Wrestling Re-Booking: The Road to WrestleMania XXX

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Imagine what could have been if the road to WrestleMania XXX was a bit clearer from months on. Photo Credit: Megan Elice Meadows, Flickr.com

Welcome back to Wrestling Re-Booking, where I take some popular storylines and put my own spin on them, because it’s always fun to wonder what if.

Today, we’re venturing back to the 30th installment of WrestleMania. Three years ago, the WWE World Heavyweight Title went to Daniel Bryan after he made Batista tap out to the “YES Lock” in a triple threat match with Randy Orton. Before that, Bryan defeated Triple H to be inserted into he main event.

That’s great, but it was the build-up that was frustrating.

Bryan wasn’t even in the Royal Rumble, which Batista won. Bryan also kept losing matches thanks to interference from The Authority. Batista was brought back as a face and not received well by the fans. In closing, it was an ugly angle splintered with very few moments that were great. An example of that is the “Occupy WWE” Movement that Bryan coerced to challenge Triple H.

Bryan was a last-minute addition in an otherwise bland WrestleMania. We knew that Bryan would become champion by WrestleMania 30’s end. Maybe a more unpredictable, layered storyline would’ve been better.

We start our build after TLC, where Bryan lost to The Wyatt Family in a handicap match. Instead of Bryan joining the Wyatts, we just build the feud with Bryan and Bray Wyatt for the Royal Rumble. Add one stipulation: if Bryan wins, he enters the Royal Rumble.

Bryan beats Bray at the Royal Rumble (instead of the other way around). Triple H comes out after the match and declares Bryan the No. 1 entrant in the Rumble (instead of CM Punk).

Bryan has to outlast everyone but fails to do so, as Batista eliminates Bryan last to win the Rumble. We keep the heat on Batista while having Bryan involved and giving the fans hope that Bryan remains in the hunt.

The next event is the Elimination Chamber, where Bryan and Randy Orton (then-WWE World Champion) participated in that bout with Orton winning.

We’re changing the script a bit. Instead of Bryan entering the chamber, we get an eight-man tag-team bout. If Bryan’s team wins, Bryan gets inserted in the WrestleMania main event. If his team loses, career over. Those members on The Authority’s side would include Batista, Triple H, Kane and Sheamus. Bryan can’t find anyone since everyone’s gunning for Orton. Surprisingly, The Shield’s music hits. They decide to help Bryan out because they feel The Authority is mistreating them.

At Elimination Chamber, Bryan and The Shield beat The Authority when Bryan pins Sheamus. Daniel Bryan moves onward to the main event. Later on, Randy Orton retains thanks to The Wyatt Family costing John Cena in his bout.

The Authority is not happy with The Shield and put them in a match with the Wyatts at WrestleMania 30 (simply replacing the timing of their Elimination Chamber classic and moving them to a more high-profile spot).

Batista isn’t happy and blames The Authority for mishandling his return. He decides to use his Royal Rumble spot early and challenges Orton for the title. Orton begrudgingly accepts, which would be his downfall. Batista defeats Orton on the Raw after the Elimination Chamber to become champion.

This works for a number of reasons. Bryan is the underdog and not the prototypical WWE star. They want their guys to be garnered as people fans should aspire to be, with John Cena being the prime example of that.

Batista may not necessarily be hat guy, but he’s more streamlined for that role. Plus, Batista as a heel is WAY better than being the good guy. His promos of running down Bryan would counter Bryan’s everyman attitude. He also had a movie coming out called “Guardians of the Galaxy” later that year. Giving a Hollywood attitude to The Animal would give him that much-needed heel heat.

The result would remain the same at WrestleMania XXX, with Bryan defeating Batista in the middle of the ring. It not only creates an original matchup, but building to it creates a more satisfying ending while a starting the journey anew.

Unfortunately, we’d have to scrap Bryan taking on Triple H. We can save that for a later date. Maybe Triple H is Bryan’s first opponent for Extreme Rules.

Regardless of what happens next, you can’t deny that a more personal bout between the everyman and The Animal creates that draw instead of what we received three years ago.

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Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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