The WWE announced last night that once again John Cena will put his United States Championship on the line in an Open Challenge, this time, at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view this weekend on October 25.
So far every single time John Cena has put his title on the line, he has defended it successfully. A good achievement considering some of the superstars that have answered the open challenge call include Kevin Owens, Cesaro, and Dolph Ziggler.
But with Cena walking out the door from the WWE for a couple of months for personal reasons, the likelihood is he will lose the title come this Sunday. But who could he lose the title to? Here are four possible candidates to answer the open challenge call and possibly become the next United States Champion.
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We've already seen how this one could play out. Ziggler could possibly turn heel at the pay-per-view, bringing in a more sinister Showoff, win the title and injuring Cena in the process (kayfabe). This would add much-needed life to Ziggler's character. While this is a cool direction to go in, and would certainly show the WWE creative team is still gutsy, it might not happen.
Ziggler is currently booked on the Kickoff Pre-show to team up with Cesaro and Neville to go up against Rusev, King Barrett, and Sheamus. WWE don't make their superstars pull double-duty that often, but the good chemistry and matches which Ziggler and Cena prove when together might prevail.
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The WWE Universe has long awaited the return of Bryan ever since he had to leave the company earlier this year due to ongoing concussion problems.
A return would produce a huge pop by the fans in attendance this Sunday, and he would be a good choice to carry the title during Cena's absence. It would be a great way for Bryan to return to action.
It would also provide a nice feud for Cena to return to when he comes back off his break, as the two superstars have put on some great matches in the past.
Recent changes to the Kickoff Pre-show means Ambrose no longer has an opponent for Hell in a Cell, leaving him open to answer the call for the United States Championship. Rumors have suggested the former Shield member would receive a push during Cena's absence and this could be the way the WWE starts that off.
Ambrose is over with the fans and having another title run would elevate his status further. Knocking off one of the best for the title would place a lot of momentum on his side, giving him the push he deserves.
The word on the street is Breeze will be making his main roster debut from NXT soon, possibly even at Hell in a Cell answering the open challenge. Allowing him to win the title by beating Cena would be the best thing for him.
WWE is already teasing this possibility subliminally on their website, as they recently posted a playlist of superstars that won titles on their main roster debuts. Breeze could join the ranks if he is the one to answer the open challenge call on Sunday.
His fashion icon-ego gimmick would be good for the championship, as it will provide the fans a heel they want to see beaten every week, which is something the WWE has been lacking as of late.