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[1999-12-12-WWF-Armageddon] HHH vs Vince McMahon

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Last few minutes. They actually went 30 minutes with this match, which is insane, so no way were we going to include it in full. There's good sports entertainment melodrama, and then there's overwrought and bad sports entertainment melodrama, and this is the latter. Vince is about to destroy HHH with a sledgehammer for the finish when Stephanie asks if she can do it. She can't bring herself to do it, but that leaves Vince open for a pinfall and loss. So HHH wins.

 

Then comes the twist that we're still feeling the effects of today. HHH teases hitting Stephanie with the sledgehammer until she turns around concerned, and her concern turns to a smile and she hugs HHH. Yeah, a lot of how they got there didn't make sense, but this was another great angle that further cemented HHH as the top guy.

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Arena brawling that went on an eternity. The angle at the finish is great though. That evil smile and the embrace. Let's not try to pick holes in the plot. The marriage of Triple H and Steph was a fresh and interesting idea once upon a time.

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Vince hits a gusher. Lots of needless brawling in this match. Vince takes a bump off the scaffold, gets hit with a sledgehammer and then his own daughter turns on him. I was a fan of the Mcmahon-Helmsley group at the time but I can't beileve it's still going on today.

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I can't imagine watching this for 30 minutes but the action we see isn't offensively bad or anything. In a shocking twist, they do NOT have Stephanie pick up the sledgehammer, prepare to hit HHH, then swing around and hit Vince instead. Instead she costs Vince the match through more subtle means and solidifies her turn afterward. And things will never be the same again.

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