Feature: Response to Steve Anderson’s Article On Worst PPV Names

Bill Behrens


In follow-up to Steve Andersonâ<80><99>s piece on the worst PPV names, I wanted to add a little info on what has been called the worst wrestling PPV ever, and my personal favorite series of PPV names by one company.

Iâ<80><99>ll start with the WWA, World Wrestling All-Stars which held PPVs from Oct 2001 �” May 2003 featuring wrestling stars like Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Sabu, Buff Bagwell, Rick Steiner, Sting, etc. TNA Superstar AJ Styles made his 1st PPV appearance on the Feb 2002 WWA PPV from Las Vegas. The final WWA PPV in May 2003 saw the WWA titles merged with the TNA titles. I even appeared on the April 2002 PPV from Melbourne, Australia, getting punched by Jeff Jarrett to open the show.

But what I liked were the names of the PPVâ<80><99>s which seemed to me like they were a twisted combination of lost Journey record albums titles, religious book titles and porn movie titles.

At least, I know ERUPTION was a 1977 John Holmes film. Google reminds me that he played â<80><9c>Peterâ<80> in the film. Of course he did.

The WWA PPV Titles were:

INCEPTION

REVOLUTION

ERUPTION

RETRIBUTION

RECKONING

Likely the worst PPV ever was on June 19, 1991 in front of 550 fans at the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto, FL, Herb Abramsâ<80><99>s UWF Beach Brawl which delivered a pay-per-view buy rate of 0.10. The card included current WWE Head Of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis (Johnny Ace), and a rematch of the WWWF Title match between Bob Backlund and Ivan Koloff that lasted a pulse pounding 2 minutes and 23 seconds.

â<80>¢Dark match: Boris Zuhkov defeated Paul Samson

Zuhkov pinned Samson.

â<80>¢The Blackhearts (Apocalypse and Destruction) (w/ Luna Vachon) defeated Fire Cat and Jim Cooper (7:45)

Apocalypse pinned Cooper.

â<80>¢Terry Gordy fought Johnny Ace to a double count-out in a Street Fight (6:08)

â<80>¢Mask Confusion (Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell) defeated The Power Twins (Larry and David Power)

Blair pinned one of the twins.

â<80>¢Rockin’ Robin defeated Candi Devine to become the first UWF Women’s World Champion (6:05)

Robin pinned Devine.

â<80>¢Paul Orndorff defeated Col. DeBeers in a Strap match (4:15)

Orndorff pinned DeBeers.

â<80>¢Bob Backlund defeated Ivan Koloff (2:23)

Backlund pinned Koloff.

â<80>¢Steve Ray and Sunny Beach defeated Cactus Jack and Bob Orton, Jr. (4:02)[4]

Beach pinned Cactus.

â<80>¢Steve Williams defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to win the first UWF Television Championship (7:11)

Williams pinned Bigelow.

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