This past Monday on RAW, Daniel Bryan was forced to relinquish his WWE Intercontinental Championship due to injury. Now, the question is, who is going to be the next IC Champ? Well, it appears that the question has already been answered, as the Quicken Loans Arena website is advertising Sheamus as the Intercontinental Champion for the June 15 RAW.
WWE wants to put the IC Title on someone can elevate to the heights that John Cena has elevated the United States Championship. When the title was put on Daniel Bryan, he was tasked with restoring prestige to the once-great title, but, unfortunately, he won’t be able to do so. At least for now.
There have been rumblings of Neville and even Randy Orton becoming the new Intercontinental Champ at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on May 31 due to the IC Title being defended inside the Chamber.
Sheamus has been on quite a roll since his post-WrestleMania return, and his character has been given some life. Several weeks ago, Sheamus appeared on Talk is Jericho, and talked about how his new motivation, and how he wanted to turn heel long before he did.
Sheamus also mentioned that he wanted to have a match with Brock Lesnar more than anyone else, which is quite possible now that Lesnar is a babyface. However, it’s unlikely that it’ll happen anytime soon because Lesnar still has loose-ends to tie up with Seth Rollins, and it’s likely that he’ll do so at SummerSlam in August.
As of right now, the plan is to have Sheamus win the Intercontinental Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. There’s been no update on who will be in the Chamber with Sheamus, but it’s expected that guys like Neville, Dolph Ziggler, Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, and possibly Randy Orton will be competing in the match.
Even though Daniel Bryan isn’t able to accomplish WWE’s goal of making the Intercontinental Championship relevant again, that doesn’t mean WWE has given up on that goal. They still want to put their secondary titles on top-level guys, and have them be the stepping stone to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, much like they were in the 80s and 90s.
In other Sheamus-related news, he goes one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler at WWE Payback this coming Sunday night, and he’s heavily favored in the match, as WWE — for the most part — likes to do 50-50 booking, and Ziggler got the win over Sheamus the last time they faced off.
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