2016 in professional wrestling

2016 in professional wrestling describes the year's events in the world of professional wrestling.

List of years in professional wrestling

Calendar of notable live events

January

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
1 CMLL Sin Piedad Mexico City Negro Casas defeated Super Parka in a two out of three falls hair vs. hair match[1]
4 NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 Tokyo Kazuchika Okada (c) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship[2]
5–7 TNA One Night Only: Rivals 2016 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Mr. Anderson vs. Bram
7–9
30–31
TNA One Night Only: Joker's Wild 2016 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
London, England
Birmingham, England
14-person intergender Joker's Wild gauntlet battle royal
8 TNA One Night Only: Live! Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Eric Young and Bram vs. Beer Money, Inc. (Bobby Roode and James Storm)
9 WWC Euphoria Bayamon, Puerto Rico Mr. 450 Hammett defeated Carlito in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship
22 AAA Guerra de Titanes Zapopan El Mesías & El Texano Jr. defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown in the semi-final of the AAA Mega Championship tournament[3]
22 CMLL
NJPW
Fantastica Mania
(Tokyo shows)
Tokyo Mephisto & Último Guerrero defeated Místico & Volador Jr. in a tag team match[4]
23 Kazuchika Okada, Mephisto & Último Guerrero defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Místico & Volador Jr. in a 6-man tag match[5]
24 Volador Jr. (c) defeated Mephisto to retain the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship[6]
24 WWE Royal Rumble Orlando, FL Triple H last eliminated Dean Ambrose to win the Royal Rumble and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which Roman Reigns was defending in the match; Triple H eliminated Reigns before lastly eliminating Ambrose[7]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

February

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
11 NJPW The New Beginning
in Osaka
Osaka Kazuchika Okada (c) defeated Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship[8]
14 NJPW The New Beginning
in Niigata
Nagaoka Kenny Omega defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship[9]
19 ROH
NJPW
Honor Rising: Japan Tokyo Tomohiro Ishii defeated Roderick Strong (c) to win the ROH World Television Championship[10]
20 Jay Lethal (c) (with Truth Martini) defeated Tomoaki Honma to retain the ROH World Championship[11]
21 WWE Fastlane Cleveland, OH Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match to become the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32[12]
25 NJPW Lion's Gate Project 1 Tokyo, Japan Yuji Nagata defeated Mitsuhiro Kitamiya in a Singles match
26 ROH 14th Anniversary Show Las Vegas, NV Jay Lethal (c) (with Taeler Hendrix & Truth Martini) defeated Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly to retain the ROH World Championship[13]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

March

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
12 WWE Roadblock Toronto Triple H (c) defeated Dean Ambrose to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship[14]
12 NJPW New Japan Cup Final Aomori Tetsuya Naito defeated Hirooki Goto in the tournament final to win the 2016
17 TNA One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown 2016 Orlando, Florida Knockouts Gauntlet match to crown the "Queen of the Knockouts"
17–19 TNA One Night Only: Victory Road 2016 Orlando, Florida Ethan Carter III vs. Eli Drake
18 CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas Mexico City Volador Jr. (with Flyer) defeated Negro Casas (with Mephisto) in a two out of three falls hair vs. hair match[15]
23 AAA Rey de Reyes San Luis El Texano Jr. defeated El Mesías to win the vacant AAA Mega Championship[16]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

April

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
1 WWE (NXT) NXT TakeOver: Dallas Dallas, TX Finn Bálor (c) defeated Samoa Joe to retain the NXT Championship[17]
1 ROH Supercard of Honor X Dallas, TX The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) in a tag team match[18]
2 Kyle O'Reilly defeated Adam Cole in a No Holds Barred match
3 WWE WrestleMania 32 Arlington, TX Roman Reigns defeated Triple H (c) to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship[19]
10 NJPW Invasion Attack Tokyo Tetsuya Naito defeated Kazuchika Okada (c) to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship[20]
29 CMLL Arena México
60th Anniversary Show
Mexico City Místico & Mephisto defeated Carístico & Cibernético in the final of the 2016 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles tournament
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

May

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
1 WWE Payback Rosemont, IL Roman Reigns (c) defeated AJ Styles in a no countout, no disqualification match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship[21]
3 NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Fukuoka Tetsuya Naito (c) defeated Tomohiro Ishii to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship[22]
8 ROH
NJPW
Global Wars Chicago Ridge, IL Jay Lethal (c) vs. Colt Cabana for the ROH World Championship ended in a no contest[23]
19 NJPW Lion's Gate Project 2 Tokyo, Japan Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya, Maybach Taniguchi and Quiet Storm in an Eight-man tag team match
22 WWE Extreme Rules Newark, NJ Roman Reigns (c) defeated AJ Styles in an Extreme Rules match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship[24]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

