11 Reasons WWE Battleground 2017 Was Absolutely Terrible

10. Shinsuke Nakamura's Worst Match

Baron Corbin Shinsuke Nakamura Battleground

Before I continue, let's at least mention something positive: the opening tag team match was fantastic. That's about the end of the positives.

WWE has somehow achieved the impossible: Shinsuke Nakamura, once the most charismatic professional wrestler on the planet, has become just another guy. WWE has taken a truly unique talent and painted him in the most beige of colours.

Baron Corbin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura may well be the worst match of The King of Strong Style's career. Nakamura once took on a completely untrained Daniel Gracie, yet this was worse than that. This match was full of communication issues, bad timing, and boredom. Corbin held Nakamura in what felt like an infinite amount of bear hugs, killing the crowd for the rest of the show.

The ending came when Corbin punted Nakamura in the proverbials, giving Shinsuke the DQ win. It meant that Nakamura picked up the win whilst avoiding a clean loss for 'Mr. Money in the Bank' Corbin, which is somewhat understandable. If a clean finish was to be avoided at all costs, why book this match in the first place? Disgraceful.


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