Top 5 WWE Title Contenders After Daniel Bryan's Neck Surgery

By RantSports Staff

5 Candidates To Win the 'Possibly' Vacant WWE World Heavyweight Title

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Daniel Bryan is headed for neck surgery and possibly a lengthy stay on the shelf. If that ends up being the case, you'd have to think his WWE title will also be vacated.

If the belt is put up for grabs, here are five guys who could be in line to win it:

5. Randy Orton

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5. Randy Orton

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The Viper was just WWE champion for a lengthy period of time prior to WrestleMania. Fans don't want to see him get another run with the gold, but you know that he's on the short list of candidates. He's too good not to be.

4. John Cena

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4. John Cena

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Here's another eye-rolling candidate to hold the WWE title if it's vacated. No one, outside of grade-schoolers, wants Cena to get another run with the belt. He just doesn't need it at this point in his career. However, he's definitely a realistic candidate.

3. Triple H

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3. Triple H

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HHH as champion is a bit of a stretch, but don't rule him out. Someone needs to step up with Bryan on the shelf, and the King of Kings could no doubt fill the void. Much of the IWC would hate it, but HHH as a villain champion for a stretch over the summer would be money.

2. Bray Wyatt

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2. Bray Wyatt

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Wyatt will be champion at some point in the future. It's just a matter of when. This summer might be too soon, but there are far, far worse options.

1. Brock Lesnar

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1. Brock Lesnar

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Most everyone agrees that Lesnar is headed for the title picture. Bryan vs. Lesnar at SummerSlam could still happen, as many have projected -- but what about bringing Lesnar into the title picture sooner?

To fill the void between now and Bryan's return, the Beast could reign over WWE. Upon his return, Bryan could knock him off and continue on his way. It might screw up later plans for Brock, but given the situation, who cares?

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