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Countdown to WWE Armageddon
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




A couple weeks ago, TNA held their last PPV of 2007, now it's WWE's turn with Armageddon.

If there is nothing else that can be said about this card, it's that we have a good amount of fresh match-ups (well, aside from the usual BS on Smackdown). There is a very strong possibility that WWE will knock one out of the park here, with many matches looking very intriguing, both in terms of storyline and workrate.

Only time will tell if WWE ends the year with a bang or not, and indeed, that time is nigh. Here's our look at Armageddon '07.


WWE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Count me in on the list of people who are dissapointed with the reaction Jericho has received. I was very much looking forward to Y2J's return, but something just didn't happen. I don't know if it's because Jericho was pushed immediately to the title, or if it's because there is a distinct lack of chemistry between the two, but the Orton/Jericho match just doesn't excite me. I get the feeling that Orton takes the title; but if you want to keep Y2J strong, there has to be some outside interference.

Bob Kapur

As good as it has been to see Y2J back, I don't think they should put the belt on him just yet. I predict a cheap win for Orton, and the feud continues for a couple more weeks.

Jason Clevett

WWE blew it with this one. Instead of Orton's reaction being "Oh god, my belt is in trouble" it was "weren't you fired before? I don't care about you." Instead of Jericho's first match being at the PPV, it's a competitve match with mid-card comedy guy Santino Marrella. Instead of me being really, really excited about this match, I don't care a whole heck of a lot, which is sad, as I am a huge Jericho fan and was excited at first. The best thing WWE could do would be to put the belt on Jericho, even if only for a month, to salvage his return, but I doubt they will. Winner: Orton.

Matt Mackinder

Orton as champ makes the most sense right now, so to take the belt off him would be a total surprise. Then again, WWE has a well-documented track record of doing things that make no sense. Weíll probably get a screwy ending that sees some sort of a run-in after a ref bump and a Codebreaker from Y2J. Iíll go with Orton retaining with his patented RKO. Jericho may need to shake off some of his rust to boot, but weíll see.

Greg Oliver

Setting aside the logic of a guy coming back after nearly two years away and getting a title shot on the next PPV despite not having beaten anyone of consequence, I'm going to go out on a limb and say Orton retains. Hopefully he beats Jericho to a pulp, as it would be the best thing for Orton to go over strong.


 
TRIPLE THREAT WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Batista vs. Edge vs. Undertaker
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I love the idea of Edge being transitioned into the championship role here, because that potentially means that Batista and Undertaker will be out of the title picture for the first time in too long. Honestly, I've seen two men in the title picture too long here. Though the Undertaker/Edge feud will light it up at 'Mania, I'm hoping for Edge to win the belt and do a mini feud with Rey Jr. to let the time pass.

Bob Kapur

If Orton wins the other title match, one of the good guys should really win here. I'm intrigued by an Edge-Taker feud, culminating with a grudge match at Wrestlemania. That doesn't need to be a title program, so I think Batista retains by default.

Jason Clevett

On the other hand, the history among these three guys makes me really, really excited about this. Batista and Undertaker always work well together and Edge has hopefully regained his pre-injury awesomeness. Batista retains in the match of the night.

Matt Mackinder

When will this year-long feud end? I donít think itís bad, I just think it needs to cease. Hopefully Vickie Guerrero isnít involved because seeing her slobber on Edgeís lips is enough to make anyone gag uncontrollably. I donít think itís time yet for one more run for the Dead Man, however. My pick goes with Batista picking up the win with a pinfall over Edge. I guess.

Greg Oliver

Edge has just come back and should be built for a while yet. Batista is a credible champ, if not inspiring. Undertaker still has another run or two in him. I see 'Taker winning and Edge aiming for him at WrestleMania. Batista can take on 'Taker at one of the PPVs in between.


NUMBER ONE CONTENDER MATCH

Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

A couple months ago, I saw both Jeff and Matt Hardy being elevated like never before in WWE, and thought to myself that we could potentially have a wicked WrestleMania moment with both brothers holding their respective World titles at PPV's end. Matt's injury has derailed that moment, unfortunately, so I now wonder if a WM moment can be Jeff alone, fulfilling the potential he had of being the next HBK so many years ago. I say, why not? This needs to be the first step to this achievement, and Jeff needs to go over HHH by hook or by crook. I can see it happening, but I don't think the WWE booking team does. HHH wins.

Bob Kapur

A win for Hardy would be huge in that it would turn him into a credible main-eventer in one night. A loss wouldn't hurt HHH realistically. As I think HHH will wait until 'Mania to get his title match, look for Hardy to come out on top.

Jason Clevett

What to do, what to do? With a PPV title shot at stake, it's changed the match slightly. I really hope they give the match to Hardy. The loss won't hurt The Game, but will do wonders for Hardy, who is ready for main event level - and lord knows WWE needs main event players. I'll pick Hardy and have high expectations for this match.

