Losing a match happens to every wrestler, sooner or later. Sometimes, your opponent is just better, stronger, or smarter, and you end up with your shoulders pinned to the mat. Honestly, there’s no shame in being beaten by a better wrestler. Or at least, there shouldn’t be. However, over the years, wrestling has developed dozens of ways to lose matches that, theoretically, allow the loser to “save face” in defeat, since the win wasn’t “clean” under the rules. In reality, such tainted wins and losses often end up making the wrestlers involve look dumb, incompetent, or some combination of the two, and yet these hackneyed and terrible finishes keep getting trotted out on a weekly basis, because someone, somewhere, has decided that it’s impossible to look good in defeat. We disagree with that statement strenuously, and we’ve got some examples of ways in which wrestlers lose matches that are commonly used, and are far worse for any wrestler’s credibility than simply taking a pin.
10. No Contest
Technically, you don’t lose a No Contest decision, but nobody wins, either, so we’re counting it. In fact, that’s the exact reason why it’s dumb, and considered one of the worst finishes to any important match. We’re not talking about a Raw match that ends with two wrestlers brawling so much that the referee throws the whole thing out and the circumstances dictate that they have to have a re-match on Pay Per View to settle things. In that case, it’s a semi-decent booking strategy. However, we have seen entire Pay Per Views ruined by a main event in which there simply wasn’t a finish to the match. The most infamous example we could think of was during the New World Order’s reign of terror, in which nearly every match involving the faction would end with members of the group running in en masse to beat up a helpless wrestler, resulting in the entire thing being thrown out and nothing getting resolved. Think about how terrible that sounds for an audience that paid money to watch that show, and yet, it’s a finish that gets used regularly, and unapologetically, in order to extend feuds from one Pay Per View to another.