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WINC Podcast (12/31:) Best Of 2015 Awards Voting Results, Big Shocker, Divas, NXT, Kevin Owens, More

Hosts Sean Ross Sapp and Raj Giri to bring you the results of the Wrestling Inc “Best of 2015” awards.

Thanks to everyone who voted over the past week for the “Best of 2015.” NXT and it’s alumni fared extremely well in the voting. You can see the results below, and listen to the podcast in the video player above, or the audio player below to hear who got second and third place, as well as honorable mentions.

Breakout Star of the Year
Kevin Owens

Feud of the Year
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena

Tag Team of the Year
New Day

Woman of the Year
Sasha Banks

Event of the Year
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

Match of the Year
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn)

Wrestler of the Year
Jay Lethal

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Finn Balor's 2016 Prediction, Tickets for Next WWE Network Special, WWE Legend Gives “Stinkface”

– Below is video of WWE Hall of Famer Bushwhacker Luke giving a “stinkface” at a recent Great North Wrestling event:

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– As noted, the next live WWE Network special will take place on Saturday, March 12th from the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Tickets for “March to WrestleMania 32” go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 8th. A pre-sale is going on now with the passcode “WWESPECIAL.”

– WWE NXT Champion Finn Balor tweeted the following bold prediction for 2016:

2016 we will change the business pic.twitter.com/c67XFOjXnP

— Finn Bálor (@wwebalor) December 31, 2015

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​MVP Reacts To Batista Coming To His Defense In WWE, What Vince McMahon Didn’t Believe

  • Birthdate: 10/28/1973 (age 42)
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 252 Ib

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MVP was recently interviewed by Sam Roberts for his pro wrestling podcast. You can check out some highlights below…

Also read: ​WWE Q2 Financials – Vince McMahon Reacts To WWE’s Q2 Performance & More

On Vince McMahon Not Believing That Batista Would Leave For Hollywood: “With [Batista’s] movie career, I remember the day he left and it was crazy because Muriel, the security guard, she walked him out and he was telling me, he goes, ‘Vince doesn’t think I’m leaving. He thinks I’m bulls–tting him. He doesn’t think I’m serious.’” MVP added, “[Batista] literally walked away from millions of dollars a year on the chance that he’d make it in Hollywood [and McMahon was saying,] ‘he’s not going to walk away from all this money.’”

On Batista Getting a Match Finish Changed to Help MVP: “We had been doing a television feud. It wasn’t a pay-per-view feud, but, every week, he and I were going through something, wrestling, and he had beaten me, like, two weeks in a row on TV. And the finish that day was he was going to beat me again. And I know my role. I’m a heel! He’s the money guy. He’s a star. That’s what I’m there for. I have no problem with that. Dave had a problem with it because he said, ‘why am I beating you again? This does nothing for you. This does nothing for me. This is pointless.’ His exact words [were], ‘you’re a f–king guy we can do something with. Why am I beating you again?’. This is what Dave said. I said, ‘f–k it, Dave. I’m working in the main event against you. I’m cool. That’s fine. I’m making that main event money. I’m getting the rub.’ He goes, ‘no, f–k that. It’s bulls–t. Lets go talk to Vince [McMahon].’” MVP continued, “Dave literally took me in to Vince and said, ‘Vince, it doesn’t make sense.’ That doesn’t happen very often in the world of professional wrestling. There aren’t that many guys that think that selflessly and see the picture in that way, so that’s the kind of guy he is.”

On What It Was Changed To: “We came up with a finish where we’d fight outside the ring, he’d be kicking my ass outside the ring, and I’d be running away from him during the count, so as I dive into the ring, I win by count out. And I kind of slid out [of] the backside of the ring and I was still scared and I’m showing, ‘oh s–t’ and [the announcer says], ‘and the winner, by count out, MVP!’ and I get my swagger back and I was like, ‘yeah, that’s right! That’s right! I won!’ And that was the finish that we came up with. Dave did that.”

