As ever in life, when drawing up a shortlist, there are bound to be candidates that fail to make the final cut. While all these moments below produced intrigue, disgust in some cases and moments to turn fingers to keyboards, they have all fallen at the finish line and are relegated to merely "Notable Mentions."
Big Show turns heel (again)
In May, we were subjected to one of the worst months of WWE television in years. With "Mr Excitement" John Laurinaitis as the general manager of both Raw and Smackdown, the delight of watching a man carelessly stumble through promos was now doubled for our pleasure.
When Laurinaitis started to become irate at people mocking his voice (which is so easy to do it loses all comedic credibility anyway), he started dishing out punishments.
The most high-profile incident came when Big Show, caught mocking Laurinaitis' voice backstage by Eve, was sacked live on Raw.
There really are no words to convey how horrible this segment was. Big Show was driven to tears, and while his acting I feel was harshly criticised, it went on for so long that had I been live in attendance I would have probably shouted "Done" half way through and driven home.
Anyway, Laurinaitis was of course in the main event of Over The Limit with John Cena, where nobody under contract to WWE could interfere.
For those who have guessed what happened next, I can only pity you. In the closing moments of the main even, Big Show interfered, knocked out Cena and helped Laurinaitis win the match before signing a new contract.
It was as predictable as corned beef and worse yet it sparked Cena vs. Big Show 37 in which they would compete in three straight PPV matches against each other.
However, since Big Show became an unstoppable monster shortly after, the path his career took was probably the biggest shock given his recent stagnant run as a babyface, and therefore it has to at least be mentioned.
Ryback screwed by Brad Maddox/The Shield
I debated this long and hard, and while the interference of Brad Maddox and The Shield in Ryback matches this winter was shocking, there was an element of predictability to these events.
Not so much the participants themselves, which would be quite impressive to call, but merely the fact that the only logical way Ryback could have lost these particular matches in relation to his long-term development was from some sort of outside interference.
During Ryback's feud with WWE champion CM Punk, we have been treated to quite a unique feud these last few months.
The unstoppable babyface took the place of Punk's injured rival John Cena in October and the champion's incredible 10-month title reign became seriously under threat.
As this feud was building, an ingenious angle on Raw in the autumn saw referee Maddox miss Punk's leg on the ropes during a tag team match.
Punk was pinned and rightfully furious. Alongside Paul Heyman, the WWE Champion berated the referee the next week but within a couple of weeks we had more or less all forgotten about the angle.
That is why at the Hell in a Cell PPV, where Punk and Ryback were competing inside the Hell in a Cell structure, it was so shocking that seemingly out of nowhere Maddox, the referee for the match, physically assaulted Ryback and helped Punk retain the title.
There is still plenty of mileage in this story yet, and there is even more involving the three men who would then cost Ryback the title at the next PPV, Survivor Series.
With Cena added to make a Triple Threat, the odds seemed stacked against Punk who had an even more venomous Ryback on his hands.
With "Big Hungry" poised to claim the gold in the closing moments on the match, The Shield, consisting of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, brutally attacked Ryback to again deny him the championship.
Punk would win a second successive PPV match thanks to wonderfully written angles to ensure Ryback's reputation remained intact, as well as to introduce four new names into main event angles.
Shocking? Certainly, but due to the slightly predictable nature of the content in these events, they fail to make the top five.
Chris Jericho returns...and says nothing.
I'm starting to regret not making this slideshow more than five slides, but "The Eight Most Shocking Moments of the Year" doesn't carry the kind of impact that five does.
When Chris Jericho returned to our screens in January after the richly produced and intriguing "This is the end of the World as you know it" vignettes, expectations were high.
We were predicting the kind of impact that would shake up the WWE beyond belief, and initially, to an extent, that is exactly what "Y2J"'s return did.
I'll refrain from rambling on about the gritty outcome of Jericho's recent tenure with the company, but his very first appearance since departing in 2010 was certainly different.
After emerging from the curtain to a raucous ovation from the WWE Universe, Jericho took in all the adulation from the live crowd, basking it in for a number of minutes.
Soon, after toying with the notion of issuing a promo that would send shockwaves throughout the locker room, it became obvious that Jericho had no intention of talking to the masses.
He was far more interested in high-fiving everyone in the front row and being the cameraman. It was completely stunning, as fans didn't know whether to applaud the originality of his behaviour, or feel livid at being denied a great Jericho promo.
This continued for a couple of weeks until the Royal Rumble, and I will pick up from there later in the slideshow.
For that initially confusing and exciting moment Jericho returned though, it was undoubtedly one of the segments of the year.