For every storyline that made us lose our lunch in 2012, there was probably a five-star match somewhere else on the card.
Almost every PPV in 2012 up to this point has had at least one memorable match. Many had several great encounters.
When you think about the superstars who are now at the top of WWE, it is a list of some of the most talented wrestlers on the roster.
CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho, until he left, have all been featured heavily in the main-event scene in 2012, and they are some of WWE's most talented workers.
The storylines can be great and they can be painful to watch, but in the end what matters is the match at the end of the feud.
Big Show and Sheamus have had a feud over the past few months that has been unbearable during most of the non-wrestling segments. But every time they get in the ring, they push each other further than anyone thought they could.
PPV matches are the lifeblood of WWE. They rely on fans wanting to pay upwards of $50 each month for an event that lasts three hours when they give away 6.5 hours on television, two hours on the Internet and various additional YouTube shows every week that are all essentially free.
Tickets make up a huge part of WWE's profits, but nobody would buy the tickets if they didn't like the product.
When we examine each PPV, there is at least one match that could be considered memorable. This next part is not me marking out for WWE, but pointing out matches that delivered.
The Royal Rumble featured Sheamus winning an exciting Rumble match and CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler, which is mentioned for obvious reasons.
Elimination Chamber featured CM Punk and Daniel Bryan successfully defending their titles in Chamber matches, proving WWE had faith in the two former Indy Gods to help carry one of the biggest events in the history of the company when WrestleMania rolled around.
At WrestleMania, CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a great wrestling match, Undertaker and Triple H had a brutal encounter and John Cena and The Rock put on a spectacle like only the WWE can do.
Extreme Rules was the one event I was lucky enough to attend this year. A few matches stick out as memorable and high quality.
CM Punk and Chris Jericho's Street Fight rematch was easily the best match of the night. John Cena delivered in another highly hyped match against Brock Lesnar, and Sheamus and Daniel Bryan had the best match of their feud.
Over The Limit was dominated by the epic encounter between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, while the rest of the card was less than memorable.
Money In the Bank had the two exciting ladder matches won by Dolph Ziggler and John Cena, and CM Punk and Daniel Bryan delivered yet again in a show-stealing encounter.
No Way Out was the only event of the year that did not produce a match that stands out as being four-star or better in my opinion. The WWE and World title matches were both pretty good by PPV standards, though.
SummerSlam brought things back up to speed with Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan against Kane in matches that all had great action, even if two of those matches deserved more time.
Night of Champions featured a great match between Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler, as well as what many would consider the best match of John Cena and CM Punk's feud.
Hell in a Cell saw Big Show and Sheamus have an all-out war, and Kofi Kingston and Miz have one of the best matches either man has had in a year.
More recently, we saw Survivor Series produce a number of great matches, with most of the winners being the people who actually deserved the win the most.
CM Punk had a better-than-expected match with Ryback and John Cena that ended in the debut of three new superstars.
Dolph Ziggler was the sole survivor in a great elimination match that featured nine of WWE's best and brightest stars and David Otunga.
Just to be clear, that last part was joke. David Otunga has a ton of potential and has improved a lot over the course of his WWE run.
Getting the win over Orton was the icing on the cake for the guy who is long overdue for a major title.
Sheamus and Big Show managed to make a terrible storyline worthwhile with another great match that was memorable despite a DQ ending.
In a year when WWE had plenty of criticism for the lack of originality, it kept good on its promise of delivering high-quality matches.
This is not to mention all of the matches on the weekly shows that were better than average in 2012.
Storyline is like a garnish in wrestling. We might tune in each week because we want to know how something will be resolved. But in the end, it is the wrestling that matters, and WWE has stepped it up this past year in that department.
Using the right people in the right situations is not always easy. But having a roster of gifted athletes helps get WWE through those angles that have no substance.
Not every match can be a show-stealer, but every show can be stolen.
Usually it's done by Dolph Ziggler.