Unlike the year before it -- when professional wrestling was plagued by injuries and personal setbacks (see The Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2015 for that list) -- 2016 delivered in spades.
The industry was infused with exciting new talent and interesting characters; some of them even switched companies, harkening to the old days of "jumping ship" between promotions. A bigger platform was given to women and cruiserweights on an international stage. Wrestling legends continued to make the news; some in ways no one could have predicted.
But which of these were the most newsworthy items of all?
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2016, 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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