Last night on Monday Night Raw, the biggest remaining big matches and storylines for WrestleMania were made official. After Daniel Bryan staged his "Yes Movement" sit-in with dozens of planted fans in a very memorable scene, Triple H agreed to a singles match at WrestleMania as well as Bryan's request that he be added to the title match if he wins.
We are now a little less than four weeks away from WrestleMania 30. With the matches set, we now know the basic framework of what's going to happen, more or less: Bryan beats Triple H and then wins the title to close the show as 70,000 people chant "Yes!"
There might be some monkey wrenches thrown in along the way like shenanigans leading to Hulk Hogan restarting one of the matches after heel cheating or Stephanie McMahon changing the title match to elimination rules on the fly or something similarly dramatic, but we know the gist of it. Daniel Bryan is going to win at least twice to win the title and it's going to be awesome.
So, how do we get there?
Right now, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are pretty fantastic heel characters, especially Stephanie. They've completely co-opted the personas that the Internet built for them in the last decade-plus, and it's brilliant.
Even if there may or may not be real feelings behind any of what they're saying, it doesn't matter. What matters is that right now, with how Bryan has been booked and what The Authority says in their promos, the fan base at large thinks they're revolting by reacting exactly the way WWE wants them to.
The next step is to get the fans more viscerally angry at Triple H. Sometimes it feels more like the fans are projecting their feelings about what they think they know about his behavior behind the scenes than reacting to anything he's doing on TV. That needs to change.
Look, I'm not asking for the Triple H who made a simulated necrophilia video to mock Kane or hired Rikishi to run over Steve Austin or any of that, but he needs to start doing some of the traditional dastardly deeds expected from a heel of his stature.
Triple H needs to sneak attack Daniel Bryan. He needs to kick Bryan while he's down, menace his girlfriend Brie Bella (maybe with Stephanie cheering him on) and just generally be a jerk. If WWE still allowed blood, Bryan would bleed as the New Age Outlaws held his face to the camera and Triple H slapped him. You get the idea.
I'm not arguing for something like Bryan being laid out to close every single Raw and SmackDown show like the weeks between SummerSlam and Night of Champions. That would be dumb. What I'm saying is that, in the next few weeks, Triple H, bad guy wrestler, needs to push out Triple H, evil executive in a suit.
He needs to build up more anger towards himself and more sympathy for Bryan, culminating in an embarrassing loss at WrestleMania as the "Yes Movement" peaks.
It's the type of emotional manipulation pro wrestling thrives on.
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