10 Pay-Per-Views That Get Better On Multiple Watches
When people first watch a wrestling PPV, they tend to make snap judgments on whether or not the show was good. Sometimes, people make an instant decision that the show isn’t good because of a first-time reaction, however, on multiple re-watches, it can end up being a lot more fun.
While some shows actually end up being worse the more that you watch them, with viewers picking apart the flaws, sometimes people end up loving them more. Fans are able to see the finer details of matches or appreciate storylines more over time, which leads to shows being seen in a different, more positive light.
A lot of fans often look back at WrestleMania 32 in a negative manner, mainly because the main event was met with poor reactions on the night. However, the show itself has a lot of impressive matches.
On repeat viewings, this show only gets stronger to watch, whether it be the Hell In A Cell encounter between Shane McMahon and The Undertaker or the amazing triple threat match for the Women’s Championship, there’s a lot to love about this show.
The Unforgiven 2008 PPV was one that people remembered for the championship scramble matches, with three taking place on one show. People often complain about the concept because it only took place once, however, the matches were actually fun.
All three of them delivered on the night and they were great to watch. The matches are exciting and the unpredictable nature of them is fun over repeat viewings. Also, Jericho versus Michaels just gets better and better with time.
8Royal Rumble (2014)
People often choose not to rewatch the 2014 Royal Rumble, mainly because Batista winning was something that led to fans hating the show. However, when people go back to watch it a second time knowing that he wins, the show is a lot more fun.
Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan’s opening match is fantastic, and Randy Orton and John Cena also have a great encounter. Plus, the Rumble up until the #30 spot when Daniel Bryan doesn’t appear is actually a fun match.
This was the event where WWE decided to tack on a Stairs match, and also featured the poorly executed spot of the exploding television set for Dean Ambrose. However, the PPV itself is an enjoyable one to watch repeatedly.
Across the show, there are some great matches such as Luke Harper and Dolph Ziggler’s ladder match. Plus, even the main event is an enjoyable one when the finish is already known ahead of time. Sometimes, knowing the negatives ahead of time can enhance the viewing experience.
Another show that improves over time is WrestleMania 33. When it comes to modern ‘Manias, this one is often not spoken about, but it should be. From strong pre-show matches to a surprise return of The Hardy Boyz, this show really does have it all.
There’s a lot of great wrestling, from technical matches between Triple H and Seth Rollins to brawls like Goldberg and Brock Lesnar or Shane McMahon and AJ Styles, which makes this such a fun show to watch.
5The Great American Bash (2004)
Sure, the main event of Paul Bearer being covered in cement by The Undertaker is a little ridiculous, but his legacy as a performer just makes that moment even greater to watch again. Aside from that, the show has a lot of enjoyable encounters across the board.
From the opening fatal four-way for the US Title to JBL and Eddie Guerrero’s amazing Texas Bullrope match, this is a terrific show that holds up just as well today. Watching it with nostalgia-tinted glasses just makes it even better.
4Fully Loaded (2000)
This is a PPV that often slips under the radar for most people, however, it is a lot of fun to watch. The trio of main event matches all deliver in a big way, with singles matches that consist of six amazing wrestlers, who would only go on to get better.
The show improves on repeat viewings, knowing how big all of the men would go on to become, which makes the show even more enjoyable in hindsight, when thinking about their individual rivalries.
WrestleMania XIV really was the birth of the Attitude Era thanks to the storyline between Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. As a result of that, watching the show back, knowing what it goes on to create makes it even more fun.
Across the show, there’s a great deal of quality and enjoyable matches as well, and while it may not be the greatest WrestleMania of all time, it’s something that is fun to watch time and time again, while keeping its contributions to the Attitude Era in mind.
At the time, a lot of people didn’t enjoy this PPV, simply because it came with the shock of Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship, which fans didn’t enjoy. However, the PPV itself is actually entertaining to watch.
The main event between Jinder and Randy Orton is a better match than most people realize. But across the entire card, the show is a strong one with AJ Styles and Kevin Owens having a great match, as well as Shinsuke Nakamura’s PPV debut, which rounds out this card as an enjoyable one.
1Extreme Rules (2012)
This PPV was never seen as a poor one, although John Cena defeating Brock Lesnar in his first match back in WWE was always strange. However, that main event is a brilliant match, on a PPV filled with them.
Chris Jericho and CM Punk have a fun match, and so do Sheamus and Daniel Bryan, with a lot of fun undercard bouts sprinkled in. With a red hot crowd throughout, this is a show that just keeps on giving and is easy to watch repeatedly.