Originally posted by steven87gillFor DB, a match with Trips would feel like one of those "imaginary brass rings" that... er... *some guy* mentioned.
Besides, i'm not sure DB needs to face Trips to solidify his status as a main event guy, since most already see him as a A+ player & want to see him take that next step and win the title.
Besides, Beating Trips just doesn't carry the same level of pride or weight that it did back in 2002.
True, I mean, even when Cena beat HHH the years after Batista and Benoit both did it didn't quite mean as much.
Still, I think this match is more about story than it is about elevation. Bryan's already a more popular star than HHH is in 2014, so really, what this is about is Bryan slaying the dragon and getting revenge moreso than it's about what a big deal it is to beat HHH.
Not that the commentators won't talk HHH up as such to build the match. All they really need to do for this match is throw in some sort of "HHH has to step down" or "Sting is the new COO of RAW" stip or something.
But yeah, Bryan getting revenge on the guy who prevented him from winning the belt is the next big thing to actually winning the belt.
Oh i agree, i just find it incredibly frustrating to think that back in *October*, no less (allegedly when they dotted the i's and crossed the t's on Batista's return) that they may have locked themselves into a particular course with him that they now cannot get off.
My prediction, he'll have a average short match with Orton, where the crowd won't really rebel that much & hold the belt for a forgettable reign where he will possibly drop it to Bryan at Summer-slam or maybe Extreme Rules at which point it will be too late & WWE will have got what they wanted. Bryan won't be mega over anymore, instead they'll have succeeded in breaking him down first & rebuilding him into the sort of #2 guy to Cena they want by that point.
They more or less pulled the same BS with Punk in 11'. It's beyond depressing at this point to see that same pattern repeated within the space of 36 months.
Belts really are sort of analogous to the rings in LOTR. You have the champion of the United States, the champion of all of the continents, the champion of all little people, and one belt that rules them all.