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Monday, May 22, 2006

WWE Judgment Day 5/21/06 PPV Results

WWE Tag Team Titles: MNM with Melina VS Paul London & Brian Kendrick
Wow, London & Kendrick have been MNM FIVE times in a row, and only get a title shot NOW?
London & Nitro start off and London easily gets knocked down by Nitro with a shoulder block twice in a row. London trips up Nitro and hits an armdrag and an arm-bar and Kendrick & London do quick tags targeting Nitro’s arm before taking him down with a double flying forearm. Mercury tags in, but can’t match speed with Kendrick. London tags in and the challengers hit a double hip-toss on Mercury followed by a double elbow drop. Nitro comes in but is also taken out by the challengers. MNM try to regroup on the outside by Kendrick hits a BIG flip out of the ring on them.
Mercury gets back in the ring and manages to dodge a cross-body off the top from London, and the champions regain control of the match, hitting a big double gutbuster on London. Melina even gets involved and puts London in a headscissors. Mercury & London collide in the center of the ring and London makes the hot tag.
Kendrick goes to work with a barrage of clotheslines, but gets outnumbered and MNM hit the Snap Shot, but only get a near 2 count as London makes the save at the last minute. MNM take out London who hits the floor hard and go back to working on Kendrick. Kendrick counters a suplex into a small-package, but the referee is distracted by Mercury. Mercury tags in and hits a big delayed suplex in Kendrick and covers for a 2 count. Kendrick gets tossed to the outside and Melina manages to get a kicks in before Nitro throws him back in the ring. Kendrick takes a lot of punishment before finally being able to reverse a whip and ram MNM into each other.
London gets the hot tag and goes to work on the champions. London catches a boot from Mercury, but comes back with a big double clothesline and a cradle on Mercury for a near 2.9. London hits the dropsault and pins Mercury, but Melina gets in the ring and screams at the referee breaking the count! Nitro tris to hook London’s legs as Mercury pins him, but London is able to kick out. Kendrick goes after Nitro, but misses a big dive and hits the floor. Nitro grabs London and Mercury charges in, but London dodges and Mercury hits Nitro who falls on Melina! London rolls up Mercury with a jackknife pin and gets the 3 count! NEW TAG CHAMPIONS!
Great match. They played up how London & Kendrick had MNM’s number due to all the times they beat the champions in the past weeks, but they still had a big uphill battle to climb to win the gold tonight. And if they ever make a Black Canary movie, I think Melina would fit the role well considering she has a sonic scream that could stop the referee from making the 3 count!
Match Rating: ***1/2

Melina is pissed at Mercury for losing the titles and they start arguing and Melina slaps Mercury which pisses him off and he grabs Melina, but Nitro attacks Mercury! Mercury manages to get control until Melina gives him a big kick to the head and starts beating down Mercury. The referee tries to pull Melina off, but she gives him a big kick in the balls! Nitro & Melina looks to leave but Mercury attacks him from behind and the brawl continues until a bunch of referees and GM Teddy Long come down to break things up, but the GM gets knocked down during the frey. Mercury finally walks off on his own as Nitro & Melina look on. Guess we’ll see him in ECW.

