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Challengers for the Intercontinental Title

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With Heyman preoccupied with Ryback in his feud with CM Punk, Axel will now have the ability to carve out a path for himself as Intercontinental Champion. As Axel is the holder of the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship belt (click on the phrase for video), he holds a title whose prestige was recently restored by Cody Rhodes.  Now that he’s no longer front and center in the Heyman-Punk feud, Axel can create a deep feud with great matches with an opponent who can elevate him or be elevated by beating Axel. Let’s look at a few options for both of these purposes.

10-kofi vs the shieldKofi Kingston- This guy is the first person that you probably thought of when you started to wonder who would be great opponents for Axel, and you thought of him for good reason. Kofi is versatile, adapts well to a number of ring styles, and has been a midcarder almost as long as he’s been in the WWE. But the match that he had with Axel at Night of Champions was easily one of the best of the night. If they could carry on a feud for a few months where they don’t kill the mystique and anticipation for their matches by only having them wrestle each other a few times, a Kofi-Axel feud can be a great late-year addition.

10 r-truthR-Truth- It’s no secret that R-Truth is past his prime but in the last few years, the WWE has been giving older stars pushes as a token of gratitude and as an expression of appreciation for the dutiful work they’ve done over the years, namely jobbing to countless rising stars. Truth has little momentum now, but if he revived the Little Jimmy persona and went after Axel, I think that they could create a compelling feud. Truth is also woefully underrated in the ring, and Axel’s a talented wrestler, so the combination of these two in a feud–if Truth resurrected the Little Jimmy persona–would make for a fun feud with solid matches.

NXTNXT call up- The WWE farm system, if you will, is robust with great talents that have been performing well on NXT and are itching for the opportunity to bring their talent to the main stage. The WWE could bring up a can’t-miss prospect that they deeply believe in and have him entrenched in a deep feud with Axel. This prospect has to be be one that they believe in, however, because we don’t want to see another Bo Dallas/Wade Barrett episode where an upstart is around for 3 weeks and magically disappears due to the machinations of the WWE Creative division .

rybackRyback- It’s almost hard to believe that for someone who’s been pushed so hard in the singles ranks, he’s never won a title. A swerve where Ryback takes out Axel and his title would be unpredictable and fresh. This also would underscore Heyman’s tendency to be treacherous and only self-interested. This could be a great way to get Ryback his first title and a way to do something different with Axel. However, the problem with this would be that I don’t know if Axel could make it alone as a face yet. I’m not sure that the crowd has bought into him enough for a switch to occur and then succeed alone. Maybe the WWE can put this in the backpocket for future use.

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  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I don’t think Ryback needs the IC title, he is better winning the WWE Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship.

    • D.M.T

      Ryback isn’t even good enough to win a World Title but that’s my opinion. Feel free to disagree

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        But I do not know why people say that he is not good enough?. Well I am the only one who sees it.

        • D.M.T

          I can’t speak for everyone but I think Ryback is boring in the ring. His matches suck and that’s why he’not good enough in my opinion. Ryback needs the IC Title to become better.

          • Lucas Amato

            Its matches with Cena wasnt Boring (and im not a Cena or Ryback fan..), His matches with Shield, Bryan were fine… his match with Henry suck, but that was for the amount of time and for two similar styles…
            Ryback is being buried because of “goldberg” not similar style… All because his bald and big …
            Sorry for my english.. im Argentinian..

          • Abudadein

            No need to apologize, you’re doing a great job getting your ideas across. Keep ’em comin’! And I agree, Ryback has had some good matches against Cena, one of which I’m bettin’ will be on the Best PPV Matches of 2013 DVD coming out soon.

          • Jay Ess

            Ryback has had some above average matches against Daniel Bryan too. Sure Bryan did carry him, but Ryback also came off pretty well.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            Yeah but it will be interestingto see a feud between Ryback and Curtis Axel. Which I think will happen.

        • Lucas Amato

          I agree with you.. I think is good.. Is agressive and have good powerhouse moves… In WWE today there is only one better powerhouse than Ryback and that is Alexander Rusev from NXT … Big E for me is good, but not really good and so Ryback, but i prefer him ..(i dont count Big Show, Kane or Henry on that list..)

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            I thought I was the only one that think that Ryback is good in the ring.

          • Abudadein

            No, I agree, Ryback is a bona fide monster in a similar vein to guys like Batista, Lord Humongous, and Nikita Koloff, who came before him. Sadly, I think it will be Curtis Axel who finds himself lost in the shuffle — like Ted DiBiase Jr. — within a few months, and it will be Ryback headlining as he continues to gain momentum and show his capabilities in the ring. That’s my prediction.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            I agree.

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I think who would be best with Curtis Axel would be somebody who gets called up from NXT.

  • D.M.T

    I think R-Truth should win the IC Title. R-Truth is a great midcarder.

    • Sieg

      No thanks, the guy’s been stale for years & it doesn’t look like he’ll be changing any time soon. Rather than any of the guys mentioned I think Langston with a babyface turn could be a fun champ, so could Barrett with a babyface tough guy gimmick. Either one of those feuds would be kinda easy to start, give Axel a few wins and have him start running his mouth…then have Barrett or Langston step up to shut him up. Eventually it’d be fun to see the title on Fandango or Bray…though I have a feeling that if they find something for Bray he’ll be in one of the two world title pictures.

  • Rahul

    The only good idea is to call Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville or Kassius Ohno and have ’em feud for the IC title.

  • Alejandro

    How about Tyson Kidd? He had good matches with Axel back in NXT and when Axel was known as Michael McGillicutty lol.

    • Lucas Amato

      Tyson Kidd, deserves the title…

      • Alejandro

        Yes he does!

        • Jay Ess

          That’s a helluva idea. They should push Tyson when he comes back. His burgeoning return to the roster could be a story on Total Divas that would attract a few more viewers.

  • Bite Me You Loser

    We all know when Kofi wins a title it’s only to keep it warm for the next person sadly…

  • KingBack

    Every mid-carder is challengers at this point..
    Axel don’t have a storyline for the belt and probably
    if he defends at Battleground is going do it against a random guy.
    My money would be on either Kingston, Miz, Big E, Christian, Fandango or R-Truth.

  • Shell

    I believe it should be Punk. I think he’s the only one who can bring the title back to its former glory. Hell, they even need to have the IC title on the line as the main event.. It won’t be done quick but takes time to rise up there.

  • JMD

    if they are going to turn ryback on axel, i hope it happens soon. otherwise i just hope axel drops it soon, because right now, he and the belt are being overshadowed by the punk/heyman feud, IMHO.

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