Throughout our lives, we all encounter moments of absurdity that make us question our worth. The ruts we dig are often extremely deep, sometimes too deep to climb our way back out. And then we are left with nothing more than a nameless grave. The eternal dirt nap is real and a mere game of waiting. It is what we do during that wait that defines our time alive.
However, it is not uncommon to fall prey to eternal pessimism. Those who have worked countless hours only to remain in place and never move forward are justified in their unhappy horrors. They say "time is valuable" but we spend most of our time working just to get by and stay alive for another week. Life is rough and there is no real way to win its twisted game.
Which is why the feeling or worthlessness comes into effect. That sense of meaningless monotony. That everything we have ever done essentially means nothing. And that's where our topic of the day comes into play:
In WWE, there needs to be a winner and a loser. The fans pay to watch competition with a definitive outcome. Which is why double count outs or double disqualifications usually draw great amounts of heat from the live crowd. Such a result proves and settles nothing. The people want a winner.
The most meaningful victory in recent memory came at WrestleMania XXX when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker and ended his undefeated streak. However, not all WWE victories mean as much these days.
For the purposes of this list, all entries will have occurred within the past five years. The wins that really didn't feel like much of a win at the end of the day; leaving one to wonder: how does the winner turn out the loser in the long haul?
These are the top 15 recent WWE victories that have meant nothing:
15 Fandango Defeats Chris Jericho
This is probably an unexpected start to this list but let's begin with a match that went down in the shadows of New York at WrestleMania 29 where Fandango would compete in his very first 'Mania match.
And what better way to make your WrestleMania debut than with a legend like Chris Jericho? That night Fandango would emerge victorious over Jericho, who is always willing to help younger talent get over.
14 Bad News Barrett Wins King of the Ring
The King of the Ring concept is played out and should be shelved indefinitely in WWE. Actually winning the crown has not meant anything to anybody for quite some time and that will not be changing anytime soon.
The most recent King of the Ring winner was Bad News Barrett. Needless to say, Barrett did not have an "Austin 3:16" moment following his victory or anything along the lines of that success.
13 Curtis Axel Wins the Intercontinental Championship
In a very touching moment, Curtis Axel would win the Intercontinental Championship on Father's Day at Payback 2013 in a Triple Threat match that involved Wade Barrett and The Miz.
At this point in his career, Curtis Axel was going nowhere. However, the addition of Paul Heyman by his side and the Intercontinental Championship around his waist indicated that the future was bright for Axel... or so we thought.
12 Cesaro Wins the Andre the Giant Battle Royal
The inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal would take place in New Orleans at WrestleMania XXX. The winner of which would prove to be Cesaro, a promising victory for the wrestler.
It appeared as though Cesaro was finally about to receive the push he so rightly deserved as he was paired with Paul Heyman in the process; certainly a beneficial pairing for any talent on the rise.
11 Dolph Ziggler Wins the World Heavyweight Championship
In a moment that should have taken place at WrestleMania 29, Dolph Ziggler would cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase the following night on Raw to win the World Heavyweight Championship from Alberto Del Rio.
The post-WrestleMania crowd provided a massive pop to the moment even though Dolph Ziggler was working as a heel. While Ziggler was not afforded that great WrestleMania moment, this was still something special.
10 Stephanie McMahon Defeats Brie Bella
It had been many years but at SummerSlam 2014, Stephanie McMahon would make her return to in-ring action in a match against Brie Bella. Surprisingly, Stephanie looked great as she would pick up the victory, but why?
Brie would lose the match when her sister Nikki turned on her and sided with Stephanie; setting up a Bella feud that went absolutely nowhere and was quickly resolved proving that the match at SummerSlam was pointless.
9 Team Cena Defeats Team Authority
The highlight of last year's dismal Survivor Series event was obviously the official WWE arrival of Sting, who would aid Team Cena in their victory over Team Authority, thus knocking Triple H and Stephanie out of power.
However, this was simply a seed for Triple H vs. Sting at WrestleMania as the Sole Survivor of the match, Dolph Ziggler would benefit nothing from his victory and The Authority were back in power weeks later.
8 Randy Orton Becomes WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2013 would be an "epic" night for WWE ... but not so much. In a TLC match, WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena would combine both titles.
The winner of the match was to be dubbed the WWE World Heavyweight Champion; a name not agreed upon by the WWE Universe. If you can recall: in a vote on the WWE App, fans decided to call the winner the Unified Champion.
7 Triple H Defeats Brock Lesnar
There is a simple formula to use when dealing with Brock Lesnar in WWE: "The Beast" should never lose. Lesnar is there to destroy, so allow The Destroyer to do what he does best and have him win all the time.
When Seth Rollins cashed-in Money in the Bank during the main event of WrestleMania, having him pin Roman Reigns for the title was the right move, as nobody technically defeated Brock Lesnar.
6 Batista Wins the Royal Rumble
When Batista retuned to WWE in early 2014, for a brief moment, fans were excited to see "The Animal" back in action. However, the reaction would soon sour when Batista's purpose was realized.
Batista came back during the rise of Daniel Bryan, the most organic fan-Superstar connection since Stone Cold Steve Austin. The return of Batista was doomed from the start.
5 Roman Reigns Wins the Royal Rumble
There are many who say that Roman Reigns simply wasn't ready to win the Royal Rumble at the start of 2015. Others attribute the negative reaction once again to Daniel Bryan.
Regardless of the reason, Roman Reigns would gain the opportunity to headline WrestleMania with Brock Lesnar; a match where Seth Rollins would emerge with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
4 Daniel Bryan Wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
All this talk about Daniel Bryan being the chosen Superstar of the fans; let's dive into a meaningless victory for Bryan. The biggest win of his career no doubt, but one that would disappoint in the long run.
The closing scenes of WrestleMania XXX were great. Daniel Bryan had won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship over Randy Orton and Batista. WrestleMania is about "feel good" moments and this was certainly one of those.
3 CM Punk Defeats John Cena
It was every wrestling fans favorite victory of 2011: CM Punk defeating John Cena for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank in Chicago. Followed up with the "kiss goodbye" to Vince McMahon.
The wrestling world was abuzz and the business felt as though it was about to get steaming hot again. Then the delusion wore off and CM Punk was screwed out of the gold by Kevin Nash; a ghost of the past haunting the future.
2 Kevin Owens Defeats John Cena
What has been the most exciting moment in WWE this past year? It could be the Seth Rollins cash-in, the arrival of the NXT Divas, or perhaps it was a simple one-on-one victory over the face of the company.
Elimination Chamber: Kevin Owens - in his first official WWE match - would defeat John Cena with a clean victory. Suddenly, Owens was the hottest topic in wrestling as a real wrestler had finally arrived.
1 The Rock Defeats John Cena
WrestleMania XXVIII: the biggest 'Mania main event in years as the "Once in a Lifetime" battle between The Rock and John Cena was set to take place in Miami. The score would finally be settled.
That night, The Rock would defeat John Cena in the generational contest, proving that he was the better man and everything would have been fine if WWE didn't decide to save face with The Face and even the score.
The following year, The Rock and John Cena would once again face-off at WrestleMania with Cena coming out as the victor. Why? The main event that belonged to CM Punk was simply a recycled match.
Evening the score has made this feud mean nothing. The Rock won and should have remained on top of John Cena as a rematch was completely unnecessary.
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