How To Book The Return Of Daniel Bryan 

Over the past week, the WWE announced that Daniel Bryan had been medically cleared to return to the ring as an active wrestler. According to WWE.com, “following more than two years of extensive evaluations, four-time World Champion Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to in-ring competition… Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher”. However, the company needs to develop a storyline where they have an explanation as to why he stopped wrestling for them in case the concussions come back; or if he decided to leave the company in five months after his contract expires.

As a result, the Tuesday after WrestleMania, the new authority figure for Smackdown Live should set up a meeting with Daniel Bryan. During this meeting, the authority figure informs Daniel that he can’t be given an opportunity to compete for the title immediately. This is because I am scared to put you in a high profile matches such as championship bouts knowing that one strike could bring back the concussion symptoms. If that happened, your long-term health would be in danger, and I would lose the trust of the fans because the show didn’t deliver what was promised. The false advertisement would hurt the long-term earning potential of Smackdown Live because fans will be hesitant to buy tickets out of fear of being lied to again. Furthermore, putting you in a high profile match will anger the rest of the roster because they’ve been working hard for the past year to get in position to be in a title match.

Therefore, I have a proposal for you Daniel, why don’t you earn a title bout by trying to beat every male superstar on the roster. The plan will allow me to gauge how you stack up against the rest of the roster and whether your head is healthy enough to handle the WWE wrestling schedule. After a couple of seconds to think about the proposal, Daniel Bryan accepts the offer because he rather earn a championship opportunity than it being handed to him. The following week, Bryan beats Tye Dillinger in a very competitive bout where he shows a significant amount of ring rust. Over the next 2-3 months, he continues to defeats the jobbers of Smackdown Live and slowly starts to shake off the ring rust. At SummerSlam, Daniel Bryan faces his first real test as he squares off against Bobby Roode, in the match Bobby is the first opponent to target the head successfully. As a result of this, Bryan begins to have problems with his equilibrium which leads to him losing the bout. After the match, the authority figure orders the doctor to evaluate Daniel for a concussion, and it is determined he is okay.

Even though Daniel Bryan didn’t suffer a concussion,  the authority figure warns him that he wouldn’t be booked in bouts if that continued to happen. As a result of this, he requests to have the next few weeks off to prepare for a rematch against Roode at the next network. This is because he decides to incorporate some mixed martial arts wrestling into his style in an attempt to reduce the number of hits to the head. Due to this, Bryan spends his time off drilling single and double leg takedowns against several college wrestlers in Washington. During the rematch, Daniel stuns Bobby by immediately going for a takedown which Roode doesn’t know how to defend. After the takedown, Daniel Bryan pursues several submission holds that prevent Bobby from mounting any offense. The style pays dividends right away because he wins the contest without taking much damage.

Throughout the next two months, superstars have trouble stopping Daniel Bryan’s style because they aren’t used to defending takedowns. As a result, he can go on a prolonged winning streak without a massive amount of damage. The winning streak leads him into a match against a man who has a history of competing in MMA bouts, Shinsuke Nakamura. Due to this, Daniel knows his style isn’t going to work against him because Nakamura has been taught how to stop takedowns. Therefore, he decides to bring back his old technique to try to overcome the obstacle that is Shinsuke Nakamura. The match could go in one of two directions if  Bryan chooses to leave the company Nakamura can give him a kayfabe concussion which renders him medically unfit to compete in the WWE. On the other hand, if he stays, they can have a close match to set up a series of matches. Daniel should lose the first match of the series because he is afraid to go full speed out of fear of being injured. After the match, Bryan concludes that he must go full pace to win the series. The next four bouts go back and forth with Daniel Bryan winning the last contest and the series. The authority informs Daniel Bryan that he has passed all the tests and will get a title bout at WrestleMania 35.

In conclusion, a climb the mountain type storyline would give WWE a simple explanation as to why Daniel Bryan stopped wrestling for them in case the injury resurfaced, or he leaves. Furthermore, the company can use the storyline to explain why he is in random contest with superstars.

How To Book Ronda Rousey In The WWE

After many months of speculation on when Ronda Rousey would sign a WWE contract, the company officially announced the signing after the 2018 Royal Rumble. According to ESPN, “Ronda Rousey has agreed to terms with WWE to perform for the company as a full-time professional wrestler.” However, for Rousey to be a successful character, she must embrace her previous failures.

Due to this, the WWE should attempt to convince Ronda on the idea of doing a documentary or sit down interview about her failures. During the discussion, she could explain that her failures to have mental breakdowns because she invests a lot of time and energy into preparing for an athletic competition. When a person trains for a contest, they usually spend several hours a day studying or practicing the game plan for the opposition. As the bout approaches, the person starts to gain confidence because he or she is aware that they left no stone unturned. Therefore if the person loses the contest, they experience an emotional and mental breakdown because that person can’t deal with another competitor being better than them.

After the interview airs, a woman superstar should cut a promo on how Rousey is a liar and that she runs away from her problems. For instance, they could point out how Ronda didn’t train for multiple months after her loss to Holly Holm. Furthermore, the person can mention how Ronda didn’t seek an immediate rematch in an attempt to avenge her loss versus Holm. The following week, Ronda cuts a promo acknowledging that there is a history of her running away from problems but states that she is a different person now. Over the next couple weeks, the woman keeps mentioning her failures to get Ronda to snap and have a breakdown. Unfortunately, her attempts are unsuccessful, but Rousey challenges the woman to a match because she is tired of being ridiculed for her past transgressions.

