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Picking The Next WWE World Champion

The pro wrestling world is still reeling after seeing Daniel Bryan get stripped of the WWE world championship. Unfortunately the reality is one man’s hardship opens another’s opportunity and someone will become the new WWE world champ at MITB.

We already have a few guys confirmed for the big match and a new report that cites two additional participants in the match. There is a big opportunity but how big is another question. A new report cites that this champion will only be a placeholder until Bryan returns. Yet as we have seen many times in recent months, these plans can change at the drop of a dime.

Let’s take a look at the competitors and pick a new WWE world champion. Unfortunately the pickings are pretty slim unless something drastic changes over the next few weeks. Now that the title is at stake, I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened.

The safe bet is John Cena. I know this won’t be a popular answer but Cena is the most reliable guy this company has had on top in over a decade. Yes he’s gotten hurt but he’s been a gamer and no matter what you say about him, he is still the top guy. The company isn’t necessarily moving forward with the belt on Cena, but he is probably the most logical choice.

What do you do after Bryan comes back? I think there could be big interest in a Cena vs. Bryan SummerSlam rematch. Now last year’s match was a huge disappointment in terms of business but let’s call a spade a spade. The storyline was terrible. The storyline is much better this year and if they tease a Cena heel turn (tease, not actually turn), I think you’d draw up some big interest here.

Bray Wyatt would be the right man for the job if they are looking at moving forward. I do think you could take the belt off of Wyatt quickly and still keep him strong. He is so hot right now that even a brief title run could do good things for him in the long run. I don’t think anyone would have a problem with a Bryan vs. Wyatt program for the title. Theoretically you could take the feud through the fall and maybe even put the belt back on Wyatt by the end of the year.

Antonio Cesaro is a fun choice but he’s not mine. I am too big of a fan to let that happen. Unlike Wyatt, Cesaro isn’t in a position to survive a one-month fluke title reign. If reports are accurate and Bryan will get the belt back quickly, Cesaro needs to sit this one out. When Cesaro gets the belt he needs to have it for a lengthy run. He’s just not there yet to survive a fluke win.

Finally I will throw Sheamus into the mix. There is something here. Sheamus got lucky and won the U.S. title in a situation where he took advantage of a babyface getting screwed. See a pattern here? Maybe Sheamus follows that same pattern here and this all culminates with a big heel turn. I don’t mind seeing Bryan and Sheamus have another go-around as their past series was pretty good. Do not sleep on Sheamus here. Quite frankly I am almost inclined to make him the favorite.

Regardless of who wins, I’ll just be thankful that they will move in a new direction with Bryan and keep him out of that Kane feud…at least I hope so anyway.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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