Another twist that was shown on Monday was the apparent affiliation of the Shield with the McMahons and Orton. The Shield have been languishing in a mid-card role over the last couple months, just taking on any assemblage of three veteran workers who had nothing else going on. As the enforcers of the McMahon/Orton faction, the Shield are going to be involved in a lot more matches towards the main event. Having the Shield be the knights for Randy Orton also is a smart move, as it keeps Orton away from harm in a lot of brawls, like the untouchable king that lets his pawns do all the work. I loved the way they booked the end of Raw last Monday, with Daniel Bryan fighting his way admirably through the Shield, only to be cut off with an RKO as soon as he got into the ring.
With all this opposition going against him, Daniel Bryan is going to need some serious backup. If Cena was healthy this would probably be his job, but since he is out, it opens the door for another face to accelerate into the spotlight. I think this is a great role for Dolph Ziggler, whose momentum has kind of stymied since he failed to recapture the World Heavyweight Championship. Ziggler is a capable face, but he needs the right storyline to make the leap to the main event. Teaming up with Bryan would be a great way to utilize Ziggler and help elevate him into a much more prominent role in the WWE.
The only thing I can see going wrong with this feud is that Daniel Bryan might never actually get the WWE Championship back from Randy Orton. It would seem like a foolish idea for Bryan to never succeed in his quest to regain the belt, but stranger things have happened. There are still a lot of backstage egos going around between Orton, Triple H and the McMahons, and with the wacky politics of professional wrestling, Bryan might just get passed over. Bryan could come up short in a few title matches and then all of sudden we have Cena or The Rock vs Randy Orton at Wrestlemania for the WWE Championship. I don't think this is likely to happen, but with the WWE, I can never rule bad booking or stupidity out of the equation.
Unlike when John Cena was champion, I am very excited to tune into Raw each week to see what is going to happen, and I think they are off to a really strong start with Randy Orton as the WWE Champion. Hopefully more heat will be directed at Orton and nobody else and that eventually Daniel Bryan will regain the title. If all that happens, I think the WWE will have one heck of a profitable storyline to look back on.
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