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​The Latest Edition Of WWE’s ‘Five Things’ + Mick Foley Teases A Project With Eric Bischoff

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Mick Foley

Michael Francis Foley

  • Birthdate: 06/07/1965 (age 50)
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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley posted the following to his Facebook page, teasing a potential project with Eric Bischoff

A FOLEY/BISCHOFF PROJECT?

Also read: The Latest Edition Of WWE’s ‘Five Things’ + Eric Bischoff Discusses The Demise Of WCW – Videos

Stranger things have happened. What do you think about a possible EB/MF collaboration?

WWE released the following video of their “Five Things” broadcast. This week’s episode looks at five Superstars who have captured WWE’s new Grand Slam…

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WWE Announces NXT Year-End Awards 2015

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WWE.com announced the following categories for the first-ever WWE NXT Year-End AwardsOverall Competitor of the YearMale Competitor of the YearFemale Competitor of the YearTag Team of the YearMatch of the YearTakeOver of the YearVoting for these awards will be hosted on WWE.com and will begin tomorrow at 10 AM ET and end five days later. The Jan. 13, 2016, episode of NXT TV will be an Awards show announcing the winners.WWE.com announced the following categories for the first-ever WWE NXT Year-End AwardsOverall Competitor of the YearMale Competitor of the YearFemale Competitor of the YearTag Team of the YearMatch of the YearTakeOver of the YearVoting for these awards will be hosted on WWE.com and will begin tomorrow at 10 AM ET and end five days later. The Jan. 13, 2016, episode of NXT TV will be an Awards show announcing the winners.
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Jeff Hardy’s Wife Gives Birth To Their Second Child

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Jeff Hardy announced on social media today the birth of his second child.Congrats to JEFFHARDYBRAND bethhardybrand and sweet Ruby on the birth of the newest Hardy, baby Nera So happy for you Dixie Carter TNADixie December 31, 2015 . . A photo posted by jeffhardybrand on Dec 31, 2015 at 940am PSTJeff Hardy announced on social media today the birth of his second child.Congrats to JEFFHARDYBRAND bethhardybrand and sweet Ruby on the birth of the newest Hardy, baby Nera So happy for you Dixie Carter TNADixie December 31, 2015 . . A photo posted by jeffhardybrand on Dec 31, 2015 at 940am PST
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Jim Ross Blogs About The Rock, Royal Rumble, Betting On Pro Wrestling, Kurt Angle In The WWE HOF

Source: JR’s BBQ

Jim Ross posted his latest blog at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights:

Betting on wrestling:

“There is an early betting line on the ’16 Royal Rumble. I’m being serious. Where were all these betting lines on WWE events when I was in administration there? Probably a good thing it wasn’t around at least that I’m aware or I might have been guilty of ‘insider betting.’ BTW the favorites to win are entrant #1, go figure, and entrant #30. I’d lean toward Brock Lesnar as my favorite to win it all if he’s in it.”

Kurt Angle in the WWE HOF:

“I’d think that Kurt Angle going into the WWE Hall of Fame is a lead pipe cinch but when its the only question that I have. I’d love to see Kurt in a WWE retirement match and then be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame if and when WWE has the time and desire to make this matter a priority. I’d assume WWE inducts Kurt into the Hall likely before he wrestles for them in a high profile match at Wrestlemania. Simply speculating that WWE is leery of Kurt’s lingering neck issues but that’s merely my speculation.”

See Also: Jim Ross On If Goldust Should Be WWE Champion, Vince McMahon Getting The Blame For WWE Creative

The Rock:

“Exchanged emails with The Rock while in Miami as he’s busy with a new baby girl and HBO’s ‘Ballers.’ I know of no one who seeming stays as busy as the Rock in the world of show biz. He’s a one man conglomerate who will be appearing at Wrestlemania Texas in April but I’m doubtful that he will be in a match but I hope that I’m wrong.”

Much more is contained in Ross’ latest blog, including his thoughts on WWE tryouts, Dr. Death, and much more. You can check out the full entry by clicking here.

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Xavier Woods on The New Day's Success and His Doubters, the Trombone Catching On with Fans

– Xavier Woods recently spoke with DetroitNews.com to promote the post-Christmas WWE live event in the city. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:

His trombone catching on after suggesting he bring it to the one one day, which he played through middle school, high school and into college:

“It became its own beast. That’s the beauty of it. People don’t realize it, but some of the best stuff comes from not having a plan.”

