It all began with such promise, like any other year. WrestleMania season was upon us, and with it came the annual intrigue in the Royal Rumble. NXT was looking to continue its momentum through its TakeOver events, while AEW progressed the build to Revolution in Chicago. A nice start to what looked to be a potentially big year in professional wrestling.
And then, just like that, the air billowed out from the tire. A global pandemic took away wrestling crowds, causing WrestleMania to shelter inside a glorified studio setting, and all other events to pretty much adhere to the same pared down circumstances. WWE and AEW have both managed to make as good of the crappy situations as possible (in terms of commercial output), and this includes their pay-per-view offerings.
When you take on the whole ball of wax, what *has* been the greatest pay-per-view so far this year? At the halfway point of 2020, let us consider each of the contending choices, including supercards with crowds, as well as those without.
5. WWE WrestleMania 36
A crowd of 70,000 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa just wasn't going to happen, so Vince McMahon and company were forced to settle for less. The circumstances were leagues away from ideal, but all told, WrestleMania 36 didn't completely tank - in fact, it was mostly enjoyable.
Highlights included Drew McIntyre winning the WWE title, the Triple Threat Ladder Match, Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins, Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley, and a compelling Boneyard Match that may be Undertaker's swan song. As for the FireFly Funhouse, well, it was interesting.