Predictions for WWE in 2018
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Braun Strowman becomes WWE Champion by Summerslam, holds the title for at least six months.
It’s beyond evident that 2018 is going to be Strowman’s year. After bursting onto the scene last year, he’s managed to be one of the most popular superstars on the entire roster, and is able to work very strong matches for a big man. While he won’t be in the title picture at Wrestlemania (that’s for Roman Reigns), Reigns and Strowman will reignite their big feud from last year and work most of the summer/fall with WWE. It will be somewhat similar to The Rock and Stone Cold from the early 2000s, as they’ll put on a series of excellent matches for the second straight year.
Brock Lesnar leaves WWE
Well, at least he’ll be leaving on far better terms than last time. I don’t think Lesnar is leaving to go back to UFC or act or anything. He’s just going to kinda disappear into the wilderness. Lesnar’s going to be 41 in July and has been through hell and back with various injuries and ailments over the years. It just seems like it’s time for him to hang it up. He already works a limited schedule and WWE doesn’t lose anything not having him around to be champion while only working a few dates every couple months. In fact, the main event and title scene become that much more interesting with him not around.
Kenny Omega goes to WWE
This seems like it’s just a matter of time, as New Japan’s top star has accomplished just about all he can over there. While it’s not necessarily a sign of anything, Omega working with Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom is going to continue to raise speculation. WWE generally has a big NXT signing to unveil at each Takeover, so they have four (or five) chances for Omega to be that guy.
Daniel Bryan is cleared, has at least one match
This one seems like a slam dunk. His program with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Shane McMahon is clearly heading for a match between Bryan and McMahon. The interesting thing will be to see what Bryan has left in the tank and if it leads to another match after.
Revival become Raw’s top tag team
Just like how Sheamus and Cesaro were Raw’s breakout tag team of 2017, The Revival will hold that role in 2018. They had too many good matches to count in their time in NXT and both got brought down by injuries in 2017. As they head into the new year healthy, look for them to compete for the tag titles soon, especially with Dean Ambrose’s injury sending the tag title situation into a flux.
The Rock goes in the WWE Hall of Fame
WWE needs a headliner and no one else makes sense. It would be better if Wrestlemania was in Miami, but The Rock is a draw anywhere he is. Plus, you already know he’ll be around for Wrestlemania weekend. My only request is that Stone Cold inducts him.