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Okay, fine.... maybe this one doesn't belong the other 49 headlines of the year; I can accept that. But without CBW, you wouldn't have weekly Top 50 lists like this one, not to mention a selection of interesting columns, photos and features. And the best is truly yet to come in the year ahead!
While some may consider 2014 not particularly eventful for professional wrestling, it turned out that A LOT happened. Some of it wasn't even remembered by year end, while other developments may well be remembered decades from now.
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2014, 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 (such as when a certain wrestler quit a certain company and later in the year announced he was joining a certain MMA promotion - just as an example), and some lump a string of developments to demonstrate an overall trend.
Ready? Here we go!
John Cena winning WWE's main belt seems like it's no longer news given how frequently it happens. Still, after Cena won the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money In The Bank, he's surpassed Randy Orton, Hulk Hogan and Triple H - only Ric Flair has held more World Championship gold.
John Cena captures
15th World Title
During the season finale of WWE Legends House, it was revealed that former Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson was gay. While coming out of the closet isn't that newsworthy in the year 2014, it's even less newsworthy because wrestlers and fans alike had known about Patterson's "secret" for decades!
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Following his departure from TNA, AJ Styles decided to try his hand in other promotions. In April, he surfaced in New Japan Pro Wrestling, challenging IWGP Kazuchika Okada and becoming a heel in the process, joining NJPW's infamous Bullet Club, along with gaijin Jeff Jarrett and Kenny Omega this year.