The smart money is on Daniel Bryan losing his World Championship at WrestleMania 28.
However, don't expect it to slow his meteoric rise to the top of the WWE.
Since his controversial debut as part of the first cast of NXT, Bryan has turned into one of the most compelling stars the company has to offer, and is blossoming into one of WWE's top heels, drawing a strong reaction every time he comes down to the ring.
Now, he faces Sheamus on the biggest stage in wrestling, something most people didn't think possible a year ago. And when it's all said and down, he'll be without his championship, but will have gained a ton of respect in the eyes of fans around the world.
Most people who have a set of eyes know that Daniel Bryan can wrestle. There are few with more technical ability than Bryan, and now, his character is starting to catch up to his in-ring abilities, creating a character who will win fans over in this massive title match.
One way or another, Bryan inspires some sort of reaction in you, and that's the mark of a talented performer. It has been amazing to watch him work the build-up to his match with Sheamus. Normally, this is the type of talent that would be relegated to the mid-card for his entire career. But somehow, someway, Bryan has found his way as the title holder at WrestleMania 2012.
It speaks to Bryan's talent that he was able to get to this point, and even though Sheamus is going to stand triumphant at the end of the night, the ensuing pursuit of his title will springboard the current champ into the next stage of his career.
We have just started to see Bryan's massive potential as a heel, and as more and more of his personality has developed, the better he has been. When you can get a reaction on the microphone and put on 5-star matches each and every night, you're going to win fans and become a weekly staple on WWE programming.
There are few workers who deserve it more than Bryan, and even though he won't retain his title, it won't sidetrack his career.