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What If Daniel Bryan Wasn't Injured?

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I’m back after a week of being away from the wrestling world! A big thanks to Chris Surrency for writing an edition of “What If” last week about Roddy Piper, which you can read here. I was sitting here thinking about what I’m going to write about next and I was thinking about Money in the Bank. The first thing that popped into my head was Daniel Bryan’s unfortunate injury.

The timing has to be the worst part as Bryan finally had a huge WrestleMania moment and got married to Brie Bella. As one could guess, I will erase that little part of history where Bryan was injured and change things up for this summer. So without further ado, here’s what I wish would've happened if Daniel Bryan wasn't injured.

I heard that many people weren't too high up on the idea of another Bryan/Kane encounter at Payback, as this was reportedly the original plan. I honestly wouldn't mind if they did it right. Looking at how this year’s Payback event played out, I would keep everything and go ahead with the final Daniel Bryan vs. Kane match for awhile. I would start it out by having Kane tell Bryan on the Raw after Extreme Rules that he knows he can beat him, he just needs one...more...match. (I couldn't resist.) The storyline kind of moves away from The Authority vs. Bryan and turns into Kane wanting the titles, while Evolution is focused on The Shield.

Bryan, who is feeling more confident knowing he beat Kane the night before, tells “The Demon” that he can get another shot at Bryan’s titles if he can beat Randy Orton in the main event of next week’s Raw. (Some might question why Bryan gets to book a match, but just go with it.) An announcement is made by The Authority sometime during that week that Kane vs. Orton is officially a number one contender’s match, and the winner gets to pick the stipulation for their title match.

Kane beats Orton and announces after the match that he will challenge Bryan in a Buried Alive match! Payback arrives and Bryan is set to defend his titles in the second of three main event matches. After nearly thirty minutes of going back and forth, trying to brutalize each other, Bryan hits the running knee on Kane and the demon falls into the dark hole. Bryan buries him alive. The Chicago crowd breaks out into a huge “YES!” chant while Bryan raises his belts in the ring. This leads to Kane taking time off.

The following night on Raw, Daniel Bryan comes down to the ring to kick off the show. He says that he wants to be a champion that does things differently from previous champions. “This may really seem odd for me to say this, and I’m sure The Authority will be surprised. For the first time ever, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be up for grabs in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match! I want to prove to The Authority and the rest of the doubters that I will overcome the odds again!”

Qualifying matches are held in the coming weeks with Cesaro, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, and John Cena being entered into the match. Triple H says that the only way he will allow this match to happen is if Randy Orton is in it. Bryan agrees to it and Orton is entered. (This match contains seven stars... and notice how I didn't put in Del Rio!)

Perhaps this seems a little out there to have Bryan decide to defend in a ladder match. And it feels like, to me, that Bryan is acting cocky and somewhat overconfident in a heelish manner, yet remains a babyface. But we are now at Money in the Bank and things get even more interesting.

The epic main event ladder match is just about over. We see Orton RKO Sheamus, Cena hits the AA on Orton, Cesaro flies in with an uppercut on Cena, and Reigns gets back in the ring to spear Cesaro. Bryan, Wyatt, and Reigns are left standing in the ring while staring at the championship belts hanging above. They each go out and get a ladder. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are standing by a ladder that Reigns was going after and they eventually attack after a brief stare down. Bray sends Bryan falling off the apron after hitting him with a ladder. Bray sets up the ladder and slowly climbs up. Bryan, Cena, and Orton get up immediately and head up the ladder as well after a second one is set up.

They all try to grab the belts as they sway in the air. Harper and Rowan hit the ring and go up as well. There’s lots of confusion until we see two people fall from the ladder, and no titles are hanging above the ring. Daniel Bryan grabbed the WWE Championship and Bray Wyatt grabbed the World Heavyweight Championship. The titles are finally split!

In storyline, the goal now is to unify the titles again, but that really isn’t what will happen by the end of the summer. Bryan vs. Wyatt in a unification match is scheduled for Battleground. We finally get to the final pay-per-view before SummerSlam and The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar, interrupts the match in the closing minutes of the show! But what happens next? What’s next for Daniel Bryan, the WWE Championship, and SummerSlam? That’s for you to decide!

What changed:

  • Daniel Bryan is NOT injured, which I wish I could change.
  • Bryan beats Kane in a Buried Alive Match at Payback to retain his titles.
  • Bryan defends his titles in a MITB Ladder match against all of this year’s participants except Alberto Del Rio.
  • This hasn't happened yet and we could see it, but most likely not... the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship are split again.
  • Bryan remains WWE Champion until at least SummerSlam, while Bray Wyatt wins the World Heavyweight Championship.

There isn’t much that did not change as I kind of changed a lot of WWE’s summer plans. This is just a small idea of what I would do and how I would book Daniel Bryan this summer had he not suffered a neck injury and was stripped of the titles. Feel free to comment below and tell me what you thought of this scenario, what you would change, if anything, and how would you book SummerSlam! You can

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