The Top 10 Pay-Per-Views Of The Last 10 Years!
In the last ten years there have been over 100 pay-per-view events, thousands of matches and many classics, but I've compiled what I think it the best overall ten pay-per-view events from WWE in the last ten years. Take a look...
10: WWE Unforgiven 2008
Jericho wins the World Championship despite not being sheduled to comete in the match
September 7, 2008 - Quicken Loans Arena; Cleveland, Ohio
WWE introduced a new concept for this pay-per-view, known as "Championship Scramble Matches". Each World Championship would be competed in a five-man 20 minute match, begininng with two men and another entering every five minutes after. There can be as many pinfalls as possible during that 20 minutes to become the Interim Champion and the Interim Champion at the end of the 20 minutes would be crowned the Champion.
Most notably, Chris Jericho captured the World Heavyweight Championship by replacing CM Punk (who was taken out due to being attacked by Randy Orton) despite the fact that Jericho lost to Shawn Michaels earlier in the night in a No Holds Barred Match.
Matt Hardy def. Mark Henry, The Miz, Chavo Guerrero and Finlay in a Scramble Match to win the ECW Championship.
The Legacy def Cryme Time to retain the Tag Team Championship.
Shawn Michaels def. Chris Jericho
Triple H def. Jeff Hardy, The Brian Kendrick, Shelton Benjamin and MVP in a Scramble Match to retain the WWE Championship.
Michelle McCool def. Maryse to retain the Diva's Championship.
Chris Jericho def. Batista, Rey Mysterio, Kane and JBL in a Scramble Match to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
9. WWE Survivor Series 2002
Shawn Michaels wins the World Championship in only his second match in over 4 years.
November 17, 2002 - Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
In the first ever Elimination Chamber match, Shawn Michaels, who had only wrestled once since retiring at WrestleMania XIV, pinned Triple H with a Sweet Chin Music to become a 4-time World Champion. The event was also notable for Brock Lesnar's first defeat in the company and every Championship match crowned a new champion.
Jeff Hardy, Bubba Dudley and Spike Dudley def. 3 Minute Warning.
Billy Kidman def. Jamie Noble to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Victoria def. Trish Stratus in a Hardcore Match to win the WWE Women's Championship.
The Big Show def. Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship.
Los Guerrero's def. Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit and Edge & Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
Shawn Michaels def. Triple H, Booker T, RVD, Kane and Chris Jericho in an Elimination Chamber Match to win the World Championship.
8. WWE WrestleMania 25
April 5, 2009 - Reliant Sadium, Houston, Texas
This is the most recent Pay-Per-View on the list. The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania came from Houston and was so successful as it boasted what I consider the greatest match of all time when The Phenom The Undertaker stepped into the ring and put his WrestleMania Streak on the line against the Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels.
The two wrestled out of their skins and the fans in attendance witnessed something more than special. I liked their rematch earlier this year but nothing will beat this match. The greatest of all time!
CM Punk def. Kane, Mark Henry, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Christian and Finlay in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Santina Match def. 24 Diva's in an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal to be crowned Miss WrestleMania.
Chris Jericho def. Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka in a 3-on-1 Elimination Tag Match.
Matt Hardy def. Jeff Hardy in an Extreme Rules match.
Rey Mysterio def. JBL to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
The Undertaker def. Shawn Michaels.
John Cena def. Edge and The Big Show to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Triple H def. Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship.
7. WWF WrestleMania X-8
March 17, 2002 - SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The last WrestleMania under the WWF banner, featuring a packed card. But it'll be most remembered for the classic between The Rock and Hollywood Hulk Hogan. Fan favourite The Rock was booed by the fans in favour of Hogan and despite loosing the match, Hulk Hogan's post match pose down was one of those great WrestleMania moments.
Also on the card, The Undertaker defeated Ric Flair to go 10-0 at WrestleMania. Chris Jericho walked into the SkyDome as the Undisputed Champion but lost to Triple H who capped off his return from injury by defeating Y2J and winning his fifth WWF Championship.
RVD def. William Regal to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
DDP def. Christian to retain the WWF European Champioship.
Maven fought Goldust to a non contest in a WWF Hardcore Championship match.
Kurt Angle def. Kane
The Undertaker def. Ric Flair
Edge def. Booker T
Stone Cold def. Scott Hall
Billy & Chuck def. The APA, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.
The Rock def. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Jazz def. Trish Stratus and Lita to retain the WWF Women's Championship.
Triple H def. Chris Jericho to win the WWF Undisputed Championship.
6. WWE Survivor Series 2003
November 16, 2003 - American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
In arguably the greatest Survivor Series in history, we saw two classic Survivor Series Elimination Matches in which WWE put their stock in future stars as John Cena and Randy Orton survived in their respective matches in a sign of things to come from those two.
A vicious Ambulance Match between Kane & Shane McMahon is a must see as is the Buried Alive match where we see the very last of The Undertaker as the American Bad Ass.
Team Angle - Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, John Cena, Hardcore Holly and Bradshaw def. Team Lesnar - Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones and A-Train in a Survivor Series Elimination Match when John Cena and Chris Benoit survived.
