Armageddon (2002)

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Armageddon (2002)
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Promotional poster featuring Torrie Wilson
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown!
Sponsor(s) Lugz
Date December 15, 2002
Attendance 9,000[1]
Venue Office Depot Center
City Sunrise, Florida
Pay-per-view chronology
Survivor Series (2002) Armageddon (2002) Royal Rumble (2003)
Armageddon chronology
Armageddon (2000) Armageddon (2002) Armageddon (2003)

Armageddon (2002) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and took place on December 15, 2002, at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was the third Armageddon event and included talent from the Raw and SmackDown! brands.[1]

The main match on the Raw brand was a Three Stages of Hell match for the World Heavyweight Championship between champion Shawn Michaels and Triple H. The first match was a Street Fight, which Triple H won after performing a Pedigree. The second match was a Steel cage match, which Michaels won by pinfall after jumping off the top of the steel cage onto Triple H through a table. The third and final match was a Ladder match, which Triple H won after retrieving the belt suspended above the ring.[2] The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was The Big Show versus Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship. Angle won the match and the WWE Championship after pinning Big Show following interference from Brock Lesnar. One of the primary matches on the undercard was Chris Benoit versus Eddie Guerrero, which Benoit won by forcing Guerrero to submit with the Crippler Crossface.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Triple H set to face Shawn Michaels for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Three Stages of Hell Match

At SummerSlam on August 25, World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Triple H in an Unsanctioned Street Fight.[5][6] Three months later at Survivor Series, Michaels won an Elimination Chamber match, lastly eliminating Triple H, to win the World Heavyweight Championship.[7][8] On the November 25 episode of Raw, Michaels defended the title against Rob Van Dam; however, Michaels retained the title with help from Triple H. On December 2, on Raw, Triple H defeated Rob Van Dam to face Michaels for the title at Armageddon. Afterwords, Michaels awarded the win to Triple H and the two brawled with one another ending with Michaels nailing Triple H with the Sweet Chin Music.[9][10] The next week on Raw, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff announced that the title match at Armageddon would be a Three Stages of Hell match. He said the first fall would be a Street fight, the second fall would be a Steel cage match, and that the third fall would be a Ladder match. Later that night, after Triple H defeated Jeff Hardy, he and Ric Flair attacked Hardy and was close to taking out Hardy with a steel chair until Michaels came out to challenge both men. Moments later, Flair cut a promo with Michaels stating that if Michaels doesn't pass the torch at Armageddon, Triple H will kill him, taking the most coveted trophy in the business from him. Towards the end of the show, Michaels attacked Triple H and Flair with an iron shovel outside the arena. Michaels then smashed Triple H with a trash can, causing him to fall inside a dumpster. Shortly after, Michaels climbed to the top of a trailer and jumped off onto Triple H, sending a clear message toward their title match at Armageddon.[11][12]

