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Yes, 2006 was a bad year for WWE. However, 1995 was way worse than 2006. 

That was a year WWE was at risk of going out of business, quality wrestlers were given stupid gimmicks, there was a period of time where they were running Raw in high school gyms, WCW signed their biggest star a year before, one of their champions didn't draw, and was the lowest drawing champion in history until Kevin Owens. Kevin is great, but his title reign sucked and ratings were arguably lower when he was champion than when Nash was.


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I'd say 2017 was worse by quite a bit at least in terms of storylines.

When you see JeriKO come to an end, WrestleMania's highlights are Shane vs AJ, a nostalgia act in the Hardyz return, and Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg which does very little to offset the lowlights of Neville vs Aries given a shit spot, two poor clusterfuck women's matches, Wyatt vs Orton and projection screen of doom, and Reigns vs Undertaker, Alexa Bliss vs Bayley, and boring storyline after boring storyline, 2017 was so bad it rivalled WCW 2000.
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2007 for me was the worst - alot of it though due to what happened outside of the ring:

The Beniot incident - which WWE followed up with a tribute on Raw

The Steroid Scandal - think this pretty much implicated anyone and everyone - namely Edge, Morrison, Rey Mysterio etc etc

Injuries - Cena tore his pec against Mr.Kennedy - who also got a bad injury that year if i remember, HHH tore his quad again, Taker got injured 

Storylines - There was the Vince limo explosion and im sure that was the year of his illegitimate son storyline too - 2 of the worst angles in history

PPV - John Cena main evented and won 8 PPVs - which surely cemented the super Cena position within WWE.  Mick Foley was also in one of them title matches in which Cena retained and The Great Khali was in 2 consecutive main events v Cena.

For me with everything in and out of the ring, 2007 was the worst year in WWE wrestling history
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

I'd say 2017 was worse by quite a bit at least in terms of storylines.

When you see JeriKO come to an end, WrestleMania's highlights are Shane vs AJ, a nostalgia act in the Hardyz return, and Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg which does very little to offset the lowlights of Neville vs Aries given a shit spot, two poor clusterfuck women's matches, Wyatt vs Orton and projection screen of doom, and Reigns vs Undertaker, Alexa Bliss vs Bayley, and boring storyline after boring storyline, 2017 was so bad it rivalled WCW 2000.

This is very surprising coming from you, as I always took you as the biggest defender of current WWE this site has, especially with the women's division. We could analyze 2017 WWE to death, but I would agree that the WWE always seems to clump all the women wrestlers from a certain TV show into scramble matches all the time, including at major events like WrestleMania. I would much prefer actual single feuds leading to single Championship matches going into WrestleMania, along with separate singles #1 contender matches at WrestleMania as well, making actual tiers like the men's division. 

That all being said I didn't think WrestleMania 33 (I hate how they got rid of the Roman numerals) was that bad, for me the highlights were Jericho vs Owens and Helmsley vs Rollins. But as big as WrestleMania is it takes more than WrestleMania to make or break a calendar year. Out of what I was able to see of the WWE in 2017 there was a lot of good. A.J. Styles was awesome, out of what we got of women's single matches the ladies' competition is the best ever, I was ecstatic Natalya got the belt back for a time, Asuka was awesome, Samoa Joe was awesome, Kevin Owens was awesome, the Shield reunited while at the same time it wasn't rushed, and I'm one of the few who didn't hate Jinder Mahal. 

For my take, the WWE did get a little soft for my tastes when in the immediate years after the incorporation of the PG rating, 2009 was the worst case of this, but things kind of began to pick up with the invasion of the Nexus. For me, things really got interesting again around 2014-2015 and afterwards, and for me it was because of people like Kevin Owens, Alexander Rusev, the former Shield members, Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, the Four Horsewomen and the women's revolution, and later on A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe. They all combined with whatever we could get out of veterans like Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and Hunter Hearst Helmsley to make a very good overall product in the past 3 or so years. 

As far as 2006 goes, I have not changed my mind on it since I wrote this thread.  


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The women took a big step backwards in 17 as compared to 16. 16 is where you had the hell in a cell, 16 was where you had the first main events. 17 they went back to shorter and shorter matches as the year progressed.

Asuka and Bayley, two of the women who should be carrying this company were mishandled, Bayley very badly. Asuka you can tell they're trying to course correct ATM, but as far as just 17 is concerned on the main roster alone (NXT is another story all together and I'm separating the two) Asuka has been somewhat boring, and she's probably my favorite full-time active wrestler in the world today.

I let my WWE Network subscription lapse as a result of this year's story-telling. I stopped caring about the PPVs, the last one I watched was Survivor series and before that Summerslam. Before Summerslam I'd seen every one. I slowly stopped watching Raw & Smackdown, and even now as I try to get back into it again I won't watch them 'live' anymore on the USA Network and instead the morning after on the edited version for Hulu and then I skim through most of it.

I'll admit, I had already stopped watching WWE in 2006, as in 2005 is when I quit because the Triple H show was literally disgusting to me. So maybe it was worse, but 2017 for me gets my vote as worst ever, and I have seen most of what WWF 1995 and WCW 2000 had to offer.

JeriKO was the best thing going, it had to come to an end because Jericho's contract was coming up. OK good storytelling, but bad timing, as many many people wanted them to keep going so their breakup ended up just adding to the list of bad from 2017.

To this very day the most over guy in all of the WWE is Smackdown's General Manager, and not an active wrestler.
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I can see your points about how the women's division took a slight step back in 2017, Rico. But I myself still enjoyed what I saw of the year 2017 out of the women and men. At the end of the day it's all about personal preference. I think you and I know by now we can view the same things vastly differently. It isn't be the first time and won't be the last. 

