Here are four moments I liked that didn’t make the top 10 for one reason or another...
The Rock vs. John Cena
For me personally, I don’t think the Rock vs. John Cena lived up to the hype. I also didn’t think it was that good of a match. Being billed as “Once in a Lifetime,” The Rock and Cena delivered what I thought was a decent match.
It would have made the main list due to the emotion that the storyline had with it, but “once in a lifetime” is most likely going to prove false come WrestleMania XXIX. If I was sure that I would never see this match again, it would become something special for me and probably at least make the top five.
I have a feeling, though, that the Rock will be winning the title at the Royal Rumble and face Cena at WrestleMania for the second time in my lifetime.
It was good for what it was; a way to hype the biggest event of the year and to bring a lot of excitement to the event. I was disappointed with it overall, though, so it doesn’t make the main list.
In July, TNA Wrestling finally did something worthwhile with the X-Division. With Austin Aries as X-Division champion, Option C was created. It stated that the come Destination X the champion would have the choice to give up the X-Division Championship for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship that night.
I thought it was great when it was created. Not only would it elevate the top guy in the X-Division to the main event, it would put a lot of importance on the title. The division is not what it used to be and Option C gave it quite the boost.
Then Aries gave up the title and nothing seemed to change. Zema Ion won the title and appeared here and there. Even with Rob Van Dam now as champion nothing has changed. The title is still put on the backburner for the most part.
It seems to me that the belt and champion will only get the spotlight when the pay-per-view comes around.
Since the stipulation hasn’t seemed to change anything in the long run, it doesn’t make the main list, but it gets an honorable mention due to the excitement it initially created.
The Shield Debuts
NXT, formally Florida Championship Wrestling, has a lot of talent. Whether it’s a superstar like Bo Dallas or a Diva like Paige, NXT shows fans that the future is bright for WWE.
There were two guys that pretty much everyone wanted to see make it to the main roster, and those were former Dragon Gate USA wrestler Dean Ambrose and former ROH World champion Seth Rollins. At Survivor Series, fans got their wish when the two of them debuted alongside Roman Reigns as a group called the Shield.
Aiming to rid the WWE of injustice, they targeted superstars who caused another an injustice of some kind.
It was definitely great to see both Ambrose and Rollins make it to the main roster. Both of them are very talented wrestlers and could go far in WWE if given the chance. I’m not that big a fan of Reigns and feel that Kassius Ohno or Leo Kruger would have been a better fit. Then again, I’m more of a fan of them two than I am of Reigns.
The reason this makes the honorable mention section and not the main list is because it just started, so I want to give it some time to develop. If they make a bigger impact in 2013, perhaps they’ll make the main list.
The Shield gets a special mention, though, as it led to the debuts of both Ambrose and Rollins.
Velvet Sky Returns to TNA
Velvet Sky left TNA earlier this year and it led to a lot of displeasure from TNA fans. She is no doubt one of the most popular Knockouts on the roster and just letting her go was a bad decision.
On the December 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, Velvet made her return to TNA after being away for five months. She declared that 2013 would be the year of Velvet Sky and if TNA is smart, they’d make that happen.
Her one reign as Knockouts champion was very short and she just didn’t get the chance to shine as champion.
While she’s certainly not the best wrestler in the Knockouts division, she has progressed a lot since her debut in TNA in 2007. She has worked very hard to improve and it’s time for her hard work to pay off with a decent reign as champion.
While her return wasn’t exactly impactful at the time, I feel that it will be in the long run.