When Daniel Bryan squares off against Triple H in one of the most anticipated matches of WrestleMania XXX on Sunday, April 6, the focus will be on whether Bryan will advance to the three-way WWE World Heavyweight Championship match later in the night.
The main event of WrestleMania was scheduled to pit defending champion Randy Orton against Batista, but the company’s COO has added the stipulation that the winner of Bryan vs. Triple H would be incorporated into the title bout.
Bryan and Triple H have been involved in a storyline that dates back past SummerSlam 2013, but it really heated up when Triple H Pedigreed Bryan after he won the company’s main championship against John Cena, which allowed Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Since screwing Bryan out of the title at SummerSlam, Triple H has done everything in his power to ensure that Bryan would not get the opportunity he deserves to get his title back. Whether it was recruiting Shawn Michaels to help keep Bryan away from the gold or not double booking him for the Royal Rumble, it is clear that Bryan is the underdog who is being oppressed by the authoritative figure.
This is a classic wrestling storyline.
The stage is now set for Bryan to overcome the odds on the biggest platform of them all, but nothing to this point has been easy for the former champion. There will be several roadblocks and hiccups for him at WrestleMania as well.
Here are the latest rumors and news about Bryan heading into his match with Triple H and a full prediction for the bout and eventual main event.
Rumors and News
The most talked-about report over the last month was from Dave Meltzer at F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc.com) regarding the direction of the WWE and its top stars—including Bryan—after WrestleMania:
For what it's worth, it's said within WWE that current plans have John Cena and Daniel Bryan being pushed as the #1 and #2 guys in the company after WrestleMania XXX, now that CM Punk is gone. No word yet if this means Bryan is winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
While there was a rumor circulating that claimed both Bryan and his fiancee Brie Bella would win their respective championship matches on Sunday, Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com claims that report is false:
There's a report going around that WWE is considering having Daniel Bryan win the WWE World Heavyweight Title and Brie Bella win the Divas Title at WrestleMania XXX to go along with the season finale of Total Divas, which will feature their wedding. While their wedding will be the focus of the end of the season, there has been no talk within WWE of this happening. That's not to say Bryan won't win the title, but the report of him and Brie both winning titles for the season finale is false.
Bryan spoke with DIRECTV about possibly main-eventing WrestleMania 30 and looking back on the dreams he had when he first broke into the business:
That is what every wrestler who has ever wanted to step in the ring strives for. It's funny, 3 years ago, I would do radio interviews and people would ask me what my goal is, and it was to main event WrestleMania. People you are talking to are like ‘Oh, that's a nice little dream.’ But now here it is and it's within my grasp. That is literally – when you are lying in bed as a 15-year old kid, and you are dreaming of being a wrestler – that is what you are dreaming of. You want to be in the biggest match in the biggest show of the year. With 70,000 plus fans screaming. That's what everybody wants when they start this.
One certainty is that the poster for next month’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view has been released, via WrestlingInc.com, and Bryan’s Yes! Movement adorns the entire advertisement
While reports claim he will be pushed as a top star, common sense tells wrestling fans the same thing. It is clear that Bryan and his Yes! Movement are the biggest craze in the industry today, and WWE won't miss the chance to capitalize on this much excitement.
Regardless of whether Bryan wins the WWE title at WrestleMania, he will make the main event and be one of the top stars in the company moving forward. As long as the fans still support the underdog, the Yes! Movement will stay on top.
WrestleMania Prediction for Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is the hottest commodity in the wrestling industry today, and the stage is set for him to have one of the greatest moments in pro wrestling history if he wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to close WrestleMania XXX.
Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, that isn’t going to happen.
Bryan will have his first match of the night against Triple H with the winner earning the right to advance to the main event. Whether you like Triple H or not, there is no questioning how good he is in the ring, and that will be on full display in his match against Bryan.
These two men will put on an amazing display of in-ring action, technicality and brutality, and this match should be one of the best this year. All signs point to Bryan picking up the victory and advancing to the WWE title match, but a post-bout beatdown at the hands of a frustrated Triple H would add even more fuel to Bryan’s underdog fire as he enters the main event injured.
Imagine the crowd’s reaction if Bryan is stretchered from the ring after a pummeling from Triple H.
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship match would then start with just Batista and Orton going head-to-head. As the two men do battle, the crowd would grow angrier by the second, and the Superdome in New Orleans will be at a fever pitch in anticipation.
After a few minutes, Bryan’s music will hit, and the bandaged Superstar will launch into the ring and start beating down both men. Once each man has his chance to shine in the exciting match, the ending will stun the WWE Universe.
With Batista outside the ring for a few minutes (hidden from the fans), Bryan will hit Orton with his patented running knee and look to secure the win and the title. That is when Batista will re-emerge, throw Bryan to the floor and steal the victory.
While this outcome deprives Bryan of his WrestleMania moment, the crowd will be so angry that Bryan’s popularity will rise, and Batista will be one of the most hated men in the sport.
Bryan can win the title in a rematch on Raw the following night or even at Extreme Rules—he is on the PPV poster—but losing at WrestleMania would add so much to his underdog character moving into the next year of programming.
He will have multiple WrestleMania moments during the course of his career, just not this year.
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