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
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
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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?