most significant event of this, the eighth annual Armageddon PPV, for me
was the return of Chris Jericho. It took him two long years, but he finally came
back and was quickly thrust into a title match against Randy Orton (more on that
below). In addition, we have another attempt at the Women's Championship by Ms.
James (get her on the cover of Playboy so she'll get his push, stat!), as well
as a good match between Rey and MVP. This year's event took place at the Mellon
Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 16, 2007 and ran a total of 2
hours 40 minutes long. Here's the card:
- United States Championship Match [MVP
vs. Rey Mysterio] - While Rey's always a favorite, the more I see of
MVP, the more i'm growing to like him (though, i'm still trying to figure out
what's up with those breathing strips on his nose...). Anyways, this was an
entertaining match, until Rey almost slips on the top rope as
he's about to do a west coast pop. However, Cole and JBL were able to use that
to sell Rey's injuring "his surgically repaired knee".
- CM Punk & Kane vs. Big Daddy V & Mark Henry - If you stop
and think about it, some things at the WWE don't make sense. A while back, there
was one episode of RAW where HHH went through something like 2-3 of their tag
teams, while on an episode of SmackDown!, Undertaker took on both Big Daddy V
and Mark Henry by himself, and was victorious. So, you would think that
Undertaker's brother and one of the most popular wrestlers on ECW (which says a
lot) would stand a fighting chance, right? Well, you'd be wrong.
- Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. Kennedy - Since he started out on SmackDown!,
I wasn't able to watch Kennedy from the beginning. However, once he came to RAW,
I was pretty impressed with both his wrestling and his mic skills. There was a
rumour going around that it was Kennedy that was supposed to turn out to be the
illegitimate McMahon son. Now that the writers have swerved Hornswaggle's true
parentage, I wonder if they'll revisit that storyline, since it'll give Kennedy
the push he deserves. As for this match, well, it wasn't bad - but if were
putting together a highlight reel, i'd probably leave this match off of it.
- Winner Gets A WWE Championship Match at Royal Rumble [Triple H vs.
Jeff Hardy] - Jeff is so over with the fans, it's sick. Since this match
takes place before Royal Rumble, he's still getting a well-deserved push. It's a
shame things have seemingly changed due to the events of the aforementioned
Royal Rumble. For some reason, as i'm sitting here watching this match, I
realize that there isn't a moment of silence, since Lawler and JR are blabbing
throughout the entire thing. Don't get me wrong - I like JR, but a 'lil silence
every now and then isn't a bad thing. Anyways, I have to admit that I was
surprised at the outcome of this match.
- Finlay vs. Great Khali - Little people always seem to be used as
comic relief in the WWE. That's not to say that Hornswaggle hasn't provided some
comic moments, but i've got to admit - the little guy has grown on me.
same could be said for Finlay. He might not be the most technical wrestler, but
there's something to be said for his "gruffness". In fact, it even helped me not
get annoyed by Khali!
- WWE Championship Match [Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho] -
This match pissed me off. Not because it was poorly wrestled or there were blown
spots, but because it sums up my frustration with the WWE's concept of
storylines/feuds. After two months of hype and speculation, Jericho makes his
way back to the WWE after a two year absence. Three short weeks later, he's
called out Orton and is rewarded with a title match that (spoiler alert!) he
promptly loses. However, no time is wasted putting him a new (boring) program
with "retired" wrestler JBL. I have two problems with this. First, let
me say that the buildup to
Jericho's return was brilliant. Fans on the internet were buzzing about
"breaking the code" and putting together the clues to figure out when Jericho
would return. Or if it even was Jericho that the code was referring to. Even if it wasn't a well-kept secret, I give the WWE
writers props. However, what Crichton giveth, Crichton taketh away. See, if this
were any other wrestler (read: Cena, HHH or HBK), this would be a long-ass
program, with a long build-up before the title match and then a few weeks of
"the loser" chasing the champ, until he was put into another storyline with a
different wrestler. Instead, Jericho's title aspirations (and his promise to
"save us" from anymore Orton monologues) have faded with a
- WWE Women's Championship Match [Beth Phoenix vs. Mickie James]
- I'm surprised that a women's match is the penultimate match of the event, but
I don't mind much since it features two ladies who can actually wrestle AND are
easy on the eyes. We LIKE that combination Vince!
- Triple Threat Match For the World Heavyweight Championship [Batista
vs. Edge vs. Undertaker] - After rehabbing a left pectoral muscle injury
he sustained on the July 20, 2007 edition of SmackDown!, Edge interfered during
a Championship Hell In A Cell match between Batista and 'taker and it was
revealed he was in a relationship/collaborating with GM Vickie Guerrero.
Those actions lead to the return of Teddy Long and Edge's inclusion into this
match. As for the match itself, it's not bad, but the ending (regarding Edge)
was poorly executed.
- Mr. McMahon Names the Greatest Superstar In
Raw History [RAW 12/10/07] [1m 22s] - At RAW's 15th anniversary, Vince takes
the opportunity to announce the greatest superstar in RAW's history. Mick Foley,
and Stone Cold show up to congratulate this person's achievement.
Video: Armageddon's picture was colorful and much sharper than the television
broadcast. It's also presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 track was clear, with the majority of the sound
in the fronts and the center speaker and the slightest of ambience coming from
the rears. For those of you that habla the Ingles, there's also a Spanish track
Conclusion: While i'm disappointed they didn't see fit to include Jericho's
return appearance to RAW instead of that "greatest superstar" recap (were you
really surprised at the reveal?), the more than a couple entertaining
matches, capped off by the long-awaited (by me) return of Chris Jericho, make
Armageddon a Highly Recommended DVD.