It happens all the time, plans are subject to change and the unexpected occurs. Often times, surprises can be pleasant, provocative even. Other times they’re just head in your hands bad.
In the world of professional wrestling, upsets, title changes and switcharoos are all a dime a dozen. Many of the angles, promos and feuds surrounding such things capture the imaginations of the audience, investing them emotionally in where the stories are heading. Often times the final destination is thrilling, a satisfying conclusion that convinces everyone to tune in tomorrow night.
Other results however, can be rather baffling. Whether it’s playing it safe or trying to surprise everyone without putting thought into its ramifications, some match results over the years have been downright bizarre, infuriating even.
Here, let’s take a look at times the wrong wrestler won a major match up and the unfortunate consequences of these booking gaffs. For this list, we’ll only be looking at match decision catastrophes from the turn of the century. Otherwise we’d have a 100 Times The Wrong Wrestler Won with 90 of them going to WCW.
10. Shane McMahon Over The Miz (WrestleMania 35)
Following his acclaimed promo on Talking Smack (can anyone tell me why that show was cancelled?) in 2016, The Miz found a renewed sense of relevance on WWE cards. He captured audience’s imaginations and continued to do so with the added intensity and shoot nature of his promos and character. His feuds with Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan were met with praise both on the mic and in the ring.
Miz was proving so popular with fans, WWE were considering the unthinkable: another face turn (many of us are still trying to forget his original one). In former fan favourite Shane McMahon, WWE had seemingly found an ideal heel for the newly turned Miz to overcome. The angle in which Shane O’Mac assaulted Miz in front of his father got major heat by modern standards and Miz’s face promos heading into Wrestlemania won over fans and gained him the support a leading face needs.
It was all going so well until the bell rung. A sloppy but fairly entertaining brawl ended with McMahon picking up a fluke victory over Miz after a superplex stunt. A downer of an ending to say the least and one that made Miz look like a jabroni rather than a main eventer. Failing even to get revenge for this, Miz has noticeably slipped down the card this year and has done little of note. One wonders what a WrestleMania triumph could’ve done for the A-Lister.