The next name on the Cody list. Back in 2015, John Cena wont he United States Title at WrestleMania 35 and had a rather novel idea. Not very long into his reign, Cena started the US Open Challenge, where he would defend his title against anyone who came through the curtain. This became one of the best ideas that WWE has used in a good many years, as new challengers came out week after week, with the big question being who would be next. It is an idea that has continued in different forms over the years, and now we know who is next in another version.

The current open challenge is taking place in AEW, where Cody is defending his TNT Title almost every week against anyone who comes out to face him. The interesting twist on this one is that the challengers might not come from the AEW roster, as multiple independent wrestlers have appeared as well. This has resulted in at least one of them being signed to the company and now another indy star is going to get his own shot.

AEW has announced that Warhorse will be challenging Cody for the title on the July 29 edition of Dynamite. This comes after Warhorse led a social media campaign for the title, with his fans getting behind the idea. Warhorse is an indy mainstay who has wrestled around the country, including in Beyond and Zero1 Wrestling. There is no word on if this will be a one off appearance or more.

Warhorse has done some things in the ring. Check out the next challenger in action:

Opinion: This isn’t the biggest surprise as there had been quite a bit of buzz about Warhorse getting a shot like this one. It’s a great way to get noticed elsewhere, even if it doesn’t lead to a long term future with AEW. The open challenge has done well so far with Ricky Starks and Eddie Kingston both looking good and Starks even getting a job out of it. If that’s the case then it’s certainly something worth trying, if nothing else for the exposure.

Do you like this pick? Who else would you like to see get a shot? Let us know in the comments below.

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