Chris Benoit VS Fit Finlay
The two lock up and manages to go all the way out of the ring while hooked up! They break up, get back in the ring and stare each other down face to face. Benoit with a lighting quick double leg takedown and tries for the Sharpshooter, but Finlay is able to counter and roll into a leglock, but Benoit himself able to counter into a chinlock and a side mount headlock. Finlay gets out of it and complains to the referee that he has something in his eye, but it’s a scam so he can cheap shot Benoit.
Benoit rebounds with a chop, but Finlay hits a big drop-toe hold and clamps on a chin lock. Benoit battles to his feet and Finlay drops him with a Euopean uppercut. Finlay taunts Benoit with slaps, but Benoit comes back with a big slap of his own and batters Finlay with knee strikes and chops followed by a backbreaker for a 2 count. Benoit with a chinlock and tries to maneuver Finlay into the Crossface. Benoit manages a crucifix pin, but Finlay gets his feet on the ropes. Finlay manages a comeback with a thumb to the eyes followed by a big clothesline for a near fall. Finlay clamps Benoit in a modified submission where he pulls back on Benoit’s arms and pushes his head with his foot. Finlay changes up into a cross-arm chin lock and Benoit battles to his feet break the hold dropping Finlay, but misses an elbow drop.
Finlay tries for a clothesline, but Benoit ducks it and hits the triple German suplex! Benoit goes up top, but misses the diving headbutt! They battle to their feet and Benoit takes down Finlay with a dragon-screw leg whip and tries for the Sharpshooter again, but Finlay kicks him off and goes out to grab a chair, but Benoit baseball slides it right into Finlay on the apron! Benoit tosses Finlay back in and hits the diving headbutt for a near fall! Finlay reverses an Irish whip and rams Benoit sternum first into the turnbuckle followed by a big clothesline to the back of the head! Finlay uses a quarter-nelson pin but Benoit grabs the ropes to break the count.
Finlay in control now beating down Benoit with hard shots before putting on a modified headlock and turns it to a modified dragon-sleeper with a hammerlock on Benoit’s arm and the crowd is applauding this brilliant mat work! Benoit battles to his feet and Finlay clubs him in the back of the head several times. Benoit battles back with elbow strikes, but Finlay attacks Benoit’s shoulder and hit a few knee drops. Finlay taunts Benoit before hitting another big clothesline for a near fall. Finlay now with a shoulder nerve hold!
Benoit fights to his feet, and floats over a suplex attempt a goes for the German suplexes! He hits two of them, and Finlay breaks the third, but Benoit sends him to the outside with a big enzuguiri! Finlay tries to whack Benoit with the shaleleigh outside, but Benoit ducks it and hits a German suplex out on the floor!
They get back in the ring and Benoit suplexes Finlay into the ring and does the Three Amigos suplex and an Eddie chant starts up! Benoit goes to the apron, but Finlay knocks him off and he hits the barricade hard. Finlay goes out and beat down Benoit some more before getting him back in the ring and ramming him HARD shoulder first into the corner. But out of nowhere, Benoit is able to lock down Finlay in the Crippler Crossface, and Finlay taps out!
A hard fought win for Benoit, and an excellent, EXCELLENT match!
Match Rating: ****1/2

They stare each other down as Finlay leaves the ring. If this rivalry goes longer, I’m all for it if it means we get more quality matches like this.

A quick look back at how the feud between Melina & Jillian Hall started off.

Jillian Hall VS Melina with Nitro
No paparazzi as Melina & Nitro come out, both of them obviously not happy with what happened earlier. It gets worse as the referee ejects Nitro from ringside!
Jillian goes after Melina and hits a big kick to the back followed by a Curt Hennig neck snap! Melina rolls out of the ring, but Jillian jumps off the apron and rams Melina’s head on the barricade! Melina regains control slamming Jillian into the steps.
Melina chokes and slams Jillian several times before locking on a leg-body scissors. Jillian manages to break the hold, but Melina catches her with a face buster for a near fall. Melina chokes Jillian on the ropes before setting her up in the corner and hits a double knee press. Melina goes to the second rope and tries for a body press, but Jillian gets the knees up.
Jillian now in control and slams Melina’s head into the corner several times. Melina reverses an Irish whip and charges in, but Jillian counters into a roll up and gets the pin, but the referee didn’t see Melina had her hand on the ropes!
Good match overall, even if a little sloppy at points.
Match Rating: *

Crystal comes out to rub it into Melina, but Melina calls her a bitch and tries to attack her, but Crystal actually battles back and runs off Melina as the referee holds Crystal back!

