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10 Best Wrestling Pay-Per-Views Of 2019 (So Far)

Pro wrestling is awesome. Sometimes, sports entertainment is too.

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WrestleMania 35 is probably the most divisive omission here.

Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston assembled a fusion of technicality and emotion almost on the peerless level of Bret Vs. Owen Hart from WrestleMania X. Kofi's tear-jerking celebration marked it as the most organic, earned WrestleMania Moment in years. Seth Rollins Vs. Brock Lesnar proved there remains vitality in the company's distinctive sports entertainment storytelling mechanisms. The Fatal 4-Way SmackDown Tag Team Title bout packed much breathless entertainment. The Miz Vs. Shane McMahon was fun daft sh*te. AJ Styles Vs. Randy Orton was deliberate in pace and accidentally abysmal in production. Triple H and Batista created a great, meme-able image but very little else beyond some impressively brutal big spots to which the audience barely responded. The tedious build didn't condition the reaction.

The Winner Takes All main event was uneven in quality and received by an exhausted audience that may not have reacted much more enthusiastically to it, even if it were awesome.

Elsewhere, the lack of heat and and draining run-time rendered 'Mania a weird, best watched on-demand show presented in a punishing live setting. We are well beyond the era in which 'Mania was the most-anticipated pay-per-view on the calendar.

The paradigm has been shifted...

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