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WWE Yearly Review: 2018 Pay-Per-View Event Rankings

WWE Yearly Review: 2018 Pay-Per-View Event Rankings
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WWE Yearly Review: 2018 Pay-Per-View Event Rankings

The following is a yearly review of the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) 2018 pay-per-view events. The events are ranked based on the number of quality matches, in addition to memorable moments. Matches are also ranked, with at least one match from each event nominated. The top WWE superstars of 2018 are also listed, which are based on the amount of ‘match of the night’ nominations, championship matches involved in and memorable moments a superstar produces. It’s certainly a lot, so let’s begin!

2018 Pay-Per-View Match Rankings

2018 Superstar Rankings

WWE Pay-Per-View Event Rankings

20 – Crown Jewel

Date: Nov. 2

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Venue: King Saud University Stadium

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Renee Young

Match of the Night: D-Generation X vs. The Brothers of Destruction

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments :

  • Hulk Hogan opens the show.
  • Randy Orton assaults Rey Mysterio, as a result of losing to him.
  • Baron Corbin strikes Braun Strowman with the WWE Universal Championship prior to the match starting.
  • Brock Lesnar connects on four F5’s, in addition to becoming a two-time WWE Universal Champion.
  • Shane McMahon replaces The Miz in the World Cup Final, consequently winning it.
  • Kane chokeslams Triple H, subsequently through the announcer’s table.
  • Shawn Michaels lands a moonsault on Kane and Undertaker, off the turnbuckle to outside the ring.

19 – Backlash

Date: May 6

Location: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Venue: Prudential Center

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton & Jonathan Coachman

Match of the Night: Seth Rollins (C) vs. The Miz – WWE Intercontinental Championship

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • Elias tries to perform but is interrupted by New Day, Rusev Day, No Way Jose, Titus Worldwide, the Fashion Police, and Bobby Roode.
  • Bobby Roode hits Elias with a Glorious DDT.
  • Aiden English tries to join the conga line, but Rusev stops him.
  • Big Cass assaults Daniel Bryan, as a result of losing to him.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura hits a reverse exploder on A.J. Styles, subsequently landing on a chair.
  • A.J. Styles reverses a Kinshasa by throwing a chair at Nakamura’s knees, but the chair bounces back and drills A.J. in the face.
  • Nakamura & Styles low blow each other at the same time, resulting in a draw.
  • Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens throw each other into the ring against the other’s will, so Zayn slaps Owens and leaves him to be destroyed by Strowman and Lashley.
  • Strowman hits running powerslams onto both Zayn & Owens after the match.
  • Samoa Joe attacks Roman Reigns before the match starts, and puts him through the announcer’s table.

18 – Fastlane

Date: Mar. 11

Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

Venue: Nationwide Arena

Ring Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton

Match of the Night: A.J. Styles (C) vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena – 6-Pack Challenge | WWE Championship

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • Randy Orton connects with an RKO as Roode jumps off the top turnbuckle.
  • Orton wins the WWE United States Championship, as a result, becoming a Grand Slam Winner.
  • Jinder Mahal beats Orton after the match but both are hit with a Glorious DDT by Roode.
  • The Bludgeon Brothers interfere in the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship match, destroying everyone.
  • The Bludgeon Brothers powerbomb Xavier Woods, consequently onto steel steps.
  • Naomi & Becky Lynch come out to even the odds in Charlotte’s WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship match against Ruby Riott.
  • Asuka announces Charlotte as her Wrestlemania 34 opponent.
  • Sami Zayn interrupts Kevin Owen’s entrance, walking past him without acknowledgment.
  • John Cena begins the match by delivering Attitude Adjustments (AA) to everyone but Styles.
  • Baron Corbin sends Ziggler through plexiglass in the crowd.
  • John Cena AA’s Styles through the announcer’s table.
  • Sami Zayn lies down in the middle of the ring for Kevin Owens but tries to pin him as Owens leans down.
  • Zayn screams at Shane McMahon who is ringside, as a result, Owens hits Shane with a superkick.
  • Shane pulls the ref out of the ring as he is about to count three for both Owens and Zayn.
  • John Cena AA’s Corbin, consequently onto steel steps

