The 2013 year has come to a close in the WWE and it is time to look ahead. 2013 was one of the more unpredictable years in recent World Wrestling Entertainment memory. Let’s dust off the crystal ball and see if 2014 will be full of just as many surprises.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]If you were to make predictions about 2013 a year ago you probably would have missed out on some of the bigger stories of the year. Would you have predicted that Daniel Bryan would ascend and beat John Cena? Would you have predicted that Randy Orton would reunite with Triple H? Would you have predicted that the titles would be unified? Maybe you would and maybe you wouldn’t but it is fair to say that most of the big stunners were missed.
Spoiler alert! I may wind up spoiling some big angles or stories with my predictions. They aren’t intentional and quite frankly, most of these probably won’t even come to fruition. Regardless, let’s have some fun and see what the WWE Universe may have in store for us in 14’. Why nine? Well because I couldn’t come up with ten. Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments.
Brock Lesnar will win the WWE World Championship – Is this really a bold prediction? I would like to think it is. Lesnar is a part-time guy so the idea of putting the WWE title on him doesn’t make much sense. Quite honestly I don’t even know how they do it. They only have so many dates on Lesnar and he would have to defend the belt at least one time. I think they do a deal where they have him win the belt at SummerSlam and drop it the next night on RAW or Night of Champions. I’d love to see it, especially if it meant more Brock on WWE television.
The Rock will return to RAW – The Rock just recently announced that he was not wrestling at WrestleMania 30. It would appear that the Great One is done with the WWE for a while…or is he? I predict that the People’s Champion will show up on a big RAW over the summer. I also predict that he will take part in a big angle, most likely to set up a match at WrestleMania 31. I know that things are looking bleak right now but I do believe that The Rock will be back if you smell what The Rock is cooking.
Triple H will turn babyface – Yes after months of torturing Daniel Bryan fans and almost bankrupting The Big Show, the corporate shill will somehow wind up as the C.O.O. of the people. I just don’t see Hunter staying heel for very long after WrestleMania unless he is going to boost his wrestling schedule. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of a HHH vs. Stephanie feud come out of this because you know, that’s what the world is waiting for.
Bray Wyatt will not wrestle John Cena at WrestleMania – Will he or won’t he? One news website says he will, one news website says he won’t, and at this point I have no idea if he’ll wrestle Cena at Mania. I think when the dust settles that the plan to move Wyatt into that spot is changed. I do think that he will wind up feuding with Cena in 2014 and I think it will be a pretty fun series. I just don’t see it happening in such a big spot in New Orleans.
Roman Reigns will flop – The word on the street is that the WWE have big plans for Roman Reigns in 2014. Most reports indicate that the company plans to give him the ball and make him the next big superstar behind John Cena. I think he has a world of potential and his charisma is pretty darned good but I don’t see star potential in him like others do. I do predict that the WWE will turn him babyface and give him the big match in 2014. Unfortunately he is going to struggle and will wind up greatly exposed without Rollins and Ambrose around to carry him. He has a bright future but 2014 will be rough.
The WWE world championship will be split into two titles – The unification was fun but let’s face it. Nobody really cared. SmackDown still needs its own champion and the B house shows could use a title to headline live events. I think that when SmackDown’s contract is renewed or picked up elsewhere, the titles are split again. I predict there will be a huge draft and for at least a few weeks the WWE will try to honor the splitting of the brands. The rumors were that the WWE never had any real intentions to unify the titles in the first place. That tells me that this is temporary.
Kurt Angle returns to the WWE to wind down his career – Maybe this is wishful thinking but I think the Olympic gold medalist returns to the WWE in 2014. His TNA contract is reportedly up in the fall which gives him an open window to sign and gear up for a big Royal Rumble comeback. Angle certainly has his outside of the ring issues which should worry the WWE. However, changes in the Wellness Policy may actually contribute to renewed interest from both parties. I’d love to see it happen and at this rate it doesn’t look like Dixie Carter could afford to renew her cell phone plan.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]The WWE will eliminate B pay-per-views – This is a biggie and could be the biggest story of 2014. The WWE will reportedly be moving their B pay per view events to the WWE Network, thus giving them away free with subscriptions. At that rate what is the point of even having these secondary B shows? The company is only incurring more costs in production and live satellite fees without the revenue to offset these costs. The opportunity costs to proceed with these shows won’t be recouped. I don’t know if they go away completely in 2014 but I do predict we’ll at least get some kind of announcement.
Kane and The Big Show will turn again – Need I say more?
[amazon_link id=”B00GOYHSCO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]WWE Royal Rumble 2014 DVD[/amazon_link]
[amazon_link id=”B00ESZZOBS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] WWE: Raw 20th Anniversary Collection – The 20 Greatest Episodes Uncut & Unedited[/amazon_link]