He coined a popular phrase. He became mega popular with the fans. Then he was told that he wasn’t WWE championship material. That he needed to change his look. He initially played along, then he refused. He challenged for the WWE Championship with the stipulation of a guest referee. Ultimately the referee’s end game: make sure Daniel Bryan did not walk out of SummerSlam as the WWE champion.
All of this sound familiar?
History is repeating itself in a major way as the C.O.O. of the company Triple H is turning into the new Mr. McMahon. And Daniel Bryan has become the sentimental favorite getting screwed out of the WWE championship similar to how Stone Cold Steve Austin was at the height of the Attitude Era.
Triple H justified his actions at SummerSlam as simply doing what was right for business. Do we as wrestling fans believe that Triple H enjoyed ending Bryan’s reign as WWE champion? Do we believe that Randy Orton is who the WWE needs to survive? To insure that there is a WWE long after Vince McMahon?
Hunter can justify his actions all he wants; the reality is that he screwed Daniel Bryan and enforced a corporate champion that has that WWE look. Even JBL has remarked countless times on commentary: if you were to build a sports entertainer from the ground up, he would look exactly like Randy Orton.
The Monday Night Raw following SummerSlam, The McMahons asserted their authority for the whole WWE Universe to witness. Stephanie had Daniel Bryan escorted out of the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California by a team of security guards; then Triple H welcomed Daniel Bryan back into the arena to “speak his grievances”. Instead, the welcoming invitation was a set up for Daniel Bryan to get ambushed by The Shield, to then get struck by an RKO by the venomous new WWE Champion.
While some fans may be upset because it appears that the C.O.O. is being classic Triple H as he again buries another WWE Superstar; that’s not the case. Like Hunter said, we aren’t seeing the bigger picture. Not saying that Triple H’s viewpoint on Randy Orton being the saving point of the WWE’s future existence is accurate; but in terms that Daniel Bryan will become a much bigger focal point in the WWE’s history.
As mentioned at the start of this post, history is repeating itself. The storyline that saved the WWE from extinction during the Attitude Era is coming back to life with new players. Triple H (the new McMahon) will force Daniel Bryan (the new Steve Austin) to his breaking point, which will unleash an even more aggressive attitude.
Antecedent of the betrayal, the SummerSlam broadcasters announced that the Age of the Beard was here, and that still holds true.
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