As with the recently released best of 2015’s PPV matches, I found The Best of RAW & Smackdown 2015 very useful and interesting. I’m a lapsed fan, I don’t watch the TV shows at all, I check in with the product via the DVDs and occasionally read up some results online, very occasionally these days. My interest is largely nostalgic. But, I’m a sucker for a good spot, a great match, an amusing cameo or moment…
And this DVD delivers – we kick off with a brutal and beautiful Ambulance Match. Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt went at it, hard, on the first episode of RAW for 2015. These two sell great matches and though this was all about the brutal beatdown, they gave it a PPV-like edge or quality.
We get plenty of solid Divas action here – the Bellas have evolved into great speakers, if not great wrestlers. But around them, in Paige and Charlotte in particular, there’s enough wrestling support to sell this drama.
Seth Rollins, Neville, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens and Cesaro are among the other top players here who get plenty of moments to shine. Also, 2015 represented something of a return to form for Tag matches, thanks to The New Day and The Usos in particular. We also got the return of the Dudley Boyz and the signing off of Daniel Bryan.
Cena’s in there of course and there are strong showings from Ryback, Sheamus, Kalisto, the mighty Sting and another great tag team, The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto with Sin Cara).
Look, it was all new to me, so I sat fairly glued. This can’t make it anywhere near as exciting for someone who kept up with RAW and/or SmackDown all year – but there are people who like to revisit this stuff…in which case, fill your boots!