10 Worst WWE Gimmicks Of 2017

1. "I Don't Want To Hurt Anybody" Bayley


Why become a f*cking pro wrestler, then?

After refusing to partake in a baffling and boring Kendo Stick On A Pole match opposite Alexa Bliss at Extreme Rules, Bayley offered a brain-melting explanation. She didn't want to use violence to make a name for herself - even though it was entirely within her remit. She wanted to succeed on her own terms as a pure wrestler, which compromised her entire persona of a sports entertainment superfan. Bayley, who grew up idolising violent TLC stunt shows and barbaric Hell In A Cell wars with a drive to become an elite sports entertainer, somehow never realised that she might have to use the weapons seen in one in every ten (at least) WWE matches.

It's not as if Bayley was a superfan of New Japan Pro Wrestling, or Ring of Honor. She loved WWE, back welts and all.

This gimmick not only cast her as a sap - she was antagonised into using weaponry and still didn't use it, misremembering also the classic turnabout-is-fair-play WWE trope - it was inflicted on her as a springboard for a boyfriend angle with Corey Graves. It never materialised.

So it was senseless and pointless.

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Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!