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Mar 8, 2010





Bastard year 2021 is almost over! Now it’s time to guess where our sport is heading in the year 2022, surely a glorious period of time that won’t be soul-crushingly depressing in at least 500 different ways.

The old thread will run until the actual end of this year. We'll see who ”won” in 2021 then. I’d love it if you’d look through your own predictions and post what you got right and wrong. Thanks to Forums Poster Benne for already checking off a big chunk of them!

Anyway, here pretty much anything goes, you can predict match-ups and their outcomes, entire storylines, heel/face turns, championships changing hands, individual spots in matches, roster changes, injuries, retirements, debuts, PPV locations or lengths, it can be about what happens at the very first match of the year or maybe it'll be something we'll have to wait until December 31st 2022 for, it can be about one wrestler, one promotion or even trends in the medium of pro wrestling as a whole, star ratings, MOTYC/WMOTYC nominations - whatever you want, and don't limit yourself to the stuff I listed there. You can also make it as general or as specific as you like. People have taken very different approaches to predictions, check out last year’s predictions in this post.

Let’s predict then, shall we? Predictions can be posted until this year ends (+ a couple of days maybe), then I’ll dump everyone’s guesses into the second post. You're allowed to edit your predictions however much you want until the deadline. :justpost: ’em and when you get something right during the course of the year you can post about it as well!!!

2021 PREDICTION GAME WINNERS:
STAR MAN (most impressively correct predictions): IceAgeComing
A WINNER IS YOU (best percentage correct): A Fancy Hat
141 2/3 OUT OF 100: Guillermus
A FOR EFFORT / VENOMOUS AWARD FOR VENOMOUS (tons of predictions, most of them wrong): Venomous
ONE SHOT, ONE KILL (100% correct with one prediction): BrigadierSensible, Sanguinia

2020 PREDICTION GAME WINNERS:
NOT SPOT ON BUT REALLY WELL DONE CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES (most impressively correct predictions): Huntman
PRETTY SURE YOU GOT THE BIGGEST PERCENTAGE OF PREDICTIONS RIGHT (APART FROM ONE-SHOTTERS) (best percentage correct (apart from posters with only one prediction)): Wazzu
ONE SHOT, ONE KILL (100% correct with one prediction): Seth Rollins, Gumball Gumption, PublicOpinion
A PESSIMIST'S DREAM (100% incorrect worst timeline predictions): Hefty Leftist
A FOR EFFORT (tons of predictions, most of them wrong): Venomous

FIGHT ISLAND's pro wrestling predictions for 2022 PART 1

GEORGE W BUSHI posted:

- Tetsuya Naito wins the 2022 G1 which is back in the summer

- Kazuchika Okada has another year long title reign starting on January 4th

- Fred Rosser is in the G1 which causes a lot of jokes and people complaining that it couldn't be whichever AEW or J-indie guy they had their heart set on. He's really good and shuts up his doubters except for the people who don't watch

- Katsuhiko Nakajima defeats Go Shiozaki in the Budokan, but Go eventually ends his reign

- Keiji Mutoh wrestles in the USA, including in AEW as The Great Muta

- Stardom announce a Dome show. Establish themselves as the number 2 promotion

- Mayu Iwatani announces her retirement

- Thekla wins the SWA title in Stardom. Syuri vacates it after beating Utami.

- Mizuki defeats Miyu to win the title. The Magical Sugar Rabbits collide at Sumo Hall and Mizuki drops the title to Itoh at WP3

- There is no point of the year when the Marvelous roster are all fit and healthy

- The Prominence crew make at least one appearance in FREEDOMS

- FREEDOMS Yokohama Budokan outdraws some of the major Japanese promotion's efforts

- Onita has another retirement match in 2022

- Jon Moxley is the first two-time AEW champion

- Neither CM Punk nor Bryan Danielson become AEW Champion in 2022

- AEW and NJPW do a big joint show in the USA as part of the NJPW 50th Anniversary. nZo and Big Cass do not appear.

- There are no Dynamites with more than one women's match at any point in 2022.

- Someone attempts a third national promotion built around Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, EC3, Killer Kross and nZo. It is a flop.

GEORGE W BUSHI posted:

New Prediction - As part of the NJPW 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Keiji Mutoh will challenge the IWGP Champion at some point next year. He won't win though.

GEORGE W BUSHI posted:

Can I add that Zyuria Nagano wins a TJPW title by the end of the year

Numero6 posted:

Maki Itoh will finally win the big one.
Best Bros will lose their tag titles but Akki will win the Asia title.
Hikari Noa will have 2 deathmatches.
Chocopro USA will be a big success.
Magical Sugar Rabbits will have a big feud afrer losing the tag title but will finally declare their love at the end to the terror of Rika Tatsumi.
CM Punk and Bryan Danielson will win the tag titles as heels.
Adam Cole will win the TNT title and drop it to Jungle Boy.
Dr Britt Baker DMD will lose the title to Thunder Rosa.
The TBS title will change hands once.

Mr McMahon will be back full time on TV.

El Gallinero Gros posted:

-Okada appears on AEW TV

-Matt Hardy reverts to Broken Matt

-PnP win the tag belts

-The Good Bros. return to AEW

-Trent returns early

-Bray Wyatt or whatever appears on non WWE TV to wrestle.

-MJF will win a championship

-AEW will crack 1.3 million viewers for a special Dynamite

SG Bamboo posted:

Feeling pretty good after batting .500 from my one prediction this year, so doing another 2 parter

For 2022
- Kaito Kiyomiya will win the GHC National Title, but will STILL not pin Keiji Mutoh in a singles match over the next 12 months

Yaya posted:

- Kenny's return program is with Kota Ibushi
- Kevin Steen jumps to AEW when his contract is up, Sami Zayn chooses to retire.
- The BTE Title will be defunct by the end of the year
- AEW representatives for the G1 are Miro, Bryan Danielson, Eddie Kingston, and Daniel Garcia
- Roman Reigns will remain WWE Champion.
- The Rock will not appear on WWE programming

Sticky Nate posted:

- Shibata wrestles an actual match
- Keiji Mutoh announces his retirement
- Gresham wins BOLA
- GCW loses buzz
- John Cena wrestles outside the WWE
- someone else becomes The Fiend

Maduo posted:

25% or less of current WWE main roster talent will still be there by 2023

Sanguinia posted:

-Either Bryan or Punk will wrestle in the G1
-Okada or Tanahashi will be on AEW TV
-ROH will not return
-A noteworthy AEW Talent will debut in WWE. They will regret the jump before 2023.
-Bron Breaker will be ruined in an effort to do what Vince thinks is pushing him.

onefunkynote posted:

- Brody King debuts in AEW
- Jay White wins the G1
- Naito beats Jay White for the briefcase
- Someone from Noah beats Shingo Takagi in a singles match on January 8th.
- Nick Wayne wins a match at BOLA
- Penta challenges for the TNT title.
- Statlander wins the TBS title.

sticklefifer posted:

-PAC wins a singles title
-Jay White appears in AEW
-CM Punk fully turns heel
-Barring another lockdown, AEW resumes working relationships with other Japan promotions
-Bryan Danielson wrestles a stint in New Japan
-Brian Cage goes to Impact where they immediately give him a title push
-Josh Alexander has at least a guest stint in AEW, if not actually signed
-ROH attempts their planned return, but it fizzles out and announces a merger with another indie like MLW
-MLW's Azteca Underground spinoff doesn't end up happening
-WWE fires 50+ more employees
-Either Rampage gets a 2nd hour or Elevation becomes a more viable B-show for signed talent
-At least one person from the classes of 2019-2021 becomes Open the Dream Gate champion
-R.E.D will kick out Eita and rename themselves under HYO's leadership
-Eita will join the Doi/Yoshida team with some of the rookies to form a new unit

RealityWarCriminal posted:

ROH attempts a comeback, is effectively out of business by the end of the year

WWE has one or more shows cancelled or reduced in length

Edward Mass posted:

-Joe Gacy wins the Gooker Award in 2023 (for 2022) for a storyline so tone-deaf I can’t imagine it
-Roman Reigns turns babyface
-There will be three Casino Battle Royals in AEW, but none of the winners win their title shot
-The Owen Hart Cup's male winner is claimed by a Dark Order member
-Impact Wrestling makes at least one wrestler signing that blows everyone’s mind by how big a get it is

Coaaab posted:

-Calendar year 2022 will see four AEW World Title reigns and one of them will be Hangman's second
-At least two members of Kongoh will appear on AEW Dynamite in 2022
-Danielson/Gresham 1 happens on an indie

MorningMoon posted:

-New Day parts ways with WWE
-Roman Reigns gets injured for like 4 months, the Head of the Table stuff gets very awkwardly dropped a month in.
-Bray Wyatt will be one of the most beloved wrestlers here.
-Dynamite will beat RAW ratings at least once.
-Kenny will wrestle 4 matches.
-Cody and Hangman will have a storyline together.
-We will believe that Jericho's actually doing a retirement tour (he won't retire)
-JR will retire.
-2Fast2Fuego will have a title shot against the Lucha Bros
-FTW title will change hands once.
-Face Wardlow
-Danhousen will wrestle for AEW
-Dwayne The Rock Johnson will be the owner of WWE

edogawa rando posted:

One of the WWE shows will not survive the year

At least one of the New Day will leave or be released from the WWE

A current or recent NXT champion (including NXT UK) will randomly have a match on a main roster show, and be beaten clean in ≤2 minutes.

A current (as at December, 2021) non-world title champion on a WWE-branded show will appear on a show for (and possibly sign with) at least one of: Impact, NJPW or AEW.

WWE will have a TV taping where the entirety of the crowd can be seen in the main hardcam shot.

A non-wrestler celebrity will hold one of the two top titles in the WWE



NJPW reinstates the IC title

Okada wins the World Title.

At some stage, either the physical IWGP Heavyweight Title or a belt designed to resemble it will be used as the IWGP World Championship

Goto will get a title shot

Goto will not become champion

Authors of Pain, with a different name, will sign with NJPW and appear on their shows



Eddie Kingston wins a title

Danhausen will sign with AEW

reDragon will win the AEW tag titles

Adam Cole will become AEW World Champion

Either Rampage or Dynamite will beat either Raw or Smackdown in the ratings outright

AEW will introduce Women's Tag belts

Steen and Rami Sebei will debut in AEW

A reformed Mount Rushmore of Wrestling, not necessarily with that name, will hold at least 2 AEW titles during 2021

Jade Cargill will suffer her first defeat on an AEW pay-per-view, or special show

AEW will have had a show in Canada, and/or Mexico

Jay Lethal is quietly released from AEW, and resurfaces in the rebooted ROH

Jonathan Gresham and Brody King will sign with AEW

Bryan Danielson will have a stable which includes Josh Alexander

Team Taz will turn face and take on The Pinnacle. AoP will debut and join the stable.

