Wrestling fans are an interesting bunch. WWE constantly serves us up rivalries with massive potential and then fails to follow through. What do we do in response? Take to the internet and let our complaints fly before continuing to follow the company blindly, no matter what they feed us.
By in no means is this list a scathing takedown of WWE as a whole, because, at the end of the day, the overall product isn't overly horrible. It's just that, unfortunately, many of the programs that look amazing on paper ultimately fall flat. Whether it's a dream match gone wrong or a slow-burn rivalry that didn't hit the right notes when in the ring, so many recent explosive feuds just haven't connected as well as we all thought they would. The reason behind this can't even be tied to one single thing. It could be the overhype from fans, lack of chemistry between the two performers, or as Chris Jericho once said, it could have been "A stupid idea from bad creative!"
Either way, not every dream feud can live up to expectations.
10. Braun Strowman Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Poor Shinsuke Nakamura, he really does appear to be trying his best. But there is only so much you can achieve when management doesn't support you.
When the Japanese star defeated Finn Bálor for the Intercontinental Title it looked like it was finally his time to shine. But no, instead he was only on TV sporadically until they paired him with Sami Zayn as his mouthpiece. Nakamura was approaching 200 days as champ and was once again picking up steam, and then Braun Strowman stepped in. Fans everywhere hoped that the King of Strong Style would pick Strowman apart with vicious kicks and devastating knees. Nakamura has shown in the past that bigger men can often bring out the best in him, as NJPW fans will remember.
To nobody's surprise, Braun ran over him in a mostly one-sided affair. Then instead of a one-on-one rematch, we got a handicap match with Braun taking on the whole Artist Collective. And Sami Zayn won, meaning the coveted singles strong style affair between Nakamura and Braun was off the table. What a missed opportunity.