In 2011 we had 25 Pay Per Views and the grand total of 191 PPV matches (not counting the Money In The Bank Cash-ins as separate matches).
So, let’s do a Pay Per View! Normal PPV rules apply: one match per title, one match per person (the fact Dolph Ziggler pulled double duty notwithstanding), and no more than 2 group matches. Let’s call it Generic Wrestling Show. Total running time, no more than 3 hours.
Match 1: Alex Shelley defeated Amazing Red, Robbie E (with Cookie) and Shannon Moore. An Ultimate X match to determine the number one contender for the X Division Championship (10:30). [From TNA Destination X, July 10]
Match 2: Christian (with Edge) defeated Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay). A one-on-one ladder match for World Heavyweight Championship, vacant at the time (21:00). [From WWE Extreme Rules, May 1]
Match 3: Austin Aries (c) defeated Brian Kendrick. One-on-one singles match for the X Division Championship (10:30). [From TNA Bound For Glory, October 16]
Match 4: Daniel Bryan defeated Kane, Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater and Sheamus. SmackDown’s Money in the Bank ladder match (24:30). [From WWE Money In The Bank, July 17].
Match 5: A.J. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels. Standard singles match (28:30). [From TNA Destination X, July 10]
Match 6: Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) (c). Straight tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship (18:00). [From TNA Genesis, January 9]
Match 7: CM Punk defeated John Cena (c). The one-on-one match for the WWE Championship. The added stipulation was that if CM Punk left Chicago with the WWE Championship, John Cena would be fired the following night (33:45). [From WWE Money In The Bank, July 17]
So, Generic Wrestling Show had 146:45 minutes of actual wrestling over seven matches, which gives enough time for promos, entrances and interview segments. No, there were no women’s matches, no minor title matches from WWE, and out of the 7 matches 4 were from TNA.
What does this say? Just that there is a certain type of wrestling match I like, and so this would be my PPV of the year. It also means that when it came to the very best matches, TNA and WWE were on a par (in my opinion).
So go ahead, comment, rip me a new one for not including your favourite PPV match. I know, I’m bound to hear from all those workrate freaks who felt that because the ring broke, Big Show/Mark Henry should be included, or that because they were two of the biggest icons Sting/Hulk Hogan should be in there, with Kevin Nash/HHH also in that category.
So… what’s your PPV?
Tags: AJ Styles, alberto del rio, beer money, christian, Christopher Daniels, cm punk, Daniel Bryan, john cena, PPV, TNA, view from down here, WWE