Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The 25 Lamest WWE PPV Endings Ever


Hey Scott,

Hope this will distract you from the clenching fury that are your kidney stones, although reliving a few of these is probably just as painful. The worst closing scenes in WWE PPV history, covering some serious ground.


​Thankfully water and Flomax passed the stuff out without incident this morning.​

61 comments:

  1. I read this earlier, and I noticed that the Big Show was involved in SEVERAL of them. Has he been protected this long and I'm just now realizing it?

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  2. This old-dude blog has become even older with this kidney stone discussion =)

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  3. Batista/John Cena Last Man Standing ending was pretty clever but a cheap cop out by Cena

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  4. You absolutely need to include WrestleMania XVII on this list. It's not about the right person going over, it's that Austin and Vince made amends in one of the most ridiculous heel turns of all time.

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  5. That finish was bad ass as fuck tho. Austin HAD TO KILL Rock in order to win.

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  6. HHH defeating Orton clean at WM 25 might deserve a honorable mention. Total anti-climatic finish and it killed Orton's momentum.

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  7. "Austin had the match won, and made his climb, when the briefcase was
    suddenly jerked out of Austin’s reach. The McMahons won full power, and
    the assailant was never, ever revealed."

    Oh come on. This is actually one of the more subtle pieces of Vinny Ru's booking. It was the Bossman, as he was kicked out of the Corporation the week before but hugged Shane and Vince the night ater.

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  8. it was so subtle, the explanation was never verbalized. And this is a company that zooms in on punchlines just to make sure you....


    *exaggerated Vince grin*


    .....get it?!

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  9. Starrcade 1997 HANDS DOWN, SON! That shit should have been Sting no-selling everything and squashing the shit out of Hogan in 5 minutes. Instead Hogan manages to kill AN ENTIRE YEARLONG STORYLINE in one match, botch the finish, and end up with the belt four months later anyways.


    The decline of WCW began that night.

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  10. I agree it was godawful. Perhaps when I do a worst WCW endings list, that makes the top five :-)

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  11. LOL oops, missed the WWE part. As soon as I read "worst endings" my mind immediately jumped to this.

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  12. It's funny, I was actually reading through the list waiting for WMX7 to appear...only to be pleasantly surprised by its exclusion. While I agree the finish took the Austin character and the company as a whole in the wrong direction, there's absolutely no way that finish could be characterized as "lame".
    That said, Hogan winning at WMIX should be at the top of the list. Yawn...

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  13. Agree, save for the fact that it's a "Lamest WWE PPV Endings" list...

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  14. The worst WWF ending for me was Summerslam 93 ... how, after all that, do you not put Luger over yet act like he won the title anyways?

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  15. it was so bad I missed the WWE part lol

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  16. The match itself is wild, one of the best Championship matches in WrestleMania history. That ending, though...and to think, they've could've fixed everything with one Stunner to McMahon in the center of the ring.

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  17. Interestingly, the HHH/Y2J main event at WMX8 was pretty lame, too. I was there. The crowd was totally burned out after Rock/Hogan and lots of people were leaving during the title match. LEAVING!!!

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  18. Austin says that all the time now ... he wishes he'd ad-lipped in the ring and called a stunner.

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  19. CM Punk vs Undertaker at Breaking Point was really horrible. It seriously didn't do ANYONE any favors and killed off Punk's heat the following month.

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  20. Christian winning the World title thru a DQ is also another stupid finish.

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  21. Most unintentionally hilarious ending of a show?
    That's easy....Royal Rumble 2005.

    No sympathy for a guy power walking so hard that he stumbles over himself and rips both quads in the process.

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  22. 1. Ghost Hologram
    2. Exploding TV
    3-25. Nwo beatdown

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  23. I don't even remember half of these PPVs.

    Surprised to not see Summerslam 2011 on there. That was bad.

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  24. WM 20's finish was lame. Nobody even ended up winning the title.

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  25. These are WWE finishes.

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  26. I am the biggest Nexus mark of all, so of course I hated the finish of Summerslam 2010. The fact that there was *no* big picture (when it should've been The Miz all along) made that show go out with a whimper, and not the bang that was totally necessary.

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  27. but was it the main event?

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  28. The ending was a disaster, but Sting squashing Hogan in five minutes? Nah...

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  29. worst PPV finish has to goldberg/ddp at Halloween havoc; ppv went into overtime and very few people saw the ending

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  30. maybe not ... but certainly not Hogan dominating the match for 20 minutes.

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  31. Wow, how could we all forget Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena ER 2012? Cena beat Lesnar in his return match, Cena says he's going to take time off, he never does, and then he ends up losing a match against Big Johnny the next PPV.

