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[[File:cenafacepalm_1088.png|frame|THE CHAMP IS....unable to comprehend these fails!]

]While maybe professional Sports can't be used as a Dethroning Moment of Suck, the fact all Wrestling Matches are scripted meant it is also subject to moments of suck in the franchise as it's media cousins.

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  • Blueranger: Melina vs Alicia Fox at Summerslam 2010. Whether or not you liked Alicia as champion, the way Melina completely buried her in that match is inexcusable. Melina can't help how she's booked (winning the match) but she can help the way she wrestles. Alicia was only able to get basic offence in that match and looked incredibly weak. It Got Worse in their rematch for the title - Alicia got no offence in whatsoever. For three minutes all Melina did was beat the crap non stop out of Alicia, burying her once again. These days Alicia is being used as a jobber while Melina got a push of her own and is still being booked strongly.
  • Rickysayshi: Survivor Series 2006, Lita's farewell from WWE. Who honestly thought this up? After years of dedication she gets sent away by having Cryme Tyme give a "Ho Sale" and sell her "belongings" that include her panties, tampons and a dildo. And you want to know the kicker? Before the segment starts you can see a security guy confiscating a "Thank You Lita" sign from a group of people in the crowd.
  • gurudyne: Snooki debuting in Wrestlemania 27. Wrestlemania, as in the crown jewel of WWE's PP Vs, the event that exists as a hallmark of each participating wrestler's career. Sure, it's never been completely free of gimmicks or special guests, but I honestly can't remember someone less deserving of screentime at Wrestlemania, let alone a match. Bryan Danielson was bumped off the card for Snooki's match. To make matters worse, this reeks of something TNA would pull.
      • SNL 95: While on the topic of Wrestlemania 27 let's add the Corre being squashed in 90 seconds at Wrestlemania. Already having a squash match in a Pay-Per-View is horrible but it gets worse due to the fact that Wade Barret was the Intercontinental Champion and Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel were the Tag Team Champions leading to both titles losing most if not all of their prestige. It's especially bad that there was a rematch the next Friday on Smackdown that actually let them come out strong which begs the question why they didn't use the Smackdown match for Wrestlemania and if there was any point to them being squashed.
  • Lionheart0: Booker T vs Triple H at Wrestlemania 19 for the World Heavyweight Championship. Up until this point, Booker T is crazy over, the crowd is rooting for him and it looks like he'll finally win the big one. The entire build up has Triple H verbally burying Booker, insulting his skills, and saying a person like him could never be WHC. Come Wrestlemania 19 you fully expect Booker to finally win the match right? Right? No dice. Booker T gives Triple H everything he's got, but Trips win after a single Pedigree. So not only did Triple H get to verbally bury Booker T, he ended being proven right at that.
  • The_Reptile_: This one needs a bit of explaining. After the 2011 Draft, Randy Orton was put onto Smackdown, the apparent plan there to make him the top guy there, much like John Cena was on RAW. To do this, they needed to put the belt on him as soon as possible. Okay, fair enough. The problem is that fan favorite Christian got the belt to keep it on Smackdown after Alberto Del Rio got drafted onto RAW. Now, its been well documented that not just Vince McMahon, but pretty much the entire booking committee behind WWE don't think too highly of Christian as a Main Event player, no matter what fans may say to the contrary. So how do they get the belt off of Christian? Have him keep it until Over the Limit, which is only about two weeks away? Nope! They have lose it on the Smackdown afterwards to Randy Orton!
    • Voidekat: To make things even clearer, that long awaited title that Christian truly deserved? His first ever one? The one that made everybody happy? The heartwarming moment? All scrapped in less than two days.
      • Gravityman: Christian did win the title back a little while later, but unfortunately they apparently decided that Christian isn't allowed to look competent or anything. To put the belt on him, they put them in a match were if Orton gets disqualified, Christian gets the belt. The match then ends with... Orton randomly kicking Christian in the junk, a move so bizarrely out of character that it comes off as nothing but incredibly forced.
