Storytelling is the core of professional wrestling and the aspect of the art form that distinguishes it from simply being a staged version of any other combat sport. Fans come to wrestling for soap opera revelations, shocking twists and turns and characters that make sense, even if their motivations, friendships and allegiances might change along the way.
Anyone who spends any time reading about wrestling online, though, will know there's a certain class of fan that enjoys nothing more than complaining about booking. As much as a perfectly told storyline arouses plenty of discussion, there's also plenty to talk about when the company gets it wrong. Fortunately for those fans, Vince McMahon and his creative team over at Titan Towers are often unable to get things right when it comes to booking a coherent storyline from start to finish.
At this stage, only a third of the way through 2018, the casualties of WWE's hyperactive writing team are piling up behind them. There have been high-profile feuds turned into incomprehensible narrative messes and stars shunted to one side just as they should have been in the centre of an enormous push.
So it's time to take a look back at some of the missed opportunities of the year so far and a series of storylines that WWE probably should have kept a closer eye on before they drifted over to the trash heap.
Freelance film journalist and fan of professional wrestling. Usually found in a darkened screening room looking for an aisle seat and telling people to put away their mobile phones. Also known to do a bit of stand-up comedy, so I'm used to the occasional heckle.