Pay per views in the WWE are always a lot of fun going into them, as the excitement and anticipation surrounding the event often leads people to imagine up numerous scenarios in their head. That's not necessarily a bad thing as it extends the possibilities for the show for certain matches, but occasionally it runs the risk of getting the hopes up of the WWE Universe.
Which of course, leads to a number of fans feeling incredibly disgruntled following the event if they don't get what they feel they deserve. Good examples of this can be found up and down the WWE pay per view calendar over the last few years, with 2010 being a good bookmark when it comes to this era that we've been stuck in for oh so long now.
We aren't suggesting that everything WWE does on a monthly basis is bad, but what we are saying is that they aren't perfect. As is the case with any other run of the mill wrestling promotion they get things wrong from time to time, whether it be the booking of a match or it's general placement on the card.
You could probably get away with that down in the independents, but in WWE every little move is scrutinised and that's especially true for pay per view main events. Fans feel like they are owed a great show stealer to see the night off in style, especially considering how much they pay to watch it either on the WWE Network or live in the arena.
Are they within their rights to complain? Probably, but that's not the point we're trying to make here. Instead, we're trying to zero in on the biggest main event errors that WWE have made in the last seven years - so let's get to it.
15 Royal Rumble Match - Royal Rumble 2012
Right, first of all let's talk about the final five minutes of this match because they were actually very good. In fact, they were great. Sheamus and Chris Jericho went off on one another in one of the best final two sequences in Royal Rumble history. There was near misses, hard hitting shots - you name it and these two brought it. It was stunning to watch.
Unfortunately, WWE decided to shoot themselves in the foot by having Sheamus come out on top. Whilst this wasn't the worst idea in the world considering there was still two world titles back then, the only reason Jericho didn't come out on top in this is because Vince wanted to swerve the fans. That's not a great way in which to deny an all-time great a career defining moment.
14 AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose - TLC 2016
This one really got on our nerves because it just continued to make Styles look so weak. After months of having to deal with the stain on society that is James Ellsworth, it seemed as if everyone and their grandmas knew what was coming at TLC. That's right, ladies and gentlemen - in a match between two of the blue brand's top stars the main event was decided by an Ellsworth heel turn.
It was so bad that Ambrose couldn't even be bothered to sell the fall through the table and to be honest, we don't blame him. Styles should have won clean as a whistle here and the fact that he didn't really grinds our gears to steal a phrase from Peter Griffin. Oh well, at least he went on to retain against John Cena at the Royal Rumble right? Right?
13 John Cena vs. The Miz - Over The Limit 2011
This is the pinnacle of Super Cena (aside from another entry in this list), and it makes us oh so angry. After The Miz retained the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXVII against Big Match John, he seemed destined to carry it forward throughout the summer months as a top cowardly heel. Unfortunately Cena had other plans, winning it back at Extreme Rules in a triple threat Steel Cage Match.
But wait, there's more. At Over The Limit 2011 Miz threw everything that he had at Cena in an attempt to reclaim the gold, which was understandable given how much the WWE Championship meant to him. However, after a false finish of sorts we got the ultimate slap in the face as Cena miraculously recovered before forcing Miz to say I Quit with ease. Damn it.
12 Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose - TLC 2014
This is an odd one because the idea of Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose feuding against one another should fill the WWE Universe with delight, not disgust. Unfortunately the series of matches that these two had didn't really pan out how many expected, with this match at TLC being the tip of the iceberg. Seriously guys, it's really really bad.
With Ambrose on top against the Eater of Worlds, the Lunatic Fringe decided to try and use a TV monitor in order to further his chances of winning the match. Unfortunately, Dean Ambrose is a fool and allowed the monitor to explode in his face which allowed Wyatt to take advantage and win the bout. Seriously? This was the best that they could come up with?
11 The Rock vs. John Cena - WrestleMania 29
The Rock vs John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII was one of the most anticipated matches in WWE history. The Rock vs John Cena at WrestleMania 29, to put it bluntly, was not. When the two men faced off in Miami one year prior it was billed as being Once in a Lifetime, so when they went head to head once again in New Jersey is just felt a little bit wrong.
The match itself was perfectly fine, but it's the finish we have a problem with. Knowing that WWE had planned out John winning clean and Rock passing the torch over for two years left a sour taste in our mouths, because there was the potential for so much more. A heel turn, a no DQ match, an interference - something that would've made the occasion feel more special.
10 CM Punk vs. Ryback - Hell in a Cell 2012
Ryback was the hottest thing in all of WWE when he faced off against CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell. The feed me more chants were unbelievably over with the crowd and Punk's WWE title reign, which had lasted for nearly a year at that point, felt in serious jeopardy. Fans were fascinated as to how the company were going to book the contest between the two, and boy oh boy were they let down.
We should mention that Ryback was undefeated in WWE up to this point, because that's important. As the match approached it's conclusion the challenger had Punk up on his shoulders ready to deliver his finisher, when all of a sudden referee Brad Maddox hit Ryback with a low blow. Punk then rolled him up and courtesy of Maddox holding Ryback's feet down, he got the pinfall victory to retain the belt. Sigh.
9 Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus - Survivor Series 2015
Everyone could see this one coming from a mile away which is what made it so, so much worse. The back story here is that Seth Rollins pretty much murdered his knee at a live event in Dublin, leading to the WWE Championship becoming vacant. In the tournament that followed to determine a new champion, Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose to win the belt and lead us into a new era for the strap.
