WWE is a pretty crazy wrestling promotion at the best of times, with some of the greatest talent in the world often caught in mesmerising creative decisions and absurdist feuds. The company has rarely been known for consistent, logical storytelling and even in the midst of beautiful runs and moments, WWE has insisted on embedding their shows with madness.
But from some aspects of the show being defined by crazy booking to the entire thing, WWE has went back to Ruthless Aggression levels of booking choices, but without the overwhelming masterful moments and performers that kept the shows afloat. WWE went from a surprisingly good WrestleMania to a series of unhinged decisions and angles, further tanking its reputation to die-hards and increasing its comedic appeal to lovers of irony.
Like with every era, this one isn’t devoid of positives, and not all of these are bad in the slightest. Rather, it’s a representation of just how out of touch that WWE gets without any crowds to guide them in a right direction. These are moments that will live on years after the Empty Arena Era is dead and gone, and will confuse future generations of fans as they confuse us now...
10. The Boneyard Match
The Boneyard Match ruled! Not all of the insane things WWE has done this year have been bad, and in this case, it was arguably the better decision than having the 55-year-old Undertaker wrestle a conventional match with AJ Styles.
Before the empty arena phase of WWE started, the AJ/Undertaker feud wasn't exactly the most hyped going into WrestleMania. An abysmal Chokeslam in Saudi Arabia, weird AJ promos involving the use of Undertaker's real name, no real narrative beyond 2K Universe mode style call outs and Taker's last few singles matches being disastrous lead to general scepticism. However, to stand out on WrestleMania and to prevent the aura of the Undertaker being wasted in the Performance Centre, WWE came up with the Boneyard and struck gold.
In the night one main event, Styles and 'Taker put on a gloriously entertaining campy war, filled with the kayfabe murders of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, fantastic brawling around a farm, surprisingly decent production values and the sense of enjoyment that's long been lacking from Undertaker's singles matches. It made the best of both men's current strengths and brought joy to the majority of the fanbase during a particularly scary time in the world.
Still, it involved Undertaker killing multiple druids, burying AJ Styles alive and then riding off on a motorcycle so it's not exactly normal programming.