Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 : The Year In Review

It's New Year's Eve so that means it's time for me to look back at the predictions I made for 2013.

In the first post of this year, I predicted that:

Notre Dame will win the BCS National Championship
They didn't.

The Rock will defeat CM Punk for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble
He did.

The New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl
I'm glad I got that one wrong!

Bruno Sammartino and Mick Foley will both be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame
This was an amazing call. I knew Foley was likely. Sammartino, on the other hand, had been at odds with World Wrestling Entertainment for many years and it looked highly unlikely. Triple H managed to broker a deal early in 2013. Sammartino was announced and became the main star of the 2013 class.

John Cena will win a match against The Rock at WrestleMania
It was the most obvious prediction of the year.

Dolph Ziggler will cash in his Money in the Bank title shot at WrestleMania
I was 24 hours late on this call as he did it the following night.

Manchester United will win the Premier League
Another winner.

Sir Alex Ferguson will retire
He did.

Rafa Benitez will no longer be the interim manager at Chelsea. He'll get the job on a  full-time basis. However, he'll be gone by New Year's Eve 2013
Well, I have to call this one a loss just because the 'interim' tag was never lifted despite news articles indicating that it possibly could have been.

Life of Pi will be a big winner at the Oscars

One of the longest running characters in Coronation Street, Emmerdale or Eastenders will leave their respective show
They did but not intentionally, and not in the way I had envisioned.
William Roache had to take a leave of absence from Coronation Street (but hasn't left) due to him having to face allegations of sexual assault. Richard Thorp, who played Alan Turner in Emmerdale, passed away in real life. His character was written out as a result.

Manchester City will lose in the FA Cup final
Kerching. Thanks Wigan!

Cardiff City will not be automatically promoted from the Championship
This was the reverse psychology prediction of 2013. It's the one I am glad I got wrong.

Roger Federer will win the Wimbledon final
Only a patriotic nutter would have predicted Andy Murray!

Check back tomorrow for my 2014 predictions.

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