Has anyone thought to ask the obvious question?
C’mon, have we?
It's one question that has eluded us, but it remains the elephant in the room when it comes to Randy Orton’s title reign.
What happens if John Cena does not have surgery? Or better yet, what happens if Cena beats Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title? Are we still talking about this new shift in direction for the company, a strap around the waist of Orton and a newly-energized Bryan as the face of the company?
Maybe we should also ask, “If Daniel Bryan was clean-shaven, looked like a choirboy and still beat the hell out of every WWE superstar on the roster, would he have been given the chance to face Cena in the main event at SummerSlam.
That answer actually deserves a solid “C.”
No! No! No!
The entire basis for this new feud, this new direction and new chance the WWE has really centers around Bryan. The “Cena era" of this company is on hold right now and others are being allowed to climb the company’s ladder, to be the “the man” before Cena gets back from his surgical hiatus.
I don’t want to use Bryan’s name and the “P” word in the same article, but isn’t Bryan more like a pawn right now or a substitute for the “real” thing until Cena gets back and reclaims the belt? Orton and Bryan could exchange the WWE Title a few times before the first of the year, allowing Bryan the chance he deserves.
Then, in the blink of an eye, Cena runs back down the ramp, slides into the WWE ring and announces “The Champ is here, now where is my damn belt?”
I think in the end, the angle makes Bryan a superstar and on the level of Bret Hart, Chris Jericho and Ricky Steamboat. But it also makes him think things through and that means more self-doubt in the end (remember this is an angle) and an eventual heel turn.
Isn’t that how it always happens?
The WWE had better have planned this out fully. The plan is too delicate and way too important to the WWE Universe to screw it up. In other words (and I hate to say this), use Eric Bischoff's method of matchmaking and booking.
While it did not always turn out for the best, Bischoff’s fertile mind would work on the ending first and work his way back to the beginning. At first, especially with the nWo, it worked smashingly.
That is how precise this program and direction needs to be. Without it, the company has nothing and this will fail. We already know how things will end in a little over four months, but why can’t we see where this can really go until then.
And in that case, the question asked at the beginning of the article may never need to be answered.