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Who should challenge Roman Reigns for Intercontinental Championship?

Jul 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Professional Wrestler Roman Reigns during the 2015 ESPY's award show at Nokia Theater. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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With the prestigious title recently changing hands, who should challenge Roman Reigns for the intercontinental championship? We have a few ideas here at FRS Slam…

The Miz

The Miz, who previously held the intercontinental championship before dropping the belt to Reigns just last week, has regained his popularity in a big way over the course of the last few months — if not slightly longer. Not only that, but The Miz has brought along “The Miztourage” in Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, who have both become regulars on Monday evenings.

Now, of course, The Miz still has his automatic rematch clause in his back pocket, but if the veteran superstar isn’t competing for the intercontinental championship on a regular basis through a back-and-forth rapport with Reigns, what will become of both him and the tandem of Axel and Dallas going forward?

The WWE shouldn’t waste this surge from The Miz.

Matt Hardy

With his brother and longtime tag-team partner, Jeff, currently on the mend, Matt Hardy’s place on Monday Night Raw has become nearly obsolete. With rumors beginning to swirl regarding Hardy’s “broken” persona, what better way to introduce such a character to the WWE Universe than through a run at the intercontinental title? Even in the absence of Hardy’s “broken” gimmick, the WWE must figure out a way to keep him relevant as a singles competitor until Jeff can return from the sideline.

Jason Jordan

It appears as though Jason Jordan is going to receive a major push sometime in the near future while the up-and-comer has been over-achieving as of late by attempting to take on the likes of Triple H and other high level competition. However, such a jump in storyline is just not plausible at this time while a run at Reigns’ title certainly is. It is no secret that Jordan is a very talented in-ring performer while attempting to snag some WWE gold would surely put such skills on full display.

It remains to be seen as to what exactly the WWE creative team has in store for Kurt Angle’s “son,” but a feud with Reigns wouldn’t be the worst idea.

Goldust 

After appearing at Starrcade as “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes, does WWE’s weirdest superstar have one last title run in him? Already a three-time intercontinental champion under the umbrella of the WWE, Goldust is now 48 years old and let’s be honest, he can’t wrestle forever. While the United States title resides over on SmackDown Live with Baron Corbin, it only makes sense that if Goldust were to ever capture WWE gold again, it should be by way of the intercontinental title. Will the WWE give the seasoned superstar one last shot at glory? It is highly unlikely, especially with Reigns owning the strap. However, one can dream…

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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