10 Biggest Car Crash Wrestling PPVs Ever

Doomsday Cages, Yetis, and drunken main events...

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Professional wrestling is an inherently ridiculous pantomime with an absurdly high propensity for disaster.

It has created countless hours of truly unwatchable television of the years, with the sport producing moments that have viewers questioning their own fandom at a higher rate than any other entertainment medium. When wrestling's bad, it's really bad, but there's nothing quite like it when the wheels come off entirely, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, and entire pay-per-views become beautiful disasters.

Our sport's vast history is full of so-bad-they're-good show that, when kept at arm's length, are just as enjoyable as your WrestleMania X-Sevens and Wrestle Kingdom 9s: albeit in entirely different ways.

These events, much like people who use 'smark' unironically in 2018, are not to be taken seriously. They're big and dumb, overbooked and in many cases, entirely destructive to the promotions hosting them, creatively and on the balance sheet. Each is stronger for it, though. These glorious wrestling trainwrecks were so catastrophic, they became unintentionally hilarious, and their car crash appeal can't be denied.

To rage against their objective lack of quality is to miss the point entirely: they're both terrible and terribly entertaining...

10. WWE Royal Rumble 2015

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Though it featured an outstanding WWE Championship Triple Threat between Brock Lesnar, John Cena, and Seth Rollins, Royal Rumble 2015 is best remembered for one thing: WWE trolling the sh*t out of their audience in the titular main event.

The bout started brightly, with Bubba Ray Dudley's surprise return and Bray Wyatt's dominant rampage highlighting proceedings. It didn't take long for things to take a turn, though. Company golden boy (and the clear favourite to win) Roman Reigns was jeered heavily, and the sight of corporate goons Kane and Big Show nonchalantly throwing every internet favourite towards the end was brutal viewing. Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler: each was chucked with minimal effort or exertion, leading to the inevitable conclusion, though not even The Rock's interference could save Reigns from the building's boo boys.

Dwayne Johnson's facial expression as he raised his cousin's hand said it all. At that point, it became abundantly clear that WWE were pushing forward with their plans to elevate Reigns, no matter the backlash, and the closing scene of him and Rocky "celebrating" wrapped up a farcical evening in the most appropriate fashion.

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Andy is WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.