By RJ Marceau
Over the past year, the landscape of the WWE has taken twists and turns with Superstars & Divas being featured in prominent roles and now on the outside looking in. This will be a five-part article series from today ending on WrestleMania 32 weekend.
I decided to not include injured wrestlers because even if they had a great 2015 we don’t know how they would be booked going into WrestleMania 32. It may however include Superstars or Divas that debuted after WrestleMania 31.
5. Worst: Dolph Ziggler
At WrestleMania 31, Dolph Ziggler was included in the seven-man Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship and put on a great performance. Ziggler lost but I thought Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler had a chance to win the bout. Ziggler was then in a terrible program with Sheamus that included a “Kiss me Arse” match and a rematch at Payback.
Ziggler was a competitor in the horrible Elimination Chamber match, which was won by Ryback. Ziggler also competed in the Money in the Bank Ladder match that Sheamus won. When you thought Dolph Ziggler couldn’t fall any farther he was inserted in the worst storyline of 2015 with Summer Rae, Lana and Rusev. After Ziggler wasted his summer in this feud he started a forgettable feud with Tyler Breeze. These men traded victories weekly with the feud ending at Survivor Series with Breeze defeating Ziggler. Ziggler has tried to reestablish himself but the whole Motley Crue look has done nothing at all for Dolph.
In 2016, Ziggler hasn’t done anything noteworthy and lost an Intercontinental Championship match at Fastlane vs. Kevin Owens. WrestleMania 32 is less then a month away and Ziggler still doesn’t have a match. It’s rumored that he will be included in a multi-man match possibly for the Intercontinental title but even if he is included it’s doubtful he will win. I don’t think 2016 will be great for “The Showoff” but I think it will be better than last year.
5. Best: The Undertaker
The Undertaker has been wrestling on a limited schedule but he has had some of the best matches of his career last year vs. Brock Lesnar. The Undertaker returned at WrestleMania 31 from a one-year hiatus to face Bray Wyatt. Undertaker and Wyatt contested a good bout with the Deadman beating Wyatt. The Undertaker left WWE TV until July at Battleground where he cost Brock Lesnar his WWE Championship match vs. Seth Rollins.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar won the Slammy for Rivalry of the year and had two great bouts at SummerSlam and Hell in a Cell. I was in attendance for SummerSlam where The Undertaker defeated Brock Lesnar in controversial fashion. These two men also had a great contest at Hell in a Cell but Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker. The Undertaker rekindled his rivalry with the Wyatt Family after they beat him up following his encounter with Brock Lesnar.
At Survivor Series, The Undertaker celebrated his 25th year as a wrestler with The Brothers of Destruction burying the Wyatt Family. The Undertaker left WWE TV again after Survivor Series and returned two weeks ago by addressing the WWE Universe about his match with Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 32 inside Hell in a Cell. I think this match is a toss up but with rumors swirling that Shane McMahon will be leaving after WrestleMania 32 I think The Undertaker will be victorious. I don’t know what the plans are for The Undertaker post-WrestleMania but fans hope he will face John Cena either at SummerSlam or WrestleMania 33.
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