  • Jables6: John Cena and Alberto Del Rio failed to stop CM Punk from escaping MITB with the championship. In repsonse, Vince holds a tournament of eight superstars, and none of them is Cena. Rey Mysterio, Jr. and The Miz enter the finals, but their match is postponed by Vince, who wanted to fire Cena in front of the entire WWE universe. Cue HHH. He walks in, not only to stop Vince from firing Cena, but to fire Vince as well, with HHH taking his place. Fast forward one week. Mysterio beats the Miz to obtain not only the first post-McMahon championship, but his first world championship. Now all that's left is to see how long it will be before Del Rio cashes in his MITB. Then, Triple H pulls what many sports analysts call a 'dick move' and forces Mysterio to defend his title against none other than John Cena in the same night. in less than two hours, Mysterio lost his championship, and not even CM Punk walking out with the real belt around his waist his old indy theme, Cult Of Personality, blaring through the speakers could end the fan rage felt that night.
  • Kilgore Trout: I took a break from WWE starting in 2003. There was stuff on the show that made me uncomfortable, such as the infamous Katie Vick stuff, and a sketch involving the Hurricane and Rosey where Rosey tried to rescue a cat from a tree as part of his superhero training and ended up killing it, but I kept watching...until the Iraq War began and Vince McMahon decided to crank the Patriotic Fervor Up to Eleven. I distinctly remember Jim Ross talking about how great it was that the U.S. was invading that country, taking time out of a pay-per-view to do it no less. And then came the debate between Scott Steiner and Christopher Nowinski. Which, as I recall, was preceded a week earlier by Nowinski walking out with a mic to talk about how wrong it was for the U.S. to invade Iraq, prompting Steiner to run out and kick his ass on behalf of all "true Americans". And then came "La Resistance", who were heels because they were from France, which had objected to the invasion you see. There was only so long I could continue to watch a show that kept on villifying people with my beliefs and creating Strawman Political heels for the babyfaces to destroy. I really felt like Vince's message was "If you're not behind George W. Bush 100%, then you also deserve an asskicking like Nowinski's getting and like La Resistance are getting."
  • Goldeneye101: I'd say the CM Punk / Cena Feud after Money In the Bank 2011. Not only did the aforementioned tournament happened, but at the actual match, Kevin Nash attacks Punk after he wins and Alberto Del Rio wins the title by cashing in the Money in the Bank. Cena gets pissy because him and Punk work their asses off to end in THAT. There then is a No. 1 contender matchup, where Nash interferes again by distracting Punk. Cena, completely contradicting his actions last week, capitalizes on it to win.
  • clownishchimp: The whole Triple H as the COO angle. Before that the angle was about CM Punk shooting on Vince McMahon and WWE, taking shots at their behind the scenes activities and their attempt at a PG public image. As a result Vince suspended him and decided to give someone else a shot at the title until John Cena confronted him and demanded that Punk get his shot or he would walk out. Vince agrees but says if Cena fails to beat Punk, he is fired. So Punk gets his shot, and despite Vince's attempts at another Montreal Screwjob, Punk wins and escapes with the title. At this point WWE is getting a ton of praise over the angle and people can't wait to see what happens next. The following night they hold a tournament to crown a new WWE Champion, while Cena is about to be fired by Vince, making people wonder if Vince would actually do it or not. Then the angle goes downhill when Triple H shows up completely out of the blue and announces that the Board of Directors has relieved Vince of his duties (even though Vince McMahon is the majority owner of the company) and that he is the new COO. There's also the fact that this is Vince McMahon the man whose been running WWE since the 80's and brought wrestling to the mainstream and boom periods such as the Rock N Wrestling and {{Attitude Era Attitude Eras}}, and who has played the Big Bad of WWE programming since the Montreal Screwjob, and yet he's just kicked out of his own company out of nowhere and dropped and forgotten about like a bad date, just to stop him from firing Cena. It gets worse when Cena simply gets the title back the next week and Punk shows up right after he wins it. This has lead to an extremely confusing angle in which HHH and Punk are feuding, yet neither wants to do a Face Heel Turn, making it hard for the fans to figure out who to root for. Then at Summerslam Punk beats Cena to be undisputed WWE champion, but is then attacked by Kevin Nash so that Alberto Del Rio, a heel whom WWE had pushed to the moon despite his lack of overness with the fans, can become the new champion. So Cena is now busy feuding with Del Rio for the title, while the angle turns into a three-way feud between Punk, HHH, and Nash(who is the one playing the heel), two of them being semi-retired from in-ring competition. There's a whole mystery over who sent the text