A New Japan wrestler will return to Japan with an AEW title

Someone from New Japan will challenge for the AEW World title

edogawa rando posted:

Hook will wrestle 1 singles match in all of 2022. He loses within 10 seconds, including the time it takes to count the pin.

edogawa rando posted:

One last prediction

Michael Cole gets released by the WWE, Michael Coulthard debuts as a commentator on AEW to much acclaim.

Broheim posted:

-Bryan Danielson will form a shooty ROH guy stable with Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and maybe Jonathan Gresham or Daniel Garcia.
-They will feud with the Superkliq and later, a reformed Mount Rushmore.

Stall_19 posted:

2022 will end without Japan allowing full crowds of cheering fans.

Ratings for WWE will fall but will still be ahead of most AEW shows.

People get tired of Orange Cassidy.

Roman Reigns ends 2022 still champion

Kairi Sane returns to Stardom

As covid is still around more smaller Japanese promotions fold

Sarray is released by wwe

Nxt will be off of tv.

Lead Pipe Cinch posted:

- Shane Strickland is the first person to win their TNT Championship Open Challenge debut.

- Dynamite surpasses Raw in both P2+ and the Demo at least once

- Speculation that AEW Trios titles are imminent rages all year but they are not announced.

- Hook debuts as part of the field of the Owen.

- There will be at least 6 weeks of regular AEW TV (Dynamite & Rampage) featuring at least three women’s matches total between the two shows.

- Cody hits someone with a pedigree by the end of Double Or Nothing, commentary refers to it as such.
- Jeff Jarrett secures funding for a third national promotion to air on a Viacom network, Braun Strowman is the top star.

- Seth Rollins and Big E are the only former NXT champions as of December 2, 2021 still in WWE by the end of 2022.

- GCW gets some sort of TV deal

- Tremont vs Cody happens

-There are three AEW champions over the course of 2022, MJF is not one of them.

- Best Friends and Santana & Ortiz both get tag title runs.

- Two different women who have not yet signed to AEW (as of 12/2) will get a run with either the TBS or World Title.

- Someone who was on the AEW roster by the first episode of Dynamite doesn’t get renewed, signs with WWE and is released by the end of the year

- NXT UK still exists

Dacap posted:

Danhausen appears in AEW at least on a Dark or vlog

PAC leaves Death Triangle to form a stable with Malakai Black and Brody King

Ember Moon, Mia Yim and Keith Lee all debut in AEW

Ricochet, Mustafa Ali and Dana Brooke get released by WWE

NXT 2.0 goes through another retooling or complete replacement

The Rock will not wrestle a match in 2022 but will be secured in for the 2023 Hollywood Mania

Roman Reigns will not drop the Universal title in 2022

The first major AEW to WWE talent move will occur

The Owen cup is won by Lee Moriarty or Daniel Garcia

We get reDragon vs Young Bucks at Revolution

ARMBAR A COP posted:

I'll toxx my account on this. There will be a Dynamite in 2022 with at least 3 women's matches.

:toxx:

Dick Swiveller posted:

- The Golden Lovers reunion/feud angle will happen shortly after Kenny returns from resting up.

- Darby Allin will suffer a serious injury that puts him out of action for a while or permanently.

- AEW trios titles will debut late in the year, still no womens tag belts.

- Stat will be holding the womens world title at the end of the year.

- Justice for Eddie. He'll go over Punk.

- Windham will debut with AEW but wrestling infrequently, with a character who's closer to the psychological weirdness of Bray than the supernatural weirdness of thd Fiend. There'll be hater holdouts but FI as a whole will lean Always Good.

- Brum Broker will get accelerated up the ranks as WWE's talent pool dwindles, but will not be wrestling with them by the end of the year.

- the fed will significantly alter their product somehow to account for dwindling crowds, smaller talent pool, etc. Perhaps changing one show to studio-based. It will not be seen as a good or successful move.

- Reigns will be champ with no significant changes to his character, general popularity or opinion here. During the last WWE show of the year, as he stands tall at the finale, time will slide to a halt and all our consciousnesses will compress, and then expand within that infinite moment. The human species will then begin living as creatures outside of time, like the Tralfamadorians, but we will not be able to see into the great black that lies just beyond that end-of-show WWE copyright stamp.

El Generico posted:

- One of the Four Pillars wins the AEW World Title during 2022.

- Both Bryan Danielson and CM Punk will lose a match to a young AEW project who's not Hangman Page.

- Mount Rushmore will be reformed.

- The AEW video game comes out, owns.

- AEW's TV ratings and other success metrics continue to get closer to WWE's in unexpected ways.

- Kenny Omega makes a cameo appearance in a video game.

- Somebody on Twitter compares the rise of AEW to the rise of fascism/Hitler

- One or both of the Lucha Bros makes a serious run at the AEW World title (doesn't necessarily win)

- Wardlow will turn face, it won't quite be as good as the Batista turn but it'll be good

- Brian Cage will gently caress off out of AEW, nobody will miss him

bartok posted:

Somebody considered a WWE Lifer will show up in AEW and have a career renaissance.

Batista will appear on AEW Dynamite to promote a new movie.

WWE will sign and debut Brian Cage on the main roster thinking it is big coup but immediately regret it.

Apollo Crews will be released and reveal the most damning account of the WWE experience since Moxley.

AEW will do an invasion angle involving former ROH guys.

Santana and Ortiz will finally become AEW tag champs.

The Rock does finally appear at a WWE PPV via a Cameo filmed while on the set of Jungle Cruise 2 that will hint at one more match against Roman Reigns that will never happen.

Just thought of a new one:
WWE will release someone while they are one half of the women's tag team champions.

A Fancy Hat posted:

Either Edge and Christian or the Hardys will reunite in AEW for a final tag team run.

Jericho will do something on WWE programming while still remaining a member of AEW. I'm thinking a Hall of Fame appearance or something similar.

The Owen Hart tournament in AEW will be won by either John Silver or Lee Moriarty.

Roman Reigns will lose the title to Brock Lesnar, probably at Mania.

HHH will not be seen on WWE TV and there will even be some speculation that he's been removed from all backstage roles. Nothing will ever be completely clear, though.

Lamuella posted:

- Neither CM Punk nor Bryan Danielson will hold a singles title in AEW
- NXT will either change format again, leave TV and go network exclusive, or both.
- WWE will not manage a single five star match, even including NXT and NXT UK
- Chris Brookes will win the KO-D Openweight Championship
- Two or more current WWE champions (Big E, Dana Brooke, Nakamura, Tommaso Ciampa, Roderick Strong, Carmelo Hayes, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, Noam Dar, Lewis Howley, Sam Stoker, Meiko Satomura, Ilja Dragunov, Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, Jacy Jayne, Randy Orton, Riddle, Becky Lynch, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Charlotte Flair, Damian Priest, Roman Reigns, Carmella, Zelina) will have wrestled matches for AEW
- AEW will have held at least one audienced show outside of the United States.
- Kaito Kiyomiya will either have pinned Keiji Mutoh or have left Noah for another company god loving drat it.
- Hook will not have wrestled a match dagnabbit
Cyber Fight Festival will happen again and will feature at least one match where either a DDT guy goes for a Noah title or vice versa.

CopywrightMMXI posted:

- Dark or Elevation will become a syndicated show

- WWE cuts will continue to no surprise, with Sheamus and Alexa Bliss being notable cuts

- Bron Breaker will win a title in his main roster debut

- AEW’s roster will change quite a bit. Jericho, Dustin, and Matt Hardy will all be semi-retired. Several contracts won’t be renewed, some much to the disappointment of PSP. Additions will include Steen, KOR, Strickland and Gargano

- legends making AEW appearances will include terry Funk, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels.

- WWE2k22 will feature at least one DLC character who will no longer be part of the roster at the games release date

Cavauro posted:

sami zayn will never leave wwe unless they get rid of him. he won't really continue his career after that outside of a couple of big money indie dream matches or w/e

Cavauro posted:

greg bcomes even bigger

Penguin Patrol posted:

-Lee Moriarty (e:) and Leyla Hirsch will win the Owen tournaments.
-There will be no AEW contracted wrestlers in the G1 or BOSJ.
-William Regal will leave WWE.
-Samoa Joe will stay under contract with WWE through all of 2022, but will never appear on television.
-NXT will have reality/competition show elements again (I think I predicted this in some other thread as well)
-Lio Rush will not retire this year, but he will take a 6-week+ leave of absence
-Aja Kong will wrestle in the US
-Yuki Arai will win the International Princess Championship
-Shaq will return to AEW
-Snoop Dogg will not return to AEW
-Arn Anderson will fall down only 1 time during a show.
-Keiji Mutoh will win the NEVER Openweight Championship
-Chris Brookes will win the KO-D Openweight Championship
-Egg Tarts will win the Asia Dream Tag Team Championships
-An NJPW livestream will completely die during a US show and will not be restored the same night.
-The ratio of WWE wrestlers released from their contracts vs those whose contracts reach their natural end will be between 7:2 and 9:2
-We will not learn the Mike Kurtz secret

Maigius posted:

There will be at least one match over 5 stars.

AEW will have at least one 5 star match on TV.

The Rock will not appear live in WWE.

John Cena will be around for only one PPV to PPV cycle.

At least two more former NXT men's/ NA champs will be released.

There will be at least one "sexy" (bra and panties, bikini, mud, etc) or hidden man in drag women's match in WWE.

Bret and/or Martha Hart presents the Owen Cup.

Okada will win the IWGP title in the Tokyo Dome.

Roman will be champion at least until WrestleMania.

The men's Rumble winner will challenge for the Raw title, Roman faces a legend.

The next WWE women's tag champs have not regularly teamed with each other.

At least one AEW or Impact women's match will be longer than the entire Queen's Crown tournament.

Kosmo Gallion posted:

I have editted my predictions somewhat.

Bron Breakker will win the NXT championship and vacate it when he's called up to the main roster.

Miro will unseat Hangman Adam Page to win the title. Before losing to Miro, Page will have successful defences against MJF, PAC, CM Punk and Andrade.

There will be an Elite Civil War storyline with Adam Cole playing Starscream and trying to take over the group.

