By 2010 WWE was deep into the PG Era. Words like ass were being censored on television and the Nexus was being beaten on pay-per-view.
It was certainly a strange year for WWE as they had yet to hit the next surge in popularity brought on by CM Punk’s pipebomb.
There were a number of very good pay-per-view matches in 2010, but not as many as there were in 2009 or 2010. That being said, these are the 11 best WWE pay-per-view matches of 2010.
11. Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz – Night of Champions
When Daniel Bryan debuted for WWE in 2010 he was ahead of the curve. Aside from CM Punk, Bryan was one of the first indie darlings to make their way to WWE.
This was a time before the likes of Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens. That being said, Bryan showed why he was a cut above his peers in the ring as soon as he got the chance.
At Night of Champions, Bryan took on his NXT Pro The Miz for the United States Championship. The US Title hadn’t been given much attention around this time but this was a match that felt important and more than lived up to the hype.
An excellent first pay-per-view singles match for Daniel Bryan and one of the best pay-per-view matches The Miz has ever had.
10. The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth – Elimination Chamber
While it appeared fairly obvious who would win the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match in 2010, few expected just how it would go down.
With Edge having won the Royal Rumble, rival Chris Jericho seemed like the obvious candidate to win the World Heavyweight Championship and defend it at WrestleMania. In the Elimination Chamber, there were a number of notable highlights.
CM Punk gave a sermon mid-match to a chorus of boos before being eliminated by Rey Mysterio. This was followed by a star-making performance from John Morrison before Shawn Michaels broke into the cage and Superkicked The Undertaker.
Michaels allowed his hated nemesis Chris Jericho to win the world title just so Undertaker would be motivated to face him at WrestleMania. A very solid Elimination Chamber match with an all-time great finish.
9. WrestleMania Money in the Bank Ladder Match
WrestleMania XXVI was the last WrestleMania to feature a Money in the Bank ladder match. Thankfully, these matches rarely disappoint and this was no different. Well, maybe just the winner.
This was the most crowded Money in the Bank in history with a whopping ten entrants and it certainly led to an insane amount of spots. Some were spectacular, some were absurd but rarely will you ever have a bad time watching one of these matches.
Jack Swagger was a strange choice to win, a decision made even more odd by his subsequent World Title run but that has little bearing on the match itself. This is a very fun match on a fun WrestleMania, Luke Owen be damned.