10 Best WWE Armageddon Matches
Armageddon excited just thinking about these matches! Sorry...
Today (December 10) marks twenty-one years since Armageddon 2000.
Mental. Only feels like eighteen years to me.
The last pay-per-view of what had been a massive year for the company, it was a bit of a letdown, in all honesty. Everything up until the main event had been disappointing, but what a main event it was.
The first-ever six-man WWE Title Hell in a Cell match pitted champion Kurt Angle against The Rock, Steve Austin, Triple H, The Undertaker and Rikishi. That's five of the biggest stars in the industry (and Rikishi) inside the Cell at the same time.
To give credit to Rikishi (who was really good), he did manage to steal the show by taking a massive bump off the side of the cage onto a flatbed truck at ringside.
It's one of the best matches in the history of Armageddon, a pay-per-view that ran between 1999 and 2008 (save for 2001 when it was replaced with Vengeance) and often boasted what could be considered some real diamonds in the rough, as the shows were typically not the greatest but boasted some really decent matches here and there.
10. CM Punk Vs. Rey Mysterio (2008)
A good year-and-a-half before they had a long and memorable feud, Rey Mysterio and CM Punk met at Armageddon 2008 in the Intercontinental Title Number One Contender Tournament.
Both babyfaces were vying for a shot at William Regal and had a very tidy, back-and-forth match (as you would expect).
Mysterio had beaten The Miz and Kofi Kingston to secure his place in the finals, while Punk had seen off Gene Snitsky and John Morrison to get there.
The crowd were, understandably, a little reserved early on, since they weren't exactly sure who to root for. But they got into it more and more as it went on, which is a testament to the work of both men and their ability to draw people into their matches even if there isn't a gripping storyline behind them.
The early technical stages were crisp, before both men kicked it up a gear and teased hitting their finishers. Rey was grounded for a while, before coming back with a huge moonsault, as Punk regained control and tried to force the submission.
These two have always had good chemistry with one another and the finishing stretch was predictable exciting, with big moves and novel counters and some really close near falls.
In the end, Punk was able to hit the Go To Sleep for the win (bloodying Mysterio's nose in the process).