In late 2013, rumors were making the rounds that WWE was putting together its match card for the WrestleMania 30 pay-per-view extravaganza in New Orleans and Daniel Bryan's spot on that card wouldn't be anywhere near the main event. What's more, his opponent, for what would have been the third time in four WrestleMania shows, was going to be Sheamus.
Those were the rumors anyway.
Now, in an interview with Newsday, Bryan is confirming as much:
"I can tell you 100 percent for a fact that I was not supposed to be in the main event at WrestleMania 30," Bryan said.
He said he initially was supposed to face Sheamus in the fifth or sixth match, but truly got the last laugh leading up to the show when fan reaction forced WWE's hand.
"That is one of the coolest things about WWE and wrestling in general," Bryan said. "The fans have this very unique voice, and this very unique power, and in no other sport and no other form of entertainment can the fans make their voices heard and it affect change."
Ultimately, Bryan would work two matches on the show, defeating Triple H in the opener before going on to the main event to defeat both Batista and Randy Orton to win the WWE world heavyweight championship. And all because rumors circulated and fans just weren't having it.
Pretty cool, huh?