What's the story?
In case you didn't know…
Although the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up took place across two nights on the April 15-16 episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live, Superstars from both shows continued to appear on opposing brands in the three weeks that followed this year’s roster changes.
In order to prevent too much chaos between WWE’s two main-roster brands, Vince McMahon decided to introduce a ‘Wild Card Rule’ in May, enabling three Superstars from Raw and three Superstars from SmackDown Live to feature on the other brand’s programming on a week-to-week basis.
Despite McMahon initially insisting that only three Superstars can appear on the opposing show, the new rule has been very lenient in recent weeks, with as many as six Superstars from SmackDown Live sometimes appearing on a single episode of Raw.
The heart of the matter
Daniel Bryan teamed with Rowan to win the vacant SmackDown Tag Team titles against The Usos in May and the new tag champions have recently been involved in a rivalry with Heavy Machinery duo Otis & Tucker.
Given that the ‘Wild Card Rule’ is open to anybody, WWE has announced that the WrestleMania 30 main-eventer will be one of four SmackDown Live Superstars who will appear on the upcoming episode of Raw.
Interestingly, the wording of WWE’s statement suggests that Bryan has been hand-picked by an authority figure, as you can see below:
"SmackDown Tag Team Champion and “Planet’s Champion” Daniel Bryan has been chosen to be one of the four Wild Card Superstars to appear on Raw this coming Monday in Los Angeles.
"The former SmackDown General Manager has long been loyal to the blue brand, and since this Wild Card appearance is not by choice, one can only wonder what Bryan will have to say to the “fickle” WWE Universe on Raw."
The WWE Universe will have to check out Raw on Monday to see why WWE’s decision-makers have opted for Daniel Bryan as one of the 'Wild Cards' from SmackDown Live.Published 15 Jun 2019, 04:15 IST