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Posted by Justin Watry on 01/19/2017 at 10:47 PM

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Best Match Of 2016

5. 2016 Royal Rumble Match
4. Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (Payback)
3. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (Battleground)
2. John Cena vs. AJ Styles (Summerslam)

1. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT Takeover: Dallas) - When Sami Zayn made his farewell entrance at NXT Takeover: Dallas, it was match of the year. When Shinsuke Nakamura made his debut entrance soon after, it was match of the year. When fans started chanting and getting jacked up before the bell even rang, it was match of the year. When Nakamura winked at the camera and Zayn stood there smirking, it was match of the year. You know what happened when the bell finally rang? Zayn and Nakamura officially had the 2016 match of the year. I have probably re-watched their match 15 times since April, and it gets better each time. More awesome moments. More goosebumps. More recognition of just how special the moment was. Not only for Nakamura arriving in NXT but also for everything Zayn had done. Both men had their own unique story, and everybody reacted accordingly. The crowd, the atmosphere, the commentators, the match, the finish, the aftermath, etc. I knew right away it was getting my match of the year vote, and over eight months later, that feeling has not gone away.

Most Overrated Wrestler Of 2016

5. The New Day
4. Dolph Ziggler
3. Dean Ambrose
2. Heath Slater/Rhyno

1. James Ellsworth - I don't get it. I didn't get it when he was beat by Braun Strowman back in the summer and wrote nothing about it in my review, barely even noticing the guy at all. I didn't get it when he randomly popped back up on Smackdown. I didn't get it when he started mixing it up in the main event. I didn't get it when he beat AJ Styles (with help from Dean Ambrose or not). I didn't get it when he was the focal point of the show for months at a time. I didn't get it when he was a freakin' mascot in a supposedly important Survivor Series brand battle. I didn't even get the 'heel turn' at TLC, much less him earning a contract to WWE as ratings continued to tank for Smackdown with him overstaying his welcome in the top feud. I just didn't get it. He was Colin Delaney 2016 (Google that nonsense), and thankfully, WWE put a merciful ending to this all last week when AJ Styles destroyed him once and for all. Have fun getting humiliated by Carmella and doing whatever it is you do...

Most Underrated Wrestler Of 2016

5. Brock Lesnar
4. Cesaro
3. Braun Strowman
2. The Miz

1. Roman Reigns - Considering how Roman Reigns ended 2015 (which I wrote about last week), it is a shame that 2016 is the year he officially got the permanent label as being another John Cena who will never get credit. No matter what he does, there will be cynicism and naysayers dragging him down. Sheamus is another guy, to a lesser extent. It's too bad fans make up their mind on somebody and never let go of those feelings, no matter how wrong they and have to eat crow on a consistent basis. Roman Reign has just completed yet another stellar year, full of kayfabe and non-kayfabe achievements that any other wrestler on the planet would love to have. Either it is feeling petty or just pure jealousy, I don't know. Reigns is THE MAN going forward for WWE, and everybody backstage is 100% correct in making that determination years ago. The scary part is the potential has still yet to be fully realized. The sky is the limit for him, and 2017 could easily be better than 2016 for Roman Reigns. Maybe, maybe then he will get the respect he deserves. Believe THAT!

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