17 – Extreme Rules

Date: Jul. 15

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Venue: PPG Paints Arena

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton & Jonathan Coachman

Match of the Night: Dolph Ziggler (C) vs. Seth Rollins – Ironman Match | WWE Intercontinental Championship

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • Sanity puts Kofi Kingston through a table on the pre-show.
  • Ronda Rousey attends the event as a fan because of her suspension.
  • The B-Team win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
  • The Bludgeon Brothers attack Team Hell No backstage, consequently smashing Kane’s leg in a door.
  • James Ellsworth is suspended in a shark cage.
  • Asuka attacks Ellsworth, as a result of him falling out of the shark cage.
  • Carmella smashes Asuka into the shark cage to retain the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship.
  • Asuka attacks Ellsworth and WWE employees after the match.
  • Nakamura low blows Jeff Hardy before the match to win the WWE United States Championship.
  • Kevin Owens handcuffs Braun Strowman to a ring rope, but Strowman rips the handcuffs off.
  • Strowman tosses Owens off the top of a cage, crashing through the announcer’s table.
  • Nia Jax hits a gorilla press slam on Alexa Bliss who lands on a trash can.
  • Mickie James attacks Natalya, so Ronda Rousey attacks Mickie James.
  • Mickie assaults Ronda with a kendo stick and Jax a chair, helping Bliss retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Rusev runs into an exposed turnbuckle caused by English, losing the WWE Championship match.
  • Dolph Ziggler records three wins in under two minutes, as a result of Drew McIntyre attacking Rollins.
  • The Ironman bout goes to overtime, in which Drew distracts Seth to help Ziggler retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

16 – TLC

Date: Dec. 16

Location: San Jose, California, USA

Venue: SAP Center

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Renee Young, David Otunga and featuring Vic Joseph

Match of the Night: Becky Lynch (C) vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair – TLC Match | WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship

Honorable Mentions: The Bar (C) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos – WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship

Memorable Moments:

  • The Fabulous Truth have a dance break during the MMC Final, as a result, the Singh Brothers join in.
  • The Fabulous Truth win the MMC, in addition, R-Truth reveals their trip to WWE headquarters in Connecticut.
  • Baron Corbin is, subsequently, beaten with chairs by various members of the locker room.
  • Kurt Angle returns, moreover, he helps Strowman beat Baron Corbin.
  • Natalya sends each member of the Riott Squad through a table.
  • Natalya pulls out a table with Ruby’s face on it, also, she puts on her father’s jacket.
  • Dolph Ziggler kicks McIntyre in the face, subsequently, costing him the match.
  • Rey Mysterio hits Orton with a belly-to-belly slide with a chair, going under the ropes to outside the ring.
  • Asuka puts Charlotte Flair through a table.
  • Becky hits a leg drop onto Charlotte Flair from the top of a ladder, consequently, through the announcer’s table.
  • Charlotte spears Asuka through the barricade, also, frontflips off the top turnbuckle onto Becky through a table outside the ring.
  • Ronda Rousey tips the ladder with Becky and Charlotte on, as a result, Asuka wins the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship.

15 – Elimination Chamber

Date: Feb. 25

Location: Paradise, Nevada, USA

Venue: T-Mobile Arena

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Jonathan Coachman

Match of the Night: 7-Man Elimination Chamber Match

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • First ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match.
  • Mickie James hits a seated senton from the top of a pod onto Sonya Deville.
  • Sasha Banks kicks Bayley off the chamber.
  • Alexa Bliss attempts a Twisted Bliss from the top of a pod, but Sasha Banks reverses it into a Bank Statement.
  • Nia Jax tackles Asuka through a barricade, as a result of losing to her.
  • Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy play games by disappearing and reappearing before their match.
  • Ronda Rousey officially signs with WWE.
  • Triple H reveals Ronda will have a match at Wrestlemania 34.
  • Ronda Rousey puts Triple H through a table, so Stephanie slaps her.
  • First ever 7-Man Elimination Chamber Match.
  • Strowman smashes Miz into the chamber while on top of a pod, tossing him onto everyone below.
  • Rollins hits a frog splash onto Strowman from the top of a pod.
  • Strowman eliminates everyone except for Roman Reigns – setting a new record.