During this match, she has the woman in the armbar, and the woman decides to turn over on her stomach to get on her knees and begin standing up. Once she is up on her feet, she wants to punch Rousey in an attempt to loosen the submission repeatedly. However, before she can do that the referee starts counting because Ronda’s shoulders are on the mat. The woman wins the match because Rousey isn’t used to the rules of professional wrestling. On the next set of TV tapings, the woman brags about how she won and that Rousey won’t be coming back because of her track record after losses. However, Ronda Rousey comes out and says I want a rematch at the next network special. At the event,  Rousey beats the woman and cuts a promo where she states don’t make the mistakes I’ve made, always face your problems head-on instead of running away from them.

In conclusion, this type of storyline would add some depth to the Ronda Rousey character and hopefully it would help her start a long-lasting connection with WWE fans.

The WWE Has Mishandled Woken Matt Hardy 

Over three and a half years ago, Matt Hardy decided to return to TNA because he wanted one final run as tag-team champion with his brother Jeff Hardy. As a result, the Hardy Boys challenged the TNA tag-team champions, the Wolves to a title match the following week at Destination X. The Hardys were defeated by the Wolves in a highly competitive bout. Two weeks later, the Hardys decided to challenge Team 3D to one last match between the two teams and they proceeded to lose the contest. The following week, the Hardys and Team 3D concluded that they needed a best of five series with the Wolves involved to determine who was the best tag-team. During the best of five series, the Wolves lost the titles to the Revolution but still went on to win the series to claim the unofficial title of best tag-team in the company.

Even though Matt and Jeff Hardy lost the best of five series, they were still on a mission to capture the tag-team titles. Due to this, the Hardys entered a number one contender’s tournament to determine which team got the next title shot at the Revolution. The tournament contained teams like the Wolves, Beat Down Clan and the BroMans. Eventually, the Hardys were able to win the tourney but were unable to defeat the Revolution at the Lockdown event. Two weeks later, the Wolves managed to beat the Revolution to capture the TNA tag-team championships once again. Unfortunately, their title reign only lasted about two months because Eddie Edwards suffered a broken heel at the February TV tapings. As a result, they were forced to relinquish the titles which opened the door for the Hardys to get another opportunity. TNA management set up an Ultimate X match for the vacant tag team championships which they were able to win. However, their title reign only lasted about two months because Jeff Hardy suffered a broken leg during a dirt bike accident.

Once Jeff returned to action, Matt decided to exact revenge on his brother for making him relinquish the tag-team titles. As a result, Jeff was attacked by several fake Willows on consecutive weeks. Eventually,  Matt revealed that he was the person behind the fake Willow attacks because he was mad that Jeff didn’t think about how riding a dirt bike could affect their future as champions. The segment unveiled the beginning stages of the Broken/ Woken Matt Hardy character.

Unfortunately, WWE hasn’t put the same amount of backstory into the character as TNA/ Impact Wrestling did. For instance, once the company announced that Jeff suffered a shoulder injury shortly after SummerSlam, they put Matt in generally meaningless matches vs. Braun Strowman, The Miz, and Elias. After losing all the bouts over the course of a couple of months, Matt stated that he was reaching a breaking point. On November 27th, he was defeated by Bray Wyatt which caused him to snap and become the Woken character by repeatedly doing the delete mannerism. In the following weeks, Woken Matt Hardy has just frequently laughed at and attacked Bray Wyatt.

In conclusion, the WWE should have set a meaningful goal for Matt Hardy to chase or have Bray Wyatt take something valuable away as I mentioned in a previous post.

Sami Zayn’s Heel Turn Has Been Brewing Since NXT

Last night at the WWE Hell in a Cell event, Kevin Owens managed to defeat Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match with a surprise assist from his former friend Sami Zayn. Sami Zayn decided to pull Owens off the announce table just before Shane was able to land the elbow from the top of the cage. As a result of this, Shane McMahon fell on an empty table and didn’t move for the rest of the match which allowed Sami Zayn to drag Owens onto Shane for the win. Sami Zayn’s actions surprised some wrestling fans because he and Owens have been feuding in the WWE universe for 2.5 years.

But in reality, Zayn’s heel turn should be an admission that Kevin Owens was right all along. When Owens debuted in NXT, his number one priority was to find the fastest track to win the NXT title because; it would allow him to earn more money to provide a better lifestyle for his family while at the same time forcing management to realize that he was an impact player. Due to this, Owens attacked Zayn after he won the NXT title because Kevin knew that he would be an emotional wreck. Zayn went through a range of emotions, from the start he wanted an explanation but once he realized that Kevin only cared about himself, Sami wanted revenge on Owens. Ultimately Kevin Owens was able to take advantage Zayn’s emotions to win the NXT title.

Over the next year and a half, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens had different goals for their careers. Kevin Owens wanted to find the fastest way to make a name for himself on the main roster. As a result, he decided to attack the face of the WWE John Cena during a United States title open challenge segment. His actions led to a three-month feud with Cena which helped him get the attention of management and the WWE universe. Once the feud with John Cena concluded, he decided that he was going to pursue championships and Owens went on to win the Intercontinental title followed by the Universal title. On the other hand, Sami Zayn was only focused on getting revenge on Owens for what happened in NXT. Most of his TV appearances involved a fight with Kevin Owens or wrestling a match to get a shot at Owens.

Last night Sami Zayn realized that his obsession with getting revenge on Kevin Owens wasn’t progressing his career. Zayn probably concluded that he should follow the blueprint of Owens to find and take advantage of an opportunity that would fast-track your career. As a result, he decided to get involved in the Hell in a Cell match because Shane is one of the most important characters on SmackDown Live thus it was the easiest/fastest way to get the attention of management and the WWE universe. This decision will help him become one of the most important wrestlers on SmackDown Live.