Who had the best 2014? It’s a simple question, really, but how do you quantify what makes a Superstar or Diva’s year the best? Certainly, title wins and five-star matches are a good start. Memorable moments and game-changing victories should also be taken into consideration. Still, at the end of the day, this is a rather subjective debate, but one that is definitely worth having. WWE.com’s editors take their picks and make their arguments for which member of the WWE roster had the greatest year.
From newbie NXT Diva to NXT Women’s Champion, Charlotte’s WWE career skyrocketed in 2014. After besting Emma and Alexa Bliss in the NXT Women’s Championship Tournament, the daughter of 16-time World Champion Ric Flair defeated Hart family Diva Natalya for the NXT Women’s Title at NXT TakeOver in one of the most memorable and competitive Divas matches of all time. Since her victory in May, Charlotte has defended the NXT Women’s Championship against her former BFFs, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks, as well as Bayley.
Who will dare to challenge this self-proclaimed “genetically superior athlete” in 2015? The future looks bright for NXT’s most dominant and charismatic Diva. It’s surely only a matter of time before Charlotte shakes things up in WWE’s Divas division. – KARA MEDALIS
Forget that she’s Ric Flair’s daughter for a minute. Charlotte captured the NXT Women’s Championship because she has all the tools to succeed in sports-entertainment, not because her pop is a 16-time World Champion.
She boasts a brilliant style in the ring, ranging from athletic moonsaults to suffocating submissions that utilize her strong lower body. She moves around the squared circle with the athleticism of a gymnast. She flips momentum in an instant by planting her opponents to the mat with her signature Natural Selection.
Charlotte not only knows she’s talented — she has her father’s swagger — but she’s also committed to improving and has a “first one there, last one to leave” mentality toward training. That attitude worked wonders in 2014, with Charlotte growing seemingly overnight from a sidekick with The BFFs to a star and champion.
Yes, she’s a second-generation talent, but Charlotte will become one of the best Divas ever to step into the ring because she wants to prove she has more than a famous last name. — JEFF LABOON
WWE Superstar and NXT alumni Cesaro is no stranger to the unpredictable land of NXT. As one of the most respected Superstars to step foot inside the NXT arena, Cesaro is now entering another arena: Superstar analysis. This week, Cesaro takes a closer look at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way and provides exclusive analysis on the high-stakes matches airing LIVE on WWE Network, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. We hand the article reins over to The Swiss Superman.
NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Bayley
This is the first title defense Charlotte will have on the big stage of an NXT live special. Charlotte defeated Natalya to win the title, but this will be a new platform. As long as Charlotte doesn’t underestimate Bayley, she will remain NXT Women’s Champion.
WWE.com have added a brand new poll asking fans who they think is most likely to be a future Divas Champion! Charlotte is currently in 2nd place behind Naomi. Head on over and vote, using the link below.
WWE.com Poll: “Who is most likely a future Divas Champion?”