Triple H addressed the Royal Rumble controversy on Monday Night RAW, but the announcement itself unsheathed a double-edged sword. On the bright side, WrestleMania might see a new contender to the WWE World Heavyweight championship; but on the down side, if Roman Reigns does not face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, then the Royal Rumble match would prove to be pointless.
Wrestling fans were outraged over Daniel Bryan’s abrupt stay in the Royal Rumble match, since many wanted him to main event WrestleMania. And of course that’s when all the controversy started with Roman Reigns going over and not being ready. Fans see Daniel Bryan as their guy, a guy who has scratched and clawed his way into the business; and they have a mountain of respect for all his dedication and passion he’s shown in the ring. But then you have a guy like Roman Reigns, who has that build and look, but because he hasn’t been around the business nearly as long, he hasn’t earned the fans respect.
Then his reluctance to accept Triple H’s inane proposal of placing his guaranteed WrestleMania spot on the line, didn’t make Roman Reigns “look strong”. His hesitant response showed Reigns’ uncertainty in his role at WrestleMania because if he is unwilling to prove why he should be the guy to face off against Brock Lesnar, then he isn’t ready.
Daniel Bryan defeated Seth Rollins in the main event of Monday Night RAW to earn his match against Reigns at WWE Fast Lane, albeit with an assist from Reigns. Daniel Bryan knows what that victory meant, it meant that the wrestling fans once again rallied to get the higher-ups in WWE to grant him another opportunity to main event WrestleMania.
Although, early WrestleMania plans was to have Bryan face off against a returning Sheamus, then it changed to having him face off against Dolph Ziggler–an underrated pairing to WWE Brass, but an instant classic to wrestling fans; but all those plans might have changed after witnessing the newly formed tag team of Ziggler and “The Big Guy” Ryback on Thursday Night SmackDown. So does that mean that Daniel Bryan has no Plan B to fall back on if he loses to Roman Reigns at Fast Lane?
With this latest development, the match up at WWE Fast Lane, which many were already depicting it as Daniel Bryan making Reigns look legitimate, to a “wait a minute…” Daniel Bryan might go over Reigns and main event WrestleMania again. If Daniel Bryan were to main event WrestleMania, it would give fans closure seeing as Bryan was meant to defend his championship against Lesnar at last year’s SummerSlam.
As far as that double-edged sword is concerned, if Bryan goes over at WWE Fast Lane, the fans will be behind Daniel Bryan. But if Reigns goes over as a legitimate babyface, then it would be wise to let Paul Heyman work his magic, and let him hype up and bring out the best in both Reigns and Lesnar going into WrestleMania.
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