WWE’s top five best Pay-per-views of all time

Akash DhanagaranAkash Dhanagaran
September 27 2023
WWE WrestleMania 17

WWE is the biggest wrestling promotion across the world. The company has produced some of the greatest shows over the years. Although the company produces PPV’s month after month, certain PPVs remain epic and remembered forever. So here are the top five WWE Pay-per-views of all time. 

5. Survivor Series 2002

It is one of the greatest Survivor Series pay-per-views of all time. The PPV is remembered for the most interesting and power packed match card and interesting story lines and also the inaugural Elimination Chamber match. The match card involves Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship where Shawn Michaels won. 

Other than that, Brock Lesnar fought Big Show for the WWE Championship, where Paul Heyman turned on Lesnar and made Big Show champion. Triple Threat Elimination Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, where Edge and Mysterio won.

4. SummerSlam 2002

2002 is a year to remember with some interesting PPV’s, here is another PPV from the same year. SummerSlam 2002 is one of the highly anticipated shows and is considered as the greatest SummerSlam of all time. The main feud of the show is between Brock Lesnar and The Rock, where Brock won the King of the Ring and challenged The Rock for the WWE Undisputed Championship. Where Brock Lesnar defeated The Rock and won the title for the very first time by becoming the youngest to win the WWE Championship.

Another major feud is between Shawn Michaels and Triple H, where Michaels returned after four years of retirement due to back injury. Triple H tried to prove Shawn Michael is weak, by attacking him backstage to start the feud. At SummerSlam 2002, they had a Unsanctioned match, where Shawn Michaels won.

3. WrestleMania 19

This is the complete Wrestling package featuring high profile wrestlers and power packed match cards. The biggest hit of the PPV is the storytelling that made a huge crowd pull. The matches that made the PPV memorable is The Rock vs Stone Cold match, Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle match for the WWE Championship, Triple H vs Booker T for he World Heavyweight Championship, Hulk Hogan vs Mr. Mcmahon in a Street Fight Match. The event witnessed a record breaking 54,097 viewers and $2.76 Million ticket earnings, making it one of the most memorable PPV’s of all time.

2. Money in the Bank 2011

CM Punk vs John Cena for the WWE Championship is the main reason behind the success of the PPV. The way CM Punk took the storyline made him one of the undeniable stars of the wrestling industry, which brought him fame and popularity. Punk teased of leaving WWE with the Championship as his contract expired the same night, pipe bombing on the company and McMahon’s family.

The rise of attention that Punk got over the build for the match is priceless, which made the biggest babyface John Cena disappear in the shadows. At Money in the Bank in the Bank, McMahon tried to stop Punk winning the championship in all the ways, but Punk won and took the championship with him with a flying kiss in front of his home crowd in Chicago.

Other than that two Money in the Banks from the Raw and SmackDown side was held and Christian and Randy Orton fought for the World Heavyweight Championship, where Orton won.

1. WWE WrestleMania 17

WrestleMania 17 is the Greatest of Greatest PPV of all time, that the numbers it recorded and the history it created is still unbeatable. It is the perfect show of shows, which is filled with everything that a dream PPV should have. The match card involves a number of power packed matches, however the main highlight of the show is the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock for the WWF Championship in a No Disqualification match, where Rock won after a hard fight with a lot of twists and turns.

Another highlight of the show is the TLC match for the WWF Tag Team Championship, where Edge & Christian, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz battled in a hardcore style match. The match showcased brutality, A total of 9 tables were destroyed, Ladders fell everywhere, highflying moves by The Hardys, top rope spear from Edge, Table breaking Dudley’s were witnessed.

The show broke all the records with the highest buy rate of 1,040,000, record-breaking attendance of 67,925 and grossed $3.5 Million. This event is universally considered as the greatest Wrestle Mania of all time and is the greatest pro-wrestling PPV ever produced.

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