NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05:  A fan cosplays as WWE fighter CM Punk during the 2018 New York Comic Con at Javits Center on October 5, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Feuds In Which The Wrong Wrestler Came Out On Top
Reigns vs. Cena
When Roman Reigns met John Cena at No Mercy 2017, many hoped that Cena would emerge victorious and take Reigns down a notch, but Reigns ended up beating Cena, which made no sense. Cena beating Roman would give the latter some adversity to overcome and help develop his character, which never happened.
Punk Vs. Triple H
At Night of Champions 2011, CM Punk met Triple H in a classic rebel vs establishment storyline. Confusingly, Triple H emerged victorious, because WWE had Punk, the “anti-establishment” guy lose to the “establishment” guy. In WWE, the establishment is the enemy, and moreover, handing Punk a loss in a one-and-done feud didn’t help either.
Asuka Vs. Charlotte
Asuka is a brilliant wrestler with accolades like an undefeated NXT streak and winning the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble, so it’s really shocking why WWE booked her to lose against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 34. Instead of having a back-and-forth feud between the two women, a one-and-done loss did nothing but hurt Asuka’s career.
Onita Vs. Hayabusa
Credited for introducing the hardcore style into FMW, Atsushi Onita was set to retire after passing the torch to the talented high-flyer Hayabusa. Traditionally, when wrestlers leave a promotion, they’re supposed to lose to build their opponent, but surprisingly Onita won against Hayabusa in a “No Rope Exploding Barbed Wire Cage Bomb” match.
Ospreay Vs. Okada
At the 2022 G1 Climax, Kazuchika Okada defeated Will Ospreay — an ending that surprised even the audience. Ospreay and Okada had faced previously at Wrestle Kingdom 16 where Okada won in a 32-minute match, so it only made sense for Ospreay to pick up the victory this time, but the results were not what we expected.