Following Brock Lesnar’s remarkable victory over The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, it’s obvious that the next big program on WWE television should be Daniel Bryan vs. Lesnar for the World title.
Honestly, it’s the only way to capitalize on Lesnar’s current momentum.
Sure, fans will likely be arguing for years to come about the wisdom of having Lesnar defeat The Undertaker in New Orleans. It wasn’t the right match. Lesnar wasn’t the right guy to end The Streak. The build-up program was badly booked. It was an anti-climax.
Regardless of how valid (or not) these viewpoints are, what’s done is done. WWE doesn’t have a time machine to go back and change the booking. The company made a decision at the pay-per-view and now has to make the best of it.
One way to do this is to book a Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan feud in the near future.
Perhaps Bryan can continue to feud with Triple H and The Authority. The ending of Monday’s Raw indicated this may be the plan. But, honestly, he’s been doing that for most of the past year.
Is there really any point to returning to it again?
We’ve heard Triple H and Stephanie McMahon criticize Bryan for his appearance and inability to be a top star too many times to count. We’ve heard Bryan continually tell them that they’re both wrong. Even the recent involvement of The Shield probably won’t revamp the storyline.
Let’s face it: It’s time for Bryan to move on.
Besides, Brock is an ideal new challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Not only is he red hot following his WrestleMania triumph—as Paul Heyman on Monday’s Raw noted that he will now go down in history as the man who ended The Streak—but his dominating, monster character is a great match for Bryan’s scrappy underdog.
Of course, one issue would be that Lesnar would have to beat Bryan in their first match for the title. His credibility—and momentum from WrestleMania—would evaporate if he were to come up short in his first title match. He has to win.
Is WWE really prepared to have Bryan lose the title so soon after winning it?
However, I’d counter that by pointing out that Bryan, like most babyfaces, may work better when he’s chasing the belt.
Giving up the title so quickly to Lesnar wouldn’t be that big a deal since the fans know he’ll get it back sooner rather than later. It would also be interesting television to see an under-pressure Bryan struggle to get his beloved belt back, vowing to go through every roadblock in his path to do so.
Could we see “The Beast” square off against “The Beard” in a WWE ring soon? Let’s hope so.
It would surely be a phenomenal, must-see angle—and present Bryan with what will easily be his biggest challenge to date.