REVIEW: Judgment Day 2002: When It’s Time To Climb –


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Judgment Day 2002
Date: Could 19, 2002
Location: Gaylord Leisure Heart, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 14,521
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

The corporate is ice chilly coming into this present and I can’t think about that is going to make issues any hotter. Uncooked has became a multitude with the outdated guys doing no matter they need whereas Smackdown is about Vince by some means failing to sleep with Stacy Keibler as a result of he can’t simply get a room someplace. Let’s get to it.

The opening video is moderately disturbing with a bunch of nooses and babies speaking about demise. What a good way to get me in a enjoyable spirit for the present.

Intercontinental Title: Eddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam

Van Dam is difficult in a rematch from final month’s title change. They begin quick as you’ll anticipate with Eddie being despatched outdoors in early frustration. Again in and Eddie tries to duck a crossbody however will get head faked, permitting Van Dam to drop a break up legged moonsault for 2. A tilt-a-whirl backbreaker retains Eddie in hassle and we hit a surfboard. Lawler: “That appears extra like my courting technique.”

The announcers attempt their palms at Spanish as Eddie takes over with proper palms within the nook. A monkey flip sends Eddie flying and stays on his again so Rolling Thunder can get two. It’s too early for a 5 Star although as Eddie crotches him on the highest. A powerbomb can’t arrange Eddie’s frog splash although as Eddie spends a bit too lengthy dancing on high.

Van Dam nonetheless can’t hit the 5 Star although as Eddie strikes away, leaving the announcers to surprise learn how to say RVD in Spanish. He can nevertheless hit a excessive crossbody for 2 (Lawler: “Mama Mia. Is that Spanish?”), adopted by a backslide for a similar. Ever the cheat although, Eddie grabs a backslide of his personal and places his ft on the ropes for the pin to retain.

Score: B. Now why can’t these two get this type of time on Uncooked? I do know you’ll be able to’t give a single match twenty minutes every week however wouldn’t it kill them to have ten minutes on an episode of Uncooked and reduce out one of many a number of matches that don’t even get three minutes as a result of they don’t matter? Anyway, great things right here, as you’ll anticipate from these two.

Reverend D-Von and Batista are with Vince and Stacy, the latter of whom they pray for earlier than her match towards Trish. Vince, who appears to be like at Stacy whereas they’re praying and tells D-Von to wrap it up, asks if Bubba goes to be right here. D-Von doesn’t assume so, regardless of Vince saying Bubba could be right here and Bubba being proven on the graphic.

GET THE F OUT! Did they solely document that one gardening bit for the marketing campaign?

Ladies’s Title: Trish Stratus vs. Stacy Keibler

Trish is defending and Lawler freaks out over her shorts. D-Von, Batista and Bubba come out after the entrances, leaving me time to surprise how we went from Trish vs. Molly to Trish vs. Stacy. Possibly as a result of Stacy is extra prepared to put on leather-based shorts and a tied off leather-based high? Stacy kicks Trish within the head for 2 to begin however will get pulled down right into a Boston crab and so they’re not even hiding what they’re going for with the visuals.

Trish will get in a kick of her personal to knock Stacy outdoors, permitting her to slap Bubba within the face. Batista makes use of the distraction to slam Trish and provides Stacy a two rely. That’s lastly sufficient for Trish as she baseball slides Stacy and hits a bulldog (extra like the sort Jericho makes use of to arrange the Lionsault) to retain. Stacy clearly had no enterprise on the market however to be truthful they didn’t attempt to act like she did and received them out of there quick.

Bubba and D-Von get in a combat put up match with Batista serving to put Bubba by way of a desk.

Vince is available in to see Ric Aptitude and Arn Anderson and the bosses share their hatred of Austin. Keep in mind like two months in the past when the corporate was break up in half due to their feud?

Hardy Boyz vs. Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman

Fortunately Heyman is in full physique exercise gear. The brothers are sensible sufficient to take out the monster for all of ten seconds however don’t have Matt beat the tar out of Heyman or simply roll him up whereas Jeff slows Lesnar down for causes that aren’t clear. Brock saves his buddy and begins beating on Matt because the followers chant for Goldberg. Please, don’t make me take into consideration that match.

The backbreaker has Matt reeling however he grabs a fast twister DDT to scare Heyman half to demise. Jeff will get the tag and every thing breaks down with the brothers going after Heyman. Brock will get uninterested in these flies and throws Jeff into Matt, establishing the F5. Heyman is available in and grabs the pin like a hen heel ought to.

