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        Great opening post, Kon, and it's difficult to argue against the dross we got handed in 2006 that you mention. As we've seen from the follow up posts though, 'worst year' can be pretty subjective - as Raven illustrates, there were some of pretty decent high points from that year as well.

        As each new year kicks off though, it can be expected that some angles and booking for that year are going to make it worth continuing following PW, but equally I expect we are going to get handed angles and bookings are that are complete dross.

Getting back to 2006....

           SmackDown! 26 May 2006, saw the first appearance of a talent who is now entering his 7th year in WWE, and is one of those rare talents that has reached 'furniture' status in the WWE - i.e. he makes so much money for WWE that they'll never let go of him, like Taker, Cena, Orton, Mysterio, Show etc. He's also one of those guys where loving or hating him is completely subjective. Of course I'm talking about...

                                    
                                                            Little Bastard.

                               

                    
         When WWE picked up $hort $tacks, 'The World's Handsomest Midget' (Dylan Postl), from NWA Wisconsin, initially he didn't have a name until Michael Cole dubbed him the 'Little Bastard', which kicked off a feud between them that lasted for years. One of my favorite angles that year was the 'Little Bastard Exposed' storyline, where he was 'caught' on camera making out with a leggy blonde babe in a car - and 'sued' WWE for invasion of privacy.

         WWE has completely scrubbed this from its archives now, and the vid, and any reference to him as Little Bastard is nowhere to be found. It wasn't until early 2007 that he was given the Hornswoggle name.

         Even though he's been heavily sanitized, and he's morphed from the mute snarling leprechaun living under the ring, to the cuddly leprechaun granted the power of speech by Santa, he's managed to carry on his womanizing from the 'World's Handsomest Midget' gimmick (I've lost count of the WWE divas he's snogged or bitten on the ass lol).

          Apart from the comedy (matches and stories) and 'good vibes' he provides, Horny has been a fantastic vehicle for rapid heel or face turns by other talent - being nice to Horny instantly makes someone a face, and being horrible to him instantly makes someone a heel (or if heel's want more heat, he's usually sent out to get beaten up by them).

          Love him or hate him, you've gotta respect the dude. I'm a Horny fan, so 2006 was a good WWE year for me. Tongue       
         
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Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

i agree to an extent, i was more pissed that WWE didn't seem to want to pull the trigger on this, with Rey losing his Mania title shoot at one point. the whole "Eddie's in hell" stuff was deeply revulsive. i don't think it's fair to say that it was a near year long funeral, as Rey has still on occassion pointed up to the heavens for Eddie, moreso when involved in feuds with Chavo, or anyone involved with Vicki during her initial run. besides, the options for this storyline were limited; it was either Rey or Chavo, and it's a sign of how little support Chavo had even then that a non-relative was chosen, when a few weeks of building Chavo, and him being the main player to dedicate a win in the Rumble to Eddie could have achieved the same kind of fan support.

I say it was a near year long funeral because, Eddie passed in November 2005, Rey won the Rumble in January 2006 and dedicated his victory to Eddie, WrestleMania was April and Rey dedicated that (undeserved) victory to Eddie; and the WWE showed scenes and talked about Eddie for a long time afterwards. This is in comparison to many others who passed away during that time who virtually received much less or no recognition at all (Bob Orton Sr., Sam Steamboat, Earthquake, Crazy Luke Graham, The Spoiler, etc.) 

And I hated that whole angle with Vickie (who was a horrible actress at the time) getting in between Chavo and Rey. That is another reason why that was a horrible year. 

Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

the only part of the whole HBK thing that felt weird to me was him agreeing to part-take in the backlash match against Vince and Shane, with his tag partner to be God. everything else, i didn't mind. the new DX at least got some mileage out of Jonathan Coachman, and both Shawn and Hunter looked to be enjoying themselves when they were out there.
to be honest, i still prefer this DX over the one that refused to put over Rhodes and DiBiase Jr a couple of years later.


The "God" match was another horrible angle from that year. It was disgraceful and sacrilegious; and was one of the few times I think the WWE went too far. 

I know that some people enjoyed the 2006 version of DX; but to me it was just dumb and a poor comparison to what the group was before. 

And DX should never lose to DiBiase and Rhodes. 

 
Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

personally, i still believe that WWE wanted Angle to have the time off, and it was Kurt who then, as now, could not step away, even for the betterment of his own health and wellbeing. he has admitted as much in interviews that he was addicted and dependant on painkillers and other drugs to even be able to get up everyday. i believe that putting him on ECW was a compromise by WWE management, to give him time to rest what injuries he had while they tried to get him into a rehab program.
 
thankfully, the 3 months he had to take off due to the no-compete clause, probably helped him be able to have those matches with Joe, and his signing and revealing on TNA Impact were certainly one of the highlights of the year, so for that reason, i cannot see why this is included as a reason for 2006 as the worst year in wrestling.

