The WWE have managed to put on some great events this year that the fans loved while they’d put out their fair share of below average events and fans didn’t hold back on the criticism either.
TLC was the final pay-per-view of the year, and it emerged as a late contender for the best event of 2015 as it exceeded all expectations while TakeOver: London was also a huge step forward for NXT
It’s been an interesting journey for both the main roster and NXT as we started the year off with Brock Lesnar as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion before Seth Rollins cashed in the Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania. Now we’re ending the year with Roman Reigns as the champion.
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On NXT, it was Sami Zayn who started the year off as NXT Champion, and it concludes with Finn Balor holding the strap and along the way we’ve seen some new, exciting additions to the roster.
With so many changes taking place on the main roster while NXT continues to bring in new talent, here are what I believe are the best events that took place this year.
Regardless of any late contenders for the pay-per-view of the year, nothing has been able to top WrestleMania 31 which proved to be a huge success and highly entertaining in the process. The good thing about it was there was plenty of excitement heading into it because almost every match meant something and great stories were told.
We had two fantastic pre-show matches with the Fatal 4 Way Tag Team Championship match as Tyson Kidd, and Cesaro retained. That match allowed the teams to showcase their talent with some great spots whereas some of them wouldn’t have even made it onto the card. The Big Show won the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal, and that was something the fans were invested in as well.
The Intercontinental Championship ladder match was a brutal way to kick off the night, and it set the tone perfectly, plus the fans were ecstatic when Daniel Bryan emerged victorious from the wreck with the championship. Nobody will also forget the incredible RKO from Randy Orton when he took on – and defeated – Seth Rollins in their encounter in another solid match.
Sting’s first match in the WWE was also fantastic where he took on Triple H, and it didn’t even matter that he lost, we saw fantastic entrances and even a DX vs. nWo brawl which was nostalgic and the fans loved it even though The Icon lost the match, but it still made sense. The John Cena and Rusev storyline concluded in great fashion as well while The Undertaker returned a whole year later to take down Bray Wyatt.
Who can forget the main event? Brock Lesnar destroying Roman Reigns before a Reigns fightback saw him almost walk out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, only for Rollins to cash-in and shock the world.
You can’t fault the main event. The build was there; there was excitement and anticipation at a great venue with great performances. The matches were fantastic and lived up to expectations, and we saw some great spots from certain matches.
There was the nostalgia; we had great entrances as well as The Rock and Ronda Rousey taking out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. It doesn’t get any bigger than that – now we have to wait for 2016 to see what the WWE has in store for us in Dallas because WrestleMania 31 is going to be a difficult one to top.
NXT TAKEOVER: BROOKLYN
NXT has had a successful year as the so-called developmental territory continues to grow as they recently toured the UK, which has also gone down as a huge success. However, this year I believe the best TakeOver event was the first time NXT went away from Full Sail University and managed to sell-out in Brooklyn.
The fact that almost 16,000 fans were in attendance already showed how much demand NXT was in, and they delivered. They had the legend that is Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger kick off the show by defeating Tyler Breeze, and his appearance made it a must-see event, it was a great match, and it just showed how much NXT has grown.
The Vaudevillians finally captured the NXT Tag Team Championships by defeating Blake and Murphy, and the fans were fully invested into their journey to the top and the reaction showed that. We also saw the highly anticipated debut of Uhaa Nation – performing as Apollo Crews – as he showed a glimpse of what he’s capable of.
Samoa Joe looked fantastic against a much-improved Baron Corbin while Finn Balor and Kevin Owens put on a fantastic main event in a ladder match. However, it was Bayley and Sasha Banks that stole the headlines with an incredible match which saw Bayley crowned the new NXT Women’s Champion.
It was a great night for NXT and the fans as well as we went on this emotional journey with Bayley as she finally captured the championship and it rounded off a solid night of wrestling. It’s difficult to find a TakeOver event in 2015 which managed get more emotion as well as telling great stories in almost every match.
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