Roman Reigns has been earmarked as the next "face of the company" for a long time, and it seems that Daniel Bryans injuries woes have forced the WWE to speed up the process.
It's been noted that had Bryan stayed healthy than his rise to the top, would have been a more organic slow burn, rather than the monster push he now has behind him.
Whilst not a necessarily a bad thing, some do consider it 'too soon' for the Samoan to be headlining PPVs, having spent the majority of his time protected in tag-matches.
Going forward, the WWE is planning on having Reigns vs Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 (for the title), with the victory putting Reigns over huge and giving him his WrestleMania moment.
Until then we can expect to see Reigns feud with the remaining members of Evolution, a PPV match with Randy Orton is expect to happen, with a marquee match against Triple H happening at either 'Summer Slam' or 'Night of Champions'.
His build to WrestleMania is likely to see matches against, or alongside, his former Shield brothers. Whether they pull the trigger on the much anticipated triple threat match between the three is yet to be seen, however, we can defiantly expect to see Reigns feud with Rollins.
The WWE is desperately short on top baby faces at the moment - one of the main reasons Chris Jericho was brought in for a short term fix - hence the mega-push Reigns finds himself on the end of.
As for the man he is replacing, Daniel Bryan just can't seem to catch a break, with another operation on the cards.
Despite a successful neck operation after WrestleMania, a full health scan has revealed he will now need an operation on his shoulder.
Officials have not set a time-table for his return, but it's widely expected he will now miss the rest of 2014, after all his graft throughout his career this injury has come at the worst possible time.
It does leave the possibility of a 'Royal Rumble' surprise return, the pop he would get would be one of more spine-tingling moments in Sports Entertainment, for now it's just a case of Daniel Bryan fans waiting and hoping he comes back better than ever.
But when one door closes, another one opens, and Roman Reigns has speared his way through the frame.
He was always bound to be a top draw, it seems his time has been forced upon him earlier than expected, it will be interesting to see how he copes without his more established wrestling brothers (Rollins and Ambrose) behind him in a match.
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