KDoubles Take: The US and Intercontinental Champions and the MANY Contenders to the crown…


                                                                                                                This time around I take a look at what I think are two of the most important belts in the WWE. The reason I think that is because these belts should be held by people that are going to be in line to hold the most precious title in the company…the WWE World Heavyweight Championship currently held by Daniel Bryan. Currently these belts are on wrestlers who not only give the belt credibility because they defend it so often against some of the top guys in the company. So let’s start by looking at the champions and what they bring to the table…


(WWE United States Heavyweight Champion) Sheamus: When we think about the Celtic Warrior it seems like forever ago since he last competed for the big prize. But it has been at least a year or so since the last time we saw Sheamus compete for the WWE Title. I think that as a former WWE Champion and World Heavyweight champion Sheamus brings some much needed attention to the belt and credibility after leaving it on Dean Ambrose so long that the WWE Universe pretty much forgot about it…


(WWE Intercontinental Champion) Bad News Barrett: For all of you who think that Wade Barrett is going to be dropping the IC title anytime soon?? Then to quote Barrett himself “I’m afraid I’ve got some BAD NEWS!!” Wade is slowly becoming one of my favorite bad guys in the company; his tag phrase is definitely starting to grow on me. Outside of all of that the Barrett is a former contender for the WWE title and is main event material. I expect him to have a long run with the title and when he dose drop it he will be being inserted into the Heavyweight championship picture immediately…

                                                                                                                Now the more you look up and down the roster there are a lot of guys that I think that are deserving of a shot at one or both of these titles. The 1st 2 that I will look at are the ones who are currently under #1 contender’s status as far as these two titles go (RVD and Cesaro). After that I will look at guys who either should be in line nest or in the near future guys like former IC and US and Tag Champ Kofi Kingston or maybe former IC Champ Big E Langston, newcomer Alexander Rusev would make a decent opponent for either of the champs!! And to be truth full there are 2 superstars that need to have belts around their waist soon are Brey Wyatt and Dolph Ziggler. But for now let’s get to those #1 contenders I was talking about…


(#1 Contender for the US Title) Cesaro: Cesaro is one that I expect to compete for the US Title but there is no real reason for him to win the title. The feud that he and current champion Sheamus are having is enough to put the title on the map again. Cesaro is destined for higher rings on the brass ladder. With Paul Heyman on his side I expect Cesaro to be competing very soon for a WWE Heavyweight Championship match and possibly a small run with the title. But as for the US Title he will not be winning it anytime soon…


(#1 Contender for the IC Title) RVD: With RVD he is just like Cesaro to me but for different reasons. RVD’s stints with the WWE recently haven’t been for long, so that says to me that he won’t be winning the IC title from Barrett!! We will get a chance to see them compete in a series of high quality matches between the two skilled athletes. Unfortunately I just don’t see a title run in RVD’s future for this particular stint with the company…

And the next tiers of contenders to the throne are…


Kofi Kingston (Former US, IC and Tag Champ): Kofi has just been in Kind of a tailspin in recent months, he just recently got beaten by Bo Dallas on Monday Night RAW. Before that he was beaten to a pulp by Kane at the Payback PPV, so it doesn’t look as if he will be getting a title shot anytime soon. But I think he deserves one because he is one of the best in ring workers that the company has. OS really even if they done give him the title a feud with either Barrett or Sheamus would make Kofi relevant again…


Big E Langston (Former IC Champ, Former NXT Hvywght Chmp): Big E is someone that is currently involved in a top level feud right now with Rusev. Because of that neither man is currently in line for a title shot at either title. But if anything the Feud with Rusev should put Big E in line for at least one of these titles with Rusev of course being in line for the other. But I think a feud with Big E and Bad News Barett would just be fun for the fans even if Big E doesn’t win back the title…


Alexander Rusev (Newcomer from NXT): Rusev is currently on a impressive win streak that includes wins over Kofi, Big E and R-Truth. That list alone should be enough to get him a title match for one of these titles very soon and if he keeps running thru competition the way that he has I do expect him to win one of these two (Most likely the US Title) titles very soon. But for now he will continue to build his reputation as the “Bulgarian Brute”!!!...


Bray Wyatt (Leader of the Wyatt Family): Bray Wyatt has been a favorite of the WWE Universe since he arrived. But yet he has ot been able to find his way into a title match of any kind!! He is a great in ring wrestler and almost every match I have ever witnessed. I can see him being the one to unify the US and the IC titles. But my overall point is that Wyatt is relevant without a title to give him a feud for one of these two titles would just draw more attention to that title!...


Dolph Ziggler (Best seller in the company): Dolph once again is in a similar boat to Kofi Kingston. Dolph is just under used for as talented as he is… He should have been a world champ… He should have been main eventing!!! But alas Ziggler has been let down and left to go out there and not make a difference at all. But you could change all of that by giving Ziggler a small run with one of these two belts then almost immediately insert him into a feud for the biggest championship in the game today…the WWE World Heavyweight Championship…



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