Score: D-. What have been you anticipating right here? Lesnar actually wants to maneuver on to one thing else, although to be truthful he squashed an awesome tag crew greater than as soon as and so they made him appear to be a monster. He wants to maneuver method up the ladder in a rush although as a result of this type of act is barely going to work for thus lengthy.

Booker T. is now in an NWO shirt however cancels an interview to hit on a lady who simply occurs to be standing off digicam. The girl has one thing in thoughts and provides Booker her resort room key. I scent shenanigans.

We recap Steve Austin vs. Ric Aptitude/Massive Present, which is simply the newest Austin vs. McMahon clone. Aptitude and Austin have been superb on the speaking however there’s simply no warmth to this feud as a result of everybody is aware of it’s warmed over leftovers. They even present Austin vs. Vince clips within the construct. Present is right here as a result of he’s mad about not being on Wrestlemania, which is in fact Austin’s fault in wrestling logic.

Steve Austin vs. Ric Aptitude/Massive Present

Based mostly on the entrances, I’m fairly certain Aptitude isn’t within the NWO. I’m additionally pretty certain that Present’s low reduce one piece girls’s swimsuit apparel is a few of the dumbest gear of all time. Simply have him in shorts and a Massive Present shirt. Austin slugs away at each guys to begin however decides to attempt a Determine 4 on Present. As a substitute he has to knock Ric out of the air first and put him within the maintain.

Present misses an elbow drop and Austin properly grabs a chair. The referee takes that away so Austin will get one other one and has a seat. We lastly get began with Austin punching Aptitude out to the ground, which means it’s time for beer. A deal with dropdown goes properly for Austin and an change of chops give us a Aptitude Flop. Present is available in and since 2002 is a wierd yr, Austin isn’t certain what to do. His resolution: push-ups. Not a fan of train, Present chops him down and throws Austin into the nook, permitting a tag to Aptitude for a low blow.

Aptitude goes up and is slammed proper again down (JR: “From no man’s land to Elements Unknown!”) however Present comes again in with a powerslam. The crew begins taking activates the knee as this isn’t precisely thrilling. It’s not a nasty match or something but it surely’s simply there. The thought of Aptitude taking somebody’s knee aside has labored for years however I don’t purchase the story behind the match and a match being simply okay isn’t sufficient to make up for that sort of a draw back.

Aptitude will get the Determine 4 till Austin turns it over, solely to have Present break that up as properly. Austin’s again is ok sufficient for punches vs. chops, giving us WHAT vs. WOO in one of many extra eye roll inducing chants. Austin begins in with the spinebusters as X-Pac comes out. Present no sells a Stunner for some motive however X-Pac’s missed superkick places him down. Huh? The Stunner places Aptitude away a couple of seconds later.

Score: C+. The match was completely superb but it surely’s actually exhausting to purchase Austin on this midcard function. I do know it’s one of many high tales on Uncooked however that is midcard degree stuff at greatest. Austin vs. Aptitude isn’t fascinating and Austin beating up the NWO week to week is even worse. Massive Present and Booker T. are the large names within the division and there’s no motive both of them could be an actual menace to Austin within the ring. What’s fascinating about seeing Austin preventing midcarders like X-Pac? The feud was lifeless from the beginning and it looks like they’re losing what Austin has left.

We recap Edge vs. Kurt Angle, which is over Edge messing with Angle’s new shirt. For some motive this arrange a hair vs. hair match.

Kurt Angle vs. Edge

They begin quick with Edge getting an early rollup and getting stomped within the ribs for his efforts. That’s superb with Edge who ties Angle up within the ropes for a spear, solely to have Angle suplex him method excessive. Again in and a spinebuster will get two for Angle (not one thing you see him use that always) because the announcers focus on the shapes of the wrestlers’ heads.

We hit the chinlock for a bit earlier than Angle pulls him down by the hair. That’s a pleasant little contact, albeit not probably the most delicate. Edge comes again with a stomach to stomach of his personal (JR: “He ain’t sporting a hat!”) and an Edge-O-Matic will get the identical. Angle is shipped outdoors for a dive from Edge so it’s time for extra suplexes. JR: “That suplex was finer than frog hair break up 4 methods.”

An Edgecution will get no cowl for no logical motive as Edge goes up high, permitting Angle to hit an awesome trying pop up superplex. Edge DDTs him out of the nook for 2 of his personal however spears the referee by mistake. Meaning the spear solely will get two on Kurt, who spears Edge proper again. The Angle Slam appears to be like to arrange the ankle lock however Edge small packages him for the pin.

