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WWE has changed their plans for Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35

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To say that Daniel Bryan's WWE title win came out of the blue this week would be a little bit of an understatement.

Bryan became a five-time world champion in the WWE on SmackDown Live when he defeated AJ Styles for the strap, but it wasn't quite the feel-good title win that many expected when he made his comeback from retirement.

Instead, Bryan hit Styles with a low blow and turned heel after the match.

The 37-year-old's turn to the dark side is something he has been requesting for a while according to reports, but Vince McMahon only decided to pull the trigger on the actual day it happened.

In part, that's because McMahon decided he didn't want to see Styles versus Brock Lesnar again, a champion versus champion rematch from last year's Survivor Series.

Even though that match was very well received and is considered one of Lesnar's best since returning to the company in 2012.

However, with this title win, it seems as though the WWE's plans for Bryan at WrestleMania 35 have changed, too.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Bryan was slated to face Shane McMahon in New Jersey. Shane McMahon's slow heel turn that started at Crown Jewel is reportedly off now that Bryan is a bad guy and that was meant to be the long-term direction of Shane winning the World Cup.

Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon

The narrative of the story would have probably centred around the tensions they had towards the end of their run as an authority duo on SmackDown before Bryan became an active wrestler again.

Regarding the top matches at WrestleMania 35, the only match that appears to be somewhat confirmed at this point is RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey versus SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch - something that Rousey and McMahon agreed this week.

Triple H facing Batista, Bryan versus Shane and Rousey taking on Charlotte Flair were all planned for the biggest show of the year but due to injuries and creative changes, those plans have changed.

Vince McMahon

It seems a little short-sighted that Bryan turns heel right now and sees it through to WrestleMania. Bryan versus The Miz seemed like a story primed to conclude with the WWE title in the picture and now that they are both bad guys, that story becomes harder to tell.

Of course, they could still turn Bryan back and have Miz win the title, then pit them against each other at WrestleMania, but that doesn't seem to be in the company's thinking at this stage.

For once, the WrestleMania picture is very, very unclear.

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