When all is said and done, 2011 was a pretty good year for WWE. We got to see Christian and Mark Henry win their first major WWE championships, The Rock and Mick Foley returned, The Miz proved that bad guys can beat Cena from time to time, Daniel Bryan went from indy superstar to World Heavyweight Champion, and CM Punk rose to the top of WWE and has no plans to give that spot up.
However, since it is WWE, we couldn't go more than a few weeks without seeing something so ridiculous that it makes us all question why we are WWE fans in the first place. So I figured that I would revisit some of those moments, just so we don't forget how unbelievably silly WWE can get.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 most cringe-worthy moments of 2011. Some of them will make you want to turn away, some of them would have made you want to turn the channel, but all of them will make you shake your head in disbelief.
Let me know if I left anything out by commenting in the section below, or you can follow me on Twitter (@TheOneTC) and debate the subject there.
Okay, so this really was one of the best heel turns in recent memory, it's just how WWE went about it that makes it so cringe-worthy.
I personally see nothing wrong with what WWE did to turn R-Truth heel, besides break the law, but that's besides the point. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing on television when it happened. I mean, we had been blasted with so much "PG Era" talk that something like R-Truth turning on John Morrison and lighting up a cigarette just seemed...dirty.
But hey, it was one of the most effective heel turns in a long time. R-Truth obtained main event status (before being busted for a Wellness Policy violation) and John Morrison, the guy he beat up...well, we may never see him in WWE again.
Sin Cara was quite possibly the most hyped, and most panned superstar to come to WWE in 2011.
In early 2011 it was announced that WWE had signed Mexican luchador, Mistico to a contract. Almost immediately WWE began airing promos and hyping his debut, and he seemed to be touted as one of the biggest superstars to come to WWE in some time.
Sin Cara made his debut in April and was immediately criticized for both his in-ring work and backstage attitude.
Many complained about his botched trampoline entrances, his lack of ability to hit moves fluidly in the ring, and the goofy lighting that was used for his matches. There were also several reports that Sin Cara had a bad attitude backstage and bragged about his past matches, even though many others felt that he was nothing special.
Then, Sin Cara was written off of television with an injury angle, due to the fact that he had failed WWE's wellness policy, which carries a 30-day suspension.
Sin Cara returned early, only he was portrayed by the superstar now known as Hunico. When the original returned, the two started a feud that was poorly received.
Most recently, at Survivor Series, Sin Cara attempted to jump over the top rope to attack Hunico during the 5 on 5 Survivor Series match, only to have his knee give out, sending the superstar crashing to the mat.
Hopefully 2012 will be a better year for Sin Cara.
The fifth season of NXT has been a train wreck almost from it's inception.
Billed as NXT: Redemption, the premise of the show was fairly simple, it would feature participants from earlier seasons vying for a shot at a WWE contract.
Wait...that's not what the prize is? It's a shot to get on the next season of NXT? Well that's just absurd.
And yes, I am speaking in the present tense, seeing as how the show is still going on. Currently at 42 weeks and counting, the show has been airing weekly episodes online since March 8.
Countless superstars who aren't even rookies or coaches have even been making appearances, which begs the question, "why is this still even being labeled as NXT?" I'm not even going to get started on the ridiculous storylines and characters involved.
First of all, let me state that the feud between Micheal Cole and Jerry Lawler, as well as the feud between Cole and Jim Ross, have gone on for far too long. Cole is great as a heel, but I am sick of him getting into matches and taking up ring time, whether it is with actual matches, or just running his mouth. Let him just be the heel commentator, and interrupt only from time to time to keep the heat.
Now that that is out of the way, let's take a look at what was probably the worst Micheal Cole match to date.
At Extreme Rules Micheal Cole teamed up with Jack Swagger to take on Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross. The match was originally planned to be a typical tag-team match, but the anonymous Raw GM decided to change the stipulation, making it a "Country Whipping Match."