14 – Greatest Royal Rumble

Date: Apr. 27

Location: Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Venue: King Abdullah Sports City

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton

Match of the Night: The Greatest Royal Rumble Match

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • First ever 50-Man Royal Rumble Match.
  • The Deleters of Worlds win the vacated WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
  • Chris Jericho puts everyone on the List of Jericho.
  • Finn Balor hits a Coup de Grace on The Miz as he lays on a ladder.
  • Rollins leaps onto the ladder and steals the WWE Intercontinental Championship with Finn about to win.
  • Saudi wrestlers beat up the Daivari brothers, as a result of interrupting their moment.
  • A.J. Styles attacks Shinsuke Nakamura after their match due to another low blow.
  • Undertaker puts both Rusev and English into a coffin.
  • Roman Reigns spears Brock Lesnar, subsequently through the steel cage.
  • Hiroki Sumi enters the Royal Rumble and squares off with Mark Henry.
  • Kofi enters the ring diving head first through the bottom and middle rope.
  • Hornswoggle, The Great Khali, and Rey Mysterio enter the Royal Rumble.
  • Titus O’Neil, consequently, trips and falls running to the ring.
  • Strowman eliminates Shane by throwing him off the turnbuckle, through the announcer’s table.
  • Daniel Bryan enters number one and lasts through all 50 entrants, as a result, sets a Royal Rumble record.
  • Braun Strowman wins the Greatest Royal Rumble.

13 – SummerSlam

Date: Aug. 19

Location: New York, New York, USA

Venue: Barclays Center

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton & Jonathan Coachman

Match of the Night: Dolph Ziggler (C) vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Intercontinental Championship

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • Rollins hits a super inverted suplex into a modified sidewalk slam on Ziggler.
  • McIntyre throws Dean Ambrose into steel steps, distracting Rollins.
  • Ambrose hits McIntyre with a Dirty Deeds outside the ring.
  • Seth Rollins wins the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Braun Strowman chokeslams Kevin Owens on the entrance ramp.
  • Charlotte breaks Becky’s Disarmer on Carmella with a Natural Selection to win the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship.
  • Becky attacks Charlotte, as a result of the match.
  • Samoa Joe addresses Styles’ family before and during the match, prompting A.J. to attack Joe with a chair and get disqualified.
  • Maryse gives The Miz brass knuckles to beat Daniel Bryan with.
  • Finn Balor’s demon comes out to fight Baron Corbin.
  • Jeff Hardy misses a Swanton Bomb and lands on the ring apron.
  • Natalya comes out with her father’s jacket on following his passing.
  • Ronda Rousey wins the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Brock Lesnar beats Braun Strowman with his Money in the Bank (MITB) contract and F5’s him outside the ring.
  • Roman Reigns wins the WWE Universal Championship.

12 – Super Show-Down

Date: Oct. 6

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Grounds

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Renee Young

Match of the Night: Cedric Alexander (C) vs. Buddy Murphy – WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Honorable Mentions:

  • A.J. Styles (C) vs. Samoa Joe – No DQ Match | WWE Championship
  • Triple H vs. The Undertaker – No DQ Match
  • The Shield vs. Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler & Braun Strowman

Memorable Moments:

  • Samoa Joe hits a uranage on Styles through a seated steel chair.
  • Styles & Joe go through a table at the same time.
  • Ronda Rousey locks armbars on Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan at the same time.
  • Buddy Murphy wins the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Roman Reigns spears Strowman through the barricade, subsequently saving Ambrose from being run over.
  • Triple H elbow drops Kane through a table.
  • Undertaker knocks out the ref after Triple H kicks out of a Tombstone Piledriver.
  • Triple H lands a knee drop onto a chair wrapped around Undertaker’s neck.
  • HHH uses a sledgehammer to hit a chair into Undertaker’s face and to choke him, as a result, breaking Hell’s Gate.
  • Undertaker & Kane hit Triple H with a Tombstone Piledriver after the match and chokeslam Shawn Michaels through the announcer’s table.

