1. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens Changing Perceptions of What Makes a WWE Star

    Indy darlings are not supposed to be stars in Vince McMahon's WWE . They were not good enough to compete under the brightest lights, on the biggest stages, nor were they supposed to be faces of a product with its own streaming network...

    Erik Beaston Written by Erik Beaston about 25 days ago 30,945 reads 108 comments

  2. Shinsuke Nakamura Quickly Emerging as WWE's Next Big Mega Star

    The "King of Strong Style" has a new WWE throne. Shinsuke Nakamura is the NXT champion, and it's a spot that was meant to be his from the moment he came to WWE...

    Tom Clark Written by Tom Clark about 25 days ago 30,205 reads 125 comments

  3. WWE Backlash 2016: Overlooked Stars Who Will Make Big Impact at PPV

    We are headed into unfamiliar territory in WWE. For the first time since No Way Out 2007, SmackDown will have a brand-exclusive pay-per-view where only members of the SmackDown roster will perform (with one odd exception)...

    Kevin Berge Written by Kevin Berge about 26 days ago 37,277 reads 153 comments

  4. Seth Rollins' Babyface Turn Must Avoid Tired Formula of Other WWE Heroes

    When Seth Rollins does finally turn babyface after a two-year stint as the centerpiece villain in WWE 's live-action morality play, he must avoid the tired formula that has plagued other main event heroes...

    Erik Beaston Written by Erik Beaston about 27 days ago 61,367 reads 228 comments

  5. Alberto Del Rio Quits, Triple H Is Back and Top WWE News for Week of September 3

    As always, it's been a busy week for the men and women of WWE. Let's take a look at some of the bigger stories from the last seven days. Mr. Fuji Dies The wrestling world lost another legend this week when Mr...

    The Doctor Chris Mueller Written by The Doctor Chris Mueller about 27 days ago 59,018 reads 103 comments

  6. The New Day vs. The Club: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Current WWE Feud

    The New Day's continued attempt to keep Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson from seizing the WWE Tag Team Championship should be a far better story than it is. WWE found the ideal rivals for the champs and a smart place to position The Club...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 28 days ago 9,794 reads 80 comments

  7. Examining Braun Strowman's Direction, Upside and Long-Term Potential

    The WWE menagerie needs creatures like Braun Strowman . Giants who happily wreak havoc have long been a part of pro wrestling...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 28 days ago 38,091 reads 85 comments

  8. WWE Backlash 2016: Feuds Guaranteed to Increase Excitement for Event

    Every since the brand split, SmackDown has evolved from a sports entertainment show into a wrestling show. There's less glitz and fewer high spots...

    Kevin Wong Written by Kevin Wong about 28 days ago 14,352 reads 81 comments

  9. Bray Wyatt Will Revive Randy Orton's Character in WWE Backlash 2016 Feud

    WWE Backlash 2016 will feature of slew of exciting encounters, but perhaps no match on the September 11 card is more intriguing than the first one-on-one encounter between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt...

    Graham GSM Matthews Written by Graham GSM Matthews about 28 days ago 17,302 reads 54 comments

  10. Ryback Is Right: WWE Missed the Boat with the Big Guy

    WWE never allowed Ryback to shift out of neutral. A lack of commitment and a series of hurried tweaks to his gimmick made The Big Guy's tenure with the company one marked by missed opportunities...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 28 days ago 29,986 reads 125 comments

  11. Breaking Down If Roman Reigns Deserved No. 1 on PWI's Top 500 Wrestlers List

    Roman Reigns has been named the top wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated , and many WWE fans would be hard-pressed to find a more controversial fact right now. The controversy never seems to end with him...

    Tom Clark Written by Tom Clark about 28 days ago 25,434 reads 153 comments

  12. Brian Kendrick vs. Kota Ibushi and the Best WWE Matches for Week of Sept. 1

    WWE fans who need a reminder of the stirring power of a well-told story in the ring should sit down and soak in Brian Kendrick vs. Kota Ibushi. During a week where Kevin Owens reached his career apex and Sheamus vs...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 29 days ago 19,430 reads 26 comments

  13. Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, the PWI 500 and More from the Backlash Mailbag

    On Monday's Raw, Kevin Owens won the WWE Universal Championship, making Triple H a 15-time world champion. Kevin on Earth Hopefully Owens will be able to stay healthy as a world champion, as there is a lot of potential here...

