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Old 01-04-2018, 07:14 AM   #41
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1. John Cena's last year as a full time, part timer. After 2018 maybe 1 appearance at the big 4 and and a short lead up prior to it.

2. Anthem Impact closes its doors for good after teasing its death for the last 6 years.

3. Main roster superstars will actually "demoted" to NXT, officially making it the 3rd brand show and not developmental.

4. Tommy Dreamer becomes the first ECW inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.

5. 2018 HoF is headlined by Batista

6. The UK title in WWE slowly fades away.

7. RoH has its best year on paper and becomes the #2 and gets a real television deal.

8. CM Punk finally makes a return to wrestling, but it will not be WWE.

9. Bryan Danielson returns to pro wrestling and Daniel Bryan dies.

10. Cody Rhodes goes back to WWE
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:04 PM   #42
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Brock Lesnar goes to New Japan. He follows Chris Jericho's suit and realizes he can do more for professional wrestling by opposing Vince (in a "friendly" sort of way -- no burnt bridges) and getting more attention for a second promotion. I can see Heyman being the architect and getting a good contract to be some sort of American conduit.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:14 PM   #43
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Do you think Brock Lesnar cares about "doing more for professional wrestling"?
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:27 PM   #44
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I phrased that to make the dude sound altruistic, but I think it will be done with selfish reasons, mainly. Like, Brock helps professional wrestling by protecting his star in the WWE and walking over jabronis who don't matter, even though with one stumble off a right hand he could make them look bad-ass. It counts when he does it.

I think Brock is a shark. He's got to be the predator. He's competitive. In Japan he'll easily make millions, then there are sponsorships, there will be media coverage in Japan and probably even small stuff over here too. "What's this New Japan thing." I also think he wants to make sure Heyman is set too, which might mean keeping with WWE, but if Heyman is getting an itch to do more, and the WWE is not the place for it (and Heyman has even said it), then carving out a new niche benefts him and helps fertilize a business he may not have the same sort of passion for as, say, a Bryan Danielson or Jim Cornette, but understands about as well as anybody working. He knows that wrestling needs a shot if he's going to be making money off it in five years time when he's too old to fight.

Like, I don't think he'll say "I love wrestling, so I'm going to help it," I think it will be more of a "I'm really fucking good at wrestling, and I can make it a lot more lucrative long-term for Paul and myself if I further establish this promotion as legit.

Brock has friends in Japan, and he went there in the first place. I really don't think it's far-fetched to imagine him saying "Fuck it, I'm going to go back there and really give people something to talk about, make a smaller out of money, but a larger slice proportionately, and not get bored suplexing the same scrubs at house shows." Besides, it's kind of my running gag to predict it.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:29 PM   #45
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It's like Batista -- does the dude really love wrestling? He went to OVW and just phoned it in. He got his push very quick and then left because he was sick of it. But he's on the Twitter machine all the time talking about how the WWE is fucking up with Stephanie never showing any ass. He "gets it" enough to know that they're doing it wrong, it can be done better, and the wrestling game can make a lot more money if everyone got tighter with their shit and stop running it like a circus.
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Old 01-06-2018, 11:39 PM   #46
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I thought I posted this in here, but I haven't: Jeff Jarrett develops a working relationship with the WWE. To what extent, I'm not sure. But he's one of those guys, in the same vein as an Eric Bischoff, that you just don't expect to see show up in that context again. I can see him doing some part-time stuff -- working with Elias and maybe even Angle -- and it mattering far more than it ever has because he's back in the WWE and they'll be selling it like a big deal.

I don't think the WWE plans to expand their developmental system, but I could see him setting up something that sort of feeds and exchanges talent with NXT.
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Old 01-07-2018, 12:01 AM   #47
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If they get Ronda, I can see them starting an all-woman show sometime in 2018. The WWE are all about more, more, more right now. Raw and SmackDown have decreased in size, but they're still performing better than most things on cable, but does NBC Universal want to pay more money for something that is technically getting worse? I think the obvious thing to do is for the WWE to say "Look, give us more money, we'll bump SmackDown up to three hours and do another show." That's a little less original programming for USA to handle, and if it gets like a 1.5, then it might be worth it overall for them. With Ronda Rousey, they might have that star.

I did also predict a third regular WWE touring brand, which I won't exactly shy away from, but I can see the women getting their own thing on Thursdays or something.
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