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Countdown to Armageddon 2005
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




WWE Smackdown! is headed to PPV once again with Armageddon this Sunday.

As has become the unfortunate norm in the Fed, only three matches have any real backstory going into the PPV. Hopefully, stories in the ring will fair better than the behind-the-scene counterparts, because if the ringwork isn't spectacular, WWE will end '05 on a really bad note. Let's see what's in store this Sunday.


MAIN EVENT: HELL IN A CELL

Randy Orton vs. Undertaker




SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    While the setup for this match has been good - a nice slow burn over several months, with a big gimmick match payoff to end it - I can't find myself caring about this one at all. I blame Taker who, other than his entrances which I still find cool, just bores me to tears. Still, Orton has proven that he can work if given a chance, and I
    expect he'll save this one by bumping and bleeding like nobody's business. And while I don't think Taker will officially pass the torch and lay down for Orton this time, the rub Randy gets from this one is what matters. He's got too much potential for them to keep him down much longer.

  • Chris Sokol

    This match will be used to set off a WrestleMania storyline.Orton gets the duke after interference from The Boogeyman. In turn, The Undertaker plunges into a feud with the rising Smackdown star, finishing him off at 'Mania.

  • Jon Waldman

    Anyone else remember the last time 'Taker was in a Cell match with a young up-and-comer? Yep, that was Brock Lesnar, and we know where that went. 'Taker has absolutely refused to lay down solidly for Orton up until now, so why should this match be any different? Calloway's selfish ways won't let him lay down here, as he still feels scorned by the one guy he ever really put over in WWE. UT wins.

  • Greg Oliver

    Randy's been entertaining, but that doesn't say to me that he's going over. Undertaker wins the match, but then what??


    INTERPROMOTIONAL TAG TEAM MATCH

    Rey Mysterio Jr/Batista vs. Big Show/Kane



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    I can't stand Rey Misterio in David andGoliath matchups. I didn't like it when he fought Kevin Nash in WCW, and I don't like it now against the Big Show. Go ahead, call me a mark for the big guys, but I just don't find it a believable story when he comes out on top. But, seeing that he's on the Smackdown team and this is that show's PPV, look for he and Batista to exact some revenge on the Raw duo.

  • Chris Sokol

    It's Raw's turn to get some heat. With Batista injured, he will likely be taken out of the picture by Kane and Big Show, leaving Mysterio alone to get demolished. I wonder if they will keep the title on Batista, or strip it from him due to injury, and put it up for grabs in the Royal Rumble match.

  • Jon Waldman

    If Batista has any hope of making it to 'Mania, he has to go out here. Since this is really a nothing PPV in comparison to the Royal Rumble, Raw takes it hear and the SD! guys get their heat back in the 30-man match.

  • Greg Oliver

    It's Smackdown's PPV, so Smackdown wins. Somehow. Mysterio pins show, but afterwards, Batista gets beaten down again.


    UNITED STATES TITLE BEST OF 7 SERIES MATCH (BOUT 4)

    Booker T vs. Chris Benoit


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    This is stupid. Of course Benoit should win, because having him lose in a sweep would invalidate the point of having them wrestle the series in the first place. But since everybody knows that, then there's no reason to care about the match. What awful booking.

  • Chris Sokol

    Benoit turns the tables on Booker in this one, as he begins to start clawing back. The series will definately go to a seventh match, concluding at theRoyal Rumble as Chris Benoit regains the US championship.

  • Jon Waldman

    We all know why WWE has booked this one to a 3-0 lead. Benoit's contract expires in a couple weeks, so the Fed wanted to be ready to bury him in case he chooses to not re-up. Should The Crippler sign, he goes over and gets four-straight. My thinking, however, is that Benoit will next drop anchor in TNA, so consider this is maiden voyage in WWE.

  • Greg Oliver

    Wouldn't it be cool to have a sweep that no one predicted? Then have Benoit lament a bit on TV, how his mind wasn't in it because of Eddie, or something. Not an excuse. Just show that he's human. But who am I kidding. That would mean depth to the program. Benoit wins, feud continues.


    WWE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

    MNM vs. Mexicools


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    Mexicools

  • Chris Sokol

    The Mexicools will continue on their hot streak, leaving the tag champs in the dust.

  • Jon Waldman

    Mexicools win as Juvi "distracts" Melina. I just hope WWE doesn't scratch their itch to make Guererra into Latino Heat v.2.

  • Greg Oliver

    Lots of pretty hair in this one. Go with the Mexicools.


    GRUDGE MATCH

    Matt Hardy vs. JBL



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur

    JBL

  • Chris Sokol

    Just another opportunity for Hardy to get squashed.

  • Jon Waldman

    Hey Matt, ready to go to TNA yet? Only hope in hell that young Matthew has is Jeff returning.

  • Greg Oliver

    Thrown together at the last minute, so I'll pick JBL.


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    -- compiled by Jon Waldman