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Top five potential scenarios should Daniel Bryan vacate his title



The ‘Yes! Movement’ was hit right on the kisser with some bad news last Monday night. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan revealed that he would be forced to undergo neck surgery on Thursday in Pittsburgh. The good news? The surgery was a success, as evidenced by the photo below.

So, the question remains, will Bryan be forced to vacate his title? That question will be answered this coming Monday night in London. If Bryan can return to action in one months time and only miss next months PPV’s it’s likely that he’ll be allowed to continue his reign as world champion. If not, then expect to see a new champion crowned as early as Payback.

When it comes to Daniel Bryan in recent history, the chase has certainly been more entertaining than the catch. I cannot tell you whether or not the whole neck surgery thing has been a work or not. All I can tell you is that it would make plenty of sense considering all of the craziness, inside and outside of the ring, Bryan has gone through recently. Regardless, Bryan vacating his title and a new champion being crowned would certainly be best for business at this point in time.

Below we will give you five possible scenarios if Bryan is forced to vacate his titles this coming Monday night inside of the O2 in London.

1. We had the Battle Royale on RAW recently for the U.S. Championship. That’s out. A Royal Rumble should happen only once a year. That’s out. A ladder match is out of the question considering MITB is just over a month away. So, how about a Last Man Standing match?

wyattcenaWell, considering that John Cena just answered Bray Wyatt’s challenge on Smackdown recently, we are in luck.

Cena vs. Wyatt for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match works as the headliner for Payback. It’s a highly anticipated match that will only make this trilogy more legendary if a belt is involved. Would it be my first choice? No. This match doesn’t need a belt to be interesting. It’s not a bad idea, but I wouldn’t hate it.

2. A full roster tournament. We are still two weeks away from the next PPV. That is more than enough time to do something unprecedented. You want to find yet another creative way to get fans to subscribe to your network? Let me help you out. Let me introduce you to… drum roll please… May Madness.

RAW, Smackdown, Main Event and an exclusive WWE Network special could all be utilized to help create a new champion while Bryan recovers. The WWE is all about the Universe, right? Then why not create some March Madness style brackets and let your fans fill them out online. This forces more folks to subscribe to the network if that’s the only place they can witness a certain portion of your tournament. It’s a great idea. Feel free to steal it and take credit for it. I won’t get mad at you.

lesnarheymanstreak3. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrock Lesnar. Brock isn’t scheduled to come back until SummerSlam. He’s likely more dedicated to fulfilling his contract (with as little ring time as possible) than helping the company in a pinch. Wouldn’t it be great though if we could get Brock (and more Paul Heyman) all Summer long?

Put the strap on him at Payback, against whoever you want, let him dominate for a couple more pay-per-views,  and then watch him drop it at SummerSlam to Bryan upon his return in a controversial manner to leave a WM 31 rematch option open.

4. If everything goes as planned with Evolution versus The Shield II, and Cena versus Wyatt III at Payback with no straps thrown in, then a fatal four way for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship may be in order to close out the night. Let’s meet our four contestants.

Enter Dolph Ziggler. Let’s get everybody’s favorite blonde involved with something relevant again. He’s not going to win, but he’s definitely going to put on a show.

Cesaro is an obvious choice. It’s time to put ‘The King of Swing’ over and there’s has never been a better time than now. Like Dolph, he won’t win, but he’ll get his spots.

Kane will be without a match with Bryan on the DL so you may as well throw him in there. If anything, he’ll confuse a few people and make them think our next contestant may not emerge the inevitable victor.

‘The Celtic Warrior’ is the perfect candidate to hold things down for Bryan while he takes a few months off. A heel turn for Sheamus when Bryan comes back, a rivalry with Lesnar should he need an extended recovery period, or a feud with Cesaro and Heyman up until SummerSlam are all viable options. This is my least favorite of the five scenarios.

shieldmasks5. The PPV headliner on June 1st just outside of Chicago between The Shield and Evolution becomes a six-man elimination title match. This is the best scenario I can think of off the top of my head. Any of these six men would be a worthy adversary for Bryan upon his return. You have three highly decorated veterans in Evolution and three men standing across from them who have what it takes to equal, or surpass what HHH, Orton, and Batista have accomplished down the road. A match like this also tests the loyalty of everyone involved to their respective faction.