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SLAM! Speaks: The Replacement
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




On Monday night, the shape of WWE changed in a matter of microseconds.

It was during a match between then WWE Champion John Cena and a returning Mr. Kennedy that the man who had carried the title for more than a year tore his pectoral muscle, sending him to the sidelines for Sunday's No Mercy pay-per-view.

Not even 24 hours later, WWE fans, through both notices on WWE.com and an announcement on ECW on Sci-Fi, learned that indeed the show would go on and Randy Orton would still compete in the scheduled Last Man Standing match for the belt. The opponent, however, was not named.

As soon as the announcement came, speculation began to sprout up as to who Vince McMahon and co. would pick to replace Cena in the match. Below are the opinions of SLAM! Wrestling's staff:

Greg Oliver
Since we all accept that Randy Orton will be emerging the champion, why not attempt to make the Intercontinental title mean something again. It used to mean that the IC champ was the number-one contender. So make Jeff Hardy the other challenger. He'd bring out something good in Orton and they'd be able to continue a program until Triple H is ready to reclaim his belt.

Marty Goldstein
The man who injured him of course, Miiisterrrr Whatsisname.

Bob Kapur
It would make sense to replace Cena with the guy that injured him - Mr. Kennedy. The fans have been wanting to cheer for Kennedy for along time, so giving him the title shot against Orton would be a good way to finally turn him fully into a good guy. Besides, who else is there?

Brian Fritz
One word - Jericho.

Matt Mackinder
Who should replace Cena? Mr. Kennedy...Kennedy!

Who will replace Cena? The Ayatollah of Rock 'n Rollah - Chris Jericho!

Richard Kamchen
Chris Jericho should be the replacement because he'd give the WWE the biggest shot in the arm. But WWE's WCW-like booking makes me wonder if they'll turn to Hornswoggle.

Jon Waldman

To me, there are very few options here. Mr. Kennedy, being a heel, doesn't fit. Triple H is already booked with Umaga. Chris Jericho, for all the hype he potentially has coming in, should not be buried his first night back. To me, the best option to go with is a wrestler from another brand, and given the history that Orton has with Undertaker, I'd say the Dead Man is a perfect fit for this match.

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-- compiled by Jon Waldman