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Unforgiven (2016)
Unforgiven
Information
Promotion WWE
Date July 24, 2016
Venue Verizon Center
City Washington, D.C.
Pay-per-view chronology
Money in the Bank (2016) Unforgiven (2016) SummerSlam (2016)
Unforgiven chronology
Unforgiven (2008) Unforgiven (2016) Unforgiven (2017)

Unforgiven (2016) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE. It took place on July 24, 2016 at the Verizon Center in the Washington, D.C.. It will be the twelfth event under the Unforgiven chronology and it is the first Unforgiven event since 2008 and the final event prior to the new Brand Extension goes into full effect.

Nine matches were scheduled but ten took place as Shinsuke Nakamura cashed-in his Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE Championship to become the first Japanese world champion in WWE history. In the main event James Harrison won the World Heavyweight Championship for a ninth time, in a ladder match defeating his brother Matthew. This meant that both Raw and SmackDown had a world title going into the brand extension. 

The show is also notable for Randy Orton's first appearance in a WWE ring after a nine-month injury. Overall the event was highly praised with Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awarding his perfect five stars to the Nakamura–Styles match and the Harrison brothers match. The event saw 1.03 million pay-per-view buys, thus becoming the first WWE pay-per-view other than the Big 4 (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series) to pass one million buys, WWE owner James Harrison put this down to the heavily promoted Styles–Nakamura match and The Shield triple threat match.

Reception

Overall Unforgiven was highly praised as the WWE's best pay-per-view of 2016. Two matches, Nakamura–Styles and the ladder match recieved five star rating from Dave Meltzer, the US title match was the lowest rated a 3.75. Everything else scored at least four stars. On average matches scored 4.33 stars only NJPW's G1 Climax 25 Day 19 scored a higher average at 4.41 per match.

Matches

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows (c) defeated Big Show and Kane Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 11:26
2 The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman and Erick Rowan) defeated The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) Six-man tag team match 10:03
3 Bullet Club (Finn Bálor and Kenny Omega) and Mark Henry defeated John Cena and Enzo and Cass Six-man elimination tag team match 24:32
4 Tyler Breeze (c) defeated Rusev (with Lana) Singles match for the WWE United States Championship 06:32
5 AJ Styles (Intercontinental Champion) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (European Champion) Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship and WWE European Championship 24:12
6 Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns Triple threat match for the WWE Championship 18:49
7 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Dean Ambrose (c) Singles match for the WWE Championship
This was Nakamura's Money in the Bank cash-in match
01:02
8 Taya Valkyrie (c) defeated Dana Brooke and Charlotte Triple threat match for the WWE Divas Championship 13:20
9 Alexa Bliss defeated Ana Sanchez (c) Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship 14:09
10 James Harrison defeated Matthew Harrison (c) Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship 23:01
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tag team elimination match

Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Enzo Amore Finn Balor Coup de Grace 12:35
2 Finn Balor Colin Cassady East River Crossing 18:44
3 John Cena Kenny Omega Aoi Shoudou 20:32
4 Kenny Omega Colin Cassady Empire Elbow 24:24
5 Colin Cassady Mark Henry World's Strongest Slam 24:32
Winner: Mark Henry

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