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EditorialMy First Back Catalogue. (April 2015 - September 2016)

My First Back Catalogue. (April 2015 – September 2016)



Apologies, this isn’t an article on wrestling. It’s a list of links to articles for those who missed some of my best work over the past two years. You can kindly skip this if you’re a regular. It will be in chronological order from the first article I wrote after the website went down in April 2015. Also going to include some quotes from readers where I can.

Detailed Wrestlemania 31 Review:…

The first article was a review of Wrestlemania 31. At the same time I was rebuilding the Wrestler Profiles section entirely from scratch, and I remember spending hours saving, and recreating hundreds of profiles every day for weeks. It was painful, but I got paid extra so worth the effort. The first article inadvertently became the first in the future Wrestlemania series. The only Wrestlemania not to be included in the series was Wrestlemania 32, which you can read here: Quick Wrestlemania 32 Review

After this I made a short guide on how I prepare/write an article. This was done as encouragement to others writers to get back on the horse and fill the site with articles again after we lost everything. It was not well-received … with comments such as “”Please provide content for us for free” What, can’t steal blogs from Meltzer?”, “Please, don’t try to teach people how to write, because you aren’t a good writer. It’s like the blind leading the sheep.”, and “Lolz @ Kyle Dunning offering tips on writing a blog.”.

Starting on the 6th April 2015, and ending on the 18th February 2016, I worked on the Wrestlemania series. All links to these pieces below.

Wrestlemania IWrestlemania 2Wrestlemania IIIWrestlemania IVWrestlemania VWrestlemania VIWrestlemania VIIWrestlemania VIIIWrestlemania IXWrestlemania X

Wrestlemania XIWrestlemania XIIWrestlemania 13Wrestlemania XIVWrestlemania XVWrestlemania 2000Wrestlemania X-SevenWrestlemania X8Wrestlemania XIXWrestlemania XX

Wrestlemania 21Wrestlemania 22Wrestlemania 23Wrestlemania XXIVWrestlemania XXVWrestlemania XXVIWrestlemania XXVIIWrestlemania XXVIIIWrestlemania 29Wrestlemania XXX

Wrestlemania Series Quotes!

William Heuer: “Good article. Really good. Nice little analysis of the first Wrestlemania.”

Me ? NEW SENPAI ?: “Damn kyle hitting the ground running . Your gonna breakdown 30 wrestlemanias better get some bengay for those fingers.”

Moonajuana: “1989 is probably the best year of wrestling ever. Hogan turned Savage from a star to a legend.”

tell me about it: “love the way you present these Wrestlemania articles. Very entertaining.”

Cool is the Rule: “I love these articles. I would have to say that Wrestlemania 11 is the worst one of all time.”

Master_Seamonkey: “good read while on the shitter. thanks :)”

The Tooth #EWN Hardcore Champ: “Great article, Kyle.

ThE JoKeR © ?????????: “Good stuff Kyle, excellent again.”

Harley Race: “Very good review of a very average Wrestlemania, Kyle daddy.”

RyDoggy: “Thanks Kyle. Your work on here is a breath of fresh air. Could you do us all a favor and teach Ravens and Miller how to write?”

Sir William Robert: “Good read. Love these articles”
yapptiestrap-senpai (EWN WHC): “Good read again Kyle thanks for all your effort.”

Avis Quinn: “I don’t applaud and enjoy your articles because everyone else does. I
applaud and enjoy them because you are a genuinely great writer and you
have this understanding of the wrestling industry and wrestling
business that I find a lot of people lack. Fantastic article.”

Death Of WCW: Who Was Responsible?

The first standalone article was an informative six-page piece on the Death of WCW and who was responsible. I already published the piece before the site being hit, so it was a remake of sorts. I used sources to explain how the deal went down between Vince McMahon and Time Warner, and how names such as Kevin Nash, Eric Bischoff, and Vince Russo were not entirely to blame. I was glad when I remade it as I found more evidence to suggest foul play. As expected, there was a lot of discussion as readers pushed their own thoughts on who was responsible.

Best quote I found was from Keith Stone “Now THAT is a fucking article. Some of the clueless idiots that post shit here and have the audacity to call them articles should take some notes from what you’ve done here. It’s clear that you’ve put a lot of time and effort into researching this and you’ve delivered a very interesting and thorough read. Very enjoyable, thank you.” >>> The Death Of WCW – Who Was Responsible?

The Greatest Matches Of All Time.

After this I started a mini-series to give something different between the Wrestlemania articles. The idea was to showcase 4.5 – 5 star matches in groups of three. Looking back it seems half of the videos are no longer available. Matches with links still have videos intact, but the series was never completed and may never be. Here’s a list of matches I posted:

100 Wrestlers Who Died.

Next up is my most viewed article of all time with over One Million hits. I made it as a tribute to The Ultimate Warrior after his passing. The article didn’t go into careers much, instead it was a huge list (which took days to complete) highlighting the wrestlers ages when they died, and the cause of death. It was made to represent the sad truth behind professional wrestling. It’s an old list so it doesn’t include recent 2016 passings like Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper. I warn you … it is depressing.

(100 Wrestlers Who Died Before Their Time)

“A really painful piece. I applaud the effort and the heart behind it but perhaps it could have been a piece (or series) celebrating the great work of those who left us too soon. Instead I feel like I’m walking through a graveyard, staring at headstones.”

“This was painful to read. Not for you Kyle, but more for just……that list. I see most died around 30-40 years old.”

“I really enjoyed this piece. Some of the deaths I was not familiar with. Amazed with the drug culture, first to get big enough and second to cope with the pain and injuries resulting in addiction. Another thing I never thought much about are the internal injuries to organs the wrestlers put themselves at risk. Thank you Kyle.”

“That`s a hellva list you have compiled….well done and thank you,appreciate your effort in doing this :-)”

“The effort is highly appreciated, Kyle daddy. I don’t think you forgot anyone, great job daddy.”

“this is … of the best articles to come from this site in a long time.Fans,please take the time to appreciate the shit most wrestlers put themselves through for your entertainment.Blood clots,kidney and heart failures along with the misuse of prescription drugs is just too fucking common in this industry..and of course,the Von Erich saga is simply one of the worst “ill fated” stories of wrestling family dynasties that will never be explained!”

Chris Benoit & The Family Tragedy.

Next up is my second most viewed, and controversial piece. Also a re-remake of previous articles of the same type. Some were upset and wanted nothing to do with it. And they still don’t, which is understandable. It’s a subject with as much detail to span twelve pages. It’s long, and I never expected anyone to read the full thing in one sitting. I was as unbiased as possible.

“I say this once and I’ll say it again, the most unbias viewpoint of Chris Benoit ordeal I’ve ever seen.”

“One of the best articles in EWN…RIP Benoit” >>> The Benoit Family Tragedy Explained.

TNA Slammiversary / Worst Matches Ever / History of the WWE World Championship.

Moving on from death related subjects, I made a list article highlighting the history of the WWE Championship: History Of The WWWF/WWF/WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Reviewed my first TNA PPV since April 2015, which was TNA Slammiversary XIII.

To rival the Best Matches Of All Time series, I made a few articles highlighting some of the Worst Matches Of All Time. Another series which may never be completed. Matches with videos still attached are linked below:

Gone Are The Days Superheroes / Shooting From The Hip / Bloodiest.

Not sure how relevant this one is now, but it got a ton of praise as a standalone so I’ll include it.

(Gone Are The Days Superheroes Are Loved By The People.)

Last October, I started a series highlighting the ‘Most Controversial Shoot Promos’ in wrestling history. Only managed to make three volumes, and here they are:

Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3

And to finish this segment, I made two “bloody” lists. The first was a Top 10 Bloodiest WWE matches, the second was a Top 20 Bloodiest Non-WWE Matches.

Mr.Chumpfect: “We need a site full of of Kyle Dunning’s love your Facebook stuff too”

PunchBorgICChamp4Life: “This is the best column I’ve ever seen on a wrestling site, did not read do not care, it links to 20 old gorefests! Great work, I’m watching all these next time y’all fools watching raw Dunning wins”

(Top 10 Bloodiest WWE Matches)

(River Of Blood: Top 20 Bloodiest Matches)

Longest Reigning / Signs You Watch Too Much / Lingomania

One day I decided to research and find the longest reigning champions of any WWE/WWF/WWWF titles which were defended full-time in America (to avoid confusion), and came up with a Top 10. Empire asked if I would do one for outside WWE, so after much research and hard work I made the Top 20 longest reigning Non-WWE “World Champions”.

(Top 10 Longest Reigning Champions In WWE History)

(Top 20 Longest Reigning World Champions (Non-WWE) In Wrestling History)

On New Years Day I treated everyone to a funny list of “10 signs you watch too much wrestling”. Looking back on it, I find it hard to imagine it ever being outdated.

“Another great article, Kyle. I have an English uni degree and I think you’re writing style is top quality. Some of the best on wrestling sites and sites in general. Very conversational yet informative and a nice continuous flow while keeping to the topic.”

“Was sad to see this article come to an end. Keep them coming Dunning!”

“Best article I’ve read (and likely to read) all year. Can wholly relate to a couple of these points. Cheers pal”

(10 Signs You Watch Too Much Wrestling.)

Also churned out a quick Royal Rumble review. Remember when Triple H won the WWE title? Feels like ages ago now: Quick Royal Rumble 2016 Review.

And up next is the infamous Lingomania! You may remember I quit working on this series after the website crashed on me and I lost over six hours of work. A few months later I got back round to the idea and finished it off. Some quotes from users again, this time taken from several editions of Lingomania .. before the links:

“Another great article, Kyle. Again, you prove that you’re the best writer, EWN has. Keep em coming.

“Everyone should have to read this definition of buried before posting after PPVs. Good read mate.”

“Always a fun read, Kyle daddy. I already can’t wait to see the next edition. And thanks for the pic, like you promised. You’re a man of your word, I respect that daddy.”

“This should become a permanent section of the site, would be a great feature.”

“”One of the best hookers was the legendary Lou Thesz.” That just sounds wrong out of context”

“Great article and that is one bad ass headline pic”

“Always like your out of the box articles.”

“I’m new to the site (as a member) but as soon as I see one of your articles I read them straight away and not once have I been disappointed. Yet again a great read and I’m looking forward to the next edition”

“Great read again Kyle sir, what we’ve come to expect from you now, the excellence of article writing.”

“This needs to be a dedicated section of EWN. Great content everytime.”

“Good Job man. U deserve it. Your articles sometime have me researching shit then leads me to even more things and more.”


Wrestler’s Court / Other Stuff

Next up is a bunch of stories to come out of the backstage concept ‘Wrestler’s Court’ adopted by the WWE (and others) roster. Started with an introduction, to explain how it came about, and followed it up with five ‘hearings. Quotes again.

“Another good read Kyle. This is rather interesting to say the least.”

“This is cool as hell. Once again you prove that you are by far the best writer on this site.”

“As per usual, awesome read, and nice in depth investigating. Statistics, and articles/blogs are always a pleasure to read when delivered by you. Kudos to Joker for the topic, and hats off to you for delivering.”

“I heard that with the money he spent on beer and chicken Teddy (Long) could have bought a small island in the Caribbean, daddy.”

“This is the first and only time that I’m entertained by JTG, I guess there’s a first time for everything.”

“funny article man, i appreciate all the effort you put into researching it/all your articles coz in depth stuff is very hard to find!”

“Good Shit.”

“Kyle, are you a paid employee for EWN? If you’re not, you should be!”

“I usually only show up for anything Sandow-related. This series has changed that due to how fun and informative a read it is. Thanks, man!”


Next up, I went back to my Wrestlemania series and made two lists of the Best & Worst moments in its history. The worst moments piece gained over 60k views, which totally destroyed its counterpart.

(The Worst Moments & Matches In Wrestlemania History.)

(The Best Moments & Matches In Wrestlemania History.)

Young vs. Old / Worst Wrestling Incidents

I went after wrestlers ages next. Please consider I wrote them in March so will get outdated with time. The first one looked at 20 ‘twentysomethings’ with potential, and as a counter I made another featuring 20 wrestlers in the twilight of their careers.

“Not gonna lie, I hate this article. Not because it’s a bad article, but seeing people my age or a little older with such amazing accomplishments pisses me off, cause I’m a bitter sumbitch.”

“I just want to say I always appreciate how much effort you put into these posts you do.”

“Really Really great read!!”

“Great article. When you put it like that it’s amazing how many names WWE will lose in the next 2-3 years.”

(New Blood Rising: 20 Twentysomethings With Potential.)

(20 Wrestlers In The Twilight Of Their Careers)

Oh no. I remember this one. Prepare for the worst incidents and injuries to occur in wrestling. Most of these are not funny, in fact they are shocking more than anything. You’ve been warned.

“Holy shit. I shouldn’t of watched those.”

“Thanks for sharing this article, Kyle Negan daddy. It’s not a fun read but it’s an important one. Young kids of today needs to read about these incidents and learn from them. Great job, daddy.”

“Just read through all 5 volumes. A lot of these I didn’t know about. Very good series.”

“Can you just replace Ryan Clark as the sole contributor to EWN? At the very least, surely you can lobby to get Rachel Miller Future Endeavored, right? Awesome series, bro. Keep ’em coming. Boogidyboo, yo!”

“Kyle, you know you’re respected based on the comments you receive. I thoroughly enjoy your articles…the thought and input are a joy to read and I learn something new whenever you write up something. This was great…..”

Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3 Volume 4 Volume 5

Stats! / The Best Of British Series / Other Standalones

After Chyna’s passing .. I made a tribute. – “Great breakdown on her career and tribute to Chyna. Thats the way its done. WWE can learn alot from you. Keep up the good work, Kyle!” And “Great tribute from Negan!”

(A Tribute To The 9th Wonder Of The World.)

Statistics next. Ooo, I love me some delicious stats. Records are only as relevant as when I wrote them, as I have not edited since. – “Kyle, you may be the only writer on this entire site I don’t want to kill. Excellent work as always”

(Top 20 Most Career Matches By Current WWE Wrestlers.)

(Top 10 Wrestlers With Highest PPV Win Percentages.)

The last series I completed featured the ‘Best Of British’ from across the years. I picked many names and spanned their careers across ten volumes. For those who missed it, here are all ten volumes. I’ll spare the quotes this time.

Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4 Volume 5Volume 6 Volume 7Volume 8 Volume 9 Volume 10: We Are The Champions

And I didn’t stop there. Here’s some decent one-offs. At this point I had no series of articles planned, so I awaited new ideas to pop in to my hollow skull.

(Future Brand Extension Dream Matches. (Raw/Smackdown/NXT))

(30 Singles Wrestlers/Teams WWE Could Sign In The Future.)

(20 Aesthetically Pleasing Championship Title Belts.)

(10 Possible Challengers For The Undertaker At WM33.)

Works In Progress!

Currently have two series of articles as works in progress. TNA History, and the ‘Don’t Try These Promotional Tactics At Home!’ series. I’m not planning on editing this back catalogue (here) in future, but when I get around to making my own site I’ll add & edit it there. Apologies if this wasn’t what you hoped for, I’ll have a new edition of TNA history up in early October.

The History Of TNA: (2002) (2003) (2004)

Don’t Try These Promotional Tactics: Vol #1 / Vol #2

Before I leave, let me do one last plug for the donation button. I’m not expecting anything, the site gives free news and always will. But if you feel like you’re robbing me blind and are feeling generous, you can send me a little present and I’ll totally appreciate it. As always, thanks for reading!

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