Wardlow will break away from MJF and the Pinnacle. Shawn Spears will beat some jobber up so bad Wardlow has a decision reversed and loses his temper and sends Spears to the powerbomb dimension. (This wasn't my idea but I love it so much not to post it here so Coward Tony reads it again).

The ROH title will be defended on Dynamite or Rampage.

Santana and Ortiz will finally win the tag titles in the best match of the year against the Lucha Bros. Eddie Kingston will play a small part in the storyline.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will sign with AEW. I guess half of this has been nixed already.

MJF will fail again to capture the AEW World title so will target Sammy Guevara Cody Rhodes and win the TNT title instead. MJF will be heavily cheered against loser Cody.

Bret Hart will appear on AEW TV to present the trophy to the winners of the Owen Hart tournament: Jungle Boy and Serena Deeb.

Mick Foley will appear in AEW. At first for a one off, then return for a storyline with Jon Moxley. Foley will not wrestle. Guardian of tradition Cody Rhodes will wrestle Jon Moxley to defend Foley's honor.

Naito will appear and team up with/mentor Andrade.

Walter will suck rear end in Rainbow NXT but will stick it out for the money. He won't be released and turn up as a Monster of the Week for Hangman Page. Sadly.

Roman Reigns will lose the title to Brock at Day 1 and regain it at WrestleMania. Roman will vacate the Universal championship before he loses it, but possibly not in 2022.

A wrestler from New Japan, Impact, ROH, and NOAH will appear on Dynamite or Rampage.

Brock Anderson, Brian Pillman, Griff Garrison and several generation stars will tease forming a stable but it won't happen.

Daniel Bryan will use The Final Countdown as an entrance theme on a Dynamite special or PPV.

Ilja Dragunov will have more stars than anybody else in 2022 according to Dave. There will be one NXT UK match which rivals the best AEW match of the year.

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will not wrestle a singles match against eachother in 2022. When they do, it'll be a retirement match and Punk will win.

Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss will appear on Dynamite or Rampage as a team.

is pepsi ok posted:

- AEW introduces a trios belt first won by Best Friends (Trent?, Chuck, and Orange)
- AEW also introduces a women's tag belt first won by TayJay
- Cody does the Fuego 2 gimmick on Dynamite at least once
- HOOK will wrestle >10 matches and go undefeated
- The Owen will be won by Bryan Danielson

- Bron Breakker faces Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
- WWE fires <50 wrestlers over the course of the year
- Roman holds the belt the entire year

Xerzes posted:

-At least two major rounds of firings of WWE wrestlers
-Brian Cage signs with WWE
-Keith Lee doesn't sign with or appear for AEW
-CM Punk's first AEW loss is to Jungle Boy
-Akira Tozawa ends 2022 with a Dragon Gate title
-At least one person under contract with AEW has new, credible accusations of sexual assault levied against them and they remain employed there
-Hook's first win is over Christian Cage
-A Dynamite in 2022 will get better overall ratings than the Raw that week
-ROH stops running shows by the end of September, whether or not they officially shut down
-No one becomes two-time AEW tag champs

Tato posted:

Hook will wrestle one (1) match in all of 2022.
It will be rated five stars.

Fish Of Doom posted:

There will be an episode of Smackdown that has less than 10 minutes of actual wrestling combined.

Von Wagner will be brought up to feud with Roman, he will lose, and will be released 2 months later.

NameHurtBrain posted:

No one's going to try to carry on this legacy? For shame.


-Some investor fuckery will come down on AEW, forcing Tony Khan from his dominant decision making position, not because AEW isn't profitable, but because it isn't profitable enough. Massive cuts start to be made, whittling homegrown talent potential and giving booking control to someone with no experience or interest in wrestling. They proceed to mimic the WWE because currently they are the most profitable, but they do not see how or why WWE is currently profitable.
-The shake up will force the elite from executive roles. Omega will leave the company as a result, Cody and the Bucks scramble to save what remains.
-The AEW title will end up hot shotted around for a bit, but it keeps ending up in the hands of primarily ex-WWE guys like Moxley, Danielson, and CM Punk. The booking quality will greatly decrease, and even further as they for some loving reason, think hiring Vince Russo is a good idea. It will become such bullshit that Punk will walk out of the company again.
-Ratings plummet, and it becomes discussed beyond Vincel delusions of Dynamite and Rampage being cancelled.
-Meanwhile, the WWE celebrates it's victory again by making further massive cuts and still failing to make new stars. Anyone hired from AEW's cuts will have the expected fate of floundering in the midcard.
-The Rock will still refuse the Roman Reigns match, as will Cena become more distant. The company begins to offer big contracts to other aging but not crippled stars to come back and do a part time schedule, such as Shawn Michaels.
-Reigns vs. Michaels will show slight promise but be booked into oblivion and end up utterly terrible.
-With that failure, the WWE continues to scramble for anyone who can invoke name value to feed to Roman, mainly from the Attitude era. PPV main events will loving weird matches like Road Dogg vs. Reigns, Waltman vs. Reigns, Al Snow vs. Reigns. All of them will be treated like world title contenders despite never having been treated as such before, even over current Main Event guys like McIntyre or Lashley. All while the Lesnar feud continues after failing to end at Wrestlemania 2022. The Lesnar feud will end on a B-PPV near the end of the year, because they finally got a big signing.
-CM Punk returns to the WWE, needing money to deal with legal fallout of walking away from AEW. Is immediately put in a program to make Roman look strong.
-The pursuit of the crumbs of the Attitude era continues for the women. WWE begs Sable to come back, who, despite never really being a wrestler and not even being that for twenty years, squashes Becky Lynch in a desperate attempt to generate hype. As this fails to generate interest, the women's booking continues to slide back into Diva's era garbage with models coming in and using the experienced wrestlers to try to make them look good once more. Wrestlemania 2023's only women's match will be a bra and panties match, not even for one of the titles.
-Hunter, who is somehow not dead, is divorced by Stephanie and leaves WWE. AEW signs him and immediately makes him champion despite his condition making him utterly useless as a performer.
-AEW folds after Dynamite and Rampage are cancelled, akin to Nitro and Thunder before it, Russo's scummy booking making them radioactive to advertise for.
-Some of the suddenly unemployed will head to Japan. A lot will simply retire as without a hot product to charge the scene at the national level, the indies lose a lot of steam as well.
-The American wrestling scene continues to limp on, ghost ship WWE's ratings continuing to fall. WWE has another year of record setting profits, as Fox renews their deal with an even juicier contract. Somehow. Despite all common sense to the contrary.

Sorry I'm too out of touch to write horror stories for Japan.

Rarity posted:

AEW:

PAC wins the AEW title
There will be a black TNT champion
Tay Conti wins the TBS title
The Owen Cup will not be for young talent
There will still not be an AEW Trios title but PSP will keep on talking about it like it's coming next week
Chris Jericho retires from in-ring competition
Athena debuts for AEW, instantly looks like a star
There will be another US/Japan Women's Eliminator tournament
Cody hits a Pedigree
HOOK wins Rookie of the Year for 2022
Sammy's vlog gets more views for the year than BTE

WWE:

Brock and Roman wrestle for the main title 3 times
Goldberg beats Big E for the WWE title
An episode of Raw pulls below 1.3mil viewers
Bronn Breakker wins the NXT title but PSP has already turned on him due to Fed mismanagement
NXT debuts a gimmick more offensive than Joe Gacy
Joe Gacy gets a main roster callup
NXT UK shuts down
Ricochet is still working for WWE at the end of the year

NJPW:

COVID continues to block the use of foreign talent throughout the year, a biproduct of this is that the G1 will have no special attractions
Naito wins the G1
House of Torture splits off from Bullet Club, EVIL wins the NEVER title and SHO wins the Jr title
YOSHI-HASHI's trios reign comes to an end, his match quality falls back to pre-title levels
Shooter returns from excursion, wears his Death Rider jacket as entrance gear
Shibata competes in a real match against ZSJ, a feud is built with KENTA for 2023's WK

TJPW:

Maki Itoh wins the big one from Mizuki
Miyu Yamashita makes an appearance in AEW
Yuki Arai has a MOTYC

General:

Eric Bischoff re-enters the business with a backer to set up a third major company
Despite a lot of promotion WOW doesn't run a single show
Kidd Bandit wins the IWTV title

Kevino07 posted:

Here's what I can think of so far:

AEW will secure a 4th hour of weekly television
AEW will not debut a Trios Title
AEW will have it's first retirement match stipulation enforced
NJPW and AEW will jointly promote a crossover show in a similar vein to the NJPW x NOAH show
This show will be held at MSG
Cody turns heel
Someone who appeared on AEW TV in the last couple of years will sign a WWE contract
Walter is called up the main roster
A man in drag will appear in the Women's Royal Rumble match (possibly Santina)
AEW announces a stadium show in the UK that sells out within a week
Hangman holds the World Title until the Summer
There will a repeat winner of at least one of AEW's world Championships (Men's, Women's, Tag Team)
Bryan Danielson will have more than 1 *****+ match this year
The CM Punk & Bryan Danielson tag team is formed. They will have at least 1 match each with FTR and the Young Bucks
Eddie Kingston wins an AEW title :3:
A Blood and Guts match will be held that doesn't have a botched ending
CJ Perry finally appears on AEW television
WWE will release more than 40 on air talent through the year
At least one WWE hall of famer will make a debut appearance on AEW
A 2022 Money in the Bank winner will end the year without successfully cashing in their briefcase

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FIGHT ISLAND's pro wrestling predictions for 2022 PART 2

Venomous posted:

eh, I was going to wait until I could go over my predictions from this year to do this, but gently caress it, let's go.

As always, I expect to get 99% of these predictions wrong. 2020 was 92%, 2021 was 85%, and I can't promise I'll do any worse this year, but again, gently caress it, let's go.

