2013 is shaping up to feature a mix of new and veteran superstars in the main event this year.
The recent solidification of the “Babyface Era,” as I’m calling it, will have several faces emerge as super figures, who overcome adversity on a regular basis.
Each year, there are a few WWE Superstars who rise to the forefront and get over with the fans, sometimes even heel characters.
2012 was the year of Daniel Bryan, Punk and Ryback. As a heel attempting to defeat then-face CM Punk for the WWE Championship, Daniel Bryan had fans yelling “Yes!” and “No!”
Ryback spent much of the year decimating jobbers in handicapped matches, before entering the title picture late in 2012.
Punk, as we all know, spent the entire year as WWE champion.
Mark Henry was a feared contender for the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011 before winning the championship.
Every year, it can be someone new stepping up (Bryan and Ryback) or a veteran WWE Superstar receiving a long-awaited push.
Who will the WWE feature in 2013? Keep reading to find out my predictions.
As the Money in the Bank contract holder, Dolph Ziggler is sure to cash it in relatively soon. The smart choice for the WWE should keep the current trend and allow Ziggler to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
He’s a pretty big draw for the company for the fans right now.
Ziggler, should he win the World Heavyweight Championship, could be the type of heel the WWE needs to have a decent reign.
Creativity and selling moves are just two reasons Ziggler can re-obtain main-event status with the company. He can carry matches, make any WWE superstar look incredible, and he’s charismatic on the microphone.
A heel champion is needed for the WWE, and currently, only the midcard title holders (Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro) are heels.
Ziggler should be the next to step up in the World Heavyweight Championship title picture. The simplest reason is that The Alberto Del-Rio-Th Big Show feud is getting stale.
2013 could be “The Year of Dolph.”
Recently Wade Barrett took losses to NXT performer Bo Dallas and Randy Orton.
Despite this, Barrett could be the next heel to receive a major push up the card, even with what I think is the most lame finisher in the WWE with “The Bull Hammer.”
While bringing some long-awaited legitimization to the Intercontinental Championship, Barrett has shown his range on the microphone and proved he could hand with the big guys in the ring.
If I had to make a prediction for the next Money in the Bank Contract winner, I would say Barrett right now.
He could be a constant threat to whomever the WWE Champion is later in the year. With one big rivalry for Barrett, 2013 could be Barrett's year.
Sheamus’ act is getting a little stale, but he’s still one of the most entertaining superstars the WWE has to offer.
This is a face-friendly company, so Sheamus has a legitimate chance of gaining quick, easy momentum.
The way he rallied back against Damien Sandow on Raw Roulette epitomized the current trend in the WWE—that face superstars will battle back against all odds and win out most of the time.
Maybe it’s just for the kids, but this act is getting very, very stale for some of the older generation. But that’s a different story for a different day.
Sheamus is one of the top faces in the company and could be a legitimate top-card option throughout 2013.
Since returning, Randy Orton has been a top-middle carder and hasn’t really solidified his candidacy for a title shot.
However, he will be competing in the Elimination Chamber match for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29.
Should Orton win this match, he’d be a viable threat for whomever the World Heavyweight Championship. I understand that Alberto Del Rio is a face as well, and that would make an awkward feud.
I’m sensing an Orton heel turn very soon, this is just my opinion. He can turn heel just as quickly as he can strike with an RKO.
Even if no turn happens, Orton is the WWE Superstar who can dominate the company as a face.
At the same time, he can be a top heel in the company.
For anyone who is an avid WWE fan and doesn’t see this coming, you’re blind.
After winning the Royal Rumble, to no one’s surprise, John Cena is primed to leave WrestleMania as WWE Champion.
After having a rough year in terms of pay-per-view losses and a lack of a WWE Championship, Cena looks like he will win his 11th WWE Championship.
He’s the company’s top draw in terms of fans. If you don’t believe me, just look how many fans are wearing a Cena T-shirt.
Right now, Cena has the momentum in his hand to have him win the WWE Championship; there’s no doubt about it.
If he does win it, it appears as if Cena will have a long reign. Look at just two of the factors: CM Punk just had the longest reign in almost 30 years, and Cena hasn’t held the title since 2011.
If Cena wins the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, he’ll likely hold it for much of 2013.