That is a smart move by WWE brass, who took Henry out of a potential program with Cena prior to Extreme Rules so Ryback could face the “face” of WWE and complete his heel turn in a more “dramatic” style.
Now, it seems the World’s Strongest Man may get the short end of the stick should Daniel Bryan and the creative team have anything to say about it.
From F4WOnline.com (h/t SE Scoops):
Originally, the plan in WWE was for Daniel Bryan to face John Cena for the WWE Championship at both the upcoming Money In The Bank and SummerSlam pay-per-views. According to reports, however, it seems as though the tentative plan currently is for Bryan to win a briefcase at Money In The Bank and then announce that he is going to cash it in to challenge Cena at SummerSlam.
That’s a major change for Bryan. In 2011, he claimed a Money in the Bank briefcase and waited forever to cash in his chance at the title (finally beating Big Show and turning heel at the same time). Now, it looks like Bryan is going to pull a “Cena” of his own and cash in almost immediately at SummerSlam, not changing character and remaining a face in the process. How awesome is that?
But the real shame is Henry will not get another opportunity to face Cena in a pay-per-view event.
Why do other feuds go through two, even three pay-per-view events before they move forward? Henry deserves the same respect as other WWE superstars and champions.
It would be better for the WWE to have Henry claim the title at MITB, have Bryan win the briefcase and cash in before SummerSlam, then face Cena wearing the title.
Just a little drama and planning on my part. The move does a few things for WWE. First, it allows Henry to claim the title, lose the title and retire. Second, it sets up nicely for a feud of “faces” between Cena and Bryan, who are usually in tag matches together (six-man) but have faced each other on only one occasion that I can think of.
Now, I am jonesing to see this match. But I also want to see Henry get his due respect. Personally, I would love to also see a Mark Henry-Kane rivalry centered around the WWE Title.
Oh, and there is no mention of CM Punk, Sheamus, Randy Orton or Brock Lesnar in any of this discussion.
The MITB show should be better than Payback. SummerSlam should be better than MITB. There is a certain pecking order of importance in shows over the year, but none may be as important for the direction of the company as the next two events.
And while these shows are important to the company, they are also important to the success of the wrestlers. Somehow, unfortunately, Henry---who is one of the best big men of all time—will get the shaft because the success of others sometimes trumps doing the right thing.