And assuming if he were still to retire when he did, how would fans think of him instead?
That event was more the collective of fans realizing that Bryan's run was over, and he was now destined to a massive depush.It all started at Wrestlemania 28, so no, I don't think he would have gotten that over if it wasn't for those 18 seconds.
LOL They buried him all the time, Vince did everything he could do to bury DB, until he finally gave him.When did WWE ever bury him outside of the 18 seconds thing which ended up getting him more over?
They put him with Kane in Team Hell No who basically got the most TV time of anyone else on the the roster. He was constantly in the World/WWE title picture in 2011. In 2013 they took advantage of his popularity to the point where he beat Cena clean at Summerslam.
The only thing they did wrong was try to pass off Batista as the conquering hero when Bryan was clearly the biggest face they had. But even that's not burying, that's just stupidity.
They didn't do right by him at times, but they did not bury him.
Love how you ignore everything I just said where I pointed out they did not bury him. Again, the World Title Picture all of 2012. Gave him a bunch of TV time throughout 2012-2013 with Kane. Beat Cena clean at Summerslam 2013. Yeah, what the did going into WM 30 was stupid, but it wasn't a burial.LOL They buried him all the time, Vince did everything he could do to bury DB, until he finally gave him.
the whole team hell no was a rib against DB to bury him but it backfired on Vince and DB turned lemons into lemonade with that.
I love how some people on this forum like to pretend DB was not buried all the time. Even after he won the title it was short lived. Vince is still burying him now because he won't let him wrestle because he does not want his Golden Boy Reigns overshadowed.
If Bryan didn't have the MITB cashed in on him and he carried the title to the Royal Rumble, there would have been no yes movement. The WWE inadvertently booked Bryan into the main event of WM by having Orton cash in on him at Summerslam.Even then it was obvious from day one he was an undesirable so that underdog aspect was there the entire time. I don't know. It's impossible to say.