The 2016 calendar year is coming to an end and what a year it’s been for the WWE! Fans have seen their fair share of questionable blunders and enthralling moments. As a result of the WWE 2016 Draft, talent has been separated, as certain individuals appear solely on RAW and others are Smackdown-based.
Along with the rosters being shuffled, fans have seen wrestlers they adored, detested and were indifferent to part ways with the company. We’ve seen debuts that captivated us and we’ve seen premieres that didn’t provide us with much excitement. We’ve seen wrestlers obtain gold that we couldn’t be happier for and we’ve seen wrestlers obtain gold that we couldn’t question more. We’ve seen wrestlers booked in ways in which their characters are able to grow and in ways in which they were destined for failure.
Here, we take a look at the 8 best and 7 worst things that happened in WWE in 2016.
15. BEST: The Talking Smack Segment Between The Miz And Daniel Bryan
For those who tune out once Smackdown concludes, you’re missing out on Talking Smack which seems to deliver week in and week out. The Talking Smack segment that stands out the most is a August altercation between Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan and then (and current) Intercontinental Champion, the Miz. The segment seemed to contain legitimate heat between the goat faced one and the awesome one. Bryan said Miz was a wrestler that was both a coward and one who was afraid to get hurt. Miz retaliated relayed that injuries were foreign to him and that was a testament to his wrestling style. To further add insult to injury, Miz told Bryan to return to the indies and to fight at bingo halls. The scoreboard reads Miz 1, Bryan 0.
14. WORST: Separating The Club From AJ Styles
Let’s make things clear: The Club needs AJ Styles; AJ Styles does not need The Club. When The Club first debuted and were aligned with Styles, they were perceived as two ruthless, cueball heads that would take out any and every individual that crossed their path. With Styles it seemed believable that Anderson and Gallows were two bad asses ready to assert their domination over the Tag Team division. Without Styles the two have been involved in corny comedic segments, such as impersonating doctors. Raw doesn’t possess an intimidating heel tag team and the number two heel tag team on the show is likely the Shining Stars of all people! The Club doesn’t have to compete with another powerful heel twosome, yet they are still unable to connect with the audience. Anderson and Gallows can’t lead – they need to be led.
13. BEST: Bray Wyatt Finally Wins Gold
“The New Face of Fear”, Bray Wyatt, has been on WWE’s main roster since 2012. Despite being one of the company’s best heels, he has frequently seen his momentum derailed. However, his momentum currently seems to be at an all-time high, as he, along with the newest Wyatt Family member, Randy Orton, captured the Smackdown Tag Team titles against “Beauty and the Man Beast”, Heath Slater and Rhyno, at the Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV. Prior to this victory, Wyatt had never obtained championship gold within the WWE. With Orton by his side (who has traditionally been one of WWE’s most strongly booked characters), things are looking up for Wyatt. A title for Wyatt was long overdue, now hopefully the reign becomes a memorable one as well.
12. WORST: NXT Talent Not Living Up To Their Potential
Hearing the names of Finn Balor and American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) called during the 2016 Draft was music to everyone’s ears. While Balor, Gable and Jordan were more than ready for the main roster, the same can’t be said for all of the other picks. Credit goes to both Carmella and Alexa Bliss, who many would’ve probably guessed were being called up too early, but the two blonde bombshells have thrived on the blue brand. Bliss serves as Smackdown’s Women’s Champion, while Carmella has put on a program with Nikki Bella that has been one of the most aggressive, hard-hitting programs between two females in recent memory. Apollo Crews, on the other hand, has gotten lost in the shuffle. Nia Jax squashes enhancement talent weekly and is no threat to Sasha Banks or Charlotte at the top of the women’s division. Baron Corbin is in a feud with Kalisto that no one is lining up to tune into. Neville and Tyler Breeze are pretty much forgotten. And the less said about Mojo Rawley, the better.
11. BEST: Shane McMahon Returns
On February 22nd, 2016 fans in Detroit, Michigan were delighted to here the familiar tune of “here comes the money”. Fans were even more ecstatic once they saw everyone’s favorite McMahon, Shane O’Mac as he was treated to a raucous ovation. It had been close to seven years since Shane was last seen on WWE television and there were no signs indicating that he was returning to the WWE. Since his return Shane has shown the fans that he hasn’t lost a step and that he is still unafraid to perform a death defying maneuver as evidenced by him jumping off the Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania 32 against the Undertaker. Shane currently serves as Smackdown’s commissioner and has been in the role since July of 2016.