CB Asks: What Are YOUR Pro Wrestling Predictions for WWE and TNA in 2014?
by CB on January 1, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! As we say goodbye to 2013, I thought it would be a perfect time to gauge YOU – the Inside Pulse Wrestling reading audience – on your thoughts and predictions for WWE and TNA in 2014.

Below are some questions that you can answer in the comments section below, or you can simply state your general predictions there as well!

Who will win the 2014 Royal Rumble?

Who will be the surprise entrants in the 2014 Royal Rumble?

Who will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and when will the title change happen?

What will Batista’s and Brock Lesnar’s feuds be during their Road To WrestleMania returns?

Who will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX?

Who will be the next Divas Champion and when will the title change take place?

How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

Daniel Bryan

Dolph Ziggler

Big E Langston

Kane

Antonio Cesaro

Will the WWE Network finally launch in 2014? Would you subscribe?

What is TNA’s outlook for 2014?

Will TNA get sold or go out of business in 2014?

What are up to five ways you would try to “salvage” TNA in 2014?

How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

AJ Styles

Abyss/Joseph Park

Kurt Angle

Austin Aries

Bully Ray

And lastly:

Where in the world is long-time Pulse Wrestling commenter Joseph Hargrove? Is he:

a) in Japan with flaming wombat

b) on tour booking every hotel room next door to Eva Marie for a chance to tell her “Cheers mate!”

c) writing me emails from The Shield’s Undisclosed Location at every WWE event

d) Watching SHIMMER iPPVs from his hotel at Universal Studios where he has signed up for a VIP autograph session with the returning Madison Rayne

e) all of the above, because that’s how Hargrove rolls!

That’s all from me — see you in the comments section! — CB.



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  • BD

    My predictions for 2014:

    – Shaemus will come back to a small pop which will lead to some speculating on a new push and him main-eventing WrestleMania, SummerSlam at the LATEST…………….

    – Mark Henry will get injured again.

  • CB40

    LOL, happy new year Blair

  • Zork

    Hargrove is like the Nature Boy of wrestling fans. Dude gets around.

    My Predictions…

    The Shield will break up at Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania. I’m leaning more heavily towards the Rumble.

    I…can’t predict who will win the Rumble.

    The Undertaker will probably face down Brock Lesnar or someone from the Shield.

    Dolph Ziggler will probably continue to putter around until after Wrestlemania season is over. I expect him to be in a tag match of some type at the PPV. I think Big E will continue to dominate or at the very least have more competitive looking matches like the one he just had with Fandango, actually building up the Intercontinental Title some, and giving him the image of a fighting champion…something we haven’t had in a long while.

    TNA’s outlook is not good. TNA will either be sold or go out of business but the latter seems more likely to me. TNA is unsalvagable at this point aside from doing a complete rebranding again along with gutting a lot of management and personnel. Nobody likes the F word, but it’s clear that some people have GOT to GO.

    AJ Styles will wrestle for Ring of Honor and maybe do a few tours in Japan I would guess. Abyss will continue to not be Abyss because that’s a great idea. Kurt Angle will waste another year of his life in TNA rather than finishing his career out in WWE like he should.

    That’s all I got.

  • lawlore

    Does it count as a prediction if it’s just observing a regular annual cycle?

  • CB40

    I’d actually prefer Undertaker vs. Ambrose or a Shield member at Mania, but I think Brock-Taker will be booked as the money match (or Taker-Cena)

  • http://stevengepp.wordpress.com/ Steven Gepp

    Who will win the 2014 Royal Rumble? HHH

    Who will be the surprise entrants in the 2014 Royal Rumble? Sheamus, Sid Vicious, Jake Roberts and Christopher Walken

    Who will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and when will the title change happen? Orton, Cena and HHH will swap the title amongst themselves all year until they all have more world title reigns than Ric Flair, and so he can finally be written out of wrestling history.

    What will Batista’s and Brock Lesnar’s feuds be during their Road To WrestleMania returns? With their egos. My money’s on the egos winning.

    Who will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX? Who cares? Undertaker will win, and if it’s even watchable, it will be a miracle and that will all be down to his opponent carrying him. As usual.

    Who will be the next Divas Champion and when will the title change take place? Sandra Bullock, at Wrestlemania, to promote her new film Gravity 2: Gravity Sucks.

