Predicting the future of professional wrestling is a futile pursuit, as there are so many variables that can change everything in an instant.
However, years that end with a two seem to feature moments that shape the following decade. How important these instances are going to be for the development of the sport are not always apparent but these relatively small actions seem to create special moments.
For instance, 1982 saw Vince McMahon purchase the WWWF and the AWA discovered a new star in Hulk Hogan. Both these stories were noteworthy at the time but nobody could have predicted that their collusion in 1983 would lead to the end of the territory system.
Similarly, the loss of Hogan to acting and the drugs scandal in 1992 looked to be a major blow for Vince McMahon and the success of wrestling as a pastime. However this negativity prompted the WWE to go for primetime television and reaffirmed Ted Turner's vision that WCW could be bigger than the WWE.
These two factors would culminate in the Monday Night Wars.
Ten years ago was all about significant debuts. This is remarkable considering that the focus, at the time, was on the invasion of former WCW members. The most notable debutants from 2002 include John Cena, Randy Orton and Dave Batista who have 27 WWE and World Heavyweight title reigns between them.
We are now in the middle of 2012, and the seeds of change are already being planted.
Here are 10 predictions that could come to fruition by 2022.