10 Presents WWE and AEW Wrestling Followers Deserve in 2024
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2024 should be the yr Chad Gable unseats Gunther as Intercontinental champion.Credit score: WWE.com
All in all, the yr of 2023 has been fairly form to WWE and AEW followers because the panorama continues to evolve and be as unpredictable as ever earlier than.
WWE’s televised product continues to enhance week by week with the month-to-month premium reside occasions being recurring highlights. AEW’s personal pay-per-views have additionally been glorious along with some robust storylines and breathtaking matches.
Adam “Edge” Copeland and CM Punk swapping corporations previously few months alone ought to point out that 2024 will likely be an much more monumental yr for wrestling, particularly with a number of key contracts coming due within the subsequent few months.
Wrestling followers are so numerous in what they need that it may possibly tough to find out what would appease to the overwhelming majority, however throughout such an thrilling time within the historical past of the enterprise the place nearly something can occur, there are some fantasy eventualities that the majority would like to see develop into a actuality.
Within the spirit of the vacation season, these are the ten presents WWE and AEW followers deserve in 2024. Whether or not the designated Santa Claus in control of every firm–Triple H and Tony Khan, respectively–intend to ship on these Christmas miracles stays to be seen.
The Finish of Roman Reigns’ Undisputed WWE Common Championship Reign
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The top of this ongoing period with Roman Reigns because the Undisputed WWE Common champion is nicely previous its expiration date.
The time for him to lastly lose was at WrestleMania 39, however WWE dropped the ball by reserving Reigns to retain as an alternative. What we have gotten with Reigns since then hasn’t been dangerous, nevertheless it was painfully obvious that the Bloodline saga peaked post-SummerSlam and is now working on fumes.
There isn’t a purpose for Reigns’ run to increase past WrestleMania 40. He is damaged sufficient data previously three-plus years, and though holding the gold till September would see him surpass Hulk Hogan’s first WWE Championship reign, it is not value it.
SmackDown is in determined want of a full-time champion, and the Reigns’ character cannot progress till he drops the distinguished prize. In fact, Cody Rhodes “ending his story” by beating Reigns at ‘Mania would take advantage of sense with the story that is been advised with them up thus far.
It will likely be a large second when Reigns suffers his first singles loss in over 4 years and a brand new champion is topped, at which level WWE can shut the guide on The Bloodline’s dominance and transfer ahead.
Adam Copeland and Christian Cage Reuniting within the Tag Group Division
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AEW was a logical touchdown spot for the previous Edge as there wasn’t a lot left for him to do creatively in WWE, whereas the change of surroundings has helped make him really feel contemporary once more.
He wasted no time in setting his sights on Christian Cage and making his intentions away from desirous to reunite as a tag workforce. Christian refused, and now the 2 are embroiled in a ruthless rivalry over the AEW TNT Championship, which may culminate with their No Disqualification match at Worlds Finish.
The endgame for the angle needs to be for them to place their variations apart and be a part of AEW’s stacked tag workforce division, ideally as babyfaces. It does not essentially must be quickly however moderately someday in 2024.
It is unknown how for much longer Copeland intends to wrestle for and the way lengthy his keep in AEW will likely be, so it is crucial this occur on the earlier aspect. Between The Younger Bucks, FTR, The Lucha Brothers and so many others, the match potentialities are countless.
Maybe they will seize tag workforce title gold one final time as nicely.
LA Knight as Mr. Cash within the Financial institution
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The natural, speedy rise of LA Knight in 2023 has been fascinating to observe.
He began the yr as simply one other member of the SmackDown roster and ends it as one of many greatest babyfaces on the model. That features a pay-per-view main-event with Undisputed WWE Common champion Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel and a slew of different high-profile victories alongside the best way.
The opposite factor that eluded him this yr–apart from championship gold–was successful the boys’s Cash within the Financial institution briefcase. He got here near clinching it at July’s occasion however fell brief to Damian Priest.
