Hey everyone! It's The Wrestling Classic here with another list for ONE37pm. In this article, we’ll look back at the 26 best WWE PPVs that I consider top-tier viewing material.
PPVs were the mega shows where you got the best cards, rivalries would conclude and big moments would usually take place. Back in the day, they would cost money per watch but it was so worth it. As kids, we would all go to school the very next day talking about what happened on the PPV and getting excited for that Monday's Raw or Nitro. We even tried to sneakily watch it through the squiggly lines of the broken cable feed when we didn’t want to pay for it. PPVs went from four times a year to once a month and even sometimes twice a month.
In the era of the WWE Network and Premium Live Events, the term pay-per-view for the WWE is becoming less recurring in the everyday vocabulary of a wrestling fan. However, when I was growing up you didn’t get to just pay $9.99 (has it gone up with inflation?) to get an entire library of old PPVs that included every upcoming show thanks to your subscription service. I remember having to try to record events on VHS tapes to be able to watch them again. I even remember having to wait until it came out on video to rent it to do the double VCR trick until DVDs came out. This all being said, I wanted to rank my favorite WWE PPVs of all time.
Quick note, WrestleMania and SummerSlam from last year (2022) were incredible. But I feel like 2022 was the beginning of the Premium Live Event era. I also didn’t want to have a list full of WrestleMania events or just the "big four" as we know the WWE tries its best to go all out for those events. Plus you can read how I ranked every WrestleMania right here.
Lastly, honorable mentions go out to WrestleMania V, WrestleMania VIII, SummerSlam 1992, WrestleMania X, Survivor Series 2001, WrestleMania XX, Unforgiven 2006, Extreme Rules 2012, Payback 2016, Royal Rumble 2020, and The Wrestling Classic (for personal reasons, of course).