We have come up with a list of the worst moments in the WWE this year.
Coming in at number five was the return of The Punjabi Prison match, named after the Punjab state that The Great Khali (the match's founder) is billed from, consists of two large steel-reinforced bamboo cages.
Should all four doors end up locked before the wrestlers escape, they are forced to climb out over the top, where the bamboo is fashioned into spikes. In the main event of the Backlash pay-per-view event, Jinder Mahal defended the WWE Championship against Randy Orton in the third-ever Punjabi Prison match. It was a bad match to say the least.
The finish of the match saw Mahal's music played and The Great Khali appeared for the first time since 2014. Khali climbed the cage and choked Orton, allowing Mahal to escape the outer structure and retain the WWE Championship
Coming in at number four was Bayley’s This Is Your Life segment on Raw with Alexa Bliss. Bayley connected with the fans right away due to in large part to her ability to get them behind her. She is an underdog and resembles an average person.
The company pushed her to the moon, and she quickly won the NXT Women’s Title. She held the title for a long time before she was called up to the main roster. What made her character work was that they booked her in a way that she had to fight for each inch of success that she had in her career. Although WWE tried to reenact this famous segment with The Rock and Mankind from 1999, it fell flat and was uncomfortable.
Coming in at number three was Bray Wyatt portraying Sister Abigail in his feud with Finn Balor. Luckily, the match didn’t happen at the TLC PPV. Wyatt was replaced by AJ Styles, who faced Balor at the event. WWE had apparently originally tested some talent for viral meningitis and discovered that the illness is believed to be the mumps.
Keep in WWE creative team learned about Reigns and Wyatt not being able to wrestle late in the week and came up with a plethora of replacement options.
Coming in at number two was Jinder Mahal as WWE Champion. Mahal has been with the WWE since 2010 when he signed a developmental deal with them and was sent to their Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) territory. In April of 2011 Mahal made his main roster debut and would eventually find himself as a member of the Three Man Band (3MB) trio alongside Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater. In 2014, however, his run with the WWE came to an end when he was released from his deal.
He would return to the independent circuit for two years, where he would reinvent himself creatively and physically, before being brought back to WWE around the time of the Superstar Shake-Up. After some time on RAW upon his return, the shake-up moved him over to Tuesday nights on SmackDown Live. Mahal would win a Six-Pack Challenge match that earned him the status as No. 1-contender for the WWE Championship, which was then-held by Randy Orton who defeated Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 33 for the strap. However, he would lose the title to AJ Styles last month on an episode of WWE SmackDown Live on the USA Network.
Coming in at number one was Jason Jordan being revealed as Kurt Angle’s son. A few months ago, there has been speculation as to what his Angle’s announcement would be after WWE started this storyline with the WWE Hall of Famer and Raw commentator Corey Graves.
There was talk of several different things that could be revealed. Angle could have had an affair, or he was going to return to in-ring action. Other theories include WWE bringing back Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, who has not been seen since WrestleMania 33 back in April when she took a bump off the apron and through a table, or former TNA President Dixie Carter making her debut on WWE television.
Instead of those things happening, WWE went outside of the box and did the unthinkable. Angle revealed that former SmackDown Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan of American Alpha was his illegitimate son. This was a shocker for sure.