Monday, 28 March 2016

DVD Review: WWE Best PPV Matches 2015 (Match Compilation)

WWE's Best PPV Matches 2015 is out now on DVD, available from www.wwedvd.co.uk and all reputable home video stockists. The three disc DVD set features sixteen matches from WWE's PPV exploits between January and October 2015! Matches include Seth Rollins defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Dean Ambrose in a Ladder Match, The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar doing battle inside Hell in a Cell, Rollins, Lesnar and John Cena in triple threat action over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the first ever Tag Team Elimination Chamber as The New Day defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against The Prime Time Players, Los Matadores, Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, The Ascension and Lucha Dragons, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns challenging Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal Four-way, Randy Orton, Neville, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and Roman Reigns going at it in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar main eventing SummerSlam and Kevin Owens challenging for John Cena's WWE United States Championship.


best ppv matches 2015 match card


Match 1 – WWE World Heavyweight Championship – John Cena vs. Seth Rollins w/J & J Security vs. Brock Lesnar © w/Paul Heyman – WWE Royal Rumble 2015 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, USA - 25th January 2015)

Match 2 – WWE World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender's – Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Fastlane 2015 (Memphis, Tennesee, USA - 22nd January 2015)

Match 3 – WWE United States Championship – “Hero to the Russian Federation” Rusev © w/”The Ravishing Russian” Lana vs. John Cena - WWE WrestleMania 31 (Santa Clara, California, USA - 29th March 2015)

Match 4 – WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman (vs. Seth Rollins) – WWE WrestleMania 31 (Santa Clara, California, USA - 29th March 2015)

Match 5 – WWE Tag Team Championship – The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) w/Xavier Woods vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd w/Natalya – WWE Extreme Rules 2015 (Rosemont, Illionois, USA - 26th April 2015)

Match 6 – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four-Way (If Seth Rollins loses Kane is fired as Director of Operations) – Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins © w/ J&J Security – WWE Payback 2015 (Baltimore, Maryland, USA - 17th May 2015)

Match 7 – WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber – The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd w/Natalya vs. The New Day vs. The Ascension vs. The Lucha Dragons - WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 (Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - 31st May 2015)

Match 8 – Singles – WWE NXT Champion Kevin Owens vs. WWE United States Champion John Cena – WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 (Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - 31st May 2015)

Match 9 – Money in the Bank Contract Ladder - “The Apex Predator” Randy Orton vs. “The Man That Gravity Forgot” “The New Sensation” Neville vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Lana vs. WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston (New Day) vs. “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns - WWE Money in the Bank 2015 (Columbus, Ohio, USA - 14th June 2015)

Match 10 – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder – Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins © - WWE Money in the Bank 2015 (Columbus, Ohio, USA - 14th June 2015)

Match 11 – Triple Threat – Sasha Banks w/ Naomi & Tamina vs. Charlotte w/Becky Lynch & Paige vs. Brie Bella w/Alicia Fox & WWE Diva's Champion Nikki Bella – WWE Battleground 2015 (St. Louis, Missouri, USA - 19th July 2015)

Match 12 – WWE United States Championship – Kevin Owens vs. John Cena © - WWE Battleground 2015 (St. Louis, Missouri, USA - 19th July 2015)

Match 13 – Singles – Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker – WWE SummerSlam 2015 (New York City, New York, USA - 23rd August 2015)

Match 14 – WWE Diva's Championship – Charlotte (Team PCB) w/Becky Lynch & Paige vs. Nikki Bella (Team Bella) © w/Alicia Fox & Brie Bella – WWE Night of Champions 2015 (Houston, Texas, USA - 20th September 2015)

Match 15 – WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins © vs. Sting – WWE Night of Champions 2015 (Houston, Texas, USA - 20th September 2015)



Match 16 – Hell in a Cell – Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker – WWE Hell in a Cell 2015 (Los Angeles, California, USA - 25th October 2015)  

Commentary - John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Michael Cole & Jerry "The King" Lawler

The set is presented by former NXT Tag Team Champion Corey Graves, who turns up about two or three times per disc, to act as seque and to break up the action. Once the chosen matches from each PPV are shown there's also a cool little highlights package for the PPV, with each taking on a slightly different feel.


The set get's off to a great start as Brock Lesnar defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a barn-burner of a Triple Threat against John Cena and Money in the Bank Contract Holder Seth Rollins. It's a match that the rest of the set will struggle to follow as the trio string together a series of spectacular spots and near falls that have the Philadelphia crowd hooked. The type of match that you will only see in WWE, it's put together with a real craft and the structure helps to drive the bout throughout. A physical thrill ride from start to finish, for me this is the best contest WWE put on in 2015, an absolute must-see.


The good times continue as Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns duke it out for a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in an aggressive contest. The viciousness that both men bring to this one makes it stand out, making the title look so important. There's a strike sequence towards the end that is pretty much perfect and should have been a star-making moment for Reigns. 


John Cena and Rusev's WWE United States Championship match isn't one of the matches I'd have chosen to represent WrestleMania, with the WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match and Seth Rollins and Randy Orton's battle both being better matches. That being said, this one has plenty of WrestleMania pageantry surrounding it, and is still a good storytelling contest. Whilst some of the action isn't as crisp as it should have been, I still found that I enjoyed the match much more on a second viewing, so if you didn't enjoy the bout originally, I definitely recommend giving it another chance.