June

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event Notes
3–5 AAA Lucha Libre World Cup Mexico City Johnny Mundo defeated Pentagón Jr. in the final sudden death match to win the 2016 Lucha Libre World Cup for Team Lucha Underground, after the final and first two sudden death matches had ended in time limit draws[25]
8 WWE (NXT) NXT TakeOver: The End Winter Park, FL Samoa Joe (c) defeated Finn Bálor in a Steel Cage match to retain the NXT Championship[26]
12 TNA Slammiversary Orlando, FL Lashley defeated Drew Galloway (c) by submission in a "knock out or tap out" match to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship[27]
13 TNA One Night Only: World Cup 2016 Orlando, Florida Ten person intergender elimination tag team match Aired on July 22
19 NJPW Dominion Osaka Kazuchika Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito (c) to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship[28]
19 WWE Money in the Bank Las Vegas, NV Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns (c) to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, then Dean Ambrose cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Seth Rollins (c) to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship[29] On June 27, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was renamed to WWE Championship
24 ROH Best in the World Concord, NC Jay Lethal (c) defeated Jay Briscoe to retain the ROH World Championship[30]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

July

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event Notes
1 CMLL International Gran Prix Mexico City, Mexico N/A
13–14 TNA One Night Only: X-Travaganza 2016 Orlando, Florida 7-man Ladder match to determine the #1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship Aired on August 26
24 WWE Battleground Washington, D.C. Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship[31] Final PPV before the second WWE brand extension went into full affect
After the unveiling of the WWE Universal Championship for the Raw brand on July 25, the WWE Championship was renamed to WWE World Championship on July 26
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

August

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
11–14 TNA One Night Only: September 2016 Orlando, Florida Eddie Edwards vs. Lashley
14 NJPW G1 Climax Final Tokyo Kenny Omega defeated Hirooki Goto in the final of the 2016 G1 Climax tournament[32]
16–17 TNA One Night Only: Against All Odds Orlando, Florida Matt Hardy vs. Ethan Carter III
19 ROH Death Before Dishonor Las Vegas, NV Adam Cole defeated Jay Lethal (c) to win the ROH World Championship[33]
20 WWE (NXT) NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II Brooklyn, NY Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Samoa Joe (c) to win the NXT Championship[34]
21 NJPW Super J-Cup Final Tokyo Kushida defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru in the final of the 2016 Super J-Cup[35]
21 WWE SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton by TKO in a singles match[36]
27 ROH Field of Honor Brooklyn, NY Adam Cole (c) defeated Jay Lethal, Tetsuya Naito and Hiroshi Tanahashi in a Four Corner Survival match to retain the ROH World Championship[37]
28 AAA Triplemanía XXIV Mexico City Psycho Clown defeated Pagano in a two-out-of-three falls lucha de apuesta, mask vs. hair match[38]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

September

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
1 NJPW Lion's Gate Project 3 Tokyo, Japan Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Katsuyori Shibata, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata defeated Go Shiozaki, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya and Maybach Taniguchi in a Ten-man tag team match
2 CMLL 83rd Anniversary Show Mexico City Dragon Lee defeated La Máscara in a two-out-of-three falls lucha de apuestas, mask vs. mask match[39]
2–4 PWG Battle of Los Angeles Reseda, CA Marty Scurll defeated Trevor Lee and Will Ospreay in a three-way elimination match to win the 2016 Battle of Los Angeles tournament[40]
11 WWE (SmackDown) Backlash Richmond, VA AJ Styles defeated Dean Ambrose (c) to win the WWE World Championship[41]
14 WWE Cruiserweight Classic Finale Winter Park, FL TJ Perkins defeated Gran Metalik in the tournament final to become the first holder of the new WWE Cruiserweight Championship[42]
17 NJPW Destruction Tokyo Bushi defeated Kushida (c) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship[43]
22 Hiroshima Kenny Omega defeated Yoshi-Hashi to earn the right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 11[44]
25 Kobe Tetsuya Naito defeated Michael Elgin (c) to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship[45]
25 WWE (Raw) Clash of Champions Indianapolis, IN Kevin Owens (c) defeated Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Universal Championship[46]
30 ROH All Star Extravaganza Lowell, MA The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) (c) and The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) in the Ladder War VI to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship[47]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

October

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event Notes
2 AAA Héroes Inmortales X Monterrey Johnny Mundo (c) defeated Garza Jr. to retain the AAA Latin American Championship[48]
2 TNA Bound for Glory Orlando, FL Lashley (c) defeated Ethan Carter III in a No Holds Barred match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship[49]
5 TNA One Night Only: December 2016 Orlando, Florida Mike Bennett vs. Eddie Edwards Aired on December 12
9 WWE (SmackDown) No Mercy Sacramento, CA Advertised main event: AJ Styles (c) defeated John Cena and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match to retain the WWE World Championship
Final match: Bray Wyatt defeated Randy Orton in a singles match[50]
The advertised main event was originally the last match on the card, but was changed last minute due to the presidential debate the same night
10 NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo Kazuchika Okada (c) defeated Naomichi Marufuji to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship[51]
14 ROH Glory By Honor XV Chicago Ridge, IL The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (c) defeated Colt Cabana & Dalton Castle to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship[52]
15 Dearborn, MI
15 WWC WWC Anniversary 43 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Angel Cotto defeated Jaycobs (c), Angel Fashion, Tommy Diablo, Engel and OT Fernandez
30 WWE (Raw) Hell in a Cell Boston, MA Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks (c) in a Hell in a Cell match to win the WWE Raw Women's Championship[53] This was the first-ever women's Hell in a Cell match and the first time that a women's match was the main event of a WWE pay-per-view
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

