2022 is officially here and in full swing. This year, pro wrestling fans will see a lot of change and several promotions have a lot to look forward to…
2021 could be described as an underwhelming year for WWE. In terms of ratings and attendance numbers, the promotion has not been the best, and there are several causes of this low numbers. One major factor could be bad booking from Vince McMahon and WWE’s creative.
Last year saw a lot of changes for the WWE. NXT changed its wrestling philosophy, and instead of targeting indie wrestlers as the backbone of NXT, WWE has now focused on collegiate and professional athletes and transforming them into WWE superstars. 2022 will be a year to see the first real progress of this change in their philosophy.
2022 will see WWE once again record profits thanks to its massive deals with FOX and the USA Network. This will not be surprising for anyone. At the end of the day, no major changes could be expected for WWE, unless we talk about releases.
AEW had a strong 2021. They won the Wednesday Night Wars in a decisive manner. AEW also incorporated a lot of interesting names to its roster like CM Punk, Adam Cole, Bryan Danielson, and more. AEW also saw the opening of the “forbidden door” with NJPW, and 2022 will offer both promotions the chance to work more together, hopefully…
2022 will also be a key year for AEW and their TV deals. As previously reported, AEW’s current TV expires in 2023 and 2022 will be a important for the brand and their goal of getting a better deal than he one they have with Warner Media.
Next year will be key for the growth of AEW and a promotion. It’s without a doubt a strong alternative to the dominance of WWE in the U.S.
The last two years have been tough for NJPW due to COVID and other restriction we’ve seen in Japan. As mentioned before, AEW and NJPW have opened the “forbidden door” and the possibilities could be interesting. NJPW will also start 2022 with their always exciting Wrestle Kingdom show (especially the third night with a partnership with NOAH).
NJPW will try to go back to its format from 2019. Unfortunately, the booking in NJPW needs major improvements, especially regarding EVIL and his House of Torture sub-faction in Bullet Club.
The three promotions owned by CyberFight have seen a lot of growth in 2021. NOAH will have a chance to start 2022 strong with their joint show with NJPW at WK 16 Night 3. TJPW and DDT’s consistent growth will continue next, and maybe both promotions can take advantage of their current working relationship with AEW.
WOW, a women’s only promotion by Jeanie Buss, will return in 2022. On October, WOW announced a multi-year distribution agreement with Viacom CBS. The promotion also got a lot of negative publicity due to their involvement with Tessa Blanchard.
After the announcements of Blanchard as basically the ace of the promotion, AJ Mendez as a producer and the ViacomCBS deal, the promotion has felt cold and right now have no momentum in their favor. 2022 could be a tough year for WOW as of this moment.
GCW is the hottest indie promotion in the U.S. GCW has a unique style that has helped it connect to fans in a way not many promotions can. 2021 was a fantastic year for them and the growth of GCW, and 2022 will be key for this growth.
WWE and their massive releases opens the possibility of GCW getting access to a lot of available talent. This could help the promotion get to that next level.
2021 saw the end of ROH as a promotion offering long term deals and their last show felt more like a goodbye than a see you later type of show. 2022 could see the return of ROH in very different shape, as we knew them these last couple of years. Or we could also see ROH just not returning at all next year…
The future of the promotion is up in the air and we’ll just have to wait and see regarding ROH’s future.
The best women’s wrestling in the world can be seen in STARDOM. 2021 was a fantastic year for the promotion in all metrics possible; from tickets sales (even outdrawing NOAH and NJPW on certain shows), to getting a lot of attention thanks to the 5-star match between Utami and Syuri earlier this year.
STARDOM will have a chance to start strong in 2022 with their involvement on NJPW’s WK show that will take place soon. Next year will be key for STARDOM, and the overall growth of joshi wrestling.