Driven predominantly by Dave Meltzer and selected other news reporters, the discussion amongst Internet Wrestling Community denizens keeps grap-chat fresh in the fleeting minutes during the week when WWE aren't broadcasting new content.
Alongside a thriving independent scene, New Japan Pro Wrestling setting the standard for contemporary output and WWE Network's vast and ever-expanding archives, there's never been more product to pore over and subsequently more discussion to be had.
It was largely the same at the start of the year, with the 2017 Royal Rumble setting tongues wagging based on star power alone, whilst Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada assembled an encounter so breathtaking that it caused the aforementioned Wrestling Observer doyen to rethink his own scale. It would happen all over again just months later.
Indeed, this year had the lot, but so much of it was impossible to even imagine twelve months ago. Rational suggestions and forecasts emerged from rational minds, but an increasingly unpredictable industry rendered them obsolete time and time again.
Most probably could have imagined ringing in the New Year with Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles at the top of the respective WWE trees, but how many could have posited the pair making a late play for match of the year on a Survivor Series show headlined by Triple H and Kurt Angle Wrestling went batsh*t crazy again in 2017. Who really saw that coming?
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Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.