Who Will Be The Next First Time World Champion?


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A few days ago, I wrote why I thought Ryback doesn’t rule. On the basis that he won’t be defeating John Cena next Sunday at Extreme Rules, who will be the next man to break his World Championship duck? The last man to become a first time World Champion was Daniel Bryan, when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase at TLC 2011.

 

Damien Sandow

It is no secret that those in the WWE offices are high up on the intellectual saviour of the masses. After years of working his way through independent territories, and a failed tag team run as Idol Stevens, where he was released from the WWE in 2007, Sandow is now making big waves in singles competition.

Despite the random booking of Rhodes Scholars, Damien Sandow appears to be one big feud away from being a legitimate World Championship contender. Add the fact that he is more than comfortable on the microphone, and the fact he has only just turned 30 years old, then Damien Sandow appears to be a man who can be a top heel in the WWE for years to come.

 

Cody Rhodes

Ever since he debuted as a young rookie looking to gain the approval of Hardcore Holly, Cody Rhodes has had the look of a future World Champion. The son of Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, and the brother of Dustin ‘Goldust’ Runnels, young Rhodes soon found himself part of ‘Legacy’ alongside Ted Di Biase and Randy Orton.

With the breakup of the group, and the resulting Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania XXVI, Rhodes adopted a new gimmick, becoming the Dashing One. However, only a number of Tag Title reigns, and two Intercontinental Championship reigns are to show for a near six year WWE career.

With better than solid in-ring work, and the bonus of having at least fifteen more years inside the squared circle if he so wished, surely it is only a matter of time before Cody becomes the first member of his legendary family to win a WWE World Championship.

 

Kofi Kingston

The first United States Champion to hail from Ghana, Kofi Kingston has won nine titles since his debut on ECW back in early 2008. Always a nearly man, for years, Kingston has been one of the most reliable workers on the WWE roster without ever being involved in a serious World Championship feud.

Although that could have been so much different, after he feuded with Randy Orton throughout late 2009 and early 2010, and ultimately found himself in the 2010 Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship. However, at a time where Randy Orton was arguably the top guy in the company, rumour had it that Orton felt Kingston was unsafe in the ring, and his push came to an abrupt halt.

After what seemed to be a humbling process in early 2013, Kofi bounced back in impressive style, defeating Antonio Cesaro to win his second United States title. Now that he is wearing title gold again, could we see Kofi become Triple Crown Champion in the near future?

 

BIG E. LANGSTON

The man who is probably best known for being Dolph Ziggler’s enforcer, Big E. Langston is also the current NXT Champion, defeating Seth Rollins just before Christmas last year. And the Tampa native has everything that Vince normally looks for in a superstar; Size, Strength and he is starting to show signs of great charisma, especially in his NXT promos.

The only question surrounding Langston is how and when he will split up with Ziggler, and whether that feud will be for the World Heavyweight Championship. However, there is no rush to split the pairing up, and after the slow demise of The Nexus, WWE have seemed to realise how to pace the building up of new superstars.

 

Wade Barrett

In the fifty years of the WWE Championship, we are still yet to see a British born WWE Champion. After years of wondering whether The British Bulldog, and then William Regal could break that stigma, it appears now that Wade Barrett represents the best chance of a first British champ.

The one time leader of The Nexus, and the ill-fated The Corre, Barrett at one point looked like he would be a multiple time World Champion by now. Instead, poor booking and injuries have cost Barrett a chance of world glory. Time is still plentiful for Barrett though, and if he can stay injury free, it is only a matter of time before he becomes the first World Champion from this side of the pond.


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