This year hasn't been one that will be remembered fondly for many of the WWE Universe, but it has been a year of shocks and surprises as well as a year where WWE has been the most injury hit in their history.
This is the second part of the WWE teams review of the year and once again fellow WWE Lead Writers Gabriella De Feo and Raza Kazi join in to give their opinions on the last 12 months of over-the-top action.
MATCH OF THE YEAR
This year has been full of fantastic matches, many of which could have been worthy of this accolade, from John Cena's Open Challenge matches against Neville and Cesaro to Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins ladder match at Money in the Bank where the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was on the line. But the winner for me would have to be John Cena vs Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar from this years Royal Rumble. This was the first time we saw Rollins Phoenix Splash in WWE and it was a well put together match for all three competitors.
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Gabriella - There is no question that the match of the year has to be the Triple Threat match between John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins at the Royal Rumble. Even though it took place during the first month of 2015 it was a bout of a plausible duration, with several ridiculous spots. Every man looked at some point like they could win and even almost a year on, no match has compared to it.
Raza- I was close to going with the John Cena vs. Kevin Owens match at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view because it was a solid wrestling match and not many people can say they make their debut by defeating Cena clean in the middle of the ring. However, it's difficult to look past the WWE World Heavyweight Championship triple threat match at the Royal Rumble between Cena, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. Every man looked like he could have won and they all came close and for the first time in a very long time we had an exciting main event which could have gone either way. Rollins was extremely close to winning, but it was The Beast who prevailed from the epic battle.
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DIVA OF THE YEAR
This year will always be remembered for the failed Divas Revolution whilst at the same time it will also be recognized as the year AJ Lee retired and Nikki Bella became the longest reigning Divas Champion. This makes it hard to choose a Diva of the year, but I would have to pick Paige, from teaming with AJ at the beginning of the year to feuding with Nikki and then Charlotte, Paige has had an incredible 2015 and hopefully 2016 brings the Anti-Diva more success.
Gabriella - Unfortunately, yet another year has gone by where we have seen a significant amount of wasted talent within the Divas Division thanks to WWE’s creative team. One female wrestler who certainly proved her worth since the Divas Revolution however is Charlotte, she certainly made herself stand out in an average area of the company.
Raza - There aren't many female's who stood out the most despite the so-called "Diva's Revolution" taking place and it seems like it's another year of "what if's" regarding the Diva's division. My bias towards NXT would usually see me give this award to Charlotte, Becky Lynch or Sasha Banks but I have to give it to Nikki Bella. I may not be her biggest fan but you can't take away her huge achievement as well as the fact that she's vastly improved in the ring - especially when you compare her to her sister - and she's worked through injuries. It's good to see she embraced the role as a heel champion and did her best to stand out from the rest of the pack.
MOMENT OF THE YEAR
This has to be one of the hardest to choose, but I would have to say it was the moment Stephanie McMahon called up Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Charlotte. The trio of NXT Divas then set the main roster alight for a few weeks and the sheer excitement that surrounded their debut had a real impact on the Divas Division. It's just sad that the creative team couldn't continue what they started.
Gabriella - For me , this has to be something WWE should have done a long time ago but even when they did, they pulled it off well. Roman Reigns’ character change was well overdue but when it took place, it went down a storm with followers of WWE. His terrible goofy, cheesy gimmick was ultimately a huge waste of time and was rejected by every WWE fan. Instead, the end of TLC sees Reigns snap into a silent badass type, which everyone watching had been waiting to see for so long. One night later he leaves Raw as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, which cemented the start of the dawn of the Roman empire.
Raza - On a personal level I don't think there's been anything that stands out as the single greatest moment of the year. We've seen a few returns and some great spots in 2015, but I have to go with the Sting and Triple H match at WrestleMania. It was clear that this was the final WWE vs. WCW battle and we saw the nWo and DX come down to the ring and take each other out. It was nostalgic and a moment that will go down in history.
FEUD OF THE YEAR
Undertaker and Brock Lesnar dominated this year. From The Deadman's return at Battleground to their final battle at Hell in a Cell, this was their year and it was the headline feud. This was many of the WWE Universe's reasons for buying SummerSlam and Hell in a Cell and it was a feud that was over a year in the making. It was a masterstroke to bring Undertaker back for this and the brawl the night after Battleground was one of the best I have ever seen!
