On this week’s episode of Smack down Live, Daniel Bryan turned heel and defeated AJ Styles to become the new WWE Champion. Bryan will now replace Styles on the Survivor Series card and will face the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. The timing of Bryan’s heel turn came as a surprise to many, considering he will face Lesnar this Sunday.
During the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about WWE’s decision to turn Bryan heel, and booking him in a match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Meltzer argued that for the match between Bryan and Brock Lesnar to work, Daniel had to go in as a babyface.
Meltzer revealed that he had inquired about the reasoning behind turning Bryan heel before facing Lesnar and was reportedly told that the show is being treated as if it’s not a part of the current storylines. Dave further noted that he was told WWE will get back to their regular storylines next week after the event.
Summer Slam is still a huge event. Rumble match has rarely had storylines unless you count Fuji trying to eliminate Luger in 94. Storylines have begun at rumble like warrior vs Hogan but it’s normally just focused on the winner or some big feat like Nash eliminating a big bunch of guys, Kane and reigns setting the elimination record.
I think only technical, hard-hitting wrestlers like Bryan, Cesaro, Joe, etc. can bring a great match out of Naka. High flyers don’t work well with him. He was a menace against fellow hard hitters, technical wrestlers in Japan. WWE shouldn’t have dragged his feud with AJ for so long, especially without exchanging the title even once. It completely killed any momentum he had, believe it or not, he definitely had it on the road to WM.