Road To WrestleMania XXX – Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan

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Over the next few weeks, I’m going to profile some of WrestleMania XXX’s main players as it pertains to their WrestleMania career. Some have long WrestleMania careers such as the Undertaker and others are still early in their WrestleMania run like the person who I’m profiling first, Daniel Bryan.

Daniel Bryan’s WrestleMania career

Bryan’s WrestleMania career got off to an inconspicuous start. After a weird 2010 in which he was the standout performer on the new NXT show even though they had him lose every match and then he was subsequently fired from his initial run as part of the Nexxus, Bryan’s 2011 started with a run as the United States champion.

He lost the belt to Sheamus a few weeks before WrestleMania XXVII. They were originally scheduled to have a rematch at WrestleMania XXVII, but were reassigned to the opening dark match. In hindsight, it was a mistake considering the low entertainment value of the show. Their pre-show dark match was a lumberjack match which turned into a cluster and a no-decision since the lumberjacks started to fight and the match was transitioned into the second dark match which was a battle royal. Both men were part of the battle royal won by the Great Khali.

In 2012, Bryan actually “won” the World Championship after winning the Money In The Bank briefcase. He was booked in a way where he would lose just about every big match, but because he developed a great personality, he was getting over with fans. He originally stated that he would cash in his opportunity at WrestleMania XXVIII, but he was constantly trying to cash in on Mark Henry. At the TLC PPV in December, he cashed in on the Big Show who just won the title from Mark Henry in a chairs match.

His reign lasted until WrestleMania, winning a triple threat steel cage match at Royal Rumble and the Elimination Chamber. At WrestleMania XXVIII, he was set to face Sheamus yet again after Sheamus won the Royal Rumble and challenged him. At this point, Bryan was a full-on heel and had a wacky dynamic with AJ Lee as his valet. The World Title match was the opener at WrestleMania XXVIII. Bryan kissed AJ and then was hit with the Brogue Kick and immediately pinned. An embarrassing loss was the igniter to his current character as the hardcore fanbase rejected Sheamus’ win.

At last year’s WrestleMania, he and Kane as Team Hell No beat Dolph Ziggler and Big E to keep the tag straps that they held for over 200 days in what was a fine match, but was only given just over six minutes. They didn’t last much longer as a team after losing the straps to the Shield and soon thereafter, Bryan was back on the singles scene and would win the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, beating John Cena in a fantastic match. But Randy Orton would cash in his newly won Money In The Bank briefcase and align himself with special guest referee Triple H (who turned on Bryan after he won the match) as the Authority.

Best WrestleMania match

Bryan hasn’t had that classic WrestleMania match yet as they’ve all been short and he’s never been in a meaningful spot on the card. Well, he was supposed to at WrestleMania XXVIII, but WWE tried to turn that one into an opportunity for Sheamus to get over which backfired. Talk about not knowing your WrestleMania fanbase.

Since I have to choose, his best WrestleMania match has to be last year’s tag team championship defense against Dolph Ziggler and Big E. If given five more minutes, it could’ve picked up into a really fun match. Alas, it wasn’t, but they did the best they could.


Team Hell No vs Dolph Ziggler and Big I… by f100005039230770

WrestleMania XXX

At WrestleMania XXX, Bryan will face Triple H and if he wins, he’ll enter the WWE World Heavyweight title match with Randy Orton and Batista. It’s a guarantee that either of those matches will become his best WrestleMania match to date.

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2 Comments

  1. All the good they’ve been doing with Bryan lately made me forget how badly they’ve treated him in the past.

  2. And it’s crazy that he’s been able to get as over as he has been when they’re now sort of finally pushing him correctly.

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