Match 1: CM Punk vs Umaga - This feud is definitely strange, because out of nowhere Umaga appears on TV after several months of inactivity to attack CM Punk several times on SmackDown. This of course led to this pay per view match. The match was more of a time filler sort of match, it would have been better to just do this on SmackDown or something else. This was better than the Backlash match CM Punk had with Kane, but still nothing exactly that special. Very slow pace and steady opener. Umaga nails the Samoan Spike for the win. Surprising that Punk lost in his hometown.
Match 2: Christian (c) vs Jack Swagger for the ECW Championship - Christian has been riding a wave of momentum since returning to WWE on the ECW brand. He now has the ECW title as his possession and of course they needed to give him a strong pay per view defense. Jack Swagger attacked Christian and Dreamer during a title match on ECW two days after Backlash, Swagger stated he would be the first one to get a shot at Christian. Anyway they need to push Dreamer even further to a title match before his contract expires and it looks like he will be challenging possibly a day late at Extreme Rules on June 7th. So basically a decent title match, not quite as par as their Backlash encounter. In the end Christian scores the pin for the win. He is still the ECW Champion.
Match 3: Shelton Benjamin (with Charlie Haas) vs John Morrison - SmackDown matches were the main core of this event. SmackDown had a major amount of matches and quite honestly this was one of the best from SmackDown. Morrison is really over with the fans now that they have turned him face on a new brand like SmackDown. Charlie Haas came out with Benjamin, pretty much signaling that The World's Greatest Tag Team is back on. Anyway a basically solid mid card match for this sort of event. Morrison has begun to play to the crowd a little more in his matches, which has helped build his character. In the end Morrison nails his newly named finisher, Starship Pain, for the win over Benjamin.
Match 4: Rey Mysterio (c) vs Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship - Probably a great candidate for match of the night. This feud really has the potential to be the highest rated segment of SmackDown each week. Jericho works Mysterio for a while and of course Mysterio nails some pretty innovative moves on Jericho. They battle back and forth for the new SmackDown exclusive, the Intercontinental Title. A very solid title match. It is good to see the Intercontinental Championship being utilized on pay per view a lot more than it has been in previous years. In the end Mysterio is able to capture the win and retain the Intercontinental Championship in a very stellar battle.
Match 5: Randy Orton (c) vs Batista for the WWE Championship - The WWE Championship matches at recent pay per views have been not so great. This was a pretty basic title match with Batista and Orton, but still nothing exactly special. This was not as great as their match at Armageddon, but was very good compared to last month's six man tag for the title at Backlash. In the end Orton gets himself disqualified and retains the title. Batista does win, but yet Orton is still the champion. Ric Flair comes out to make the save as the entire Legacy stable beats down on Batista. Looks like there is an Evolution reunion coming.
Match 6: Big Show vs John Cena - Slow start, slow pace, decent finish. Big Show practically dominates the match with most of his usual power moves. John Cena ends up getting his revenge, as he starts to fight back towards the end of the match. In the end he scoops up Big Show for the attitude adjustment for the win. Cena gets the win and a huge pop grows for him throughout the arena.
Match 7: Edge (c) vs Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship
Very spectacular main event. Edge has had some pretty good pay per
view matches this particular year and has lost or won a championship at every single event. Jeff was riding a huge wave of momentum after his win over Matt at Backlash and his recent huge wins on SmackDown leading into Judgment Day. The match was very stellar and evened out most of the horrible matches on the card. It was very good for these two to do battle once again. It is very cool to see the World Heavyweight Championship being booked higher than the WWE Championship nowadays. This definitely proves why it is booked higher than the WWE title. Very good match. In the end with some help from Matt, Edge nails his Ed-U-Cution on Hardy to retain the title. I was expecting Punk to cash in, but the ending was fine the way it was. It left it wide open for rematches at Extreme Rules in June.
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