10 Recent WWE Rivalries That Underwhelmed In The Ring

AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is far from the feud that didn't meet fans' lofty expectations.


On paper, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is a high-profile program that ideally should have kicked off this apparent new era on SmackDown Live with a bang. Fans had been clamoring for them to do battle inside a WWE ring since their exceptional encounter at Wrestle Kingdom 10 two years ago, and finally, that dream match became a reality at WrestleMania 34.

Unfortunately, fans were left unimpressed by what they witnessed from Styles and Nakamura that night, to say the least. While it was unquestionably an entertaining outing, it was by no means the instant classic fans had high hopes for. Worse yet, their last two rematches weren't quite up to snuff, either.

In their defense, Styles and Nakamura aren't the only athletes to fall short of fans' expectations in the ring. In some cases, certain superstars don't have the chemistry fans imagined they would, or the creative could be lacking. Time constraints can play a factor as well.

There are several other storylines that should have been much bigger (and better) than they were, but for whatever reason, the matches underwhelmed and are remembered for the wrong reasons - if they're remembered at all.


Graham Mirmina (aka Graham “GSM” Matthews) joined Hidden Remote in March 2015. Additionally, he has been a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report since May 2010 and also contributes work to WhatCulture. An Endicott College alumnus, he is currently pursuing his master's in Digital Journalism at Quinnipiac University, in addition to working as a freelance sports writer. His ultimate goal is to one day write for WWE.