Overall, 2017 was a decent year. Not perfect by a long stretch, but it was for the most part enjoyable and had some absolute stonkers – as well as stinkers!
With 2017 almost over, I decided to look back on my favourite and least favourite moments from WWE. So here is my special DOUBLE Top Five list! These were the moments I enjoyed the most – and the ones I enjoyed the least!
A quick note, this doesn’t necessarily include matches as such (although a few are mentioned here) but rather certain moments that really got me excited, or not. And of course, like always, these are just my own opinions and listed in no particular order. Also, if you’re not familiar with that is happening in WWE, just a warning that I won’t really explain anything in huge detail here.
First off, let’s look at my LEAST favourite moments.
First ever women’s Money In The Bank match – won by a man!
What do you think?
So this year we saw the first women’s Money in the Bank match and I for one was excited for them. This was a chance to prove that they girls could be just as tough as the men – and to be fair it was actually a good match and all the competitors put their hearts and souls into the fight. That is, up until the end – when James Elsworth climbed the ladder on behalf of his girlfriend Carmella and dropped the briefcase to her – leading to all manner of backlash from fans and critics alike.
In all fairness, Carmella didn’t really break any rules as such, but it was just so disappointing an end, especially after all the build up. Yes, I know Elsworth and Carmella were heels and heels tend to do dirty things to win, but still.
Thankfully, WWE realised they messed up and redid the match, having Carmella win the contract properly. And as of this blog, she is yet to cash it in. Still, the damage had already been done and the bad taste I don’t think will leave us for a while. The spirit of Santina lives on!
“Bayley, this is your life!”
In the lead up to the Kendo stick match between Alexia Bliss and Bayley, Bliss tried to show everyone that Bayley wasn’t cut out for “hardcore” matches by getting a selection of Bayley’s “friends” from the past. Each of them would go onto say how nice Bayley a girl was, and how she’d never… hurt… a… flllyyysssnnnnooorrreeeee.
Oh sorry, did I drift off there? It’s just remembering this made me fall asleep. It was just embarrassing! The fans chanted “boring” throughout and it did absolutely nothing for either Bayley or Alexia. It was quite simply dull as hell – and WWE are right not to bring it up anymore.
Oh and the kendo stick match between Bayley and Bliss was godawful as well. I’d go so far to say it was the worst match of the year in my opinion. Bliss and Bayley deserved so much better than this
Jinder Mahal being racist to Shinsuke Nakamura
For me the absolute worst moment was his “rivalry” with Shinsuke Nakamura, if you can even call it that. The first part had absolutely no build up at all – Shinsuke just won a match to challenge and that was it. The second time they fought, they tried to build heat by having Jinder do promos where he insulted Shinsuke’s facial expressions. They were bad in and of themselves, but then Jinder started saying that Shinsuke always “rooked” the same and then called him Mr Miyagi.
So let me get this straight, Jinder Mahal – who by the way, had an entire gimmick where he called Americans racists that don’t care for diversity, is now being racist.
This was just embarrassing and made Jinder look like a hypocrite. Even the fans refused this as they chanted “That’s too far!” after he made a comment. It didn’t make Jinder look like a heel, he just looked like a dick! You think given the SJW world we live in that WWE would have avoided this like the plague.
Not cool, WWE. Not cool
Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship reign
That would be impressive – if he actually DEFENDED the title more than he has done!
Seriously, this title reign has been a joke! Brock Lesnar has barely appeared on TV all year, only attending pay-per-views to defend his title. And even when he did appear on Raw, it was usually just so Paul Heyman could do a speech – all of which said exactly the same thing. You could count on one hand this year the amount of matches he actually fought in.
Here’s a tip, if you want to build up a champion – HAVE HIM BLOODY WRESTLE! Don’t just have him turn up at pay-per-views to defend his title just for the sake of having a title match. And what about this 30 day rule that the title gets vacated if they don’t defend it? He’s gone WAY past that rule and then some!
The problem stems from the fact that Brock Lesnar has other commitments elsewhere – and this in turn has made the Universal title less important. Worst still, during his reign some really talented wrestlers have been buried, despite prominent build ups. Remember when Samoa Joe looked like he could choke out the big man? He lost. Or Braun Strowman, who no-selled Suplex City and came close to crippling Lesnar? Nope, he lost as well in the most stupidest way possible.
Say what you like about Jinder Mahal, at least he turned up every week and wrestled some matches. Apparently the plan is to have Brock Lesnar keep the title until Wrestlemania so that Roman Reigns can take the title. You know, I’ll take Reigns over Lesnar as champion any day! The sooner Lesnar loses this title the better!
Jason ****ing Jordan!
When it was revealed that Jason Jordan was Kurt Angle’s son (no he isn’t, just leave it!) a lot of fans let out a collective sigh. Estranged child storylines have been done in WWE before and NONE of them have been any good. So why they thought this would work I have no idea!
Clearly this was intended as a big push for Jason Jordan – but it was a total failure. The fans didn’t react to Jordan at all – except for heavy boos. Not only that, but Jordan just came across as a whinny, entitled brat, not someone the fans could get behind. Hell, when Jordan got “injured” by Bray Wyatt during a match, the fans cheered for Wyatt! At least he got cheered.
I got nothing more to say, this was just dreadful and didn’t help anyone. I don’t blame Jason for this – he’s doing his best with what he’s given. But seriously, the sooner they put the lid on this the better. However, seeing that he and Seth Rollins are now Tag Team Champions (again, why?) it looks like WWE are gonna push this for as long as they can.