Backstage to JBL cutting a promo on how he’s gonna end the dream of Rey Mysterio, but he than notices CHAVO GUERRERO! He asks what Chavo is doing there and Chavo says he’s there to support Rey. JBL says Chavo’s gonna watch him destroy Rey tonight like he did to Eddie years ago. Chavo tells him to stop living in the past, and gives a big Ariba La Raza to geta pop from the crowd.

WWE Cruiserweight Title: Gregory Helms VS Super Crazy
Helms comes out first, and gets the kind of reaction you expect when no one knows who you are! But Super Crazy gets a big pop when he comes out on his lawnmower!
Crazy with a whole lot of quick covers for near falls and Crazy is able to avoid getting tossed from the ring several times and manages to clothesline Helms out of the ring. HE goes for a big dive, but the referee blocks him off! When the ref turns his back tocoutn out Helms, Crazy hit a big dive over the referee on Helms outside!
Back in the ring, Crazy mounts Helms in the corner and lands punches, but Helms drops him across the ropes and takes control with a neckbreaker. Helms in control now beating down Crazy and locks on a ground abdominal stretch. Crazy counters a suplex into one of his own. Helms puts Crazy in a butterfly lock and lands some knees to Crazy’s face and pins him for a near fall. Helms with a side headlock as Tazz & Cole argue about whether Helms is a high-flyer or not.
Crazy breaks the hold and counters a sleeper into a roll up for a near fall. Helms misses an elbow drop and Crazy battles back and catches Helms with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Crazy with a standing moonsault for a near fall. He goes up top and hits a missile dropkick for another near fall. Crazy goes up again and tries for the moonsault, but Helms rolls out of the way. Helms tries for the Shining Wizars, but Crazy ducks and hits a heel kick for a near fall. Helms back with a neckbreaker but misses a corner charge, but Helms comes back with a cradle for a near fall. Helms hits a flipping neckbreaker off the second rope for another near fall.
Crazy battles back with chops but gets whipped into the corner. Helms charges in, but Crazy launches him into the corner. Crazy goes for a hurricanrana, but Helms counters it into a powebomb and puts his feet on the ropes to get the pin!
Great match, but marred by the ending.
Match Rating: ***

Backstage where Melina & Nitro charge into the GM’s office and complain to Teddy Long about the events of the evening. Long says he’s not going to anything, but Melina slaps him! Long says he knows what to do now, and that’s FIRE MELINA! Nitro gets on his case as well, so Long FIRES him too!

Mark Henry VS Kurt Angle
Henry comes out to his lame Wreckless Intent theme. The big man immediately takes apart the announce table, he grabs the mic and says he’s gonna hurt Angle like he did to Batista. I think he pauses for too long as he didn’t seem to finish before Angle’s theme hits and the Olympic Hero comes out.
Angle goes right after Henry and pounds on him. Henry whips Angle into the corner, but runs into a big boot. Angle than hits a flipping senton (!?!) and locks Henry in a front headlock. Henry powers him over and Angle tries a sunset flip. Henry tries to sit on Angle, who quickly dodges and rebounds off the ropes with a kick to the jaw! They brawl to the outside and Angle tries to German Henry on the announce table but can’t get the big man up.
Back in the ring and Angle attacks Henry’s legs but Henry is able to power out. Angle charges at Henry, but eats a big clothesline. Henry beats down on Angle’s bad ribs which are taped up. The big man sits on Angle’s back with a chin lock. Angle battles to his feet and breaks the hold. Henry catches him out of a cross body and goes for the World’s Strongest Slam, but Angle counters it into a swinging DDT for a near fall!
They get to their feet and trade strikes, and Angle manages to catch Henry with a German suplex followed by the Angle Slam, but only gets a 2 count! Henry comes back with a big clothesline followed by the World’s Strongest Slam for a near fall! Henry tries for the Slam again, but Angle rolls through into an ankle lock! Henry uses his power to escape the hold and flip Angle out of the ring!
Henry sets up Angle on the announce table and looks to splash him through it, but Angle gets out of the way. Henry batters Angle and flattens him against the corner post. Henry gets back in the ring and WINS BY COUNT OUT!
Not content with the win, Henry goes out after Angle again, but Angle fires back and hits a big low blow on Henry before whacking him in the back and leg several times with a steel chair! He locks on the ankle-lock and it takes several officials to pull him off! Henry staggers to his feet, but Angle goes after him again and gives him an Angle Slam onto the announce table which didn’t break, so he smacks him again with the steel chair and Henry collapses the announce table with his weight!
If this is Henry’s last big WWE match, kudos to Angle for giving him the win. And the match was leagues better than their Royal Rumble match too.
Match Rating: ***

