It’s a New Year, yes it is!
Today is the day everyone tries to set new goals for themselves in the hopes they can change their life around just because the calendar changed. It’s entirely symbolic, but it’s as good a time as any to start making adjustments.
WWE isn’t immune to this, either, and with the year we had in 2018, now is exactly when the company has to do things differently to fulfill the weak promises they recently made about how the product will improve in 2019.
As such, it’s time to get into the third annual New Year’s resolutions for WWE in general and the superstars who make up the product we all love—or, at times, love to hate.
Keep in mind that while some of these are serious and legitimate, many are just humorous or on the kayfabe side of things. It’s all in the name of fun and retrospection.
The Authors of Pain
It’s always worth trying something new, but when things get worse, it’s time to go back to what was was previously working.
Once Akam and Rezar ditched Paul Ellering, their careers went downhill. Even while winning the Raw Tag Team Championship, they had a lackluster run that ended too fast.
In 2019, they need to ditch Drake Maverick and find a new manager who doesn’t pee himself or cost them their titles so they can get back on track and return to being the badass monsters they previously were.
This past year, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas finally broke off from The Miz, got a tag team name and even won the tag titles. That’s a pretty solid improvement, and it’s hard to imagine they can really go too far up from there in 2019.
However, it’s worth shooting for the stars. Maybe, over the course of the next few months, they can even graduate to The B+ Team, or perhaps the A-Team, and really turn things around and be taken more seriously. I doubt it, but you never know until you try!
For the love of all that is holy, The Monster Among Men needs to legitimately figure out a way to convince Vince McMahon and company to actually pull the trigger on his push.
This guy has been hovering around a world title for over two years and every time it seems like he’s got the momentum on his side to finally allow it to happen, it doesn’t. Even when Brock Lesnar felt like the worst possible answer to the Roman Reigns situation, WWE still went with him over Strowman.
One thing Strowman has to avoid is WWE running into the same problem they concocted this year when they turned him heel in the hopes that he could put over another babyface, completely neglecting that Strowman’s bread and butter is being an over-the-top monster we can actually cheer for and enjoy seeing wreck shop.
The Eater of Worlds can’t have a goal of just returning with the same gimmick that he’s had for years, as it’s beyond stale at this point. Instead, when he comes back, he has to freshen up his character and change things for the better.
I don’t have a specific answer on what he needs to do and what his character should be, but he’s in desperate need of some tweaks to remain relevant. Otherwise, 2019 will see him hanging around in midcard limbo.
You want to be truly glorious again, right? Turn heel and work your way back into the upper-midcard and main event scene while you still can, because time is running out and your tag team with Chad Gable is not going to get you anywhere.
Ideally, Roode’s 2019 should see him competing for the Intercontinental or United States Championship and having feuds with people like Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali, Elias and more.
Stop just biting Bobby Roode’s catchphrase and being one-half of a lame tag team that you can’t even make your own, as it revolves around being in someone else’s shadow.
I’d love to see Gable get to a point in 2019 when he’s taken seriously in the midcard like he was for a short stint of time before moving over to Monday Night Raw last year.
If not that, I’d love to see Jason Jordan be able to return to action and American Alpha reform, but that’s not something Gable has any control over.
Just revive your careers, guys. Sheesh. You haven’t been worth a damn since joining the main roster and that’s sad and wrong on so many levels.
First off, heal up. Second, it might be time to call it quits. Third, if All Elite Wrestling has a position for Dustin Rhodes, it may be worth leaving WWE (so long as he doesn’t burn any bridges) and start working with that new promotion to help satisfy a different side of the creative parts of his brain.
Don’t just start teaming again with Rhyno. Find a new purpose or role within WWE.
I think the ceiling for Slater at this point is remaining a comedic jobber, but he could stay on the singles side and maybe work through NXT a bit to help spice things up, or work on some other projects if he’s not too busy.
The last thing he should do is just shack up with Rhyno and do the same act that he’s done the past two years.
Simply put, get better. This one is self-explanatory.
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
Form a tag team again! The tag team division could certainly use another squad and these two are such good friends that they would probably enjoy working together in this role quite a bit.
Plus, as a bonus, maybe this would actually give Hawkins his first win in…God knows how long. Bring back The Major Bros.
Realistically, Rousey is going to have a great year by default, but if the logical progression is true and she drops the Raw Women’s Championship to either Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania, The Baddest Woman on the Planet should strive to move over to SmackDown Live in the Superstar Shake-up.
That way, she can win the SmackDown Women’s Championship and be the primary focal point of FOX’s new SmackDown come October, heading into WrestleMania 36 as champion just like she will be doing this year.
The Good Brothers
Either convince WWE to care about you, which seems to be impossible for some reason, or possibly just pack up your bags and leave for All Elite Wrestling when you can.