5 Predictions for 2013's McMahon-Helmsley Era
The massive McMahon family storyline looks to dominate WWE television for at least the next few months.
Even though it’s a dark time for WWE superstars, the angle is very promising and has already provided us with an amazing heel figurehead in Triple H.
There’s every chance the company will botch it before a big blowoff at WrestleMania XXX, but this could also be a historic masterstroke for the WWE.
The angle is still in its early stages, so now is the perfect time to take a look at some of the possibilities that the next six months will bring.
Daniel Bryan Will Win the WWE Championship at Survivor Series
Daniel Bryan finally overcoming Randy Orton and the efforts of The Corporation could be historic, and is a moment deserving of a grand stage.
There’s no way his match against Orton at Night of Champions will have a decisive finish; it’s far too early in the rivalry for that to happen.
It also seems likely that The American Dragon could get in the ring with Triple H at some point, which would no doubt happen prior to WWE putting the belt on him.
Bryan’s win at SummerSlam was epic, but the buildup to his first proper run with the WWE championship begins now.
With three pay-per-views left to go before Survivor Series, WWE has plenty of time to build toward something great.
Big Show Will Turn Heel
A giant who gets tortured endlessly by an authority figure and claims to despise them, only to have a change of heart and join them.
Sound familiar? It should, especially to Big Show fans.
He’s been through the above situation with both Vickie Guerrero and John Laurinaitis, and it appears as though the WWE are priming him for another turn.
Big Show has been embarrassed and harassed by Triple H ever since SummerSlam—he had the big man fuming for two hours straight on SmackDown.
It’s possible that The World’s Largest Athlete’s motto is ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’, and that’s exactly what he’ll do before the year is out.
The Corporation Will Join Forces with Paul Heyman
Possible allies for the McMahon's?
The biggest heel in the company right now is Triple H, followed by Randy Orton. A close third would be Paul Heyman.
He’s the ultimate bad guy. A small segment of the WWE audience have a tremendous admiration for Heyman, but everyone else hates him.
Brock Lesnar is unlikely to appear for a few months, and CM Punk can only feud with Curtis Axel for so long.
Expect Happy Heyman to join forces with The Corporation and for The Second City Saint to be join Daniel Bryan in his war against the McMahon's.
It Will Make the World Heavyweight Championship Look Bad
It’s no secret; the WWE has stopped even pretending to care about each world championship equally. When was the last time a world heavyweight championship match closed a pay-per-view?
This trend will definitely continue in the following months, and the McMahon-Helmsley era of 2013 has already begun to belittle the importance of the title.
When Triple H demands the WWE superstars to stand up on the entrance ramp, Alberto Del Rio is there.
While Randy Orton is the corporate jewel, the other world champion stands on the ramp with everyone else—the divide couldn’t be more clear.
Del Rio should be in the ring with them. He’s a heel, why not let him be a part of their faction, at least while he’s world champion?
The two championships are meant to be created equal, but right now the world heavyweight championship is only getting 15 percent of the spotlight.
John Cena Will Face Triple H at WrestleMania XXX
There were rumors floating around that WWE was interested in having Stone Cold Steve Austin face Triple H at WrestleMania (Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via sescoops.com)
The idea was that Vince would turn babyface sometime and he would recruit Steve Austin in his battle against his tyrannical son-in-law.
The box office appeal is undeniable, especially for casual fans who grew up watching WWF in the late 90s, but if Austin is going to wrestle one more match, why have him do it against a guy he’s already wrestled hundreds of times?
John Cena is the face of the WWE and is the perfect man to represent the democratic values of the company against Triple H’s dictatorship.
With Cena expected to be out for around another five months, the timing couldn't be better.