YES! DANIEL BRYAN WILL RISE!
If the short-sighted plan for the WHC picture didn't include Daniel Bryan, it should. Vince needs to play the cards he's been dealt and ride that wave. And he doesn't need to wait to do it. I'm not sure the fans will let him anyway.
Del Rio's return is welcomed, but the Extreme Rules main event from Smackdown needs to be changed to a triple threat if that wasn't already the plan.
Daniel Bryan can certainly use this explosion of support, but it will take Vince's help.
MAYBE! DANIEL BRYAN COULD RISE, IF…
As I said before, Vince hurries to capitalize.
Miami was an exceptional crowd Sunday and especially Monday. It was one of the best WWE crowds I've heard in a long time. I'm not sure every city will react quite that way and Vince might want to wait for a few weeks to further assess.
If that's the case, it doesn't mean the end of Bryan, but it's more risky than Vince forcing the issue and jumping on the bandwagon NOW. Something rare happened with Daniel Bryan over the weekend and a "wait and see" approach brings no guarantees.
NO! DANIEL BRYAN WILL NOT RISE!
Vince will squash this quickly if he wants to do it. He has the ultimate control.
From the fans' point of view, it doesn't seem like Vince has any issue with pushing DB. The fact that Bryan held the WHC until WrestleMania was a surprise to many on its own. But does Vince McMahon want another ROH star at the very top of his company? Who knows?
None of us know what Vince (and Hunter) truly think about Daniel Bryan. I like him. The fans clearly respond to him, now more than ever. That should be enough, but it won't be if Vince doesn't allow it.
"Yes! Yes! Yes!" could be huge. Daniel Bryan has done his part. The fans have done their part. Will Vince McMahon do his part? That remains to be seen.
And THAT is crucial.
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