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Top 8 Things That SHOULD Happen In WWE In 2017 And 7 That Shouldn't

The term “Armchair Quarterback” denotes a fan who, from the comfort of his (or her ... but usually his) home yells at the players or coach on his favorite team after they do something wrong. Of course, the fan knows what would have been the right call. This applies to fans of all sports, not just the NFL. But with professional wrestling, it’s a little different. 

Just like fans of legitimate sports, pro wrestling fans love to criticize. But apart from the merciless ECW fans calling attention to a wrestler's mistake, or “botch”, inside the ring, most of this criticism is pointed towards management. Because of course, the outcome of a pro wrestling match is already decided. It’s just that the predetermined decision is so frustratingly frequently the wrong one!

Just like fans of legitimate sports, pro wrestling fans love to criticize. But apart from the merciless ECW fans calling attention to a wrestler's mistake, or “botch”, inside the ring, most of this criticism is pointed towards management. Because of course, the outcome of a pro wrestling match is already decided. It’s just that the predetermined decision is so frustratingly frequently the wrong one!

But with a new year comes new hopes. Maybe this will be the year that Vince McMahon and co. get it all right. To be fair, they got a lot right in 2016. But they also got a fair bit wrong. It can be tough to look ahead and figure out what fans want. And of course, it’s often worse still when you try to tell the fans what they want. And looking at where the characters are right now and how things are building, we all have an idea of some the things that might happen. So here are eight things that should happen in the WWE, and seven that should (definitely) not happen in 2017.

15 Should Happen: Goldberg Challenges for the Title

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Bill Goldberg is the newest old name to pop back into the WWE via the 2K video game path. The crowd still remembers him and he’s been delivering unusually good promos (at least when he doesn’t smash his head against a door before entering the ring). All this led the WWE to change their plans and extend Goldberg’s contract beyond one match and they booked him to squash Lesnar at Survivor Series. At 50 years old, Bill Goldberg is no spring chicken, so they can’t have too many long term plans for him. But he is still in great shape. The story of him going for one last title run would be a compelling one.

14 Shouldn’t Happen: Braun Strowman vs. The Undertaker

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13 Should Happen: Introducing a Weekly UK Show

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While it was geared to a more hardcore audience, anybody who saw the two-day special WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament surely came away satisfied. The show featured drama, strong storytelling, and good wrestling. The tournament showcased several standout wrestlers including the high-flying and tv-savvy Mark Andrews, the charismatic heel Pete Dunne, and the eventual champion, the charming 19-year old Tyler Bate. Given that Bate won a championship belt and not a trophy suggests the WWE has future plans for the division.

12 Shouldn’t Happen: Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Wrestling a Match

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Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler turns 68 years old this year. He hasn’t wrestled a match in the WWE since his cardiac arrest in 2012 and the WWE has phased him off regular TV. So why would the WWE even contemplate putting him in a match? Well, maybe they’re not. But the recent angle shot between Lawler and Dolph Ziggler suggests they might be. The freshly turned heel Ziggler bragged about elbow-dropping ‘The King’ into cardiac arrest in 2012 in a recent segment with Lawler in Memphis. He then superkicked Lawler in the chest, with Lawler selling that he had chest pains before challenging Ziggler to get back into the ring.

11 Should Happen: The New Day Separating

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The New Day can still amp up most crowds with their high-energy entrance. And they still do possess good comedic timing. But they have had a lot of awful segments over the past year. The time machine segment, the “Old Day” segment, and the recent garbage with Titus O’Neil. It’s tough because most fans still seem to like them and they definitely can be entertaining, but their gimmick is wearing thin and the writers have not been helping them. If they’re still together by the end of the year, it will probably be for the worst. The New Day don’t necessarily need to ‘break-up’ in traditional wrestling style; which is to say they need not turn on each other.

10 Shouldn’t Happen: Yet Another Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens Match

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9 Should Happen: Reducing the Number of Announcers

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SmackDown now has four announcers. FOUR! To see four announcers call a match between two wrestlers in the ring is ridiculous; it looks like some kind of parody of pro wrestling. Tom Phillips seems to do absolutely nothing but say hello at the beginning of the broadcast. David Otunga has a stilted delivery that makes him sound like a pre-recorded announcer in a video game. JBL shows the odd flash of his old greatness but is generally not very good.