By this time next year, the following will be the champions and tournament winners of these major companies:

WWE:

WWE Champion: Omos
Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
Intercontinental Champion: WALTER
US Champion: Joe Gacy
Raw Tag Team Champions: Edge and uhhhh Sheamus
Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The New Day
Raw Women's Champion: Becky Lynch
Smackdown Women's Champion: Ronda Rousey
Women's Tag Team Champions: (deactivated lmao)
NXT Champion: Bron Breakker
NXT NA Champion: Someone who hasn't started with NXT yet who's name I can't even guess
NXT Tag Team Champions: uhhh the Creed Brothers
NXT Women's Champion: Lash Legend
NXT Women's Tag Team Champions: (deactivated lmao)
Cruiserweight Champion: (deactivated lmao)
NXT UK Champion: Is NXT UK really going to be around this time next year? Let's say uhhhh Kenny Williams, I like him a lot
NXT UK Tag Team Champions: Symbiosis
NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion: idk, Eddie Dennis?
NXT UK Women's Champion: Nina Samuels

(at least the Fed will have fewer titles this time next year than they do now. Still too many tho)

Royal Rumble winner: Brock Lesnar
Women's Royal Rumble winner: Bayley
Money In The Bank winner: Omos
Women's Money In The Bank winner: Becky Lynch

AEW:

AEW Champion: MJF
AEW TNT Champion: Danhausen
AEW TBS Champion: Jamie Hayter
FTW Champion: HOOK
AEW Women's Champion: Thunder Rosa
AEW Tag Team Champions: Santana and Ortiz

NJPW:

IWGP Heavyweight Champion: Kazuchika Okada
IWGP Intercontinental Champion: Tetsuya Naito
IWGP US Champion: Bryan Danielson
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion: Hiromu Takahashi
IWGP Tag Team Champions: Gallows and Anderson
IWGP KOPW Champion 2022: Toru Yano
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: SHO and Dick Togo
NEVER Openweight Champion: The Great O-Khan
Strong Openweight Champion: JONAH
NEVER 6-Man Champions: I feel like they'd throw us an AEW-shaped curveball going into Wrestle Kingdom, so let's say Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, and Sammy Guevara

New Japan Cup winner: Jay White
Best of the Super Juniors winner: SHO
G1 Climax winner: Will Ospreay
(Will he hold it to the Tokyo Dome?: Yes)
KOPW Provisional Champion 4-Way Winner: Chase Owens
Young Lion Cup winner: Well, they didn't do one in 2021, but if they do one in 2022, it's probably Yuto Nakashima
Super J-Cup 2022 winner: Kidd Bandit
Super Junior Tag League winners: Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato
World Tag League winners: Dangerous Tekkers

AJPW:

Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion: Kento Miyahara
World Tag Team Champions: Jake Lee and Hokuto Omori
World Junior Heavyweight Champion: Jun Kasai
All Asia Tag Team Champions: isdgaf El Lindaman and T-Hawk
Gaora TV Champion: Masanobu Fuchi
AJPW TV 6-Man Tag Team Champions: *spins the wheel, again* Suwama, Akira, and Shigehiro Irie

Champion Carnival winner: Shotaro Ashino
Jr. Battle of Glory winner: Hikaru Sato
Jr. Tag Battle of Glory winner: Izanagi and Masashi Takeda
Royal Road Tournament winner: Kento Miyahara
World's Strongest Tag Determination League winners: isdfk, Shuji Ishikawa and Suwama

NOAH:

GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion: Atsushi Kotoge
GHC National Champion: Go Shiozaki
GHC Tag Team Champions: Kazunari Murakami and Kazuyuki Fujita
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: uhhhhh NOSAWA Rongai and Eita

Global Tag League winner: Masato Tanaka and Naomichi Marufuji
Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League winners: HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa, if it happens
Global Junior Heavyweight League winner: Hajime Ohara? To be perfectly honest I haven't been following NOAH's juniors at all this year and it shows lmao. Anyway they didn't have either Global Junior League in 2021 so idk if they'll do any in 2022 lmaooooooo
N1 Victory Winner: Kaito Kiyomiya

additionally:
-Vince will live through 2022, because Vince will never die
-There will be no fewer than 50 releases from WWE in the next year, of whom at least 3 are active upper midcard to main event wrestlers
-Kazuchika Okada will successfully defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kenny Omega at King Of Pro Wrestling, assuming Kenny's all healed up by then
-Blood & Guts will be the Inner Circle vs. the SuperKliq and reDRagon
-NJPW will probably regain much of the buzz it lost this year, not least because Okada is surely going to retire that stupid loving world championship and bring back the Heavyweight Championship and the Intercontinental Championship

IGgy IGsen posted:

-Kenny Omega gets another short run in NJPW. Could be before or during his return to AEW
-That run will jumpstart Ibushi and Omega feuding again. At the conclusion of that feud Kenny turns face again.
-Chris Jericho goes into semi-retirement from in-ring Competition, focusing on other things in the business, only really getting wheeled out for a match on the rare occasion.
-Tay Conti gets a title run (most likely with the TBS title)
-Bryan Danielson is in the G1
-G1 Winner: KENTA
-Motherfucking Shibata will wrestle in full gear and wreck some fool. (E: Okay, this has been announced as of this edit, but I made the prediction before that)
-WWE will release Shinsuke Nakamura
-Arn makes the news for shooting someone with his Glock. (In self-defense, of course)
-Ishii continues being the perfect wrestler
-Miyu Yamashita makes an appearance in AEW and kicks rear end.
-People will think Miyu sucks because she delivers a sub-par mic-shot.
-Kevin Steen wins the Owen. Well poo poo. Probably not. WWE will still release Steen even though he just signed a new contract.
-Hook doesn't wrestle a single match. That's Hook, right there.
-WWE will continue to decline.
-Vince McMahon is an immortal Lich
-AEW Dynamite is upgraded to two women's matches per show and it's good.
-Leyla Hirsch rules. This isn't a prediction. I just wanted to say it.
-Excalibur will call a Sit-out Scoop Slam a Michinoku Driver again. I may or may not have a meltdown over it (again).
-Roman Reigns will gain two more nicknames
-DPW will somehow actually be successful. I guess as a metric here we'll say if they are still around by the end of next year and show some growth it counts.
-Hangman's reign as the AEW champ will have two successful defenses.
-ROH actually does run shows again, like they said they would. Many people seem to be sure they won't. Which is why I'm putting this here.


If you know my posts from the game day threads you'll know that my short-term predictions are usually wrong. Let's see if my long-term ones are better.
24.12.2021 Edit: Several of my predictions turned out wrong already. At least one of them is already confirmed, though.

fez_machine posted:

Short AEW title runs tend to have ~6 defences

and so I'm on topic. Here are my...

ChocoPro Related Predictions for 2022
Emi makes it to one singles match on AEW television
Her multimans make it more than once to TV but only to the buy in of a PPV
Emi does not return to Japan for any extended amount of time but does return
Japanese Covid restrictions do lift but only in the second half of the year and Gatoh Move returns but primarily for a Japanese speaking audience
Gatoh Move shows are exclusively in-ring
TJPW/ChocoPro connection becomes increasingly close facilitated by their AEW partnerships. Saki Sama's next protege is pure TJPW though.
Neither Akki nor Choun Shiryu win an MVP
Lulu does not have a major programme with anyone but instead a series of small feuds, also she goes to America and has one novelty in ring match on Dark but Eddie does not commentate.
At least one wrestler works an American indie billed as being from ChocoPro
Mei returns to America and wrestles in-ring multiple times
Mei reaches 365 belt days
Chie goes to America but only after getting the ChocoPro tag championship which happens in February or March (Mei and Akki beat her pretty soundly in January)

Renaissance Spam posted:

WWE
-Joe Gacy will do a worked shoot about bad creative, ditching the PC Principle gimmick and become NXT 2.0's anti-authority Stone Cold clone, raging against "Creative".
-The NXT Cruiserweight Title will be retired with no replacement.
-Bron Breakker will be NXT Champion
-Brock Lesnar will win the Royal Rumble.
-AJ Styles will be in one singles program that will be more about his opponent and Omos.
-Both the Women's and Men's Tag Champions will be defeated in a non-title match but the team that beat them won't receive a title shot.

AEW
-Cody Rhodes will perform a strange arc that is a strange exorcism of John Cena, turning Undesirable To Undeniable into his Hustle, Loyalty, Respect only instead of Cena who was impervious to struggle, Cody will be haunted by every failure, every boo, until he is a crazy man who is listening to the worst possible advice from everyone around him until finally Dustin confronts him and decides he needs to force Cody to stop this by having one more match where if Cody wins Dustin retires.
-Dustin Rhodes will retire at the hands of Cody with a pedigree
-Hangman Page will lose the AEW World Title
-Bryan Danielson will hold a title in AEW


ThePariah posted:

AEW

CM Punk will win the AEW World championship in Chicago.
Britt Baker will break Hikaru Shida's record for longest title reign.
Andrade will leave AEW.
Samoa Joe will join AEW.
Joey Janela will renew his contract with AEW.

NJPW

Will Ospreay will win the IWPG World Heavyweight championship match at Wrestle Kingdom.
SANADA will win the New Japan Cup.
Kota Ibushi will be in his fifth straight G1 finals.
Jay White will win the G1 Climax.
Nobody from AEW will be in the G1 Climax.

WWE

Roman Reigns will lose his title, but win it back by the end of the year.
Triple H will appear at Wrestlemania.
Bianca Belair will not win a singles title.
Apollo Crews will leave WWE.
Tommaso Ciampa will retire.


Thanlis posted:

NJPW

- Okada holds the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship for the majority of 2022
- Naito and Hiromu both wrestle at least one match on a NOAH show
- Jay White doesn't compete in the G1 again
- Neither does Danielson
- But Tom Lawlor does
- Aussie Open and Ospreay win the trio belts
- Dragon Lee finally makes it back for another BoSJ

AEW

- Moxley and Kingston win the tag belts at some point
- CM Punk turns heel
- Danielson gets a faction and wins the AEW World Championship, in that order
- Scorpio Sky wins the TNT title
- The Pinnacle doesn't disband but at some point everyone realizes nobody's referred to them in over three months and it's a fait accompli
- Kris Statlander settles into the upper midcard, gets one title shot, and loses it
- Ruby Soho is the next Woman's World Champion
- The Owen Hart Cup is contested under "shoot" rules -- victory by submission, DQ, or knockout

WWE

- NXT UK is shut down
- WALTER is horribly misused on the main roster and winds up with a losing record on TV for the year
- One of those losses is against Bron Breakker
- Bruce Prichard retires "for health reasons"
- Roman loses at Wrestlemania

Other US Stuff

- GCW gets a weekly TV deal, probably on a streaming service
- ROH stops running shows


Tampa Bae posted:

WWE
  • At least one wrestler who was a champion in 2022 will be released
  • The Viking Raiders, Otis, Chad Gable, Apollo Crews, and Tozawa will either have their contracts lapse or be fired
  • Nikki Cross and Doudrop will be fired
  • In an attempt to fill roster space, several superstars will be called up from NXT much earlier than they should have, set up for failure, and either taken off TV or fired
  • Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will either not renew their contracts or be fired close to the ends of them. - Owens signed with the WWE on 12/15
  • Bronn Breaker will be NXT Champion and move up to the RAW roster
  • There will be at least one major WWE name released that blindsides everyone

