Bryan gets kidnapped by the Wyatts.
At the Royal Rumble next month, Daniel Bryan should move on from his interminable feud with the Wyatt Family.
Of course, the ending of Monday's Raw—which saw Bryan take on Randy Orton, almost beat him clean before getting laid out with a low blow—would indicate that maybe he will move on and return to the main event scene.
However, in Bray's promo earlier in the show he emphatically noted that his crew weren't quite done with the former WWE champion. (Bryan has continued to interact with with them on the various Christmas shows taped through the week, too.)
This isn't good news, quite frankly.
While Bryan vs. The Wyatts has been a decent filler program, that's really all it's been.
It has only hindered Bryan. The astounding fan reactions the star has been receiving in recent weeks make it clear he should be in the main event scene, not feuding with a glorified midcard act.
Don't believe me?
Just look at this now-infamous segment, from the Slammys edition of Raw, in which the crowd continually chanted for Bryan while Triple H and Stephanie attempted to promote the Orton/John Cena bout at TLC.
Only Cena's quick-fire improvisational skills stopped this from being a total disaster.
The skit established once and for all that while WWE may be reluctant to push Bryan as a top star, it may also have no choice in the matter. He's just that popular.
It's hard to see how Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have been helped by this decidedly average feud either.
Reports (F4Wonline via Wrestling Inc) surfaced in late October suggesting that WWE was hoping that this program with Bryan would greatly elevate the three and help them ascend to the next level.
But, honestly, it hasn't.
It's not that the Wyatt stable is a bad one. The three are actually pretty intriguing, and the cool, charismatic Bray is clearly something special in wrestling. It would not be hyperbole to say he has a Jake Roberts-like grasp on in-ring psychology.
But WWE just doesn't seem to know what to do with them. (But, hey, if it makes Bray and pals feel any better, it doesn't seem to know what to do with anyone on the roster these days.)
The trio have been doing the exact same thing since they debuted in July. They show up, cut scary promos, sometimes wrestle and...well, that's it. They haven't expanded on their act at all.
It was hinted several times by Bray that there was some evil higher power behind the three's actions—possibly Paul Heyman—but it never went anywhere.
Is it time for WWE to move on from the Bryan/Wyatt program?
Nor did NXT Diva Paige join the group as the much-talked about “Sister Abigail” like many speculated.
Where are the Wyatts going? Does the booking team even have any idea?
Ideally, WWE will definitively move on from this program at Royal Rumble. It's doing Bryan no favors, only serving to drag him back to the midcard scene that he desperately needs to move on from. Nor is it helping boost the Wyatt Family's status. All in all, it's been very disappointing.