WWE stepped up their game by bolstering their cruiserweight, tag team and women's divisions while also giving some relatively new names a crack at the main event.
Of course, WWE wasn't the only promotion to break new ground: New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor (both with ties to The Bullet Club) made headlines both in and out of the ring). TNA Wrestling (a/k/a Impact and Global Force) had another year full of turbulence. And the wrestling world lost some all-time greats during the past 365 days.
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2017, 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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