Balls and Brawls Top 5 Posts and Stats from 2016

In 2016, Balls and Brawls achieved over 4300 views and as we look back on this blog’s best year thus far, these are the top five most viewed posts that were published this year.

Shane McMahon vs Undertaker (Hell in a Cell)

Published 28/03/16 – 174 views

Shane McMahon went to war with Undertaker at WrestleMania image: wwe.com

Shane McMahon went to war with Undertaker at WrestleMania
image: wwe.com

In late February, Shane McMahon made his return to the WWE after nearly seven years away to confront his sister Stephanie and dad Vince to tell them that he wanted control of Monday Night Raw.

To get what he wanted he would have to go through WWE legend The Undertaker not only on the grandest stage of them of all WrestleMania 32, but inside the Devil’s Playground, Hell in a Cell.

This post looked back on the build-up between The Phenom and Shane O’Mac leading to their classic showdown at WrestleMania and I correctly predicted The Deadman would defeat Shane to keep his career alive.

The Royal Rumble Quiz

Published 23/01/16 – 40 views

In 2017, the Royal Rumble will return to the Alamodome in San Antonio image: sportskeeda.com

In 2017, the Royal Rumble will return to the Alamodome in San Antonio
image: sportskeeda.com

Back in January, the Royal Rumble Quiz proved popular among Balls and Brawls readers as you tested your knowledge on the classic WWE pay-per-view leading up to the 2016 Royal Rumble.

The Royal Rumble match is one of the most exciting matches of the year as 30 men battle it out for a championship opportunity at WrestleMania, with the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena and Stone Cold Steve Austin all coming out on top over the years.

With the 2017 Royal Rumble just around the corner, this would be the perfect opportunity to test yourself on the Royal Rumble match, including questions like “In what year, did Mick Foley appear three times during the match as Dude Love, Mankind and Cactus Jack?”

31 WrestleMania’s in 31 Days: WrestleMania X8

Published 18/03/16 – 33 views

The Rock beat Hulk Hogan in an epic showdown at WrestleMania X8 image: wwe.com

The Rock beat Hulk Hogan in an epic showdown at WrestleMania X8
image: wwe.com

Back in March, Balls and Brawls looked back on the history of WrestleMania in the build up to the 32nd annual edition of the showcase of immortals, by bringing you 31 WrestleMania’s in 31 Days.

The most popular post of the lot was WrestleMania X8 which saw Icon vs Icon as Hulk Hogan battled The Rock in front of over 68,000 in the Skydome in Toronto, as well as Triple H battling Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship in the main event.

This post brought you five facts you may not have known about WrestleMania X8 including it being just Ric Flair’s second WrestleMania appearance and the only time Triple H won a major title at the showcase of immortals.

December Goal of the Month

Published 05/01/16 – 33 views

Xherdan Shaqiri won the December goal of the month image: foxsports.com.au

Xherdan Shaqiri won the December goal of the month
image: foxsports.com.au

It is the only non-WWE article that made it into the top five as back at the start of January, you chose your Premier League goal of the month from December 2015 as Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri took the top prize.

The Swiss winger’s terrific half-volley went over the head of Tim Howard in Stoke’s thrilling 4-3 win over Everton last December was voted the best of the bunch with 46% of the vote, 10% clear of Southampton defender Cuco Martina’s spectacular 30 yard effort against Arsenal.

You can look back on all eight contenders from the December goal of the month vote, including Jordan Ayew’s powerful strike against Newcastle, Yaya Toure’s clever chip in a 2-1 defeat to Man City and Lee Chung Yong’s 20 yard volley for Crystal Palace against Stoke.

31 WrestleMania’s in 31 Days: WrestleMania 2000

Published 16/03/16 – 28 views

Triple H retained the WWE title after Mr McMahon turned on The Rock image: wwe.com

Triple H retained the WWE title after Mr McMahon turned on The Rock
image: wwe.com

Rounding off the top five posts of the year is another one from the 31 WrestleMania’s in 31 Days series from March, as the millennium edition of WrestleMania was the fifth most popular post on this blog in 2016.

Once again, this recap of WrestleMania 2000 brought you five interesting facts from the event in Anaheim, California, including the only time the WWE title was defended in a Fatal 4 Way at the event and how things did not go as planned in the Hardcore Battle Royal.

You can also look back on some photos from WrestleMania 16 and read all the results, including Edge and Christian winning Tag Team gold in a Triangle Ladder match and find out how Kurt Angle lost both his championships without even being pinned.

More Stats from Balls and Brawls in 2016

  • As mentioned above, Balls and Brawls achieved over 4340 views in 2016, which is up from 2696 views obtained in 2015. This year saw a new record for most views in a single day with 312 views on 9 February, while October was the busiest month of the year with 634 views.
  • These views came from over 90 different countries. The most views came from the United States who accounted for over 1720 views. Israel came some way off in second place on 560 views, with United Kingdom in third on 550 views. Ireland came fourth on 161 views.
  • Of the 4000+ views achieved in 2016, 928 of these views came through search engines, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. My Twitter account attracted 212 clicks to this blog, while the WordPress Reader comes in third with 201 referrers.

Thank you to everyone who visited Balls and Brawls in 2016, including this blog’s 145 followers. I hope you continue reading my posts throughout 2017.

Happy New Year

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