Come back, Hornswoggle, all is forgiven!
Right, now we got that out the way, let’s look at some GOOD moments from WWE this year. And thankfully there were plenty! These are just five!
Ric Flair celebrates with his daughter
When Charlotte returned, she entered the title scene to challenge Nataliya for the Women’s Championship. After a few false starts, Flair finally defeated Nataliya in her home town. Charlotte then took the microphone and thanked her father for all the support and said she will fight to make him proud.
As she left the ring to a thunderous applause – Flair’s entrance theme played. And out he came, the Nature Boy himself – his first appearance in WWE for years. He embraced his daughter and they celebrated her win.
It was a beautiful moment to see father and daughter together – it brought a tear to my eye. Whatever Flair’s faults, he loves his children and I’m sure he’s proud of Charlotte and everything she’s done. It’s one of the most emotional moments in 2017 and it was a really good moment for fans of wrestling to see the past and future unite.
From then on it was utter chaos as Smackdown proceeded to beat the crap out of Raw superstars, leaving them beaten down. The first shots had been fired – and it was only a matter of time before Raw retaliated.
This was a pretty cool way of building up tension for Survivor Series as Raw had to pull out all the stops in preparation for the big event. It also lead to some pretty intense exchanges on Twitter between The Miz and Baron Corbin as Corbin insulted Miz’s wife and Miz retaliated. It made their match all that more great as there was real heat behind it.
I would point out how out of character it was for some of the Smackdown roster to brutally attack other superstars – and also the idea that many seem to have now forgotten about their rivalries after Survivor Series,but then this is wrestling and certain things should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Overall, this was a pretty damn cool set up to the event and it was exciting seeing Raw and Smackdown exchange blows – and when Raw did get their own back it was, as The Miz would say, “Awesome!
The Bludgeon Brothers makes Colin Delaney Scream
But to their credit, WWE have done a great job building them up. At least they have been a genuine scary team that destroyed anything in their path. Jobbers and established teams alike have felt their wrath – Breezango being their latest victim.
It also lead to THIS little gem!
To be fair, if I was lifted up in the air by a giant bloke I’d probably scream like that as well! Big props to Colin Delaney for making me laugh my ass off! I’ve replayed this scene over and over again and I still can’t help but laughing myself silly. Sure it kinda took away from the seriousness of the scene but I don’t care. It was an unintentionally funny moment – but a funny moment nonetheless.
AJ Styles versus Demon Finn Balor
Put together at TLC when a viral infection prevented Bray Wyatt from fighting Finn Balor (which is a good thing considering how embarrassingly bad the whole Sister Abigail thing turned out), AJ Styles was called in to fight The Demon instead. If you know your wrestling history, you might know that Finn Balor (or Prince Devitt as he was known then) and AJ Styles were both prominent leaders of the Bullet Club – but they never fought each other before then. This was a dream match and the fans were excited. As was I! Hell, the crowd were chanting “This is awesome!” before the match even started – that’s how hyped they were.
Everyone knows how magical Finn and AJ are in the ring and they did not disappoint in this match. Even though AJ looked physically exhausted, having trouble down from a South American tour to TLC, he still gave a phenomenal performance. At one point, the crowd were chanting “We want tables!” only for another section to retort “No we don’t!” That’s because they wanted to see who was the better wrestler out of these two! And that is what made this match so awesome – no gimmicks or weapons, just two men duking it out with all their wrestling skills!
It was a dream come true for many fans – but it’s a real shame that Finn Balor once again never got any momentum from it as he got squashed by Kane the next night. Seriously, WWE, can’t you give Finn a break? At least AJ went on to win the WWE title from Jinder.
All in all, this was just an epic match – and it’s now officially in my top five best wrestling matches of all time! Let’s hope we get to see more dream matches like this in the future.
Braun Stowman and Roman Reign’s feud
Starting just after Royal Rumble, but picking up full steam after Wrestlemania, Strowman and Reigns traded blows with one another like no one else. Prior to this, Roman Reigns had been built up (much to the dismay of fans) as an invincible hero – but Strowman wasn’t just able to match him, he was able to best him more than once! And just when Roman looked like he had the upper hand, Strowman would come back stronger and more dangerous than before. It was refreshing to see Roman getting his ass handed to him time and time again.
The two had some absolutely savage matches as well – one of which left Roman bleeding and broken. But the absolute highlight of the feud came when Strowman overturned an ambulance whilst a damaged Reigns was inside (well not really, but it looked cool). Reigns would later repay this by trapping Strowman in the back of an ambulance and crashing the back of it into a wall. Both were actually quite bloody for a PG-13 era WWE, but it was still fun to watch.
Funnily enough, even though Strowman was supposed to be the heel, for many fans HE was the face during this feuds. Often chants of “Thank you Strowman!” would come when Roman got his ass kicked. I think a lot of this was down to the fans being pissed that Roman “retired” the Undertaker and they believed that Strowman was the one who could take out their frustrations on him.
WWE don’t always get things right – but this feud they did perfectly in my opinion. They made Strowman out to be an unstoppable monster and gave Roman Reigns a genuinely impossible opponent to take down. And whilst Strowman’s awe and fear seemed to diminish slightly after his loss to Lesnar, but his build up throughout the rest of the year was brilliant. And this feud helped with that. It was vicious, energetic and most of all, entertaining!
That’s my list. Did you have any favourite/least favourite moments? Let me know below.
Right, time to get ready for 2018. Check back with me then for some updates as far as writing goes. Wishing you all a very happy New Year!
See you later guys.