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WWE 2017 recap: 10 bad things and 12 good ones

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Braun Strowman's 2017
The rise of Braun Strowman was one of the best things of the year.

It's become a custom among wrestling fans to say that each year was "the worst year ever." No doubt this is largely due to recency memory bias. It's very hard indeed to argue that 2017 was worse than any of the Authority years or the weird transition period of the late 2000's. With the roster WWE now has, many good things are guaranteed to happen.

All the same, 2017 was a hot and cold year. When it was good, it was great. When it was bad, it was downright unwatchable. Consistently inconsistent, just like WWE's 50/50 booking, 2017 gave us just as much bad as it did good. The question then becomes: did the good outweigh the bad in magnitude? Let's run down the list and see if we can find the answer.

Bad: Kane's return

On the TLC go-home show, Kane returned to lay out Roman Reigns. His campaign has been tedium ever since, harming the momentum of Braun Strowman and sending Finn Balor to the graveyard. All of this turned out to be in the service of another bad item on our naughty list which we'll get to later, and unlike some earlier glimmers of hope, Kane's footnote in it is just dull.

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