WWE Judgment Day 2008: Top 10 Moments from the Night John Cena Opened the Show
In 2008, Raw and Smackdown (and ECW) were very interesting. A lot of familiar faces were ruling the land, but that would be changing real quick. New talent were getting time to shine, and WWE fans were excited.
At Judgment Day, plenty of the usual suspects put on excellent matches. However, the "future" of the company was also on hand to impress the crowd.
What were the highlights? Let's find out!
10. Tag Titles
John Morrison and The Miz were tag champs. Their opponents were Kane and CM Punk from ECW. Also, the Big Red Monster was the ECW Champion.
With Punk carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase, things were expected to get interesting here.
Well, nothing happened.
Miz and Morrison retained. I found one half of that team to be very entertaining, while the other did nothing for me. Punk took the loss.
9. Triple Threat
Mickie James defended the Women's Championship against Beth Phoenix and Melina.
It was sure to be a quality triple threat title match. Well, all three tried their best. Mickie kept her gold, and the show continued on...
8. Jeff Hardy vs. MVP
Jeff Hardy had just returned from his Wellness suspension. Since Matt Hardy and MVP were feuding, Jeff became involved right off the bat.
Jeff defeated MVP in a good match and slowly began his rise back to the top. A year or so later, he was one of the biggest stars of the industry, performing in front of millions of fans, winning major titles and having a loyal fanbase.
Two years later, he was in an Orlando sound stage.
7. Undertaker vs. Edge
Smackdown needed a stable World Champion.
Why not have Edge and Undertake do battle once more?
It made perfect sense. Them going at it for 15 minutes was sure to be entertaining.
Well, that much was true.
Until we got the ending...
6. World Title Mess
Undertaker won the match by countout at Judgment Day.
Since the title was vacant, the general manager of Smackdown (Vickie Guerrero) said the belt was still without an owner.
For those watching four years ago, this was just a mess.
Taker was stripped of the title a few weeks earlier. We finally get this match, only for it to end in a countout. A month later, we got a TLC Title match between the two.
The most interesting part was that Batista did not even have a match at Judgment Day. He did get involved with the Smackdown main event scene a month or so later before heading to Raw.
Eventually, things were settled.
5. Cena vs. JBL
John Cena and JBL had an excellent match at Judgment Day 2005.
In 2008, they fought once again. This time, it was simply a normal match.
Cena did win (again), but these two couldn't capture their magic from three years earlier. Their feud was still good but not as fun as their Smackdown feud.
4. Opening Match
John Cena vs. JBL was the opening match.
Think about that!
A major match on Raw was given the opener. Jeff Hardy vs. MVP did not have the first match. The women were in the middle of the show.
Not even the World Title match began the night!
Cena and JBL delivered a great opening match. It is very rare to see Cena (or JBL) open up a pay-per-view, but it worked well.
3. HBK vs. Y2J
Just like Cena and JBL, these two had many great matches in the past.
In 2008, nothing changed.
Shawn Michaels was still excellent. Chris Jericho (returned in late 2007) was still as good as ever. They proved it here once again.
With Jericho slowly turning heel, there was a lot of "story" added into this match.
After a wonderful 20 minutes, HBK beat Y2J with a roll-up.
2. Feud of the Year
This night really began the epic Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho feud in 2008.
They had some storyline the previous month at Backlash, but this really set things off. On and off, these two legends would feud for the rest of 2008.
Michael's wife got punched in the face.
Jericho got the World Title.
They had a ladder match.
WWE did it all. Outside of Undertaker vs. Edge, this had to be the feud of the year
1. Main Event
Triple H vs. Randy Orton in a Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship was the main event.
The Game had recently won the gold, and I doubt many thought a title change would occur. Despite the predictable nature of this match, both wrestlers delivered a nice main event.
Triple H retained his title, and the crowd went home happy...