To say that 2020 has been a challenging year for WWE and AEW would be putting it mildly. With a global pandemic indefinitely halting crowds from attending wrestling shows, both companies have been under pressure to find creative ways to attract a television audience each week.
Gimmick stipulations and pre-recorded, cinematic matches have been an effective strategy for pay-per-views, but if used too often, this tactic can suffer from the law of diminishing returns. Fortunately, with each promotion boasting an incredible depth of talent on their rosters, the strategy for weekly television has been quite simple: Book excellent wrestling matches.
Not many weeks have passed in 2020 without fans being gifted at least one match that has seemed too good to be given away for free. While there is nothing quite like attending a live wrestling show, AEW and WWE have made the best of a bad situation, and put considerable effort into offering excellent weekly television.
With three and half months to go in 2020, let's look back at this year of wrestling and celebrate 10 PPV quality wrestling matches that fans have been treated to for free on television.
Brady Coyle is a board game enthusiast, an outdoor enthusiast, a crossword enthusiast and doesn't understand the concept of synonyms. He saw a button that said "Contribute" and, presented with the opportunity to share his opinion, he will never say no. He lives in Toronto, Canada, a place where nothing ever gets done because everyone is too busy saying "sorry" to each other.