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Michael A. Wiseman
Michael is a pro wrestling enthusiast, MMA fan, and all-around geek. When not blogging, he likes to catch up on TV shows or dig in to the latest tech news. You can follow him on Twitter @therealwiseman.

EXCLUSIVE: Drew Galloway First Promo in Impact Wrestling (Video)

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Breaking news last week with Drew Galloway making his surprise Impact Wrestling debut while it touring in Glasgow, Scotland. With tapings continuing over the weekend, we got our first taste of Galloway (formerly Drew McIntrye in WWE) in Dixie’s company. Read More »

Match of the Year (2014)

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This is what it’s all about – the “wrestling” part of professional wrestling. Guys squaring off to fight it out, settle their differences, and entertain thousands (millions?) of fans. But only ONE match can be called “Match of the Year.” Which one earned top honors? Read on to find out… Read More »

Wrestler of the Year (2014)

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What does it take to be wrestler of the year? Is main-eventing Wrestlemania enough, or does it take other intangibles? Can a breakout star earn top honors in the same year? Read on to see who we think was the best of 2014… Read More »

Best Show of the Year (2014)

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From top-to-bottom, any wrestling match is only as good as the card it’s on, and when it comes to quality lineups, 2014 was full of them. Could Ring of Honor pull the upset with fantastic PPV outings? Did Impact Wrestling have an ace in the hole? Was NXT ready to strike it big? What was the best overall show of ... Read More »

Biggest News Story of the Year (2014)

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Headlines, headlines, headlines… The wrestling industry knows how to both make news and break news, and 2014 was no different. TNA lost (and found) a home. ROH emerged on Pay-Per-View. Still, bigger names and bigger networks emerged. What were they? Read on to find out… Read More »

Best Creative Surprise of the Year (2014)

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While the in-ring product sells tickets, and the long-term stories sell merchandise, surprises what keep fans coming back for more; unpredictability is the cornerstone of the modern wrestling product. But in year chocked-full of big moments, with historic names like Hulk Hogan, Sting, and The Rock hanging around, which one reigned supreme? Read on for our picks for “Best Creative ... Read More »

Creative Misfire of the Year (2014)

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Just because it’s deemed “creative” doesn’t always mean it’s going to be good – just ask Vince Russo. And for every great feud, or well-executed story line, the major wrestling promotions also make mistakes. Some aren’t so bad; a few others require major direction shifts. Read on to find out our picks for “Creative Misfire of the Year.” Read More »

Feud of the Year (2014)

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What makes wrestling tick? There’s the actual in-ring product, the athletic competition between two (or more) giants who turn hammer-locks and chain-grappling into a dance. There’s the driving story behind the match. Why are these titans fighting? Why should we care? That’s where rivalries come in… they gives us, as fans, that emotional investment. Here are our picks for ‘Feud ... Read More »

Tag-Team of the Year (2014)

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While the modern wrestling show puts tag-team contests behind singles competition, those teams who make a living going 2-on-2 full-time still impress. The great series between Team 3D, the Hardys, and the Wolves felt like an Attitude-era throwback. And the Dust brothers united to create one of the most… eccentric… teams in recent memory. But which team was the best? ... Read More »

Heel of the Year (2014)

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Best “bad guy” of the year is such a tricky category – on the one hand, you want to hate them, but on the other, sometimes the most hated guys are fan favorites. Then there’s the divide between supporting characters (authority figures or managers) and the actual wrestling talents themselves.¬†Does Paul Heyman earn this award by default? How many guys ... Read More »

Breakout Star of the Year (2014)

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So many guys (and gals) in 2014 had their “moment.” They grabbed that brass ring. While the youth movement moniker has been tossed around over the last decade, no other year has been filled with as many young guys fighting for a spot as 2014 was. Did Bray Wyatt solidify his spot against John Cena at Wrestlemania? Did The Shield ... Read More »

The Best of 2014: Professional Wrestling

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2014 saw major changes sweep across the professional wrestling landscape. WWE launched¬†a brand new digital network, while TNA Impact Wrestling was forced to find itself a new network entirely. New promotions, such as Global Force Wrestling and Lucha Underground, were started, and Ring of Honor fought for its right to be considered one of the “major players.” Hulk Hogan came ... Read More »