2015 was a less than memorable year for WWE, the following is a list of the best moments from the WWE over the last 52 weeks.
5. The Rise of the New Day.
When the New Day emerged nobody gave them much of a chance. Initially booked as the ultimate baby face, the trio of Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston, were forced into a heel role due to their unpopularity, but this miraculously turned out to be one of the best moments of 2015 for WWE.
The trio started to become increasingly more interesting and showed more character. The gimmick in itself was less than memorable, but the New Day made it their own and look like they genuinely enjoy being in the heel role. The three men can cut a great promo, and interact with the crowd better than most superstars on the main roster.
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4. John Cena United States Championship Open Challenge.
John Cena’s reign as U.S champion was certainly one of the more memorable moments of 2015. The title itself lost a significant amount of prestige, with lacklustre reigns such as Dean Ambrose a few years back, Sheamus, and Rusev.
Cena added a degree of unpredictability to WWE, by offering any superstar a shot at his title. We were treated to some high-quality matches, with the likes of Sami Zayn, Neville, Dean Ambrose, Kane and Alberto Del Rio, who claimed the title from Cena in a remarkable fashion, at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
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3. Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker (Hell in a Cell match).
The match was billed as the final chapter between two icons of the WWE. The story was set, Lesnar had defeated the Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania 30, Undertaker had cost Lesnar the WWE title at Battleground, with an unexpected appearance.
The conclusion of this memorable feud, was a Hell in a Cell match. The match was a throwback to the attitude era, when these stars were in their prime. Blood pumped profusely from both men, there were chair shots, and both men were used as battering rams against the steel cage. Lesnar, lived up to his title of “The Beast incarnate”, tearing the ring apart and exposing the wooden placard below. Undertaker, continued to perform remarkably at the ripe age of 50.
Justice was complete on Lesnar’s part as he had a clean victory over his nemesis. The match itself was voted as match of the year, solidifying it as one of the moments of 2015.
2. Seth Rollins Cashes in at Wrestlemania 31.
The main event at Wrestlemania was booked as Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar. WWE creative knew if they booked Reigns as champion, there would be uproar following the reception Reigns received after winning the Royal Rumble. Lesnar winning would similarly be labelled as bland and predictable.
WWE decided to allow Seth Rollins to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, in an unprecedented twist. Rollins became the first superstar to cash in the coveted contract at a Wrestlemania main event, and fans overall were pleased with the decision.
1. The Rise of NXT.
The overall booking and story-telling of NXT, has been remarkable in 2015, and occasionally has over shadowed Raw and Smackdown. The rise of Samoa Joe, Finn Bálor, Neville, Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Charlotte, and many more, has transformed NXT from a developmental segment into its own show.
NXT takeover shows in the UK and Brooklyn, showcased some fantastic matches in itself, such as Sasha Banks and Bayley at NXT takeover in Brooklyn. NXT ultimately has given fans hope for the future of the company.