A tournament for sure, but I'd like to see the bulk of the tourney matches at the PPV. That would make up for the elimination of the King of the Ring, at least a little bit.
As for the winner...I would have it come down to Rhyno/Benoit in the finals (still as friends). They could wrestle a face vs. face match with one of them going heel in the end to take the title. I'm comfortable with either of them holding the belt.
I don't know about a best of seven final... Not many wrestlers can pull off a best of seven series without it getting boring. I've only seen two cases where it worked well: Magnum TA vs. Nikita Koloff and Booker T vs. Chris Benoit.
The way WWE's been putting the screws to Benoit and The Book... Let's just say I don't think it'll happen. Or if it does, it'll be something too shitty for words, like Albert vs. Mr. Ass Best of Seven... [shudder]
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Hopefully it's a tournament. The battle royal for the IC Title was so lacklustre and didn't get the title off to good start. A good tournament would do a lot to establishing the US Title as a meaningful belt.
They need to do like WCW used to sometimes and have the US Champion be the #1 Contender for the World Title. It gives top stars an excuse to care and go after the US Title in an effort to get a shot at the World Champion and makes the US Title seem important, instead of a midcard belt.
Let's break this down. The Vengeance PPV has already been rumoured to feature Brock vs. Angle, and Hogan vs. McMahon. Also, (VAGUE SPOILER WARNING!) the Smackdown taping would seem to hint at a tag team title match at Vengeance as well.
Here are some likely entrants in any kind of a US title tournament or battle royale.....Benoit, Rhyno, Cena, A-Train, Big Show, Matt Hardy, Billy Gunn, Rikishi, Spanky, Rey Mysterio, Ultimo Dragon (?), Nunzio, Stamboli, Palumbo and the Undertaker. If WWE wanted to expand this to open an invite to any former US champion, then that opens the doors for all sorts of fun possibly former champions.
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I'd rather see Benoit in the main event scene -- Smackdown needs ME heels badly, especially with Angle going face, and Lesnar has no one to really challenge him beyond the Big Show, unless Benoit turns.
As for US champion, Cena or Rhyno look like the most likely candidates. Other possibilities: Matt Hardy (probably not; the IC title is already with an undersized, pompous heel and I can see them not wanting to duplicate that), Billy Gunn (HOPEFULLY not), Sean O'Haire (maybe, but I'd rather see the title with someone who's built a bit more of a rep first), or Stamboli or Palumbo (unlikely, unless they move past being Undertaker Chow soon).
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They're barely skating by on Thursdays with a 1.2 rating. This is going to end very badly. Especially if they keep taking cheap potshots at WWE that only serve as a reminder that they're on the other channel at that very moment.