Judgment Day (2001)
Judgment Day (2001) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and sponsored by RC Cola. It was the third such annual event and took place on May 20, 2001, at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.
|Judgment Day (2001)|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||May 20, 2001|
|Judgment Day chronology|
Seven professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's card. The main event was "Stone Cold" Steve Austin defending the WWF Championship against The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match. The featured bouts on the undercard included Triple H defending the Intercontinental Championship against Kane in a Chain match, and a two-out-of three falls match between Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit for Angle's 1996 Olympic Gold Medals.
The event grossed over $670,000 in ticket sales from an attendance of 13,623, which was higher than the previous year's event.
The event featured seven professional wrestling matches with outcomes predetermined by the WWF's creative writers. Wrestlers portrayed either a villainous or fan-favorite role as they followed a series of events which build tension, leading to a wrestling match. The name of a wrestler's character was not always the person's birth name, as wrestlers often use a stage name to portray their character.
The main event at Judgment Day featured a No Holds Barred match, a match with no disqualifications nor countouts, in which Steve Austin defended the WWF Championship against The Undertaker. The buildup to the match began on the April 30 episode of Raw Is War, Austin retained the WWF Championship against Undertaker, though by disqualification after executing a low blow on Undertaker, thus resulting in the decision. In the following weeks, Undertaker attacked Austin, and at one point taking his vest and the WWF Championship. Around that time, The Undertaker, received a phone call stating that his wife, Sara, had been involved in a car accident. The Undertaker found out that everything was okay and that there had not been a car accident at all. The Undertaker began to hunt down whoever made the phone call. On the May 17 episode of SmackDown!, during Undertaker's match with Triple H, WWF Champion, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin appeared on the "Titantron" and admitted that he and Triple H were the ones who had made the phone call. During the early part of the pay-per-view, Undertaker threatened to inflict bodily harm on Commissioner William Regal unless he made the title match No Holds Barred, which he did.
The buildup to the "Two-out-of three falls Match" started after Chris Benoit stole Kurt Angle's medals by picking them up from the ring after throwing Angle over the top rope and out of the ring. This rivalry escalated more when Benoit announced that he was going to keep the gold medals in a "safe" and "warm" place, which turned out to be in the crotch of his tights. On the following SmackDown!, Angle faced Benoit and retrieved his medals, but when he went to kiss them he was repulsed by Benoit's crotch odor, which gave Benoit enough time to apply the Crippler Crossface on Angle. Angle dropped the medals and submitted, and on the following Raw Is War Angle challenged Benoit to a Two-out-of-three falls match. The first fall would be a pinfalls-only match, and the second a submission match. If the third fall was needed, it would be contested as a ladder match.
One main event at Judgment Day featured a Chain match, with Triple H defending his WWF Intercontinental Championship against Kane. The buildup to the match all started after WrestleMania X-Seven on the April 5 episode of SmackDown! when Triple H won the Intercontinental title by defeating Chris Jericho after WWF Commissioner William Regal interfered. Two weeks later on SmackDown!, Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin interfered in Kane's WWF Hardcore Championship defense against Rhyno by injuring his left arm with multiple steel chair shots, enabling Rhyno to win the title. At Backlash, WWF Champion, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and WWF Intercontinental Champion, Triple H defeated The Undertaker and Kane to win the WWF Tag Team Championship in a tag team match, in which Austin's WWF title and Triple H's Intercontinental title were also on the line after interference from both Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and her father Vince McMahon The following night on Monday Night's Raw Is War, Kane was scheduled to challenge "Stone Cold" Steve Austin for the WWF Championship, but Kane was attacked backstage by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Triple H before the match even started. Therefore, The Undertaker replaced Kane in the WWF Title match and defeated "Stone Cold" Steve Austin by disqualification, but did not win the WWF Title because of the disqualification. Afterward, Kane came down to the ring to save The Undertaker from the assault given to him by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Triple H, but Kane ended up being put out of action for two weeks after "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Triple H targeted his left arm. Kane returned on the May 10 episode of SmackDown! and saved Undertaker from an assault by Austin. On the May 14 episode of Raw Is War, Triple H announced a chain match for the WWF Intercontinental title between himself and Kane at Judgment Day.
|Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)|
|Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)|
|Ring announcer||Howard Finkel|
Next, Kurt Angle faced Chris Benoit in a Two-out-of-three falls match for Angle's Olympic Gold Medal, with the first fall being a Singles match. Angle performed Rolling German Suplexes on Benoit, mocking Benoit, and attempted a Diving Headbutt but Benoit avoided. Benoit performed an Angle Slam on Angle to win the first fall. The second fall was a Submission match. Angle performed an Angle Slam on Benoit and forced Benoit to submit to the Ankle Lock to win the second fall. The third fall was a Ladder match. Benoit applied a Crippler Crossface on Angle, causing Angle to pass out. Edge and Christian interfered, attacking Benoit. Angle retrieved his Olympic Gold Medal to win the match.
