The WWE was holding out hope that Daniel Bryan could make a quick recovery in time for their “Money in the Bank” pay-per-view. In order to leave the possibility open, Stephanie McMahon announced last week that Bryan would have to defend his title against Kane in a stretcher match or forfeit the title. PWS reported on Monday that the WWE has just learned that Bryan will not be medically cleared to return in time for “Money in the Bank.”
Since McMahon made the proclamation on “WWE Monday Night Raw” last week that Daniel Bryan would be stripped of the title if he could not return, that looks like what will happen. The WWE opened things up by saying that the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match would be the new champion if Bryan did not return. There is also rumors that a second match will take place with the briefcase for a future title shot.
Up until this year, there were always two Money in the Bank ladder matches, one for the world title and one for the WWE title. Since those titles were combined at the end of last year, there was only going to be one this year. If they want to keep the briefcase storyline in place, the WWE will have to have two matches or just eliminate the briefcase storyline in 2014.
The main idea right now is for Cesaro to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but he was rumored to win the Money in the Bank match and cash it in possibly against Brock Lesnar after “Summerslam.” It might be too early for Cesaro to be the champion, so there is a chance that Randy Orton could take the title back. Outside of Orton, old standbys like John Cena, Alberto Del Rio and even Kane are possibilities.
As for Daniel Bryan, his WWE status will remain in doubt. His arm has grown weaker instead of stronger as he recovers from his neck surgery. If things don’t improve soon, the WWE may need to consider what to do with Bryan and his WWE future with the company.