December 24, 2006
Looking ahead to 2007
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
With 2006 quickly fading in the rear-view mirror, it's time to look ahead.
Since I don't moonlight as afortune teller, the following predictions are just one man's opinion ... and since that man doesn't happen to be Vincent Kennedy McMahon, well ... it's just wrestling, for crying out loud.
John Cena will lose his championship belt ... and while it may go through Edge, Triple H will once again wear gold.
Batista may hang onto his championship belt ... I just can't see a Smackdown! foe worthy of wearing the strap.
CM Punk will wear gold ... but it may not be in ECW. If WWE continues to give its ECW product the short end of the stick, it may not survive the year.
Abyss' TNA title reign likely won't be a long one. Not with Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe biding their time.
TNA will continue to pick up steam. If you haven't checked out Impact or a TNA pay-per-view, you owe it to yourself to do so. I guarantee you will go back for more.
RAW will continue to be WWE's "go-to" show. But the D-Generation schtick will likely fade away before summer. Carlito will play a bigger role ... and so will Randy Orton, who will one day soon wear gold again.
- Oleg Prudius, the Russian that Jerry Jarrett paraded into WWE headquarters earlier this year, debuted as Vladimir Kozlov on RAW. Can't imagine Jerry's son Jeff, one of TNA's honchos, is too thrilled with papa's connection.
- Results from WWE's Armaggedon pay-per-view: Kane beat MVP in an Inferno Match (when will MVP learn you shouldn't play with fire?); Paul London and Brian Kendrick won a four-way ladder match over The Hardy Boyz, MNM and William Regal and Dave Taylor; The Boogeyman beat The Miz; Chris Benoit beat Chavo Guerrero; Gregory Helms beat Jimmy Wang Yang; The Undertaker beat Mr. Kennedy (Last Ride Match); and Batista and Cena beat King Booker and Finlay. There was also an appearance fromSanta (who turned out to be Big Dick Johnson).
At risk of being politically incorrect ... Have a Merry Christmas (and a happy holiday too)!!