to Nash, but he then reveals he sent it to himself, so HHH fires him. HHH and Punk finally face each other at Night of Champions, which has interference from The Miz, R-Truth, and Nash, and HHH winds up winning the match, thus burying Punk. He then fires Miz and R-Truth and makes a Triple Threat match for HIAC between Punk, Cena (who beat Del Rio cleanly to win the title), and Del rio for the title. It ends with Del Rio winning the title despite just losing it weeks ago when Miz and R-Truth attack Punk. This incident leads to the entire roster becoming threatened by an "unsafe workplace"(yeah, they are afraid of the MIZ of all people), and pretty much everyone on the roster walks out since they do not have confidence in Triple H and want him to step down. Yes, almost the entire roster pulls a Face Heel Turn because they do not support HHH, whom is being portrayed as the sympathetic face of the storyline. And there's no end in sight for this angle. To make things even worse, they are playing up John Laurinitis as the the person, or one of the people, behind the conspiracy, meaning that potentially the angles payoff of this whole storyline is a semi-retired Triple H fighting one of his father-in-law's former stooges for control over WWE. Alternatively it could also lead to yet another feud between Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon for control over their father/father-in-law's company. What would make the latter potentially worse is that it may extend to Wrestlemania 28, in which the Wrestlemania ten years earlier saw the last feud between HHH and Stephanie, which was terrible and the match that the feud was building up to, HHH vs Chris Jericho, somehow got to be the final match on the card over The Rock vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan, one of the biggest matches of all time. And Wrestlemania 28 has Rock vs Cena as the schedule main event. Which means WWE could be repeating history by booking HHH and Stephanie's marriage problems over one of the biggest, most anticiopate matches of all time. So basically it looks like this whole thing is just to make HHH the center of attention once again. And as big as this rant is, it still probably doesn't fully cover how bad this is, but I will leave that to anyone else who has something to say about it.
    • ryu238: I was alright with the whole angle up until Kevin Nash opened his mouth on the Raw after SummerSlam. (Though they really should've held off longer on CM Punk's return till at least after SummerSlam) The whole angle died right there and then despite the WWE's attempts to revive it with Miz and R-Truth. And then it died again once Nash said he sent the text. How does that make sense? And while the vote of no confidence angle was compelling, Fridge Logic took some of the excitement away, and then WWE screwed that up by making the angle null and void, and shit, by resolving it the next week by having everybody just come back in because Trips was replaced by Laurenitis. And Vince McMahon, who we really never expected to see again, announced it by interrupting a exciting match. Epic Fall doesn't begin to describe how badly the whole thing was handled.
    • Tn Adct 1: Oh god, the "vote of confidence" segment is pretty much one of the worst segments ever written for a WWE program, as there's so many problems in that bit that I'm likely going to miss one of them. First, the whole reason for this "vote of confidence" has to do with the talent feeling unsafe due to recent run-ins by recently "fired" wrestlers The Miz and R-Truth. In other words, they are complaining about stuff that's the norm in any wrestling league. That's like saying that hockey players feeling that their sport is unsafe due to the amount of body checking in their games. Second, outside of a referee and Jerry Lawler (who himself provides another problem in that he votes "no confidence" despite the fact that he clearly points out that this is not Triple H's fault, but rather someone conspiring to overthrow him), everyone who spoke against Triple H were heel wrestlers. Making things worse, among those complaining are Wade Barrett (whose actions during the initial Nexus attack the previous year were far worse than what Miz and R Truth did), MarkHenry (who is booked as a vicious monster heel and had attacked Lawler two weeks prior), and BethPheonix (who feels that these run-ins may result in the Divas getting harmed, despite the fact that she's a monster heel Diva and one of only two females to ever wrestled in a Royal Rumble match). In other words, it's hypocrisy at its worst. Third, WWE bookers purposely had all the top faces (John Cena, CM Punk) not take part in this bit, as they didn't want them to receive heat during the walk-out at the end. Hence, rather than have Cena come out and obviously call out all the bull that's been going on here (and hopefully encourage the faces and non-wrestling staff to give a vote of confidence), it turns into basically a thing to make Triple H feel sympathetic to the fans. Finally, this whole event took prominence over actually getting things ready for Vengeance, resulting in two PPV's in a row in which there's only two weeks to have the Raw portion of the card built up before the event.
