There was nothing like a catchy name for a pay-per-view. Not just the WWE, but many wrestling promotions have come up with killer names that practically sell the event itself. WrestleMania is the perfect example, as the event has become a brand itself and still sells today. It's very simple, but it worked perfectly.
The WWE started with that and from there grew into the big four every year; Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummeSlam and Survivor Series. King of the Ring would join the fray in 1993 and 1994. Meanwhile, WCW had its mainstays, with some taken from NWA like Starrcad and The Great American Bash, while SuperBrawl and Halloween Havoc were created by WCW themselves.
The WWE was happy to put on just five PPVs a year, but WCW soon forced their hand by adding more and more. Eventually both companies had one every month. That's a lot of money to spend on PPVs and that means a lot of names were thrown out there. While the WWE had their mainstays, they constantly changed things up to keep it fresh, soon finding a great name for every month, like Backlash, Judgment Day, Armageddon, No Mercy and Unforgiven. Hey, can we get those names back?
The gimmick PPVs today have not only taken a lot of meaning out of those matches, like Hell in a Cell, TLC and Elimination Chamber, but they've also sapped the creativity out of coming up with a cool name for a PPV. The WWE has fiddled with their May, June and July events, trying to find something that works.
WCW could've used some name changes in their PPV lineup, but most of their shows actually had good names.
For the purposes of this list, only the names will be taken into account. The actual content of the PPVs themselves will not be a factor. While Uncensored wasn't a bad name for a PPV, the show had a history of putting on some of WCW's worst shows. Since the name wasn't bad, it's not on this list. Also, some In Your House shows will be here, as the PPV produced some bad names. The gimmick themed PPVs of today will be excluded, as those don't really count as PPV names in my book. Okay, there will be one exception because it's just too stupid to leave out.
Here we go, the 15 worst PPV names in wrestling history.
15 One Night Stand
Okay, so the WWE actually gave us an interesting edition of the Battleground PPV this year, which featured the rubber match between Kevin Owens and John Cena, as well as the return of The Undertaker during the Lesnar/Rollins main event. Let me ask you this; since its inception in 2013, have you ever uttered this sentence: "oh boy, it's Battleground!"
13 Global Warning
12 In Your House: Great White North
Hmm, let's see, we have our fourth In Your House show, but this time we're in Canada! Hmm, what's a nickname for Canada? Oh, I got it, Great White North! Great, we have our name.
Payback usually takes place in WWE's post WrestleMania hangover season, those late spring months where they can't seem to find a mainstay. If only there was a PPV with prestige and a history they could put there...
10 Bragging Rights
9 The Bash
8 Over The Limit
7 This Tuesday in Texas
Yes? Please go on. This Tuesday In Texas...? Talk about an incomplete name.
6 Tables Ladders and Chairs (and Stairs)
5 Taboo Tuesday
4 In Your House: Beware of Dog
3 Capitol Punishment
2 No Holds Barred: The Movie/The Match
You've gotta hand it to Vince; if the whole No Holds Barred idea was going to flop, dammit he was going down with the ship. The fact that The Movie/The Match are thrown in makes it seem jammed together. The PPV event being sold in its entirety was; the No Holds Barred film, followed by a match previously taped on Wrestling Challenge featuring Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake against Randy Savage and Zeus, yes the same Zeus from the film.
1 Hog Wild
WCW began an annual event in Sturgis, South Dakota during the city's motorcycle rally. The event featured the ring being surrounded by bikers on their motorcycles, revving their engines throughout the event. What a terrible name though for the event. Hog Wild sounds more like a BBQ restaurant than a wrestling event. The name would be changed to Road Wild the following year, but the concept was still a bad business idea for WCW, as admission to the event was free for anybody with a motorcycle. In the Hog Wild event, the newly rechristened Hollywood Hogan defended his title against The Giant, even though the PPV poster still had The Hulkster in his signature red and yellow.
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