Daniel Bryan's insufferable fanbase will remain salty as WWE continued to stay the course with Randy Orton as WWE World Heavyweight champion at Elimination Chamber.
Once again, ultimate underdog Bryan was hosed out of a world title victory as outside interference from Director of Operations Kane clinched the win for Orton.
The final scenes of Elimination Chamber featured shots of upset WWE fans throughout the Target Center. The images were a telling message from WWE to its eternally angry Bryan supporters, who were hoping the Yes Movement would be enough to change WWE's mind of its current WrestleMania main event.
That message was fanatics do not book the WWE product. Any residual outrage as a result will also be booked as part of the story rather than change it.
Coming out of the 2014 Elimination Chamber match, Orton retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. If fan treatment of Batista, during his match against Alberto Del Rio, is any indication, the Batista-Orton match will not be well received by a live audience.
WWE couldn't care less.
As of this writing, WrestleMania XXX tickets are nearly sold out, according to PWInsider (via WrestleZone.com).
Casual fans, who are not as prone to Bryan outrage, will be drawn to WrestleMania by the likes of household names like Hulk Hogan and John Cena. Hardcore fans, in all their incompetent protesting, will be the very demographic that will unconditionally consume WrestleMania live, on pay-per-view or via WWE Network.
WWE has shown, through its insistence on staying with Orton-Batista at WrestleMania, it will not be intimidated by paying customers. In fact, it will only be encouraged, as evidenced by booking yet another close-but-no-cigar performance from Bryan.
A potential fan takeover of the WWE World Heavyweight match at WrestleMania will do little to phase WWE. The promotion has already collected money from those fans through ticket sales, and the WrestleMania brand itself is too strong to be compromised by Bryan's otherwise significant cult following.
The WWE Elimination Chamber match maintained Bryan's role as a hard-luck underdog, which will keep him popular as a lovable loser.
Wrestling fans have shown a propensity to turn on top stars, from Cena to The Rock to Hogan, once they've reached the mountain top, and Bryan's endless journey will be the antithesis of that.
Bryan will surely have his shot at redemption against The Authority come WrestleMania. That will have to be enough if fans are interested in fully enjoying WWE's biggest show of the year.
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