So, with that in mind, this one gets two questions. First, when does he finally lose the belt. Second, to whom?
In terms of timing? I’m thinking he might actually manage to hold onto it until SummerSlam, though I am unwilling to entirely rule out a title change on RAW. Honestly, in my head, the when depends on the who. Meaning, if it’s going to be some mid-card talent with not much to gain, a RAW title win is fine. If they see big things in the future for the next champion, I’d expect a bigger to-do on a PPV. With me so far?
OK. So who takes it from him? Here are some ideas.
Someone from The Wyatt Family
Vague? Perhaps. I think the US Title, in theory, would be beneath Bray. Except, he’s never been a champion in WWE, and if he became US Champion, I think he could boost it as Cena did with his run. But anyone in the clan could win it, and be a decent champion even for a brief run.
This one might be “too soon”, but clearly WWE has big things in mind for him, as giving him the Andre trophy proves. But putting him over Kalisto for the belt, something Ryback wasn’t allowed to do before he took his ball and went home for a bit, could send a message. And, possibly, set up the next big man versus big man feud.
If Corbin is seen as too soon, so too may Crews. But, like Corbin, I do believe this man has a bright future ahead of him, so there’s a method to the madness.
Wouldn’t it be neat if Kalisto issued an open challenge one night, a la Cena, and out came Balor to challenge and win in his debut match? He avoids the “too soon” argument because of his distinguished NXT Title reign. Clearly this could work, and I think it would potentially elevate the US Title as high as Cena ever did.
To me, these are interchangeable. But having either one of these guys come in and decimate him for the title? It’s a good way to get heat back on them, and re-develop them as significant heels. Both can and should be, but the League of Nations program didn’t do them any favors. And considering that Rusev has the first crack at Kalisto? Well, surely he’s got to be in the discussion.
Because, why not? Seriously, I doubt he comes back and challenges for the title, especially if the rumored plans are true and he’s expected to challenge Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. But anything is possible.
So, WNZ readers…when do you think Kalisto drops the belt, and to whom?