WWE™ "Armageddon" - SmackDown™ Only Pay-Per-View
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
by "Rockin" Robin Drodge
Event Date: December 18, 2005
Match Number One - John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL) Vs. Matt Hardy. This was the opening match for Armageddon. The match was all right. The ending saw JBL hit the clothesline from hell to pick up the pin-fall victory.
Match Number Two - Mercury, Nitro and Melina (MNM) Vs. Psicosis and Super Crazy. This match was all right. The ending saw MNM hit the snap shot on Super Crazy to pick up the pin-fall victory.
Match Number Three - Match Number Four in the Best Of Seven Series to determine the undisputed United States Champion. Chris Benoit Vs. Booker T. (with Sharmell in his corner). This was a really good match. The ending saw the referee get knocked down when Benoit applied the sharpshooter on Booker T, in which he tapped out to the move; but there was no referee to ring the bell. This led to Sharmell hitting Benoit with a broom. This really did not work. The only thing it did do was lead to a distraction, in which Booker T took advantage off and tried to hit the Book End, however Benoit reversed it into a DDT, which led to the crippler crossface to make Booker T tap out to the move. This resulted in Chris Benoit winning Match Number Four out of the best of Seven series. However, Booker T still has the advantage in the series because he is now leading by a score of 3 to 1.
After the match, Theodore Long, General Manager of SmackDown™; and Palmer Canon, the Network Executive, came out to talk about how they had proved in 2005 that SmackDown™ was the number one brand when they defeated RAW at the Survivor Series.
At this time, Palmer decided he had a surprise, in that it would be Santa and his Elf. The Elf was Nunzio and Santa was Vito. Later, the Boogieman came out and threw Nunzio into the ring post on the outside of the ring. This resulted in Vito actually peeing in the ring. Vito received the pump handle slam and afterwards the Santa bag that Vito brought out with him contained a big bag of worms; which was then placed on him.
Match Number Four - Handicap Match. Bobby Lashley Vs. William Regal and Paul Birchall. This match was all right. Bobby Lashley hit the dominator on Paul Birchall to pick up the pin-fall victory. After this match was over, Josh Matthews was shown at a bar called the Friendly Tap. It is located outside of Providence. WWE™ former referee, Tim White, owns the bar. Josh tried to interview Tim White, however at the beginning, anything that Josh said to Tim he would not respond. I was told that Tim was drinking while he was being interviewed. Finally, The Hell In A Cell match between Chris Jericho and Triple H from Judgment Day 2002 was brought up, where Tim White injured his shoulder in that match and it ultimately ended his career as a referee. He started to talk about his experience after The Hell In A Cell match, whereby he said he hasn't been the same since.
While this interview was going on, you could loudly hear the fans in the background screaming, "boring" "boring". At the end of the interview, Josh said to Tim he hoped that he had a white Christmas. These words appeared to set him over the edge. I had heard that he pulled out a gun; the next thing I heard was a shot. I was told that the camera was not on him when the shot was fired. So it was the assumption that a former WWE™ referee had supposedly shot himself.
Match Number Five - WWE™ Cruiserweight Championship. WWE™ Cruiserweight Champion, Juventud Vs. Kid Kash. This match was all right, however the fans weren’t interested in this match at all due to what had happened prior to this match.
The ending saw Juventud hit the Juvi Driver, however Kid Kash kicked out of the move. During the end of the match, the fans were screaming, "end this match", "end this match", and "boring", "boring". Then after Kid Kash kicked out of the Juvi Driver, he hit a brain buster on Juventud to pick up the pin-fall victory to become the new WWE™ Cruiserweight Champion.
Match Number Six - An Inter-promotional Match between RAW™ and SmackDown. WWE™ Tag Team Champions Vs. World Tag Team Champions. WWE™ Tag Team Champions; Rey Mysterio and World Heavyweight Champion Batista (SmackDown) Vs. World Tag Team Champions, Kane and The Big Show (RAW). This match was all right. The ending saw Rey Mysterio hit the 619 on Kane and then he climbed to the top rope, and while he tried to jump off to connect with the West Coast Pop, Kane caught him and then he hit the choke slam to pick up the pin-fall victory for his team.
Match Number Seven - The Main Event - Hell In A Cell. Randy Orton Vs. The Undertaker. This match was all right. There was a lot of blood but it was mostly from Randy Orton. The Undertaker had some blood on him, but not much. Throughout the match, various weapons were used, such as a steel chain, steel chair and table. The ending saw the Undertaker hit Randy’s father “Cowboy” Bob Orton with an Urn that “Cowboy” Bob Orton had brought into the ring. The Undertaker hit both Randy and his Father with the Urn in the head and then followed it up with the tombstone to pick up the pin-fall victory. After the match, the Undertaker put the Urn on top of the Hell In A Cell and climbed on the top of the cell where the Urn was placed before Armageddon went off the air.
Some additional comments regarding Armageddon.
There was no announcement of how many fans were in attendance for this Pay-Per-View so I can only assume that it was not a sell-out. I had heard earlier in the week that it was not even half sold out so I don’t think there were that many fans in attendance.
The one thing I did not think was very appropriate in this Pay-Per-View was the interview they did with former WWE™ referee Tim White and the way that the interview ended. You could hear a gun shot and it was assumed that he had shot himself.
So on a Pay-Per-View such as this, the WWE™ are having one of their former referees trying to attempt suicide, and afterwards continue the Pay-Per-View with their next match, with no mention of what happened to Tim White. I thought it was bad judgment, when just recently a WWE™ wrestler Eddie Guerrero died for real.
So I am not sure what the purpose was, the only thing I can think of is that the WWE™ wanted to promote Tim White's bar and they thought that this would be a good way to do it.
I was surprised The Undertaker won The Hell In A Cell match, because I thought the WWE™ wanted to try to make Randy Orton again a main event wrestler. I really thought Orton would have won tonight and then in the next few months build him up until Wrestlemania, where he would win the World Heavyweight Championship from Batista.
I was also surprised that Kane and The Big Show won the match against Batista and Rey Mysterio because this was a SmackDown™ only Pay-Per-View, so I thought that Batista and Rey Mysterio would have won the match, so I was surprised about this.
I think the Juventud - Kid Kash match for the WWE™ Cruiserweight Championship should have been given a chance by the fans, however for both superstars it was a real shame because the fans did not care at all. In fact, they were screaming, " end this match", "end this match" and "boring", "boring", so I thought they should have at least gave this match a chance.
This has been the Armageddon report written by your author here at The Canadian Connection, "Rockin" Robin Drodge.
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