Who will win the next Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, or World Series? Nobody knows. All we have is speculation and hope. Who will win the main event match at WrestleMania? Vince McMahon knows. Yes, in wrestling the results are predetermined. However, the outcome of a match can prove to be just as upsetting as your favorite team missing the last second field goal that loses the big game.
Fans who don't find themselves upset are truly not real fans. It's all about the connection a fan feels with his/her favorite athlete/team and when they lose, the fan loses as well. "There's always next year" is a terrible motto. Next year we can all be dead. Fans grow tired of waiting for championships. Ask any Chicago Cubs fan. The franchise has not won a World Series since 1908.
In wrestling, the anger can be overwhelming as you follow you favorite Superstar through the stages of their career only to watch them lose when it counts; knowing all the while that Vince McMahon could have produced a different result. Frustration follows and often times the abandonment of WWE programming, at least until the disgruntled fan has calmed down enough to once again tune in to the beefcake circus.
And that's why we're here: to look at those matches that have caused blood to boil. Those bouts in which the only thing left to say at night's end was: "why?" WWE prides itself on listening to the fans but have disregarded the outcries of its audience plenty of times over the years. This leaves viewers questioning whether or not those running WWE are really in touch with what's going on in its so called "Universe."
The anger will certainly continue so please, check any optimism you may have at the door.
These are the top 15 WWE victories that have angered the fans:
15 The Rock Over CM Punk
The 434 day WWE Championship reign of CM Punk would come to an end at the 2013 Royal Rumble. Punk had run through every opponent during his tenure while serving as both a face and heel.
However, WWE felt the need to have Hollywood get over on Chicago as The Rock would defeat CM Punk for the WWE Championship with the sole purpose in mind of setting up Rock/Cena II at WrestleMania 29.
14 Triple H Over Rob Van Dam
In 2002, WWE had split its brands. Over on the Raw side of things, Triple H would serve as World Heavyweight Champion and dominant the show for the next few years as its top Superstar.
However, around this same period, Rob Van Dam was hotter than ever. ECW was gone and the former Extreme Athlete was now a massive fan favorite in WWE; which is why excitement began to build when RVD would challenge for the gold.
13 John Cena Over Damien Sandow
With Damien Sandow holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, there were signs ahead that the Superstar was going to become the next World Heavyweight Champion and finally break through.
On the October 28th, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw, Damien Sandown would cash-in on the current World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena, who also appeared to be injured. The stage was set for Sandow.
12 John Cena Over Bray Wyatt
Heading into their match at WrestleMania XXX, Bray Wyatt had waged psychological warfare on John Cena, enough to make it seem as though Wyatt had the upper hand.
The match itself was a solid bout with the mind games continuing throughout. The fans stood behind Bray Wyatt as a victory over John Cena on the biggest night of the year would take Wyatt to the next level.
11 Randy Orton Over Daniel Bryan
It all began at SummerSlam 2013 where Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship. Only to have the title taken away minutes later when Randy Orton cash-in Money in the Bank and Triple H screwed over Bryan.
The following month at Night of Champions, Daniel Bryan would once again win the WWE Championship by defeating Randy Orton in a rematch. However, Triple H would strip Bryan of the title the following night on Raw.
10 Hulk Hogan Over Shawn Michaels
In the summer of 2005, Shawn Michaels would turn heel in order to challenge Hulk Hogan at the upcoming SummerSlam Pay-Per-View. Michaels tapped into a side not seen in years while Hogan was the same old gimp.
It is believed that Shawn Michaels oversold Hulk Hogan's moves throughout the match upon learning that Hogan would go over at SummerSlam and then not return the favor down the line; which had previously been agreed upon.
9 The Rock Over Hollywood Hogan
As alluded to in the aforementioned entry, fans were not pleased with Hulk Hogan going over on Shawn Michaels and that's because the Hogan nostalgia had worn off at that point for many fans.
However, in 2002, Hollywood Hogan would finally return to WWE and find himself back in a high-profile match at WrestleMania X8 against The Rock in a battle of separate generations.
8 John Cena Over Kevin Owens
Elimination Chamber 2015 would provide the WWE Universe with a new face in the disheveled mug of Kevin Owens who in his debut match would cleanly defeat John Cena and place himself in a prime position.
The following month at Money in the Bank, John Cena would take the rematch which was expected in order to set up an epic rubber match at Battleground where Kevin Owens would come out on top, right? ... Wrong.
7 Roman Reigns Wins the Royal Rumble
At the start of this year, the rumblings regarding the Royal Rumble were running rampant as fan favorite Daniel Bryan was expected to win and make his way to WrestleMania to challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
However, the favorite of management was given the nod instead as Roman Reigns would emerge victorious and experience immediate and severe backlash from the live crowd and those watching at home as the social media storm had begun.
6 Roman Reigns Over Daniel Bryan
All right, so Roman Reigns wins the Royal Rumble and the lingering Daniel Bryan situation needs to be addressed. Therefore, Reigns places his #1 Contender's spot on the line against Bryan at Fastlane.
Once again fans were hopeful that Daniel Bryan would find his way into the main event at WrestleMania. Roman Reigns was not going to be eliminated from the equation completely but Bryan needed to be added.
5 Batista Wins the Royal Rumble
In early 2014, the WWE Universe was re-introduced to "The Animal" Batista. The initial reaction was warm, not red hot, but warm enough as fans are usually excited to see a Superstar from the past.
The problem facing Batista was that his returned coincided with the height of Daniel Bryan's popularity. WWE tried to silence the "Yes Movement" but the people wanted their hero to get a push.
4 Triple H Over CM Punk
If asked about his victory over CM Punk at Night of Champions 2011, Triple H will provide a bunch of reason as to why it was necessary in a vain attempt to justify going over on Punk.
The truth is: Triple H stepped in to stomp on the fire that was CM Punk. It is no secret that Punk was not the most loved individual especially with Triple H. Therefore, Punk needed to be put in his place.
3 John Cena Over Edge
The rivalry that ensued between John Cena and Edge is one that has helped define the career of both Superstars. These two accentuated each other well as the polar opposites fought a longstanding battle.
This feud would come to a head at Unforgiven 2006 when Edge in his hometown of Toronto would place the WWE Championship on the line in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.
2 Brock Lesnar Over The Undertaker
The debate over this match continues to this day as the idea of Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker's legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania has still not settled well with many fans.
The decision was made and the outcome went down in front of a stadium of shocked spectators and millions more watching at home. The Undertaker had finally lost at WrestleMania following twenty-one consecutive victories.
1 Shawn Michaels Over Bret Hart
That nasty night in Montreal remains the most discussed match in professional wrestling. The night Bret "The Hitman" Hart was screwed over in his home country for the WWE Championship.
Shawn Michaels, the man who took the belt from the Canadian hero would never live down the actions of Survivor Series. Michaels would never again enter Canada without the echoing of "you screwed Bret."
Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart have since made amends but the wounds of Montreal have not entirely healed for many fans as Michaels will always be known as the biggest wrestling villain in Canada.
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