Score: B. These two work very well collectively and it’s a good way to make Edge appear to be a star as he pinned a former World Champion clear to win the feud. The corporate actually wants some recent stars in the primary occasion scene and Edge makes as a lot sense as anybody else. As normal, Angle could make folks look nice and that’s so priceless in wrestling.

Angle goes after Edge however will get an Edgecution. It takes too lengthy to get him to the chair although and Kurt escapes.

We go to the Marriott the place Booker is in mattress. The girl joins him and the lights exit….so Goldust can say he needs Booker to depart the NWO and are available again to him. The lights come again on and Goldust is in mattress with them. Booker runs off together with his underwear hanging down. Goldust: “I purchased this nightgown for nothing!” They talked about that Goldust deliberate the entire thing however I may go for him simply randomly showing within the room with them. It fits him that method.

The Cell is lowered.

We recap HHH vs. Chris Jericho. These two have feuded since Wrestlemania with HHH profitable virtually all the matches. HHH then went after Vince, who set this match up as punishment.

HHH vs. Chris Jericho

Even with a decrease degree match like this, it’s cool to see the Cell in any kind. HHH begins in with the knee and a few proper palms within the nook. They head outdoors so neither could be despatched into the cage, adopted by Jericho’s flying forearm to take over. Jericho misses a cost into the put up although and HHH takes him outdoors for a whip into the cage wall. Neither can hold a bonus once more although as Jericho whips HHH over the nook for an additional crash to the ground. HHH comes proper again with a whip to ship Jericho’s bloody arm into the steps. At the least they’re bringing the violence early on.

The Pedigree onto the steps is countered right into a catapult into the cage wall. For the reason that Cell isn’t sufficient, Jericho brings in a ladder to smash HHH within the face, drawing extra blood. Jericho throws the ladder excessive at HHH in a spot that at all times appears to be like good. I’m truly stunned by how a lot they’re giving Jericho right here. I do know it’s HHH in an enormous match towards an opponent he owns however they’re doing a extremely good job of constructing Jericho look sturdy right here.

HHH’s chair shot doesn’t get him out of hassle however the drop toehold to ship Jericho into the steps works a bit higher. To make it a bit worse, HHH simply throws the steps at Jericho for a painful sounding thud. Now we get to the dangerous a part of the match as HHH whips Jericho into referee Tim White, knocking White off the apron and into the Cell. The bump badly harm White’s shoulder and mainly ended his in ring profession.

Jericho beats White up much more (if he wasn’t harm earlier than, he’s now) and busts him open for a uncommon visible. Since White has the important thing, the opposite referees have to chop the door open to verify on White. That’s sufficient for HHH and it’s time for a sledgehammer off Jericho’s head. No referee in fact although so Jericho crawls out of the Cell, persevering with the working joke of THE CELL DOESN’T WORK.

They head to the announcers’ desk (in fact) the place Jericho hundreds up a Pedigree (in fact) however HHH counters (in fact) right into a DDT by way of the desk. HHH pulls out the barbed wire 2×4 and Jericho goes up the Cell wall with HHH following. For causes of pure stupidity, HHH THROWS THE BARBED WIRE UP BOARD UP FIRST, permitting Jericho to take it away and hit HHH within the again.

With HHH’s again busted open, we hit the Partitions of Jericho on the roof, which means a referee has to climb up. You realize, as a result of now falls rely on high of the Cell. HHH kicks away and hits Jericho low, adopted by a barbed wire shot. A Pedigree onto the roof (that was scary) lastly ends Jericho.

Score: B. That’s in all probability the very best HHH vs. Jericho match ever and it’s actually not nice. They did a a lot better job of constructing me imagine Jericho may pull it off, which is one thing these two have by no means been capable of do. I imply, would you imagine that this Jericho may beat HHH in a significant match? That being mentioned, this nonetheless felt prefer it was lacking an enormous chuck within the center. They did the Jericho beatdown however then they have been on the skin for the ultimate act. It’s nonetheless good although and an appropriate blowoff, although it will have been superb as a daily cage match.

Angle runs from Edge in a goofy trying chase.

Get The F Out, set to Mark Henry’s Sexual Chocolate theme and happening at the back of a steamy automotive. At the least that solutions my query.

Maven and Torrie go on a date at WWF New York. Mutual nakedness is implied.

Tag Crew Titles: Billy and Chuck vs. Rikishi/???

Welcome to the demise slot. Billy and Chuck are defending and Rikishi’s thriller associate is……Rico. That is formally Vince’s resolution so he certainly likes the wacky companions. Billy’s DDT has no impact on Rikishi to begin however Rikishi’s expenses misses each champs. Rico gained’t tag in although and the champs take over within the nook.