      • Gravityman: It would have been better if Triple H had pointed out the hypocrisy, or more accurately, Triple H did point out how stupid it was for them to choose Wade Barrett to voice the opinion (to be fair, he had way more to work with than just that, as you said). Also, the heels who were leading the no-confidence vote (Christian, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes) are intended to come off as whiny, as once again, Triple H basically pointed out that run-ins are something that's been happening since pro wrestling was pro wrestling. Although, once again, the others have no excuse for letting guys who have an obvious interest in getting Triple H out for their own goals lead them.
  • On Soaring Wings: 11-22-11 Daniel Bryan cashes in Money in the Bank against a knocked out Mark Henry, and wins the World Heavyweight Title only for Theodore Long to come out and declare that since Henry was unable to compete the title change was null and void. I'm sorry doesn't that completely fly in the face of almost every single money in the bank cash in ever!? Negative Continuity should not be used to justify screwing a face over, especially an Ensemble Darkhorse like Bryan
    • Fusenger Shadow: Worse yet, Michael Cole was annoying enough insulting Daniel Bryan before he was champ. Cue Bryan winning the WHC. Does the insulting stop or even diminish any? It sure doesn't! You do not have your featured commentator bury one of your champs! It's like WWE is going out their way to deliberately sabotage Bryan's run at the top.
    • However, Cole has transitioned into being a full Bryan supporter now, as a heel commentator should be. It just took two months longer than it should.
  • erics: At TNA's Against All Odds '12, Jesse Sorenson accidentally takes a knee to the top of the skull, temporarily paralyzing him and almost killing him. The very next night on Raw, in order to help John Cena get over even more, Kane throws an already "injured" Zack Ryder off the stage, "paralyzing" him.
  • Das Nordlicht 91: At Wrestlemania XXVIII, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship opened the show. You would expect a back-and-forth and hard-fought match to get the crowd going for what could be one of the best Wrestlemania events in recent memory, right? Nope. Sheamus squashes Bryan in 18 seconds flat with one Brogue Kick to become the new WHC. I mean, wow. You've got two guys who were bumped off WM27 the year prior in a big title match, and it ends in eighteen fucking seconds. Wow.
  • Tropers/Renelia: Going back in time, it has to be TheInvasion and what went wrong. It was supposed to be the biggest angle in (then) WWF history. Now, I understand that some of the wrestlers they couldn't get a hold of because of contractual issues. The main problem was that it had a lot of potential and it ended up utterly wasted because of unknown reasons. What causes this to be even worse: the wrestlers that were "too expensive", with the exception of Sting, ended up wrestling in the WWF/WWE in the (then) near-future! However, what made this a real wall banger: The so-called WWF vs. WCW battle royal match in November 2001...the last two wrestlers were from the WWF during the Attitude Era. It may have been a deliberate plot for WWF to screw over what was left of WCW, but the entire angle was poorly planned and it's no wonder why it's remembered as one of the worst angles in WWE history.
  • KantonKage: John Laurinaitis defeating John Cena at Over The Limit 2012. Didn't make sense in any way possible. The Big Show comes out and when you think he's out for revenge after being humilated and reduced to tears. Nope, he goes and WMD'd Cena and Laurinaitis still has a job. And in the words of John Cena What The Hell!!!
