Instead of expanding, NXT is shrinking. Imagine that.
I’ve long been critical of Bray Wyatt because I could always spot flaws in the presentation. It never seemed like they wanted to fully pull the trigger. They always back away and waste a lot of time going absolutely nowhere.
I knew in November 2020 that we’d get Wyatt vs. Randy Orton dragged out all the way until WrestleMania and that it wouldn’t amount to jack shit. Unfortunately, I was right.
For months, WWE wasted time dawdling with that feud, only to have it end with a giant jack-in-the-box, a swerve turn from Alexa Bliss for the sake of a turn and nothing more, no follow-up, and soon after, Orton turns babyface. Thankfully, his stuff with Riddle as RK-Bro has been amazing, but the Wyatt side of 2021 was atrocious.
No wonder Wyatt was let go if he was critical of this type of creative direction (or, rather, indirection). I’d be complaining, too! For them to spend all this time and have no endgame in mind, then to pull that crap and go “Well. Good enough. Let’s move on.”????
- UpUpDownDown got neutered in so many ways this year. They lost tons of regulars and then stopped producing content altogether.
- How does WWE let Christian come back after all these years, with Edge back as well, and they manage to lose him to AEW? No team-up with Edge outside of Royal Rumble, or feud with each other? What a wasted opportunity.
- WWE shouldn’t have split The Hurt Business. Even after teaming them back up, they’ve really only had Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander as a duo, rather than standing alongside MVP and Bobby Lashley. It’s not the same and they messed up something that was going so well.
Stay tuned for the flip side of this with the upcoming Greatest Wonders of the Year post.
What do you think were the biggest mistakes and worst things to happen from WWE this year? Drop your list in the comments below!