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Brock Lesnar will be at Raw tonight, he was working out at my Gym and just left.
Brock Lesnar will be at Raw tonight, he was working out at my Gym and just left.
Lol you wake up hating on the rock.
Will the United States Championship be defended at Wrestlemania?
Shall the Swiss Sensation be taking to the grandest stage of them all to defend his gold? With Antonio Cesaro having a lengthy title reign certainly of note, on would expect The Swiss Superman to be stepping up and taking on a challenger in a low card bout. Possibly even a pre-show match.
Here I am going to run down the potential contenders and opponents for Cesaro’s title no matter how far out they may be. I’ll be starting with the least likely…
15. Tyson Kidd
What did I tell you? Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be such a far out choice. Infact, Kidd could be well in the United States title picture if not for his injury that keeps him out of action until well after ‘Mania.
When Kidd returns though, expect to see the workhorse hit the mid-card titles hard, including the Tag Team Championships with his International Airstrike partner Justin Gabriel. But more about him later…
14. Rey Mysterio
Yet another injury riddled competitor, Mysterio looks unlikely to be attending the biggest wrestling event of the year. Not an especially serious contender anyways, even without his injury Mysterio would be low on this list.
With talks of retirement rife in Rey-Rey’s current injury prone life, it’s a matter of if and not when he returns to the ring, but if he does manage to return, and I wish him the best of luck, he looks to be heading towards the Tag Team Championships with Sin Cara. Although, it was banded about that those two were to compete against one another at WM29. But once again, we’ll be hearing more on the slightly more fortunate Mr. Cara later…
13. Ezekiel Jackson
Once again, injury has hit the WWE roster. Only this time, it’s not such a detrimental loss. This time it’s Ezekiel Jackson.
Jackson has been absent from television for close to a year now and is closer to recovery than the two I have previously mentioned. Certainly not in the title picture for his in-ring abilities, Jackson is a former Intercontinental Champion and has a look that Vince goes for, but a surprise return doesn’t look to be on the cards for Jackson.
12. Evan Bourne
Injuries are a bitch aren’t they? But this fella knows that suspensions are as well. He certainly wouldn’t be missing from action, now for over a year, if it wasn’t for a combination of the two.
There’s no doubt that Bourne has the skill to be an active part of the roster and certainly challenge for the mid-card titles and he has been bumped up on this list due to his recent Twitter-tease that his return is imminent and it’s only a matter of time…
It’s highly unlikely that Bourne will return for Wrestlemania, but as a Bourne fan, I’m grasping on to that 2% possibility that we’ll see Evan go Air Bourne at WM29.
11. Santino Marella
This is it; the end of the major injuries. The only reason Santino is at the highest point of the list of the injury hit portion of the roster is because of his participation in the Royal Rumble. Although just a brief cameo, it is acknowledged that Santino’s injury is nowhere near as serious as some others on the roster.
Knowing the way creative have gone about things with the mid-card titles, this would not be a surprise and would, infact, be a disappointment, with Cesaro taking the belt from Marella already to end an uneventful title reign, and the rematches had, not only would this match-up be disappointing, but also pointless.
10. Derrick Bateman
Taking part in like one match in the past year has been just terrible for Derrick. As it would be for anybody.
But do you remember those promos? Like months ago, promos were aired for a man… A patriot… A real American. Sound familiar? Sounds like Jack Swagger, doesn’t it? WELL THIS WASN’T JACK SWAGGER!
No, it was for Bateman’s potential new character, The USA Guy. Whether that would be his ring name or just his moniker is beyond me as WWE never went anywhere with it and still haven’t, but you have to imagine that if The USA Guy was ever to debut, the title he would go for would have to be his homeland championship. However, the debut of this stock face patriot in time for Wrestlemania looks impossible, so sorry for your continuous loss, Derrick.
9. Ted DiBiase
He’s going nowhere, least of all Wrestlemania to challenge for the United States Championship. It’s a shame really, because DiBiase is a capable wrestler and was tipped to be the future of the company, as has been said many, many times. DiBiase is likely to be kept out of the Wrestlemania picture altogether, so Cesaro doesn’t have to worry about ending up on Dream Street any time soon.
8. William Regal
How many people would love to see this? Can you picture it? Cesaro brags about being the greatest European to ever grace a wrestling ring, going on about the little competition from his home continent when the music of a real wrestling villain hits and William Regal makes his way down to the ring to confront the younger man, eventually resulting in a match of mutual respect between the two. A match in which the United States Championship doesn’t matter as much as the respect and skill on show in the middle of that ring on the grandest stage of them all.
