WWE hosts its 11th edition of Judgment Day. The show returns to the site of the first Judgment Day, the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, IL. The show features a solid undercard but lacks the punch of a strong main-event.
It seems like something is missing to me from this one. The current card would be a great show in support of a big-time main event. Unfortunately with HBK, Undertaker, and Triple H on the sidelines, there is no potential for that blowout main event.
WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton vs. Batista. Batista defeated The Big Show to earn this match. Orton and Batista haven’t wrestled each other in singles matches that much over the years. However, the two are very familiar with each other from tag matches and their days together in Evolution. The Evolution history is a big part of this match.
I think that these two guys have a world of pressure going into Judgment Day. This is the first time that Batista has gotten a true opportunity to carry the ball in awhile. Orton hasn’t been a successful drawing champion in the past. Not only do the two need to go out and have a great match, they also need to draw good numbers to justify the match.
This will also be Batista’s longest match since returning from his past injury. Batista’s last big singles match before the injury was at SummerSlam against John Cena. The two had a pretty decent match back then. It will be interesting to see how Batista’s leg holds out as the match progresses.
My prediction is a decent, but not great match. I just don’t think these two have it in them. I would be absolutely shocked if Batista was to win the title on Sunday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Triple H get involved in this one. I think Randy Orton wins this one. I expect lots of interference and a screwy finish in Orton’s favor.
WWE World Championship Match: Edge vs. Jeff Hardy. It is evident to everyone that SmackDown is the stronger brand right now. Jeff Hardy earned this match by winning a Fatal Four-Way on SmackDown. This match is proof positive of that statement. This one has the potential to blow the roof off of the Rosemont Horizon.
There is a lot of history to this one. The matches between the Hardys and Edge and Christian are now legendary. Jeff Hardy wrestled Edge on his return match to RAW a few years back. The two had a hell of a match, and I expect the same on Sunday night.
I think this one will be the match of the night. I have never seen a bad match between these two guys. I think this has the potential for a title change here. The WWE love to swerve the fans. Nobody expects Hardy to win after all of the rumors about his contract. A title switch here would undoubtedly be a welcomed surprise. I am hesitant to go out on a limb with that one, but I think it is very possible.
My gut instinct says that Edge keeps the title. I do think that it hurts business to have two heel champions. I just think it would be a little quick to take the belt from Edge. Keep an eye out on CM Punk. Judgment Day is in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, IL. If Punk was ever going to cash in with a bang it will be Sunday night.
John Cena vs. The Big Show. This match comes as a result of WWE Backlash. Show tossed Cena into a spotlight, costing him his match with Edge. Cena hasn’t been “cleared” to wrestle since then. Cena will make a “miracle” comeback this Sunday and attempt to avenge Backlash.
I have no faith in this one. I still enjoy seeing Show wrestle. I think it’s the old school fan in me that enjoys the giant. I just don’t have much confidence that these two will have a good match. I think it needs to be short, fast-paced, and hardcore. Unfortunately, I think the tables, chairs, and blood will be saved for later. I predict Show wins this one, and we see it again next month.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio. This match comes as a result of a match between Jericho and Jeff Hardy. Jericho wrestled Hardy for an opportunity to be a part of the WWE world title match at Judgment Day. Mysterio came to ringside and distracted Jericho, causing Y2J to lose. Hence, this match was made.
The rumor is that Jericho vs. Mysterio will be a lengthy feud going through the summer. This is great news as these two are great opponents for each other. This feud couldn’t have come at a better time for Jericho. Jericho was sliding into irrelevance following WrestleMania. Mysterio is the right opponent to give Jericho fans something they can sink their teeth into.
Mysterio is another wrestler in desperate need of a good opponent. Mysterio never got off the ground after getting drafted to WWE RAW last year. Mysterio’s swan song was a lame feud with JBL. Mysterio is a former champion and a big draw for the WWE. The right feud was crucial following WrestleMania for Mysterio. Mysterio fans can also get excited about this feud.
I predict a great match from these two guys. I would also expect an ending that would leave things open for a rematch. If the rumors are true that this one is going all summer, I predict a Mysterio win. I highly anticipate Jericho winning the title at some point. However, I don’t see it coming in their first match. Nonetheless, don’t be surprised to see this one steal the show.
Randy Orton vs. Batista…WWE Championship
Edge vs. Jeff Hardy…World Heavyweight Championship
Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho…WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Big Show vs. John Cena
Christian vs. Jack Swagger…ECW Championship
CM Punk vs. Umaga
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