|Date: May 18, 2008
|Venue: Qwest Center |City: Omaha, Nebraska
|Attendance: 11,324 |Buys: 252,000
|Brands: Raw, Smackdown & ECW
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This is the tenth annual Judgment Day event and although there are only five matches officially announced, it’s expected to be a big one. Randy Orton was very quick to use his automatic rematch clause for the WWE Championship following his loss of the title at Backlash and he wanted to use it at Judgment Day. Originally the two men met on Raw following Backlash but during the main event, Raw General Manager William Regal would take the show off the air before turning off the lights and telling Orton and Triple H that their match was over. Triple H and Randy Orton would receive more news the next week when Willian Regal made their match at Backlash a steel cage match. In other fallout from the Backlash main event, John “Bradshaw” Layfield was not happy that John Cena eliminated him and so challenged Cena to a match at Judgment Day. These two rivals will meet again in singles action, three years on from their previous rivalry.
On Smackdown, the big news is that Vickie Guerrero stripped The Undertaker of the world Heavyweight Championship due to him using an illegal choke to beat Edge at Backlash. Vickie then announced that The Undertaker would get a shot at the vacant title at Judgment Day against the winner of a championship chase which initially appeared to be Batista but Edge would be announced as a late entrant, eliminating Batista from a battle royal to win his place into the title match at Judgment Day. There is no ECW Championship match tonight but the WWE Tag Team Championships will be on the line as The Miz and John Morrison defend against ECW Champion Kane and CM Punk. This match sort of came from nowhere really but the two teams have battled in singles match over the past few weeks.
This is the first PPV since New Year’s Revolution 2007 that Batista won’t be wrestling on. However, the man that defeated him at Backlash, Shawn Michaels, will be in action. Shawn Michaels appeared to be injured at Backlash but hit Batista with sweet chin music out of nowhere to defeat him. Chris Jericho, who was the special guest referee that night, claimed that Shawn Michaels was faking the injury. Over the next few weeks Chris Jericho would change his mind and accept that Michaels was injured in the match. But when Jericho came out to apologise to Michaels, HBK would tell Jericho that he was faking it and then hit Y2J with sweet chin music. The match was announced that Shawn Michaels would meet Chris Jericho at Judgment Day but Batista will be keeping his eye on the match as he looks for vengeance on Shawn Michaels.
Although seemingly not official it looks as though a triple threat match is on the cards for the WWE Women’s Championship. Mickie James has had her problems with Beth Phoenix and Melina and over the past couple of weeks, Beth and Melina have had issues with one another.
In a dark match prior to the event Cody Rhodes and Hardcore Holly successfully defended their World Tag Team Championships against Carlito and Santino.
A video package kicks us off focusing on the matches between Edge and Undertaker and then Triple H and Randy Orton. There’s a catchy montage to finish off the package. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler then welcome us to the 10th annual Judgment Day event.
John Cena vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield
Wow, can you remember the last time John Cena opened a pay per view? I can’t. Cena curtain jerking! This is the third pay per view match between these two men. Cena won the first two back in 2005. One of which was at Judgment Day. Cena is actually 4-0 at Judgment Day events whilst Layfield, who wrestled in a dark match on the very first Judgment Day event, is 1-3 at this pay per view. It’s a cagey start to the match with clean breaks from both men. Bradshaw applies a headlock but gets caught with a drop toe hold and Cena attempts the STFU but Bradshaw is very quick to the get to the ropes. Layfield then drops Cena’s arm on the ropes before throwing him shoulder first into the ringpost. JBL smashes Cena’s arm into the ringpost as he makes his intentions for this match clear. Layfield hits lefts and rights and continues to work the left arm of Cena before hitting a swinging neckbreaker. JBL then applies a top wristlock which Cena powers out of but Layfield drops Cena back down to the canvas and gets the first near fall of the night.