8 Shouldn’t Happen: Baron Corbin Winning the Title

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7 Should Happen: Moving 205 Live to a Different Night

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When the Cruiserweight Classic (CWC) debuted this past summer, audiences on the WWE Network were in enraptured. It was the best portrayal of smaller wrestlers the WWE has ever provided. Not only were the cruiserweights allowed to do all their crazy, high-flying stunts, but they were also permitted to work a number of different styles, including technical wrestling and strike-based offense. The most important aspect though was that wins and losses actually mattered, something that is sorely missing from the rest of WWE. And it’s sorely missing from 205 Live. The weekly cruiserweight show features wrestlers with very little backstory competing against each other in toned-down matches with nothing at stake. Yawn.

6 Shouldn’t Happen: Another ‘Distraction Finish’. Ever.

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You’re all familiar with the "distraction finish". It is arguably the worst part of WWE today. The distraction finish occurs when Wrestler A is fighting Wrestler B. Then, all of a sudden, Wrestler C’s music hits. Wrestler A becomes transfixed by this and just stares at the entrance, presumably thinking, “My god! Somebody’s music is playing! What is happening?!” Sometimes Wrestler C comes down the aisle, sometimes he doesn’t even show up. Invariably, Wrestler B then hits Wrestler A with his finisher or a roll-up and pins him.

5 Should Happen: Undertaker Retiring

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4 Shouldn’t Happen: John Cena Breaking Ric Flair’s Title Record

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First, let’s state that, however you feel about Ric Flair and his career, his 16-time World Champion record is not sacrosanct. It’s not necessarily even true. His number of title reigns could be higher depending on how you estimate the legitimacy of some NWA title matches back in the 1980s. But in the canon of WWE, Flair’s record is 16. And John Cena has now tied him at 16. Some people are repulsed by Cena catching up to Flair. Others are excited. However you feel, most agree that the narrative should be a big deal.

3 Should Happen: A Number of NXT Call-ups

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Ostensibly, NXT is a developmental territory. But Triple H is trying to make it into a third, touring brand of WWE. And he’s been pretty successful at it. The level of wrestling and storytelling is frequently superior to that of the main roster. But they still run smaller venues and tour less frequently. Because they want to keep NXT strong, they often keep big names down there far longer than necessary. Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura never needed to be down there in the first place and they could definitely help a main roster that’s trying to fill five hours a week of TV.

2 Shouldn’t Happen: AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon

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AJ Styles’ first year in the WWE has been a smashing success. Fans who saw him in TNA or New Japan Pro Wrestling already knew he was a great worker. But AJ has surprised even his most ardent fans with heretofore unseen great promos. His reign as WWE Champion and his feud with John Cena have been captivating. But now Styles doesn't have the title. That’s because AJ Styles is, apparently, set to face off against 47-year-old non-wrestler, Shane McMahon at WrestleMania.

1 Should Happen: Roman Reigns Turning Heel

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In the 2nd century BCE, Roman Senator Cato the Elder ended every speech in the Senate with, “Carthago delenda est” (“Carthage must be destroyed”.) Cato felt the issue was so pressing that he would always bring up Carthage no matter the topic. And so too has it been with WWE fans over the past couple years, except it’s not the ancient Roman Senate with which they’re concerned, but Roman Reigns.

Apart from a few gullible children and some young women who find him attractive, pretty much everybody hates the Roman Reigns character. Except for Vince McMahon, who absolutely loves him. And the more Vince pushes Roman, the more the fans rebel. Roman’s character is so superficial, his scripted lines are so artificial, and his "comeback spots" in matches are so stilted, that fans can’t help but detest him. So why fight it? Vince has tried for two successive Manias to make Roman the top babyface and both times has failed. The fans already hate him, and you know Reigns has a great heel promo in him. So therefore, I conclude that Roman Reigns must turn heel.

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