I would hope it's Alex Riley, while The Miz is still WWE Champion, so they could have like a power trip type angle or something, but that's horribly unrealistic, and I don't see a heel that can go for the US title. Nexus is tied up, Punk is injured, Sheamus is above the US title, Ted is a jobber and I don't think they'd push anyone else, so I'd have to guess it'd be a face in a triple threat or something. Morrison and Zeke seem like the only other guys that WWE would put in that spot.
thats a really good question. im thinking that they keep it on him while give it some sick matches, gain some prestige, maybe if they decide to unify make him ic/us champ then lose it to who ever when hes over enought to go into the m/e
Zeke won't be challenging for the title anytime soon, they're protecting Bryan right now, if Zeke squashes Bryan, it will do no good to Bryan because he's being booked as a strong fighting champion right now. And also he's a face, they don't do face vs face feud often. Zeke still needs few more victories against credible guys, not jobbers, so he can finally be established as a destructive monster, i can see him feuding with Nexus guys in near future, it would be a perfect opportunity for him to be considered by the fans as a dominant force, kinda like how Big Show is being booked right now.
I'm still hoping next week Ted DiBiase will cost Bryan's KOTR match and then they will set up a US title match at TLC where DiBiase will win the title, because if Ted loses to Bryan again, there will be no reason to continue the feud and Bryan will not have any credible challenger anymore, which won't be good for his reign.