The Highs and Lows of Pro-Wrestling in 2018.
I can’t believe we’re only a few days away from 2019. I myself am looking forward to the upcoming year, and I hope you are too. Before we start wishing each other happy new year tho, let’s look back at the world of wrestling in 2018. There were some amazing highs, but some laughable lows.
-The Elite/Bullet Club. Let’s not lie to ourselves, this was the year for Cody, Kenny Omega, the #YoungBucks, and everyone else involved with #BulletClub (now The Elite). Cody made it his personal goal to change the wrestling landscape this year, and I think he did. All In was a sold out show, and every match they aforementioned put on was nothing short of dazzling. Their online interaction with their fans, their merch push (Funko Pops!), and their love and dedication to wrestling is absolutely inspiring. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2019.
-Kazuchika Okada vs #KennyOmega at Dominion. With the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on the line, #Okada—one of the best wrestlers in the world—had to go against one of the other best wrestlers in the world, and try to retain his title. This match is seriously one of the best wrestling matches of the year, so if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it. Now. Both men gave it their all, delivering a fun and exciting match.
-WWE’s Evolution: An all women’s wrestling PPV isn’t something new in wrestling, but to WWE is was. WWE pushed their female superstars harder than ever before, and #Evolution was the icing on the proverbial cake. Sure, there was a lot of grandstanding on WWE’s part about how great they are for doing this, but I’m willing to overlook for an otherwise great PPV.
-#BeckyLynch. The man, the myth, the legend. Even though she isn’t holding a WWE title right now, I have a feeling we’ll see her with gold soon. This was absolutely her year, and she’s only getting better. Nia Jax breaking her face was arguably her most defining moment, as it made her even more of a badass. And honestly, I didn’t think that was possible.
-Daniel Bryan’s return. After not being able to compete for 2 years, #DanielBryan made his much anticipated return at Wrestlemania 34. I shed a few tears, as this was an absolutely amazing moment. Bryan’s year since has been peculiar, but his new heel turn has somehow made him more fun to watch. This was the year of Bryan, and I think next year it’ll only get better!
-Asuka after Wrestlemania. Now don’t get me wrong. Her match with Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania 34 was dazzling. Both women gave it their all, and Flair certainly was ready for #Asuka. But after months of buildup, Asuka’s 914 day undefeated streak came to a shocking end at the grandest stage of them all. Now, a loss was inevitable, but so soon after her arrival? And then after her loss, Asuka became just another mid card talent. Granted, now she is the #SmackDown Women’s champ, so hopefully in 2019 she’ll become a true threat again.
-#BrockLesnar. He’s never there. Why is he still holding a title. Do better, WWE.
-Monday Night RAW. It just went from ok to awful in such a short amount of time. Flimsy storylines, too much talent, and too much attention given to the same 4 superstars. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but there’s a reason why ratings tanked for a few weeks.
-#RondaRousey. Now, this isn’t entirely her fault. She’s talented and she is clearly getting better with each passing week. But #WWE was all too eager (and quick) to hand her the RAW Women’s Championship, something I still think she needed to work for. I understand why they did it, but it still feels like a slap in the face to the rest of the talent.
-Finn Balor/Bobby Lashley/Bobby Roode. All three are being misused, barely used, or being used completely wrong. #FinnBalor was on top of the world, but then got pushed into the midcard shortly after his return. Lashley has had flimsy storylines (and now he’s lumped with the most annoying character), and #BobbyRoode has been involved in pee gags. Need I say more?
In the end though, I still enjoyed wrestling a great deal this year. I’m excited to see what 2019 has in store for us!
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