AEW
  • AEW will enter significantly more partnerships with other wrestling promotions, and there will be at least one "Invading Rivals" feud
  • AEW will finally start sending wrestlers on extended tours of Japan, Mexico, the UK, and/or the independent scene (IE: several shows and not one-off apperances)
  • The Undisputed Elite will be composed of at least 3 members of the Undisputed Era & The Young Bucks leading to a Match Beyond or Stadium Stampede
  • The Undisputed Elite will break up and The Young Bucks will feud against them
  • There will be several more factions in AEW, including one comprised of Mexican talent, and one led by Malakai Black
  • CHAOS, Bullet Club or Los Ingobernables will make a proper appearance in AEW (As in, more than 3 NJPW talent at one time)
  • A current WWE superstar (As of this writing) will win a championship in AEW **Written before Johnny Gargano & Kyle O'Riley left**
  • The Briscoes, Bandido, Brodie King, and Danhausen will appear or be mentioned on AEW at least once
  • Sumi Sakai or Session Moth Martinez will make at least one appearance on Dark
  • Jonathan Gresham, Swerve, and Calvin Tankman will make appearances or be signed to AEW
  • Two more Joshi wrestlers are signed full-time to AEW
  • Kevin Steen will sign to AEW - Owens signed with the WWE on 12/15
  • Sami Zayn will sign to AEW
  • One of the following three NJPW wrestle in AEW: Okada, Tanahashi, or Shingo
  • Seeds will be planted for Ibushi vs Omega in either AEW or NJPW if it doesn't outright happen in 2022
  • Kenny Omega and Jericho begin to transition into part-timers and appear less in late 2022

Impact Wrestling
  • Impact Wrestling's roster will look impressive, but people realize it's still TNA and doesn't grow significantly
  • At least one former champion from the WWE will sign to Impact
  • They will have huge buzz that gets people to watch for one show, and people will peter off again immediately

Ring of Honor
  • ROH will attempt to start up again, but most of its roster have left the company leading to them to either start from scratch or close doors for good
  • After being let go from the WWE, Gabe Sapolsky will either attempt to return to ROH, start a new company, or run join MLW
  • There will be an ROH farewell or nostalgia show that is not run by ROH themselves.

The Independent Scene
  • Spring Break will finally get its footing again in 2022 and be hailed as one of the best weeks of wrestling since the pandemic started
  • The Spring Break Collectives will expand to another week/end focused around an AEW show
  • At least two Independent companies will be elevated to "Super Indie" level (ala GCW or PWG)
  • GCW will have their biggest show ever in 2022 and look to be the third biggest US company behind WWE and AEW
  • A semi-major Women's Wrestling promotion will start to take its roots in 2022
  • Biff Busick vs Super Dragon will happen at PWG as long as Super Dragon doesn't hurt himself again
  • Super Dragon will hurt himself again

Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling
  • As travel starts to become easier again, several wrestlers will appear on AEW TV including Miyu Yamashita and Mizuki making their first AEW appearances
  • One current or former TJPW will sign with either Stardom, WWE, or AEW
  • Maki Itoh will win the Princess of Princesses Championship
  • Suzume will become more popular and become right on the cusp of a permanent main eventer
  • Hikari Noa will have several deathmatches but never intentionally bleed in any of them - Hikari bled on Dec 10th @ TJPW Inspiration 3

New Japan Pro Wrestling & Stardom
  • New Japan will attempt several partnerships with overseas companies in a greater capacity than in recent history
  • More AEW stars will join NJPW stables, but continue competing in AEW for most of the year
  • Tanahashi or Okada will become champion again in an attempt to boost dwindling attendance numbers
  • They will test the waters by having NJPW and STARDOM in a supershow, but never pull the trigger on merging the rosters or having true joint shows
  • Despite everyone begging for it, AEW will not send more than 3 main event level wrestlers all year to NJPW
  • Kaiori Hojo will return to Stardom in a limited capacity before deciding to semi-retire after a short run
  • Io Shirai will return to Stardom

Sorry some of them are a little vague I have commitment issues

fatherofmustard posted:

*ROH won't return
*NWA and MLW won't do anything noteworthy
*Tessa Blanchard will continue to not wrestle for anybody besides WOW (if they even return)
*Impact will resume their relationship with AEW
*COVID restrictions will keep NJPW from doing much with AEW
*AEW will not introduce any new titles besides the TBS one
*Dynamite will beat Raw in the demo a couple more times but not in viewership
*Dynamite will not surpass the 1.4 million viewers they did for their first episode
*WWE will release at least 2 current champions
*Rock and Ronda won't return to WWE
*Cena will wrestle 1 match
*JR will return to commentary and continue to be bad but AEW won't replace him
*Limp Bizkit will be inducted into the WWE HOF


Pistol Packin Poet posted:

Bryan Danielson will wrestle for NJPW in 2022.

NJPW will revert back to the V4 title with the word "world" engraved in it somewhere.

Hangman will lose the AEW title to Cody Rhodes Miro.

CM Punk and Bryan Danielson will wrestle for the AEW title but lose.

Britt Baker will lose her AEW Women's Championship to Thunder Rosa.

Sammy will lose the TNT title to Eddie Kingston.

Lucha Bros will lose their AEW Tag Titles to FTR and then FTR will lose it to Jurassic Express.

The Hardy (Boyz) will compete for the AEW Tag Title but lose.

Ricky Starks will lose the FTW title to Dante Martin.

Damian Priest will win the 2023 Royal Rumble.

AJ Styles will be released from WWE in 2022

cagliostr0 posted:

Kevin Owens will job to Roman and be released within 3 months.


Trying posted:

-WWE will have its most profitable year ever
-EC3's new thing will be GFW but with Bitcoins


Pistol Packin Poet posted:

AEW and NJPW will continue to be awesome if not better than 2021


Rick posted:

AEW
- PAC turns down a hefty contract but no one knows why.

WWE
- Wow that’s PACs music?
- PAC runs down with a money in the bank contract? The ref is cashing it in.
- PAC pins Big E and wins the title.
- PAC opens the briefcase.
- It is a notice of sale.
- Lights go out
- Voice of FANTASMIC and FANTASMIC pre show music comes on
- “Ladies and gentlemen we are pleased to announce that Disney has purchased World Wrestling Entertainment. But do not worry. We have kept Vince on and in charge. And here is his first decision of the new Disney era”
- PAC is now wearing Mickey Mouse ears. He is conducting to the music. The FANTASMIC music is blaring on full. Water is spraying everywhere all over the audience as a laser light show goes off.
- Raw continues on like this in perpetuity. There is still wrestling but it he mostly done behind giant towers of water and lights with PAC continuing to conduct.
- Ratings go through the roof.
- Vince is surprisingly named CEO of Disney.
- Goofy and the snowman from Frozen are fired
- Record profits
- Smackdown never acknowledges any of this and Roman Reigns continues as champion for another year and college football announces make even more awkward references to him than they do now. ACKNOWLEDGE HIM.

Rick posted:

Cody will win the main title.

a cyborg mug posted:

I did terribly this year, looking forward to doing terribly the next as well

NJPW
- Okada will win the IWGP Championship at WK 2022 and hold it until WK 2023.
- Gabriel Kidd will join Suzuki-Gun.
- I will predict this again: At the end of the year Minoru Suzuki will not be the leader of Suzuki-Gun anymore but he will also not retire yet. Suzuki will instead focus even more on appearing for all kinds of promotions in Japan and US.
- Hiromu Takahashi will win the NJC but fail his title shot.
- Shingo Takagi will win the G1.
- Juice Robinson won’t re-sign with NJPW and instead will continue to work with Impact.
- YOSHI-HASHI will finally win singles gold in the form of the NEVER championship.
- The STRONG Openweight title will be featured at a major show in Japan.
- Ren Narita will return from excursion and take part in the BOSJ.

AEW
- There will be a major AEW talent who will jump to WWE main roster when they are offered a life-changing amount of money, blindsiding the fans.
- There will be a Hangman vs Jungle Boy match for the AEW Championship but Jungle Boy will not win. Instead, he will win the TNT title.
- The AEW Championship will change hands twice. MJF will be the champion at the end of the year.
- Thunder Rosa will be the Women’s champion at the end of the year.
- Jade Cargill will hold the TBS title at the end of the year.
- The switch to TBS will be great for Dynamite, increasing the baseline viewer average to 1.2 million by June.

WWE
- Bron Breakker will win the NXT championship early next year and then get fast-tracked to the main roster. It will initially seem like WWE handles him well before he’s put into a heinously bad storyline and then jobbed out.
- WWE will go back to hiring experienced indie wrestlers before the year is out as it turns out only seeking out people who don’t know anything about wrestling will result in a brutally green roster.
- 205 and NXT UK will finally move on from purgatory as 205 is cancelled and NXT UK dissolved. Some NXT UK talent will jump to NXT2.0 but over half of the talent will be unceremoniously cut.
- WWE will dig up the desiccated corpse of The Undertaker for one last match in Saudi Arabia. It will an easy WMOTY candidate.

Finland
- Liiga won't win the FCF tag team championship, with their reunification being a short-term thing
- After teasing it this year, HC Andersen will actually retire from wrestling next year
- Sebastian Vauhkonen will challenge for the FCF Championship but fail
- Viktor Tykki will turn back heel and take the FCF Championship from his old rival Shemeikka
- There won’t be any significant improvement in the relationship between FCF and SLAM. Only the same talent already shared between the promotions will continue to do so (Koura, Stark Adder, Polar Pekko, Viktor Tykki). Heimo Ukonselkä will not appear in FCF in 2022.

Maybe I’ll add something later dunno


Fluffy Bunnies posted:

AEW fucks up something so bad that we all have problems with supporting them for moral reasons

Vince dies and Triple H rises from the ashes, a reformed man, and guts the company of a whole lot of problems. WWE enters a new, darker period. Gimmicks are not good. A couple of checks bounce. NXT's performers save the company.

Regal dies in a horrific accident. Wrestlefans shook.

Randy Orton retires from WWE. Does some indie poo poo, doesn't find it fulfilling, actually leaves wrestling (probably for a few years until he gets the itch again)

Darby retires due to a terrible injury but he's fire as a commentator

A really stupid thing happens with Orange Cassidy like maybe he's interrogated or some dumbass poo poo so they can make endless "squeezed" puns.

