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Editors’ Choice: Who had the best 2014?

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.’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. NXT_TAKE02_Photo_40-3173477498Since 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

Source:’s Top 25 Matches of 2014

#6 Natalya vs. Charlotte — NXT Women’s Championship Match (NXT TakeOver)

20140529_NXTTakeover_Divas_2Was 2014 the year we stopped grading women’s matches on a curve? The ignorant responded to even the best Divas bouts with dismissive compliments like, “That was good — for girls.” Then Charlotte and Natalya put on a wrestling clinic at NXT TakeOver and now the whole dynamic has changed.

A lot has been written about their bout for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship since it happened in May, but what’s too often missed is how amazing both women looked after it was done. Natalya — a competitor who’s all too rarely given the opportunity to show what she’s capable of — was immaculate on the mat and gracious in defeat. And Charlotte? Who else besides Beethoven and Tiger Woods has been as gifted at something as quickly as the second-generation Diva? Two years into her career and she’s already been part of perhaps the best Divas match ever.

Still, the most telling part of the bout’s greatness may be in the fact that WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Ric Flair were at ringside to add to the gravity of the contest. However, by the time the match hit its stride, you forgot they were even there. — RYAN MURPHY


NXT TakeOver: R Evolution predictions

20141120_EP_LIGHT_takeoverrevolution-match-home-womensNXT Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks

Jason Albert: That’s a tough one for me. Sasha claims that she taught Charlotte everything Charlotte knows. But has she taught her everything Sasha knows? I have doubted Sasha in the past, but then you see her with someone like Becky Lynch, and what she’s done for her, and you start to think maybe she did create Charlotte. I’m going to go with Sasha Banks. WINNER: Sasha Banks

Sara Amato: Sasha has a real mean streak, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she takes it, but of all the girls I’ve ever been in the ring with, Charlotte has a focus, determination and dedication that true champions have. I’m going with Charlotte. WINNER: Charlotte

Norman Smiley: I have the pleasure, at times, of working with the Divas, and in my opinion, Charlotte is one of the best athletes that we have in NXT, so I’m going to have to give the edge, physically and strength-wise, to her. However, Sasha is The Boss. She’s going to do whatever she can do, however, wherever, whenever, to pounce and become the NXT Women’s Champion. If I had to pick one, I’m going with the champion, Charlotte. WINNER: Charlotte

Charlotte: 2, Sasha Banks: 1


Friends no more: Charlotte, Sasha look ahead to WWE NXT TakeOver: R Evolution

20141119_LIGHT_SashaCharlotte_HP“The worst pain in the world goes beyond the physical. Even further beyond any other emotional pain one can feel. It is the betrayal of a friend.” — Heather Brewer, “Ninth Grade Slays”

On Thursday, Dec. 11, the NXT Women’s Championship will be placed up for grabs as Charlotte defends against No. 1 Contender Sasha Banks at WWE NXT Takeover R Evolution. Under normal circumstances, such a marquee matchup would spark the interest of any NXT fan looking to enjoy a highly competitive match between two of NXT’s premier Divas. But as time has shown, the stakes are pricier than pure championship ambition. Not only will Sasha and Charlotte compete for the NXT Women’s division’s richest prize, but both must also compete with the emotional scars of a friendship gone terribly wrong.

“When Sasha and I were teaming up together as the BFFs [Beautiful Fierce Females], all we wanted was one thing: the NXT Women’s Title,” Charlotte told “The moment I won that title is when the dynamics began to change. In my opinion, Sasha’s jealousy is the only answer to why we broke up.”

While Charlotte’s assessment of her former BFF partner may be a popular opinion throughout the NXT Universe, The Boss had another theory on the split.

“I will tell you exactly when things began to change,” Sasha said. “Charlotte had taken a little vacation from NXT and as soon as she returned, she assumed her last name gave her the right to control me, and nobody controls Sasha Banks.” Continue reading Friends no more: Charlotte, Sasha look ahead to WWE NXT TakeOver: R Evolution

Editors’ Choice: Who is the future of WWE?


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


NXT TakeOver: A Swiss slant with Cesaro

20140808_EP_LIGHT_Cesaro-NXT-HOMEPAGEWWE 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.