    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:
    Daniel Bryan – down. By Jan 1, 2015 he’ll be ROH champion
    Dolph Ziggler – down. By Jan 1, 2015 he’ll be chief greeter at the Walmart store at Akron Ohio.
    Big E Langston – he’ll be stuck in a holding pattern, probably trading the IC title with Cesaro.
    Kane – down. By Jan 1, 2015 he’ll be losing in 3 minute squash matches on NXT. To Paige.
    Antonio Cesaro – see Big E Langston.

    Will the WWE Network finally launch in 2014? Would you subscribe? – No, no. (Like it’ll be available in Australia! And if it is, who has $100 a month to spend on wrestling we’ve already seen?)

    What is TNA’s outlook for 2014? Against all odds, despite everything that it appears to be doing to shoot itself in the foot or the back of the head, TNA will survive. Billy Corgan and ICP will buy it about July and it will limp on in some form or another.

    Will TNA get sold or go out of business in 2014? See above

    What are up to five ways you would try to “salvage” TNA in 2014? (1) Stick with being a TV product, with no more than 4 PPVs a year; (2) Get rid of dead wood wrestlers; name wrestlers have done nothing to bump ratings, so dump Anderson, EC3, and others who can’t actually wrestle; (3) Focus on being TNA, not WWE-lite, or WCW v2.0, or zombie WCCW – have wrestling matches that are fun to watch and minimise the backstage bullshit and everything Carter; (4) Keep Sting as a mentor – stick him in the tag ranks and have him tag for a few months at a time with whatever up and comer needs a bit more polish; and (5) Hire Jed Schaeffer as your head writer (and me as his obedient off-sider) and get some coherent storylines.

    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:
    AJ Styles – Will lose the ROH title to Daniel Bryan, thus kicking off a feud that will see ROH’s stocks rise in 2015.
    Abyss/Joseph Park – Hopefully he’ll just go away in the great purge and only be seen in crappy Japanese death matches where his so-called wrestling talent can shine with exploding tables and barbed wire stupidity.
    Kurt Angle – After Jeff Jarrett’s leaving of TNA, Kurt realises he has nothing left to live for, and tries to end it all. But Jarrett stops him, and in a touching scene straight out of Deliverance, they hook up and so everyone lives happily ever after. Awww.
    Austin Aries – In June, a new wrestler named Adam Adamson appears on NXT, proclaiming himself to be the best in the world, but the commentators will also claim he has nothing – NOTHING – to back that up. He then loses every match he’s in in under 15 seconds.
    Bully Ray – In a tragic accident on the ski slopes of Aspen, both his calves explode and he is out of wrestling for good.

    And lastly: Where in the world is long-time Pulse Wrestling commenter Joseph Hargrove? Ahh, but are we not all Joseph Hargrove? Is there not a little bit of Hargrove in us all?

  • CB40

    God I love you Steven Gepp, amazing!!!

  • mj

    No questions related to the Shield members?

    Who will win the 2014 Royal Rumble?
    -Bryan, Batista, or Punk. Hopefully Bryan.

    Who will be the surprise entrants in the 2014 Royal Rumble?
    – RVD, Sheamus, Christian.

    Who will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and when will the title change happen?
    – Bryan, Batista or Punk. Wrestlemania.

    What will Batista’s and Brock Lesnar’s feuds be during their Road To WrestleMania returns?
    – Brock-Taker. Batista-Orton or Batista-Cena.

    Who will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX?
    – Cena or Brock.

    Who will be the next Divas Champion and when will the title change take place?
    – Someone from NXT. (Paige?) Wrestlemania.

    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

    Daniel Bryan
    – Will definitely get a title run at some point, but the WWE will probably mistime it (i.e. not do at WM), or turn him heel so he can win cheaply and eventually lose in embarrassing fashion to someone like Reigns since “heels are supposed to lose.”

    Dolph Ziggler
    – Midcard limbo.

    Big E Langston
    – I foresee world title matches between Langston and Reigns,

    Kane
    – He’ll get his mojo back, lose a title match, and then retire.

    Antonio Cesaro
    – Solo face run.

    Will the WWE Network finally launch in 2014? Would you subscribe?
    – Online only. I’ll pay if it’s really cheap.

    What is TNA’s outlook for 2014?
    – Limbo.

    Will TNA get sold or go out of business in 2014?
    – No.