Bradshaw hits more big right hands but Cena fires back with a few of his own. Cena knocks JBL down with a clothesline, a shoulder block and a flying snapmare before going to the top and attempting the top rope fame-asser which JBL gets out of the way of. Cena gets out onto the apron but Layfield suplexes him onto the top rope before knocking him to the outside. Back in the ring and Layfield continues to lay into Cena before applying a bearhug. Cena wrestled and beat The Great Khali at last years event whilst JBL was commentating on the Smackdown matches. JBL applies a body scissors which he then turns into a full nelson but Cena gets up to his feet, not for long, Layfield takes him back down to his knees. Cena eventually breaks the grip and scoops JBL up for the FU but Cena collapses, not able to hit the move. Layfield then goes back to the body scissors but again Cena powers JBL up and takes him down with a spinebuster. Cena starts to fire up but JBL avoids a clothesline in the corner and knocks Cena down with a big boot.
Bradshaw hits a few elbow drops and then a short-armed clothesline. Layfield then attempts a second but Cena ducks it out and hits the FU out of nowhere! Cena hooks the leg and gets the 3! Cena beat JBL tonight after being dominated for the entire match. This wasn’t a great match to be honest. Lots of submissions. The psychology was there though. Cena goes 5-0 at Judgment Day events.
William Regal is shown watching from on from up in the crowd.
Michael Cole and Mick Foley are ringside for Smackdown. There’s a poll for who the fans think are going to win the World Heavyweight Championship tonight.
Tazz and Mike Adamle are also ringside and hype up the WWE Tag Team Championship match. They link into some footage from The Dirt Sheet where The Miz and John Morrison imitate Kane and CM Punk.
The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. Kane & CM Punk – WWE Tag Team Championship match
This is a first time PPV meeting between these two make-shift teams. Well, the champions are starting to establish themselves as a proper team now. As Judgment Day records go, The Miz makes his Judgment Day debut tonight, Morrison is 1-1, CM Punk is 1-0 and Kane is 1-1-1. Kane is one of two men wrestling tonight that also wrestled on the very first Judgment Day event. The other man is his opponent that night, The Undertaker. Kane is the current ECW Champion, so that title won’t be defended tonight but this is Miz and Morrisons first PPV title defence of their titles which they’ve held for a few months now. The Miz is looking for his first PPV win tonight on the 7th time of asking. CM Punk and The Miz start off the match and Punk drops Miz early. Punk hits a suplex and then tags in Kane. Nobody has lost as many PPV matches as Kane. Kane applies an elevated chinlock before dropping Miz to the canvas. Miz manages to tag in John Morrison who gets hit with a powerslam and low dropkick. Miz is the only man in this match not to have been ECW Champion.
Kane gets a near fall and then tags in CM Punk who gets into the match with a big kneedrop for a near fall. Kane and CM Punk have teamed up before on PPV, unsuccessfully against Mark Henry and Big Daddy V. Punk applies a modified tarantula and then covers Morrison for a two count. Morrison tags in The Miz and the champions hit a double gutbuster for a near fall. Miz then applies a chinlock in what has been a fast paced match so far. Punk hits some kicks and then tags in Kane who lays into Miz with uppercuts, a clothesline and then a sidewalk slam. Kane heads to the top and hits a top rope clothesline before scooping up Miz for a tombstone. Miz slips down the back and tags in Morrison who hits a neckbreaker on the big red machine and then tags Miz back in. Miz hits a big running clothesline in the corner and tags Morrison back in. Quick tags between Miz and Morrison now and Miz applies a chinlock. Ironically the ECW Champion Kane is the only man in this match not part of the ECW roster. He hits a big boot on Miz and tags in CM Punk. Miz tags Morrison.
CM Punk hits Morrison with dropkicks and roundhouse kicks before hitting a big powerslam for a near fall. Punk hits a running knee in the corner and then a bulldog whilst taking out Miz with a clothesline at the same time. Punk gets a near fall and then dives out at Miz before going up top and taking Morrison back down with a clothesline for a near fall. Punk sets up for the go to sleep but Miz interrupts. Punk disposes of Miz and Kane tries to get in the ring but with the referee distracted by Kane it gives the champions opportunity to double team Punk. Morrison hits Punk with a modified swinging neckbreaker and that’s enough for the three! John Morrison and The Miz win the match and retain their WWE Tag Team Championships! The Miz finally wins a PPV match! A really fun, fast-paced match.
There’s a video package up next, showing the recent history between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho.
