WWE’s creative team have come up with some fantastic names for Pay-per-views over the past few decades, with my personal favourite being December to Dismember, but while the likes of WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and The Royal Rumble have become huge hits with the WWE Universe, there are many Pay-per-view names that should never have left the floor of the creative room.
WWE has started adding many more events to their calendar recently which means they have brought back some old favourites as well as introducing some new events to the WWE Universe, with some of the funniest and most embarrassing names.
WWE’s creative team have gotten a bad reputation over the past few years when it comes to some of the names they have actually decided to call their events, but the bad names for pay-per-views actually goes back a number of years. As you will see, many 90s events were given horrible names.
The following is a list of the 15 worst names that WWE decided to approve for their events when they could have easily called them something much more creative. It’s likely that Vince McMahon definitely had something to do with a lot of these names.
In just a number of months in 2016, WWE has presented two Roadblock events with the first one being a network special that WWE decided to aptly call “The Roadblock on the FastLane to WrestleMania.” The second version of the event was then called Roadblock: End of The Line back in December, as Sasha Banks and Charlotte finally ended their lengthy feud over the Women’s Championship when the show became a Raw-exclusive event.
Roadblock didn’t happen in 2017 when it was decided that Elimination Chamber would return to its place in the build up to WrestleMania, and FastLane would take Roadblock’s place as the final stop on the road to the biggest event of the year.
14. St Valentine’s Day Massacre
Back in 1999, WWE decided to make a bold choice of pay-per-view name when they named one of their events after an actual massacre that killed seven people back in 1929. The event itself saw the debut of The Big Show as well as the main event match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon inside a steel cage.
It was the 27th version of the In Your House pay-per-views and of the eleven matches that took place on that night in 1999, only five superstars are left as part of WWE right now which are The Hardyz, Mark Henry, Triple H and Goldust. The most memorable thing about the event was the name, which says all it needs to about the event itself. Luckily, WWE hasn’t decided to name any other events after actual tragedies ever since.
13. Bragging Rights
Back in 2009 and 2010, it was decided that WWE would introduce a new event called Bragging Rights, the point of the event was that SmackDown would face Raw in a number of matches and an elimination match to decide who was the better brand and who would then gain “Bragging Rights.”
The problem here is that WWE already had a famous show that had become an annual event that decided who the better brand was and it also featured an elimination match. Bragging Rights was only seen twice and WWE then decided not to bring the event back in 2011, just the two events were enough to show that it wasn’t a needed addition to the pay-per-view calendar.
12. Over The Limit
Over The Limit was a good name for a show that was actually going to push the boundaries of wrestling rules or even have time limits on all of the matches, but it seems that there was nothing actually “Over The Limit” at any of these shows that unsurprisingly were all main evented by John Cena.
These events came into play around the same time that WWE decided to start bringing in events named after concepts like Money In The Bank, Extreme Rules, and Hell in a Cell. The event was an annual event for just three years from 2010 until 2012 before WWE decided to replace the event with a new one called Payback in 2013 when Extreme Rules was moved to the beginning of the month instead.
FastLane became an annual event last year when it was decided that Roman Reigns was on the “FastLane to WrestleMania.” It was supposed to be the incredible replacement for Elimination Chamber because WWE couldn’t fit the structure into many of their venues anymore but it completely failed.
The brand split back in the summer of 2016 only made this much worse when this year’s FastLane event included just the Raw brand as WWE decided to bring back Elimination Chamber but have it as just a SmackDown exclusive event. There were rumours that the show was supposed to be called FastTrack instead of FastLane but it seems that WWE decided the latter was a much better idea.
10. December To Dismember
December To Dismember was brought back to WWE during the height of the ECW brand and with a name like that, it was sure to be a violent, ECW style event that the WWE Universe would be disgusted by in a good way.
Sadly, it didn’t turn out that way. Instead WWE decided to bring the event back at the beginning of the PG era which meant that the whole ECW revival and all of the shows connected to it were deemed a failure. When events are given fantastic names they need to be able to follow through on the style that the WWE Universe will expect and December To Dismember completely failed to live up to the hype and wasn’t brought back for a second event the following year.
9. In Your House: Beware Of Dog
In Your House was a great concept for WWE events and it managed to last for a number of years throughout the Attitude Era, and they had some of the worse names of all the events WWE has ever produced.
Beware of Dog took place back in 1996 over two separate nights in May with the events boasting main events of Shawn Michaels versus The British Bulldog and Undertaker up against Goldust. The event name isn’t actually grammatically correct with the title actually missing “the.” WWE doesn’t have a lot of good memories to look back on in the 1990s but it seems that the In Your House saga is definitely one that they will want to forget.
