New Year’s Revolutions
– The opening video highlighted Vince McMahon getting arrested by the New York Police Department after WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns shoved him to the ground when he made semi-racist remarks about how he exploited his older relatives for money. Reigns saved John Cena from a League Of Nations beatdown when McMahon suddenly dropped the bomb that he’d defend his Title on the following week with himself as the special guest referee.
– Nothing gets our attention more than Vince McMahon’s theme music. He strutted down to the ring two weeks after being Superman Punched by WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, which apparently caused dental surgery. He demanded Reigns come out, then reminded him of his actions and said he owned everything that Reigns possessed. A “Daniel Bryan” chant broke out and McMahon told the crowd to shut up. A louder “CM Punk” chant broke out then, which was ignored. McMahon bragged about how he used Reign’s older relatives to make money, prompting Reigns to shove him to the canvas, which drew Stephanie McMahon to come out and demanded New York City Police officers arrest Reigns. The chief officer refused to because they weren’t “personal security” and threatened to arrest Steph instead. Vince put his hands on the officer and ended up arrested. Well, that was a whole lot of Attitude Era-esque entertainment, but not sure what to make of it all this day and age. Obviously an attempt to use the looney McMahons to get Reigns over.
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2015 certainly had unmemorable moments – a Global Force Wrestling invasion, a “Divas Revolution,” a ridiculous love rectangle, tater tot promos, among others.
However, we also saw fantastic ones – a Money In The Bank Briefcase Cash-In during the WrestleMania main event, a revamped Undertaker-Brock Lesnar feud, “four horsewomen,” John Cena’s United States Open Challenge, TNA World Title Series and that’s scratching the surface.
Below’s our list of the top 20 moments of 2015.
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As we all know, not all pro wrestling storylines ideas are gems. There were times this couldn’t be more true in 2015.
Whether it was the overhyped, underwhelming “invasion” of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) by Global Force Wrestling (GFW) or the debacle that was the Slammiversary 2015 Pay-Per-View, there were countless moments that we’ll revisit so you can shake your head yet again.
Pro wrestling fans are plenty of things, but stupid isn’t one of them.
Check out our list of the “Worst” 10 moments of 2015.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Ah, TLC… WWE’s hardcore smorgasbord of the calendar year if you don’t already count Extreme Rules in that category.
Affected by a stagnant creative direction and misguided booking decisions that made you wonder whether the company was going for laughs or their logic was “It’s so bad, it’s good,” we went into this show with incredibly low expectations, set forth by the horrendous buildup of the Raws and Smackdowns between Survivor Series and now.
That said, this show will be remembered for its start and finish.
Let’s get to the exciting stuff.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
A crater-sized gap of missing star power and creative stagnancy for refusing to drive away from a tired formula has handicapped the current WWE product.
If it weren’t for the majority of this card having a multitude of “extreme” stipulations, we’d shudder to think how bad it could really be. There is some hope though for deliverance, but if it’s anything like the last few episodes of Raw, we’re in for a long night.
Taters Gonna Tate
– After the debacle that was last week’s Raw, we tuned in to see if WWE could outdo themselves in lame booking and sure enough, they didn’t let us down. At the head of programming is the lukewarm (at best) WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus-Roman Reigns feud, with a foreign heel supergroup known as The League Of Nations as the latest obstacle for Reigns. The opening video was LON-friendly as they separately introduced viewers to each member and what they brought to the group. Not only that – LON now has their own goofy graphic.
The League Of Nations Assemble
– Oh, what a mess of a show. No better place to start than the beginning though, right? Right. Okay, so in the first segment, we had The WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day come out with confetti and slight promise, until they failed to grab us with their cheap heat material and only served to introduce the suit-clad WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, who preceded to dance while thanking Roman Reigns for failing. This was just like, huh? Didn’t New Day abandon Sheamus in their Survivor Series tag match? Is all suddenly forgiven? Just terrible. Oh, but then Reigns showed up and Superman Punched Sheamus while pyro was going off. Reigns wasn’t initially warmly received, but that changed towards the end. Why did babyface Reigns just steal the heel’s rightfully owned Championship? What was the purpose of this segment?
– The opening video highlighted the newsworthy Survivor Series finish, when WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase on Roman Reigns, who’d just beaten Dean Ambrose in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals and more specifically, Speared Triple H seemingly for no reason when the guy came out to congratulate him and offer his hand. Either way, Red Rooster’s the new Champion and Reigns was laid out and left in a heap of confetti-stricken grief.