Backstage with Booker & Sharmell as Sharmell praises Booker as the best king ever, even better than Don King & Martin Luther King! Booker is liking being called King Booker.

Recap video of the King of the Ring Tournament. The Finals are up next!

King of the Ring Finals: Booker T with Sharmell VS Bobby Lashley
Booker gets in Lashley’s face and Lashley knocks him down. They lock up and Lashley powers Book into the corner and breaks clean. Lock up again and Book gets Lashley in the corner and tries for a punch, but Lashley blocks it and punches back, whipping Book hard into the corner again and hits a big corner clothesline followed by a suplex for a near fall. Lashley with an armlock, but Booker gets out of it and tries for a German? Lashley reverses it for a takedown, but Booker regains control and whips him into the corner, but Lashley explodes out with a clothesline followed by a double leg pick up and slams Booker into the corner. Lashley charges in, but Booker dodges and Lashley hits the corner post and falls out of the ring.
Booker slams Lashley’s head on the steps and tries for a count out win but Lashley gets back in time. Booker now working Lashley’s shoulder. Lashley battles back to his feet, but runs into a big boot. Booker goes for the scissor kick, but Lashley hits a wicked clothesline that flips Booker in mid air! Lashley back in control now with clotheslines and an inverted atomic drop and another clothesline. Lashley tries for the Dominator, but Sharmell distracts the referee. Booker tries for the Book End, but Lashley breaks out of it. Lashley tries for the spear, but Sharmell grabs his leg giving Booker the chance to hit the Book End but only get a near fall.
Lashley catches Booker and hits a running powerslam for a near fall. Lashley misses a corner charge and Booker hits the scissors kick but only gets a 2 count! Booker misses a big kick off the ropes and Lashley hits the spear! Lashley signals for the Dominator, but Sharmell again distracts the referee and Finlay runs in and whacks Lashley with the shelaylee! Booker hits the scissors kick and makes the cover to steal the crown!
Booker and Sharmell celebrate and go up to the throne at the entrance ramp. Booker puts on his cape and Sharmell crowns him, but Lashley comes out of nowhere and spears him through the throne! Booker is still able to get to his feet with his crown and cape though.
Solid match, and it should be noted that there were boos for Lashley here. I guess there are fans smart enough to not want him to be pushed too soon.
Match Rating: ***

Video recap of the path of destruction Great Khali has been running in the past few weeks. I still find it interesting that WWE fear Khali could hurt someone, so they have him squash contracted cruiserweights, including the world champion in the past few weeks?

The Great Khali with Daivari VS the Undertaker
They stare off and Taker hit a barrage of strikes to no effect and Khali launches him from the ring. Taker back in and hits another barrage of kicks and punches. He tries for a whip, but Khali launches him over the rope to the outside. ‘Taker manages to stun Khali by dropping him throat first across the ropes. ‘Taker attacks Khali some more and tries for Old School, but Khali launches him off the top instead!
Khali pounds and stomps ‘Taker in the corner. They brawl to the outside and Khali rams ‘Taker knees first into the steel steps. Daivari takes a cheap shot as the referee is distracted. ‘Taker back in the ring and Khali slams him and hits his big chop and puts a boot on him to cover, but only gets a 2. ‘Taker sits up and Khali looks a bit concerned. They trade more strikes and ‘Taker is able to hit Old Schoold which stuns the big giant. They exchange more strikes and ‘Taker is able to knock Khali off his feet with a big flying clothesline and Khali gets caught on the ropes, classic giant style!
‘Taker tees off on Khali until Daivari distracts him. Daivari escapes a chokeslam thanks to the referee, and he frees Khali from the ropes.The Dead Man comes back and tries for a chokeslam, but Khali is able to break it and hit a big boot. He hits the big chop again followed by a kick to the head and puts a boot on ‘Taker’s chest to get the WIN!?!?
Wow. They seriously couldn’t come up with a better finish than that?!? I don’t think the match was that bad, but they could definitely do better.
Match Rating: **

