Two years ago it was WWE Judgment Day, now it is WWE Over the Limit. WWE Judgment Day annually landed in May as a WrestleMania wrap up show. One particular WWE Judgment Day just a couple of years ago produced one of the best matches of the last decade. It was two years ago that Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels stole the show at WWE Judgment Day 2008.
On May 18, 2008 the WWE present its second post-WrestleMania pay-per-view event. Judgment Day featured a stacked card, no surprises, and a classic rivalry revisited that has stood the test of time and has since gone down as one of the greatest ever.
Overcoming a lackluster storyline, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels picked up where they left off at WWE WrestleMania 19. Unlike WrestleMania 19 where some debated whether they had the match of the night, there was no question that these two WWE superstars ran away with the show at WWE Judgment Day 2008.
Shawn Michaels evened up the score by pinning Chris Jericho and going 2-1 in their all-time series of major singles matches. Their WWE Judgment Daymatch was a lot like their previous WrestleMania 19 bout several years ago. The match saw a constant back and forth of fast-paced action that even surprised Chris Jericho and the Heartbreak Kid’s biggest fans.
Shawn Michaels was physically not what he used to be and was still recovering from knee surgery. Up until Judgment Day2008, Chris Jericho had not quite gotten back to prime form since his WWE return. The formula between these two obviously worked. The match was wrestledwith the same move-counter move psychology of their WrestleMania 19 match. Shawn Michaels won the match reversing Chris Jericho’s signature Wall of Jericho and pinned Y2J for the win.
Following the match, Batista confronted Shawn Michaels. Batista issued a threat to Michaels which signified that this series was back on. The two had atremendous match at WWE Backlash that ended with Shawn Michaels wining. It looked like this one was going to turn into a lengthy series which would likely mean Batista and Michaels jumping back and forth to RAW and SmackDown for angles.
In the WWE Judgment Day 2008 main-event, Triple H finally closed the chapter of the Era of Orton (well for a few months anyway). Triple H defeated the ex-WWE champion Randy Orton inside of a Steel Cage. In a surprisingly non-bloody affair, Triple H nailed a Pedigree to finish off Orton and win the match. I liked the match a lot. It was long, with a lot of back and forth. I’d even go as far as to say that this was better than anything they tried to do a year later in their annual WWE feud.
In the other big match of the night, Undertaker defeated Edge via count out to win the match for the vacated WWE world championship. Those two guys continued their streak of real good matches with another one at WWE Judgment Day. Vickie Guerrero determined that since the match ended on a count out,the title would still be vacant.
I really didn’t get that one. How many times were they going to keep beating the drum on this storyline? I think those two had great chemistry but it was time to move on to something else. They needed to either leave the belt on Undertaker or switch it to Edge and move on. Edge would finally win the title at One Night Stand, also sending the Undertaker into exile for awhile.
In other results…
John Cena defeated JBL
The Miz and John Morrison defeated CM Punk and Kane
Morrison pins the Money in the Bank winner
Jeff Hardy defeated MVP
Mickie James defeated Beth Phoenix and Melina
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