It’s not getting any better. In 2019, it’s time to stop fooling yourselves, call it quits and go work with World Wrestling Council or elsewhere.
The Bludgeon Brothers
Harper and Rowan have two possible career paths in 2019: 1) split from each other and get repackaged in an attempt to tap into the potential that isn’t being utilized, or 2) submit themselves entirely to only being a tag team for the rest of their careers and go full-force once they can return, feuding with The Authors of Pain, SAnitY and other teams.
Anything short of that and they’ll be afterthoughts.
After what happened to Matt Hardy, it’s time for Jeff to reassess his wrestling style and take on a lighter schedule.
He deserves it. He’s beaten his body up enough and he’s allowed to heal, rest up, and make sure his career doesn’t end in 2019 from being broken down.
The worst thing would be for Jeff to have some random injury that forces him out of the game and if he keeps burning the candle at both ends, it’s going to happen, sooner or later.
At this point in his career, his health should be his priority above all other things. Fans would understand.
Since Miz and Mrs is on USA, it seems like a lock that he’ll be coming to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up to avoid promoting that show on FOX’s SmackDown Live.
With that in mind, The Miz’s primary goal should be to win the Universal Championship, but that might be too hard to accomplish if Lesnar is keeping a stranglehold over that title.
Instead, the belt The Miz should be striving for as a New Year’s resolution is to win the Intercontinental Championship a record number of times and officially carve his names in the history books.
Expand. Think big. You’re the United States champion now. Don’t just celebrate Rusev Day. Make this a Rusev Year!
With Rey Mysterio and the three members of The Lucha House Party, once Sin Cara comes back, he’s going to have to find a way to differentiate himself from the other luchadores. He can’t just be another generic masked guy, as nobody is going to care.
Maybe a heel turn is a good idea. Maybe he should go to NXT and try to be a big fish in a small pond. Whatever the case may be, all he has to do is avoid getting lost in the shuffle.
In all seriousness, remedy the promo situation. If it’s a problem of not doing well with English, take some classes. If it’s an acting situation, there are theater coaches who can help.
Promos are an important thing in WWE and this seems to be the main thing holding Nakamura back, so if he wants to return to his former status as a big deal and not be someone who is ignored for months on end, that should be his main goal to fix.
Otherwise, Nakamura is going to be just another name in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and he’ll move over to Raw and job in the midcard or something, which won’t make for a fun or successful 2019.
Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude
Now is the time to make this tag team official and come up to NXT proper to fill in the gap of Heavy Machinery and The Mighty taking their leave.
Also, while at it, Bononi and Jaoude need a team name. As far as I’m aware, they don’t have one yet, and they should form a true stable with Taynara Conti.
If you have any suggestions for team names for the Brazilian Brigade of sorts, drop them in the comments!
Right now, it’s too early to say, but I have a feeling Asuka is going to need to turn heel at some point right before or right after WrestleMania in order to avoid becoming one of those champions who perpetually loses before pay-per-views to put over her challengers and then retains in bland fashion to keep the cycle going.
Once Ricochet drops the North American Championship, it’s time for him to graduate to the main roster so he can wow an even bigger audience with his amazing athleticism.
One path he can go for is being the main focal point and anchor of 205 Live, particularly if WWE thinks he can bring more attention to that show. However, on a personal level, he’d be better off going to SmackDown Live and being inserted straight into the midcard as a United States title contender who can spend the next following months building up to a main event spot.
2019 should be a year where Ricochet takes the good will and reputation he’s built up from 2018 and truly applies it toward making those major strides to the top of WWE where he belongs.
Those are my suggestions, but what ideas do you have in mind, particularly for the wrestlers who didn’t make my list? Do you have any resolutions for yourself this year? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!