News Kofi Kingston’s pay-per-view streak is finally over

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24 unique performers competed in a match on the main card of Hell in a Cell 2019.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at which performers have currently wrestled on the most consecutive pay-per-view (PPV) events as of October 2019. The only rules are that the superstar must have wrestled for more than zero seconds on the main card of the PPV (sorry, pre-show fans), typical 24/7 title shenanigans will be ignored, and events in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are omitted from this exercise.

  • 10 events - Bayley
  • 8 events - Lynch, Rollins
  • 3 events - Flair, Orton
  • 2 events - Strowman, Bliss, Cross, Banks, Rowan, Reigns
  • 1 event - Bryan, Harper, Ali, Asuka, Sane, Erik, Ivar, Gallows, Anderson, Styles, Gable, Corbin, Wyatt

And here are the streaks that ended at Hell in a Cell.

  • 10 events - Kofi Kingston
  • 4 events - Dolph Ziggler
  • 1 event - Roode, Revival, Woods, Big E, Rose, Deville, Nakamura, Miz

Kofi Kingston did have a huge October main event defending his WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar. The main problem is that match took place on SmackDown television rather than PPV. WWE essentially built up the debut episode of SmackDown on Fox as being more important than Hell in a Cell, considering the debut episode also included a high stakes match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon. Those television matches probably took those performers out of the mix for a PPV match at Hell in a Cell, because there was only a two day gap between the events. There wasn’t enough time to create a new story or book a proper rematch.

That means Kingston’s streak of wrestling on 10 consecutive PPV events has come to an end, and Bayley is now at the top of the mountain. Kofi’s streak began in December 2018 at TLC in a triple threat tag team match between New Day, The Bar, and The Usos.

Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Randy Orton are all Raw superstars in the aftermath of the WWE draft, and they pop up next on the list after Bayley.

One strange consequence of the “Erick Rowan tries to murder Roman Reigns” storyline is that it kept Daniel Bryan away from wrestling on multiple PPVs even though he was healthy and available to work. Bryan and Reigns did not wrestle at SummerSlam in August because WWE ran out of time to book that match while still developing the story. Rowan was ultimately revealed as the true villain, and he’s the one who got to face Reigns at Clash of Champions in September while Bryan remained on the sideline. Bryan finally returned to PPV at Hell in a Cell in a tag team match with Reigns as his partner, which seems to have finally ended that bizarre storyline.

Considering how long the 24/7 title has existed, I’m a little surprised that it took this long for the title to change hands on the main card of a PPV. If WWE books a 24/7 title defense to take place between the ropes in the confines of a seemingly normal match, I’ll gladly count it as a match for this exercise. I’ll have to keep an eye on how WWE books this title on PPV going forward to see what strange cases might arise. For now, the quick 24/7 title changes that were executed at Hell in a Cell 2019 are not something I’m interested in tracking for the purpose of this exercise.

What do you think about this list of active streaks, Cagesiders? Which wrestler is most likely to fall off the list next month?

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