The World Cup To Determine The Best In The World (that is the full title right?) certainly raised a few eyebrows at WWE Crown Jewel. The winner of a tournament that featured the likes of Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and Kurt Angle, was contested by Dolph Ziggler and The Miz, which ended up being won by Shane McMahon. Huh.
While the pair of Ziggler and Miz are certainly not bad workers by any means, there’s no doubt they’re not exactly a first choice by most fans. Seemingly, they’re not a first choice by WWE either, as there’s now been reports as to why the duo made it so far in the tournament by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
In the case of Dolph Ziggler, WWE felt he was the guy that was lowest down the pecking order on the Raw side of the World Cup, and as such, was the only wrestler they felt realistically susceptible to being squashed by Shane McMahon in a few minutes.
So the person that’s the lowest, and therefore least likely to win, was pushed to the final? Right.
It’s a similar story for The Miz, as on the SmackDown side, WWE felt the only wrestler they had that could drop out due to injury was ‘The A-Lister’. Typically they don’t want their babyfaces to display such signs of “weakness”, and they didn’t want to put Randy Orton in that position.
The finals of the World Cup were decided by circumstance, shoehorned in to make sure they had their eventual winner, while protecting as many people as they can. On the surface that seems really smart, but at what cost? It does somewhat hinder the entire impact of the tournament.
It seems to me that all these problems would be fixed by just not having Shane McMahon win the tournament, by hey what do I know, I’m not The Best Wrestler In The World. That’s Shane. SHANE MCMAHON IS THE BEST WRESTLER IN THE WORLD. I’m never getting over it.