COMMENTARY | The big WWE wrestling storyline since SummerSlam is Triple H and the McMahon family making Daniel Bryan's life miserable.
There is a clear parallel in this wrestling storyline to the famous WWE Attitude Era feud between Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. However, while that storyline may be the greatest in WWE history, most pro wrestling fans aren't happy with the current angle between Daniel Bryan and Triple H. In this case, I agree with my fellow wrestling fans. In fact, there are many reasons why this WWE storyline isn't working nearly as well as it did 15 years ago.
Take a closer look at five reasons why the current WWE storyline with Triple H and Daniel Bryan isn't working.
5. The Shield have been reduced to Triple H's personal security force
New WWE wrestlers have a knack for bursting onto the scene and then their push quickly fizzles out. This is certainly the case for the Shield. The best things about the early days of the Shield were Dean Ambrose's promos and never knowing whom or when they would attack. Now, the WWE has silenced the Shield and they are nothing more than Triple H's servants. When Triple H snaps his fingers, they come running like well-trained dogs to attack Daniel Bryan.
4. Big Show's "ironclad" contract
Although Triple H is now referencing Big Show's ironclad contract, I suspect he thought that most wrestling fans had forgotten this minor detail when he started the storyline. My Twitter feed was inundated with followers wondering how Big Show could be afraid to speak his mind with an ironclad contract. Obviously, it's all scripted, but the drama works better when the storyline makes sense. The lack of cohesion with Big Show's previous WWE storyline is a problem.
3. WWE Champion Randy Orton is just a supporting player
One of the reasons why I wasn't happy with the finish to SummerSlam was that it did nothing to put over Randy Orton as WWE Champion. I know that WWE Money in the Bank winners always cash in at opportune times, but the way it happened here gave Triple H all the glory. Since then, Triple H has been Daniel Bryan's main antagonist with Orton only ranking slightly above the Shield in the storyline's pecking order. The WWE Champion should play a larger role.
2. Big Show crying
I've seen some crazy things in the WWE during my 41 years, but Big Show crying on Raw was one of the all-time worst. In his WWE ironclad contract storyline, Big Show was hitting everyone with his WMD punch. Now that he's a babyface, we're supposed to believe that he's become so kind-hearted that the thought of punching Daniel Bryan has reduced him to tears. Maybe Big Show was really crying because he couldn't believe how bad his new storyline was.
1. Triple H always gets the best of Daniel Bryan
When Steve Austin ruled the wrestling world during the Attitude Era, he usually got the best of Vince McMahon. Of course, the boss occasionally put one over on Austin. But in most cases, Austin would close Raw by giving McMahon a stunner, which sent WWE fans home happy. The problem today is that the hated heel (Triple H) is always getting the best of the popular babyface (Daniel Bryan). At some point, Bryan will likely get his revenge on Triple H. But in the meantime, wrestling fans aren't happy with Triple H always coming out on top.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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