Why is it that Roman Reigns is receiving hate and Daniel Bryan is so loved? Vince McMahon and Triple H have never denied being masters of manipulation, but some critics are saying it’s possible the WWE bosses have accidentally brainwashed the fans into automatically disliking whoever they consider the chosen one for winning WrestleMania.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, assuming that Roman Reigns loses to Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman is already claiming it’s possible Lesnar could unify the UFC and WWE Heavyweight championship belts. There’s also rumors that The Undertaker may take his revenge on Lesnar on the Monday Night RAW following WrestleMania 31.
For a long time now, practically everyone has known that Roman Reigns is the designated wrestler to knock Brock Lesnar off his high horse. This has led to fairly predictable results for all of the major WWE PPV events, but all along even fans of Reigns have been downplaying the idea, saying he’s just not ready yet. Others want Daniel Bryan to take back his championship belt after losing it due to his injury.
All this seems way too familiar. When Dave Batista made his comeback, it seemed he was being set up to be the man of the hour, but fans didn’t like “Bootista” and instead called for the rise of Bryan. While Batista didn’t like having his comeback tour marred, Vince McMahon and Triple H realized they better let the fans have their way.
History is not repeating itself, and Daniel Bryan is relegated to the ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship with Bad News Barrett, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler and Stardust. Bryan was also lost in the crowd with a mid-card match during Royal Rumble, so perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise after the superman punch secured Roman Reigns’ match with Brock Lesnar.
A wrestling writer named Lance Storm believes it’s possible the Authority has “conditioned” crowds into wanting to force their choices upon management.
“I don’t remember what year it was, two or three years ago now, when the post-WrestleMania Raw – I think it was when they did the 18 second Daniel Bryan loss – and the post-WrestleMania Raw crowd was really, really rabid, they were voicing their opinion, they were chanting, they were Fandango-ing…they were doing everything. And WWE made a huge mistake in my opinion, by putting over the crowd. I think a lot of crowds now, because they’ve been conditioned to, they go there under the guise of ‘we’re gonna go there, and we’re gonna get our s*** in, we’re gonna get noticed, we’re gonna tell them what we think.'”
According to Storm, it’s possible Vince McMahon and Triple H have made a fatal mistake for WWE Network subscribers since they have essentially brainwashed fans into hating their pick yet do not seem to know what to do about the situation.
“Where they started the story basically being how WWE is the one who picks the face of the company, it doesn’t matter who the fans like or who the best wrestler is, it’s who The Authority wants to be in control. And they’ve been doing that for a year and a half, almost two years now, and I think what compounded it most, was they then started turning the fan backlash into a storyline with the Yes Movement, the Occupy Raw, and they basically trained and conditioned their fans that you should disagree with everything we try to present to you and if you complain about it enough, we will have to change our plans and give you what you want.
“And while Roman Reigns is not The Authority pick in storyline, when you blur the lines of real and storyline, you’re then asking for anyone that knows the real story backstage – that Roman Reigns is in fact who they want to be the top guy – then, as per the booking of your show for the last year and a half to twenty years, you’re then supposed to complain about it, dislike it, yell at The Authority and tell them ‘no, we’re not accepting what you’re giving us, we want something else’. So then when it happened, they seemed all upset about it, and they should be patting themselves on the back going, ‘hey, we succeeded in conditioning our fans to reject everything we give them.'”
What do you think about this theory? Should WrestleMania 31 have featured Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar instead of Roman Reigns?