For weeks, the feud between Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt had appeared to be going nowhere. Like several of Wyatt's previous rivalries in the WWE—think the likes of CM Punk and Kane—it just felt as if when something more important came along for Bryan, the storyline would be dropped.
With the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania season just around the corner, it certainly felt as if that was going to happen over the coming weeks. Therefore, credit must be paid to WWE's creative team for drawing up a swerve that few will have seen coming.
The window of opportunity for Daniel Bryan to align himself with Bray Wyatt seemed to have passed, which is why the ending of Raw this past week made for incredible viewing. Having Bryan—who is one of the most popular Superstars in the company at this moment in time—align with Wyatt makes for a bright future for not just Bray, but also for Daniel Bryan himself.
Even though Bryan could have quite happily continued along this road he is currently on, perhaps leading to a Royal Rumble victory and a main event at WrestleMania, this latest twist adds yet another interesting chapter to the career of Daniel Bryan.
Whilst Bryan consistently generates pops from the crowd with his "YES!" chant and his innovative brand of in-ring action, putting a slant on his character over the coming months will generate added interest for the upcoming pay-per-view shows. The first of those is the Royal Rumble—and it adds a whole host of possibilities into the mix as to what could happen.
Will Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper help their newest member of the family to actually win the event and go forth to WrestleMania? That may seem bizarre—as it would more than likely lead to a permanent heel turn for Bryan—but it is certainly a possibility.
There is also the other side of the coin, where Bray and his family could eventually screw Bryan out of success in the Royal Rumble. That would naturally put heat on the Wyatt's—no bad thing for them, it has to be said—while also getting Bryan over even more with the fans. After all, most of the momentum Daniel Bryan has generated has been largely down to being screwed by the likes of Triple H and Randy Orton.
It adds valuable spice to the Raw and SmackDown shows too—something it often lacks. The WWE have genuinely stumbled across a storyline that will now keep people guessing as to the next move. It seems highly unlikely that Bryan will remain with the Wyatt's forever—is it just a ploy on his part to sell them over?
It is almost reminiscent of the CM Punk storyline way back in 2011—when he "left" the company with the WWE Championship—because nobody knows what will happen next.
And, as well as the exciting slant it adds to Daniel Bryan's career, it also gives Bray Wyatt a further chance to step into the spotlight. With an implosion of The Shield imminent, there will be a spot opening for a stable to step up as the top dogs in the WWE. Naturally, the only real successors to The Shield are The Wyatt Family—and some valuable heat will go a long way to elevating them further up the company.
If they had just forgotten about the Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt feud like they had with Bray's other rivalries, then Wyatt's career could have been in some jeopardy. He would have looked like a guy who couldn't see a rivalry through to a finish—or at least a guy who couldn't play his part in a serious storyline.
Wyatt now has his big storyline, and the fact it is with a guy with the momentum of Daniel Bryan speaks volumes about where Bray is headed.
We will also now get to know who the "devil" is that Bray Wyatt speaks of—not to mention the other interesting element to Monday night—the fact that Bryan referred to "the machine" as being wrong. Speculation will of course be furious as to the identity of both these parties, and it keeps everyone guessing again.
This is a storyline that people should be thankful for—not suggesting it has blown any momentum Bryan had. Far from it—it will actually help to elevate both Bryan's and Wyatt's careers to whole new heights.