At the 2015 Slammy Awards, all things of the WWE year were honored and celebrated. On the last Monday Night Raw of 2015, WWE not only puts a finish to what was both a frustrating and entertaining year, but WWE built toward 2016 and is going to start off on the right foot for a new year of wrestling.
Unfortunately, WWE was also holding a WWE live event in Allentown, PA that depleted the roster to two shows in the same night. That left a lot of pressure on the remaining roster to deliver a good show for Brooklyn. The roster was up to the challenge and gave the WWE Universe a lot of strong moments.
As advertised, last night was the televised return of John Cena. Kevin Owens, The Big Show, Sasha Banks and Vince McMahon all made major statements to start 2016, and Roman Reigns has a serious challenge to overcome in the New Year. 2015 was full of a lot of great moments. Here are a few more.
Here are the top five moments from the last edition of Monday Night Raw in 2015:
5) Owens Dominates Ambrose and Neville
Not going to lie, I was worried. Kevin Owens vs. Neville showed really good to me, but Neville beat him in under a minute. Of course, Owens went into rage mode and destroyed him afterward. I was concerned, but then I thought about it for a minute. It’s actually a really good thing that Owens looks beatable, yet extremely dangerous. It gives his character multiple dimensions because he can win or lose.
Owens is so good at balancing multiple feuds. I remember at one point he was interacting and feuding with like five or six different guys. Right now, he’s feuding with Dean Ambrose and Neville. Those are both good feuds that hopefully lead to a triple threat at some point. All three guys deserve that spotlight for being the workhorses and for carrying the WWE product through a rough patch in the latter part of the year.
4) The Big Show Makes a Statement For Royal Rumble Match
Well, it’s that time of year again. Thirty WWE superstars are going to claim that “they’re” the one who’s going to win the Royal Rumble. Everyone has their reasons, but last night, it was Big Show who made the first claim for the WrestleMania Main Event. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one.
Over the next several weeks, we’re going to see a lot of these claims. Big Show always plays this card “because he’s a giant” and it has paid off one time. The one time he played this card for it to work was at WrestleMania 31 in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. All that accomplished was crushing Damien Sandow’s momentum. He’s not winning the Rumble, but it’s that time of year.
3) The Boss vs. The Lass Kicker
Now that’s what I’m talking about people. This is what I want to see. I just want the women to be given ample time in the ring to tell a good story and that’s what we got tonight. WWE did a good thing with Banks vs. Lynch over the last month. Both women need the ring time with the WWE Universe and it is confusing how WWE fans chant, “We Want Sasha” for weeks, yet they get Sasha, and they call it boring? WWE can’t win sometimes.
I know WWE is building Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch, and that’s a great feud for a slow burn, but what is WWE doing with Sasha Banks? To my knowledge, she hasn’t been pinned or been made to submit once on the WWE roster. Even if she has, her win and loss record is extremely one-sided, yet WWE is keeping her on the backburner even thought they have to keep it on high. WWE needs more than one female feud. I don’t know how many more times I can make this point.
2) John Cena Returns/US Title Match
I missed John Cena. I have no problem admitting it. His presence can be annoying, but he’s one of the most consistent performers there has ever been in WWE. He also gets almost no credit for how safe of a worker he has been in his career. It is good to have him back. The United States Championship desperately needs some new life. It’s value and importance has gone down dramatically since Cena left.
Last night, we got the Hell in a Cell rematch between Alberto Del Rio and John Cena. It was a pretty good match. The only issue is many of us have seen this already. A lot. It’s just not as interesting as it should be, especially when The League of Nations interfering is what cost Cena the match.
Cena vs. The League of Nations is interesting enough. Maybe Cena can help guys like Barrett or Rusev get back or get elevated to a level they deserve.
1) Vince McMahon Seeks Vengeance Against Roman Reigns
Honestly, this was a huge letdown. It feels like a stall by WWE creative to get through another week. The Vince McMahon gets arrested angle is an old trick. If WWE is going to use an old trick, you’d think WWE would want to pull it from a less popular bag.
Regardless, the real issue I have here is Roman Reigns. His title reign hasn’t gotten off to the hot start and in my opinion, he’s cooled off significantly. I get what WWE is trying to do with Vince McMahon, but he’s acting as a placeholder until it’s the right time for Triple H to return.
Vince announced another old trick next week. Reigns will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sheamus with McMahon as the guest referee. Obviously, this is going to be a mess of a situation, but it’s enough to get us closer to Royal Rumble. Triple H vs. Reigns should be something to see. It’s been rumored since The Shield was around. I just wish WWE would stop wasting time and get there.