Scott, long time lurker now revelling in my mid 30's and missing the glory days of my youth… Are you surprised that the WWE hasn't done a proper copy of the rocky 3 storyline? I mean come on, its writes itself for Bryan to face lame duck challengers before getting smashed by the up and coming heel (a la Clubber Lang), who tells him exactly how it is. Then to have him struggle to come to terms with winning again, before the final redemption at Wrestlemania. Hell, Brock would fit this perfectly with Heyman mocking Bryan for being the weak champion, whilst Brock goes on his path of destruction leading to a demolition job of Bryan for the title.
They could even call on old thunderlips if they want…
Rocky 3 is a really great fucking movie.
However, I would think this would turn Bryan heel and people would HATE that. The story would have worked better with someone like Randy Orton, where people can buy him as a paper champion getting fed tomato cans by the Authority until Brock somehow bullies his way into a title shot.
That's why they really need to build up Bryan as a fighting champion, who throws everything at Brock at Summerslam and just gets overpowered, forcing him to regroup and find a new strategy to win at Wrestlemania. That being said, by next year it'll be all about Reigns or back to Cena, so I'm not holding my breath.