A handful of WWE stars have enjoyed a successful 2015 with some brilliant matches, great promos and personal achievements.
Despite some negativity regarding the ratings and the current product throughout the year, the year can go down as a success for the company, but they will look to avoid the negative aspects in 2016.
A select few superstars have excelled in 2015, and they will look to not only continue the momentum in 2016 but look to top the year they had and achieve greater things. Here are the WWE superstars I believe enjoyed a fantastic 2015.
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You can’t look past The Architect when you discuss which superstar had a great 2015. Seth Rollins started the year off on a high, but an unfortunate injury meant he would watch the final few months of action from the sidelines.
He took part in a brilliant match at the Royal Rumble where he took on Brock Lesnar and John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but even though he lost it was clear from the moment he was ready to be the champion. His individual effort was fantastic before another great performance in another loss, this time to Randy Orton at WrestleMania.
We all know what took place later that night. He became the first man to cash in his Money in the Bank contract to leave WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion before a string of successful defences against big-name opposition.
He’s had excellent matches since then and has disposed of stars ranging from John Cena to Brock Lesnar to Sting, and he also became the only man to hold the WWE World Heavyweight and the United States Championship at the same time.
Aside from the success and the great matches he’s shown he can carry the company and was a top heel in the process.
Although Kevin Owens wasn’t even on the main roster for the first four or five months of 2015, his arrival brought a sense of excitement fans hadn’t felt for quite some time.
At the time, he was the latest star attempting to defeat Cena for the United States Championship, but he took it a step further when he hit him with a Pop-Up Powerbomb on his first night, igniting the feud rather than having one championship match on Raw.
He had fantastic matches with Cena and even picked up a clean win on his main roster debut over the United States Champion, and that’s not something every star can boast. Since then he hasn’t hit those same heights, but he has still managed to maintain his stance as the top heel in the company.
He’s shown that he’s born to be a WWE Superstar and is a top-level heel in the company. He captured the Intercontinental Championship and has put on more brilliant performances against the likes of Dean Ambrose and Cesaro. The way his career is going, it won’t be a surprise to see Owens enjoy a big 2016.
John Cena has been one of the most consistent performers in 2015 despite not becoming World Champion and his great year also started off at the Royal Rumble in the match of the year contender alongside Lesnar and Rollins.
He then got involved in a feud with Rusev involving the United States Championship before a great battle at WrestleMania where he captured the championship and since then he has helped elevate the prestige of the championship by holding regular challenges.
The good thing about Cena this year is that he’s remained consistent in his matches and even though fans argue that he isn’t a fantastic wrestler; he’s certainly held his own against some of the finest in-ring competitors the company has to offer.
We’ve seen him in brilliant matches with Cesaro, a great clash with Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens as well as a feud with Rollins. He did deserve the time off he asked for, and it’s been clear since his time away from the WWE that the company still needs him.
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The trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods will go down as a massive success story in 2015 mainly because they got over so much on their own.
We all know the reception they received when they debuted, and it didn’t look as if they’d even last on WWE television. However, they’ve improved leaps and bounds and have remained consistent and relevant for most of the year.
They’re great heels and have been involved in some great matches as well as some important segments; they even closed Raw out by taking out Cena and Dolph Ziggler.
They’ve captured two Tag Team Championships this year and a lengthy reign should continue into 2016. They are all fantastic at drawing heat, they can work in the ring, and they know what’s viral in the world today and they do well to incorporate that into their promos.
They should continue to have free reign with their work heading into the New Year so they can have the same amount of impact, plus you know you’re something special when you have grown men wearing unicorn headbands.
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