WrestleMania XXX: Batista Winning WWE Title Would Keep Daniel Bryan Interesting

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WrestleMania XXX: Batista Winning WWE Title Would Keep Daniel Bryan Interesting
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The announcement of Daniel Bryan potentially wrestling twice at WrestleMania XXX en route to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship was a fan-friendly decision.

Given the stipulation, however, Bryan becoming a WWE World Heavyweight champion now seems like a formality. WrestleMania has suddenly lost its unpredictability and true passion. WWE has now simply set up the expected final scene of Daniel Bryan and 70,000 of his friends chanting, “Yes!”

The mere thought of Batista and Randy Orton in the WrestleMania XXX main event incited vitriol among Daniel Bryan fans to the point where the potential reaction to that match itself made the main event intriguing.

That fury will be inevitably muted with fans getting what they want. Once they get their anticipated payoff, Bryan’s status as a lovable underdog will all but evaporate.

Bryan’s underdog journey, which is the source of his overwhelming support, could not help but become revitalized should Batista win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania.

Batista, without question, is the top heel in the WWE. I’m not talking a watered-down CM Punk heel, where fans counter-productively cheered him for his work as a villain. Batista draws angry, resentful, passionate heat.

The type Billy Graham received when he beat Bruno. Ted DiBiase, Ravishing Rick Rude never-going-to-turn-babyface heat.

Batista has absorbed every iota of anger from fans as a result of Bryan’s mistreatment. For every loud “Yes” chant, there are even louder “Bootista” chants.

He is the perfect heel—both physically and from a storyline perspective of a hand-picked, muscle-bound stud who fits the traditional mold of a champion—to be chased by Bryan.

Imagine the pure hatred that would fill the New Orleans Arena the night after WrestleMania if Batista strutted in his skinny jeans as champion.

That’s the type of spectacle that enhances the live viewing experience while keeping fans tuned in to see justice served. Justice or not, the diehard fans who support Bryan will continue to tune in regardless.

Legitimate fan sentiments, for better or worse, are what keep the Batista-Randy Orton-Daniel Bryan-Authority storyline interesting. With a WrestleMania coup de grace for Bryan, everything ironically returns to status quo.

A happy ending for Daniel Bryan means there will be an ending. The end of an uprising. The end of the good fight. The end of an underdog.

So why stop now?

 

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