2021 is a year with more pressure to overdeliver on expectations than Ronda Rousey when she was booked against Nia Jax in her second televised match.
A world in need of something - anything - to cling on to chose...calendars. 2020 was the real sentient enemy, not the ills that consumed the world during its 12 months. WWE even ran vignettes and sold t-shirts that positioned the year as a top heel, vanquished only by a Drew McIntyre Claymore and a little 2021 sprite with bigger muscles than half of the main roster. There was method in the madness - it's reasonable to believe (hope?) that a portion of this year may not be captured by the clutches of a global health crisis.
Wrestling will change alongside it, and almost definitely for the better. WWE's booking almost certainly won't improve, but the return of live crowds one day will briefly inject it with some desperately-needed energy.
'The Scottish Warrior' did his level best as the company's top star in the no-fans era, but time's stood still as result of the conditions. Andre The Giant famously told Hulk Hogan than three years was a "long time" when he teased challenging him for his WWE Championship at WrestleMania III. A once-in-a-generation global catastrophe splits McIntyre's Royal Rumble win from his title defence at the 2021 show. Long time? It's been a f*cking ice age. Is the annum the new low bar, or does WWE's financial nadir still stand as the company's true rock bottom?