Any wrestling fan who tuned into the 2014 “Royal Rumble” was met with a surprising end to the show. Instead of the crowd going wild over a returning Batista, the end of the 30-man “Royal Rumble” match was met with boos and chants for Daniel Bryan, a wrestler who hadn’t been seen since the beginning of the three-hour show.
The WWE audience has spoken and Bryan is their uncrowned champion. When they realized he wasn’t participating in the “Rumble” match, they voiced their anger at WWE’s decision — and they aren’t the only ones.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley used Twitter to voice his anger over the snub. “Wait … @WWEDanielBryan isn’t even IN the #RoyalRumble? That just kind of sucks,” he tweets. “Does @WWE actually hate their own audience? I’ve never been so disgusted with a PPV.” That message has been retweeted over 21,000 times.
He didn’t stop there, though. Foley then penned a lengthy essay on his Facebook profile, explaining why he’s so upset.
“This Daniel Bryan thing is a phenomenon. You get it. I get it,” he writes. “But tonight, for the first time, I had to admit to myself that the powers that be are just not going to get it. And that makes me sad. I’m just honestly sad, just flat out f***ing sad (yes, I dropped an F-bomb there to emphasize how F’ing sad I am for the guys who bust their butts night in and night out – Ziggler, Punk, Bryan, etc – with no hope of getting their shot at this year’s ‘Mania.'”
Bryan spoke up for himself on Twitter, thanking the fans for supporting him, even if “the machine” won’t. He adds, “They try to keep US down and away from the top spots, but they can’t ignore the reactions forever. Keep voicing your opinions. #YESMovement”
Unless this is all some sort of grand plan by WWE, it’s getting difficult to ignore just how much support Bryan has from the fans who buy tickets to the shows. What happens from here going forward is going to be the most interesting story WWE has going on with “Wrestlemania” approaching. Surely, they’d rather people be excited about Batista, a star of the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy,” headlining their biggest show, but the audience knows what they want.
If you don’t believe the audience is firmly behind Bryan as the guy they think should be leading WWE into the future, just take a look at the videos below and let them speak for themselves, with his trademark “Yes” chant.