2013 was not the best in terms of pay-per-views. Some events were dry whilst fans also complained after a match result involving Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton was overturned the following night on Monday Night Raw.
The WWE hold high standards when it comes to big pay-per-views, events such as the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania and SummerSlam are the events we just expect to blow our minds because of the status they hold.
So what was the greatest pay-per-view of 2013? With the likes of Survivor Series, Night of Champions and Battleground all failing to impress, it only leaves a handful of pay-per-view events capable of being crowned the best of 2013 – here are my top three from the year 2013...
3 – Money in the Bank
The Money in the Bank pay-per-view has become one of the most popular events in the WWE calendar. It has also become one of the unpredictable pay-per-views as it becomes a platform for superstars to show what they can do.
In 2013, Damien Sandow was the superstar to do just that by capturing the World Heavyweight Championship briefcase in one of the best matches of the year. The SHIELD continued their dominance in the tag-team division and continued to soar in popularity whilst Mark Henry earned himself a title match after his incredible retirement swerve promo a couple of weeks earlier. Every pay-per-view has its off match and in this case it was Curtis Axel and The Miz but the good outweighed the bad on the night and the superstars involved did more than enough to warrant the event as the third best of 2013.
2 – Payback
At first glance you wouldn’t really think the first ever Payback pay-per-view would be worth watching but if you tuned in live then you know you made one brilliant decision. On paper it was not the most interesting or intriguing of cards, not something that would want to make you want to stay up until 4am and watch it but one key factor played a big role as to why this event comes in at second place; the Chicago crowd.
What a reaction for the returning CM Punk in his hometown, the fans were kept on the edge of their seats all night as AJ Lee finally got what she deserved in the Divas Championship and fans couldn’t believe it when Alberto del Rio actually beat Dolph Ziggler to recapture the World Heavyweight Championship. The pay-per-view had everything, surprise factor and a great crowd with great wrestling on show.
1 – SummerSlam
It is surprising to see only one of WWE’s ‘big four’ pay-per-views made it to the top three and rightfully so as we saw some incredible matches on show. The kick-off match was a great way to get the fans to tune in as RVD continued to impress after his return whilst we also got to see the highly anticipated in-ring debut of Bray Wyatt in the Ring of Fire match.
The night had the element of surprise as Triple H turned heel and allowed Randy Orton to cash-in his briefcase on newly-crowned WWE Champion Daniel Bryan; the match against Cena was superb but was toppled by the true match of the year in Brock Lesnar defeating CM Punk. A great match card and the superstars gave it their all to put on a good show and it worked.
So where does WrestleMania 29 rank? This is supposed to be the biggest event on the calendar but I felt with the rematch between John Cena and The Rock as well as the lacklustre card in general it could only finish seventh, behind Extreme Rules, Elimination Chamber and the Royal Rumble. Let’s hope WrestleMania XXX can gain the #1 spot in 2014.
What do you WWE fans think? What was the best PPV of 2013? Let me know in the comments below or come discuss all thing WWE on my Twitter @RazK28
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