It's hard to figure out where exactly WWE is going with the current top angle on SmackDown Live. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will be getting another shot at taking the WWE Championship from AJ Styles, and once again it's Daniel Bryan who has booked the match. We're yet to see the reaction from Shane McMahon but the likelihood is he isn't pleased.
Bryan and McMahon have been butting heads for a while now and even opened this week's SmackDown Live in the ring together. The commissioner is doing all that he can to make KO and Zayn's life hell while the general manager keeps giving them title shots. One school of thought is that the two of them will clash in a match at WrestleMania, but how likely is that really?
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The chances that WWE will clear Bryan to compete at any time, let alone as soon as WrestleMania, are highly unlikely. Bryan's plans for WrestleMania Sunday also make an in-ring return in New Orleans look unlikely. According to PWInsider the former World Heavyweight Champion will be one of the stars fans can meet at a signing on the Sunday and that role is typically reserved for Superstars who aren't competing later that day.
The other man who has been penciled in for signings that day is Dean Ambrose who we know won't be competing at WrestleMania due to an injury he is currently working through. It's not concrete evidence that Bryan won't be wrestling of course but it is yet another sign that there is no in ring return on the horizon for the SmackDown Live GM.
If WWE do plan on letting Bryan wrestle again then there would be no setting more perfect for his comeback than WrestleMania in New Orleans. The event will be taking place in the exact same building where he defeated Randy Orton and Batista in the main event to become World Heavyweight Champion. Right now though it unfortunately seems like it is not to be.