Gabriella - This was a tough choice between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar or Kevin Owens and John Cena, but I would have to give it to the latter purely because we have seen so much more of them. Owens squaring up against Cena brought about a fun an exciting new way to introduce NXT talent onto the main roster. All three of the matches between these two WWE superstars could have had the potential to be seen as match of the year, too.
Raza - I can't look past the Kevin Owens and John Cena feud. Owens brought a new sense of excitement we hadn't felt in a while and his transition from NXT to the main roster didn't feel forced because there was no hype. As fans we actually felt as if Owens wanted to destroy Cena and their matches spoke volumes as well because of the unique chemistry. The fact that Owens picked up a clean win against Cena on his debut just added more excitement to this rivalry.
FACE OF THE YEAR
Dean Ambrose has stood out above the rest this year, he has managed to stay relevant despite the fact that the WWE Creative Team have no idea what to do with him. Ambrose has had shots at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and put on a fantastic show in all these matches. He has also become the Intercontinental Champion this year for the first time.
Gabriella - There are several contenders for this category, but John Cena ultimately again, has proved his dominance. His exciting US Open Challenge segment meant that he upped his game as the ideal baby face, as well as helping lower/mid-card talent to progress by putting on impressive matches with them week-in, week-out. No one else could have done what Cena has throughout this year and have achieved the desired effect as well.
Raza - John Cena will be a popular choice because he excelled in the opportunities given to him in 2015 but for me it has to be Dean Ambrose. Ambrose hasn't played a huge role compared to the likes of Cena and Reigns but it's important to understand he hasn;t been given the same importance or opportunities. Despite that, he's still managed to captivate the audience better than half of the WWE roster. If someone can be so loved by the WWE Universe without achieving a lot, imagine how much more impressive he can be with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship around his waist.
PROMO OF THE YEAR
Paige's "pipebomb" that she dropped on Charlotte following her Divas Championship win was one of the best of the year. Paige finally said what a lot of the WWE Universe was thinking when she told Charlotte that she was just a place holder and that Becky Lynch was irrelevant. It was something that needed to be said and finally Paige was the one who said it.
Gabriella – Paul Heyman’s Latin promo which he carried out during August of this year will simply go down as one of the greatest of all-time. Heyman is a master at work and given his years of experience, this is understandable, but this promo was a cut above the rest. He somehow managed to manipulate the crowd both in attendance and watching back home and produced something so attention-grabbing it left the WWE Universe longing for more.
Raza - I can't pick out one single promo this year as we've seen a number of good ones from people like Paul Heyman, for example. I have to go with Bray Wyatt in general because of the feuds he's been involved in, the good thing about Wyatt is that his promos are unique on a weekly basis and are probably more difficult to deliver compared to Heyman. Heyman has the experience and knows how to build up a star attraction like Lesnar, whereas Wyatt has switched it up on a weekly basis to make the fans turn on guys like Reigns. He's delivered fantastic promos this year - even though it wasn't a successful year for him.
FINISHER OF THE YEAR
This year has seen a lot of new finishers brought into WWE with the three new NXT Divas bringing up some great submission moves with The Disarmer, The Figure 8 and The Bank Statement, but I would have to go with the Pedigree, Seth Rollins has brought this move back into focus in WWE this year and since the Curb Stomp was banned it has given Rollins a finisher that ties him to The Authority and gives him a better edge.
Gabriella – A move which has been specifically more noteworthy to me during this year is Neville’s Red Arrow. Having brought a whole new athletic talent to the roster during 2015, Neville’s finisher proves his incredible in-ring ability and never fails to be insanely impressive every time it is carried out. Very few wrestlers could pull off such a move and that for me, makes it the finisher of the year.
Raza - Although he no longer delivers this finisher anymore, the Curb Stomp deserves one final shoutout before 2016. For the first half of the year we saw Seth Rollins hit amazing Curb Stomps which looked brutal and some are more memorable then others. We saw him hit one on Orton through the steel steps, Orton then reversed one into an RKO, Rollins kept Lesnar down with the Curb Stomp as well. However, it was the Curb Stomp which won Rollins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania and it's something no fan will forget in a very long time, no finisher this year has had the same impact.
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