This is the list of those that have been chosen as the best WWE PPV of the year 2017 by the prestigious publication Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
5. WWE Survivor Series | November
The thirtieth Survivor Series in history came to us from Houston, Texas, considered “the only night of the year in which the superstars RAW and SmackDown Live compete with each other”, almost ad nauseam. The billboard showed the champions of each show faced and the night culminated in a traditional fight of the Survivor Series of 5 against 5 for the “supremacy of the brand”. SmackDown Live would get the lead early in the victories before the last two bouts of the card.
The most intriguing / expected battle for the majority was AJ Styles representing Smackdown Live as the WWE Champion facing the RAW Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, voted the best bout on the card by Observer readers and getting a **** 3/4 rating from Dave Meltzer. The main event, however, would not go so well. The RAW team (HHH, Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor) against Team SmackDown Live (John Cena, Shane McMahon, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton and Bobby Roode) would be voted as the worst bout on the card by readers of the Observer and only got a rating of * 3/4.
4. WWE Fastlane | March
What would normally be considered a B show became a show A just for the main event with the legend Bill Goldberg challenging Kevin Owens for the Universal title. At that time, Owens was the owner of the longest reign of the Universal in history, but that came to an abrupt end when he lost to Goldberg in just 20 seconds. Another streak also ended that night when Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman, ending his unbeaten streak. That this was the fourth most-watched show on our site says a lot about how well Goldberg’s Nostalgia worked.
3. WWE SummerSlam | August
The most important event of the summer came from Brooklyn for the third consecutive year with a main event of the Brock Lesnar Universal Champion against Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman in a fatal four-way. Voted the best bout of the night by the Observer’s readers, Lesnar successfully defended gold in a wild and exciting match. Lesnar, after leaving on a stretcher, returned to the ring and was able to leave Brooklyn with the title after hitting Reigns with an F-5.
The unlikely reign of the WWE Championship title of Jinder Mahal also continued when he defeated Shinsuke Nakamura with the help of Singh Brothers. AJ Styles retained the title of EE. UU against Kevin Owens with Shane McMahon as a special guest referee with the history in this match being that Owens did not agree with the skills of the McMahon referees. SummerSlam also saw the return of “The Demon” Finn Balor defeating Bray Wyatt in a fight that lasted for months.
2. Royal Rumble | January
The kick-off of Road To WrestleMania focused on the Royal Rumble match since the participants were the protagonists such as Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and even The Undertaker. There were several title changes and a milestone reached at night “where anything can happen”. Braun Strowman continues to dominate the scene, as he eliminated most of the seven superstars in total, while Goldberg eliminated Lesnar to continue his rancor of Survivor Series. Goldberg was eliminated by Undertaker who was then eliminated by Roman Reigns, leaving the last two Randy Orton and Reigns. After an RKO and an out of the ring, Orton won his second Rumble.
Perhaps the most impressive thing in the show was WWE’s best-rated fight of the year between then-WWE Champion AJ Styles Vs. John Cena, getting a rating of **** 3/4 by Dave Meltzer. Dinner tied the famous 16 world titles of Ric Flair in a classic battle between the two.
Also in the program, The Club became the Raw tag team Champions when they beat The Bar and the Cruiserweight title changed hands when Rich Swann lost to Neville.
1. WWE WrestleMania | April
The biggest professional wrestling event of the year came to us from the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, with the main event of The Big Dog, which was carried out one by one with The Deadman for the control of “The Yard”. There were also five title changes in the program, a mixed team bout that included a marriage proposal, a non-sanctioned bout and a robbery by Rob Gronkowski.
The annual Battle Royal of Andre the Giant Memorial was won by Mojo Rawley when he eliminated Jinder Mahal after he received help from the aforementioned Gronkowski. Kevin Owens beat Chris Jericho to recover the US gold, while the Raw titles were the next to find a new home when the return/surprise of Hardy Boyz won a ladder match involving The Club, The Bar and Enzo / Big Cass.
Naomi became the SmackDown Women’s champion when she won a six-way bout, while John Cena and Nikki Bella got the best of The Miz and Maryse, and then, Cena proposed to Nikki (she said yes).
Bray Wyatt lost his WWE Championship to Randy Orton in a bizarre game that showed images of worms and things like that on the canvas while Brock Lesnar became the Universal Champion by beating Goldberg in a memorable fight that ended Goldberg’s comeback to WWE.
The main event of the night saw Reigns defeat The Undertaker in his unofficial retirement fight. The show ended with Taker placing his coat, hat and gloves in the center of the ring, kissing his wife at ringside and disappearing from the entrance while greeting the crowd.