May 20, 2006
Judgment Day could be one of the worst PPV events
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
Backlash set the pay-per-view bar pretty low last month.
Which means tomorrow night's Judgment Day event will likely only be the second-worst PPV of the year.
Great news for the estimated 200,000-plus people who will inexplicably fork out $35 for what looks set to be another bland, B-level wrestling show with a barely above-average lineup.
The main event is a match between world champion Rey Mysterio and John Bradshaw Layfield, with the whiff of a title change looming in the summer air.
Mysterio has been treated like a jabroni in the buildup to this bout, assuming the Paris Hilton position (you figure it out) for just about every big-man wrestler with a pulse on the WWE roster.
After such a strong show of faith by WWE brass -- making their heavyweight champ look like a complete wuss -- the smart money is on JBL winning the strap and going on to feud with Batista this summer.
There's plenty of train- wreck potential on tomorrow's undercard, too, with Kurt Angle coming back from injury way too soon to take on Mark Henry, and The Undertaker challenging The Great Khali in what will surely be a Stinker of the Year contender.
Aside from all the doom and gloom, Paul London and Brian Kendrick have an easy opportunity to steal the show, challenging MNM in the grand finale of their fun tag-team series.
Other potential break-out matches of the night include Chris Benoit vs. Finlay and a cruiserweight title match between Gregory Helms and Super Crazy.
Judgment Day can be seen (or avoided) on pay-per-view, at select city movie theatres or at Bottoms Up Sports Pub.
ECW SET TO AIR: ECW's new TV show will be sandwiched between X-Files re-runs and Star Trek documentaries.
It's not quite the TV environment most fans envisioned for the most violent wrestling show on television but with grappling's ad rates at the bottom of the barrel, a slot on a decent cable network is a huge coup for the upstart WWE project.
According to the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer, WWE has agreed to terms with the Sci-Fi channel to carry the weekly ECW TV show starting in June. The American network is owned by NBC-Universal, the TV giant with exclusive rights to WWE programming.
A press release and formal announcement will be issued in the next few days.
No Canadian clearances had been announced for the ECW project at press time.
REEL LIFE: When WWE's website broke a story about a backstage fight between Booker T and Batista last week, reporters assumed it was a tease for a future TV storyline.
Then, Booker showed up for the Smackdown tapings sporting a busted-up face and word quickly began to filter down the fight was, indeed, real.
The fisticuffs broke out at a Summer Slam commercial shoot last week. Depending on the source, the scuffle was because of a respect issue, a woman, or good old-fashioned machismo.
As much machismo as you could expect from guys who grease themselves up and roll around in their underwear for a living.
WWE has done damage control on the situation, booking the pair to appear at a press conference and make nice.
It's believed the incident will be used as fuel in a future TV angle.