    Alfred Konuwa Written by Alfred Konuwa about 29 days ago 23,524 reads 149 comments

  14. WWE NXT: Updated Prospect Rankings and Analysis, Predictions for Week of Sept. 1

    A new crop of WWE NXT stars, from T ye Dillinger to Aliyah, is set to compete for spots on center stage. After a flood of talent left the developmental brand in the July draft, NXT has since had to reshuffle its deck...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 29 days ago 10,853 reads 21 comments

  15. Daniel Bryan Comments on Health, Desire to Wrestle During ESPN Interview

    Daniel Bryan announced his retirement from in-ring competition in February due to concussions, but the leader of the Yes Movement still has a desire to return to action. According to ESPN...

    Mike  Chiari Written by Mike Chiari about 29 days ago 8,391 reads 32 comments

  16. WWE Rumors: Buzz on Road to WWE Backlash 2016 for Week of August 29

    SmackDown played it safe this week on the road to WWE Backlash. There was no chance—no chance in hell (get it?)—that it was going to top Raw after that main event on Monday night, and it was wise not to try...

    Kevin Wong Written by Kevin Wong about 29 days ago 12,716 reads 27 comments

  17. WWE Clash of Champions 2016: Smart Builds for Raw PPV's Top Feuds

    As Cesaro looks to come back against Sheamus and Bayley chases down Charlotte ahead of WWE Clash of Champions 2016, Raw must generate animosity and momentum to maximize its feuds...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 29 days ago 13,703 reads 50 comments

  18. WWE Cruiserweight Classic 2016 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction for August 31

    We have reached the quarterfinals of the first WWE Cruiserweight Classic. After producing 24 outstanding matches in the first two rounds, the CWC has quickly become one of WWE's hottest properties...

    The Doctor Chris Mueller Written by The Doctor Chris Mueller about 29 days ago 28,699 reads 42 comments

  19. WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 31

    Wednesday's episode of NXT was a show dedicated to building toward the future. It lacked star power and for good reason. There was no Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries or Hideo Itami...

    Erik Beaston Written by Erik Beaston about 29 days ago 24,745 reads 66 comments

  20. WWE SmackDown: Burning Questions to Address After August 30 Show

    We are no closer to knowing who Apollo Crews is after the Aug. 30 edition of WWE SmackDown . WWE Creative's idea of adding to his character was to get him to inform a rival of the letters in his name...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 30 days ago 24,162 reads 58 comments

  21. WWE Backlash 2016: Predicting Match Card, Title Winners at SmackDown PPV

    WWE SmackDown heads off into its own era of exclusive pay-per-views with excitement about what lies ahead at Backlash on Sept. 11...

    Aaron Bower Written by Aaron Bower about 30 days ago 39,085 reads 109 comments

  22. Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles: Keys to Maximizing WWE World Championship Feud

    Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles' battle over the WWE World Championship has the ingredients to be a stellar feud. WWE just has to turn up the temperature as they cook...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 30 days ago 9,907 reads 94 comments

  23. Ryan Dilbert's 10-Count: Alberto Del Rio Will Be Better Off Following WWE Exit

    1. A New Chapter Ahead for Del Rio Alberto Del Rio won't have to search long for a silver lining after splitting from WWE . He is about to go from frustrated midcarder in one world to marquee name in another, as he did in 2014...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 30 days ago 30,360 reads 85 comments

  24. Projecting Best Roles for Triple H on WWE Raw Following Return

    Triple H's return to WWE programming on Monday night sent shock waves through the company, and there's a fascinating amount of avenues he can go down next. Babyface or heel. Authority figure or renegade...

    Aaron Bower Written by Aaron Bower about 30 days ago 51,538 reads 181 comments

  25. WWE SmackDown Results: Biggest Winners, Losers and Moments from August 30

    On the heels of an epic promo directed at general manager Daniel Bryan, The Miz returned to SmackDown Tuesday night and again spit in the face of the notion that he is a cowardly ...

    Erik Beaston Written by Erik Beaston about 30 days ago 21,029 reads 62 comments