All Things Combat- Top 5 Most Disappointing Moments Of The Year
If you are reading this, then chances are that you are a fan of pro wrestling. I am someone that generally I try to be a positive person about the sport. But at times during the year, there are events and moments that you just have to shake your head at. We are in a time where fans can voice their opinions on social media about how good or bad the storylines are, how certain wrestlers are buried or not, and everything in between. These five stories were disappointments and are things that companies (Mostly WWE) need to focus on and improve on going into 2020.
5) The Shane McMahon Push
I’m not gonna lie, at first I was a fan of the Shane McMahon storyline with Miz leading up to Wrestlemania 35. But after that, it kept going on and on and on. When you give a non wrestler a push like the WWE gave Shane can be hard to get behind, but if it was just for Mania season, then this would’ve been fine and nobody would have complained. But it went to Money in the Bank, and then Stomping Grounds, and then SummerSlam. With him now being ‘fired’ hopefully that means we don’t see Shane for a while. I wouldn’t be opposed to one match a year, but don’t push him like a main eventer when he isn’t a full time wrestler.
4) Braun Strowman’s Year
Has there been anyone more horribly booked this year than Braun Strowman? You have a towering monster that has been used so poorly in his career and it was highlighted by this year. After being the runner up in the Royal Rumble match, Strowman was relegated to the pre show of Wrestlemania 35. He did have a weird alliance/feud with Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship, but that really didn’t help him at all. He did win the Raw Tag Team Championships with Rollins, but it was only for a short time as they dropped those titles to Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. He was then in a feud with AJ Styles for the United States Championship, but that got scrapped for whatever reason. Strowman got moved to Smackdown, and the most prominent thing that he’s done since was a feud with Tyson Fury, a feud that he lost. While there is still time for Strowman to turn it around and be a dominant force that he can be, but given WWE’s track record with big men like Strowman, it doesn’t seem likely.
3) No Evolution 2
Last years Evolution show was a good show, and it continued the women’s wrestling movement in WWE. While it wasn’t the best show in the world, it allowed multiple wrestlers to have great performances on the night. Fans were excited for a second installment this year. Then September came and went with no announcement, then October, November and December all went past with nothing. I’ve made it no secret that I am a fan of women’s wrestling and have been a supporter of women’s wrestlers getting a chance to show just how talented they are. I mean look at the progress that has been made since 2015. Women are now always a threat to main event shows, and have main evented two of the big four pay per views this year. With the Saudi Arabia deal in place and women having very limited if any roles on those moving forward, it was ideal for the women to be able to put on their own show every year. It felt weird that we didn’t get a second one, especially when many fans were clamoring for the show on social media. Given how the whole women’s revolution started, you would think that WWE would take the time and listen to the fans.
2) Tag Team Wrestling
A lot of promotions have not really seemed to be invested into tag team ranks. We all know that WWE has a huge tag team issue, but they aren’t alone in the conversation. New Japan has the issue, Ring of Honor has the issue, Progress, Evolve and so many more promotions have so few legit tag teams that they really need to address the issue. All those promotions have such great talent on their rosters, yet so many promotions don’t utilize the tag team division. There is only two full time teams in this years World Tag League in New Japan (G.O.D. & FitJuice), The Briscoes are on their 11th reign as ROH Tag Team Champions with no real challengers lined up, Progress has a two team rotation and a pairing of singles stars that are in the title hunt consistently, and outside of a few teams, WWE is struggling hardcore in that division. The wrestling world is full of talented tag teams, for both the men’s and women’s divisions. All these promotions need to do is take the time to invest in their tag team division and you can see a lot of improvement in the year.
I usually try to be upbeat about pro wrestling, and I think I make that pretty obvious when I cover it. I like to think that is pretty obvious when I do live coverage and when I talk about pro wrestling. But when it comes to the situation with Ring of Honor and their fall from grace this year, there is no sugar coating it. I’m not talking from an in-ring perspective, as they have been killing it with the likes of Jay Lethal, Matt Taven, Rush, Marty Scurll, PCO, Bandido, and so many others. The professional side, that is another story. You have horrible storylines, miscommunications with their working partners (the Enzo and Cass run in at MSG), issues with fans rioting, and the huge issues backstage. These weren’t brought to light until after Joey Mercury was released and he started posting tweets about the stuff happening backstage with Joe Koff and Greg Gilleland running the show. Once Mercury started tweeting, he quickly mentioned Kelly Klein suffering a concussion and Koff and Gilleland wanting her to wrestle with the injury. Klein would soon comment on the situation, only to be fired while she is the Women of Honor Champion. This whole year has been sad for Ring of Honor, as they went from one of the top promotions in the world to being one of the ones that just needs help to survive. It’s been a dramatic fall from grace, but there is still hope for ROH. We’ve seen Impact Wrestling take a fall from grace and rebound to become a great promotion for younger wrestlers to get to shine. Give Ring of Honor some time, and we’ll see where the promotion is this time next year.