The fact that Angle went on to have success in TNA is the point. This is not a thread about the worst year in wrestling, it is a thread about the worst year in WWE. The WWE was hurt by Angle's defection; and their main competition got a lot stronger because of it as Angle is often credited for doing a lot to build TNA.

And you have a fair point about the reasons Angle was moved to ECW.  

Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

he only had himself to blame. he was massively over, but knew that Vince and co would be looking for any reason to halt his push. i saw it as no great loss, since the ECW faithful got to see what they wanted to, it pushed Edge further up and made him look, even if momentarily, more than a caretaker title holder.
 
fact is, even if WWE won't name him as such, he is the first guy to have named the date he would cash in his MITB briefcase, and did it when he said. i'm sure i can't be the only one who, when Cole was pushing Cena's naming of a date, saying it's never happened before, was growling at the screen, "yes it has, dickhead", and then wondering why exactly they weren't naming who else had done it before, just saying it had happened just once before.
 
i'm one of those people you mention about feeling the way i do about RVD today, but i will doth my cap to him for that year, no matter how much he let himself down, and others, by the end of it.

My point wasn't really about who was to blame for RVD's reigns being cut short; but moreso the effect it had on what might have been. Yes he had a good start winning the Title; but he never was able (in WWE) to follow through and finish. 

Yes, you have a good point that it had a side effect that helped Edge; but as Edge already had a WWE Title run (and MITB cash in) under his belt and a hot angle with Lita I'd say it was safe to bet The Rated R Superstar would have achieved the same World Title reigns he would late have from 2008-2011. Plus back in 2006 after beating Van Dam Edge quickly lost to John Cena again anyway. But I do believe, and my argument is that a longer RVD reign (or series of reigns) would have been better. You can have your opinion on that.  
 
Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

they were a dig at George W Bush, weren't they?
 
all in all, cannot disagree with you on any of the points about TSS, but there have been worse factions in WWE since that at least started out with masses of potential, so again, i don't think this one stable in 2006 means that year is the worst for wrestling.

The Spirit Squad alone in my eyes don't make 2006 a horrible year; but their boring and stupid run added to it in my eyes. And yes there have been worse factions; but few who were bad and also had a long Tag Team Title run, were involved in a major feud with two top guys in DX, and were featured as much as The Spirit Squad were.

And if they were a dig and President Bush there is another reason why I hate them. 

Originally posted by Raven Raven wrote:

Mark Jindrak is the man though.

But yeah, 2004 was rubbish, and I would argue, as a fan of entertainment, that any year before about 1985 was a worse year than 2006.

I disagree. Any WWWF wrestling from the 60's involving guys like Bruno Sammartino, Gorilla Monsoon, Johnny Valentine, Antonio Pugliese, Baron Mikel Sicluna, or "The Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers (before he left) is more appealing to me than most any of the crap from 2006. 

You can say you are a fan of "entertainment"; but you focus on mic skills and storylines. That's why you like shit matches like Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler. You forget that the point of professional wrestling is that a choreographed series of maneuvers and telling a story in the ring is the "entertainment."

But I do agree, I like Mark Jindrak. They should have done more with him.  


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I actually enjoyed parts of 2006 and I'm not just doing this to have an argument. I agree with the most of the points made by Kon in terms of the negatives of 2006 though there were several positives for me that I feel doesn't make it "The worse year in WWE history".

Wrestlemania 22- Wrestlemania 22 was a good Wrestlemania. Money in the Bank was good, I enjoyed the two main events, the street fight was awesome and the crowd was great. By no means was it a 5* Wrestlemania but I feel it was good. 

The rise of Umaga and Mr Kennedy- Umaga had the greatest debut year since Brock Lesnar and before Ryback. In my opinion it was better than Sheamus' debut year. He was booked brilliantly beating the likes of Kane, Michaels and Triple H all within his first 5 months plus at the same time completely destroying credible opponents. Umaga was absolutely brilliant in 2006. WWE completely dropped the ball with him after 2006 he had the talent to be amazing.

Kennedy was booked as good as Umaga in his debut year beating a shit load of former World champions in 2006 as well as having a great feud with Taker. The night on Smackdown when he went at Taker showing no fear was an awesome thing to see by such a rookie.  

Edge vs Cena feud- The Edge vs Cena feud was Edge's first real World Title feud and it turned out really good. Their match at TLC was very strong.

