2015 was, in many respects, not a banner year for professional wrestling.
We lost four prominent Hall of Famers; the industry took its lumps on a number of fronts; and a rash of unfortunate injuries added to an already-depleted talent roster in the WWE.
That's not to say it was all bad. We saw new and old faces make their mark; competition heated up across the industry; NXT coming into its own; and at year end, WWE looks to have (finally) created a somewhat new, bankable superstar.
2015 was decidedly different from the names making news in 2014. It's up to you to decide whether that's a good or bad thing.
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2015, Canadian Bulldog's World considered the following criteria:
Was the event unique to this year? Or does it happen quite frequently?
What were the overall ramifications for said event?
Did the development have a profound impact on how this wrestler or promotion did business?
Did this development receive any mainstream publicity outside of the wrestling community?
When possible, we have tried to add a date to each development. Some of them combine more than one event, and some lump a string of developments to demonstrate an overall trend.
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