Why Daniel Bryan needed an early exit from the Royal Rumble?
While many fans are complaining about Daniel Bryan’s early elimination from The Royal Rumble on Sunday, the WWE did the right thing by taking Bryan out so early in the match.
Fans reaction caused Bryan’s Early Exit: Pretend Daniel Bryan’s early elimination from The Royal Rumble never happened for a moment. In fact, let’s say he was one of the final four superstars left in the match. Having him in the final four would have been a big problem in itself, especially with the other three participants being Big Show, Kane and Roman Reigns. If Kane or Big show would have eliminated Bryan, fans would have said that he was screwed over by The Authority once again, and deserved to be put in the title match to rectify this. On the other hand, if Roman Reigns would have eliminated Daniel Bryan, The WWE Universe would have completely turned on him like they did with Batista back in the 2014 Royal Rumble.
Bryan is Not Best For Bussiness:
By now you may be asking yourself, why did Daniel Bryan have to be eliminated at all? Why couldn’t he win and go on to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31? Well, to be bluntly honest, that wouldn’t be best for business. This was proven back in 2013, when Summerslam had its worst pay per view buy rate in years, and that was with Bryan in the main event.
Not only is Bryan a risk buy rate wise, he is also injury risk as well. While fans will eagerly point out that Reigns was shelved for months in 2014 as well with an incarcerated hernia, but that was an isolated incident that didn’t occur in the ring. Bryan’s injury occurred due to constant risk taking in the ring, such as his suicide dives, top rope leaps and risky spots.
So why would The WWE want an injury prone, buy rate flop to headline their biggest event of the year a second straight time? The company already gave the fans what they wanted last year, with Bryan overcoming Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton to win The WWE World Heavyweight title at WrestleMania 30. Why would The WWE want to create this storyline again?
Future Title Shots For Daniel Bryan:
I’m not saying Daniel Bryan shouldn’t eventually get back into the title picture, just not right now. The WWE has something great going with Roman Reigns, and despite fan reaction, I think they should see their plan to fruition and have Reigns win The WWE World Heavyweight title at WrestleMania 31.
The WWE needs to think about the future, and Daniel Bryan isn’t the future of The WWE, Roman Reigns is. Bryan is way too much of a risk taker to last long in the land of giants. Yes, he’s a nice feel good story when the time calls for it and will probably hold the belt a few more times in his career, but the criticized move set of Roman Reigns, is what will make him a consistent superstar for years to come.