WWE Heat 5/19/2002

World Wrestling Entertainment presents Heat
From: Nashville, TN

1.) WWE European Champion William Regal defeated D’Lo Brown to retain the title

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) It’s the night of Judgement Day, so as expected Heat is largely a hype show to get people to buy the PPV last minute.

2.) In the parking lot, Stacy Keibler and Vince McMahon have arrived to the arena. WWE Tag Team Champions Billy & Chuck along with Rico want to know if Vince has thought of the mystery partner for Rikishi. Vince says the tag partner is going to be really cool and recalls having his face shoved into his ass. Vince says they will wait to find out who teams with Rikishi for the PPV. The champs and Rico are left wondering who the partner will be.

3.) Backstage, Terri interviews the WWE Intercontinental Champion Eddie Guerrero regarding his match with RVD. Guerrero thinks the fans should be chanting for Latino Heat and not for RVD. Guerrero asks who the champion is and who is holding the gold. Terri correctly says Guerrero. Guerrero tells RVD that if he’s feeling froggy all he has to do is jump. Guerrero came prepared to kick some ass tonight. Guerrero is going to show the world that nobody beats Latino Heat.

4.) WWE Confidential will make it’s debut next weekend. It will be hosted by Mean Gene.

5.) Brown backs Regal into a corner, but cleanly backs away. Regal gains wrist control, but Brown counters with a wrist lock for a moment. Regal shoulder blocks Brown for a two count. Regal can’t keep Brown down long enough on pin attempts. Regal hammers away on Brown in the corner and Brown backdrops Regal out of the corner. Brown dropkicks Regal and plays to the crowd. Brown hooks Regal for a suplex from the apron into the ring for a two count. Regal begs off, but Brown doesn’t listen and continues to hammer away on Regal with strikes. Brown goes for a backslide, but Regal kicks out at two. Brown scoop slams Regal followed by an elbow drop for a near fall. Brown connects with a leg drop for a two count. Regal kicks Brown and gets a near fall. Regal tosses Brown chest first onto the middle rope and chokes Brown over the ropes. Regal delivers a knee drop for a near fall. Regal keeps a headlock on Brown, but doesn’t get a submission. Brown elbows free and is met with a knee lift to the gut. Regal knee strikes Brown several times and misses a clothesline. Brown hits a swinging side slam and both men are down. Regal and Brown trade strikes with Brown getting the advantage with a forearm and clothesline. Brown heel kicks Regal coming off the ropes for a two count. Regal catches Brown on a crossbody and crotches Brown over the top rope leading to a rollup for the win. (*1/2. The crowd was receptive to Brown and he got a good reaction considering this was his in-ring return. The match may have been a little disappointing, but I guess you wouldn’t expect the Heat match to hype the crowd too much.)

Final Thoughts:
A fine last minute hype job for Judgment Day as we got a feature match and a bunch of solid hype videos. The PPV is a loaded card and should be an enjoyable one.

Thanks for reading.

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