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LaBar: Triple H needs to be next WWE world champion

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Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:09 a.m.

Daniel Bryan just had neck surgery, and it's unknown how long he'll be out of action. Based on initial reports, he won't return until SummerSlam.

SummerSlam is an event that has great significance to Bryan's career. He returned after being fired in 2010, won the world title last year and lost it seconds later when Triple H gave him a pedigree, which allowed Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract.

“Monday Night RAW” in England is supposed to give us an update on Bryan's health and what will happen with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

The best and only logical option is for Triple H to become the next champion.

Triple H would garner the most heat from virtually taking the title from an injured Bryan. The history he and Bryan have correlates with Triple H being the WWE's boss.

John Cena and The Wyatt Family are tied up with their storylines, and neither currently fits as champion. Batista will leave soon to fulfill Hollywood obligations. Orton would be a flat option because, well, Evolution has put him in a backseat position.

Brock Lesnar has been due for some time to be part of the world title picture, but having him as champion almost would be equal to Bryan remaining champion. Lesnar won't do live events, and he won't be at every telecast or pay-per-view event.

This situation confirms why Triple H will never have a retirement match, at least not anytime soon. Being in charge of much of WWE's operations, he's always available. He can be inserted into television roles or make in-ring appearances when needed.

A new star needs to be put over if an injury happens to WWE's biggest attraction.

Bryan can't remain champion while recovering from neck surgery. The WWE has enough problems on its business end, and not having the champion available to perform would be a stupid decision.

Make the champion a wrestler who can get a solid heel reaction and ultimately will set the table for a comeback and money-making rivalry with Bryan.

Triple H should be world champion while Bryan recovers. It's what's best for business.

Justin LaBar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7949 or




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