That may be his golden ticket to a different alternative at a high title, which he ought to win earlier than 2024 is thru. He can problem for (and win) america Championship within the meantime, however both the Undisputed title or the World Heavyweight Championship needs to be his final objective.
LA Knight as Mr. Cash within the Financial institution is a match made in heaven, and it’d solely be acceptable for him to proper that flawed from 2023.
Will Ospreay Headlining All In
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Will Ospreay will go down as one of the vital essential acquisitions in AEW historical past if he can keep wholesome and reside as much as his full potential.
The previous IWGP World Heavyweight champion is inarguably the most effective wrestlers on the earth in the present day and is certain to make a serious splash as soon as he joins AEW full-time on the onset of 2024. From Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega to MJF and Swerve Strickland, there are a lot of matches that should occur.
Ospreay was concerned within the first-ever All In occasion at London’s Wembley Stadium in August the place he beat Chris Jericho, however now that he is formally beneath contract to AEW, it might be reserving malpractice for him not headline this subsequent installment.
The AEW World Championship image can change drastically between at times, however Ospreay towards both Danielson or MJF with the gold up for grabs would clearly deserve high billing on a present of that magnitude.
Ospreay strolling out of All In 2024 the brand new AEW World champ can be nothing wanting a surreal sight.
Bianca Belair and Jade Cargill Crossing Paths
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Jade Cargill made wrestling headlines on a handful of events in 2023, first by turning into AEW’s longest-reigning champion ever after which by leaving the promotion and placing pen to paper with WWE shortly thereafter.
WWE rapidly capitalized on her signing by placing her throughout Uncooked, SmackDown and NXT for a number of weeks in a row, and though she hasn’t appeared on-screen since October, the assumption is that she’s at present coaching on the Efficiency Middle forward of her eventual arrival on WWE TV.
Cargill can be a welcome addition to both the Uncooked or SmackDown ladies’s divisions on the time, however she may simply as simply find yourself in NXT and work her method by means of the ranks, simply as she did in AEW.
No matter which present she indicators with, it could be a surreal sight to see her cross paths with Bianca Belair at one level or one other.
The 2 have lengthy been in contrast to one another because of their comparable athletic backgrounds and larger-than-life auras. It could possibly be thought-about the most important dream match WWE may guide with Cargill, so holding off on it till the time is correct is comprehensible.
Nonetheless, a fast interplay within the ladies’s Royal Rumble can be a pleasant preview of what to anticipate after they inevitably go one-on-one.
Mercedes Moné Again to Being Featured Prominently in WWE or AEW
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It has been over seven months since we final noticed the extremely achieved Mercedes Moné compete. She suffered an ankle harm in a NJPW Sturdy Girls’s Championship match with Willow Nightingale again in Might and has but to resurface.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer reported in November that Moné at present has no dates left with both New Japan Professional-Wrestling or Stardom, successfully rendering her a free agent.
Regardless of showing at AEW All In, Fightful Select’s Sean Ross Sapp reported on Dec. 15 that there are now not any working plans for her to be introduced into the promotion. That does not utterly rule out a run for her there, nevertheless it is not wanting seemingly in the meanwhile.
With Bayley’s exile from Injury CTRL imminent, Moné returning to her roots as Sasha Banks in WWE and reuniting along with her former buddy can be an incredible story to inform.
It is irrelevant which firm she chooses to signal with, however she belongs on a giant stage that solely WWE and AEW can present her with in 2024. An prolonged stint in Japan can be enjoyable if that is the place she’s happiest, however WWE and AEW followers are anxiously awaiting the day she will be able to combine it up with the highest expertise these two promotions have to supply.
Chad Gable Unseating Gunther as Intercontinental Champion
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Roman Reigns should not be the one long-running champion dethroned in 2024. Gunther can also be within the midst of a historic reign as Intercontinental champion however is able to take that subsequent step towards main-event glory.
