So WWE kicked off the new year with a bang with three titles being defended on WWE TV and the long-awaited return of Chris Jericho. But how are the WWE going to keep their product exciting and interesting in 2012?
I've singled out five feuds that could make for exciting viewing and five more that should be avoided at all costs.
Is there a particular feud that you do or don't want to see in 2012 that doesn't appear in this article? If so, get your ideas heard in the comments section.
We'll start off with the five feuds that I don't want to see.
This one has been in the pipeline for a couple of weeks now. It started a while ago when Goldust took a leaf out of Zack Ryder's book, and started a Twitter petition to try and get a match with Cody at WrestleMania 28.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Goldust came out during a promo between Cody and Booker T and took a Beautiful Disaster springboard kick for his troubles.
Now it seems to be that these two are queued up for a feud once Cody is done with Booker. Seriously?
Now I know that WWE could be going the same route they did with Randy Orton, by making Cody a legend-killer, but this kid has so much talent that there's no need to build the heat this way as he can do it on his own.
The main reason though? Does anyone really want to see Cody Rhodes versus Goldust with Dusty Rhodes as a special guest referee? I'd hope that your answer is no.
Last week, wrestlinginc.com reported that WWE Creative were considering doing something with Zack Ryder and the Situation from Jersey Shore at WrestleMania 28.
Are you serious bro?
WWE have finally thrown Zack Ryder a bone and it's time to let him bite. While WWE like to use celebrities at WrestleMania, there are other stars that they can use instead of Zack Ryder.
Assuming he still has it by WM28, Ryder should be defending his United States Championship, not working some gimmick match with a non-wrestler.
On the bright side, if it does happen, Dolph Ziggler was in last year's celebrity gimmick match and look at him now! Oh wait, so was John Morrison...let's move on.
I have two particular pet peeves when it comes to the WWE: ex-wrestlers who can't cut it anymore stepping in the ring, and non-wrestling, on-air talent stepping in the ring.
This feud violates both of these.
While it seems almost certain to happen in the coming weeks, this feud isn't really productive for the WWE champion to be involved in.
What should be happening right now is that CM Punk should be part of a proper feud with Dolph Ziggler, rather than these week-in, week-out promos with Johnny Ace.
Don't get me wrong, it's good that Punk has a difficult relationship with Johnny Ace because it makes his championship reign a little more interesting, but his time needs to be focused elsewhere.
Don't fight each other, don't wrestle with any of the Superstars—just stay on the announce table and don't move.
WWE should have made a new year's resolution: We shall let the announcers announce, and let the wrestlers wrestle (except when CM Punk wants to commentate on a match).
Too many Raws in 2011 started with Michael Cole doing something ridiculous and irrelevant, and too much air time was wasted while these two "wrestled."
Don't get me wrong, this would probably be highly entertaining if I was seven and watching the show, but I'm not.
Stop wasting the WWE Universe's time by letting these two get in the ring.
While some people are psyched that this match could be going ahead at WM28, I am not.
Triple H has already had two attempts at breaking the streak, and has failed upon both occasions. At last year's event Hunter pushed Undertaker right to the limit and still could not do it. We were all convinced that the Tombstone Piledriver had finished 'Taker off, but it had not, so what could HHH possibly have to bring to the table?
It's time for someone else to have a go, be it Chris Jericho, be it Brock Lesnar, be it Doink the Clown or the Hurricane for all I care, but I don't want to see another streak match involving HHH at WrestleMania.
Now, for the five feuds that I do want to see in 2012...
I've been begging for this feud ever since Sheamus turned face. These two have very similar brawler styles and can both work, so why haven't the WWE paired them up for a rivalry yet?
If the brand extension hasn't ended by the time the draft comes around then one of these is bound to be leaving SmackDown, so a feud between the two would ideally take place between now and WrestleMania.
Both are great on the mic so we wouldn't be short of quality promos either.
I was going to use Daniel Bryan's spot on this article to say that he so desperately needed a feud with Cody Rhodes, but I think this one is a little more important.
These two guys embody the fact that WWE should have a link with Ring of Honor, and a feud between the two could be phenomenal in terms of what we would see in the ring.
These two have come up from the independent circuit together and have shedloads of respect for each other. They could put on a match-of-the-year-quality match.
A D-Bry heel turn is pretty much imminent so don't be surprised if we see these two square off at some point this year.
Once the dust has settled from WrestleMania 28, John Cena will be feudless. Who better for him to face than the up-and-coming future biggest heel in the company, Dolph Ziggler?
2011 was a big year in Ziggler's career as he finally cemented himself as a main-event-level talent. A feud with John Cena could really seal his place in the main-event spots, because let's face it, feuding with John Cena guarantees you main-event spots at pay-per views.
Of course, Dolph needs to dump Vickie before he completes his transformation from mid-carder to main-event star.
OK, so we saw these two feud recently but the rivalry was really cut short. The main issue was that WWE Creative didn't have the balls to let Orton feud for the Intercontinental Championship, so they pulled him out of it and put him back into a main-event-level rivalry.
Once Cody drops the IC title he will no doubt go onto a very successful main-event career, and a feud with Orton would be a great place to start.
Their mini-feud was great and I'd love to see them in a full-length one.
Let it be known that I was pushed to decide between Chris Jericho versus Christian or Chris Jericho versus the Miz. What gave Christian the edge on this one is the chemistry that he has with Jericho.
Both of these stars can work and sell, and would no doubt put on an awesome show. Think of the promos as well! Jericho could be on the Peep Show and Christian could appear on the highlight reel—it'd be awesome!
Here's their bout from WrestleMania 20 if you haven't seen it before.
If Chris Jericho is truly here to stay in the WWE then this is definitely a feud which WWe Creative should consider. These two veterans appear to be in great shape and, given the opportunity, could really entertain us.