As you all know, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan recently had successful neck surgery. This means that the future of the championship is now in the air. This past Monday on Raw in London, England, Bryan's theme song played in the arena. Rather than Bryan coming out, it was Stephanie McMahon who came out instead mocking the "Yes!" Chant. McMahon, who appeared in a sweater that emphasized her copious mamilla and a leather skirt, drew the ire of the fans.
Initially, Stephanie teased about stripping the title, and awarding it to someone. At the end, she decided that Bryan will appear on Raw next week and surrender the title.
This is where my thoughts come in. Instead of vacating the title, there should be an interim champion while Bryan is recuperating. Most people speculate that Bryan will be out of action for only 1-2 months. Some may say longer, but who knows. The reason why is that Bryan has only been champion for just a month and removing the title from him will kill all the momentum he had.
There are many names that can step in as the interim champion.
1. Cesaro- Cesaro is in the middle of a big push, and having him contend for the title will help him in the long run. He is over with the fans and despite the fact that he's a heel, fans are cheering when he does his "swing".
2. Roman Reigns- I know that Reigns is currently in a feud against Evolution with The Shield, but he was the one who broke Kane's record at the Royal Rumble and got him over. With Reigns winning the title, he can slowly phase away from The Shield and start transitioning to a singles career.
3. Randy Orton- I know this is an unpopular opinion, but he was the former champion and does have a "rematch clause". That's the only reason he is considered.
4. CM Punk- this is a stretch, but let's say Punk does come back around Payback. What will happen then? Will he still get the push that he wanted before he walked out. Punk is indeed a former champion and is also an alumnus of Ring of Honor (which is where Bryan was from too). He can fill the void and take Bryan's place of feuding with The Authority.
Once Bryan returns, he can start a feud with the interim champion and both of them can fight to undispute the title. It worked in 2011 between Cena and Punk at SummerSlam. Why won't it work now?
What do you think? Share your thoughts below.