So we know Austin Cooper will be defending his ‘King’ title next Wednesday, but who will be his challenger? Well, I’ve been told we will be getting an answer soon, but in the mean time we can only take a guess at who will dare to step into the ring in a bid to reac hRHW’s highest honor. I hereby present you with my three best guesses of who could be the KOTR5 challenger.
The most obvious choice of a challenger is mighty Dash Decker. Dash narrowly lost the ‘King’ title (and his undefeated status) to Austin on KOTR4, so a right-away rematch seems logical. The problem is that no one has heard from Dash since his defeat, which makes me wonder if he has healed from the humiliating blow that was Austin’s victory. If it’s in fact Dash, this would be the third time ‘The Chosen One’ meets big Coop in the RHW ring.
Ethan Andrews vs Austin Cooper was the second match of Catalog 16. Yes, that’s 9 full catalogs in between since these two met each other on a ring. That match ended with a huge upset, where the winner used the loser’s own finishing move to end the match. It would be very interesting to have a rematch that will help us to compare how both of them have changed since. Ethan already had his shot at glory on KOTR3, where he was very, very close to get RHW’s crown. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him as the KOTR5 challenger given the fact that he’s always up for a bodybuilder beating, even more so if there is such a huge stake at play.
Bruce Ballard has had a meteoric rise since his debut. He is one versatile performer with all the attributes of a true star. With 10 matches under his belt so far, we can agree that he deserves a shot to the ‘King of the Ring’ title. Austin Cooper already destroyed Bruce in one of the most brutal finishes of RHW history. Since then, they have met two additional times: once when Bruce joined forces with Dash to take on Austin and Zack Johnathan and then when he jumped to Dash’s rescue on their handicap match, something Austin may have not forgotten yet. A KOTR5 appearance would be a chance at ‘singles match’ redemption so he can prove he doesn’t need anyone on his corner to make it on his own.
So who will it be? We will know very soon so stay tuned to La Sustancia P’s KOTR5 Special Coverage to find out!