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.
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15 One Night Stand
The name made complete sense when it was an ECW one-off PPV back in 2005 and 2006. The company was back just for one night and it was going to give you a thrill, only to leave the next day, so it made perfect sense. However the WWE retained this name for their June PPV for a couple of years after, once their ECW brand was completely neutered. Eventually the event was moved to late April and re-named Extreme Rules, which is actually one of the better gimmick names WWE came up with. This name though, should have been reserved for the ECW events.
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!"
No, you probably haven't because the name just doesn't evoke any emotion.
13 Global Warning
Taking a PPV event to Australia was a good idea for WWE. The country has had one of the WWE's biggest audiences for a while and to reward them with an event like this was warranted. Could they not have come up with a better name than Global Warning? It just seems like a lame play on words that was just scribbled on a napkin and someone went, "okay". The card itself was solid, but maybe a little ill timed just a couple of weeks before SummerSlam. The Rock successfully defended his Undisputed title against Brock Lesnar and Triple H in the main event.
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.
That's probably about all the thought that went into coming up with this tagline for In Your House 4, which took place in Winnipeg and featured Diesel against The British Bulldog as the main event. Oh and how do you like this? Despite the fact it took place in Canada, and it was touted as the Great White North event, Bret Hart, the biggest Canadian star in the business, was left off the card.
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...
Anyway, the name Payback just seems like a lamer version of cool names WWE had in the past, like Backlash, Judgment Day or No Mercy.
10 Bragging Rights
Wrestling fans love it when a match has something big at stake. How is any fan supposed to care or get remotely excited about who will attain bragging rights? And by that logic, shouldn't no titles be on the line at an event with that name? This event was all about beating a dead horse in trying to create a rivalry between RAW and SmackDown, but since SmackDown had been treated like a B show by the time this event came around, it didn't work. The brand split was at its best in the Ruthless Aggression era, where both shows were treated as equals and had their own PPVs. This name just felt awkward.
9 The Bash
Dude, are you going to the bash tonight? How on earth does this sound like a wrestling PPV you'd be lining up to purchase? This was after the WWE ditched The Great American Bash after failing to put on a great show on the event several times. It was actually a cool concept borrowed from WCW. It wasn't the name's fault WWE couldn't get it right, besides the red, white and blue ropes. Either the WWE should have kept The Great American Bash, or scrap Bash out entirely. When did this event take place? In June, once again, right where King of the Ring could be. Thankfully the WWE scrapped this name entirely the following year, but they have still yet to find consistency in their June events.
8 Over The Limit
Another event synonymous with sub-par cards, including perhaps the worst I Quit match of all time between Miz and Cena, as well as Cena versus John Laurinaitis as some of the headliners. Over The Limit was basically a modern name for Over The Edge, an event name which had to be scrapped, given the Owen Hart tragedy that occurred at the event in 1999. Still, the WWE should have just stayed away from the theme entirely, as Over The Limit just sounds like a softer version of it.
7 This Tuesday in Texas
Yes? Please go on. This Tuesday In Texas...? Talk about an incomplete name.
First of all, having a PPV on a regular Tuesday feels very awkward. There's just no feel in that day. While you could argue WWE was trying to fill that void, it just doesn't feel right. On top of that this event had five dark matches, including Ric Flair against Roddy Piper - off the main card! It was headlined with a Survivor Series rematch between Hogan and Undertaker, in which Hogan regained his title in a messy ending, which led to the title being vacated.
6 Tables Ladders and Chairs (and Stairs)
Gimmick PPV names are bad enough. The TLC match was meant to be the big blowoff of a feud between wrestlers who excelled in this type of match and it was created because the three best tag teams of the Attitude Era used tables, ladders and chairs as their signature weapons. This past year, WWE had to make the PPV concept dumber and threw in 'Stairs' on account of a Stairs Match between Erick Rowan and Big Show. Please WWE, never again.
5 Taboo Tuesday
The WWE chose to bring back the idea of a Tuesday PPV in the mid 2000s, with the idea that the fans would decide on the matches. Cute. Most fans are aware of how heavily scripted each WWE show is and so, it's pretty obvious that WWE would go in with a plan. Whenever WWE gives fans voting options, there are always two generic, bland selections and one that trumps them both. Again though, the Tuesday PPV idea just doesn't work.
4 In Your House: Beware of Dog
This In Your House edition was a disaster all around and it started with a bad name; Beware of Dog. The premise was that The British Bulldog was challenging Shawn Michaels for the WWE title, but here's the funny thing; the title match and the wrestler by which the PPV was billed wasn't even the main event. That match took place in middle of the card shown to the PPV audience, as a power outage on the original date caused a re-broadcast two days later.
3 Capitol Punishment
This event was held in Washington D.C. so the WWE figured they would put in a capital themed name. Capitol Punishment was a ridiculous name, given that the PPV was being sold to an international audience. The main event in this event was John Cena defending his WWE title against R-Truth and just isn't an event that bears excitement. Once again, a flop for a June PPV.
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.
Thankfully this event isn't available on the WWE Network.
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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