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5 Superstars who deserve to win the WWE title
- Updated: October 11, 2018
Ever since beating Jinder Mahal to win the WWE Championship in a WWE SmackDown show before the 2017 Survivor Series, AJ Styles is yet to drop the title and has held it for over 300 days.
He has defended his title against Mahal, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev and Samoa Joe so far in his reign and though Styles is easily one of the best wrestlers in the world, his run as a WWE Champion has been an average one and now, it has become stale.
There are a lot of wrestlers in the SmackDown Live roster who deserve the title more than Styles. Let us take a look at five wrestlers who deserve to hold the WWE title more than Styles.
Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles put on a show at WrestleKingdom in 2016 before both of them moved to WWE. When Nakamura won the Royal Rumble and challenged Styles for a WWE Championship title match at WrestleMania, everyone expected the Japanese pro to get the belt off Styles in spite of an underwhelming build-up to the match.
Just like the build-up, the match was underwhelming and after the finish, Nakamura turned heel on Styles and that gave everyone a lot of expectations. Nakamura did a good job as a heel and challenged Styles for the WWE title at WWE Greatest Royal Rumble and WWE Backlash and both the matches ended in a DQ with AJ retaining the title.
At the WWE Money In The Bank PPV, the duo was involved in a Last Man Standing match in which Styles won cleanly and retained his title. Since then, Nakamura set his target on the United States title and eventually won it.
Nakamura, who had a good heel run in his feud against Styles, deserved to be the champion at the end of it and WWE messed it up badly with their decision to have Styles retain the title.
Rusev Day! Rusev Day! Rusev Day! These were the chants that could be heard wherever there was a WWE event irrespective of the presence of Rusev at the arena in the first half of 2018. He was the most over Superstar in the roster then and that was the right time for WWE to give him a well-deserved WWE title run.
He was booked in a Fatal-4-Way match at WrestleMania against Bobby Roode, Randy Orton and the eventual champion Jinder Mahal for the United States title. He was pitted along with Aiden English and the pair impressed everyone.
He later became the number 1 contender to face AJ Styles at WWE Extreme Rules and it was the right moment for WWE to put the title on one of their most over stars then. But, the match was just a filler for the WWE title before SummerSlam and Rusev ended up losing it.
He is currently involved in a feud with Aiden English after the latter turned on the Bulgarian Brute.
Andrade 'Cien' Almas
Not long ago, Andrade 'Cien' Almas was jobbing in the mid-card of WWE NXT and with Zelina Vega joining with Almas, fortunes changed for the Mexican Superstar as he rose through the ranks, won the NXT championship, had a decent run before making it to the main roster after WrestleMania this year.
Though he is not good with the mic, a disadvantage that has been nullified by having Zelina by his side, he is a fantastic in-ring worker and has put on great matches against the likes of Styles and Daniel Bryan since making his main roster debut.
Almas can do a great job as a champion and WWE should put the title on him before it becomes too late.
Over the last three months, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe showed why they are two of the best in the business as they had a great feud and put on as many as three classic matches. After Joe stole the chance to face Styles at SummerSlam, the Samoan Submission Machine targetted Styles' family and played some mind game in a bid to cause mental pain to the champion.
At SummerSlam, Styles attacked Joe, got disqualified and retained his title. In the rematch at WWE Hell In A Cell, Joe made Styles tap out to a Coquina Clutch but the referee didn't see it and awarded Styles a win by pinfall. This led to SmackDown GM Paige book the last match of the feud at WWE Super Show-Down and Styles got the better of Joe via submission.
Joe, as everyone knows, is a fantastic wrestler and is good with the mic too. He has won accolades everywhere and WWE is one place where he is yet to win a main roster title. With Styles' regain becoming stale, WWE could have easily made Joe the Champion but decided to go with Styles holding the title.
If there is someone on the SmackDown roster who deserves the WWE title, it has to be The Miz. The A-Lister has been doing a fantastic job of late as he has made the Intercontinental Championship relevant over the last two years.
Now, he is in a feud with Daniel Bryan and just missed out on a chance to become the #1 contender for the WWE title. It has been over five years since he last had a WWE title match. Miz is someone who can make the WWE title relevant. He is expected to win the WWE title down the line and eventually to drop it to Bryan at WrestleMania next year.
WWE should seriously give The Miz a decent run with the title as he is capable of doing a fantastic job as the champion.