WWE Plays Up Mark Henry "Injuries," Daniel Bryan Joins The Wyatt Family

- WWE is playing up that Mark Henry has "bruised ribs" following his segment with Brock Lesnar on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. You can read kayfabe coverage here on dot com.

- Daniel Bryan joined Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family in the final segment of this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. Bryan's new alliance was setup in the overrun segment following a gauntlet match against the entire Family. Bryan pinned Luke Harper, then Erick Rowan and beat Bray Wyatt via disqualification. Afterwards, Bryan told Bray he was always right and asked to join them. He was attacked and then helped to the back with them. Bryan stopped midway up the ramp but ended up leaving with The Wyatt Family to end the show.

  • Padres4life

    its over..i knew this would happen….why would WWE do this?

  • Tony Rankin

    Hopefully they don’t turn his character full heel and just turn him into a tragic hero or something. I’m not too crazy about this story line for Bryan at this point in his career but i’m interested to see how it plays out.

  • kayvonbeiram

    Ah, yes…here come the “It’s all over” or “this is the greatest” comments. We the people of the IWC always take things to one extreme or another, rather than taking a wait-and-see approach. As for Bryan joining the Wyatt Family, it is intriguing to say the least and it leaves us all wondering where they are going to go next with this angle. Let’s all give this a chance–we know Wyatt is money on the mic, and Bryan is money on the mic and in the ring–they are talented performers and remember, Bryan has already shown how versatile he can be as a character over the last few years. My point is, let’s enjoy this, let’s allow ourselves to be entertained!

    Prediction: If in fact HBK agrees to work Bryan in a match at ‘Mania, I predict he will come back and try to “save” Bryan from the evil Wyatt Family. It’s not even 2014 yet and it already feels like WrestleMania season!

    • Bob’s Diner

      That makes no sense at all, unless The Authority all turn face – considering that’s where the problems between the two started. Plus, Michaels would then be going in as the face and would have to win to ‘save’ Daniel Bryan. I’m not sure how a retired former wrestler beating the biggest rising star they have helps anyone

      • kayvonbeiram

        Sure, on the surface it makes no sense, but would it be the first time WWE pulled a swerve of some sort that didn’t exactly make sense? Absolutely not. I’m merely pondering here. And for the record, I never said anything about Shawn going over should a match actually happen. IMO, the only acceptable outcome to a potential match between HBK and Daniel Bryan would be for Bryan to go over. Anything can happen going forward, which is why this angle is intriguing to say the least.

        • Bob’s Diner

          But how would Shawn Michaels coming out of retirement and losing to Daniel Bryan ‘save’ him? If the babyface is trying to save the heel from his team of heels, then he would need to win or the heel would win and declare that joining with his team of heels was the right thing to do – proven by him beating said babyface.

          But yes the WWE are very good at pulling swerves that make zero sense. The ridiculous ‘higer power’ angle springs to mind…

          • kayvonbeiram

            Well, Michaels coming out of retirement could be an attempt to save him. WWE themselves have said that the traditional idea of faces and heels is all but dead, so I’m willing to look past the typical “logic” here, because WWE just isn’t like it was in the good old days when it was just Vince and Pat Patterson sitting down and planning angles 6-12 months ahead of time. It has been revealed that this swerve, however, was thrown together at the last minute like everything else.

            I suggested Michaels could come out of retirement in an attempt to “save” Daniel Bryan because it could play into Shawn’s religion (we all know that he was “saved” some several years ago), and if in fact they continue to go with Bryan being a Wyatt member, it would be an easy way to bring Shawn back to TV and get him into the fold. All of this is pure speculation on my own part, because nothing is set in stone and we don’t even know if the proposed match between Michaels and Bryan will even take place.

          • GOR

            Any1 for Bryan n HBK vs Wyatt family at WM ?

  • Bob’s Diner

    This makes sense to me.

    How do you stop the crowd chanting ‘Yes’ and killing the main event the WWE wants the fans to enjoy? Turn him into a midcard heel. Great idea. Then we can all go back to enjoying HHH and Randy Orton vs John Cena and forget all about this guy until later in his career when they will act like they gave him a push but he just couldn’t connect with the fans. This isn’t new…

    • What?

