Annie can sing about the sun coming out tomorrow all she wants, because if 2019 in professional wrestling is anything like 2018, we may be in for more migraines and malaise. Yes, that does sound a little histrionic, but we wrestling fans can be a pessimistic bunch. Maybe it’s time we display a little optimism for a change, and try to look forward to what WWE will bring us in the coming year?
And why not? 2019 is a clean slate, and theoretically, WWE could right the creative ship in the forthcoming new year. Maybe we’ll finally get a product that matches the satisfactory feeling we get watching NXT, and perhaps WWE will figure out a way to make Monday Night Raw just as heartily-consumable as its SmackDown counterpart? Maybe WWE can cast some sort of magic spell over the product, figuring out how to end the murky cloud of negativity that wafts through WWE’s social media circles?
Okay, that last thing will probably never happen (social media and negativity are the peanut butter and jelly of the modern age), but we still can look forward to WWE’s 2019 output. Though we’re certain there will be things worth mockery and ridicule, there will also be good tidings for us to get excited about.
This article was penned before Vince McMahon’s “shake things up-athon“ on the December 17 Raw.
10. WrestleMania Weekend In General
Even the most jaded wrestling fan finds their idealism swelling up as the days of March and early-April whittle down to WrestleMania weekend. While it’d be a convenient cheat to note all of the outside promotions that run mind-blowing events that same weekend in ‘Mania’s region, we can stick to solely WWE-related matters here, because WrestleMania time usually gets the heart going unto itself.
NXT TakeOver, the Hall of Fame ceremony, WrestleMania itself, and the post-Mania Raw and SmackDown that feature NXT call-ups – it’s a five-day orgy of decadence that brings out the best in many fans, even if WrestleMania itself doesn’t live up to expectations. The point is, the entire weekend always gets the pulse going, and even the “they’ll screw it up somehow” armchair critics (I include myself here) will indulge their inner child for a little while.