Daniel Bryan will be returning to the WWE main event scene at next month’s SummerSlam pay-per-view—and deservedly so.
Per the storyline, new Managing Supervisor Brad Maddox allowed WWE champion John Cena to pick his own opponent for the event. Instead of picking Heath Slater or Jinder Mahal—which would have been smart—he let the Brooklyn audience pick.
And they were solidly behind Bryan.
Reports from F4Wonline, via WrestlingInc, claim that real-life issues with two WWE Divas may also pop up. Cena is currently dating Nikki Bella and Bryan has been involved with her twin sister Brie for a while now. These relationships are being acknowledged on Total Divas, the company’s upcoming reality show on the E! channel.
Regardless of whether or not this idea will pan out—the Bellas involved in a main event angle? Really? Really?—these recent developments are great news. It’s more than time Bryan returned to the title scene.
The 32-year-old has been booked in the midcard since he lost the World Heavyweight Championship title in an embarrassing 18 seconds to Sheamus at last year’s WrestleMania 28 show.
Of course, despite the demotion, Bryan excelled with his work with Kane in Team Hell No.
Indeed, the duo managed to turn WWE’s struggling tag team division around practically by themselves. The Bryan/Kane comedy skits were also classic television.
Bryan is one of the few WWE wrestlers with real comic ability and timing, something that shone like a beacon in these riotous segments.
It would be wrong to say WWE has wasted Bryan’s potential over the past 18 months. Indeed, his midcard work helped get him over hugely. He has shown WWE management that he has the necessary charisma and skills to be the company’s next big babyface star.
But now it’s time for Bryan to regain his spot at the top of the card. Certainly, the man has earned it.
Of course, it’s not all looking rosy.
Ratings for his recent main event segments haven’t exactly been spectacular. As I discussed recently, this doesn’t help his cause at all.To make matters worse, reports and rumors are flying around that Vince McMahon is reluctant to get fully behind him (F4wonline via WrestlingInc).
Fans may dismiss these claims, but they even appear to have been acknowledged on-screen, with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H hinting to Brad Maddox that Vince wouldn’t be happy if Cena chose Bryan.
Daniel has to be very careful right now.
He’s no doubt under huge scrutiny. As a small former ROH star with a less-than-impressive physique, there are probably a ton of people in the company just waiting to see him fail.
Daniel Bryan could potentially turn into a WWE mega-star this year. Or he could flop like Ryback did last year. We’ll have to wait and see.
But let’s hope Bryan can break through the glass ceiling and defeat Cena for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam—it would be such a shame to see his momentum squandered, like so many others before him.