11 – Wrestlemania 34

Date: Apr. 8

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Jonathan Coachman and featuring Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Vic Joseph, and Nigel McGuinness

Match of the Night: Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • John Cena shows up as a fan since Undertaker seemingly declined his challenge.
  • Bray Wyatt appears in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal to help Matt Hardy win.
  • Cedric Alexander emotionally wins the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Bayley eliminates Sasha Banks in the Women’s Battle Royal, only for Naomi to eliminate Bayley.
  • Rollins breaks a Figure-Four hold with a frog splash, while Balor also breaks a pinfall with a Coup de Grace.
  • Rollins Curbstomps Balor and Miz’s heads together to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship and, as a result, become a Grand Slam Winner.
  • Charlotte Flair’s entrance.
  • Charlotte Flair retains the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship, subsequently ending Asuka’s undefeated streak.
  • Jinder Mahal wins the WWE United States Championship.
  • Ronda Rousey wins her WWE debut match.
  • Triple H and Ronda Rousey square off in the ring, as Ronda actually puts him in an armbar.
  • New Day’s ‘pancake people’ appear.
  • The Bludgeon Brothers win the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship.
  • John Cena challenges Undertaker, but Elias shows up instead. However, Undertaker eventually appears and defeats John Cena.
  • Sami Zayn and Shane McMahon’s kid yell at one another at ringside.
  • Nia Jax wins the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura low blows A.J. Styles, as a result of losing to him.
  • The Bar’s entrance.
  • Braun Strowman scares away the ‘big heads’ on stage.
  • Braun Strowman wins the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship with a kid he chose from the crowd as his partner.

10 – NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia

Date: Jan. 27

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Venue: Wells Fargo Center

Ring Commentators: Mauro Ranallo & Percy Watson

Match of the Night: Andrade Almas (C) vs. Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship

Honorable Mentions:

  • Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole – No DQ Match

Memorable Moments:

  • Velveteen Dream’s ‘boxer’ entrance.
  • Shayna Baszler attacks Ember Moon, as a result of losing to her.
  • Adam Cole reverses an Aleister Black springboard moonsault with a kendo stick.
  • Cole kicks a chair into Black, causing him to fall through two tables.
  • Black hits an AA onto Cole, landing on two seated chairs that are back-to-back.
  • Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly appear, so Sanity comes out to even the odds.
  • Black hits double knees onto Cole, subsequently through the announcer’s table.
  • Andrade’s entrance with the Mariachi band.
  • Zelina Vega continues to interfere, so Candice LaRae chases her off through the crowd.
  • Tommaso Ciampa attacks Gargano with a crutch after the match.

9 – Hell in a Cell

Date: Sept. 16

Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Venue: AT&T Center

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton & Renee Young

Match of the Night: Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy – Hell in a Cell Match

Honorable Mentions:

  • Ziggler & McIntyre (C) vs. Rollins & Ambrose – WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

Memorable Moments: 

  • Orton suplexes Hardy face first into the ladder supports.
  • Randy performs his patent stomp, as Jeff Hardy is sandwiched in between ladder rungs.
  • Orton puts a screwdriver through a pierced hole in Hardy’s earlobe.
  • Hardy hits a Swanton Bomb onto Orton on a chair.
  • Hardy misses a splash from the top of the cell, going through a table.
  • Becky Lynch wins the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship.
  • Roman Reigns spears Braun Strowman, subsequently through a table.
  • Ziggler, McIntyre, Rollins & Ambrose fight on top of the cell.
  • Brock Lesnar breaks into the cell and destroys both Reigns and Strowman.

