Wednesday officially marks the two-year anniversary of the launch of the WWE Network, opening the massive vault of archival pay-per-view footage to legions of pro-wrestling fans around the world.
Today, the network has grown to offer ample new programming and fresh content to supplement the unbelievable amount of pay per views and throwback events, which can be streamed in their entirety.
That being said, there’s so many pay per views to sift through that it can be mind-boggling to pinpoint some of the hidden gems.
Well, we want to make that latter part much more easier for you, as we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most underrated WWE pay-per-view events to check out on the WWE Network. Sit back, relax and enjoy these. Hey … who are we kidding? You’re going to be on the edge of your seat the entire time.
This card was stacked from top to bottom, still standing as one of the most underrated WWE pay per views that you will ever see. From the Big Show taking on Kurt Angle to Edge and Christian up against Degeneration X’s Road Dogg and X-Pac and Chris Benoit battling Chris Jericho, Backlash truly had a little bit of it all. The main event memorably had The Rock getting past Triple H despite the latter having Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon in his corner with Shane McMahon as the special guest referee. Classic.
Spring Stampede (1994)
The matchups and the legendary names involved say it all, from Lord Steven Regal fighting Brian Pillman to a time-limit draw to the blond Steve Austin defeating The Great Muta and Sting edging Rick Rude. The main event even had Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat battling to a double pin. You can’t make this stuff up.
July 1997 at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, had thousands of raucous fans cheering on their heroes — The Hart Foundation, consisting of Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart, British Bulldog and Brian Pillman. With the crowd on their side, they memorably went up against a team led by Stone Cold Steve Austin, as he was joined by Ken Shamrock, Goldust and the Legion of Doom. The undercard, if you can even call it that, had The Undertaker defending his title against Vader and Triple H up against a twisted Mankind. Awesome event … and pretty cool to see that the then-WWF didn’t dare go against the Canadian crowd, giving the victory to The Hart Foundation. Hey … it would have been an ugly scene if they didn’t, right?
In Your House 13: Final Four
Call it unchartered territory for the company at the time, but its In Your House 13: Final Four pay per view revolved around a Four Corners Elimination Match, in which Bret Hart outlasted the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Vader to win the then-vacant WWF World Heavyweight title. The Excellence of Execution, baby! The undercard even had a young Rocky Maivia defeating Triple H for the Intercontinental strap.
This April 1999 event was action-packed with great matches, from Stone Cold Steve Austin defeating The Rock in a No-Holds-Barred match with Shane McMahon as the special guest referee to The Undertaker getting past Ken Shamrock and Mankind scoring a win over The Big Show. But perhaps the reason the WWE Universe should hit select on this In Your House: Backlash event is it happened to be the last pay-per-view event that Owen Hart wrestled in, before the tragic fall that killed him at the Over The Edge event the next month. Owen teamed with Jeff Jarrett to take on the New Age Outlaws at Backlash.
John Cena vs. Edge in a Tables, Ladders, Chairs (TLC) match and D-Generation X against Vince and Shane McMahon and The Big Show. What’s there not to like about this? The McMahons were at the height of their all-time gall with this one.
In Your House: Over The Edge (1998)
The Stone Cold Steve Austin/Dude Love no disqualification, falls count anywhere match with Vince McMahon as the special guest referee and The Undertaker as the special enforcer is the kind of thing pro-wrestling fan’s dreams are made of.
In Your House 11: Buried Alive (1996)
Sure, The Undertaker-Mankind Hell in a Cell match will always go down in history as being one of the most hardcore performances a pro-wrestling crowd has ever seen. But don’t ever forget about their war at In Your House 11: Buried Alive, which was pretty brutal in its own right. The card also had Stone Cold Steve Austin against Triple H and Shawn Michaels up against Goldust.
One Night Only (1997)
Trying to appeal to its European faithful, the WWF’s One Night Only pay per view in England had Shawn Michaels defeating the British Bulldog to become the first-ever European champion, with the Heartbreak Kid boasting that he was the company’s first Grand Slam winner, having won the World Heavyweight, Intercontinental and Tag Team titles before that.
In Your House (1995)
The then-WWF held its first In Your House pay per view in May 1995 as a way to have a moniker event between its big ones like The Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, King of the Ring, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. If the nostalgia alone doesn’t hit you, the British Bulldog battling brother-in-law Owen Hart to a time-limit draw or Razor Ramon defeating Jeff Jarrett will.