Chuck will get a moderately spectacular overhead stomach to stomach for 2 because the followers aren’t precisely caring, which means the demise slot resides as much as its identify. The massive man fights again once more with some Samoan drops earlier than sitting on Chuck’s chest for 2. A HORRIBLE trying one man 3D (which JR calls a headbutt in mid air, which might be nearer than what Rikishi was going for) will get two on Billy however Rico kicks Chuck by mistake. Rikishi kicks Chuck as properly and will get the pin for the titles. No response or something, however he received the titles.

Score: F. The story is drained, the result’s predictable and the match sucked. I’m actually undecided what else you have been anticipating right here as Rikishi is by some means the outdated veteran on Smackdown. Hopefully this isn’t an extended reign and we are able to get ANYONE else as higher champions someday quickly.

Angle assaults Edge (as a substitute of LEAVING) and brings him again to the world. Edge reverses right into a sleeper and Angle will get the large haircut. Edge needs the brand new chant to be YOU’RE BALD and it sounds as dangerous because it appears.

We recap Hulk Hogan vs. Undertaker, which is a recreation of how dangerous can we actually make this. Undertaker gained a match final month to turn out to be #1 contender and so they’ve messed with every others’ bikes since. The query tonight is how embarrassing can Hogan truly be with Undertaker having to hold the match.

Undisputed Title: Hulk Hogan vs. Undertaker

Undertaker is difficult and has Hogan’s weightlifting belt. As at all times, Hogan takes too lengthy coming in and will get whipped over the again. Hogan no sells (duh) and hammers away earlier than doing a little bit whipping of his personal. We get the opening bell and it’s time for Hogan do do his stuff whereas Undertaker does a lot of the promoting, which is each the precise name and a significant stretch on Undertaker’s half.

Undertaker is whipped into the steps and issues are made even worse when Outdated Faculty is damaged up. I’ll give them this: they’re three minutes in and Hogan hasn’t horribly botched something but, which means we’re going properly to date. Hulk truly hits a superplex (greatest spot he’s accomplished in YEARS) for 2 earlier than settling again in for some proper palms.

A chop block provides Undertaker a goal although and it’s time to slowly work over the knee. That in fact means a couple of kicks to the leg and laying on it in a leglock. Yeah it’s boring but it surely’s additionally one much less factor they may horribly botch. Hogan fights up and hits the large boot however the legdrop is countered right into a dreadful half crab. Some rights and lefts have Hogan in hassle, although I’m undecided what’s scintillating about them.

Undertaker grabs him by the throat and Hogan barely strikes, leaving Undertaker to loudly shout JUMP earlier than hitting one of many worst chokeslams you’ll ever see (That is COMPLETELY edited on the Community as Hogan not shifting is edited out together with Undertaker shouting. It’s additionally a distinct digicam angle.).

That’s sufficient for the Hulk Up and the same old will get two for the champ. The working DDT will get the identical for Undertaker as that is truly choosing up a bit. Cue Vince as Hogan kicks a chair into Undertaker’s face and drops one other leg for no cowl. As a substitute Vince is dragged in for a legdrop of his personal however Undertaker cracks Hogan with the chair. The chokeslam (higher however nonetheless dangerous) is sufficient for the pin and the title.

Score: D. The very best factor they may have accomplished right here was hold this gorgeous quick (about twelve and a half minutes) as a substitute of getting both man on the market for the marathons that they had again at Backlash. Undertaker is a shell of his glory days at this level however he’s WAY forward of Hogan and isn’t as prone to embarrass himself within the ring. Boring and acquainted is a lot better than the nightmare that was watching a Hogan match so this was the one doable name within the choices that they had.

Vince is completely happy and Undertaker will get in some extra chair photographs for revenge to finish the present.

General Score: C+. There’s an essential lesson to be discovered right here: as dangerous as WWE could be round this time, there may be great things price testing. Van Dam vs. Guerrero, the Cell match, Austin vs. Aptitude/Present and Edge vs. Angle have been all good to excellent matches. That’s half the cardboard and an enormous chunk of the present that may be thought of entertaining. Sadly there’s every thing else and that stuff begins at horrible and goes downhill from there. I don’t assume this adjustments a lot about TV going ahead however not less than we had a superb two hour and forty minute present to get pleasure from.

Thomas Corridor has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has additionally been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full exhibits coated. Yow will discover his work at, or take a look at his- Amazon writer web page with 30 wrestling books.

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