WWE is in a decent place heading into 2018, but they need to continue to improve the creative side of things to complement the incredible wrestlers that they have. Unfortunately, until that happens we will still get a fair share of dud stories. We just ran a story featuring 5 great rivalries that will define WWE in 2018, so with the good comes the bad, and it’s only fair that we now look at 5 terrible rivalries that will define WWE in 2018.
5. Anything On 205 Live
The Cruiserweight Classic was a huge success for the WWE, but they have almost completely ruined the cruiserweight division a year later with 205 Live. Although there is great wrestling, there just aren’t any stories that fans want to invest in. Drew Gulak and Enzo Amore are the only two performers who actually get to show their characters, and with limited numbers on the weekly show, there’s just nothing to look forward to. We’ve seen a few decent rivalries in 2017, with the likes of Tozawa vs. Kendrick and Gulak vs. Ali, but outside of that, the show has just become unwatchable. Sure, Hideo Itami has arrived, but outside of that, this division could be completely dead in 2018.
4. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H
We all know that Triple H can’t keep himself out of the spotlight, and despite all the fresh, exciting matches we want to see Kurt Angle have, it seems like he will be running into Triple H come WrestleMania 34 time. This was exciting back in the Attitude Era, but AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Bobby Roode are just a few guys we’d much rather see than Kurt and Triple H taking the spotlight. Both men have been working hurt as of late, so it likely won’t be anything special in the ring. Thus, this is one we just don’t want to see, but we know we’ll have too.
3. Daniel Bryan vs. Shane McMahon
This one has seemingly been building for quite some time, and a few years ago it might have been an exciting prospect. But with WWE very unlikely to clear Daniel Bryan anytime soon, it just isn’t going to work. If WWE can clear Daniel to return, there are plenty of other performers we’d rather see him wrestle (AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn just to name a few), so there really isn’t any positives to this potential rivalry. It seems we will get Bryan wrestling in one place or another in 2018, but we just don’t want to see Shane McMahon in the main event picture anymore. He has become more of a spotlight hog than Stephanie McMahon and Triple H on RAW… and that’s saying something.
2. Triple H vs. Braun Strowman
This is one we couldn’t have imagined happening a few months ago. But after the events that occurred at Survivor Series (and the set in stone main event of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar), this one could be happening at WrestleMania. We’ve talked already about Angle vs. HHH, but with the Jason Jordan story we could see father vs. son at ‘Mania (another horrendous one, but less possible than the rest on this list), so it leaves this as a huge possibility for WrestleMania. It’s not that it wouldn’t be a good in-ring contest, but no one cares about Triple H anymore. Seeing him thrust into big matches at WrestleMania again just makes the audience roll their eyes.
1. John Cena vs. Jinder Mahal
If not for the backlash WWE received for the proposed Jinder Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, it’s likely this would have been set up then. But WWE loves to have John Cena defend the United States, and it will definitely have to happen again in 2018. Whether it be for the WWE Championship or not (let’s hope not), it’s clear WWE still has big plans in store for Mahal still. So a matchup with Cena could be make or break for him, but let’s be honest, absolutely no one wants to see this. Mahal just doesn’t have the ability that the WWE thinks he does, and as Cena’s time is very limited. We’d much rather see him matched up against the likes of Bobby Roode or even a dream rivalry with Samoa Joe.
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