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Thursday, April 9, 2015

10 Best WWE/NXT Matches of 2015 (so far)

After a quarter year, here's what I've come up with

10. Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler (Raw, March 30)

Went to make the IC title important right off the bat, and could've veered into all-time Raw classic with 10 more minutes. Plus, it gave us Cheep-Cheep Sheamus afterward

9. John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose (Raw, March 30)

This goes the opposite way of the IC title match; with a story to build the fun finishing sequence, this could have also been an all-time Raw classic. And people were down on this show?

8. Intercontinental Ladder Match (WrestleMania 31)

There's kind of a template in place for making these matches work, and as long as they fulfill the obligations, it's always a hit. The headbutt-of-death sequence cinches its greatness

7. Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor (NXT, taped March 7)

Some feel it went on for too long and kind of dragged, but I dug it. It didn't take either man out of their element, and bullying, partially-cowardly Owens is always a joy to watch.

6. Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch (NXT Rival)

NXT crowds can be snarky, so it takes something organic to invest emotionally in. Rooting on Bayley to shed the cuteness and capture the gold was a bit heart-ripping when Sasha won.

5. Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins (WrestleMania 31)

Just undercard greatness with Orton's tried-and-true spots given extra merit with Rollins' "I'm outperforming everyone" MO. These two can't have a bad match together whatsoever.

4. Finn Balor vs. Adrian Neville (NXT Rival)

High expectations going in, and they certainly were exceeded. There was a lot of madness packed into 14 minutes, the best of each man with crazy counters and deadly offense alike.

3. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (NXT Rival)

I loved this story so much. Owens' tunnel vision guided by a sadistic heart is the perfect compliment to Zayn's determined underdog act, and this will probably win 2015 Feud of the Year.

2. Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (Royal Rumble)

Boy, we sure forgot this one in the fallout of Reigns' savaged Rumble victory, didn't we? Rollins proved once and for all that he's legit (Phoenix Splash!) and the crowd was awed.

1. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (WrestleMania 31)

This is going to be so hard to top, because the physicality was off the charts, the ending was frame-perfect for WrestleMania, and the heat was unreal. The elements of a match-of-the-year.

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