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Why Daniel Bryan needs to face Triple H at Wrestlemania 30

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What is the lasting image of the ending of Summerslam?

Is it Randy Orton slithering over to cover Daniel Bryan to win the title? Is it Randy holding the belt high? Of course not.

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The lasting image is Daniel Bryan being kicked in the gut (physically, and emotionally), his arms being hooked, and Triple H turning heel for the first time in nearly a decade with the delivery of a devastating Pedigree. The image is Daniel Bryan being betrayed by someone he truly trusted, the man that he thought had his back when Vince McMahon told him that, like Mankind all those years ago, he wasn’t fit to be a world champion.

Summerslam marked the return of The Game, Triple H, one of the most iconic heels in professional wrestling history. And at WrestleMania 30, a triumph over The Game is where this story needs to have its climax.

The end boss of this story has always needed to be Triple H. Daniel Bryan beat Randy Orton at Night of Champions. It took three current and future Hall of Famers to put Daniel down at Hell in a Cell.

He beat him on Raw in December via DQ after Orton was clearly shown not to be able to beat Bryan and just gave up and took the easy way out. He beat him again on Raw recently, and beat him clean, even after interference from Korporate Kane.

It can’t be said any clearer, that in kayfabe, Daniel Bryan is far superior to Randy Orton. He’s the better man, and has shown that over and over again. I fully understand the satisfaction that comes with Daniel Bryan holding the belts, but that’s the denouement, not the climax.

The climax of Daniel Bryan’s story is him hitting 'The Knee that Beat John Cena' square in the face of the man that has caused all of this for lo these many months. The man who took Daniel's dream away from him over and over and over again for no other reason than how he looks. To prove once and for all that he is an A+ player, with 80,000 people in the New Orleans Superdome on their feet chanting "YES!" to close the show.

He can win the title from whomever holds it after that. It doesn’t need to be Randy Orton - the entire world knows that Daniel Bryan can beat Randy Orton - he’s proved that over and over again.

Randy Orton is merely a cypher, he’s a hand-picked paper champion.

If the denouement comes by beating DoucheBatista, is that any less satisfying? I don’t think so, aside from the match likely being a lot worse since Bootista has been terrible, and Orton and D-Bry have great chemistry. But on the plus side, the visceral hatred everyone has for Bootista right now might make the reaction even starker for our boy D-Bry against this interloper to his story. In any good smark town in the country, it would sound like Money in the Bank 2011 if Daniel Bryan faced off against Bootista for the belt.

Even beyond the fact that Triple H was always going to be the end-boss for Daniel Bryan’s story, anything else makes no sense.

If Daniel Bryan gets his shot against Bootista and Randy Orton at WrestleMania, why wouldn’t The Authority just screw him over again? They’ve done it the last 5 times he’s been in a match for or held the WWE title, why would the sixth not occur in New Orleans?

In fact, WrestleMania of all places is the showcase, it’s the most important place for them to have a champion that’s "Best for Business", so of course they would just screw Bryan once again.

The story they’ve been presenting since SummerSlam is that Triple H isn’t a heel in the purest sense. He doesn’t hate Daniel Bryan, he even said he’d try to find a spot for him on the card! What a great guy, giving him a match at WrestleMania even after Daniel had been so rude to him and Stephanie... such a fair minded COO! (And that, of course, is one of the best parts of this feud. Smug, condescending asshole Triple H is by far the best shade of Triple H, and it’s clear from that app segment that douche Trips will be in full effect for this feud.) He just has a myopic view of who the face of WWE should be. He doesn’t see what we see when he looks at Daniel Bryan, and doesn’t think he’s an A+ player that should be face of the WWE.

But he clearly can’t prove that he’s an A+ player by beating Triple H’s lapdog paper champion, since he’s done that countless times already. But Triple H’s character (and probably the reality, let’s be honest) is an egomaniac. If Daniel Bryan can beat Triple H, that might finally be the thing that gives him a fair shot against the champion.

And that… is Best for Business.

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