  • DiamondsofLove: I don't mind a superstar push for a title shot. But Smackdown's recent push of Mustafa Ali in WWE Championship matches seems to be getting old in my view. Now I don't sincerely hate Mustafa Ali; He wrestles pretty well in the blue brand and 205 Live during his short time there, and there's plenty as to why he should be placed in a title shot. But the WWE Championship? Don't get me wrong, placing an underdog in a match like this is smart even if they lose, but Smackdown seems to have a rampant mind of tossing him in every single spot for the title they can instead of letting him take on smaller shots of oh let's say... the United States championship. Smackdown's pretty lucky they didn't rip a page out of RAW's book and slammed the title on him like Finn Balor, otherwise it'd be back to the Indie circuit for me...


  • GetterKaizer: I don't think I have to explain the Finger-Poke of Doom. Or David Arquette winning the WCW Heavyweight Title in a Tag Team Match.
  • Tork: How 'bout Vince Russo winning the belt? The Insane Troll Logic of Arquette as champ doesn't even apply to Russo winning the title. It had no possible avenue to draw money (nobody liked him and he had no matches to where he could get beaten up) and cheapened the status of the already hurting WCW title. On top of that, Booker T (the champ Vinnie get the belt from) won it back almost immediately, making the whole angle entirely pointless aside from the fact that Russo can now put "former WCW Champion" on his resume.
  • SNL 95: To put how little the WCW title meant after these aforementioned incidents; after Goldberg lost the title it changed hands 32 TIMES in two years with the longest reign being 3 months. Some title reigns didn't even last a week and David Arquette and Vince Russo were among the champions. Hell Chris Benoit willingly giving up the title is a testament to how meaningless the title had become under Vince Russo's booking.


  • Lionheart0: Victory Road 2011 saw Jeff Hardy coming out to the ring intoxicated. Keep in mind, this was the main event of the match and Jeff Hardy was the champion of the company. Considering Jeff's past poor track record, this is as much as a Dethroning Moment from the company since they put so much faith in Jeff in the first place.
  • SNL95: The whole TNA World Heavyweight Title drama leading up to, during and after Bound For Glory 2011 is one massive DMOS for the company. First some background, in the lead up to Bound For Glory (read 5 months before hand) TNA started doing a "Bound For Glory Series" which was a round robin style tournament where the winner would get a TNA title shot at Bound for Glory. The series itself was a mess, nobody understood the points system, it was continued through house shows leaving many viewers hopelessly confused about the standings which would change on a whim. Points were won through the most ridiculous means and Crimson, the guy who was at the top of the series, was injured forcing TNA to give Robert Roode the series victory. Despite this fans were happy for Roode and after he wins he gets a huge buildup going into Bound For Glory making people sure he would beat Kurt Angle for the title. However Roode loses the match in a screwjob finish which was a blatant ripoff of the Summerslam 2011 ending (Angle pinned Roode while Roode was touching the ropes) and despite the fact that Kurt injured his hamstring and could barely wrestle a match. It was later revealed that Hulk Hogan, who buried Roode in a shoot interview before the show, got the match result changed because he felt Roode wasn't ready to hold the title. So already Hulk blatantly screws over young talent because of his own opinion, not the opinion of the fans who were almost completely behind Roode to make his face turn the highlight of the show instead of Roode's victory. Then on the next Impact taping James Storm, Roode's tag team partner, squashes Angle for the belt despite having no buildup and there being no reason for his victory other than the fact that Hogan wanted it. The question here is: Why didn't TNA build up Storm in the first place? Fans were pissed because there was literally nothing stopping them from building up Storm over Roode. Instead TNA wasted months of storyline, screwed over a young talent before he got his chance, created a contrived author saving throw that pissed off several TNA "fans" and showed how terrible their bookers actually are. Good job TNA, good fucking job.
  • The Notorious AMP It gets even worse, my The C Show friend, during the next tapings they have Roode wrestle Storm where he ends up turning heel by hitting storm with a beer bottle. Which he follows by spitting on storm and then standing on him, declaring that he felt great after having betrayed his "brother" of 4 years. Note, this would not be a bad storyline if played out over a series of months, but it was so compressed it just sucked the potential out of it.
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