In every year, a lot of good things happen that remind us why we like pro wrestling. But this is not that sort of list. Here, we’re going to look at the times when WWE fell far short of the mark, when wrestlers just didn’t live up to expectations, and when just plain bad things happened in the course of the wrestling year. We do this not out of malice, but because we just want WWE to do things better, and the easiest way to learn is to have someone point out when you’ve made a mistake. So, if you want to know what depressed, annoyed, and sometimes genuinely upset us in WWE in 2016, look no further than these examples right here.
Worst News Story: Daniel Bryan Retires
Last year, we gave this to Daniel Bryan because we weren’t sure if he was ever going to wrestle again. Oh, how we long for those carefree days when we lived in a world of uncertainty, as opposed to 2016, which let us know very quickly that the year was probably going to involve a series of gut punches, and WWE would not be excluded. In early February, after nearly a year of speculation, it was suddenly revealed, via a terse statement on social media, that Daniel Bryan would be appearing on Raw that evening to announce his immediate retirement, ending the career of one of WWE’s most beloved Superstars just after it seemed like he’d hit his peak. Bryan’s speech that evening was heartbreaking, and it slowly came out in the ensuing weeks and months that he’d been hiding the full extent of his medical issues from even his wife and family, out of (completely correct) fear that it would mean the end of the career he’d given his life to. While it’s certain that retirement was the best, and only, course of action for Bryan, it doesn’t mean that it hurt any less.