Cesaro and the Best Challengers for Daniel Bryan at WWE Payback

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMay 7, 2014

Cesaro and the Best Challengers for Daniel Bryan at WWE Payback

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    OK, so the Kane vs. Daniel Bryan feud has now descended into a total farce, as Monday’s Raw made clear.

    Yes, Bryan has now gone from one of the best technical wrestlers on the planet to weak supporting actor in a bad B-movie horror flick. And the less said about Brie Bella’s attempt at acting, the better. (Did she get drama lessons from Tommy Wiseau, or what?)

    Honestly, the only redeeming thing about the “car” segment on Monday’s Raw was how hilariously bad it all was.

    So for the sake of his title reign, the former Ring of Honor performer desperately needs a new foe for Payback.

    But who is up to the job? Well, let’s have a look at five of the top candidates, in order of just how well they would do in the role.


5. Sheamus

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    Sheamus won the United States Championship on Monday’s Raw, but could he have his sights set on Bryan’s belt too?

    A feud with Bryan, culminating at the Payback pay-per-view next month, would certainly help put the Irish star back on map. Bryan would also gain a certain amount of credibility when he (presumably) beats Sheamus clean. As noted, he needs all the help he can get right now.

    And Bryan never did get revenge for his 18-second loss at WrestleMania 28, did he?

    Of course, one problem with this program—and the reason it isn’t ranked higher—is that it doesn’t seem like something anyone is terribly desperate to see at the moment. Sheamus has lost a lot of steam over the last few months.

4. Alexander Rusev

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    Alexander Rusev and his blond bombshell manager, Lana, have been all over WWE television in the past few weeks, with Rusev destroying such fan favorites as R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and Zack Ryder.

    While his cartoonish “evil foreign heel” character is like something out of ‘80s WWF, credit should go to Rusev and Lana for making the best of a bad situation. They’re performing very well in their roles.

    Could Rusev be Bryan’s next challenger?

    However, Rusev only just started on the main roster earlier this year. Is he ready for such a high-profile spot? It may very well be far too soon to put him in the title picture, hence why he’s not listed higher.

3. Bray Wyatt

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    Bryan and Bray Wyatt feuded at the beginning of the year, of course. But returning to that program in the next few weeks might be something WWE’s booking team should contemplate. The two have decent chemistry together, and their bout at the Royal Rumble was easily one of the highlights of the whole show.

    Besides, having beaten John Cena at Extreme Rules on Sunday, it might be time for Wyatt to move on and set his sights on a bigger goal—the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    However, will WWE agree? Or is the booking team dead-set on Cena/Wyatt continuing?

2. Batista

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    Batista vs. Bryan seems like a natural feud right now. Both have hugely contrasting personalities and ring styles—which could make for an interesting program. The significant difference in size would also give this feud an appealing David vs. Goliath feel to it.

    And at a time when Bryan’s stock as champion is somewhat floundering—thank you, WWE Creative—a clean and solid win over Batista on pay-per-view could surely help get him back on track.

1. Cesaro

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    Ever since winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX, the once-overlooked Cesaro has gone through a big career rejuvenation. Teaming up with Paul Heyman—indisputably the best manager in the industry—has also helped his stock considerably.

    Could he be the next challenger for Bryan’s belt? Well, why not? He’s on a roll right now, and it makes sense for WWE to want to capitalize on it. Besides, can you imagine the thrilling matches those two would have together at the Payback event?