20 bold predictions for Wrestling in 2019


Background History

Last January, I made 20 bold predictions for the wrestling world in 2018. On my account, I hit 18.5 of them. Obviously a great score and falls in line with my track record over the last decade. Some of those included Shinsuke Nakamura winning the Royal Rumble to face AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34, Impact Wrestling making jack under their newest & greatest & # 39; regime, WWE will hit big in television talks despite concern about the ratings, WWE Network add another show (NXT UK), Dean Ambrose will turn on the heel, NXT remains on the WWE Network, Neville would not go back to WWE, and much more. That was last year.

This year, I will also make 20 bold predictions, with the final three being the biggest, so enjoy the whole column … or roll to the end now for all the fun!

20 bold predictions for 2019

1. CM Punk returns to wrestling in some way "I made that prediction last year, and sure enough, the man signed an autograph signing at a wrestling store next to the ALL IN festivities in Illinois this fall. A bit doubtful admittedly. However, this counts. He profited and clearly got rid of a wrestling event and was directly or not associated with "somehow" wrestling. I expect a similar situation in 2019. If it's an autograph signing, WWE Hall of Fame invite to sit in the crowd among legends or whatever, it will do something. I'm not predicting a return from WWE or something wild. to relax. The infamous quote I was given was that he told friends he would consider himself a failure in life if he returned to WWE. A failure in life, ladies and gentlemen. Very strong words. I believe that Punk is too bull to go back on his word now. Maybe the line never ever say never in this crazy industry, but not so soon. Still, the UFC and trash reality show just goes so far. Wrestling is your game.

2. Braun Strowman goes to Smackdown LIVE – This was one of my mistakes of 2018. I can try again, right? In the same show of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, he would not have that dominant race as Universal champion. He simply was not. In the blue mark, there was more room. In addition, he would definitely have stood out more as the monster. That did not happen on Superstar Shakeup to my surprise. From 2019, I'm guessing he loses in the Royal Rumble in his Universal title fight, strolls through the RAW for the next few months through WrestleMania 35 and then jumps ship. I may be wrong (again), but this is my prediction. He's the perfect guy to show off in prime time on FOX in October 2019.

3. A TOP star goes to Smackdown Live "Do not disrespect Braun, but I see bigger names going to Smackdown LIVE before the FOX premiere. I'm thinking of a Brock Lesnar. I'm thinking of a Rowdy Rousey Round. I'm thinking of a kind of Roman Reigns star (if healthy). Heck, we're probably going to make John Cena and The Undertaker make special appearances. Edge can also be regular as General Manager or as presenter of the Cutting Edge talk show. WWE will leave for the October debut and then try to continue that momentum for the WM36 season. If not, they are fools. This leads to my next paragraph …

4. The Rock returns to WWE – Pop Quiz: The last match of WWE in Rock was when? Figure this out yet? If you told John Cena at WrestleMania 29 in the main event of the WWE Championship, you're wrong. Rocky fought Erick Rowan on the WM32 as a surprise and won in 10 seconds. I can guarantee that to you. This will not be the final fight of the Great. He will be back and after taking out the last two Manias, there is no better time than now to return. His last big sensational match was against Cena at WM29, and it was at this stage that WWE is returning to WM35. If he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame or anything else, he will be on WWE TV more regularly than he has in the past two years. Smackdown on FOX in October, it's tempting, right?

5. I still do not care about NJPW or Ring Of Honor "Two years ago, I appealed to the wrestling world. Who reads my columns in or out of business – makes me worry about something that is not WWE! Please. Make me care. I watched the much talked about game with Will Ospreay Vs. Ricochet. Just as I watched WrestleKingdom's legendary 80-star match two years ago. I mean, I even watched Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho fight. Believe it or not, I check out the rare Ring Of Honor show on my local channel here in Wisconsin when I get the chance (a few times a year). Each time I watch, I shrug and move on. I want to care about people! I want to. I love wrestling and a great fan. Give me a reason to take care in 2019 …

6. AEW is the real deal – Watch? I want to care, but you need to give me a reason to care first. I do not give a shit about The Young Bucks and I have repeatedly said that I do not go with them, I do not watch their games and I've never seen a YouTube episode "Being The Elite." I could not care less. So does Cody Rhodes and his big independent scene. I did not watch or follow any of this. I know the guy is talented. He does not need to fight in gyms and bingo halls to prove it. I cheered him up throughout his WWE tour and asked him to do more each time I wrote a list of "Underrated". He was there every time. I know these guys are talented and have a strong fan base. That is why I will support All Elite Wrestling and give them a chance for honesty. Being supported by the son of a billionaire always helps, but money can be wasted as quickly as can be spent wisely. Time will tell how that happens, but for now I imagine that a good television / broadcast business has to be under way and in big contracts by spring. Good luck to them all.

