2016 has been a fantastic year for professional wrestling and it has been filled with some of the most shocking moments of all time. Especially in the WWE, shocking moments are always bound to happen so I decided to sit down and think about the five most shocking moments in WWE that have transpired this year and believe me it was not easy. After some thinking and sleep, this is my top five most shocking moments that have happened in the WWE in 2016.
Shane McMahon Jumping Off Hell In A Cell
Wrestling is fake right? Try saying that after watching an aging man VOLUNTARILY jump from over 20 feet to crash down hard on a breaking table. The match between McMahon and The Undertaker itself was fairly underwhelming but it was this moment that saved the match and to be honest, the entire event.
#5 – Dean Ambrose Cashes In Money In The Bank
I still get chills replaying this moment. Say what you want about Dean Ambrose but you can’t deny that his cash in on Seth Rollins to win the WWE World Championship in the same night that he won the briefcase is remarkable and goose bump worthy. What made this moment even more shocking and special was the fact that all three former members of The Shield held that most prestigious prize in sports entertainment on the same night. Dean Ambrose had always been looked at like the “other” guy from The Shield as Roman and Seth had all the spotlight but it was on this night in Las Vegas, Nevada where Dean proved the entire world wrong to win the WWE World Championship in one of the most shocking cash-ins off of all time.
#4 – Seth Rollins Returns At Extreme Rules
When Seth Rollins tore his ACL last November and had to vacate the WWE World Championship, it was heartbreaking for all of the WWE. However, we knew that when Seth came back, it would be electric and we would see a brand new Seth Rollins. And that is exactly what happened. At this years Extreme Rules Pay-Per View, Seth Rollins shocked the world when he attacked Roman Reigns after the WWE World Championship match between Reigns and AJ Styles. In one of the loudest crowd reactions I have ever heard, Rollins sent a message to the entire world that he was back and better than ever. And even though his return had been rumored for weeks, I think it is safe to say that we all marked out when he hit that pedigree.
#3 – AJ Styles’ WWE Debut
What a moment this was. The former “TNA guy” and arguably the best wrestler in the world had entered the WWE for the first time to a HUGE reaction that left all of us shocked and not knowing what to do with ourselves. When the clock hit :00 at this years Royal Rumble and mysterious music began playing, we didn’t know who was coming out and then all of the sudden we saw, I…..AM…….PHENOMENAL. We all know who AJ Styles is and knowing that he was actually standing in a WWE arena and about to face off with the then WWE World Champion was just too sweet (no pun intended). Did we expect AJ to be a huge star in the WWE? Yes. We all expected AJ to be shot to the top of the ladder and flash forward to now, AJ is the top guy as the WWE World Champion. Speaking of which…
#2 – AJ Styles Wins The WWE World Championship
Never in a million years would I have ever thought the former “TNA guy” would be the WWE World Champion. AJ Styles winning the championship was predictable but it is the fact that NO ONE would have ever predicted that AJ Styles would be standing on the top of the WWE mountain and that is what makes this moment so shocking. The man who spent twelve years in the company that WWE refuses to recognize is the WWE World Champion. It’s just amazing. And not only is Styles the main guy in the WWE but his winning of the most prestigious championship in the world has solidified him as one of the greatest of all time. He is that damn good and he has been that damn good his entire career.
#1 – Triple H Turns On Seth Rollins/Owens Wins Universal Title
Two shocking moments in one match. To this day this is the best ending to an episode of RAW I have ever witnessed. After Finn Balor had to vacate the newly won WWE Universal Championship after injury, a Fatal-4-Way match was set involving Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, and Big Cass. After Roman took control of the match, Triple H shocked the world by attacking Reigns and allowing Rollins to pin and eliminate him from the match. This was the first time we’d seen Triple H since WrestleMania 32 and him showing up out of nowhere was a shock itself.
And when it looked as if Rollins was going to be handed the match, the biggest shock of 2016 took place as Triple H, Seth’s former mentor, turned on Rollins and hitting him with a Pedigree to the loudest reaction on this list. The fans have been begging for the feud between Triple H and Seth Rollins to take place and this event kick started it. And not only did Triple H turn on his apprentice but he allowed Kevin Owens to win the WWE Universal Championship and to this day we don’t know if Owens knew he was going to win or if he is just really good at acting. Either way, this main event is (in my opinion) the most shocking main event in RAW history.
2016 has been filled with many amazing moments and the year still isn’t over. If 2017 is anything like what we’ve seen this year, I think we are going to be just fine with the surprises and shocks that await us.
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Author: Caden Moran