The growth of the internet over the past decade has changed wrestling in a major way. WWE is now uploading clips of every relevant segment to their YouTube channel along with classic matches. Fans get the option to witness many of their favorite WWE moments on their phone with a few clicks for free. WWE has tried to adopt a popular social media presence to prove they are an elite brand in entertainment. It has worked in terms of getting huge views on YouTube. While ratings may be trending down, the new generation tends to catch up online.
We will look at the most popular videos ever uploaded by WWE to YouTube since creating the channel. WWE will upload moments from the weekly shows, historic matches, top ten lists, behind the scenes clips and many other forms of entertainment for the viewer to connect with the product. It is difficult to predict which videos will become massive hits. A recent instance of this saw Rey Mysterio’s return at the Royal Rumble get four times as many views as Ronda Rousey’s debut. Find out exactly what has received the most attention and why. These are the fifteen most watched WWE moments on YouTube.
13 Sting and Randy Orton Destroy The Authority
Sting’s short run as a performer for WWE brought in the views for WWE. Fans waited decades for Sting to finally enter the WWE ring. Sting’s first big match in WWE saw him face Triple H at WrestleMania 31. A few appearances on Raw brought in the interest for the attraction match.
This specific moment saw Sting align with Randy Orton to take care of business.
Orton was feuding with The Authority’s golden boy Seth Rollins at the time. The two wrestlers with mutual enemies joined forces as Orton and Sting cleared the ring. Sting appearing in a WWE ring was still cool and new at the time. Orton hitting the RKO is always fun. The combination of both has given this video over 35 million views on YouTube.
12 Legends vs. Legends vs. Legends
A rare match with six legends saw the teams of Shawn Michaels and Triple H, Chris Jericho and Big Show, and The Undertaker and John Cena all battle this out at Madison Square Garden. This was one of the last televised shows in MSG for WWE and they treated the fans with something special.
Six future Hall of Famers battled it out ahead of the Survivor Series 2009 PPV.
11 Will the real John Cena please stand up?
John Cena was inspired to have a special entrance for WrestleMania XXV. The entrance of Cena saw dozens of guys dressed like Cena all line up on the stage to the ring. Cena made his appearance and walked past them all while saluting them on his run down the stage. It was considered the most memorable entrance of Cena considering how unique it was.
10 Stephanie McMahon owns Roman Reigns
Nearly 38 million fans have shown their hatred of Roman Reigns by enjoying a video of Stephanie McMahon running him down. Following a PPV event when Reigns destroyed Triple H, Stephanie called out Roman to the ring. We got a classic heel Stephanie promo verbally berating him for his actions against her husband.
Stephanie physically got in some hits as well with a barrage of vicious slaps to Reigns across the face.
9 Randy Orton hits Triple H where it hurts
One of the most ruthless instances of a heel crossing the line to hurt a babyface featured Randy Orton getting in Triple H’s head. Ahead of their WrestleMania XXV match for the WWE Championship, Orton started attacking various members of the McMahon family. Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon were the first targets in the weeks leading up to this moment. Orton handcuffs Triple H to the ropes in this video before attacking Stephanie McMahon.
With Triple H handcuffed, Orton kisses an unconscious Stephanie as her husband looks on in pain.
8 The Great Khali destroys Rey Mysterio
WWE uploaded an older match from 2006 from the SmackDown brand during Rey Mysterio’s World Championship reign. Vince McMahon soured on Mysterio right away and started booking him to get destroyed by the giants of WWE each week. This moment featured The Great Khali making his presence known by decimating Mysterio with complete ease.
A bizarre match in WWE history featured Randy Orton and John Cena teaming together to face the entire Raw roster in 2008. Triple H set the match up to punish them both before a triple threat match between all three men at WrestleMania XXIV. Orton and Cena got the better of the entire roster surviving the overwhelming numbers working against them.
Fans would have been angry at the two golden boys burying the entire slate of performers on the show.
7 The Undertaker surprises Brock Lesnar with a unique weapon
This popular moment was on the road to WrestleMania XXX before the infamous match between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. A contract signing between the two legends created a memorable moment that fans still look up today.
The Undertaker used a pen to stab into the hand of Brock Lesnar before giving him the Choke Slam through a table.
6 John Cena and AJ Lee make out
The one romantic moment to make the top fifteen most watched WWE videos on YouTube features the short-term relationship between John Cena and AJ Lee. Following her love storylines with Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Kane, Lee moved on to a romance with an even bigger name. AJ and Cena became an item with Lee dressing as Cena for many weeks.
5 The Great Khali debuts
As mentioned earlier, The Great Khali has become a sensation for the WWE YouTube channel due to fans in India watching it by the millions. WWE uploaded a video of the moment Khali first appeared on television for the company. Khali debuted on an episode of SmackDown in 2006 to completely decimate The Undertaker.
WWE badly wanted Khali to become the next big monster heel; it showed by having him take out the biggest legend in the company with complete ease.
4 The Great Khali wins gold
Another moment for The Great Khali is on the list as this one has over 53 million views. Edge was forced to relinquish the World Championship in 2007 following a serious injury. WWE decided to have a battle royal with everyone on the SmackDown roster competing for the big gold. Most fans anticipated Batista would win the battle royal as the biggest star on the roster.
The wrestling world was shocked when WWE went with the bold decision of having Khali win it to become the World Champion.
3 John Cena and Brock Lesnar brawl
A rare moment to showcase blood on WWE during the PG-era featured a memorable brawl between John Cena and Brock Lesnar. WWE shocked the world when Lesnar returned to the company on the episode of Raw after WrestleMania XXVIII to F5 John Cena. This brawl occurred one week later when it was announced the two legends would have a match at Extreme Rules.
John Cena started to gain momentum in 2003 with the rapping gimmick that allowed him to deliver entertaining freestyle raps before the matches. This match was one of his impressive performances on SmackDown defeating fellow rising star Rey Mysterio. Both men would become future legends and the 2003 era of SmackDown helped them get on the right track.
2 Tribute to the Troops match of legends
The annual Tribute to the Troops show gives WWE a chance to thank the armed forces with an event catered towards them. WWE used to head to Iraq to have the shows for the troops stationed over there. This specific moment comes from the 2008 show in the form of a dream match.
Six legends squared off with the face team of John Cena, Batista and Rey Mysterio battling the heel squad of Chris Jericho, Big Show and Randy Orton.
1 Largest battle royal in WWE history
The most-watched video on WWE’s YouTube features the largest battle royal in WWE history. Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis announced rosters from both Raw and Smackdown would make history as 41 men competed in the battle royal back in 2011. The winner would get to pick the champion opponent of his choosing later in the night. Randy Orton won the battle royal by hitting an incredible RKO on the ring apron on The Miz.
The choice of Orton was to face World Champion Mark Henry. That match is also included and shows Henry retaining the World Championship over Orton. It ended in controversy when Cody Rhodes interfered attacking Orton leading to the DQ. Big Show came to the ring to make the save and stood tall with Orton to end the moment. This very random moment is the top WWE video with over 74 million views, because you can’t predict wrestling.
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