10 Early Wrestling Predictions For 2019

The Elite, Or The 'E?

WWE/NJPW

Last year's article didn't go well.

Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega (10) did set the world on fire; the Alpha recognised his athletic shortcomings and emphasised his blackly hilarious heel game in a match as funny as it was brutal. Roman Reigns didn't win the Royal Rumble match (9); that honour was bestowed upon Shinsuke Nakamura, who then didn't win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. He did wrestle in the midcard slot, however, so that enduring tradition was honoured. WWE did ruin Asuka (8) because of course they did. We didn't see WarGames on the main roster (7). The Saudis are '90s daft, so this might be delayed a year. 205 is still Alive, in a way (6). Nobody cares, but it still exists. Shane McMahon didn't face Randy Orton at WrestleMania 34 (5), but instead portrayed himself as more of a gutsy hero than his partner, Daniel Bryan (!). We didn't see a UK PPV (4). Jinder Mahal did nosedive (3), but he has made peace with his new jobber role.

Shanti.

Braun Strowman did not rule SmackDown (2); he turned heel to get Roman over. Balls to optimism. Impact Wrestling exists, and in decent financial health, via the new storylines > stars and salaries strategy (1).

But, since all we have left to look forward to for the remainder of 2018 is about 2018 Shield Vs. Dogs Of War six-mans, let's look ahead to when wrestling has to try again...

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