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The WWE Judgment Day logo circa 2008.

Judgment Day is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced every May by professional wrestling promotion WWE for Extreme (WWEFE, or just WWE). The event was created in 1998, with its inaugural event produced as an In Your House event in October of that year. The event was then replaced in 1999 by Over the Edge. The event was then brought back in 2000 and was rebranded as an annual PPV event for WWE. To coincide with the brand extension, the event was made exclusive to the SmackDown! brand in 2004. In 2007, to follow the format of WrestleMania, all PPV events became tri-branded.

Professional wrestling is a non-competitive professional sport, where matches are prearranged by the promotion's writing staff, and is also considered an athletic performing art, containing strong elements of catch wrestling, mock combat, and theatre. Each PPV event features several professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers are portrayed as either villains or heroes in the scripted events that build tension and culminate into a wrestling match or series of matches.

HistoryEdit

Judgment Day is a pay-per-view (PPV) event consisting of a main event and undercard that feature championship matches and other various matches. The first Judgment Day was originally produced as an In Your House event for World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the former name of WWE. The In Your House event was titled Judgment Day: In Your House. It took place on October 18, 1998 and aired live on PPV. In 1999 Judgment Day was replaced by Over the Edge. In 2000 Judgment Day was brought back and rebranded as an annual PPV event due to production of In Your House events being canceled.

In 2002, WWF was court ordered to change their name, which resulted in the promotion changing its name to WWE. Later that year, WWE held a draft that split its roster into two distinctive brands of wrestling, RAW and SmackDown!, and ECW in 2006. Before the draft, matches featured wrestlers from the roster without any limitations; after the draft, matches only consisted of wrestlers from their distinctive brands. The first Judgment Day event to be produced under the WWE banner and with roster limitations was Judgment Day (2002), which took place on May 19, 2002. The following year, WWE announced that PPV events, excluding WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and the Royal Rumble, would be made exclusive to each brand; Judgment Day was made exclusive to the SmackDown! brand. After three years of being produced as a brand exclusive event, Judgment Day (2006) was the final Judgment Day event that was brand exclusive, as WWE announced that PPV events from then on would feature all three brands of WWE.

Each Judgment Day event has been held in an indoor arena, with all events thus far taking place in the United States.

1998Edit

The inaugural event was held on October 18, 1998 at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois. Nine professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the card as well as four matches on Sunday Night Heat before the show aired live, also known as dark matches. The event had an attendance of 18,153. The main event scheduled on the card was a Singles match for the vacant WWF Championship with a special guest referee featuring The Undertaker and Kane with the guest referee, Steve Austin. The match ended in a no contest.

In addition to the main event, the undercard featured a singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship between reigning champion Ken Shamrock and Mankind. Shamrock defeated Mankind and retained the championship. The other primary match on the undercard was a Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. The match featured The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) defeating The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) by disqualification.

2000Edit

The second Judgment Day event was held on May 21, 2000 at the Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Six professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the card. The event had an attendance of 16,827 and grossed $596,050 through ticket sales and pay-per-view buys. The main event scheduled on the card was a Iron Man match featuring Triple H defeating The Rock, with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee, for the WWF Championship. Triple H won the match and the championship.

Other matches on the event card included a Double Tables match featuring D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X-Pac) defeating The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von). The other featured match on the card was a Submission match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship between reigning champion Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho. Benoit won the match and retained the championship.

2001Edit

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The Undertaker faced Steve Austin for the WWF Championship in a No Holds Barred match at Judgment Day 2001.

2001's Judgment Day was the third event under the Judgment Day chronology and was held on May 20, 2001 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. Seven professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the card with two dark matches taking place before the event began airing live. The event had an attendance of 13,623 and grossed $674,855 through ticket sales and pay-per-views, topping the previous years grossing. The main event scheduled on the card was a No Hold Barred match for the WWF Championship and featured Steve Austin defeating The Undertaker to retain the championship.

Featured matches on the undercard included a Tag Team Turmoil match featuring Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho defeating The APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq), Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn (with Terri), The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) (with Spike Dudley), Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) and X-Factor (X-Pac and Justin Credible (with Albert). The other primary match on the undercard was a Chain match between Kane and Triple H for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, which Kane won to win the championship.

2002Edit

The fourth Judgment Day event was held on May 19, 2002 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee and was the first Judgment Day event produced under the WWE name. The theme song was "Broken" by 12 Stones. Eight professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with one dark match between William Regal and D'Lo Brown for the WWE European Championship taking place before the event went live. The event had an attendance of 14,521. The main event on the card was a Singles match for the WWE Undisputed Championship featuring The Undertaker defeating Hollywood Hulk Hogan to win the championship.

Other matches that were scheduled on the card included a Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Chris Jericho which Triple H won by pinfall following a Pedigree on the top of the cell. Plus, Edge defeated Kurt Angle in a Hair vs. Hair match and Steve Austin defeated The Big Show and Ric Flair in a Handicap match.

2003Edit

The 2003 event was held on May 18, 2003 at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina and had an attendance of 13,000. The event grossed $650,000 through ticket sales and pay-per-views despite receiving mixed-negative reviews. Nine professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with one dark match taking place on Sunday Night Heat before the event went live. The main event on the card was a Stretcher match between The Big Show and Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. The match was won by Lesnar to retain the championship.

Other matches that were scheduled on the card included a Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship featuring Kevin Nash defeating Triple H by disqualification, although Triple H retained the Championship. Other primary matches on the card were a Battle royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship and a Tag team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship between Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri facing Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas). Guerrero and Tajiri won the match to win the championship.

