By 2015, WWE was well into the next generation with stars like Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair now being pushed hard on the main roster.
WWE’s women’s division had started to shift but it wouldn’t be until the following year that true progress would be felt. The rest of the WWE roster was firing on all cylinders when it came to match quality, however.
Led by a stellar WrestleMania, many of WWE’s pay-per-views in 2015 had several fantastic matches. While the week-to-week storytelling continued to trend downward, the pay-per-views delivered some great moments.
Here are the eleven best WWE pay-per-view matches of 2015.
11. Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins – WrestleMania 31
Seth Rollins and Randy Orton’s match at WrestleMania 31 is best remembered for the finish. While that is understandable, the match itself was great too.
Rollins and Orton didn’t do anything particularly memorable before the finish but this was some of the crispest and smoothest wrestling of the year. This was an example of two performers being experts of their craft and having a great match by just being great at what they do.
Oh, and they also had an all-time great finish. As Seth Rollins went for his Curbstomp, Orton tensed up and launched Rollins high in the air only to catch him with one of the best RKOs ever.
10. The Usos vs. Lucha Dragons vs. New Day – TLC
This match should rank high on any list of underrated ladder matches. It sure ranked high on ours. At TLC 2015, the New Day put the WWE Tag Team Championship on the line against the Lucha Dragons and The Usos.
The most memorable moment was definitely Kalisto’s Salida del Sol off the top of the ladder which is pictured above. To this day it might be the craziest thing ever to take place in a WWE ladder match.
The rest of the match is stellar too with Xavier Woods helping his partners retain the titles. If you haven’t watched this in a while it must be watched again.
9. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker – SummerSlam
When The Undertaker returned to faced Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2015 it had been a while since his last great match.
The two had a pretty bad match at WrestleMania XXX, caused by The Undertaker getting a concussion early in the match. This was an opportunity to rectify that match and rectify it they did.
The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar had a very good match in the main event of SummerSlam with the two trading submission finishers and having the funniest sit-up contest ever, also pictured above.
The finish was a bit wonky with The Undertaker submitting out of the view of the referee only to low blow Lesnar and lock in Hell’s Gate until Lesnar passed out. It was odd but not necessarily bad as both men came out of the match strong.