Armageddon ’99

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Arnold Furious: 1999 had been a rocky year for in-ring and the December PPV has always been a bit of a downer. The WWF often struggled to think of things to fill the dead space with between the twisty Survivor Series (this year headlined by a surprise Big Show title win) and the inevitable Road to WrestleMania beginning in January. 1999 was no exception and this PPV was headlined by Triple H and Vince McMahon, doing battle over the future of Stephanie. Almost a battle for control of her soul. The rest of the card contains little of historical value.

 

Tangent: the main event of Sunday Night Heat was Al Snow beating Test. If the WWF had any belief in Test he’d have main evented the PPV, as he was most obviously wronged by Triple H stealing his fiancé and pre-marrying her before their RAW marriage. Vince would have been better served to corner Test here and gain another main eventer rather than once again having a McMahon headline. I think the fans began to turn on McMahon presence on TV around this time and quite rightly so. It was becoming too much.

 

We’re in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.

Survivor Series ’99

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James Dixon: The last few versions of this show have been pretty monumental. The previous year was the “Deadly Game” tournament to crown a new WWF Champion, which The Rock won after a heel turn and a night where there was next to no wrestling worth shouting home about. The year before was the infamous Montreal Screwjob, about which enough has been written already. 1996 saw Sycho Sid dethrone WWF Champion Shawn Michaels to thunderous applause, while on the undercard Steve Austin and Bret Hart assembled a bona fide classic. 1995 and 1994 both saw title changes too, with Bret Hart winning the title from long time champion Diesel in ’95, having lost it to Bob Backlund in a very long and mostly boring bout in ’94. Plenty to live up to then, and this show will be remembered long into the future too, but for something stupid and idiotic rather than monumental…