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Lastly, stripping Bryan of the title could allow for him to make a strong comeback. Instead of having him come back and be paired up with a random opponent, the Authority could state that Bryan will receive a title shot upon return at SummerSlam. He would immediately have something to chase, and it would provide a decent story by having Bryan once again overcoming the Authority to regain his title. [caption id="attachment_105116" align="alignright" width="361"]The recent IC Title #1 contender's tournament was a success. A similar tournament for the WWE Championship could provide excitement during Bryan's absence. The recent IC Title #1 contender's tournament was a success. A similar tournament for the WWE Championship could provide excitement during Bryan's absence.[/caption] Ultimately, other superstars are going to have to step up in Bryan’s absence if the WWE hopes to keep the product fresh. Assuming Bryan is not stripped of the title, there will be no WWE Championship matches for the next two pay-per-views. This means that matches that would have typically been reserved for the undercard will have to be elevated, meaning fans will likely see the Shield and Evolution feud being the major storyline going forward, and John Cena and Bray Wyatt continuing their program to provide a solid number two feud. Like him or hate him, I highly doubt there are many who want to see Daniel Bryan lose his title by way of legitimate injury. However, if Bryan does have to miss more time than initially expected and is stripped of his title, it is not the end of the world. In fact, stripping Bryan of the title could actually end up being what’s best for business.   How do you feel about Bryan’s injury? Do you think he should keep his title while missing multiple months, or should he be forced to relinquish it until he returns? 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Movement received the worst possible news this week on Raw, as their unlikely hero announced that he will require neck surgery this Thursday and will be out of action for an indefinite amount of time. Early reports indicate that Bryan has a broken neck and will be out for at least one to two months, with his possible returning coming at SummerSlam. This is terrible news for Bryan, who after a long journey finally captured the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. It appears that he also will not be appearing on television in any capacity for at least a few weeks, as the attack later in the show by Kane was likely a way to write Bryan off of television while he recovers from surgery at home. This leads one to wonder about the future of the WWE Championship, and also if Bryan can maintain momentum while missing at least a month of time. [caption id="attachment_101010" align="alignright" width="415"]After finally overcoming the Authority at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan will miss significant time due to injury. After finally overcoming the Authority at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan will miss significant time due to injury.[/caption] As of now, it is being reported that Bryan will not be stripped of the title. This could of course change at any moment, especially if the product becomes stale during his absence. If Bryan ends up missing the maximum amount of time, that seems like a very long time to go with essentially no champion. In my opinion, if it is determined that Bryan will miss any more than one month, the Authority should strip him of the title. This could serve a few purposes. First, it would keep momentum strong by having the Authority still trying to hold Bryan down, especially with Stephanie McMahon being the storyline reason Bryan was injured in the first place after unleashing the demon Kane. Second, it could allow for someone else to receive a push in Bryan’s absence. Imagine if a tournament were held for the WWE Championship similar to the one just held for an Intercontinental Title match. It could allow for a fresh face to hold the championship for a while and create interesting television over the next few weeks by having qualifying matches on Raw, with the championship match being held at Money in the Bank. Lastly, stripping Bryan of the title could allow for him to make a strong comeback. Instead of having him come back and be paired up with a random opponent, the Authority could state that Bryan will receive a title shot upon return at SummerSlam. He would immediately have something to chase, and it would provide a decent story by having Bryan once again overcoming the Authority to regain his title. [caption id="attachment_105116" align="alignright" width="361"]The recent IC Title #1 contender's tournament was a success. 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Daniel Bryan: Hard Times

The Yes! Movement received the worst possible news this week on Raw, as their unlikely hero announced that he will require neck surgery this Thursday and will be out of action for an indefinite amount of time.

Early reports indicate that Bryan has a broken neck and will be out for at least one to two months, with his possible returning coming at SummerSlam. This is terrible news for Bryan, who after a long journey finally captured the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.

It appears that he also will not be appearing on television in any capacity for at least a few weeks, as the attack later in the show by Kane was likely a way to write Bryan off of television while he recovers from surgery at home. This leads one to wonder about the future of the WWE Championship, and also if Bryan can maintain momentum while missing at least a month of time.

After finally overcoming the Authority at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan will miss significant time due to injury.

After finally overcoming the Authority at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan will miss significant time due to injury.

As of now, it is being reported that Bryan will not be stripped of the title. This could of course change at any moment, especially if the product becomes stale during his absence. If Bryan ends up missing the maximum amount of time, that seems like a very long time to go with essentially no champion.

In my opinion, if it is determined that Bryan will miss any more than one month, the Authority should strip him of the title. This could serve a few purposes. First, it would keep momentum strong by having the Authority still trying to hold Bryan down, especially with Stephanie McMahon being the storyline reason Bryan was injured in the first place after unleashing the demon Kane.

Second, it could allow for someone else to receive a push in Bryan’s absence. Imagine if a tournament were held for the WWE Championship similar to the one just held for an Intercontinental Title match. It could allow for a fresh face to hold the championship for a while and create interesting television over the next few weeks by having qualifying matches on Raw, with the championship match being held at Money in the Bank.

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