The WWE Universe is preparing for its first big event of the year, this weekend's Royal Rumble, and with just days to go until the huge PPV Vince McMahon has made a bold prediction concerning what lies ahead for the company.
The WWE CEO believes this Sunday's Royal Rumble is only the beginning, going public today on his belief that 2015 will be WWE's greatest year ever.
No stranger to big claims and hyperbole, Vince McMahon's ability to promote the company he has helped build is admirable. Though, after a difficult 2014 all round for WWE,he may struggle to find many fans who share his optimism for the next 12 months.
Put simply, 2014 was a tough year for WWE. Whether it was issues with wrestlers (see CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio), chaos and discontent concerning the much-hyped WWE Network, accusations of racism directed at Triple H, injuries to key figures (Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan) or Vince McMahon watching his millions dwindle as WWE stock plummeted, there was plenty to contend with.
And that is before you even get to complaints about the product itself with widespread anger at The Authority, an ageing John Cena character or the fact that NXT seemed more watchable that much of the in-ring action between main roster talent.
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A year that began with promise ended with WWE being voted as the sixth best wrestling promotion in the world right now by fans in the Wrestling Observer end of year Awards.
Things, as they say, can only get better and at least this weekend's Royal Rumble looks like kicking the year off with a bang.
The likes of Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns' comebacks will be put to the test while there are rumors of several legends making surprise appearances.
Then there is the ongoing title battle which will rumble on until WrestleMania. Whether fans are keen on either John Cena or Brock Lesnar being in possession of the title however remains to be seen.
One bright hope is the talented Seth Rollins and with the wrestler set to go head to head with Cena and the Beast Incarnate 2015 could indeed see the ushering in of a new mega-star.
The more general debate over what is WWE's best ever year is one that I am sure fans will argue long into the night. What do you think? Let us know what was the best year in the promotion's history in the comments section below...
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