10 Early Wrestling Predictions For 2018

Beta Vs. Omega.

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Wrestling is a hard game to predict. Consider the 2017 companion piece to this very article.

Charlotte and Sasha Banks headlined Hell In A Cell '16 a fortnight after it was published (1), but there was no 2017 evolution of the Revolution. John Cena somehow found himself opposite The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33 (2), not the Dead Man (though he did, in fairness, kill The Miz). Shinsuke Nakamura (3) hasn't yet become WWE's first top-tier Japanese Champion; WWE instead opted to bury him at the expense of Jinder Mahal. Bray Wyatt (4) didn't turn face, but did become WWE Heavyweight Champion. Fittingly, given his win/loss record, this prediction was a neat 0.5. Eva Marie (5) didn't wrestle a critically acclaimed match - nor any at all.

WWE did carry out some belated spring cleaning (6), though out of Titus O'Neill, Rosa Mendes, Tamina, The Ascension and Zack Ryder, only Rosa departed (of her own accord). Not one of Daniel Bryan, Mitsuharu Misawa, Sid, The Great Muta, The British Bulldog, Christian nor the Dudley Boyz (7) were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Brock Lesnar faced Goldberg at WrestleMania 33, not Finn Bálor (8); Kevin Dunn had to put it away for another year. The Undertaker did return in the 2017 Royal Rumble match (9) - and Dean Ambrose did prove us wrong (10), by improving his form - but he didn't turn heel.

The lesson learned, sadly, is the same one we continue to ignore: don't get your hopes up...

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