The last month at Survivor Series, The Big Show defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship, pinning him after a chokeslam on a steel chair, thus handing Lesnar his first Pinfall loss in WWE. During that match, when Lesnar tried to pin Big Show following an F-5, he was betrayed by his agent Paul Heyman who pulled the referee out of the ring, allowing Big Show to capitalize and win the title. On the November 21 episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar checked the villain's locker room to look for Big Show and Heyman until Matt Hardy stood up and made insults to Lesnar about his loss at Survivor Series. Lesnar responded by throwing him through the wall. Moments later, SmackDown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon informed Lesnar that he can't get his rematch for the WWE title until his ribs, that were still injured when Big Show tossed him off the stage the previous two weeks on SmackDown!, are healed up to 100%. She then stated that she will suspend Lesnar if he would lay his hands on Heyman, Big Show or any other SmackDown! superstar. During the segment between Heyman and Big Show, Heyman made it clear that Lesnar would not get a rematch, even going so far as to sneak a special clause in his contract. Shortly after, Lesnar went after the two by grabbing the steel chair from ringside and nailed Big Show in the spine with it. Later that night, Big Show defended the WWE title against Edge, which ended in a no-contest when Heyman interfered, enabling Big Show to put Edge away with three chokeslams. Afterwords, Lesnar got to the ring and nail Big Show with an F-5 and then chased Heyman backstage until Heyman took off in a limousine.[7][8] The following week on SmackDown!, SmackDown! GM Stephanie McMahon suspended Lesnar due to Lesnar ignoring her orders twice the previous week about not laying his hands on anybody, even Big Show. Later that night, Lesnar would still come out and hit an F-5 on Big Show through the announce table then he once again tried to go after Heyman until Stephanie McMahon bought the officers out in Lesnar's way and ordered them to get him out of the arena. On the edition of December 5 of SmackDown!, Angle defeated Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Edge in a Fatal Four-Way match to become number one contender to the WWE Championship at Armageddon.[13][14] Shortly after the match ended, Big Show, accompanied by Heyman, came out and chokeslammed Angle.[13][14] The next week on SmackDown!, Angle interrupted Lesnar's autograph session to inform Lesnar that he would get his suspension lifted if Lesnar could help him defeat The Big Show at Armageddon. Lesnar responded by saying, he'll think about it. However, SmackDown! GM Stephanie McMahon reminded Big Show and Heyman that Lesnar's suspension has been lifted. Later that night, Big Show and A-Train defeated Angle and Edge.[15][16] Towards the end of the match, as Angle was preparing to apply the ankle lock on The Big Show, Heyman distracted him, which allowed Big Show to hit a chokeslam for the win.[15][16]

Event[edit]

Preliminary matches[edit]

Before the match, a dark match took place between Jeff Hardy and D'Lo Brown, which Hardy won after a Diving Crossbody[17] The event opened with a Fatal Four-Way tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship between Chris Jericho and Christian, Lance Storm and William Regal, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von), and Booker T and Goldust. The Dudley Boyz were eliminated after Regal pinned Bubba Ray after a Diving leg drop by Storm. Regal and Storm were eliminated after Goldust pinned Regal after a Director's Cut. Jericho and Christian were eliminated after Booker pinned Jericho after a Book End, meaning Goldust and Booker T won the title.[17][18]

Next, Edge faced A-Train. A-Train was disqualified for attacking Edge with a chair. After the match, Edge hit A-Train with the chair seven times.[17]

Before the next match, the Dawn Marie and Al Wilson segment was shown. A Recap of the Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson backstage segment from Smackdown, 10 days earlier (12/5/02 although during 2002, Smackdown was still a taped show so, this actually happened 2 days before it, was shown)

In the recap video from that night we see Torrie packing up her things getting ready to leave for the night and in walks Dawn Marie, Torrie's unofficial (not married yet) step mother.

(Torrie clenches her fist and looks as if she's ready to hit Dawn).

Dawn to Torrie: "Whoa, Torr-Torrie, don-don't hit me, OK?. I know you don't like me, I know you don't want to talk to me. You have every single right to be upset with me. As you know, your dad, Al, is overseas and I just want to let you know that he is not the only Wilson in your family that I am interested in."

(By now Torrie had been more relaxed but when she heard this, you could see her face get "weird-ed out", Torrie's mother wasn't involved in the story-line, and she's an only child.)

Dawn: "It's you Torrie, it's you. Your eyes are so beautiful and your body is so voluptuous, and your skin is so soft"

(she reaches to touch Torrie's hair, but Torrie push's her hand away)

Torrie: (with a questioning look on her face) "Wait a minute, you are engaged to my father yet you're making him out to be a total fool and it's all over me?"

(Torrie now has a more relaxed look on her face)

Dawn: "I have a proposition for you. If you do something for me, I won't marry your father. As much as I love your father, I won't marry him. Tonight, I'm in room 357.

(she sticks one of her room keys in to Torrie's Jacket, by her chest).

