WrestleMania XXX Upgraded with Daniel Bryan's Chances of Winning Title

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WrestleMania XXX Upgraded with Daniel Bryan's Chances of Winning Title
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Now that WrestleMania XXX will offer the possibility of Daniel Bryan hoisting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as "Yes!" chants rattle the Superdome, the event has jumped up several levels of intrigue.

On Monday's Raw, in a scenario fans were predicting and pining for but not sure would actually happen, Triple H gave into Bryan's demands and agreed to face him at WrestleMania. Should Bryan win that bout, he would then get to face both Randy Orton and Batista in the main event for the championship.

That addition elevates WrestleMania from good to great.

The rest of the card had some enticing options, including Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena and Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, but there was no spark on top. A heel Orton was set to face a heel Batista, in a battle of guys few wanted to see in WrestleMania's final match.

It was the man with the stampeding momentum, the bearded warrior who has connected with fans like few others that the audience wanted in that role.

Whether WWE stumbled into this situation or deftly arrived there, the result is the same—the hero has a shot at the ultimate conquest.

Bryan earned his career-altering opportunity in memorable fashion. Last year, WWE creative displayed laziness in having Bryan earn a title shot by way of Cena simply selecting him. CM Punk earned his shot at The Undertaker by winning a slapped-together Fatal 4-Way match.

Neither of those moments will end up on any "best of" collections. Bryan's civil disobedience will.

He began by refusing to leave the ring. That commonplace threat became something else entirely when he invited a swarm of fans to fill the ring and entrance area. Soon, a mass of chanting fans took over Raw.

Triple H gives into Daniel Bryan's demands.

The moment brilliantly tapped into fans' frustrations about Bryan's booking over the past few months.

It furthered the "us against them" dynamic that has been Bryan's narrative as of late. The Authority was billed as the unjust and Bryan's crew as the righteous in a battle of wills.

With all the recycled stories and angles WWE has to lean on, it was stunning to see something so original fill the screen.

Anticipation for WrestleMania rose after that announcement. Now fans will flock to the show, eager to see Bryan's long-awaited triumph. The Bryan vs. Triple H match that WWE had been building for weeks is now powered by huge stakes.

Without the added stipulation that a Bryan win means a title shot, it would have been a grudge match that followed an animosity-filled story. It's more than that now. The bout offers either ultimate dejection for Bryan fans or a much-improved main event.

Suspense now electrifies that match. Every near-fall Triple H gets will create lumps in throats and a swirling sensation in fans' chests.

Losing to Triple H without the new stipulation would have been a letdown. A loss now would be a baseball bat to the audience's collective gut. 

Triple H giving into Bryan's demands now offers the possibility of Bryan ending WrestleMania with confetti raining down on him, tears in his eyes, championship in hand.

With as many times as Bryan has been cheated out of wins and ended pay-per-views on his back watching Orton walk away champ, his potential championship moment would be among the most cathartic in recent memory. As Chris Jericho tweeted, that's what fans have wanted all along.

Did voicing displeasure over Batista's Royal Rumble win lead to this? Did searing criticisms, vocal support and fervent crowds force WWE to take this direction? Or did the company plan on this the whole time?

It doesn't matter at this point. WrestleMania is now boosted by the hottest star in the business.

Bryan now has a chance to create a moment akin to Shawn Michaels' emotional title win at WrestleMania XII and Steve Austin holding up the championship two years later as Jim Ross shouted, "Stone Cold! Stone Cold! Stone Cold!"  

Steve Austin's WrestleMania XIV moment. Will Daniel Bryan get his?

Neither Batista nor Orton winning would result in anything like that. It was instead set to be a boo-drenched disaster.

If there was no third wrestler added, David Shoemaker (The Masked Man) imagined that the match would "be a train wreck and we'll all be watching through our fingers to see the gore."

Bryan's possible addition provides just what that bout needed—someone to root for. Adding that element to the main event is just the fix the event needed.

WrestleMania can now become the pinnacle of Bryan's career, tapping into his immense popularity and crowning the man the audience has pushed to become king.

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