Hustle Is Posting Right Now - Daniel Bryan's Excellent Adventure (Part Five - The Prediction)
Aug 17, 2013 - 5:30:31 AM
You rock, Maricel.
"Time to pick one.."
Well, here we are.
After a long journey, full of twists, turns and bumps in the road, we're finally here, on the eve of SummerSlam. Daniel Bryan's Excellent Adventure brings him to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California for what could very well be the biggest match of his entire career.
I've looked at the journey, and discussed the match, on multiple occasions, but all that's left for me to do is make my official prediction. Let's look at the outcomes that are the most likely, and that are being discussed within the IWC, in no particular order:
- John Cena wins and retains the WWE Title. Bryan puts up a valiant effort, but falls just short of winning. What this would do is further cement Cena's legacy, as it would put him over yet another top contender. It could go either way for Bryan, depending on the follow-up. He could be viewed as someone who gave this generation's top guy a run for his money, putting him in line for a future run at the top, or it could be a situation where he's viewed as a super solid midcard guy, but someone who isn't quite "top level" material.
- John Cena wins and retains the WWE Title. Bryan puts up a valiant effort, but falls just short of winning. After the match, Randy Orton runs out, cashes his Money In The Bank briefcase in, and wins the title. This helps Cena, as he bests yet another top contender, and only lost his title because of someone taking advantage of his already weakened state. This could help Bryan, but again, it's all in the follow-up booking. This helps Orton, as it furthers his "Viper" persona, with him striking "out of nowhere". It even helps Money In The Bank out, giving another example of how winning the briefcase nearly guarantees that you will go on to win the WWE/World Title at some point.
- John Cena wins and retains the WWE Title. Bryan puts up a valiant effort, but falls just short of winning. After the match, Randy Orton runs out, cashes his Money In The Bank briefcase in, but is unsuccessful in winning the title. This certainly helps Cena, as he defeats another top contender, and then defeats a second contender mere minutes later. Once again, it could help Bryan, depending on the follow-up booking. It really doesn't do much for Orton, though.
- Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Title. Back-and-forth, Match Of The Year quality contest. It obviously helps Bryan, as he defeats the generation's top guy. Cena is in a position where he can't really be hurt too much by anything at this point, so it's not like a loss would send him tumbling all the way down the card.
- Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Title. Back-and-forth, Match Of The Year quality contest. After the match, Randy Orton runs out, cashes his Money In The Bank briefcase in, and wins the title. Bryan still got to defeat Cena, so he gets added to a relatively short list, and that can't be taken away from him. Orton's "strike at any time" persona gets solidified. Cena remains Cena.
- Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Title. Back-and-forth, Match Of The Year quality contest. After the match, Randy Orton runs out, cashes his Money In The Bank briefcase in, but is unsuccessful in winning the title. Bryan defeating Cena and Orton immediately becomes this era's "I beat Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night" and makes Bryan a "made man". Cena remains Cena. Orton still doesn't really get much of anything out of the scenario, though. He hasn't been WWE or World Champion since dropping the World Title to Mark Henry at Night Of Champions on September 11th, 2011, and if he can't even win with the "guaranteed" shot, that might change the way people look at him.
Everywhere you go, you see people predicting one of those six scenarios. Some people are predicting the outcome and are happy with what they see happening, while others are really worried that their prediction will come true. Personally, I think only half of those listed scenarios are probabilities. Let's go ahead and eliminate "Cena wins, Orton cashes in, Orton wins". Let's also go ahead and eliminate "Cena wins, Orton cashes in, Cena wins". Finally, let's also eliminate "Bryan wins, no cash-in". That leaves..
- Cena wins, no cash-in
- Bryan wins, Orton cashes in, Orton wins
- Bryan wins, Orton cashes in, Bryan wins
The first scenario is something I see because of the reports we saw a month or so ago, where company officials were thinking of giving Cena an "epic" title reign. If he drops the title at SummerSlam, that would mean he held the WWE Title for 133 days. Not exactly "hot potato bullshit", as I like to call the super-short title reigns in wrestling, but not exactly "epic", either. It would be tied for the ninth-longest WWE Title reign in the last decade. The Miz had a WWE Title reign that lasted nearly a full month longer than that would end up being. Enough said.
