After Great Balls of Fire , whose original reception to the name caused laughter – even by AJ Styles himself – it is very possible that Vince McMahon and company will think twice before conducting a second edition of it. In that line we thought of those PPVs, whether it was the product of the name, the failure, the theme, all this together or simply because yes, they only saw the light in a single occasion.
The list does not include In Your House events that ran from 1995 to 1999 and hosted several editions under various names – a format similar to what we see today with NXT shows, all known as TakeOver.
8- No Holds Barred: The Match / The Movie (1989)
The 1990s were approaching and until then the company only produced four events a year (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series). However, it was in 1989 that the then WWF had an idea that would soon become a reality , something never seen before and that to date would not repeat itself.
It was the golden years of Hulk Hogan as the face of the organization and its popularity was in the skies, but it was not enough for Vince McMahon, who wanted to redouble the bet by taking the Hulkster to the big screen.
Thus was born No Holds Barred , a film starring the red and yellow – although here known as Rip and white clothing – and that would have the actor Tom Lister Jr. under the skin of Zeus , his evil archenemy.
The film was released in cinemas in June 1989, and by December, WWF presented it in PPV format, with the extra that after the film there would be a fight in cage with Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake Vs. Zeus and Randy Savage, a rematch from SummerSlam.
This PPV is one of the few not available on the WWE Network.
7- This Tuesday on Texas (1991)
The entertainment great always liked the experiments , but on many occasions things did not go as expected. A clear example of this is the 1991 PPV This Tuesday on Texas .
As the same name indicated, it happened on a Tuesday in the state of Texas. The unusual date was what characterized the event , being the idea of making the second day of the week a regular day for pay-per-view.
Of course the idea would be a resounding failure in spite of promising stellar between Undertaker and Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. A decade later there would be a déjà vu with the inclusion of Taboo Tuesday, also of short life fruit of the little success harvested.
6- One Night Only (1997)
Conducted in the UK due to a clause imposed by then-WWF Champion, the “anti-American” Bret Hart , who prevented transmitting the event in the United States, One Night Only was considered by many, contrary to previous cases , exit.
However, it was a private PPV. In addition to the fact that it was not available in the US, it only had a limited number of VHS numbers on sale and yet it would generate a purchase rate of 0.05, which could translate into 20,000 issues.
The event would host an unannounced bout between “The Hitman” and Undertaker – which would be inexplicably discarded from the US DVD edition – but would stellarly defend the British WWF British Bulldog Championship against Shawn Michaels .
In spite of being a success, the show would not see a second delivery, perhaps, more than something else, because it indicated its own name: a single night.
5- Capital Carnage (1998)
Capital Carnage could well be cataloged as the continuation of One Night Only. Also carried out in English lands, it would happen in 1998, the year after the mentioned special, and following the line of its predecessor, neither would fail in the hour of the numbers.
Historically, the British market was always the strongest for wrestling. The relationship with WWE was always special, however, because of the unforgettable occasion when the company filled Wembley Stadium for SummerSlam 1992, a date remembered mainly by the mythical duel British Bulldog Vs. Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship.
From the year 97 ‘onwards, the company would produce a PPV event annually – sometimes up to two – in the United Kingdom, generally under various titles (in addition to ONO and Capital Carnage, No Mercy, Rebellion and Insurrection), but with The same purpose. That until 2003, because the administration would take into account that the time difference made things too complicated. Backlash 2005 would be the last visit of WWE to UK strictly like PPV.
InVasion was unique in many ways. As a result of the invasion of the WCW-ECW alliance towards the WWF, PPV would see the allies seek their resurrection when confronting the person responsible for removing them from the business in Vince McMahon and his followers.
It was unique in many ways, he said, and that was that it counted exclusively on encounters between Superstars WWF against gladiators of the opposition , even going to have a match of arbiters between the legendary Earl Hebner and Nick Patrick.
The strange thing is that it would not be Eric Bischoff who commanded the avengers nor, despite being part of Paul Heyman, since it would be his own blood, Shane and Stephanie McMahon , who would fight to strip his father of power.
Far from being considered a failure (in fact, it has sold more copies than any other PPV outside the WrestleMania field), the show would mark a before and after in the history of sport entertainment and today is considered a classic American wrestling . However, it would not have a sequel for the mere fact of being part of a story.
3- Breaking Point (2009)
Hell in a Cell, Money in the Bank, Extreme Rules, Elimination Chamber and TLC are successful examples of stipulations that became PPV events. However, not all attempts to capitalize on certain types of fighting have been satisfactory, and one of the examples found in our list is Breaking Point 2009.
First-class fights would not be lacking, but the great handicap of it would be that all the main encounters of the cartel would present a stipulation not too showy to be the central point of the event: submission.
Many will remember the face-to-face between John Cena and Randy Orton for the WWE Championship or the screwjob in Undertaker Vs. CM Punk , but not for being part of a memorable PPV , but, more than anything else, for the level of the names involved.
2- Fatal 4-Way (2010)
And speaking of “capitalize” stipulations … I want to believe that WWE had to know that Fatal 4-Way would be a short-lived project, but if there is one thing I have no doubt is that it was not an idea that was characterized by its originality.
Little to say of an event that although it presented two solid stellar encounters (of course, to four bands), little and nothing left in regard to the other five fights of the bottom of the cartel.
The show would not be considered a success nor much less , because within all would make decent numbers, but also would not generate enthusiasm for a second delivery. And thank God that this would not happen the following year, neither the one that followed, nor the other … nor the five after that.
1- Capitol Punishment (2011)
What about Capitol Punishment ? Let’s start with an interesting fact: it was the PPV that replaced Fatal 4-Way the year after , but unfortunately (or not) would be supplanted by No Way Out in 2012, which in turn would be replaced by Payback in 2013.
Well … maybe that was all that interesting. The list would be much more extensive, however, if we touched the points of the non-interesting. And in that regard, I think that what gets the first place would be the excessive attention that the guest of the event would receive: an imitation of Barack Obama , who, in fact, would be treated at all times as if he were the legitimate ex-President of the U.S.
The company would have the brilliant idea of adding a touch of politics to a PPV taking advantage of the election era, although the only policy that would have to beObama An imitator.
What do you think? What, in your opinion, was the worst of all these events? Do you think any of them should return to the company’s programming? Leave your opinions in the comment box.