wrestlingChampionship matches are one of the most exciting things about a pay-per-view that garners many viewers. Especially, title changes are positively received when an unpopular champion loses their championship to a champion that fans are heavily invested in.
Title changes can be shocking and unexpected which makes title matches captivating to watch. However, there have been some pay-per-views in different wrestling promotions when every champion walked into a pay-per-view, failed to take the title home which is an incredibly rare feat.
10Fall Brawl 1993: War Games
The inaugural Fall Brawl in 1993 saw three championship matches take place, and it was a miserable night for the reigning champions. The opening match featured a remarkable hard-hitting contest that saw Lord Steven Regal take the WCW World Television Title away from Ricky Steamboat.
Arn Anderson and Paul Roma represented The Four Horsemen, and they dropped the WCW World Tag Team Titles to The Nasty Boys in another exceptional contest. Furthermore, Ric Flair was unsuccessful in his title match with Rick Rude, overcoming him to become the new WCW International World Heavyweight Champion.
SummerSlam 1991 was another memorable SummerSlam which was notorious for Randy Savage and Miss. Elizabeth’s wedding. However, the match of the night belonged to Bret Hart who defeated Mr. Perfect for his first reign as Intercontinental Champion, in a match that encapsulated technical wrestling.
The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase failed to keep the Million Dollar Championship in his possession as his former manager Virgil beat him for the title. Ultimately, The Legion of Doom ensured that it was a clean sweep for new champions, as they battled past The Nasty Boys to win the WWE Tag Team Championship in a Street Fight.
8Bound For Glory 2006
Bound For Glory was TNA’s version of WrestleMania as it was their showpiece extravaganza which had some great moments. The 2006 iteration of the show was arguably the greatest edition that TNA staged.
Three championships were up for grabs and not a single champion retained their title. Chris Sabin dethroned Senshi in one of the best TNA X Division Title matches, and LAX beat AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in a Six Sides of Steel match to capture the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Ultimately, Sting ensured that his career would not end here as he defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Title vs. Career match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
It’s incredibly rare for WWE to stage a pay-per-view one week after their last but that happened with Payback 2020, occurring seven days after SummerSlam. It wasn’t the greatest event with many wrestlers omitted from this card.
Nevertheless, three championships were at stake and they weren’t the best of title matches in fairness. Bobby Lashley brought some gold to The Hurt Business by defeating Apollo Crews for his second United States Championship reign. The makeshift tag team of Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax ended Bayley and Sasha Banks’ WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship reign, and Roman Reigns regained the Universal Title by doing the bare minimum against Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in the main event.
6Bound For Glory 2013
Plenty of TNA’s stalwarts reigned supreme at Bound For Glory 2013 showing that they still ruled TNA. Four championships changed hands in some remarkable contests. Chris Sabin is an Ultimate X match specialist, and he captured the TNA X Division Championship from Manik in an Ultimate X match.
Gail Kim continued her love affair with the TNA Knockouts Title by defeating reigning champion ODB and Brooke in a triple threat match. The BroMans won the TNA World Tag Team Championship, and AJ Styles once again reclaimed his throne by beating Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Title in a competitive main event.
5King Of The Ring 2000
Arguably King of the Ring 2000 was one of the worst incarnations of the King of the Ring. However, Kurt Angle won the King of the Ring tournament which set him on his way to be the WWE Champion by the end of the year. Moreover, three championships were defended to break up the King of the Ring tournament.
Edge and Christian became two-time WWE Tag Team Champions when they outlasted Too Cool in a Four Corners Elimination match for the straps. Crash Holly put his disappointment of losing to Angle in the semis behind him by regaining the Hardcore Title after interfering in Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco’s dreadful Hardcore Evening Gown match. Finally, The Rock ended Triple H’s WWE Championship reign in a unique six-man tag team match with Rock pinning Mr. McMahon to prevail.
WrestleMania XXV was bitterly disappointing but Backlash 2009 made up for it in a huge way. Christian capped off his return to WWE by defeating the red-hot Jack Swagger to become the new ECW Champion.
Moreover, Triple H lost the WWE Championship to his bitter rival Randy Orton in a six-man tag team match with The Viper pinning The Game. In the main event, Edge ended his three-year rivalry with John Cena to become a nine-time World Heavyweight Champion in a physical Last Man Standing Match with all three major titles changing hands.
3Spring Stampede 2000
WCW was on its last legs in 2000 with creative differences hampering WCW’s product. At Spring Stampede 2000, all the titles were vacated, which guaranteed new champions in extraordinary circumstances.
Terry Funk defeated Norman Smiley for the WCW Hardcore Championship and Chris Candido captured the WCW Cruiserweight Title in a six-way match. Moreover, Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell prevailed in the tournament final to crown the new WCW World Tag Team Champions. Also, Scott Steiner bested Sting for the United States Title, and Jeff Jarrett rounded off the night by beating DDP for the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
The Biggest Party of the Summer, SummerSlam 2014 featured just three championship encounters, but it was a night to forget for the reigning champions. Dolph Ziggler dethroned The Miz in a superb Intercontinental Championship, and Paige defeated AJ Lee on her 22nd birthday to recapture the WWE Divas Title.
Ultimately, the night belonged to Brock Lesnar who was riding a wave of momentum in 2014. He broke Undertaker’s 21-0 WrestleMania unbeaten streak at WrestleMania XXX, and he systematically broke John Cena down to capture the WWE Championship. It was The Beast Incarnate’s first WWE Title reign in a decade with fans salivating at Cena’s downfall.
1Survivor Series 2002
Survivor Series 2002 was an unprecedented night as there were no traditional Survivor Series elimination matches for the first time since 1998. Ironically both of those years are significant for Shawn Michaels as he entered his first retirement in 1998 and returned to action in 2002.
Nonetheless, five championships were defended and all five changed hands in successive matches. Billy Kidman got the ball rolling by ending Jamie Noble’s Cruiserweight Title reign, and Victoria dethroned Trish Stratus in a brutal hardcore match for the Women’s Championship.
Big Show stunned Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title, and Los Guerreros captured the WWE Tag Team title in a triple threat elimination match. Ultimately, Michaels climbed the mountaintop for the final time as he won the inaugural Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship.