WWE: Randy Orton and 10 Wrestlers in Line to Take the World Title from Christain
The World Heavywieght Championship scene has grown somewhat stale on Smackdown. That's not to say that Randy Orton and Christian haven't been having great matches, but it's been Orton and Christian since April.
The end of the Randy Orton vs. Christian storyline is approaching and will most likely be next month at SummerSlam.
With that, we'll take a look at 10 contenders for Christian's World Heavyweight Championship.
As always, read through and comment below.
We'll start with Randy Orton, the most obvious choice.
He has been feuding with Christian since April for the World Heavyweight Championship, and all signs point to a Christian vs. Randy Orton rematch at SummerSlam.
Randy Orton lost the title just last week at Money in the Bank after he was disqualified for kicking Christian below the belt. Needless to say, that's not the way to end a storyline.
Another obvious choice, being that he is Mr. Money in the Bank.
Daniel Bryan has said that he intends to cash in his Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania 28 but plans can most certainly change between now and then.
Being one of the best technical wrestlers in the world, most Internet-savvy wrestling fans agree that Daniel Bryan is more than deserving of the World Heavyweight Championship, although he could afford to work on his mic skills.
Sheamus is an incredible over heel, who is great both in the ring and on the mic.
While his push hasn't been dumped, he has fallen a notch below where he was last year, but that doesn't mean WWE can't pick up where they left off.
After the Randy Orton/Christian storyline is through, Sheamus is a top contender to feud for the belt.
Wade Barrett's push was more or less, completely abandoned and after his run with Nexus was over, he found himself in the Smackdown mid-card.
The Smackdown main event scene isn't exactly flourishing, though, so it's always possible WWE puts Barrett back into the main event scene.
This time six months ago it seemed as though Mark Henry's career was ending. While that still may be true, he is getting one last push from WWE.
Who's to say that push may not end up in a World Heavyweight Championship match?
Is Big Show even on a specific brand?
Sure, he's technically on Raw, but regardless of what brand he's on, WWE is always finding a way to have him appear on both shows.
His feud with Mark henry was just the latest example. Let's not forget his inter-brand WresteMania 25 main event or his multiple tag team runs.
Big Show floats around WWE, and when he returns to TV, he may just find himself in a World Championship match.
Cody Rhodes has been receiving quote the push lately. He went from a low-carder to an upper mid-carder in just the first half of 2011.
Being as over with the crowd as Rhodes is, along with his great promo skills and wrestling ability, Rhodes is definitely a future World Heavyweight Champion.
Although his push is kind of living vicariously through Cody Rhodes' push, Ted DiBiase is a solid preformer in his own right.
Let's not forget DiBiase's Legacy days with Rhodes, being led by Randy Orton. Most fans though Ted would be the one to see the most success.
If everything comes full circle, Ted may eventually be a main eventer.
Yes, John Morrison is on Raw, but given his current position as someone who is just on the cusp of being a main eventer, giving him the WWE Championship may be too much.
The World Heavyweight Championship has always been the second World Championship, behind the WWE Championship (at least in Vince McMahon's eyes), so giving it to a guy like John Morrison who is ready for a World title but not ready to carry the company by being the WWE Champion may be the right thing to do.
Sin Cara is on extremely thin ice with WWE. On top of failing a drug test, he publicly spoke out about it, something WWE was less than ecstatic about.
But, if he is able to pull through this and return, he will eventually get back to where he was last month. A mid-carder who would wow the crowd, and when you're able to pull off what Cara can, eventually becoming a main eventer is just logical.
While being on the chopping block and being the World Heavyweight Champion are on two completely different ends of the WWE-spectrum, there are plenty of guys who have Wellness Policy violations who have gone onto success.