WWE continued to bolster its women's wrestling division, trying to put it on equal ground with the men's division wherever possible. And while the company tried to elevate new talent top positions throughout the year, a rash of injuries and other outside factors halted their progress.
Outside of Stamford... the momentum of professional wrestling continued, led by a group of upstarts who had never staged their own show before. In addition, New Japan Pro Wresting continued to thrive, followed distantly by progress from Ring of Honor, Major League Wrestling and other promotions.
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2018, 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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