10 Recent WWE Rivalries That Underwhelmed In The Ring
10. CM Punk Vs. The Shield
It was pretty apparent dating all the way back to SummerSlam 2013 that CM Punk was destined to fight Triple H at WrestleMania XXX. In the meantime, he would attempt to fend off all of The Authority's cronies, including The Shield at the tail-end of 2013.
Consisting of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, The Shield was quite the cohesive stable and each of its members were outstanding athletes. Therefore, them having great matches with Punk should have been academic, but sadly, the focus of that feud was on anything but the quality of their matches.
In retrospect, it's clear Punk was at the end of his rope at that point and didn't care about having the best match of the night anymore. He phoned it in almost every time against The Shield, whereas the cracks were starting to show within the ranks of the rebellious faction as well. They spent far too much time teasing tension than proving themselves against the former two-time WWE champion, which is why their matches aren't remembered too fondly by fans.
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.