With the news that John Cena had elbow surgery, he may not be able to compete for a number of weeks. I expect him to be on television, but will be unable to compete. Should WWE stall until Hell in a Cell in hopes that Cena can return to action then? With a lack of babyfaces on the roster, they may not have a choice. However, I do believe there are a few potentially interesting challengers for CM Punk. Here are my pics for the top challengers for CM Punk’s WWE Championship if Cena is unable to continue his feud right now.
How interesting would it be if Lesnar and Punk began a feud with Paul Heyman in the middle? This scenario seems the least likely for a number of reasons. Punk and Lesnar are both heels and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future. Another reason this may not happen is Lesnar’s limited appearance schedule. I believe WWE will save him for bigger pay per views. With that said, I can’t help but be intrigued by the idea of a Lesnar and Punk feud. Which would Heyman side with? Lesnar clearly needs him more due to his poor mic skills, but both are considered to be Paul Heyman guys.
We recently saw a quality match between Orton and Punk due to a RAWactive twitter poll so we know the WWE Universe would be interested. Randy Orton has seemingly been trying to convince WWE to let him turn heel. In my opinion, he should be heel due to the fact that his character was much more interesting as a heel. However, as stated earlier, there is a drought of top babyfaces. Therefore, until WWE can find or develop new top babyfaces, Orton’s character will stay. After defeating Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler, Orton needs a new feud and what better feud is there then the WWE Championship? We all know Punk and Orton’s matches would be phenomenal. I would consider this options as the most likely if WWE decides to choose a new opponent for CM Punk.
Are you surprised to see the World Heavyweight Champion on this list? The match was teased a couple weeks ago on RAW and I know I am not the only one who is bored of Super Sheamus. Imagine a WWE world where there is only ONE World Champion. If WWE doesn’t see Sheamus as a top face of Smackdown, then why not unify the two World Titles? The feud would be great and we would wonder if Punk could end the crazy winning streak of Super Sheamus. One potential storyline could be Sheamus is a big Irish drinker, while Punk plays straight edge card. I know that the straight edge storyline has been done before, but Punk always finds a way to make it different each time.
These are just a few options I thought would be interesting and plausible in a feud with CM Punk for the WWE Championship right now. I was reading similar articles and was not satisfied with the suggestions others were making. What do you think? Who would you like to see as a challenger for the WWE Championship?
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