November

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event
3 ROH Survival of the Fittest Arlington, TX Bobby Fish defeated Lio Rush, Punishment Martinez, Jax Dane, Dalton Castle and The Panther in a six-way elimination match to win the 2016 Survival of the Fittest tournament[54]
4 San Antonio, TX
5 NJPW Power Struggle Osaka Tetsuya Naito (c) defeated Jay Lethal to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship[55]
10 NJPW / RPW Global Wars UK Bethnal Green, United Kingdom Katsuyori Shibata defeated Zack Sabre Jr (c) in a Singles match for the British Heavyweight Championship
11 Global Wars UK Walthamstow, United Kingdom Katsuyori Shibata (c) defeated Chris Hero in a Singles match for the British Heavyweight Championship
19 WWE (NXT) NXT TakeOver: Toronto Toronto Samoa Joe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (c) to win the NXT Championship[56]
20 WWE Survivor Series Toronto Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar in a singles match[57]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

December

Date Promotion(s) Event Location Main Event Notes
2 ROH Final Battle New York City, NY Kyle O'Reilly defeated Adam Cole (c) in the No Disqualification match to win the ROH World Championship[58]
4 WWE (SmackDown) TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Dallas, TX AJ Styles (c) defeated Dean Ambrose in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to retain the WWE World Championship[59] On the following episode of SmackDown Live, the WWE World Championship was renamed to WWE Championship
10 NJPW World Tag League Final Rifu Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) defeated Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) in the final of the 2016 World Tag League tournament[60]
13 WWE WWE Tribute to the Troops Washington, D.C. Roman Reigns and Big Cass (with Enzo Amore) defeated Kevin Owens and Rusev in a Tag team match
18 WWE (Raw) Roadblock: End of the Line Pittsburgh, PA Kevin Owens (c) defeated Roman Reigns by disqualification to retain the WWE Universal Championship[61]
(c) – denotes defending champion(s)

Accomplishments and tournaments

AAA

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
Rey de Reyes Pentagón Jr. March 23
Copa Triplemanía Australian Suicide August 28 Last eliminated Daga to win
Copa Antonio Peña Pimpinela Escarlata October 2 Last eliminated El Zorro to win

Ring of Honor

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) December 2

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
TNA World Title Series Ethan Carter III January 5
Joker's Wild Drew Galloway January 31
Knockouts Knockdown Jade March 17
World Cup Team Hardy (Jeff Hardy, Eddie Edwards, Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, Jade) June 13
Impact Grand Championship Tournament Aron Rex October 2
Turkey Bowl Robbie E November 24

WWE

Accomplishment Winner Date won Notes
Royal Rumble Triple H January 24 Last eliminated Dean Ambrose to win.
This match was also for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in which Roman Reigns, who entered at number one, defended the title. Triple H eliminated Reigns before eliminating Ambrose
André the Giant Memorial Trophy Baron Corbin April 3 Last eliminated Kane to win
WWE Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament The Vaudevillains
(Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
May 1
Money in the Bank
(WWE World Heavyweight Championship match contract)
Dean Ambrose June 19 Defeated Kevin Owens, Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, and Cesaro to win the contract
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament American Alpha
(Jason Jordan and Chad Gable)
September 11
Cruiserweight Classic T.J. Perkins September 14 Defeated Gran Metalik in the tournament final to win for the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) November 19 Defeated TM-61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) in the tournament final to win

Title changes

AAA

AAA Mega Championship
Incoming champion – Vacant
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
March 23 El Texano Jr. Rey de Reyes
AAA Latin American Championship
Incoming champion – Psycho Clown
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
July 3 Pentagón Jr. Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
August 28 Johnny Mundo Triplemanía XXIV
AAA World Mini-Estrella Championship
Incoming champion – Dinastía
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
No title changes
AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
Incoming champion – El Hijo del Fantasma
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
No title changes
AAA Reina de Reinas Championship
Incoming champion – Taya
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
No title changes
AAA World Tag Team Championship
Incoming champions – Los Güeros del Cielo (Angélico and Jack Evans)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 22 Vacated Guerra de Titanes
January 22 Los Hell Brothers
(Averno and Chessman)
Guerra de Titanes (2016)
July 17 Los Hell Brothers
(Averno and Chessman)
AAA Sin Límite
August 28 Aero Star and Drago Triplemanía XXIV
AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship
Incoming champions – La Sociedad (Pentagón Jr. and Sexy Star)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 19 Vacated AAA Television Taping
AAA World Trios Championship
Incoming champions – Los Hell Brothers (Averno, Chessman and Cibernético)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 22 Los Xinetez
(Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria and El Zorro)
Guerra de Titanes
November 4 Los OGT
(Averno, Chessman and Ricky Marvin)
AAA Worldwide

TNA

TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Incoming champion – Vacated
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 5 Ethan Carter III Impact Wrestling Carter III defeated Matt Hardy in the finals of the TNA World Title Series to win the vacant title
January 8 Matt Hardy Impact Wrestling This was a Last Man Standing match. Had Hardy not won, he would have left TNA. This episode aired on tape delay on January 19, 2016
March 15 Drew Galloway Impact Wrestling Galloway invoked his Feast or Fired title opportunity to challenge Hardy for the championship and win the title
June 12 Lashley Slammiversary This was a Knockout or Tapout Only match.

