Potential WWE World Heavyweight Championship contenders for post-WrestleMania

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Fans are slowly coming to terms with the fact that Roman Reigns will leave WrestleMania 32 as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion when he takes on Triple H in the main event.

This will be the second successive WrestleMania main event for Reigns, and the WWE will want him to have his WrestleMania moment, especially since they had Seth Rollins run down the ramp for the heist of the year last time out.

The reaction from the fans says it all; they don’t want him there but it’s clearly too late to add anybody else to the match, and a stubborn Vince McMahon will not budge from this stance.


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The Big Dog is the future of this company whether we like it or not.

Once the night is over, attention will change to the upcoming pay-per-views, and it’ll be a huge test for Reigns once new contenders emerge. Which stars deserve that chance, though? Not only deserve the chance, but which stars will the WWE show faith in to go up against Reigns? Let’s take a look.


AJ Styles is one of the best wrestlers on the planet, and he’s proving that he belongs in the WWE by working brilliantly with Chris Jericho. Whether it was his matches against him or partnering him, Styles needed to adjust to the WWE after being thrown into the deep end right away, and he didn’t sink.

The Phenomenal One will probably need to work his way up the ladder the hard way, right now it looks as if the WWE Tag Team Championships could be the way they go with him and it looks unlikely that he’ll skip the Intercontinental or the United States Championship. Styles is reliable, though, and he works hard, so if there was hope that he could hold the biggest prize in the WWE, he’d make sure he stakes his claim.

This won’t happen right away, but it won’t be a surprise to see him involved in championship matches towards the end of 2016. He’s a fantastic wrestler; he looks great and although he still needs work on the microphone it’s clear that won’t affect a potential push.


A Dean Ambrose and Reigns feud is almost a guarantee to happen; there’s too much history between the pair in recent years for them not to clash over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The WWE will probably look to turn one of them heel if the two are to meet this year – and it should be Reigns.

Ambrose has the talent to be the biggest face on the roster, and he’s played that role numerous times as his fan support is incredible. Bad booking doesn’t help his cause, though, every time he starts to gain momentum, the WWE seem to pull him back a few steps which isn’t great for his prospects of becoming the top dog in the company.

There have been a few leaks online suggesting The Big Dog and The Lunatic Fringe could meet for the championship, and Ambrose is more than ready. It’s no surprise that fans wanted to see him in the main event of WrestleMania either.


If Reigns ever wants to be the undisputed face of the company, then he simply needs to defeat John Cena with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line. The unique thing about Cena is that he’s always a solid contender even if he isn’t working opposite the champion.

There’s a reason they call him big match John because he steps up when it matters like nobody else. He’s a reliable star, and he doesn’t get enough credit for his in-ring work either, he’s someone who can help get the best out of Reigns as a champion.

Out of all the names on the list, he’s one of the two options that seem most realistic and ones that could happen as early as 2016. Reigns needs to get past Cena, while John will want his 16th World Championship; these two are destined to meet at some stage.


Kevin Owens is more of a wildcard pick on this list, but he’s the finest heel to go up against a face Reigns, the only thing is the WWE Universe would cheer Owens and boo their champion which is something the higher-ups won’t want.

There’s no denying the talent; he has that in abundance, and he’s one of the finest wrestlers in the company despite his size suggesting otherwise. The microphone work is there, and he’s a natural heel who loves to fight, and that’s the sort of contender we’d love to see Reigns go up against.

I do think he has a bit more time to reach that level, not because of the talent but because he does have his doubters and they’ll do anything to hinder his progression. If Triple H gets his way and if he understands that Owens can do a fantastic job, we should expect him to play a big part in the Money in the Bank ladder match in the coming months.


Alongside Cena, this is another feud which is almost a guarantee to happen in 2016. Seth Rollins suffered a cruel injury in 2015 and looks to miss WrestleMania; it’s clear he will want his championship title back regardless of who is holding.

Triple H being the champion is an attractive prospect, as we could see a face Rollins returning for his championship by taking on The Game – something that was rumoured for quite some time last year. Now it looks like a heel Reigns is the way to go forward as Rollins would get an ultimate face reaction regardless of how he makes his return.

There’s no point even discussing what Rollins has to offer, we know he’s almost the perfect WWE superstar, and he’s guaranteed to be in the championship picture when he returns. A SummerSlam match with Reigns – as well as Ambrose – cannot be ruled out just yet.


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