I just read on WWF.com that they are going to name the July PPV "Vengeance" and then give the December event the name "Armaggedon" again.
Didn't they change the name of the December PPV because of Sept. 11 (and Raw is War becomes just "Raw")? Why would they go back? And what was wrong with Fully Loaded? And on top of THAT, are they so limited for PPV name ideas that they had to recycle one that they JUST used?
Since we missed Fully Loaded last year, some fans may have forgotten it. It wasn't very special, as KotR was right before it and Summerslam was after. People will remember Vengance, if only for the title tournament, and Armageddon is just so damn awesome with its logo that it deserves to be brought back. In my opinion, I would replace Judgement Day with Fulley Loaded next year, but that's just me.
Well, since WCW is almost completely out of existence now (with the exception of the nWo, which, to me, is far more synonomous with WCW than the WWF), I guess the WWF felt that having another inVasion PPV would just be... well, utterly pointless.
I'm not sure I would have brought back the Armageddon name, despite the somewhat cooled climate. I'm sure the WWF has to realize that even though (by that point) Sept. 11th would be fifteen months behind us, it doesn't mean people will forget. I was working that Tuesday morning and I saw the live coverage... it's something I know I'll never forget. But I certainly don't believe the Armageddon name is being brought back as some malicious attempt by Vince McMahon to brutally remind us of the attacks.
Anyway. If I had to bring back the Armageddon name, I would have kept Vengeance for December, and moved Armageddon up to July to fill the Fully Loaded/inVasion slot. Vengeance is probably still fresh in most casual fans' minds (I know it is in mine), and it does seem weird to have another Vengeance in only three more months.
At least, that's the way I see it. But hell... in another year, it'll probably be second nature to us.
Speaking of pay-per-views being rescheduled. I remember reading on DDT Digest that WCW Starrcade used to be somewhat of a Thanksgiving tradition. But when the WWF competed with it by bringing in Survivor Series, WCW moved Starrcade to December. I'm sure that must have been weird to fans watching at the time. But since I only started watching WCW in 1997, not having Starrcade in December would have been the damned oddest thing in the world to me. Turns out, I found out in 2001 that I was right. *sigh*...
But now I'm going off on a tangent.
“If there's anything I hate, it's a loud-mouthed Canadian with blonde hair who dresses like a rock star... except you, you're cool.”
--Kurt Angle to Chris Jericho, Smackdown 4/11/2002
The main problem for Austin this time compared to the last time he returned is that there are few guys on RAW who can elevate Austin from the decent level to the good to great level like he had in 2001.