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Is A WWE Heel Turn Coming For Daniel Bryan?

Daniel BryanBloggers all over the Internet including yours truly here have questioned about the strange booking of Daniel Bryan. Why is the WWE beating him after winning Money in the Bank? A new story on the WWE website  suggests that it may be part of a bigger angle.

WWE.com has an exclusive video interview with Daniel Bryan. Bryan is interviewed immediately after his match with Sin Cara from Friday Night SmackDown. Bryan goes off on Sin Cara in the video and questions whether they were both in on his controversial loss. The interviewer than asks Bryan if he is cursed since winning Money in the Bank where a frustrated Bryan goes off and says that the WWE hasn’t lived up to their word. He also says that he will live up to his and not cash in before WrestleMania 28.

There are a couple of things at play here. First off, I think this whole post-match interview is an idea they should bring to television. I love it. Second, while there wasn’t an outright suggestion at a heel turn this could surely be the start of one. If Bryan would cash in before WrestleMania and win, it would likely send the heel turn into full gear. However, as long as SmackDown has a heel champion I don’t see it coming unless the idea would be a double turn with Mark Henry.

One thing I like about this is the fact that the WWE is acknowledging Bryan’s streak. Maybe there really is something more at play here than just inept booking? Well, you’d like to think so but unless he turns heel and goes on a winning streak which includes the title, it is still inept booking in my opinion. I have no problem with beating someone as long as it is part of an angle. It gives them a character and if it results in “No more Mr. Nice Guy” for the American Dragon than I am all in.

The only problem I have with this is that it is angle being booked strictly on WWE.com. The interview wasn’t on television nor was it even posted to You Tube at the time of this writing. While the WWE gets sizable traffic to WWE.com, it is probably the least visible medium they have. Only a small percentage of fans will see this while the others will just continue to see Bryan as an overrated loser.

I can’t remember anyone ever winning Money in the Bank and being booked this badly going into their championship matches. As I have stated before, I almost have the feeling that this is some kind of wacky self-fulfilling prophecy from the WWE creative team. Let’s face it. There is certainly a bias when it comes to guys like Bryan, the Hardys, Zack Ryder, and CM Punk who have big followings on the Internet outside of the WWE. I certainly wouldn’t past them to beat Bryan, send him into WrestleMania, see him flop, and then come back and give us the “I told you so.”

I do think that Bryan would make an awesome heel. I think he could turn into one of those kinds of heels that just tortures or stretches babyfaces with his unique submissions, refusing to break holds, etc. I think he needs to work on the aggressive heel interview a bit, but otherwise there is some nice potential there from the former ROH champion.

I am still hoping that Bryan is wrestling in one of the main-events at WrestleMania 28. He is one of the few guys in the WWE that is guaranteed to deliver as advertised in the big spot. Unfortunately you’d never know it with the way he has been booked since July.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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