10 Best WWE Matches of 2017
2017 is in the books for WWE and all the booking decisions for the year are now part of history, for better or worse. So what matches shined in WWE in 2017? There were some spectacular matches this year, and it’s time they get their recognition. Here are my top 10 matches from WWE for 2017.
AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs)
Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe (Summer Slam)
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns Ambulance Match (Great Balls of Fire)
10. Aj Styles vs. Brock Lesnar (Survivor Series)
AJ Styles will bring the best out of anyone in a match. This match was no exception as we finally got to see Brock Lesnar in a real match, something we haven’t seen in quite some time. This survivor series brawl pitted Universal champion against WWE champion to see which Brand had the better belt holder. Brock ultimately picked up the win, but not before selling hard for AJ in what was a major highlight of a mostly dull PPV.
9. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (Royal Rumble)
I wish this match had more context to it, but it felt like two feuds just colliding for one night, and it worked. Kevin Owens and Reigns beat the hell out of each other as Jericho watched on from in a shark cage above the ring. Ultimately a run in by Braun Strowman led to KO keeping his Universal Title.
8. Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank)
Despite a questionable winner, this match did deliver. We got to see a great showdown with AJ Styles and Nakamura in the middle of the ring at one point, and it worked the crowd great. Baron Corbin ultimately left with the briefcase, and well history didn’t like that much I guess. In hindsight, this match may have foreshadowed so much for Smackdown over the year.
7. Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate (NXT 12/20)
Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate put on a clinic in singles matches this year. Right before the year is over, they decided to put on another great performance. The fact they’re not on the main roster or featured more frequently is a crime.
6. Ember Moon vs. Asuka (NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III)
Asuka’s dominance is evident in the women’s division. But that hit a road bump right before she departed NXT with Ember Moon. The now current NXT women’s champion Moon took Asuka to her limit. The second match of theirs this year, it improved on the first one with the chemistry between the two. Asuka went over in the end, but this match made Ember Moon even hotter.
5. Authors of Pain vs. D.I.Y. vs. The Revival (NXT Takeover: Orlando)
This match might be my favorite tag team match ever. It had every element that you would want. The addition of AoP might have seemed shaky at first, but boy did they deliver in the match. D.I.Y. and the Revival put on a technical clinic, with the Authors physically dominating the match mixed in. If you want to see a well-scripted match that plays to each wrestler’s strengths, then watch.
4. The Usos vs. The New Day (Hell in a Cell)
This was the year of Tag Teams in WWE. With the men’s singles division being mapped out until Wrestlemania, it was up to the tag division to add some intrigue to WWE in 2017, and they did not disappoint. The Usos and New Day put on a show this year with their feud, promos, and matches. Big E and Xavier Woods took on the Usos in a Cell, and there was carnage aplenty. As usual for them this year, this match was the star of the night and a gem for the year.
3. Tyler Bates vs. Pete Dunne (NXT Takeover: Chicago)
Remember how I said these two are amazing? This was the match that kicked it off for them this year in WWE. Completely stealing the show at Takeover Chicago, these two men put on an in-ring clinic here. Easily the best technical match in WWE this year.
2. The Usos vs. The New Day (Battleground)
This match kicked off the best Feud of the year, and it was a barn burner. The more agile members of the New Day Woods and Kofi Kingston took on the Usos, and the aerobatics were on display. Please watch this match and then watch it again. Both these teams deserve so much for rescuing the summer for WWE in 2017, and I hope everyone appreciates it.
1. John Cena vs. AJ Styles
The match that just five years ago people would have told you-you were crazy for saying it would happen. A verifiable Dream Match that many had thought would be in their fantasies. The poster boy of WWE John Cena versus the phenomenal AJ Styles did not disappoint in any fashion. Fantastic in-ring work, beautiful near falls, and great storytelling. If you had doubts about Big Match John before this match, they should be gone. AJ Styles is currently the best in-ring worker in WWE; it’s not close. His ability to elevate his opponents is a rarity in WWE and the sport in general. AJ can have a significant match with anyone, but this is a Classic and best WWE match of 2017.
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