WWE SummerSlam 2011: Ranking the WWE Title Challengers Coming Out of the PPV

Rob Picariello@@RobPicarielloCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

WWE SummerSlam 2011: Ranking the WWE Title Challengers Coming Out of the PPV

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    Let's assume that this Sunday at WWE SummerSlam  the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and John Cena goes off as planned, and we are left with one undisputed WWE Champion.

    Where do we go from there?

    It will be the second straight pay-per-view where CM Punk and John Cena will battle for the title.

    Will WWE continue on with this rivalry, or will we see some different challengers emerge?

    Let's take a look at one man's top seven challengers to the WWE Championship post-SummerSlam.

    Beginning with some honorable mentions...

Honorable Mentions

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    Dolph Ziggler has loads of talent, and with or without Vickie Guerrero, he'll be lurking around the top of the card. As for now, I believe Ziggler is exactly where he needs to be.

    As the United States Champion, he gives the belt some prestige. Since he's gone to the more intense version of his theme music, his #FollowThat catchphrase and re-dyed his hair blonde, he's been better than ever. I hope the WWE gives him an extended US Title run and brings back some attention to the mid-card belts.

    As for John Morrison, there are plenty of rumors floating around about him.

    He's allegedly in the doghouse for bringing his real-life girlfriend and recently fired Diva, Melina, on the road with him. But let's not forget he was in the triple-threat title match at Extreme Rules just a few months ago.

7. Kofi Kingston

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    It finally looks like Kofi Kingston has been pulled out of the mid-card scene and has elevated toward the top of the card.

    After dropping the US Title to Dolph Ziggler, he has come through with a few big moments, including his performance at Money In The Bank and a big win over Alberto Del Rio in the WWE Championship tournament a few weeks back.

6. R-Truth

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    The TRUTH has set him free.

    Since dropping the rapper gimmick, R-Truth has done everything but check himself into the insane asylum, and that includes elevating up the ranks of the roster.

    Truth was granted one WWE Championship match at Capitol Punishment and was unable to defeat John Cena.

    While his new gimmick is a little strange and sometimes he tries to be too crazy, R-Truth has certainly improved his standing on the roster. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets another title shot before the year is out.

5. Triple H

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    The King of Kings, back in the WWE Championship picture?

    This one could be way off base, but I truly believe Triple H isn't done wrestling.

    He has involved himself in the hottest feud of the year as the special guest referee this Sunday at SummerSlam, and I absolutely believe he has an agenda.

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I have a feeling he gets involved in the title match between CM Punk and John Cena. It's not going to benefit either of the guys...it's going to benefit him.

4. The Miz

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    Whether or not you think The Miz is talented wrestler is a moot point.

    The guy markets the product through avenues where, without him, the WWE wouldn't be mentioned.

    Hosting The Challenge: Post-Show on MTV, appearing on every late-night television show (RIP Lopez Tonight), interviewing with major magazines not named WWE The Magazine—these are just a few of the ways The Miz is able to market the WWE. As long as he continues to stay relevant in the mainstream media, he will continue to be booked at the top of the card.

    Look for him to get involved in a big way at SummerSlam, considering as of now he is without a match in arguably the city where he's the most popular: Los Angeles.

3. Alberto Del Rio

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    Let me introduce your 2011 Royal Rumble Winner, 2011 Money In The Bank briefcase winner and No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship WHENEVER HE FEELS LIKE IT...

    Albertooooooooo Del Riooooooooooooo. But you already knew that.

    OK, I know that was lame, but it's true. It pains me to leave ADR at No. 3 on the list, but there are two guys who I feel have a larger claim to the title than he does.

2. The Loser of the CM Punk vs John Cena Match at SummerSlam

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    As we all know, the loser of a WWE Championship match gets to invoke his rematch clause.

    That pretty much guarantees that we will see John Cena vs. CM Punk for the WWE Title at least one more time.

    Apparently a guaranteed rematch clause is only good enough for second place on this list.

    As for the No.1 challenger to the WWE Championship following SummerSlam this Sunday?

    Are you serious, bro?

Zack Ryder

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    Ha, imagine?

    Just kidding, broskis...

    As for the real No.1...

1. Rey Mysterio

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    Rey Mysterio has invoked his rematch clause (remember? he was the post-Punk champ for about 45 minutes), and his match will take place this Monday Night live on Raw, which is going to be in his hometown of San Diego.

    Who will be the champion in the aftermath of SummerSlam?

    Be sure to watch it all unfold LIVE on pay-per-view this Sunday starting at 8 p.m. EST.


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