As if Daniel Bryan wasn’t having a bad enough couple of months, NBC has decided to rub it in his face by snubbing him. For those that remember, WrestleMania 30 was special for Bryan, as he finally won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple-threat match with Batista and Randy Orton. Yet, for some reason, NBC has decided that wasn’t important enough to include on their special.
The WrestleMania special is due to air on August 3, 2014 at 7pm on NBC. It’s meant to take a look back at the key moments from WrestleMania 30. Per Wrestling Observer, these are the segments that will air:
- Hulk Hogan/The Rock/Steve Austin segment
- Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Now, I can understand the time issues involved in a one-hour show. They still have to air commercials, which means they’ll probably have closer to 50 minutes of actual footage. The Hogan/Rock/Austin segment was one for the ages and having them all in the ring at the same time was certainly a moment worth re-living.
The Undertaker/Lesnar match, while not great as a match itself, was one of the biggest moments in professional wrestling history. There’s no way they could keep this match off the show, as Lesnar and Paul Heyman put the Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania winning streak to rest.
That leaves Cena vs. Wyatt or the triple-threat match for the title. At this point, with Cena and Wyatt both getting excellent reactions (and both actually in action), it makes sense to show their match. Showing the Bryan match would almost certainly be the more popular thought at the time of WrestleMania, but we’re four months past and the “Yes movement” is on hiatus.
It doesn’t make sense for NBC and WWE to over-promote Bryan at this time. It sucks if you’re a fan of his and it certainly comes off as a snub, but when you sit back and think about it, (to steal a line from Triple H) it’s what’s best for business.