WWE has firmly decided that Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler are B-plus players, according to a new report from Cageside Seats.
The rumors going into Fastlane on Feb. 22 were that Bryan would lose to Roman Reigns and end up working WrestleMania in some type of match with Dolph Ziggler, presumably a one-on-one.
This made little sense to fans, who noted that there was no prior heat between Bryan and Ziggler and they are currently operating as “faces,” or good guys for those of you who don’t watch the product as much.
As it turned out, Reigns did beat Bryan and will go on to main event WrestleMania 31 against Brock Lesnar, provided the WWE can get him to play ball on the end of his contract.
(That’s no given.)
With the main event picture decided, the question then became, what do you do with Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler, who are currently in a WrestleMania no man’s land?
The answer: insert them into the Intercontinental title picture and have them face off against Dean Ambrose, “Bad News” Barrett (the champ), and, wait for it, R-Truth to determine the rightful owner of the IC strap.
Many insiders see this as a strategic move by WWE to get a good match out of Ambrose and Barrett — some felt their one-on-one chemistry was lacking at Fastlane— and to squeeze as much talent as possible into the company’s biggest pay-per-view, which is where R-Truth comes in to play.
But with the core focus of the feud being Ambrose vs. Barrett, it’s likely that one of them will walk off the grandest stage of all with the championship.
That means Ziggler and Bryan are journeymen in the company’s eyes, reserved for enhancing younger talent.
What’s unfortunate, from Wrestling Observer Dave Meltzer’s perspective, is that while fans disapprove not enough of them are willing to “put their money where their mouth is,” so to speak and cancel before ‘Mania.
“But the biggest story on Fast Lane was the end of the Bryan story as the guy the fans willed to be the top guy/face of the company,” Meltzer writes. “It was a fight fans knew they could win, and they clearly lost, and based on post-Fast Lane, they weren’t even mad anymore. It was just acceptance.”
What do you think, readers? Are the rumors that Bryan and Ziggler are B-plus players to the WWE true? And if so, will this affect your decision to watch WrestleMania 31?