Worst WWE Moment of 2017

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NOMINEES: 
  • Baron Corbin failed cash-in
  • Susan G. Komen Warrior Spirit
  • Triple H defeating Jinder Mahal in India
  • Roman Reigns enters #30

 

AND THE WINNER IS…

SUSAN G. KOMEN WARRIOR SPIRIT

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There were some odd booking moments this year in WWE. The entire Royal Rumble was booked around established stars like Goldberg, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar and ensuring they looked dominant. Also it was bewildering, having Reigns enter number 30 so that fans would accept Orton (another established star) as the winner when eliminating Roman. Baron Corbin was my choice to win the Rumble and seemed like he was on his way to elevate his career in 2017 given he won the Money in the Bank. Unfortunately, Corbin fell out of favour and failed in his cash-in within mere seconds virtually killing any momentum he had. Lastly, in an effort to reach the Indian market, Mahal received an enormous push and was made WWE champion. What impact did this have? Reducing two house shows to one and having Jinder lose his WWE Championship prior to the tour. How did Jinder fair on the tour? He lost to the part-time Game in Triple H.

All that to say, the worst moment in WWE of 2017 had to have been the pairing of the Ultimate Warrior with the Susan G. Komen foundation. Do your research and form your own opinion on the Komen foundation and their handling of raised funds. These segments are always uncomfortable as is as you have cancer survivors come out. I certainly believe in honouring survivors but the message of the Warrior was very difficult to discern as an authentic message. Unfortunately, the man who portrayed the Ultimate Warrior made many controversial comments and did not abide by wholesome creed we are taught to believe. I just found these segments uncomfortable and think WWE needs to evaluate all the players involved.

 

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Worst WWE Tag Team of 2017

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NOMINEES:

  • Titus Brand
  • Gallows & Anderson
  • The Ascension
  • The Colons

AND THE WINNER IS…

TITUS BRAND

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It was a crazy year for a lot of tags in the WWE. Originally, this wasn’t the team I had slated to win worst tag team. The honour was originally for the Hype Bros, but WWE thankfully broke that team up. WWE broke up a lot of teams as mentioned in previous posts: Enzo and Big Cass, American Alpha, Hype Bros, the Golden Truth. Now, of the teams remaining who had a terrible year? It is apparent that teams like the Ascension and the Colons aren’t to be taken serious and just jobber teams for up and coming teams. I nominated Gallows and Anderson because WWE is wasting this team and they have portrayed them so poorly but pairing them with Finn Balor may be the right direction. Therefore worst tag team has to go to the Titus Brand! First, I need to ask what exactly is the Titus Brand? I was once a fan of Titus O’Neil but he has been given opportunities and TV time and hasn’t been impressive. Apollo Crews was a guy I thought had great potential but was perhaps brought up to the main roster too early. I was excited when Tozawa was added because I saw potential in a Crews/Tozawa team. Tozawa appears to be no longer part of the Titus Brand and his replacement? Dana Brooke. It is clear that WWE has no plans for the Titus Brand and it hasn’t had any opportunity to make a impact. Perhaps a move to Smackdown Live could give the Titus brand one more chance to sink or swim but in 2017 they were the worst team/faction of the year!

Worst WWE Feud of 2017

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NOMINEES:

  • Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
  • Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
  • Big Cass vs. Enzo Amore

 

AND THE WINNER IS…

BIG CASS VS. ENZO AMORE

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The break-up that no one wanted has to be the worst feud of the year. I know Bray Wyatt has been the common denominator in making some of his feuds terrible, but there is an expected mystical nature of his character that is hard to suspend belief for–nonetheless he may win a worst of award in another category. Mahal and Nakamura was another bad feud simply because no one wanted to see it and there was zero creativity in making it seem like a meaningful feud for the WWE Championship.

Enzo and Big Cass wins worst feud because it was essentially a feud between a monster heavyweight and a manager. Did we even need a match between the two? It was noticeable WWE thought the same as they inserted the Big Show in this feud which added to awfulness. Cass proved his charisma was built off of Enzo’s and that the team still needed to be together before Cass was ready to break out on his own. The charm of this team was that although Enzo was extremely annoying, even to Big Cass, that if another superstar picked on Enzo, that’s when the muscle stepped in. Enzo could talk all the smack he wanted because he had a 7 foot insurance policy. WWE, like they often do, jumped the gun in breakup an approached it in a terrible angle where Enzo would be found unconscious and Cass would find him moments later–the dreadful “who dunnit?” wrestling storyline. Unfortunately, Big Cass got injured during this feud which put him on the shelf. Now Enzo is a heel and in the Cruiserweight division having bad matches but still cutting great promos. I still think they can undo this and put everyone back together, including bringing Ms. Money in the Bank into the group. This gives Cass and Enzo the option of being a group that goes after tag or single titles and Carmella have some added insurance of her own for when she cashes in!