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  32. What's up with the new format over on the camel clutch blog, Justin? It wreaks havoc with Safari on my ipad.

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  33. I've had a lot of input so far regarding this topic, but I'm gonna keep going on these honorable mentions...anybody remember the endings of the October/November/December PPVs from 2010? They were absolutely fucking atrocious.
    --Hell in a Cell: Paul Bearer turns on Undertaker and sides with Kane. Bearer shines a gigantic flashlight in Undertaker's face, which I guess signaled the heel turn.
    --Bragging Rights: John Cena intentionally DQs Wade Barrett, which assures that a) Barrett wouldn't become champion, and b) that Cena wouldn't be fired. Good God.
    --Survivor Series: Yeah, the "Free or Fired" match. Notable for the infamous Striker fuck-up, where he screams "JOHN CENA IS FREE!" and is immediately corrected by Cole (presumably while McMahon is losing his mind on Striker in the headset).
    --TLC: John Cena literally buries Wade Barrett. In chairs. For the greater good, I'm sure.

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  34. 2010 is one of the worst times in WWE history. It is debatable that it is worse than 2014.

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  35. Money in the Bank 2011 indeed ended with Punk vs. Cena, which has a fantastic finish.

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  36. I actually liked how that feud played out. Christian just can't beat Orton so he snaps and tuna heel, and even in his desperation can't beat Orton. Then he goads Orton into snapping so he can win the title on a DQ. It's actually a pretty good way for a sneaky heel to win the title. Now you want to see Orton get his revenge, which should have lasted longer than a month.

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  37. It'd be nice to actually be able to read this article

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  38. Barrett should have totally won the title against Orton

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  39. Nexus should've won at Summerslam. Nothing was accomplished by having team Cena win.

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  40. WCW ones should fill another entire list from Starrcade '97 to Fall Brawl '98 where Warrior disappears in smoke but trapped in the WarGames cage while everyone lies around.

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  41. Wrestlemania 27 will forever be number 1 for me

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  42. Same issue on my iPhone. I just click the desktop version and it's all good.

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  43. I think we're in total agreement, but it might be for entirely different reasons...
    See, I felt 2010 was ruined by John Cena snuffing out any hope for the original Nexus. He had creative control, and he made the storyline all about him, when it should've been about the evolution of 7 new heels.
    Jericho and Edge talk about it on Jericho's podcast, and they both imply that John ruined Summerslam 2010 because of his insistence to go over.

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  44. Without question, Nexus losing was a major piece to 2010 being a failure of a year. Although, there were other factors that added fuel to the fire.


    Other than Taker/HBK and Batista's heel turn, I cannot think of anything else good that happened that year.

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  45. It's weird to say in hindsight, but the tension between Barrett and Cena was so palpable that you could've made 'Wade Barrett vs. John Cena' the main event of WrestleMania XXVII. The Nexus seriously should've been that important in wrestling, but they were completely thrown under the bus.
    Barrett could have been the first rookie in WWE History to headline WrestleMania (outside of Mr. T, but he doesn't count), AND he could have been the first Englishman to win the WWE Championship. I understand the argument that "pushing rookies destroys the morale of the veterans", but if the rookies are drawing money and selling t-shirts, then fuck the veterans.

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  46. WrestleMania IX is a hard one to judge, because a lot of fans were ecstatic that Hulk Hogan returned and became the WWF Champion.The show itself was putrid, but the fans went home happy with that finish, no matter how damaging it was to the careers of Bret/Yoko.

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  47. Unforgiven 2002 wasn't lame imo. it was a cool way of setting up their rematch inside the cell the next month.

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  48. Paul... I have... no choice.

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  49. That was a great finish

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  50. I would have played the match similar to the Rock/Austin match at IYH: DX where they had a ton of gimmicks to keep the match entertaining and making Austin look like a world beater to hide his limitations at that point.

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  51. No way should Wrestlemania 8 be on the list. Ultimate Warrior coming back is such a great moment and really ends the PPV on a high note.

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  52. The only thing I had against Wade was that the guy was still pretty green and he had yet to have a good match. If they had gone Wade/Cena for WM, then it may have been on par with the bad main events of WM.

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  53. Cena v. Barrett was a really good match.

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  54. People always call for a Sting/Hogan 5 min squash, which I always find strange given the hype for the match.

    They should have spent the money they spent on Bret to get Pat Patterson as a loaner to set-up that match. It really need to be an immaculately booked epic kinda spectacle IMO, ala Hogan/Warrior or Hogan/Rock.

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  55. Those Barrett v. Orton matches were horrible

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  56. They were. I have nothing against Barrett now though as the guy has improved A LOT since then and wish WWE would push the guy.

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  57. Taker must have caught Punk with an icepack.

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