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5 Predictions for Wrestling in 2022

The Grevas Report

Welcome back to The Grevas Report! While I haven’t exactly been weekly with this column, my hope is to be next year. But it’s not the quantity, it’s the quality that counts right? Let’s have some fun in this edition though. Join me as I get my Nostradamus on and make my 5 predictions for wrestling in 2022!

Adam Cole Beats Hangman For AEW Championship

If you’re expecting Bryan Danielson to snatch the gold from The Cowboy at Winter is Coming, I’ve got some bad news for you: He isn’t. Danielson is going to do great things in AEW but he’s not going to be the one to end Adam Page’s title run. No, it’s going to be Adam Cole, Bay Bay.

Page is going to have a nice run with the title. He’s going to beat a few names to solidify his run. AEW doesn’t play hot potato with its championships and they’re not going to start here. Expect Page to beat Danielson and maybe even Punk, Miro, Jericho, or other credible contenders before the man who will be the franchise player (sorry Shane Douglas) takes his spot.

I’ve heard all of the complaints about how Adam Cole has been used so far and to be honest, they drive me crazy. Cole is on every show, in featured programs and working with talents that are over. He’s being protected and he’s going to get his chance. Tony Kahn is on record saying that Cole was the one talent in NXT he was worried about competing against and he went out and signed him. Trust the long-term storytelling and by mid-2022, possibly with Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen) and Kyle O’Reilly by his side, Adam Cole will the fifth AEW champion and the top heel for years to come in the promotion.

Adam Cole is my third choice to feud with Hangman Page in my predictions for wrestling 2022

WWE Changes Its Touring Plans

This has already started to some extent but it seems like a forgone conclusion that the days of WWE grinding on the road are over. Part of the massive reductions over the last two years was to set WWE up for a new business model where house shows aren’t really in the cards anymore.

With ticket sales being less than desirable, it makes sense for WWE to part ways with a business model that’s truly a relic of the past. Less shows mean less injuries for talents, less money that’s paid to talents, and less money spent on road expenses by the company.
WWE can instead focus on more overseas tours, which are more profitable and by having less house shows, in theory, fans will be more likely to buy tickets for shows on TV or PPV.

Now to pull off a change like this where the talents aren’t making house show payoffs anymore, you need wrestlers who aren’t used to making that money. Hence, the changes in how NXT is run and the releases of so many veterans. This new group of wrestlers being groomed won’t ever have received house show payoffs and thus, won’t know what they’re missing.

Bron Breakker Defeats Roman Reigns at SummerSlam 2022

You heard it here first folks. My next prediction for wrestling in 2022 is an interesting one. Roman’s reign of terror was kicked off at SummerSlam 2020 when he returned and laid out Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt and that run will last two full years, ending at SummerSlam 2022, when Roman puts over Bron Breakker for the championship.

Roman Reigns staring down at his opponent.
Screenshot of Roman Reigns

When you think about it, there’s nobody even close to over enough on the WWE roster currently to be the one to end Roman’s run. Roman will beat Lesnar at Mania and spend the next few months talking about how he has no competition because he doesn’t. He’s been booked to be an indestructible force and whoever is chosen to be the one to ultimately beat him is going to be set up as a star in the making. That person is Bron Breakker, who has the look, the pedigree, and can work in the ring. Maybe a name change before the big push though?

A New Billionaire Enters The Game

It’s inevitable. With WWE releasing close to 200 talents in two years, Ring of Honor releasing all of their talents from contracts, and the success of Tony Khan in a short period of time, someone is going to get an idea. Someone with money, who sees tons of big-name free agents and a blueprint laid out by Khan is going to think to themselves “I can start a wrestling promotion”.

Now history has shown us that a majority of startups in the wrestling business don’t work. AEW is an anomaly, built off the passion of the wrestler’s Khan assembled and a startup promotion in 2022 would only succeed if all of the stars were aligned: Motivated talent, interested fans, a TV deal, and money to make it all happen. The odds of a success happening aren’t great at all but that doesn’t mean someone won’t try.

AEW Finds It’s Footing & Sees Steady, Not Huge Growth

My final prediction for wrestling in 2022 is a little more abstract but not any less important than the others. If you’ve been following AEW since its inception, then you know that the company threw a lot of things at the wall to see what would stick. They brought in tons of names, tried different partnerships, and experimented with a lot of ideas.

In 2021, it really seemed like the company began to who are they are. Some faces have disappeared, some have joined. The company began to settle in on who their guys and girls are and started long-term development with those characters. Things slowed down a bit into a comfortable pace.

In 2022, my prediction is essentially more of that. Some wrestlers won’t have their contracts renewed as the company’s vision tightens. It won’t be a WWE bloodbath but rather, not resigning certain people when their contracts expire. You know, the right way to do business? The other half of this prediction is that AEW will continue to see steady and healthy growth. Signs for positivity all around. A growing fan base. TV ratings improving, merch sales increasing, more WWE fans finding them. But it won’t be a massive boom the way some people expect. There will inevitably be some who consider anything less than AEW making as money as WWE a loss and those people are fools. It takes a long time to build an empire like Vince’s and that’s done slow and steady, with quality programming and keeping people’s interest. Which is exactly what I see continuing to happen in 2022.

So there you have it, my 5 predictions for wrestling in 2022. Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you think!

Written by Andrew Grevas

Andrew is the owner & CEO of 25YL Media, the parent company of Sports Obsessive, Lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan, obsessed with dynasty football leagues and former pro wrestling commentator who finally got his one more match from CM Punk.

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