Hopefully you'll be there".

(We see Torrie at Dawns door and she walks in)

(We see Dawn sitting there on the bed, in just her robe and a glass of champagne)

Dawn: "Hi Torrie, I was beginning to lose faith in you."

(Torrie walks toward the camera and throws the room key on the bed)

(Dawn is up in Torrie's Face)

I guess you love your father after all. Now, do everything I want you to do and the wedding will be off."

(Torrie tries to turn around and walk out, uncomfortable with the situation).

I guess you don't love your father after all. (Torrie turns around and looks at Dawn with disdain, but realizes she MUST do this if she is to not want this marriage to happen). That's better."

(continuation of the recap video but this is now the following Smackdown 12/12/02).

(Dawn and Al are standing in the ring)

Dawn to Al: "Even though it is true, that I spent the night with Torrie, I-I just want you to understand, every time that I looked into Torrie's eyes, I saw yours and every time I kissed Torrie's lips, I felt like I was kissing yours, Al, what's it going to be?"

Al to Dawn: "I still want to marry you."

Dawn to Al: "I wanna marry you too, Al, despite what that bi--- Torrie wanted me to do tonight. I'm gonna still marry you here on Smackdown, and no-one, no-one is going to tell me I can't be your wife."

(Torrie comes out and attacks Dawn, as well as her father)

Dawn to Torrie: "You enjoyed it Torrie, admit it. You enjoyed every second of it. On Sunday night, I'm gonna show the whole world, how much you enjoyed what happened in that hotel room".

(recap video ends)

(Dawn and Al come to the ring)

Dawn to the audience: "Everyone's been buzzing, about what really happened in room 357, between Torrie Wilson and me. There have been so many questions about that night, like, "how far did Torrie really go?", and just "how hot is that footage, you're about to show?", and "was Torrie Wilson every thing I said she was?" "Was she a sexual predator?". Well the fact is, Torrie Wilson isn't here tonight. That's because she was embarrassed, she's ashamed, she's hiding. But I'm not hiding, I'm right here, in the flesh, to show you all what I promised. So if you will please, I present "what happened in 357"

The video starts off where Torrie enters the room as we saw on Smackdown and we see everything all the way up to where it went off the air, but this time the camera keeps rolling as Dawn promised we'd see it.

Dawn to Torrie: (as she looks her down) "you look a little uncomfortable, champagne?, it'll make you feel better."

(Torrie drinks the whole glass (which was a good size))

Dawn continues talking as we don't hear Torrie speak for the rest of the night, "Feeling a little frisky tonight, aren't we?, you like strawberries, Torrie? she walks over and grabs a strawberry and tries to feed it to Torrie, Torrie turns her head and Dawn says "oh, come on, Torrie, those aren't the rules. They're sweet, you'll like them, I promise. (Torrie takes a bite, disgustingly), and then Dawn finishes it. Dawn unfolds Torrie's arms and says "your body is so strong, soft, but I can't see it (she unzips Torrie's jacket and takes it off, gets behind Torrie and moves her hair out of the way then says "you're so beautiful and sexy"). She proceeds to remove Torrie's red silky red skirt. Torrie steps out of it, slowly, and Dawn then runs her hand up Torrie's leg. Torrie is now in just her red bra and red panties, but visibly uncomfortable with the situation. Dawn says "that a girl, you smell like strawberries", moves to the side of Torrie, and begins taking her own black robe off which reveals black bra and stockings/panties. She proceeds to say in her ears, while grabbing her that "all men want you, but they can't give you what I can". She looks her in the eyes, and says "only a woman, knows how to make another woman, feel good, let me show you". She starts kissing Torrie's cheek a couple of times, and then gets to Torrie's bottom lip, and then Torrie eventually grabs a full on lip lock with Dawn, doing that for about 8 seconds.

Dawn, back at the PPV says "freeze the footage, freeze the footage, yeah, you people like that? I know that I did. How hot was that?."

