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WWE: My Hopes For 2010
by David Ruse on 11 January 2010

The coming year promises to be an exciting one in the WWE; Bret Hart has made a never-expected return, new stars are being handed their shot at the big time and the allurement of another Wrestlemania is almost upon us. No-one knows exactly what the future will bring, but here are my wishes for the next 12 months.

1. The Bret Hart programme to be handled the right way

It is not just the majority of England that has been swarmed with ice, Hell has also frozen over. It must have – the Hitman is back. The temptation will be to put Bret on Raw as much as possible but it is vital that he does not overshadow everything else. Keep his in-ring time to minimum – preferably just the inevitable bout against Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania – and ensure the vocal segments are strong and purposeful, and, more importantly, not too frequent, so that other storylines are given suitable exposure. Bret’s marquee name has generated intrigue, the creative team must sustain it.

2. ECW to remain in place

There have been plenty of rumours that the Tuesday brand is destined for demise but I would implore the decision makers to keep it alive. ECW may not garner the ratings of Raw or Smackdown, yet it is a fundamental part of the WWE. Frustrated mid-carders are given a new lease of life, upcoming starlets are allowed to hone their craft, while veterans are handed a final run in the spotlight as reward for helping the new boys develop. Change the name, change the personnel, but please, don’t exterminate the show.

3. The continued resurgence of tag team wrestling

Last year’s unifying of Jeri-Show not only made Chris Jericho the most viewed man on WWE programming, it also transferred the tag team titles from an afterthought into a truly desired possession. Formerly used to appease superstars lacking any direction, the gold enjoyed a renaissance in 2009. Wrestlers wanted to earn it, fans cared about who was battling for it and December’s TLC pay-per-view was even main-evented by a match for the titles. Maybe Vince has finally realised the passion that exists for tag team bouts – let’s hope it continues in the future.

4. More mangers to be utilised

Now here is a tradition that seems to have been phased out. In the past we had a plethora of charismatic ringside supervisors, who played a major part in helping wrestlers get over with the crowd. These days, however, they have all but been extinguished, and I do not get why. Look at the effect Armando Estrada had on the late Umaga, his dynamic management one of the premier reasons the taciturn Samoan achieved such success. There are a number of other introverted WWE performers who could do with the same treatment and with the likes of James Mitchell, Jamie Noble and even Abraham Washington lurking around, there is hardly a dearth of orators who could fill the role.

5. No-one to expect Shawn Michaels v Undertaker II to better version 1

All fingers point towards a rematch between the Showstopper and the Deadman at Wrestlemania 26. Whether it is lazy work from the writers or an inspired choice, the two warhorses are likely to put on one hell of a show. It will, however, have to go some to top last year’s stunning encounter and that may be beyond Michaels and Taker, regardless of how talented they are. The bodies are ageing and the limbs are not as swift, so if they do lock horns once more, I just ask you not to moan that the 2009 meeting was better. We may never see a match of that quality again.

6. The end of the Raw guest-host saga

Do not get me wrong, some of the weekly general managers have been a success. Mark Cuban and Seth Green were surprisingly sterling, Ted DiBiase and Dusty Rhodes were – as you would expect – brilliant and Jesse Ventura was exceptional, but a lot of the other temporary anchors have been woeful. I know Vince wants to branch out into the realm of celebrity but Raw is lacking a definitive head honcho, someone to bring consistency to deciding matches and a target for annoyed superstars’ gripes. So come on WWE, chose a GM and stick with them.

7. Christian to move to one of the top two brands

I am not alone in saying this but the time is nigh for Captain Charisma to spread his wings and fly over to the bright lights of Raw or Smackdown. The Canadian has done an excellent job during his stint on ECW, proving to be an entertaining title holder and meshing brilliantly with an array of opponents, and must surely have shown Vince that he is worthy of a high-profile place on one of the ‘A’ shows. Perhaps give Christian his Wrestlemania moment, by letting him walk into WWE’s biggest night of the year with the ECW strap, but when that excitable evening has reached its climax, let the man wave his goodbyes and make his return to the big leagues.

8. One more HHH v HBK series

They may be best buddies now, swaggering around with the tag team gold, a new leprechaun mascot and endless streams of substandard merchandise, but hopefully a feud between HBK and HHH is being plotted behind the scenes. It has been quite a while since they last did battle, so for the younger fans it would represent something fresh and for the older ones, a rivalry steeped in history. The story would be easy to concoct and knowing each other so well, the DX partners would undoubtedly put on some stunning matches and promos. If Michaels played the heel, it would be even better.

9. MVP to go back to Smackdown as a heel

When the Franchise Playa roamed Smackdown earlier in his career, he looked like being the next big breakout star. The bling, the cocky persona and the ever-improving in-ring skills, it seemed just a matter of time before he reached the apex. A face turn and switch to Raw later, MVP has lost all his momentum and is now nothing but a jobber to the stars. There is still hope though. Let him go back to being a heel, move him from the congested, star-filled Raw roster to his spiritual home on Friday nights, and give him the chance to flourish. A new main-event option you may make.

10. Surprise returns to be just that

WWE lacks a lot of mystery these days as the comeback of Christian showed. His re-emergence was rumbled by an assortment of online sources, meaning that when he finally turned up on TV, there was a joyful cheer as opposed to pulsating frenzy. In this digital age it is extremely difficult to maintain secrets but not impossible, so whether it’s Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Doink the Clown or Sylvain Grenier (I don’t know why him, he just popped into my head) who make a return, I want it to be kept under wraps. Nothing beats a good old wrestling shocker.

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6 Responses to “WWE: My Hopes For 2010”

  • #1: Ultimate Warrior gets inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame, class of 2010, guest hosts Monday Night Raw and returns to the WWE!

    Other returns and/or inductions that would be great are: Randy Savage, Honky Tonk Man, Ted Dibiase and more legends from their time.

    ‘Red Rocker’ Sammy Hagar guest hosting WWE Raw would be good too!

  • It would be good if all the above happened but don’t think it will :/ the tag division will never be as good as it was in WWE. Great Khali and Matt Hardy teamed together on Smackdown, that’s just stupid because they have nothing for either men to do.

    The thing with WWE as well is that the matches are more or less the same, they all follow the 7 part structure and we know what will happen next, we need some younger guys pushed and given a chance to prove their talent but we are still getting Randy Orton, Triple H, Cena, HBK, Undertaker , Batista and Mysterio in the main events.

    Kofi Kingston is looking like he will be main eventing in the future. ..

    PLUG: You can watch my wrestling match on Youtube HERE!

  • I think this time HBK Shawn Michaels is going to break Undertakers winning streak, I would bet on it! WrestleMania 25 presented a great match between them….but WrestleMania 26 is going to be better, especially with HBK defeating the Undertaker!

  • Resurgence of Tag Team wrestling sounds good… How about giving the ladies some more time in the spotlight too?

  • Yes these things would be great but knowing WWE hardly any will happen. I agree mid card guys should get a push e.g. Kofi Kingston, Ted Dibiase Jr, Shelton Benjamin, John Morrison, MVP and The Miz.

    The Rock to guest host Raw, also other hosts I would like to see are: JR, Steve Austin, Mr T and Goldberg.

    Brock Lesnar jumping back to the WWE from UFC would be great as he is such a great worker also Kurt Angle from TNA would be good but I doubt that even despite the screwjob…

    Lastly Egde returning as a face to fued with Jericho!!!

  • All I want is for someone to kick, stomp and beat the heck out of Randy Orton..he is too dang cocky!

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