Usually when you watch an average episode of WWE’s Monday Night RAW or SmackDown, the “main event” of the show, is a forgettable tag team match or a short one-on-one match that nobody talks about past the next day.
Occasionally, they air a segment with a contract signing or some unnecessary 20-minute talkfest that dominates the end of the show.
A main event isn’t necessarily about when the match happens, but how much the company stresses its importance. The aforementioned forgettable tag matches and short one-on-one matches may be considered main events, but they could never headline a pay-per-view.
You sometimes also read about or watch matches that happen on PPV events that would have been better suited for weekly TV. The same idea applies – they are called headline matches or happen on “special” PPVs, but are barely worthy of taking up time on RAW or SmackDown Live.
This list is the opposite of that. Here are 10 matches that happened on WWE’s weekly TV programs that would have made great pay-per-view main events.
#10 The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (SmackDown Live- September 20, 2016)
In what is probably the best match in the short-lived history of SmackDown Live, The Miz defended his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, in a rematch of their contest at Backlash. What makes this match so important, is the fact that it was a bout for the devalued mid card championship, that had the entire audience on the edge of their seats.
The crowd reacted like the fight was for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Miz and Ziggler are both having a career renaissance (as is the Intercontinental Championship) with the advent of the new brand split.