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26th May '17 9:29:34 AM JamesAustin
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* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Two men with similar gimmicks big, charismatic, intense wrestlers who were nigh unstoppable by most other wrestlers. What could go wrong with a showdown between them? Well, Lesnar was ditching WWE to try out for the NFL, Goldberg's contract was set to expire and he wasn't renewing, and the show they wrestled at (''[=WrestleMania=] XX'') was being held in Madison Square Garden, a location that skews towards the {{Smar|tMark}}k section of the fanbase. Goldberg and Lesnar decided not to bother having a good match knowing each other's fate, and the viciously negative fan reaction (skewed towards Lesnar, whose decision to leave WWE was more widely known than Goldberg's and more shocking, having only been reported a week before the show) certainly didn't inspire them to give a good performance. The end result was quite possibly the worst match in ''[=WrestleMania=]'' history, and the only saving grace came after the bell when guest referee Steve Austin gave both Lesnar and Goldberg a Stone Cold Stunner as a lovely parting gift. It's widely believed that WWE purposefully laid out the match to be as awful as possible as a spiteful parting gift for both men, and given how petty people in wrestling can be (''especially'' Vince [=McMahon=]), it's entirely possible. You know it's bad when the fans are getting a better reaction from one another than the match--the biggest pop went to a fake wrestling match between a Hulk Hogan cosplayer and a "Macho Man" Randy Savage cosplayer. One {{Smar|tMark}}k recapper described "Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg vs. the NYC crowd" as "the greatest {{squash match}} in history." This later became HilariousInHindsight when the two faced off against each other again 12 years later in ''Survivor Series 2016'' in which Goldberg won again by defeating Brock Lesnar '''in 1 minute and 26 seconds'''. Suddenly the "greatest squash match in history" now has taken a whole new meaning in hilarious legitimacy.

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* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Two men with similar gimmicks big, charismatic, intense wrestlers who were nigh unstoppable by most other wrestlers. What could go wrong with a showdown between them? Well, Lesnar was ditching WWE to try out for the NFL, Goldberg's contract was set to expire and he wasn't renewing, and the show they wrestled at (''[=WrestleMania=] XX'') was being held in Madison Square Garden, a location that skews towards the {{Smar|tMark}}k section of the fanbase. Goldberg and Lesnar decided not to bother having a good match knowing each other's fate, and the viciously negative fan reaction (skewed towards Lesnar, whose decision to leave WWE was more widely known than Goldberg's and more shocking, having only been reported a week before the show) certainly didn't inspire them to give a good performance. The end result was quite possibly the worst match in ''[=WrestleMania=]'' history, and the only saving grace came after the bell when guest referee Steve Austin gave both Lesnar and Goldberg a Stone Cold Stunner as a lovely parting gift. It's widely believed that WWE purposefully laid out the match to be as awful as possible as a spiteful parting gift for both men, and given how petty people in wrestling can be (''especially'' Vince [=McMahon=]), it's entirely possible. You know it's bad when the fans are getting a better reaction from one another than the match--the biggest pop went to a fake wrestling match between a Hulk Hogan cosplayer and a "Macho Man" Randy Savage cosplayer. One {{Smar|tMark}}k recapper described "Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg vs. the NYC crowd" as "the greatest {{squash match}} in history." This later "
* Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs. Wrestling/TheBigShow for the ECW World Championship in August 2006. Doesn't sound ''quite'' as bad as you'd think, and to give credit where it's due the match itself wasn't horrible. However, it was held '''at the Hammerstein Ballroom''', home to the ''wrong'' kind of audience for that exact sort of thing, as Hammerstein has traditionally been the original ECW's unofficial "Home Away From Home", and neither Batista or Big Show had any relationship with the original ECW whatsoever. When Big Show won the title from ECW Original Rob Van Dam, it was assumed that it was for the sake of {{Heel}} heat, but with this match putting two wrestlers who never wrestled in the original ECW for the ECW World Championship, many of the "ECW Mutants"
became HilariousInHindsight when convinced of their fears that WWE seemed to try to scrub any trace of the two faced off against each other again 12 years later in ''Survivor Series 2016'' in which Goldberg won again by defeating Brock Lesnar '''in 1 minute and 26 seconds'''. Suddenly original ECW out of their revival (which only worsened after the "greatest squash match in history" now has taken underwhelming ''December to Dismember 2006'', the only solo PPV for ECW as a whole new meaning in hilarious legitimacy.WWE brand). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26MXMI0Bx-c See for yourself all the boos they got.]]



* Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} vs Maxine from [[Wrestling/{{NXT3}} season three]] of [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]]. Neither of them had much time to train, thanks to a dawdling tech crew setting up a stunt for Wrestling/WWESmackDown. The resulting "match" was so bad the announcers broke Kayfabe and called it the worst match ever. Hell, Wrestling/MichaelCole even got up to take a phonecall during the middle of it.

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* Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} vs Maxine from [[Wrestling/{{NXT3}} season three]] of [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]]. Neither of them had much time to train, thanks to a dawdling tech crew setting up a stunt for Wrestling/WWESmackDown.''Wrestling/WWESmackDown''. The resulting "match" was so bad the announcers broke Kayfabe and called it the worst match ever. Hell, Wrestling/MichaelCole even got up to take a phonecall during the middle of it.
22nd May '17 12:11:17 PM supergod
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* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was a low point for WWE's mid-90s slump. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.

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* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was a low point for WWE's mid-90s slump. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. When Mabel was crowned the king, he had garbage thrown at him. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.
22nd May '17 12:09:20 PM supergod
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* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was a low point for WWE's mid-90s slump. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. When Mabel was crowned the king, he had garbage thrown at him. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.

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* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was a low point for WWE's mid-90s slump. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. When Mabel was crowned the king, he had garbage thrown at him. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.
10th May '17 9:03:41 PM supergod
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* ''[=WrestleMania=] XI'' can easily rival IX as "the worst [=Wrestlemania=] of all time". Between the smaller venue in Hartford Connecticut, the lower production values [[note]](Say whatever you want for IX, at least the production values looks great)[[/note]] the over-saturation of celebrities (to the point that the intro of the PPV is more focused on the celebs than the wrestlers) and the production issues (some audio glitches and Razor Ramon's pyro activating during his match) this was seen as a lower point compared to [=WrestleMania=] X. And that's not counting the matches like Undertaker defending his streak against King Kong Bundy with a ''clothesline'', a tag team match between The Allied Powers (Davey Boy Smith and Lex Luger) and the Blu Brothers (Eli and Jacob) filled to the brim with botches, a confusing finish in the "I Quit" match between Bret Hart and Bob Backlund (Even Jerry Lawler sorts a BigWhat at the end) and the Main Event throwing Bam Bam Bigelow against former NFL player Lawrence Taylor [[note]](In his defense, despite Taylor's lack of experience, he showed to be quite decent as a wrestler.)[[/note]] which, while decent, should be replaced by Shawn Michaels vs Diesel which is, no doubt, the match of the night. To add the rotten cherry on top of this moldy cake, this Pay Per View took place in 1995, which was not just a bad year for the WWE, which was the subject of James Dixon's book "Titan Sinking", but a bad year for wrestling ever.
10th May '17 3:30:22 PM supergod
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* The Legion of Doom made their first WWE run in the early 1990s, and it can be said, without any doubt, that they were VERY over with the crowd; it was quite common to hear the crowd chant "LOD! LOD!" in time with their entrance music - the peak of this was arguably when they won the tag titles at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 1991''. In early 1992, they took a brief hiatus and when they returned at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania VIII'', they had their longtime manager Paul Ellering along with them, which no doubt had a lot of fans marking out - even Bobby Heenan on commentary was raving, dubbing Ellering "the man that rocks the cradle." Someone on WWE's creative development team, however, obviously felt that something was missing from this trio...and eventually came up with Rocco, the LOD's mascot. Rocco was a ventriloquist dummy, which meant that Ellering had to channel Edgar Bergen. Anyone wondering when exactly BadassDecay began to set in for the once-legendary Road Warriors can probably look here.



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WWE's tag team division has fluctuated in quality heavily over the years. 2009 was a great year for tag teams, culminating in four former world champions (Chris Jericho and the Big Show vs. Wrestling/DGenerationX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels)) having a serious feud over the titles. However, in 2010, the division went from prominence to shambles in no time at all, with every single tag team either breaking up or becoming irrelevant. Needless to say, smarks want nothing more than for WWE's Tag Team division to stop sucking so hard.

* The Legion of Doom made their first WWE run in the early 1990s, and it can be said, without any doubt, that they were VERY over with the crowd; it was quite common to hear the crowd chant "LOD! LOD!" in time with their entrance music - the peak of this was arguably when they won the tag titles at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 1991''. In early 1992, they took a brief hiatus and when they returned at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania VIII'', they had their longtime manager Paul Ellering along with them, which no doubt had a lot of fans marking out - even Bobby Heenan on commentary was raving, dubbing Ellering "the man that rocks the cradle." Someone on WWE's creative development team, however, obviously felt that something was missing from this trio...and eventually came up with Rocco, the LOD's mascot. Rocco was a ventriloquist dummy, which meant that Ellering had to channel Edgar Bergen. Anyone wondering when exactly BadassDecay began to set in for the once-legendary Road Warriors can probably look here.
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10th May '17 3:22:50 PM supergod
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* When Shawn Michaels turned on Marty Jannetty and split up the Rockers, a legend was born where a Tag Team died, and Michaels went on to become the most successful singles wrestlers in [=WWF/E=] history. This half-success, was all the justification WWE's ever needed to split tag teams for no other reason. Invariably, the tag team members never worked as singles, at best getting beatdown by monster heels over and over again and at worst, never being seen or heard from again. Among the victims: Men on a Mission, the Hardy Boyz (Wrestling/{{Matt|Hardy}} and Wrestling/{{Jeff|Hardy}}), Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Los Guerreros (Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}}), Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam, the Gatecrashers (Vance Archer and Curt Hawkins), the Colons, Cryme Tyme, the Basham Brothers, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, the Hart Dynasty, the Dude Busters, Deuce 'n Domino, Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick, The Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers and even Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys. Very few of these guys managed to get over as singles competitors, most wound up less over than ever before, and the tag division only gets smaller and smaller each time a breakup happens. The other thing that nobody seems to remember is that the reason the Rockers split was because WWF thought they could get ''two'' singles stars out of the breakup - at the time of the breakup Jannetty was considered equal to Michaels in both ability and charisma. It was Jannetty's love of partying and "personal demons", as well as two different pushes interrupted by injuries, that ended up hamstringing his career. That, and it's possible for members of a unit to achieve individual success without severing said unit (Wrestling/ElSanto of The Atomic Pair immediately comes to mind but the American Wolves and Briscoes of Wrestling/RingOfHonor, the Canadian Ninjas of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} and countless others serve as examples). Another major reason for this phenomenon was the attempt for former tag team partners/stablemates to earn the Triple Crown achievement, where a wrestler wins a Tag Team championship, an Intercontinental Championship (or other similar second-tier championship in different promotions), and a [insert promotion name here] World Championship (or Championship, depending on the promotion) in order to be recognized as a wrestling superstar.
10th May '17 8:33:53 AM supergod
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* Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs. Wrestling/TheBigShow for the ECW Championship in August 2006. Doesn't sound ''quite'' as bad as you'd think, and to give credit where it's due the match itself wasn't horrible. However, it was held '''at the Hammerstein Ballroom''', home to the ''wrong'' kind of audience for that exact sort of thing, as Hammerstein has traditionally been the original ECW's unofficial "Home Away From Home". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26MXMI0Bx-c See for yourself all the boos they got.]]
8th May '17 8:34:20 PM Hallwings
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* Then, finally, there was ''Survivor Series 2001''. The final match was a "Winner Take All" Survivor Series Match between the Alliance and the WWF where the loser of the match would be forced to withdraw from the wrestling business (which should have told you who was winning right from the start). The match put Team WWF (Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/ChrisJericho,[[note]]Both WCW alumni![[/note]] Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]) against Team Alliance ([[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]], Wrestling/KurtAngle,[[note]]who had only ever wrestled for the WWF[[/note]] Wrestling/BookerT, Wrestling/RobVanDam, and Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon [[note]]Yes, that's right: ''Shane [=McMahon=]'' was one of the men tasked with wrestling on behalf of the Alliance's existence, and he didn't have a non-wrestler counterpart on the WWF side, making the outcome all the more blatant[[/note]]). Of the ten men in the match, only two had been in the Alliance's originating companies when they went out of business (Booker T in WCW and Rob Van Dam in ECW), essentially making the main event an all-WWF affair. This becomes even more blatant when you know who the final two men in the match were Steve Austin and The Rock. That's right, the fate of the wrestling world didn't hinge on a WCW star vs. a WWF star (or even an ECW star vs. a WWF star) it hinged on the two biggest WWF stars of the Attitude Era. And guess what? Rock won thanks to Kurt Angle nailing Austin with the title belt and betraying the Alliance!

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* Then, finally, there was ''Survivor Series 2001''. The final match was a "Winner Take All" Survivor Series Match between the Alliance and the WWF where the loser of the match would be forced to withdraw from the wrestling business (which should have told you who was winning right from the start). The match put Team WWF (Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/ChrisJericho,[[note]]Both Wrestling/ChrisJericho,[[note]](Both WCW alumni![[/note]] alumni!)[[/note]] Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]) against Team Alliance ([[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]], Wrestling/KurtAngle,[[note]]who Wrestling/KurtAngle,[[note]](who had only ever wrestled for the WWF[[/note]] WWF)[[/note]] Wrestling/BookerT, Wrestling/RobVanDam, and Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon [[note]]Yes, [[note]](Yes, that's right: ''Shane [=McMahon=]'' was one of the men tasked with wrestling on behalf of the Alliance's existence, and he didn't have a non-wrestler counterpart on the WWF side, making the outcome all the more blatant[[/note]]).blatant)[[/note]]). Of the ten men in the match, only two had been in the Alliance's originating companies when they went out of business (Booker T in WCW and Rob Van Dam in ECW), essentially making the main event an all-WWF affair. This becomes even more blatant when you know who the final two men in the match were Steve Austin and The Rock. That's right, the fate of the wrestling world didn't hinge on a WCW star vs. a WWF star (or even an ECW star vs. a WWF star) it hinged on the two biggest WWF stars of the Attitude Era. And guess what? Rock won thanks to Kurt Angle nailing Austin with the title belt and betraying the Alliance!



* A contender for worst ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' match of all time happened at the 1993 edition of the event. The teams were Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, Bastion Booger[[note]]in his only WWE pay-per-view appearance[[/note]] and the Headshrinkers, against, ostensibly, "four [[Wrestling/DoinkTheClown Doinks]]." After the better part of a year of Doink's shenanigans featuring himself and a second Doink, the implied payoff was to see four Doinks wrestling at once. However, this was during a period where Vince [=McMahon=] was fixated on catering to young children (he even disses Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera on commentary, with a straight face), so instead, we got Luke and Butch of Wrestling/TheBushwhackers and Mo and [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Mabel]] of Men On A Mission, wearing Doink greasepaint and green clown wigs. After a confused crowd started chanting "we want Doink" over the bait-and-switch, the resulting "match" contained scooters, water balloons, the heels messily eating raw turkey and bananas (Samu actually gets eliminated after slipping on a banana peel), and blatant double-teams by the faces that the referee does ''nothing'' about. The only redeeming portions of this match were Bam Bam (the only one in the ring giving a lick of effort) and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan's commentary. And after the match, Doink finally appears on the video wall and cuts a promo that sounded like a six year old wrote it. This whole mess is a classic example of Vince being out of touch with his audience.

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* A contender for worst ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' match of all time happened at the 1993 edition of the event. The teams were Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, Bastion Booger[[note]]in Booger[[note]](in his only WWE pay-per-view appearance[[/note]] appearance)[[/note]] and the Headshrinkers, against, ostensibly, "four [[Wrestling/DoinkTheClown Doinks]]." After the better part of a year of Doink's shenanigans featuring himself and a second Doink, the implied payoff was to see four Doinks wrestling at once. However, this was during a period where Vince [=McMahon=] was fixated on catering to young children (he even disses Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera on commentary, with a straight face), so instead, we got Luke and Butch of Wrestling/TheBushwhackers and Mo and [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Mabel]] of Men On A Mission, wearing Doink greasepaint and green clown wigs. After a confused crowd started chanting "we want Doink" over the bait-and-switch, the resulting "match" contained scooters, water balloons, the heels messily eating raw turkey and bananas (Samu actually gets eliminated after slipping on a banana peel), and blatant double-teams by the faces that the referee does ''nothing'' about. The only redeeming portions of this match were Bam Bam (the only one in the ring giving a lick of effort) and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan's commentary. And after the match, Doink finally appears on the video wall and cuts a promo that sounded like a six year old wrote it. This whole mess is a classic example of Vince being out of touch with his audience.



* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane and Big Show to appear to win the match, the crowd recalled that the monster heel Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated [[note]]he'd been thrown out under the bottom rope instead of over the top[[/note]] and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.

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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane and Big Show to appear to win the match, the crowd recalled that the monster heel Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated [[note]]he'd [[note]](he'd been thrown out under the bottom rope instead of over the top[[/note]] top)[[/note]] and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.



* Mid-1993 saw one of the company's biggest flop gimmicks to date, with Friar Ferguson, played by Mike Shaw. Ferguson was a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling monk,]] complete with a bottle of holy water and a big brown cloak. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext And he danced.]] In the Friar's one match, the fans had no idea whether he was {{Heel}} or {{Face}}, but the match, with jobber Chris Duffy, was such a plodding, tedious waste of time that fans stopped caring (at one point, Friar picked up his opponent before a count of three, and you can audibly hear fans turning on the segment right there). Vince [=McMahon=] was the only one entertained by the gimmick, and it was probably one of the first big disasters of ''Monday Night Raw.'' [[note]]Mike Shaw did get another chance with the company, and his next gimmick wound up being Bastion Booger, whose gimmick was that he was a [[ThePigpen smelly, disgusting slob.]] This one was also stupid, but veered a bit closer to SoBadItsGood.[[/note]]

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* Mid-1993 saw one of the company's biggest flop gimmicks to date, with Friar Ferguson, played by Mike Shaw. Ferguson was a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling monk,]] complete with a bottle of holy water and a big brown cloak. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext And he danced.]] In the Friar's one match, the fans had no idea whether he was {{Heel}} or {{Face}}, but the match, with jobber Chris Duffy, was such a plodding, tedious waste of time that fans stopped caring (at one point, Friar picked up his opponent before a count of three, and you can audibly hear fans turning on the segment right there). Vince [=McMahon=] was the only one entertained by the gimmick, and it was probably one of the first big disasters of ''Monday Night Raw.'' [[note]]Mike [[note]](Mike Shaw did get another chance with the company, and his next gimmick wound up being Bastion Booger, whose gimmick was that he was a [[ThePigpen smelly, disgusting slob.]] This one was also stupid, but veered a bit closer to SoBadItsGood.[[/note]])[[/note]]
8th May '17 1:32:04 PM Gimere
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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane a Big Show to appear to win it, the crowd recalled that the monster heel, Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated, instead being kicked out under the bottom rope, and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.
** The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone. Adding to the accusations of outright trolling was that Goldust began to make his entrance to the match just after Bryan was thrown out. Goldust's entrance video begins with "A SHATTERED DREAMS PRODUCTION" splayed on the obscenely huge Titantron screen, leading to a mean/hilarious picture of Bryan looking dejected at ringside that that on the screen above him.

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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane a and Big Show to appear to win it, the match, the crowd recalled that the monster heel, heel Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated, instead being kicked eliminated [[note]]he'd been thrown out under the bottom rope, rope instead of over the top[[/note]] and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.
** The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone. Adding to the accusations of outright trolling was that Goldust began to make his entrance to the match just after Bryan was thrown out. Goldust's entrance video begins with "A SHATTERED DREAMS PRODUCTION" splayed on the obscenely huge Titantron screen, leading to a mean/hilarious picture of Bryan looking dejected at ringside that with that on the screen above him.



WWE's tag team division has fluctuated in quality heavily over the years. 2009 was a great year for tag teams, culminating in four former world champions (Chris Jericho and the Big Show vs. Wrestling/DGenerationX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels)) having a serious feud over the titles. However, in 2010, the division went from prominence to shambles in no time at all, with every single tag team either breaking up or becoming irrelevant. Needless to say, smarks want nothing more than for the Tag Team division in the WWE to stop sucking so hard.

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WWE's tag team division has fluctuated in quality heavily over the years. 2009 was a great year for tag teams, culminating in four former world champions (Chris Jericho and the Big Show vs. Wrestling/DGenerationX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels)) having a serious feud over the titles. However, in 2010, the division went from prominence to shambles in no time at all, with every single tag team either breaking up or becoming irrelevant. Needless to say, smarks want nothing more than for the WWE's Tag Team division in the WWE to stop sucking so hard.



* ''[[Wrestling/WWEToughEnough Tough Enough 2]]''. Head trainer Al Snow, in just about every ConfessionCam segment, was agonizing over how poorly the training was going. In fact, "These kids aren't ready" was practically the CatchPhrase for the entire season. Then when it was time to select the winners, they deviated from the "one male winner, one female winner" thing at the very last split second, to the point that the person announcing the winners was audibly confused. The first winner announced was Linda "Shaniqua" Miles, aka Linda "miss a missile dropkick by" Miles, named after an incident in a match she wrestled on ''Heat''. Yes, Linda was '''worse''' in the ring than Jackie (the second winner) following ''Tough Enough 2''. In 2013 this was [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/tough-enough-2/ inducted into the annals]] of Website/WrestleCrap.

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* ''[[Wrestling/WWEToughEnough Tough Enough 2]]''. Head trainer Al Snow, in just about every ConfessionCam segment, was agonizing over how poorly the training was going. In fact, "These kids aren't ready" was practically the CatchPhrase for the entire season. Then when it was time to select the winners, they deviated from the "one male winner, one female winner" thing at the very last split second, to the point that the person announcing the winners was audibly confused. The first winner announced was Linda "Shaniqua" Miles, aka Linda "miss a missile dropkick by" Miles, named after an incident in a match she wrestled on ''Heat''. Yes, Linda was '''worse''' in the ring than Jackie Gayda (the second winner) following ''Tough Enough 2''. In 2013 this was [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/tough-enough-2/ inducted into the annals]] of Website/WrestleCrap.
17th Apr '17 3:09:06 PM SpitbreakFTW
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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). It all came to a head when Wrestling/RomanReigns was declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.
** The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone.

to:

* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane a Big Show to appear to win it, the crowd recalled that the monster heel, Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated, instead being kicked out under the bottom rope, and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns was threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.
** The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone. Adding to the accusations of outright trolling was that Goldust began to make his entrance to the match just after Bryan was thrown out. Goldust's entrance video begins with "A SHATTERED DREAMS PRODUCTION" splayed on the obscenely huge Titantron screen, leading to a mean/hilarious picture of Bryan looking dejected at ringside that that on the screen above him.
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