WWE had an interesting year in 2015. Both Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns won their first WWE World Heavyweight Championships. Three of NXT’s top female wrestlers made their main roster debuts in July. Kevin Owens beat John Cena clean and shed his “King of the Indies” label as one of WWE’s top heels. And NXT emerged as more than just a “developmental brand” with sold-out shows in larger venues.
With the New Year just days away, here are the five matches we want in 2016.
Fantasy Booking: Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
There are rumors that WWE is interested in acquiring Japanese star Shinsuke Nakamura once his NJPW contract expires in 2016. Daniel Bryan — who has yet to be medically cleared by WWE — has expressed his desire to wrestle the “King of Strong Style” in an internet fan’s dream match. It’s not likely to happen in WWE anytime soon, but it’s still worth noting based on how much fans have wanted this match to happen for years.
5. Divas Championship- Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Bayley
This match took place during NXT TakeOver: Rival and not only was it a show stealer, but it also began Sasha Banks’ reign as NXT Women’s Champion. Three of the Four Horsewomen — Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte — are now on the main roster but only one — WWE Divas Champion Charlotte — has received the strong booking to justify the “Divas Revolution” angle. This match would not only surpass every other Divas match since the NXT women’s call-ups, but would also mean Bayley would make her long-awaited debut on the main roster.
4. The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
For name value, this is the biggest match on our list. The Rock is a bonafide A-list movie star while Brock Lesnar is the most recognizable name in pro wrestling — even more so than John Cena. It was also the match in which Lesnar earned his first WWE Championship at the 2003 SummerSlam. Sure, it may not be the most technical wrestling matchup, but there’s no doubt that it would get fans attention and headline WrestleMania.
3. Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins
There’s so many reasons why this match would be great. Bryan and Rollins are two of the most popular superstars and best workers in the wrestling industry. Yet, we’ve never seen a Bryan-Rollins 1-on-1 rivalry in WWE. Both superstars are still recovering from serious injuries which adds to the sentimental factor. There’s no doubt that if both make a full recovery that they’d have an excellent rivalry with one another.
2. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
“We’re destined to do this forever.”
That phrase has described many of pro wrestling’s greatest rivalries and El Generico (Zayn) vs. Kevin Steen (Owens) is no exception. The two rose through the independents together, first as a tag-team and later as rivals. Zayn and Owens continued their feud at NXT and headlined two TakeOver specials before Zayn was ruled out with a shoulder injury. The Royal Rumble would be the perfect opportunity to build a main roster feud with a dominant Owens clearing the ring before his enemy’s entrance and the two brawling and eliminating one another, leading to a match at WrestleMania. Yes, a Kevin Steen vs. El Generico match at WrestleMania.
1. WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
The Shield will be the nucleus of WWE’s roster for the next decade. Ambrose is a top babyface, Rollins was the Superstar of the Year and one of the best heels in the business and Reigns has finally gotten over as a badass/good guy champion. All three have excellent in-ring chemistry with one another and deserve to have this match with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line. It was rumored that this was WWE’s WrestleMania plan prior to Rollins injury, which is not surprising at all. Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins have the talent to carry the company and put on spectacular matches with plenty of history to add to their storylines.