For the fourth consecutive year, the WWE/NXT Year in Review Awards are back on WrestleRant Radio! You guys had the chance to vote on the best of the best in 2016 over the course of the December, and as the year quickly comes to a close, Graham "GSM" Matthews is joined by a returning RJ Marceau for the first time since May to run down the results!
From which wrestler had the greatest 2016 in WWE/NXT to what was the best bout to the most disappointing departure to the tag team that make the biggest impact, find out who won in each of the categories in the annual awards, and listen as GSM and RJ reflect back on what was a wild year in WWE (as well as some predictions from Mr. Marceau on who will win at UFC 207 this Friday).
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It's the annual holiday-themed edition of WrestleRant Radio, and Christmas comes early when Graham "GSM" Matthews talks to former Ring of Honor World Champion Adam Cole about how Final Battle has become his proving ground, his ruthless rivalry with Kyle O'Reilly, if The Bullet Club added more mileage to his career, differences between his first and second runs as ROH World Champion, if sticking with ROH back in 2013 was the right decision, ROH's massive influence on other organizations, other potential breakout stars in ROH, potentially going to WWE down the line, and more!
From there, GSM gives his candid thoughts on a mediocre Roadblock pay-per-view event with a lousy ending, Charlotte Flair winning her fourth Raw Women's Championship, Cesaro and Sheamus becoming the new Raw Tag Team Champions, why Neville's return and heel turn will benefit the Cruiserweight division, what the WWE Universal Championship match at Royal Rumble 2017 should have been, previewing the Wild Card Finals edition of SmackDown Live, a fantastic Fatal 4-Way match on NXT, and a slew of other topics. Happy holidays!
In the first half of a stacked show on WrestleRant Radio this week, former Ring of Honor World Champion Jay Lethal talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews ahead of Final Battle about how the event has become his proving ground, what his reaction was when he found out Cody Rhodes would be his opponent, similarities between himself and the former WWE star, his Black Machismo run in TNA and if he ever thought about bringing it back following Randy Savage's death, Truth Martini's departure from ROH, holding two titles simultaneously in 2015, ROH's influence on other organizations, and if he would ever consider going to WWE down the line.
From there, Jonn Ritland returns to help GSM preview WWE Roadblock: End of the Line on Sunday and offer predictions as to whether Charlotte Flair will regain the Women's Championship from Sasha Banks again, the chances of Kevin Owens successfully retaining his WWE Universal Championship, if The New Day's reign as Raw Tag Team Champions is finally coming to an end, Sami Zayn surviving against Braun Strowman, what's next for Seth Rollins beyond Chris Jericho, and more. Plus, catch their thoughts on the upcoming United Kingdom Championship Tournament show coming to WWE Network next month!
In their final in-studio episode of 2016, Graham "GSM" Matthews and Tommy Sharp host an absolutely loaded WrestleRant Rado covering all the latest happenings from the world of WWE! And how could they kick off with anything other than the TLC pay-per-view event from Sunday night? They discuss Dean Ambrose vying for AJ Styles' WWE World Championship in a terrific TLC match, The Miz retaining his Intercontinental Championship and a possible trade to Raw for Dolph Ziggler, Alexa Bliss becoming SmackDown Women's Champion, and all the other fallout from the pay-per-view.
From there, the duo discuss Raw results, the returns of Big Show and Mark Henry, Enzo Amore's infatuation with Lana, a Roadblock preview, James Ellsworth's role on SmackDown Live and the extent of Styles' ankle injury, Baron Corbin building momentum, Heath Slater and Rhyno potentially going their separate ways, Brian Kendrick challenging Rich Swann for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, a quick recap of NXT, and much more!