Roman Reigns continues to put on star performances in a terrifically physical bout with Brock Lesnar over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Despite a fairly hostile Santa Clara crowd, Reigns handles himself well and the crowd become less of a factor as the bout goes on, as Lesnar and Reigns' both put on quality performances in their respective roles. With a great finish that see's Money in the Bank contract holder Seth Rollins interjecting himself into the contest, providing one of the most memorable moments of 2015. Reigns' Last Man Standing match with The Big Show from Extreme Rules is overlooked in favour of Cesaro & Tyson Kidd defending the WWE Tag Team Championships against The New Day in pacy contest that manages to showcase both teams well.


There's a lot of fun action on display in a Fatal Four-Way contest between Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. There's some quality interplay between the four characters that makes the match for me, with some especially good stuff between the three for Shield members, Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns. The added storyline with Kane's job as Director of Operations being on the line does end up holding the match back at various points, leading to surprisingly weak finish.


The first ever Tag Team Elimination Chamber is next, as The New Day defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against The Prime Time Players, Los Matadores, Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, The Ascension and The Lucha Dragons, in a spot-laden contest. Whilst the match is an entertaining watch, it's booking is questionable throughout, struggling to get a pace that suits the contest. The finish sequence has it's moments, but it bagginess ends up letting it down, I'd have preferred to have seen Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins main event get this slot if I'm honest.


John Cena and Kevin Owens put on a tremendous Champion vs. Champion bout, that works brilliantly as an introduction to the then NXT Champion on the main stage. It's spot-based action, but with just enough narrative to keep things ticking, in front of hooked Corpus Christi audience. Driven by a passionate Owens and a frustrated Cena, there's some world class near falls here, kicking off one of the years strongest feuds in styles. 


You can't really go wrong with a Money in the Bank Contract ladder match, and whilst this year's bout isn't a vintage outing, there's still plenty to enjoy. The seven man contest involving Randy Orton, Kane, Neville, Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston and Sheamus, is much more focused on dramatic moments, than it's usual non-stop action style and thus the bout has a rather different feel to that of the majority of it's predecessors. It's definitely fun whilst it lasts, but doesn't feature anything particularly memorable, therefore I wouldn't have minded on bit if we'd had the second Kevin Owens vs. John Cena match in it's place.


A completely different Ladder match next as Dean Ambrose goes after Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a brutal contest. With much better spots and a compelling narrative that's told well throughout, Rollins and Ambrose take their feud to the next level. Dean Ambrose puts in a terrific performance fighting from underneath, cementing his place as one of the companies top babyfaces, whilst Rollins continues to be consistently good throughout his title reigns. It's unfortunately let down just a tad by poorly booked finish and it's length may not be for everyone, but it's still quality encounter that's well worth a watch.


The first match that doesn't really belong on the set is a Triple Threat match between Brie Bella, Charlotte and Sasha Banks, that doesn't quite hit the spot. That isn't to say that it's a particularly bad match, and there is plenty of nice wrestling in there, but there's nothing here that makes it stand out from the pack, either Sheamus vs. Randy Orton or Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt would've been better choices from this PPV. John Cena and Kevin Owens complete their trilogy with another outstanding bout over the WWE United States Championship. Whilst there's a number of similarities from the first two, this is still a great watch full of big spots and big near falls. The St. Louis crowd give the duo a great reaction throughout as they bring their feud to suitable crescendo. 


Two of the best brawlers to ever step foot in a WWE ring throw bombs at each other, as The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar duke it out in the main event of SummerSlam. There's lots of riffing off their WrestleMania XXX clash, which ups the drama stakes and lends well to the epic storytelling of the bout. A big improvement on their last outing, the finish is a little bit of a weird one, which ends up lessening the near falls that had come before it somewhat.


Charlotte challenging for the WWE Diva's Championship against Nikki Bella at Night of Champions was arguably the best women's outing on PPV in 2015 and rightly earns itself a slot on the DVD. There's some solid wrestling and a great narrative throughout that make this one stand out above the rest of the pack. Seth Rollins' WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense against Sting is a strange choice for the set, especially when compared to the match Rollins had minutes earlier with John Cena over the WWE United States Championship. While far from a "bad" match, an injury to Sting in the last portion of the bout leave the contest feeling more than a little flat come it's conclusion. 


Strangely the set finishes off with the main event of October's Hell in a Cell PPV, ignoring the two PPV's that came in November and December, as The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar brought their close to a brutal conclusion inside the demonic structure. It's a bloody brawl of a contest, that manages to tell a superb story as two of the best go toe to toe. Personally, I think this one of the best Hell in a Cell matches for a very long time, with plenty of memorable moments and a terrific conclusion. The post-match antics with The Wyatt Family though probably didn't need to be included and leaves the set feeling a little incomplete at the end.

finally...
dvd rating - 7.63/10



On match quality alone this is a brilliant DVD set, that despite having a couple of questionable inclusions manages to keep the good times rolling for pretty much the entire 8 hours plus running time. Three or four years ago, this would've been a much have set, but the WWE Network now makes it pretty easy to skip through all these matches and even make an improvement on the matches that are chosen for this one and even actually complete the year with the two PPV's from November and December. 


I found this to be an enjoyable watch from start to finish, but it's difficult to recommend something that only has about ten minutes of content that isn't available at a cheaper price somewhere. However, if you've got a poor internet connection then this is the set for you, I suppose.

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