He is the most over Superstar in the WWE hands down, with one of the most organic pops in professional wrestling history. Still, the WWE continues to turn a blind eye to the obvious. Somehow, the high-decibel ovations, roof-crumbling "YES!" chants and constant "Daniel Bryan!" crowd support are not enough to make him a staple main event star.
Better yet, win the Royal Rumble.
We saw Bryan lose cleanly to Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble in an early Match of the Year candidate. Clearly, Wyatt's win was to build steam for the projected match against John Cena at WrestleMania 30, per PWInsider (h/t WrestlingInc.com). This was just about confirmed when the Wyatt Family interfered during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, costing Cena the opportunity to win the match.
Daniel Bryan loss, on the other hand? Did absolutely nothing for him. In fact, despite the Pittsburgh crowd virtually rioting for Daniel Bryan to enter the Royal Rumble match, Rey Mysterio's entry at No. 30 deflated any form of anticipation, and garnered a chorus of boos.
Daniel Bryan commented on not entering the Royal Rumble match via Twitter:
Sorry guys, the machine wanted me nowhere near the Royal Rumble match. But I thank everyone for their support. YOU are the #YESMovement— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) January 27, 2014
They try to keep US down and away from the top spots, but they can’t ignore the reactions forever. Keep voicing your opinions. #YESMovement— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) January 27, 2014
What made matters worse is that the favorite to win the Royal Rumble, Batista, looked quite rough throughout the small amount of time he was in the match. Moreover, it appears as if his heel turn happened unplanned and much earlier than expected, as he had no support from the live audience. I do not see that changing either.
Did WWE drop the ball by not putting Daniel Bryan in Royal Rumble match?
It looks like WWE better start rewriting the scripts heading to WrestleMania 30, because it looks like we are going to have a heel vs. heel match, which will garner a number of "Boring!" chants. WWE Creative has one more opportunity to redeem themselves: at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. However, I am not confident that anything outside of what is already planned will take place, and Daniel Bryan will simply end up in a midcard singles match at WrestleMania 30. What a travesty.
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