2015 was a strange year for wrestling fans. It began with a predictably underwhelming Royal Rumble, as Roman Reigns won the annual battle royal match to a round of boos even The Rock couldn’t do anything about. In March, WrestleMania 31 was one of the best pay-per-views in recent memory, with an ending which will never be forgotten. For the rest of the year, though, the main roster seemed to trundle along on autopilot, with the occasional great moment punctuating storylines which were often mediocre at best. Meanwhile, NXT has gone from strength to strength, with two TakeOver events being held away from Full Sail University to near-universal acclaim. For all the snoozers (we’re looking at you, Ryback), there have been some amazing matches over the past 365 days. We spent far too long watching far too many of them to pick out 12 of the best.
12: The New Day (c) defeated The Lucha Dragons and The Usos- Triple Threat Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship- TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, December 13
Gimmick pay-per-views are an infuriating part of today’s WWE. The TLC match, for example, was first used at SummerSlam 2000 because its participants (The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz and, Edge and Christian) were specialists with tables, ladders and chairs. It made sense for their feud to culminate in such a big blowout. 15 years later, TLC matches happen because its December. But never mind.
In Boston, three of the most popular teams in sports entertainment took themselves to hell and back in the first match at WWE’s so-called demolition derby event. The competitors stole the show in an almighty effort to one-up the rest of the card. From Big E bench-pressing a ladder whilst The Lucha Dragons were on top of it, to Kalisto hitting Jey Uso with the Salida del Sol from the top of a ladder (and through another), this was 18 minutes of pure mayhem. As an added bonus, Xavier Woods was hilarious on commentary. It was a rare occasion whereby the “This is awesome!” chants were justified. Just imagine how awesome it could have been with a logical narrative behind it.