Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019: The Year In Review

In the first post of each year, I like to make some predictions for the upcoming fifty-two weeks. Then, I take a look back on December 31st to see whether I was right or wrong.

Here are the predictions I made at the start of 2019 along with some notes pointing out whether I was right or wrong.

Kenny Omega will retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 13
I was wrong. Tanahashi won the title in what was Omega's last match with NJPW (for the moment).

Tetsuya Naito will regain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Chris Jericho at the same event
I had this one right.

Bruce Arians will become the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns
Nope, he did come back to coaching after retiring, but he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their head coach.

Mike McCarthy will be named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wrong! See above.

Charlotte Flair will win the women's Royal Rumble (Even though I've bet on it, I'm not brave enough to say that she'll joint-win it with Becky Lynch)
Nah, it was Becky Lynch on her own.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, who is currently Manchester United's interim coach, will be given the job on a permanent basis
I had this one correct.

The main event of WrestleMania 35 will be Ronda Rousey .vs. Charlotte Flair .vs. Becky Lynch in a triple threat match
Another one right!

Seth Rollins will be the men's Royal Rumble winner
Yep, he won the battle royal. He went on to beat Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania

John Cena will win his seventeenth world title before November (I'm guessing if he doesn't do it at WrestleMania, it'll be on the first episode of Smackdown on Fox)
John Cena didn't even wrestle at all in 2019.

Jose Mourinho will return to Real Madrid as coach
He ended up becoming coach of Tottenham Hotspur. However, before he arrived at Spurs, there were reports that Madrid wanted him back. Whether they were true or not doesn't matter - I was wrong!

Arsenal will win the FA Cup
Nope, it was Manchester City.

Cardiff City will avoid relegation from the Premier League
Unfortunately, I was wrong. The team finished 18th and went down. It was a close one, though. Brighton - who finished 17th - only had two points more than them.

Eli Manning will leave the New York Giants
Have to say this was wrong as Manning was still a Giant when the 2019 season began back in September. He has been replaced as the starting quarterback by Daniel Jones and it is highly unlikely he'll return for another season. Have to call this one a loss though as he'll still be a Giant until the spring of 2020 when free agency begins.

Manning will become the Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback
Wrong. My guess was based on Tom Coughlin (Manning's head coach in New York for most of his career and for his two Super Bowl wins) being an executive vice president of football operations in Jacksonville. Coughlin has now been released, so - when Manning does leave New York in 2020 - I now highly doubt he'll take his talents to Florida.

Rafa Benitez will be sacked by Newcastle United before Valentine's Day
Rafa wasn't sacked by Valentine's Day. His contract ended at the close of the 2018/19 season and he left the club on his own will.

Bill Belichick will step down as head coach of the New England Patriots

Indianapolis' Andrew Luck will be voted the Comeback Player of the Year
I got this one right.

Frank Reich deserves to be the NFL's Coach of the Year, but somebody else will get it
I was right with this guess as well. Chicago's Matt Nagy won it.

A Home and Away legend will return to our screens
I'm going to be honest and give myself an L here. I cannot remember any old school Home and Away characters making returns this year. If I had said Neighbours, I could have selected a handful of names!

An AFC Conference team will become Super Bowl Champions
I had this one correct thanks to the New England Patriots. Damn, I hated writing that sentence!

Don't forget to check out tomorrow's post for 2020 spoilers (or not!)

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