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Rants & Rumours: WWE & AEW Predictions for 2022

I guess this is going to be an annual thing now, but I’m adding AEW to the mix! If history is any indicator, 80% of what you see here will be wrong.

The Usual Stuff:
  • Men’s Royal Rumble Winner: Brock Lesnar
  • Women’s Royal Rumble Winner: Alexa Bliss
  • Men’s Money In The Bank Winner: Kevin Owens
  • Women’s Money In The Bank Winner: Shotzi Blackheart
  • Wrestlemania 38 Main Event: Roman Reigns (c) vs Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship
Champions To Close The Year:
  • WWE Champion: Drew McIntyre
  • WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
  • WWE Women’s Champion (Raw): Bayley
  • WWE Women’s Champion (SmackDown): Shotzi Blackheart
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion: Matt Riddle
  • WWE United States Champion: Bron Breakker
  • WWE Tag Team Champions (Raw): The Usos
  • WWE Tag Team Champions (SmackDown): Chad Gable & Otis
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Bianca Belair & Toni Storm
  • WWE 24/7 Champion: N/A (see additional predictions)
  • NXT Champion: Grayson Waller
  • NXT Women’s Champion: Elektra Lopez
  • NXT North American Champion: Harland
  • NXT Cruiserweight Champion: Ikemen Jiro
  • NXT Tag Team Champions: MSK
  • NXT UK Champion: Tyler Bate
  • NXT UK Women’s Champion: Blair Davenport
  • NXT UK Tag Champions: Pretty Deadly
Some Other Stuff:
  • WWE will get rid of / repurpose the 24/7 Championship, replacing it with a new title for legitimate matchups that is defended across all brands
  • John Cena will not make a single in-person appearance for WWE in 2022
  • We will see someone from the original AEW roster make the jump to WWE in 2022
  • Vader will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame
  • NXT will be included in Survivor Series again, making it a showdown between three brands
  • Braun Stroman will return to the company
  • NXT Call Ups: L.A. Knight, Bron Breakker, Toxic Attraction & Duke Hudson

The Basics:
  • Owen Hart Memorial Tournament Winners: Jungle Boy & Tay Conti
  • Dynamite Diamond Ring Winner: Sammy Guevara
  • First Ever TBS Women’s Champion: Ruby Soho
  • All Out 2022 Main Event: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly
Champions To Close The Year:
  • AEW Word Champion: “Hangman” Adam Page
  • AEW TNT Champion: Ricky Starks
  • AEW Women’s Champion: Thunder Rosa
  • AEW TBS Champion: Brit Baker
  • AEW Tag Team Champions: Jurassic Express
  • FTW Champion: Hook
Some Other Stuff:
  • At some point in the year, we’re going to get a PPV match of Cody Rhodes vs Sting
  • CM Punk will not have a singles title match in 2022
  • Only 2 different people will hold the AEW World Championship in 2022
  • None of the EVPs will hold titles in 2022
  • NJPW will have a title defended at All Out 2022
Let’s see how these pan out, and we’ll check in this time next year to see how wrong I ended up being!