Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The #YesMovement is working; Daniel Bryan poised for huge WrestleMania moment

The following videos are from the March 10, 2013 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. Daniel Bryan has been challenging Triple H to a match at WrestleMania for weeks. Triple H had been denying his request, saying that Bryan wasn't in his league, using the "B+ player" tag he had given Bryan months ago.

That all changed when Bryan decided to "Occupy Raw" and refused to leave the ring until he got what he wanted. He took it a step farther by bringing out several of his friends. In the end, Triple H gives him the match, but Bryan ups the ante saying that if he wins he gets inserted into the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H agrees.


Daniel Bryan occupies Raw.


Triple H agrees to face Daniel Bryan.

This is the happiest that I have been as a wrestling fan in a long time. Daniel Bryan has had the support of the "WWE Universe" for the last couple years, and especially the last year has been one of the most consistently popular or "over" superstars on the roster.

But, it had fallen on deaf ears. Daniel Bryan was positioned as "just good enough" but not good enough to be "the man." There have been countless moments of WWE fans "hijacking" events to show their support for Daniel Bryan over the last few months.

The Royal Rumble, in particular, was a low point for WWE. The smart WWE fans wanted to see one thing: Daniel Bryan win the Royal Rumble match and go on to WrestleMania and win the championship. WWE had different plans, bringing back Batista from a 4-year retirement and (allegedly) promising him a WrestleMania title victory. 

Batista is a hot commodity right now, having a major role in "Guardians of the Galaxy," the highly-anticipated comic book movie that is expected to be a huge hit. The plan is for him to be full time until this summer, then take some time off to promote the movie. The working idea had been for Batista to be the WWE Champion and top good guy when the movie came out. But, since winning the Royal Rumble, the WWE fans have turned on Batista so horribly over the last two months that they have changed course and Batista is now a bad guy, angry at the fans for not appreciating him.

CM Punk had been penciled in to face Triple H at WrestleMania, but it is looking more and more like Punk is really gone. So, Daniel Bryan was put into that spot. The fans booed it, seeing it as a step down from what they wanted. They want the main event or nothing at all.

And it looks like the WWE is finally realizing it. They knew there was no realistic way they could have a match between Randy Orton and Batista without the fans crapping all over it. They don't want that on the biggest stage of all, WrestleMania. So, it looks like Daniel Bryan will be the star of the night. The only logical conclusion to this is for Bryan to defeat Triple H, then win the World Championship, then close WrestleMania with Bryan holding the belts up as 70,000+ fans chant "Yes! Yes! Yes!"

WWE has listened to the fans. The #YesMovement was a success. Daniel Bryan is positioned to become the top star in wrestling. Am I happy with this? Yes. Yes. Yes.

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