Daniel Bryan has been chasing the WWE Championship since July, but it appears as though his quest for the title will be put on hold for a while.
Bryan lost his match with Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell and was then attacked by the Wyatt Family the next night on Raw. There was speculation that his time as a top star was over, and according to a report from F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc.com), that’s partially true:
Daniel Bryan is indeed out of the WWE title picture after the storyline “reset” at least Monday’s Raw. For now, there are no plans for Bryan to contend for the championship.
There is at least some talk of putting some contention back on Bryan during WrestleMania season but he is in a program with CM Punk and The Wyatt Family for the next few months.
In WWE’s mind, they made Bryan a star and showed the audience that he can hang with their other top Superstars. The storyline is that Bryan couldn’t overcome The Authority, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, so later on down the line this can be addressed again.
There are several interesting points brought up here. Firstly, that The American Dragon’s rivalry with the Wyatts will last for several months, which obviously means no more WWE Championship matches, but also means no Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, either.
Then there’s also the note that Bryan could contend for the title in WrestleMania season. Could this mean that the company is saving his time in the spotlight for when it shines brightest? Or do they simply not have long term plans for the three-time world champion?
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this story is that Big Show vs. Randy Orton now seems to be the WWE Championship program. Big Show has been one of the most inconsistent aspects of the entire Authority angle, so we’ll see how his feud with Orton pans out, but it’s certainly hard to get excited over the prospect.
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