10 Worst WWE PPV Gimmick Matches

They spectacles, in a different sense of the word.


With Payback around the corner, WWE has commissioned a Randy Orton-Bray Wyatt rematch for the WWE Championship, and it won't be any ordinary match - it's going to be a "House of Horrors" match!

While the stipulations aren't clear (as of press time), one has to expect that it will be a strange and bizarre encounter. After all, their "normal" match at WrestleMania featured the super-imposing of insects on the canvas. Yes, their "normal" match.

Gimmick matches certainly have a purpose in wrestling: to raise the stakes, to promise a world of pain for a villain, to end a long-standing rivalry properly. The sheer number of enjoyable, even historic, gimmick matches in WWE's history numbers into the hundreds, be they ladder matches, cage matches, Hell in a Cell, and so forth.

On the downside, there have been many failures in gimmick matches. Sometimes, the performers are handcuffed by stifling match rules. Other times, at least one performer in the match is washed up, thus the stipulation is meant to disguise their weaknesses. There's also the chance that a bad storyline overrides the work of the performers, and mars the match itself. This is known as, "The story of The Undertaker's career."

This list doesn't "honor" the lamest stipulations; instead, it's a look at WWE pay-per-view gimmick matches that just plain stunk.


Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.