Judgment Day
Promotional poster featuring Kane
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateMay 21, 2000
CityLouisville, Kentucky
VenueFreedom Hall
Buy rate420,000[1]
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The 2000 Judgment Day was the second Judgment Day professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). It took place on May 21, 2000, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The inaugural Judgment Day was an In Your House event held in October 1998. As a result of Owen Hart's death at Over the Edge in May 1999, Judgment Day was reinstated to replace Over the Edge in 2000 and was rebranded as an annual WWF pay-per-view event.

The main event was an Iron Man match for the WWF Championship and featured Triple H facing The Rock with WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Triple H defeated The Rock to win the championship by 6 falls to 5, after a disqualification in the final seconds by Shawn Michaels as a result of interference by the returning Undertaker. Featured matches on the undercard included a double tables match featuring D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X-Pac) defeating The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley). The other featured match on the undercard was a Submission match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship between Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho, which Benoit won to retain the championship.

The event grossed over $596,050 in ticket sales from an attendance of 16,827.



Judgment Day was first held as the 25th In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) in October 1998; In Your House was a series of monthly PPV shows first produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in May 1995. The In Your House branding was retired following February 1999's St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House event, as the company moved to install permanent names for each of its monthly PPVs.[2] Over the Edge, which was also previously an In Your House event, was held as its own PPV in May 1999, but due to the death of wrestler Owen Hart at Over the Edge 1999, the WWF canceled that PPV chronology and reinstated Judgment Day as its own PPV to be held on May 21, 2000, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. This second Judgment Day event established the PPV as the promotion's annual May PPV.[3]


The main event of the evening was a 60-minute Iron man match between former World Wrestling Federation Champion Triple H and the current title holder at the time, The Rock. At WrestleMania, Vince McMahon turned on The Rock and helped Triple H retain his title, joining his daughter Stephanie and son Shane in the McMahon-Helmsley Faction with Triple H and D-Generation X. In the weeks leading up to Backlash The Rock and Triple H's hostility had reached its climax it seemed. At Backlash, with the help of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock defeated Triple H. The next night on Raw Triple H stated that he wanted to take The Rock on in a 60-minute Iron man match for the World Wrestling Federation title, Shawn Michaels also got involved, requesting to be special guest referee.

In the meantime, Shane McMahon began a rivalry with the Big Show. Leading into WrestleMania Shane had actually aligned himself with Big Show, who at the time was feuding with The Rock over the finish to January's Royal Rumble. Shane interfered in their match at No Way Out in February and helped Big Show win, which earned Show the #1 contendership and a match with Triple H, who had won back the WWF Championship Big Show had taken from him at Survivor Series in November 1999, at WrestleMania. The match eventually grew to include The Rock and Mick Foley, and Big Show was the first wrestler eliminated from the ensuing elimination fatal-four-way main event. After WrestleMania, with Shane now siding with the defending champion, Big Show began a brief period where he would imitate other wrestlers in a comedic role. This earned him ridicule from Shane, so the two began a rivalry that led to a match at Judgment Day.

Another feud involving the Faction was DX's feud with the Dudley Boyz, which had started when they had defeated the New Age Outlaws at No Way Out for the WWF Tag Team Championship and caused the breakup of the Outlaws. Although the Dudleys did help out the Faction at times, they eventually turned on them and became heroes in the eyes of the fans. At the time Bubba Ray Dudley had taken to powerbombing many of the WWF's female wrestlers through tables and was keen on doing so to Tori, who was X-Pac's storyline girlfriend. This led to a tables match being set for Judgment Day.

The ongoing rivalry between Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho over the WWF Intercontinental Championship began at WresleMania 2000 where Benoit and Jericho along with Kurt Angle faced each other in a two fall triple threat match for both Angle's Intercontinental Championship and European Championship. Benoit won the Intercontinental Championship after pinning Jericho while Jericho won the European Championship after pinning Benoit. Jericho lost the European Championship to Eddie Guerrero the following night on Raw is War after Chyna turned on Jericho for Guerrero. Benoit defended the Intercontinental Championship against Jericho at Backlash where Benoit won by disqualification after Jericho used the title belt to defend himself from Benoit's Diving headbutt and was disqualified as a result. Benoit and Jericho had a rematch for the title on the May 4 episode of Smackdown! where Jericho won after hitting Benoit with the title belt then hitting him with the Lionsault while referee Earl Hebner was thrown out of the ring by Benoit. After aiding The Rock, confronting and insulting the McMahon-Helmsley Faction, Jericho was forced to defend the Intercontinental Championship on the May 8 episode of Raw is War. After retaining the title against Kurt Angle and Big Show, Jericho lost the Intercontinental Championship back to Benoit after special guest referee Triple H purposely got distracted by his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley while Benoit tapped out to the Walls of Jericho and after Jericho hit him to get his attention Triple H hit Jericho from behind causing Jericho to be locked in Benoit's Crippler Crossface before Triple H called for the bell and awarded the title to Benoit despite Jericho not submitting. Benoit later announced that he would give Jericho a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship at Judgment Day in a submission match.


Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English commentators Jim Ross
Jerry Lawler
Spanish commentators Carlos Cabrera
Hugo Savinovich
Interviewers Michael Cole
Jonathan Coachman
Ring announcer Howard Finkel
Referees Mike Chioda
Earl Hebner
Jim Korderas
Tim White
Theodore Long
Chad Patton
Jack Doan

Preliminary matches

The event opened with Team ECK (Kurt Angle, Edge, and Christian) facing Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty, Grand Master Sexay, and Rikishi). Grand Master Sexay performed the Hip Hop Drop on Edge to win the match.

Next, Eddie Guerrero defended the WWF European Championship against Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko in a Triple Threat match. After Chyna hit Saturn with a bouquet of roses, Guererro pinned Malenko with an Oklahoma Roll to retain the title.

After that, Shane McMahon faced Big Show in a Falls Count Anywhere match. After interference from Big Boss Man, Test, Albert, Trish Stratus and Bull Buchanan, Shane hit Big Show with a cinderblock to win the match.

Later, Chris Benoit defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Chris Jericho in a Submission match. Jericho passed out to the Crippler Crossface by Benoit, meaning Benoit won the match and retained the title.

In the fifth match, D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X-Pac) faced The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) in a Tag Team Tables match. X-Pac performed a Super X-Factor through a table on Bubba to win the match.

Main event

In the main event, The Rock defended the WWF Championship against Triple H in a 60-minute Iron Man match with WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Rock performed a Rock bottom on Triple H to make the score 1–0. Triple H performed a Pedigree on Rock to make the score 1–1. Triple H pinned Rock with a Small Package to make the score 2–1. Triple H performed a Piledriver on Rock to make the score 3–1. Rock performed a DDT on Triple H to make the score 3–2. Triple H was disqualified for attacking Rock with a steel chair, making the score 3–3. Triple H pinned Rock using the ropes for leverage to make the score 4–3. Rock passed out to a Sleeper Hold by Triple H, causing a TKO and making the score 5–3. Triple H was counted out after Rock performed a Pedigree on an announce table on Triple H, making the score 5–4. Rock performed a People's Elbow on Triple H to make the score 5–5. After Road Dogg and X-Pac interfered, The Undertaker returned as the American Badass and attacked Road Dogg, X-Pac, Shane McMahon and Vince McMahon. Undertaker attacked Triple H with a Chokeslam and a Tombstone Piledriver as the time limit expired. Rock was disqualified for Undertaker's interference, meaning Triple H won the match 6–5 and the title.


The Rock continued his feud with Triple H, who now had to also contend with The Undertaker and, by association, Kane. This led to a six-man tag team match at King of the Ring the next month featuring The Rock, The Undertaker, and Kane against Triple H, Vince McMahon, and Shane McMahon where if any member of Triple H's team was pinned, whoever scored the fall would win the WWF Championship. The Rock won the match for his team by pinning Vince McMahon.

DX and the Dudley Boyz continued their feud at King of the Ring as well, with a Table/Dumpster match with the same teams. DX won the match, but Bubba Ray got his revenge on Tori by putting her through a table.

Less than a week before King of the Ring, Chris Benoit would lose the Intercontinental Championship to Rikishi. Edge and Christian would lose the WWF Tag Team Championship to Too Cool. Crash Holly would regain the Hardcore Championship from Gerald Brisco, but would lose it back to him right before King of the Ring. Brisco would lose the title to Pat Patterson, starting a brief feud between the two.


No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Too Cool (Grand Master Sexay, Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty) defeated Team ECK (Edge, Christian and Kurt Angle) Six-man tag team match 9:47
2 Eddie Guerrero (c) (with Chyna) defeated Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn Triple threat match for the WWF European Championship 7:56
3 Shane McMahon defeated Big Show Falls Count Anywhere match 7:11
4 Chris Benoit (c) defeated Chris Jericho Submission match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 13:22
5 D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X-Pac) (with Tori) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) Tag team tables match 10:55
6 Triple H (with Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Mr. McMahon) defeated The Rock (c) 6–5 60-minute Iron Man match for the WWF Championship with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee 1:00:00
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Iron man match

Score Point Winner Decision Notes Time
0–1 The Rock Pinfall Pinfall after a Rock Bottom. 10:42
1–1 Triple H Pinfall Pinfall after a Pedigree 25:26
2–1 Triple H Pinfall Pinfall with an inside cradle 26:26
3–1 Triple H Pinfall Pinfall after a Piledriver 32:22
3–2 The Rock Pinfall Pinfall after a DDT 40:33
3–3 The Rock Disqualification Triple H was disqualified for attacking The Rock with a steel chair 43:30
4–3 Triple H Pinfall Pinfall using the ropes for leverage 44:06
5–3 Triple H technical submission The Rock passed out in a Sleeper hold by Triple H 47:25
5–4 The Rock Count out Triple H was counted out after a Pedigree on a broadcast table by The Rock 56:05
5–5 The Rock Pinfall Pinfall after a People's Elbow 57:59
6–5 Triple H Disqualification The Rock was disqualified after The Undertaker attacked Triple H with a Chokeslam with 1 second on the clock 1:00:00


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