With less than two weeks left in until the New Year (which will signal the start of Royal Rumble buzz and “Wrestlemania season”), we’d like to look back on some of the biggest “OMG” WWE moments in 2015, because frankly, it’s best for business.
Honorable mention – Notable deaths
We said goodbye to greats Verne Gagne and Nick Bockwinkel, but the sudden deaths of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (both whom died about a month and a half apart), were simply devastating to wrestling fans all over the world.
5. Roman Reigns wins WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Sure, this incredible moment happened this week. But after coming up short many times, to the chorus of “boos” from the WWE Universe that were not happy about the fact that they were being force-fed the notion he was going to be “the guy,” the fact that Reigns came out on top the way he did was magical. Add on top that he did it in Philadelphia, the same town that in essence booed him out of the building when he won the 2015 Royal Rumble makes the moment all the more surreal. And to think, all he had to do to get over was to knock out a 70-year-old man!
4. The Four Horsewomen Prove They're Main Event Worthy
This was a HUGE year for Women’s wrestling. The Divas on the main roster greatly improved, but nothing could hold a candle to NXT’s “Four Horsewomen” Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Bailey. They set the bar for all the women that step foot in the squared circle, no matter their place in the company. While it’s obvious that the women clearly have more time in the ring at NXT (and better storylines), here’s hoping 2016 will make good on #GiveDivasAChance and we’ll see some parity on RAW and Smackdown…and maybe even a PPV or two.
3. New…Day ROCKS!
Who would have thought when The New Day debuted in late 2014 that they would become one of the highlights of WWE programming week after week? In the entire American workforce (not just the WWE), no one is having more fun at their job than Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. If you think you’re having more fun, you’re not just wrong. You’re booty.
2. NXT Becomes Its Own Brand
NXT may have celebrated its “Arrival” in February 2014, but in 2015, it solidified itself as being its own entity and not just “developmental.” The “TakeOver” specials often overshadowed their WWE PPV counterparts so much so that we wonder just how awkward family dinners must be at the McMahon home, considering how NXT is Triple H’s/his son-in-law’s baby. It’s been reported many times that Vince doesn’t watch NXT programming, but there’s no way he’s that oblivious to the buzz of that brand.
1. Seth Rollins Cashes In
Even though he went out with a knee injury in early November that will leave him on the sidelines for 6-9 months, Seth Rollins cashing in his “Money In The Bank” contract to capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 31 is without a doubt the biggest “OMG” moment of 2015. It’s not even close. Rollins was also consistently the one of the highlights of weekly WWE programming and on multiple occasions wrestled two matches a night. His absence is definitely felt, and when he returns, expect fireworks.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.