WWE rushes Daniel Bryan heel turn payoff due to Travis Jackson's YES chants

Travis Jackson - a WWE game changer? - Gregory Shamus

It was all too obvious that Daniel Bryan was going to turn back babyface before too long, but two weeks was an awfully fast turnaround, even by the standards of WWE's sometimes fickle nature and sudden storyline swerves. Find out what happened here.

It was all too obvious that Daniel Bryan was going to turn back babyface before too long, but two weeks was an awfully fast turnaround, even by the standards of WWE's sometimes fickle nature and sudden storyline swerves.

So what happened?

My colleague Geno Mrosko may have been onto something last night when he tweeted: "That Michigan State game might have changed everything."

Did WWE take notice of all the national attention Travis Jackson's shameless catchphrase stealing during halftime of the Michigan State vs. Ohio State college basketball game garnered last week and instantly opted to change course, deciding to encourage those pesky YES! chants that just a fortnight ago they sought to stifle?

Dave Meltzer on his Jan. 14th free Wrestling Observer radio show certainly thought so:

"The whole idea of turning him was not the best of ideas anyway, but when the Michigan State stuff happened, you pretty much had to turn him back I think. You didn't have to, because I mean WWE, and a lot of times in wrestling things happen in real life that kind of would necessitate a storyline change and very often in wrestling you just go, we're not going to let real life interfere with my script, but they did this time and it was the right move."

Meltzer also mentioned that Daniel Bryan teaming up with Bray Wyatt in coveralls as Daniel Wyatt dying at house shows over the weekend was probably also a factor in the decision, though WWE would likely have stuck with Bryan's heel turn for longer if his YES! chants hadn't begun to receive mainstream publicity.

The only question now is whether WWE will go even further capitalise on Bryan's new found momentum and have him win the 2014 Royal Rumble?

Unfortunately, that's probably a step too far for the McMahon family to stomach, who have all their eggs in Batista's basket, given the money it must have taken to entice him back into the fold for WrestleMania XXX.

More likely is a singles match on the show against Bray Wyatt, where he'll put over his short-lived friend strong, as Wyatt has been pencilled in to be John Cena's main event opponent at WrestleMania.

However, WWE calling another audible isn't completely out of the question, given how they often don't like their path to WrestleMania to be so predictable.

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