Daniel Bryan is facing surgery on a neck injury this week meaning the current WWE Heavyweight Champion could be out of action for a number of months.
The news brings with it questions as to whether Bryan will continue to hold the title while he begins rehabilitation, and Triple H raised his own doubts today.
WWE's Chief Operating Officer mocked Bryan for being out so soon into his reign as champion of the organization before questioning whether the wrestler could handle the pressure of being the man everyone wants to beat:
"It's one thing to be an A+ player on one night...It's one thing to rise to the occasion at a special event.
"It's another thing to be A+ day in and day out and to be able to withstand the wear-and-tear of being not only a WWE superstar, but of being the World Heavyweight Champion," said HHH.
Bryan won his title thanks to a victory over Randy Orton and Batista at Wrestlemania, as well as defeating Triple H on route.
That may go some way to explaining the dis-respefctul attitude of the veteran Triple H who felt necessary to lament Bryan further Wednesday in an interview with Michael Cole:
"Daniel Bryans has had that championship for how long now? Little over a month? Already it's taken it's tole. Already going under the knife.
"Is this the kind of rigours that a little B+ player like Daniel Bryan can withstand for any period of time?"
It was hoped by the WWE hierarchy that they would be able to captialize on Bryan's popularity amongst fans to build a growing feud with Kane but that now seems unlikely to happen and Triple H saved his most crushing blow for last as his frustration became evident:
"I personally find it ironic that the guy that talked about 'the little engine that could' and overcoming all obstacles is now going to his doctor to get a doctors note to say that he can't face the monster anymore."
It is expected that the WWE will make an announcement on Monday night's RAW regarding Bryan's title situation but it is clear that he does not have much support coming from the corner of Triple H.
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