WWE Hell in a Cell 2011 Results: The Top 7 Challengers for the Heavyweight Title

Joe McDonaldCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

WWE Hell in a Cell 2011 Results: The Top 7 Challengers for the Heavyweight Title

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    Mark Henry defeated Randy Orton once again at "Hell in a Cell" Sunday night. Rather than dissect the victory, I wish to look ahead at who could possibly challenge Henry next!

    No one has been more dominant in the last month than Mark Henry. To beat Orton consecutively says something about the WWE and its desire to make Henry look legitimate.

    Forget legitimate—he looks unstoppable.

    So who could possibly challenge Henry? Here are the seven wrestlers I think have a shot.

    Let me know who you think the next contender will be. Also follow me on Twitter @ClassicJoeyMac.


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    Sheamus beat Christian at “Hell in a Cell” and many fans (including me) believe that was an unofficial No. 1 contender’s match for the Heavyweight title.

    This one may be the most obvious name on the list.  Shemus has been getting a huge boost in popularity lately, and the WWE pushing him has been a big part of that.

    Mark Henry, who is arguably the best heel in the WWE right now, will need a face to challenge him.  Up to this point, Randy Orton has been that challenger.  His loss tonight SHOULD get him out of the title picture.

    This leaves the door open for Sheamus to challenge Henry for the belt at a future PPV.  Look for Sheamus to make it very known that he will not back down from “The World’s Strongest Man.”

The Big Show

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    The only motivation I have for putting the Big Show on this list is simply “Revenge.”  What better Pay-Per-View to have a match between Henry and Show than “Vengeance?”

    I’ll be honest, this is somewhat of a stretch, but I could see the WWE have Big Show appear and have him take on Henry at Vengeance.  Why?  It would allow Christian, Orton and Sheamus to feud for who deserves to challenge Henry next. 

    Look for the WWE to buy time and have Henry take on a big man.  


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    Kane, along with Big Show, seems to be the sexy pick for making a comeback and destroying Mark Henry in a fit of revenge.

    It would be hard to leave Kane off the list considering the way he left.  It’s only natural to assume that he would want revenge on Henry for his actions.  I personally do not believe we will see Kane in the main event picture, but with “Vengeance” on the horizon it would be a very fitting match.

Daniel Bryan

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    The only reason Daniel Bryan even makes this list is because he is the Money in the Bank winner for Smackdown.  So, by default he has to be on this list.

    There are no actual reasons I could see the WWE push Bryan at this time for the Heavyweight Championship.  Bryan seems to be on a losing streak, and it would be more likely that he rattles off a few meaningless wins to get himself back on track first.  In fact I’d like to see him get involved in the Intercontinental championship picture before graduating to the Heavyweight title.

    Eventually we will see Bryan as a contender for the Heavyweight Championship, but now does not seem very likely.  Give it time though.

Cody Rhodes

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    I have to wonder how long it will be before Cody Rhodes gets promoted to the Heavyweight title scene.  I do not want him to be a part of the main event yet, but I think it’s fair to put him on the list. 

    There are many other more believable challengers for the Heavyweight title TODAY, but Rhodes seems to be on the right path.  Once he is done with the Intercontinental title, I sincerely believe he will get his shot to be one of the main heels in the WWE.

    It would not be unbelievable to see Rhodes and Randy Orton fighting to be the number one contender for the Heavyweight Championship in the near future.


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    Christian makes this list because of his continued gimmick of “one more match” for the Heavyweight Championship.  Although I do not see a main event match in Christian’s future again, I still believe the WWE will use him in the short term to put over other contenders.

    In order for me to believe Christian has another title run in him, I would have to see a big time winning streak.  He has really been a letdown lately, and has become increasingly annoying over the last few weeks.

    Still, it’s hard to count him out considering how long he has been in the Heavyweight title picture.  Would it really be that shocking to see just “one more match?”

Randy Orton

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    Despite losing two consecutive times to Mark Henry, it is very hard to count out Randy Orton as a possible contender for the Heavyweight Title.

    We live in a rematch heavy WWE Universe.    I hope that WWE Creative can give us a new challenger for Henry.  One of my biggest pet peeves about the WWE right now is there insistence for having the same match multiple times.  I understand the rematch clause, but after that there should be new contenders.  To see the same match three times is laziness.

    Randy Orton had a nice run, but he has lost twice to Henry.  It will be interesting to see if he gets a third match at Vengeance or if he will feud with Cody Rhodes for a while. 

    No matter what, don’t count him out as a contender.