CM Punk's unceremonious exit from the WWE has created more storyline continuity for Daniel Bryan headed into WrestleMania.
Bryan's continued surge in popularity is the result of the former two-time WWE champion getting a raw deal both on camera and behind the scenes.
Triple H had a hand in screwing Bryan out of both of his short-lived WWE title reigns, and contrary to standard WWE storylines, Bryan still has yet to get his comeuppance.
Bryan's inability to draw a strong number with top billing at SummerSlam despite universal support from a rabid fanbase can be attributed to WWE booking him as an underdog not worthy of being a main event player. Much of this propaganda was furthered by The Authority stable of Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon and Triple H.
During a controversial promo leading up to Hell in a Cell, Triple H made the following poignant remark about Daniel Bryan:
If I get back in this ring, which I am perfectly capable of doing, it's going to be to fight a star. It would be to get in here and face the Undertaker, The Rock—Brock Lesnar. It sure as hell wouldn't be Daniel Bryan. It's what you don't understand. Somebody like me, I fight A-plus players. You know why I want to fight stars? Because they want to fight a star. They wouldn't waste their time with you, I wouldn't waste my time fighting someone like you.
The remarks, while made in-character, overlapped reality with fiction, with Triple H playing a character not too different from his real-life persona. If somebody with the Game's influence made these remarks about Daniel Bryan without being proven wrong, casual fans will accept it to be true.
If Daniel Bryan is not shoehorned into the WWE title picture come WrestleMania XXX, he can still solidify himself as an A-plus player in April. Bryan's moment could come with a clean victory over Triple H at WrestleMania, proving himself as a top guy not only to Triple H per storyline, but also legitimately to WWE fans.
Going over Triple H at WrestleMania has its benefits. A match with Triple H has been a proving ground for stars looking to cement their careers in years past. Winners have become bona fide stars. Over the course of four WrestleManias, Chris Benoit, Batista, John Cena and Randy Orton were all victorious in a match involving Triple H.
All flourished as a result.
A WrestleMania win over Triple H for Daniel Bryan would give him infinite credibility. It would mean more than both of his WWE championship wins combined, let alone a third such win in the main event.