Sunday Sermon: Our Wrestling Hopes for 2019

Craig Wilson, Brian Damage and Jamie Lithgow

As we approach the end of the year, it’s traditional to cast eyes towards the next 12 months and that’s exactly what the team layout in what is the final Sunday Sermon of 2018.

Craig: Here we are, the final Sunday Sermon of 2018 as we share our hopes and aspirations for the wrestling year ahead, following on from last week’s review of the year.

Well, the big one, I guess, will be me dipping my toes into the world of NJPW, starting with a subscription and then Wrestle Kingdom on the 4th of January.

Another biggie in January is, of course, the Royal Rumble. I think all fingers point to a Seth Rollins win, which leads to a WrestleMania bout with Brock Lesnar. WrestleMania wise, we’re typically far off from being able to tell what the full card is yet but by the time the Royal Rumble finishes, we’ll be a bit clearer.

What’s everyone else’s hopes for the year ahead?

Brian: That Vince and the WWE live up to their promise and gives the fans “more of what they want and less of what they don’t want.” What I want is simple…more wrestling and fewer comedy skits and 15-minute promo segments. I am really intrigued to see how All Elite Wrestling develops and comes to life in 2019. Sadly, I will no longer be able to watch Impact wrestling when it moves to the Pursuit channel. I don’t have it and to be honest, nobody can convince me this is better than POP TV or any other network that TNA and Impact were on.

I want to see New Japan continue to grow and succeed more and more outside of Japan. Major League Wrestling has also improved and become a decent show. Women of Wrestling will also debut in the new year and I am curious about how an all women’s show will be presented here in the states. I trust it will be very good.

Craig: Am much the same as Brian. I just want something different. This week’s raw bodes well for the future, though. Actually starting with a match rather than a 40-minute promo before a night of decent enough wrestling. I know that the purpose of TV is to build towards PPVs but even still, we don’t need a show that’s a majority of talking and a minority of in-ring action.

Am dipping my toes into Japanese wrestling, finally, this year so am pretty excited about that. Will be good to have an alternative to the WWE. Maybe that’s what I’ve been crying out for!

Brian: I think it is always good to have an alternative and New Japan certainly has been that for me as well. On the WWE front, the term sports entertainment needs to be dropped. Talk about things that are antiquated. Sports Entertainment is definitely one of them. I realize WWE is more than just pro wrestling. I also realize that the term pro wrestling is just that…a term. It means so much though. Recognize why fans come to pay and see your product. It always has and always will be about wrestling. It’s that simple.

Jamie: My big hope for 2019 is that The Elite (Cody, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) do not join WWE. There are rumours aplenty regarding an All In wrestling promotion, or at least a second pay per view. Three out of these four guys are now freelancers while the other’s contract with New Japan is set to expire in January. Ideally I’d love them to continue working for New Japan while doing their All In stuff, just please do not let them go to WWE. We’ve seen what that place does to established acts. The law of averages suggests that WWE will drop the ball – or just not bother carrying it – with at least two of these acts.

That said, the smart money is on them continuing to work dates with New Japan which is a company I hope to see achieve even more success this coming year. On the flip side, I really want WWE to entice me back. I stopped watching their weekly shows and most of their PPVs quite a while ago yet I feel I’ve missed absolutely nothing of note. The simmering feud involving Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Rhonda Rousey might be enough to draw me back in because that’s the only thing that interests me whenever I do catch any main roster stuff.

There’s our hopes and aspirations for the year ahead, from a wrestling-perspective. What are yours? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


You can read all previous Sunday Sermons here.


3 thoughts on “Sunday Sermon: Our Wrestling Hopes for 2019

  1. You mentioned the Impact situation with not being able to watch due to Pursuit channel not available unless you have certain cable providers. You know you can still watch it on Youtube, right? Or on PlutoTV, which is available on any device, the Fight Network, or the GWN app….right? Or are you more or less like the dirt sheet people, just saying “yeah, they got a decent roster, made major strides this year, buttttt, due to the channel they’re on….we’re just going to ignore them. But on the other side of things, how about that company that’s nonexistant but everyone’s talking about, AEW? No Tv deal, but worth checking out!” lol.

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    • That’s good to know. I am really starting to enjoy Impact wrestling again. It was a knee jerk reaction on my part finding out I actually had Pursuit, but had to shell out extra money for the TV package so I could view it. I knew about GWN, but I already have WWE network and New Japan World and didn’t want to purchase another streaming service. Thanks for the heads up.

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  2. All I want is for All Elite Wrestling to emerge and do well in its first year as well as see New Japan and ROH continue to succeed. As for the WWE, other than seeing Becky Lynch, Finn Balor, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka, Seth Rollins, Ronda Rousey, and a few others do well. I don’t expect much for the WWE to do anything to get me watching again as they’re just going to do what they do is bullshit the fans about this and what we get is a shit sandwich.

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