Of course, that won’t happen. If it does, they certainly won’t show respect from Cesaro to Regal. But that doesn’t matter either, because this match won’t happen. With Regal eager to put over younger talent, that’s exactly what will be his exclusion from this one, a younger member of the roster will take part in the match instead.
7. Alex Riley
Even though we’re getting further down the list, this one is still unlikely since A-Ry’s only televised match this year has been on NXT. Which he lost.
But those of you who remember the debut of A-Ry remember that he was tipped to be the next big thing in the WWE and one day maybe even the face of company. Riley has fallen a long way since then due to a backstage spat with big backstage man JC, and with that done, away went Riley’s near future shots at anything good in the company.
But if WWE are ever looking for anyone to suddenly step into a mid-card title picture, A-Ry might just be their guy.
6. Justin Gabriel
I told you we’d get back to him. As impressive as Gabriel is and as potentially deserving as he is, Gabriel won’t get the shot against Cesaro at ‘Mania. The Cape Town Werewolf has the potential of a bright future in the WWE and with work on his mic skills should be kept around and even elevated to title reigns that don’t depend on a partner.
As I’ve previously mentioned, Gabriel may be more set on heading for the Tag Team Championships with the return of Tyson Kidd, as they have still been buddying up regularly on NXT.
The only other reason that Gabriel won’t get the shot is simply because he’s already had one. He had his chance at Cesaro and was ultimately used as filler so Cesaro could show his dominance and ability to bring prestige back to the United States Championship.
5. Zack Ryder
Is this the most popular man on the internet? He’s up there. And since he is, WWE should capitalise on his popularity. But, of course, WWE aren’t going to do that and we all know why due to excessive number of articles explaining so. And a lot of them are right. But Ryder could be built up as even more of an underdog… I can’t end this statement. I don’t know what WWE are doing with Ryder and I don’t know why they’re doing what I don’t know they’re doing.
Coming away from the confusing side of Zack Ryder’s relationship with WWE creative, The Long Island Iced Z is another man who has already had a shot at Cesaro and his championship. Used as filler again, Ryder won a pre-show battle royale but went on to be ultimately squashed by Cesaro at Night of Champions.
What’s R-Truth’s deal now anyways? Does he still do the Little Jimmy shtick? Where is he? Where is he going? Oh Ron… Where did it all go wrong? Oh yeah, they turned you face again. I was digging the conspiracy crazy Truth thing big time! But instead they fucked him over and now he’s stuck in lower card hell. Not even lower card hell! No card hell.
Truth still has the skill, but through little fault of his own has gone fairly stale and is moving nowhere through the WWE. This means that he will generate no interest if he is then stuck into a feud with Cesaro.
What’s more, that feud has already been done. Throughout October and November, Cesaro and Truth had a series of matches that was once again just filler for the title, matching Cesaro against a seemingly worthy opponent who had been at the top of the card unlike wrestlers such as Gabriel or Ryder.
The only way it could be made interesting was if crazy Truth came back and attacked Cesaro claiming he didn’t get a fair chance, but even then, I’m probably not watching.
Interestingly, Truth is the final American in this countdown…
3. Kofi Kingston
See previous slide. Same deal only more recent highs, hence, higher than Truth. Kingston is also younger and more athletic than Truth and therefore has more hope invested in him by the fans and the people. Rather than a title run, I believe Kingston may need another feud much like the one he had with Randy Orton back in 2009, only this time, change the dimensions.
Long story short, let’s see a Kofi heel-turn. It’ll be interesting. But with this summary, comes no United States Championship match at Wrestlemania for Kingston.
Here’s my wild card and the match I would find evolving the most interesting development just ahead of Cesaro-Regal.
It’s been banded about a lot lately that Christian has been taking more time off than he actually needs to recover from a shoulder injury. This could simply be because WWE are waiting for a chance to insert him back into the scene, back into a title picture. Before Christian left last time, he picked up a pinfall victory over the man himself, Antonio Cesaro. The two then got into a heated confrontation and many people thought it would be the beginning of a feud, but before anything could develop, Christian was packed off with an injury and Cesaro was then off and destined for the United States Championship.
Even in the first match between these two, fans were raving about the bout and the future rivalry that could ensue as the two had great chemistry and two styles that complimented each other.