Al then says "I think we've seen enough, Dawn, that's my daughter, I can't let this go on any further."

Dawn to Al: "Oh Al, it's going to go further, your daughter went further"

Dawn to audience: "Do you all want to see exactly how far Torrie went? Roll the footage.

We see another 8 seconds of Dawn and Torrie liplocking, all while Al is saying "stop, stop it, i mean stop it god damn--, dawn, stop it, you can stop this, i don-dawn, stop it, i mean stop it. (the footage stops. "i had enough of this please".

Dawn to Al: "Oh Al, stop it? but the people want more, dont you?"

Al to Dawn: "I don't give a dam- if they want to see more, dawn, you have to stop this, you have to stop it, please, im putting my foot down damn--, please."

Dawn to Al: OK, OK, OK, if my fiance, Al Wilson, wants to stop the footage, then we're going to stop the footage, because there's absolutely nothing i wanna do in this whole world to upset my little bo bo, no, he's not an asshole, besides, i've proven my point, i've proven that Torrie Wilson was everything I said she was. She's nothing but a sexual predator, and Al, being that you're so aggressive, why don't we go back to our hotel room and make a little footage of our own, come on, come on [19]

Eddie Guerrero, who faced off against Chris Benoit

After that, Chris Benoit faced WWE Tag Team Champion Eddie Guerrero. Benoit forced Guerrero to submit to the Crippler Crossface to win the match.[17]

Next, Kane faced Batista (with Ric Flair). Batista executed the Batista Bomb to win the match.[17]

After that, Victoria defended the WWE Women's Championship against Trish Stratus and Jacqueline. After stratus executed a Clothesline on Jacqueline, Victoria hit Stratus with the Women's title belt and pinned Jacqueline to retain the title.[17]

Main event matches[edit]

Kurt Angle challenged Big Show for the WWE Championship.

In the sixth match, The Big Show (with Paul Heyman) defended the WWE Championship against Kurt Angle. After back and forth action between the two (including some interference by A-Train against Angle), Brock Lesnar interfered and attacked Big Show with an F5. Angle pinned Big Show to win the title.[17][20]

In the main event, Shawn Michaels defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell match. The first fall was a Street fight. Triple H pinned Michaels after a Pedigree to win the first fall.[17][21] The second fall was a Steel Cage match. Michaels pinned Triple H after a Splash off the top of the cage through a table to win the second fall.[17] The third fall was a Ladder match. Triple H pushed a ladder, causing Michaels to fall off the ladder through four tables stacked outside the ring, and retrieved the title belt to win the match![17][21]

Results[edit]

No. Results[3] Stipulations Times[1]
1H Jeff Hardy defeated D'Lo Brown Singles match 04:56
2 Booker T and Goldust defeated Chris Jericho and Christian (c), Lance Storm and William Regal and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) Four-way elimination match for the World Tag Team Championship 16:43
3 Edge defeated A-Train by disqualification Singles match 07:12
4 Chris Benoit defeated Eddie Guerrero by submission Singles match 16:47
5 Batista (with Ric Flair) defeated Kane Singles match 06:38
6 Victoria (c) defeated Trish Stratus and Jacqueline Triple threat match for the WWE Women's Championship 04:28
7 Kurt Angle defeated Big Show (c) (with Paul Heyman) Singles match for the WWE Championship 12:36
8 Triple H defeated Shawn Michaels (c) 2–1[2] Three Stages of Hell match for the World Heavyweight Championship 38:35
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • H – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Sunday Night Heat

Tag Team elimination match[edit]

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Bubba Ray Dudley The Dudley Boyz William Regal Pinned after a roll-up 05:17
2 William Regal Lance Storm & William Regal Goldust Pinned after a scoop powerslam 05:33
3 Chris Jericho Chris Jericho & Christian (c) Booker T Pinned after a Book End 16:43
Winners: Booker T and Goldust (New World Tag Team Champions)

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