8 – Survivor Series

Date: Nov. 18

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Venue: Staples Center

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Renee Young and featuring Vic Joseph & Nigel McGuinness

Match of the Night: Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Honorable Mentions:

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan
  • Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Mustafa Ali – WWE Cruiserweight Championship
  • Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match

Memorable Moments:

  • Carmella has a dance party mid-match.
  • Mandy Rose tags herself in to get credit for a pinfall after Deville does all the work.
  • Nia Jax pushes Sasha Banks off the turnbuckle so Asuka can eliminate her.
  • R-Truth continually confuses which team he is on all night long.
  • Drake Maverick runs into the Big Show and pees his pants.
  • Shane McMahon hits an elbow drop onto Strowman, subsequently through the announcer’s table.
  • Finn Balor tags himself in and kicks McIntyre in the head.
  • Strowman clubs Shane out of mid-air while attempting a Coast-to-Coast.
  • Charlotte brutally beats Ronda Rousey with a kendo stick and hits Natural Selection onto a chair before wrapping a said chair around her neck and stomping on it.

7 – Money in the Bank

Date: Jun. 17

Location: Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Venue: Allstate Arena

Match of the Night: Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Honorable Mentions: N/A

Memorable Moments:

  • Kevin Owens tries to manipulate New Day by bringing them pancakes.
  • Ember Moon hits a crossbody splash onto Sasha Banks, consequently landing on a ladder.
  • Lana hits an X-Factor onto Ember onto a ladder.
  • Natalya hits her patent split into a running boot onto Naomi while on a ladder.
  • Sasha hits her double knees onto Ember & Naomi who are laying on a ladder.
  • Natalya powerbombs Sasha into a ladder that knocks Becky off.
  • Alexa Bliss wins the Women’s Money in the Bank.
  • Singh continues to leave his wheelchair to attack Roman during his match with Mahal.
  • James Ellsworth returns to cost Asuka her match, dressed as her.
  • Nakamura hits a northern lights suplex on Styles on the entrance ramp.
  • Nakamura throws Styles through a table.
  • Styles hits Styles Clash onto Nakamura off steel steps, subsequently onto the outside floor.
  • Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm onto Nakamura through the announcer’s table.
  • Alexa interferes in the WWE Raw Women’s Championship match to successfully cash in her contract.
  • Strowman is buried in ladders.
  • Strowman throws Owens off a ladder through some tables.
  • Finn Balor hits a Coup de Grace off the ladder onto Bobby Roode.
  • Strowman climbs a ladder with Kofi on his back, winning Money in the Bank.

6 – Royal Rumble

Date: Jan. 28

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Venue: Wells Fargo Center

Match of the Night: 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match

Honorable Mentions:

  • 30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Memorable Moments:

  • Finn Balor immediately eliminates Corbin, so he attacks everyone including Heath Slater as he is walking down.
  • Almas and Cole make their WWE debuts.
  • Elias, Almas, Wyatt, and Zayn all attack Slater before entering the Royal Rumble.
  • Zayn and Owens attack Tye Dillinger, and Zayn takes his entry.
  • Big E. shoves pancakes into Slater’s mouth.
  • Sheamus finally tosses Slater into the ring, only to be immediately eliminated by Slater.
  • Mahal eliminates 2/3’s of New Day, but Kofi eliminates Mahal thanks to ‘pancake power’.
  • The Hurricane and Rey Mysterio enter the Royal Rumble.
  • Ziggler returns as entrant 30 after relinquishing the WWE United States Championship.
  • The new guys (Balor, Reigns & Nakamura) square off with the past (Mysterio, Cena & Orton).
  • Shinsuke Nakamura wins the Men’s Royal Rumble and challenges A.J. Styles.
  • The Bar win their fourth Tag Team Championship.
  • Strowman powerslams Lesnar through a table.
  • Lesnar F5’s Strowman through the announcer’s table then buries Strowman with two other tables.
  • First ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match.
  • Lita, Molly Holly, Michelle McCool, Torrie Wilson, Vickie Guerrero, Kelly Kelly, Jacqueline, Beth Phoenix, and Trish Stratus return.
  • Ember Moon and Kairi Sane make their WWE debuts.
  • Molly Holly hits a top rope front flip onto Sasha Banks.
  • Naomi scales the barricade and uses a chair to avoid elimination.
  • Asuka & Ember showdown in the ring.
  • Trish & Sasha showdown in the ring.
  • Asuka wins the Women’s Royal Rumble, as Ronda Rousey comes out right after.