Worst WWE Segment of 2017

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NOMINEES:

  • Bayley, This is your Life
  • Racist Mahal
  • Sister Abigail
  • Jason Jordan revealed as Kurt Angle’s son

AND YOUR WINNER IS…

Bayley, This is Your Life

 

So let’s recap some of the nominees in this one. We had an Indian-Canadian man complain about racism and proceed to make racist remarks about a Japanese man on an American television show to build up their world championship match. We had a man dress in drag to portray the spirit of his dead sister and the voiceover sounded like a 90s cartoon villain. We also had a superstar re-packaged as Kurt Angle’s son in the “reality era” where no one believed this for a moment. The crazy thing is this stupid idea could have worked if they brought over the American Alpha team and yes Jordan is still Angle’s son but Kurt grows more enamored by Gable throughout the year building to a split and a feud between Jordan and Angle Gable.

Nonetheless, despite all that terrible TV time I watched, one segment blew them away. It was the Alexa Bliss presents Bayley, This is Your Life. It is once again bankrupt of creativity because they took a segment that worked in 1999 and continue to redo it on TV assuming the characters can be interchangeable. New flash, The Rock and Mick Foley are not interchangeable and it proves how the two men made a terrible scripted segment legendary because of their “it” factor–I digress. Alexa Bliss was fine on the mic in this one and did all she could to carry this segment but her surrounding company, who appeared to be hired actors who don’t watch wrestling brought this a level below cringe–which is change the channel and never come back. They made fun of Bayley for being childlike, naive, a wrestling fan, innocent and unable to be an aggressive superstar leading to their Kendo-stick on a pole match at Extreme Rules. The outcome after all this? Alexa was right as Bayley was booked to identify with all these criticisms. The segment was terrible and fans booed the entire segment and at the end of it Alexa stood tall as Bayley was made to look even worse. Clearly according to WWE; Bayley, This is your life!

Worst WWE PPV of 2017

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NOMINEES:

  • Fastlane
  • Money in the Bank
  • Battleground
  • Clash of Champions

AND THE WINNER IS…

BATTLEGROUND 2017

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Kicking off our Worst of the Year, is Pay-per-view or Network special of the year. Notice that no NXT shows came anywhere near consideration for worst show of the year. Also notice, that one man appeared on all four shows. I hate to think it is coincidence that all the PPVs where Jinder Mahal was in the WWE Championship match qualified for potential worst show of the year. Battleground however was a dreadful show beyond Mahal’s main event in the atrocious Punjabi Prison. Other than a fantastic tag match between the Usos and New Day this card also featured a terrible match between Corbin and Nakamura. Owens and Styles ended in an awkward fashion. John Cena and Rusev fought in the outdated Flag match. Lastly, Mike Kanellis made his PPV debut in a losing fashion against Sami Zayn. In the main event the Great Khali retained Mahal’s WWE Championship (yes you read that right). Thankfully I did not watch this, nor will I ever go back to watch this terrible show.

WWE 2017 Worst of the Year

As a fan of WWE for nearly 30 years, 2017 was an abysmal one from a fan’s standpoint. There were a few must see matches but with much filler prior to a main event bout. The storylines and creative direction left much to be desired and there was a continuous need to look at the past to keep eyes on the television shows. I typically like to take the end of the year to look back at the greats but this year i’ll be handing out the dubious honours of:

  • Worst Male Wrestler of the Year
  • Worst Female Wrestler of the Year
  • Worst Tag Team of the Year
  • Worst Match of the Year
  • Worst PPV of the Year
  • Worst TV Segment of the Year
  • Worst Feud of the Year
  • Worst Moment of the Year

Honourable Mentions for Worst of the Year:

Cancelling Talking Smack

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One of the greatest WWE Network originals saw its demise in 2017. It was a complimentary component of Smackdown Live and helped elevate many superstars as they weren’t restricted to scripts or sounding unnatural. I cancelled my subscription mid year and although Talking Smack still exists after PPV there’s been no buzz around it and I feel I’ve missed no major moments or standout performances.

