The 15 best pay-per-views ever

#14 Heat Wave 1998

There was much about the original Land of the Extreme that never fully translated to pay-per-view, yet Heat Wave 1998 stands out as a stellar representation of ECW’s diversely hardcore leanings. The card rocketed out of the gate with a balls-to-the-wall showdown between Jerry Lynn and Justin Credible, which saw Lynn execute a hurricanrana from the top turnbuckle through a table on the floor, and the pace didn’t let up from there.

Former teammates Lance Storm and Chris Candido vacillated between technical proficiency and brawling, and Rob Van Dam & Sabu took on Japanese counterparts Jinsei “Shinzaki & Hayabusa — a dream encounter for tape traders. Two of ECW’s most famous rivalries — Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Tazz and Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome — also wrote new chapters.

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The headlining Six-Man Street Fight, featuring Tommy Dreamer, Sandman and The Dudley Boyz, was a satisfyingly chaotic finale, and a show-long narrative about The Dudleys’ day-of attack of New Jack (an original participant in the match) contributed to the prevailing sense that the show could careen off the rail at any moment — an oddly charming characteristic that was ECW to the core.

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