Top 5 WWE Matches of 2017

Jan 4, 2018, 12:00 AM | Updated: Jan 4, 2019, 11:22 am
Professional Wrestling: WWE SummerSlam: View of Kevin Owens (top) in action vs AJ Styles during match at Barclays Center. View of scoreboard in background that reads SUMMER SLAM.
(top)

(Photo by Chad Matthew Carlson /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

by Matt George – Sports 1140 KHTK Reporter

2017 was an incredibly progressive year for WWE, implementing new wrestlers, new storylines, and revamping their women’s division with all-new matches and events. Here are KHTK’s top five matches of the year.

  1. The New Day vs The Usos – SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match (SummerSlam August 20th)

The Usos may have had the best 2017 out of anyone else in the WWE. They had so many incredible matches along with their badass new attitude. Of all the matches to choose from, their bout with the New Day at SummerSlam was the best. But here’s the crazy part, this match took place on the pre-show. The Usos took the belts, stole the show, and the rest of SummerSlam had to accept that their main event wasn’t even on the main card.

  1. Charlotte Flair vs Bayley – RAW Women’s Championship Match (RAW February 13th)

Hard to choose just one women’s match for this list. This was a momentous year for the Women’s wrestling division (so long Divas). Stephanie McMahon ended 2017 with the monumental announcement that the 2018 Royal Rumple will feature a 30-women match for the first time in history. But, in the ring itself, Charlotte & Bayley delivered a match for the ages on RAW that had all the men in the locker room on their feet. The match also put Bayley on the map, as she earned her first RAW Women’s Championship.

  1. The Miz vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor – #1 Contender Triple Threat (RAW May 1st)

Some hometown bias on this one. Monday Night RAW returned to Sacramento and the WWE Universe inside the Golden 1 Center was treated to one of the greatest main events in a long time. Finn Balor’s insane kicks, the number of near-falls, and interference by both Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt, left the entire crowd (including yours truly) buzzing the whole ride home. Miz would win, and go on to defeat Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship. Safe to say, it was “awwwwesome”!

  1. Finn Balor vs AJ Styles (WWE TLC October 22nd)

The match that everyone wanted to happen, that wasn’t supposed to happen, and then, all of the sudden, happened. With Finn Balor on RAW and AJ Styles on SmackDown, fans were expecting it to be a while before they got the privilege of seeing the two step into the ring together. However, thanks to a locker room sickness that put Bray Wyatt on the shelf, Styles was a last-minute sub at the TLC pay-per-view. Fans were losing their mind before the match even began and, after a magical fight, were left begging for more. WWE knows they have a monster money-maker trump card up their sleeve with these two, that they can use at any time.

  1. AJ Styles vs John Cena – WWE Championship Match (WWE Royal Rumble January 29th)

John Cena is the face of the WWE. Easily the most popular and polarizing superstar since The Rock and Stone Cold. AJ Styles is above and beyond the best in-ring performer and wrestler in the company. So, when these two faced off, magic was guaranteed. More impressive than his already incredible skillset, Styles brought the best out of Cena, who showed a couple new moves in his arsenal. Even the most hostile Cena-haters showed their respect to the massive babyface’s performance. Cena got the belt, Styles got the push, and we got the best match of the year.

WWE

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08: WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon speaks at a news conference announci...
Franklin Cartoscelli

Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer Joins The Nick Cattles Show

Melzer joined The Nick Cattles Show on Friday afternoon to break down the allegations that are surrounding former WWE CEO Vince McMahon
14 days ago
(Getty Images)...
Franklin Cartoscelli

Wrestling Legend Mick Foley Joins The Nick Cattles Show

Foley joined The Nick Cattles Show on Friday afternoon to discuss his 'Nice Day Tour' that is scheduled to hit Sacramento's Colonial Theater on Sunday, May 1st, and much more.
2 months ago
(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)...
Matt George

WWE Star Roman Reigns, Who Was Re-Diagnosed With Leukemia, Announces He Is In Remission

WWE top-star Roman Reigns has been a staple for the company for the last few years, taking the torch from long-time face of wrestling; John Cena. But back in October, the then WWE Universal Champion shocked the world by making his way out to the ring and relinquishing his title due to leukemia. Reigns, who’s […]
3 years ago
(Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)...
Matt George

Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins Victorious at WWE’s Royal Rumble

The road to WrestleMania has officially begun.
3 years ago
(Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)...
Matt George

Survivor Series Was Everything Good About WWE

Survivor Series 2018 will go down as one of the best WWE Pay-Per-Views of all time.
4 years ago
(Photo by Rob Tringali /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)...
Matt George

WATCH: WWE’s Elias and Kevin Owens Get Relentlessly Boo’d in Seattle After Sonics Jab

Check out this reaction from the WWE fans in Seattle when Elias and Kevin Owens brought up the Super Sonics.
4 years ago