May 16, 2003
Judging the Judgment Day stats
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Judgment Day is upon us, as WWE prepares for its fifth pay-per-view
event of the year. This year\'s pay-per-view is the fifth of its kind,
dating back to 1998. Let\'s take a look back at some of the interesting
facts and figures of the last four Judgment Day PPVs.
- Originally, Judgment Day was October\'s pay-per-view when it debuted
in 1998. Judgment Day became May\'s pay-per-view in 2000. Previously,
May\'s pay-per-view was Over the Edge (1998, 1999). There was no Judgment
Day PPV in 1999.
- The only WWF title that has not been on the line at Judgment Day is
the Cruiserweight Title. Its predecessor, the Light-Heavyweight title,
however, was part of the 1998 PPV.
- There has only been one tag-team title bout in Judgment Day history
- The Intercontinental and World Championship titles are the only
belts to have been up for grabs at all four Judgment Day PPVs.
- Big Show is 0-3 at Judgment Day, while Kane (1-0-1) and Eddie
Guererro (2-0) have the most wins without a loss.
- Two managers have stepped into the squared-circle at Judgment Day to
fight alongside their men: Paul Ellering (2000) and Paul Heyman (2002).
A third, Rico, fought against his stable (2002).
- Virtually every gimmick match imaginable has been done at Judgment
Day. Submission (2000), Tables (2000), Iron Man (2000), Tag Team Turmoil
(2001), Triple-Threat Theatre (2001), Hell in the Cell (2002) and Hair
vs. Hair (2002) matches have all taken place in this PPV\'s history. Add
the Stretcher, Fatal-4-Way, Battle Royale and Ladder matches this year
and you can see just how few matches have not been done.
- Four women have competed at Judgment Day: Chyna, Lita, Trish and
Stacy. This year Trish will become the first woman to wrestle two
matches at Judgment Day.
- Chris Benoit holds the distinction of wrestling the most matches at
one Judgment Day event. The Crippler wrestled five times at 2001\'s event
(three matches in the Triple-Threat Theatre versus Kurt Angle, two
matches with Chris Jericho in the Tag Team Turmoil match).
- No wrestlers have competed at all four Judgment Day PPVs.
- Canadians are having a bit of a tough time at Judgment Day. In 1998,
Canadian-born wrestlers went 1-1, 1-2 in 2000, 1-3 in 2001 and 2-1 in 2002.
- It should be noted, however, that in 2000 and 2001, Canadians
battled each other (Benoit vs. Jericho in 2000, Jericho/Benoit vs. Edge
& Christian as part of Tag Team Turmoil in 2001).
- As it turns out, Christian is better off on his own. He is 1-0 in
singles matches at Judgment Day, but 0-2 in Tag Team matches.
- This Judgment Day will feature the most Canadians thus far. Slated
to compete are Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Christian, Lance Storm,
Test, Sylvain Grenier, Rene Dupre, Roddy Piper and Trish Stratus.
- Next year\'s group could be even bigger. Edge will be back next year
and Gail Kim should be competing as well. Sean Morley should be back on
one of the rosters as well.
Al Snow d. Marc Mero
Hawk/Animal/Droz d. Skull/8-Ball/Paul Ellering
Christian d. Taka Michinoku (LH title)
Goldust d. Val Venis
X-Pac d. D\'Lo Brown (Euro title)
Headbangers d. NAO (dq)
Ken Shamrock d. Mankind (IC title)
Mark Henry d. The Rock
Undertaker DCO. Kane (world title, Austin ref)
Scotty Too Hotty, Rikishi, Brian Christopher d. Kurt Angle, Edge, Christian
Eddy Guerrero d. Saturn, Dean Malenko (Euro)
Shane McMahon d. Big Show
Chris Benoit d. Chris Jericho (IC)
Road Dogg/X-Pac d. Dudleyz (tables)
Triple H d. The Rock (World, Iron Man)
Steve Austin d. Undertaker (World)
Chris Benoit/Chris Jericho (2-0) d. Edge & Christian (0-1), Dudleyz
(0-1) X-Factor (2-1) Hardyz (0-1), APA (2-1) Saturn/Malenko (0-1)
Kane d. Triple H (IC)
Chyna d. Lita (Women\'s)
Rhyno d. Big Show, Test (Hardcore)
Kurt Angle d. Chris Benoit (best of 3-falls - regular, submission, ladder)
William Regal d. Rikishi
Undertaker d. Hulk Hogan (world)
Rikishi/Rico d. Billy Gunn/Chuck Palumbo (tag)
Triple H d. Chris Jericho (HITC)
Edge d. Kurt Angle (hair vs. hair)
Steve Austin d. Big Show/Ric Flair
Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman d. Hardyz
Trish Stratus d. Stacy Kiebler (women\'s)
Eddy Guerrero d. Rob Van Dam (IC)
Jon Waldman has been a contributor to SLAM! Wrestling since 2000. He
is still waiting for \"Special Delivery\" Jones to be brought back to WWE.