Back To the Future: A Look a Decade Ahead

Kevin WilliamsCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2008

I recently (as in yesterday) wrote an article on the past decade in the wrestling world. Reading that article again inspired me to go on a ride in a time machine and see what the wrestling world is like in ten years.

Back from my trip, I am here to report to everyone here in the wrestling community what I saw.

In all seriousness, this is just my personal prediction, and I know not everyone will agree with my interpretation of the "future."

Total Nonstop Action (if they still exist)

TNA has recovered after a backlash from their fans. They have regained a solid fanbase after many tuned out nine years previously because they pushed the likes of Sting and Kurt Angle over A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels. They are not quite at the WCW level, but they are enough now that the WWE  now has to put on good programming each and every week or their fans may just tune in to the alternative.

The real X-Division has returned, although they will never be as they were when they first burst on to the scene. The TNA Knockouts are still on top of women's wrestling, although Awesome Kong, Taylor Wilde, and the Beautiful People have long since departed.

Vince Russo's days as a writer are definitely over, and TNA has learned to book better matches, and hire the right talent, instead of yesterday's news.

Jeff Jarrett prefers to run TNA behind the scenes now, but even at an advanced age (for a wrestler) he is not afraid to step in to the ring every now and then to silence his critics in the locker room.

Some past champions include: A.J. Styles, Robert Roode, and James Storm.

TNA's status is solid. Give them another five years and I see them competing with WWE on a major level. However, one wrong move, and TNA could cease to exist.

World Wrestling Entertainment

For the most part, Vince is gone, and Shane, Stephanie, and Triple H are the major authority figures in the WWE.

ECW has ceased to exist, and we are back to just Raw and Smackdown. Both provide solid programming, but also have their off nights.

The Undertaker has long since retired, but returned to Wrestlemania every year for a few years to improve his record to 20-0.

Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes are only in their early to mid thirties, and they are the faces of the WWE. DiBiase is still heel, although now, Rhodes is a babyface and is now feuding with his former partner for the WWE title.

Kelly Kelly improved dramatically in the ring and went on to become a Stratus-esque Women's Champion, and in her early thirties, she now serves as a manager and occasional wrestler.

Some past champions include: CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Carlito, Ted DiBiase, Jeff Hardy 

For now, WWE is as strong as it's ever been, but are occasionally looking over their shoulders as TNA continues to creep up on them.

The Good

Many others were given the chance to be champions in their respective promotions.

The amount of cartoonish gimmicks in both promotions has slimmed down.

TNA has long since abandoned the Impact Zone, and are able to draw medium sized crowds.

Honor is brought back to the Tag Team and Mid-Card belts in WWE.

TNA has added another mid-card belt, similar to the Intercontinental belt.

A battle between both promotions can start at any moment.

WWE is no longer geared towards children.

The Bad

Both promotions still put on some questionable programming at times.

TNA's purchasing of WWE leftovers only ceases three years ago.

Some wrestlers just don't know when to hang it up, and are having situations similar to that of Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.

These are basically your only two choices for nationally broadcasted wrestling.

The WWE Hall of Fame is still far from legitimate.

The Ugly

Triple H, being in the position he is in, remained a championship contender until he was 45 years old, and is a 19 time world champion. Now he is helping to run the company, and if you can't get in good with him, then you can forget about having a WWE career.