Daniel Bryan Leaves the WWE
The WWE has a tricky decision to make this year. Daniel Bryan’s contract with the company is, reportedly up this September, and if that is the case, there is every chance the former World Heavyweight Champion will leave the company.
Bryan has made it clear he is desperate to wrestle and if the company don’t clear him, it is highly likely he will be returning to the independent scene where he made his name in 2018. Bryan is a committed performer as well, so a one-off, heavily protected bout is not likely to please him. Vince is not going to put his talent at risk though, so if doctors don’t clear Bryan, expect him to leave the WWE this year, sadly.
Bobby Roode is Mr Money in the Bank
Okay, so it may be a little early to be predicting who is going to win 2018’s Money in the Bank briefcase, but is there any other superstar who would look as good with it as Bobby Roode? Roode is such a natural heel and he excelled in that role during his time in NXT. While his start in the WWE has been somewhat underwhelming, like Shinsuke, he is a natural talent and his star power will prevail. Roode will find his feet on the SmackDown roster in the coming months and he and the MITB briefcase seem like a glorious pairing.
John Cena Break’s Ric Flair’s Record
At the start of 2017, John Cena defeated AJ Styles to win the WWE title for a 16th time, matching Ric Flair’s iconic record in the process. It now just seems a matter of time before Cena matches that record, and with Big Match John spending less and less time in the company, currently operating as a ‘free agent’ between both brands, it may be now or never to have him become the first ever 17-time champ. Cena seems destined to break the record, and the WWE will no insist upon it, this one is really not a matter of if but rather of when.
WWE PPV in The United Kingdom
Put this one down to wishful thinking. It has been a very long time since the WWE held a pay-per-view in the United Kingdom and with the company really trying to expand their market this year, it seems only a matter of time before the company decides to hold an actual pay-per-view event in the WWE. Rumours were circulating a few months back that the company were planning on holiday an event in Scotland in the middle of the year and while those whispers have died down, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company make an announcement in the coming months.
If this doesn’t happen in 2018, I at least expect the company to announce a big event for the UK in 2019. Come on Vince, throw us a bone.
Brock Lesnar Leaves the WWE
Brock Lesnar will have been back in the WWE for 6 years by the time his contract expires after WrestleMania 34, and it seems unlikely he will be sticking around after his contract is up. Brock has achieved all there is to achieve in the WWE now, and while he is no doubt a huge attraction, it seems unlikely he will be sticking around after this year’s Mania. Whether or not he makes a return to the Octagon and UFC remains to be seen, but I just can’t see him being around in the WWE after WrestleMania.
The Draft Will Include NXT
While previous drafts have seen several stars called up from NXT to the main roster, 2018 will see stars being given the ability to move the other way for the first time.
NXT is increasingly popular as a show and if it gains itself a slot on the USA Network, then the company may look at moving certain stars down there to help bring in the viewers. Stars like Dolph Ziggler, for example, would fit perfectly in NXT, and it could also be used to help revitalise several superstar’s careers as well.
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