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Yes, he should have beaten Rusev, held the US Title for a while, dropped it in a 3 way so he wouldn't have to get pinned/submitted, and then won the 2016 Rumble if he had tripled/quadrupled the size of his moveset, picked up some knowledge of selling and psychology, a 15-20 minute gas tank, and passable mic skills. If that had happened, I don't think anyone would have complaints about it.

Now, the best we can hope for from this abortion the WWE cooked up is a year-long Reign of Terror post-WM 31 where he turns heel, followed by Bryan winning the 2016 Rumble and making him tap in the middle of Cowboys Stadium in the Main Event. It wouldn't be the dream match of Brock/Bryan this year and Rock/Bryan next year, but I'd live with it.
 

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you're dead on, except you really wanted Bryan/Brock? I feel like with the unstoppable booking of Lesnar made it impossible to do DB/Brock
Brock's unstoppable booking at the Royal Rumble made it impossible for ANYONE to beat Brock in a 1-on-1 match, unfortunately.

If he continued his weak/schizo booking like Night of Champions and such, it wouldn't have been unfeasible for Brock to lose to Bryan. But they made him look too strong at the Rumble. Brock's the strongest booked wrestler ever now.

Really, they should have had Brock get the win (but not look so unstoppable at the Rumble), and then had Orton return to foil the attempted Rollins cash-in after the match. That would have been the smarter course of action.

As it is, Brock's going to have to lay down for a jumping punch and a running hug in a few seconds, after Reigns rests in the corner after gassing himself on the walk down the ramp into the ring.
 
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