WWE originally planned Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan at Money in the Bank


WWE put the wheels in motion this week on SmackDown Live towards booking their WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank next month.

Although it is yet to be confirmed by WWE, it looks like Kofi Kingston will defend the WWE title against Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank after The Prizefighter attacked The New Day member on the blue brand show.

Owens turned heel on Kofi and Xavier Woods after spending a week as an honorary member of The New Day due to Big E's injury.

While the heel turn for KO surprised many fans, it wasn't the original plan for the WWE Championship.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc, the original booking plan for the WWE title at Money in the Bank was to have a WrestleMania 35 rematch between Kingston and Daniel Bryan.

However, those plans were changed a few days after this year's Showcase of Immortals once it was discovered that Bryan would be spending some time on the sidelines due to an injury he picked up at the show.

WWE also considered having Randy Orton or Rowan feud with Kofi, and they also thought about bringing Drew McIntyre or Baron Corbin over from Raw.

United States Champion Samoa Joe was an option to stay on the blue brand for the feud too, but they ultimately went with Owens.

The Wrestling Observer also states The Prizefighter was supposed to be a babyface, not return and turn heel.


He was supposed to be a "guy next door" who ate junk food, had the same problems as everyone else, and had kids, but could beat people up, using the Stone Cold Stunner as a finisher to help with the babyface gimmick

Bryan hasn't been seen in the WWE since his WrestleMania loss as he picked up an injury during his match with Kingston.

As of writing, it's currently unclear as to what kind of injury the former WWE Champion has as the WWE is keeping the details of the injury is being closely guarded.

Bryan has an extensive history of concussions, and while we don't know if he's actually suffered another one, the fact that the nature of his injury is being treated as a need-to-know business isn't a good sign.


The former WWE Champion is one of WWE best workers in the ring and it would be a real shame if he's forced out of action for some time.

When he is able to return to WWE, there are some great feuds for him on SmackDown following the Superstar Shake-up, as he could have great clashes in the ring against the likes of Roman Reigns, Elias, Finn Balor, and Lars Sullivan.

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