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Top 20 Wrestlers That Peaked in 2015

2015 was one of the most memorable years in WWE history. The early portion of the year saw Daniel Bryan return, fans reject Roman Reigns' push, Seth Rollins become a star and Brock Lesnar re-sign with the company. Things progressed with NXT growing at a rapid pace to achieve new highs, Kevin Owens making his main roster debut and rising female stars making women’s wrestling a must-see attraction. Sadly, the year ended on a sour note with injuries piling up. Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Cesaro and various others are currently on the shelf and the program is suffering without them.

The year saw many new stars step up to become credible main eventers. Rollins and Reigns showed they could be trusted at the top of the company with good showings as World Champion. Owens is likely going to see his star rise if he can keep his momentum going. There are other stars in NXT that can become huge on the main roster with the right debut, such as Finn Balor, Sami Zayn and Bayley. The WWE not only delivered many great matches and memorable shows but they did a solid job setting up the future. A WrestleMania featuring various legends in part-time roles may hurt the ceilings of the young star but the fans that watch weekly know who to appreciate.

With the success stories and new high points of talents, there’s the eventual fall of said stars. One of the most difficult things in wrestling is staying on the top of the mountain once you reach the high. The wrestling business is a competitive atmosphere with things changing on the fly, leading to unpredictable variables. A new star can get over on any given night to cause a shift in plans. Fans can reject a push. Wrestlers can get in political trouble due to the sometimes petty environment they work in. There are plenty of wrestlers that likely plateaued this year and will likely be unable to match their high point of success. We’re going to examine the top twenty wrestlers that we believe peaked in 2015.

20 Charlotte 

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19 Erick Rowan 

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18 Tyson Kidd 

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17 Becky Lynch 

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16 Joey Ryan 

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15 Samoa Joe 

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14 Shinsuke Nakamura 

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13 Luke Harper 

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12 Alberto Del Rio 

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11 Tyler Breeze 

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10 Paige 

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9 Damien Sandow 

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8 Ethan Carter III 

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7 Cesaro 

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6 Dean Ambrose 

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5 Nikki Bella 

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4 Bray Wyatt 

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3 Seth Rollins 

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2 Rusev 

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1 Brock Lesnar 

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Brock Lesnar is one of the most dynamic performers the pro wrestling industry has ever seen. His WWE World Championship reign ended at WrestleMania 31 but he had one of the most impressive years of his career. Lesnar delivered two of the best five WWE matches all year against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania and in a triple threat match with John Cena and Seth Rollins at the Royal Rumble. Later in the year, Lesnar went up against The Undertaker and both bouts over delivered the expectations, given ‘Taker’s age. The combination of great opponents in the right situations is hard to repeat again. Brock is bound to step away from the title picture and he’s running out of viable big money opponents. 2015 was the best we will see out of Brock Lesnar and he’s likely peaked as a special attraction.

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