Way Back Wrestling: WWE Armageddon 2002
December 15, 2002
Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Commentators: RAW- Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler
Smackdown- Michael Cole and Tazz
Match 1: Fatal 4-way Elimination World Tag Team Championships (RAW)
(C) Chris Jericho & Christian vs The Dudley Boyz vs William Regal & Lance Storm vs Booker T & Goldust
Notes and Opinion: Booker T and Goldust were a sentimental favorite of the crowd and deserved the win here. You can tell the state of the RAW tag division since all of the teams beside the Dudleys were singles guys. Match itself was fine. Kind of unfortunate with some of the talent involved that this wasn’t a bit more memorable.
Winner: Booker T pins Jericho after a Bookend. NEW CHAMPIONS!
Match 2: Singles Match (Smackdown)
Edge vs A-Train
Notes and Opinion: This made Edge look like a scrappy baby face fighting back from his injured knee. A-Train looked like a beast but this was his third different gimmick in the 3 Armageddon events to this point so I’m not sure how much it helped him losing here. Match was decent. I still think that Albert would have been fine with one gimmick and sticking with it but we still had several more to go. Edge had better times ahead of course.
Winner: Edge wins by DQ after A-Train hits Edge in his knee with a chair.
Match 3: Singles Match (Smackdown)
Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Benoit
Notes and Opinion: I personally could have done without all the Chavo interference. These two put on a wrestling clinic and I’m not sure they could have a bad match together. Great match. You could put these two in a phone booth drunk and they still would have had the match of the night up to this point, they were that good.
Winner: Benoit makes Eddie tap to the Cross Face.
- After this match Dawn Marie and Al Wilson come down to show a video of Torrie and Dawn in a hotel room. The entire story line was awful and this had no purpose on PPV…or television or on a stage. I’ll be honest, this shit was the worst.
Match 4: Singles Match (RAW)
Kane vs Batista with Ric Flair
Notes and Opinion: This was the very first PPV match for Batista and he delivered what was asked of him. He looked like a monster and Kane was a true professional in how good he made Batista look. Good big man match. WWE would have been smart keeping Ric in the manager role longer than they did. The poor bastard went on too long sadly.
Winner: Batista pins Kane with the Batista Bomb.
- John Cena (Armageddon debut) and Bling Bling Buchanon do a rap to waste some more Pay Per View time. Cena had IT, even here. Triple B? Not so much.
Match 5: Triple Threat WWE Womens Championship (RAW)
(C) Victoria vs Trish Stratus vs Jacqueline
Notes and Opinion: Short match that didn’t have time to impress. Victoria and Jackie are both solid and Trish was way improved from the previous year. All three of these women were capable of doing more but the Stephanie McMahon Is Great Revolution hadn’t started yet.
Winner: Victoria pins Jackie after hitting Trish with the belt.
Match 6: WWE Championship (Smackdown)
(C) The Big Show with Paul Heyman vs Kurt Angle
Notes and Opinion: Kurt Angle makes his Armageddon record 3-0 and 2-0 in championship matches. Angle looked great here as the scrappy baby face. Big Show looked more like a champion this go round which didn’t take a lot. Show couldn’t keep up with the pace set by Angle who I am convinced is superhuman. This win marked the 3rd WWE Championship for Angle. Good big vs little match.
Winner: Angle pins the Big Show after F5 by Brock Lesnar. NEW CHAMPION!
Match 7: 2 out of 3 falls/ Street Fight, Cage, and Ladder for World Heavyweight Championship (RAW)
(C) Shawn Michaels vs HHH with Ric Flair
Notes and Opinion: Awesome match from 2 guys used to working with each other. Shawn looked incredible and HHH wasn’t far behind. Both guys earned their pay as this was tremendous. I can’t believe these two, some matches they click like very few pairs ever have and at other times I would rather watch paint dry. They really brought it here.
Fall 1- HHH wins Street Fight with the Pedigree.
Fall 2- Michaels wins Cage match with splash off the top of the cage through a table.
Fall 3- HHH wins Ladder match by shoving Shawn off through 4 tables. NEW CHAMPION!
Overall Thoughts: Great PPV, 2 matches that were awesome and the rest was at least ok. Benoit vs Guerreo and the HHH vs HBK matches were great. Everyone worked really hard and even the undercard matches meant something even if they didn’t blow you away in the ring. Good show overall and at the very least you should take a look at that main event.
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