8. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga vs. JBL – No Way Out
One of the best examples of a number one contender’s match with multiple legitimate potential winners.
The Raw Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out was a star-studded affair with six top stars battling for a chance to face Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXIV.
JBL and Umaga weren’t likely as a heel vs. heel match surely wouldn’t headline WrestleMania, but the other four? All fair game. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and Jeff Hardy had all challenged Orton for the title on pay-per-view in the months before this show, and could all feasibly face him again at ‘Mania.
The match had intrigue but it was also great in its own right. Jericho and Michaels were the first two so that was a good start. JBL and Umaga were the first two eliminated so a solid follow-up.
Then the uber-popular Jeff Hardy made it to the final two to face rival Triple H. The crowd wanted Hardy to win as he was fresh off his match with Orton at the Royal Rumble, but it was Triple H’s night.
He had a lot of nights during this time, didn’t he?
7. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Edge – Armageddon
If you were a Jeff Hardy fan, Armageddon 2008 holds a special place in your heart. On the surface, this is a great Triple Threat Match, but if you watch until the end, it is the setting of one of the most cathartic world title wins in WWE history.
Hardy had been trying to become WWE Champion for most of 2008. However, personal setbacks derailed those plans early in the year and then Triple H stood in his way during the Fall.
Fans were about ready to throw in the towel and give up hope on Hardy being champion. Armageddon was the last shot. Thankfully, it was the one Hardy needed.
The match is very good with great nearfalls that built to a classic finish. Hardy was crotched on the top rope when Triple H hit Edge with a Pedigree. Hardy was then able to recover and hit the Swanton Bomb to break up the pin and get the win himself.
Saying this was an incredible moment does not do it justice.
6. Royal Rumble Match
Boy, the 2008 Royal Rumble match is fun. Even taking the surprise John Cena return out of the equation, this is a very fun Rumble with lots of entertaining spots and returns throughout.
But also, holy s**t that John Cena return. Cena had torn his pectoral muscle in October and was to be sidelined for 6-12 months. Sure enough, the clock ticks down on the number 30 entrant and its John Cena returning after *checks notes* 3-4 months!
No one will ever be able to convince me that John Cena is not a robot.
If you are someone who gets a kick out of a Royal Rumble where there are endless bodies in the ring, this is the one for you. It belongs on the shortlist of best Royal Rumble matches and the best matches of 2008.
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