At Money in the Bank 2013, Daniel Bryan will be one of the seven competitors in the WWE title All-Star ladder match. On Raw, Bryan was holding a Money in the Bank briefcase as the show ended.
Does this mean Daniel Bryan is going to win or lose on Sunday?
Unfortunately, there seems to be a common idea among WWE fans that if a Superstar wins on Raw, he usually loses on pay-per-view.
Take John Cena for example.
When Cena was feuding with Dolph Ziggler leading up to their match at WWE TLC 2012, this theory occurred. Cena was winning on Raw, but was not nearly as successful on pay-per-view. He lost to Ziggler at WWE TLC 2012, but would continue to defeat Ziggler on Raw.
Bryan has been on quite a run since the break-up of Team Hell No. He has been the first Superstar out to the ring at the start of Raw numerous times. In fact, on the June 24 edition of Raw, Bryan vs. Randy Orton was both the first and final match of the show.
Bryan must be considered a favorite to win this Sunday at Money in the Bank, but the way Raw ended is a concern.
As recently as five days ago, WrestlingInc.com was reporting that the plans for Bryan to face Cena for the WWE title at SummerSlam were still intact. Having Bryan win the briefcase would be a sure way to book the match in August. Bryan could announce beforehand that he is going to cash in at SummerSlam.
Unlike Cena, Bryan could become the second Superstar to cash in after announcing in advance of when.
Rob Van Dam was the first.
It is also interesting to note that RVD cashed in on Cena. Bryan would be doing the same.
Regardless of how Cena vs. Bryan at SummerSlam comes about, it is likely going to happen. Bryan doesn’t necessarily have to win Money in the Bank to make it happen though. If Cena defeats Henry, Bryan could win a No. 1 contender’s match for the title. This would allow the Money in the Bank winner to keep the briefcase for an extended period of time.
WWE’s push of Bryan has been clear for a long time. He and Kane were the most entertaining and successful tag team in recent history. While in Team Hell No, Bryan looked like a main event star stuck in a tag team. The crowd is consistently behind him.
You will notice that Bryan has reverted back to the Yes! chants after spending his entire Team Hell No run with No! chants.
Having Bryan open and close Raw on a regular basis is also an indication that he is going to the main event. The only question that remains is if it is via the Money in the Bank briefcase. That question should be answered this Sunday in Philadelphia on pay-per-view.
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