2017 has been an extremely eventful year for professional wrestling. The year really got off to a great start when Kenny Omega and Kazichuka Okada put on what many fans consider to be the greatest match of all time at Wrestle Kingdom 11. A few weeks later John Cena and AJ Styles may have topped that at the Royal Rumble. From then until now, we have been treated to some incredible moments that may have you thinking 2017 has been the best wrestling year ever. It hasn't all been sunshine and rainbows, however. With wrestling, fans have to take the good with the bad. And believe us, there has been a lot of bad this year. From stars not being booked on shows to ones that don't deserve to be, here are five things that have made 2017 a terrible year for pro wrestling.
5. The Booking Of Bayley
When Bayley was in NXT, she was truly on top of the world. Before Asuka's mammoth run with the NXT Women's Championship, the title belonged to Bayley and she became the number one star at Full Sail. Although her gimmick is clearly geared towards children, she managed to win over the entire NXT Universe. Fans couldn't wait to see her on the main roster and watch her truly take off. Extremely poor booking all year has stopped that from happening. WWE had a ready-made storyline for Bayley, have her battle Charlotte Flair for the title falling at the final hurdle each time only to have her defeat Flair at WrestleMania. Instead, they had Bayley win the Women's Championship a few weeks before on a random Raw and all the air was sucked out of her run. We're still waiting for her to recover from that.
4. Sexy Star
Professional wrestling is an extremely unique thing for a number of reasons. While many would still consider it a contact sport, there are a number of reasons why it's very different from any other. One reason that doesn't get talked about enough is the fact that instead of forcing your opponent to do what you want, you have to make sure that they can 100 percent trust you with their bodies and that you're not going to hurt them. Accidentally hurting someone in the ring happens a lot, and although it's unfortunate, it's a part of the job. Intentionally hurting them, however, is unforgivable. That is something that the Mexican megastar Sexy Star has done twice this year. The initial incident happened with fellow wrestler Rosemary where Star tried to break her arm. You'd think no promotion would be stupid enough to book her again, but they did and Star went into business for herself again. There's no place for it in the business and let's hope there isn't a third occasion in 2018.
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3. Balor's Booking
Back to booking now, someone whose career bore a remarkable resemblance to Bayley's at one point is Finn Balor. The Irishman was also a champion in NXT, and at the time he truly had the world at his feet. There was no way that Vince McMahon wasn't going to be able to see Balor's worth once he arrived on the main roster. Mr. McMahon did see Balor's worth. On his first night on Raw the former NXT Champion managed to defeat Roman Reigns, and then a few weeks later, he became WWE's first ever Universal Champion. It was a push not afforded to many in WWE. Then came Balor's injury. The former champ wound up on the shelf for eight months, and since he's been back, he hasn't received the push he did before he left. We're still waiting for him to get his Universal Title rematch and honestly, it doesn't look like it's going to be coming anytime soon.
2. The Undertaker (Might Have) Retired
There are a few things which are synonymous with WrestleMania. Pageantry, unforgettable moments, World Championship matches, and The Undertaker. For over 20 years, The Deadman went unbeaten at The Showcase of the Immortals, then even after The Streak came to an end Taker still continued to compete on the show as one of its biggest attractions. This year, The Phenom once again competed in the WrestleMania main event taking on Roman Reigns. The Big Dog won in what many have forgotten was a very poor match. The reason that has been forgotten is thanks to what came next. The actions of The Undertaker made it seem as if he is done with wrestling for good. At the time of typing, this 2017 was the year The Undertaker finally retired.
1. Booking Bray Wyatt
As you can likely tell from the majority of what has made up this list, WWE's booking of some of its stars has been one of the most frustrating things throughout 2017. There will be no fans out there more frustrated than those who follow The Eater Of Worlds. At the start of the year, it seemed as if WWE were going to give Bray Wyatt exactly the kind of push he deserved. However, it quickly became apparent that the WWE Championship reign awarded to him was nothing more than a token gesture to keep the fans quiet. Despite being WWE Champion, he didn't have a very prominent spot on the WrestleMania card, taking on Randy Orton. That was a match Wyatt lost making his title reign an extremely short one. Ever since then, it seems as if WWE has returned to not knowing what to do with The Eater Of Worlds and that continues to this day.