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The 15 Most Unwatchable WWE PPVs of the PG Era

In 2008, WWE began what is referred to as the “PG Era.” Though there was no official announcement of this change aside from the appearance of a TV-PG logo before every episode of RAW, fans that had watched through the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Era immediately noticed the shift in content. Gone was the leniency regarding things like cursing, bra and panties matches and bloodshed. In their place was a greater emphasis on family-friendly entertainment that perhaps wasn’t quite as cartoonish as WWE during the ‘80s, but nevertheless represented a drastic shift from what came before. It was like waking up after a night of heavy drinking and trying to acquaint yourself with surroundings that seemed both strangely familiar and painfully different at the same time.

Although many felt that this change in content style was a terrible decision for WWE, the truth of it was that – like most eras in wrestling – the PG era contains both good and bad moments. Indeed, this era is responsible for giving us some of the great all-time WWE moments such as CM Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011, Daniel Bryan winning the WWE title at WrestleMania XXX and the dominant run of The Shield.

But when the PG era is bad, oh man is it really bad. WWE’s creative staff was deprived of the same bag of tricks that they had been working with before this era and often found themselves looking for answers and holding nothing. There is no better example of this than a bad PG-era PPV. It’s one thing to have to suffer through a bad PG RAW, but when an entire PPV bombs and can’t even bother to give us a few guilty pleasure moments as compensation, it often became simply unwatchable.

Here are the 15 most unwatchable PPVs of the PG Era.

15 WrestleMania XXVII

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14 Fatal 4 Way 2010

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13 SummerSlam 2015

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Between NXT delivering one of the best shows in recent memory the night before and the increased media coverage that accompanied SummerSlam 2015, WWE had plenty of reasons to make sure SummerSlam 2015 blew people away. Instead, this was just one of those nights that felt like someone deflated the locker room right before the event started, and nobody was able to reach the heights they should have.

12 TLC 2010

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11 Bragging Rights 2010

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10 Survivor Series 2012

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9 WrestleMania 32

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8 Over The Limit 2010

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7 Over The Limit 2011

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6 No Way Out 2012

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5 Royal Rumble 2014

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4 Survivor Series 2013

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3 Battleground 2013

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2 TLC 2014

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1 Capitol Punishment

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When WWE named this event Capitol Punishment, most fans assumed it was part of their awful attempt to overplay the presentation elements of this show taking place in Washington, D.C. In reality, we should have taken it as the warning for the death penalty that this show truly was. While the painfully patriotic overtones of this event were bad enough, they are nothing compared to the awful matches that plagued this card. Nobody is still quite sure why R-Truth headlined a PPV in 2011 against John Cena, nor are they entirely convinced that this entire event wasn’t the result of some hallucinogenic state caused by Vince McMahon taking the wrong medication.

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