It’s Whats Best For Business

Sunday 18th August 2013 – Summerslam played host to what will go down as one of the greatest moments in WWE history when Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship, with a clean finish. The crowd went wild and shared this amazing moment with Bryan standing victorious in the ring. No sooner was the moment beginning than it ended with a bang. Out came Randy Orton with his Money in the Bank briefcase to intimidate Bryan and remind him he was just around the corner, and he did not have to wait long before making his presence truly known..

Bryan & Triple H

Special referee from the Bryan versus Cena match, Triple H, spun Bryan round and hit him with a Pedigree, allowing Orton to cash in his briefcase and walk out of Summerslam as WWE Champion. The next night on Raw, Triple H revealed that he was just doing what he saw as best for business. The night ended with Bryan receiving a beating from The Shield and an RKO for his troubles from champion Randy Orton. This week saw Bryan suffer again at the hands of The Shield, this time in a gauntlet match while the WWE locker room stood on the stage watching in fear of saying anything with Triple H threatening to fire anyone who got involved to help Bryan.

When Bryan won the title at Summerslam, I wasn’t shocked as I predicted he would pick up the win. I didn’t expect it to be clean in the sense of how it ended but none the less, Bryan picked up the victory and title. I did not see the swerve coming with Triple H hitting him with a Pedigree and being the one to cause Bryan not to walk out with the title. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at first but then I sat back and thought about it – What value does it really give to us as fans if Bryan wins the title, walks out of Summerslam champion, and begins a feud with someone else for the title?

The McMahons

It doesn’t really give us anything overall as the ‘thrill of the chase’ is gone the moment Bryan picks up that Championship. What have people really got to tune in for following a Bryan victory? To turn Orton heel like he wanted, to turn Triple H on Bryan and the fans, and to give us something to watch this was the only plausible outcome. It’s given us a reason to continue to tune in and watch Bryan go up against his oppressors in The McMahon’s and Triple H. I feel a bit like a cross between The Corporation and Evolution has evolve dbefore our eyes, and while I like the idea, I can’t help but think WWE could have done a better job with the way they booked the ending of Raw following Summerslam, as the night after it just seemed so thrown together and obvious what was going to happen.

Parts of this feud remind me of the classic Austin and McMahon feuds over the years when Vince did not want Austin as Champion and would do anything to stop him from obtaining the gold. People loved that because they could identify with the feelings of being held down from their dreams of wanting to succeed and reach the top, and if WWE can somehow re-create this feeling using Bryan and Triple H then I think we are in for an interesting few months of television. Do I see Triple H remaining heel? In the long term, no I somehow think there is going to be a twist somewhere in that Triple H starts to grow tired of Vince and his ‘power trip’ over time, which eventually somehow results in Bryan winning the championship, which may not necessarily be from Orton. I expect this to happen around the Royal Rumble heading into Wrestlemania. Which leads me to where I would like to see this going.

Bryan & Punk

It’s no secret now that there are plans to align Daniel Bryan and CM Punk in the future to go up against Orton, Triple H, The McMahons, and most likely The Shield. While this may not go ahead, I still see the long term plan is to have Bryan and Punk face off in a Wrestlemania match that potentially is written to be the greatest match of all time if both men can stay healthy till Mania. If I were booking the angle, I would like to take it down the line that Punk comes out to side with Bryan or perhaps make a save when he is in a beat down situation with Triple H. The next week, Punk cuts a scathing promo on WWE as a company holding Bryan back as they held him back, and he isn’t going to sit back and watch another talented wrestler almost walk out of this company because of politics and have Punk drop another one of his famous pipe bomb promo’s on WWE.

From there, the 2 men will be paired up in tag matches, singles matches, and even have a team at Survivor Series to face off against Shield & Orton, maybe even Triple H if there were 5 man teams. I would continue the feud in some form until the Royal Rumble. Daniel Bryan (or maybe Punk) is booked into a WWE Championship match, which he wins. Meanwhile, the Punk (or Bryan) goes on to win the Royal Rumble match itself (For arguments sake we will say Punk wins the Rumble). Bryan asks Punk who he is going to choose to face. Punk will keep stalling his decision for 3 weeks until on Raw he makes his decision – By kicking Bryan in the head, costing them a match that night. The following week Punk cuts a promo saying how it’s nothing personal, but he wants to prove to the world he is better than Daniel Bryan, and what better stage to do it than Wrestlemania.

