The pay-per-view business has been one of the big revenue-generating ideas for the WWE over the past couple of decades.
It all started with just one: WrestleMania. The first one was done through movie theaters, and after that, was shown on PPV as well.
Then, Survivor Series was added in 1987. After the success of the first three WrestleMania events, the company doubled their pay-per-view events by throwing in five-on-five elimination matches.
The following year, 1988, saw the debut of the rest of the Big 4: the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam. Since then, these four have been mainstays, while other shows have been added or removed around them.
In 2011, there were a total of 13 pay-per-view events produced by the WWE. While it is definitely too much, the money made from them makes it difficult to scale back. Rumors of shows appearing on the WWE Network have surfaced, but that is at least a year away.
Now, I embark on the near-impossible task of power ranking the 25 best pay-per-view shows in the past 25 years. When it is all said and done, I would love to hear your opinions about how you would rank and what shows you would include.
Inevitably, I will forget some that others think deserves the honor of being on the list, so make sure to share your choices in the comment section!
Let's get started.