THE UPRISING: It’s going to take a significant force to knock Simon Paige’s creation off the top of the mountain in the MWO. However, the foundation of that force may come in the form of ex-member Blackwell. Still, Michael Reaver, Brother Will Vendetta, Cesar Ashur, and Paige have formed a dangerous alliance of brains, power, and skill and are becoming a bigger threat with each passing day. There’s no reason to believe at this point
BLACKWELL: At some point in 2018, some sort of gold will be draped over the massive shoulder of Blackwell. Whether he’s able to wrest the MWO Championship title from rival Michael Reaver or sets his sights on another piece of hardware, Blackwell will be a champion.
JACK TERYN: The sky is the limit for the mysterious Teryn. His victories over Dead X partners Skullz and X-Convict and strong showings in previous title opportunities against John Campbell prove that Teryn is to be taken seriously. Expect another MWO legend to make a bid and step up to Teryn, one who’s been known to “slay” monsters in the past. But with Aksel James Geer in his corner and providing the force behind Teryn’s in-ring success, there’s no telling how dominant Teryn is likely to be in 2018.
CREATURE FEATURE JOHN CAMPBELL: The popular “King of Spooky Style” is expected to remain a fixture in the heavyweight title picture. But before Campbell can focus on winning a third MWO Championship title, he may have dig into his dark recesses of his mind to combat the mind games of another superstar equally as motivated to regain the MWO title.
THE DEAN BOYS: Tyler & Tyson Dean realized their dream when they won the MWO Tag Team titles at Christmas Clash. But their quest to remain on top may be cut short when their biggest challenge could become their first obstacle. The longevity of their title run will likely determine how soon Adrian Anderson & Fat Tony receive their opportunity. The longer the Deans can hold off from their inevitable showdown with Anderson and Tony, the better off they’ll be.
BAM GRIZZLEE: Grizzlee is expected to be a focal point in the MWO Great Lakes title division, either as champion or top contender. Right now, Bam’s title run is the target of many new and rising superstars who are looking to make a name for themselves at Grizzlee’s expense.
THEE CODY LEEDY: Frustration can be seen all over the face of THEE Cody Leedy. It will be that frustration that fuels a resurgence in the former MWO champion’s career. And it won’t be while he’s clapping hands and playing up to the adulation of a strong fan base. The best of THEE Cody Leedy has yet to emerge. But it can happen in 2018.
JACOB BRAWN: We haven’t seen the best of Jacob Brawn yet. Sure, he’s been a Tag Team and Television champion, but Brawn’s days in the main event scene are just beginning as he is likely to shift his focus back to the MWO Championship following his successful stint in the tag team division. Before we celebrate another new year, the heavyweight strap could find its way back around Brawn’s waist.
OLD SCHOOL RIC CAURDIEA: Old School is so close to a breakout, but then reality steps in and seemingly thwarts his momentum to carry him to the top of the MWO. A rash of injuries, illnesses, and other unforeseen factors have prevented Caurdiea from grabbing the brass ring. But that could all change in 2018 as long as he stays healthy and on track.
A.WICKED: The MWO Television championship has only pacified this extremely popular daredevil. Wicked wants to be in the spotlight of the MWO and he could very well be a wrestler who makes a big splash in the organization in 2018. The holders of the MWO Championship and Great Lakes titles had better keep an eye on this guy.
POSITIVE PROMOTIONS: Mr. Positive is going to have to do an overhaul if he hopes to keep his stable relevant and on pace with The Uprising. The Fabulous Fraytown & JJ Hughes could become major players in the tag team division and a rivalry with current champs the Dean Boys seems evident. Then too, Fraytown and the “Main Attraction” have more than enough talent to make successful solo runs as well. Roberto Cruz is a young star on the rise and is capable of bringing solo gold to the camp. Manager Mr. Positive may have solicit the services of another major to fill the void since the departure of Laura Phoenix from the group.
ADRIAN ANDERSON & FAT TONY: The window of opportunity for Anderson & Tony to dominate the MWO tag team division is open for now, and the sooner they can secure a match with reigning MWO Tag Team champions the Dean Boys for the titles, the better their chances. In 2017, the monster duo solidified their team into a major contender, and in 2018 they are the odds-on-favorites to eventually win the titles. But they’ll also have to fend off other duos, specifically the Valor Society, who still has unfinished business with Anderson & Tony.
X-CONVICT: The MWO Hall of Famer once again made his way back to the organization in late 2017, looking to avenge the domination of his Dead X tag team partner Skullz. While X-Convict came up short in his encounter with Jack Teryn, there is still a lot of unresolved issues between the two. Whether X-Convict is capable of competing with a new crop of talent all gunning for the MWO Championship title remains to be seen, but if history is any indication, he will be at the forefront of some title division…and not necessarily the tag team scene.
JAMES DILLINGER: MWO fans are still getting acquainted with the brash newcomer. Before venturing to the MWO, Dillinger has embarked on a very successful career in other promotions, most notably forming the Team Ratings group in the Houghton Lake-based Imperial Wrestling Entertainment. Looking for new challenges and goals, 2018 could be a year that Dillinger becomes one of the fastest rising stars in the organization.
ALEX “THE CANNONBALL” STEELE: A renewed focus is going to pay off for this loveable veteran. After multiple runs as an MWO Tag Team champion with his brother, the Package Andrew Steele, Alex is looking to score his own singles glory. Expect “the Cannonball” to become a top threat in the Television championship division. His decade-plus-long tenure in the MWO gives Steele a unique experience advantage over many of the opponents he would have to defeat in order to become the TV champion.
VICTOR CROSS: It's going to take something extraordinary to keep Cross from the MWO heavyweight title in 2018. The guy is chomping at the bit in order to become a main event player and will do whatever he needs to in order to win.
REX HAVOC & LAURA PHOENIX: Fans have embraced the return of the Lone Wolf Rex Havoc and his reunion with Laura Phoenix. Christmas Clash provided a feel-good moment for the couple and long-time fans, but 2018 will be the real test. Phoenix is close to finding her stride between the ropes during a recent slump. Havoc is back to dominate, plain and simple. Only one title eludes Rex’s conquest of the MWO Grand Slam honors, and that could be a done deal before SummerSmash rolls along in August.
THE MARVEL: Regardless of what color gear he’s sporting, the Marvel is in a rut to say the least. His promising tag team future in the Azul Warriors was shattered with and knee injury to Krysis and the disappearance of manager Mike Goodman. Remember, the masked grappler is a former TV and Great Lakes champion. But in order to be taken seriously as a legitimate contender, the Marvel almost needs a complete overhaul and start fresh.
BILLY BISHOP: The newcomer is poised to have a promising rookie year in the Michigan Wrestling Organization. Early matches have shown that Bishop has a passion for the business and will only get better with each match and opportunity.
THE SUPERSTAR ALEX CROW: Right now, all Alex Crow is focused on is Jacob Brawn and Jessica Monroe following the shocking breakup of The Bromance at Trick-or-Slam. The Superstar will rebound from his injury and embark on a war with Brawn that could define the entire year of 2018. At this point, Crow is not as focused on winning titles as he is getting a measure of payback against his ex-best friend.
THE CLOUSE BROTHERS: A recent tweet curbed rumors of retirement for Jason “The Basher” Clouse. But to think that the Basher will be a major threat to a singles title in 2018 would be considered a long shot. His inactivity due to his brother Jeff’s back injury doesn’t discount the year the Clouse Brothers had in 2017, dominating the tag team division. Meanwhile, Pure Fury’s current assignment as commissioner has more promise to be more impactful for the entire company.
TRAGEDY ANN: The gothic princess is a volcano about to erupt. And when the fire within reaches a boiling point, Tragedy Ann could be one of the most influential—and feared—entities in the MWO. That will ultimately help X-Convict or anyone else she’s managing…that is, if she reaches that point.
VALOR SOCIETY: DJ Edwards & Loco are a great team with so much potential. But their missing something that’s preventing them from really making a big splash in the MWO. Turning over their careers to a manger could be what the Society needs to get over the hump and become the breakout team of 2018.
JESSICA MONROE: When the executive assistant makes her return to live events, there’s going to be two different conflicts: the aftermath of helping Jacob Brawn betray her former employer, Alex Crow, and unfinished business with Tragedy Ann. While she’s proven to be extremely cunning, the year doesn’t look all that positive for Monroe unless she and Brawn have a brilliant master plan.