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
This is only the second pay per view match between these two men. Shawn Michaels won the first back at Wrestlemania 19. Shawn Michaels is 0-1 at Judgment Day events, Chris Jericho is 1-3. Jericho looks to work on the leg of Shawn Michaels but Michaels kicks him away. This whole feud has come about because of Shawn Michaels claiming his leg was injured and then changing his mind and saying it wasn’t. Jericho will be looking to find out the truth in this match. Michaels applies a headlock in the early going before both men hit reversals and near falls. Lots of nice chain wrestling until Michaels locks on an inverted figure four. Jericho gets to the ropes to break the hold and Michaels slaps him in the face. That fires up Jericho who hits Michaels with lefts and rights. The referee breaks it up and Michaels grins at Jericho. Michaels goes back to the headlock and then a hammerlock which Jericho gets out of with an elbow. Jericho then runs into the elbow of Michaels before Shawn applies an armbar over the ropes.
Michaels works the left arm of Jericho before hitting a hard Irish whip. Jericho pops Michaels on the top rope but Michaels elbows Jericho down to the mat. Jericho gets back up and crotches Shawn on the top rope before looking to hit a superplex but Michaels blocks and suplexes Jericho to the mat below. Michaels then leaps off and looks to hit an elbow drop but Jericho gets his knees up. Jericho then applies an abdominal stretch which Michaels gets out of. Jericho hits a couple of Irish whips but Michaels avoids a guillotine on the ropes. Michaels then hits an atomic drop, some chops and a flying forearm but Jericho catches Michaels and locks on the walls of Jericho! Michaels gets to the ropes and rolls out to the apron where Jericho attempts his springboard dropkick but puts on the breaks. Michaels then hits sweet chin music on the apron! Jericho lands in a heap on the outside and Michaels rolls him into the ring. Michaels covers Jericho who kicks out at 2! Shawn heads to the top and hits a flying elbow drop before motioning for sweet chin music but Jericho takes his time getting up to his feet and hitting a codebreaker out of nowhere!
Jericho covers Michaels but only gets a near fall. Michaels then locks on a crossface but Jericho gets to the ropes. Jericho suplexes Michaels onto the top rope and then looks to hit the lionsault but Michaels gets his knees up. Jericho blocks it and looks to lock on the walls of Jericho but Michaels counters it with a roll up and gets the 3! Shawn Michaels wins the match out of nowhere! Great match between these two men. Jericho offers a handshake after the match and the two men respectively shake hands.
William Regal is shown watching on from the stands again.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Mickie James who will be defending the title momentarily. Todd asks Mickie how her date with John Cena went and Mickie says it went good. John “Bradshaw” Layfield then turns up and tells Mickie James to go. JBL asks Todd to ask him a question about Cena. Todd asks JBL how he intends to bounce back after Cena beat him. John Cena says that he just beat John Cena for 20 minutes, who beat who?
Mickie James (c) vs. Melina vs. Beth Phoenix – Triple threat match for the WWE Women’s Championship
It’s a first time triple threat match between these three ladies. Melina is 0-1 at Judgment Day whilst Mickie James and Beth Phoenix make their Judgment Day debuts tonight. The WWE Women’s Championship has been defended three times at Judgment Day before and has never changed hands. As the bell rings Beth Phoenix tells Melina to get out of the ring. Melina refuses and Mickie rolls Melina up for a two count. Beth then pulls Mickie out of the ring and knocks her down with a clothesline. Melina and Beth then get into it and Beth takes Melina down but back in comes Mickie James who rolls Beth up for a one count. Mickie then takes Melina down with a head scissors before jumping on Beths back and taking her down with a sleeper. Melina breaks the hold with a neckbreaker on Mickie but Mickie reverses an Irish whip and takes down Melina.
Mickie James heads to the top but Melina crotches her up there. Melina goes up for a superplex but Beth gets Melina up on her shoulders and hits her with an electric chair. Mickie then jumps off the top and hits Beth with a Lou Thesz press. Beth rolls through it but Mickie gets up and knocks Beth down with a dropkick. Melina attacks Mickie but Beth then gets both Melina and Mickie up on her shoulders with a double rack attack! Beth falls to the mat but is first up and grabs Mickie. Melina hits Beth with a neckbreaker but Mickie then lays Melina out with a DDT fore the three! Mickie hooks the leg and gets the 3! Mickie James wins the match and retains the WWE Women;’s Championship! Decent enough match but I think these girls could have had a really good match given more time.
