Royal Rumble 2012: Daniel Bryan and Superstars Destined for Heel Turn

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorJanuary 29, 2012

The road to WrestleMania starts at the Royal Rumble. Some wrestlers at the rumble are starting to teeter on the fringe of turning heel. A wrestler like Daniel Bryan will turn full-fledge heel at the Royal Rumble and head into WrestleMania XXVIII ready to take on a face challenger. 


Daniel Bryan 

Bryan is starting to turn into a nice heel champion. Recently, he has gotten under the skin of the Big Show by using his short title reign as ammunition to get Big Show off of his game.  

While doing this, the fans have started to boo Bryan during his in-ring promos, while Bryan boasts how great he is.  

At the Royal Rumble, Bryan will see his full heel turn come into effect by using a chair or any other weapon to score a win in their World Heavyweight Title match. This will lead into Bryan going up against Smackdown’s top face challenger, Randy Orton, at WrestleMania XXVIII.


John Cena 

On Monday Night Raw last week, we saw Cena start to embrace his dark side after Kane destroyed Cena’s friend Zack Ryder. After Ryder was taken off in an ambulance, Cena turned to Josh Matthews, and instead of giving him a quick interview he smacked the microphone out of Matthew’s hand and looked angrily into the camera.  

I think. 

Yes, his super anger face was comical, but it got the point across that Cena is playing the “no more Mr. Nice Guy” angle with Kane. 

At the Rumble, Cena will win his match against Kane by going over-the-top with his aggression and violence.  

It will get to the point where the refs will try to stop Cena from attacking Kane after the bell, only for Cena to continue to throw the refs to the side.  

This will turn the crowd from cheering another Cena victory, to sitting in stunned silence as Cena’s temper will have gotten the best of him. Destroying Kane will prove that he doesn’t care what the fans think anymore and that he's is on a one-way mission to destroy the Rock at WrestleMania. 


These two wrestlers are about to turn heel. Hopefully, at the Royal Rumble, the WWE will pull the trigger and give these wrestlers a compelling storyline heading into the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania XXVIII.