WWE does live in a ‘kayfabe’ world where they try to make the audience believe whatever they are acting out. The Undertaker is supposed to be dead and Kane was once in a house fire that was started by his ‘brother’ when they both were a lot younger.
The WWE Universe is led to believe everything is true in the realm of the WWE, but not all of it is as far-fetched as that; sometimes characters are actually related, sometimes characters are good at being bad guys because they really are bad guys and sometimes the wrestlers are not playing characters at all.
Either way, WWE leads the WWE Universe to believe what they want them to believe and if wrestling fans only watched WWE then they wouldn’t know any different. But because there is an entire wrestling circuit outside of the WWE, it means that their mistakes can sometimes be picked up quite easily.
These are things that other companies and wrestlers have shown to not be true. The following list shows just 15 of these different mistakes that WWE likes to pass off as their way of storytelling, but really don’t make any sense outside of WWE.
15. Quick Rollups
When there are heated matches between two superstars that have been building for months and all they want to do it destroy one another, why do they attempt quick roll up victories?
The viewers watching are well aware that the match is not going to end within a few seconds because the two guys are about to have an all-out war. So it seems it is just a waste to have these near falls at the beginning of the match.
It would make sense to leave these towards the end when both men have managed to at least hand out some of their offense.
14. Rope Break DQ
It is unknown if this is the wrestlers or the referees, but there should be no rope break in a no disqualification match.
The point of a rope break is that the person who has locked the hold in has five seconds to break the hold or they are disqualified. This can’t happen in a no disqualification match. Technically, they can be locked in with the move for as long as it takes for them to fight out of it or until they tap.
This also happens in the corner when the referee tries to count them out; this is no longer relevant when there are no rules.
13. Walk Outs
When heels walk out of matches halfway through, it does add a lot of drama to whichever feud they are involved in. It allows creative to then book the same match again in the hope of gaining a different result, but why would they walk out part way through? If they were as much of a bad guy as they are being portrayed, then surely they would refuse to compete to begin with?
Sometimes it makes sense, but other times it really doesn’t and detracts from the story when they have already been beaten down.
12. Distraction Roll-Ups
These are great tactics to help a heel generate heat when they are facing an opponent that they are unsure they can defeat.
This shows that they are beatable and allows a usual jobber to pick up a quick win off a distraction finish. The problem is that this tactic is now so overused in WWE, when it’s about to be used it can be seen a mile away.
Not only that, but a lot of the time these distractions are cheap and some of them don’t make sense. Wrestlers are too easily distracted in the modern era.
11. Face vs. Face
Vince McMahon publicly proclaimed a while ago that there would no longer be faces and heels in WWE, but they continue to be ever present and his booking acts like they aren’t.
Fans choose their favourite superstars and decide who to cheer for based on this, but sometimes WWE makes it impossible for the WWE Universe to decide who to cheer for. Face superstars should not go up against other face superstars as a filler match – this should only happen if both stars are fighting for a title, like when Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns faced off.
10. Title Matches
WWE made it a rule that if a Champion is pinned then the person who pinned them automatically gains a shot at the Championship. This makes it much harder for Champions to hold onto their titles and allow them to become prestigious.
This means that if a Superstar is distracted by the star he is currently in a feud with, it allows another star to be added to the mix. This makes it much easily lose the belts. It gives everyone but the Champion an unfair advantage which could work in their favor, but sometimes it doesn’t.
WWE seems to think that all faces are friends, so whenever a face is attacked the whole locker room can come out. This was proven during the Daniel Bryan segment when he was attacked by The Shield. He was then saved by the mid-card faces in the locker room before they were all then punished.
This isn’t always the case, as some face Superstars don’t cross paths at all, and some heel Superstars prefer to have no friends. Kevin Owens has proven that he doesn’t need any friends, and whenever WWE have tried to partner him up, he has turned on them. He prefers to be a lone wolf.
Ambrose said it best when he stated that he doesn’t have an actual entrance, because he never knows how he is going to feel until he is heading to the ring; moods always change.
Face wrestlers often work out a way that that can always enter the ring, but they then continue to do this, even when they are embroiled in a feisty feud. They will come to the ring dancing around which makes no sense; they should skip the entrance and just run out and attack.
7. SmackDown Replays
WWE makes the assumption that the WWE Universe only watches SmackDown, which means that they have to spend the episode recapping Raw. This includes an opening segment, a Raw Rebound and a Raw Exclusive that helps them fill the two-hour show.
This means that many fans avoid SmackDown because most weeks, WWE decides to replay matches that were seen on Raw and it often doesn’t help to further any on-going storylines.
WWE need to take Smackdown back to the way it was before the brand split if they ever want the WWE Universe to take it seriously again.
The commentators seem to use their time more to promote upcoming programs and sponsors than they do calling matches.
The new SmackDown announcer Mauro Ranallo is the only commentator who calls the match that he is sitting in front of. Even when there is a guest that has joined the commentary team, they seem to prefer to talk to them than talk about the match that they are paid to talk about.
5. Lack of Title Prestige
WWE doesn’t seem to value their championships, or even their champions. They seem to allow their titles to be passed around a lot instead of giving them to a person who can allow them to become prestigious.
John Cena made the United States Championship a worthy one when he was holding it, but WWE went back to playing hot potato with it as soon as it was dropped to Alberto Del Rio. Allowing Kalisto to hold it for a day and then Del Rio to hold it for six days devalued the belt and took it back to the way it was before Cena held it.
As a wrestling fan, the worst thing you can see in the ring is a wrestler no-selling a move that is supposed to be extremely painful.
Wrestlers no-selling moves completely devalues the move all together to the WWE Universe and forces the wrestler to then create something new. It also devalues the wrestler and makes the other person in the ring look like they are considered a higher breed than them, which is unfair.
Wrestlers should be forced to sell other wresters moves and they shouldn’t purposely no-sell any of their fellow superstars because it is a form of unprofessional conduct.
3. Breaking Character
WWE Superstars break character all the time. There are sometimes major ones that fans will all notice, but sometimes there are tiny hints that only seasoned wrestling fans will manage to pick up.
Chris Jericho is a recent example when he broke character to show the referee that Neville was injured during their match. This is not something a heel character would do, but Chris as a wrestler knew that Neville needed medical attention.
Superstars are never supposed to break character on WWE TV because it shows that what they do is scripted and it ruins the illusion.
2. Rolling In The Figure Four
This seems to have been something that WWE came up with before, slowly allowing fans to begin believing it.
The Figure Four leg lock is one of the most painful submission maneuvers that WWE has ever been allowed to use, but WWE states that if a wrestler rolls over onto their stomach, then it relieves the pressure and makes it more painful to the person who locked it in.
This is completely fabricated; the Figure Four Leg Lock hurts no matter where you roll or how you roll, and it has remained that way on the independent circuit for years.
1. Calling Spots Loudly
John Cena and Paige are two of the worst wrestlers in WWE for doing this. They seem to be unaware that many of the WWE Universe members still believe that the action in the ring is a real fight that is happening in the moment.
Many are blissfully unaware that the two wrestlers sit down and plan the match before the event, and then call the spots in the ring to help each other remember. This ruins the illusion and it shows fans that the wrestlers are not enemies – they are actually two people putting on a show together, which is not the way it is supposed to be.