I agree with Chappers, every match has to have a winner and loser, and people freak out way too much whenever someone loses a match. Now, ADR was something else because they guy had been chasing the title for like a year, and Morrison was a little worrisome because he was coming back from injury and lost four matches in a row, which was just a little weird, but generally I agree it's unwarranted. Succeeding in WWE isn't about how much you will, but how good you look when you lose. Because unless you're Goldberg you're not going to go unbeaten for most of your career, and the best wrestlers usually end up losing more than they win. Jericho, Guerrero, Flair, even Michaels, weren't exactly known for their impressive win/loss records. Bryan definitely falls in this boat. How is facing guys that are clearly below him every week any better for him? He beat Slater and Kidd the two weeks prior to last week, and nothing against either of those guys because both helped put on good matches for Bryan, but if we're supposed to buy that Bryan is going to headline wrestlemania, we need to see him face guys who we could also buy headlining wrestlemania,
The simple facts are these:
- ADR was coming off a loss, Bryan a win the week before.
- ADR was being set up to cash in his briefcase sooner than Bryan, and as it turns out, that same week.
- The MITB holders hadn't ever faced each other while both cases were active last year, so it was an opportunity.
- Theoretically, ADR and Bryan are, kayfabe, on the same playing field, although ADR is obviously higher up on the card.
- Again, theoretically, Bryan still has about eight months to build himself up for his title shot.
- As for Summerslam, Barrett's been kind of coasting these past couple of months, and will likely be getting a title shot before Bryan, so he needed a win as well.
Whether Bryan loses the case or not is kind of moot here, because the point is that this past week, the guys who Bryan was facing needed the wins more than he did, and Bryan lost no momentum by losing the matches. Also, he would have gained nothing by facing another Slater or Kidd on Smackdwon, and neither would Del Rio.