Please note that I am writing this prior to your rally in Jacksonville on Tuesday. This should be interesting and needs to be great from the start.

7. Wrestling Impact Continues in Spiral – The cockroach wrestling will continue to survive but never to prosper. I said that when they lost Spike TV (which I called), I said that when their Destination America deal was supposedly filled with so much support (called BS too), and I'm going to say now that POP TV kicked them out at 21 : 00 interval of time and eventually outside your network. Whatever the Pursuit is, it will be a pleasure to have them … on Fridays at 9pm (only listed in 90 minutes on the site). However, this is not going to be done. I do not care about Twitch's showing or its 800 million press releases releasing YouTube numbers. None of this means anything, as evidenced by the slow and slow fall of irrelevance. Remember folks, I watched the premiere on Spike TV and still remember the exact date. I used to record each episode and keep them on all my VHS tapes. I was there folks. I know how much excitement there was in that brand. No longer.

8. Batista Returns – No explanation needed.

9. NXT Remains on WWE Network – Okay, this is a bet. I predicted in 2018 despite having a little provocation on the USA Network. Now there are rumors that the NXT will go to FS1 or another Fox affiliate in October. I have no idea if this is true. I could see that. WWE will want everything they can to get out of the FOX business. I still say that XFL might end up being shown on a FOX channel at some point. Regardless, the NXT on the WWE Network fits like a glove. The company is already receiving more than $ 2 billion in TV rights fees. Let's go!

10. New NXT calls are handled better than others – From now on, Lars Sullivan, Heavy Machinery, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans and EC3 are still "on their way to WWE". None of them debuted on the main list yet. I hope they get released soon, probably soon, and I also hope they get off to a good start. I've written about each of them in a column from late 2018. Needless to say, my hopes are high. Forget the revival, the rise, the breeze of Tyler and others. These guys and girls have a legitimate chance to do well.

11. Underground Fight Closes – To prove my point about wanting to worry about other promotions, I actually watched the entire first season of Underground Fight. No joke I used to sit for my god daughter once a week, and he had a million cable channels for me to enjoy. Guess what I was going to watch that night? Yes, Underground Fight. I really enjoyed most of what I saw. My two main complaints were Chavo Guerrero and the man / woman wrestling thing. I remember there were also some unprotected chair scenes. Honestly, most of what I saw was good. I wrote about this on another site, trust me. By the time the season ended with that impressive two or three minute teaser for a second season, I got hooked! So the second season has come. For whatever reason, there was a lack of energy. Lack of buzz. Lack of arousal. Within a few episodes, I was out. Gone in an instant. Cool that the old episodes were on Netflix for a while, but that too disappeared. From what I understand, it costs a ton to produce, has ridiculous contracts, and does not attract major numbers on TV. So with the cut of funds, the stars being released from your business and a general industry that is adding even more separate deals, Underground Wrestling may be the odd guy.

12. Bray Wyatt tweaks your character "We can not focus on any more of WOKEN's nonsense. None of us deserve this. Similarly, another "Family" meeting is not a brilliant idea, either. Bray Wyatt just needs to refresh the act. Try more hocus pocus. Do the Sting where he stays in the arena, all before starting a fight at the end. Maybe he should ONLY make vignettes in his little barn swinging in his rocking chair and JUST fighting on pay-per-views. I'm just throwing ideas. He is too young and too big to have another year wasted. He was a WWE Champion for 23 months and entered WrestleMania 33 with the same title. I know. I was there. He can go back to that point.

13. Women's Tag team titles are introduced "Because it's worth it, I do not think it's as good an idea as it is on paper." We've seen this before and the results were bad. Once you have the same two or three teams competing for the belts, it is nothing more than playing together the very best tandens on their own. Even so, Vince McMahon and company have already revealed plans for new titles to debut in the new year. The only reason I'm including this in my BOLD predictions is because these rumors already exist for now and are still zero. Anything. Anything. I'll guess Santa finally gets his wish in 2019, whether I like it or not.