As any match with three non-wrestlers would be, this match was slow and seemed to go on forever. Sure, we got to see Good Ol' JR slap Swagger with a belt, but it only dragged the Micheal Cole/Jerry Lawler feud on even longer, which resulted in a "Kiss My Foot" match three weeks later.
WWE hosted Capitol Punishment live from the capital United States, Washington DC. With that in mind, it was certain that WWE would do something ridiculous in regards to President Barack Obama.
While WWE did release many promos for the pay-per-view event which featured WWE themed questions being answered by footage from past Presidential speeches (such as this one), nothing was as bad as when "The President" showed up at the event and danced in the ring with Booker T.
As 2011 started, Nexus had been taken over by CM Punk, who then kicked Wade Barrett out of the group after preventing him from winning a steel cage match against Sheamus and Randy Orton. The next week, Punk then re-initiated the other members of Nexus into the New Nexus.
First, Michael McGillicutty was forced to be on the receiving end of a finisher from each member of Nexus. Husky Harris was then whipped three times by each member in order to be initiated. David Otunga was the final member to be initiated after getting beat down by Big Show.
Only Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel refused to do what Punk said, and were kicked out of the group.
In a WWE that now preaches so much anti-bullying, this seems like something from the Attitude Era.
Jim Ross is a WWE legend, which make me wonder why he has put up with so much crap this year.
Recently, JR has been in somewhat of a feud with Michael Cole. During this feud, Jim Ross has been the subject of countless jokes from Cole, he has been doused in his own Bar-B-Q sauce, and danced like an idiot and stepped on a scale in front of the entire world during the "Michael Cole Challenge."
However, the worst came during the three-hour Slammy edition of Raw, where JR and Michael Cole engaged in a rap-off. It was so bad, the JR forgot his words and tried to improvise.
Yup, we got that instead of actual wrestling.
In case you haven't noticed, Michael Cole is in several of these slides. Honestly, I haven't decided whether that is a good thing or a bad thing yet.
Though not quite as cringe-worthy as some of the others, this moment was quite ridiculous, and was one of those times where I shook my head and wondered why I still sit through two (or more) hours of Raw every week.
On the July 25 episode of Raw, Triple H was set to give the "State of the WWE" address. Triple H re-hired Jim Ross, who took his place next to Michael Cole. When Cole started to throw a fit, Triple H informed him that he would be participating in a match. Triple H was even kind enough to bring some ring attire along with him, since Cole had forgotten his.
What resulted was...well, watch the video and see for yourself.
On the September 19 edition of Raw, Jerry Lawler was slammed through the announcers' table my The World's Strongest Man, Mark Henry. While that was bad enough, he received the worst of it the next week on Raw.
While giving an update on Lawler's condition, Michael Cole informed the viewers at home that Jerry Lawler was suffering from anal bleeding.
Yup, you heard that right. In fact, it was such a ridiculous statement that the term "anal bleeding" trended on Twitter that night.
The good part of all of this? Take a look at JR and Booker's faces when Cole mentions "anal bleeding." Priceless.
Though it didn't really cause any physical pain, I don't think there was anything more painful to watch in 2011 than Mick Foley's "This is Your Life" segment that featured John Cena, and I had the privilege of seeing it live.
On the November 14 edition of Raw, Mick Foley attempted to persuade John Cena to become friends with The Rock. How he did this however, made absolutely no sense.
After Foley brought Cena out to the ring, he first introduced Cena's Little League coach, who talked about how terrible Cena was at baseball. Then, Foley brought out Bull Buchanan, who was Cena's partner during his rapping gimmick in 2003. Buchanan talked about how his life had gone down the drain since his break-up with Cena. Next was John Cena Sr., who came out to the ring and insulted all the fans in attendance who booed Cena.
Finally, before Mick Foley could bring out anyone else, The Rock appeared, walked to the ring, delivered a Rock Bottom to Foley, and left without saying a word.
I was never so happy to see The Rock in my life.