On July 13, 2016, Lashley also won the TNA X Division Championship defeating then-champion Eddie Edwards in a title vs. title steel cage match. On August 11, 2016, Lashley also won the TNA King of the Mountain Championship by defeating then-champion James Storm in a title vs. titles match. The following day, Lashley retired the TNA King of the Mountain Championship and vacated the X Division Championship

October 3 Eddie Edwards Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on October 6, 2016
TNA X Division Championship
Incoming champion – Tigre Uno
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 9 Trevor Lee Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on February 2, 2016
June 12 Eddie Edwards Slammiversary This was a four-way match also involving Andrew Everett and DJ Z
June 14 Mike Bennett Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on June 21, 2016
June 15 Eddie Edwards Impact Wrestling This was an Ultimate X match that also included Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett, DJ Z, Rockstar Spud, Mandrews, and Braxton Sutter. This episode aired on tape delay on July 5, 2016
July 13 Lashley Impact Wrestling This was a Winner Takes All Six Sides of Steel match for both Edwards's X Division Championship and Lashley's TNA World Heavyweight Championship. This episode aired on tape delay on July 21, 2016
August 12 Vacated Impact Wrestling Lashley unified the TNA King of the Mountain Championship with his TNA World Heavyweight Championship and vacated the X Division Championship. This episode aired on tape delay on August 18, 2016
August 13 DJ Z Impact Wrestling This was an Ultimate X match that also included Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett, Rockstar Spud, Mandrews, and Braxton Sutter. This episode aired on tape delay on September 1, 2016
TNA King of the Mountain Championship
Incoming champion – Bobby Roode
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 6 Eric Young Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on January 12, 2016. With this victory, Young becomes the only wrestler to win this championship under all four of its incarnations
March 19 Bram Impact Wrestling: Sacrifice This was contested in Falls Count Anywhere match. This episode aired on tape delay on April 26, 2016
April 23 Eli Drake Impact Wrestling Drake invoked his Feast or Fired contract after Bram had been attacked by Lashley. This episode aired on tape delay on May 31, 2016
July 14 James Storm Impact Wrestling Drake invoked his Feast or Fired contract after Bram had been attacked by Lashley. This episode aired on tape delay on August 4, 2016
August 11 Lashley Impact Wrestling This was a Winner Takes All match, also for Lashley's TNA World Heavyweight Championship and TNA X Division Championship
August 12 Retired Impact Wrestling Lashley unified the championship with his TNA World Heavyweight Championship, however at the August 13, 2016 tapings of Impact Wrestling, TNA President Billy Corgan announced that the title would be deactivated and retired. This episode aired on tape delay on August 18, 2016
TNA Grand Championship
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
October 2 Aron Rex Bound for Glory Defeated Eddie Edwards in a tournament final by split decision to become the inaugural champion. Edwards was a substitute for Drew Galloway, who was legitimately injured
October 9 Moose Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on December 1, 2016
TNA World Tag Team Championship
Incoming champions – The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 31 Beer Money, Inc.
(Bobby Roode and James Storm)
Impact Wrestling Storm cashed in his Feast or Fired Tag Team Championship contract

Aired on tape delay March 8, 2016

March 19 Decay
(Abyss and Crazzy Steve)
Impact Wrestling This was contested in a Valley of Shadows match.

Aired on tape delay April 26, 2016

October 2 The Broken Hardys
(Matt Hardy and Brother Nero)
Bound for Glory This was The Great War. The team was previously known as The Hardys, and Brother Nero was previously known as Jeff Hardy. On March 2, 2017, the championship was renamed to the Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship following the renaming of the promotion
TNA Knockouts Championship
Incoming champion – Gail Kim
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
March 17 Jade Impact Wrestling This was a three–way match also involving Madison Rayne. Aired on tape delay on April 5, 2016
June 12 Sienna Slammiversary This was a three–way match also involving Gail Kim
August 12 Allie Impact Wrestling: Turning Point This was a five–way match also involving Madison Rayne, Jade, and Marti Belle
August 13 Maria Kanellis-Bennett Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on September 1, 2016
October 2 Gail Kim Bound for Glory
October 9 Vacated Impact Wrestling The title was vacated due to Gail Kim sustaining an injury
October 9 Rosemary Impact Wrestling Defeated Jade in a Six Sides of Steel match to win the vacant title in an episode which aired on tape delay on December 1, 2016. Title was renamed to the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Championship following the renaming of the promotion on March 2, 2017

