As reported last week on WrestleNewz, it seems that U.S. Champion John Cena has requested some time off from the WWE (due to personal reasons), starting shortly after October’s Hell in a Cell (HIAC) pay-per-view (PPV), and lasting until December. While many fans will miss seeing the Cenation leader on WWE programming, this also gives some other superstars the opportunity to shine. Who could dethrone Cena and become the new United States Champion? Here are some of my picks:

Dean Ambrose

Both Ambrose and Cena are not currently booked for HIAC, so why not make it official? Last year around this time, Ambrose rose to the occasion when Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan were out of action due to injuries; and as one of the top faces of the company, back then, the WWE Universe was treated to some main event matches that featured Ambrose. With Cena out of action, and Reigns most likely hitting the title picture scene after his feud with Wyatt; WWE will need Ambrose to once again step up to the plate, to help move programs along in Cena’s absence and keep fans tuning into RAW and SmackDown.

Bray Wyatt

Speaking of Wyatt, yes – he’s already in a match at HIAC; and yes, Wyatt seems so much bigger than the U.S. title scene … but at one point in time, John Cena did as well. As of this writing, John Cena has not been booked in a HIAC match, so who is to say that he will be participating in the PPV? Maybe he drops his U.S. title on a Monday Night RAW before HIAC … maybe he drops it on the Monday night post-HIAC and then takes his leave? It’s no secret, I think Wyatt deserves some gold around his waist – and taking the U.S. Championship from John Cena would serve as a solid feud for the top face of the company to return to, once he has finished his leave.


Has anyone else been missing Cesaro as of late? It seems shortly after his incredible feud with Kevin Owens, he has dropped off the face of the WWE Universe. Yes, Cesaro has jumped into John Cena’s U.S. Open Challenge on more than a few occasions and failed; but fans aren’t keeping score. With ‘Cesaro Section’ signs that flood the arenas, it’s time that WWE Creative listens to the fans, and #giveCesaroachance.

Heath Slater

Now speaking of hashtags, Slater has this thing he’s doing on Twitter, where he is trying to get #GiveSlaterAChance and #HitSlatersMusic to trend on the social media platform. There was this storyline that seemed to be developing earlier this year, where Slater was trying to accept Cena’s challenge – but something would always stop him. He was quite confident that if given the opportunity, he could beat Cena. The storyline just fizzled, without Slater ever entering the ring and actually fighting John Cena. While I am not a huge fan of Slater, I have to admit; a Slater win would come right out of left field, and could produce some interesting entertainment.

Dolph Ziggler

If you are a fan (or follow) the reality show Total Divas, then you may know that this past season finale’s cliff-hanger was Dolph Ziggler proclaiming his love to John Cena’s girlfriend, Nikki Bella. Fellow colleague Stephen Nixon wrote a great article outlining how a feud between the two would be incredible, and I agree. Ziggler could easily beat Cena for the U.S. title (cleanly or otherwise). If he did cheat, or cross the line, the match could potentially create a storyline-related injury where Cena had to take time off so he could be written out of storylines; and when Cena returns, they could pick up where they left off and have a solid program in place.

Who do you think should or could be the next U.S. Champion?

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