After that, Rhyno defended the WWF Hardcore Championship against Test and Big Show. Show and Test started fighting before Rhyno got involved. Test attempted to strangle Show with a rope but Rhyno stopped Test. Rhyno performed a Gore on Big Show to retain the title.
Next, Chyna defended the WWF Women's Championship against Lita. Chyna performed a Powerbomb on Lita to retain the title. Late in the match, Eddie Guerrero came out to watch. After the match, Chyna and Lita hugged out of respect.
After that, Triple H defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Kane in a Chain match. WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin interfered, allowing Triple H to attack Kane with a low blow. Austin accidentally hit Triple H with a steel chair, allowing Kane to pin Triple H to win the title.
Later was a Tag team turmoil match to determine who would be the #1 Contenders to the WWF Tag Team Championship. Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn were eliminated by The APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq) after Faarooq pinned Saturn following a Spinebuster. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) were eliminated by the APA after Bradshaw pinned Bubba following a Clothesline From Hell. The APA were eliminated by X-Factor (X-Pac and Justin Credible) after Albert tripped Bradshaw, allowing X-Pac to pin him. The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) were eliminated by X-Factor after X-Pac and Credible performed a double Superkick on Matt. X-Factor were eliminated by Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit after X-Pac submitted to the Walls of Jericho by Jericho and the Crippler Crossface by Benoit, which were applied simultaneously. Edge and Christian were eliminated by Jericho and Benoit after Benoit forced Christian to submit to the Crippler Crossface, meaning Jericho and Benoit won the match, and #1 Contendership for the WWF Tag Team Championship in the near future.
In the main event, Stone Cold Steve Austin defended the WWF Championship against The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match. Undertaker performed a Chokeslam through the announce table on Austin. Austin attacked Undertaker with a steel chair and performed a Stone Cold Stunner on Undertaker for a near-fall. Undertaker performed a Chokeslam on Austin and attacked Austin with a chair. Triple H attempted to interfere but Undertaker attacked Triple H with the chair. Undertaker attempted a Last Ride on Austin but Triple H attacked Undertaker with a sledgehammer. Austin pinned Undertaker to retain the title.
By virtue of their victory in the tag team turmoil match, Benoit and Chris Jericho were given a shot at the WWF Tag Team Champions on the next night's Raw. During the match, Triple H misstepped while breaking a submission hold on Austin and tore one of his quadriceps. Late in the contest, Triple H tried to break up a pin by striking Jericho with his sledgehammer, but Jericho moved and Austin was hit in the chest instead. He was then pinned, which cost the Power Trip their tag team titles. Triple H went on to miss the rest of the year, while Austin began feuding with both Benoit and Jericho by himself. Austin would eventually cost Benoit and Jericho their titles when he assisted the Dudley Boyz in defeating them just before King of the Ring. At King of the Ring, Austin defeated Benoit and Jericho in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWF Championship. The feud came to an abrupt end, however, after Benoit suffered a broken neck during the match and was nearly forced to retire.
With their respective feud ending, The Brothers of Destruction moved on to other endeavors. Kane would eventually lose the Intercontinental Championship to Albert while The Undertaker began a feud with a mystery man who had been stalking his wife. That man unmasked himself as Diamond Dallas Page, and the two would feud off and on for the next several months as the Invasion began.
Judgment Day would become Chyna's final match with the promotion as she left the WWF over a contract dispute soon after the pay-per-view. The Women's Championship would remain inactive until November 18, 2001 at Survivor Series where a 6-Pack Challenge between Trish Stratus, Lita, Jacqueline, Ivory, Mighty Molly and a debuting Jazz would determine the new champion. The championship was ultimately won by Stratus at the event.
- Tag team turmoil match
|1||The APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq)||3||X-Factor|
|2||Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn (with Terri)||1||APA|
|3||The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) (with Spike Dudley)||2||APA|
|4||X-Factor (X-Pac and Justin Credible) (with Albert)||5||Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit|
|5||The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy)||4||X-Factor|
|6||Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit||Winners|
|7||Edge and Christian||6||Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit|