10 most overrated matches in WWE in 2017
2017 had more than its share of great matches in WWE. We’re living in an era in which the company has embraced independent and international talent like never before. In so doing WWE has a deeper and more diverse talent pool than ever, prepared to put on intriguing matchups the likes of which we’ve never seen. 2017 saw classics between Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate over the UK Championship, and The Authors of Pain rage against #DIY in NXT.
Charlotte Flair and Natalya continued to string together rock solid matches in the women’s ranks, while AJ Styles got the most out of any opponent thrown at him, and The Shield—when everyone was healthy—proved they can still work magic in six-man tag scenarios.
For all of these special matches that will stand the test of time, there are those that looked to be special, and that some pundits have even got behind, that wasn’t actually that good. Maybe it was the smoke and mirrors of a strong program or a high profile spot that made the match seem better than it was. Maybe it was simple WWE hyperbole to suggest we were getting a classic. Regardless, this article looks at the ten most overrated WWE matches from the past year.
#10 Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker, WrestleMania 33
On paper, Roman Reigns facing The Undertaker should have been special. You’ve got the new face of the company on one side of the ring. On the other side, one of the all-time biggest legends of the business. They’re guys of comparable size, who have each proven before that they have the impressive athleticism for such big men. Add on that this match had the opportunity to close out WrestleMania, and that it was rumoured to be The Phenom’s last match, period, and this should have been an instant classic.
Reigns vs The Undertaker wasn’t actually that good, though. It was a largely lethargic brawl, hampered by The Dead Man looking his age—slow and stiff—and Reigns simply not having the toolkit to compensate. Factor in an ugly botched Tombstone reversal spot and some poorly booked late stages that completely bored the audience, and you have a match that in no way lived up to its hype.