8. ECW One Night Stand
ECW became a third brand for WWE back in 2006 and they decided to give this brand its own event from 2005 up until 2008. WWE did end up introducing Extreme Rules in its place instead, but it seems that ECW One Night Stand should never have been repeated after the event in 2005.
The 2006 version of the event did boast the main event of John Cena up against Mr. Money in the Bank Rob Van Dam as the latter decided to cash in his case in advance. It was the famous match that saw the “Cena wins and we riot” banner and saw RVD walk out as both WWE and ECW Champion. I guess it’s true what they say, a One Night Stand should never be repeated.
Following SummerSlam back in 1992, it was great to have an annual event that was always going to take place in the UK. The event ran from 2000 until 2003 and it always took place in London. That being said, why does the name have to have a huge ‘X’ in the middle of it?
The event wouldn’t be classed as extreme and the actual spelling of the word Insurrection could have looked so much better without a huge ‘X’ but WWE sometimes allows some of the craziest plans to come out of the creative room and when they do, things like this happen. The WWE Universe in the UK still miss being able to have an annual pay-per-view but hopefully, if WWE does bring one back, they will name it better.
6. Breaking Point
Breaking Point came into WWE back in 2009 when the WWE Universe voted for the name online when they were given the options of Submit and Quit, Total Submission, and Submission Sunday. The whole concept of the event was that the main event between CM Punk and The Undertaker was contested in a submission match.
There was also an event called Fatal-Four-Way that year because all Championship matches were defended in Fatal-Four-Way matches. It seems that WWE began running out of actual ideas in 2009 and began allowing many silly creative ideas to overrun their pay-per-view schedule. Luckily, Breaking Point was a stand alone event and it wasn’t chosen to make a return in 2010.
5. Taboo Tuesday/ Cyber Sunday
A pay-per-view event was probably a bad idea for a Tuesday night anyway and apparently WWE couldn’t find another word other than Taboo that worked with the Internet based event. Along with Cyber Sunday, Taboo Tuesday was WWE’s way of getting the WWE Universe involved in decisions when it came to special guest referees or even match stipulations.
It wasn’t a bad concept since WWE knew that they couldn’t fear the Internet anymore. They needed to instead try and use it to their advantage. The voting worked well on the app but there was a lot speculation about the actual voting process and whether or not WWE were fixing the results in their favour. Taboo Tuesday and Cyber Sunday sadly only lasted from 2004 until 2008.
4. Capitol Punishment
As if naming a WWE event after a massacre that actually took place in American history wasn’t bad enough, it seems that back in 2011 the company made the decision to name a pay-per-view after the death penalty, something that is still legal in America in a number of states, which didn’t go down very well with the WWE Universe.
The event itself didn’t live up to any of the hype that it created since it had R-Truth fighting for the WWE Championship in the main event. The event was held in Washington DC which is the reason why it was called Capitol Punishment. It is just a sad Washington based pun that wasn’t brought back after 2011 and it’s easy to see why.
3. The Beast In The East
The Beast In The East was a WWE Network event back in 2015 that saw Brock Lesnar make the trip over to Japan to destroy Kofi Kingston. The main event of the event was a Tag Team match and one of the women who was part of the Divas Championship match wasn’t even in Japan when the event took place.
The event was made all about Brock Lesnar when he was part of a two minute squash match against Kofi. It was an event where Kevin Owens and Finn Balor from NXT absolutely stole the show and the WWE should have made the show more about Balor given his links in Japan. It will always be remembered as the event that The Prince became a King when he won the NXT Championship for the first time, despite the name being all about Lesnar.
2. Great Balls Of Fire
It was announced a few months ago that the Raw roster’s first pay-per-view following SmackDown’s Money in the Bank event would be called Great Balls of Fire and it would also be the first time that Brock Lesnar had defended his Universal Championship since he won it at WrestleMania.
It was reported that Great Balls of Fire came from the name of the song by Jerry Lewis and that was the only reason Vince decided to name the event the same name. The logo then became a problem when it was decided by the WWE Universe that it looked like something else that is usually attached to balls. The event was much better than the name but hopefully this was a one off and it wont be repeated in 2018.
1. This Tuesday In Texas
Thankfully, pay-per-view names have improved somewhat since 1991 which is when Vince decided that, because his event was taking place on a Tuesday and because it was in San Antonio, Texas this was enough of a reason to call the event “Next Tuesday In Texas.”
It was factually correct but it wasn’t exactly a very thought out name it was perhaps one that Vince just agreed on so that he could focus on something much bigger. Undertaker up against Hulk Hogan in the main event wasn’t exactly the greatest main event either, so it seems that the best option for everyone when it comes to this event would be to forget it ever happened and move on to much better named events in the future.
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