Top 5 Disappointments Of 2017
Submitted by Justin Watry on 12/31/2017 at 08:26 PM

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My 2017

With the close of another, I can honestly say that this was a great year. As many know, I crossed off a bucket list item of attending my first (and last?) ever WrestleMania in Orlando. First plane ride too for that trip. I made my anticipated return to NRW in June, which required a lot of work and dedication that only a few of you understand (video posted above). I lived up to my word of working out more and eating healthier. I moved to a new place. I was a groomsman for my buddy who married my younger sister in an epic week's worth of festivities leading up to their wedding. I got a new (and higher paying) job. I completed my first full length novel. Also, I met a whole bunch of new cool people. Big thumbs up there! In terms of columns, I admit I swayed at times from writing a lot. However, I still delivered AT LEAST one article per week and most weeks, much more than that - including one of my favorites columns ever entitled My Journey To Orlando! Feel free to Google that. Very good 2017 from yours truly.

My 2018

Truth be told, I don't really do the 'new year's resolutions' thing. I have things I want to do and set out to do, which is kinda the same idea but is still different. In my mind at least, it's different. I knew I was going to Mania in April 2017. I knew I was going to wrestle once again come summer time. I knew I was moving. I knew I was going to write my debut novel. I knew about my sister's wedding. I knew I had to eat better. I don't consider these new year's resolutions really. They are just goals or ideas to accomplish. Regardless of what you call them, I did them all and can proudly say that at the end of the year. Not to beat a dead horse from a column a few weeks ago, but I strongly urge everybody to follow the Nike slogan: Just Do It!

Whatever that may be. Eat better, Go to Mania. Get into shape. Text that longtime friend you lost contact with. Call the girl you have a crush on. Ask for a pay raise at work. Seriously, take a deep breath and go get it.

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Predictably, my next dozen or so columns will be year in review garbage. Best Of This. Worst Of That. The usual. If you want my typical ramblings about wrestling and other stuff, you can find me on Twitter. If not, let's get to the 2017 lists!

Top 5 Disappointments Of 2017

5. TNAImpactWrestlingNWAGFW Is A Mess: Then, Now, Forever
4. Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura not in the main event
3. Superstar Shakeup falls flat
2. No Sasha Banks heel turn...still

1. Jinder Mahal as WWE Champion - Let me just explain my four other choices before getting to number one. TNA Impact Wrestling turning into Global Force Wrestling or whatever was a joke and entirely transparent from the moment Jeff Jarrett returned. Even though that debacle is somewhat in the rear view mirror, the same issues are there. Cheap production, pay issues, no attendance, low ratings, and rumors of top talent ready to bail. My guess is the company eventually teams up with Billy Corgan (yep!) and does something with NWA in 2018. Really though, it won't matter. Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura, their 2017 campaigns both started right after WrestleMania 33 and have both been...fine. I hesitate to call it a disappointment, but the word fits. The good news: WWE is well aware of the talent and will absolutely take full advantage at some point. Not to make excuses, but 2017 may not have been the time to pull the trigger. No doubt 2018 will. No much potential there to be wasted. The Superstar Shakeup? Eh, besides me nailing a bunch of the moves it didn't shake much of. It did for Jinder Mahal! However, we will get to that in a second. Sasha Banks is still a face and doing very little on Raw. A shame. Just turn heel on Bayley already. Seriously. Ultimately, we go back to Jinder. I will keep this short and sweet because I have a feeling a lot will be written about him during the next few weeks. More than willing to give the dude a chance to shine, doing so in the main event scene after such short notice and going full monty with the WWE Championship was absurd. Disappointing it lasted so long. Disappointing it even happened. Disappointing it didn't even increase international WWE Network subscriptions or help ticket sales with the December India tour. Disappointing business for Smackdown LIVE tanked so badly. Disappointing all the way around.

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