5 – NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

Date: Jun. 16

Location: Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Venue: Allstate Arena

Ring Commentators: Vic Joseph, Percy Watson & Nigel McGuinness

Match of the Night: Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa – Chicago Street Fight

Honorable Mentions:

  • Undisputed Era (C) vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch – NXT Tag Team Championship
  • Aleister Black (C) vs. Lars Sullivan – NXT Championship

Memorable Moments:

  • Kyle O’Reilly throws Lorcan off the turnbuckle, as a result, he lands on the outside ring apron.
  • Velveteen Dream hits a DVD from the turnbuckle onto Ricochet.
  • Nikki Cross smiles as Shayna Baszler puts her to sleep.
  • Aleister Black has to hit two Black Masses to put Lars Sullivan down.
  • Ciampa grabs a sign from a ‘fan’, only for Gargano to use it as a weapon and reveal a stop sign hidden.
  • Ciampa puts Gargano’s head between a seated chair and smashes it onto steel steps.
  • Gargano hits a superkick with Ciampa’s head inside a trash can.
  • Ciampa hits White Noise onto Gargano on steel steps.
  • Ciampa uses cutters to remove the protective layering on part of the ring, exposing it.
  • Gargano hits White Noise onto Ciampa, subsequently through two tables.
  • Ciampa takes Gargano’s wedding ring and spits on it before throwing it into the crowd.
  • Gargano takes Ciampa off a stretcher and handcuffs him, meanwhile, he attacks employees.
  • Ciampa hits a DDT onto Gargano on the exposed part of the ring to win.

4 – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV

Date: Aug. 18

Location: New York, New York, USA

Venue: Barclays Center

Ring Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson & Nigel McGuinness

Match of the Night: Tommaso Ciampa (C) vs. Johnny Gargano – Last Man Standing Match | NXT Championship

Honorable Mentions:

  • Undisputed Era (C) vs. Moustache Mountain – NXT Tag Team Championship
  • Adam Cole (C) vs. Ricochet – NXT North American Championship
  • Velveteen Dream vs. EC3

Memorable Moments:

  • War Raiders attack the Undisputed Era after their match.
  • Dream hits DDT onto EC3 on the entrance ramp.
  • Dream hits an elbow drop and DVD onto EC3 on the ring apron, as a result, wins.
  • Cole reverses a Ricochet moonsault with a superkick mid-flip.
  • Kairi Sane wins the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • Ciampa hits White Noise onto Gargano, consequently putting him through the announcer’s table.
  • Ciampa hits a reverse full nelson facebuster on Gargano, subsequently onto steel steps.
  • Gargano uses a fire extinguisher on Ciampa and DDT’s him on an exposed part of the ring.
  • Ciampa uses a chair to knee smash Gargano through the barricade, burying him with everything in sight including a person.
  • Gargano superkicks Ciampa through two tables.

3 – Evolution

Date: Oct. 28

Location: Uniondale, New York, USA

Venue: Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

Ring Commentators: Michael Cole, Beth Phoenix & Renee Young

Match of the Night: Becky Lynch (C) vs. Charlotte Flair – Last Woman Standing Match | WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship

Honorable Mentions:

  • Women’s Evolution Battle Royal
  • Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm
  • Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Nikki Bella – WWE Raw Women’s Championship

Memorable Moments:

  • First ever all-female pay-per-view event.
  • Mickie & Trish square off.
  • Mandy Rose, consequently, tosses Deville out of the Battle Royal.
  • Carmella and Ivory have a dance party mid-match.
  • Zelina Vega almost wins the Battle Royal, as a result of hiding under the ring.
  • Nia Jax wins the Women’s Evolution Battle Royal.
  • Toni Storm wins the Mae Young Classic.
  • Natalya locks a sharpshooter onto Riott & Logan at the same time.
  • Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir help Baszler win the NXT Women’s Championship, the first two-time champion.
  • Becky & Charlotte fill the ring with chairs.
  • Charlotte back suplexes Becky onto a pile of chairs, while Becky Rock Bottom’s Charlotte on the same pile.
  • Flair front flips onto Becky through a table.
  • Charlotte locks the Figure-Eight on Becky through ladder rungs.
  • Becky hits a leg drop from the top of a ladder onto Charlotte, subsequently through the announcer’s table.
  • Becky powerbombs Charlotte off the turnbuckle through a table, as a result, she retains the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship.
  • Ronda Rousey slams both Bella Twins at the same time.

