Author: Ian Hamilton

Twitter - @theianhamilton

Twenty years ago, when wrestling was in the midst of the “Monday Night Wars”, part of the allure of the ongoing WWF vs. WCW battle was to see just who was jumping ship. Last night, hours after New Japan’s WrestleKingdom 10 show, we had 2016’s version of this, with news breaking of WWE “signing” the quartet of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Doc Gallows and “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson.

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Throughout the years, there’s been a long list of “internet darlings”; wrestlers who have had a vocal following online, but have, for whatever reason, have struggled to make that breakthrough and have that popularity reflect into the mainstream (or at least, get the chance to do so).

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With just eleven days left in 2015, and with no major shows left in any wrestling calendars, it’s about time to cast an eye back on the year and pick out the best and the worst that 2015 had to offer.  Throughout the remainder of 2015, I’ll be posting a series of Awards articles. Everyone’s doing it: WWE’s got their Slammys, the Wrestling Observer has their ubiquitous awards, so why not add Back Body Drop’s name to the hat?

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Last night saw the much heralded TakeOver: London at Wembley’s SSE Arena, for the culmination of the first NXT tour outside of the United States. To the fans watching on the WWE Network, you saw what has become the standard for NXT, with five matches in two hours, with the only offensive content coming from the fans in the crowd, courtesy of a litany of football-style chants.

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Well, that was typical, wasn’t it? On Sunday, I wrote an entry here wondering out loud “where does WWE go to for WrestleMania”, after Roman Reigns lost yet another title match. Fast forward 24 hours later, and Reigns ended Raw on top of the pile, as the new WWE champion. But the question hasn’t changed…

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