2017 Awards: Worst Show of the Year

This is one of the more fun ones.

For some reason, this one always seems like it should have a lot of nominees. The thing is though, most WWE pay per views aren’t all that bad. Sure some of them might seem like they don’t need to exist (because they don’t), but at the same time most of them give you at least something worth checking out. That wasn’t the case with all of them though.

I’ll be leaving Survivor Series off as I thought it was actually a rather good show held down by some HORRIBLE booking and execution of the show’s namesake matches. Throw those out and make it a regular pay per view and it’s a near classic with Shield vs. New Day and Brock vs. Styles. I don’t get the hatred for that one outside of the terrible main event.

We’ll start things off with a show that didn’t seem to get the point that it was going for. Clash of Champions, in theory at least, should be a show focused on champions. That made it a little weird when the show was almost entirely built around a non-title match between Randy Orton/Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn. The show was main evented by a title match but that was the token main event at best. This show didn’t need to exist and with a total of six matches including one that was less than two minutes long, it was a mess.

If that show didn’t need to exist, then Payback didn’t need to even less. The problem here was the Superstar Shakeup, which was scheduled to start immediately after the pay per view. Therefore, none of the matches mattered and what we got (the House of Horrors) was a huge mess. This was a major scheduling conflict but it’s not like the was going to be any good no matter what they did.

I’d feel weird if I didn’t include a TNA show in here so we’ll go with Bound For Glory. The show was basically headlined by the return of Alberto El Patron and that meant we were stuck hearing the word perro a lot. The wrestling wasn’t great with the MMA vs. wrestlers match being a disaster and almost nothing positive standing out. As usual, this didn’t need to be a pay per view but I do understand that they need something to build towards. This just wasn’t the best choice.

Then you have the easy winner with Battleground and it’s not one but TWO potential worst matches of the year. This show was HORRIBLE aside from AJ vs. Owens and New Day vs. the Usos but the two really bad matches more than drag those down. This was an easy pick for me and a hands down winner, mainly due to that main event. Just….egads.

15 comments

  1. Wim Boeren says:

    I never watched Battleground so I was looking at the card and now I’m thinking: What happened to that Mike Bennet/Kanellis guy? I totally forgot about him. Any ideas?

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    klunderbunker Reply:

    He’s still doing house shows. Maria is pregnant and there’s not much value to Mike without her.

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    Wim Boeren Reply:

    Oh! Right now that you mention it I read something about her being pregnant.
    Yeah… so people keep telling me. I kinda like Mike Bennett as a cheating heel and he has some charisma. Maria however, she looks good I’ll give her that but she’s overacting personified and not in a good way.

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    klunderbunker Reply:

    Yeah she’s not as good looking as she used to be but a downgraded Maria is better than a lot.

  2. Marky-Marc says:

    Again with the ‘doesn’t need to exist’ thing. Poor booking doesn’t mean they shouldn’t exist. They make money off of them that’s why they exist.

    Bound For Glory for the win here. It’s their Wrestlemania and someone forgot to tell the new booking team. Just embarrassing.

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    klunderbunker Reply:

    I’m a fan, not an accountant.

    Bound For Glory was my second choice, but that’s almost the norm anymore.

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    Marky-Marc Reply:

    But you’re not just a fan anymore. You cover the product for a living. If you were just a fan you could just not watch the show.

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    klunderbunker Reply:

    I’m always a fan first. Many shows over 2017, including Clash of Champions, really didn’t need to be pay per views as they made little sense from a storyline standpoint. That’s really the only perspective I care about most of the time.

  3. Jacob Jones says:

    I blame the black hair: Maria looks much better as a red hair, not saying the black is a bad color: But it just doesn’t suit her very well.

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    klunderbunker Reply:

    She does. Also the curves aren’t quite what they used to be (there’s a certain video from New Japan that still blows my mind) but what’s there does still work.

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    Wim Boeren Reply:

    I hate it so much that every diva has to color her hair these days, it makes my eyes hurt. Is there a single WWE diva right now that has her natural haircolor? What’s wrong with natural colors? Does it have to be bright orange or purple?

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  4. Jay H (the real one) says:

    I have to go with Battleground as the worst Show of the year. Outside of New Day and The Usos along with maybe AJ/Kevin Owens, though the finish to that one was pretty bad.

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  5. Wim Boeren says:

    What does her look have to do with anything? I said she overacts. But my real point was that I don’t agree that’s she’s more valuable then Mike Bennett. She doesn’t overshadow him. They compliment each other in a way you don’t see often anymore. WWE doesn’t really do managers anymore because they cost too much. Look at James Elsworth.

    Since you brought up Maria’s appearance though: imo she looks better now then she ever did. I never really noticed her in her early WWE days.

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    klunderbunker Reply:

    You mentioned her looking good, I went from there.

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    Wim Boeren Reply:

    So you took the least important part of that message and went from there ;-). No worries, I mean nothing by it. Keep up the good work.

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