We’re past the halfway mark of the year and the past six months have seen some memorable moments in the WWE.
We have seen some brilliant events from the Royal Rumble to Extreme Rules, WrestleMania XXX and the recent Money in the Bank event.
Between those events we have seen several entertaining episodes of Monday Night Raw and even Friday Night SmackDown, but what is the most memorable moment from the last six months?
To decide you have to consider the shock factor, the entertainment value and of course, the lasting legacy or impression a particular moment has left, each of which will go down in history for different reasons.
Here are my picks for the ten most memorable moments over the past six months.
Honourable mention: CM Punk quits the WWE
Not every single moment has to be positive, and this certainly wasn’t for all the hardcore Phil Brooks fans who had hoped to see their favourite superstar compete more often. That wasn’t the case the night after the Royal Rumble as he told Vince McMahon he was ‘going home’, and wasn’t advertised for future events.
Punk has left a lasting impact and has divided the fans, some want him to return and others believe his decision was wrong and he should stay well away and is one of the most hated men in the company. His decision sent shockwaves throughout the WWE Universe, and this stunt is still being talked about to this very day.
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At the Royal Rumble event in January of 2014 Roman Reigns made history when he broke Kane’s record of most eliminations with 12; surpassing the record previously held by Kane who had 11 eliminations. This was the start of the big Roman Reigns push we were promised and the only way has been up since then for Reigns.
His record isn’t simply a handful of names that were eliminated, this is a record which won’t be broken until the next big superstar appears and who knows when that will be. He also eliminated his then-Shield stable mates in Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to further show his dominance and was a moment to remember.
This time last year if you had to pick one superstar who would become WWE Champion the first from The Shield, Seth Rollins would probably be your third pick. But how the tables have turned as Seth Rollins captured the Money in the Bank briefcase in June and can now cash his contract in for a championship match any time, any place within one whole year.
This practically guarantees Seth Rollins a WWE World Heavyweight Championship run as I highly doubt he will be the third superstar to fail in his cash-in attempt. His briefcase win will be one to remember in the long run and certainly a key moment in the past six months.
After his impressive victory at WrestleMania XXX, nobody believed Cesaro could pull out with another memorable moment less than 24 hours after his win, but he managed to do just that. During his segment with Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger, Cesaro declined that he was a ‘Zeb Colter Guy’ before declaring that he is in fact a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’.
If you’re new to the WWE then being a Paul Heyman Guy is kind of a big deal, having a man of Heyman’s stature and skill to guide your career to the very top and Cesaro is still on his way up. Heyman has achieved a lot and now Cesaro will also go down in history as one of the better Paul Heyman guys which was revealed on an entertaining episode of Monday Night Raw.
The highly anticipated Andre the Giant memorial battle royal was almost impossible to predict the winner. One superstar was going to get his hands on the impressive trophy and Cesaro kicked his push off in style, and the manner in which he won has kept the fans talking and mirrors the body slam we saw Hulk Hogan deliver to Andre the Giant himself.
The Big Show and Cesaro were the final two competitors and it would definitely take something special for Cesaro to win, and he provided a spectacle which has left a lasting impression. With ease he lifted The Big Show off his feet, and tossed him over the top rope showcasing his strength. A great victory and an equally impressive spectacle.
A Chris Jericho return is always entertaining, with his other projects including his band Fozzy and his podcast for example; Jericho isn’t someone who has a lot of spare time on his hands. When most people would want a break to relax, Chris Jericho would rather come back to the WWE for the fans to engage in what should be the greatest feud this summer – with Bray Wyatt.
This return is definitely a memorable moment over the last six months as it was so unexpected, he never gives any clear indications over when or if he will return, even throwing fans off by posting photos of him with his family. The WWE did advertise a returning former WWE Champion – yet still fans thought of the likes of Brock Lesnar and The Miz before Jericho’s name popped up. That alone says a lot, as did the reactions of the fans and the anticipation to see what will unfold for the remainder of the year.
What better way to kick off WrestleMania XXX – a spectacle in itself – than by having three of the finest legends the business has ever seen, with Hulk Hogan kicking off the night fans were already filled with excitement to see what he had to offer. The best way to top that? Why not throw Stone Cold Steve Austin into the mix and have two of the finest square off and complement each other.
That wasn’t all, The Rock decided to join the party and entertain the millions of fans watching this historic event. This isn’t only a memorable moment over the past six months, but the opening segment of WrestleMania XXX will go down as one of the greatest in history.
#4: Bray Wyatt
If you never heard of Bray Wyatt before his main roster debut, the last six months would have not only kept you interested in his feuds; but made you a fan. His first six months were fantastic in the WWE, a feud with Kane and feuds with The Shield and Daniel Bryan were some of the most entertaining feuds in recent years. But Wyatt stepped up his game and showed us what he is capable of when he engaged in a feud with John Cena for the last six months or so.
It’s his work on the microphone, his mannerisms, his work inside the ring but the main reason why he holds the fourth spot is because he created his own movement, where the fans began to follow him even though he was the heel in the feud, the flashes from camera phones waving from side to side were visual spectacles, his use of children in his work and simply singing songs had fans singing as well. A special superstar who has made the year entertaining so far and has left a lasting impact, a massive moment in this six month review.
What a rollercoaster year Daniel Bryan has had, from capturing the WWE Championship, Randy Orton cashing it in, winning it back, bring stripped off the gold, having to face The Wyatt Family and then Triple H at WrestleMania. The least Bryan deserved was his WrestleMania moment. By defeating Triple H and then Batista and Randy Orton in the main event.
He created a dedicated movement and most of the fans got behind him in this battle between The Authority and the underdog, and everyone loves a good underdog story. It is a terrific moment which took place over the last six months and it justifies third place, however due to events which unfolded after his win, it can’t be any higher.
The second most memorable moment over the last six months is the night Seth Rollins stabbed his brothers in the back and turned on The Shield, siding with Triple H as he had to look out for himself. I can guarantee that no fan saw this coming that night, as Dean Ambrose was seen as the favourite to turn heel. Rollins looked as if he became the third well in this stable, but he certainly turned those thoughts around that night.
This is the second most memorable moment because even to this day we are talking about it and we will continue to talk about for a while, because of the impact The Shield has had in the WWE.
There was nothing that was going to come in top spot other than the night Brock Lesnar did the unimaginable and conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Before the match Lesnar was seen as another competitor, someone who would turn up, hurt The Undertaker but still lose, just like CM Punk, Shawn Michaels and Triple H in the past. The build-up to the match wasn’t something which would make fans believe that Lesnar is a serious threat.
But the moment Brock Lesnar connected with the third and final F5; fans sat up out of their seats and thought this could be it, and it was. It looked like a botch finish from the referee but it was always meant to be close. Take a look back at the videos and look at the reaction from Paul Heyman, screaming as he couldn’t believe it. Listen to the commentators who had no idea how this happened and see just how much noise 80,000 plus fans made, it was silence. No moment in history garnered this much attention, let alone in the past six months, a truly memorable moment.
WWE fans – what do you think of the January – June review? Any other moments stick out to you? Let us know in the comments section below and come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28.
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