It would be a great way for Christian to not only come back into the company after injury but also re-establish him as a force if they gave him the win. Christian could even return while Cesaro is spouting off about the great land of America and it’s disgusting people, coming back to describe the US of A as his second home and it’s been all down to his ‘peeps’ who’ve made him come back and made him push on to kick Cesaro’s ass at ‘Mania for the title.
This is what I’d love, but we’re running out of time for this, even for him to return on the grandest stage of them all, so one more man looks set to face off against the Swiss Sensation at ‘Mania…
1. Sin Cara
Yes, the previously mentioned fortunate Mr. Cara. You know why? Because he has a pinfall victory over Cesaro in the past fortnight. One. One victory. One pinfall victory. Cara will be chosen because that’s the way it’s been all the way through Cesaro’s reign. One person gets one or two victories over Cesaro and then gets to the PPV and loses to Cesaro, which is why I see Christian as the more attractive option for a match.
WWE will also want to cash in on the global popularity of Sin Cara, or the popularity he once had when he debuted with the company anyways… Maybe hoping to get Cara back to the heights that all the hype had him at.
My guess, Cara will get one more victory over Cesaro, leading to a match between the two at THE Wrestlemania 29! Pre-Show. Which Cesaro will win. ‘Nuff said.
And that’s that. Come Wrestlemania 29, we won’t see a wrestling clinic with Cesaro taking on the likes of Regal or Christian, but instead Cesaro will contrast his style with the jumpy-movey Sin Cara on the pre-show.
But let’s hype it up! Come Wrestlemania 29, the Swiss Sensation Antonio Cesaro will put his United States Championship on the line in a one fall winner take all match up against the global lucha-libre sensation, Sin Cara! Who will walk away from the grandest stage of them all with the gold around their waist!?
Cesaro. Cesaro will.
You so Lauren kick, and thought that she had a legit shot at the NFL?
To be fair, b/r staff in general obviously aren't sports fans. Just writers chasing a cheap buck
Donald grew a beard O.O
I seriously hope you don't get paid to write these articles. I'm not surprised that you're an Eagles fan it explains your lack of football insight.
I am serious about going head to head with Mike, Michael, Brandon, and you in the Ring Rust Radio Golden Era Draft/Fantasy Card.
I have selected my roster and my card is complete. Let me know if you pencil neck geeks are up to the challenge.
Falcons fan here... I'm not a Seahawks fan at all but you know why I am here. I trust you have by now changed careers because that was the worst dump that's ever traveled from bowels, through the brain and seeped out the fingertips to a keyboard in the history of recorded language. You have basically become the laughing stock of the sports world by being so completely wrong about everything you said in that article that I couldn't have tried to be more wrong had I wrote it today.
I hope you don't kill yourself and find some solace in doing something useful with your life, like never speaking to anyone about sports again.
I came to this page to talk some smack about your Seahawks prediction, but I see that's already been done a few dozen times. So I'm going to take a different route.
I'm a lifelong Seahawks fan, so I know they're an easy target. Announcers, other coaches, and sportswriters like yourself have taken numerous potshots at them over the years. My (least) favorite instance occurred during the Seahawks/Panthers game leading up to Superbowl XL... the announcers went on and on about how the Seahawks only won that game because 'Steve Smith was off' that day. No one outside Seattle would deign to give the team the credit they deserved, so it's no wonder they lacked confidence going into the Superbowl. Say what you will about offensive pass interference... their season ended the moment they won the NFC Championship and everyone acted like they didn't deserve it.
This season, Russell Wilson, the entire D-squad and (especially) Pete Carroll have given Seahawks fans a reason to celebrate. We fans want to make sure everyone knows how good our team has played this year -- and since you went out of your way to embarrass the Seahawks in your draft column, you're probably going to hear a lot more bellyaching from us before the season is finished. My point is that you brought this on yourself by deriding a team that often gets mocked; you just made the mistake of doing it prior to a superior season (by Seahawks standards).
I hope you've learned your lesson about picking on teams that seem like easy targets. Did you really think Russell Wilson would fail miserably? Maybe... in which case you ought to do more research. But I suspect you just wanted to mock the Seahawks, like everybody else has been doing for the last 37 years. Most other seasons, your column would have been safe. But this is the NFL (and sports in general), and you should know that anything can happen in any given season. You're right, hindsight is 20-20... so next year, take a minute before assigning your little 'F' grades and consider that, if you're wrong, you'll look like a clown two seasons in a row.
Sorry your Eagles couldn't play as well as the Seahawks this year. That sounds snarky, but I genuinely mean it... no one wants to see their favorite team have a losing season. Trust me, I feel your pain.