NJPW

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Incoming champion – Kazuchika Okada
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 10 Tetsuya Naito Invasion Attack 2016
June 19 Kazuchika Okada Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall
Incoming champion – Shinsuke Nakamura
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 25 Vacated Vacated due to Nakamura leaving NJPW
February 14 Kenny Omega The New Beginning in Niigata Defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the vacant title
June 19 Michael Elgin Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall This was a ladder match
September 25 Tetsuya Naito Destruction in Kobe
Incoming champions – Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 4 G.B.H.
(Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma)
Wrestle Kingdom 10
April 10 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
Invasion Attack 2016
June 19 The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall
October 10 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
King of Pro-Wrestling
Incoming champion – Kenny Omega
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 4 Kushida Wrestle Kingdom 10
September 17 Bushi Destruction in Tokyo
November 5 Kushida Power Struggle
Incoming champions – reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 4 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
Wrestle Kingdom 10
February 11 Matt Sydal and King Ricochet The New Beginning in Osaka This was a three-way match, also involving reDRagon
April 10 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
Invasion Attack 2016
May 3 Matt Sydal and King Ricochet Wrestling Dontaku 2016
June 19 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall This was a four-way elimination match, also involving reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero)
Incoming champion – Tomohiro Ishii
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 4 Katsuyori Shibata Wrestle Kingdom 10
May 3 Yuji Nagata Wrestling Dontaku 2016
June 19 Katsuyori Shibata Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall
November 5 Evil Power Struggle
November 15 Katsuyori Shibata Wrestling World 2016 in Singapore
Incoming champions – N/A
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 4 Chaos
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
Wrestle Kingdom 10 Defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi) to become the inaugural champions
February 11 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi)
The New Beginning in Osaka
February 14 Chaos
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
The New Beginning in Niigata
February 20 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
Honor Rising: Japan 2016
April 10 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin and Yoshitatsu Invasion Attack 2016
May 3 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
Wrestling Dontaku 2016
July 3 Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima Kizuna Road 2016
September 25 Vacated Vacated due to Sydal failing to make a scheduled championship defense because of "travel issues"
September 25 David Finlay, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima Destruction in Kobe Defeated Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) to win the vacant title

ROH

Incoming champion – Jay Lethal
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
August 19 Adam Cole Death Before Dishonor XIV
December 2 Kyle O'Reilly Final Battle
Incoming champion – Roderick Strong
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 9 Tomohiro Ishii Honor Rising: Japan 2016
May 8 Bobby Fish Global Wars
November 18 Will Ospreay Reach for the Sky Tour 2016
November 20 Marty Scurll Reach for the Sky Tour 2016
Incoming champions – N/A
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
December 2 The Kingdom
(Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)
Final Battle
Incoming champions – War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
May 9 The Addiction
(Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian)
War of the Worlds
September 30 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
All Star Extravaganza VIII

The Crash Lucha Libre

Incoming champion – Bestia 666[62]
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
2016 Vacated N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons[63]
August 13 Flamita The Crash show Defeated El Torito, Fly Warrior, Laredo Kid, Lince Dorado, Septimo Dragon and Willie Mack to win the vacant title[64][65]
Incoming champion – Mirage[66]
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 12 Black Boy The Crash show This was a five-way elimination match also involving Jinzo and Proximo and Septimo Dragon[67]
July 24 Black Danger The Crash show [68]
Incoming champion – Tony Casanova and Zarco[69]
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
August 13 Garza Jr. and Último Ninja The Crash show [70]
Incoming champion – N/A
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
November 26 Sexy Dulce The Crash V Aniversario Dulce defeated Keira to become the first champion[71]

WWE

    Raw
    SmackDown
    NXT

Raw/SmackDown

Incoming champion – Roman Reigns
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 24 Triple H Royal Rumble This was the Royal Rumble match, in which Roman Reigns defended the title. Triple H eliminated Reigns before lastly eliminating Dean Ambrose
April 3 Roman Reigns WrestleMania 32
June 19 Seth Rollins Money in the Bank
Dean Ambrose Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract
The title was renamed to WWE Championship
The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2016 WWE draft when Dean Ambrose was drafted to SmackDown and retained the title against Raw draftees Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match at Battleground.
Title was renamed to WWE World Championship after the unveiling of the WWE Universal Championship for the Raw brand in July.
September 11 AJ Styles Backlash
The title was renamed to WWE Championship
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
August 21 Finn Bálor SummerSlam Defeated Seth Rollins in a pinfall and submission-only match to become the inaugural champion
August 22 Vacated Monday Night Raw Finn Bálor suffered a legitimate shoulder injury in winning the title
August 29 Kevin Owens Monday Night Raw Fatal four-way elimination match for the vacant title, also involving Big Cass, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins
Incoming champion – Dean Ambrose
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
February 15 Kevin Owens Monday Night Raw Fatal five-way match, also involving Tyler Breeze, Stardust, and Dolph Ziggler
April 3 Zack Ryder WrestleMania 32 Seven-way ladder match, also involving Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Stardust, Sin Cara, and The Miz
April 4 The Miz Monday Night Raw
The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2016 WWE draft when The Miz was drafted to SmackDown and retained the title against Raw draftee Darren Young at Battleground.
October 9 Dolph Ziggler No Mercy Title vs. career match
November 15 The Miz SmackDown Live
Incoming champion – Alberto Del Rio
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
January 11 Kalisto Monday Night Raw
January 12 Alberto Del Rio SmackDown
January 24 Kalisto Royal Rumble
May 22 Rusev Extreme Rules
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2016 WWE draft when Rusev was drafted to Raw and retained the title against SmackDown draftee Zack Ryder at Battleground.
September 25 Roman Reigns Clash of Champions
Incoming champion – Charlotte
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 3 Retired WrestleMania 32 The Divas Championship was retired and replaced by the new WWE Women's Championship
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 3 Charlotte WrestleMania 32 Defeated Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in a triple threat match to become the inaugural champion. Charlotte was the Divas Champion going into the match and that title was retired after the unveiling of the new Women's Championship
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2016 WWE draft when Charlotte was drafted to Raw.
July 25 Sasha Banks Monday Night Raw
August 21 Charlotte SummerSlam
The title was renamed to Raw Women's Championship on September 5 after the unveiling of the SmackDown Women's Championship
October 3 Sasha Banks Monday Night Raw
October 30 Charlotte Flair Hell in a Cell First women's Hell in a Cell match and first time a women's match was the main event of a WWE pay-per-view. Charlotte's ring name was lengthened to "Charlotte Flair"
November 28 Sasha Banks Monday Night Raw Falls Count Anywhere match
December 18 Charlotte Flair Roadblock: End of the Line 30-minute Iron Man match; Charlotte won 3–2 in sudden death overtime
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
September 11 Becky Lynch Backlash Defeated Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge to become the inaugural champion
December 4 Alexa Bliss TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Tables match
Incoming champions – The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2016 WWE draft when The New Day were drafted to Raw.
Title was renamed to Raw Tag Team Championship on September 5 after the unveiling of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
December 18 Cesaro and Sheamus Roadblock: End of the Line Big E and Kofi Kingston represented The New Day.
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
September 11 Heath Slater and Rhyno Backlash Defeated The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions
December 4 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Wyatt and Orton won the match, but Harper was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
December 27 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
SmackDown Live Fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Heath Slater and Rhyno and The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso).
Luke Harper and Randy Orton represented The Wyatt Family.
(Title created)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
September 14 TJ Perkins Cruiserweight Classic Defeated Gran Metalik in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion
October 30 The Brian Kendrick Hell in a Cell
November 29 Rich Swann 205 Live

