NoDQ.com > Columns > J Says: 2017 WWE Predictions (Part 1)
Posted by J. Elam on 01/01/2017 at 04:26 PM
I've never done one of these before, but I thought it'd be fun. I'm just having fun with this, so it's not meant to be taken seriously. This is all what I think is likely to happen this year in WWE. I probably won't be making predictions for NXT as I don't watch it. If anything, I'll group NXT with the Cruiserweight division...
Big Show – Big Show’s 44. He’s been wrestling for 21 years now. This WrestleMania will be his last. He retires at some point during the year.
Bo Dallas – He’ll get a mini push, but he’ll be strictly a jobber.
Braun Strowman – Continues on his dominance bulldozing everyone. If not at WrestleMania, he wins the Universal Championship from Roman Reigns.
Brock Lesnar – After his UFC suspension and subsequent squash to Goldberg, Lesnar isn’t going to be of much use. He’s not much of a draw, and doesn’t seem to care enough to put on a good performance. He’s not worth the hefty price they’re paying him, so they should let his contract run out. Whenever that may be.
Cesaro – He and Sheamus will have a nice run with the tag titles, but eventually they’ll split, sparking another feud between the 2. He’ll eventually win the United States Championship from Finn Balor. Come the Draft, he’ll be headed to SmackDown.
Chris Jericho – After Owens loses the Universal title, it’ll spark the beginnings of a feud between the 2. Post WrestleMania, he and Owens will split (for real this time!). They’ll feud, and Jericho will go away for a while after putting Owens over.
Curtis Axel – He’ll continue to be a jobber. Possibly gets released when WWE does their yearly big releases.
Darren Young – They might try one more time to push Darren, but other than that, he’ll be a jobber. He could be salvaged as a comedy act with Bob Backlund, but that’s about it. I doubt he gets released as WWE likely won’t want to deal with the backlash.
Enzo and Cass – Cass at some point will realize he’s better off without Enzo. Or at least, Enzo will resort to being Cass’ manager instead of just tag partner. Enzo moves into the Cruiserweight division.
Finn Balor – Still healing from his shoulder surgery, Finn might tease a Royal Rumble appearance, but won’t show. Rather, if he doesn’t pop up in the Andre Battle Royal at WrestleMania, he’ll come back at the post-Mania Raw to challenge for the United States or Universal Championship. If he opts for the latter, he’ll defeat Roman.
Goldberg – He’ll get a WrestleMania sendoff, possibly against Lesnar again. After that, he quietly goes away and retires.
Goldust – Stuck in a comedy tag team with R-Truth, Golden Truth splits during the summer. The crowd won’t really care much, if at all. Either Goldust/Dustin becomes an agent, or moves down to NXT to help train stars of today and tomorrow.
Jinder Mahal – His mini-teaming with Rusev will be just that. Once he and Rusev are done helping each other beat up on Enzo and Cass, Jinder will find his way to Jobberville if he’s not among the releases.
Kevin Owens – Loses the Universal Championship to Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble. Goes to feud with Jericho. After winning that feud, he focuses his attention on winning back the Universal Championship. During this span, he’ll wind up in a series of matches with Seth Rollins.
Mark Henry – Just like Big Show, The World’s Strongest Man is another guys who’s been doing this a long time (1996). He might get his sendoff by winning the Andre Battle Royal. After that, not much will be done with him, and he’ll quietly retire.
New Day – While they may be the most over faces on Raw, New Day’s run will come to an end. After failing to win back the Raw Tag Team Championship, Big E will break free from the group. At some point, he’ll win the US title, before being groomed for the main event scene come next year. He’ll find his way to SmackDown come Draft time. Kofi and Xavier might try to stick it out as a duo, but eventually they too will go their separate ways.
R-Truth – After splitting with Goldust, Truth continues on as a jobber, if he’s not released.
Roman Reigns – Wins the Universal Championship from Owens at the Royal Rumble. If he doesn’t lose it to Braun come WrestleMania, he’ll drop it to him by SummerSlam. He’ll be traded (not drafted) to SmackDown, where he finally turns heel.
Rusev – After he and Jinder are done with Enzo and Cass, Rusev will gain back some of his credibility as a face. He’ll become a mainstay in the midcard scene with Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Finn Balor.
Sami Zayn – Once he’s done fighting with Braun, he sets his sights on some gold. While not a main eventer (yet), he’ll join Cesaro, Finn, and Rusev in the midcard scene, before being drafted to SmackDown. He wins the Intercontinental Title from Miz.
Seth Rollins – He’ll get his match with Triple H come WrestleMania. After that, he’ll target Kevin Owens, the man hand chosen by Triple H. He’ll win the Universal Championship from Braun Strowman.
Sheamus – Now this is a tough one. After losing the tag titles, he and Cesaro split. I don’t see Sheamus winning a singles title, but I also highly doubt he gets released or asks for one. He might turn into what Rusev was during 2016. He’ll float along on the roster. Maybe getting moved to SmackDown helps him, but I don’t think it’ll do much.
Shining Stars – Jobber tag team
Sin Cara – He’ll get a few wins, but his role in 2017 is as a jobber.
The Club – They’ll be the ones to take the tag titles away from Cesaro and Sheamus. Though I’m not exactly a fan of them teaming up again with no amends made, I can see Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins beating them for the titles.
Titus O’Neil – We’ll probably get another attempt to make Titus look like a threat, but it’ll go nowhere. I think he just barely avoids being released, but it’ll be a quiet year. Maybe he can be salvaged reuniting with Darren Young, but I doubt it.
RAW WOMEN'S DIVISION:
Alicia Fox – One of the longest tenured women on the roster (2006. Just 2 months after Natalya’s main roster debut). Alicia very likely finds her way on the released list.
Bayley – She’ll be the one to snap Charlotte’s undefeated record at PPVs and win the Women’s Championship.
Charlotte Flair – After losing to Bayley at WrestleMania, Charlotte steps away from the title scene while she feuds with Dana Brooke.
Dana Brooke – She’ll feud with Charlotte post WrestleMania. She’ll be drafted to SmackDown.
Emma – She’ll finally debut… again. I’d say return, but apparently this is a different Emma? I don’t know. Trying to make sense of WWE is hard work.
Nia Jax – After the Sasha/Bayley feud, Nia sets her sights on the Women’s Championship, where she defeats Bayley. Whether champion or not, she’ll be drafted to SmackDown.
Paige – Due to her off-screen issues with Wellness Test failures, Paige may find herself released. It won’t be while she’s still hurt, but once she’s healed, WWE will cut her loose. It’s a shame really. I’ve always liked her.
Sasha Banks – After Bayley wins the Women’s Title at WrestleMania, Sasha turns heel on Bayley on the post Mania Raw. They’ll feud over the title until SummerSlam.
Summer Rae – She’s been dealing with an injury, so as of now, there’s no telling when she might come back. I can’t really make a prediction due to that.
Tamina – No telling when she’s slated to make her return, but it’ll be brief. She’s had difficulty staying healthy, so she also gets released.
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