Shawn Michaels is backstage when Batista shows up. Batista tells Michaels that he is going to hurt him but it’ll be when he decides to do it.
Michael Cole gives us the poll results and 85% of the fans think that Undertaker is going to win the World Heavyweight Championship tonight.
There’s a VT for Edge and Undertaker next.
The Undertaker vs. Edge – Match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship
This is the third PPV match between these two men. Undertaker won the first two at Wrestlemania and Backlash. Edge is 3-1 at Judgment Day events whilst The Undertaker is 2-2-1. Edge comes out alone, no members of La Familia with him but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them later. Undertaker starts the match hitting some lefts and rights before choking Edge with his boot. Edge rolls to the outside and Undertaker rams him shoulder first into the ringpost. Back in the ring and Undertaker continues to work the left shoulder of Edge before heading to the top to hit old school but Edge crotches Undertaker on the top rope. Undertaker rolls to the outside before pulling Edge out and throwing him into the barricade. Edge then reverses an Irish whip and throws Edge into the ringsteps. Edge is first back into the ring and hits a baseball slide sending Undertaker into the barricade before rolling Undertaker back into the ring. Undertaker attempts a running big boot but Edge gets out of the way.
Edge hits Undertaker with some right hands but Undertaker fires back with some of his own. Edge then pulls Undertaker to the mat before swinging his knee into the ringpost. Edge goes for a cover but Undertaker instinctively looks to lock on the chokehold but then stops himself as the move has been banned. Edge then twists the arm of Undertaker and looks to hit old school but Undertaker counters it by crotching Edge on the top rope. Nobody has a PPV record in terms of PPV matches and PPV wins like The Undertaker. He and Edge slug it out until Undertaker hits a huge flying clothesline. Undertaker then hits a splash in the corner, a clothesline and then chokeslams Edge into the corner before knocking him down with a big boot for a near fall. Undertaker hits old school and then looks to hit a tombstone but out come Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins! They distract the referee as Edge slips down Undertakers back and then takes off one of the turnbuckles! Undertaker sets up for the last ride but edge counters it and drops Undertaker with a DDT for a near fall.
Edge looks to hit a spear but Undertaker sidesteps it and then hits a last ride into the corner! Undertaker gets a near fall and then looks to hit snake eyes on the exposed turnbuckle but Edge counters it and shoves Undertaker into the corner. Edge then hits some right hands but Undertaker shoves him away and this time hits snake eyes on the exposed turnbuckle! Undertaker takes a long time to get to his feet and Edge hits him with a spear for a near fall! The two men get to their feet and slug it out until Undertaker hits a chokeslam! He is slow to make a cover but Undertaker gets a near fall. Undertaker boots Edge out of the ring and then clotheslines him over the barricade which sends both men over. They both manage to get back over the barricade and Undertaker stops Edge from getting into the ring! Undertaker rolls into the ring and beats the count!
Just as the announcement for Undertaker winning the championship is made, out comes Vickie Guerrero with Hawkins and Ryder. Vickie gets boo’d out of the building. So much heat. She makes the point that a championship can only be won by pinfall or submission therefore the World Heavyweight title remains vacant. So Undertaker wins the match but not the gold! Undertaker tombstones Edge after the match for good measure. Vickie calls Undertaker a son of a bitch!
Randy Orton is backstage and says that he will win the WWE Championship tonight.
MVP’s music hits and out comes the former United States Champion. It was at Judgment Day last year that MVP won the United States title. MVP complains that he isn’t on the card tonight. MVP makes an open challenge to anybody in the back who thinks they are on his level. This has got Big Show written all over it. Matt Hardy’s music hits and out walks the United States Champion. Hardy is dressed in a shirt and jeans so I don’t think he’ll be wrestling. Hardy says that he has already proven that he’s better than MVP but there is someone else here tonight that will prove that he’s better than MVP. Jeff Hardy’s music hits and out comes Jeff! An unexpected match.
