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Best Monthly PPV of 2004
The SLAM! Readers and SLAM! Wrestling staff make their year-end picks


No shame in being second ... Randy Orton shows off his new world title at SummerSlam.
-- Stan Behal, Toronto Sun


It was a dismal year for PPV-buyers and PPV-providers, as buyrates were very low for the most part. A lot of this had to do with cards that were thrown together and featured either repetitive or boring booking. It's not surprising, then, to see that the best ones came from traditionally strong shows.

What We Thought

Jason Clevett - TNA Turning Point. TNA needed to pull off something special to try and establish a fan base and they pulled it off. A reasonably good show from top to bottom, every match was good and had some sort of meaning -- something a lot of WWE pay-per-views have lacked. 'Mania had too much filler and Backlash, the other top show of the year, is memorable only for three matches. If TNA can continue to put on quality shows, then the future does not look bleak.

Yves Leroux - Summerslam. I always loved Summerslam and this year was no exception.

Bob Kapur - Wrestlemania XX and Summerslam (tie). WrestleMania was the better show, but I have to give points to SummerSlam because I was there live.

Corey David Lacroix - Turning Point. Turning Point made me excited to be a professional wrestling fan in North America again. It wasn't flawless, but you did get the feeling that this was something special. Topped-off by the insane six sides of steel cage match, this easily beat anything WWE has produced on the PPV stage.

Jon Waldman - Wrestlemania XX. As is the case every year, this one is based on the DVD re-watch. 'Mania held up better than any PPV this year, with two extremely good main events (the triple threat match and Eddy vs. Kurt Angle) and some great all around work.

What Our Readers Thought:



5. Best Monthly PPV
Graph Count Percent
 WrestleMania 814 56.3
 Royal Rumble 202 14.0
 Turning Point 59 4.1
 Summer Slam 57 3.9
 Taboo Tuesday 41 2.8
 Victory Road 28 1.9
 Survivor Series 27 1.9
 Backlash 34 2.3
 No Way Out 10 0.7
 Unforgiven 9 0.6
 Bad Blood 4 0.3
 Judgment Day 3 0.2
 No Mercy 2 0.1
 Other 70 4.8
 -- Blank -- 85 5.9



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