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5 Potential Opponents for Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35

Sanjay Dutta
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11.88K   //    12 Feb 2019, 22:27 IST

Daniel Bryan holding the Eco-friendly WWE Championship
Daniel Bryan holding the Eco-friendly WWE Championship

After being forced to retire from in-ring competition due to a series of concussions, Daniel Bryan finally made his triumphant return to the squared circle at WrestleMania 35. Bryan teamed with Shane McMahon to defeat the team of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. While the match in itself wasn't that great, the scene of DB finally getting back to where he belongs made for a great WrestleMania moment. The Washington-native would then give up his General Managership and would become a full-time member of SmackDown roster.

Bryan would be put in a feud with a returning Big Cass in a feud that can be described as underwhelming. The duo never really any chemistry and the storyline was so generic that fans never got behind it. Bryan's return till that point had somewhat fallen flat and many felt that a feud against his arch-nemesis The Miz would be able to get his career back on track.

The duo locked horns during the summer in a series of matches starting at SummerSlam where the A-lister defeated Bryan. But, that magic was missing and the feud never caught fire as many thought it would. In a matter of months, Bryan went from being one of the hottest stars in the company to just another face on the blue brand. 

But, little did we know about what was to come next. The former Leader of The Yes Movement turned heel by low-blowing AJ Styles on his capturing the WWE Championship. Bryan's character of an eco-warrior detesting cons has been a runaway hit. The American Dragon's transformation from being one of the beloved Superstars to being one of the hated has been absolutely outstanding and is the testament to how talented the man is. 

With WrestleMania fast approaching, WWE needs to find an opponent for the WWE Champion at the Grandest Stage. Here are five potential opponents for Bryan at WrestleMania 35.


#5 Kevin Owens

The Prizefighter 'Kevin Owens'
The Prizefighter 'Kevin Owens'

This week on Monday Night RAW, WWE played a pre-taped video hyping Owen's return. In the video, Owens was seen confirming his return to in-ring competition, which he said would be in a month's time, whilst also adding that he isn't sure which brand he will eventually end up in. Owens has been on the shelf since October after he suffered a knee injury. 

Owens is excepted to return as a Babyface since he had turned in the angle which was meant to write him off TV. Owens and Bryan have a long and storied history dating back to their time in the independent circuit. The duo has faced off against one another in a tag team match where Owen's SmackDown career was on the line. Bryan's victory ensured that the Prizefighter would stay away from the blue brand. 

Despite their storied history, Bryan and Owens have never had a singles match in the WWE. It will be interesting to see the duo square off against one another especially after their respective character transformation. The promos leading up to the match alone will be worth the buck. 


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