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The Ten Best WWE Matches of 2015

If at the beginning of 2015 the disgruntled wrestling fan had been told that John Cena would fail to get his hands on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship once over the proceeding twelve months, that Seth Rollins instead would reign with the belt for much of the year, that Dean Ambrose would main event PPVs, Kevin Owens receive a main roster…

Daily Visual 29.12.15: Former Goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek Dies

After suffering a cardiac arrest while out jogging on 20 December, on Tuesday afternoon the former football goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek died. He had been taken to a hospital in his hometown of Ostrava, Czech Republic, and placed in an induced coma, but brain scans showed irreversible damage and the decision was ultimately taken to switch off his life support. He was forty-seven…

NXT TakeOver: London in Review

After the roaring success of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August – with a capacity crowd of 15,589 attending the first NXT special held beyond the home base of Full Sail University – NXT TakeOver: London on Wednesday night marked TakeOver’s debut abroad. At the end of a seven-show tour of Britain, which took in Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Blackpool, Nottingham, and Cardiff, the special hailed…

WWE TLC 2015 Refigures Roman Reigns

In the context of contemporary WWE PPVs, this year’s TLC was a success. Despite a relatively short build, taking place just three weeks after Survivor Series, an otherwise mediocre show was lifted by an exceptional opener and a noteworthy conclusion to the main event, which pitted WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus against perennial challenger Roman Reigns. The event took place…

WWE Survivor Series 2015 Slaps Fans in the Face

At Hell in a Cell just last month, after a string of PPVs boasting mediocre undercards and slapdash main events, there were finally some signs of life in the wheezing machine that is WWE. Inside the cell Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker put on the strongest match of their three-match series, a physical bout with an inventive finish which managed to wrap some…

Daily Visual 22.11.15: ATP and WTA Finals Roundup

The culmination of the men’s tennis season came on Sunday, as Novak Djokovic faced Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour Finals. Djokovic overcame Federer in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-4, to claim the tournament championship for an unprecedented fourth time in a row. Djokovic, who ends the season ranked number 1 in the world, has now won the ATP World…

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 and Signs of Life

Moving on from a flurry of faltering PPVs – Battleground, SummerSlam, and Night of Champions all suffered from main event failures, and with the Live from Madison Square Garden Network special no more than a barely-glorified house show, only NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn and NXT TakeOver: Respect, headed by Sasha Banks and Bayley, have thoroughly satiated fans of wrestling in recent months – on Sunday at the Staples Center…

Lauding and Essaying NXT TakeOver: Respect

NXT TakeOver: Respect streamed live on the WWE Network on Wednesday night, from NXT’s home base of Full Sail University, Florida. This was the seventh iteration of the NXT TakeOver series, the fourth so far this year, and while the year began with wrestling minds rapt on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, the story of NXT in 2015 has increasingly…

WWE Night of Champions 2015 Brings Stinging Sensation

Last month at SummerSlam, for the first time in WWE history both the World and the United States championships went on the line in the same match, as WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins faced off against United States Champion John Cena. After cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and seizing the world title at WrestleMania 31, Rollins’ year…