Rubbing The New Day’s success in the face of his doubters:

“I like proving people wrong. The best revenge is success, and I’m a very vengeful, grudge-keeping person. So when someone says I can’t do something and I prove them wrong, I don’t have to say I told you so, because they see me on TV doing it.

“Those people that disregarded me and made fun of me? I fulfilled my lifelong dream becoming a WWE champion. The fact that I navigated life in a way to reach those goals makes me feel good.”

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Upcoming WWE NXT Episode to Feature First-Ever NXT Year-End Awards, Categories Revealed

Which NXT Superstar had the best 2015? What was your favorite NXT match of the year? You will be able to make your voice heard on these topics and more, starting tomorrow!

WWE COO Triple H announced on Twitter that the first NXT Year-End Awards in WWE history, recognizing the best NXT had to offer in 2015, will be presented on the Jan. 13 edition of NXT on WWE Network. The NXT Universe will be able to cast their votes exclusively on WWE.com, beginning New Year’s Day at 10 a.m. ET in six categories. The awards are:

Overall Competitor of the Year
Male Competitor of the Year
Female Competitor of the Year
Tag Team of the Year
Match of the Year
TakeOver of the Year

Polls for the inaugural NXT Year-End Awards open tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2016, at 10 a.m. ET on WWE.com and close on Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. Don’t miss the chance to help your favorite NXT Superstars win these prestigious honors!

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My Two Centsss – Seven BOLD Predictions For 2016 + Seven Wrestlers to Watch Out For in the New Year

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Before we begin with my final column of 2015, I would like to wish every one of my readers a happy and safe new year. 2015 was a crazy year for yours truly, as I spent half of it teaching, a quarter of it moving between houses, and trying to find time for a personal life somewhere in between. I’ve never been fond of odd-numbered years (strange, I know), so I’m feeling optimistic heading into 2016. Whether you ring in the new year with friends, family, or even strangers – just be safe.

As promised during Tuesday’s column, it’s time for me to make some bold wrestling predictions for 2016. But first, let’s see how I did with last year’s predictions…

”The commentary team (Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, JBL) finally changes…permanently.”

Well, I was kind of right on this one. In 2014, Cole, Lawler and JBL were calling both Raw and Pay-Per-Views as a trio every week/month, with Cole regularly calling SmackDown as well. In 2015, WWE made some shake-ups to the commentary team, as Cole, JBL, and Byron Saxton became the new announce team for Raw, Tom Phillips/Rich Brennan, Lawler and Booker T calling the action on Thursday nights, while the three musketeers stayed united for PPVs only. Has the commentary improved in 2015? Not really. But I do have hopes for the new year, as Mauro Ronallo is scheduled to start calling SmackDown beginning next week, January 7th. Let’s get Corey Graves to start calling Raw or SmackDown and things will only improve. I’m going with a WIN for this one.

”Mark Henry, Kane, and The Big Show all officially retire from in-ring competition.”

Yeah, big-time FAIL on this one. Not only did Kane and Big Show dominate/ruin the Royal Rumble a month after I made my prediction, both were heavily involved in main storylines for the rest of the year. Hell, Show has already announced himself as the first entrant for the 2016 Rumble. Mark Henry competed much less frequently than the two giants, but he didn’t retire either. Alas, maybe next year?

”The Women’s Championship replaces the Diva’s Championship.”

Make that two huge FAILs in a row. Although there was a divas revolution this year (more so in NXT than the main roster), no one officially dumped the ugly butterfly belt in order to revive the glorious women’s championship. I guess as long as Total Divas gets renewed for more seasons, WWE won’t stop marketing their female athletes as divas. Blah.

”TNA officially goes out of business.”

Whoops. Another big-time FAIL. Although TNA did get cancelled from Destination America, they found a new home on POP TV (a channel that, as a Canadian, I have never even heard of). I have to give TNA credit where it’s due – they keep on finding a way to survive. We’ll see what happens with their move to POP over the following 365 days.

