Report: Daniel Bryan Not In The Royal Rumble Match

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As we found out on Monday’s Raw, Daniel Bryan will face Bray Wyatt one-on-one at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Confirming that Bryan was cleared to wrestle again, following his concussion from last week that caused him to miss this past weekend’s live events, according to PWMania.com.

This came as a relief to many fans of Bryan, who thought he might have to miss the pay-per-view altogether.

However, many fans are upset again, as PWInsider is reporting that as of Monday afternoon, WWE had no plans to use Bryan in the Royal Rumble match.

Believe it or not, this is good news for Bryan and his legions of “YES”-men.

If Bryan is being kept out of the Royal Rumble, the WWE obviously has no plans for him to win the match. That being the case, what does Bryan have to gain from being in the match? Nothing.

All signs point to Batista winning the Rumble match and Brock Lesnar getting a title shot at Elimination Chamber in February. Both those guys are versatile in that they could both have good storylines with Randy Orton, John Cena, or each other.

I am among the many who want to see Bryan win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX, but it’s just not the right time. Though I feel somewhat jaded by this, I must also admit that for the first time, I feel WWE is on board with Bryan and they are ready to let him be a star.

Topics: Daniel Bryan, Royal Rumble, WWE

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  • scott preller

    i bet you also thought Austin had nothing to gain from a win in the 1998 Rumble as well. right? Give the guy a shot to run with the ball instead of a 45 year old who nobody cares about (listen to his return pop) and Lesnar who will be gone after the Mania. Typical HHH, pushing his friends to the top while the most over guy in the company continues to float around in the mid card. So dumb

    • Ravi Parekh

      or 96 king of the ring, right? Difference is Bryan is already a star

      • scott preller

        he still needs that Wrestlemania moment to cement himself and what better moment would there be than Bryan leading 70 thousand people in YES chants as he hold the title in the air?

        • Karan

          Couldn’t agree more mate.

    • Mike Smith

      I think he has plenty to gain from winning the Rumble. I just think that he has nothing to gain from being in it if he’s not going to win.

  • Ravi Parekh

    Irrelevant. Bryan’s time IS now, hes just too humble to see it and push for it. WWE know that Bryan in Royal Rumble means the other 29 will look shit, Batista included, CM Punk perhaps not so much. The crowd will be behind Bryan. Just pisses me off that the main booking in the PPV is the 30-man and THE man isnt going to be in it. Looking from the other angle, this could mean Bryan vs Undertaker WM30 so who knows….
    The other thing is when Lesnar and Batista were initially confirmed, Cole did an interview with HHH who mentioned Batista, Lesnar, CM Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan as at the top, with the 6 of them, a chamber match would be the ideal booking next PPV. Although I do look forward to WM30, I also know that they are vetting the matches and theres going to be hardly any new guy in big matches because they are clearly going down the Nostalgia route.

    • scott preller

      wouldnt surprise me if someone other than Byan wins the Rumble they will be booed out of the building

      • DerpHerp

        They will be, especially if it’s Batista. Rumble will be a very Smarky crowd.

        If it’s something like Orton Vs. Batista at WM, I’d expect a very hostile crowd.

      • Karan

        There will be loud “DANIEL BRYAN” chants in the Royal Rumble match itself.

  • Karan

    Tell me why its not right time for Bryan despite of being the most over guy since Stone Cold? Just because Batista and Brock are bigger stars? Batista vs Orton sounds sh*t!

    • Mike Smith

      I think he should win the Rumble, and he should do it now. My point in this article is that
      he has nothing to gain from being in it if he’s not going to win. He’s red-hot and the only reason he’d be in it is to get a heel reaction for the Superstar who eliminated him.

  • Karan

    They don’t want him to outpop Batista in Royal Rumble match.

  • archer240

    Good for Bryan or not, it’s bad for the Rumble match itself. Bryan was the only real threat to Batista winning it. Last year’s rumble sucked because everyone knew Cena was going to win it. This year it should have been perfectly poised between Batista, Bryan, Lesnar and Punk. Instead, they’ve taken two of those guys out the match and shown too much of their hand on the Punk/HHH angle so it’s just about a lock that he wont be in the title match come Mania. I really hope Bryan (or Lesnar) does end up a surprise entrant, because even if they don’t win, at least they’ll look like they could and add a bit of excitement to what’s supposed to be the most unpredictable match of the year.

    • Mike Smith

      I agree completely, it’s pretty disappointing.

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