WWE has long been in a rut of making a majority of their pay-per-views revolve around a certain match type. Hell in a Cell, TLC, and Elimination Chamber has been met with a great amount of hatred by the fans for how these shows degrade the match types and take away from the importance of the match in general. In years prior, the announcement of a Hell in a Cell match would signify the ending of a huge rivalry in the most vicious way possible.
With WWE currently restructuring their rosters and television networks, this would be a perfect time for them to reintroduce some classic shows that bring back some of the old school feel. Doing away with these gimmick shows will allow for the match types to gain their big match feel again. Here are five pay-per-views that should make a comeback.
5. New Year’s Revolution
The Royal Rumble has always been the main January show for WWE but for a short time, New Year’s Revolution was the first pay-per-view of the year. From 2005-2007 the show had a few memorable moments like Edge cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on John Cena and winning the WWE championship. The last show had John Cena defeating Umaga for the WWE championship and the show was cancelled come 2008.
The show could be a great way for WWE to start fresh every year by offering a glimpse into what the next year will bring. With the December show right before it, they could literally advertise the show as a fresh start and treat it as a sort of live event where we see matches between superstars who have never faced each other. Royal Rumble will still be at the end of January, so there can’t be that much changing of rivalries with three shows over two months. Giving the fans a fresh start is often necessary, so why not treat it as a New Year’s Resolution?
A term for the war to end all wars would be a great piece of symbolism for the show at the end of the WWE calendar year,ideally replacing the TLC pay-per-view. This was one of the more famous WWE shows, broadcast from 1999-2008. This show was always viewed as sadistic and dark and that lead to great matches such as the 6-man Hell in a Cell match where Undertaker threw Rikishi from the top of the cage and Shawn Michaels vs Triple H in a three stages of Hell match.
WWE is still in the world of PG and doesn’t want to step on viewers toes when it comes to people’s personal and religious preferences. The world of professional wrestling should still be a place where dark subject matters can be flung about without a great amount of uproar. Having a show like this would be a great use of symbolism with Armageddon meaning the end and having it at the end of the year makes perfect sense. This really plays similar roles with the next pay-per-view on the list.
3. Judgement Day
Another show with a religious undertone that had tons of success was the Judgement Day event. The show started and went from 1998-2009 with just a year off in 1999. Some major matches from the event’s history have been John Cena vs JBL in an I Quit match in 2005 and The Rock vs Triple H in a 60 minute Ironman Match for the WWF Title in 2000.
The term Judgement Day is defined as “the time of the Last Judgement; the end of the world.” The show has made up many of the best moments in WWE history and shouldn’t be forgotten in history. Many people complain about the product getting too childish in the subject matter so sprinkling in some dark events could really counter these claims. This is a show where the Undertaker thrived due to the high power aspects of his character, and could be a place where superstars like Bray Wyatt or Aleister Black could use their dark personas to create genuinely scary moments at the event.
2. The Great American Bash
Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, The Undertaker, John Cena; these are all legends who have competed at this incredible event over the years. From various times from 1985-2012, the Great American Bash has taken place across various promotions like NWA, WCW, and WWE. The show was a trademark of July for years and has become one of the more legendary shows of all-time.
People love a good throwback and this show is nothing if not a legendary call back to a masterful time in professional wrestling. Giving off feels of the old school rivalries such as Dusty Rhodes vs Ric Flair or the classic War Games matches, this would be a great show to produce top notch wrestling and have a time to show off the wrestlers of years past. Fans love to see their favourite wrestlers of the past decades so why not schedule some time for an event that those same wrestlers took part in?
1. Cyber Sunday
With the world so focused on social media, why not capitalise on it? Cyber Sunday was really an idea way ahead of the curve. Back in 2004, the idea was conceived to have fans vote on things like someone’s opponent or a match’s stipulation. Fans would vote online and typically have three options to choose from. The show ended after 2008 but it seems like now is the best time to bring it back.
With people using sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at record levels, why not bring the classic show back to a landscape that is now fully capable of tallying all of these votes simply and effectively. The fans always talk about wanting to have their voices heard so this sounds like the perfect idea to give them what they want. Give the fans the options, tally the votes live, and let the cards lie where they lie.
The fans get what they want, not much work is needed for writing the show, and they just need to have three distinct finishes ready. For WWE and the fans, this is simply a win/win situation. Let’s just keep it on Sundays and not Tuesday like Cyber Sunday’s predecessor, Taboo Tuesday.
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