Spoiler alert: The # 1 headline for this year is the pandemic. I mean, how could it not be?
Much like everything else this year, COVID-19 had a measurable impact on the professional wrestling industry. Very few of the news items listed here don't have some connection to the pandemic -- either directly or where something may have played out differently had the entire world not been in lockdown for most of the year.
In other news, All Elite Wrestling continued its journey to wrestling supremacy, making bold and strategic moves. Impact Wrestling upped its game on several fronts, despite not having a live crowd to feed off of. World Wrestling Entertainment made a number of key updates to its roster and its overall presentation. And while a few all-time greats returned to the spotlight, we also lost more than our fair share of them.
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2020, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories 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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