Why Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt Opened The Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View Only For Bryan To Not Be Seen Again, Original Wrestlemania XXX Plans & How WWE Has The Opportunity To Make Things Right

For those that believe there were plans for a major angle featuring Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX prior to Sunday night’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, you need to know what the plan was. The plan headed into the pay-per-view was for Bryan to work Sheamus in a redemption storyline. We first reported the news here and elaborated here but the gist was Shawn Michaels was not in the plans to work a match and they needed an opponent for Sheamus, so Daniel Bryan was the guy.  The idea was Bryan would “seek redemption” over the worker that’s beat him at Wrestlemania twice in the past three years. One of those defeats for the World Heavyweight Championship in 18-seconds.

While a program with an upper-midcard/main event level talent like Sheamus isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s not a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or challenging for “the streak”  either.  As of press time, those have been reserved for the Royal Rumble winner Batista and part-time star Brock Lesnar respectively.

Royal Rumble is the launch pad for Wrestlemania, the self-proclaimed beginning of the Road to Wrestlemania.  The workers that go over at the Rumble are the workers that go on to main event opportunities (and paydays) at Wrestlemania.  Bray Wyatt?  They want him in a program with John Cena, so he goes over.  Orton, over.  Batista, over.  Daniel Bryan, well…

One source told me the plan was…

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