The Crane Column: Looking at the Future

Hello again everybody and welcome to another Crane Column. The year of 2004 is coming to an end and a brand new year will soon begin, that year is 2005. So today I thought I would look into the future of the WWE, today I’m going to look at the year of 2005. But before I look ahead to 2005 lets wrap up the year with some Crane predictions.

First I’m going to make a prediction for Raw. If you saw Raw you’d know that next Monday is Randy Orton’s night to run the show. As Orton told us at the end of this week’s Raw Triple H will be defending his world championship in a battle royal. I’m guessing that Triple H will retain his title in the battle royal and then we’ll move onto Jericho’s week. I have this feeling that when Chris Jericho runs Raw he is going to make a match with himself vs. Triple H for the world heavyweight championship, and guess what? I think he’s going to win it. That’s right; Raw is going in to the New Year with Chris Jericho as Champion.

Now I’ve got a Smackdown prediction. At Armageddon in the fatal four way match for the WWE Championship featuring Eddie Guerrero vs. Booker T vs. The Undertaker vs. JBL, I’m predicting that Booker T walks out of Armageddon and into the New Year as Champion.

If those 2 things I’ve predicted for the end of 2004 happen, I will be so happy with the WWE, because in my opinion those 2 are the two men who deserve to hold the title right now.

Know the way I’m going to do my 2005 predictions is by choosing superstars2 from Raw (SmackDown next week) and predicting what they will do this year, so let’s take a look into the crystal ball and see what is in store for 2005.

Randy Orton
In 2005 I’m expecting Orton to continue to be around the Raw World Championship picture. I also am expecting him to win the Royal Rumble and go on to fight Triple H, who will regain the title from Jericho at the Rumble, for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21. However what I would really want is a SmackDown wrestler to win the Royal Rumble and then have Jericho keep the title until WrestleMania and defend it against Chris Benoit (a Canadian Main event to keep us Canadians happy). I’m expecting Orton to win the title at Mania and keep it until SummerSlam where I think Jericho who will be heel will take it from him with the help of SmackDown’s John Cena who would also be heel. Then Orton will demand to be traded to SmackDown feud with John Cena for almost the rest of the year and possibly even for the WWE Championship.

Chris Jericho
Well as I said earlier I expect Chris Jericho to walk into 2005 as Champion. At the Royal Rumble I think it’s going to be Chris Jericho vs. Triple H, and (I hope I’m wrong) I think Triple H will regain the title. I’m also thinking Jericho may be going against another Canadian, Edge at WrestleMania. Then as I said in the Randy Orton part of this column I think Jericho will go on to win the World Championship at SummerSlam. But wait I said he would be a heel in that match, how did that happen? Well I’m here to answer that. See at WrestleMania he would lose to Edge and Benjamin would come down as the two would develop a friendship before Mania. Then Benjamin comes down to comfort Jericho but Jericho attacks Benjamin. This would also set up a feud between Jericho and Benjamin until SummerSlam comes. After SummerSlam I expect Jericho to have somewhat of a 4 way feud with Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Edge who would have turned face (again). That feud would fill the rest of the year for Jericho as at the pay per views he could either face HBK, Edge, or Triple H or have a fatal 4 way with all 3.

Match of Greatness
Since today’s column wasn’t based on one superstar in particular I’m going to choose just any match that I’ve really been enjoying lately. So today’s Match of Greatness is…Edge and Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit at No Mercy 2002 to decide the first ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions. I know some people would probably put the triple threat tag title match with Edge and Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs. Los Guerreros at Survivor Series 2002, but I just really enjoyed this match so much when I watched it the other day that I think I like it better then the triple threat.

Random Thought
After watching both the Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero DVDs I’ve decide that they both deserve to become champion again.

Before I say goodbye I’d like to ask you all to visit the new forums that I co-own, Wrestling X. We are starting an e fed very soon and have a greatest tag team ever tournament, a greatest wrestler tournament and a best of 2004 tournament all currently in progress.