Daniel Bryan has been showing his darker side for a couple of weeks now. After being announced the co-captain of Team SmackDown for Survivor Series 2018, and assaulting Samoa Joe after his match with Jeff Hardy, Bryan continued to take down The Miz and then Shane McMahon.
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After such actions, it was hard to ignore that his heel turn was around the corner, and it came relatively quickly as soon as he smelt the gold.
After an extended match with AJ Styles for the WWE Championship right before Survivor Series, Bryan delivered a low blow to the champion to win the championship.
He then continued to assault Styles and kicked him in the face and head several times leaving him completely knocked down.
As the new WWE Champion, the SmackDown brand sees itself filled with heels holding the top prizes on the brand. The Bar, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Becky Lynch are all excelling as heels, and Daniel Bryan will now join the trio as a heel at the top.
Even though fans did not seem happy with Bryan’s win, as they went quite the moment he pinned Styles and then assaulted him, there are a few reasons why his heel turn and championship victory is actually good for the long run.
While many may disagree with this, the Survivor Series card did need a change which has come around thanks to Bryan’s championship win.
Styles was going to walk in as a champion for the third time in a row at Survivor Series and face Brock Lesnar for the second consecutive time at the event. Both the scenarios have now changed, and we may not even see AJ Styles at the event this year.
Even though Styles is one of the best wrestlers in the WWE, his constant reign at the top was hurting other superstars who deserved equal standings.
With Bryan now facing Brock Lesnar at the event, we will see a new angle and a new pairing on television that can go either way.
Both men are heels, with Bryan turning on Tuesday Night, and there is a chance that he will use his dirty tactics to score a win for the blue brand on Sunday at Survivor Series by shocking The Beast Incarnate.
Jeff Hardy, too, gets a chance to become a part of Team SmackDown, and though many will argue that Randy Orton deserved to take the spot, we will at least see one more top Superstar make it to the list for the event.