The year 2013 was filled with great moments in the WWE; we witnessed the debut of The Wyatt Family, The SHIELD continued to grow and Daniel Bryan became a firm favourite amongst the fans.
But even with some epic moments the WWE did produce its fair share of terrible moments, some were cringe worthy whilst others were just a result of bad booking from creative.
The five moments I have selected in my countdown which ruined 2013 vary from a WrestleMania moment to a ruined babyface turn to a highly anticipated match which the fans hated more than they should have. Take a look and see whether you agree or disagree with my picks as the five worst moments of 2013.
5. Damien Sandow fails to cash-in his MITB briefcase
At this point only one superstar since the formation of the Money in the Bank stipulation was created, failed to cash the briefcase in and that was John Cena when his match against then-WWE Champion CM Punk ended in disqualification. Taking any bias out of this I still firmly believe that having Damien Sandow fail in his attempt to cash in his briefcase against none other than John Cena was a terrible move by whomever in creative made that final decision. At that moment John Cena held the World Heavyweight Championship, the title which many fans believe is a tier below the WWE Championship and a lot of mid-level talent hoping to break through to the main level hold that strap, Cena holding that championship title was a way to elevate its prestige.
But whether it was for ratings or to keep Cena at the top until he eventually lost out to Randy Orton, I believe it was a bad decision which Damien Sandow ultimately had to pay for. He has the microphone work, the charisma and the in-ring ability to be a top heel and holding the World Title would have been brilliant for him and he would still be towards the top right now, unfortunately that was not the case and we have to see his talent go to waste every single week, a very bad move.
4. The Rock ending CM Punk’s 434 day reign as WWE Champion
Protocol suggests that the fans should have been cheering for The Rock who was competing for the WWE Championship after 10-years whilst we were supposed to be booing CM Punk; the heel in the feud but in fact in certain cases it seemed to be quite the opposite. Every fan that has witnessed The Rock in action before leaving for Hollywood knows what he is capable of, one of the greatest on the microphone and he just oozes charisma, getting a mammoth reaction wherever he goes, so it comes as no surprise why the fans wanted The Rock to become WWE Champion again.
The sad thing is CM Punk was made to suffer by finally relinquishing the championship title after an incredible 434 days, beforehand the people did want The Rock to win but as soon as he picked up the victory at the Royal Rumble against Punk, it soon became a harsh reality that this cheap move was made to set up Cena vs. Rock II – something not many people wanted to see. Who knows what could have happened if Punk retained the title, he could have broken further records.
He did go on to have a brilliant feud against The Undertaker and an equally amazing match at WrestleMania 29; but there is no denying the fact that CM Punk losing the WWE Championship to The Rock at the Royal Rumble towards the beginning of 2013 started the downward spiral which has resulted in him walking out of the company, as much as I and the rest of the fans love The Rock; he should not have ended Punk’s WWE Championship reign.
3. WrestleMania 29 Main Event
The Rock is here again, the build up to WrestleMania 28 was absolutely fantastic. The first outing between John Cena and The Rock is something the world wanted to see, fans who hadn’t tuned into wresting for years tuned in to witness the epic bout which eventually saw The Rock defeat John Cena in a match billed as a once in a lifetime match, or so we thought it would be. Fast forward a year and we had to sit through it all again, the back and forth arguments between Rock and Cena, the children going crazy with 'Let's go Cena' whilst the adults silenced them with 'Rocky' chants, as good the two had been, the second match was simply not needed, and in some cases it made their first match lose a little bit of credibility.
If a highly anticipated bout is billed as once in a lifetime, you just leave it at that. You don’t go through the entire process again for the sake of having John Cena pick up the victory and end his ‘bad year’. Their feud should have gone down in history as The Rock picking up the one and only win, the fact that Cena had beaten him it makes their first outing a little pointless. The main event spot could have and should have gone to other superstars, the match itself wasn’t great when you compare it to The Undertaker and CM Punk match – a mediocre match and a bad decision to have both men go at it for a second time.
2. Daniel Bryan stripped off the WWE Championship
The year 2013 belonged to Daniel Bryan and rightfully so, the fans continued to support him and his popularity had spread and continues to spread all over the world. His hard work earned him a shot at the WWE Championship in which he defeated John Cena at SummerSlam, only to be taken out by Triple H followed by a Randy Orton cash-in.
That is not something I really had a problem with, for storyline purposes I thought it was brilliant how they finally had Triple H and Randy Orton turn heel and put Bryan in the underdog situation with everything against him. The only problem I had with this was when Bryan did manage to regain the WWE Championship at Night of Champions; it was vacated the following evening on Monday Night Raw.
Again, for storyline purposes I alongside many other fans understand why this decision was made but the fact that thousands of fans paid to come and watch Daniel Bryan in action only to witness the whole decision be overturned the following night was a slap in the face. The WWE can’t complain as fans came and bought tickets and merchandise to watch the event and they knew everyone would tune into Monday Night Raw so the money was rolling in regardless, nothing stopped them from vacating the title and they went ahead with it. A very bad move to not let the most popular star hold the WWE Championship even for a couple of weeks.
1. The Big Show babyface run
Big things were expected from The Big Show when The Authority owned the giant by paying for his mortgage and getting him to attack superstar after superstar against his own will, and he reluctantly took out these superstars. The fans thought it would only be a matter of time before we see The Big Show completely lose it and destroy Triple H, Randy Orton and whoever else was standing in his way, the perfect opportunity to finally get The Big Show over with the fans once more, but the WWE are famous for dropping the ball with superstars and storylines and this was no different.
Week after week he did almost the same thing and it seemed like a gradual build up to one epic showdown between Show and Randy Orton, and then eventually Triple H. We did see a showdown between Randy Orton and The Big Show for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series, but it was far from epic. After Orton defeated The Big Show, that was it. No continued face run, the WWE did not capitalise on this and he has fell to the bottom of the pile once more.
What do you guys think? Which moments do you think were the worst in 2013? Have your say in the comments below or come discuss all things WWE with me on my Twitter @RazK28.
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