Daniel Bryan Must Feud with Bray Wyatt Upon Return from Injury

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

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Daniel Bryan spent the first half of 2014 righting wrongs. He defeated Triple H and proved that he was, in fact, an "A+ player." He beat Randy Orton, the man who he lost so many heartbreaking matches to late last year. He captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that eluded him since last September and knocked off former tag team partner Kane in an Extreme Rules match in May.

A neck injury sidelined him indefinitely late last month, and WWE had no choice but to strip him of the title he worked so hard to capture. With the biggest prize in the industry out of his possession, at least for now, Bryan should focus on righting the one wrong he has not to this point: defeating Bray Wyatt.

Bryan and Wyatt got 2014 off to a hot start, delivering a Match of the Year candidate in the opening contest of January's Royal Rumble pay-per-view. As good as the bout may have been and as hot for Bryan as the Pittsburgh crowd was, he failed to defeat Wyatt.

With Bryan being reintroduced to the title picture immediately after the Rumble event, the program between he and Wyatt ended suddenly and without a satisfying conclusion.

Wyatt potentially winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as soon as the June 29 Money in the Bank show opens up a scenario in which Bryan can return to the ring, defeat the one man he has been unable to beat and capture the title he never should have lost in the first place.

Bryan exorcising the one demon that remains from his journey to the top of the company could jumpstart a true main event run that is uninterrupted by life's joys, its heartaches and its unexpected setbacks.

Wyatt is a character much more defined and developed than the one Bryan was exposed to in January. With WWE Creative devoting more time and energy to getting the absolute most out of the character, the potential program between he and Bryan would likely result in a program that makes the last one look like an unsatisfying indy schlock.

Bryan will eventually have to turn his attention to The Authority once again, especially after they took the title from him, but keeping him away from them while Roman Reigns enjoys a meteoric rise up the card is a smart move.

It would be almost as smart as throwing the returning leader of the Yes Movement into a program with the most captivating character in all of World Wrestling Entertainment.