Sometimes, despite the big names, the promotional efforts and all the will in the world, the way a match pans out in real-life isn’t quite the same as the way it sounds in theory.
We don’t have to look too far back to find proof of that point. Just a few weeks ago at Survivor Series, we saw one of the most star-studded main events in history end in lacklustre fashion following a screwjob finish – and a rather convoluted one, at that – which put the old-guard in the spotlight while guys like Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, and Shinsuke Nakamura sat firmly in the back seat.
Over the years, there have been a fair number of similar instances of matches falling short of expectations, whether that’s due to overpromising with the pre-match build or under-delivering with the end-product.
And interestingly, ther’ve been some repeat offenders along the way, including some of the bigger names the company has to offer. Sometimes there have been contributing factors outside of their control. Other times, that excuse doesn’t quite sit, as we'll soon see in counting down ten WWE matches that completely fell short of expectations.