NXT

Incoming champion – Finn Bálor
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 21 Samoa Joe Live event
August 20 Shinsuke Nakamura NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II
November 19 Samoa Joe NXT TakeOver: Toronto
December 3 Shinsuke Nakamura NXT An edited version of this match aired on the December 7, 2016 episode. The full match aired on the December 28, 2016 episode
Incoming champion – Bayley
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 1 Asuka NXT TakeOver: Dallas
Incoming champions – The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
Date Winner Event/Show Note(s)
April 1 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
NXT TakeOver: Dallas
June 8 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
NXT TakeOver: The End
November 19 #DIY
(Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa)
NXT TakeOver: Toronto Two-out-of-three falls match

Awards and honors

AAA Hall of Fame

Inductee
Art Barr
Joaquín Roldán

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Category Winner
Wrestler of the Year A.J. Styles
Tag Team of the Year The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
Match of the Year A.J. Styles vs. John Cena (SummerSlam)
Feud of the Year Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks
Most Popular Wrestler of the Year Shinsuke Nakamura
Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Roman Reigns
Comeback of the Year Goldberg
Most Improved Wrestler of the Year The Miz
Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Bayley
Rookie of the Year Nia Jax
Woman of the Year Charlotte Flair
Stanley Weston Award (Lifetime Achievement) Dick Beyer

TNA Hall of Fame

Inductee
Gail Kim

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame

Inductee
Daniel Bryan
Gene Okerlund
Sting
James H. McLaughlin

Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

Category Winner
Wrestler of the Year A.J. Styles
Most Outstanding A.J. Styles
Tag Team of the Year The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
Most Improved Matt Riddle

WWE

WWE Hall of Fame

Category Inductee Inducted by
Individual Sting Ric Flair
The Godfather The Acolytes Protection Agency
Big Boss Man Slick
Jacqueline The Dudley Boyz
Stan Hansen Vader
Group The Fabulous Freebirds The New Day
Celebrity Snoop Dogg John Cena
Warrior Award Joan Lunden Dana Warrior
Legacy Mildred Burke
Frank Gotch
George Hackenschmidt
Ed "Strangler" Lewis
Pat O'Connor
Lou Thesz
"Sailor" Art Thomas

NXT Year-End Awards

Poll Presenter Winner[72]
Breakout of the Year Nigel McGuinness Billie Kay and Peyton Royce
Match of the Year Charly Caruso The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) vs. #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) in a two-out-of-three falls match for the NXT Tag Team Championship at NXT TakeOver: Toronto
Tag Team of the Year Corey Graves The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)
Female Competitor of the Year Nigel McGuinness Asuka
Male Competitor of the Year Nigel McGuinness Shinsuke Nakamura
Overall Competitor of the Year Nigel McGuinness Shinsuke Nakamura

Debuts

Retirements

Deaths

See also

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2016 WWE draft

The 2016 WWE draft was the tenth WWE draft, and first since 2011, produced by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. It took place on July 19 during the live premiere of SmackDown on the USA Network in the United States broadcasting from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Arena Naucalpan 39th Anniversary Show

The Arena Naucalpan 39th Anniversary Show was a major annual professional wrestling supercard show produced by Mexican professional wrestling promotion International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG), which took place on December 21, 2016 in Arena Naucalpan, Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico. The show celebrated the 39th Anniversary of the construction of Arena Naucalpan, IWRG's main venue.

The main event was a three-team Relevos Suicida, losers advance, match with the first team to lose being forced to immediately wrestle each other for their masks, under Luchas de Apuestas ("bet match") rules. The team of Pantera I and Killer Jr. lost to the teams of Golden Magic/Pirata Morgan Jr. and Imposible/Relámpago. In the end Pantera I pinned Killer Jr. forcing him to unmask afterward. Another featured match saw Pirata Morgan defeat Máscara Año 2000 Jr. in a "hair vs. hair" match and was shaved bald. In the second match of the night Las Tortugas Ninja (Leo, Mike, and Rafy) successfully defended the Distrito Federal Trios Championship against Cerebro Negro and Los Oficiales (Oficial AK-47, and Oficial Fierro).

Backlash (2016)

Backlash (2016) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE. It took place on September 11, 2016, at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. Seven professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event's card, and an additional one on the pre-show. It was the twelfth event in the Backlash chronology, the first SmackDown branded event following the second brand split in July 2016, and the first Backlash PPV since the 2009 event.In the main event, AJ Styles defeated Dean Ambrose to win the WWE World Championship, making him the first ever wrestler to hold world championships in WWE, TNA, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. The event also determined the inaugural champions for SmackDown's women's and tag team divisions, which were won by Becky Lynch and the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, respectively.

CMLL 83rd Anniversary Show

The CMLL 83rd Anniversary Show (Spanish: 83. Aniversario de CMLL) was a major professional wrestling event that scripted and produced by the lucha libre wrestling company Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL; Spanish for "Worldwide Wrestling Council") that took place on September 2, 2016, in CMLL's home arena Arena México in Mexico City, Mexico. The show is the biggest show of the year for CMLL, considered their version of the Super Bowl or WrestleMania. The CMLL Anniversary Show is the longest running annual professional wrestling shows.

The main event was a Lucha de Apuestas, or "bet match", between Dragon Lee and La Máscara where both wrestlers put their mask on the line, in the end Dragon Lee pinned La Máscara, forcing La Máscara to unmask and reveal his birth name, Felipe de Jesús Alvarado. A second Lucha de Apuesta took place, with Rey Bucanero defeating Super Crazy forcing Super Crazy to be shaved bald as a result. The show featured four additional matches, including a match for the CMLL World Trios Championship

Field of Honor (2016)

Field of Honor (2016) was a professional wrestling event produced by Ring of Honor (ROH), that took place on August 27, 2016 at the MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York. Field of Honor '16 is on ROH Wrestling.com's Home Page in the Video on Demand Section.

Global Wars UK

Global Wars UK is an annual professional wrestling supershow co-produced by the Japanese New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and British Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) promotions. The two promotions established a partnership in July 2015 as part of NJPW's "New IWGP Conception." All editions of the show have been archived on New Japan's NJPW World streaming service.

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (2016)

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas (2016) (Spanish for "Homage to Two Legends") was a major professional wrestling event produced by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and took place on March 18, 2016. The show took place in Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico, CMLL's home venue. The 2016 event was the 22nd event in the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas series of shows. The event paid homage to CMLL founder Salvador Lutteroth, who is always honored at Dos Leyendas, and also paid homage to a second "legend" of Lucha libre, Lizmark. The double main event of the show was two Lucha de Apuestas, hair vs. hair matches. The first between Máximo Sexy and Rush and the second between Volador Jr. and Negro Casas.

IWRG 20th Anniversary Show

The IWRG 20th Anniversary Show was a major lucha libre event produced and scripted by the Mexican International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) professional wrestling promotion on January 3, 2016. The show was held in Arena Naucalpan, Naucalpan, State of Mexico, which is IWRG's primary venue. As the name indicates the event commemorates the anniversary of IWRG, which was founded on January 1, 1996.

The main event of the IWRG 20th Anniversary Show was a Lucha de Apuestas, or "bet match" where both Toscano and Danny Casas put their hair on the line. Toscano lost the match and as a result had all his hair shaved off afterwards. The show included four additional matches. The last four matches of the show were televised as part of IWRG's Zona XXI (Zone 21) weekly television show on AYM Sports

Lucha Libre World Cup (2016)

The Lucha Libre World Cup was a two-day professional wrestling event and tournament organized by Mexican professional wrestling promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) with the financial backing of the Grupo Modelo brewery, with Victoria Beer as the official sponsor. The tournament included a number of three-man tag teams, referred to as trios in Lucha Libre, teams and wrestling promotions already announced are AAA, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Lucha Underground and Pro Wrestling Noah among others. The tournament was announced as "Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup".

Rey de Reyes (2016)

Rey de Reyes (2016) (Spanish for "King of Kings") was a professional wrestling event produced by the Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA) promotion. The event was originally announced for March 11, 2016 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, but was later rescheduled to March 23, 2016 in San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí with no official explanation given for the move. The show was the 20th event held under the Rey de Reyes name and also the 20th time that the eponymous Rey de Reyes tournament was held. At the 2016 Guerra de Titanes El Texano Jr. and El Mesías earned the rights to wrestle for the vacant AAA Mega Championship.

Super J-Cup

The Super J-Cup is a professional wrestling tournament featuring junior heavyweight wrestlers from all over the world. The tournament was originally conceived by Japanese wrestler Jushin Thunder Liger as a showcase for promotions from Asia and North America, including Liger's home promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (who hosted the first tournament in 1994), Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, Wrestle Association R, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, and the Social Progress Wrestling Federation.

In the following years, wrestlers representing Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) would also participate in the tournament. After 1995, the tournament took a five-year hiatus before returning in 2000 (this time hosted by Michinoku Pro Wrestling).

Since that time, the tournament has only taken place three times (in 2004, 2009, and 2016). The original Super J-Cup, held in 1994, is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestling shows of all time. Dave Meltzer, editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, called the 1994 Super J-Cup "the most incredible single night of wrestling ever".

Supercard of Honor X

Supercard of Honor X was a two-day professional wrestling event produced by U.S. promotion Ring of Honor (ROH), which took place Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas. The events was the 10th Supercard of Honor.

Survival of the Fittest (2016)

Survival of the Fittest (2016) was a two-night, two-city professional wrestling event produced by the U.S.-based wrestling promotion Ring of Honor, the 11th Survival of the Fittest. It took place on November 3, 2016 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas and November 4 at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.

Torneo Gran Alternativa (2016)

The Torneo Gran Alternativa (2016) was a professional wrestling tournament event produced by the Mexican wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLLl; Spanish "World Wrestling Council") that began on March 22, 2016 and ran over the course of three of CMLL's Tuesday night shows in Arena México through April 5. The Torneo Gran Alternativa (Great alternative tournament) concept sees a Novato or rookie team up with an experienced wrestler for a tag team tournament. The rookie winner is often elevated up the ranks of CMLL as a result of winning the tournament, but there is no specific "prize" for winning the tournament beyond a symbolic trophy.

After not holding a Gran Alternativa in 2015 CMLL brough the concept back in 2016, this time holding the first block of the tournament on their Tuesday show in Arena México as opposed to previous years where they held it on their Friday night Super Viernes shows. The 2016 tournament was the 21st Gran Alternativa tournament that CMLL has held since its inception in 1994 and was won by Esfinge and Volador Jr. as they defeated Fujin and Rey Escorpión in the finals.

Triplemanía XXIV

Triplemanía XXIV was a professional wrestling event produced and scripted by the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA) or Triple A. The event took place on August 28, 2016, and was held in the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico. The event Was the 24th year in a row that AAA had held a Triplemanía show, and was the 31st show held under the Triplemanía banner since 1993. The annual Triplemanía show is AAA's biggest show of the year, serving as the culmination of major storylines and feature wrestlers from all over the world competing in what has been described as AAA's version of WrestleMania or their Super Bowl event.

A total of seven matches took place, with the main event being a Lucha de Apuestas, or "bet match" where Psycho Clown put his wrestling mask on the line and Pagano put his hair on the line, "betting" it on the outcome of the match. The AAA Latin American Championship was also defended on the show along with the AAA World Tag Team Championship and La Copa Triplemanía.

Ultima Lucha Dos

Ultima Lucha Dos (Spanish for Last Fight Two) is the name of the final episodes of the second season of professional wrestling TV series Lucha Underground. The first part of Ultima Lucha Dos (episode 24) premiered on the El Rey Network on July 6, 2016. The second part (episode 25) was shown on July 13 and the third part (and Season 2 finale) was broadcast July 20 on the El Rey Network and later shown in Mexico with Spanish commentary on the UniMás network. The episodes are the climax of several ongoing storylines that played out throughout the second season of Lucha Underground. As part of the season finale all three of the Lucha Underground championships were on the line. The episodes were taped on January 30 and 31, 2016.

WWE Hall of Fame (2016)

WWE Hall of Fame (2016) was the event which featured the introduction of the 17th class to the WWE Hall of Fame. The event was produced by WWE on April 2, 2016 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event took place the same weekend as WrestleMania 32. The event aired live on the WWE Network, and was hosted by Jerry Lawler. A condensed one-hour version of the ceremony aired the following Thursday on USA Network, after SmackDown.

WWE Hall of Fame (2017)

WWE Hall of Fame (2017) was the event which featured the introduction of the 18th class to the WWE Hall of Fame. The event was produced by WWE on March 31, 2017 from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The event took place the same weekend as WrestleMania 33. This was the first time the Hall of Fame ceremony was not held the night before WrestleMania instead NXT TakeOver: Orlando was held the night before WrestleMania. The event aired live on the WWE Network, and was hosted by Jerry Lawler. A condensed one-hour version of the ceremony aired the following Monday after Raw on the USA Network.

Wrestling Hinokuni

Wrestling Hinokuni (レスリング火の国, Resuringu Hinokuni) is a professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The event was established in 2015 and took place in late April between the larger Invasion Attack and Wrestling Dontaku events. The event was held in Mashiki, Kumamoto and its name referred to the nickname of Kumamoto Prefecture, "Land of Fire" (火の国, Hinokuni). The 2016 event was canceled due to the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. In 2017, the event was replaced by Wrestling Toyonokuni, taking place in Beppu, Ōita. Wrestling Hinokuni returned in 2018 two years later after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.

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