Which WWE Superstars will rise to the top in 2019, and get their first taste of WWE Championship gold?
2018 is nearly done and dusted, and it’s been quite the roller-coaster year for the WWE and its audience.
While the company has come under the microscope at several points during 2018 outside the ring, from an in-ring perspective, it has been one of the most consistent years in recent memory, with several new stars helping to usher in a new era in the WWE, despite the company’s insistence on relying on the old guard at times.
The past 12 months have seen several first-time champions crowned in the WWE, with the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka, and Buddy Murphy all getting their first taste of gold in the company.
2019 will no doubt see the WWE continue to build on this, as they hope to establish new stars in the increasing absence of bankable mainstream draws.
Let’s take a look at five superstars who will get their first taste of gold in the WWE in 2019.
1: Braun Strowman – Universal Title
Okay, so in theory, Braun Strowman has won a Championship in the WWE before, but I refuse to accept his title reign with Nicholas as anything approaching legitimate. The whole thing was just a way to get him onto the WrestleMania card and give him a ‘moment’, and the Tag Team Championships have struggled to recover ever since.
With that out of the way, surely, the time has come in 2019 for Braun Strowman to win the Universal Championship? Whether his victory comes at the Royal Rumble or not, it is really beginning to feel like a case of now or never for the former Mr Money in the Bank.
Strowman is one of the most popular performers in the WWE right now, and fans have been campaigning for him to win the Universal Championship for at least 18 months now.
The decision to have Strowman fail to defeat Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel was, in many ways, justified. The company was in panic mode following the devastating departure of Roman Reigns, and Lesnar is a much more bankable commodity at WrestleMania than Strowman is.
That being said, once WrestleMania is out of the way, the company need to put some faith in Strowman and allow him a run with the top belt.
With Lesnar presumably leaving the company after WrestleMania (I’ll believe that when I see it) there will be only a few superstars who can believably stand in Strowman’s way, outside of Drew McIntyre, on the Raw roster.
If Strowman fails to capture the belt next year, then he will be consigned to the ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ pile by the WWE Universe, and fans will no doubt give up any hope of ever seeing the Monster Among Men carry the gold.