Mox comes back as a sneering heel and legit breaks something so bad on Hangman that he ends up leaving again out of guilt to deal with that poo poo. Hangman is out for the rest of the year.

Omega is out until late summer/feeling August-ish. Dude needs to take some time off and chill out and watch anime or whatever the gently caress.

NJPW has to shut down due to endless loving covid eating their roster but honestly this could go for anybody right now :rubby:


Ad by Khad posted:

HHH and Shawn Michaels will both have at least one match. Might be singles or tag, but will not be against each other.

Steve Austin will not

edit vv: people memeing about his death is precisely why I expect him to wrestle, thanks


forkboy84 posted:

Prediction #1 - I will watch less wrestling in 2022 than I watched in 2021. Now I don't have a total hours watched (fortunately) but I've watched 462 shows this year probably enough time to watch another 10-14 before the year ends. Or 2,853 individual matches. So I'm predicting I pick & choose & watch way less full shows with dull undercards that only have 1 match I want to see.
Prediction #2 - According to the only metric that matters (my opinion), Shingo Takagi will be Wrestler of the Year again.
Prediction #3 - NOSAWA, Gedo/Togo & TAJIRI will continue to battle it out for most infuriating booker of a promotion I watch.
Prediction #4 - GLEAT stops being shown on Youtube & goes on something like IWTV or Fite.
Prediction #5 - Crowds in Japan will be allowed to vocally cheer & boo again before the end of 2022. That's my wildly optimistic prediction.
Prediction #6 - Kota Minoura leaves Masquerade. Yes, I'm very bold.


TV Zombie posted:

Hook's first loss will come in a title match.

AEW will quietly let Brian Cage's contract expire where he will soon debut in WWE.

Scorpio Sky or Ethan Page will win singles gold.

Someone other than Thunder Rosa will beat Britt Baker for the title.

PnP will not win Tag Team Gold.

DDM will splinter and break into different groups.


A Real Horse posted:

Brian Cage will show up in WWE and the legions on Twitter will proclaim how this spells doom for AEW. Cage will get the standard three PvP cycle against Roman, where he loses, gets a DQ win, and loses again, before being banished to the catering dimension.

Hook will not win a singles title this year.

Moxley will come back and continue to kick rear end.

CM Punk will not win the World Heavyweight Championship but he will turn heel.

Evil Uno and Stu Greyson will win the tag titles.

Thunder Rosa beats Britt at Revolution for the Women’s championship.

PAC beats Cody for the TNT Title. This is during Cody’s fourth reign sometime in the fall.

Okada shows up on AEW programming.

Hangman holds the championship until at least Winter is Coming 2022.

NXT 2.0 is scrapped and they introduce NXT 3.0, which is actually just the new Divas Search.

Inner Circle breaks up.


0konner posted:

WWE firings/releases will include Drew McIntyre, Otis, Apollo Crews, Liv Morgan, and Bobby Roode.

No one from New Day will appear on non-WWE wrestling tv.

Bronn Breakker will have some kind of on air confrontation with Roman Reigns.

The Young Bucks will turn baby face.

Darby Allin will attempt to turn heel but will get an underwhelming reaction.

AEW Stadium Stampede will revolve around the superkliq/Undisputed era guys.

Jade Cargill will be the inaugural TBS champion.

Marko Stunt will not work a single match on cable tv or pay per view.


Mons Hubris posted:

Cody will not execute a pedigree in 2022.

MJF will win a match against Cody with a pedigree.


Pikavangelist posted:

Jim Cornette will get banned from Twitter, and the resulting shitstorm will fill at least two pages of the Bad Takes thread.


vivazomo posted:

Dynamite will beat Raw in the demo at least 3 times

NXT will either move to Peacock or transition to a simulcast on USA & Peacock

Walter will move to the US and wrestle on the main roster

If their contracts expire in 2022, Santana & Ortiz will leave AEW and join WWE

AEW will sign at least one of Matt Taven, Mike Kanellis, and Flip Gordon

Danhausen and the Briscoes will sign with AEW

Nobody on the WWE main roster will choose to leave WWE for AEW, all WWE-to-AEW acquisitions will be releases, NXT talent, or people WWE chose not to re-sign

WWE will sign at least 5 people who appeared as jobbers on the AEW youtube shows

The Rock will appear on WWE TV, either in the ring or, more likely, just in a video shown on the titantron

MJF wins the AEW world title


mooseinfants posted:

- AEW will have their first 2-time world champion

STONE COLD 64 posted:

AEW will land a substantial international TV deal.

AEW will hold a Stadium Stampede match with fans

No wrestlers released by WWE in 2021 will hold AEW Gold in 2022.

Paige Van Zandt will wrestle on AEW Television

AEW will have at least five champions in 2022 who are under the age of 30 when they win their titles.

Daniel Cormier will have his first wrestling match against Bobby Lashley

ROH will in fact run shows in 2022

Billy Corgan's NWA will merge or be absorbed with another company.

Hook's first singles defeat will be to Jungle Boy

AEW will lose less than 30 wrestlers in 2022

WWE will start counterprogramming more AEW Content and it will backfire horribly

AEW will sign Maki Itoh full time.

PWG will be the location of the first ever meeting between an AEW contracted talent and a WWE contracted talent.

AEW Rampage will not move timeslots.

Psycho Clown will wrestle for AEW at least once and get to do his kickass entrance.

Katsuyori Shibata will have a regular rules singles match vs KENTA and KICK HIS rear end!!!


Prokhor Zakharov posted:

my prediction is that Tony kban will do good tweets and everyone will say "wow Tony you sure are a good poster :)"


zetamind2000 posted:

Bringing over my prediction from the WWE thread: Rick Boogs will get pushed into a woodchipper in a failed effort to pop a rating

For an actual prediction, Brock will get covid by or after the Royal Rumble and WWE will panic book Triple H vs Roman at Wrestlemania

ChrisBTY posted:

~TV ratings will not fluctuate radically from the norm.
~A disappointing number of prominent WWE superstars will re-sign with WWE.
~AEW will get at most, one more big get from the fed, not counting Keith Lee if they get him.
~Roman Reigns will not lose the WWE title (or whichever one he has I don't care) this year.
~Jungle Boy will win either the TNT title or Tag Titles.
~MJF will retain the Dynamite Diamond ring yet again.
~Jade Cargill will be the inaugural TBS champion.
~The Bunny and Penelope Ford will be involved in more televised segments and matches than the entire joshi roster combined.
~Britt Baker will hold the AEW Women's title past Revolution.

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GEORGE W BUSHI
Jul 1, 2012



- Tetsuya Naito wins the 2022 G1 which is back in the summer

- Kazuchika Okada has another year long title reign starting on January 4th

- Fred Rosser is in the G1 which causes a lot of jokes and people complaining that it couldn't be whichever AEW or J-indie guy they had their heart set on. He's really good and shuts up his doubters except for the people who don't watch

- Katsuhiko Nakajima defeats Go Shiozaki in the Budokan, but Go eventually ends his reign

- Keiji Mutoh wrestles in the USA, including in AEW as The Great Muta

- Stardom announce a Dome show. Establish themselves as the number 2 promotion

- Mayu Iwatani announces her retirement

- Thekla wins the SWA title in Stardom. Syuri vacates it after beating Utami.

- Mizuki defeats Miyu to win the title. The Magical Sugar Rabbits collide at Sumo Hall and Mizuki drops the title to Itoh at WP3

- There is no point of the year when the Marvelous roster are all fit and healthy

- The Prominence crew make at least one appearance in FREEDOMS

- FREEDOMS Yokohama Budokan outdraws some of the major Japanese promotion's efforts

- Onita has another retirement match in 2022

- Jon Moxley is the first two-time AEW champion

- Neither CM Punk nor Bryan Danielson become AEW Champion in 2022

- AEW and NJPW do a big joint show in the USA as part of the NJPW 50th Anniversary. nZo and Big Cass do not appear.

- There are no Dynamites with more than one women's match at any point in 2022.

- Someone attempts a third national promotion built around Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, EC3, Killer Kross and nZo. It is a flop.

GEORGE W BUSHI fucked around with this message at 10:54 on Dec 24, 2021

Numero6
Oct 10, 2012

ここは地の果て 流されて俺
今日もさすらい 涙も涸れる
ブルーゲイル


Maki Itoh will finally win the big one.
Best Bros will lose their tag titles but Akki will win the Asia title.
Hikari Noa will have 2 deathmatches.
Chocopro USA will be a big success.
Magical Sugar Rabbits will have a big feud afrer losing the tag title but will finally declare their love at the end to the terror of Rika Tatsumi.
CM Punk and Bryan Danielson will win the tag titles as heels.
Adam Cole will win the TNT title and drop it to Jungle Boy.
Dr Britt Baker DMD will lose the title to Thunder Rosa.
The TBS title will change hands once.

Mr McMahon will be back full time on TV.

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010



-Okada appears on AEW TV

-Matt Hardy reverts to Broken Matt

-PnP win the tag belts

-The Good Bros. return to AEW

-Trent returns early

-Bray Wyatt or whatever appears on non WWE TV to wrestle.

-MJF will win a championship

-AEW will crack 1.3 million viewers for a special Dynamite

El Gallinero Gros fucked around with this message at 22:35 on Dec 2, 2021

SG Bamboo
Aug 21, 2013

OH NO

WHAT IS MISAO UP TO NOW?



Feeling pretty good after batting .500 from my one prediction this year, so doing another 2 parter

For 2022
- Kaito Kiyomiya will win the GHC National Title, but will STILL not pin Keiji Mutoh in a singles match over the next 12 months

Yaya
Nov 14, 2012

vancloober cablucks

- Kenny's return program is with Kota Ibushi
- Kevin Steen jumps to AEW when his contract is up, Sami Zayn chooses to retire.
- The BTE Title will be defunct by the end of the year
- AEW representatives for the G1 are Miro, Bryan Danielson, Eddie Kingston, and Daniel Garcia
- Roman Reigns will remain WWE Champion.
- The Rock will not appear on WWE programming

SG Bamboo
Aug 21, 2013

OH NO

WHAT IS MISAO UP TO NOW?



Yaya posted:

- AEW representatives for the G1 are Miro, Bryan Danielson, Eddie Kingston, and Daniel Garcia

I only watch AEW through clips, but isn't Garcia quite small and better positioned for BOSJ?

