For most of its existence, starting from the very first Wrestlemania, WWE has been defined by its Pay Per View specials. From the original “Big Four” shows of Mania, Survivor Series, SummerSlam, and the Royal Rumble, to the advent of monthly Pay Per Views during the Monday Night Wars, to the absolutely ridiculous number of shows that happened during the first brand extension, there have been dozens of different WWE PPVs, some involving interesting concepts, a few of which were even pretty good! However, due to shifts in the product, a number of PPVs have come and gone, replaced by shows with different names and concepts. Here, then, are some of the most unique Pay Per View concepts in WWE history that have fallen by the wayside over the years.
10. The Wrestling Classic
This show, which took place in 1985, is mistakenly thought of as the first WWE Pay Per View in history, as WrestleMania was originally only presented on closed circuit broadcasts (however, it had been available on PPV in some international markets, so more accurately it was the first American WWE PPV). However, it is actually the first major tournament of any kind in WWE history, as the majority of the show, aside from a Hogan-Piper match for the WWE Title, consisted of a massive 16-wrestler tournament, which was won by Junkyard Dog, who defeated Randy Savage in the finals. Unfortunately, the tournament format was not well-received, many of the matches were a combination of bad and very short in the interest of time constraints (most of them lasted less than three minutes, and three lasting less than sixty seconds), with even the WWE Title match lasting roughly seven minutes and ending in a DQ. As a result, WWE would not air another tournament on PPV until resurrecting the concept in 1993 with the King of the Ring (a tournament which had existed in WWE for years, but never aired on PPV until then).