Finally, the WWE is seeing that Daniel Bryan has become their next major star.
Although many can still make the claim that John Cena continues to be the biggest name on the WWE roster, Bryan is beginning to march forward as the company’s new golden boy. This was evident when the WWE displayed one of the worst booked pay-per-view events in recent history.
It all began a few weeks ago at the Royal Rumble, when Bryan lost to Bray Wyatt in a spectacular match. Once the Royal Rumble match took place, the live crowd in Pittsburgh, PA., clearly wanted Bryan to compete with loud “yes” chants. However, the tide began to turn for the worse when the number count continued to climb. Once Rey Mysterio entered in at No. 30, boos began to explode and almost everyone, including Batista, was treated as a heel character.
After the show, the WWE had major issues to solve with its creative team.
However, thanks to major backlash from the live crowd and fans watching at home, the WWE re-imagined their vision for WrestleMania 30 and quickly inserted Bryan back into the title picture. Since then, Bryan has been riding high after the Royal Rumble and is clearly becoming the new face of the WWE. Bryan’s recent win against WWE champion Randy Orton on this past edition of Monday Night Raw was another big boost heading into the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
With the win against Orton on Raw and riding on energetic levels never seen before, the WWE appears to be positioning Bryan to capture the title at the Elimination Chamber. If that is the case, WrestleMania 30 will feature its main event between Bryan and Batista for the WWE Championship. Despite Orton’s major accomplishments in the WWE, a Bryan versus Batista match could make for a much better ending.
Yet, the WWE may not have wanted it to be this way, given that Batista was coming in fresh from an extended absence inside the ring. Instead of being the baby face against Orton, and possibly beginning his run as the WWE Champion, Batista will most likely play the role of a heel figure against an ultra-popular Bryan.
Thanks to the Royal Rumble booking mess, Batista’s return as WWE Champion seems less likely than ever if Bryan were to face him at WrestleMania 30. Although time will tell, expect Bryan to walk out of the Elimination Chamber as the new WWE Champion leading into WrestleMania 30.