Original Wrestlemania Plans for Roman Reigns
The talk about giving Roman Reigns a major singles push in WWE started in mid-December (before his singles match against CM Punk on "Old School" Raw) when his name surfaced as a potential opponent for Goldberg at Wrestlemania XXX.
While Goldberg is not in the Wrestlemania plans, the push for Roman Reigns is still on. WWE has gone back and forth on what to do with The Shield, with cases being made to break them up or keep them together. The talk has spilled over to television as the indecisiveness can be tracked by anyone paying attention.
WWE decided to start on separating Reigns from The Shield faction in the 30-man Royal Rumble match by highlighting his work, allowing for him to be the final elimination and breaking Kane's record of the most eliminations by one worker.
While Wrestlemania plans for Reigns are unknown with Goldberg out, it's clear he's rose as the "top guy" from The Shield faction. The irony is that Reigns was considered to be the greenest of the faction and his work on the main roster has been better than anything he ever did in NXT. This is unlike a guy like Bray Wyatt, who drew extremely high marks in developmental after his run as Husky Harris.
Is Daniel Bryan Frustrated?
Daniel Bryan's biggest downfall in WWE is the fact that he is not vocal about his spot and is very easy going. This is why I pointed out in Ask WNW that Bryan's Tweets were certainly not like him. In addition to not being much for social media or technology, he isn't a guy to go management about the booking of his character, let alone the fans. The entire #YesMovement thing was started by Brie and Nikki Bella as a way to rally fans around him on social media.
Bryan is aware that WWE never aspired for him to be a top guy. He's never been protected and was frustrated with his 18-second loss to Sheamus at Wrestlemania XXVIII a couple years ago. Bryan didn't like the way he was booked prior to main eventing SummerSlam last year or the job he did to Big E Langston the night after Wrestlemania 29. His mindset is that WWE sees him as a guy with niche appeal but isn't as marketable as a top guy. Nonetheless, Bryan remains patient with his spot and continues to work hard.
All this being said, Vince McMahon was believed to have turned the corner on Bryan and has big plans for him. Regardless of what happened at Royal Rumble, he's still a guy the company is going to put more behind. However, whether or not they give him a legitimate main event push remains to be seen.