Sunday’s Royal Rumble left many fans disappointed with the WWE. Definitive fan favorite Daniel Bryan didn’t even enter the Royal Rumble, while the returning Batista got the win, leaving many fans feeling unfulfilled. However, there may be more to this than meets the eye.
Bryan appeared in the opening segment of Monday’s Raw, confronting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Later, in the six-man tag match main event, Bryan qualified for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match at the pay-per-view in February. Bryan’s tag team partners, Sheamus and John Cena, join him and the champion, Randy Orton, as the participants already announced for this match.
This is a tough match to predict four weeks out, but looking at the reports of what WWE has planned for WrestleMania, it appears as though some big things will happen in this match.
Going back to the Rumble, it’s interesting to note that all of Triple H’s friends did well. The New Age Outlaws won the WWE Tag Team Championships, Batista won the Royal Rumble, Sheamus (who is heavily backed by Triple H backstage) made it to the Final 3 of the Rumble, and of course Orton’s victory over Cena in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.
This could be just Triple H’s backstage influence, or it could be the start of something big. For months, reports have been that Triple H’s current storyline would end at WrestleMania, but it still has plenty of legs. Most matches at WrestleMania could end up being some form of The Authority vs. the rest of the company. If WWE begins to blend real-life and storyline, which they have shown a tendency to do in recent years, that could easily become an option.
If WrestleMania plans stay the same, then Bryan won’t be in the title match at The Show of Shows. That being the case Bryan shouldn’t do anything with The Authority for the next few months, until they start a summer-long feud around Extreme Rules in May.
If Bryan ended up winning the title at SummerSlam, as a way of his story coming full-circle, it would be worth putting up with everything we have seen WWE do with him recently. Simply put, it would be best for business.