Sometimes it’s hard to remember exactly why we keep watching WWE programming. In the never-ending weekly grind of TV shows and PPVs, it’s easy to get hung up on negativity and forget about all the bright spots that take place. With that in mind, we decided to go back through the year and talk about all the moments in the past 12 months that made us happy, made us excited, and yes, even made us “mark out” just a little bit. And it turns out, even if it wasn’t the best year ever, there still were a lot of great things happening in WWE this past year, so here’s what made us stand up and cheer the loudest in 2016.
10. Day Of The Demon
We knew that Finn Balor would likely get some sort of push when he finally debuted on the main roster after spending months holding up the main event of NXT. After all, he’s a solid veteran wrestler who’s marketable both as a international Superstar, and because of his “Demon” character that just screams “merchadising”. But it’s unlikely that anyone thought Balor’s introduction to the wider WWE audience would be quite as huge as it was. Balor was taken as a Top 5 pick by Raw in the Brand Extension Draft, which was surprising on its own, but on his first night with the brand, Balor rose to heights that almost no WWE Superstar has ever accomplished in their debut. Balor was first placed in a Fatal 4-Way Match against three of Raw’s top talents, Kevin Owens, Rusev, and Cesaro, and emerged victorious, which would be a huge debut on its own. But then, Balor wrestled a second match, one-on-one against Roman Reigns, the multiple-time World Champion who WWE had made no secret of pushing as their top babyface star, with the winner facing Seth Rollins in the main event of SummerSlam for the newly-created WWE Universal Title. Balor shocked the world by not only winning, but defeating Reigns cleanly, making his WWE main roster debut a massive success. His PPV debut wasn’t bad either, as Balor would beat Rollins to become the inaugural WWE Universal Champion, the first WWE Superstar to ever win a World Title in his first match on a WWE PPV.