All Things Combat- Top 10 Worst Moments Of 2019
Wrestling always have its ups and downs each and every year. We will indeed look back at the ups of the year but for now, we're going to start with the downs first. As 2019 is nearing the end, we're going to take a look at the top 10 WORST moments in pro wrestling this year.
10) ROH Fires Kelly Klein
We start this list off with the most recent entry as ROH Women's Champion Kelly Klein was fired by the company through email of all things. Through email! Kelly has been sidelined dealing with post concussion symptoms and while recovering, she decided to back up Joey Mercury for his comments about the problems the company has been having recently. ROH executives didn't appreciate that and they decided to fire Kelly through email, considering the fact that she's the current Women of Honor Champion. I'm sure the company doesn't like the fact that their dirty laundry is being aired out in public, but to fire your Women's Champion is ridiculous. Now ROH claims that they're going to just let her contract expire at the end of the month but still, letting your champion go just like that is a pretty bad move.
9) The Death Of Pedro Morales
Wrestling lost one of the greats as Pedro Morales passed away back in February at the age of 76. Morales was a pioneer in the pro wrestling industry and competed in promotions such as the WWA (Worldwide Wrestling Associates), WWC (World Wrestling Council) the WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation), etc. What many people don't know is that Morales was a grand slam champion in the WWWF, also being the first triple crown champion in the company. Even though WWE doesn't really acknowledge his accomplishments, which is very odd, this man will go down as one of the all time greats in the entire industry.
8) The Jordan Myles Fiasco
We have another somewhat recent entry this time involving the fiasco between Jordan Myles (ACH) and WWE. Back in October, WWE released Myles' first official NXT merch which was a shirt with his name on it. Jordan was absolutely furious about the shirt and it wasn't simply because of the design, which was bad anyway, but because of the symbolism of it. It literally just had his name on it, but the design as he claimed looked to be a racist design. Now looking at the shirt, I can see where he's coming from and he had every right to be upset. Jordan called out Vince McMahon and even HHH for displaying the shirt to the public and that was one thing, but then following this would be multiple social media outbursts of Myles addressing racism within the pro wrestling industry. Myles would go on about this for a bit then suddenly announced that he had quit the WWE. WWE actually decided to let him go and man, that whole situation just made everyone look bad. Myles is now back to being ACH and has already got indy bookings coming up so good for him in that case. His WWE departure was just a whole big mess and calling them out for the shirt was one thing, but his tweets and rants following that made him look really bad.
7) The Undertaker Vs. Goldberg
This whole match was just terrible, I'm sorry. Two icons in wrestling, and they went on to have possibly the worst match of 2019. Goldberg already came into the match hurt as before he made his entrance, he banged his head on his dressing room door apparently hard enough to suffer a concussion. Then the match came and man, it was hard to watch. Taker would pick up the victory and you can tell he wasn't happy by the look on the face after winning the match. Thankfully both guys redeemed themselves by going on to have decent matches after this, but boy this match should definitely be forgotten about going forward.
6) The Wildcard Rule
Ratings were tanking, attendances were bad, etc. So many problems going on with WWE and Vince just couldn't seem to figure out why. This man totally believes that the product he presents on Monday and Tuesday nights were good and just doesn't understand why the fans don't like them. Well fans didn't like RAW and Smackdown Live simply because they were trash, that's why. So Vince had to find a way to spice things up and decides to come up with one of the worst booking decisions, the Wildcard Rule. This rule originally allowed 3 RAW superstars to appear on Smackdown, while 3 Smackdown superstars could appear on RAW. That would immediately be changed to 4 by the end of that night. For many months afterwards, we would see some stupid moments where random superstars who were from their supposed brands would go to another brand, just because of the Wildcard crap. It totally made no sense and Vince himself thought it was a good idea. We all knew it wasn't, but forget what we say right? Thankfully the Wildcard Rule ended once Smackdown went to FOX but still that rule was one of the worst booking decisions in 2019.
5) “Here Come The Money!” *switches channel*
Shane McMahon was the heel that honestly not many of us wanted. His heel turn was cool as he beat the crap out of The Miz at Fastlane and this would set up their Wrestlemania Match. McMahon would defeat Miz in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, then would go on to repeatedly defeat Miz in multiple matches and that was unnecessary. Then Shane started feuding with the likes of Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens and we would see this man on TV more than anyone in the company. It's 2019 and Shane McMahon was probably the most featured star in WWE throughout the year. It was ridiculous. We haven't seen Shane since his Ladder Match against KO on Smackdown a month ago and it's a breath of fresh air. Shane will always been a entertaining man, but his TV appearances will go down as one of the low points of WWE this year.
4) Brock Lesnar Wins Money in the Bank
Brock Lesnar lost the Universal Championship to Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania and wasn't seen again for months. Money In The Bank rolls around and we had the full Men's MITB Ladder Match go as planned as all of the participants absolutely destroyed each other. Mustafa Ali looked to about to have his big moment as he had his fingertips on the briefcase then suddenly, Brock Lesnar arrives and knocks the man off the ladder! Brock would then grab the briefcase and just like that, Brock's the 2019 Men's MITB winner. Fans were absolutely furious by this and to be honest, didn't shocked me at all. It was a bogus decision no doubt and even though Brock turning the briefcase into an boombox was the only silver lining to it, him winning the match was absolutely unnecessary.
3) Bret Hart gets attacked at the Hall of Fame
Legendary tag team The Hart Foundation were getting their rightfully place into the WWE Hall of Fame. Natayla and Bret Hart both had nice speeches as they talk about the memory of Jim The Anvil Neidhart, the history of the tag team, funny memories and so on. In the middle of Bret Hart's speech, some idiot from the crowd ran up to him and tackled him, pulling Natayla down in the process! Many superstars and guards came in to pull the maniac off of Bret and this whole thing was just horrible. Thankfully Bret was fine afterwards but still, this shouldn't have never happened and if WWE were to do the same set for the next year's HOF, hopefully they should beef up the security so something like this won't ever happen again.
2) The Death Of Silver King
Silver King was a very well known wrestler as he had been in the business since the mid 80s. He's been all over the world and even been in promotions such as NWA and WCW. He also had a stint in Japan as Black Tiger III then would compete in AAA World Wide. On May 11th, King was in the middle of a match against Juventud Guerrera in London, England when he suddenly collapsed. Juventud of course pinned King to end the match but it took a minute for people to realize something was wrong, which was ridiculous because the man literally collapsed and yet no one didn't realize anything was wrong right away. Shortly after, Silver King passed away from a heart attack at the age of 51. It was such a tragic passing, but the man died doing what he loved and he will be missed.
1) The Ending to Hell In A Cell
Oh man, this entry immediately hit my brain once I made it to the #1 spot. The main event of WWE Hell in a Cell featured Seth Rollins defending the Universal Championship against The Fiend Bray Wyatt inside the steel structure. The match itself was fine as Bray was kicking Seth's ass, looking like a absolute monster. Rollins would make a comeback by hitting multiple Curb Stomps to Wyatt then brings in the weapons by hitting him with anything he could find. Then this leads to the memorable finish, and I mean that in a bad way. Seth Rollins would trap Bray under a mountain of weapons then grabs a sledgehammer and as soon as he hits Bray, the referee STOPS the match. A HELL IN A CELL match ended in a no contest, for the second year in a row perhaps. Fans were absolutely upset and started chanting the likes off "AEW, Restart The Match, Bullsh*t" etc. Quite possibly the WORST ending to a PPV in a long time. This ending really did kill the concept of the match and I don't think everyone will ever take HIAC seriously anymore. That's a big mistake WWE's going have to fix.