After he was attacked and beaten up at the hands of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn just weeks ago, Bryan will team with Shane McMahon. If that seems a bit odd, it totally is.
The storyline has been Bryan and McMahon at odds during their Smackdown general manager/commissioner relationship, with the prior typically siding with Owens and Zayn over the last handful of months. That relationship devolved after Owens/Zayn attacked Shane-O-Mac and Bryan “fired” his former indie buddies. Owens and Zayn turned their attention to Bryan, powerbombing him onto the apron and setting up their ‘Mania tilt.
The writing is on the wall for this one that despite the attack, it could be a sneaky way to get Bryan siding with the diabolical duo of Zayn and Owens.
Even the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley agrees. Here’s what he said in an interview with WrestleZone:
There’s a chance [Bryan will turn], sure. I don’t know if it will happen. There is only so much you can do when both your authority figures are good guys. I know he and Shane have had differences of opinion so it looks like it could be a natural progression. I love Owens as a heel, Zayn is showing a different side of himself. Evolving your character and constantly tweaking your persona are some of the keys to being successful in WWE.
Even if Bryan turns heel, is there any way the Superdome audience boos him? Absolutely not. This really is a no-lose situation for WWE assuming no matter what Bryan is standing tall at the end of the match, leading a “YES!” (or “YEP!”) chant.