Sunday, December 31, 2023

2023: The Year In Review

On the first day of every year, I make a handful of predictions for the upcoming twelve months and then - on the 31st of December - I take a look back at my prognostications to see where I thrived or.. in most cases: fell.

Below are all of the guesses I made for the year of 2023 along with the results. Check back tomorrow to see some spoilers for 2024!

- Kazuchika Okada will beat Jay White at the Tokyo Dome three days from now

He did!

- The Buffalo Bills will make it to the Super Bowl

They didn't!

- Here is a huge hedge: The Rock, Sami Zayn, Cody Rhodes or Steve Austin will win the 2023 WWE Royal Rumble

It was Cody Rhodes.

- There are reports that Becky Lynch .vs. Ronda Rousey is not in the plans for WrestleMania. If so, I’m going to guess Rousey will face Shayna Baszler at the event.

This match did happen, but it occurred later in the year at SummerSlam . Grrr.

- Danny Dyer will compete on one of the reality shows like Strictly or I’m a Celebrity

He didn't.

- This year's NJPW G1 Climax will have Claudio Castagnoli as a participant

It didn't.

- Manchester City will win the Champions League

Yes! They beat Inter Milan 1-0

- The return of Neighbours will be regarded as a letdown by fans because a lot of the stars would have moved on to other projects

I did see some minor criticism of the reboot, but I cannot pat myself on the back for this because I've seen a lot more positivity. I am in the latter camp.

- To continue what has become an annual deal, the Indianapolis Colts will pick up another quarterback who has either been let go or traded away from his current team. This year's QB will be.. Derek Carr

Nope. Derek Carr ended up with the New Orleans Saints. The Colts drafted Anthony Richardson with the fourth overall pick

- A female writer will win the Booker Prize 

Not this time. This year's winner was Paul Lynch for Prophet Song.

- In 2022, I set a goal of reading 5 Stephen King books. This year, I double it - I shall read at least 10!

I believe I did exactly ten. I had forgotten all about this prediction, so I applaud myself for pulling this prediction off on the nose.

- My nephew's baby, due in March, will be a female

I lost on this 50-50 gamble.

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