Renaissance Spam
Jun 5, 2010

Can it wait a for a bit? I'm in the middle of some *gyrations*




SG Bamboo posted:

I only watch AEW through clips, but isn't Garcia quite small and better positioned for BOSJ?

He's a ZSJ dream match.

DLC Inc
Jun 1, 2011



GEORGE W BUSHI posted:


- Mayu Iwatani announces her retirement


you fucken monster

Sticky Nate
Jan 9, 2012


- Shibata wrestles an actual match
- Keiji Mutoh announces his retirement
- Gresham wins BOLA
- GCW loses buzz
- John Cena wrestles outside the WWE
- someone else becomes The Fiend
- WWE closes the Performance Center

Sticky Nate fucked around with this message at 22:12 on Jan 7, 2022

Maduo
Sep 8, 2006

You see all the colors.
All of them.




25% or less of current WWE main roster talent will still be there by 2023

Sanguinia
Jan 1, 2012

~Everybody wants to be a cat~
~Because a cat's the only cat~
~Who knows where its at~


-Either Bryan or Punk will wrestle in the G1
-Okada or Tanahashi will be on AEW TV
-ROH will not return
-A noteworthy AEW Talent will debut in WWE. They will regret the jump before 2023.
-Bron Breaker will be ruined in an effort to do what Vince thinks is pushing him.

onefunkynote
Dec 13, 2006



- Brody King debuts in AEW
- Jay White wins the G1
- Naito beats Jay White for the briefcase
- Someone from Noah beats Shingo Takagi in a singles match on January 8th.
- Nick Wayne wins a match at BOLA
- Penta challenges for the TNT title.
- Statlander wins the TBS title.

sticklefifer
Nov 11, 2003

TOO EASY



-PAC wins a singles title
-Jay White appears in AEW
-CM Punk fully turns heel
-Barring another lockdown, AEW resumes working relationships with other Japan promotions
-Bryan Danielson wrestles a stint in New Japan
-Brian Cage goes to Impact where they immediately give him a title push
-Josh Alexander has at least a guest stint in AEW, if not actually signed
-ROH attempts their planned return, but it fizzles out and announces a merger with another indie like MLW
-MLW's Azteca Underground spinoff doesn't end up happening
-WWE fires 50+ more employees
-Either Rampage gets a 2nd hour or Elevation becomes a more viable B-show for signed talent
-At least one person from the classes of 2019-2021 becomes Open the Dream Gate champion
-R.E.D will kick out Eita and rename themselves under HYO's leadership
-Eita will join the Doi/Yoshida team with some of the rookies to form a new unit

sticklefifer fucked around with this message at 20:17 on Dec 5, 2021

RealityWarCriminal
Aug 10, 2016

all war is crime
still cute tho


ROH attempts a comeback, is effectively out of business by the end of the year

WWE has one or more shows cancelled or reduced in length

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

fuck the molice


-Joe Gacy wins the Gooker Award in 2023 (for 2022) for a storyline so tone-deaf I can’t imagine it
-Roman Reigns turns babyface
-There will be three Casino Battle Royals in AEW, but none of the winners win their title shot
-The Owen Hart Cup's male winner is claimed by a Dark Order member
-Impact Wrestling makes at least one wrestler signing that blows everyone’s mind by how big a get it is

Edward Mass fucked around with this message at 23:50 on Dec 31, 2021

Coaaab
Aug 6, 2006

Wish I was there...


-Calendar year 2022 will see four AEW World Title reigns and one of them will be Hangman's second
-At least two members of Kongoh will appear on AEW Dynamite in 2022
-Danielson/Gresham 1 happens on an indie

MorningMoon
Dec 29, 2013

Goons Steal?
No Dignity!




-New Day parts ways with WWE
-Roman Reigns gets injured for like 4 months, the Head of the Table stuff gets very awkwardly dropped a month in.
-Bray Wyatt will be one of the most beloved wrestlers here.
-Dynamite will beat RAW ratings at least once.
-Kenny will wrestle 4 matches.
-Cody and Hangman will have a storyline together.
-We will believe that Jericho's actually doing a retirement tour (he won't retire)
-JR will retire.
-2Fast2Fuego will have a title shot against the Lucha Bros
-FTW title will change hands once.
-Face Wardlow
-Danhousen will wrestle for AEW
-Dwayne The Rock Johnson will be the owner of WWE

MorningMoon fucked around with this message at 13:29 on Dec 26, 2021

edogawa rando
Mar 20, 2007



One of the WWE shows will not survive the year

At least one of the New Day will leave or be released from the WWE

A current or recent NXT champion (including NXT UK) will randomly have a match on a main roster show, and be beaten clean in ≤2 minutes.

A current (as at December, 2021) non-world title champion on a WWE-branded show will appear on a show for (and possibly sign with) at least one of: Impact, NJPW or AEW.

WWE will have a TV taping where the entirety of the crowd can be seen in the main hardcam shot.

A non-wrestler celebrity will hold one of the two top titles in the WWE



NJPW reinstates the IC title

Okada wins the World Title.

At some stage, either the physical IWGP Heavyweight Title or a belt designed to resemble it will be used as the IWGP World Championship

Goto will get a title shot

Goto will not become champion

Authors of Pain, with a different name, will sign with NJPW and appear on their shows



Eddie Kingston wins a title

Danhausen will sign with AEW

reDragon will win the AEW tag titles

Adam Cole will become AEW World Champion

Either Rampage or Dynamite will beat either Raw or Smackdown in the ratings outright

AEW will introduce Women's Tag belts

Steen and Rami Sebei will debut in AEW

A reformed Mount Rushmore of Wrestling, not necessarily with that name, will hold at least 2 AEW titles during 2021

Jade Cargill will suffer her first defeat on an AEW pay-per-view, or special show

AEW will have had a show in Canada, and/or Mexico

Jay Lethal is quietly released from AEW, and resurfaces in the rebooted ROH

Jonathan Gresham and Brody King will sign with AEW

Bryan Danielson will have a stable which includes Josh Alexander

Team Taz will turn face and take on The Pinnacle. AoP will debut and join the stable.

A New Japan wrestler will return to Japan with an AEW title

Someone from New Japan will challenge for the AEW World title

edogawa rando fucked around with this message at 04:43 on Dec 26, 2021

Broheim
Jan 8, 2009


-Bryan Danielson will form a shooty ROH guy stable with Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and maybe Jonathan Gresham or Daniel Garcia.
-They will feud with the Superkliq and later, a reformed Mount Rushmore.

Stall_19
Jan 2, 2013

Prodigy of Victor von Doom


2022 will end without Japan allowing full crowds of cheering fans.

Ratings for WWE will fall but will still be ahead of most AEW shows.

People get tired of Orange Cassidy.

Roman Reigns ends 2022 still champion

Kairi Sane returns to Stardom

As covid is still around more smaller Japanese promotions fold

Sarray is released by wwe

Nxt will be off of tv.

Lead Pipe Cinch
Mar 10, 2003

Heavy Metal Bakesale




- Shane Strickland is the first person to win their TNT Championship Open Challenge debut.

- Dynamite surpasses Raw in both P2+ and the Demo at least once

- Speculation that AEW Trios titles are imminent rages all year but they are not announced.

- Hook debuts as part of the field of the Owen.

- There will be at least 6 weeks of regular AEW TV (Dynamite & Rampage) featuring at least three women’s matches total between the two shows.

- Cody hits someone with a pedigree by the end of Double Or Nothing, commentary refers to it as such.
- Jeff Jarrett secures funding for a third national promotion to air on a Viacom network, Braun Strowman is the top star.

- Seth Rollins and Big E are the only former NXT champions as of December 2, 2021 still in WWE by the end of 2022.

- GCW gets some sort of TV deal

- Tremont vs Cody happens

-There are three AEW champions over the course of 2022, MJF is not one of them.

- Best Friends and Santana & Ortiz both get tag title runs.

- Two different women who have not yet signed to AEW (as of 12/2) will get a run with either the TBS or World Title.

- Someone who was on the AEW roster by the first episode of Dynamite doesn’t get renewed, signs with WWE and is released by the end of the year

- NXT UK still exists

Lead Pipe Cinch fucked around with this message at 07:45 on Dec 26, 2021

Dacap
Jul 8, 2008

I've been involved in a number of cults, both as a leader and a follower.

You have more fun as a follower. But you make more money as a leader.





Danhausen appears in AEW at least on a Dark or vlog

PAC leaves Death Triangle to form a stable with Malakai Black and Brody King

Ember Moon, Mia Yim and Keith Lee all debut in AEW

Ricochet, Mustafa Ali and Dana Brooke get released by WWE

NXT 2.0 goes through another retooling or complete replacement

The Rock will not wrestle a match in 2022 but will be secured in for the 2023 Hollywood Mania

Roman Reigns will not drop the Universal title in 2022

The first major AEW to WWE talent move will occur

The Owen cup is won by Lee Moriarty or Daniel Garcia

We get reDragon vs Young Bucks at Revolution

Dacap fucked around with this message at 19:16 on Dec 26, 2021

ARMBAR A COP
Nov 24, 2007

HURRAH! ANOTHER YEAR, SURELY THIS ONE WILL BE BETTER THAN THE LAST; THE INEXORABLE MARCH OF PROGRESS WILL LEAD US ALL TO HAPPINESS



GEORGE W BUSHI posted:


- There are no Dynamites with more than one women's match at any point in 2022.



I'll toxx my account on this. There will be a Dynamite in 2022 with at least 3 women's matches.

:toxx:

sticklefifer
Nov 11, 2003

TOO EASY



Dacap posted:

PAC leaves Death Triangle to form a stable with Malakai Black and Brody King
Even More Deathier Triangle

Dick Swiveller
Mar 2, 2011



- The Golden Lovers reunion/feud angle will happen shortly after Kenny returns from resting up.

- Darby Allin will suffer a serious injury that puts him out of action for a while or permanently.

- AEW trios titles will debut late in the year, still no womens tag belts.

- Stat will be holding the womens world title at the end of the year.

- Justice for Eddie. He'll go over Punk.

- Windham will debut with AEW but wrestling infrequently, with a character who's closer to the psychological weirdness of Bray than the supernatural weirdness of thd Fiend. There'll be hater holdouts but FI as a whole will lean Always Good.

- Brum Broker will get accelerated up the ranks as WWE's talent pool dwindles, but will not be wrestling with them by the end of the year.

- the fed will significantly alter their product somehow to account for dwindling crowds, smaller talent pool, etc. Perhaps changing one show to studio-based. It will not be seen as a good or successful move.

