5 reasons why Shane McMahon will turn heel and Daniel Bryan won't
WWE's next major heel turn is on the way.
The last two months of SmackDown Live’s main-event programming has revolved around the dysfunctional management duo of Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan.
After agreeing on almost every decision possible for the first 16 months of their time together on the blue brand, Commissioner Shane and General Manager Bryan have been on a collision course ever since Survivor Series.
Both authority figures have shown signs of a potential heel turn during this time, with Shane O’Mac acting power-crazy at times and D-Bry appearing to side with villainous duo Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
In this article, we take a look at five reasons why McMahon – not Bryan – is likely to be the one who turns heel in the not-too-distant future.
#5 Would fans really accept a Daniel Bryan heel turn?
Remember when Daniel Bryan was a heel? As the obnoxious WWE Heavyweight Champion in 2011, he would side-step his way to the ring shouting “Yes!”, much like he does now, only it was initially done to annoy fans.
When the audience started copying, he began to shout “No!” instead, which proved just as popular as when he shouted “Yes!”. No matter what Bryan did as a heel, he was so entertaining and so good at his job that fans couldn’t help but like him.
A couple of years later, his ascent from mid-card performer to WrestleMania main-eventer between 2013-14 saw him become the most universally liked WWE Superstar since “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock during the Attitude Era.
And when you throw in that Bryan was forced to retire from in-ring competition due to injuries, would any WWE fan in the right mind really want to boo someone as likeable as D-Bry? To quote the 2012 version of the man himself: NO! NO! NO!