBK will be out of action for the next five months for knee surgery.

Backstage, the Great Khali and his interpreter are standing by with Todd Grisham. It appears Khali has STOLEN Cena’s WWE title. If John Cena wants some, he can come get some. Hey, that’s what Cena says!

  • World Tag Team Championship: The Hardys (c) vs. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch

I get that Michael Cole and JBL haven’t been on the show yet because there have only been RAW and ECW matches so far, but this is also a RAW match. Anywho, they trade a few moves with Cade and Murdoch refusing to cheat, which is their “new philosophy”. I hope this is all to build to them cheating to win the world tag titles like some serious no good bastards. Matt plays face-in-peril as Cade and Murdoch try to keep things interesting without cheating. Matt gets his knees up to block a pump-splash by Murdoch. Jeff gets the hot tag as the Hardy Boyz clean house. The match settles down again as they do a reset, and Jeff somersaults to the floor to turn him into the real face-in-peril. SPLAT! The fans are distracted again by someone getting kicked out by security. ACE OF SPADES! That gets two. Matt gets the hot tag and hits the Side Effect on Cade, but runs into the SITOUT SPINEBUSTER for 1-2-NO! Matt fights back and hits the TWIST OF FATE. He tags Jeff who drills Cade with the SWANTON BOMB for the win. (15:05) Good match, but the reformed heel act overwhelms everything Cade & Murdoch do. Plus, the fans just aren’t that into them yet. Can’t fault the effort from both teams though. ***

  • World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Batista

Edge is terrified and shows it for the first few minutes. He misses a charge and falls to the floor. Batista scoops him up for a slam, which is never good, and it’s not good in this case either because Edge slips off his shoulder and throws him into the steps. Back in, Edge goes after the leg until Bats misses a corner charge and runs into post. Now he’s working on the arm. Batista catches him flying with a clothesline and gets two off a powerslam. Edge hits the Edge-O-Matic and sets up for the Spear, but Batista spears him instead for 1-2-NO! Batista hits a Spinebuster, but his leg buckles and Edge quickly schoolboys him up for the win. (10:38) Man, I wish he had pulled the tights. Great last few minutes and the finish was awesome. **½

Backstage, Kristal gets some expert opinions from the Divas regarding who will the main event tonight. Well, that’s certainly one way to use the Divas.

  • 2/3 Falls for the WWE U.S. Championship: Chris Benoit (c) vs. MVP

FIRST FALL: They do the stiff lock-up bit that puts them on the floor and they head back in to slap each other across the chops. Benoit goes after the Crossface early, but MVP makes the ropes and grabs a headlock. MVP trips Benoit up on a dropdown, re-injuring that knee that was hit by the shillelagh on Smackdown. Benoit fires back with chops, the Rolling Germans, and locks in the Crippler Crossface. MVP makes the ropes again. MVP tries the Helluva Kick, but Benoit avoids the kick and locks in the Sharpshooter. MVP is too close to the ropes and makes the ropes again. He chopblocks Benoit’s leg to take back control. MVP gets caught going up allowing Benoit to try an electric chair drop, but his knee buckles! MVP is in perfect position and maneuvers around to hit the Playmaker to win the first fall at 8:16.

SECOND FALL: Benoit’s leg buckles again as he gets whipped into the ropes. MVP pounds on the knee over the apron. He drags Benoit back in and hangs Benoit in the tree-of-woe and then hits the Helluva Kick to the knee. AWESOME. MVP continues to tear at the knee with legbars and stretch muffler holds. Benoit avoids the Playmaker though and pulls MVP down into the Crossface, but MVP elbows out and rolls over to a small package. Benoit tries to counter to a Sharpshooter, but MVP snaps his leg and rolls him over into a small package for the three-count and to win the U.S. title. (14:11 total) This wasn’t the MOTYC I was hoping it would be, but it was fantastic storytelling and I enjoyed the fact that a heel can win a TITLE in WWE – not just a match, but a TITLE – without having to resort to some sort of overbooked cheating. If not a fantastical match with lots of high spots, it was a smartly booked match from bell to bell. And hey, MVP believably beating Chris Benoit in two straight falls is how you get him over like Booker T in 1998. What happens next is no shame in Benoit’s game because he and MVP did it all together. And thus begins the longest U.S. title reign in the WWE until Dean Ambrose in 2013 and 14. ***

  • WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. The Great Khali

Khali hits a big clubbing clothesline early, which JR says “borders on felonious assault”. Clothesline. Legdrop. Clothesline. Legdrop. You get the idea. Cena hits the Throwback, but Khali brushes him off. Cena powers out of a nerve hold and shoulderblocks Khali into the ropes. He gets tied up in the ropes like Andre the Giant from many moons ago. Cena flails away, but Khali frees himself. Cena blocks the Brain Chop, but gets tossed to the floor. He improvises and kicks the steps into the Khali’s knee. Khali slowly crawls back in, so Cena comes off the top with the Flying Famouser. That gets Khali down in place for the STFU to get the tapout and Khali’s first submission loss. (8:14) And just like that, Khali is beaten. It definitely felt like a fluke win even with the submission. Since we now know they will meet again in two weeks at One Night Stand, you can better believe it ain’t over. This was booked like a Hogan match and I know that sounds disrespectful to the worker John Cena is, but it was and is probably the best way to book Cena against monster – especially one like the Great Khali. **

Final Thoughts: A disappointing step back after a great Backlash last month. The injury to Shawn hurt, but the effort was spotty throughout the show. To make matters worse, they did a dramatic injury angle with Shawn and then surrounded him with other injury angles which didn’t help. You had Punk’s ribs hurt, Batista’s thigh hurt, and Benoit’s knee hurt all on the same show. Shawn’s injury was certainly unfortunate as are all injuries and I do think they did the best they could in the situation they were put into here. The U.S. Title and Hardys matches are good, but check out Backlash if you want to see better matches involving the same guys and a better overall show as well. Mild thumbs down for Judgment Day 2007.

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