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WrestleMania 30: The perfect storm leading to Daniel Bryan's double booking

You have to love when a plan comes together, even if it wasn't anywhere close to what the original plan was.

"I think this has been Daniel Bryan's year. I've sort of been in the position where I thought it was my year and I watched other people get other opportunities and stuff like that. No slight on Dave (Batista), like I said, he's a friend of mine. I just wish I could see Daniel Bryan main event a WrestleMania."

CM Punk during a Q&A just days before leaving WWE in Jan. 2014

By all appearances, WrestleMania 30, scheduled for Sun., April 6, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, will be the crowning achievement in Daniel Bryan's illustrious pro wrestling career. He is currently scheduled to wrestle Triple H and if he wins, he'll be added to the Randy Orton vs. Batista match in the main event with the WWE world heavyweight title on the line.

It looks certain he'll win both and some 80,000 fans will be chanting "YES" with him as the show fades to black.

Contrary to the belief of some, it wasn't always supposed to be this way. In fact, it took a perfect storm to get us here, as noted by Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but strongly recommended):

Bryan was originally going to be booked with Sheamus down the card for the show. But when C.M. Punk left the promotion, Bryan was moved up and into the HHH program. As far as being added to the title match, that decision likely came at the exact moment the promotion decided to turn Batista heel, as an admission that the people weren't cheering him like a top babyface. It had to be at least considered coming off the Royal Rumble, but based on the way television was put together, it doesn't appear that it was finalized until Batista was booed in Minneapolis at Elimination Chamber against Alberto Del Rio.

For all his hard work while he was still actively working for the company, it doesn't appear CM Punk was able to affect any real change, at least in some way, until he walked out and has refused to come back.

With Punk gone, Bryan moved into his spot to take on Triple H. That was always what should have happened, considering the storyline between the two that took up the entire second half of 2013 and saw no real resolution.

Unless you consider Bryan's failures a resolution.

Meanwhile, Batista was the right guy in the right place at the wrong time, and WWE was forced to call an audible. Now, it appears the powers that be have finally decided to go the full nine yards and are going to get behind Bryan and push as hard as possible.


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