2015 was certainly a big year for professional wrestling. The landscape didn’t change much; the WWE is still the big dog in the yard while organizations like TNA and ROH struggle to get more attention from wrestling fans. This year saw many big moments and matchups. Wrestling fans were treated to seeing two more Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar matches, and saw two Money in the Bank contracts cashed in successfully in 2015.
This year we were treated to a new organization called Lucha Underground which featured some amazing matches and Hollywood style drama. 2015 was good to wrestlers like Seth Rollins, John Cena, Kevin Owens, Jay Lethal, and Ethan Carter III. We got to see more Divas, and new factions such as The New Day and the League of Nations.
While 2015 was a good year for wrestling overall, there were also some pretty bad moments. This year professional wrestling lost some legends. Some wrestlers were screwed over, while others were sidelined due to injury. There seemed to be a lot of drama and monotony in between some outstanding matches in 2015. Here are some of the worst wrestling moments of 2015, which you may want to forget soon after reading this.
10. The Divas Revolution
The idea for the Divas Revolution was great, bringing in new talent to add to the WWE’s divas division. The problem with this idea was the execution. Stephanie McMahon decided to form three, three-diva factions, which resulted in a seemingly never-ending series of 3 on 3 matchups with no real purpose. Although new talent was brought up from NXT, the WWE lost one of their best divas when A.J. Lee retired this year. The revolution also left out other divas like Natalya and only focused on the nine women involved. Things got interesting later in the year between Paige and Charlotte after Team PCB broke up.
9. Roman Reigns Can’t Catch a Break
2015 saw Roman Reigns rivaling the likes of John Cena for the most polarizing wrestler with the WWE Universe. This was the year that The Authority got their jollies by screwing over Reigns by any means necessary. That started at WrestleMania 31, when Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, only after Reigns had the title in his grasp. Reigns would go on to win the tournament for the vacant championship after Rollins was injured, only to have Sheamus cash in his MITB contract after Roman’s short lived celebration. Reigns was able to finally capture the gold on Raw late in the year, but overall this was not a good year for him.
8. The Wyatt Family Kidnaps the Brothers of Destruction
After The Undertaker defeated Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania, it seemed like this feud was over. That was apparently not the case when the Wyatt Family decided to brutally attack the dead man after he was defeated by Brock Lesnar at Hell in a Cell. The Wyatts kidnapped Taker and later did so to his brother Kane as well. Bray Wyatt made the WWE Universe believe that he had control of the Brothers of Destruction, who randomly showed up one night on Raw as if nothing had happened. They went on to defeat the Wyatts in a tag team match at Survivor Series, but the series of events had no real explanation.
7. Hulk Hogan Who?
This summer saw the WWE cutting ties with the best known wrestler of all time, Hulk Hogan. The WWE terminated his contract and scrubbed their website of any references to or images of “The Hulkster”. This came after it was discovered that Hogan once made racially insensitive comments on a videotape. The six time WWF Champion and Hall of Famer apologized for the comments, stating “eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation.” This was terrible news for all of the little Hulkamaniacs that have now grown up. If Donald Trump can say anything he wants and make racist comments and his poll numbers just keep going up, why can’t we have Hulk Hogan back?
6. R.I.P. Roddy Piper and Dusty Rhodes
This year the WWE lost two legends and Hall of Famers in “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Piper was known all over the world as an actor and professional wrestler. He held the WWF Intercontinental and Tag Team championships, and the wrestling federation named Piper as the “top villain in wrestling history”. The loss of Dusty Rhodes was especially difficult for the WWE family because the Dream worked closely with NXT talent at the time of his passing. Dusty held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times and was inducted into the WWE and WCW Halls of Fame. His sons Dustin (Goldust) and Cody (Stardust) are both WWE superstars.
5. TNA Impact Barely Worth Watching
2015 was a horrible year for TNA. The “Destination America” era for Total Nonstop Action wrestling was very difficult to watch. The championship reign of EC3 was awful, and it made it even worse that Carter beat fan favorite Kurt Angle for the TNA title. TNA has become well known for implementing and then quickly dissolving storylines and 2015 was no different. The invasion by Global Force Wrestling and Jeff Jarrett was pretty bad, but luckily it went away rather quickly. After a controversial match involving EC3 and Matt Hardy, the title was held up and fans were forced to sit through months of the World Title Series. During this time no other angles went on, and by the time TNA returns to TV, this time on POP, fans will likely not even remember who the tag team champions are (The Wolves).
4. The Rusev/Lana/Dolph Ziggler/Summer Rae Drama
The “Bulgarian Brute” Rusev and his manager Lana seemed to have a close relationship until they later decided to part ways. After that, Lana was seen making out with Dolph Ziggler, so naturally Rusev decided to find a “replacement” Lana in Summer Rae. Lana then broke her wrist so the storyline took a back seat. In an interesting twist, TMZ reported that Rusev and Lana were now engaged in real life. The WWE had no choice but to run with it, and later put Rusev and Lana back together. Ziggler moved on and Summer Rae hooked up with Tyler Breeze to form the duo that should be referred to as “Summer Breeze”.
3. Ring of Honor Comes and Goes
Many fans were treated to seeing Ring of Honor wrestling for the first time when it debuted on Destination American this summer. ROH provides some great wrestling and is a lot more interesting to watch than TNA. Ring of Honor features the likes of AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Jay Lethal, Jay and Mark Briscoe, “Reborn” Matt Sydal, “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong, and many other talented young wrestlers you may not have heard of. ROH left Destination America for a TV channel called COMET, so good luck finding it unless you want to watch online.
2. The Injury Bug
2015 was a horrible year for injuries. Daniel Bryan’s career looks like it may finally be finished after he suffered yet another severe injury and was forced to give up yet another championship. Randy Orton injured his shoulder which kept him out of action for most of the year and we all know about Seth Rollins blowing out his knee and being forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It was very sad to see Sting injured at Night of Champions and Tyson Kidd almost died this year from a spinal injury. Jeff Hardy was also kept out of action in TNA due to an injury.
1. Brock Lesnar Snubbed
Roman Reigns was not the only superstar who got screwed by The Authority this year in the WWE. “The Beast” Brock Lesnar entered 2015 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and headlined WrestleMania against Roman Reigns. Lesnar lost the title without being pinned after Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to pin Reigns and win the championship. Lesnar never got his rematch, and was suspended by Stephanie McMahon. He later returned to rekindle his feud with The Undertaker, but should have held the title throughout 2015. His advocate Paul Heyman was not even able to get him his “mandatory” rematch for the belt.