Several weeks of superb Darts from ten top players had to come to an end at some point.
It had reached Week 9 in the Premier League and the next stop was Brighton, where many had it down as a Judgement Night.
And so it was. It was always the case that 2 players would face relegation and elimination from the competition but this was no clearer than it was when the Premier League kicked off in Belfast.
4 players were all in contention of the drop; Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Wes Newton and Simon Whitlock.
As far as points were concerned, Lewis and Whitlock had the upper-hand. Lewis had been on something of a revival; unbeaten in 4 matches after losing all his first 4.
Debutant Newton had been fighting for his life for a couple of weeks. He in fact beat Anderson last week in Glasgow to give himself a chance.
No matches are ever easy in the PDC and this proved to be the exact case for the 4 men battling it out to survive as they all lost.
This of course meant that Gary Anderson and Wes Newton were to the first casualties of the Premier League new format.
A classic tale of what might have been for Anderson. As ever, his scoring on the night was fantastic and included a tremendous 11-darter. But, like Newton, Anderson lacked tenacity on the doubles and this eventually cost them both.
Lewis and Whitlock fight on. Sheffield is the next venue and more eyes will be fixated on the top of the pile.
Further Blog Posts will follow on PDC Darts, before next week.