In unsurprising manner, Daniel Bryan was able to scrape by last night at The Royal Rumble to retain his World Heavyweight Championship. Can't say I'm not surprised really, if only because WWE spent so much time with Bryan as Mr. Money in The Bank, they might as well ride this out.
That said, his run as world heavyweight champion has been...well, so far it's been boring and uninspired. Now, I'm no big Indy guy, so maybe Bryan was better in ROH. Don't know. Don't particularly care. Why should I? He's in WWE now and what he does now is what I see and what makes me get interested in the character.
So, with all that said, I'm hoping WWE gets its act together and has Bryan drop the World title at the last stop before WrestleMania: Elimination Chamber. I see EC as the best place to have Bryan drop his belt, because everyone can be happy. Bryan doesn't have to be pinned to lose his title, we can get a better champion and it makes for interesting television, pending whatever Sheamus does.
So, without further delay, allow me to introduce the five men I think could all take Bryan's title in Elimination Chamber and my reasons for thinking such.