WWE Judgment Day

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WWE Judgment Day
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WWE Judgment Day 2009 logo
Promotion(s)World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s)Raw (2002–2003; 2007–2009)
SmackDown (2002–2009)
ECW (2007–2009)
First eventJudgment Day: In Your House
Last event2009

WWE Judgment Day was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. It was first held as the 25th In Your House PPV in October 1998. The event was then brought back as its own PPV in May 2000, replacing Over the Edge. Judgment Day continued as the annual May PPV until the final event in 2009. To coincide with the brand extension, the event was made exclusive to the SmackDown! brand from 2004 to 2006. Following WrestleMania 23 in April 2007, brand-exclusive PPVs were discontinued. In 2010, Judgment Day was replaced by Over the Limit.

The first three events were held when the promotion was still called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In May 2002, the promotion was renamed to WWE. The 2002 Judgment Day event is notable as it was the very first pay-per-view produced by the promotion to be held under the WWE name.

History[edit]

Judgment Day was first held as an In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) event. In Your House was a series of monthly PPVs first produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in May 1995. They aired when the promotion was not holding one of its major PPVs and were sold at a lower cost. Judgment Day: In Your House was the 25th In Your House event and took place on October 18, 1998 at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.[1][2]

The In Your House branding was retired following February 1999's St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House.[1] As a result of the death of WWF wrestler Owen Hart at 1999's Over the Edg PPV, which was held in May,[1] the Over the Edge PPV chronology was canceled and Judgment Day was reinstated as its own PPV the following year, being held on May 21, 2000 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. This second Judgment Day event established Judgment Day as the promotion's annual May PPV.[3][4]

In May 2002, the WWF was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a result of a lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund over the "WWF" initialism.[5] Judgment Day 2002 was in turn the very first PPV produced by the promotion to be held under the WWE name.[6]

In March 2002, the promotion held a draft that split its roster into two distinctive brands of wrestling, Raw and SmackDown!, where wrestlers exclusively performed[7]—a third brand, ECW, was added in 2006.[8] Both the 2002 and 2003 Judgment Day events featured wrestlers from both the Raw and SmackDown! brands.[6][9] The 2003 event was also the final event to not be brand-exclusive until Backlash 2007.[9] Judgment Day from 2004 to 2006 exclusively featured wrestlers from the SmackDown! brand.[10][11][12] Following WrestleMania 23 in April 2007, WWE discontinued brand-exclusive PPVs,[13] thus the events from 2007 to 2009 featured wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.[14][15][16] The 2009 event was the final Judgment Day PPV held, as the event was discontinued and replaced by Over the Limit in 2010.[17]

Dates and venues[edit]

SmackDown-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Judgment Day: In Your House October 18, 1998 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon The Undertaker vs. Kane for the vacant WWF Championship with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee [1][18][2][19]
2 Judgment Day (2000) May 21, 2000 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall The Rock (c) vs. Triple H in a 60-minute Iron Man match for the WWF Championship with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee [3][20][4][21]
3 Judgment Day (2001) May 20, 2001 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match for the WWF Championship [22][23][24]
4 Judgment Day (2002) May 19, 2002 Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Entertainment Center Hollywood Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Undertaker for the Undisputed WWE Championship [6][25][26]
5 Judgment Day (2003) May 18, 2003 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Big Show in a Stretcher match for the WWE Championship [9][27][28]
6 Judgment Day (2004) May 16, 2004 Los Angeles, California Staples Center Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield for the WWE Championship [10][29]
7 Judgment Day (2005) May 22, 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center John Cena (c) vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield in an "I quit" match for the WWE Championship [11][30][31]
8 Judgment Day (2006) May 21, 2006 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center Rey Mysterio (c) vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield for the World Heavyweight Championship [12][32]
9 Judgment Day (2007) May 20, 2007 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center John Cena (c) vs. The Great Khali for the WWE Championship [14][33][34]
10 Judgment Day (2008) May 18, 2008 Omaha, Nebraska Qwest Center Omaha Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton in a Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship [15][35][36][37][38]
11 Judgment Day (2009) May 17, 2009 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Edge (c) vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship [16][39][40][41][42]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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