Daniel Bryan has a busy night planned in New Orleans for WrestleMania 30, but the company must do what is best for business and not allow him to walk out of the main event with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Bryan’s underdog character is the key to his success and having his WrestleMania moment ripped away would further whip the WWE Universe into a frenzy. If Batista walks out of the Superdome as champion, the crowd the following night on Raw will be incensed.
As Pro Wrestling Illustrated stated on Twitter, Bryan must go through Triple H first:
While Triple H has a negative perception amongst fans—that feeling was fueled by the vignette The Authority aired during the go-home edition of Raw—he understands what must be done to make the fans happy.
There should be no doubt that Bryan advances to the main event after the company teased his presence in the match, but that should also mean Triple H has the last laugh in their match. After taking the loss, the Cerebral Assassin should beat down Bryan and continue building the heat he has with the crowd.
With Bryan incapacitated once again, the raucous WrestleMania crowd will be even more supportive of its favorite superstar. Once Bryan is in the main event, how WWE books the end of this match could be the difference between creating a top draw and sabotaging his run.
When asked about possibly advancing to the main event, Bryan spoke to DIRECTV about his thoughts on the magnitude of the situation and his expectations:
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.
Throughout Bryan’s recent successes in the WWE, he has remained very confident in his ability and the crowd’s support of him despite the lackluster direction of his character. Regardless of what caused his inclusion in the main event storyline—whether it was CM Punk’s decision to leave or the crowd’s unwavering support—it is clear that he is making the most of his opportunity.
Before Bryan gets his chance to take the ball and run with it, though, he has to overcome one more major road block before reaching the top of the mountain.
After Bryan’s beatdown at the hands of Triple H earlier in the night, WWE should start the main event without the leader of the Yes! Movement present. With just Batista and defending champion Randy Orton going one-on-one to start the bout, the crowd would go crazy trying to boo these men out of the ring. Just as it looks like there is no hope of Bryan coming out, his music should hit and whip the crowd back into a frenzy.
Instead of giving Bryan the win after dominating both men in the ring, the best booking for the situation would have Orton get hit by the running knee and Batista throwing Bryan out of the ring to collect the clean pin.
Not only would the crowd put all of its hate on the shoulders of new heel champion Batista, but it would also force the WWE Universe to support the underdog Bryan even more as continues to chase the title.
While many fans will claim that Bryan was screwed several times over the months leading into WrestleMania, the storyline with Triple H was almost completely dropped during the build to the Royal Rumble. The WWE needs to put the title on Batista to re-open the wounds wrestling fans endured when Bryan had the title taken away twice before.
Another WrestleMania loss would add even more fuel to the Yes! Movement’s fire.
The angrier the fans get at who the company is backing as champion—Triple H and The Authority would inevitably back Batista and turn their back on Orton—the more the WWE Universe will voice its support for the man they truly want to hold the title.
Earning the win at WrestleMania would be a great moment for Bryan’s career, but continuing his struggle against The Authority and his hunt for the championship would be the perfect way to carry momentum into the next year of programming.
Extreme Rules has become one of the WWE’s most exciting PPV events of the year, and what better way to build excitement for the first event after WrestleMania than by having Bryan finally get his one-on-one match with Batista for the title?
It may feel like a step down on the surface for Bryan to capture the title at Extreme Rules—he is already being advertised on the poster—but the frenzy over his loss will have fans tuning in for the next show to see if he finally gets his win.
With an entire PPV built around Bryan’s quest for the gold and finally achieving it, the company would have a great gauge of how much support Bryan has with the entire fanbase. If the new champion moves the needle, the WWE will have a bona fide top star for years to come.
If Bryan takes the loss in the main event this year and cements his status as a top draw at Extreme Rules, there will be plenty of WrestleMania moments in his future.
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