7 things that didn't go as well as WWE wanted them to this year
2017 was a pretty decent year for WWE. Kurt Angle came back, "Broken" Matt Hardy (erm..."Woken" Matt Hardy) finally debuted on WWE television, Superstars like AJ Styles consistently put on barn-burner matches, promos continued to blur the lines between kayfabe and reality (looking at you, Miz), John Cena helped new stars find their way into the limelight, and women's wrestling has reached an echelon not seen in generations.
But, as we all know, you can't get everything right.
For all the good things WWE did this year, there was a lot that went wrong. Whether that was through poor execution on WWE's part or due to outside circumstances beyond creative's control, there were plenty of things that could've gone much better than they did.
In this list, I'm going to look at seven things from this year that did not go as well as WWE wanted them to.
#7 Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman is one of the biggest stars on the RAW roster, both in terms of star power and stature. He's been heavily protected since his debut, often no-selling devastating manoeuvres and getting up quickly after finishing moves. In kayfabe, Strowman was probably the most worthy contender for Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship.
So why, then, did they book him to lose to ONE F5?
I understand that they want to put over Brock Lesnar as an unstoppable monster, and they're obviously putting the F5 over so that they can have Roman Reigns kick out of it at WrestleMania 34. But who thought it was a good idea to take an apparent "Monster Among Men" and have him look like such a scrub?
This is a guy who brushes off chair shots like they're water off a duck's back. This is a guy who gets right up after Roman Reigns spears him through a barricade. And he can't handle one slam? Does it only take nine minutes for one person to defeat him?
I know what the end-goal is here, and I don't care. This booking decision should never have been made. I don't know how anyone could've seen this as a good thing.