Over the course of 2015, a number of different stories captured the attention of wrestling fans around the world. Some were shocking, while others were tragic. Some of the stories listed below include scandal and allegations; some feature incredible achievements in wrestling and saw new people thrust to the top of the wrestling world. But many of these stories have little to do within ring achievements. They captured headlines because of silence that may have been broken or threats alleged to have been made. In another year in the wild and wacky world of professional wrestling, these stories took place in ROH, TNA and predominantly the WWE; they did more than enlighten or entertain us, some shocked and amazed us. They often left us shaking our heads wondering what some will do. ‘Did they really do that?' ‘Did he really say that?' 'What were they thinking?'
One of the stories focuses an icon's fall from grace; another, the death of a legend who fans of all ages embraced. The stories include a retirement, the beginning of a revolution, and the WWE's main event scene, including a major blow that leaves them having to restructure their plans for the title moving forward. It was an incredible year that did a great deal to hold your attention and make you keep watching. It made wrestling fans stay tuned in and kept reading. Here are the Top 15 Biggest and Best Stories in Wrestling for 2015.
15 The Tragic Death of Perro Aguayo Jr
14 Destination American Deal With Ring of Honor
13 Reported Pay Issues With TNA Wrestling
12 Scott Steiner Allegedly Threatened to Kill Hulk Hogan
Steiner was investigated for alleged threats to kill Hulk Hogan. He was also banned from the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and Wrestlemania events. Officers apparently reviewed a surveillance video showing Steiner confronting Jennifer, Hogan's wife.
Here's what Steiner had to say:
11 WWE Physician Dr. Chris Amann Sues CM Punk
WWE physician Dr. Amann filed charges against Punk, in response to comments Punk made on a podcast. Soon after, WWE shared video clips from the Royal Rumble, all containing shots of Punk's back. Comments accompanying the video said:
- “CM Punk did not discuss his condition with WWE's team of physicians and trainers or Talent Relations department.”
- “The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk's attorney on August 22, 2014, after WWE terminated his contract.”
10 AJ Lee Retires
BREAKING: AJ Lee (April Mendez) has decided to retire from in-ring competition with WWE. We wish AJ the very best.— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2015
9 The Death of 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes
8 Daniel Bryan's Future Being In Question
7 Seth Rollins Wins at WM31
How did this all start? With a simple tweet from Stephanie McMahon:
@StephMcMahon: Thank You @PattyArquette for having the courage to fight for #WomensRights on such a grand platform. #UseYourVoice
AJ Lee questioned a double standard within the company, so she responded to McMahon's tweet about women in Hollywood, suggesting that showing support should also be reflected in the behavior of the company McMahon ran.
@StephMcMahon Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise&have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times,
@StephMcMahon And yet they receive a fraction of the wages&screen time of the majority of the male roster.#UseYourVoice
McMahon responded in the most cordial of tweets.
Thank you @WWEAJLee, I appreciate your opinion. #UseYourVoice.
5 Jay Lethal Holds Both Singles Championships in ROH
4 WWE Champion Seth Rollins Out 6-9 Months
3 Seth Rollins and Zahra Schreiber Twitter Fiasco
2 Bill DeMott Accused of Mistreating Former Talent
1 Hulk Hogan Fired For Using Racial Slurs
In July, WWE released the following statement: “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide." This decision came after there was a leak of a video recording where Hogan could be heard making racist statements.
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