2 – NXT TakeOver: War Games II

Date: Nov. 17

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Venue: Staples Center

Ring Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson & Nigel McGuinness

Match of the Night: War Games Match

Honorable Mentions:

  • Tommaso Ciampa (C) vs. Velveteen Dream – NXT Championship
  • Shayna Baszler (C) vs. Kairi Sane – Two-out-of-Three Falls Match | NXT Women’s Championship
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black

Memorable Moments:

  • Matt Riddle wins his NXT debut match in seven seconds against Kassius Ohno.
  • Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir help give Baszler the first fall.
  • Sane hits Bonvoyage onto Baszler, Duke, and Shafir to outside the ring.
  • Dakota Kai and Shirai come out to even the odds for Sane.
  • Black beats Gargano with two Black Masses.
  • Dream locks in a Figure-Four on Ciampa around the ring post.
  • Dream & Ciampa suplex each other over the ropes to outside the ring.
  • Ciampa screams at Ranallo, allowing Dream to hit a DVD outside the ring.
  • Ciampa DDT’s Dream onto the metal between both rings to retain the NXT Championship.
  • Ricochet hits a moonsault running off Hanson’s back.
  • Bobby Fish puts a different lock on Dunne’s cage before entering the match, tossing the key too.
  • Refs get bolt cutters to free Dunne from his cage.
  • Dunne uses a kendo stick to hit Fish & O’Reilly’s fingers and get into the ring.
  • Rowe bodyslams Hanson onto O’Reilly, consequently laying on the metal between rings.
  • Dunne fights off all of Undisputed Era on his own.
  • Fish spears Rowe through a table.
  • Hanson hits a splash onto O’Reilly through a table to break a submission hold.
  • Hanson, with Fish on his back, powerbombs O’Reilly & Strong who back suplexes Dunne & Rowe who suplex Cole from the top of the cage.
  • Ricochet hits a double rotation moonsault from the top of the cage onto everyone below.
  • Both teams have a standoff in the ring, to sum up the rivalry between them.
  • Ricochet & Dunne both hit their finishers onto Adam Cole, both pinning him to symbolically win the match.

1 – NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

Date: Apr. 6

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Venue: Smoothie King Center

Ring Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson & Nigel McGuinness

Match of the Night: Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa – Unsanctioned Match for Gargano’s NXT contract

Honorable Mentions:

  • 6-Man Ladder Match – NXT North American Championship
  • Andrade Almas (C) vs. Aleister Black – NXT Championship

Memorable Moments:

  • The NXT North American Championship debuts in a ladder match.
  • Ricochet makes his NXT debut in the above match.
  • Dream hits an elbow drop onto Sullivan, subsequently from the top of a ladder.
  • EC3 powerbombs Dream off one ladder onto another.
  • Ricochet hits a Shooting Star Press onto EC3 who’s subsequently laying on a ladder.
  • Dream hits a DVD onto Ricochet on a ladder.
  • Sullivan slams EC3 on top of Dream through a ladder, as Dain does the same with Cole and Ricochet.
  • Adam Cole wins the NXT North American Championship.
  • Ember Moon’s entrance.
  • Ember hits the Eclipse onto Baszler outside of the ring.
  • Shayna Baszler wins the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • A.O.P. powerbombs Cole through the announcer’s table.
  • Roddy Strong turns on Pete Dunne, as a result, he joins Undisputed Era and becomes the NXT Tag Team Champion.
  • Aleister Black wins the NXT Championship.
  • Ciampa uses a fan’s crutch as a weapon on Gargano.
  • Gargano powerbombs Ciampa off the ring apron, consequently onto the exposed floor.
  • Ciampa hits a Project Ciampa off the turnbuckle onto Gargano.
  • Ciampa pretends to give up, however, he then tries to strike Gargano with his knee brace. Gargano ducks and uses the knee brace to make Ciampa tap out, to sum up, a beautiful ending to the match.

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