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5 Possible Challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

SMGAnalyst IIOctober 8, 2016

5 Possible Challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

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    With the Big Show winning the World Heavyweight Championship last night at Hell in a Cell, we are left wondering who will be the first challenger.

    Big Show has already beaten his last reign of 45 seconds, but that doesn’t mean this reign will last much longer.

    Big Show has been World Champion many times before, and his next challenger could take the title away from him sooner rather than later.

    While Sheamus may be in line for a rematch, there are a number of other deserving superstars in WWE. Let’s look at a number of possible challengers to Big Show’s newly won World Heavyweight Championship.

Dolph Ziggler

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    Mr. Money in the Bank fooled us all last night when he did not cash in his briefcase for a chance at the World Heavyweight Championship.

    In a WWE.com exclusive, Ziggler discusses how stupid it would be for someone to announce when they were cashing in. It seems inevitable that Ziggler will cash in and become the new World Heavyweight Champion.

    Hopefully, this occurs during Big Show’s reign.

    The most ideal situation here would see Ziggler turn face and cash in on Big Show. This would allow Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero to separate and Ziggler to finally establish himself on his own. Ziggler has proven time and time again that he has all the tools to be a main event star, now it’s his time to finally show it off.


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    One must consider the former World Heavyweight Champion as a challenger since he will surely invoke his rematch clause on the Big Show.

    Show and Sheamus put on one of the best matches of the night at Hell in a Cell leading to a well-deserved rematch at some point. Sheamus held the title since WrestleMania, giving him one of the longest reigns in World Heavyweight Championship history.

    Many fans were growing tired of Sheamus’ act, and perhaps that is why WWE chose to take the belt off of him. However, Sheamus became a top face of the company and could return sooner rather than later.

    Don’t forget that Big Show won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania, only to lose it back to Cody Rhodes a month later. History may repeat itself in the same way if Sheamus is able to recapture the World Heavyweight Championship.

The Miz

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    The awesome one became a triple crown winner when he won the Intercontinental Championship at Raw 1000. However, his reign came to an end in his feud with Kofi Kingston.

    With reports suggesting that WWE may push the Miz back to the main event scene, the World Heavywieght Championship title picture is the most ideal place.

    The WWE Championship scene is a little overcrowded right now with John Cena, CM Punk, Ryback and soon the Rock. However, as this article suggests, the World Heavyweight Championship scene is fairly wide open. 

    If the Miz were to feud with the Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship, he would certainly be another candidate to turn babyface.

    This may not be as bad of an idea as one may think.

    The Miz is someone who works extremely hard for WWE both in and outside the ring. With books and movies starring the Miz, a babyface turn may be the right move. After all, wouldn’t a top face starring in books and movies appeal more to the fans than a heel?

Randy Orton

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    The apex predator of WWE has been thrown into random feuds since losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Mark Henry at Night of Champions 2011.

    It has been no secret that Randy Orton would like to turn back to the heel persona that made him a top star in WWE. However, WWE continue to be reluctant to turn Orton.

    These events and situations could be due to Orton’s recent suspensions or the lack of top babyfaces in WWE.

    Regardless, if WWE chooses to keep Orton face, a feud with Big Show should not be out of the question. These two squared off for the No. 1 contender to the title that Big Show now possesses. Orton and Big Show are two solid veterans that would certainly provide us with high quality matches, which would help give more prestige to the World Heavyweight Championship.


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    After a controversial end to his WWE Championship match, many most likely believe Ryback should and will receive another title match in the near future.

    However, with John Cena also deserving a rematch against Punk and the Rock receiving his title match in January, Ryback may not receive the opportunity.

    As stated earlier, the WWE Championship title picture is getting more and more crowded as we get closer to Royal Rumble, and eventually, WrestleMania season.

    With that said, inserting Ryback in a feud with Big Show would be a smart booking decision. This feud would give Ryback  the opportunity to show off his incredible strength against the massive Big Show. 

    In addition, if WWE was too hesitant to give the WWE Championship to Ryback due to Punk’s 340-plus day reign, perhaps they would be more willing to give the World Heavyweight Championship to Ryback.

    Since the title pushed Sheamus to be a top babyface and top star in WWE, Ryback could also reach the next level of his career with a World Championship reign of his own.


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    While there may not be many top faces for the Big Show to feud with for his newly won World Heavyweight Championship, there are still plenty of possible challengers in WWE.

    Whether or not WWE chooses to turn a Dolph Ziggler or Miz face is still to be determined. Regardless, Big Show’s reign should not last long, as he is more at the end of his career, and his reign could be used as a transitional one before a new top babyface enters the picture.

    Who would you like to see challenge the Big Show next for the World Heavyweight Championship?

    Leave your suggestions in the comment section below.


    Seth Guttenplan is a teacher by day, writer by night. In addition to being a Bleacher Report writer, Seth is the Monday Night Raw reviewer for CamelClutchBlog.com and a host for ProWrestlingPowerhouse.com Radio. To read more from Seth, follow him on Twitter (@sethgutt) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

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