The ending to a PPV is one of the most important aspects of the WWE product. Each monthly show is meant to showcase the best of the company with all the storylines culminating in major matches. WWE unfortunately doesn’t always hit a home run when trying to execute great endings. There have been shows like Money in the Bank 2011, WrestleMania 30 and Summerslam 2002 that end the event on a high note to add excitement moving forward.
That isn’t always the case as WWE has missed the boat many times throughout the years. We will look at the worst ways the company has ended their monthly PPVs to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the fan base. Find out just which main events ended the night in a way that made the entire product look bad. These are the ten worst PPV endings in WWE history.
10 Hell in a Cell 2019 (Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins)
The most recent instance of WWE angering fans with a horrible ending came at Hell in a Cell 2019. Fans loved the first cell match between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, but WWE went with the wrong main event as Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt ended in disappointment.
Wyatt kicked out of everything hit by Rollins with most kick-outs coming after a one count. The referee stopping the match after Rollins placed various weapons over the head of Wyatt and hit it with a sledgehammer. Fans booed and chanted “AEW” in response to the lack of a finish in a generally atrocious ending.
9 WrestleMania 9 (Hulk Hogan vs Yokozuna)
Fans started to grow tired of Hulk Hogan around 1993 towards the end of his biggest WWE run. The placement of Hogan in a tag team match teaming with Brutus Beefcake against Money Inc. felt like the right spot for him until he appeared again later in the show.
Yokozuna defeated Bret Hart to win the WWE Championship in the planned main event. Hogan came out to challenge Yoko as Bret cheered him on. The show ended with Hogan winning the title despite never earning the title shot. Hogan lost it back to Yokozuna and left the company months later. Hart still rants about the annoyance of such a finish at the time.
8 Battleground 2013 (Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton)
The feud between Daniel Bryan and The Authority in 2013-2014 ended with a beautiful moment at WrestleMania 30, but there were many terrible moments getting there. Bryan continued losing title shots to Randy Orton for the WWE World Championship with shady finishes.
Battleground 2013 featured Big Show being threatened with his job by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Big Show followed their orders by knocking out Bryan, but he also knocked out Orton. Fans were left confused and annoyed as the show ended without a finish.
7 Royal Rumble 2015
The push of Roman Reigns made him the most hated man in WWE despite the intent for the opposite. Fans were more aware of the WWE system and realized Reigns was getting pushed over their favorites like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk.
Royal Rumble 2015 was meant to be the night Reigns ushered his way into the main event picture earning a title shot against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. Instead, fans started turning against him with arguably the most hostile reaction in WWE history. Even The Rock making a surprise appearance to help him was met with massive boos.
6 Hell in a Cell 2014 (Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins)
The match between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at Hell in a Cell 2014 was one of the better overall performances on the list. However, the ending of it was a huge disappointment due to the booking. Rollins and Ambrose each had their first PPV singles main event which should have been memorable for good reasons.
The finish saw a hologram of Bray Wyatt appear in the ring over a lantern with smoke coming out of it. Ambrose was confused and Rollins took advantage to score the win. This long feud ended with a strange and confusing Wyatt hologram.
5 King of the Ring 1999 (Steve Austin vs Vince and Shane McMahon)
Most of the PPVs main evented by Steve Austin ended in positive moments as he typically won to send the crowd home happy. King of the Ring 1999 featured the opposite when Austin faced off against Shane and Vince McMahon in a Ladder Match for control of WWE.
Austin had the upper hand for most of the match, but the briefcase hanging above the ring mysteriously moved whenever he came close to grabbing it for the win. Shane and Vince ended up stealing the victory thanks to a mystery person controlling the briefcase. To make the ending hold up worse, we never got a reveal of who helped the McMahon family win.
4 Cyber Sunday 2006 (John Cena vs Booker T vs Big Show)
Cyber Sunday was a unique concept implemented by WWE as the internet started to grow in popularity. Fans could vote on match stipulations, opponents and various other elements to the show. The vote would see fans pick Booker T’s World Championship as the title defended against fellow champions John Cena and Big Show.
D-List celebrity Kevin Federline was known for being the sleazy ex-husband of Britney Spears. WWE booked him to enter a feud with John Cena for some reason. Federline helped Booker win the match to cost Cena the loss in a horrendous main event.
3 Summerslam 1993 (Yokozuna vs Lex Luger)
Lex Luger received a massive WWE push in 1993 when entering a feud with WWE Champion Yokozuna. The character of a patriotic face was similar to Hulk Hogan as Vince McMahon wanted Luger to become the new face of the company moving forward.
Yokozuna would get counted out in the main event of Summerslam 1993 to make the huge match a disappointment. The ending was more awkward as the face locker room came to the ring and placed Luger on their shoulders even though he didn’t ever win the title.
2 Great American Bash 2004 (Undertaker vs Dudley Boyz)
The Undertaker returning to his Deadman gimmick in 2004 would see a strange feud after he beat Kane at WrestleMania 20. Paul Heyman became the top foe of Undertaker as he used his enforcers the Dudley Boyz to face off against the legend.
Undertaker’s manager Paul Bearer was placed in a “concrete crypt” with Heyman threatening to fill it with cement to kill him if Undertaker didn’t lay down to lose the match at Great American Bash 2004. Undertaker won the match and stopped Heyman, but he filled the cubicle with cement with no real explanation for his actions.
1 Over the Limit 2012 (John Cena vs John Laurinaitis)
WWE once chose to give John Cena vs John Laurinaitis the main event spot over a classic WWE Championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. That would be enough to give Over the Limit 2012 the worst spot, but that wasn’t even the most depressing aspect of the main event.
Johnny Ace was no longer a wrestler which meant Cena destroyed him for most of the match in lackluster fashion. Big Show made a surprise appearance knocking out Cena to help Laurinaitis steal the win and remain in power of Raw. Fans at the show and online complained about witnessing one of the worst main events and endings in wrestling history.