The new year is upon us, and discussion will inevitably turn to the Superstars poised to excel in 2014.
With a crop of hugely talented young Superstars, there will be one or two poised to breakout and become major players within World Wrestling Entertainment. Will it be a member of The Shield or the Wyatt Family? What about current Intercontinental champion Big E Langston?
Perhaps a dark horse such as Fandango or Wade Barrett will surge into a high-profile spot on the card and have a massive year.
Then there are the established Superstars whom everyone expects to have a great year.
Those Superstars include John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar, Triple H and the returning Batista.
But not all of them will. Some will inevitably have a disappointing 2014, thanks either to injury or poor booking or a loss of faith in them by management.
Who will avoid those pitfalls and go on to be the most memorable stars of 2014?
Let's take a look.
When you are the unquestioned face of World Wrestling Entertainment, you are going to have a massive year every year until someone unseats you for that position.
With no one in position to overtake John Cena as the top professional wrestler in the world, there is no reason to believe that Cena will not pick up where he left off in 2013 by having another banner year in 2014.
The heel side of the roster may be lighter in terms of star power than one would like, but there is a wealth of young, very talented Superstars chomping at the bit to make an impact against the biggest star in the sport.
The Shield, the Wyatt Family, Damien Sandow, Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger are all performers who made tremendous strides in 2013 and, if presented an opportunity, could do great work with Cena.
Add those potential opponents to the established crop that includes CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Kane, Big Show and Alberto Del Rio, and 2014 could very well be a banner year for Cena from an in-ring standpoint.
What will put his 2014 over the top in terms of overall success and quality is booking. If the creative team can rise to the occasion and provide solid booking for Cena that slightly alters the tried and true formula employed throughout his career, there is great potential for him to have one of the best years of his career.
Even if that does not happen, expect Cena to dominate again in 2014 and throw his name into consideration for Superstar of the Year come next December.
Recent rumors indicate that Bray Wyatt's 2014 could start off with a huge opportunity to make history very early in his main roster career.
If those rumors, reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by way of WrestlingInc.com, turn out to be reality, Wyatt will find himself competing in the main event of WrestleMania XXX against the top star in the sport, John Cena.
A match of that magnitude would almost immediately catapult the second-generation star, and leader of one of the most unique and intimidating factions ever, into the stratosphere of main event competitors.
Wyatt has exhibited great agility and speed for someone of his size, but his in-ring work has been limited, thanks to an injury suffered late in the fall and what one can only perceive to be a desire to keep him strong without beating him on television.
The son of Mike Rotunda and nephew of Barry Windham will benefit greatly from the lack of really strong heels on the roster and could see himself rapidly move up the card as a result.
An outstanding talker, he has the rare ability to get the audience to invest themselves based on his words and presence, allowing him to continue developing as an in-ring worker without suffering any backlash from the so-called WWE Universe.
As he continues to work with the likes of Cena, CM Punk and Bryan, Wyatt will improve the one part of his game where questions persist.
When he finally puts the full package together, the company may have its most complete young performer in years.
In 2005, Batista rode an explosive offense, a quiet charisma and unmatched presence to a major main event push and World Heavyweight Championship.
Fast forward eight years, and The Shield's Roman Reigns seems likely to follow Batista's career trajectory as he gears up for what rumors suggest will be a major push to the top of the company.
Reigns has the look, the presence and animalistic ferociousness and aggression to thrive at the top of the card.
For that to happen, The Shield must split and Reigns must be given a real and uninterrupted opportunity to make a run, much in the same way that Batista was nearly a decade ago.
With so many top Superstars relegated to part-time appearances or suffering from injuries in 2013, it has become apparent that the need for top stars is at a recent high. Reigns does not have the support of the audience that someone like Daniel BRyan does, meaning he cannot survive an uneven, poor babyface main event run if he is to be taken seriously as the next top babyface star.
Reigns will have a massive 2014 if he is allowed to split from The Shield and grow naturally as a main event force.
Whereas Bray Wyatt can ascend to the top of the card quickly thanks to his promo ability and the strength of his character, Reigns will have to gradually progress. Rushing him could hurt
When it was announced on the December 23 episode of Raw that "The Animal" Batista would be returning to World Wrestling Entertainment after nearly a four-year absence, a sense of excitement returned to a company that had become too reliant on the status quo in recent months.
With a blossoming movie career, the Washington, D.C. native would not be returning to the company if there were not big plans for him.
Whether it is a place in the Royal Rumble, a marquee WrestleMania match or a high-profile storyline that will dominate the company throughout the year, Batista is coming back to add to his stellar resume, and he will not do that by feuding with Fandango in the opening contest.
He is a huge star in the professional wrestling world, one who carried World Wrestling Entertainment for five years and and is capable of bringing back fans who may have quit watching over the last few years.
He is a valuable piece of the WWE puzzle in 2014, so expect the company to go out of its way to assure that he has a huge year.
As CM Punk pointed out on the December 30 episode of Raw, 2013 was not necessarily his year.
After a stellar 2012 that saw him reign as WWE champion from start to finish, Punk enjoyed some stellar matches with top Superstars, but the second-half of his year was a major disappointment. The feud with former friend/manager Paul Heyman never really reached the heights it could have, thanks in part to opposition for Punk that was nowhere near his level in terms of stardom or talent.
Now, he has the opportunity to put the disappointing 2013 in the rear-view mirror and focus on getting back into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture.
Punk is too valuable a star to have a second consecutive disappointing year.
He will rebound in 2014 and should, at some point, net major championship gold.
More importantly, barring any additional or significant injuries, Punk should continue his streak of outstanding matches as he continues to compete against the most talented wrestlers in the world.