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4 options for new champions on SmackDown Live

Brad Phillips
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Modified 19 Dec 2018, 23:05 IST
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# 2. Rusev (WWE Championship)

Rusev is the current US Champion
Rusev is the current US Champion

The current United States champion Rusev has been extremely popular in recent years. He and Aiden English were responsible for the creation of the craze; Rusev Day. However, Rusev has received minimal championship opportunities. Not since his early days has Rusev felt legitimate, until recently. Bleacherreport cited that Rusev defeated Shinsuke Nakamura on pre-recorded tapings, (see picture below). 

Reported by BleacherReport 2018
Reported by BleacherReport 2018

With Rusev as champion again the future looks bright. However, what lies ahead for him? Ultimately one championship has eluded him, the WWE Championship. Therefore, considering his popularity and ring credentials, only time will tell when he becomes champion. Potentially Rusev could become a dual champion. 

The current WWE Champion Daniel Bryan has been successful. Moreover, his new heel character is interesting. With Rusev now portraying a good guy character, he has the potential to match well with Bryan. The ring chemistry between them would be fantastic. Just imagine Rusev's power versus Bryan's technical abilities. What could we expect?

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Published 19 Dec 2018, 23:05 IST
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