    What are up to five ways you would try to “salvage” TNA in 2014?
    – Put the strap on Daniels and have him feud with Joe. Hire YOUNG WWE talents that are misused in order to invigorate the fanbase. If you wanna push guys that look like Crimson and Magnus, then don’t half-ass it.
    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

    AJ Styles
    -Limbo. Nothing left do in TNA and the WWE doesn’t want him or need him. He won’t be instantly over, and in the eyes of casual fans and guys like Vince McMahon, what’s the difference between Styles and a guy like Tyson Kidd or Justin Gabriel?

    Abyss/Joseph Park
    – No comment.

    Kurt Angle
    – Leaves the promotion.

    Austin Aries
    – Limbo.

    Bully Ray
    – Goes back down to the midcard.Might jump to the WWE with his “brother” for an interesting angle in their renewed tag division.

  • http://www.seattlecomedy.net/petergreyy.html Peter Greyy

    Looking at my answers, I guess I’m a glass half-empty sort of guy…

    Who will win the 2014 Royal Rumble?
    –Ryback

    Who will be the surprise entrants in the 2014 Royal Rumble?
    –Two Sin Caras!

    Who will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and when will the title change happen?
    –Cena…on an upcoming Raw

    What will Batista’s and Brock Lesnar’s feuds be during their Road To WrestleMania returns?
    –Tedious.

    Who will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX?
    –HHH

    Who will be the next Divas Champion and when will the title change take place?
    –Stephanie McMahon…also on an upcoming Raw

    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

    Daniel Bryan
    –Heel turn goes disastrously wrong…ends the year curtain jerking in clusterfuck spotfests.

    Dolph Ziggler
    –Future endeavored…gets signed by TNA the same week they close.

    Big E Langston
    –Creative has nothing for him, so audience tires of him…but he keeps getting trotted out as a supposed fan-favorite.

    Kane
    –Guest referee for UT vs HHH at WMXXX. HHH “fires” both Kane and UT immediately after match. Glenn transitions into road agent.

    Antonio Cesaro
    –Daniel Bryan turns heel, Cesaro turns face. Just as audience starts to get on board…gets buried by HHH in a promo and loses consistently to both Cena and Orton.

    Will the WWE Network finally launch in 2014? Would you subscribe?
    –No…as HHH believes people would stop watching current product if they could watch shows from when the product was good.
    –And I might, if it was unfettered access to everything whenever I’d want to see it…but it won’t be that…so, no.

    What is TNA’s outlook for 2014?
    –Bleak.

    Will TNA get sold or go out of business in 2014?
    –Yes. Possibly even both.

    What are up to five ways you would try to “salvage” TNA in 2014?
    1) Move out of Florida (avoid the tourists who don’t care.) If all you have is one tv location, better to have a small house packed every show with fanatics.
    2) Keep things simple. Good guys worth cheering for vs bad guys who cheat to win or are cowardly. Bad guys frustrate good guys on tv…good guys win on PPV.
    3) Give up on anyone who can’t make #2 work (Jeff Hardy, for example.)
    4) Hire Jim Ross as your ONLY announcer.
    5) Avoid nostalgia. Quit trying to borrow credibility and nobody old draws. You’ve got a tv show–make new stars from the people who know how to work. .

    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

    AJ Styles
    –As someone else has already said…ROH Champ.

    Abyss/Joseph Park
    –Forgotten after TNA closes.

    Kurt Angle
    –Refuses invite to win Royal Rumble. Ends 2014 sitting at home, unemployed. It’s true!

    Austin Aries
    –Impressing Scott Keith with matches on NXT.

    Bully Ray
    –Runs in to beat up Sting on last ever TNA show. Appears on RAW the next week only to lose to Ryback.

    …and my biggest prediction is that probably none of these things will actually happen–but what DOES happen will be even worse.

  • CB40

    I still don’t understand why Daniels (and Kaz) aren’t better utilized in TNA, it makes no sense.

  • CB40

    I have a new Royal Rumble theory: The final four will be Daniel Bryan, Batista, CM Punk and Bray Wyatt. Punk will have just eliminated Reigns and so The Shield will eliminate Punk even though they’re all out of the match.

    Bryan and Bray will then team up on Batista, and Batista will power out and eliminate Bray Wyatt. Bryan will save himself by dangling out of the ring, popping back up and eliminating Batista with the Running Knee to send Batista over the top rope.

    Bray Wyatt will then demand Bryan gives him his title shot on Raw, but The Authority — most notably Kane — won’t let it happen.

