The Crow's Nest - Wishes and Predictions for 2013
Dec 28, 2012 - 6:33:54 PM
1) Wishes and Predictions for 2013 (12/28/12)
I started this column a handful of times over the last week and a half or so, originally intending it to be a “Christmas Wishes” type column, but various other commitments kept dragging me away. I guess that’s what I get for trying to write a column while visiting friends and family back on the East coast. But I find myself with some spare time today, so let’s get this done, shall we?
Normally I save the “wishes and predictions” stuff for my PPV columns, but it seems fitting to do for this one as well. I thought 2012 was a pretty solid year to be a wrestling fan. We got to see some new faces debut, older ones finally move up the card, and a couple of amazing title reigns, among everything else that went on. Even TNA seemed to step its game up and finally make people take more notice of them, something that I don’t need to tell you is kind of a big deal.
So what would I like to see happen in 2013? Lots of things, to be honest. Some of them are more likely to actually happen than others, but I’ll let you all be the judges of that.
Wish #1) For Jeff Jarrett to Come Back to TV
I know a lot of people will disagree with this one right off the bat, but truthfully I don't see why. Jarrett may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but his work in TNA has, for the most part, been awesome. He's great on the mic and in the ring, particularly when he's up against another top-caliber wrestler, and he provides enough of a rub to the younger guys who beat him that he's a valuable asset to the team. He's been gone for a while now, so a return at this point would be fresh enough that it would be entertaining. Personally I think he'd be a great choice to reveal as the leader of Aces & 8s, because really, who has a better reason to hold a grudge against TNA? Jarrett starts the company, gets demoted, then gets fired? Yeah, I'd say it's a pretty easy storyline to write. Plus, as I've mentioned in earlier columns, Jarrett is a great choice as he can be more than just a mouthpiece; he can also step in the ring and compete. Aces & 8s needs a big name at the helm, and Jarrett fits the bill. But truthfully I'd settle for him just being back on TV.
Prediction #1) Jeff Hardy Will Re-Sign with TNA
This one isn’t really much of a stretch, but I figure it’s big enough to warrant a mention. Jeff Hardy is 35 years old now, and you don’t need to be an expert to see that his body is pretty banged up. Between his high-impact wrestling style and extra-curricular activities, he’s been through a lot in his career. So while he could make a lot more money by returning to WWE for a couple years before retiring, I believe that he’s far too comfortable in TNA right now to want to leave. He’s got a nice, light schedule, he’s always going to be a main event guy, and I’m sure he’s still making a fair amount of money. Plus, he’s got a young kid at home now, is he really going to want to take on a full WWE schedule and sacrifice time with his family? I don’t think so. I have no doubt we’ll see Jeff back in WWE at some point before he hangs up his boots, but it won’t be in 2013.
Wish #2) For Bully Ray to FINALLY Become TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Seriously, when is this going to happen? Bully Ray has been one of the top guys in TNA for over a year now, and during that time he has become one of the most entertaining parts of any TNA program. He even manages to make me care about his current involvement with Brooke Hogan, and she's one of the least charismatic people on the planet. The main event scene in TNA is pretty cluttered right now, but it's about time Bully got what he deserved.
Prediction #2) Bully Ray Will NOT Become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion
I’d love to see it happen, I really would, but I just don’t see it. TNA has had a load of perfect opportunities to put the belt around Bully’s waist and they’ve ignored them all, and sadly I don’t think 2013 will be much different. There’s too much going on in the title scene right now, and I think that Bully is going to get lost in the shuffle again. He’ll stay in the main event, he might even get a title shot or two, but he won’t get his title reign. I do hope I’m wrong with this prediction.
Wish #3) For More Young Stars to have Breakout Years
Both TNA and WWE have a plethora of young, hungry superstars just waiting for their chance to “make it”. To clarify, this wish isn’t calling for all these young guys to have World Title runs in 2013 or anything, just for them to make some kind of an impact. If I had to pick one wrestler in particular, I’d have to go with TNA’s Magnus. The dude is incredible, and he’s come a very VERY long way since debuting with the company. TNA seems to be hesitant to push him for some reason though. The company will start to push him, but it always seems that just as Magnus is starting to gain some serious momentum, he disappears again. Magnus is a guy that could become a World Champion in 2013 and it wouldn’t seem out of place, and I certainly wouldn’t oppose it.
To be less specific though, I just want to see some fresh faces on my screen. The future of wrestling is on the shoulders of these up-and-coming superstars, and if they aren’t developed properly, both WWE and TNA will find themselves in serious trouble if/when they lose their top guys. They need to be establishing young stars that, should it be necessary, could be called upon to move up the card and keep the product strong and entertaining.
Prediction #3) Jesse Sorensen Will Return to TNA and become X-Division Champion Before the Year is Over
Sorensen, if you recall, is a guy who I pegged as a big part of TNA’s future. I think he has all the tools to become a big star, and considering he’s only 23 right now he’s got loads of time to realize that potential. Unfortunately he was taken out of action with a fairly serious injury just as he was starting to gain some serious momentum, and aside from a couple of mentions from announcers and a brief appearance at a PPV, he hasn’t done a lot to stick in the minds of the fans during his absence. That being said, I don’t think it’s going to take much work to get his popularity back up once he does return. All it’s going to take is a promo from him and the announcers hyping up “how much he’s overcome” to come back. Sorensen will go on to win the X-Division Championship, and should he return early enough he may even get a good run before the title is taken away and given to whoever will get the World Title shot at Destination X in July.
If memory serves, Sorensen should be back around February, and according to his Twitter updates, he’s in pretty good shape now. It seems pretty obvious that his return feud (or one of the first feuds he has upon returning) will be with Zema Ion, considering that’s the guy that injured him in the first place. Whatever happens though, I look forward to seeing him return and start on that path to glory that he was on before he got put on the shelf.
So that thing I said about having time to write a full column? Apparently I lied, I have yet another family Christmas dinner to attend. I know, #FirstWorldProblems right? So I will leave you with those few wishes and predictions for now, but I will be back to update with more over the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled for more. Until then though, thanks for stopping by.
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