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May 18, 2003

 

Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show in a Stretcher Match for the WWE Championship

At Survivor Series 2002, Big Show defeated Brock Lesnar to become WWE Champion. For months after that, the two men were at odds. After Lesnar regained the Championship by defeating Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XIX, Big Show became his top challenge, and the two men squared off in a Stretcher Match at Judgment Day. The rules stated that the first man to place his opponent on a stretcher and wheel past a certain point in the entrance aisle would win the match and the WWE Championship.

Early in the bout, both men used the stretcher as a weapon, brutalizing each other with it. Big Show eventually hit his chokeslam, and he strapped Lesnar to a backboard stretcher. He then dropped a big legdrop on the champion, and put the stretcher on a gurney; however, as he tried to wheel Lesnar across the line, the champion kicked him away. Big Show responded by clobbering Lesnar, knocking him off the stretcher.

Brock responded by choking Big Show with camera cables, but his attack backfired; when he put Show on the stretcher and tried to wheel him across the line, the challenger held onto the cables, preventing Lesnar from moving him.

At that point, Brock headed to the back, and Rey Mysterio came out in his place. Big Show has injured Rey a month earlier at Backlash by strapping him onto a backboard and slamming him into the ringpost, and Rey was looking for retribution. Since Lesnar could not be disqualified, it seemed like a good strategy. Rey managed to hit Show with a 619, but Show clobbered him with a clothesline.

Big Show looked to nail Rey with a chokeslam, but Brock returned, driving a forklift. He jumped off the forklift and nailed Show with a flying clothesline. Brock unloaded on the challenger, eventually hitting the F5. The champion then strapped the challenger to the backboard, and placed it on the forklift. Brock then drove the forklift across the line to win the match and retain the WWE Championship.

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