As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at the best in-ring performances the juggernaut had to offer. The task was made particularly hard this year, since there were significantly more matches on television (case in point: Summerslam had 13 matches altogether), as well as the two tournaments, namely the excellent United Kingdom Championship and the Mae Young Classic. But hey, that is why we are here – compiling the best WWE matches of 2017 for your enjoyment.
After sifting through a lot (and we mean A LOT) of WWE matches in 2017, here are our cherry pickings…
16. Bayley vs Charlotte (c) (WWE RAW Women’s Championship) | RAW, February 13th
Bayley turned her life-long wish into a reality – she won the RAW Women’s Champion one day before Valentine’s Day (although we all wished the victory had happened one and a half months later). The match was Bayley at her finest, with fantastic selling to Charlotte’s vicious neck-based offense, and then the rallying comeback got a nice reaction from the crowd. Even though the ending involved more than just the two competitors, the interferences from Dana Brooke (and then Sasha Banks) between match-ending moves only added to the unpredictability and whipped the crowd into a frenzy by the time the match was over.
An emotional win for the Hugger, and her raising the title in messy hair and runny mascara is a snapshot forever saved in history.
15. Goldberg (c) vs Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Championship) | WrestleMania 33
Short, sweet, and violent – this was all that was asked for from a match between The Beast Incarnate and Goldberg, and that was exactly what you got. But not as in the Survivor Series type of short. The good type of short. There were no rest-holds whatsoever; each behemoth dished out their signature and most powerful moves right away. In those short minutes, not a single moment was wasted – every move only added to the excitement.
Even though we were not too happy when Brock became the new WWE Universal Champion, since we knew that it would mean another year or so of sporadic appearances of someone holding the top prize of the red brand, but come on, what worse would befall upon us had Goldberg successfully retained? What was there left for him then? So, Brock winning was the sensible decision to make here, and his championship victory made everyone happy because of how better than expected the match turned out to be.