- Baron Corbin
- Jason Jordan
- Jinder Mahal
- Bray Wyatt
AND THE WINNER IS…
The four men nominated certainly had a difficult go at it in 2017. Corbin looked to be headed for a mega push and be SmackDown’s counterpart to RAW’s Braun Strowman. Unfortunately, at some point Corbin failed to impress and so led to failures like his Money in the Bank cash-in and his US title reign and feuds. Bray Wyatt’s name has been brought up in several other categories and has had his fair share of bad matches and feuds. Jason Jordan who is far from the worst wrestler was given a bizarre storyline and character and simply and it appears a bit soon for the young man. His promo skills have failed to deliver and with his character he is in need of more personality rather than his in-ring prowess. Nonetheless, there seems to be improvement but fans have the expectation of wrestlers to fulfill the responsibilities of a major push.
With that in mind, this is why Jinder Mahal has to be the worst male wrestler of 2017. Mahal went from barely being on RAW television and never having a meaningful feud or pay-per-view appearance to becoming the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. It seemed obvious that Mahal might do the unthinkable and capture the title. What I did not expect was for his boring reign to last as long as it did. What I did expect was improvement both on the mic and in the ring. I expected Mahal to deliver and at least show a hint of main eventer talents. Mahal, unfortunately was rather basic in all departments compared to that of other guys not in his position like Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe or Rusev. Mahal had really boring matches that were formulaic and lacked anything resembling a big fight feel for the title. The defense of he is a “heel” so if you hate him he’s doing his job simply does not apply because I did not hate the character, I felt it was poor selection on the real life actor for the role. Mahal really hurt the image of the title and failed to elevate himself to a main event status. A reason for his reign was to impact India where they couldn’t even sell tickets to two shows and were forced to reduce it to one and to make matters worse Mahal lost the title prior to the show and ended up doing the job to Triple H. It seems WWE has learned and is giving Mahal a chance to shine at a more appropriate level for Jinder.
I don’t enjoy doing Worst of the Year for superstars who work hard night in and night out, but in 2017 I felt no other option. I will post some predictions I have for 2018 and hopes of a more captivating year for WWE programming.