ECW Steve Corino recently made an appearance on The Shining Wizards podcast and had the following to say regarding fans over-analyzing Daniel Bryan's popularity:
"We over-think sometimes as fans. I watch Raw and Smackdown as a fan. I never try to over-analyze and say they're doing this or that wrong. There is no doubt that Daniel Bryan is so over, right? But, you don't think WWE knows this? You don't think a money making machine like WWE doesn't see what's going on? I think us as wrestling fans want Daniel Bryan to be in that main event spot right now, whereas the WWE says we're making money off this guy right now. Let's string it along and see how far we can go because we're going to need a main event for Wrestlemania 31. Stone Cold Steve Austin was over at King Of The Ring 1996, but go back and see how long it took him, as they strung him along, and people wanted to cheer, and they were cheering him at Survivor Series 1996 with Bret (Hart). They were cheering him in every match, and finally they did the turn and put the rocket up his ass a little bit after WrestleMania 13 and he didn't get the belt until the next WrestleMania, so you have a year and a half where they knew he was over and he was going to make big money for them and they just took their time, and I think that's what they're doing here with Daniel. They know he's over and he's not going anywhere. Think about how genius it was putting him with The Wyatt family for 3 weeks. They literally turn him heel and the crowd said no way. The fans feel like Bryan is one of them and he is doing everything they would do if they were wrestlers. I think it's great. To me, if I'm Vince McMahon or Triple H or Stephanie McMahon, I have it in my mind how Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk is my main event for WrestleMania 31."
Update on Dish Network/WWE Elimination Chamber
As we reported late last night, there seems to be confusion as to whether or not DISH Network will be carrying the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV, as many DISH subscribers do not see the show listed, and have not received straight answers from DISH regarding the event.
In an update to that story, it seems as if DISH is telling people that internally they have the PPV listed even though it has yet to appear in any public advertisements, and according to several readers it is not uncommon for DISH to wait until a day or two before a PPV to list it. It appears as if the Royal Rumble PPV was not actually listed as an event carried by DISH until a day before the actual event.