12 Ups And 15 Downs For WWE In 2017 (2nd Opinion)

Braun. Roman. Women. Shane. Jinder. AJ. All made the list, but which side?

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Well, it’s time to stick a fork in 2017. This year had a ton of potential given two very talented rosters capable of putting on quality matches week after week, and new and returning stars who provided a boost throughout the year.

But once again, WWE is its own worst enemy, making questionable booking decision and repeating mistakes that one would think they would have learned from. Whether it’s miscasting wrestlers on their debut, shoehorning people into storylines or just general incompetence, many of the missteps in 2017 were avoidable.

That’s not to say that 2017 was a horrible year. There were some really good matches, some great moments and plenty of entertaining hours of television. Unfortunately, for every hour of solid TV, there’s another hour where you wanted to rip your eyeballs out. While there was no shortage of good matches, how many will have a lasting effect?

For fans, WWE offers a lot of different options: cruiserweights, heavyweights, women, action, storylines, comedy, drama, and a lot in between. The problem is that rather than exceling at some of these, there are flashes of greatness, periods of mediocrity, and moments of awfulness. Ratings and WWE Network subscriptions show that business is holding, but has declined from a few years ago. Can the company experience a renaissance in 2018? That’s a question for another day.

For now, let’s take a look at what clicked and what clanked in 2017. Let’s get to it…

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.