WWE Pay-Per-Views: 7 Moments That We Need to See at a Major Event
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When a major moment happens on pay-per-view, it becomes ingrained in the minds of wrestling fans forever.
No fan who watched WrestleMania X8 will ever forget what it was like to see Hulk Hogan take on The Rock, just like no fan who attended WrestleMania 28 will forget what it felt like to see The Rock vs. John Cena.
Moments like those are rare, but the WWE's PPV stage provides its superstars with a number of golden opportunities for career-defining moments.
CM Punk had one at Money in the Bank in 2011, Sheamus had one at The Royal Rumble in 2012 and multiple superstars are bound to follow in their footsteps down the road.
As we near the end of 2012, we can rest assured that at least a few stars will be at the center of unforgettable PPV moments in 2013 and beyond.
Here are seven moments that we need to see at a major WWE PPV.
7. Cody Rhodes Wins Money in the Bank
Over the last couple of years, Cody Rhodes has been mentioned as a possible Money in the Bank winner every time the match has happened.
Yet, here we are nearing 2013, and Rhodes hasn't really even sniffed a MITB win, much less the World title scene.
It's time for that to change.
Despite being just 27 years old, Rhodes has already evolved into one of the WWE's best all-around talents, proving himself capable of cutting a great promo and then following it up with a fantastic match.
There's no reason to rush Rhodes into the main event/World title picture, but if guys like The Miz and Jack Swagger can win the Money in the Bank briefcase, then Rhodes is undoubtedly ready to as well.
He has all the tools in the world to be a big star for the next five to 10 years. If the WWE pulls the trigger on a massive push for him, he'll deliver the goods.
Much like with Ziggler, it would make a ton of sense for him to win the coveted briefcase, whether that be at WrestleMania or Money in the Bank (which has quickly become one of the WWE's top PPVs) to ignite that push.
6. Wade Barrett Wins the WWE or World Heavyweight Title
During his "rookie" year in 2010, Wade Barrett feuded with both John Cena and Randy Orton and was right on the cusp of winning the WWE Championship.
Since then, however, Barrett's career has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride, one that's been marred by spotty booking and start-and-stop pushes.
But ever since Barrett returned in September, he's looked great in the ring and has proven that the days of his start-and-stop pushes should be over. He should be headed right back to the main event.
Barrett's currently stuck in an Intercontinental Championship feud with Kofi Kingston, but he's above that level and figures to be challenging for World titles in 2013.
Forget challenging for them, though. He should be winning them.
It's been two years since Barrett has really had a chance of competing in the World title picture, and that's two years too long.
He should challenge for either the WWE or World Heavyweight title next year, and when he does, his quest for the belt should end with a World title victory on a major PPV.
5. Ryback Hits Big Show with His Shell Shocked Finisher
According to WrestlingInc.com, the WWE is considering having the up-and-coming Ryback take on The Big Show at WrestleMania 29.
The logic behind it? For Ryback to have a "WrestleMania moment" by hitting Big Show with his Shell Shocked finisher.
Like Ryback or not, that sure sounds like an excellent way to put the rising star over on the WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Yes, we've seen John Cena hit the AA on Big Show about 10 times now, and we've seen Sheamus hit the White Noise on Big Show a couple of times as well. But as impressive as those feats were, they would be topped by Ryback's Shell Shocked.
Ryback would be holding Big Show up in a more awkward position and marching around the ring with him on his shoulders, which would undoubtedly be one of the greatest displays of power in wrestling history.
No matter what your feelings on Ryback are, it would be awfully hard not to be impressed with the world's biggest Shell Shocked.
4. Daniel Bryan Wins the 2013 Royal Rumble
Daniel Bryan has definitely been the breakout star of 2012, going from a rather generic babyface to arguably the hottest act in pro wrestling.
Over the last year or so, he's shown some absolutely tremendous range as a performer, going from the heel World Champion (and prick boyfriend) to one of the top comedic babyfaces on the roster.
Although he's performed incredibly well as a tag team wrestler over the last several months, he's above that level now. Now that he's proven to be great both in the ring and on the mic, he deserves to be a consistent main eventer.
At WrestleMania 28 earlier this year, a heel Bryan defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Sheamus. At WrestleMania 29 next year, he should be challenging for the World title as a babyface.
How does he get there? By winning the 2013 Royal Rumble, of course.
After all, no one deserves it more than he does.
3. CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar in a Battle of "Paul Heyman Guys"
Since Paul Heyman returned several months back, he has aligned himself with two "Paul Heyman guys," CM Punk and Brock Lesnar.
Heyman has, of course, been a fantastic addition to both acts, helping both Punk and Lesnar get over big-time as two of the top heels in the company.
But while Heyman has been managing Punk, Lesnar has been at home doing nothing, and up until this point, there's been no interaction between Heyman's top two clients.
So, what happens when Lesnar and Punk finally cross paths?
Whenever Lesnar returns, Heyman will likely still be aligned with Punk. This could lead to Heyman managing both Punk and Lesnar at the same time, but then what happens?
Well, just like any good stable, it eventually splits apart, and two stars from the group feud with another.
In this case, that would mean that we'd get Lesnar vs. Punk in a battle of "Paul Heyman guys" and a rivalry of epic proportions.
2. Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan for the World Title at WrestleMania 29
When you think of the WWE's top wrestlers, odds are that Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler are at or near the top of that list.
Now, however, Bryan and Ziggler are not just two of the best wrestlers on the planet. They're two of the best overall performers in pro wrestling as well.
They have been arguably the top two breakout superstars of 2012 and appear to be first in line to help carry the WWE into 2013 and beyond.
Both Bryan and Ziggler are right on the cusp of becoming full-time main eventers again, and as two of the very best in the business, they deserve to be in one of the main events of WrestleMania 29.
So, how about a World Heavyweight Championship match between the two?
Ziggler cashes in to become World Champion, Bryan wins the Rumble and then challenges for the belt on the grandest stage of them all.
These two absolutely tore the house down on Raw earlier this year and at Bragging Rights way back in 2010, and there's no doubt that, if given the chance, they'd do it again.
1. John Cena Turns Heel
Let's just be honest with ourselves: Nothing would be bigger than a John Cena heel turn.
As huge as CM Punk's heel turn or The Rock vs. Cena at WrestleMania 28 were, the truth of the matter is that a Cena heel turn would spark the biggest change in the business since Hulk Hogan's heel turn way back in 1996.
No one is expecting Cena to turn heel anytime soon (or even ever again) because of the risk the WWE would be taking by turning its top guy. But as we all know, that's perhaps the biggest reason why it should happen.
The WWE has taken huge risks with its storylines in the past, and many of those risks have paid off in a major way. A Cena heel turn could do the same.
While most fans seem to be tired of hearing about a potential Cena heel turn because they don't think it will happen, it's worth talking about for the simple fact that it could be arguably the biggest moment in wrestling history.
Could you imagine if Cena turned heel on The Rock at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 29?
In an instant, you create a mega-heel and ignite one of the most must-see angles ever.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!