As the WWE prepares for Wade Barrett vs. Big E for the Intercontinental Title, it is my hope Big E wins and then loses to Cesaro after Extreme Rules. The push Cesaro is getting only means he is on the fast track to a WWE Title.
I realize this is a lot to ask, but the WWE has brought us amazing feuds recently like Bryan and Randy Orton, CM Punk and John Cena and Cena and Punk. This would rank right up there with those as instant classics.
The company needs more of those since it cannot clearly find a medium that establishes feuds longer than a Tommy Rich title reign.
Some of you may need to do a little research on that one.
There have been 70 different champions. Chris Jericho had the most reigns with nine. Pedro Morales held the championship for a record total of 619 days and The Honky Tonk Man had the longest uninterrupted reign at 454 days, from June 2, 1987 until August 29, 1988. Dean Douglas had the shortest reign at 13 minutes 52 seconds. Chyna is the only woman to win the title. The youngest champion was Jeff Hardy, who won the championship at 23 years old. The oldest champion was Ric Flair, who won the championship at Unforgiven 2005 at the age of 56.
Now that Cesaro is a “Paul Heyman Guy” and that Bryan is still involved in the Authority’s game plan, it may be a while before a match like this would happen, but believe me, it SHOULD happen.
Bryan’s title reign and continued success with fans will be based on his ability to take down Kane, Randy Orton, Batista and anyone who comes his way, by way of WWE owner Stephanie McMahon. At some point, the “Yes” movement will lose its steam. Since the company appears to be moving away from John Cena as a “back up” to save the business and make money, Bryan will need a new opponent to make magic in the ring. Cesaro is the perfect opponent and the WWE can play off the idea of Cesaro being the second most important person in the WWE. Leave everything else up to Paul Heyman.
Cesaro is the throwback of sorts – part Harley Race, Jack Brisco and Dory Funk, Jr. He is every bit as rugged as Stan Hansen and as intense as a Ted DiBiase.
Bryan is as good a cruiserweight the WWE has ever had. From the high-flying skill of an Eddie Guerrero to a more rugged Chris Benoit to the more skilled master of holds like Dean Malenko – all of them are in some way or fashion showcased by the current champion.
This is the kind of rivalry that could end on par with Steamboat and Flair, Brisco and Dory Funk and Randy Savage and Jerry Lawler. All I can say is – let it happen.
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