With 2017 quickly winding down, WWE fans have time to reflect on this past year. Between The Miz finally earning mainstream respect as one of WWE’s best workers, to the reunion of The Shield, we’ve seen one hell of an eventful year. But in the spirit of the holidays, I thought it would be fitting to create a wishlist for the 2018 year in WWE. Here are the top 5 things I hope happen in 2018!
- Kofi Kingston wins another singles title
- Neville Returns
- Finn Balor turns heel
- Owens and Zayn win the Tag Titles
- (Regardless of what company) Daniel Bryan wrestles again
5. Cesaro Wins The Intercontinental Title
Instead of being discouraged by Vince McMahon’s infamous “brass ring” comments from a few years ago, Cesaro was only fueled to become faster, stronger, and more impressive. A title classically reserved for the workhorses of the WWE, Cesaro has proven time and time again that he isn’t just a strongman. Cesaro’s insanely high work rate has led to classic matches with the likes of Roman Reigns, John Cena, and Daniel Bryan just to name a few. Cesaro’s freakish strength and unexplained charisma factor should carry him to the Intercontinental title in 2018. This would be a classic moment that most WWE fans would embrace wholeheartedly.
4. Ronda Rousey Makes Her WWE Debut
How cool would this be? Seeing one of UFC’s biggest draws of all time in a WWE ring at Wrestlemania 31 was chills-worthy, but seeing her full time would mean dollar signs for Vince McMahon. Ronda Rousey is very outspoken about her love of wrestling, even coining her nickname “Rowdy” after Roddy Piper. Ronda is rumored to have signed a deal with the WWE, but nothing has been confirmed yet. I’d personally love to see her go one on one with members of the Four Horsewoman, Asuka, Sonya Deville, and Paige.
3. Cruiserweight Rebirth
It’s really sad and disappointing to see that the Cruiserweight Division has been an epic fail in the WWE. I personally believe that the Cruiserweights should be implemented into the main roster as normal wrestlers, but still be allowed to compete for the exclusive Cruiserweight Title because of their weight. Unfortunately, it seems like these guys are stuck on 205 Live in a separate division. If WWE does go that route, a massive wish for 2018 would be to see a revival of the Cruiserweight division.
Hideo Itami, Cedric Alexander, and Noam Dar, just to name a few, are some of the best in-ring performers on the planet. WWE should not only give them solid 15-minute matches (which are guaranteed to blow the roof off the place because they have enough time to work), but put more effort into character development. It doesn’t matter how compelling a story is if fans have absolutely no reason to get behind a competitor. If WWE could also sign Will Ospreay, Rey Mysterio, or Ricochet, I believe the division would take off.
2. AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura (Wrestlemania Main Event- WWE Championship)
Following their NJPW 5-star match, it would only make sense for WWE to want a replica, just under their umbrella of course. AJ Styles is beloved by almost all as the current WWE Champion. Nakamura on the other hand is at a cross roads. The former IWGP World Champ was brought into WWE as an unstoppable foreign force with charisma unmatched by anyone. Unfortunately, his post-NXT run hasn’t been as glorious or spectacular as we all would have hoped as Nakamura suddenly takes pinfall losses on a weekly basis. 2018 is a time for Nakamura to start fresh. He can build a winning streak, or take a month off to “work on his game” and come back stronger than ever, or even win the Royal Rumble before challenging AJ for the title. AJ Styles has single handedly built SDL and Nakamura carried NXT on his back for a long period of time. Both performers’ hard work should all pay off in this fantastic match that the King Of Strong Style and The Phenomenal One both deserve.
1. Braun Strowman Wins The Universal Championship
Now this is a sight that I believe we should have seen a long time ago. Nevertheless, when it does happen, the moment will be really special. I will be the first one to admit that I was a Braun Strowman doubter early in his career. I believed that he had a flat personality, no mic skills, and absolutely zero in-ring skill. I was positive that he was only called up as a Wyatt Family member because of his look. But after some time, this man caught onto the business faster than anybody I have ever seen.
Strowman is now a main event player on RAW and in my opinion is the best part of the show every week. I absolutely love Braun. His unstoppable, dominant, and intimidating nature is of such perfection that many people need reminding that he ever lost a match in the first place. The man is scary agile and wicked fast for his stature. For all his hard work and vast improvement, this man deserves the Universal Title far more than a part timer like Brock Lesnar.