This past Monday night's episode of Raw, the go home show to the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) this Sunday night in Houston, featured the Slammy Awards and emanated from Seattle, Washington. That made it a perfect mix for fans at the KeyArena to shout loud and proud for their favorite star returning home, Daniel Bryan.
And that's exactly what they did.
They did so throughout the evening but it was at its worst in the main event segment when Triple H had his promo interrupted by the audience chanting Bryan's name. It was so bad, in fact, that John Cena altered his promo to include Bryan so as to play into the chants instead of lamely attempting to ignore them. It was a risky audible but one that paid off in spades.
But while WWE had to know something like this would happen, what with Bryan winning multiple Slammy Awards and the show being held in his neck of the woods, it doesn't seem to have changed anyone's opinion on him.
From his weekly interview with Michael Cole, Triple H had this to say about it:
"(I wasn't surprised at the reaction he received on Raw), not at all. Daniel Bryan has been for a long time and continues to be one of the most popular superstars in the history of the WWE. He is a great asset to our business. That doesn't mean he's what's best for business but a great asset nonetheless."
That's a kayfabe answer but one rooted in reality. One need only look at how Bryan was booked over the past four months to see that.
Still, his fans will hold out hope that more chanting will sway the opinion of those in power, even if there are no indications that that will ever be the case. But hey, keep fighting the good fight and all that.