King Booker- King Booker was the shit, Only JBL has matched King Booker on Friday nights whilst carrying the strap in terms of promos. King Booker in 2006 was the greatest thing Booker T did in WWE. 

On the stuff Kon said about Michaels being wasted in the first half of 2006. I think WWE panicked when they lost Eddie, Michaels by all reports was set to face Eddie at Wrestlemania 22 and they more or less through the Vince/ Michaels feud at the last minute. I agree they could of chosen something a whole lot better. 


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Originally posted by NFaMouZ NFaMouZ wrote:

On the stuff Kon said about Michaels being wasted in the first half of 2006. I think WWE panicked when they lost Eddie, Michaels by all reports was set to face Eddie at Wrestlemania 22 and they more or less through the Vince/ Michaels feud at the last minute.

I heard rumors of Michaels vs Guerrero at that time also. It would have been off the hook and possibly one of both of their best performances ever. 

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I can't be the only one who thinks HBK vs. McMahon was top stuff. It wasn't exactly a mat classic, but holy shit was it entertaining. Ladder/Table/Garbage Can spot was insane.
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I myself never liked Vince getting in the ring. I don't care if he's against Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, CM Punk, or even Stone Cold, or even my beloved Bret Hart. I resemble the old cliche "I could watch Bret Hart wrestle a cardboard box" but even I hated Vince McMahon against Bret Hart at WrestleMania XXVI. 

I maintain my opinion that WM22 was a gross waste of The Heartbreak Kid. 

Oh, BTW I agree with Pimpy that Brock Lesnar against Bob Holly was a good storyline and an ok match. It is good to see random people get a Title shot like that. 


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Originally posted by Raven Raven wrote:

I can't be the only one who thinks HBK vs. McMahon was top stuff. It wasn't exactly a mat classic, but holy shit was it entertaining. Ladder/Table/Garbage Can spot was insane.



The way I remember it was it being one huge tease for Bret Hart to come back, the whole storyline leading up to the match was riddled with hints and suggestive stuff towards it then the actual match was a drawn out saga when it had no need to be.

I havent watched it since the actual night of the event but IIRC it was basically a 30min squash match.

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Originally posted by Raven Raven wrote:

I can't be the only one who thinks HBK vs. McMahon was top stuff. It wasn't exactly a mat classic, but holy shit was it entertaining. Ladder/Table/Garbage Can spot was insane.
 
nope, i loved it, but unlike seeing it as a sign of a potential Hart return - which i also remember hearing about at the time - i thought it more a massive hint of the impending DX reunion.
 
JTB is right, it was just a 30 minute squash match, but my God, what a 30 minute squash match.
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I agree that 2006 was the worst year in WWE history too. You should go write for Bleacher Report! Wink
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Saw someone looking at this in active users and I want to give my 2 cents on the subject

Was 2006 the worst year in WWE history well maybe it's kind of a toss up between that and 2007 to be honest but I'll make an argument for 2006

The lead-up to the world title match

Randy saying Eddie was in hell was one of the worst things they could possibly say and it is something that a lot of fans found unforgivable.
Rey losing the shot but being added in by Teddy was kinda bullshit but it needed to be done since Randy was going to be suspended after wrestlemania due to drugs for the second time.
Add in that the triple threat match itself only got 10 minutes and Rey winning when personally I would've kept it on Kurt.

Rey's title reign was simply awful I've never seen a champion get jobbed out so much the only 2 people who didn't beat him were Kane and JBL.

The Great Khali vs anybody
From undertaker to Batista this guy was just horrible he could barely move let alone anything else, and his feud with undertaker was so bad they had to finish it off on SmackDown instead of Summerslam

The Punjabi prison match need I say more

May 19th
I understand the need for a storyline but it ended so badly I don't think they knew what they were doing out there and then the fake Kane (Luke Gallows) thing was too short.

The spirit squad the McMahons and DX

Cheerleaders, religion and cock jokes oh my

The fact that a match between DX and the spirit squad went on last instead of the WWE title match at a raw only ppv was a joke and should have never been allowed especially since it was a squash match

Having Shawn Micheal's teaming up with God q backlash was one of the stupidest ideas I've ever seen I know they were building for Bret Hart but surely the better thing would be to sign Bret first before doing the storyline .

RVDs suspension this hurt ECW that and Kurt Angle leaving before it could even start to gain momentum on top they gave the title to an overweight out of shape big show.

All the injuries and suspensions around this time really hurt as well the only good things were

Umagas debut

Jeff Hardy returning

Jeff Hardy vs Johnny Nitro
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