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the end of a good year
on 18 March 2009
When i look back at 2008 i recall a somewhat vintage year for the WWE,there was the odd lame event,night of champions being one and maybe one night stand but aside from that we as fans were blessed like lambs of Heaven,we really were,the year ended with armageddon and while not a classic was a reminder of why the year was so engrossing at times.
The event opened with a number one contender match for the intercontiental championship match,the two men vying for such a honour were rey mysterio and cm punk,this match was very good,very fast paced,quite technical and in the end brutal as hell,i say this because someone gets their nose broken and you can hear it if you really want too,not pretty but a good match from two men who have similar gung ho styles and equal levels of brilliance.
Next up was a blefast brawl featuring finlay going up against mark henry,the best thing about this match was the commentary by matthew striker,maybe thats a bit harsh but i wasnt thrilled with this match,both men went through the motions never really raising the pulses,not good.
Matt hardy fought vladimir kozlov next,this match was a non title match,it was acceptable,2008 was a year when vladimir would win a slammy and he would remain undefeated but he hasnt done alot to win over the wrestling purists,his ogre like in ring style may be effective but it seldom looks pretty,here he nulified the threat of hardy and made this a simple enough encounter but not the match of the year by any means.
Randy orton and batista waited years for their match which was next,the tensions were high and the crowd wanted to see a great match which they got,both men complimented each other well and shared good chemistry,the match was even and demands repeat viewings,good stuff.
A triple threat match for the WWE championship was contested next as the champ edge went up against two familiar foes in jeff hardy and triple h,this match had it all,passion,focus,class and desire,thats all you can ever ask for as fans and it is here in abundance,i really enjoyed this match.
The main event was next,john cena,the world champ going up against the man he beat for the title just a month earlier,chris jericho,now i wont lie to anyone,this match was similar to their previous encounter but that doesnt make it bad,it was in fact a very good match and a good way to close out the year,worth buying on some fronts for sure.