A year in WWE is one of the most unpredictable things I can think of.
2018 brought us a lot of ups and downs in terms of superstar performances.
Braun Strowman really broke out. We thought he was going to win the Universal Championship at some point, but that never happened.
Ronda Rousey had a strong debut and has kept that rolling to a RAW Women’s Championship reign.
The Miz shined in whatever he was doing. Because. . . well. . . he’s awesome.
Becky Lynch became “The Man.”
But who will stand out in 2019? Will there really be “change” like the McMahons promised? Or will things stay the same?
I’m going to look into my magic crystal ball and see if I can identify five superstars who will will stand out from the pack in 2019.
5. Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens headbutted Vince McMahon in one of the most memorable moments in WWE last year. The chairman won’t let just anybody do that. So he obviously sees SOMETHING there.
His momentum stalled a bit when he became a human punching bag when he shifted to RAW and became a human punching bag for Braun Strowman. Then he strangely “quit” for one week.
The Prize Fighter has been on the shelf with an injury, but is expected to be returning soon. The time off could be a good thing for Owens. It could serve as a reset button and re-launch KO back into the main event picture where he belongs – especially with Brock Lesnar (hopefully) leaving.
With all the talk of change recently, I think KO gets a solid push in 2019 whether it’s alongside his buddy Sami Zayn or not. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s a “Triple H guy.”
Speaking of change. . . have you seen Kevin Owens recently?
4. Lars Sullivan
I don’t think Lars is going to take the title of WWE’s greatest monster from Braun Strowman in 2019, but I’m expecting him to make a big splash when he finally makes his main roster debut.
I’ll admit that I didn’t like Lars when he first started in NXT, but he started to win me over with his consistently strong matches. I started waving my Freak flag after the ladder match for the North American Championship.
Rumors have been swirling of anxiety and a potential Wrestlemania match with John Cena. If he gets himself in order and ends up facing (and defeating) The Franchise on the grandest stage, the sky could be the limit for Lars.
3. Andrade “Cien” Almas
We’re all well aware of the potential of Andrade “I refuse to call him just ‘Andrade'” Almas. Since teaming up with Zelina Vega, Almas has been ripping through the roster and shining against virtually every opponent.
His recent matches with Rey Mysterio are even more evidence that “Cien” is destined for greatness when he solidifies himself in the main event.
Many expect “El Idolo” to compete in and win Money in the Bank this year. If he keeps putting on the type of matches he is, he’ll have some sort of WWE gold around his waist sooner rather than later.
Side note: Zelina is going to look amazing holding the MITB briefcase.
2. Becky Lynch
“The Man” was on fire to close out 2018 and is showing no signs of slowing down in 2019.
I expect big things from Becky during Wrestlemania season as she is definitely heading to some sort of collision course with Ronda Rousey (and maybe Charlotte?) at Wrestlemania.
The Women’s division belongs to “The Man” right now, and if she is the one to take down Rousey, it would send her into a new stratosphere. Then there would be no stopping her.
1. Finn Balor
The promise of “change” could have the largest impact on Finn Balor.
He was the first ever Universal Champion before getting injured and has never returned to he top of the mountain.
It even got to the point where Nestlemania wanted to exile him to 205 Live.
Finn is OVER with the fans and it’s impossible to argue with that.
He has been one of the staples of Monday Night RAW.
But why haven’t they pulled the trigger on a huge push?
2019 may be the year of Balor. Last week he received a hint of the star treatment, pinning John Cena in the Fatal 4-Way to be named the No. 1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship.
Will he beat The Beast at Royal Rumble?
But it’s been a Hell of a start for Finn Balor. I think it will continue for the rest of the year.
Let us know who YOU think will have the best 2019. Don’t forget to follow DQ on Twitter at @DQoftheJK