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Listen to Your Fans: Put Daniel Bryan in the WrestleMania XXX WWE World Heavyweight Championship Contest

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Since January of 2001, I have watched your product week in and week out. I have seen the majority of Pay-Per-Views that have happened since that time, and have spent a LOT of money on your shows and merchandise.

But I have no intention of doing that for WrestleMania XXX unless one thing happens: Daniel Bryan must be in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.

This is not because Daniel Bryan is my favorite. This is not even because Daniel Bryan is the best. This is because every arena for the past couple years erupt when he walks through the curtain, and he still has not gotten a fair shake at the top of the card. His crowd reception right now rivals Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1998, and not only was his elevation into the main event "best for business" at that point in time, but vital to your survival. I'm not going to say you won't survive without Daniel Bryan, but I am going to propose that others join me in NOT subscribing to the WWE network until Daniel Bryan is announced as a competitor in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship bout at WrestleMania XXX.

Your fans are telling you who they want to see, each and every week. When trying to sell the Champion vs. Champion match on Raw before TLC, the fans in attendance told you exactly who they wanted to see in that match: Daniel Bryan.

During the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match on last night's Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View between John Cena and Randy Orton, the fans in attendance told you exactly who they would rather see contest for the prize: Daniel Bryan.

During the Royal Rumble match itself, the fans chanted for Daniel Bryan, and proceeded to boo the number 30 entrant (despite his alignment as a babyface) Rey Mysterio simply because he was not Daniel Bryan. They booed the decision to allow Batista to win after being absent for 4 years, because guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and even relative newcomer Roman Reigns have been working a lot harder to be featured in such a capacity while he was away. Daniel Bryan should have not only been in that match, but he should have won it against all odds because that's both the story that has been unfolding for months, and it's because that's what your fans have repeatedly indicated they want to see.

The expectation of the main eventer in professional wrestling has undergone a change since the start of this decade. We fans are much more interested in someone who works hard and delivers from both an in-ring and character standpoint. We want Daniel Bryan's hard work to pay off. We are invested in the character, and the story of his uphill battle that was the focus of your programming last fall needs to meet its logical conclusion. That means a title victory at WrestleMania XXX, but I'm only holding off on my WWE Network subscription until he's just in the match - his victory is in your hands.

The good guys are supposed to win in the end. That's the philosophy as to why on-screen bullying is okay in wrestling (a point with which I actually agree). But when the good guy is mocked for his size, screwed over repeatedly, pushed back down the card, and not given the redemption the story dictates he should receive, it's a headscratcher.

And the argument that Daniel Bryan isn't a draw doesn't make sense to me. Maybe SummerSlam didn't perform as you had hoped, but success is determined over time, not after one night. And if I'm not mistaken, your autumn had Randy Orton as champion, or no champion at all (barring Daniel Bryan for less than 24 hours). And if Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are essentially telling their audiences directly on Raw that they won't let Daniel Bryan be champion...then why should we pay to see what we know will just be a waste of money?

At the end of the day, I will always be a wrestling fan because of the great stories that are told from time to time. But I won't spend money supporting the product when it is clear as day that my opinion doesn't matter.

So I feel it's time to speak with my wallet. I will find a way to watch WrestleMania without paying if Daniel Bryan is not given the payoff that common sense and logic dictates he should. I'm tired of seeing the hardest workers get pushed aside for the returning names that you perceive as bigger stars when WrestleMania season rolls around. I will not buy the WWE Network subscription - however enticing it may be, and I will not purchase the Pay-Per-View by itself.

With Elimination Chamber right around the corner, I'm confident that you can write a compelling and logical story that would result in Bryan's insertion into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXX as a competitor. It's very clear that it's what the majority of fans want.



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