Oh. My. God.
Sheamus ran through Daniel Bryan.
I will do my best to be measured with my response. Earlier this week, I thought to write a column called, "Please Don’t Screw Daniel Bryan." I can’t say if WWE has, but they are treading on my fears.
I don’t mind that Sheamus is now the Heavyweight Champion or that the match broke a time record. In fact, that could actually work to better Sheamus and Daniel Bryan.
What worries me, what I have been saying for weeks, is something beyond the belt: Let Daniel Bryan lose his heavyweight title if necessary, but do not mess with his relationship with AJ Lee.
Not this early.
We know the Daniel Bryan character will blame AJ Lee, and WWE set it up with the kiss. But, and let me stress this, this is not close to the time to break up Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee.
I did my undergraduate work in creative writing (fiction) and the most basic thing we always came back to is to let your story be character driven, not plot driven.
WWE has a habit of pushing stories too fast or ending them too early to make a PPV matter. Let’s hope they don’t do it here.
Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee are, to me, the most interesting pair in the WWE right now.
What does this WrestleMania blowout mean?
Tension, I’m sure.
But hopefully it’s not close to the beginning of the end for Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee.
I don’t feel like Sheamus shined on the road to WrestleMania, but this could be a springboard for him. It is no small thing to get the push he was just given. But can he sell it in promos? Can he put himself over as much as WWE just did?
And will WWE trust the characters they’ve created in Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee? How will they operate when Daniel Bryan isn’t winning?
If this means one thing, it means SmackDown will be a must-see.
I don’t think Daniel Bryan will be leaving the world title scene anytime soon. I just hope he won’t be leaving his valet, either. If anything, this should be a time for Daniel Bryan to build even greater heat as the horrid character he so well portrays.
Make no mistake: This was a major vote of confidence for Sheamus.
But if Sheamus can’t do better as champion than he did as challenger, I give him less than three months as the Heavyweight Champion.