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WWE New Year's Revolution
WWE New Year's Revolution logo.png
New Year's Revolution logo from 2005
Promotion(s)World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
Brand(s)Raw
First event2005
Last event2007
Signature match typesElimination Chamber match

New Year's Revolution is a professional wrestling brand name that was formerly used as pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. The event was created in 2005 and its name was a play on the Western tradition of New Year's resolutions, being held in early January each year the event was produced. To coincide with WWE's first brand extension, in which the promotion divided its roster into brands where wrestlers exclusively performed, New Year's Revolution was held exclusively for the Raw brand throughout the event's three-year history. In 2008, New Year's Revolution was removed from the WWE schedule when they reduced the number of PPVs per year after the discontinuation of brand-exclusive PPVs following WrestleMania 23 in April 2007. A similar event with the New Year's theme returned as NXT: New Year's Evil, not as a PPV but a special episode formerly used by rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which took place in 2021 and Day 1, which will take place on New Year's Day 2022 in a pay-per-view format.

The event was notable for featuring the Elimination Chamber match during its first two years. Also notable was the 2006 event, which saw the very first Money in the Bank cash-in match, where Edge used the contract and defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship right after Cena had retained the title in an Elimination Chamber match.

History[edit]

New Year's Revolution was an annual January pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The name was a play on the Western tradition of New Year's resolutions. The first New Year's Revolution took place on January 9, 2005 and aired live on PPV from San Juan, Puerto Rico, which was the first and so far only pay-per-view event produced by WWE to be held in Puerto Rico.[1] The main event was an Elimination Chamber match, a special elimination-based professional wrestling match type that was promoted on rare occasions in WWE at that time with a total of six participants. The original Elimination Chamber structure was 16-feet-high and weighed 10-tons. It was composed of two miles of chain, steel grating, and plexiglass pods (two wrestlers started the match while the other four were contained in the pods with one each let into the match at random every five minutes).[2]

The 2006 event also featured an Elimination Chamber match as the main event, which also saw the very first Money in the Bank cash-in, where Mr. Money in the Bank Edge used the contract and defeated WWE Champion John Cena right after Cena had retained the title in the Elimination Chamber match.[3] The annual Elimination Chamber match was then moved to the December to Dismember PPV later that year,[4] thus the 2007 New Year's Revolution event did not feature the Elimination Chamber match.[5] New Year's Revolution was then canceled in 2008, after WWE reduced the number of PPVs per year after the discontinuation of brand-exclusive PPVs following WrestleMania 23 in April 2007.[6]

In 2002, WWE held a draft that split its roster into two distinctive brands of wrestling, Raw and SmackDown!, where wrestlers exclusively performed[7]—a third brand, ECW, was introduced in 2006.[8] Before the draft, matches featured wrestlers from the roster without any limitations; after the draft, however, matches consisted only of wrestlers from their distinctive brands. New Year's Revolution was produced exclusively for wrestlers of the Raw brand all three years the event was held.[1][3][5] At the final New Year's Revolution in 2007, the main event was a singles match for the WWE Championship between John Cena and Umaga, which Cena won to retain the title.[5]

Despite the discontinuation of the pay-per-view, WWE had revived the New Year's Revolution name for its house show tours for the month of January starting in 2020.[9]

While not part of the New Year's Revolution chronology, WWE reintroduced a New Year's-themed event, which took place on the January 6, 2021 episode of NXT, entitled New Year's Evil, a name previously used by former rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in an 1999 episode of Nitro, but not as a pay-per-view event. Coincidentally, WWE also introduced a new pay-per-view event called Day 1, which, unlike New Year's Revolution, is set to take place on New Year's Day itself on January 1, 2022.[10]

Reception[edit]

The 2005 event never reached Billboard.com's top ten list for Recreational Sports DVDs. The first week the event appeared on the Billboard chart, it ranked 19th.[11] The following week, the event ranked 17th, only to drop off the chart the next week.[12] The 2006 event ranked third on its first week in the chart's top ten list.[13] The following week, the DVD reached second on the list, and remained in the top ten for five weeks until the week of April 8, 2006, when the event dropped to 11th.[14][15] The 2007 event ranked second in its first week in the top ten.[16] The DVD remained in the top ten for four weeks until the week of March 31, 2007, when it ranked 11th.[17]

Canadian Online Explorer's professional wrestling section rated the 2005 event a three out of ten stars. The main event was rated a seven out of ten stars.[18] The 2006 event was given a rating of three out of ten stars also, with the main event being rated six out of ten stars.[19] The 2007 event was rated six out of ten stars, the highest for the PPV's three-year run. The main event for 2007 was given a six out of ten stars rating, the same as the previous year's main event.[20]

Events[edit]

Raw-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 New Year's Revolution (2005) January 9, 2005 San Juan, Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum Triple H vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Edge in an Elimination Chamber match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee [1][18][21]
2 New Year's Revolution (2006) January 8, 2006 Albany, New York Pepsi Arena John Cena (c) vs. Edge for the WWE Championship in Edge's Money in the Bank cash-in match [3][19][22]
3 New Year's Revolution (2007) January 7, 2007 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena John Cena (c) vs. Umaga for the WWE Championship [5][20][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New Year's Revolution 2005 Results". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2005-01-09. Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  2. ^ "The Elimination Chamber's history of destruction". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  3. ^ a b c "New Years Revolution 2006". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2006-01-08. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
  4. ^ Tello, Craig (2006-12-03). "Mission accomplished". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
  5. ^ a b c d "New Years Revolution 2007". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2007-01-07. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
  6. ^ "WWE Pay-Per-Views To Follow WrestleMania Formula". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2007-03-18. Archived from the original on March 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  7. ^ "WWE Entertainment To Make RAW and SMACKDOWN Distinct Television Brands". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2002-05-27. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  8. ^ "WWE Launches ECW as Third Brand". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2006-05-25. Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  9. ^ https://411mania.com/wrestling/wwe-brings-back-new-years-revolution-name-for-tour-announces-european-tour/
  10. ^ Currier, Joseph (August 24, 2021). "WWE REVEALS NAME OF NEW YEAR'S DAY PPV". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  11. ^ "WWE: New Year's Revolution 2005". Billboard.com. 2005-07-29.
  12. ^ "WWE: New Year's Revolution 2005". Billboard.com. 2005-08-05.
  13. ^ "WWE: New Year's Revolution 2006". Billboard.com. 2006-03-04.
  14. ^ "WWE: New Year's Revolution 2006". Billboard.com. 2006-03-11.
  15. ^ "WWE: New Year's Revolution 2006". Billboard.com. 2006-04-08.
  16. ^ "WWE: New Year's Revolution 2007". Billboard.com. 2007-03-03.
  17. ^ "WWE: New Year's Revolution 2007". Billboard.com. 2007-03-31.
  18. ^ a b Tylwalk, Nick (2005-01-09). "No Revolution: Triple H prevails". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  19. ^ a b Sokol, Chris (2006-01-08). "Edge surprise champ after Revolution". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  20. ^ a b Plummer, Dale (2007-01-07). "Cena retains, Triple H injured at Revolution". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  21. ^ Martin, Adam (2005-01-09). "New Year's Revolution (RAW) PPV Results". WrestleView. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  22. ^ "New Year's Revolution (RAW) PPV Results". WrestleView. 2006-01-08. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  23. ^ Martin, Adam (2007-01-07). "New Year's Revolution PPV Results". WrestleView. Retrieved 2008-09-12.

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