But Roman's evening wasn't over yet. After rejecting Triple H's handshake, Reigns was brogue kicked by an oncoming Sheamus who just so happened to be the Money in the Bank holder. The Celtic Warrior cashed in the title to become champion, despite being so unbelievably irrelevant for the few months prior. Why not do the Reigns heel turn here? Fools.
8 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose - Hell in a Cell 2014
Before we get into the finish of this one, let us just say that Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose was a great Hell in a Cell main event. In fact it was one of the best versions of the match type that we'd seen in years. The two bitter enemies fought back and forth inside the structure, and it genuinely felt like a logical blow off to a feud that had been going on ever since Seth turned on The Shield.
They fell off the cell, hit some cool high spots - all the good things were there. It seemed like the perfect time for Dean to get his big victory over The Architect, but instead WWE decided to go with Bray Wyatt interfering and costing Ambrose the match courtesy of the worst looking hologram known to man. Trust us, it's as bad as it sounds and you shouldn't even attempt to watch it.
7 Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett - Survivor Series 2010
After the Nexus had their momentum derailed ever so slightly a few months prior, many were surprised to see Wade Barrett back in the main event picture against someone like Randy Orton. Thankfully the story made perfect sense, with Barrett manipulating John Cena into doing everything that he asked of him due to his new position as a member of the renegade group.
Cena himself was the special guest referee for this one, with the stipulation being that if Barrett didn't leave as the WWE Champion then Big Match John would be fired. You all know where we're going with this - Orton won, Cena was fired, then he came back a week later and carried on his day to day operations as a WWE superstar as if nothing had ever happened. Disgusting.
6 Royal Rumble Match - Royal Rumble 2014
The Royal Rumble is supposed to be fun, guys. It's supposed to be that one event in the WWE calendar that's impossible to mess up because all you really need to do is have a worthy winner alongside some fun moments during the night. That was too much to ask from WWE in 2014 though, with the misaligned babyface Batista eliminating Roman Reigns to guarantee his spot in the main event of WrestleMania.
It's fair to say that the result was met with some criticism, with many people feeling that The Animal's triumph in the match felt incredibly forced. They weren't wrong either, and Batista himself questions the logic of the booking throughout his six month comeback to this day. Then again - as bad as this was, it was nothing compared to what happened one year later. Stay tuned.
5 John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar - Extreme Rules 2012
This was a great, great war. John Cena fought Brock Lesnar in the Beast's first match back in WWE since 2004, with many people tuning in to see how Lesnar would fare in his first match back with the company. They need not have worried, as the two men put on one of the most brutal and entertaining brawls that we've ever seen in a match of this or any other kind.
The problem, however, was the finish. It seemed as if the whole purpose of this match was to get Brock over as this unstoppable monster, and yet Cena was the one who came out with his hand raised. It didn't really make much sense and when you look forward to the build up for his rematch with Rock, it would've been so much more logical for Lesnar to win his first match back and gain some much needed momentum.
4 Triple H vs. CM Punk - Night of Champions 2011
Remember the Summer of Punk? Remember how it was ruined by having Punk lose four pay per view matches in a row? Well this was smack bang in the middle of all that as Triple H decided to come out of retirement just to put Punk back in his place. Seriously, that's all this was - an ego boost for The Game because he just couldn't get enough after dominating The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
This was the equivalent of burying the Summer of Punk angle and we don't say that lightly. The Straight Edge Superstar was one of the hottest superstars in all of professional wrestling and it made absolutely no business sense whatsoever to have him take the pinfall here. The worst part is that it was a fun match, and Punk would've benefited so much more from the victory.
3 Royal Rumble Match - Royal Rumble 2015
This is the Rumble sequel we were referring to earlier - and we apologise in advance. After months of speculation it seemed as if WWE were finally ready to pull the trigger on Roman Reigns becoming a main eventer, despite the fact that not alot of fans had bought into that idea as of yet. It was strange to say the least, especially considering how popular he was just twelve months beforehand.
Regardless of fan opinion though Reigns was indeed the man to win the 2015 Royal Rumble, and it was a pretty catastrophic finish. After Big Show and Kane simultaneously eliminated several fan favourites, around 20 or 30 minutes after Daniel Bryan had already gone out, Reigns proceeded to lift the two giants over the top rope and win the match. It's like they were TRYING to incite a riot.
2 Team WWE vs. Team Nexus - SummerSlam 2010
When The Nexus debuted in the summer of 2010, they were the hottest thing in all of professional wrestling. The NXT rookies were ruling over WWE with an iron fist, destroying every single superstar that came into their path. It was all setting up perfectly for a 7-on-7 match at SummerSlam between Team WWE and Team Nexus in what would likely go down as a huge turning point for the stable.
Well, they were kind of right. With Gabriel and Barrett left standing against the lone survivor for Team WWE John Cena, it seemed as if Nexus would pick up a morale boosting victory. Of course, this was John Cena and he was never going to put these guys over - so instead he defied the odds and single handedly defeated both men to save the day for the company. Seriously, this was awful.
1 Triple H vs. Roman Reigns - WrestleMania 32
They really did this. This actually happened. Roman Reigns defeated Triple H clean in the main event of the biggest WrestleMania of all time. That makes us feel physically ill. The fact that WWE thought for even a second that this was the right move is atrocious, and it leads us to believe that they went with it just to feed Vince McMahon's ego.
Any form of alternative would've been preferable in this instance, and it's saying something that even Triple H was being cheered by the fans here. Nobody wanted this to close the show and they didn't even make it a No Disqualification match, which feels like the most logical thing they could've done. But instead, they spit in our face one last time before the curtain fell on AT&T Stadium.
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