Superstar Shakeup

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The most uncreative manner of shifting superstars from one show to another. It moved the Miz from Smackdown and his main event feel to RAW where it set him back for a bit before finding his stride once again. It also sent Jinder Mahal to Smackdown in a move that fans ignored but would impact majority of 2017.

Breaking Up is (Not) Hard to Do

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It was the year of the barbershop window breaking aka tag team split ups. That being said none came close to the breakup of Shawn Michaels and Mary Jannetty. We saw American Alpha split up and go in a bizarre creative direction; an illegitimate son and 2.0 version of the team. Enzo and Big Cass went their separate ways and proved how much better they were together. Other less popular teams broke up such as the Golden Truth and the Hype Bros with build-ups to pre-show matches or a one week push that resulted in being off TV thus indicating the WWE has no creative plans for any of these men.

205 Live

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The one year anniversary of 205 Live happened in 2017 and the show never reached any heights and almost coasted the entire year. Many of the superstars work hard and there are quality matches almost every week but I don’t think there is a need for a show dedicated to Cruiserweights unfamiliar to the mainstream WWE audience. Additionally, we see a lot of the “heavyweights” performing similar high-risk maneuvers and honestly it is far more impressive seeing the likes of Killian Dain or Kevin Owens flying in the air.

WWE 2K18 MyCareer Part 7

FEBRUARY

Week 1: Fresh off my Royal Rumble “win” I was booked into a handicap match versus Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe. Somehow I managed to win this match, which I think was my objective.

Week 2: Seth Rollins comes up to me to offer to help me combat Lesnar and Joe. I was skeptical of another allegiance but we faced Lesnar and Joe. Come to think of it, since i beat them 2-on-1, I’m not sure why I needed his help.

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Week 3: Seth tells me to find one more member to join our team. The choices go from Ambrose, Finn Balor, Apollo Crews and Roman Reigns. Given the competition, I spoke to the Big Dog. His response caught me off guard. He rejects my offer and we exchange words in the ring in a effort to convince Roman.

Week 4: Roman challenges me to a match and says if I can defeat him cleanly, he’ll accept my offer. I defeat Roman and he says he doesn’t trust me but also does. Not sure what he is saying but we’re going in to Fastlane as a unit.

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Now that I have a faction of my own, I have the confidence I’ll capture the Universal Championship no problem at Wrestlemania and you can believe that!

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MARCH

Week 1: I speak with Triple H backstage who applauds my formation of my new faction. I then proceed to cut a promo in the ring about how my faction will dominate the landscape of the WWE.

Week 2: Mick Foley approaches me backstage and yells at me for starting a faction and disregarding management. He sets up a non-title match with Samoa Joe. Mid match, Seth Rollins attacks to have the match end. A backstage brawl breaks out mid interview with Renee and me and Joe brawl once again.

Week 3: I cut another promo to address the GM and the future.

Week 4: Triple H called me out for being all talk over the past few weeks so I combat that with…talking some more. Joe comes out and looks to address me but ends up knocking me out. I confront Seth backstage asking why he didn’t come to make the save.

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Wrestlemania is upon us and I have my shot at the Universal Championship. A bit of a lukewarm build and not too much fanfare in this one. No elaborate entrances. I have Billie Kay in my corner and end up capturing the title fairly easily.

APRIL

There is a Superstar Shakeup and I cut a promo about my journey to this point. I take some pictures with fans and head backstage. Triple H applauds my efforts and my journey and thus ends the official story mode.

Overall my impression of MyCareer mode is that it lacked creativity and fluidity. My biggest grief is that you start off as 50 rating yet no one in NXT is rated lower then a 75. You’re pushed immediately and have to be competitive with main event guys oN NXT despite being weak. I think they should improve your rating by wins and accomplishments rather then using currency to enhance attributes. I also didn’t like that you had to fulfill your objectives in order to progress in Career mode. I think fulfilling objectives should remain included but impact your attribution growth.

I hate that there is no genius in wrestling games. You can have low mid card guys come across as a big deal. Nothing gets me more upset then seeing me square off against Epico or Primo individually or seeing Primo randomly team with Brock. There is no acknowledgement of teams or alliances. My guy went from being a bad guy to a good so often that I couldn’t tell what he was. The dialogue is repetitive and lacks authentic WWE speak. I appreciate the open world but there needs to be more side quests. Right now, I can continue in my career without the main story so we’ll see if anything exciting takes place. Any thing that is of interest I’ll write about but for now I’d say it was about a 6/10 game play experience for the WWE 2k18 My Career mode.