When the WWE Universe reacted how it did following Daniel Bryan's short spell in the Royal Rumble match last weekend, it comfortably confirmed the popularity everyone's favourite 'yes!' man still has.
With this in mind however, it seems as though the company which employs such a popular professional wrestler is keen to prevent him from being the face of the industry as well as remaining adamant that he will play no part in the main event at WrestleMania XXXI this year.
Sunday's pay-per-view event saw the Royal Rumble match result in a huge number of WWE fans chanting for Bryan for the second year in a row. In addition, much like with last year's winner, Batista, Roman Reigns was booed following his win in what many saw as a disappointingly average match.
It sees therefore as if WWE and its fans are in a strong disagreement at present about who to push as the leading man in professional wrestling's biggest industry.
Following the disappointing 30-man match last weekend, disgruntled WWE fans on Twitter managed to get the #CancelWWENetwork hash tag trending, but business actually improved for the company following the pay-per-view event.
Increase in ratings
Two days after Royal Rumble, WWE were able to announce that the WWE Network had hit a huge one million subscribers, with the ratings for both Raw and Smackdown also increasing which surely means that WWE must have done something right despite the fans anger.
There is no denying that statistics like these are genuine proof of success for the company, and as they came after such a successful win for Roman Reigns, Vince McMahon must firmly believe that despite the mass amount of boos he received following his win, he is heading in the right direction with the former The Shield member.
This increase in figures following having Reigns as the leading man surely means that we will be waiting a long time for Bryan ever to be the face of the company and WWE superstar who is given the biggest push.
Rumours suggest that Bryan's involvement at WrestleMania XXXI in March will instead be in a match against Dolph Ziggler, which is sure to be an exciting contest and one which will benefit both WWE superstars in some way.