Matt Mackinder

In a utopian world, Hardy goes over Mr. Stephanie McMahon; but that wonít happen. Hardy is evolving from a star into a superstar and this match should serve as a catalyst for that transition; but it wonít. Hunter is victorious and teases a heel turn after the match.

Greg Oliver

I really, truly think that Triple H does the honours here, and puts Hardy over. Then when he wins the world title yet again down the road, he can point to how he did the right thing. Plus it puts him in the Royal Rumble, with Hardy getting the title shot against Orton (and losing there).


  TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH

Kane/CM Punk vs. Bid Daddy V/Mark Henry
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

It's sad that Punk is being wasted here. I can understand the need to build up Shelton Benjamin, but shouldn't Elijah Burke be in this bout? Vinnie Mac's love of the giants has never been more appararent than this bizarre three-man feud, and I hope to god that it ends tonight. Maybe the loser should have to wear a mansiere (or bro, if you prefer). Punk needs the pin here, and I say he gets it.

Bob Kapur

Everything about this match sucks, except for CM Punk. He'd better get the win.

Jason Clevett

What did Punk do to deserve this? Oh right, work on ECW. This almost makes me wish for another match with John Morrison. Punk and Kane win.

Matt Mackinder

Iíd make this a gimmick match where if the slobs win, they have to make Punk and Kane drink a fifth of Grey Goose and if the faces win, they get to outfit the fatties in shirts. All kidding aside, WWE is booking V to be another version of Vader and he looks unstoppable. I see Mabel pinning the champ for the duke here.

Greg Oliver

Sigh. Anybody care? Didn't think so. I'll pick Punk & Kane.


 

GRUDGE MATCH
Mr. Kennedy vs. Shawn Michaels



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman
I love the idea of Kennedy and HBK having a long feud, but the reality is Bobby Lashley is ready to come back and tear Kennedy apart. I can see Kennedy getting a screwy win here, and a rematch occurring on Raw, with Ken getting set to end HBK's career when Lashley returns.

Bob Kapur
The buildup here has been missing something in my view. Not sure what, but somehow, going in, I'm not really feeling this match. In any event, I think HBK wins.

Jason Clevett
Michaels should have his working shoes on and always seems to bring up and comers to his level, and this should be no exception. Another one that is really, really close to call. I'll pick Kennedy by cheating.

Matt Mackinder
This is my choice for sleeper match of the card. Iíd like to see Kennedy win, but something inside says HBK will escape with Sweet Chin Music. Works for me.

Greg Oliver
The progression to this bout has had an old-school feel to it, which is nice. It should be an entertaining match, but this is one bout on the card that a screwjob finish won't really hurt. Mr. Kennedy gets disqualified.


 

GRUDGE MATCH
Finlay vs. The Great Khali



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman
Who did Finlay piss off to get inserted into this nonsense? At this point, the only people interested in this feud are those who want to see Hornswoggle get the Little Beaver treatment, and I'm not among them. Khali wins.

Bob Kapur
Even Finlay won't be able to get a good match out of Khali. Khali wins.

Jason Clevett
Poor Finlay. Not even he can make this work. Khali wins.

Matt Mackinder
Finlay fights and Khali shrieks. Please let this match jerk the curtain. Khali wins and more people cringe watching this match.

Greg Oliver
You'd have to be living in Imaginationland not to forsee the little leprecaun getting involved somehow and costing Khali the bout. Finlay wins.


 

WWE WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH

Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix

 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman
This will be a very entertaining match, but the reality is Beth gets the win as we wait for Candice Michelle to return.

Bob Kapur
This could be the sleeper match of the night if it's given enough time. Phoenix wins.

Jason Clevett
These are two women who could put on a match that would equal the stellar work in TNA's female division since it kicked off a few months ago. But will they be allowed to perform at that level? The Glamazon continues her destruction with a win here.

Matt Mackinder
Do we smell a title change here? Perhaps. Outside interference may ruin this match, but in the end, Mickie gets the gold once again.

Greg Oliver
It's hard not to root against Phoenix, since I used to see her wrestle out at Cactus Pete's in the wilds of Scarborough. But I will. Mickie James is probably my favourite diva at the moment, but it's not like the storylines mean much. So Mickie takes it.


 

UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH

Rey Mysterio vs. MVP

 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman
This is holdover until Matt returns. Rey's a credible opponent for MVP, but he doesn't need the belt. MVP gets the win.

Bob Kapur
MVP has truly become an MVP on Smackdown. He retains.

Jason Clevett
This match is there simply so MVP has something to do while waiting for Matt Hardy to come back and resume the best angle of the year. Should be another great match (wow, I can't believe I am thinking that about so many matches on an Armageddon card!) but there is no way that Rey is taking the belt.

Matt Mackinder
This feud is building steam and fast. Rey and MVP each hit their signature moves and get several near-falls. The title stays with MVP and the feud continues.

Greg Oliver
MVP has really been shining of late and working an extended program with Mysterio will only make him better. He cheats but he wins and keeps his belt.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman