WWE SmackDown: Daniel Bryan, Big Show and Mark Henry Feud, AJ's Injury

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2012

Photo: wwe.com
Photo: wwe.com

Last night on SmackDown we learned that next week, Daniel Bryan is scheduled to defend his title in what will be Mark Henry's rematch for the World Title he lost at TLC.

Bryan and Big Show fought to a no-contest last night after Show accidentally knocked down AJ at ringside, causing the match to stop and paramedics to rush her to safety.

Bryan played the angry boyfriend role very well, calling Big Show a bastard very loud right as the show went off the air. What is interesting to consider is whether this was planned by Bryan.

They showed AJ declare her love for Bryan last night, and he seemed like he wanted to exploit that love later in the evening after a run in with Big Show.

If the whole thing was supposed to be planned out, then it certainly works well in regards to Bryan's heel turn. Only a heel would use a 95-pound girl to block a 500-pound giant.

Bryan is definitely trying his best with the new heel role and he is winning some people over with it, but some would rather he go back to being the best underdog in the world.

Either way, it will be interesting to see how all this plays out next week. Show did a great job of looking extremely upset at the possibility that AJ was seriously hurt and when he and Bryan were walking up the ramp together, Bryan did a great job of admonishing Show for being reckless.

Overall I would say that despite the fact that the match ended abruptly, this was a good segment to advance the feud between the two men as well as solidifying Bryan's heel turn.

I am openly against Bryan remaining heel, but I am willing to give him time to grow into the character and win me over, and last night was a step in the right direction.

The relationship with AJ and Bryan is probably the only thing keeping AJ on TV right now as WWE seems to have put Natalya and Tamina at the forefront of the SmackDown divas division, and who knows what ever happened to her former partner, Kaitlyn.

Next week is sure to be interesting as we will definitely see the fallout from Show having yet another match ended without a pin or submission in his quest for gold.

Will he be added to the Mark Henry match? Will he face the winner of next week's match at Royal Rumble? Only time will tell, but there is little chance that he will drop out of the hunt for the title at this point.

What did you think of how things went down between Bryan and Show last night?