On this past edition of Monday Night Raw, we saw Justin Gabriel get a surprise win over the US champion Antonio Cesaro in a quick match.
This win is a clear sign of WWE trying to put together a reason for a US title match to be featured either on the main PPV on Sunday or the free pre-show.
Even though having someone with one win get a title shot seems like a haphazard way of throwing a feud together, it is better than nothing.
Gabriel is a talented high flyer and Cesaro is a talented grappler and striker, and together they may be able to put on a solid match when given enough time.
Cesaro is gaining momentum in WWE after a series of impressive showings, and it would be smart on WWE's part to keep him in front of people for the time being.
Gabriel, on the other hand, seems to have been treading water ever since breaking up with former partner Heath Slater.
When Gabriel was in Nexus, his 450 splash was one of the most common ways the group would finish off a superstars, but since then he has struggled to find his footing.
His team with Tyson Kidd has been given little to no chance by WWE to succeed in the re-energized tag team division, and his singles wins in 2012 can probably be counted on one hand.
While WWE would normally get criticized for such a lazy excuse to put a match on a card, I actually think this one is worth doing.
Both of these guys have a chance to impress the WWE brass by putting on a good show at a PPV, even if they do get relegated to the pre-show.
Cesaro is a future star who just needs to work to get to that point and Gabriel is someone who needs to prove himself as worthy of a push.
While this seems like an excuse to give Cesaro a win, it could also help Gabriel push forward by impressing those in the seat of power.
Until WWE announces something, nothing is official, but logic would dictate that someone who barely ever wins getting a win over a champion this close to a PPV means he will likely get a title shot on said PPV.
What do you think?
Should Justin Gabriel get a US title shot at HIAC?
Was he the right choice to put in a match with Cesaro?
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