WrestleMania hopes were dashed for thousands of fans (at minimum) last Sunday when Roman Reigns took the No. 1 contender slot for WrestleMania 31.
Reigns dumped out Big Show and Kane, and then threw out Rusev in the Royal Rumble 30-man battle royal to get the nod for a match against Brock Lesnar, and fans were livid.
Even The Rock’s surprise appearance couldn’t change those boos to cheers, and now, in spite of Triple H teasing a universe-shaking announcement on Monday Night Raw, it appears that the WWE is confident they’ve booked the right main event.
In other words, sorry, fans, but you’re going to have to get used to Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar as there are no plans to place Daniel Bryan into the match even under heavy viewer pressure.
So if you’re thinking that you’ll be able to lobby a match for Bryan the way you did last year, you are about to be sorely disappointed.
The bad (?) news comes from Wrestling Observer Radio, a well-respected news source for the sports entertainment industry. Dave Meltzer has a number of insider sources, who are able to shed some light on the backstage workings — he even called the WrestleMania 31 main event last year — and it appears his sources are saying the WWE is committed to proving a point to its fans this year.
“You don’t run the company; we do.”
If you’ve been listening to the podcasts this week — particularly the Steve Austin Show and the Steve Austin Show UNLEASHED — then you know this has been a topic of discussion.
However, as Austin and his Tuesday guest, Wade Keller, pointed out, the idea that the fans have a say in the storyline is sort of a monster of the company’s own creation.
As Keller pointed out, the WWE created its “fan problem” when it started upping the ante on its level of fan interaction, allowing fans to vote on matches, match stipulations, etc.
Keller also stated that you can’t have guys like John Cena coming out to the fans and saying things like, “I hope we’ve entertained you” without expecting some of the backlash that was seen at the Royal Rumble.
And then, of course, there was last year’s reversal that actually saw Daniel Bryan taking the title only to lose it to injury a couple of months later.
While there is an outside chance the WrestleMania main event could still be tweaked, it’s looking like there will definitely be no Daniel Bryan main event and Roman Reigns-Brock Lesnar is here to stay.