Wrestlemania 30 Special On NBC To Exclude Daniel Bryan's Matches

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We noted on Wednesday that WWE and NBC announced the world television premiere of Wrestlemania 30, airing on the network on Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 7-8 PM ET.

In the official press release for the show, seen here at TV By the Numbers, there is a glaring exclusion. There is no mention of Daniel Bryan, who beat Triple H at Wrestlemania 30 and went on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match that also involved Batista and Randy Orton.

Instead, the release promotes the opening segment featuring Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar.

While up against a time constraint of one hour , obvious exclusions had to be made. However, many will argue that Daniel Bryan's two main event matches were integral parts of this year's Wrestlemania broadcast. The exclusion likely has more to do with uncertainty regarding his health. Bryan underwent neck surgery in May and possibly needs more as he has not recovered as hoped. Original plans were for him to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam, however, they were scrapped due to aforementioned health issues.

As things currently stand, Bryan is officially listed as out indefinitely and is out of all WWE creative plans.

  • Zack

    Are you kidding me?! Excluding the MAIN EVENTS because you don’t want fans to remember? WWE really does treat their fans like children.

    • Splash

      Maybe this was NBC who probably doesn’t follow WWE as closely as they should and didn’t think Daniel Bryan was worth putting on when you have names like John Cena, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker? Just a thought

    • Cubed56

      My guess is this is geared more to get the casual fan to tune in and hopefully order the WWE network. Casual fans probably are less inclined to tune in when hearing DB’s name, but when you mention John Cena, Rock, Austin, Hogan, Taker, and Brock its a lot more likely to get the casual fans to tune in.

      • David C

        And that’s why the WWE has been at a level playing field with no breakout stars and no viewer increase. Because they promote the same old stuff for the majority of the time.

        However i guess i can understand for this particular purpose.

        • Cubed56

          I agree with you. Like i said though, its probably geared towards the casual fans and trying to lure them into the network, and you can only do that by promoting household names and unfortunately DB is not a household name.

          • Moose

            Plug for the WWE Network: “To see Daniel Bryan defy the odds at Wrestlemania 30, subscribe to the WWE Network to see his amazing matches in their entirety.”

  • BIG M

    Absolutely Disgraceful.

  • Lisa

    The YES movement was cute, bit it’s about too be over. Time to move on too something better.

    • Lisa


    • Mysterion

      It was cute? Daniel Bryan working his arse off to actually get the recognition he deserves for his amazing body of work was cute? So what should we move onto ? Roman “I’m not quite there yet” Reigns? John “even I’m sick of me” Cena? Randy Orton? What? Seeing as he hasn’t been seen on TV since the last pay per view and people are still cheering for him and yesing when he’s mentioned, I’d say he’s still likely over as ever.

      • Lisa

        Nah, seeing how the WWE didn’t even include his matches in this Mania special or seeing how RAW ratings have gone up since he’s been off TV I’d say it’s safe too say it’s over.

        And Bryan isn’t the only one who works his arse off. Time to push more deserving guys like Ziggler and Cesaro. They are both way better wrestlers then Bryan but because they don’t run up and down like a clown screaming stupid chants they will probably never get pushed.

        • George

          That is some stupid logic you have.

          • Lisa

            Great comeback little boy, did it take you all day to come up with that?

          • George

            I have no comebacks for idiotic trolling hipster logic. Just offering the truth by saying how stupid your opinion is.

        • David C

          Hahaha. More deserving guys (not a knock on Antonio ziggler.)

          Thanks, i needed a laugh.

          • Lisa

            Cesaro and Ziggler could wrestle circles around the goat faced midget

        • Steve pritchard

          The yes movement has lost momentum. But it’s definitely not over. I agree that it’s time to push new stars. I was thinking more of Ambrose , Reigns or Wyatt . Ziggler had his chance . Cesaro will be to that point in no time. Ziggler just didn’t have it IMO .

    • Cubed56

      I’m a DB fan but I’ve got to agree. The intrigue was in DB chasing the title, ala Eddie Guerrero and Benoit. Once he won the title sure he still had momentum but you could already feel it wasn’t the same and it was starting to lose steam, again ala Eddie and Benoit. Sure Fans still cheer him when mentioned but it’s not like they are starting YES chants for him randomly like they are still randomly doing CM Punk chants, that alone to me answers how over DB still or ever truly was. I really hate to say it, but quite a few people on here compared DB to being a flavor of the month, and sadly its looking like they were right.

      • Rafa

        Couldn’t agree with you more mate. I really like bryan but once he got to the top it just didn’t feel the same for those 2 weeks. Creative was a big part of it by making him scared to death of kane to the point that he actually left raw that one night like WTF. But it just felt boring hearing YES YES YES.
        Totally agree with benoit. One of the all time greats in the ring but kinda boring for a champion wise. Yes i know its wrestling and i love a good wrestling match but entertainment is what most wwe fans are looking for hence guys like the rock being great champions but look at their ring work and its fairly basic.

        • Jay El Bee

          I’m not a Bryan fan at all but saying he left because he was “scared to death of kane to the point that he actually left raw” is just not true.

          • Rafa

            The episode of raw that him and bella drove off cus kane was after them.

          • Jay El Bee

            Oh I knew what you were talking about but Bryan didn’t leave because he was scared of Kane, he was trying to get his wife out of harms way since Kane was after her too.


    It makes perfect sense if you ask me. I think the hopes of this special is to try and get some casual fans, or even new fans (dare I say new WWE Network Subscribers?) to the product, and what’s the point of featuring someone who, while a great performer, isn’t there. Put yourselves in those shoes; you watch the Wrestlemania special, see Bryan tear the house down, then tune in to Raw the next day and the guy isn’t even there? I wouldn’t keep watching. So why not focus on three guys the company is building one of the biggest events of the year around? It makes sense.

  • Jean Paul Levesque

    This is all John Cena’s fault

  • Bob’s Diner

    I find it hilarious that Daniel Bryan won the title and held it for all of a couple of weeks before people started acting like his title reign was a failure. Then it was cut short due to injury and all these people that wanted so desperately for him to succeed say ‘The yes movement is over, time to move on’.

    Absolutely hilarious how fickle wrestling fans can be.

    • George

      Those fans are moronic hipsters who complain just for the sake of complaining.

    • John

      I wouldn’t call his reign a failure, but they didn’t do him any favors by booking him against Kane in his first real feud since WrestleMania. He wasn’t even the main focal point of the show during his short reign as champion.

      • Bob’s Diner

        The booking was terrible. Evolution vs The Shield was a much bigger deal than Daniel Bryan running away from the ‘terrifying’ Kane.