After many years out of the spotlight, the National Wrestling Alliance returned to the spotlight, this time with an brand new (yet old) look. The Billy Corgan-run company debuted online in October, displaying a similar studio look to the promotion's run in the 1970s and 1980s, only with modern stars and storylines.
The year saw more competition in the wrestling world than there has been since the Monday Night Wars ended some 18 years ago. All Elite Wrestling targeted World Wrestling Entertainment's business model, giving stars like Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley a new lease on life. On top of that, upstarts such as the National Wrestling Alliance and Major League Wrestling gained ground on the usual competitors such as Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling.
Beyond just the competitive aspects, WWE experienced a turbulent year, including major programming changes, management shuffles and more than a few pieces of talent who were looking for a new home by year end.
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Headlines of 2019, 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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Following the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, the WWE roster was set to board a charter plane back to the U.S. for the following day's SmackDown taping. However, the plane was significantly delayed, causing rumors to run rampant about whether competitors were delayed by the Saudi government.
Impact Changes The Channel... Again
While WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg and NXT star Matt Riddle have never met in the ring... they may very well want to. The off-screen rivalry began when Riddle criticized Goldberg's match on Twitter. Later, the two had an intense meeting backstage at SummerSlam, with Goldberg saying "I'm not your Bro."