22nd Jan2016

‘WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf


Watching WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015 the hope is to see the big fights from the WWE, and for us to have a year in review. What we get is exactly that, a year in which WWE showed a need for a revolution, and not only in the Diva division… At the beginning of the year we had the likes of Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan still wrestling, though Bryan once again quickly departs. While Rollins would go on to feature in the rest of the year we don’t see him much on in these matches. He is at his best though when we don’t have the continual interference which tended to ruin his matches.

John Cena features in many matches, and while some at the start of the year weren’t exactly highlights, the fact that he was in a series of matches with Kevin Owens gave him some of the best fights of the year. We see two of these included in WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015 and they are easily the best on the discs.

When it comes to Brock Lesnar he delivers in every match he is in and along with Kevin Owens is easily one of the best performers of the year. His two matches with The Undertaker are included which are good strong fights that show that the “Deadman” has still got it, and he works well with Lesnar. These matches feel like they were the closing chapter in their feud and were a fitting close to it.

When it comes to tag teams, the fact that there aren’t many included in WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015 probably highlights a problem in 2015. Injuries led to a decrease in talent, and although New Day may deliver when it comes to entertainment their matches tend to be hampered by their comedy act. It’s a shame that there are no Dudley Boyz matches included here but there is only a certain amount of fights that can be included I guess.

When it comes to other talent such as Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, Ambrose was the one to deliver for me. Reigns for me, just doesn’t have the charisma that is required for him to be interesting as a singles fighter. In The Shield he was the brute force that had Ambrose and Rollins to add more interest. The fact we hardly see him after Wrestlemania and the fallout afterwards says a lot.

Then of course we have the “DIVA Revolution” which was highlighted in two matches on WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015. They are watchable and show improvement over the usual Diva matches we almost came to expect over the past few years. While NXT talent are making it more interesting, the Diva division still lacks something that we tend to see saved for NXT.

If WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015 proves anything it is that 2015 was the year that NXT rose in significance and brought more interest to WWE and its events. The problem of course is that while this may have been allowed to start, it soon stalled due to the fact that the NXT talent have to fit the style of WWE which leads to the same old wrestling which is growing old.

WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015 is well worth buying because there are plenty of quality matches to watch. What it highlights though is the fact that WWE was becoming stale in 2015 and there was a resistance to change. With rumoured additions to the roster coming in 2016, is this the sign that WWE will allow that change to happen? I doubt it, but I’d love to be surprised.

**** 4/5

WWE: Best PPV Matches 2015 is out in the UK on DVD now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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