Friday, September 30, 2016

WLWB Special: My Top 5 Favorite WWE Moments In 2016, So Far

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you my latest wrestling blog.

It's been quite sometime since I last sat down and wrote a blog for the website, but here I am. I was recently tweeted by the Vince McMahon of Triple Threat CLE, Raven, and he wondered what my top 5 moments in wrestling were for 2016. After thinking long and hard, there are way too many moments to try to pick a top 5 throughout the wrestling world. So I'm going to share with you my top 5 moments in the WWE at the moment.

#5: Sting Enters The WWE Hall Of Fame: Now as I was writing this blog I was really going back and forth between this being number five and this being number four. The Stinger has done so much in the wrestling business and it was really an honor to see this man get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this past April. I remember growing up being a huge fan of Sting watching his memorable feuds against Ric Flair, Nikita Koloff, Vader, Hulk Hogan, The Great Muta, Rick Rude, Lex Luger and so many other great wrestlers of the 80s. The Stinger has done it all in the wrestling business, he has won pretty much every major championship in the business, of course the WWE World Heavyweight Championship being the only exception. The Stinger may have officially announced his retirement, but myself and I'm sure many other wrestling fans are still hoping for that one last dream match against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

#4: Shane McMahon Returns: It was a huge night to remember back in March when Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon were interrupted by that famous "Here Comes the Money" intro of Shane McMahon. Shane McMahon returned to the WWE after a seven-year hiatus from the company, performing other business ventures on his own. Shane McMahon returned by stating that he still had some power in the WWE and he was actually next in line to take over the WWE when Vince McMahon stepped down. This infuriated the whole McMahon Family and even Triple H, as Vince McMahon forced his prodigal son into a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania against the Undertaker, to earn his power. Shane McMahon unfortunately came up the loser against the Undertaker and lost his spot in line to take over, but he has gone on to become the commissioner of SmackDown Live and is attempting to defeat Raw on a weekly basis.

#3: The Shield All Hold The World Title In One Night: This was a huge memorable night back at WWE Money in the Bank, as all three former members of The Shield held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship all in the same evening. The main event consisted of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns defending the title against Seth Rollins in Seth Rollins' return match from his leg surgery. Seth Rollins went on to defeat Roman Reigns to capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when the match was all said and done. What Seth Rollins wasn't expecting though was Dean Ambrose cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Seth Rollins. Ambrose went on to hit Dirty Deeds on Seth Rollins, score the pinfall and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, making all three members of The Shield a world champion in one night.

#2: The Rise of Kevin Owens and Finn Balor: Triple H has created a huge money making machine down in Orlando, Florida called NXT. NXT has steered away from the entertainment part that the WWE gives us on a weekly basis and instead offers us wrestling matches. Two guys that have made it big in NXT and now are making it big in the WWE are Kevin Owens and Finn Balor. Finn Balor who has made a name for himself in New Japan Pro Wrestling as Prince Devitt and a former leader of The Bullet Club, has taken the WWE by storm after winning the NXT World Championship and then becoming the first ever WWE Universal Champion at SummerSlam.
Kevin Owens meanwhile, who made a name for himself on the independent wrestling scene and Ring of Honor wrestling as Kevin Steen, has had a great run of his own. Within a two year time frame, Owens has won the NXT World Championship, the WWE Intercontinental Championship, and is now the current WWE Universal Champion. Finn Balor is currently suffering from a shoulder injury and Kevin Owens is still going strong, but I expect huge things from both of these men in 2017.

#1: AJ Styles Signs With The WWE: Whoever would have thought that former TNA World Heavyweight Champion and IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles would ever step foot in a WWE ring. Last January at the Royal Rumble all that came true as Styles entered and did fairly well in the Royal Rumble. Since entering the rumble, Styles has gone on to feud with Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, turned heel, created the WWE version of The Bullet Club with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, has become one of WWE's highest merchandise seller and now has become the face of WWE Smackdown Live as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Styles has accomplished a lot in his 10 month time frame considering he came from TNA, which WWE is known to not care about pushing wrestlers from other promotions that made that wrestler famous.

So there you have it that is my Top 5 favorite moments that have happened so far in 2016. Now we do still have October, November and December left of the year, so this top 5 may possibly change before the end of the year. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, please follow me at @B_Rock1978 as I tweet a lot about sports, wrestling and entertainment and of course please follow @TripleThreatCLE as we provide you with many great writers that consistently blog about sports and entertainment as well.

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