Remember that WWE Network is about more than an easy way to watch the latest episodes of RAW, Smackdown, or the Pay Per Views. It is also a stunning archive that depicts not just the history of WWE/WWF, but the histories of companies like ECW, WCW, NWA, WCCW, and several others. The network is a treasure trove for longtime fans, and it is a wonderful opportunity for new fans to build their education of the history of professional wrestling.
For the second group in particular, figuring out which PPVs to watch on WWE Network can be a little daunting. That’s how much material is out there. To that end, if you find yourself a little overwhelmed by your options, we have a few suggestions to help you get going.
Here are five shows that every wrestling fan should watch at least once:
1. WCW Beach Blast 1992
Before WCW resurrected their fortunes in the mid-90s, they were a very distant second to the WWF. However, in spite of internal drama and ridiculous creative decisions, the company could still be counted on to put on an incredible show. Beach Blast 1992 is a good case in point, featuring a classic battle between Sting and Cactus Jack, and a 30-minute iron man classic between Rick Rude and Ricky Steamboat.
2. WrestleMania XXIV
Edge and Undertaker would have an extraordinary battle for the World Championship. Ric Flair put his career on the line against Shawn Michaels. WWE set the bar high for this four-hour spectacular, and they delivered flawlessly.
3. WCW Bash at the Beach 1996
The card is a solid one, but it’s that Scott Hall/Kevin Nash/Mystery Partner against Randy Savage/Sting/Lex Luger match that makes this show an essential watch for wrestling fans. The conclusion literally changed professional wrestling forever.
4. Royal Rumble 1992
For many 80s/90s wrestling fans, the 1992 Royal Rumble match is widely considered to be one of the hallmarks of that era. The 30-man Royal Rumble match would conclude with the last man standing being given the vacant WWF title. Ric Flair would go on to win against a who’s who of famous wrestlers from that period, further cementing his stature as one of the greatest of all time.
5. WrestleMania XVII
The precipice of the Attitude Era, every single match on this card is either a legitimate classic, or it’s at least something really entertaining.