If there’s one thing that you can’t fault WWE for, it’s a constant stream of great wrestling. Every year, some of the best wrestlers in the world put on the performances of a lifetime, looking to establish themselves among the pantheon of legends that have come before. In 2015, the field of great matches got even bigger, as WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, blossomed into a very nearly full-fledged brand of its own, with its own array of show-stealing matches that have had people talking for months afterwards. With so many matches to choose from, how did we manage to narrow our list down to just ten? Well, it wasn’t easy, but after hours of research and debate, here are the ten matches that we can say, without a shadow of a doubt, were the absolute best wrestling matches in WWE for 2015.
10. The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar – SummerSlam
The truth of the matter is, this match exceeded everyone’s expectations. It allegedly nearly killed The Undertaker to do so, but the Dead Man who went toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar was a far cry from the broken-down figure who went over Bray Wyatt in a paint-by-numbers match at WrestleMania 31, and the lost and broken soul who lost The Streak and WrestleMania XXX was a mere memory. This was a determined and fired-up Undertaker, and he seemed more than willing to trade body blows with one of the most dangerous fighters in WWE. The match was an old-school brawl from start to finish, with Taker more than holding his own (contrast this to the later match from Hell in a Cell, which somehow won the Slammy, where Brock basically beats on Taker nearly without interruption for the entire match, and join us in wondering how the hell it won Match of the Year). The worst part is, the quality of the match is always going to be forgotten due to the absolutely terrible finish, which featured a ridiculous amount of bad writing, bad camera positioning, and just generally bad decision-making. Up until that point, though, it was an excellent match which deserves recognition.