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Perhaps the worst pay-per-view of the year.
The pay-per-view event scene was rather bad this year, to say the least.
While we had a few diamonds in the rough and some good matches here and there, the big picture was pretty dismal.
For every wonder like Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, you can count 10 that were blunders.
For every main event that had a long build and lots of hype, it seemed like the rest of the card on those shows were the total opposite, getting no build whatsoever.
WWE had a tendency this year more than ever before to put absolutely no effort into promoting several matches in advance of a pay-per-view, throwing them onto the card at the last minute.
This not only hurt the perception of these matches as being not important enough to get attention from WWE's creative department, but in turn, it hurt the shows that they were on.
If WWE doesn't care enough to put any focus on those matches, why should fans care enough to want to buy the program and see these random fights?
And for that matter, if WWE only focuses on building one or two matches for an event and then those don't deliver, fans are even more disappointed.
Look at the backlash that happened when there was a string of screwy finishes to the main events.
Although some cooler heads prevailed, many fans were requesting refunds since they felt like they were cheated out of their money.
This doesn't happen if the rest of the card is entertaining and filled with fun matches.
Battleground is a prime example of what was wrong this year. Khali counted himself out during a pinfall, almost none of the matches meant anything and technical difficulties even turned the event off right before the main event, which ended like an ordinary episode of Raw anyway.
Television seemed to be more of a priority than pay-per-views, but what is a shame about that is even the TV shows weren't made to be unmissable.
Fans only needed to watch Raw. If you skipped SmackDown, NXT, Main Event, Superstars or any of the Web shows, you didn't miss anything noteworthy.
In fact, it speaks volumes when Total Divas is the second-most important thing that you have to watch to keep up with storylines in WWE.
When you sacrifice the pay-per-views in an attempt to make the television shows the bigger focal point, you need to go all out and make more than just the flagship show a destination.
Whether it was the fault of WWE management for not viewing pay-per-views as a priority or the creative team for not being able to put in the proper work in making them successful, this is going to need to change if 2014 is going to be a better year.
What do you think were the biggest overall best and worst things of the year in WWE? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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