PWInsider is reporting that Daniel Bryan will not be in the Royal Rumble match at Sunday’s pay-per-view. This may seem like a bad thing for Bryan, but it’s actually very positive.
Whatever WWE is planning for Bryan, it appears he will not be in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXX. If that’s the case, why should his momentum be wasted here? There’s nothing for anybody to gain by Bryan being in the Rumble.
Based on recent booking, I expect Batista, CM Punk, and Roman Reigns to have stellar performances in the match, with Reigns possibly even breaking Kane’s record of 11 eliminations in one match. Punk will get a lot of eliminations because he will spend the most time in the match as the #1 entrant, and I think Batista will win, so he should get his share of eliminations as well. There’s only 29 eliminations to go around, with as hot as Bryan is, if he’s not going to have a big performance in the Rumble, there’s no reason to even have him in it. Also, let’s be honest, if Bryan is in the Rumble and he gets eliminated, the boos from the crowd will overshadow whoever wins the match, even if it is a well-liked Superstar.
Though it may not seem like it, this is a good sign of things to come for Bryan.
This shows that WWE is putting serious thought into the Bryan character. They have been accused of burying him since SummerSlam, but that no longer appears to be the case, since they don’t want to put him in matches that might slow his momentum.
Just because Bryan isn’t in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania, doesn’t mean he can’t be in an important match. F4WOnline has reported two potential big matches that have been discussed for Bryan this month. One report has Bryan teaming with John Cena and Hulk Hogan against The Wyatt Family. This would be a huge rub for both Bryan and the Wyatts, as they would be going to WrestleMania with two of the biggest stars this business has ever seen.
The other report is a lot more interesting. That report says that The Undertaker has asked to work with Bryan at this year’s WrestleMania, as the next match in The Streak. The Undertaker pleased fans last year when he asked to work with Punk, and the two men put on one of the best matches of The Streak. If ‘Taker gets his wish, it would be hard to imagine him and Bryan not having a similar result.
Whatever Bryan ends up doing, the WWE Universe is sure to be heavily invested.