Jeff Hardy vs. MVP
This is a first singles PPV match between these two men. MVP is 1-0 at Judgment Day PPV’s whilst Jeff Hardy is 1-2. The two men get right into it and MVP hits some forearms to the back of Jeff. Jeff hits a big clothesline and an enzeguri sending MVP out of the ring. MVP re-groups and then takes down Jeff Hardy for a near fall. MVP looks to keep Jeff grounded but Hardy applies a hammerlock. MVP elbows his way out of the hammerlock and then looks to hit a clothesline but Jeff ducks it and MVP falls to the outside. Jeff then attempts a pendulum dropkick to the outside but MVP counters it and drags Jeff out of the ring. MVP rolls Jeff back into the ring and pins him for a near fall. MVP hits a kneedrop for another near fall and then applies an armbar. MVP is the only man to have wrestled on every PPV so far in 2008 and lost on every single one of them. MVP then continues to work the left arm and shoulder of Hardy. He hits a running boot sending Hardy all the way out of the ring.
Back in the ring and MVP gets a near fall before going back to work on the arm of Hardy. MVP then looks to hit the playmaker but Hardy counters it and takes MVP down with a slingblade. Hardy hits a clothesline as he starts to build momentum. He knocks MVP down in the corner and hits him with a pendulum dropkick. Jeff then heads to the top and looks to hit a swanton bomb but MVP rolls out of the way. MVP looks to hit the running boot but Hardy drop toe holds him into the middle turnbuckle. Jeff hits whisper in the wind and gets the three! Jeff wins the match! MVP has now lost on 8 consecutive PPV’s. A big PPV return win for Hardy who has just come back from serving a 60 day suspension for failing a drug test. Not a lot of chemistry between these two guys though.
William Regal is once again shown watching from up in the stands.
There’s a video package for Triple H and Randy Orton, showing their recent history.
Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton – Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship
This is the fifth PPV match between these two men and so far, Triple H is 3-1 up. Randy Orton is 1-0 at Judgment Day PPV’s after defeated Shawn Michaels last year whilst Triple H is 2-2 at the event. Randy Orton comes out to new entrance music which is much better and fitting of him. Orton climbs to the top of the cage and poses. Triple H and Randy Orton have wrestled on every PPV so far in 2008, as have Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, MVP, Edge, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and John Cena. This is the first PPV in 19 that Batista hasn’t wrestled on. Randy Orton has the current consecutive record as this is his 17th consecutive PPV. Kurt Angle has the consecutive record with 34 straight PPV’s. Orton is half way there.
The bell rings and Randy Orton dives to get out of the cage door but Triple H catches him and drags him back into the ring. Orton rams the door into Triple H’s face which gives Orton the early advantage. The two men slug it out and Triple H hits a high knee to the face. Orton hits some right hands and then tries to ram Triple H into the cage but Triple H blocks it and rams Orton into the cage. Orton knocks Helmsley down with a big right hand but Triple H gets back into it with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Triple H hits some right hands and a knee drop for another two count. Orton gets back into it by catapulting Triple H into the cage. It’s all Orton now as he hits Triple H with right hands and then his trademark hanging DDT for a near fall. Randy hits a powerslam for another near fall and then stomps away at the different limbs of Triple H as William Regal watches on. Triple H avoids a kneedrop and then takes Randy down with a chop block. Triple H then continues to trademark offence of ric Flair by locking on a figure four.
Randy attempts the RKO but Triple H counters it and attempts a pedigree but Orton back body drops the WWE Champion. Orton then crawls over to the cage door but Triple H grabs him and pulls him back into the ring. Orton crawls out again and this time grabs a steel chair which is conveniently lying next to the ring steps. Triple H fights the chair out of his hands and hits Orton with a facebuster for a near fall. Triple H then grabs the chair but Orton hits him with a low blow. Randy picks up the chair again and swings it into the back of Triple H before DDTing the WWE Champion onto the chair for a near fall. Orton sets up the chair in the middle of the ring and looks to RKO Triple H onto it but Triple H launches Orton into the cage before drop toe holding Orton onto the chair for a near fall. Orton is the first man up and looks to climb up the cage but Triple H joins him up there before pushing Orton down to the canvas. Triple H then climbs up and over the cage but Orton grabs him and stops him from going all the way over.
