3. Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan Vs The Bar (Royal Rumble 2018)
The 2018 Royal Rumble pay-per-view was a celebration of everything WWE does really, really well. The 30-woman Royal Rumble main event was historic on its own terms, regardless of the company's heavy-handed hyperbole. Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman and Kane were big monsters doing very big things in a farcical quest for the company's top prize. Ronda Rousey's debut appearance was a perfect show-closing shocker to propel the company headlong into WrestleMania hype mode.
But none of those could compare with the euphoria and catharsis of Shinsuke Nakamura's Royal Rumble victory. It capped off one of the finest ever presentations of the match, with the audience dragged evocatively through the mill by Finn Bálor's Iron Man display, teased with punishing call-backs to toxic prior successes for John Cena and Roman Reigns and given a host of enjoyable distractions from the likes of Kofi Kingston, Heath Slater and surprise entry Rey Mysterio.
Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins' Tag Title loss to The Bar was the unfortunate victim of an absolutely shattered arena. They'd lived every one of the battle royal's 65 minutes, and weren't buying what Jordan in particular was selling despite his stellar efforts as the injured and insincere snake.