When WrestleMania XXVIII is at its end, the World Heavyweight Title needs to be wrapped around the same person that has it now—Daniel Bryan.
This isn't a shot at Sheamus at all. He is completely deserving of a lengthy title reign at some point. But right now, Bryan's run needs to be continued. He has earned the right to show the pesky heel character off with a win at WrestleMania.
Bryan has really taken the role of heel to a new level by putting new tricks on basic tactics. Yes, it's common to see heels retain titles by getting disqualified, or counted out, but that's normally met with a cocky grin, telling the challenger that he has been outsmarted.
When it's Bryan, we get the arms in the air, the "Yes" screams, and it seems like he's about to break into tears of joy. It is hilarious, it is annoying, and it deserves to be rewarded at WrestleMania. The match doesn't have to be clean. Heck, Bryan doesn't even have to win. If he gets disqualified and retains that way, it's fine. But he does have to walk out of Miami as the champion.
There was a time when WrestleMania was a great showcase for a heel champion to finally get taken down, leaving the crowd happy at the end of the night. But this is a different era, and this isn't your normal WrestleMania.
The idea of a heel champ getting taken down at WrestleMania was far more important in the era of one champion. It made sense with Stone Cold Steve Austin against Shawn Michaels in 1998. Now, the WWE has two, with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. The triumphant face can be CM Punk. Yes, he is the champion so he wouldn't be downing a reigning champ, but Chris Jericho has been one step ahead of Punk for the last month, so the impact would be the same.
Also, this WrestleMania is not being sold by either title match. In terms of coverage, the top match is far and away The Rock vs. John Cena (when was the last time a match was announced a year in advance?), and second is The Undertaker vs. Triple H, with Shawn Michaels as the referee.
In other words, the fans aren't going to be leaving Miami talking about the Bryan vs. Sheamus match. The WWE will have plenty of opportunities to make it up to them if the heel retains.
Bryan's character has been as consistently good as the WWE has had to offer since 2012 began. He is a heel, wins shady, and embraces the fact that he wins shady. That has really represented the SmackDown brand for the last four months. Bryan needs to retain here, which is exactly what he'll do.
By some shady tactic, Bryan will stay one step ahead of his oversized opponent, and brag about it for a long time to come. Sheamus can get his revenge at Extreme Rules, but WrestleMania needs to belong to Bryan.
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