WWE Over the Limit Results: Breaking Down CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan

Chris Humphrey@@_CBH_Correspondent IMay 22, 2012

Following Over The Limit this past Sunday night, the fans of the WWE were left with a bit of a weak card, as the only bright spot was the instant classic of a WWE Championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

Prior to the event, the creative team at the WWE was contemplating a huge title change in one of the five championship matches on the pay-per-view.

With the lackluster event last Sunday in Raleigh, what championship was the WWE going to flip before ultimately deciding to go with the champion retaining his title (according to WrestlingInc.com)?

WWE officials reportedly were close to putting the WWE Title on Daniel Bryan at Sunday's Over the Limit pay-per-view.

The topic of Bryan winning the WWE Title was being discussed a lot over the past few weeks. Apparently the talks got "pretty serious" but the idea was nixed and they went with Punk retaining the title.

Even though Bryan has a sizable following among the fans, it made sense for the WWE to keep the WWE Championship on CM Punk in the first match of a feud that will likely stretch all the way until SummerSlam.

Instead of putting the title on Bryan right now, the WWE could wait until Money in the Bank in July so the former World Heavyweight Champion can weasel his way into capturing the title, setting up a showdown at SummerSlam.

With CM Punk ultimately walking out of Over the Limit with the WWE Championship, how would you have reacted if Daniel Bryan was actually awarded the title like the WWE was planning to do before the pay-per-view?

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