World Wrestling Entertainment, thanks to the influx of ideas shared on the Internet, lately fails to meet the expectations of their fans, no matter how hard its creative team tries. Even Michael Cole acknowledged fans' discontent over the way in which WWE is being run in a YouTube segment with newbie AJ Styles. In addition, apart from the likes of Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, and The Undertaker, everyone at WWE looks poor rip-offs of the wrestlers fans once used to adore.
Despite widespread criticism, WWE still produces swashbuckling moments that keep its faithful fans from making other commitments on Monday nights. For a fervent WWE fan, only a few things come close to AJ Styles' Royal Rumble debut, Daniel Bryan's retirement speech, The Rock's promo, Shane McMahon's surprise return, Lesnar's F5s and German suplexes, Sasha Banks' booty or Vince McMahon's swagger.
However, there is no denying that WWE has been faltering for quite some time now, given the plummeting of ratings and the unrest of its fans, and it is safe to assume that WWE no longer musters the desired reaction from its fans. Roman Reigns – a supposed long-term John Cena replacement – always garners a chorus of boos and the fans went as far as cheering for Triple H – a narcissistic authority figure – when he dismembered him during February's penultimate Raw. It took Byron Saxton handing him blood pills, mysterious nose injury, graphical images and Hunter's eloquence to get the audience cheer for someone WWE desperately wanted its fans to get behind.
Though what currently seem poor booking decisions may turn out to be what is the best for the business, some moves have inflicted irreparable damage on WWE's reputation. The following will have you nodding in agreement as it takes you through top 15 blunders WWE has already made this year.
15 15. Not prioritizing sanitation
In his first promo in seven years, Shane O'Mac stated that his sister Stephanie McMahon and brother-in-law Triple H are running the company into the ground, but I am sure WWE makes enough to buy their Intercontinental Champion in Kevin Owens a razor.
14 14. Scary jokers
With the Brothers of Destruction edging closer toward retirement, the Wyatt Family are the closest that comes to carrying the torch, but WWE is still uninterested in booking them strongly. With back-to-back losses against Kane, Big Show and Ryback, they seem weaker than the Social Outcasts. If WWE had wanted its fans to take the Wyatts seriously, they should have made them look strong against the aging wrestlers, who are now employed only to put young talents over.
13 13. Annoying 'nostalgic' segments
When Goldust first approached R-Truth to form a tag-team superbly named Golden Truth, fans chuckled, albeit just a little. However, the subsequent segments made the fans shrink their nose, cover their eyes, stuff cotton balls into their ears and whatnot. It will not be long before R-Truth aids Goldust in a match, making Golden Truth a thing in WWE, but the buildup has been cringeworthy.
12 12. Talented jobbers
11 11. Misuse of fan favorites
10 10. Height of desperation
9 9. Sticking with Stardust
8 8. Joke of a title
7 7. Ignoring the Boo-fest
6 6. Talented clowns
5 5. Silent Indy darling
4 4. Another valueless title
3 3. The Abomination of Fastlane
Though Shane McMahon and the Undertaker returned shortly after Fastlane, February's PPV failed to meet the expectations of the WWE faithful as no title changed hands. The whole PPV was bland as it produced predictable results. You know a highly anticipated wrestling show did not offer much when a normal match between an aging Chris Jericho and AJ Styles was the most talked about moment of the night.
2 2. Most random moment
When the Wyatt Family targeted and eliminated Brock Lesnar in Royal Rumble, fans were expecting a feud between two superstars, whom they absolutely love. However, WWE never followed up what was a turning point in the Royal Rumble this year, much to the dismay of its faithful fans. The only possible explanation for the Wyatts costing the Beast Incarnate his fifth WWE singles world title reign could be the Wyatts avenging the elimination of Luke Harper, Braun Strowman, and Eric Rowan.
1 1. Keeping Roman Reigns a Face
For unexplained reasons, fans have been perpetually begging WWE to make their top babyface go through a heel turn, but their judgment on Roman Reigns was right on the money as he possesses no traits that could make him a likable wrestler. WWE should have made him a heel during the buildup to the triple threat match for the number one contender for Triple H's WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and they only won the wrath of the fans by not doing so.
The Nashville audience cheered for him during Hunter's desperate promo, but we all know that fans would turn on him soon.
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