The wrestling world was a bit surprised when Stephanie McMahon revealed plans for the WWE world title at Money in the Bank. According to one report, there is more truth in this new angle than fiction and we may be seeing the end of Daniel Bryan as WWE champion.
Stephanie dropped the bomb shell on RAW Monday night. McMahon told the world that Bryan would either have to show up to Money in the Bank with clearance to defend the title against Kane or the belt would be stripped. McMahon went on to say that a new champion would be crowned that night as MITB would be for the vacant title. This wasn’t supposed to be the way the Yes Movement came to an end.
Dave Meltzer had all of the details surrounding this plan on his post-RAW F4WOnline.com podcast. According to Meltzer, this plan was hatched on Monday when word reportedly got back to the company that the prognosis on Bryan’s neck was not good. Meltzer intimated that Bryan may be out later than anticipated. The company felt that the lack of a title match hurt Payback and wasn’t going to allow that for Money in the Bank. The angle as Meltzer says is a shoot in that nobody is sure whether Bryan will be able to wrestle at MITB and this is the WWE’s way of putting pressure on Bryan to come back early.
I don’t know where to begin. Quite honestly I can see the WWE’s point of view. At some point they have to move on, especially if Bryan will be back later than expected. This is a business and in this business it is important to have a wrestling WWE champion. It’s not like they went out of their way to screw him. It’s unfortunate but the show must go on.
On the other hand, I think it is frankly disgusting that they would be pressuring Bryan to come back early from a neck injury. As we have seen in the past, careers can be shortened when that happens. They should just make it easy and strip him of the belt, taking pressure off of him. In addition, they invested a lot of time and money into him. Could his WrestleMania 30 moment be all for nothing? With all of the time and money invested into Bryan, it may make more sense just to let things ride. Plus, while you aren’t getting the championship match at MITB, you are still getting a Money in the Bank match!
So what happens if they go with a Money in the Bank? I suppose you could do a champion vs. champion match at SummerSlam with Bryan wrestling the new champion. But that doesn’t make sense in regards to the storyline. You would think that the Authority would make it difficult for Bryan to get his rematch. Getting his rematch so easily would make all of this look like a waste of time. At the same time, do you really want to screw with his momentum? It’s really a tough choice to make.
The surprise element in all of this is refreshing. Ironically it brings me back to Money in the Bank 2011 when CM Punk defeated John Cena for the WWE championship. The realism surrounding that match, well Punk’s storyline anyway, jumpstarted a hot summer for the company. This situation is even more real than Punk’s and while I hate to see this all come at the expense of a guy coming back too soon, it is going to be fascinating to see how it plays out.
My money is on Bryan coming back at Money in the Bank and that is not a good thing if he is doing so at the risk of his career.
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