Who would I have win at Wrestlemania? I probably would put the title on Punk in the end and let him have his big Wrestlemania moment he so thoroughly deserves. But what I want to know is, what would you do? Are you enjoying the direction of the current storyline with Bryan or do you feel it was a bad choice to take the title off Bryan at Summerslam? As always, I look forward to reading your thoughts. Next time, I look in the current NXT talent pool and pick out my top 5 stars I see as currently having the potential to be the next breakout WWE superstar. Until then, thanks for reading.

  • Chris Owen

    I called the finish but did not commit to it!! I like where this is going and I like you think Raw was a joke. It did not mesh. I like the idea of the an evolution type thing and interested to find out who is on each side! Punk will side with Bryan and it maybe sooner than we think. With Brock not being back till Rumble maybe? Now I expected Heyman to side with Punk again but after Raw it may not happen. Could we see Heyman side with Vince in this feud? I just don't see where Heyman fits in if Punk does in fact side with Bryan. I imagine at SS it will be Orton, the shield and Axel if he and Heyman joins however, a mystery partner if they side with Punk which I doubt vs Bryan, Punk, Big Show, Ziggler and Henry/Miz? If this is where it goes could Bryan have a boss i.e Foley, Bret or maybe Flair to be the leader. I may be getting ahead of myself but the prospect of where they can go with this would be awesome. Based on fantasy. Bryan and Punk would be quality and they have to do it at Mania. I can see Bryan having the title at Mania and Punk challenging him for it after winning the rumble or vise-versa. and the reason for either one to challenge is respect for the other in this case they would both be face! Can u see either being Heel again and not be so over with the fans. But it could all be a pipe dream as they could go with this Evolution esc thing till mania!! I don't know but Seeing Punk vs Bryan has to happen down the road again and has to be at Mania

  • Jamie Welton

    I think certianly Punk sides with Bryan – How soon that will be is anyone’s guess, but my feeling is it will come after Night of Champions at the earliest. I don’t think sideing them with Heyman in the best step – Heyman has a heel stable, he isn’t going to just drop Lesnar and Axel like that, unless Punk and Bryan went heel which is not going to happen. I probably wouldn’t even get Heyman involved as all the people involved are established enough to speak for themselves. Yes Heyman adds a new twist but theres no way after the beating he dished out to Punk this week thats happening any time soon. If anyone turns heel in this then realisticaly it would be Punk, he plays the better heel for me out of both men and will always have his fans whereas Bryan is too over to consider the turn. If Punk faces Bryan at Wrestlemania, which is still an early plan, then I expect that match to steal the show and be the greatest Wrestlemania match to ever take place

  • Chris Owen

    I was just thinking that this will happen before the Lesner programme with Punk. So if Punk and Bryan team against the corperation where does that leave the feud with Heyman, Lesner and Punk? I don't think they could drop it and bring it back later! although they have done before.

  • Jamie Welton

    As far as Lesnar is concerned, don't expect to see him until the build up nearer either the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania. That part of the storyline is now done and none existant at this point, it just continues without Lesnar now going forward. The thing with Heyman could come in to play in some way but he would have to side with Vince and Triple H. If they turn Triple H back face at some point then Heyman in Vince & Steph's corner with Orton makes sense, if not then I just can't buy Heyman as a face as then he needs to drop Axel, and that gravy train isn't stopping any time soon. I just can't see how Heyman fits into all this unless he is heel

  • sdl1

    I can see HBK getting involved. First he comes out by himself to the ring and tries to talk to his best friend Triple H. They jaw back and forth and then finally HHH says "I love you Shawn, we've been best friends fir almost 20 years, but this is business." He then gives a nod and The Shield then pounds the crap out of HBK. Orton may also get involved to make it a 4 on 1 beating. Bryan and Punk then comes tearing into the ring and save HBK from more damage. Punk and Bryan then ask HBK to be in their corner. HBK screams "YES! YES! YES!" and it goes on from there…