Saturday, June 17, 2006

WWE Armageddon 2005

1) John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Matt Hardy - 4
2) The Mexicools vs. MNM - 6
3) Chris Benoit vs. Booker T - 6
4) William Regal & Paul Burchill vs. Bobby Lashley – Handicap Match - 3
5) Juventud Guerrera vs. Kid Kash - 5
6) Rey Mysterio & Batista vs. The Big Show & Kane - 5
7) The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton – Hell in a Cell Match – 6

This felt like a really elaborate episode of SmackDown. JBL and Hardy was the same as every other match they’ve had. JBL got Hardy’s head trapped in the ropes and worked it with kicks for the majority of the match. MNM’s match against The Mexicools was probably the best tag match in the WWE in the last two years. It also served the purpose to get MNM over as the top contenders for the tag team titles. Benoit and Booker went about twenty solid minutes and would’ve garnered a higher rating had Sharmell not gotten involved. It was basically the same match they had at Survivor Series. Lashley got over by beating the two Brits in under five minutes in a totally unimpressive handicap match. Juvi and Kash didn’t put for their best efforts. The match they had three weeks after this on SmackDown was a much better effort on the part of both men. What was the point in putting the Raw team (Big Show and Kane) over the SmackDown team (Mysterio and Batista) when Survivor Series was dominated by SmackDown? It was the capper to a bland “inter-promotional” feud that had been going since October. By the way, Mysterio was wearing white lipstick to match his white mask. Personally, it looked like as if he’d just eaten a dozen bowls of vanilla ice cream just before making his way to the ring. The main event was a bit of a let down as well. Whenever I hear the words “hell in a cell” it makes me think of violence and brutality, not slow, psychological wrestling. Yes, it had its share of blood but will not be remembered as an essential match. Also on the show, The Boogeyman beat up Vito Claus and Nunzio the Elf and Tim White drank liquor and shot himself in the foot. Honestly, I wished he would’ve shot that idiot kid Josh Matthews. Until then, well, one can only hope that Velocity gets canceled.

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