There are many names being tossed around as possible challengers for John Cena and the United States Championship, but the man who should feud with the 15-time world champion coming out of WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view is NXT Superstar Tyler Breeze.
Despite the fact Breeze is one of the most talented all-around performers in NXT, he has been booked poorly for months with no long-term storylines or direction. While he has wrestled top stars such as Hideo Itami, Finn Balor and Jushin Liger, he has not won the NXT Championship and hasn’t been involved in a memorable program since earlier this year.
With his talented being wasted in developmental, it’s time for a shift to the main roster.
After Breeze almost certainly puts over Apollo Crews in what should be an incredible matchup at TakeOver: Respect, he will have the opportunity to be written off NXT programming. That would give him the opportunity to take a short break before making his debut on the main roster.
With Cena issuing open challenges every week, the opportunity is there for the U.S. champion to appear on Raw the Monday following Hell in a Cell and throw down the gauntlet once again. Breeze’s music would hit, and he would walk down to the ring while running down Cena on the mic, calling him an "uggo" and using other vintage heel lines.
Cena needs a marquee storyline heading into Survivor Series, and he has proved in the past he can have great battles against former NXT stars such as Neville, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Breeze needs to make the successful jump to the main roster and look strong as one of the next generation of upper-echelon heels, and standing toe-to-toe with a bona fide legend would be a great start.
As hard as this will be for some fans to accept, Breeze is not a main event talent yet. He didn’t have the chance to show that he could carry the company in NXT, and it’s hard to imagine him getting the opportunity anytime soon on the main roster. While he would lose the open challenge against Cena and likely the entire feud overall if it were to drag on for a longer period of time, Breeze would get the rub of squaring off against a top star before heading to the midcard.
The middle of the WWE card is in dire need of serious heels, and Breeze would fill that hole immediately. Not only would it allow the 27-year-old a chance to mature and acclimate to the level of talent, but it would also afford him the opportunity to discover what works and what doesn’t about his character in front of a much different audience.
In the midcard, Breeze would thrive as a well-developed talent who could generate serious heat on a roster deprived of true heels. It's just a matter of time before he would slowly begin making his way up the card as one of the most reliable bad guys in the company.
Cena has the ability to make casual fans hate Breeze as well. With Breeze’s character based on generating heat as a despicable heel, squaring off against someone as polarizing as the United States champion would be an ideal start to his career on the main roster.
While booking Cena to take a clean loss to Breeze is too much to ask, it’s not beyond of the realm of possibility that Breeze could steal a win by using dirty tactics. It would ultimately lead to Cena getting a big clean victory over the heel, but a win is a win over a guy as mainstream as the U.S. titleholder.
With nothing left to do in NXT, moving up to the main roster after Hell in a Cell and starting a feud with Cena is the best possible usage of Breeze moving forward.
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