There was so much good pro wrestling in 2015. Almost too much.
To get it out of the way before the list starts, we’re calling it the 10 best pro wrestling matches of 2015, but it’s more accurately my favorite matches of the year. The ones I think were the best. There’s no shortage of words to explain why the matches that made the cut made it, but know that if you don’t see your favorite match here, it was #12. Or I forgot it, because so much happened. Or I don’t like Billy Gunn as much as you, weirdo.
Also, to keep the list a little more accessible, I stuck to the promotions that you’d be able to see on TV or pay-per-view. As a guy who runs a wrestling portal on an entertainment network, that’s the stuff I watch the most. If your favorite match is missing, though, be sure to drop down into the comments section and let us know what it is. Share the prowres love with everyone.
So, as promised, here are my choices for the 10 best pro wrestling matches of 2015.
10. NXT Women’s Championship Match: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Becky Lynch
NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable
May 20, 2015
To say it was a good year for Sasha Banks would be an understatement. Not only is she currently being turned into a folk hero underdog due to otherwise unexplainable inactivity on the WWE main roster, but her far-too-brief six-month reign as NXT Women’s Champion turned out classics on the reg. This spot could’ve just as easily gone to the February title win at NXT TakeOver: Rival.
From the Best and Worst of Unstoppable:
The disconnect between women’s wrestling in WWE and women’s wrestling on NXT is so absurd, but it’s been that way for a long time now. I’m pretty OK with it, as long as NXT continues to be a thing that exists, and Sasha Banks sticks around in developmental long enough for NXT to officially become its own brand and stop being a thing people get “called up” from.
The story, obviously, is the quest for submissions. Becky breaks arms for a living now and has gotten one-ups on Sasha in the past by snatching her in quick arm bars, so that’s her plan. She almost gets Sasha early, leading to one of those wonderful moments where Sasha is a fragile, vulnerable soul trapped in the body of a Boss. Notice how Sasha always looks worried? It’s because she’s basically fighting Captain Marvel.