The WWE pay-per-view business model is widely believed to be the most successful in private telecast distribution. The company typically produces between 12 and 15 broadcasts per year, with each one routinely earning commendable buy-rates. The success of Vince McMahon’s PPV model can be measured in the significant fact that his company was chosen to produce The Rolling Stones’ landmark “One More Shot” 50th anniversary concert in December (via Georg Szalai of The Hollywood Reporter).
When WWE’s own pay-per-views are considered, however, only four events are usually mentioned: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. These attractions are synonymous with classic bouts such as Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart and The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin.
But then, there are the "B-shows."
Numerous significant moments of professional wrestling have happened at B events such as No Way Out, Backlash and the In Your House series.
Stone Cold winning the King of the Ring tournament and delivering his iconic “Austin 3:16” promo. Undertaker competing against Kane and six-foot flames in the inaugural Inferno Match. Jeff Hardy finally winning “the big one” to capture his first WWE Championship.
All of the above took place outside of the “big four” domain.
With an electric Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view now in the history books, this article takes the in-depth look that the B-show deserves and will highlight some of the most overlooked events in the history of the WWE.
(Note: Events are listed in chronological order and are not placed in a ranking system.)