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Predictable is fine, as long as it's logical. Elimination Chamber contained a lot of predictability and logical decisions.

One thing I took away from the event wasn't predictable, but is logical: WWE is going to put Daniel Bryan in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania, and he's going to win.

Batista beat Alberto Del Rio. This was predictable. Batista gets massive heat from the fans. Based on crowd reaction since his return, this was also predictable. Batista has become the logical choice to be first wrestler to be named the choice of the choiceless.

Randy Orton retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Both predictable, as I know I didn't expect anyone else to go to WrestleMania as champion. It was logical: Orton is a really good heel at the peak of his in-ring game.

The wild card is a popular one: Daniel Bryan. The night ended with commentator Michael Cole nearly losing his voice selling how cheating Bryan out of title wins has gone on long enough. It seemed to cement that Bryan somehow will be inserted into the WWE title match at WrestleMania.

The fans are going to need a solid babyface to get behind. Having Bryan in the match could allow WWE to let Batista be a heel since he's drawing so much heat.

WWE wants Batista to be a top name for as long as he's back with the company, given his appearance plus his upcoming Hollywood projects. He still will be in the main event picture. He's a better heel than he is a face, and I think WWE knows this.

For the longest time, as much I've liked Bryan, I also understood how by “WWE logic” that he wasn't title material. He had a chant that was over, but WWE hierarchy wanted to see more merchandise moved. They wanted him to represent the company.

Well, Bryan has new shirts and hoodies for sale, and national media such as USA Today and ESPN are praising his “Yes!” chants taking over pop culture. Getting time and space in the national publications during the Olympics —well, something can be said for that.

WWE has strung along fans for a while with Bryan. I think the payoff is finally going to happen.

I can see Bryan winning the title by pinning Orton. This leaves Batista, a heel, challenging Bryan for the next pay-per-view claiming he never got pinned. That's a logical follow-up to a triple-threat match.

Since his return, Batista has been associated his poor treatment of Bryan. The audience blames Batista's return for Bryan not being in the Royal Rumble. A showdown between Bryan and Batista seems logical. It would be a great success, pitting the ultimate babyface against the heel who is completely different from Bryan and his reputation.

Just imagine the passion of the audience. If Batista was able to make Del Rio a babyface for a night, the crowd's love-hate reaction during a Bryan-Batista match would be terrific.

The WWE Network launched Monday. It's the biggest day in WWE history since the first WrestleMania in 1985. Finally giving in and admitting the audience might have been right all along about Bryan could rank right up there with the other historic implications taking place for WWE.

If that happens, it certainly wouldn't be predictable. It would be a refreshing — and logical.

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