YES! SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan has made 43 WWE Pay Per View Appearances beginning with the main event of SummerSlam in 2010. Bryan is best known for his two matches at WrestleMania XXX, in which he defeated Triple H and then won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
A staggering statistic was announced in the main event of the 2017 Survivor Series as Michael Cole mentioned that Triple H has appeared on WWE pay-per-views more than any other competitor, save for two. This got the data nerds at Canadian Bulldog's World to wonder: where do other top stars rank in terms of PPV appearances?
The answers are quite complicated and skewered to newer competitors, who are eligible to compete in up to 16 pay-per-views (or WWE Network specials) per year. In the early years of PPV, WWE (then WWF) had only three of four annual shows, beginning with 1985's The Wrestling Classic. As The Attitude Era began, superstars could compete in up to one show a month and ever since WWE Network debuted, there have never been as many specials considered pay-per-view for our purposes.
In ranking the Top 50 WWE Pay-Per-View Appearances, Canadian Bulldog's World considered the following:
One point per PPV they competed in, regardless of how many appearances they made on said show.
Only wrestling appearances count, meaning if they ran interference, were a special guest referee, manager, etc.... the wrestler doesn't get any credit for it.
One-off PPVs such as ECW December To Dismember and InVasion count towards the total.
WWE Network Specials such as 2015's The Beast In The East and the various NXT TakeOver specials do not count towards the total.
Dark matches/matches on Kickoff Shows do not count.
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Much like Kurt Angle, CM Punk has 82 WWE Pay Per View Appearances to his credit. Punk's first WWE PPV was the 2006 Survivor Series, where he teamed with The Hardy Boyz and D-Generation X. His final PPV was the 2014 Royal Rumble, days before Punk decided to part ways with the company.
WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero made 50 WWE Pay Per View Appearances in a relatively short period of time. He debuted on PPV in 2000, defeating Perry Saturn to win the European Championship. His most famous appearance was at No Way Out in 2004, pinning Brock Lesnar to capture the WWE Championship.