It seems like just yesterday when we were speaking of Daniel Bryan being relegated to mid-card hell and being left out of the WWE Championship equation. Just like everyday life, things can change in a hurry. This is what happened as Bryan is back in the mix as he competes against Royal Rumble Winner Roman Reigns in match to decide who will go on to main event WM 31.
Daniel Bryan is one of the most popular Superstars that WWE has seen in a very long time. The Yes man has worked his way up from mid-card hell to main event prominence in a very short time frame. Bryan’s journey from WWE’s entry-level to championship-caliber Superstar was witnessed by the world. Fans saw a man with a lot hype come into WWE and not impress. He seemed to be an internet sensation that still wasn’t overly recognized by the WWE fanbase. This is one of the main reasons Bryan found himself in an uphill battle for respect as well as an opportunity to show he had what it takes to be successful on wrestling’s grand stage.
Fans all around the world know about his past history as another preliminary WWE creative mistake. The man who seemed to be going nowhere fast has become one of the elite performers in WWE. He has earned a reputation for being a guy who gets it done in the ring and delivers every time he is on live TV. The win at WrestleMania 30 became the absolute high point of his career and solidified his way into the WWE history books.
Many protagonists have stood in a WWE ring and claimed that the fans were the reason for their success. Yes, the fans had spoken, but Bryan still had to capitalize on the momentum. The Yes movement was developed to portray him as a held down superstar, who need to reach deep down to overcome the Authority.
We have had this conversation before through the article and response threads to come up with the same conclusion; Vince McMahon does what makes sense, not what the fans tell him to do. The fans may come into play when there is a dire need for a direction change, but to say the Championship revolves around who the universe deems is worthy is a callous statement to make.
We are all well aware of what happened at the Royal Rumble and the tumultuous rounds of boos that continued throughout the match as soon as Bryan was eliminated. The crowd had been denied what it wanted, and it let the world know it. Still this doesn’t mean that now he will be the next champion. Fans often voice their anger over moves that they feel should not happen and will continue to do so in the future.
Fans typically believe in a guy like Bryan who tends to rise up and beat the odds. A wrestler who creates his own path and shows the blue-collar work ethic that many can relate to, will always tend to go over well. I honestly feel the reason why Cena and Reigns do not go over as well is because the fans feel like these guys are pushed in front of us on a daily basis for approval. If they liked Reigns that much, they would support him, regardless of whether they believed he had earned a main event spot.
Reigns, to the dismay of many, was heavily booed as he stood victorious at the end of the Royal Rumble with his hand raised high by The Rock. This is similar to what happened when Batista won the Rumble, which ultimately led to a triple threat match being planned for WrestleMania. In the same fashion, Roman Reigns now becomes Batista, the next Royal Rumble Winner to have to fight for his spot in WrestleMania.
The newly labeled WWE Fastlane will feature Daniel Bryan battling Reigns for the right to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. Some feel Bryan would not be in this spot had it not been for the fans’ need to see him get a fair shake. I completely disagree. Reigns did not get the reaction they were hoping for or expecting, so they decided to change direction a little bit to ultimately get to their goal of creating an exciting main event for WM31. There has been some recent chatter as to creative leaning towards a triple threat at WrestleMania, which would not only be a better match, but would raise more speculations as to who will walk out as WWE Champion. In my opinion, Daniel Bryan would put on a much better show against Lesnar. I think WWE knows this and is one of the main reasons why Bryan was inserted. Will it be a triple threat match at WM31? Could Brock Lesnar retain? Is the Daniel Bryan move to add momentum to a stale lead up to WrestleMania? Does he have a legitimate chance to win?
There are so many questions to be answered with many different directions. I am curious to see what you guys think as to what will happen and the WWE will proceed with this angle. See you in the threads!
Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)