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REVEALED: When and why WWE decided to turn Daniel Bryan heel

Daniel Bryan’s heel turn on SmackDown LIVE was arguably the most unexpected angle of the past year. Bryan might now be the WWE Champion but he’s not the same fun-loving, yessing goat-face that we all love.

It should not be a surprise when we say that the person behind Bryan’s unexpected turn was none other than Vince McMahon. On the latest version of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that McMahon was not only the person behind this decision, but he only came up with the decision earlier on the same day.

Meltzer also said that even though McMahon had planned the title change a week in advance, the heel-turn was only decided on Tuesday afternoon. He speculated that McMahon might have been looking to generate a buzz before the big show on Sunday and therefore went ahead with something so shocking.


  • Nicholas Giambattista

    This proves again and again when it comes to the dirt sheet they know nothing about Pro Wrestling.

  • Wicka Steve

    But…but… I JUST read the other day that WWE had no big plans for him before the end of the year and that AJ was holding the title until Mania to surpass Punk’s reign. I thought everything on these sites were gospel.

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    Well, good job generating buzz since a lot of fans are disappointed that Becky is out, but also that we were getting a rematch from last year in Brock vs Styles.

    For all the people/articles claiming that McMahon was cold on Daniel Bryan… IN YOUR FACE!