Winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania was the climax of Daniel Bryan’s career.
The problem is that Bryan has been the victim of poor circumstances in the months after Wrestlemania. There was the unfortunate passing of Bryan’s father in April, and most recently, Bryan has been dealing with an ailing neck.
Bryan’s neck is the reason why he was forced to be stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Title. While recovering from a minor neck surgery, Bryan has seldom been mentioned on WWE programming. That was not the case on the June 23rd edition of Monday Night Raw.
WWE announced on Monday night during Raw that Bryan would be making his first appearance since being stripped of the title. Bryan’s appearance will come on Sunday during the kickoff to the Money In The Bank pay-per view. The announcement of Bryan’s appearance this Sunday was news that should have generated a resounding “Yes” chant from fans in attendance, however, that was not the case.
NoDQ.com reports that several fans that were in attendance at Monday’s Raw noted that there was almost no reaction to the promo that was shown for Bryan’s appearance on Sunday.
Is this a sign that the “Yes Movement” has been deflated?
There has been talk in the WWE that Bryan is only popular because of the “Yes Movement”. Meaning, if the “Yes Movement” has been deflated, then Bryan will not be as over with the WWE Universe as he was at Wrestlemania. That could signal trouble for WWE as they plan on pushing Bryan once he returns as the top star behind John Cena.
Though, the only true indicator of whether or not the movement has been deflated will be when Bryan’s “Flight of Valkyrie” theme hits and the fans give their reaction to his return.