So I should still wait and see on Daniel Bryan, right?

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After months of awful booking, some fans are still playing the "wait and see" game on Daniel Bryan. But should we really?

You told me to wait and see.

Daniel Bryan's rise to stardom was inevitable. He was always too talented not to break through the awful attitude perpetrated by those in power at WWE, too good at actual wrestling to stay held down for long. So it was no surprise, then, when John Cena chose him for an opponent at SummerSlam in a WWE championship match, the main event of the third biggest pay-per-view (PPV) on the calendar.

You told me to wait and see.

The two didn't necessarily tear the house down, though they tried their best. It was a good but not great match, one that ended with Bryan hitting a flying knee, his new non-submission based finisher, and pinning Cena right there in the middle of the ring. All was well. Life was good. John Cena's time was up, and Daniel Bryan's time was now.

I waited and I saw and it was glorious.

Then, Randy Orton's music hit, Triple H did the kick-wham-Pedigree, a Money in the Bank contract was cashed in, and Bryan was no longer WWE champion. In fact, he had only been WWE champion for all of five minutes. Now Orton was champion and life wasn't so good anymore.

But there would be a new chase, this time up against the dastardly evil empire. Cena was a fair man, one who recognized talent and gave it a chance to prosper. Orton, alongside Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, is a villain of the highest order, ready and willing to do whatever it would take to keep the belt around his waist.

So you told me to wait and see ... again.

The rematch was set up and executed less than one month later at Night of Champions. Bryan won the title once again, but did so on a fast count from the referee. He held onto the belt for all of one evening before being stripped of it. The referee who executed the fast count, by the way, was Scott Armstrong, who inferred that he acted in cahoots with Bryan but was apparently paid off by The Authority, as the power group would come to be known. At least I think that's the case, seeing as that part of the story just sort of fell to the wayside.

Another match was booked for the Battleground event a few weeks later. This match, unlike the couple that came before it, didn't even have a finish. Instead, Big Show, who had been embroiled in a feud with Triple H that was casting a long shadow over Bryan's title chase, simply came down to the ring and knocked everyone out.

That's how the PPV went off the air.

You told me to wait and see.

Because the run of screwy finishes closing shows fans actually have to pay to watch was running high, WWE felt the right thing to do at this point was book a Hell in a Cell match at the PPV of the same name with a special guest referee, one the viewing audience would get to choose via voting on the official WWE App. Shawn Michaels won out, as he was designed to, and so a fourth and final meeting was set.

At Hell in a Cell, where resolution would finally come, where our hero would prove he wasn't the "B+" player Triple H had referred to him as during a scathing promo on Monday Night Raw, Bryan was once again screwed out of the title after a Superkick from Michaels.

The next night on Raw, Bryan slapped a Yes! Lock on Michaels and sent him back to his retirement home. Later, he would be attacked backstage by the Wyatt Family for reasons that are still unclear a full month and one PPV event later. Something about the devil making them do it.

The resolution we ended up with was Bryan forcing Michaels to writhe in agony after screwing him out of the WWE title. Not Triple H, mind you, the real mastermind of it all. No, he had been dealing with Big Show, who at this point was quite obviously booked as the far bigger fish.

Still, you told me to wait and see.

Fast forward one month to Survivor Series. By now, John Cena has returned from the injury that sidelined him and forced him to put someone over in the first place, that someone being Bryan. He's already the world heavyweight champion, having cleanly defeated Alberto Del Rio after overcoming all the odds.

As usual.

Big Show, for his part, managed to weasel his way into a title shot against Orton to close the last of the "Big Four" PPVs. The two had an awful match and Show lost because The Authority screw everyone all the time and none of the good guys ever figure out a way around it ... except John Cena.

So, lo and behold, after Show had exited the ring and Orton was celebrating with his WWE championship, Cena came walking down with his world title. The two stared each other down, each pointing to their belt to signify superiority.

"I'm the face of the WWE."

"No, I'm the face of the WWE."

"No, I'm the face of the WWE."

Even after this, you told me to wait and see.

The very next night on Raw, Cena officially challenged Orton to a match at the upcoming TLC PPV in Houston. The Authority went for it and it was decided the two would have a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match with both major titles suspended above the ring and up for grabs.

Oh and as for Bryan, well, he was savagely beaten and kidnapped by the Wyatt Family. Still no word on his whereabouts.

So we went from Bryan winning the WWE title from Cena just so he could immediately be made to chase it again, fail in that chase, get knocked down the card, and Cena could come back to win the world heavyweight title then take Bryan's spot now chasing the title he first lost to Bryan.

So I ask you ... should I still wait and see?

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