Molly Holly def. Lita to retain the WWE Women's Championship.
Kane def. Shane McMahon in an Ambulance Match.
The Basham Brothers def. Los Guerrero's to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.
Team Bischoff - Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton, Scott Steiner and Mark Henry def. Team Austin - Shawn Michaels, RVD, Booker T, Bubba Dudley and D-Von Dudley in a Survivor Series Elimination Match when Randy Orton survived.
Vince McMahon def. The Undertaker in a Buried Alive Match.
Goldberg def. Triple H to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
5. WWE WrestleMania 21
April 3, 2005 - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
WrestleMania went Hollywood and crowned both Batista and John Cena as World Champions for the first time as they dethroned Triple H and John Bradshaw Layfield respectively.
In other notes from the event, Eddie Guerrero lost to Rey Mysterio in what would be his last WrestleMania match before he passed away. Edge won the first ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Undertaker stopped his legend from being killed by Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle stole the show with their classic encounter.
Also, Hall of Fame inductee Roddy Piper hosted a special edition of Piper's Pit with Stone Cold which is not to be missed!
Rey Mysterio def. Eddie Guerrero
Edge def. Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Christian and Kane in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The Undertaker def. Randy Orton
Trish Stratus def. Christy Hemme to retain the WWE Women's Championship
Kurt Angle def. Shawn Michaels
Akebono def. The Big Show in a Sumo Wrestling Contest
John Cena def. JBL to win the WWE Championship
Batista def. Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Championship
4. WWF InVasion 2001
July 22, 2001 - Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
In an event we had all dreamed of seeing, WCW and ECW challenged WWF to a series of matches, but in the main event, WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin delivered a Stunner to Kurt Angle and pushed Booker T ontop of him to give the Alliance the victory.
Rob Van Dam in his first match since coming to the WWF the previous month defeated Jeff Hardy in an amazing Hardcore Championship match.
Edge & Christian def. Lance Storm & Mike Awesome
Earl Hebnar def. Nick Patrick
The APA def. Sean O'Haire & Chuck Palumbo
Billy Kidman def. X-Pac
Raven def. William Regal
Chris Kanyon, Shawn Stasiak and Hugh Morrus def. Billy Gunn, The Big Show and Albert
Tajiri def. Tazz
RVD def. Jeff Hardy to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
Trish Stratus and Lita def. Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler
Team WCW/ECW - Booker T, DDP, Rhyno and Dudley Boyz def. Team WWF - Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker and Kane
3. ECW One Night Stand 2005
June 12, 2005 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York
This is the reason people should stop putting these Extreme Reunions on. This will never be outclassed. Classic ECW crowd, Joey Styles on commentary and a proper list of ECW Alumni. There wasn't a single bad match on the card and none better than the short but sweet opener between Chris Jericho and Lance Storm. These two men had their first ever professional wrestling match against each other and had a memorable one here.
Despite the WWE influence to have RAW & Smackdown talent "invade" the building appearances by ex-ECW stars like Rob Van Dam, Taz, Balls Mahoney, the bWo and more made it night to remember!
Lance Storm def. Chris Jericho
Super Crazy def. Tajiri and Little Guido
Rey Mysterio def. Psychosis
Sabu def. Rhyno
Chris Benoit def. Eddie Guerrero
Mike Awesome def. Masato Tanaka
The Dudley Boyz def. Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman
2. WWE WrestleMania XIX
March 30, 2003 - Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Matt Hardy def. Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
The Undertaker def. The Big Show and A-Train
Trist Stratus def. Victoria and Jazz to win the WWE Women's Championship
Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Hass def. Los Guerrero's and Chris Benoit and Rhyno to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
Shawn Michaels def. Chris Jericho
Triple H def. Booker T to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Hulk Hogan def. Vince McMahon
The Rock def. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Brock Lesnar def Kurt Angle to win the WWE Championship
1. WWF WrestleMania X-Seven
April 1, 2001 - Reliant Astrodome, Houston, Texas
And top of the list is non other than WrestleMania X-Seven. The undercard was made of excellent matches such as Jericho & Regal, Angle & Benoit, Guerrero & Test, Vince & Shane and again, that was just the undercard! The Main Events included Undertaker adding Triple H to the long list of victims at the grandest stage of them all. The second TLC Tag Title Match and in a rematch from WrestleMania XV, The Rock defended the WWF Championship against Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In one of the most shocking moments in wrestling history, two of the fiercest rivals in the WWF joined forces when Steve Austin and Vince McMahon shook hands and shared a beer after the match as Stone Cold turned his back on the WWF fans.
Chris Jericho def. William Regal to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Tazz and The APA def. Right To Censor
Kane def. Raven and The Big Show to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
Eddie Guerrero def. Test to win the WWF European Championship
Kurt Angle def. Chris Benoit
Chyna def. Ivory to win the WWF Women's Championship
Shane McMahon def. Vince McMahon in a Street Fight
Edge & Christian def. The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz in a TLC Match to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
The Iron Sheik won the Gimmick Battle Royal.
The Undertaker def. Triple H
Stone Cold def. The Rock in a No Holds Barred Match to win the WWF Championship