The WWE goes through its ups and downs every single year, sometimes the ups are fantastic and go down in history as some of the greatest, whilst some of the bad moments also go down in history but for the wrong reasons.
The year 2013 was filled with its bad moments but the WWE and its superstars – and one diva, managed to solidify some of the best moments in recent years and overshadow the negatives. I have picked out the five greatest moments in the WWE which made the year 2013 worth remembering, from a debut to a championship win; all five moments didn’t fail to impress and gain a reaction from the crowd.
5. The debut of The Wyatt Family
For all of you NXT fans this was something to get excited about as we all saw what Bray Wyatt was capable of during his developmental days and as soon as the first vignette aired on Monday Night Raw we knew the remainder of the fans were in for a treat. Plenty of hype surrounding their arrival which concluded with a WWE.com reporter visiting the family to learn more about them, where the final video ended up as the beginning of the debut.
They have grown on everyone since the debut, from the simple ‘we’re here’ to the actual orchestration of their brilliant entrance. It was fun to watch, it was creepy and exciting and made us think what they will be doing once they do arrive. And they did make their debut in spectacular fashion, what better way to make your mark than by taking out a monster in Kane. Along with the debut of The SHIELD, it will be a long time before we witness an epic debut such as The Wyatt Family once again.
4. AJ Lee drops a pipe bomb
If we’re being honest then there is never anything to boast about regarding the WWE diva’s division, but current Divas champion AJ Lee went out of her way to change that. Making a statement which shocked the fans and the remaining divas, and certainly for a couple of weeks she made the divas division relevant again. We are all aware of the Total Divas plugs the WWE force down our throats every single week, and thankfully the biggest name missing from the line-up is AJ Lee, for that reason she decided to face the remainder of the divas division and tell them all exactly what she and the fans all think of them.
She went from talking about The Bella Twins’ ‘daddy issues’ before practically crushing the manhood of Tyson Kidd; the husband of Natalya and the divas were all furious over this. She finished off by saying that the divas were not fit enough to lace her Chuck Taylor’s; and she is 100% correct. Every cloud has a silver lining, and for the diva’s division AJ Lee was that silver lining.
3. The Mark Henry retirement swerve
This promo made Mark Henry more relevant than he has ever been during his career in the WWE; which is a shame as he is a very underrated heel in the business; nevertheless he pulled out with one of the greatest promos you will see. There were ‘rumours’ suggesting Mark Henry will be announcing his retirement that night and it seemed like it was actually going to happen, in his voice and wiping his tears away all of the fans were convinced and believed this was the moment. Even John Cena got in on the action, applauding Mark Henry for everything he has achieved and even allowed to him to hold up the WWE Championship before embracing him.
Then he was hit by a World’s Strongest Slam and within fifteen minutes Mark Henry fooled the entire WWE Universe. Superb acting and the fans could not believe what they were seeing, after showing so much sympathy for Henry they did not know what to believe. He suckered everybody in with his words and pounced when it was least expected. His promo showed he has the ability to entertain and that he is comfortable with the character he is, a great promo and credit to Mark Henry for fooling every single one of us, admit it.
2. Dolph Ziggler cashes in his MITB briefcase
It was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened and Dolph Ziggler made that all-important leap to the main stage, by capturing the World Heavyweight Championship. It was expected that he was going to complete the deed at the grandest stage of them all, as he was involved in the losing side when he teamed up with Big E when they unsuccessfully challenged for the Tag Team Championship against Team Hell No! With the underwhelming moment for Dolph Ziggler complete, many were left wondering whether Ziggler would cash in during the World Title match or during WrestleMania at all.
It didn’t happen but instead the following night on Raw we witnessed one of the greatest cash-ins of all time, with major props going to the crowd. He entered as Alberto Del Rio was receiving treatment and decided that this was his moment, he was unable to win straight away but after a back and forth tussle Ziggler finally did it and the crowd showed their appreciation. A fantastic night, a brilliant cash in and the fans topped it off perfectly; it still remains exciting to watch.
1. Daniel Bryan becomes WWE Champion
This moment will probably be at the top of every WWE fans list of 2013; Daniel Bryan finally received a shot at the WWE Championship but standing in his way was John Cena. Bryan did incredibly well in holding his own during the build-up to this epic bout at SummerSlam and also has the fans to thank for having his back the entire journey. The moment finally arrived and he put on a fantastic show against John Cena, it was a brilliant match but the finish came out of nowhere, the Knee Plus connected with Cena and he defeated him…clean.
Pinning Cena clean in the middle of the ring was a big feat for Bryan anyway, but capturing the WWE Championship was the main motive and he fulfilled it. Forget what occurred after this moment but the euphoria of the moment Bryan captured the title was something which was unmatched for the remainder of the year.
What do you guys think? What were your best moments of 2013? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on my Twitter @RazK28 to discuss all things WWE.
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