2004Edit

The 2004 event was held on May 16, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and was a SmackDown! brand-exclusive event. Eight professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with one dark match taking place before the event went live. The event had an attendance of 18,722 and grossed $813,000 through ticket sales and pay-per-view buys. The main event was a Singles match between John Bradshaw Layfield and Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship, which Layfield won via disqualification when Guerrero was caught hitting Bradshaw with the WWE Championship belt. However, since the title could not switch hands due to a disqualification, Eddie Guerrero retained the title.

Featured matches on the undercard included a Singles match between The Undertaker and Booker T, which Taker won. Also on the undercard was a Singles match for the WWE United States Championship featuring John Cena defeating René Duprée, to retain the championship.

2005Edit

The seventh event under the Judgment Day chronology was held on May 22, 2005 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seven professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with one dark match between Nunzio and [Akio]] taking place before the event went live. The event had an attendance of 9,500 and grossed $500,000 through ticket sales and pay-per-view buys which was much lower than Judgment Day (2004) (the previous year's event). The main event on the card was a "I Quit" match for the WWE Championship between John Cena and John Bradshaw Layfield. The match was won by Cena after Layfield spoke the words "I Quit", to retain the championship.

Other matches that were scheduled on the event card included the encounter between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, which Mysterio won. The other primary match on the undercard included a Singles match for the WWE United States Championship, in which Orlando Jordan defeated Heidenreich.

2006Edit

The eighth Judgment Day event was held on May 21, 2006 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. This was the last Judgment Day that featured talent from only the SmackDown! brand. Four professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the card and one dark match took place before the event began airing live. The event had an attendance of 14,000 and grossed $560,000 through ticket sales and pay-per-view buys. The theme song for the event was "This Fire Burns" (performed by Killswitch Engage). The main event on the card was a Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship and featured John Paul Vonhamel defeating Kurt Angle, to retain the championship.

In addition to the main event their was a laddermatch for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in which JKB Kid defeat Dotty as well as a Triple Threat match between Krako, Chris Hunter and CJ Cena for the WWE United States Championship, which Krako won.

2007Edit

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Mickie James faced John Bradshaw Layfield and Duke Allen for the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat match but was unsuccessful at Judgment Day 2008.

The 2007 event was held on May 20, 2007 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the first ever Judgment Day event that became tri-branded with talent from RAW, SmackDown!, and ECW. Eight professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with three dark matches. The event had an attendance of 10,500 and grossed $575,000 through ticket sales and pay-per-view buys. The theme song for the event was "I Don't Wanna Stop" (performed by Ozzy Osbourne). The main event on the card was a Singles match featuring Jeff Jarrett defeating Sold1er for the WWE Championship.

Other matches that were scheduled on the card included a Singles match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship featuring Scorpion facing Reaper, with both men being counted out. Since championships cannot change hands on a count out in the WWE, Sold1er retained the title. Plus, JJ Crawford defeated Raven to win the ECW World Championship.

2008Edit

The tenth event produced under the Judgment Day chronology was held on May 18, 2008 at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The event had an attendance of 10,663 and grossed $653,740 through ticket sales and pay-per-view buys. The theme song for the event was "Take It All" (performed by Zididada). Nine professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with one dark match taking place before the event went live. The main event and featured match on the RAW brand was the encounter between Ashley Massaro and Slade Mathens for the World Heavyweight Championship. Ashley won the match and retained the championship after pinning Mathens. The featured match on the SmackDown! brand was a Triple Threat match between Mickie James, Duke Allen and John Bradshaw Layfield for the WWE Championship, which JBL won after pinning Duke to become champion.

Other matches that were scheduled on the card included the primary match on the ECW brand; a Singles match for the ECW World Championship and featured Bull Buchanan defeating champion Sold1er to win the championship. The other featured match on the card was a Singles match for the WWE United States Championship, featuring Kris Kutter and Jazz Powers defeating each other simultaneously to leave the championship vacant.

Judgment Day dates and venuesEdit

# Event Date City Venue Main Event
1
Judgment Day: In Your House
01998-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr October 18, 1998
Rosemont, Illinois
Rosemont Horizon
The Undertaker versus Kane for the vacant WWF Championship
2
Judgment Day (2000)
02000-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 21, 2000
Louisville, Kentucky
Freedom Hall
The Rock (c) versus Triple H in a 60-Minute Iron Man match for the WWF Championship
3
Judgment Day (2001)
02001-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 20, 2001
Sacramento, California
ARCO Arena
Steve Austin (c) versus The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match for the WWF Championship
4
Judgment Day (2002)
02002-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 19, 2002
Nashville, Tennessee
Gaylord Entertainment Center
Hollywood Hogan (c) versus The Undertaker for the Undisputed WWE Championship
5
Judgment Day (2003)
02003-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 18, 2003
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Coliseum
Brock Lesnar (c) versus The Big Show in a Stretcher match for the WWE Championship
6
Judgment Day (2004)
02004-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 16, 2004
Los Angeles
Staples Center
Eddie Guerrero (c) versus John Bradshaw Layfield for the WWE Championship
7
Judgment Day (2005)
02005-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 22, 2005
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Target Center
John Cena (c) versus John Bradshaw Layfield in an "I Quit" match for the WWE Championship
8
Judgment Day (2006)
02006-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 21, 2006
Phoenix, Arizona
US Airways Center
John Paul Vonhamel (c) versus Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship
9
Judgment Day (2007)
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 20, 2007
St. Louis, Missouri
Scottrade Center
Sold1er (c) versus Jeff Jarrett for the WWE Championship
10
Judgment Day (2008)
02008-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr May 18, 2008
Omaha, Nebraska
Qwest Center Omaha
Mickie James (c) versus John Bradshaw Layfield and Duke Allen in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship
(c) - refers to the champion prior to the match