There were plenty of ups and downs for the WWE in 2018, but in general, fans were extremely disappointed with the product on their televisions.
Fans were asked to vote for what they thought was the Worst Promotion of 2018, and WWE won the dishonorable award - tallying 612 votes. Worse yet, the voting race wasn't even close. AAA was a distant second with 156, followed by Impact Wrestling (141).
Interestingly enough, WWE was also voted as the second-best promotion of the year, trailing only New Japan Pro Wrestling - which garnered 3,698 more votes than Vince's promotion.
Of course, these voting competitions are all fun and games, but it does offer some perspective as to how wrestling fans in general felt about the promotions. WWE won't be looking too seriously into this, but you do wonder if they'll start switching up their plans a little bit as the backlash from fans gets stronger every year.
There were plenty of storylines and feuds in the WWE that were highly criticized last year. For example, Brock Lesnar retained his Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 35. When he lost it to Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, the part-time performer would regain it a few weeks later - and Lesnar has held it ever since.
On top of that, WWE once again didn't push some of the top superstars that fans have been clamoring for now. This includes Finn Balor, Bobby Roode and Kevin Owens, among others. Of course, the McMahons did promise at the end of 2018 that plenty of changes would be coming - with fans getting what they want. We'll see if WWE makes good on that promise.
What This Means
The WWE remains the world's biggest wrestling promotion, but if they don't find ways to keep fans happy, Vince and co. will be in trouble. NJPW and Ring of Honor are surging right now, and the new AEW promotion has the potential to cause major problems for WWE. Perhaps the competition will force WWE to start giving fans the feuds, storylines and superstar pushes that we've wanted for a while now.