It seemed confusing when Daniel Bryan was pushed for three months as the ultimate underdog, battling for the WWE Championship, only to lose in the end and end up with no symbolic victory at all. According to Rajah on Dec. 5, the decision was not that of the creative team.
The word from backstage is that the decision to have Daniel Bryan lose and not get any sort of revenge despite months of torture and ridicule from The Authority was made by either Triple H or Vince McMahon.
Bryan originally won the WWE Championship from John Cena at “Summerslam” only to have Triple H betray him and hit the Pedigree so Randy Orton could come in and cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title. The next month, Bryan won the title again, only to have Triple H reverse the win the next night on “WWE Monday Night Raw,” based on a screw job with the referee.
The next month, Bryan got Orton in the Hell in a Cell, but Shawn Michaels betrayed Bryan with a superkick to allow Orton to get the win. All along the way, The Authority had Bryan beaten up routinely night after night.
After the Hell in a Cell match, Bryan was dropped down the card into a feud with the Wyatt Family and The Big Show was moved into a feud with Randy Orton for the WWE title. Bryan never got any sort of revenge for the weekly beatings and multiple screw jobs.
Now, the WWE is scrambling by booking a title vs. title unification match between John Cena and Randy Orton as their ratings continue to drop. And it looks like either Vince McMahon or Triple H made that final call to pull the rug out from under Daniel Bryan after months of buildup.