5 Worst Wrestling Matches Of 2004
In 2004, WWE was in an odd place. On one hand, WrestleMania XX concluded with one of the most emotionally satisfying moments in the company’s history, and the company looked like they were taking the company in a new (and exciting) direction.
On the other hand, both rosters (and especially SmackDown) were in critical need of new stars. Both Goldberg and Brock Lesnar left the company, and Kurt Angle was in desperate need of time off to heal. This left both rosters bereft of fresh main-eventers, which caused WWE to reshuffle their creative directions in a panic.
The result of these changes was a series of really bad matches. Wrestlers that hadn’t really main-evented before were suddenly thrust into important positions, which lead to disappointing main events.
Lower mid-carders were pushed up the card faster than anticipated, which exposed those wrestlers flaws to the fans. Finally, one wrestler, in particular, was stuck wrestling some truly bad opponents, to the point that it almost completely tarnished his reputation.
So who were the wrestlers responsible for these wrestling atrocities? Read on to find out…
5. John Cena vs. Booker T – SummerSlam 2004
This match took place at a time when John Cena was still a rising star and had not yet found his comfort zone as a wrestler. He was still green in many respects and couldn’t hit a lot of big moves. Unfortunately, those flaws were painfully obvious in this match.
Both Booker T and Cena failed to deliver an impressive match on this night. The chemistry between them was off and the in-ring action was sluggish. Worse, Booker T made a complete idiot of himself by hitting a match-ending move and then his Spinaroonie (despite being the heel), instead of covering immediately as any sane wrestler would. That momentary lapse in judgment allowed Cena to win just barely.
For a match meant to be the first in a series of five matches, this was a bad way to do so. It was horribly underwhelming and exposed Cena for being less skilled. Although he’d make his way to the top eventually, it would take a tremendous effort from both WWE and Cena himself to get bad matches like this out of fans’ minds.