The Barclays Center erupted with John Cena’s decision to select Daniel Bryan as his opponent for SummerSlam. A decision granted to the WWE champion by the new RAW General Manager Brad Maddox. Cena asked the WWE Universe in Brooklyn, NY, who they would like to see get a WWE championship match.
Some options were obvious no’s like Fandango, Ryback, and the three guys from 3MB. But some options were surprisingly met with minimal to mixed reactions: Sheamus, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and the returning Rob Van Dam. Yet, the clear undisputed odds-on-favorite–as JBL puts it–is the “World’s Toughest Vegan” Daniel Bryan.
Considering the rise he’s been on? How strong he has looked in 3-on-1 situations against The Shield? The clean win he had over Randy Orton in the main event of RAW a few weeks ago? The new WWEShop.com exclusive tee? Clearly these are signs that WWE brass are backing Bryan’s push.
So it was strange that at Money in the Bank–which wrestling fans were positively certain that Daniel Bryan would walk out of Philadelphia as Mr. Money in the Bank–Bryan didn’t win the WWE championship MITB contract.
Bryan didn’t need MITB, his undeniable wave of momentum earned him his shot at the WWE championship. When Cena made his decision the Barclays Center erupted as did Daniel Bryan. In unison, Bryan had the Brooklyn crowd chanting YES! YES! YES!
So at SummerSlam, it will be John Cena defending the WWE championship against Daniel Bryan. A match up that–just until recently–only existed in the archives of WWE Velocity. Now the life-long journey starting out in Shawn Michaels’ wrestling academy to training with William Regal, to wrestling around the world honing his craft has all led Bryan to this moment.
Answer the Question: Who will walk out SummerSlam as the WWE champion? John Cena? Daniel Bryan? or Mr. Money in the Bank Randy Orton?
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