- Reigns will be champ with no significant changes to his character, general popularity or opinion here. During the last WWE show of the year, as he stands tall at the finale, time will slide to a halt and all our consciousnesses will compress, and then expand within that infinite moment. The human species will then begin living as creatures outside of time, like the Tralfamadorians, but we will not be able to see into the great black that lies just beyond that end-of-show WWE copyright stamp.

El Generico
Feb 3, 2009

Nobody outrules the Marquise de Cat!


- One of the Four Pillars wins the AEW World Title during 2022.

- Both Bryan Danielson and CM Punk will lose a match to a young AEW project who's not Hangman Page.

- Mount Rushmore will be reformed.

- The AEW video game comes out, owns.

- AEW's TV ratings and other success metrics continue to get closer to WWE's in unexpected ways.

- Kenny Omega makes a cameo appearance in a video game.

- Somebody on Twitter compares the rise of AEW to the rise of fascism/Hitler

- One or both of the Lucha Bros makes a serious run at the AEW World title (doesn't necessarily win)

- Wardlow will turn face, it won't quite be as good as the Batista turn but it'll be good

- Brian Cage will gently caress off out of AEW, nobody will miss him

bartok
May 10, 2006





Somebody considered a WWE Lifer will show up in AEW and have a career renaissance.

Batista will appear on AEW Dynamite to promote a new movie.

WWE will sign and debut Brian Cage on the main roster thinking it is big coup but immediately regret it.

Apollo Crews will be released and reveal the most damning account of the WWE experience since Moxley.

AEW will do an invasion angle involving former ROH guys.

Santana and Ortiz will finally become AEW tag champs.

The Rock does finally appear at a WWE PPV via a Cameo filmed while on the set of Jungle Cruise 2 that will hint at one more match against Roman Reigns that will never happen.

Just thought of a new one:
WWE will release someone while they are one half of the women's tag team champions.

bartok fucked around with this message at 18:58 on Dec 18, 2021

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

Always remember that the former President was dumber than the dumbest person you've ever met by a wide margin



Either Edge and Christian or the Hardys will reunite in AEW for a final tag team run.

Jericho will do something on WWE programming while still remaining a member of AEW. I'm thinking a Hall of Fame appearance or something similar.

The Owen Hart tournament in AEW will be won by either John Silver or Lee Moriarty.

Roman Reigns will lose the title to Brock Lesnar, probably at Mania.

HHH will not be seen on WWE TV and there will even be some speculation that he's been removed from all backstage roles. Nothing will ever be completely clear, though.

Lamuella
Jun 26, 2003

It's like goldy or bronzy, but made of iron.




- Neither CM Punk nor Bryan Danielson will hold a singles title in AEW
- NXT will either change format again, leave TV and go network exclusive, or both.
- WWE will not manage a single five star match, even including NXT and NXT UK
- Chris Brookes will win the KO-D Openweight Championship
- Two or more current WWE champions (Big E, Dana Brooke, Nakamura, Tommaso Ciampa, Roderick Strong, Carmelo Hayes, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel, Noam Dar, Lewis Howley, Sam Stoker, Meiko Satomura, Ilja Dragunov, Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, Jacy Jayne, Randy Orton, Riddle, Becky Lynch, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Charlotte Flair, Damian Priest, Roman Reigns, Carmella, Zelina) will have wrestled matches for AEW
- AEW will have held at least one audienced show outside of the United States.
- Kaito Kiyomiya will either have pinned Keiji Mutoh or have left Noah for another company god loving drat it.
- Hook will not have wrestled a match dagnabbit
Cyber Fight Festival will happen again and will feature at least one match where either a DDT guy goes for a Noah title or vice versa.

Lamuella fucked around with this message at 10:56 on Dec 19, 2021

CopywrightMMXI
Jun 1, 2011

One time a guy stole some downhill skis out of my jeep and I was so mad I punched a mailbox. I'm against crime, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.


- Dark or Elevation will become a syndicated show

- WWE cuts will continue to no surprise, with Sheamus and Alexa Bliss being notable cuts

- Bron Breaker will win a title in his main roster debut

- AEW’s roster will change quite a bit. Jericho, Dustin, and Matt Hardy will all be semi-retired. Several contracts won’t be renewed, some much to the disappointment of PSP. Additions will include Steen, KOR, Strickland and Gargano

- legends making AEW appearances will include terry Funk, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels.

- WWE2k22 will feature at least one DLC character who will no longer be part of the roster at the games release date

Cavauro
Jan 9, 2008




sami zayn will never leave wwe unless they get rid of him. he won't really continue his career after that outside of a couple of big money indie dream matches or w/e

Penguin Patrol
Mar 3, 2005

Chaos
Given
Flesh


-Lee Moriarty (e:) and Leyla Hirsch will win the Owen tournaments.
-There will be no AEW contracted wrestlers in the G1 or BOSJ.
-William Regal will leave WWE.
-Samoa Joe will stay under contract with WWE through all of 2022, but will never appear on television.
-NXT will have reality/competition show elements again (I think I predicted this in some other thread as well)
-Lio Rush will not retire this year, but he will take a 6-week+ leave of absence
-Aja Kong will wrestle in the US
-Yuki Arai will win the International Princess Championship
-Shaq will return to AEW
-Snoop Dogg will not return to AEW
-Arn Anderson will fall down only 1 time during a show.
-Keiji Mutoh will win the NEVER Openweight Championship
-Chris Brookes will win the KO-D Openweight Championship
-Egg Tarts will win the Asia Dream Tag Team Championships
-An NJPW livestream will completely die during a US show and will not be restored the same night.
-The ratio of WWE wrestlers released from their contracts vs those whose contracts reach their natural end will be between 7:2 and 9:2
-We will not learn the Mike Kurtz secret

Penguin Patrol fucked around with this message at 04:21 on Jan 1, 2022

Maigius
Jun 29, 2013




There will be at least one match over 5 stars.

AEW will have at least one 5 star match on TV.

The Rock will not appear live in WWE.

John Cena will be around for only one PPV to PPV cycle.

At least two more former NXT men's/ NA champs will be released.

There will be at least one "sexy" (bra and panties, bikini, mud, etc) or hidden man in drag women's match in WWE.

Bret and/or Martha Hart presents the Owen Cup.

Okada will win the IWGP title in the Tokyo Dome.

Roman will be champion at least until WrestleMania.

The men's Rumble winner will challenge for the Raw title, Roman faces a legend.

The next WWE women's tag champs have not regularly teamed with each other.

At least one AEW or Impact women's match will be longer than the entire Queen's Crown tournament.

Maigius fucked around with this message at 06:27 on Dec 5, 2021

SG Bamboo
Aug 21, 2013

OH NO

WHAT IS MISAO UP TO NOW?



Penguin Patrol posted:

-Keiji Mutoh will win the NEVER Openweight Championship

You're a psychopath who must be stopped

Kosmo Gallion
Sep 12, 2013


I have editted my predictions somewhat.

Bron Breakker will win the NXT championship and vacate it when he's called up to the main roster.

Miro will unseat Hangman Adam Page to win the title. Before losing to Miro, Page will have successful defences against MJF, PAC, CM Punk and Andrade.

There will be an Elite Civil War storyline with Adam Cole playing Starscream and trying to take over the group.

Wardlow will break away from MJF and the Pinnacle. Shawn Spears will beat some jobber up so bad Wardlow has a decision reversed and loses his temper and sends Spears to the powerbomb dimension. (This wasn't my idea but I love it so much not to post it here so Coward Tony reads it again).

The ROH title will be defended on Dynamite or Rampage.

Santana and Ortiz will finally win the tag titles in the best match of the year against the Lucha Bros. Eddie Kingston will play a small part in the storyline.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will sign with AEW. I guess half of this has been nixed already.

MJF will fail again to capture the AEW World title so will target Sammy Guevara Cody Rhodes and win the TNT title instead. MJF will be heavily cheered against loser Cody.

Bret Hart will appear on AEW TV to present the trophy to the winners of the Owen Hart tournament: Jungle Boy and Serena Deeb.

Mick Foley will appear in AEW. At first for a one off, then return for a storyline with Jon Moxley. Foley will not wrestle. Guardian of tradition Cody Rhodes will wrestle Jon Moxley to defend Foley's honor.

Naito will appear and team up with/mentor Andrade.

Walter will suck rear end in Rainbow NXT but will stick it out for the money. He won't be released and turn up as a Monster of the Week for Hangman Page. Sadly.

Roman Reigns will lose the title to Brock at Day 1 and regain it at WrestleMania. Roman will vacate the Universal championship before he loses it, but possibly not in 2022.

A wrestler from New Japan, Impact, ROH, and NOAH will appear on Dynamite or Rampage.

Brock Anderson, Brian Pillman, Griff Garrison and several generation stars will tease forming a stable but it won't happen.

Daniel Bryan will use The Final Countdown as an entrance theme on a Dynamite special or PPV.

Ilja Dragunov will have more stars than anybody else in 2022 according to Dave. There will be one NXT UK match which rivals the best AEW match of the year.

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will not wrestle a singles match against eachother in 2022. When they do, it'll be a retirement match and Punk will win.

Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss will appear on Dynamite or Rampage as a team.

Kosmo Gallion fucked around with this message at 01:02 on Dec 28, 2021

is pepsi ok
Oct 23, 2002



- AEW introduces a trios belt first won by Best Friends (Trent?, Chuck, and Orange)
- AEW also introduces a women's tag belt first won by TayJay
- Cody does the Fuego 2 gimmick on Dynamite at least once
- HOOK will wrestle >10 matches and go undefeated
- The Owen will be won by Bryan Danielson

- Bron Breakker faces Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
- WWE fires <50 wrestlers over the course of the year
- Roman holds the belt the entire year

Xerzes
May 16, 2012




-At least two major rounds of firings of WWE wrestlers
-Brian Cage signs with WWE
-Keith Lee doesn't sign with or appear for AEW
-CM Punk's first AEW loss is to Jungle Boy
-Akira Tozawa ends 2022 with a Dragon Gate title
-At least one person under contract with AEW has new, credible accusations of sexual assault levied against them and they remain employed there
-Hook's first win is over Christian Cage
-A Dynamite in 2022 will get better overall ratings than the Raw that week
-ROH stops running shows by the end of September, whether or not they officially shut down
-No one becomes two-time AEW tag champs

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Tato
Jun 19, 2001

DIRECTIVE 236: Promote pro-social values


Hook will wrestle one (1) match in all of 2022.
It will be rated five stars.

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