There is no getting away from the fact that 2016 was a great year for WWE from an in-perspective. You might not like their booking, or some of their decisions but the match quality has been phenomenal across the board. As such, it was with great excitement I sat down to watch the WWE Best PPV Matches of 2016, a three disc DVD set showcasing the best matches on PPV (even if that seems weird considering that PPV isn't even a real thing, or so WWE would have you believe), and it was not a disappointment.
Disc 1 starts off with a bang with a fantastic Last man Standing match between Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship from the Royal Rumble, which is apt considering both had a big year in 2016. In a nice touch we also get highlights of the Royal Rumble, which was excellent. Equally aptly given it was one of the lesser shows of the year, we only got the main event of Fastlane from February, featuring Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship. Again this was another belter, and very much belongs on this release. We then got three of the most talked about matches from Wrestlemania 32, with the superb women's three-way match between Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Charlotte for the brand new WWE Women's Championship, and the Intercontinental Title Ladder match, both of which were superb, and easily the two best matches on a show that had lots of quite average bouts. Also included is The Undertaker vs Shane McMahon, which for should not have been included here. The match had one massive stunt, but the rest of the contest was dishwater dull, unsurprisingly, but obviously I understand why it was included even if I don't wholly agree.
Disc 2 kicks off with a bang featuring Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn from Payback, which is a very good bout (although I think their match from Battleground was superior), as well as one of the matches of the year featuring Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles from Extreme Rules. This match is a must-see and both guys put in a phenomenal shift here, and the story-line with The Club only added to things, rather than detracting which it so easily could have. Moving on to Money in the Bank we got the excellent ladder match for the briefcase, as well as the clinic put on by a returning Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (as well as all the aftermath with Dean Ambrose).The Divas Tag match from Battleground is included, which is fun but far from a standout of that division this year, before we finish off the disc with the excellent, if not slightly short main event featuring all three former members of The Shield.
Disc 3 is often where we see significant drop off on these releases, but the standard is really high here right to the very end. WE are treated to the two top matches from Summerslam featuring Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins and John Cena vs AJ Styles, both of which were absolutely superb. Obviously this was Balor's only bout on PPV this year due to injury, but this is certainly a match he can be proud of, and the Cena/Styles match got an honorable mention in the Slammer Jabber year end awards in the match of the year category, so that should give you an idea of how good this match is. Following on form this, the 6 pack challenge from the first Smackdown-only PPV, Backlash is included which crowned the first Smackdown Womens's champion, although this is overshadowed somewhat by the first ever Women's Hell in a Cell from the PPV of the same name which is also included here, and is arguably one of the matches of the year anywhere. Also included are the heated affair between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler from No Mercy, and the 7th and thankfully final match between Sheamus and Cesaro from their mind-numbingly tedious best of seven series. Why this was included I have no idea, but for the most part this is a very strong collection to close out the 3 disc set.
Overall, this is a great collection of matches from throughout the year, and I do like that while there are matches I would have included in place of some of the bouts presented here, but there are highlights packages for the matches on each PPV that aren't shown in full, which is a nice touch. If you are a network subscriber, you are unlikely to be purchasing this given these matches are all readily available on the network, however if you are not, or you a completionist, or even if you just fancy dipping your tow into the past year in WWE you could do far worse than pick up this release.