John Cena had the chance to equal Ric Flair’s record of 16 World Championships, but was stopped in his tracks by Seth Rollins at SummerSlam last month.
Cena dropped his United States Championship to Rollins that same night, and now has his rematch for the title at Night of Champions.
It has now been revealed that Cena will be getting a championship run, but it won’t be taking place until late 2016.
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This leaves a lot of time to fill with potential champions. Can Rollins keep hold of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship up until WrestleMania? Probably not.
We should expect to see many superstars capture the championship, I believe in 2016 we will see around three or four different superstars become WWE World Heavyweight Champions. Here are the superstars I believe will capture the championship in 2016.
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Sheamus is almost a lock to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
In fact, Sheamus might capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2015, as this would allow the Seth Rollins and Triple H feud to begin.
I don’t think Sheamus will fail in his attempt to become the champion. The WWE put the briefcase on him for a reason, he’s a top heel who fans simply dislike.
He’s doing what a heel is supposed to do.
For a cash-in to have its desired effect, it would make more sense for Rollins to be a face or have Sheamus cashing in on Sting. Sheamus needs to stay a heel, and if he can do it on a top face, then we have more of a reason to boo him.
I also don’t believe he will be a filler if he’s going to become champion we should expect him to hold on to it for quite a while. That is until a suitable top face comes along.
At that stage, there will be nobody better than Roman Reigns to come along and win over the rest of the fans.
He’s improved this year. He's had the fans against him from the Royal Rumble, but his feud with Bray Wyatt has helped him a lot.
The fans are starting to take his side again, and he’s going to be a champion in the WWE. Dethroning Sheamus would be huge for Reigns and would be the perfect opponent for him.
The fans don’t like Sheamus, and the likelihood is he’ll grow into a bigger heel with the championship around his waist. Reigns entering the scene will get him a reaction like he’s never had as a singles superstar.
Maybe WrestleMania 31 was too early for Reigns to become the champion, but in 2016 we should definitely expect Reigns to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at last.
John Cena won’t equal the record in 2015, but we can expect it to happen in 2016.
There aren’t any plans in place for Cena to challenge the champion anytime soon. While he is expected to take part in many different feuds before the opportunity comes knocking again.
He will become a 16 time World Champion though, it’s time the fans got ready for that momentous occasion for when it does eventually take place.
Apart from Rollins and maybe Dean Ambrose, I don’t think the WWE will look further than Cena as the man to dethrone Reigns.
A loss to Cena wouldn’t be the end of the world for Reigns. A high profile championship loss is a learning curve, while Cena will make history in the process, and Reigns’ name will always be mentioned there too.
Plus, it probably won’t be the last time the two could meet for a title.
If the WWE are going to go with four different champions – if Rollins drops the championship this year – then there other candidates who could be in with a chance of capturing the championship.
Brock Lesnar’s name will always pop up here. He draws numbers and even though he isn’t there every week he still manages to make the championship relevant. The title and Lesnar feel like star attractions.
If we think outside of the box and think of superstars who could earn their way to a match with a good year or so, Bray Wyatt has to be mentioned.
He’s also done very well in his current feud with Reigns, and he is a superstar that could do great things with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
If not Wyatt, then Dean Ambrose and Rusev would and should also be contenders.
They always impress in the ring and they have enough time to make a case for themselves.
They’re doing great things in the feuds they’re involved in and with some good feuds under their belts early next year, it would be difficult to rule them out.
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