With a new year comes new opportunities for change in the world of WWE, and also attempts by alleged wrestling experts to predict what might happen within the biggest wrestling company on the planet in the next twelve months. And since we are those self-professed alleged wrestling experts, we took a shot at making some guesses at things we just might see happen in WWE in 2017. Some of them are probably pretty obvious, some are admittedly a little off-the-wall, but if we even get a few of them right, we’ll be able to consider ourselves wrestling geniuses forever. Read on, and see if you agree with any of our wild prognostications!
10. Samoa Joe Debuts At The Royal Rumble
Let’s get this one out of the way first, because losing the NXT Title back to Shinsuke Nakamura at a live event in Japan a week after he won it in Toronto, then getting absolutely stomped in his final rematch in Australia, plus being absent for all recent NXT TV tapings simply screams “Joe is getting promoted”, and if he isn’t one of the 30 competitors in the 2017 Royal Rumble, we will be absolutely shocked and dismayed. We don’t know which brand he’ll end up on after that, but the prospect of AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe in WWE makes us very happy, and failing that, The Miz is walking around with the Intercontinental Title and just begging to get stomped into next week by someone, so if it were up to us, we’d put him on Smackdown. That said, we’d prefer to put all our favorite wrestlers on Smackdown because they might actually get used correctly there, so take that part of our prediction with a grain of salt.