      They wouldn’t have openly acknowledged the fans during that segment if that was the case. You think the WWE would let Bryan talk about how much the fans were chanting for him and how the people in charge just weren’t listening, if they wanted it swept under the rug? I’m not entirely convinced that was a heel turn for Bryan. My money would be on either the Wyatts will be taking on “the machine”, which puts all of them, including Bryan, in another high profile feud and actually kind of makes them the babyfaces, or Bryan will turn on them in the Rumble.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Of course they have to acknowledge it – they want to give us a reason he is turning heel.
        The other part of your idea is that they go against the machine, and while that would kinda work with the idea that Vince McMahon is behind them, that makes completely zero sense since Vince was the one who kept saying Bryan isn’t worthy of being champion and has been endorsing Orton for years.

        If you wish to believe that becoming a henchman – not even the leader – of a midcard heel stable will make someone into a bigger deal than they already are, despite the fact they are easily the most popular wrestler the WWE has had in the last few years, then go for it

        • What?

          I wasn’t saying that. Bryan is obviously the star of that particular program, and will continue to be. Are you seriously suggesting that he’s going to fade into the background now, when the entire story has been centered around him and his struggle? Bryan is the one that everyone cares about, the story revolves entirely around him, as it should, and that’s not going to change.

          The WWE is doing something that it’s tried to do before, unsuccessfully: they’re aiming for the fallen hero story, a la Cena with the Nexus. The difference is that Bryan hasn’t been booked to be invincible. If anything I feel that it’s a good thing for him. Cena has become so one dimensional and so difficult to relate to, whereas Bryan is being booked as more human.

          The reward is always better after a struggle, and while I agree that they’re pushing it by doing it now, after being held back for so long and when after the abduction would have been so much better to allow the story to gestate properly, at least it shows another side to him. My biggest worry is that this is part of Vince’s idea to get rid of the concept of faces and heels.

        • What?

          I know this is dredging up old dirt, but I was looking through my old comments… I wondered if you’d changed your mind about what they did with Bryan? I personally think that moment of him controlling the crowd while atop the cage was exactly what he needed.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I will say that was absolutely a defining moment in his career – whether anyone wants to argue it was planned or not. So reading back on this now, I can see exactly where you were coming from. The fans have stuck with Daniel Bryan through everything when a lesser star’s popularity would have faded.

            The only thing I’m getting annoyed with is seeing the IWC now start to turn on him…

  • Joel Manjarrez

    My guess this is probably done so Bryan to get closer to Bray. He’s probably gonna hang with them for a few weeks then little by little proba la turn on them or some how make them turn on each other…

  • kristolium

    Remember team hell no? It was pure gold. DBry knows how to take advantage of any situation given. Let us wait and see!

  • Anon

    Here’s what I’m thinking: This is probably another John Cena vehicle. Many internet sources have said that one plan for Bray Wyatt is for him to face John Cena. Since Cena and Bryan are future in-laws, Cena will probably go into an angle trying to save Bryan from the Family.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Either that, or this make Bryan a full on heel and he and Cena get their rematch – which Cena will now win because he is the good guy and he will overcome!!!

      • GOR

        If Bryan becms full-time top heel he would still be cheered like Punk against Cena. Even more embarrassment for cena at WM.
        I have read about this “Cena vs Bryan with each bella in 1’s corner” plan a lot. This definitely seems to b working towards that.
        But with Bryan as top guy Bray wyatt will be rendered useless.

  • Bray Wyatt

    I can see the Wyatt’s going against the authority, or attacking John Cena as a ” false hero”, or both.

  • zane

    i hope he was using them and not really joining

  • Death

    Brian joins the family, because only they can delete … HHH from WWE and get away with it.

  • WrestlingFan4Life

    I’m hoping it turns out that Bryan decided the only way he could beat them is to join them and then break them apart from the inside. Otherwise, I don’t look forward to Bryan matches from here on out.

  • punchxox

    that match was awesome. I doubt anyone other than bryan could stand up after such an excruciating torture of that match. well regarding him joining the wyatt, the script was rolling for the past month and came to fruitition at the end of the year. cheerios for the wwe team for destroying such a huge potential daniel bryan had as wwe superstar. i thnk they would have accepted him if he had no beard.