All Things Combat - Top 10 Wrestling PPV’s Of 2019
Pay Per Views always have fans talking as they revisit what went down on a big event. This year I must say wasn't the best when it comes to PPVs as there wasn't so many great ones that stand out, but I managed to find 10 shows that stood out in their own ways so today we'll look at the Top 10 Pay Per Views of 2019!
10) NJPW Dominion 6.9
New Japan always put on great shows each year and Dominion was no different. Held in Osaka, this show produced some memorable matches such as Jon Moxley vs Shota Umino, Jushin Thunder Liger teaming with Yoshi-Hashi taking on the Suzuki-gun, Ishii vs Taichi, Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi, etc. The main event of this show was Chris Jericho challenging Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in which Okada retained after a 25 minute bout. Dominion to me is the Summerslam of NJPW and will always looked forward to this event each and every year.
9) WWE Royal Rumble 2019
The Royal Rumble is the traditional big PPV that kicks off the Wrestlemania Season and this past year's event kicked off the season in a huge way. This event kicked off with Asuka TAPPING OUT Becky Lynch, retaining the Smackdown Women's Championship and man that's a underrated moment right there. Asuka defeated Becky cleanly and for some reason, that win was never mentioned again since. Whatever. This show also included two championship matches that turned out to be great matches as Ronda Rousey defeated Sasha Banks to retain the RAW Women's Championship and Brock Lesnar retained the Universal Championship against Finn Bàlor! Then of course we had the Men's and Women's Royal Rumble Matches that were won by WWE's (supposed) hottest couple Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch! The event was too long, but the memorable moments made this PPV a night to remember.
8) Wrestlemania 35
Again, THIS event was definitely TOO LONG, but the memorable moments made this show a night to remember! Wrestlemania 35 had a total of 16 matches that included Seth Rollins defeating Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Championship in the show opener, AJ Styles defeating Randy Orton, Shane McMahon defeating The Miz in a Falls Count Anywhere Match while squaring up with his father beforehand, HHH defeating Batista in a No Holds Barred Match, etc. There were many memorable moments too as we witnessed Kurt Angle's retirement, the return of the Doctor of Thuganomics John Cena, Becky Lynch becoming the Undisputed Women's Champion, and most of all Kofi Kingston winning the WWE Championship! Wrestlemania overall was a good show and can be looked back as one of the more eventful shows in recent history.
7) AEW All Out
The sequel to All In as AEW held their second annual Chicago extravaganza, this time called All Out! For months this show was built around the arrival of the AEW World Championship along with the television broadcast coming up in October, so these guys wanted to make a big impact going into their TV debut. The show included some epic bouts as SCU defeated Jurassic Express, Jimmy Havoc defeating Darby Allin and Joey Janela in a Cracker Barrel Clash, Riho defeating Hikaru Shida, etc. Then we have the featured matches included PAC beating Kenny Omega in a epic match, Cody defeating Shawn Spears, The Lucha Bros defeating The Young Bucks in a Ladder Match for the AAA World Tag Team Championships, and finally Chris Jericho defeating Hangman Adam Page to be crowned the first ever AEW World Champion! This event showcased what fans were in store for coming in October, and now with Dynamite in full affect we have been seeing some of the very best action in AEW today.
6) NJPW Wrestlekingdom 13
The biggest New Japan event of the year! This year's WrestleKingdom was a night full of memories and emotions. There were 10 matches in total that featured Will Ospreay defeating Kota Ibushi for the NEVER Openweight Championship, Zack Sabre Jr. defeating Tomohiro Ishii for the British Heavyweight Championship, Juice Robinson defeating Cody for the IWGP United States Championship, and so on. This show also featured two big main event matches as Chris Jericho collided with Tetsuya Naito in a No DQ Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in which Naito gained the victory after a hard fought battle, then we had Kenny Omega defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi in what turned out to be Omega's final match in the company. Tanahashi gained the victory and captured the championship as Omega waved goodbye to New Japan, and these moments will be remember for a long time. WrestleKingdom was such a great show and could always be topped as each year goes on.
5) ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard
ROH and NJPW did the unthinkable by SELLING OUT Madison Square Garden! The 13th annual Supercard event took place back in April and the joint companies weren't going to let this show fail whatsoever as they produced some great wrestling that night. This show had 12 hard fought matches including Jeff Cobb defeating Will Ospreay, G.O.D taking both the IWGP and ROH Tag Team Championships from Villain Enterprises, Los Ingobernables De Japan, and The Briscoes, Zack Sabre Jr. defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi for the British Heavyweight Championship, Kota Ibushi gaining the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Tetsuya Naito, etc. The two big main events included Matt Taven defeating Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a Triple Threat Ladder Match for the ROH Championship and Kazuchika Okada regaining the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from the newly crowned champion Jay White! This event was definitely a must see show and it's totally a history maker as well. A non WWE event selling out the world's most famous arena is a very big deal and that's some both ROH and NJPW can relish forever in wrestling history.
4) WWE Summerslam 2019
This was a good PPV for many reasons. Here we had the official farewell match for Trish Stratus, Goldberg's in ring return since Super Showdown, Seth Rollins defeating Brock Lesnar once again to become the Universal Champion, Kevin Owens defeating Shane McMahon, and most of all the rebirth of Bray Wyatt as he debuted The Fiend character! Now I will admit this show didn't have the strongest wrestling matches as most of them were pretty underwhelming, but the moments alone made this show an eventful one. Summerslam overall was good and for it to be held in Canada, you could expect some crowd participations for sure. One of WWE's best produced PPVs this year!
3) AEW Double or Nothing
This PPV changed the game for pro wrestling in 2019! The very first PPV under the AEW name and it was hyped up to the max for the first few months of the year. May 25th was the day AEW had hit the map as they produced Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, NV and with loaded card for the show, it was gonna be a great night for pro wrestling! Matches included a 21 Man Casino Battle Royale with Hangman Adam Page being the winner of it all, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D defeating Nyla Rose, Kylie Rae, and the surprise participant Awesome Kong, Best Friends defeating Angèlico and Jack Evans, SoCal Uncensored defeating Strong Hearts, and so on. The big matches of this show featured Cody taking on his brother Dustin Rhodes in what was a great match. Cody came out victorious and even had a heart to heart moment with his brother afterwards. The Young Bucks would defeat The Lucha Bros for the AAA World Tag Team Championships in what was a fantastic match then the main event was Chris Jericho defeating Kenny Omega. The biggest moment of the night came afterwards when we saw the debut/return of Jon Moxley as he laid out Jericho, the referee, and Omega! Double or Nothing really put everyone on notice as this show was a preview of what was to come once AEW launched on TNT.
2) NXT Takeover: XXV
From top to bottom, this show had nonstop action and excitement! The 25th Takeover special had matches that concluded heated rivalries, especially with a fantastic main event. This show included matchups like Matt Riddle defeating Roderick Strong in an excellent opener, The Street Profits finally winning the NXT Tag Team Championships in a 4 Way Ladder Match that was just chaotic, Velveteen Dream retaining the NXT North American Championship over Prince Pretty Tyler Breeze, Shayna Baszler retaining the NXT Women's Championship over Io Shirai then Io would go ballistic by attacking her with a kendo stick, and finally a great main event between Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano as Cole would finally defeat Gargano to become NXT Champion! This was a great event for NXT and possibly one of the best Takeover specials ever!
1) NXT Takeover: WarGames 2019
To me, the best PPV (or WWE Network Special) of 2019! Even though there were 4 matches on the card, this event defined brutality on a pro wrestling show and that's something we don't get to see much of these days especially in WWE. War Games presented us the first ever Women's WarGames Match that had Rhea Ripley's Team defeat Shayna Baszler's Team after a near 30 minute collision. Finn Balor would then defeat Matt Riddle in his first NXT match since his return to the brand, plus his heel turn. Pete Dunne would then emerge victorious in a great Triple Threat Match against Killian Dain and Damian Priest then we had the traditional Men's WarGames Match as Tomasso Ciampa's Team defeated The Undisputed Era! War Games sure can definitely deliver some memorable, epic moments and this year's event did just that as bodies were left on the mat and stars had risen from the horizon!