As the year 2012 gives way to 2013 next Tuesday, I decided to make my own predictions on what will happen in the WWE in the coming year as I gaze into my crystal ball with these astonishing predictions:
1. Dolph Ziggler becomes the second WWE Superstar to fail to cash in his MITB contract.
The Master of Perfection has been on a roll since breaking away from his longtime girlfriend Vickie Guerrero last fall and is one of WWE's future World Champions. But, don't expect Ziggler to be the World Heavyweight Champion anytime soon as a heel (Big Show) is the current World Heavyweight Champion not to mention the likes of Randy Orton, Sheamus, and even Ryback are ahead of Ziggler in terms of possible World Heavyweight Championship contenders.
2. The Rock ends CM Punk's reign as WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble PPV.
Heading into the Royal Rumble PPV on Sunday, January 27th in Phoenix, CM Punk has held the WWE Championship for an incredible (and controversial) 434 days. However, all good things must come to an end as I see The Rock defeat the Voice of the Voiceless at the Royal Rumble PPV in a No Holds Barred match despite some interference from The Shield.
3. WWE Superstars will be cancelled next spring.
Since it debuted back in April of 2009, WWE Superstars is the place to see mid-to-low card wrestlers as well as lengthy Divas matches. However with the success of WWE Main Event, expect WWE Superstars to become extinct just like its predecessors WWE Heat and WWE Velocity.
4. A massive housecleaning in the WWE will take place in the first four months of 2013.
2012 has been a slow year for pink slips in the WWE (you can thank Linda McMahon's Senate campaign for that) as the only high-profile WWE releases featured mainly Divas (Kelly Kelly, Beth Phoenix, and the Bell Twins). But expect a high number of roster cuts in the WWE in the next several months as the likes of Ted DiBiase, JTG, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne, Ezekiel Jackson, and other lowcarders to get the boot.
5. The United States Championship will be retired.
Current United States Champion Antonio Cesaro has had an incredible rookie year after spending years in the Ring of Honor. But I expect a possible feud between Cesaro and current Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston in the very near future which will culminate with a unification match at WrestleMania 29 in which the US title will be history.