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That’s all it took to convince 30 percent of our respondents that Brock
Lesnar stood head and shoulders above the competition this year.
At the Royal Rumble in January, Lesnar destroyed The Big Show, handing
the giant the most lopsided loss of his career.
At WrestleMania 30 in April, Lesnar did the unimaginable, cleanly
pinning The Undertaker to end “The Dead Man’s” epic WrestleMania
At SummerSlam in August, Lesnar toyed wit John Cena, tossing the WWE
World champion like a cat playing with a mouse in winning the WWE title
in the most dominant performance since Diesel’s eight-second slaughter
of Bob Backlund in 1994.
Lesnar finally showed some signs of weakness at Night of Champions in a
title defense against Cena, but Seth Rollins’ interference caused a DQ
finish before a clear-cut winner could be determined.
Lesnar didn’t earn a spot in this year’s “PWI 500” because he didn’t meet the
activity criteria. However, there is no such criteria for the PWI
Achievement Awards, and Lesnar wins the Wrestler of the Year award for
the second time in his career (he previously won this award in 2002).
While Lesnar certainly proved to be a juggernaut this year, there’s a
good chance this award would have gone to Daniel Bryan. Injuries forced
Bryan to relinquish his title in May, and he was unable to wrestle
through the end of the year. But if Bryan had not been injured, it’s
entirely possible that he might have taken the beating that Cena took
“It comes as no surprise that my client Brock Lesnar has been named
Wrestler of the Year,” said Paul Heyman. “In all candor, who else could
even be in the running? The enormity of the accomplishment of
conquering Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania would be
enough. To then add the sheer dominance displayed when Brock defeated
John Cena for the Undisputed WWE heavyweight championship of the world
at SummerSlam? This was a Hall of Fame year for the reigning, defending
WWE heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar!
DANIEL BRYAN (23 percent)
Bryan rode an impassioned wave of fan support into a championship
opportunity at WrestleMania. He defeated Triple-H, then went on to
submit Batista to win the WWE title. Unfortunately, he was forced to
vacate the title and undergo spinal surgery, leaving him on the
disabled list for the remainder of the year.
AJ STYLES (17 percent)
After leaving TNA, Styles reinvigorated his career in New Japan, where
he won the IWGP title and became a vital part of wildly popular and
successful Bullet Club. He became one of the hottest commodities on the
independent circuit and made a return to ROH. The change of scenery
spurred him to a banner year.
JOHN CENA (16 percent)
Though his year was marred by the drubbing he took at the hands of
Brock Lesnar, Cena did capture his 15th world championship, he won a
lengthy feud against The Wyatt Family, and he defeated Randy Orton at
Hell in a Cell. He was also the most consistent wrestler in WWE for the
VOTES FOR OTHERS (14 percent)
Some of the other top vote-getters who did not capture a
runner-up spot include: Dean Ambrose, Jay Briscoe, Bully Ray, Lashley,
Kazuchika Okada, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and