Armageddon was another in a series of Smackdown Pay per Views that was more entertaining than most fans would have bargained for. In what hopefully becomes a semi-regular feature, we will look at PPV’s ranging from the last one at the time of the writing and seeing if it would be worth the purchase on DVD. There are various factors in whether or not an individual will purchase a DVD of a wrestling event. Match quality and historical value will be the two most concentrated on. The reviews will obviously not be written for people who have to have every event ever made by WWE or TNA. This is for people with a more critical eye. We’ll go match by match starting with.
MVP versus Kane (Inferno Match)
The match: The match itself was fine considering the restrictions of an Inferno match. In fact it seemed a little better than the two previous inferno matches.
Historical value: Too early to tell, except the match might have been the beginning of a storyline that will lead to a major match involving JBL when one considers the promo Bradshaw cut on the fans the Smackdown following the Pay Per View.
Watch or Skip: If you are intrigued by an inferno match and how it looks, this match is definitely recommended. Other than the spectacle of the fire, there is nothing here worth going out of your way to watch.
Paul London/Brian Kendrick versus the Hardy Boys versus MNM versus William Regal and Dave Taylor (Ladder match for the WWE tag team titles)
The match: This match was an awesome spectacle that even had a little psychology. There were spectacular bumps and innovative spots galore in this match. Depending on your wrestling calendar, it’s either an early candidate for match of the year for 2007 or a late candidate for match of the year in 2006.
Historical Value: The most immediate value of this match is the injury to Joey Mercury, a ladder spot severely damaged the face of Mercury and will keep him out for at least a couple of months. Other than that, this was another in a long line of exciting ladder matches and well worth taking a look at.
Watch or Skip: A must watch, as good as it gets in WWE
Boogeyman versus the Miz
The match: The match was bad as any educated fan would expect it to be, maybe not AS bad, but not many redeeming qualities.
Historical value: The first loss for the Miz.
Skip or Watch: Unless you have to see the Miz get squashed or get his first loss, save your time. Even if you like the Boogeyman, there is better stuff of his in terms of his act out there.
Chris Benoit versus Chavo Guerrero (US title match)
The match: The usual technically solid match between two ring veterans who can work
Historical value: It’s hard to tell any historical value at the time of this writing. This seems like a “match for the moment,” especially considering as of this writing the feud is not even over yet.
Skip or Watch: The match is nothing special, but worth a look if you decide to buy the DVD. Not a difference maker though.
Gregory Helms versus Jimmy Wang Yang (Cruiserweight title)
The match: The match was solid fare, typical WWE style cruiserweight style. In other words the match was not flashy at all. However, JBL’s rant against the fans for wanting blood and not appreciating good wrestling was fun.
Historical value: This was Helms’ last television title defense to complete almost an entire year of cruiserweight champion. Also while WWE sometimes tries to treat its fans as heels, this was a rare time it was done out in the open, although it may have been Bradshaw doing it on his own. Also if the rant leads to an angle down the line, even more historical value will be added to the match.
Skip or Watch: Watch the match just for the rant by Bradshaw, one of the highlights of a solid PPV.
The Undertaker versus Mr. Kennedy (Last Ride)
The match: Solid action, with a big bump or two. Without giving away too much, there is a problem with the “big bump” of the match.
Historical value: It depends on how one feels about the Kennedy-Undertaker feud by the time the DVD of this event is released. If it’s still going, then the match may not have as much historical value, except it’s only the second last ride match in history.
Skip or Watch: The match is worth a look, especially if a last ride match is scheduled down the line, you can see about the rules.
John Cena and Batista versus Finlay and King Booker
The match: Below average for a PPV main event, especially when Batista and King Booker were going at it, again no chemistry shown between the two.
Historical value: It was truly the first time the WWE champion and the World champion teamed up in the same match. Someone who is not a jaded “smark” may want to give it a look.
Skip or Watch: If you want to see what a Batista-Cena team looks like, this match is your chance. Other than that, the match is the proverbial nothing to see here.
Historical value: Actually there is plenty for a “throwaway” B show. JBL’s rant, which is a rare time WWE is so open about making its fans heels (I know JBL was a heel at the time and probably still will be by the time this is read), an exciting ladder match, champions together for the first time ever, the second last ride match and the fourth inferno match.
Skip or Watch: If you have money to burn, this event is certainly worth a look.