After suffering a neck injury and having successful surgery, it's unclear when WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will be able to compete inside the ring.
There is no question that Bryan is the hottest superstar in the WWE right now, his 'YES! Movement' has spread across the world and even into other sports. But now that the WWE and World Heavyweight titles have been unified, there could potentially be no champion in the WWE.
Bryan could be back for Payback or he could be out for months. If Bryan is out for months then the WWE will not keep the gold on Bryan until he returns, the best decision would be to have an interim WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
It's not just about sticking the titles on any superstars and giving them back to Bryan when he returns, to incorporate this into a storyline the WWE would need to have two top superstars face off to crown the interim champion, and then obviously take on Daniel Bryan at either SummerSlam or Night of Champions to see who really is the undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
The candidates I have shortlisted to become the interim WWE World Heavyweight Champions will all be able to hold the gold until Bryan returns, and then put on a great performance against him.
Yes, Bray Wyatt. If Daniel Bryan is the hottest superstar in the WWE right now then you would bet good money that Bray Wyatt is hot on his heels. The advantage Bray Wyatt has is that he doesn't really need the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to be a big star, without any gold he will probably still manage to be one of the top five, or even three, superstars in the company judging by the reaction he gets, his promo work and of course, his work inside of the ring.
But if the WWE do want to make Bray Wyatt a champion, then the time to do it is now. He is leading one of the greatest feuds in recent years and if the feud with John Cena is already interesting, imagine if the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is thrown into the mix. Bray Wyatt has previously take on Daniel Bryan and proved himself as a formidable opponent, it will be great to see the two go at it again, this time for the gold as Bray Wyatt will prove to be a physical and a psychological threat compared to Kane.
We're already singing along to "He's got the whole world in his hands", and let's hope that very soon we'll be singing "He's got the WWE Championship in his hands."
The perfect situation, if Daniel Bryan is out of the equation then by including the gold between John Cena and Bray Wyatt, it would take that feud up a notch. We already know that Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan have history, but John Cena is also due a rematch with Bryan after their epic battle at SummerSlam in 2013. What better way than to decide who the undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion is than by coming full circle and having their rematch an entire year later.
Fans will be in two minds about giving Cena the gold again, but it could potentially only be for a short while. Another match between Daniel Bryan and John Cena is definitely one to look forward to.
Right now it is the most logical choice, Kane has been locked in a feud with Bryan for a number of months now starting when he went corporate and now returned to his roots by donning the mask once again. For storyline purposes, Kane has put Daniel Bryan in this situation so he deserves the gold for taking out the champion. This also helps Kane remain in the limelight for a little longer as his career continues to advance.
However, the biggest question regarding Kane as a potential interim WWE World Heavyweight Champion is whether the WWE would want to stretch the feud out even longer than originally planned. The fans might be bored of it, but let's wait and see whether Bryan is able to compete at Payback or not.
Stephanie McMahon has played a pivotal role in the Daniel Bryan and Kane feud thus far, in fact she has played a bigger role than Kane in some cases. It's no secret that she wants the gold taken off Bryan and has probably orchestrated every attack against Bryan to this day, but there is nothing stopping Stephanie from giving the titles to her husband, Triple H. Triple H is currently locked in a feud with Evolution members Randy Orton and Batista as they attempt to take down The Shield, but giving the gold to Triple H can still work.
Triple H as WWE World Heavyweight Champion would make him untouchable and even more believable as a threatening COO. But not only that, if rumours are to be believed then this feud between Evolution and The Shield is going ahead to have Roman Reigns go one on one against Triple H. Throw the gold in there and Roman Reigns is on top of the world.
If none of the above can be the interim champion then one man can, he already stated that he wants the gold but nothing was made of it and instead he challenged - and conquered - the streak.
Brock Lesnar is possibly the most dangerous man in the industry right now, ending the greatest streak in sports entertainment is no small feat and having Paul Heyman still in his corner will be good for Lesnar and the championship. If the Lesnar vs. Cesaro match doesn;t go ahead then Bryan vs, Lesnar was the match touted to occur, what better way to do it than have the original champion take on the interim champion?
Right now, I don't think Roman Reigns is ready for the gold, he needs Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and the longer he stays with them, the better it will be for his career and for when he eventually goes solo. Cesaro is in a similar situation, he still needs time to get over as a face and it will be too soon to give the gold to him.
WWE fans - what do you think? Does the WWE need an interim champion if Bryan is injured? If so, who do you think? Or do you think Bryan will be able to compete at Payback and will remain champion? Have your say in the comments section below or come discuss al things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28!
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