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Headlining WWE’s PPV Main Events

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WWE has produced about 290
Pay-Per-View (PPV) events (excluding Canada or UK-only offerings) over
the course of the last 30 years, starting with WrestleMania 1 in
1985.  186 of these 290 PPVs were headlined by a one-on-one main event
match.  For the rest of this article when I refer to a main event match
in a general sense, I am only considering this set of 186 one-on-one
matches.  Those 186 main event matches have featured just 64 different
competitors across 30 years.  Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are hoping
to become the 65th and 66th names on this list of main event veterans at
Hell In A Cell 2014.

Now here is the full list of
the current 64 main event veterans, sorted by how many of the 186 main
event matches they each competed in.

39 matches: John Cena

36 matches: The Undertaker

29 matches: Triple H

21 matches: Shawn Michaels

20 matches: Steve Austin

17 matches: The Rock, Randy Orton

14 matches: Bret Hart

12 matches: Brock Lesnar

11 matches: Hulk Hogan, Batista

10 matches: CM Punk

9 matches: Edge

8 matches: Diesel 

7 matches: Sid, Kurt Angle

6 matches: Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, JBL

5 matches: British Bulldog, Kane, Daniel Bryan

4 matches: Yokozuna, Big Show, Jeff Hardy

3 matches: Randy Savage, Chris Benoit, Booker T, Goldberg, Eddie Guerrero, Wade Barrett

2 matches: Warrior, Bigelow, Mr. McMahon, Henry, Mysterio, Khali, Miz, Ryback

1 match:  JYD, Bundy, Andre, DiBiase, Rude, Slaughter, Luger, Piper,
Lawler, Fake Undertaker, Lawrence Taylor, Mabel, Goldust, Vader,
Faarooq, Shamrock, Flair, RVD, Umaga, Lashley, Sheamus, Truth, Del Rio,
Laurinaitis, Ziggler 

Check out how much John Cena
and The Undertaker dominate this list.  One of the most interesting
facts about this is that they NEVER actually headlined a PPV in a
one-on-one match against each other.  So that means there is no overlap
among those 75 combined main event matches .

With possibly a Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose Main Event at Hell in a Cell, we could get a Main Event with two Rookies fighting in both their first Main Event at a PPV.

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