WWE has Daniel Bryan v Kevin Owens reportedly pencilled in for WrestleMania 35

Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens

For the first time since the brand split occurred in July 2016, the WWE Championship main evented a pay-per-view this past weekend at Elimination Chamber.

And once again Daniel Bryan left with his hand raised in victory, defeating five other superstars inside the eponymous structure to continue his reign.

Bryan is set for a title defence at Fast Lane against Kofi Kingston, who has the unwavering support of the fans in recent weeks following his display in the SmackDown gauntlet match.

The New Day member is expected to fail in his attempts to capture a world title for the first time though, meaning Bryan will head towards The Grandest Stage Of Them All with his new hemp title belt over his shoulder.

Earlier this week, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer stated there were seven different options for Bryan's opponent at 'Mania, all of them being returning or part-time superstars.

And it seems that one of those has been selected as the man to go one-on-one with Bryan for the WWE Championship.

Per Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report, a returning Kevin Owens will challenge Bryan at the Metlife Stadium.

It all makes sense considering the recent vlog-style promos that WWE have been releasing of Owens, showing him consuming various products and activities such as bowling and going to the cinema with his family - things that Bryan has ranted about in previous months.

Daniel Bryan's new hemp WWE Championship is set to be defended against Kevin Owens at WrestleMania

With KO himself stating he will be cleared 'within a month' it sets the timeframe perfectly for a return before WrestleMania, adding himself to an already-talented SmackDown roster.

And it would see Owens play a babyface for the first time on the main roster, a move that was teased when he was put out of action by Bobby Lashley because he needed to undergo knee surgery.

Kevin Owens was a Raw superstar before his injury and subsequent surgery, but is set to return as a blue brand man

It would be the second 'Mania in a row where the two face-off against each other, with Owens on the losing end of a tag team match with Sami Zayn against Bryan and Shane McMahon.

That match saw Owens and Zayn banished from the blue brand, but he's finally going to return there after a year to avenge his departure.

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