Daniel Bryan at a 2K Sports event in 2013.
Daniel Bryan is in a weird spot right now. Due to circumstances outside of his control, he appears to be slowly moving up the WrestleMania 30 card from where he was originally slotted. First, he was set to face Sheamus, but was seemingly moved from that match to face Triple H when CM Punk walked out.
Now, F4WOnline.com is reporting (h/t WrestlingInc.com) that Bryan joining the potential Randy Orton vs. Batista title match to make it a Triple Threat match is on the table. Nothing is set in stone, but it's very much in play.
I'm of the opinion that WWE really needs to see this through.
First and foremost, after initially being rumored for Bryan's hometown of Seattle, per PWInsider.com (h/t Wrestle Zone), Extreme Rules is now scheduled for the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Any consideration for saving a Bryan title win for his hometown, maybe after earning the title shot by beating Triple H at WrestleMania, is out the window.
He'll be over huge at the Izod Center, which is in the New York market across the river from Manhattan, but that applies to WrestleMania in New Orleans, too, with how hardcore the fans are.
If they have any plans for Bryan to win the title in the next few months, there's no reason to wait. If he's going to get his moment, it should be on the biggest show of the year in front of 70,000 of the biggest wrestling fans in the world. Bryan winning the title needs to become one of "those" moments, with a Superdome full of fans chanting "YES!" as the show goes off the air.
There are a few ways to go about this. They could just have Bryan win a spot in the title match on Raw during the six weeks between Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania. He's already occupied at Elimination Chamber, so it wouldn't happen there, and it doesn't make sense for him to win the title in the Chamber match as his way into the WrestleMania main event.
I would go about it a different way. Keep Bryan's match against Triple H on the WrestleMania 30 card and add a stipulation: If he wins, he gets added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship main event to make it a Triple Threat match, and he can win the title there.
At WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan should take on:
Daniel Bryan is the perfect wrestler to do this with. A lot of episodes of Raw in the last six months have ended with Bryan in a long main event or Bryan in some kind of gauntlet match during the main event segment.
He's an underdog who overcomes the odds, but he's also an iron man and a brilliant technical wrestler. If anyone can pull it off, both in terms of match quality and being believable in the storyline, it's him.
The momentum he'd gain would be incredible. With the potential for more viewers (including lapsed fans) than any other WrestleMania due to the launch of WWE Network, he'd do something that only Randy Savage (WrestleMania 4 tournament) and Bret Hart (WrestleMania 10 title match series) have done: win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania after having already wrestled earlier in the night. Not only that, but he'd also beat Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista in the process.
Do it this way, and Daniel Bryan would be made...well, that is if you think he isn't already a made man now.
David Bixenspan has been Bleacher Report's WWE Team Leader and a contracted columnist since 2011 and is now part of the team putting together Figure 4 Weekly, available to F4WOnline.com subscribers along with other content including the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and variety of audio shows. His article about WWE's 1984 expansion from regional powerhouse to national juggernaut is featured in the newly released issue #102 of Fighting Spirit Magazine, available worldwide online and in print in the UK. You can follow him on Twitter @davidbix and check out his wrestling podcasts at LLTPod.com.