Before we present our yearly awards on Round 27 of our podcast, here are my Top 10 WWE matches of 2015:
10. The Usos vs New Day vs Lucha Dragons TLC: December 13, 2015
I got to see this one live in person. This had to be the most exciting tag team match WWE put on all year. There were too many breathtaking bumps to count. Kalisto’s Salida Del Sol off the top of the ladder will live on forever!
9. Apollo Crews vs. Finn Balor NXT: November 4, 2015
Here was a dream match! These are arguably 2 of WWE’s most athletic wrestlers. Their styles played off each other so fluidly. It was like watching poetry in motion. The only hindrance was Baron Corbin’s interference at the end. This was followed by further interference by Samoa Joe, who turned heel in the process. If anything, this match has us waiting anxiously for a proper conclusion down the road.
8. Cesaro vs. Rusev vs. Kevin Owens Raw: July 13, 2015
This match caught lightning in a bottle. We have arguably 3 of the best wrestlers in the world in one match. We’re also catching all 3 men before they’ve reached their full heights within WWE. This match served as proving ground, with the prize being a shot at John Cena’s US Title. It was an absolute masterpiece. Unfortunately Kevin Owens walked Owens walked in true KO fashion and Rusev walked away with the W.
7. Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins Royal Rumble: January 25, 2015
A star was born here Maggle. Seth Rollins proved his own against legendary stars Cena and Lesnar. Rollins dazzled with the Phoenix Splash and even elbow dropped Lesnar through the Spanish announce table. Lesnar sold the spot so spectacularly that when he rose from the ashes and devastated his opponents, it was actually surprising.
6. Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns Wrestlemania: March 29, 2015
The most physical match we’ve seen in WWE in years. This was a real slugfest. Reigns and Lesnar did not hold back and they have the scars to prove it. The buildup may not have been up to par and this was not the most celebrated main event choice initially, but both men proved the critics wrong, me included. This was a battle of 2 tanks in a bar brawl. Rollins’ MITB cash in out of nowhere took things to the next level.
5. John Cena vs. Cesaro Raw: June 29, 2015/July 6, 2015
These matches were wrestling at its finest. Even if he was subsequently de-pushed, Cesaro proved his connection with the WWE Universe and showcased his potential to be a main event contender. Both superstars fed off one another and Cena’s ring-presence made these matches feel grand.
4. Seth Rollins vs. John Cena Raw: July 27, 2015
Anything is possible on live TV; including getting your nose grotesquely broken during a wrestling match. Rollins and Cena were wrestling a clinic per usual when Rollins inadvertently kneed Cena right in the nose. No need to adjust our TV sets. There were no special effects. The violence was real. Cena remained in the match, took additional bumps and still managed to win this barn burner.
3. Kevin Owens vs. John Cena Elimination Chamber: May 31, 2015
We complain about John Cena winning all the time. Justifiably so for the most part. Those constant wins are worth it for matches like these. Owens manhandled Cena in his WWE in-ring debut. The beat down was unlike anything done to Cena since his loss to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2014. Viewers were left speechless after each star tossed the kitchen sink and more at his counterpart. KO picked up the all impressive win.
2. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks NXT Takeover Respect: October 7, 2015
Either of their NXT Takeover matches can be inserted here. I give the nod to the Iron Woman match from Respect due to its epic scope. This was the first women’s match to main event a WWE event. It was also the first women’s match of its kind in WWE history. This was about as great a wrestling match as you’ll see anywhere; a technical showcase between two women at the top of their games. Sasha Banks heeled it up in perfect fashion. Bayley’s last second win was nothing short of a triumph.
1. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins Money In The Bank: June 14, 2015
This match has stuck with me ever since it concluded. Perhaps this was the lone match during his WWE WHC title reign (aside from the match against Sting) where Rollins was made to look like a force to be reckoned with. Seth truly looked like The Man here. Ambrose, being the superstar that he is, not only took a ton of damage, but sold it like a true pro. This was about as violent a match as you’ll see without any blood. Ambrose was bruised and battered by the end. Rollins put him through hell. Ambrose, however, had immeasurable heart. At the climax of the bout, he escaped a burial of ladders, climbed up the ladder alongside Rollins, and nearly stole the belt. This was a brutal match that went down to the wire. Ambrose and Rollins have unbeatable chemistry, they told a wonderful story, and they did it in arguably the most epic match type of all.
by Kevin D’Hooge