Earlier than he can try this, he should first be overwhelmed for the Intercontinental Championship, and Chad Gable is the proper particular person for such a spot.
The 2 had a number of spectacular matches over the summer time, however Gable was by no means capable of pin Gunther and take the title. He made it abundantly clear within the aftermath of their feud that he won’t relaxation till he lastly conquers Gunther for his coveted championship.
The multi-time tag workforce champion has performed nothing of word on his personal since final dropping to Gunther, so he’ll want to begin racking up victories so as to really feel like a official risk to the title once more.
CM Punk being again all however confirms Gunther will not be difficult for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 40, that means Gunther and Gable working it again on The Grandest Stage of Them All is a particular chance together with Gable getting his simply due.
Jamie Hayter Getting back from Damage and Returning to Title Rivalry
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Jamie Hayter has sorely been missed on AEW programming since being sidelined with an harm again in Might and may’t come again quickly sufficient.
Previous to her hiatus, Hayter was the crown jewel of the ladies’s division. She reigned as AEW Girls’s World champion for a strong six months, introduced the perfect out of everybody she labored with and broke out as a giant star that the reside crowds had been very a lot behind.
The title scene has largely lacked pleasure in her absence, although Toni Storm placing gold along with her present character has helped tremendously. As soon as Hayter is able to return, Storm will likely be ready to select up the place they left off.
Storm was the one who ended Hayter’s run as champ at Double or Nothing and, in storyline, is the rationale why she was put out of motion. They’ve waged battle on plenty of events over the past two years and by no means stop to have prime quality matches collectively.
Thunder Rosa returning just lately gives the division with a giant increase, however Hayter may show to be much more of a difference-maker.
CM Punk as a Paul Heyman Man, Once more
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This choice is a little more out of left area however not solely implausible.
CM Punk is without doubt one of the front-runners to win the 2024 males’s Royal Rumble, however no matter whether or not he can come out on high, it’s nearly assured that he’ll headline WrestleMania 40 with Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship.
What is not as set in stone is the end result of that highly-anticipated conflict.
Rollins may feasibly retain the title, which might ship the message that Punk is owed nothing after being gone for practically a decade and might want to pay some dues earlier than getting a championship run. Punk turning into champ would arguably be the extra satisfying end, however how he is capable of pull it off will likely be additional attention-grabbing.
The final word swerve can be Punk dishonest to beat Rollins, turning heel and reuniting with Paul Heyman quickly after.
If The Bloodline collapses at WrestleMania and Roman Reigns takes break day, Heyman will want somebody to handle within the meantime and Punk is a primary candidate given their checkered previous. Punk and Heyman had been a cash pairing again in 2012-2013 and are undoubtedly able to recreating that very same magic over a decade later.
Swerve Strickland as World Champion
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Within the final year-plus, MJF has performed an distinctive job of elevating the profile of the AEW World Championship and making it really feel like essentially the most prestigious prize within the firm.
The time has come for him to go the torch to another person for the foreseeable future, and though Samoa Joe may very nicely knock off MJF for the title at Worlds Finish, Swerve Strickland could possibly be the higher guess given his present profession trajectory.
It does not essentially must be MJF who he beats to develop into champion, however it could make sense following their face-off backstage final Wednesday on Dynamite and it being a first-time-ever matchup.
Strickland’s inventory has soared within the final three months and he finds himself on the point of breaking by means of to the main-event scene. Being on the higher echelon of the cardboard will not be sufficient; he should put on world championship gold sooner or later in 2024.
It might nearly be egregious for him to not. He possesses all of the instruments essential to be a franchise participant for the promotion for years to come back, beginning with a reign as AEW World champion sooner moderately than later.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham “GSM” Matthews, has specialised in sports activities and leisure writing since 2010. Go to his web site, WrestleRant, and subscribe to his YouTube channel for extra wrestling-related content material.