Jay's Ways - Biggest Disappointments Of 2018 Submitted by Justin Watry on 02/02/2019 at 08:03 PM
The year end awards continue on! This time we look at some of the negatives that happened in 2018. Sadly, not all is roses and sunshine in WWE right now. Why is that you ask? Here are five possible reasons from the previous 12 months...
Biggest Disappointments Of 2018
5. Raw reboot featuring more authority figures 4. No Jinder Mahal improvement 3. Braun Strowman status 2. Injuries
1. Lack of NXT splash on the main roster - My guess is a lot of folks will vote for Braun Strowman as the disappointment of the year, and I think that is fair...but not the biggest disappointment. The fact is the dude has busted up knees and is in his mid 30's. I understand the hesitation to giving him the top prize. Plus, there is the reported backstage BS he has pulled with multiple (separate) sources confirming. He had a strong year none the less and is still primed to get that big run come Royal Rumble 2019 or soon after. Being on the same show as Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns will always be an uphill battle, which is why I predicted a Smackdown Live move for Braun, but that is another story for another day. Similar to that, injuries suck. Always have, always will. That is both disappointing but still expected in such a physical environment. For me, the biggest downer of the year was no real NXT call up that shook the foundation of the company. I don't know about you, but I loved when Finn Balor showed up on Raw, beat Roman Reigns, beat Seth Rollins at Summerslam and found himself Universal Champion all in less than a month. Talented dude was getting an opportunity and WWE was wasting no time in telling its' audience he is the real deal. Again, injuries suck...and that kind of moment has not happened since. One could argue Asuka or Shinsuke Nakamura, but that was more of a 2017 debut and main roster take over than a 2018 even if both did win the Royal Rumble back in January. I want to see an Aleister Black or EC3 get called up and instantly get inserted into the top of the card without any stops in between. One NXT talent a year is not asking for too much...2018 fell short of that.