I also feel you and I will always disagree on Hunter Hearst Helmsley. I appreciate him as an all time great in the ring who can both wrestle and brawl and who is very entertaining to watch. I don't even mind him that much on the microphone, although I would admit back in the day he could go on for a while. If you stopped watching in 2005 you may have missed the Helmsley-Flair feud that took place later in the year, which I thought was pretty awesome. 

I would love to say that in 2006 you didn't miss much; but then again there is probably something I think was horrid that you would love about the year and vice versa. Tongue For me the highlight of the year was Kurt Angle against Undertaker at No Way Out. 




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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

The women took a big step backwards in 17 as compared to 16. 16 is where you had the hell in a cell, 16 was where you had the first main events. 17 they went back to shorter and shorter matches as the year progressed.


That has got to be one of the strangest comments or opinions ive ever seen.

The Womens division in 2017 was an absolute success on every level.

To start things off in ernest, the Womens division provided one of the best matches on the Wrestlemania card with the fatal 4 way match up.

There was the first ever womens MITB match, which with exception of the controversial ending, was a really good match. This was followed up with what should have happened first time around on Smackdown.

The 5 way match at No Mercy was pretty good too and Nia Jax had her best moment in 2017 in that match with an absolutely dominant performance (including taking that mental powerbomb on the apron)

There was Asukas long title reign continuation down in NXT and she had a few memerable matches throughout the full year, i remember a few with Ember Moon - Takerover Orlando and Takeover Brooklyn III being the two best - the latter being probably the best womens match of the year.

There was the first ever Womens title defence in Hell In A Cell

Paige returned

Alexa Bliss had probably her break out year and the womens division has never had as much talent with the likes of Charlotte, Bailey, Sasha, Asuka, Paige, Nia, Tamina, Natalya, Becky etc etc etc

To top things off they then announced the first ever All-Womens Royal Rumble and there was also the first ever Womens wrestling match in the UAE

I think 2017 was one of the best years for Womens wrestling, if not the best year ever


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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

I'd say 2017 was worse by quite a bit at least in terms of storylines.

When you see JeriKO come to an end, WrestleMania's highlights are Shane vs AJ, a nostalgia act in the Hardyz return, and Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg which does very little to offset the lowlights of Neville vs Aries given a shit spot, two poor clusterfuck women's matches, Wyatt vs Orton and projection screen of doom, and Reigns vs Undertaker, Alexa Bliss vs Bayley, and boring storyline after boring storyline, 2017 was so bad it rivalled WCW 2000.



I agree with you that a fair bit of 2017 was bad but it also had a lot of highlights 



The Hardyz vs the Bar in the tag team Iron Man match 


The Miz's reign as IC champ 

Everything Braun Strownman touched with the exception of his match with Brock Lesnar 

Roman Reigns vs Braun Strownman the ambulance match 

Kurt Angles return to a WWE ring. 

First ever Women's MITB ladder match 

Alexa Bliss as Raw women's champion 

AJ Styles vs anyone who wasn't Jinder freaking Mahal. 

Paige's return 

The Shield vs the New Day 


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Strowman was a highlight, I'll give you that.

Angle's return, such as it was, was not good IMO.

Alexa Bliss's title run was marred during the late spring early summer because of her feud with Bayley.

Miz's IC run has been good, too, yet even that was a step back from when he was on smackdown in 2016 and was feuding with Bryan, but his feud with Cena & Nikki in 17 was top quality. 

Oh, also, they canceled Talking Smack this year.

The fatal fourway at mania was no where NEAR as good as the NXT Takeover Four Horsewomen's fatal fourway, so again, a step backward.

Need I remind you that the woman's MitB match was won by a MAN!? Come on now.

Yes the women's division was far better off in 2015 & 2016 than in 2017. The women's division was marred in 2017 by a man winning their money in the bank ladder match, poor feuds like Charlotte vs Natty on Smackdown, and Bliss vs Bayley, and the lukewarm push of Asuka, and even worse decisions like turning Charlotte face and completely ruining Bayley.

Oh, and BTW I'm not counting NXT towards WWE's main roster, as when I made the statement that WWE had it's worst year in history I was speaking specifically of Raw & Smackdown. 


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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

Strowman was a highlight, I'll give you that.

Angle's return, such as it was, was not good IMO.

Alexa Bliss's title run was marred during the late spring early summer because of her feud with Bayley.

Miz's IC run has been good, too, yet even that was a step back from when he was on smackdown in 2016 and was feuding with Bryan, but his feud with Cena & Nikki in 17 was top quality. 

Oh, also, they canceled Talking Smack this year.

The fatal fourway at mania was no where NEAR as good as the NXT Takeover Four Horsewomen's fatal fourway, so again, a step backward.

Need I remind you that the woman's MitB match was won by a MAN!? Come on now.

Yes the women's division was far better off in 2015 & 2016 than in 2017. The women's division was marred in 2017 by a man winning their money in the bank ladder match, poor feuds like Charlotte vs Natty on Smackdown, and Bliss vs Bayley, and the lukewarm push of Asuka, and even worse decisions like turning Charlotte face and completely ruining Bayley.

Oh, and BTW I'm not counting NXT towards WWE's main roster, as when I made the statement that WWE had it's worst year in history I was speaking specifically of Raw & Smackdown. 



I agree with you that 2017 has not been the best of years though I still firmly believe 2006 was a lot worse. 

and I'll end this argument with the mention of one PPV that no one cared for and that is Decemeber to Dismember which to this day had the worst Elimination chamber match not to mention only had 2 matches announced the whole time before people realised that some guys moved over to ECW because they weren't getting over (Khali, Sylvester Turkay). 

That PPV alone was easily WWE's worst even worse then Payback of this year.
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