Daniel Bryan got a huge pop from the crowd every time he was visible on this episode of RAW. The "YES" chants were out in full force and he has even gone as far as to rename the Lebell Lock, the "Yes" Lock.
Not only did Bryan chant his usual "YES" all the way to the ring, but he did so right in Kofi Kingston's face before their match. The crowd absolutely ate it up.
On top of this, Bryan was given a dominant win over Kingston—so far removed from his cowardly reign as champion, despite his bail out at the sight of Sheamus. This is a new Daniel Bryan.
Don't get me wrong, he is still heel and WWE aren't shying away from that anytime soon. However, he has been given license to use the "YES" chants to his advantage and remain over with the crowd. This would probably also be in a bid to sell more shirts.
So what is it they are telling us? Daniel Bryan has turned a corner. His can now win, his "YES" chant is what everyone is doing, he will be a different animal come Extreme Rules and fans can now pay attention to his rematch vs. Sheamus.
Sheamus' rushed save of Kingston is a worrying message also. WWE are telling us that he is the hero, nice guy, save-the-day character that stinks of John Cena Mach II. Let's hope not, as in all honesty, Daniel Bryan seems more over than both Sheamus and John Cena.
Is it just me, or is the line between the poles of face and heel becoming very blurred? More on that another time.
Summary: Daniel Bryan won decisively, chanted "YES" and had the crowd were well behind him. He is still a heel and Sheamus saved Kofi Kingston. This time around, the World Heavyweight Championship rematch actually matters. Don't expect a squash.