Sometimes when you are watching wrestling, you can spot some signs in the crowd that say “Who booked this crap?” Much of the time, this is a legitimate question that needs to be answered, because some of the angles that have been booked in wrestling history have been just that...crap.
Between huge egos, storylines that don’t make any sense, or killing off the momentum of a hot superstar, wrestling has been the victim of some terrible booking over the years, and it’s not just how the matches end.
Booking in wrestling used to be a lot simpler. Traditionally, a promotion would have just one booker in charge of putting matches together and coming up with finishes. Now, in the WWE at least, a team of writers, agents, and officials all are thrown together in a room to come up with a plan. When there are too many cooks in the kitchen that's when things tend to get messed up and in the end, many decisions don't make a whole lot of sense. Sometimes it's better to do the simple thing, and do it right. Sometimes decision makers will overthink or they won't pay enough attention to how fans will perceive every decision.
What were the worst booking decisions in the history of professional wrestling, though? You might notice that a certain company that is no longer around with us these days is toward the top of the list quite a bit, and the WWE has had their fair share of bad booking as well.
Here are the 15 worst booking decisions in wrestling, starting with a very recent decision that caused fans to jeer a wrestling legend:
15 Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
The main event at WrestleMania 31 was saved when Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The original plan to have Roman Reigns possibly go over Brock Lesnar on the grandest stage, however, was an unmitigated disaster. The match came off pretty well considering everything, but the storyline and feud just didn't generate the kind of buzz you would want for a WrestleMania main event.
14 Vince McMahon Wins WWE Championship
13 CM Punk Only Misses One Raw
12 Triple H “Wins” Title
11 Donald Trump Buys Raw
10 Triple H/Kevin Nash/CM Punk Feud
9 John Cena Buries The Nexus
8 Hornswoggle is Vince’s Son
7 Hogan vs. Warrior at Halloween Havoc
6 Jeff Jarrett’s 1,006 Days as Champ
5 The Invasion
4 David Arquette As Champion
3 Twice in a Lifetime
2 Batista Wins the 2014 Royal Rumble
1 Fingerpoke of Doom
The beginning of the end for the WCW came with the Fingerpoke of Doom during Monday Nitro on January 4th, 1999. In another piece of bad booking, Kevin Nash defeated Goldberg to end his winning streak, and Nash was slated for a rematch for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Goldberg was arrested during the show (not in real life) for stalking Miss Elizabeth. Hulk Hogan made his return and challenged Nash instead, leading to Hogan poking him in the chest, pinning him and reuniting the nWo. While this nonsense was going on, Tony Schiavone made an announcement that Mankind would be winning the WWE title, causing hundreds of thousands of viewers to make the switch over to Raw.
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