1. Heath Slater, James Ellsworth and Why 2016 Was the Year of Cinderella in WWE

    Heath Slater wasn't supposed to be here—lifting a championship title above his head at a WWE pay-per-view, shouting in glee, the central figure in a major storyline on SmackDown...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 13,298 reads 30 comments

  2. SmackDown Wild Card Finals and the Best WWE Matches for Week of Dec. 29

    WWE put quite the bow on 2016 with the SmackDown Wild Card Finals and NXT's two-hour special from Osaka, Japan. An already stacked calendar crammed in a pair of big events at year's end...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 3,867 reads 5 comments

  3. WWE NXT: Updated Prospect Rankings and Analysis, Predictions for Week of Dec. 29

    Johnny Gargano is among those WWE NXT stars who are charging into 2017 with momentum. On the final NXT of the year, the developmental brand traveled to Osaka, Japan, for a two-hour special...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 8,290 reads 3 comments

  4. WWE SmackDown: Burning Questions to Address After Dec. 27 Show

    AJ Styles has run WWE SmackDown for much of 2016, but his reign atop the blue brand is suddenly in danger. John Cena's arrival may be poised to rearrange the SmackDown hierarchy...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 10,809 reads 21 comments

  5. Best Ways to Maximize John Cena's Return to WWE SmackDown in 2017

    John Cena 's presence can widen WWE SmackDown 's lead over Raw should the blue brand fully tap into his star power...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 19,520 reads 56 comments

  6. Ryan Dilbert's 10-Count: Sami Zayn, Luke Harper and a WWE 2017 Wish List

    1. Sami Zayn, Champion WWE's 2017 resolutions have to include crowning Sami Zayn, positioning him in the spotlight and allowing him to be the star he is capable of being...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 22,282 reads 50 comments

  7. WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Dec. 27

    WWE SmackDown finished off its steamrolling of Raw in 2016 with a tremendous episode. High stakes and high-octane matchups powered the show...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 89,308 reads 302 comments

  8. WWE Raw: Burning Questions to Address After Dec. 26 Show

    As WWE Raw put a lid on 2016, a number of lingering questions remain about the red brand's rivalries. The early stages of Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair look a lot like Flair vs. Sasha Banks...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 16,639 reads 27 comments

  9. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns Feud in Need of Major Work Ahead of Royal Rumble

    The Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns rivalry is a bicycle with two flat tires. It is slogging toward the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view with little energy to speak of. As 2016 draws to a close, WWE Raw is getting a number of stories right...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 7,927 reads 48 comments

  10. WWE SmackDown: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for Dec. 27

    The final WWE SmackDown of 2016 will be filled to the brim with championship matches. A Triple Threat bout will decide who holds the WWE Championship heading into the new year...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 13,376 reads 65 comments

  11. WWE Raw: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for Dec. 26

    WWE Raw is set to cap off 2016 with chaos inside the squared circle. The beastly Braun Strowman is sure to continue his rage-fueled rampage. In response to being ignored for so long, Neville is ready to issue his own devastation...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 21,455 reads 70 comments

  12. AJ Styles, The Miz and WWE's MVPs of 2016

    AJ Styles was WWE's premier attraction in 2016, with the dynamo leaping, punching and boasting his way to the top spot in Vince McMahon's circus...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 22,700 reads 66 comments

  13. Examining Short-Term, Long-Term Impact of John Cena's Decreased WWE Role in 2016

    John Cena 's lesser role with WWE in 2016 led to the ecosystem around him shifting in response. New stars moved up to the company's highest rungs. WWE found new ways to entice viewers...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 32,683 reads 58 comments

  14. WWE NXT: Updated Prospect Rankings and Analysis, Predictions for Week of Dec. 22

    A quartet of warriors seized a major opportunity in emphatic fashion on Wednesday's WWE NXT . The Full Sail University crowd watched on as Andrade "Cien" Almas , Roderick ...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 14,898 reads 8 comments

  15. How WWE SmackDown Beat Raw in 2016 After Brand Split

    WWE SmackDown chokeslammed Raw to the canvas for much of 2016. The blue brand consistently produced the superior show following the July draft...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 19,591 reads 36 comments

  16. WWE SmackDown: Burning Questions to Address After Dec. 20 Show

    The females of WWE SmackDown were at the forefront of the Dec. 20 show. Natalya finally admitted to ambushing Nikki Bella, Carmella cuddled up with a battered James Ellsworth ...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 19,329 reads 48 comments

  17. Ryan Dilbert's 10-Count: Apollo Crews Must Be a Higher Priority for WWE in 2017

    1. The Forgotten Dynamo WWE found a way to make James Ellsworth a star, told a captivating story with Heath Slater and paved the way for Braun Strowman to make his mark, but it did next to nothing with Apollo Crews...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 18,499 reads 49 comments

  18. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair and the History-Making WWE Women's Bouts of 2016

    There will never be another year like 2016 for WWE women's wrestling. Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and others led a stampede right through the glass ceiling...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 7,117 reads 23 comments

  19. WWE Raw: Burning Questions to Address After Dec. 19 Show

    It would have been fitting for the Dec. 19 episode of WWE Raw to end with the sound of a ticking clock. Countdowns of various kinds had to be on fans' minds after Monday's show...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 17,876 reads 36 comments

  20. Braun Strowman Continues to Earn Main Event Push on WWE Raw

    As Braun Strowman continues to grow into his skin as WWE Raw's resident monster, it's increasingly clear that he needs to do his mauling on center stage...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 34,504 reads 71 comments

  21. WWE SmackDown: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for Dec. 20

    Old wounds will open and new contenders will be crowned on the Dec. 20 episode of WWE SmackDown . Dean Ambrose will take on Luke Harper, revisiting their 2015 personal war...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 14,414 reads 82 comments

  22. WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Dec. 19

    Monday's WWE Raw was equal parts formulaic and refreshing. Even new fans could predict what the show's main event would be after Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins battered Chris Jericho ...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 98,822 reads 194 comments

  23. WWE Royal Rumble 2017: Updated Match Card Predictions After Roadblock

    Before Roadblock: End of the Line slid into our collective rear-view mirror, it offered glimpses of the future, of what to expect at WWE Royal Rumble 2017 and WrestleMania 33...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 40,347 reads 43 comments

  24. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns: What's Next for Both Stars After WWE Roadblock?

    After crashing into each other at WWE Roadblock: End of the Line, Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns will soon start swinging their swords at other rivals...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 9,628 reads 37 comments

  25. WWE Raw: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for Dec. 19

    Monday's WWE Raw will host celebrations from those who outsmarted and outlasted their opposition. Kevin Owens held tight to the WWE Universal Championship thanks to ...

    Ryan Dilbert Written by Ryan Dilbert about 3 months ago 21,206 reads 59 comments