Royal Rumble 2012: Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show Will Surprise

Brandon GalvinFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2012

The SmackDown Triple Threat Steel Cage match featuring Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship at the 2012 Royal Rumble will shock the WWE Universe.


Everyone seems to be downplaying this match as nothing more than a filler bout because of the clashing styles and individuals involved. Clearly, anybody who is overlooking this match or predicting it will downright suck has not been paying attention to the previous months of WWE programming.

Vince McMahon and the WWE creative team have been doing just about everything in their power to make sure that this intertwined feud dating back to October makes a lasting impression.

At Vengeance, we were blessed to see an exploding ring.

At Survivor Series, our jaws dropped as Big Show flew threw the air and delivered a stunning elbow drop from the top rope.

At TLC, Bryan proved every doubter (myself included) wrong and won the World Heavyweight Title.

Since then, WWE has done a phenomenal job putting all three of these men over. Aside from Bryan's woe-is-me promos where he degrades himself and makes everyone remember how much of a loser he is, the creative team has ensured that each man looks relatively strong in this feud. They are all threats in one way or another, which makes this match even more intriguing.

More importantly, this isn't just a throwaway steel cage match like we've seen in the past (*cough* Hell in a Cell pay-per-view *cough*). There is actually a legitimate storyline playing into this gimmick match, which is longer overdue for WWE's booking team.

Bryan and Show have battled back and forth in recent weeks over the championship, but somehow, someway, we've failed to get a definitive winner. The same happened last week on SmackDown with Bryan and Henry in the Lumberjack match. All of the lumberjacks invaded the ring, allowing Bryan to sneak away.

Now, finally, there's nothing that can happen that won't ensure a legitimate winner once and for all. That's the beauty of the steel cage match. You can only win by pinfall, submission or most likely for this match's case, getting both feet to touch the ground.

Bottom line, these are three solid personalities, and the clash of styles will make for intriguing spots, especially in the confines of a steel cage. We've been given moment after moment in this carefully planned and well-executed feud over the past few months and shouldn't expect anything less at the Rumble. 

WWE has invested too much time and effort into selling this feud for it not to go out with a bang. Expect one of the better feuds of the past month to shock the world and be full of excitement from start to finish.