”The Authority are no longer in charge of TV storylines.”

Sigh. I really did poorly with my predictions, didn’t I? This is another FAIL which I really wish was a WIN instead. I’m glad Vince McMahon is back on TV, even it’s for a short amount of time, and a Triple H/Roman Reigns match does interest me, but I’m getting tired of seeing the top storylines all revolve around Stephanie. She’s a great character and heat magnet, no doubt about it, but when does she ever get her comeuppance? Maybe after Reigns soundly defeats HHH – whenever that match takes place – The Authority will simply dissolve (especially with Rollins on the shelf for an unknown amount of time)? Because that would be great.

”John Cena ties Ric Flair’s record of being a 16-time world champion.”

I’m actually glad this prediction was a FAIL, as other than the fantastic triple threat match at the Royal Rumble, and his feud with Rollins in the summer, Cena spent the majority of 2015 chasing after or defending the United States Championship. It was very refreshing to see Cena take a step back from the main-event spot and restore the prestige of a midcard storyline. That being said, I have a feeling Cena will eventually tie Flair’s record. It just didn’t happen in 2015.

”John Cena turns heel and surpasses Ric Flair’s record by becoming a 17-time world champion.”

Yeah…yeah. Big-time FAIL once again. Man, my predictions for 2015 were completely off-base as I went 1-6. Let’s see if I can have better this with my seven 2016 predictions:

7. John Cena ties Ric Flair’s record as a 16-time world champion.

Let’s try this again. John Cena completely blew me away in 2015. Since 2013 or so, I had argued for Cena to accept a part-time schedule similar to that of Shawn Michaels in the mid-2000s, where he would work mostly Raws, PPVs, and very little in-between. He would still be a top guy but no longer ‘the man’. In other words, no more giving out refunds just because Cena wasn’t in the building. Well, in 2015, we came pretty close to that with Cena stepping out of the spotlight whenever possible and main-eventing only a handful of Raws and PPVs. However, I do believe that WWE management wants to give Cena one final run with the big belt before he’s around less and less (and I’ll get into that a bit more as we continue). You may not like it, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that Cena will indeed tie – if not surpass – Flair’s record as a 16-time world champion. It’s only a matter of when, not if.

6. WWE goes on a massive, main roster firing spree.

I hate to sound evil or heartless, but it’s been way too long since WWE did what was once known as their annual spring cleaning. Basically, in the months following WrestleMania, WWE would rapidly let go of talent which they felt weren’t going to be big-time players in the WWE. However, it’s been a few years since WWE released an exodus of talent, but with the same guys getting television time and the same guys on Main Event/Superstars year after year – not to mention NXT getting bigger and bigger – I think spring 2016 will be firing time. I know the company needs jobbers, but would it really shock anyone if the likes of Curtis Axel, Fandango, Heath Slater, etc. were no longer around? Hell, most fans probably wouldn’t even notice their absence. Unless my next predictions becomes a reality, I feel a lot of regulars on Main Event will be out of a job by next summer.

5. NXT officially becomes a separate brand.

When you think about it, NXT already is its own brand. They have their own commentary team, referees, roster, storylines and tour schedules. They even have talent exchanges with the main roster from time-to-time. The only difference is NXT doesn’t have an international television deal like Raw and SmackDown does. Top NXT stars like Finn Balor and Bayley have repeatedly expressed their desire to remain in NXT (and I’m sure looking at how The Ascension, Neville, Bo Dallas and others have worked out on the main roster has something to do with that). If NXT officially became an alternative brand, it would justify Balor and Bayley’s decisions. Here’s a question for you, readers: if NXT got a television deal and decided to air their TakeOver specials on Pay-Per-View (NOT the WWE Network) for a price of $29.99, would you be willing to pay for it? I know I sure would. I believe Triple H when he says he has big plans for NXT in 2016. This may very well end up being one of them. We could see official brand warfare matches between the NXT Womens and WWE Divas Champion, NXT Tag Team Champions vs. the WWE Tag Team Champions, and of course, NXT Champion vs. WWE Champion. That would be awesome!