Recap of the Rey Mysterio/JBL feud. Rey says being world champion is a gift, and he loves every minute of it. How true about the “gift” part, cause he sure hasn’t earned it in my book.

World Heavyweight Title: John “Bradshaw” Leyfield VS Rey Mysterio
JBL shoves Rey at the start and Rey kicks away at his legs before getting shoved off again. Lock up and JBL shoves Rey off again and Rey kicks his legs again and puts on a headlock. JBL picks him up and sits him in the corner and bad mouths him, so Rey slaps him! JBL is pissed and he batters Rey down in the corner. Rey manages to get JBL in the 619 position, but JBL rolls out of the ring before Rey could hit the move. Rey hits a baseball slide on JBL outside followed by a sitting senton out on the floor.
Back in the ring, Rey hits a cross body off the second rope for a near fall followed by a low dropkick and a leg drop to the back of the head for another pair of 2 counts. Rey mounts and pounds JBL in the corner followed by a foot choke and a baseball slide in the groin after distracting the referee! Rey dropkicks JBL out of the ring, but misses a baseball slide and JBL catches him with a boot to the face and whips him head first into the steps.
Back in the ring and JBL pounds away at Rey. One big punch sends rey back to the outside. JBL smacks Rey’s face into the steps and taunts Rey’s wife at ringside. Rey us bleeding under his mask. JBL gets a near fall in the ring and does the Three Amigos suplex before tossing Rey out of the ring again. He puts Rey right in front of his wife and kid before giving the champion a fallaway slam out on the floor. Back in the ring JBL covers and gets another near fall.
JBL slaps and stomps Rey before hitting a barrage of hard short clotheslines. The referee counts Rey down on the mat and Rey barely gets to his feet at 9 as JBL takes him down again with a big boot to the head and gets a near fall. Rey fires off a few punches and JBL hits a thumb to the eye followed by a sleeper hold. Rey manages to break the hold and JBL sets him up on the tops rope. JBL tries for a backdrop, but Rey knocks him off the top and hits a moonsault for a 2 count.
They get to their feet and JBL misses a clothesline and Rey takes him down with a springboard crossbody for a near fall, followed by a head kick for another near fall. Rey goes for the Bronco Buster, but JBL gets the boot up and Rey lands hard on a soft spot. JBL tries for a powerbomb, but Rey counters into a hurricanrana and straddles JBL in the 619 position. Rey hits the 619 and goes for the West Coast Pop, but JBL pulls the referee in the way. JBL hits Rey with a big powerbomb and calls for another referee who comes out but only gets a 2 count. JBL takes out the referee and goes out to grab a steel chair. But Rey kicks the chair into JBL’s face and hits the 619 followed by a frog splash to get the win!
Chavo Guerrero comes out and celebrates with Rey as his wife looks on from front row. Rey is on his knees in the center of the ring with a loud “Eddie” chant as the PPV comes to an end.
Solid match overall, but I thought the ending was rather weak. I would have had JBL kick out of the frog splash but get pinned by a West Coast Pop instead. I was also pretty sure Chavo was going to heel Rey, but that didn’t happen.
Match Rating: ***1/2

Overall: This was leagues better than Backlash at least. A lot of good work throughout and and you definitely get your moneys worth.



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