August 14, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWE IC Champion Eddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam – WWE Judgment Day (5/19/02)
After battling his addictions that got him released from his WWF contract and nearly killed him in November of 2001, Eddie made a triumph return in April of 2002. He was immediately put in this feud with Rob Van Dam who at the time was the most popular wrestler in the company – defeating RVD for the IC belt at Backlash. Quick start with a ton of nearfalls for RVD. Eddie’s “Latino Heat” acts up and he’s on the floor all pissed. Back in, RVD catches Eddie with a foot out of the corner and connects with a split-legged moonsault. King ~ “I think RVD saw too many of those movies with people kicking each other. What are they called? JR ~ “Martial arts movies?” RVD kicks away at the lower back and follows up with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. RVD using PSYCHOLOGY~! Now it’s surfboard time. RVD tries to get a pin out of it, but Eddie rolls the shoulder up at two. RVD throws him off and hits a standing moonsault for another two. The ref gets in between the two, allowing Eddie to get in a cheapshot on RVD to take over. Eddie foot-chokes RVD down into the corner and then grinds his wrist tape across his face. RVD comes back with a pair of monkey flips. Then he hits Rolling Thunder for 1-2-NO! Ooo. Eddie flips out of a suplex into a rollup for two. Man that was sweet. Too bad though, RVD connects with the stepover heel kick and calls for the FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH. Eddie’s there to crotch him good before anything bad happens. Eddie walks out of the corner with RVD and powerbombs him down. He goes up for the FROG SPLASH, but there’s nobody home. RVD nails Eddie with a roundhouse kick and heads up again for the FIVE-STAR, but he misses as well. Both men are up at the nine-count. They get pumped up and run the ropes, as RVD hits a crossbody for 1-2-NO! RVD counters a European uppercut into a backslide for two. Now Eddie avoids a roundhouse and backslides RVD with his feet on the ropes for 1-2-3! (11:00) Great match that’s overshadowed by the awesome ladder match from two weeks later. If there was anybody who could bring the best out of RVD as far as building a solid match, it’s Eddie Guerrero. ****

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