Seventeen Predictions For 2010 (Professional Wrestling)

Ian HarrisonCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2010

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Hulk Hogan gestures to the audience during his Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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1. The Streak Continues

I wanted to start out with a sure win, but trust me, the predictions get more bold as we move on.

The Undertaker will lose the streak, that became obvious to me last night when Christian lost the ECW title on the last show.  Just as the show, when The Undertaker becomes unprofitable to Vince, the famed streak will be ended, however that will not be this year.  No matter who he faces, bank on him to keep the streak.

2. John Cena turns heel.

At this point, you're probably questioning my intelligence, but I've never seen a more perfect place for Cena to turn heel.  Edge is a face; Orton is looking to become one, and Sheamus, a man who has been with the company for eight months, is in the top three for heels right now.  All the points are in place for a huge heel turn, and I think it will be John Cena.

It's becoming increasingly obvious that the WWE can market Randy Orton as a top face, and if not Orton, The Undertaker or Triple H, surely.  If they're going to pull the trigger on a Cena heel turn, I'd expect it around Summerslam.

3. Samoa Joe becomes the 'next Stone Cold' in accordance to the IWC.

Samoa Joe has everything.  He is as passionate about the wrestling business as anyone breathing today, and he can properly project that to the crowd.  He has the durability of a Greek God, and further more, he can out-wrestle nearly everyone.

On top of that, Joe also has an awesome look for a professional wrestler, if only his character would be portrayed right.  Hulk Hogan and Easy E missed on 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin before, and I can't see them making the same mistake with Samoa Joe.

Joe's character will start to morph into a complete 'bad-ass' similar to Stone Cold's character in the late 1990s.  The translation might not occur this year, but by years-end, we'll all see it coming.

4. The Miz wins Money in the Bank

Right now, there is no one as promising as an up-and-coming heel as Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.  A lot of people question his on-going dedication to wrestling, but day-after-day, he continues to prove where his head is at.

The Miz is already in the elite level for "speakers" in the WWE, a lot of the reason he was paired with 'Bryan Daniel' (Known for his time as Bryan Danielson in Ring of Honor)

Right now, the current favorite is Chris Jericho.  However, Jericho has nothing to gain by having the contract, and the WWE has consistently gave it to someone who needed it. (Yes, C. M. Punk DID need it twice.)

5. Christian and Edge have a reunion.

Tables, Ladders, and Chairs is now a annual pay-per-view.  With the loss of Degeneration X (We all know it's coming..) the WWE's tag-team division will be lacking for quite some time.

Vince McMahon is not stupid.  He will understand how brilliant it would be to have an Edge and Christian reunion.

6. A. J. Styles keeps the title for over a year.

He won it in September, and he shows no signs of slowing up.  After a reinvention of character and a heel turn, it's nearly just not good business for A. J. to lose the title right now.

Currently, there are three baby-faces around the same area, with none of the three emerging as the next world champion (Yet.)

Once Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, or D'Angelo Dinero progresses enough to become a legitimate champion (After that loss to Ken Anderson Kurt Angle is not.) you might see a change.

However, I predict he holds the title until Bound for Glory.

7. TNA iMPACT draws a 2.0

I'm not going to give a date, except that it will be before January 1st, 2011.

8. The X Division Title becomes more prominent.

Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan know what made WCW successful.  Cool characters and cruiserweight action.

With that said, I think the guys will work hard to make the X Division title more prominent, possibly even main-eventing a pay-per-view.

With guys like Joe, Angle, Dinero, Kendrick, Daniels, Homicide, and perhaps even Jeff Hardy, it's not out of the question.

9. Davey Richards (of ROH fame) leaves to go to one of the bigger promotions.

If you haven't seen this guy in the ring, you should.  He stands at a very short 5'8, but his in-ring work is impressive. He's the kind of guy who could be the next Rey Mysterio (In terms of being the labeled "Ultimate Underdog."

10. Rob Van Dam DOESN'T sign anywhere.

Does anyone else get the vibe Van Dam likes to hear people talk about him?  I think when it's years-end, people will still be speculating he's 'about to sign with' one of the promotions.

11. The Rock returns (and doesn't wrestle.)

He keeps saying he wants to return and do more then "Just host."  I think that sounds like a quick promo cop-out and leave.  Perhaps he does a run-in and saves a face... I don't know, but I just don't see him wrestling.

He turned his back on the wrestling community in 2003 when he chose to retire at the peak of his career, and that's the legacy he's left himself with.  It may be selfish on my part, but I do not respect The Rock.  His movie career is a flop, very similar to the way he used to sell The Stunner.

When he comes back, I'll be disappointed. I'll forever be reminded what 'could have been.'  Imagine what it would have been like if Orton and The Rock had feuded while Orton was still 'Legend Killer," and tell me you'll be happy with anything The Rock does.

12. Jim Ross does not appear in TNA Wrestling.

There are a lot of rumors speculating that TNA Wrestling is interested in bringing in Jim Ross to commentate.  I do not disagree that Jim Ross is probably interested, but I think he's satisfied with JR's BBQ enough for this year, at the least.  That too, is going on the rumor that Jim Ross won't be back with the WWE.

There is too much left up to chance for me to predict Jim Ross in TNA.

13. Chris Jericho is drafted to Raw.  Randy Orton is drafted to Smackdown.

Randy Orton has been on Raw for quite some time, and with the upcoming feud with Ted Jr. and Cody Rhodes, it's almost certain one of the three will have to be moved.  Whether they want to keep Orton as a face or change him back to a heel, with it being "that time of the year," Smackdown will need help with star-power, and Randy Orton sells tickets.  Face or heel.

Jericho, I think, will need to be moved to Raw.  With Orton's apparent switch, Raw will be lacking on the "heel" side after Wrestlemania.  Vince McMahon is enough heel to cover what Orton leaves, but after his feud with Bret Hart, a new heel will have to emerge, and I think it will be Chris Jericho.

14. Sheamus wins at Wrestlemania.

*Disclaimer - This is valid for any opponent outside of The Undertaker.

Sheamus is without a doubt here to stay.  In a quest to prove him as a dominant heel, the WWE will have him win at Wrestlemania.  They did this with Orton at Wrestlemania 24, and there is no doubt in my mind they will repeat this.

15. John Morrison goes another year without winning the WWE Championship.

John Morrison reminds me a lot of Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy.  The long hair.  The report with the fans.  The "I'm awesome... I know" attitude.

Rob Van Dam was over enough to have the title for about two years before he actually won.  Jeff Hardy was over enough to be the world champion two years before he actually won.  John Morrison, will be standing in line for a while yet.

16. 'WWE NXT' draws all time low rating for a WWE Product.

The only reason WWE's ECW drew 1.0's on Scyfy was they had star-power.  With guys in character but not cutting promos, they have no star-power.  Who wants to see The Ultimate Fighter if you know it's rigged?

There's a reason they pulled the plug on Tough Enough.

....I'm just sayin'.

17. Christian does not get a world title shot, and is worked into the mid-card.

I hate to say it, but I can't see Christian getting a fair-shake.  I love Christian and I'm glad he went to the WWE (After finding out how much Awesome Kong was making, I can only GUESS how much Christian was making...)

I just can't see him doing anything.  He's an above-average talker and he is very talented in the ring, but with the increasing roster size for each show, (With ECW closing...) the WWE will come up with excuses why he's not in the world title picture.

Well... that's it.  Seventeen predictions for the current year.

Be sure to comment and rate it five stars.  What are your predictions for 2010?  Do you agree/disagree strongly with any of the predictions I make?

Thanks for reading,



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