The WWE landscape is all set to change at TLC as the titles are bound to be unified. It’s going to be one less title for the superstars to fight for which shoots the value of it to unprecedented heights.
From fan favorites to underrated wrestlers, here is a look at the top five stars that deserve a shot at the unified WWE Championship.
5. Roman Reigns
It might be a bit too early to put Reigns in the title picture, but the momentum he carries after Survivor Series makes him a good option for the creative. Since the inception of Shield, Reigns has been the most protected member of the trio, he rarely takes a pin or submits and showed that the WWE has immense confidence in his abilities.
It was capped off in the recent Survivor Series and could propel higher after TLC. The handicap match with CM Punk most probably will have a twist in the tale, with the likely one being the split of Shield. The creative clearly sees Reigns as a singles superstar and won’t be wasting much time in giving him the big one to prepare him by the time of WrestleMania.
4. Dolph Ziggler
Now, Ziggler is one of those wrestlers in the roster who currently have no direction at all, and he also hasn’t got a real shot at the title after he lost it. With Damien Sandow busy with the intercontinental championship and Big E Langston, Ziggler has virtually no one in the company with whom he can showcase his skills.
His technical ability and speed in the ring also makes him more worthy challenger for the title than the other possible star, Mark Henry. Ziggler might not look colorful when pitted up against the authority, but he definitely deserves to be in the limelight because of the hard work he has been putting in to do his job well.
3. Antonio Cesaro
It has come to such a point that Cesaro’s Big Swing is more popular than most of the so called mid carders in the company. Stuck in a heel stable with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, Cesaro has been on his own league among the fans when it comes to his in ring abilities. He is currently used as a tag team wrestler who could give more depth to the division but it won’t be much time when the WWE finally decide to push him as a singles competitor that he naturally is.
Coupled with the in-ring chemistry he had with Cena and Orton, Cesaro promises to pull out a rabbit from the hat if given a chance. It’s going to be a lot of work for the creative to work on this push, but this one looks certain to hit the jackpot if carried out without flaws.
2. CM Punk
Punk has been already locking horns with the Authority and making him part of the title scene after TLC would be another dimension to the whole Authority thing. It could even set up a future showdown between Triple H and CM Punk which promises to be a cracker. Currently in a feud with the Shield, Punk is destined to the title picture sooner or later but in the current situation of plummeting ratings, sooner will be better.
A feud between Punk and Orton with the Authority in the background itself brings some credibility back to the main event. That way the Shield could also be relieved to fulfill some work elsewhere as Cena could go against Cesaro or Daniel Bryan. From all angles, making Punk a contender is profitable move for the company.
1. Daniel Bryan
One could feel nothing less than sad about the roller coaster ride that Bryan has been put through by the creative team. Despite the whole arena chanting his name when asked about the man they want to see as champion, Triple H seemed to be deaf and stuck on his conclusion that Bryan is a B+ star. Bryan is not tall enough, he has a beard, he looks like someone who doesn’t bath, but most importantly he has the skills and the intensity to win the fans over.
Ever since his debut in WWE, Bryan has been pushing the envelope to a different level and making stars like Orton and Cena to step their game up. After doing all these and producing one of the catchphrases of the year, Bryan still remains lacking of a substantial title run, and there won’t be a better time to introduce him to the title scene than giving a shot at the Unified title.