WWE Payback: So If Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan Win The Tag Titles, Then What?

Chris FeatherstoneFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2013


Over the past few weeks, Daniel Bryan has garnered more support from the WWE Universe. Constantly proving that he is not the "weak link," more than ever before. His "yes" chants from the audience are resounding, his ring work finally gets to be spotlighted and his self-constructed path to the main event scene permanently looks brighter than ever.

As Daniel Bryan's stock continues to rise, surprisingly, so has the stock of Randy Orton. Most of the WWE Universe has labeled him as stale for the past couple years as a babyface, and it is nearly unanimous that a heel turn is needed to revive his career. However, ever since his match with the Big Show at Extreme Rules, his reaction from the crowd has been louder than it has been in quite some time.

WWE is capitalizing on these two crowd reactions by having Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for a tag team match against The Shield for the tag titles. Similar to his most recent partner, Kane, Daniel Bryan finds himself in another dysfunctional alliance.

Also similar to his pairing with Kane, it is providing an interesting dynamic.

All throughout this year, The Shield has earned a reputation that any high-quality match that they are involved in as a trio is quite predictable—they win (minus the lame DQ loss before Extreme Rules). Moreover, at PPV events, they are undefeated in six-man, tag team and singles competition. Seemingly, we will not see this streak end come Sunday.

But what if it does?

What if Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan win the tag team titles? Then what? Well, it sure is not likely that we will see a title run similar to Demolition or Paul London/Brian Kendrick. Instead, liken it to the Miz and John Cena.

If Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan win, it will used as no more than a prop to turn one of them heel during a rematch on Raw. This will lead to a match at Money in the Bank between the two. Although I am totally against titles being used as props, this scenario could possibly gain momentum for the potential Orton/Bryan feud, especially if one of them turn.

Although recent reports suspect Daniel Bryan to be the most likely heel by the end of Payback, this will be a dampering decision. As we saw from Daniel Bryan's first heel turn, his mediocre charisma (at the time) eclipsed his phenomenal in-ring work. Heels are more known for accentuating their character, and Randy Orton would exceed in that category more than Daniel Bryan. This is totally fine, because babyfaces are more known for highlighting their in-ring work. Daniel Bryan is superior in that category.

Randy Orton has what it takes to be a main-event heel. He has done it before, and he can do it again. It will freshen up his character, which is in need of an overhaul much more than Daniel Bryan, currently. Additionally, Randy Orton—although still no John Cena in terms of level of popularity—still can afford to put someone like Daniel Bryan over and help him gain steam for a SummerSlam showdown with John Cena.

Could it even be a triple threat match at SummerSlam? Yes. However, let this be Daniel Bryan's time. He deserves it.

Sound off, respectfully, below.

Chris Featherstone is a writer for WrestlingInc.com. Continue to show your support on Facebook, Twitter, and the PandP Show Tues. at 11p ET.