Armageddon was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced every December (with the exception of 2001, where the event was temporarily replaced with VENGEANCE) by WWE, a PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING PROMOTION based in CONNECTICUT. The event was created in 1999, with its inaugural event taking place on December 12, 1999 at the NATIONAL CAR RENTAL CENTER in SUNRISE, FLORIDA. To coincide with the BRAND EXTENSION, the event was made exclusive to the SMACKDOWN brand in 2004 (with the exception of 2003, when the event was made exclusive to the RAW brand). In 2007, following WRESTLEMANIA 23, all PPV events became tri-branded. The final event was held in 2008, with TLC: TABLES, LADDERS & CHAIRS replacing Armageddon in 2009.
The central feud heading into Armageddon was between WWF CHAMPION KURT ANGLE, THE UNDERTAKER, TRIPLE H, STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN, THE ROCK and RIKISHI inside a HELL IN A CELL for the WWF Championship. At NO MERCY Kurt Angle won the championship from The Rock in a No Disqualification Match. Kurt would later retain the title against The Undertaker at SURVIVOR SERIES and again at REBELLION in a Fatal Four Way Match against The Rock, Rikishi, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Commissioner MICK FOLEY would later announce on SMACKDOWN! that Kurt Angle would defend his title inside a six-man HELL IN A CELL match. MR. MCMAHON would try desperately to get all six men to back out, but ultimately failed to do so.
Another feud heading into Armageddon was between CHRIS JERICHO and KANE in a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH. It started at Survivor Series when Kane defeated Chris Jericho by pinfall. They would later fight again at Rebellion only for Kane to defeat him. It was later announced on Raw that their feud would come to an end at Armageddon in a Last Man Standing match.