The WWE has enjoyed a mixed 2015 with some events going in the history books as highly entertaining while others will go down as some of the worst events in recent times.
Ratings have been a significant problem for the WWE this year, and fans have been vocal in their criticism. They have a point, though; some of the pay-per-views they’ve been putting out haven’t been worth watching, and a handful of events will go down as the worst to take place this year.
Some fans will still be unhappy about how the Royal Rumble played out in January while others found that Battleground was a pay-per-view that failed to live up to expectation. The same can be said for NXT; certain TakeOver specials have been absolutely fantastic this year while one or two failed to hit those same heights.
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A lot has happened this year, but which events will go down as the best and worst pay-per-views and TakeOver specials of 2015? Here are the events I believe are the worst to take place this year.
The WWE were heading into Survivor Series with negativity in the first place, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that myself alongside many WWE fans consider Survivor Series as the worst pay-per-view of 2015.
We were heading into this event with plenty of injuries and absences with some big names missing out. Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Randy Orton, John Cena and Daniel Bryan are some of the big names who were absent.
The guys that were forced to step up tried their best in a losing battle, and it definitely backfired, and the rumours about ISIS threatening to attack at the event didn’t help either. The actual event itself failed to live up to the epic Survivor Series event that took place a year earlier where Sting made his debut.
It felt like the matches were thrown together with hardly any relevant or interesting build and most of the matches felt rushed as well, which was a shame as lots of stars involved had the potential to put on fantastic matches. There was hardly any tradition either, this event is one where five on five elimination tag team matches are guaranteed to happen but this year there was hardly any focus on it.
The Wyatt Family lost again against The Brothers of Destruction, and that really killed their momentum. That match alone is the reason nobody is taking The Wyatt Family seriously anymore whereas it could have been the turning point for them and their biggest win to date.
The matches were rushed – especially the main event between Reigns and Dean Ambrose – and the man that walked out with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship looked weak. Sheamus losing earlier on in the evening did him no favours and him walking out with the title – albeit in entertaining fashion – left a sour taste in the mouth.
Nothing went the WWE’s way with this event, and they’ll be hoping they can change that around in 2016.
NXT TAKEOVER: UNSTOPPABLE
The thing with TakeOver specials is that they don’t take place every month, so it’s always fresh. I believe TakeOver: Unstoppable has been the weakest TakeOver this year but that doesn’t mean it was a rubbish event, it just meant it failed to live up to the same expectations the rest of the TakeOver specials did.
Some of the matches on the card were absolutely fantastic, Sasha Banks defended her NXT Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch while Finn Balor started his rise to the top by defeating Tyler Breeze to determine the number one contender to the NXT Championship.
Other than that the matches didn’t really ‘wow’ the fans compared to what else we have seen, both past and present. The night felt like there were a lot of filler matches that weren’t memorable as Baron Corbin defeated Rhyno while Blake and Murphy defeated Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Those matches didn’t have any memorable spots to get the fans excited, and the show did feel a little dry in the middle stages as anticipation continued to build towards the main event. That too finished in a no contest, but the arrival of Samoa Joe is what had fans talking the most.
Even the women’s tag team match didn’t do anything to make it a must-see TakeOver. We had Bayley and Charlotte – two of the most successful NXT Diva’s in history – going up against Emma and the newcomer Dana Brooke. The pressure was obviously on Brooke as well as Emma, but it wasn’t anything like the amazing Diva’s matches we have seen on NXT.
I do think TakeOver could have been saved by longer matches with memorable spots to get the fans of their feet. However, I do think Survivor Series was a rushed event. With plenty of injuries, absences and failure to build-up each and every single match, I felt the WWE knew this event wouldn’t go down a huge success.
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