A perfect thing for the lapsed fan like myself, here’s a three-disc-set highlighting the very best matches from the year’s pay-per-view events on the WWE calendar.
There are match introductions, but really it’s about the bouts – so it’s into it with the very first “Match of the Year” contender, The Royal Rumble’s three-way featuring John Cena, Seth Rollins and Champion Brock Lesnar. Great work from the crowd here too to help make the atmosphere, with the players – particularly Cena – doing well to harness and work with that. Lots of great action and some brutal spots. A great way to start.
From there it’s to Roman Reign vs. Daniel Bryan with the winner going on to Wrestlemania to face Brock. A fun, fast, furious match ups with counter moves and reversals galore. It was also from a debuting ppv event, Fastlane.
Wrestlemania 31 provided plenty of highlights and from that event we get Rusev vs. John Cena, which I didn’t really find so thrilling to rewatch, but Brock vs Roman is a good story.
Payback’s special stipulation multi-man match pitted Seth Rollins against Roman, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton with Kane being fired from the Authority of Rollins did not retain the championship. It’s a blistering opening pace and a big, physical match.
The Elimination Chamber gives us one of its Tag Elimination Chamber matches and a one-on-one match in Cean vs. Owens. A great debut for Owens in the ppv events and a decent bout again.
Money In The Bank’s Ladder Match features the high-flying spot-makers Kofi and Dolph Ziggler with Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kane and Neville. Spots galore as anyone and everyone expects with a ladder match. Great fun.
And another Ladder Match from that same event saw Champion Seth Rollins go at Dean Ambrose in a down-to the-wire knockout event.
Battleground gave us a strong diva match with Brie Bella, Sasha Banks and Charlotte in action.
Also the United States Champ Cena goes against Kevin Owens again, their great chemistry repeated.
Night of Champions brings us another good diva match, this time Nikki Bella taking on Charlotte. We also have Seth Rollins against Sting – the veteran putting on one of his best performances in years.
Hell In A Cell’s titular match is the third and final (at least as planned) encounter between Taker and Brock. Bloody and brutal it stands up in the series.
Maybe not all of this is the very best of the year, but it’s about the storytelling and wider angles too. I enjoyed it because I didn’t watch every single pay-per-view event. That said, I wouldn’t have sat around to revisit this if I’d watched all the matches already. No chance.