6 Things to Look Forward to in WWE in 2013
2012 is coming to a close, and since we are all still here after yet another failed doomsday prediction, it is time to look to the future.
The past year has been a year that has had plenty of highs and lows, but there is no doubt that WWE has made many changes for the better.
CM Punk's title reign, the energized tag team division and more attention to storyline have been big upsides to the past year, and I only see WWE making more improvements going forward.
2013 is going to be an interesting year to say the least, and we have plenty of things to look forward to from Vince McMahon and Co.
Let's take a look at six things we can look forward to in 2013.
New Top Stars
In 2012 we saw Daniel Bryan, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler make their way into the main-event scene in WWE, and we should expect more superstars to be elevated in the coming year.
WWE can't rely on John Cena, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio to draw crowds forever, and they have to start planning for the future.
While Ziggler, Bryan and Ryback each bring a totally different style, they are still only three men.
With injuries a constant factor, WWE needs to have a list of people they can cycle in and out of the title scene.
Guys like Cody Rhodes have paid their dues and could be called upon to feud for top titles at any time while other star might break out early the way Ryback has.
Look for 2013 to be a year of new names at the top of the card.
More Developmental Call-Ups
In the past couple months we have seen Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Brad Maddox and Big E. Langston all make significant impacts in different ways.
We have also seen Antonio Cesaro and Damien Sandow each make great strides in their characters since debuting earlier this year.
The developmental system in WWE is running like a well-oiled machine, and they are doing a great job of grooming their own talents while capitalizing on Indy star's potential.
With a few superstars circling retirement, we could see some more names in the coming months.
Wrestlers like Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, Kassius Ohno and Sara Del Ray are all great prospects for the company, and many other names will no doubt be added to that list.
Past Stars in Sporadic Matches
We already know The Rock gets a WWE title shot at The Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar will be wrestling at least one more match and The Undertaker is most likely going to have his yearly WrestleMania match.
With The Rock possibly having more than a match or two if he wins the title and the possibility of some other past names returning, 2013 could be a year of old mixing with new in WWE.
Ric Flair made a one-off appearance on Raw which could lead to more from The Nature Boy in the coming year in WWE.
Albert's return as Tensai was a waste of a great talent in Matt Bloom, but almost everyone else who has returned to the company has been great.
The returns of Lesnar and Rock in 2012 brought some much-needed attention back to WWE, and there are other names they could possibly use on a part-time basis.
Former ECW star Tommy Dreamer recently popped in for an appearance and looked like he was ready to wrestle for WWE any time they want him to.
2013 could see some more returns of former stars for short runs, which might be a good or bad thing depending on your view of how things have gone with The Rock and Brock Lesnar so far.
More Tag Team Turmoil
The WWE tag team division has improved a great deal over the past 12 months, and if WWE doesn't abandon the progress mid-stream, then we could see it continue to rise back to the former glory it once had.
Teams like Kane and Daniel Bryan, Prime Time Players, Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, Rhodes Scholars and The Usos have all been fun to watch recently.
Primo and Epico have been kind of wasted recently and Team CoBro seems like more of a joke than a team, which is unfortunate given Zack Ryder's popularity.
3MB has yet to decide if they are one guy plus a tag team or a stable of individuals, but they could also add to the action at some point.
Tag team wrestling holds a special place in the hearts of many fans, as some of their favorites got their start as tag team superstars.
2013 will likely continue to see a big upswing in the quality of the tag team division.
The Divas division is still not where it needs to be, but it is getting there, and a few specific Divas are to thank for that.
Eve has proved she is the company's most valuable Diva in many ways, and AJ Lee has been one of the more engrossing characters in the entire company.
Kaitlyn has progressed well, and Naomi recently impressed everyone with a very athletic showing against Eve. Natalya and Tamina are groomed for this business and will hopefully see an increased amount of ring time soon.
We know Layla has talent and Divas like Alicia Fox and Aksana have physicality which needs to be improved upon with better mat wrestling skills.
Whether you like women's wrestling or not, there is no denying that the division is better now than it was at the start of the year, and 2013 should see that trend continue.
More Format Tinkering
If there is one thing WWE can be relied on for it is trying out new additions to their format, and 2012 was no exception.
We saw the introduction of a couple new shows, multiple YouTube shows starring WWE superstars as well as new additions to the existing programs.
The use of social media has leveled off to an acceptable level after it was shoved down our throats in the early part of the year, and now we have a pretty standard set of ways for WWE to use the different social networks.
Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam have been nice changes to the standard formats of Raw and SmackDown and the upcoming WWE network could see more shows with new setups introduces.
The addition of a third hour to Raw has been a mixed blessing. The show can feel like it drags on some nights while others nights feel like WWE is using everyone the right way for the right amount of time.
More superstars are being used in different storylines and it is starting to feel like the early 2000s again with everyone having something to do.
2012 has been a year of change in WWE, and 2013 could see even more of that.
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