Over the past month the top story line development in WWE has been on the ongoing struggles of Daniel Bryan trying to re-claim the WWE Championship that was so cruelly ripped from him at SummerSlam by Randy Orton. The decision to go with a full heel Orton has undoubtedly been the best decision for all concerned as The Viper had arguably been treading on water as a babyface for more than a year now and with John Cena out with an injury that will see him miss a sufficient amount of ring time, someone needed to step up as the head babyface. Logically there weren’t many options to go for. With Cena out and CM Punk already booked up there was only one man WWE could count on for the job – The former ROH standout Daniel Bryan.
Bryan was deemed the guy that the company was going to get behind and really make a star just like they did with CM Punk and his infamous “pipe bomb” promo. There is no doubt that to the “smart/internet fan” or whatever you want to call that segment of the audience that Bryan was the right choice. Having a package that consists of phenomenal worker, great promo, good at comedy, versatile, you had a guy who had it all. However the big question was how he would fare with the all important casual audience. As we now know Bryan has indeed got over and is now seen as a legitimate babyface top guy. He’s had clean wins over The Shield, John Cena and Randy Orton to name but a few and despite what WWE would have you believe wins and losses DO matter. You could believe that Bryan was a legit contender in the Heavyweight ranks based on the booking behind him. Now since Bryan got to the top it hasn’t always been smooth sailing and there has been some twists and turns along the way and not all for the good. The idea of Triple H being in Randy Orton’s corner as the evil boss ala The Mr McMahon role seems to be leading to a much bigger angle involving Orton at WrestleMania and where that leaves Bryan remains to be seen but for now and excuse the pun, but it’s the best thing for business.
Looking back over the main developments this month you have to talk about Night of Champions. The main event pitted Daniel Bryan trying to reclaim the WWE Championship from Randy Orton in what was a great match. The outcome saw Daniel Bryan pin Orton to capture the title however after a fast count by the referee. The intriguing twist saw the announcers not mention the fast count nor were there any shenanigans before the show went off the air with the restarting of the match or anything of that nature. Bryan went off the air with his arms in celebration raising the WWE Championship. The more astute fans certainly noticed that given the fast count, this was only going to play into the storyline the next night on Raw. Surely enough WWE COO Triple H stripped Bryan of the title and accused him of conspiring with the official the previous night.
One of the better storyline additions in recent memory it proved a logical reason for Triple H to strip Bryan of the title and gave the fans another reason to boo The Game unmercifully. However from there is where it started to go south. Part of this is The Big Show’s involvement. Now there are many people out there who are more than happy with Show’s current direction but unfortunately I cannot include myself as one of them. For those who haven’t been keeping track The Big Show has seemingly become broke. Bare in mind that he has been working for WWE for over a decade as an on again/off again top guy and as such has been making more money than the majority of the roster during that time scale. So just how does someone like Show come to be broke? Now don’t get me wrong if this was the direction that WWE wanted to go down then surely they could’ve planted some seeds for it along the way first? After all they were able to show a tonne of foresight to plan in advance for The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania so surely they could plan at least a few weeks in advance for one of their top storylines right? It all seems a little far-fetched.
Now there may be some negatives surrounding the story however one thing that can’t be ignored for certain is Big Show’s performances. In terms of angles, Big Show has been doing some of the best babyface work of his career. You can genuinely believe that this giant is conflicted when he has been ordered by The McMahon family to knock out the likes of Daniel Bryan and Dusty Rhodes. A possible scenario for how this ends could be laid out by WWE’s next pay per view Hell in a CellWrestleMania. With Randy Orton facing Daniel Bryan in a bout to determine the WWE Champion after the title has been held up, there’s an excellent chance that Bryan will reclaim the title possibly with the assistance of The Big Show. It’s not entirely out of the realms of possibility for The Big Show to get his revenge on the renewed version of The Corporation by knocking out their chosen one in Randy Orton costing him the WWE title in the process. If that is the scenario then it will be interesting to see where WWE goes next as surely the logical match has to be either Randy Orton vs. The Big Show or Triple H vs. The Big Show. The downside? The match itself basically. As much as I’d like to keep an open mind I can honestly say with some conviction that a Big Show – Triple H/Randy Orton match doesn’t fill me with a tonne of excitement. As to whether or not it would to a national audience my feeling would have to be no.
As we enter October and are heading into the final months of the year this is the time when WWE starts to make major preparations for its January-April season which as you all know is the Road to WrestleMania season. With the Corporate regime dominating television time at the moment you can quite comfortably assume that the main event at WrestleMania will in some form or fashion involve Triple H or The McMahon family as a whole. The rumoured match has Triple H representing one chosen wrestler with McMahon on the opposite side doing the same with the control for the company at stake. Whilst that doesn’t exactly light the world on fire right now you have to wonder that if the Corporation picks up a little steam in the coming months and they really ham it up on the heel side then there will be a large percentage of the audience who will pay to see them fall. My belief is that Triple H really needs to go full heel in the process as right now he is seemingly more of a bad guy light to possibly a tweener type role. If The Game goes as bad as he possibly can with The Shield and Randy Orton doing his bidding then there’s no reason why WrestleMania 30 can’t be a super show after all.
– By Matt Roberts