14. An old and unexpected name returns to WWE Alex Riley? Tyler Reks? Matt Morgan? This is the year that a completely weird and forgetful wrestler returns to the fold. Think of a Jinder Mahal that shocked the world and came back … and then won the WWE Championship. I'm not talking about a Drew McIntyre or EC3; We knew those guys would end up coming back. Even a Melina, Victoria, Mason Ryan or Justin Gabriel. Again, just a person off the left field that you have never waited in a million years. It would be fun to have YOUR predictions on this topic!

15. The global expansion of WWE continues – Mae Young Classic, NXT UK, other promotions appearing on the WWE Network, etc. Why will WWE continue to hire talent? Because they will continue to invent new shows, new content, new revenue streams, everything new. In a world where Carlito can randomly appear on The Edge and Christian Show on WWE Network, anything is possible. As we all noted, the US market has practically dried up for now, so why not go to Australia? Do more events in Saudi Arabia for 80 billion dollars? Hit England, Japan and all the places for great shows.

16. XFL will continue as planned – Some believe that Vince McMahon will be scared and pay for his XFL project. Some even think that their Alpha Entertainment trademark is just a cover for WWE to pay all bills. I disagree. Vinny Mac has billions to play and if he wants to give football a try, I say go ahead. You only live once, right? Who are we to tell the man what to do with his money that he has earned and built over his decades in this business? Good for him. Personally, I think it falls again, but that can happen in 2020. Until then, the theme song is captivating, the teams' venues are cool, the stadiums can be very large, but they are still nice places, and the best of everything is getting the time it needs to be presented. He did not just run off to fail in record time.

17. Depending on the location announced in a few weeks, I will be able to attend WrestleMania in 2020 "This is personal foresight. As I mentioned in my incredible column "My Journey to Orlando," I made a proclamation and promised myself that I would participate in the WM for the first time in 2016 or 2017. I made that statement at the end of 2015. Once I determined that I would not attend the huge edition of Texas, I made it clear: I was going to Orlando the next year. It was not a prediction; it was a spoiler. Now, a few years later, here we are again. I'm not attending WrestleMania 35 in the New Jersey / New York market. However, I'm curious about next year's edition. If it's in Minneapolis like rumors or somewhere else that I want to travel, let the planning begin!

Okay, now for my three big predictions that I triggered at the top of the column …

18. Roman Reigns returns to WWE This is more of a hope than a logical choice. I do not know about any of you, but Roman Reigns announcing his battle against leukemia was devastating to me as a fan. It was a big blow. The hole he left throughout the company is still felt three months later. I'm not saying that the recent slowdown in ratings and interest is all because of its exit, but it absolutely plays a role. My wish is for him to get over it quickly and be back better than ever. The fact that the health updates were very meager tells me that he is doing very well and is already thinking about a return from WWE. Keeping it quiet as they say. Out of sight, out of mind. Call me crazy (and I'm sure you will), but I want to Reigns back to WWE television as fast as possible.

All right, it's time for the bomb …

19. Rousey Rouse vs Becky Lynch headlines WrestleMania 35 "I called the women for the WrestleMania 34 Main Event with the Ronda Rousey debut and the subsequent start of the year. I even called Asuka to win the Royal Rumble and have a great fight, although the others doubted everyone could do it last January. I loved Evolution in October and just noticed that the final three Raws of 2018 were performed by women. John Cena and Vince McMahon recently returned to TV and immediately put the spotlight on them thanks to Becky Lynch (and others). It goes without saying that women officially took over and carrying this load in 2019 is none other than Rousey Rousey and Becky Lynch. Somehow, somehow, we need this game. We need this. Include Charlotte Flair if you need (I would not). Regardless of what it takes: Rousey and Lynch, headliner of the WM35, are beyond being huge and are absolutely the biggest money making bickering in WWE right now. It has to happen, and I believe it does.

No matter how much it sounds, I'll double that prediction and take a step forward …

20. Rousey Round loses – Here it is. My big bold prediction of 2019 is that Ronda Rousey finally loses a game and if there is any right in this world, it's for Becky Lynch on the biggest stage of them all. I know conventional wisdom and any common sense says Rousey will beat Becky to close the story, but ruin everything. Let's complete assembly. We do not know if Rousey is around until the end of 2019 or even plans to continue with her full-time schedule. Your family plans are well known. I say she's going for another year, but this is an illusion. A move to Smackdown LIVE and a slower schedule (think Brock) would not be the worst thing in the world. She has more than proven her passion and skills during 2018. Rousey has a jumping race in her that could be MONEY, but this all can wait. Right here and now, Rousey Vs. Lynch is his main event of WrestleMania 35 with THE MAN standing to finish the show.

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