Orton knocks Triple H down to the canvas below and then climbs up to the top of the cage but Triple H gets up and follows him up. Triple H pulls Orton back over the cage and knocks him down. Triple H then looks to hit a top rope pedigree but Orton gets out of it and pulls Triple H down to the mat. Orton climbs up to the top of the cage and gets over it but he’s too slow to drop down. Triple H gets up to the top of the cage and drags Orton back in again. Orton knocks Triple H down to the mat but Triple H hangs on to Ortons leg and pulls him down to the mat. Triple H is first up and hits a spinebuster. He then sets up for a pedigree on the chair but Orton drops Triple H on it and both men are down. Orton then looks to punt Triple H in the face but Triple H gets out of the way, swings the chair into Ortons face and then drops Randy with a pedigree for the three! Triple H wins the match and retains the WWE Championship! This match was ok. A bit dull in parts and I was ready for it to finish about five minutes ago. Not terrible though.
And that was Judgment Day 2008. Seven big matches in the end and as I write this, everybody who wrestled on the card is still alive today. Only the 9th PPV up to now that can claim that. The show started in a big way with John Cena and John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Layfield dominated the match but John Cena won the match out of nowhere. I could only really see Cena winning this match. He goes 5-0 at Judgment Day events which is some record. I’m sure it’ll be a matter of time before Cena is back in the WWE Championship hunt. The main event scene on Raw is starting to get a little stale with Cena, Triple H and Randy Orton, it definitely needs freshening up. The Miz and John Morrison then beat CM Punk and Kane which seemed the predictable result, it wasn’t totally clean, there was a bit of cheating but that was the best way to finish the match. I’d like to see more of Miz and Morrison on PPV. I’m not sure if Kane and CM Punk will feud with each other down the line, it would make sense I guess. Good match between these two teams.
Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho put on a fantastic match and it’s another victory for Michaels. Shawn has now defeated Ric Flair, Batista and Chris Jericho in consecutive pay per views. There was a nice handshake after the match and neither man turned heel so this may be the end of this feud. Judging by the backstage segment with Batista later, I would assume that Michaels will go back to feuding with him next. It’s a very interesting feud between Michaels, Jericho and Batista with the three inter-twined. I’m very interested to seeing where this going. Mickie James defeated Melina and Beth Phoenix to retain her Women’s Championship. I don’t mind this but I don’t know why they didn’t keep the title on Beth to continue her dominance. Mickie pinned Melina which was expected. I think with more time these three ladies could’ve had an excellent match. They were done in just over six minutes though. Who’s next for Mickie? There aren’t many options so I guess either Beth or Melina!
Undertaker beat Edge next but didn’t win the World Heavyweight Championship because he won by count out. I think that’s fair enough to be honest. I don’t know why they’re holding off on crowning a new champion but I guess we’ll find out soon. Like the Raw main event scene, the Smackdown main event scene is getting a little stale with it revolving around Undertaker, Edge and Batista. The sooner a draft happens the better. I’d swap Orton and Batista and then turn Batista heel. We then had a match made on the fly and Jeff Hardy beat MVP. I think the WWE might still have big plans for Jeff Hardy because he is so over and still gets massive crowd reactions. He beat MVP who has now lost on 8 consecutive PPV’s. It was a bit of a nothing match but I think it’s very telling how both men are currently viewed, Jeff seems to be on the up and MVP on the downward slide.
Triple H defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship. I didn’t mind this result and the match itself was good. Triple H hasn’t been champion for a few years so I don’t mind him holding the gold and I’m not sure he’s ever been champion as a babyface. Like I’ve said multiple times, both main event scenes are stale at the moment and need freshening up so hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.
Overall Rating: 59.64/100 (ranked 86th out of 224)
Match Of The Night: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Worst Match Of The Night: John Cena vs. JBL & Jeff Hardy vs. MVP
Surprise Of The Night: Bonus match between MVP and Jeff Hardy
Worst Booking Of The Night: Still no World Heavyweight Champion
Superstar Of The Night: Triple H
Judgment Day 2008 Will Be Remembered For: A great match between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho