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Figure Four Weekly 1/1/2018: Looking back at WWE's 2017


As the pro wrestling world enters 2018, WWE leaves behind a year that was less about transformation and more about setting up what's next to come.

WWE began 2017 with their United Kingdom Championship tournament just a couple of weeks away, the Mae Young Classic on the horizon, and with 205 Live only several episodes in.

The UK tournament was one of the brightest spots for the company last year and introduced Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate to the WWE audience, but a full-fledged brand doesn't seem any closer to coming to fruition. And though the Mae Young Classic similarly provided a good stretch of programming, it's been mostly self-contained to this point.

With Enzo Amore joining the cruiserweights, 205 Live has firmly settled into its role of a comedy show that occasionally produces good matches. WWE is still invested in it, adding Hideo Itami and trying out a house show tour, but the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge series on Facebook will be more of a priority for the 12 weeks that it airs.

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