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After BattleGround 2016, Dean Ambrose is still the WWE Champion. The two men he has been fighting for said championship, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, are on the other brand, so the next challenger will be a fresh opponent for Dean. Who should that be ?
Let’s list one by one everyone on the Smackdown Live roster who could believably challenge for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, and then we will discuss their chances. AJ Styles, John Cena, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, and Kane.
We can go ahead and eliminate a few people right off the bat. AJ Styles and John Cena appear to be on a collision course at SummerSlam. I can’t imagine that AJ Styles will be happy about being pinned by John Cena at the BattleGround ppv last night, and I imagine he’ll be looking for a rematch very soon. Randy Orton already has a scheduled match with Brock Lesnar, so you can eliminate him as well.
This leaves us with Bray Wyatt, Kane, Alberto Del Rio, and Dolph Ziggler. Kane is way past his prime, and does not need to be in the main event scene anymore, save it be a low level ppv as a way to put over a star. Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler are both in need of a bit of repair if we are to believe they have a chance against a world champion right now. This leaves us with only one real choice.
SummerSlam is one of the biggest ppv’s of the year, and therefore needs a big time angle for it’s championship matches. This isn’t a ppv designed for Dean Ambrose vs a guy who no-one thinks has a shot of winning, this is a ppv designed for one of the biggest angles of the year.
This is why Bray Wyatt is the best choice to face Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Bray Wyatt is coming off a big win over the longest reigning tag team champions. He is ready for this moment, and would bring a compelling angle in the lead-up to SummerSlam. He has a lot of history with Dean Ambrose to call upon, and they would make magic together.
He has been on the cusp of being in the main event for a long time, but has always lost the big match that would have put him over the top. This is WWE’s opportunity to make a new star for the Smackdown Live brand. He could be a main event player for years if they pull the trigger and allow him to take the spot he’s been ready for. It’s time Bray Wyatt got his marquee win, hopefully WWE will allow him that opportunity to grow.
Bray doesn’t have to necessarily win the championship at SummerSlam, because this would be a good feud to carry us into the fall, but he should win the championship within the next couple months. It’s time for the Wyatt Family to bring their terror upon the blue brand. He may only have Erick Rowan right now, but he’ll have Luke Harper back very soon, and they can go on the run they should have had for some time now.
As you can see, there aren’t a lot of established main event contenders on Smackdown Live right now. There are enough to get by at the moment, but they will definitely have to build up the talent they have so that there are enough credible challengers in the future.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. I love debating everything wrestling, so take your shots and have some fun with it.
What do you guys think ? Is Bray Wyatt a good choice for the next contender to the WWE Championship ? If anyone disagrees, then who would be your choice and why ?