The second scenario is probably the most popular pick (by percentage of people picking it, not by how happy it would make people). Call it "trolling" or whatever have you, but many people are simply expecting WWE to make people happy, and then to swerve them mere moments later. You could split this scenario into two different groups of people, too, if you want.. those who feel Orton's cash-in would be a heel turn, and those who feel Orton's cash-in would merely be a Money In The Bank briefcase holder doing what nearly everyone before him did.
The third scenario, of course, is the "dream scenario" for internet fans. The "indy/internet darling" defeating both of WWE's "corporate-created champions" in a single night? There would be e-parades thrown in Daniel Bryan's honor for days.. nay.. weeks to come. This is the scenario that people are throwing asterisks on, for the most part. They'll predict it, but it will immediately be followed by them saying something like "it's probably not going to happen, but I'm kind of hoping against hope".
Well, those reports I mentioned for the first scenario haven't really been seen in a while. It's almost as though the company has decided to change their plans or something. Amazing, no? Because of that, I have to eliminate this particular scenario, too.
Yes, I'm predicting Daniel Bryan to defeat John Cena and become the new WWE Champion. However, will he leave SummerSlam as the champion?
The "obvious choice" VS The "underdog choice". It's pretty fitting that it comes down to those two picks, considering what this match is and who is involved in it. This is an interesting decision, because WWE often delivers swerves when everyone thinks they have pinpointed exactly what is going to happen with a match outcome or a storyline. There's really only one exception to that rule. That exception?
John Cena winning.
When it appears obvious that Cena is going to win a match, chances are, he will win the match. This isn't one of those situations, though. Even the biggest "I hate John Cena because he wins too fucking much" people are thinking Bryan or Orton walk out of SummerSlam as the WWE Champion. If "Orton ruining Bryan's special moment" is the clear-cut "obvious" choice, this should be one of those instances where the company swerves us and takes us in a different direction.
I've gone back-and-forth on this decision for several days now. My head will say something, and then my heart will say something different entirely. I really want one of the outcomes to happen, and I really don't want the other outcome to happen. When everything is on the line, though, and I have to force myself to make a prediction..
I have to go with my head, and not my heart.
I hate that it has to be this way, but my official prediction is..
Daniel Bryan defeats John Cena to win the WWE Title, only to drop the title to Randy Orton minutes later, after Orton cashes his Money In The Bank briefcase in.
If the reports of Cena needing to take time off because of his elbow are true, that can easily be taken care of at SummerSlam. If Orton is going to turn heel (and I think he will), he could come down to the ring and take care of both men. Hit Cena with the punt, take him out of the picture, and then go on to take the title from Bryan. I'm not saying Cena's storyline write-off will take place at SummerSlam. Just saying it could take place at SummerSlam.
For the umpteenth time in this column, I have to say.. Bryan's follow-up is the key here. He would really be at a fork in the road if my prediction is right, and I hope he continues to be in the main event scene, as he hunts Orton down, especially if Cena would be out of the picture for a while.
I'm going to go close my eyes and picture Bryan making Cena and Orton tap out within minutes of each other now, but before I do, I might as well deliver the rest of my SummerSlam predictions. Here goes..
- Brie Bella over Natalya
- Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn over Big E Langston & AJ Lee
- Bray Wyatt over Kane
- Damien Sandow over Cody Rhodes
- Dean Ambrose over Rob Van Dam (still the United States Champion)
- Christian over Alberto Del Rio by Disqualification (Del Rio still the World Champion)
- Brock Lesnar over CM Punk
Enjoy the show, ladies and gentlemen. If you have the means, order SummerSlam legally. Support Daniel Bryan. Support CM Punk.
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