JC’s Top Rope Report: 5 Bold Predictions For 2016

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At the start of every year, I like to make some predictions and see where they end up at the end of the year. Lets take a look at my predictions from 2015:

  1. By the end of 2015, Sami Zayn will be on the cusp of the main event scene.
  2. Damien Sandow will have a huge 2015.
  3. Rusev will become a dominant main event heel.

Well, you can’t accuse me of not trying. Sandow was hot as Mizdow at the start of 2015 and the WWE just gave up on him. As for Rusev, he never recovered from the feud with John Cena, and then he had the behind the scenes issues with Lana. And we don’t really know what would have happened with Sami Zayn if he did not get injured. I believe he would be on the main roster by this point.

With how awful I did last year, I’m bound to get at least one prediction right this year aren’t I? Lets give it a shot and see what happens!

1. There Will Be At Least Two First Time WWE World Heavyweight Champions

The odds are in favor of this happening. I think there could be even three. With all the injuries piling up leading into Wrestlemania, the WWE needs to take a new approach to their booking. If something like this were to happen again, the WWE needs to be prepared. They need to book more of their full time stars as credible main eventers. That way if another rash of injuries happens, the WWE can elevate someone else into the spot.

So who are the candidates? The obvious ones are Kevin Owens, Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose. Then of course if the WWE decides to go all in on him there is AJ Styles. Money in the Bank is always there for someone to become Champ out of left field. What about someone like Cesaro for that? If Roman Reigns is going to be WWE Champ post-Wrestlemania, they will need a new line of opponents to challenge him.

2. Bayley Will Debut On The Main Roster And Immediately Become The Face Of The Women’s Division

The WWE has screwed up a lot of the NXT call-ups so far. But there jut can’t be any way they screw up Bayley, right? She is essentially everything the WWE would want in terms of marketing and reaching out to the audience. She is always the ultimate underdog and we won’t have to worry about her becoming the next John Cena. I have a feeling we will see her in the spring or early summer. By that time, I’m assuming Sasha Banks will be Divas Champion. There will be the girls in the audience who will still cheer for the Bellas because of Total Divas and whatnot, but Bayley will reach out to everyone in the audience and should become an instant success.

3. The Authority Angle Will End, At Some Point

With all signs pointing towards Roman Reigns vs Triple H at Wrestlemania, that seems like the logical place for this to happen. If you want to make Reigns/HHH a big deal, add the stipulation that if Reigns wins the Authority is gone. And they can’t come back. At all. Authority figures have become tiresome in wrestling, at least in the WWE. There’s no need to have someone always be involved in a major storyline as an authority figure. I wish the WWE would go back to the days of Jack Tunney and Gorilla Monsoon. No need to have an authority figure on TV all the time. Just have someone around to make the big decisions and matches without getting involved in the story. The WWE needs its version of Dario Cueto: Someone who cares about the good of the product, but doesn’t get involved in matches or major storylines.

4. Lucha Underground Will Become The #2 Promotion In North America

Maybe this is my LU fandom going overboard. But if Season 2 is anything close to what the first season was, I think LU is destined for big things. I could see tours being worked out in the West Coast area. You just have to look at everything that goes into LU as well as the other promotions. No one cares about TNA anymore. Ring of Honor seems to be in the same spot it has been the last few years. And with there being rumors that season 3 is already in the works, LU has nowhere to go but up.

5. John Cena Will Break Ric Flair’s World Title Record, And Turn Heel In The Process

And we end this with my craziest prediction for the year. Once again, I’m sure it is quite unlikely. John Cena does so much good will for the WWE that turning him heel would crush the hearts of children everywhere. BUT, I really think John Cena will start to work a reduced schedule come the end of the year. And if that is the case, I could see a heel turn happen. Even if it is something that just lasts for a couple months before he takes a hiatus, it is easier to do on a reduced schedule. Cena could turn heel as Champ for a couple months, then lose the Title, take some time off, and come back as a face rather easily. Cena will never be a long term heel, but he could be a short term one that flips back to the face side come 2017.