If he wins, though, that would be a feather in his cap, potentially another bargaining chip for keeping him in WWE as there have been rumors he may want to leave, and it could lead to him boasting that he’s great and deserves a championship after having won this match, almost making it a No. 1 contender’s match of sorts, but to the United States Championship.
5) Mustafa Ali
While Owens and Andrade had WrestleMania matches taken away from them, Ali’s replacement was at Elimination Chamber, which set him back on his path to the big show.
It’s doubtful he would have been wrestling for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania or anything like that, but he might have been in the hunt for the United States title or something along those lines had WWE’s plans all worked out the way they had intended back at the end of 2018.
Assuming Strowman isn’t a guarantee, Sullivan isn’t the intended push, and Owens and Andrade aren’t given a win as payback for the card changing on them, Ali could be one of the best options to give this victory to in order to establish some more solid credibility to his name.
He’s an underdog, he’s well-liked, he’d be the first babyface to win this without some sort of odd circumstance (we can assume) and as mentioned before, this win is big enough to propel someone forward, but not a huge commitment in case WWE wants to backpedal on it.
If Bryan remains WWE champion going forward, an ATGMBR win for Ali could give him just cause to challenge for the title yet again, or send him to Monday Night Raw with some momentum on his side after the Superstar Shake-up.
While those are my main five picks, I do think there are some other people who should be mentioned as possible contenders, even if I’m less hesitant to call them the top contenders.
Adam Cole: If anybody from NXT wins this, I think it will be Cole, with some help from the other members of The Undisputed ERA. That is, of course, if Cole isn’t NXT champion and if they’re ready to be moved up to the main roster. Having all four gang up on Strowman to send him over the top could be a good finish to this.
EC3: Boy, I’d really like to say this guy would be a sure thing, but the way he’s been relegated to Main Event makes me question if he’ll even be in the match. However, this would be a good way to get him back on track.
R-Truth: They’ve shown him a lot of love these past few months. Maybe they want to have a dance break or something?
Apollo Crews: My outsider random midcarder pick for this year is Crews. They don’t seem to really want to give him a genuine push, but still want to keep him in the discussion, so maybe he’s on that cusp where they’ll give him this win and then forget about him in a week or so like they did with Rawley?
Luke Harper / Bray Wyatt / Sami Zayn: All three of these guys are waiting on their return and could have a spot in this match for shock value. If that’s the case, they all jump straight to the top of the list for potential winners. Wyatt has a new haircut, Harper could be a great asset if he’s repackaged and who knows, maybe Zayn wants to come back as El Generico and having him win this will be a comedic spot for WrestleMania?
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