    You then have the set up to Bryan still becoming the Champ and making this a double inside job between Kane and Bryan that gets revealed at Mania.

  • Finn McInnes

    Who will win the 2014 Royal Rumble? I’m not sure who’s going to win the Rumble, but I expect Roman Reigns to have a fairly memorable appearance. If I had to lay down hard cash, I’d go with Batista. But that almost seems too obvious.

    Who will be the surprise entrants in the 2014 Royal Rumble? Hate to be a hater, but it won’t be any of the following: AJ Syles, John Morrison, MVP, Shelton Benhamin. I could see RVD showing up. Maybe that Alexander Rusev guy from NXT. Doink the Clown!

    Who will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and when will the title change happen? Whoever the Wrestlemania challenger ends up being, he will win the title at WrestleMania.

    What will Batista’s and Brock Lesnar’s feuds be during their Road To WrestleMania returns? Batista – Orton and Brock – Undertaker. But honestly, I think the best of all possible story line potential lies with them fighting each other. I think that Bastita vs. Brock at ‘Mania XXX would be great.

    Who will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX? Probably Brock Lesnar. I would have it be Roman Reigns and he would come the closest to ending the streak, but Abrose costs him the match leading to the breakup. I would then feature Undertaker & Reigns vs. Abrose & Rollins on the next RAW or Smackdown.

    Who will be the next Divas Champion and when will the title change take place? Don’t care.

    Will the WWE Network finally launch in 2014? Would you subscribe? Probably. I’m going to be going through hardcore withdrawal from losing Classics On Demand at the end of this month. Depends on the format and the cost, ultimately.

    What is TNA’s outlook for 2014? At best the same as it was this year, probably worse.

    Will TNA get sold or go out of business in 2014? Only if Spike cancels them. Could be a real problem if Spike’s parent corporation gets the WWE TV rights.

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  • DNA

    Who will win the 2014 Royal Rumble?
    Final four: Batista, Roman Reigns (tease push), CM Punk, Daniel Bryan (accidentally eliminated Bray Wyatt) Bran will eliminate Batista and be distracted by Wyatt to get eliminated. CM Punk will win after eliminating Roman Reigns.

    Who will be the surprise entrants in the 2014 Royal Rumble? Jake Roberts, Sheamus, Chris Jericho, RVD

    Who will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion and when will the title change happen? CM Punk at Wrestlemania against Randy Orton

    What will Batista’s and Brock Lesnar’s feuds be during their Road To WrestleMania returns?
    Batista will face John Cena after losing at royal rumble. Brock will lose at royal rumble and lose in elimination chamber match, and continue with a loss to Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

    Who will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX? Above

    Who will be the next Divas Champion and when will the title change take place?
    A new diva brought up or (shudders) Natalya at Royal Rumble after longest title reign. Tamins turns on her.

    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

    Daniel Bryan – issues continue with Wyatt’s. Match with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania. Decent Wwe world heavyweight championship run in latter part of 2014.

    Dolph Ziggler – bounce in and out of upper mid card. Possible mid card title run.

    Big E Langston – push will not lead to main event.

    Kane – one more run before retiriring next year at Wrestlemania.

    Antonio Cesaro – face turn push. Wwe will fail to make him main event in 2014.

    Will the WWE Network finally launch in 2014? Would you subscribe?
    The network will launch online around Wrestlemania. No.

    What is TNA’s outlook for 2014? They will continue to drop.

    Will TNA get sold or go out of business in 2014? Yes

    What are up to five ways you would try to “salvage” TNA in 2014?
    1. Put someone who knows how to manage a wrestling business in charge. 2. Focus on making themselves unique and not try to copy WWE. 3. Hire Indy stars and make New stars. Quit pushing former wwe stars. 4. Keep the veterans to put over up and comers. 5. Cut out the filler wrestlers. Only keep the wrestlers with worth to the company. Dream one: hire JR to announce. He could make any match sound great.
    How will 2014 go for the following wrestlers:

    AJ Styles: eventually be let go and rejoin the Indys.

    Abyss/Joseph Park- fall down the card and job to new stars.

    Kurt Angle- put over new stars

    Austin Aries – will be on upper card.

    Bully Ray- blah!

  • Jeff Heatherly

    I see you’re on board for my theory a few weeks ago.

    I have to say, I grow more confident by the day.

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