As 2017 comes to a close it's time to reflect on what has made this year in wrestling so great, or maybe not so great. This article in particular is going to focus on what made it great, more specifically some of the rivalries that took place during the last 12 months that have made WWE can't miss across all three of its brands. You might not agree with some of them, you may even think that we have made a glaring omission or two, but these are the five feuds that took place in 2017 under WWE's umbrella that really kept us glued to the product.
5. Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon
SmackDown Live was christened the land of opportunity by Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon basically as soon as the draft took place during the summer of 2016. Well Kevin Owens is certainly one Superstar who takes issue with that. KO believes that even the blue brand ultimately revolves around the McMahons, and let's be honest he has a point. The former Universal Champion has been pretty outspoken about that fact and it has left him embroiled in a heated rivalry with Shane O Mac and one that continues to rage on at the time of typing this. So far the rivalry has supplied us with the incredible segment between Owens and Vince McMahon, plus the SmackDown Live commissioner's terrifying fall from the top of Hell In A Cell.
4. Aleister Black and Velveteen Dream
Aleister Black and Velveteen Dream are not two names or personalities most would even consider putting inside a ring with one another. Someone at NXT had the idea to do so a couple of months ago though and now the wrestling world is lauding it as a stroke of genius. Fans couldn't get enough of the build between these two and it didn't even revolve around a championship. All it needed was one self-obsessed man desperate for recognition from a terrific in-ring performer. If that wasn't good enough the match the two had at NXT Takeover: WarGames was incredible, probably the best match of Survivor Series weekend. All very impressive considering Dream has only been in the business for a few years.
3. The Usos and The New Day
This rivalry between two of WWE's most tenured tag teams felt like it went on forever, and none of us were complaining. In fact WWE is still reluctant to completely let this rivalry go as they attempt to find another pair of worthwhile challengers to Jimmy and Jey's crowns. At the height of the feud between New Day and The Usos, their matches were only making it on to the kick-off shows of various pay per views. Time and time again the five men involved showed whoever was booking the cards that they were making a big mistake. Every time these two teams stepped into the ring it was one of the matches of the year, regardless of who else was on the card.
2. Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman has been the unexpected hit of the year. Vince McMahon clearly had big plans for The Monster Among Men and those plans have likely been surpassed and gone beyond even the chairman's wildest dreams. Strowman recently accredited a lot of his recent success to Roman Reigns. For a large part of 2017 the two behemoths have gone at it, and Strowman has actually kept The Big Dog busy while WWE holds off on giving Reigns a Universal Title shot until WrestleMania 34. The pair of them have almost literally torn each other apart from backstage brawls to a brutal ambulance match. What's more is this feud could be revisited at any time with a moment's notice and fans would fully be on board with it.
1. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho
After reading all of the above rivalries from throughout the year you may have forgotten that this final epic feud actually took place in 2017. It did though, right at the beginning of the year. The segment that sparked the hatred between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho will be one that goes down in pro wrestling history as one of Raw's greatest moments, The Festival of Friendship. KO tore out the heart of Y2J as well as the fans and the whole thing was so incredibly done. That obviously led to Jericho costing Owens the Universal Championship against Goldberg and then KO winning the United States Title at WrestleMania 33. Here's hoping that Jericho's time with WWE isn't done so that these two can renew their rivalry in 2018.