WWE don’t always make the best use of their colossal roster. The talent is there, but miscast alignments bland storylines, and confusing booking decisions often undo their good work. The company love derailing great wrestling with bad writing, and the practice is alive and well in 2017.
Athletic standards are higher than ever before, but sadly, wrestling always seems to play second fiddle to drama in a sports entertainment environment. It’s incredibly frustrating, because if WWE were to focus more on in-ring action and less on polluting their shows with overbooked angles, their product would be much easier to digest.
Fortunately, there are so many outstanding wrestlers on WWE’s roster that great matches are inevitable, despite the company’s many flaws. The likes of AJ Styles stand among the best in the world, and when they’re able to transcend their restrictive environment, they’re capable of producing dramatic spectacles on a huge global platform that no other promotion can match.
2017 hasn’t been a goldmine, but WWE have produced a healthy number of great matches across their many brands. It’s a shame they can’t happen more often, but each of these contests left the fanbase buzzing, and the critics purring.