The hottest wrestler in the WWE right now is Daniel Bryan. A little guy when compared to many of the other superstars in the company, Bryan has launched to literal superstar status in the last year. His simple catchphrase of repeating “Yes!” over and over again has helped hijack multiple WWE events, the fans only caring to see him in the ring, making all other wrestlers unimportant by comparison.
As we approach Wrestlemania, this is how I would like book his run toward another championship.
At Elimination Chamber Randy Orton should retain his championship. Handing the title off to someone else in the match doesn’t make sense and Orton’s run feels incomplete. He will undoubtedly face Royal Rumble winner Batista at Wrestlemania in an overwhelmingly unwanted match.
Out of the title picture, where does this leave Daniel Bryan?
Bryan will lose at Elimination Chamber after a very good showing. His loss will in part be blamed on Triple H, possibly through interference from him or Kane. At Wrestlemania, Bryan will finally have his long overdue revenge on Triple H.
Under the stipulation that Bryan will receive a title match if he wins and will be fired if he does not, Bryan will make Triple H tap-out to the LeBell Lock. Realistically I would like to see this match closeout Wrestlemania as anything to follow this year will likely not live up to it. A Batista/Orton match or another predictable yet entertaining match from The Undertaker will be overshadowed by Bryan’s presence alone.
The night after Wrestlemania on Raw, Batista opens the show as the new champion. He, of course, is a little upset that everyone would much rather see Bryan. Giving the fans what they want, Batista introduces Bryan who comes out to cheers. He congratulates Batista on his win and they have one of those typical moments where the faces are all friends.
Spoiling the moment is Triple H. “The Game” comes out and plays coy, congratulating Bryan on defeating a legend (Triple H). Instead of praising Bryan, Triple H uses this time to remind everyone how well he has performed as a wrestler by comparing his number of championships to the amount Bryan has held.
Bryan tells Triple H that he would like to use his championship match that night and Triple H obliges under the condition that Randy Orton is the special guest referee. Of course, the match ends in a double disqualification after Orton takes out Batista and Bryan.
Orton’s attack continues his feud with Batista and he receives his official rematch at Extreme Rules. Meanwhile, Bryan continues to feud with Triple H. Not having much else to do and in the perfect position to ride Bryan’s coattails, Sheamus comes to Bryan’s aid one night on Raw. At Extreme Rules this sets up a tornado tag match between the team of Bryan and Sheamus against Triple H and Kane. This time around Triple H picks up the win when he pins Sheamus.
On an upcoming episode of Raw, a fatal four way match is held to determine the number one contender for Batista’s title, who retained at Extreme Rules. The participants are Orton, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, and Alberto Del Rio who buys his way into the match. Del Rio needs to go back to actually having a gimmick; the one Ted Dibiase Jr. should have had if he could work the mic.
Orton wins the match and at Payback it looks like we will get another Orton vs. Batista snore-fest. The WWE will then do something they try to avoid during the broadcast. They will let the fans take over the show.
Bryan, ignored at having the chance to compete for a spot as number one contender, continues to appear in useless matches, winning handily. Triple H threatens to kick out any fans who say “Yes!” during the show which only makes them say it more. Triple H cannot get a word in at all with the chanting fans. Being the “good guy” that he pretends to be, Triple H says if Bryan can defeat Orton in a match then he can join him and Batista in a triple threat at Payback. Bryan wins the match and earns a spot in the triple threat at Payback.
At Payback, Batista wins when he pins Orton who was knocked out by Bryan. Bryan confronts Batista about this on Raw, claiming Batista would not have won if it were not for Bryan. Batista accepts the challenge from Bryan to compete one on one at Money in the Bank.
Triple H is reluctant at first to allow Bryan into another title match, but Batista convinces Triple H to allow it on the basis that Triple H brought Batista back for moments like these, to sell tickets and having Bryan in a title match will do it. Plus, once Bryan loses the fans will finally shut up. Triple H agrees, entrusting his old pal Batista.
Money in the Bank arrives and so does the WWE Title around Bryan’s waist. Batista’s loss ultimately leads to his heel turn, a natural one considering fans are not at all excited to have him back.
Bryan finally has a legitimate title run lasting for a few months. He loses the title late in the year, only to eventually win it back at Wrestlemania.