Judgment Day was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced every May by professional wrestling promotion International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). The event was created in 1998, with its inaugural event produced as an In Your House event in October of that year. The event was then replaced in 1999 by Over the Edge, which saw the death of Owen Hart. The event was then brought back in 2000 and was rebranded as an annual PPV event for IWE. To coincide with the brand extension, the event was made exclusive to the Fusion! brand in 2004. In 2007, to follow the format of WrestleMania, all PPV events became tri-branded.
Professional wrestling is a non-competitive professional sport, where matches are prearranged by the promotion's writing staff, and is also considered an athletic performing art, containing strong elements of catch wrestling, mock combat, and theatre. Each PPV event features several professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers are portrayed as either villains or heroes in the scripted events that build tension and culminate into a wrestling match or series of matches.
In 2010, Over the Limit took over the event's May pay-per-view slot.
Further information: Judgment Day (2007)
The 2007 event was held on May 20, 2007 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the first ever Judgment Day event that became tri-branded with talent from Meltdown, Fusion! and XCW. Eight professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with one dark match taking place before the event went live. The event had an attendance of 10,500 and grossed $575,000 through ticket sales and pay-per-view buys. The theme song for the event was "I Don't Wanna Stop" (performed by Ozzy Osbourne). The main event and featured match on the Meltdown brand was the encounter between Dustin Simpson and Reg Hageman for the IWE Championship. Simpson won the match and retained the championship after making Hageman submit to the STFU. The featured match on the Fusion! brand was a Singles match between Chris Gomez and Jesse Dern for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Chris Gomez won to retain the championship.
Other matches that were scheduled on the card included the primary match on the XCW brand; a Handicap match for the XCW World Championship and featured Phillip Legg defeating Team Bayer (champion Mr. Bayer, Shane Bayer and Keith Coleman). Legg, however did not win the championship due to pinning Shane and not the champion, Mr. Bayer. The other featured match on the card was a two out of three falls match for the IWE United States Championship, featuring Mikhail Schmalzried defeating Kevin Hunter to win the championship.
Further information: Judgment Day (2009)
The eleventh Judgment Day event was held on May 17, 2009 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Seven professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event card with one dark match taking place before the event went live. The event had an attendance of 14,822. The theme song for the event was "Rescue Me" (performed by Buckcherry). The main event for the show was for the World Heavyweight Championship and featured Chris Gomez successfully retaining his championship to Josh Hooper. The featured match from the Meltdown brand was Kevin McAlmond facing Jesse Dern for the IWE Championship, which McAlmond got disqualified in, however he retained the championship.
In addition to the main event several Singles matches were scheduled on the event card which included Justin Eldridge facing Keith Coleman, XCW Champion Jared Hunt defending his championship against Charlie Wilson, Joe Linderman versus Junior Remeriz, Scott Wright defended his Intercontinental Championship against Kris McGowan and The Big Marc facing Dustin Simpson.
|1||Judgment Day: In Your House||October 18, 1998||Rosemont, Illinois||Rosemont Horizon||Martin McAlmond versus Chris LeGreca for the vacant IWF Championship (with Steve Johnson as the special guest referee|
|2||Judgment Day (2000)||May 21, 2000||Louisville, Kentucky||Freedom Hall||The Rock (c) versus Triple K in a 60-Minute Iron Man match for the IWF Championship|
|3||Judgment Day (2001)||May 20, 2001||Sacramento, California||ARCO Arena||Triple K (c) versus Chris LeGreca in a Chain match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship|
Steve Johnson (c) versus Martin McAlmond in a No Holds Barred match for the IWF Championship
|4||Judgment Day (2002)||May 19, 2002||Nashville, Tennessee||Gaylord Entertainment Center||Triple K versus Kris McGowan in a Hell in a Cell match|
Hollywood Hogan (c) versus Martin McAlmond for the Undisputed IWE Championship
|5||Judgment Day (2003)||May 18, 2003||Charlotte, North Carolina||Charlotte Coliseum||Battle royal for the vacant IWE Intercontinental Championship|
Mr. America versus Roddy Piper
Triple K (c) versus Kevin Nash for the World Heavyweight Championship
Rob Lesnar (c) versus The Big March in a Stretcher match for the IWE Championship
|6||Judgment Day (2004)||May 16, 2004||Los Angeles||Staples Center||Brian McAlmond (c) versus John Goff for the IWE Championship|
|7||Judgment Day (2005)||May 22, 2005||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Target Center||Dustin Simpson (c) versus John "Bradshaw" Goff in an "I Quit" match for the IWE Championship|
|8||Judgment Day (2006)||May 21, 2006||Phoenix, Arizona||US Airway Center||Scott Wright (c) versus John Goff for the World Heavyweight Championship|
|9||Judgment Day (2007)||May 20, 2007||St. Louis Missouri||Scottrade Center||Dustin Simpson (c) versus Reg Hageman for the IWE Championship|
|10||Judgment Day (2008)||May 18, 2008||Omaha, Nebraska||Qwest Center Omaha||Joe Linderman and Joe Smith (c) versus Chris LeGreca and Justin Eldridge for the IWE Tag Team Championship|
Josh Hooper versus Mikhail Schmalzried
Triple K (c) versus Kevin McAlmond in a Steel Cage match for the IWE Championship
|11||Judgment Day (2009)||May 17, 2009||Rosemont, Illinois||Allstate Arena||Edge (c) versus Josh Hooper for the World Heavyweight Championship|