4. The Shield temporarily reunites.

In June 2016, it will only have been two years since Seth Rollins turned on Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose to end The Shield, but I can see WWE temporarily reuniting the trio sometime in the new year. The reaction they got when they hit the Triple Powerbomb on Randy Orton at Payback was deafening, as was the excitement in the air when Seth Rollins agreed to team with his former brothers on an episode of Raw a few months back. Even though I’m of the mentality that WWE is better off with all three guys as single stars, I wouldn’t mind seeing a brief Shield reunion in 2016, especially if Seth does return as a babyface. Maybe it’s too face off with The League of Nations? That would be pretty cool. Imagine, though, if they end up splitting once more due to Reigns or Ambrose turning on the other two instead of Rollins? I’d love to see that.

3. The WWE Divas main-event a non-WrestleMania Pay-Per-View.

Even though there is almost no comparing the quality of NXT to that of the main roster, you can guarantee that Vince McMahon watches parts of HHH’s NXT and says to himself, “Anything you can do, I can do better.” With the switch from relying on PPV buys to garnering Network subscriptions, we have seen WWE try different stuff with their PPVs. Without the WWE Network, we never would have seen Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose close out Hell in a Cell 2014 over Cena vs. Orton, nor was there any chance of Ambrose vs. Wyatt main-eventing TLC that year instead of Cena vs. Rollins. Poor CM Punk was an unfortunate victim of timing, as I believe that if his epic WWE title reign had taken place a year later, he would have main-evented way more PPVs than John Cena did. With so many talented divas to choose from and work with, from Paige to Charlotte to Sasha Banks to possibly even Bayley, Vince might be willing to replicate the success of TakeOver: Respect by booking two divas in the main-event of a PPV in 2016. I doubt it will be an IronWoman match, and it will probably be during the post-WrestleMania season which have plenty of filler PPVs prior to Money in the Bank and SummerSlam, but I can definitely see Vince putting his ego and tradition aside by letting two (or more) divas main-event a WWE PPV for the first time ever.

2. John Cena follows in The Rock’s footsteps and becomes more of a Hollywood actor than an active wrestler.

I think the writing is already on the wall for this one. Despite my earlier prediction of Cena winning the world title at least one more time in 2016, that title reign will also be his last (or second-last). Cena is no longer a spring chicken. He is exhausted from carrying the company on his back for the better part of the past decade. Maybe not mentally-wise, but his body can’t be pushed much further without something seriously going wrong. Cena has plenty of cash available (just look at his mansion on Total Divas!), and he can make just as decent of a salary by making movies and still working for the WWE, albeit a much more limited role. I’m not saying Cena will retire in 2016, but following a final title reign or two, don’t expect to see too much of Mr. Hustle, Loyalty, Respect from 2016 onwards.

1. The Rock will wrestle his final match at WrestleMania 32.

The Rock promised a major announcement for WM32 in Dallas. Some are expecting him to cut a promo and get physically involved with someone at the big show. Others believe he will be wrestling someone (Triple H’s name comes up a lot, as does Brock Lesnar’s). Not only do I think Rock will be wrestling in Dallas, but I also believe he will be wrestling his last match EVER. Let’s be honest: other than his WrestleMania 28 match with John Cena, Rock’s matches since returning to the WWE have been largely mediocre. Rock is probably aware that he’s no longer the in-ring performer he once was. He can still cut a promo and electrify a crowd like no one else, but he’s not in the ring-shape he once was. Besides, with all the TV shows and movies he has going on, the last thing Rock – and his agents – would want is for him to hurt himself after/during a match. Reportedly, he did injure himself during his WM29 match with Cena. So why not go out in grand fashion at what may possibly be the biggest WrestleMania of all-time? I have no idea who his opponent would be, mind you. A match with HHH would be entertaining and would be a nice nostalgia trip for fans of The Attitude Era. A match with Lesnar would be compelling but much more risky, due to how stiff Lesnar works. Maybe Rock faces a newer guy like Kevin Owens or Bray Wyatt? That would be interesting. Either way, it wouldn’t surprise me if The Great One headlined the 2016 Hall of Fame and wrestled his final match the very next night.

So these are my somewhat BOLD predictions for 2016. Hopefully I’ll do better than I did with my 2015 predictions! Before I go get ready to celebrate bringing in the new year, here’s a list of seven superstars who I think will have a big 2016, one way or another:

7. Apollo Crews

Here is a guy who definitely has that ‘it factor’. He’s big, he’s athletic, and he’s charismatic. Although he’s pretty clean-cut as a babyface and relatively new to the NXT Universe, the fans have been quick to embrace him from the very start. I don’t see Crews staying in NXT for a long period of time. I see him doing big things on the main roster sooner rather than later.

6. Cesaro

Once the Swiss Superman returns from a very untimely injury, I see WWE finally giving him the ball to see how far he can run with it. I believe his impressive tag team with Tyson Kidd as well as his matches with John Cena and Roman Reigns have shown WWE management there’s something special about this guy. He’s not the youngest guy on the roster, so if he doesn’t truly break out in 2016, Cesaro may end up being a midcarder for the rest of his career.

5. Bayley

Just yesterday, there was a report on LOP about how WWE officials are convinced that once called up to the main roster, Bayley will either flop or become one of the biggest divas in WWE history (going so far as to consider her the ‘female John Cena’). I strongly believe the latter will occur, as Bayley has managed to remain massively over with a very smarky NXT crowd throughout the years. I think she has enough appeal to win over the main roster audience as well. Unless she’s booked horribly, there’s no reason for Bayley NOT to succeed on the main roster.

4. Sasha Banks

A lot of people were wondering why The Boss got left of my top seven superstars of 2015 list, but the truth is, Sasha was a major force during her stay in NXT the first half of the year, but accomplished very little after her battle with Bayley at TakeOver: Respect. Sure, she’s undefeated in singles competition on the main roster, but rather than being awarded a divas title shot, she has remained in the background with Team B.A.D. Fortunately, I think WWE will finally embrace the “We Want Sasha” in 2016, with Banks and/or Bayley being one of the divas in my predicted PPV main-event.

3. Dean Ambrose

The Lunatic Fringe had a very up-and-down year. In fact, WWE spent the majority of 2015 using Ambrose’s popularity to get other superstars over, like The Wyatts and Roman Reigns. 2015 was a better year for Ambrose than 2014 was, as he managed to pick up three singles wins on PPV (which is still head-shaking, to be honest, but at least it’s a start). However, with Ambrose as the Intercontinental Champion, I think he’s in for a decent push which will eventually lead to The Lunatic capturing the world title at some point in late 2016. His former Shield brethren have both tasted world championship gold. In 2016, it’s Ambrose’s turn.

2. Sami Zayn

While he may officially be an NXT superstar at the time of this writing, I don’t expect Sami to spend a lot of time in ‘developmental’ in the new year. In fact, I’m predicting Sami to re-debut in the Royal Rumble next month, eliminating his rival Kevin Owens in the process, leading to a match at Fast Lane, or even WrestleMania. WWE is lacking in babyfaces which are truly over with the crowd, but Sami is one of those guys who is universally loved. NXT in in good hands right now with Finn Balor, Apollo Crews, Samoa Joe, a returning Hideo Itami, and others. It’s time for Zayn to make a big splash in the big leagues.

1. Titus O’Neil

This might be a bit of a long-shot, but I really hope WWE finally goes all-in with Titus in 2016. The fact that he hasn’t teamed up with his PrimeTime Player partner Darren Young in quite some time could be a good sign that WWE is planning on giving Titus a big singles push sometime soon. I hope so – he deserves it. The last time WWE kind of gave Titus a singles push, it failed, because Titus isn’t convincing as a heel. He’s a genuinely nice, hard-working guy who is also very entertaining. Much like Cesaro, Titus isn’t getting any younger, so 2016 may be a make-it or break-it year for the big guy.

Whew. I’m all out of gas. Hopefully you guys enjoyed my year-end countdowns as well as my 2016 predictions. Will any of them come true? Judging by last year, probably not, but it’s always fun to stare into the crystal ball. Thanks again for reading and we’ll meet again sometime in 2016!

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