Bad News Barrett replaced Daniel Bryan in Cena's open challenge

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The WWE was in London this week as part of their tour of Europe and the Monday Night Raw crowd at the O2 Arena in London and the fans showed their incredible support for Bad News Barrett.

Once again, John Cena was in action after he delivered a pro-London promo about how the city is very loud and also highlighted the fact that he thought London deserves to hold a WrestleMania.


Who knows when London will get WrestleMania but he did continue with his open challenge for his United States Championship after defeating Rusev for the gold at WrestleMania 31 and ended his unbeaten run.

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Dean Ambrose and Stardust already attempted to dethrone the champion but they failed to do so and this week the original plan was for Daniel Bryan to answer John Cena’s open challenge.

This means the fans would have been very one-sided towards Daniel Bryan after Cena received a negative reaction and the ‘YES! Movement’ would have been in full flow in what could have been a champion vs. champion match with Daniel Bryan holding the Intercontinental Championship.

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But as fans are now aware, Daniel Bryan’s health is in question and because of these concerns, the WWE opted not to have Bryan go up against Cena to avoid any potential injuries and they decided to have Bad News Barrett replace him which was clearly a popular decision based on the immense reaction he received from the British fans.

The crowds in England are always vocal whether it be an episode of Raw or SmackDown or even a house show, and the reaction Barrett received was brilliant and he put up a great fight, perhaps the best out of the three challenges we have seen so far. Finn Balor also jokingly teased his intentions to challenge John Cena in an interview, but mentioned that Barrett had stopped him at the curtain.

We knew John Cena wouldn’t drop the title so soon after winning in, especially since he’s been booked to face Rusev in a United States Championship rematch at Extreme Rules in a Russian Chain match stipulation, but it was still entertaining to see the two go back and forth in a close battle, especially since they share unique chemistry dating back to the Nexus vs. John Cena days.


Earlier this week, Bad News Barrett was involved heavily in the UK media and in one of the many interviews he was involved in, he talked about wanting to be the first ever English World Champion in the WWE.

He talked about how he thought The British Bulldog should have captured the championship as well as William Regal, but did mentioned how he wants to be the first to achieve the feat but does believe that with the calibre of talent in the WWE such as Nevile; sooner or later there will be an English WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Can Bad News Barrett make a run at the title? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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